From My View For November 27
It’s been a week since the Paden City girls volleyball team placed runner-up to Wirt County in the Class-A title game in the school’s first state appearance.
I wasn’t there to watch and cover, because I fell sick and didn’t get to do much of anything, let alone go to Charleston. I had a ticket waiting for me at the Civic Center, but didn’t think it was right to go after missing all the sectional and regional play.
I hope they know how I feel about them and their amazing season. To get there they had to beat the defending state champions Magnolia Blue Eagles, which they did after losing their first 2-sets.
They also had to beat Ritchie as these 3-teams have been to countless state tournaments in the past. The Wildcats, with only 3-seniors on its squad, and one that saw a lot of varsity playing time, won their second straight Mason-Dixon Conference and as well as its second straight OVAC Class-A title with second-year Head Coach Jennifer Yeater.
Starting Juniors Hope Weber and Mallory Yeater haven’t tasted defeat in winning the Mason-Dixon and the OVAC Class-1A championship.
Coaches Yeater and Assistant Chris Bachman have done an outstanding job since taking over from the departed Fred King, who retired from coaching and teaching at PCHS. These two coaches are to be commended in what they have done with this young group of female athletes.
I also told Coach Yeater mid-season that she should win Coach of the Year hands down over any other area coaches by what they have accomplished with a very young squad. Beating teams like Magnolia, Tyler, Ritchie County (twice), Madonna, Parkersburg Catholic, and Greenbrier West in the sectional, regional, and state tournaments before bowing to Wirt County in the championships, is quite an achievement it its self.
The team stayed true to their huge fan base and played a good many girls throughout the season to get ready for post-season play. Everybody should talk about the play of their 2-top players in 2-time OVAC Class-A MVP Hope Weber and her side-kick Mallory Yeater, who, by the way, does it all.
During her junior season, she scored 445-points, with 81-aces, made 15-blocks, 351-digs and dished out 680-assists, not bad for the side-kick that seldom came off the floor. She also kept volley’s alive with her hustle and was the feature player when Weber was out of the line-up for a breather and to give many others a chance to get some needed playing time to be able to have such a solid team.
The lone senior-starter Cora Anderson, who had to change her game every year to help this team get better and better, went from the team laberio to playing outside hitter, and giving freshman Tanley McEldowney the job that proved to be what the doctor ordered. She was also the team captain and kept this young team in check, from day one.
The other two seniors Loren Little and Isabella Beverlin didn’t play as much, but always gave everything they had when put in the match. Junior Kelsey Michael (RS & DS) and Maggi Still (OH & S), along with sophomores, Madison Kline (MH & OH), Hallie McDonald (OH & S) Brandis Dalrymple (MH), and Alyssa Phillips (OH & DS) all made their presence felt on the floor, along with freshmen McKenzie Thomas (S & RS) and were the main reason this team broke the school record with 36 wins-and 5-losses.
But even with all of that, you need someone you can count on to deliver in the clutch and that, of course, was Hope Weber. She made over 500-kills this season and went over a 1,000 for her career, that helped her win her second OVAC Class-1A MVP.
When the team needed a stop to get back the serve, you can better your (bippy) that Weber would come through once again in the clutch.
Like I said earlier, I wasn’t there to watch the post-season play, but I was rooting for a Magnolia and Paden City finale in the state tournament and didn’t care which won, but hoping it would go down to the fifth set.
The other thing I wanted to talk about is about Kyndra Pilant of Magnolia. She just signed to further her athletic and academic career at Concord University in basketball and major in Exercise Science. The Mountain Lions of Coach Kenneth Osborne is getting a gem of an athlete and basketball standout. Kyndra can do it all, not only in basketball where she’s only the second Blue Eagle female player to score over a 1,000-points and rebounds in her career, but has done it in 3-seasons. She is also great in volleyball and track, where she has won several awards and records.
She in my opinion is one of the greatest female athletes to put on the Blue and Gold, if not the best, and I wish her all the success not only as a Mountain Lion, but for the rest of her senior season at Magnolia.