Hinerman, Kureishy Lead All-Valley Girls’ Team
When the OVAC Cup Tournament championship tilt took place on the Wheeling Island Stadium turf, it featured a matchup of not just the best two teams in the OVAC, but also the best two players in Brooke’s Michaela Hinerman and Linsly’s Maleha Kureishy.
That night, Hinerman got the best of Kureishy with both goals as Brooke captured the title with a 2-0 victory.
This time, though, both are winners.
Hinerman and Kureishy were selected as co-captains of the The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register’s 18th annual All-Valley Soccer Team.
For Hinerman, the OVAC Cup championship was the culmination of goal she set as a freshman.
After watching the Bruins claim the title while she was just a ball girl, Hinerman was able to play in the big game in her junior season. Brooke was blanked 3-0 by Morgantown.
This time she wasn’t going to be denied.
Hinerman got the scoring started early with a goal in the sixth minute and added some insurance with a goal in the second half.
“I was just trying to do whatever I could to help the team out,” Hinerman said after that game. “But I couldn’t wait to get my shot to try to win this.”
Hinerman finished her senior season with a team-leading 25 goals and second with 14 assists, and was named a first-teamer by the OVAC, the Three Rivers Athletic Conference and the West Virginia High School Soccer Coaches Association.
“She is a great forward and had a knack for scoring big goals,” Brooke coach Lee Weppler said. “She has great speed and composure around the goal.”
On the other side of that field was Kureishy.
The senior had another strong campaign, scoring 11 goals and adding three assists for a balanced Linsly squad that went 13-5 on the way to a runner-up finish.
Kureishy is no stranger to the All-Valley first team, marking her third straight appearance on the squad.
In fact, that isn’t the only award that kept on coming following her final campaign in the Black and Orange.
The do-it-all player earned her second straight selection as the OVAC Division 3A-1A Player of the Year, as well as being named first team All-OVAC and all-state by the coaches.
“Maleha has been an asset to our program since her first day on the field as a freshman and has continued to get better and stronger every year,” Linsly coach Erica Hall said. “She leaves our program as one of the best to have played here and we look forward to her continued success at the collegiate level.”
Kureishy has committed to continue her academic and athletic careers at Robert Morris University.
Wheeling Central was a dormant program four years ago when Clark first put on the Maroon and White and will leave school as one of the key contributors to making the Maroon Knights one of the teams to be reckoned with in the W.Va. Class AA/A division. This senior forward showed she could score with the best of them with 14 goals and 10 assists in her final campaign under Coach David Cross. She also showed plenty of versatility as she could play sweeper as well to lend a hand on defense. Clark, who is making her third consecutive All-Valley first team, was a first-team selection by the OVAC and earned a second-team nod from the coaches.
Clark’s partner in crime the past four seasons has been Ashton Cross. A four-year starter, Cross possesses a thorough understanding and knowledge of the game, according to David Cross, her coach and father. With a nose for the goal, Clark has led Wheeling Central in goals for three of her four years. She netted 23 goals and 14 assists in her senior season, bringing her career totals to 77 and 55, respectively. Clark was named first team by the OVAC and the coaches. She is making her third straight appearance on the All-Valley first team.
First-year coach Wesley Stoner knew he had some talented players when he took over the job last fall for Scott Dutton, but even he had to be amazed by the play of Ferrell. The senior center midfielder and team captain, Ferrell saved her best performance for her last. With 11 goals and 17 assists, 40 and 63 for her career, respectively, Ferrell, who is Stoner’s stepsister, was named to the OVAC Class 4A Player of the Year. Along with that accolade, she was first team All-OVAC and all-district.
The Red Devils were far from a one-girl team and Gillespie was the perfect complement to Ferrell. The leading scorer with 19 goals and eight assists (71 and 30, respectively, for her career), Gillespie moved up from the All-Valley second team to the top squad in her senior campaign. Gillespie’s knack for scoring helped lead St. Clairsville to an 11-6 record before being ousted by West Muskingham in the Ohio Division III sectional semifinal. She was named first team All-OVAC and second team all-district.
Madonna earned a spot in the OVAC Cup Tournament and finished the season with a winning record at 12-9-2. Not bad for a school that has taken its lumps in recent seasons. Behind that turnaround was Grubbs, a junior forward that consisted of 70 percent of the Blue Dons’ scoring offense with 33 goals and 16 assists. “She is truly a team player and I see her taking the leadership role next year and elevating our team to a higher level,” Madonna coach Bob Kolanko said. “Her attitude, passion, and ability makes her the ultimate player to coach.” Grubbs was named first team All-OVAC, as well as by the coaches.
The lone freshman on the All-Valley squad, Hannaoui burst onto the scene and played a major part in the Bruins’ run to the OVAC Cup championship. This center midfielder was second on the team in goals, one less than Hinerman with 24. She also added 10 assists. “Leila has great vision and an exceptional first touch,” Weppler said. “It has been a long time since a freshman at Brooke has scored as many goals as she did this year from a midfield position.” Hannaoui was also a first-team selection by the OVAC.
Hannaoui may have been the freshman sensation this season, but last year it was Hudson. And while it’s not rare for a player to have a sophomore slump, that was not the case for Hudson. In her second season, the Bruins center midfielder increased her goal and assist numbers, scoring 14 times and adding 18 helpers on her way to earning first-team honors in the TRAC and second-team honors from the OVAC and the coaches. “When she is on the field, no player will play harder or put forth more effort,” Weppler said. “She distributes the ball very well and makes everyone around her better.”
Marking her third straight appearance on the All-Valley first team, Jebbia is the lockdown defender any coach would love to have. With a great understanding of the defensive position, the senior’s composure in the most chaotic moments was a major help for Coach Aubrey Taylor’s Patriots. “In my opinion, CeCe Jebbia is the best defender in the state,” Wheeling Park assistant coach Luke Hladek said. “Her defensive skill set is elite, yet she is savvy enough to move forward when she recognizes the ability to make a contribution and is physically gifted enough to be the first one back behind the ball as soon as the play turns.” Jebbia was named second team all-state by the coaches and the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
The lone goalkeeper of the All-Valley team, Kinnard is making her second appearance after another stellar season with the Silver Knights under her coach and father, Matt. While she has committed to play basketball at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, she is still getting calls from schools to change her mind and play goalie. Despite playing for a non-contender, Kinnard did her best to keep her team in games. During the past two years, she has made 545 saves with a save percentage of .832 – not bad considering she faced 655 shots. The coaches association named her a first-team selection, as well as the Goaltender of the Year for the second straight season. She was first team All-OVAC and is making her second straight appearance on the All-Valley team.
Soccer standouts seemingly grow on the Holloway Field trees on the Linsly campus and Memo might just be the next Cadets star to be named the All-Valley captain. Quick with the ball and strong with both of her feet, this sophomore midfielder is a player who makes things happen. With nine goals and 12 assists, Memo was the perfect complement to Kureishy. “She is dedicated to the game and will continue to be a player to watch next season,” Hall said. Memo was named first team All-OVAC.
A leader in every sense of the word, Mueller was the heart and soul of the Wheeling Park girls’ team and if the All-Valley team actually stepped on the field together, she would be the same for this squad. Mueller is a versatile player and controls the game from her midfield spot. She has great movement as a box-to-box player. “Mikia has been absolutely vital for our team and deserves a ton of credit for all of our accomplishments,” Hladek said. A four-year varsity starter, Mueller finished her senior season with seven goals and four assists, and was named first team All-OVAC and all-state by the coaches. This is her second appearance on the All-Valley first team.
Shingle finally cracks the All-Valley first team after spending the previous two seasons as a second-teamer. Shingle was the team leader in assists with eight, but also showed she could score with 17 goals. A four-year starter for Coach Jessica Naughton, Shingle was named first team All-OVAC and all-state by the coaches. “Alyssa as a player is irreplaceable,” Naughton said. “She is a very hard worker and a great team player. Her speed with the ball is unbelievable and her understanding of the game is one of the top in the valley.” Shingle also pulled double duty this fall as the kicker on the Red Riders’ football team.
For the second straight season, Taylor led Wheeling Park in goals and assists, finding the back of the net 14 times and adding 11 assists for the Patriots and her coach/father, Aubrey. The junior forward really came into her own this season and will likely be the undisputed leader next season of the club when practice gets underway next fall. “She is an attacker with a fantastic mind for the goal,” Hladek said. “She has the confidence to want the ball at her feet. She will definitely be a state Player of the Year-level talent next year and it will be huge having her back.” Taylor was named first team All-OVAC and all-state by the coaches.