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Wheeling Park’s Puskarich, Shadyside’s Bonar Captain 36th Annual All-Valley Girls' Squads

April 6, 2013
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Emily Puskarich

Wheeling Park

Puskarich makes her fourth appearance on the All-Valley squad, her second straight season as captain.

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Photo by Tony Viola

Members of the 36th annual All-Valley Girls’ Basketball teams gathered at Wheeling Jesuit University on Friday to celebrate their honors. Those on hand included, front, from left: Nicole Smolenak (Bridgeport), Haley Robb (Wheeling Park), Kylie Howard (John Marshall). Back, from left: Emily Puskarich (Wheeling Park), Bre Berryman (Indian Creek), Colleen McCormick and Emily Bucon (Wheeling Central).

Park's second all-time leading scorer (boys or girls), Puskarich averaged 21 points per game. She also averaged seven rebounds, five steals and four assists per outing for Coach Dee Davis. She shot 52 percent from the field and 77 percent from the charity stripe.

Puskarich, a West Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year finalist, finished her stellar career with 1,768 points.

A Robert Morris signee, Puskarich was named first team all-state for the third straight season, as well as first team All-OVAC.

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First Team

Bre Berryman, Indian Creek

Katie Ellzy, Harrison Central

Kylie Howard, John Marshall

Jessica Kinney, Martins Ferry

Emiley Masloski, Steubenville

Emily Puskarich, Wheeling Park (C)

Haley Robb, Wheeling Park

Angela Staffileno, Brooke

Second Team

Tori Derrow, John Marshall

Kayla Fillipovich, Buckeye Local

Vanessa Hissam, Oak Glen

Brooke Mains, Indian Creek

Molly McCoy, Edison

Cori Medley, Union Local

Alexis St. Clair, St. Clairsville

Marissa Tucker, Wheeling Park

Third Team

Mytia Barker, Steubenville

Kayla Doty, Union Local

Kara Dunfee, Harrison Central

Marissa Goodright, Meadowbrook

Kiarra Kamarec, Indian Creek

Dallas Montag, Union Local

Katelyn Pollock, Edison

Alyssa Shingle, Weir

Honorable Mention

Brooke: Michelea Hinerman

Harrison Central: Jesse Ledger

Indian Creek: Bethany Davis

John Marshall: Morgan Watson

Martins Ferry: Meghan Rose

Meadowbrook: Courtney Wolverton

Oak Glen: Jessica Stivason

St. Clairsville: Lauren Figura

Steubenville: Taylor Young

Weir: Shelva Burns

Wheeling Park: Kambrea O'Neal

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Small School

First Team

Karli Bonar, Shadyside (C)

Emily Bucon, Wheeling Central

Mallory Chapman, Magnolia

Deidra Combs, Fort Frye

Hayley Holenka, Shadyside

Sophie Kinnard, Tyler Consolidated

Colleen McCormick, Wheeling Central

Nicole Smolenak, Bridgeport

Small School

Second Team

Morgan Brunner, Linsly

Katheryn Kinney, Beallsville

Caitlyn Kroll, Bridgeport

Cassidy McCollough, River

Maclaine Murad, Bridgeport

Chelsie Roberts, Monroe Central

Kristin Russell, St. John

Katie Tennant, Hundred

Small School

Third Team

Neely Benline, Cameron

Lindsay Bodnar, Toronto

Olivia Bower, Conotton Valley

Taylor Buchanan, Fort Frye

Jensen Caretti, River

Kierstyn Kidder, Bellaire

Morgan Liedtke, Fort Frye

Nicolette Selitti, Madonna

Honorable Mention

Barnesville: Shayla Markovich

Beallsville: Mikaela Headley, Madison Stephen

Bellaire: Myleah Green

Bishop Donahue: Selena Ghaphery, Kat Polinski

Bridgeport: Brittany Higgenbotham

Buckeye Trail: Allison Sichina, Layleigh Smith

Caldwell: Lexy Schell

Cameron: Leah Stern

Conotton Valley: Brynlynn Belknap

Fort Frye: Brooke Borich

Frontier: Kelsie Rinard

Hundred: Oshanna Topp, Emily Ebert

Linsly: JJ Jackson, Emma Cecil

Madonna: Monica Bragg, Amy Davis

Magnolia: Grace Berisford

Monroe Central: Chelsie Tewanger

Paden City: Myah Charkawi, Logan Cosper

River: Laken Ramsay

St. John: Marissa Rose

Shadyside: Kristen Fijalkowski

Shenandoah: Raechel Rossiter, Blake Hall, Taylor Arrick

Steubenville Catholic: Rachel Rigaud, Micca Mirabella

Toronto: Lexie Berger

Tyler Consolidated: Torrye Cline, Sydney Reed

Valley: Megan Bucher

Wheeling Central: Madison Basinger, Lindsey Baker, Regan Blaha

Karli Bonar


Bonar returns to the captain's post, as well, after helping lead Shadyside to another successful campaign in which it played one of the toughest schedules in the Ohio Valley.

During the season, Bonar, a senior, averaged 19.5 points, 6.4 assists and 4.8 rebounds a game for Coach Tina Yates. She finished her career as the Buckeye State's best from beyond the arc, boy or girl.

The University of Findlay recruit helped lead the Tigers to another OVAC Class 2A championship.

Bonar was a first-team All-Ohio honoree, first team All-OVAC pick and Eastern District Player of the Year.

Bre Berryman

Indian Creek

Berryman backed up her sensational freshman campaign with a solid sophomore one.

Coach Erin DeSantis' stalwart earned second team All-Ohio honors in Division II, along with Eastern District Co-Player of the Year.

Berryman, 6-foot-5, averaged a triple-double of 23 points, 18 boards and 10 blocks per outing en route to first team All-OVAC honors again.

Katie Ellzy

Harrison Central

Coach Nick Yourkovich had one of the stronger teams in the area and Ellzy was one of the reasons why.

Another in a talented group of area sophomores, the 5-9 forward averaged 17.5 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. She recorded 13 double-doubles and three games of 30-plus points.

Those numbers earned Ellzy honorable mention All-Ohio honors in Division III and first team All-OVAC.

Kylie Howard

John Marshall

Howard returns to first-team status after enjoying another fine season for the Monarchs.

She dropped in 22.1 points per game for Coach Mark McCormick, along with 11.5 boards and four steals.

Howard missed a portion of the campaign with a knee injury, but when she was on the court was solid. The senior was a first team All-OVAC and honorable mention all-state performer.

Jessica Kinney

Martins Ferry

Kinney is one of five members of the 2012 first team to return in 2013.

And for good reason.

After seeing her 2012 campaign end prematurely, Kinney returned in fine fashion this winter, scoring 21.6 points per game en route to being named Ohio Division III Eastern District Player of the Year.

In addition, she was first team in the state and the OVAC for first-year coach Lindsay Coyne.

Emiley Masloski


Like a spark plug that makes a vehicle run, Masloski did the same for Coach Phil Casinelli and Big Red.

Despite sitting out five games with a knee injury, the junior averaged 17.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.

Masloski earned first team all-district honors. She was also named first team All-OVAC for the third straight year in leading Big Red to the OVAC crown.

Haley Robb

Wheeling Park

Robb returns to the first team after averaging 17 points, three boards, two steals and two assists for a Patriots team that advanced to the regional round.

A three-year starter for Davis, the senior was a source of stability for her team and finished her career with 1,095 points.

Robb captained the West Virginia Class AAA third team and was second team All-OVAC.

Angela Staffileno


If no one took notice of Staffileno as a freshman, they did as a sophomore.

All she did was average 23 points, 15 rebounds, seven blocks, 1.5 steals and 1.5 assists per game for a Bruins squad that was challenged by some of the top teams in the state. Staffileno was second team all-state and first team All-OVAC.

Emily Bucon

Wheeling Central

Bucon returns to the All-Valley first team after helping lead the Maroon Knights to another West Virginia Class A state tournament appearance.

The senior averaged 15.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game, despite missing a portion of the season with an injured knee.

She earned first team all-state honors for Coach Penn Kurtz, as well as first team All-OVAC.

Mallory Chapman


Chapman, a junior, moves up to first-team status this season after helping Magnolia get to within one victory of the West Virginia Class A Tournament.

First for her dad, Dave, then for Mark Blair, Chapman posted averages of 19.1 points, 105 boards and 2.1 blocks per game. She set the school single-game scoring mark in a game with 43 en route to being named second team all-state and first team All-OVAC.

Deidra Combs

Fort Frye

Combs finally got the opportunity to play on Ohio's grandest stage this season as she led Coach Dan Leidtke's Cadets to the Division III state tournament.

Also an OVAC champion, Combs averaged 11.3 points, 2.1 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game en route to third team All-Ohio and first team All-OVAC accolades. She shot 54 percent from the field and 34.8 from beyond the arc.

Hayley Holenka


Another returning All-Valley first teamer for Coach Tina Yates, Holenka was part of a stellar lineup that helped the Tigers successfully navigate another tough schedule.

Holneka averaged 16.9 points and 5.8 boards per game en route to special mention all-state, and first team all-district and All-OVAC honors. Holenka is one of five returning All-Valley first teamers in the Small School category.

Sophie Kinnard

Tyler Consolidated

Kinnard, the Tyler Consolidated junior, earned first team All-Valley status for the first time after scoring 16.9 points per game for her dad, Matt.

The captain of the West Virginia Class A third team and a first team All-OVAC performer, Kinnard snared a shade better than eight boards per game, giving her 518 through three seasons for the Silver Knights.

Kinnard also shot 51 percent from 3-point land.

Colleen McCormick

Wheeling Central

Wheeling Central's return to Charleston for the Class A state tournament wasn't that much of a surprise, especially with the third team all-state captain in the middle.

McCormick, a senior, averaged 21.9 points, 13.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists for Coach Penn Kurtz. She also shot a shade less than 56 percent from the field, 85 percent from the foul line and 43 percent from beyond the arc.

Nicole Smolenak


Bridgeport experienced a resurgence this season, partly because of the play of senior, and repeat first team All-Valley player, Smolenak.

Proclaimed the leader of the team by Coach Rob Zitzelsberger, Smolenak averaged 14.8 points per game and led the Bulldogs in free-throw percentage, defensive rebounds, assists and steals. The junior and special mention all-state performer has 1,046 career points.

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