Oak Glen’s Skye Stokes Captains 3rd Annual Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register All-Valley Volleyball Team
Another volleyball season is in the books and this year was certainly one to be remembered.
There were many firsts for schools such as Wheeling Park claiming its first OVAC championship in school history as well as Oak Glen finishing the season with a perfect record and a West Virginia Class AA state championship. Paden City also had a season to remember as it finished Class A state runner-up.
This year, we continue the tradition by recognizing a new group of talented athletes who have put together wonderful campaigns on the court.
Here is the third annual Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register All-Valley volleyball team.
The 2019 volleyball season in the Ohio Valley begins and ends with one name. Skye Stokes.
The Golden Bears’ senior moved to Oak Glen from East Liverpool and put her name into the history books.
Stokes turned in a masterpiece of a campaign, leading her team to a perfect 38-0 season and a West Virginia Class AA Championship.
The accolades didn’t stop there. Stokes also brought home the West Virginia Volleyball High School Player of the Year Award and was selected captain of the Class AA all-state team.
En route to capping off her season with a handful of awards, Stokes recorded 392 kills, 45 blocks, 158 aces, 235 digs and 77 assists for first-year coach Morgan Poling.
Stokes is committed to her dream college — West Virginia University — where she will continue her volleyball and academic careers.
Kayna Anderson, Magnolia
When a team wins a state championship, the following season that team has a target. For Magnolia, it was the case, but for Kayna Anderson, it was business as usual.
The senior captain and four year starter tallied 174 points and led the team with 658 digs this season. Anderson was also named second team all-state in Class A. She finished her career with 698 points and 1908 digs.
Anderson was also honored by the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference receiving All-OVAC honors in Class 3A.
Riley Brown, Shadyside
It certainly was a season to remember for Shadyside volleyball.
The Tigers finished regular season play with a record of 21-1 and OVAC Class 2A runner-ups and senior Riley Brown was a huge contribution to their success.
The middle blocker paced the Tigers with 195 kills, 34 blocks and 58 aces as the Tigers also made their first appearance in the district championship.
Madison Davis, Shadyside
Shadyside certainly had a lot of senior leadership on 2019’s squad. Madison Davis was another reason why the Tigers had such a successful season.
The setter paced the Tigers with 631 assists and also compiled 63 aces.
Davis was also a threat behind the line as she compiled a serve percentage of 93.4 percent.
One thing that the Wheeling Park volleyball team will look forward to next season is another year with Ally Franko.
Franko, a junior outside hitter/defensive specialist, was a major factor in Wheeling Park’s success this year. She led the way for the Patriots with 313 kills, along with having 26 aces, 235 digs and 320 serve receptions. Franco also had a serving percentage of 92.4.
Franko was also named West Virginia Class AAA second team all-state.
Leah Gaudino, Wheeling Park
The Wheeling Park volleyball team had a season for the record books in 2019, and it was certainly a way for senior Leah Gaudino to leave her mark.
Gaudino, the only senior on this year’s squad provided a plethora of leadership as she supplied 240 kills. The senior outside hitter/defensive specialist also compiled 20 aces, 193 digs and had a serving percentage of 90.8.
In the 5A OVAC championship match against University, she led the way for the Patriots with 18 points, 18 kills and 14 digs.
One of the best ways to end your prep career is to go out a champion. That’s exactly what senior middle hitter McKayla Goodlin did for Oak Glen.
On the season, Goodlin put down 269 kills, while adding 160 digs, 32 aces and 24 blocks en route to receiving second team all-state in West Virginia Class AA.
She had 13 of those kills in the OVAC Class 4A championship game where the Golden Bears swept East Liverpool while tallying eight in the state championship match.
Casey Kildow, Union Local
The Jets were flying high all season long behind Casey Kildow.
The junior captain helped lead Union Local to a 22-2 record, which included a 19-0 start to the season and almost every win was a sweep.
The setter/outside hitter turned in season totals of 177 kills, 236 digs, 390 assists, 94 aces, a serving percentage of 93.7 and a serve reception percentage of 92.1 (70 of 76) in 75 sets played.
Torre Kildow, Union Local
This UL standout knows how to make an entrance.
Torre Kildow busted on to the scene in a big way this year as a freshman as she was a pivotal part of the Jets’ success.
The setter/outside hitter amassed 305 kills, 220 digs, 280 assists, 20 blocks, 45 aces, a serving percentage of 88.5 and a serve reception percentage of 92.1 (69 of 77) in 75 sets.
If her breakout campaign is any indicator, the next three seasons should be very exciting in Morristown.
Sophia Mikula, Weir
To put it simply, Weir’s Sophia Mikula is just an all-around athlete. This past spring, she was named captain of Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register’s All-Valley softball team.
This fall, she has been named All-Valley in volleyball.
Mikula, who doubles as a middle hitter and setter paced the Red Riders this year with 259 assists, 112 kills, 134 blocks and 21 aces. Mikula, a senior, was named second team all-state in Class AA along with receiving All-OVAC honors in Class 5A.
Kyndra Pilant, Magnolia
It doesn’t matter what sport is being played, it is no secret that Kyndra Pilant has been a force at Magnolia since she stepped foot in the school, Pilant, capped her Blue Eagle volleyball career in impressive fashion.
A four-year starter and senior captain, Pilant returns to the All-Valley team after she delivered an eye-popping 887 kills on the season along with 200 blocks. She also collected 354 digs on the season and scored 148 points where she was honored with first team all-state in West Virginia Class A and was named All-OVAC in Class 3A.
Hannah Rogers, Oak Glen
Oak Glen’s Hannah Rogers is another senior that will go into the history books and walk away a winner. Rogers returns to the All-Valley team after being one of many key factors in the Golden Bears’ state championship season.
Rogers, a senior lefty outside hitter tallied 314 kills. She also had 139 aces and 191 digs. Her numbers were well-received as she was named first team all-state in Class AA and also claimed All-OVAC honors.
Rogers played a vital role in huge games as she stuffed the stat sheet with seven points, 12 kills and six digs in the Class 4A OVAC championship game. She concluded her high school volleyball campaign with a 12 kills and an ace in the state championship.
One year removed from a West Virginia Class A state runner-up campaign, the Tyler Consolidated Knights had to look for some new players to take a leadership role after a handful of seniors graduated. Regan Smith was one of those players for the Silver Knights.
Smith was one of the setters for Tyler Consolidated as well as being an outside hitter. Smith compiled a stellar 273 kills, 332 assists, 247 service points, 53 aces, 209 digs and 271 blocks en route to earning second team all-state in Class A.
Anna Taylor, Steubenville
Steubenville’s Anna Taylor put together a solid junior campaign where she received a handful of accolades.
After compiling 61 aces, 158 points, 287 kills, 413 serve receptions, 39 solo blocks, 25 block assists, 60 assists and 217 digs, Taylor received First Team Eastern District 5 along with First Team All-OVAC.
In arguably the toughest class in the OVAC, Steubenville was still able to make it into the conference tournament as the fourth seed thanks to the junior outside hitter/defensive specialist.
Hope Weber, Paden City
After 2018’s successful campaign, one thing was certain, Paden City volleyball was going to be a force to reckon with for years to come. This year was no exception and Hope Weber had yet another huge year for the Wildcats. The junior returns to the All-Valley team for the third straight year after helping the Wildcats secure a third straight OVAC Class 1A championship and help her team punch their ticket to the state tournament for the first time.
The OVAC Class 1A Player of the Year compiled 567 kills, 31 blocks, 45 aces, 248 assists and had a serving percentage of 96.1.
Mallory Yeater, Paden City
Paden City is certainly putting together a dynasty. Weber’s classmate Mallory Yeater has also been a vital part of the Wildcats’ successful run.
The junior setter/outside hitter has put up impressive numbers as she compiled a season total of 680 assists, 81 aces, 351 digs, 310 kills and a serving percentage of 97.8.
Yeater also was named first team all-state in Class A along with All-OVAC.
She led the way for the Wildcats in the regional championship game with 20 assists, 12 points, 10 kills and four dig to help the Wildcats reach Charleston for the first time in school history.