Park’s Hanna, Oak Glen’s Enochs Captain 25th All-Valley Girls Soccer Team
Reece Enochs, Oak Glen
Although Oak Glen fell short of another trip to the state tournament, senior Reece Enochs put forth another unbelievable seasons. Her second straight year as captain on the All-Valley team, Enochs scored 48 goals and dished out 18 assists. Enochs finished her career with 155 total goals at Oak Glen. She was also named OVAC Class 4A Player of the Year. “She once again proved to be one of the dominant offensive players in the OVAC and the state of West Virginia,” Oak Glen coach Ryan Wells said.
Graceylyn Hanna, Wheeling Park
What’s the best way to end your high school career? A state championship. That’s exactly what Wheeling Park’s Graceylyn Hanna accomplished. The senior scored 15 goals and led the team with 27 assists. Hanna finished her Patriots career with 55 goals and 101 assists. She was named First Team All-OVAC. “Gracey is a truly selfless player who led her team to a sectional, region and state championship this season,” Wheeling Park coach Carrie Hanna said. The Patriots also finished with a record of 19-2 this year.
Four years, four appearances on the All-Valley team. Weir senior Isabella Aperfine returns to the All-Valley team after leading the Red Riders in goals and assists. A captain for Weir, she secured 15 goals and six assists in 2020. As one of the captains, she also had an extra responsibility as she carried herself and her team on and off the field in dealing with the tragic death of teammate Madison Crowe.
A midfielder turned defender during the post season, Wheeling Park’s Abby Barki was one of many key components for the Patriots’ success. During her time at midfield, she scored two goals and dished out four assists. As a defender, her efforts led to three shutouts against three unbeaten teams during the playoffs. One of those efforts was against Parkersburg South in the state championship match. Parkesburg South was not shut out on the season until then.
For the first time in school history, the St. Clairsville girls soccer team won a district championship and advanced to the regional tournament. Junior Alyssa Bodkin was a key component to the Red Devils’ success. The speedster tallied a team-high 21 goals and dished out three assists for St. Clairsville even though she missed a few games due to injury.
Just add this to the list of many other awards for Steubenville Catholic’s Bri DeChristopher. The OVAC Class 1A/3A Player of the Year had an 84.4 save percentage for the Crusaders where she compiled 152 saves. She also collected EDSSCA Ohio First Team and First Team All-OVAC. It makes it even more impressive as she tore her ACL and meniscus in 2019. She had surgery and went to rehab to play this season.
Looking at her stats, it would be hard to believe that Wheeling Park’s Merritt Delk was a freshman. Well, look out. She’s going to be around for three more years. Delk had a team-high 28 goals including securing seven hat tricks. Delk also had nine assists and was named First Team-All OVAC. With three years left to play, Delk will certainly be a player to be on every team’s radar in the Class AAA field.
Another Wheeling Park freshman that other teams are going to have to worry about over the next three years is Lily Hanna. As a defender, she scored four goals and also dished out six assists for the Patriots. One of those goals came in the state semifinal, an answer back against George Washington. She also was named First Team All-OVAC.
After making it to the All-Valley second team last year, St. Clairsville’s Mikayla Hendershot had herself a memorable senior season. When a key player goes down to injury, one player has to be the one to fill the role. That’s what Hendershot did. The senior midfielder/forward showed a lot of consistency as she found the back of the net 15 times and dished out 15 assists. Hendershot also was named second team all-state in Ohio.
Making it to the All-Valley team for the second straight year, Steubenville’s Mary Marshall finished her high school career in impressive fashion. Described as the offensive map for Big Red by Steubenville coach Annie Cutri, Marshall scored 33 goals this season along with nine assists for Big Red. She increased her goals and assist total from a year ago. In 2019, she had 20 goals and added seven assists. She also was named second team all-state.
After her final game in a Red Devils’ uniform, Jaeda Nowak rewrote St. Clairsville’s record book. The goalkeeper now holds the school record for both shutouts (36) and saves (519). During Nowak’s senior year, she compiled 139 saves and had six shutouts for St. Clairsville. Her biggest save though, arguably came in the district final where she stopped the fifth and final shot of the shootout to help secure the title for the Red Devils.
While it probably wasn’t the year the team wanted, Harrison Central’s Britton Positano still put up some noteworthy numbers. The senior goalkeeper denied 174 shots, tallied three shutouts and even scored three goals. She finished her career with 670 saves, nine shutouts, five goals and three assists. Positano earned First Team All-OVAC for three straight seasons and First Team All-District the past two. The senior was also a three-year captain for the Huskies.
On the roster, Madonna’s Angela Spickard is listed as a defender. With her numbers, people could mistake her as a forward. The technically sound junior used her speed and her skill when possessing the ball to tally 16 goals and six assists for the Blue Dons, who won the OVAC Class 1A/3A championship this season against Steubenville Catholic at Red Devils Stadium.
Another returner from last year’s All-Valley team, Linsly’s Sophia Stark was a senior leader on a rebuilding team. She scored five goals and dished out six assists for the Cadets. She was named West Virginia Class AA/A Region I Player of the Year and First Team All-OVAC. She will continue to play soccer at Baldwin Wallace University.
It looks like Oak Glen has already found its next scorer for the next three years. Freshman Kami Ward turned in a solid campaign at the high school level. Even with Enochs on the same team, Ward scored 24 goals and tallied 13 assists for the Golden Bears. She will emerge as the main offensive threat next year and be surrounded by a core of seven other returning starters.
The final Golden Bear to make it to the 2020 All-Valley team is Brooklyn Watts. Watts had quite the journey this season as she missed her entire sophomore campaign due to an ACL injury. But that’s only the beginning of her impressive year. Not only did she score 21 goals, she also set a state record with 37 assists. With one more year left and the offensive firepower that Oak Glen could have in 2021, Watts will definitely be eyeing to see if that 37 number can be topped.
It’s almost second nature for John Marshall’s Zara Zervos to make an appearance on an All-Valley team. Already being named captain to the cross country team this year, she will make her third appearance on the soccer team. The senior proved once again why she is one of the best athletes in the state of West Virginia. Zervos scored a team-high 32 goals this season. She finished her career as a Monarch with 140 career goals, second all-time at John Marshall.
Isabella Aperfine, Weir
Abby Barki, Wheeling Park
Alyssa Bodkin, St. Clairsville
Bri DeChristopher, Steubenville Catholic
Merritt Delk, Wheeling Park
Reece Enochs, Oak Glen (Captain)
Graceylyn Hanna, Wheeling Park (Captain)
Lily Hanna, Wheeling Park
Mikayla Hendershot, St. Clairsville
Mary Marshall, Steubenville
Jaeda Nowak, St. Clairsville
Britton Positano, Harrison Central
Angela Spickard, Madonna
Sophia Stark, Linsly
Kami Ward, Oak Glen
Brooklyn Watts, Oak Glen
Zara Zervos, John Marshall
Alexis Adams, Weir
Isabella Anderson, John Marshall
Jairika Baylor, Wheeling Central
Helen Bossart, Linsly
Josephine Kulpa, Wheeling Park
Audrery Lantz, Wheeling Park
Abby Macek, Madonna
Megan Malin, St. Clairsville
Maddie McKay, Oak Glen
Maria Meyer, Steubenville Catholic
Brooke Ohler, Brooke
Chloe Petrelle, Steubenville
Elizabeth Romanek, Steubenville Catholic
2020: Reece Enochs, Oak Glen; Graceylyn Hanna, Wheeling Park
2019: Reece Enochs, Oak Glen
2018: Alyssa Otto, St. Clairsville; Maggie Kovalcik, Oak Glen
2017: Alyssa Otto, St. Clairsville
2016: Hayley Timko, Weirton Madonna
2015: Cheyenne Hudson, Brooke
2014: Briella Taylor, Wheeling Park
2013: Michaela Hinerman, Brooke; Maleha Kureishy, Linsly
2012: Ashley Grove, Wheeling Park
2011: Brett Nanners, Linsly
2010: Alex Frawley, Linsly
2009: Jaclyn Dutton, St. Clairsville
2008: Jaclyn Dutton, St. Clairsville
2007: Sarah Bizanovich, Wheeling Park; Lauren Thomas, Wheeling Park
2006: Sarah Bizanovich, Wheeling Park; Lauren Thomas, Wheeling Park
2005: Jamie Kocher, Brooke
2004: Kelsey Fowler, Wheeling Central; Arlene Wheeler, Wheeling Park; Jill Wright, Wheeling Park
2003: Ashley Neal, Linsly; Emily Porter, Wheeling Park; Jill Wright, Wheeling Park
2002: Julie Gompers, Wheeling Park; Maddie Lawther, John Marshall
2001: Brianne Basilone, Wheeling Park; Lauren Gompers, Wheeling Park; Jessica Yarter, Brooke
2000: Karrie Hutchins, Wheeling Park; Hannah Lawther, John Marshall; Emily Marshall, Wheeling Park
1999: Rachel Foose, Wheeling Park; Karrie Hutchins, Wheeling Park
1998: Hannah Lawther, John Marshall; Emily Marshall, Wheeling Park
1997: Katie Hull, Brooke
1996: Christy Dick, Brooke; Katie Hull, Brooke