PADEN CITY – Paden City volleyball will soon begin and back for her third year as a starter will be 5’7″ senior hitter Kallie Arnett. Head volleyball Coach Fred King called her “a team leader and an asset” to Paden City high school.
“Kallie has been playing volleyball here since middle school,” King said. “She is a hard worker with a great attitude and has vastly improved her game. This year, we are expecting some great things out of her. She is getting her timing down. Her hitting and net play are her strong points. Kallie is a leader and will be one of our captains. She is also a very coachable kid.”
Arnett will be trying for her third straight letter in volleyball and is also in her fourth year as a Wildcat cheerleader where she has lettered each season. As well as she does in those two sports, Arnett has also been instrumental in the success of girls track as a member of the shuttle-hurdle team, which has made it to the state both of her years running for the Wildcats. She has also participated at the state meet both years as a long jumper.
“My goals this year as a Wildcat athlete is to win the regionals and make it to state in volleyball, I want to win our conferences as well and get back to Charleston come track season,”she said.
As a student at Paden City High School, Arnett also excels in the classroom where she carries a 3.75 GPA and has been a consistent honor roll student her first three years. After graduating from high school, Arnett is making plans to enter cosmotology school in Wheeling. She said she is strong in her Christian faith and attends the First Baptist Church of Paden City.
“I want to thank Coach King for all his help during volleyball and my parents and family for all their help and support during my school days,” she added.
We here in the county sports departments want to wish the best to Arnett as she begins her senior year and on her career that follows.
MIDDLEBOURNE – Tyler Consolidated will be counting heavily on three-sport standout Trent Smith to lead them to the next level this year.
Smith, a 6’3″ 180-pound senior, will be back for his fourth year as a Silver Knights’ football player where he has lettered three years. This season, Smith will be relied onto haul in and make some big catches at the tight end spot while roaming at free safety on the defensive side.
With good speed and hands and a height advantage over most defensive backs, Smith may be the play maker that Coach Ryan Walton wants and needs.
“We are glad to have a player like Trent to throw to. We’re going to mix things up and he will certainly be a target. He came into camp this year in shape and ready to go. He has a great attitude and is a very coachable kid,” Walton said.
Football seems to come naturally to Smith, but it’s not his only sport. This will be his fourth year as a basketball and baseball player as well. In basketball, Smith has lettered twice and in baseball he will be going for his fourth. Smith is one of those quiet type of athletes who speaks the loudest with his actions on the field and court.
“I like working with the younger kids and helping them become better at what they do,” he said. “I have enjoyed my first three years as a Silver Knight and I want to make this year one I’ll always remember. My goal as a player is to perform at the highest level I’m capable of. I want to help lead the Knights to the playoffs and to get a win once we get there.”
As much as sports mean to him, Smith said the important thing is to stay focused on academics and maintain the 4.0 GPA he carries. He plans on attending college upon graduation. He said he would like to thank his Mom for all of her help and support during his school days and Walton for helping him become a more complete player and person.
If you haven’t seen him play and are looking for something to do on Friday nights, take the time to attend a Silver Knights’ football game and watch what this athlete can do. It might surprise you when he jumps up and hauls in the pass for the first down to keep the drive going. I look for Trent Smith to have a big impact on Tyler Consolidated sports this season. Good Luck Trent.