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West Earns Athlete of Week Honors Two Weeks in a Row

By Staff | Nov 16, 2016

Photo by Shari Smith For the second week in a row, Madison West scores Athlete of the Week with her serve.

The Tyler Star News athlete of the Week for Nov. 16 is Tyler Consolidated senior volleyball Libero Madison West – second week in a row.

An all-state candidate and a four-year letter winner, West has been a standout all season and is one of the better servers on the team. When the ball comes her way, West seldom misses as she can dig as good as any back row players around.

Earlier this year when the season was about to start, West said said her goal was to win the sectionals and regionals and get back to Charleston in volleyball. During the sectionals and regional championships, West accounted for 55 digs and 30 points. West broke the record for points in a single set with 25 to help her teammates defeat Moorefield in the first round of the state playoffs last Friday in Charleston.

West says she wants to go to college after graduation, possibly attend Marshall University, and become a physical therapist. She certainly can achieve that as she has been an honor student all through high school and carries a 4.4 GPA. She is a member of the National Honor Society and has been a Peoples Bank Banquet Award winner all through school. She is also a member of the Middlebourne United Methodist Church where she attends on a regular basis with her family. During the summer, West was a vigilant life guard at Sistersville Pool where she made sure the kids stayed safe.

West does not just dig volleyball – see what I did there – but she is an accomplished softball player. Last season, West was named to the second team Class A Softball All-State Team, as voted on by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.

Before volleyball season began, Coach Richard Summers offered, perhaps, some prediction of what West will accomplish.

“Madison is one of those athletes you like to have around,” he said. “She is experienced and a hard worker who leads by example. She doesn’t know what it means not to make it to state because she has been there every year of her career and seems determined not to let that happen (stay home) this year. We are expecting a lot out of her. She has showed up in great shape and will be one of our captains and will play a leadership role.”

Prophetic words.

One last note, though there were certainly standouts during the season, I’ll take a page out of Time magazine’s playbook, more or less, by naming an entire team as Athlete of the Week – the Silver Knights football team.

The Silver Knights (6-6) were ranked among the best top 20 teams in the state and earned a spot in the first round of the playoffs.

Last season offered a series of hits or misses to finish with a 4-6 record, no post season play. Then, Coach Ryan Walton’s Silver Knights endured a 68-22 setback to arch-rival, and No. 1-rated Magnolia.

Not so much with the losing to the Blue Eagles this time around. Due to the dynamic duo of Jace Reed and Tyler Anderson in the backfield, the team went down the field on a 16-play, 99-yard drive that burned more than six minutes in a 20-7 victory against Magnolia on Alumni Field at Bill Stewart Memorial Stadium.

Also, when comparing last year’s stats for a few key players to stats they earned in just a few key games this season indicates the team has not only improved, but charged ahead like a knight galloping down the field in a jousting contest. This season’s stats will be published in a future edition.

One last note: much thanks to photographers Shari Smith and Maggie Fisher for their professional quality photos.

Also, praise goes to Jeff Lancaster for keeping stats this season and D. Luke Furbee, who was recently re-elected as Tyler County Prosecutor, for running the clock.

And finally, miss you Ed.