Look out Charleston, Knights on the way
Last week was quite a week for sports teams at Tyler Consolidated High School with the football team securing their spot in the play-offs on Friday and both the volleyball team and cheerleading squads qualifying for a spot in their respective sports’ state competitions held on Saturday.
The Lady Knight volleyball team bested two opponents at home on Saturday to earn the Regional title and will travel to the WV State Volleyball Championships in Charleston on Nov. 14.
The Knight cheerleaders placed second in their Regional on Saturday in Parkersburg and will represent the Region, their school and the County in Charleston on Dec. 13.
With a season record of 40-12, the Tyler Consolidated Lady Knight volleyball team outlasted all comers in the Sectional and Regional tournaments last week in order to earn the right to represent Region I at the State Volleyball Tournament this weekend.
Securing the Regional title on Saturday was the third straight such win for the Lady Knight Volleyball program. In 2012 and ’13 the team fell just short of the big win and State Championship title, finishing in the runner-up slot. Though second in the state is a very respectable place to finish, it was not what they went to bring home then, or now.
This year, the team is planning and hoping on a different outcome.
“Saturday was the best that we have played all year,” said veteran head coach of the Lady Knights, Richard Summers. “We will have to continue this and serve even better once we get to Charleston.”
With four seniors on the team, the Silver and Black have plenty of experience to count on when they take the court in Charleston. “Many of our girls have been to Charleston for three straight years,” the coach said. “I really hope that experience will be helpful to us.”
At the Region I tournament held at Tyler Consolidated High School on Saturday, the Lady Knights handed the loss to Madonna in quick fashion, defeating the team in three straight: 25-10, 25-5 and 25-12.
During the second match, it was announced that Knight senior, Bridget Matthews had achieved her 300th career kill with a powerful shot over the net.
Matthews had 12 points (three aces) in the game, 13 kills, five blocks and one dig. Ariel Fish added 16 points (four aces), had seven kills, three blocks and eight digs; Kerstyn Cline, eight points (two aces), 28 assists, four digs; Hannah Casteel, six points (one ace), one kill, four assists, one block, six digs; Sydney Yoho, two points, 11 kills, four blocks, two digs; Abbie Fletcher, 10 kills, two blocks, one dig; Courtney Hoder, 11 points (three aces), six digs; Madison West, 12 digs; Lili Orr, seven digs; and Macy Long was credited with three assists.
In the second game, though they made every effort to come back several times in the game, Tyler Consolidated defeated the Lady Eagles of Magnolia in three straight: 25-13, 25-17 and 25-18
Statistics for the game include: Matthews, 11 points (four aces), 17 kills, six blocks, five digs; Fish, 18 points (three aces), eight kills, four blocks, 10 digs; Cline, five points (one ace), 33 assists, five digs; Fletcher, six kills, four blocks, two digs; Yoho, nine kills, two digs; Casteel, one point, three assists, six digs; Hoder, 12 points (one ace), three digs; West, 18 digs; Orr, five digs; and Long, two digs.
The Lady Knights are scheduled to begin their quest for a state title by taking on the East Hardy Lady Cougars on Friday in Charleston at 8:30 a.m. in the quarterfinals.
A strong serving team, East Hardy will bring their up close and personal net play to the court against the Lady Knights.
“East Hardy plays in the Eastern Panhandle against many out of state teams,” coach Summers said. “They are a good ball club. Two years ago it took a late surge to beat them and I suspect this year will be no different.”
The winner of the Silver Knight – Lady Cougar game will play the winner of the Man/Buffalo game at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. The winner of the semi-finals will meet their opponent on center court at the Civic Center on Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m.
“If we were to win against East Hardy and have to play Buffalo, they knocked out the defending state champs who were playing the best they have all year,” Summers said.
“They are a veteran team and whoever makes the least mistakes will likely win that one.”
In simple terms, Summers says it all comes down to eight teams. “And it would be hard to pick against any one of them.”
“I’m very happy for the girls as they have worked extremely hard and deserve success,” he continued. “But best of all, they don’t act as if they are satisfied to just get there.”
And that is what it is going to take to bring home the state title. Hard work, want, need, going the extra mile and not allowing themselves to settle for second best.
The first game of the state tournament will begin at 8:30 a.m.
Tyler Consolidated and Paden City High School cheerleading squads each competed at the Region I, Class A, Regional Cheerleading Champion-ships at Parkersburg High School on Saturday. Ten teams competed for a first or second place finish at the competition in order to qualify for a berth in the state competition to be held in December.
The Silver Knights performed on the floor first of the ten teams, achieving an overall score of 330.35 with their excellent routine which earned them a second place overall finish and qualified the team for state competition. The championship went to the Cee-Bee cheerleaders of Clay-Battelle who scored 337.2, the highest Class A team score in the state that day.
Competing for Consolidated were: Brooke Keys, Sierra Mace, Laken Miller, Megan Wilson, Jayme Jeffers, Katlyn Seckman, Shayla Griffey, Lexi Jenkins, Devann McCoy, Brooklyn Pittman, Taylor Vandruff, Seminole Weekley, and Scotlynn Straight. Alternates are Tessa Boyd, Autumn Kunkel, and Megan Miller.
The Silver Knight cheerleaders are coached by Stefanie Suter and Laci Strode.
Paden City’s cheerleaders placed fifth overall at the event with a top notch routine. Cheering for the ‘Cats at the competition were: Kayla Hizer, Hannah Stanley, Tori Anderson, Mallory Estel, Ciera Yoho, Desiree Heasley, Abby Still, Madison Kelly, Kallie Arnett, Malayna Price, Katrina Heasley and Jenna Arnett.
Kim Hizer and Michelle Gorby coach the Wildcat cheerleaders.
The West Virginia High School State Cheerleading Competition will be held at the Charleston Civic Center on Dec. 13. Winners and runners-up from each Region in the state in all three classes will compete for the 2014 West Virginia Cheerleading Title at the Civic Center beginning at 10 a.m. Teams competing in the Class A state competition in Dec. are as follows (in order of performance): Clay Battelle, Tug Valley, Wirt County, Tucker County, Man, South Harrison, Williamstown and Tyler Consolidated.