Spotlight: JoLee Walton
Talk about getting involved! One doesn’t need to go any further than Tyler Consolidated to find one of the busiest young ladies and one of the finest athletes in the valley. Soon-to-be senior JoLee Walton has big plans for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year.
It seems like Walton was just starting her high school career as a freshman participating in volleyball, basketball and softball. However, she has continued to partake in those sports while also being involved in nearly everything else time would allow.
Academically, Walton has excelled; as a freshman, she received top honors in science and English. She was awarded the top 15 percent academic achievement award, faithful attendance award, and academic letter. During her freshman year, she earned her first volleyball, basketball and softball letters, was on the sectional and regional volleyball championship teams, and played in the state volleyball tournament. She was named Player of the Week on two occasions
Her basketball and softball seasons were just as impressive, as she helped the basketball team to the regional; the team finished runners-up. She led the softball team to the sectional championships and for the season had a team-high 24 RBI.
Her sophomore year was more of the same as she started out being named to the Parkersburg News and Sentinel Honorable Mention Athlete of the Week and Star News Honorable Mention Player of the Week. Her sophomore season, the volleyball team continued to perform well, and they won the sections, regionals and made the trip to Charleston.
In January, Walton she was named the Small School Basketball Player of the Week by the Parkersburg paper and the Star News. During that year, she was also named Second Team LKC basketball, OVAC Honorable Mention, and was second in scoring and rebounds on the Knights team. She was LKC Honorable Mention in softball and won the OVAC All-Conference Academic Award.
Her junior year, JoLee was named Player of the Week by the Tyler Star News on two occasions and once by the Parkersburg News and Sentinel; she landed on the LKC Second Team, All-Valley First Team and was the speaking captain for all games. She, once again, participated in the state volleyball tournament and was named Second Team LKC basketball, All-Valley Third Team basketball and LKC Second Team softball and Honorable Mention All-State.
Walton has some impressive stats; for her career she has a .386 batting average with an on base average of .542. She has played the catchers position her whole career. In basketball, she has scored 552 career points and has 82 offensive rebounds and 119 defensive.
During her junior year in volleyball, Walton had an impressive 756 assists as a setter, and for her career, she has 927 while only playing the setter position one year. She has also recorded 133 aces during her three seasons and scored 1135 points.
At 5’4″ Walton battles well under the basket in basketball and has a knack for getting the loose ball. She is a tremendous free throw shooter and has represented Tyler Consolidated in the free throw contest at the LKC basketball tournament.
Walton also has a part time job where she works at Boggs Pizza n’ Grill. She plans on spending her free time working out in the weight room and running for conditioning. She plans on helping the Silver Knights get back to the state volleyball championships in Charleston with a goal of winning the event. Her other goals for the 2018-19 school year are to maintain her current 4.4 grade point average, lead her basketball and softball team to be the best they can be, and to encourage the younger kids to stay involved and work to keep Tyler Consolidated a great school.
Walton plans on attending West Virginia University upon graduation from high school and major in occupational therapy.
Three words best describe JoLee Walton: loyal, honest and compassionate.