SPOTLIGHT: PC’S TREY SLIDER
Paden City is one of the smallest schools in the state of West Virginia, but the Wildcats have a history of excellence in Class A sports. Paden City has had some of the state’s best in all sports offered. In most sports, the school has had some athletes who have gone on to play college ball, including Division I.
Although the past few years the numbers have been low in the school, and though sometimes it’s hard to have enough to field a team, there are still some excellent athletes. One of them is senior two-sport standout Trey Slider. Slider comes from an excellent family who supports him in all he does. The family history in sports can go back to 1973 when uncle Randy helped the Wildcat basketball team win the state championship. Randy used to say he did something even Jerry West didn’t do. He made All-Tournament team two years in a row at Charleston.
Trey may never make it to Charleston, as the field is loaded with larger and more talented teams – along with private schools who virtually eliminate small school chances, but it won’t be for a lack of trying. He is a competitor who takes it to the next level. Besides being a top-notch pitcher/first baseman on the high school baseball team, and one of the go-to guys on the basketball team, Slider is also a scholar.
He received Merit for completion of his college courses and has maintained honor roll status, plus received induction into the National Honor Society. He is on the Superintendent/Student Advisory Council and a member of the PCHS quiz bowl team. One of his greatest rewards has been community service, associated as a big hand in helping with the upkeep of the high school baseball field.
Trey is currently playing on the New Martinsville Post 28American Legion baseball team, where he is a stand-out pitcher and first baseman. During his high school career he has been a valuable part of the Wildcats’ baseball team – having started all three years. Several sportswriters around the state and area have commented on his ability to handle the first base job and his skill as a pitcher. Baseball seems to run in his blood as he has been a part of a team since he was five-years-old and through his youth years often played on the teams two to three years older than him. Some of his best moments were as a member of the Pike Street Fall Baseball team in Parkersburg; he was twice chosen Parkersburg Player of the Game.
During his sophomore season with Paden City, he tossed a one-hitter while also winning the OVAC Semi-Final game. This past season, his junior year, he once again won the OVAC Semi-Final game pitching and has played all three of his varsity seasons in the OVAC championship game.
“My goal for my senior year is to win the OVAC. We have been very close a couple times, and I don’t feel good with second best. I am spending a lot of time right now working on my game with the Legion team and staying in shape, playing basketball with the high school team and the Sistersville summer league,” said Slider. “I want to leave Paden City with no regrets, knowing I gave it all I had.”
Slider has received several awards for his play, including being named Parkersburg News and Sentinel player of the week on two occasions; he was also named three times in the past two years as Tyler Star News/Wetzel Chronicle player of the week. This season he was named to the All-State Honorable Mention list and most recently was awarded first team All-OVAC.
As a basketball player, he has been a two-year starter and last season nearly averaged a double double while leading the team in rebounds. He was one of the top scorers on the team besides being a very unselfish player who is just as satisfied getting the ball to the open man as he is taking the shot..
There are lots of talented players in this valley, and right here locally, but finding one who not only can play the game but knows it as well is few and far between, he happens to be one of those. Although he is not one of the biggest kids around, he makes up for it with a huge heart. He has respect for everyone, and you can count on him speaking and chatting a little everytime he sees you.
I’m not sure what Trey’s future plans are when he finishes high school but I would venture to say he will be successful in whatever is in store for him. We at the Tyler/Wetzel newspapers wish him well.