Local players make W.Va. all-state teams
HUNTINGTON -- Spring Valley's Jared Messer was named as the Class AAA goalkeeper of the year and Huntington High's Evan Vega took top midfielder honors on the West Virginia High School Soccer Coaches Association all-state team.
Messer, Vega and Jameson McCarthy of Huntington High were first-team selections along with Carter Sutton from Cabell Midland and Christopher Holland from Spring Valley.
On the girls side in Class AAA, Huntington High seniors and tri-captains Summer Wheatley, Kelsie Burns and Braddick Price were all named to the first team. Not surprisingly they were alongside Winfield's Emily Cole and Jayne Lawman, who helped guide the Generals to a state championship earlier this week. Cole was also named forward of the year.
Huntington High boys defender Nathan DeMoss was named to the second team along with teammates Kyle and Matt Miller. Spring Valley forward Jacob Maddox also made the second team.
Honorable mentions included Nate Barker, Justin Merritt and Brodie Wallace from Cabell Midland, William Howerton and Christopher Railey from Spring Valley and Max Simpson from Huntington High.
Spring Valley defender Amy Stewart was named to the girls second team and honorable mentions went to teammates Emily Rhodes and Becca Spencer. Huntington High freshman goalkeeper Ericka Budd, along with Carly Meadows and Madison Rowe of Cabell Midland, also received honorable mention.
Huntington St. Joe defender Kara Jeffery was named to Class AA-A girls all-state second team and teammate Catherine Jenkins received honorable mention.
On the boys' side, St. Joe senior Lakin Brooks was named to the second team while four of his teammates -- Evan Goetz, Stephen Jenkins, Brian Conaty and Vincent Mays -- received honorable mention.
Class AAA player of the year honors went to Hurricane's Felipe Thompson, who led the Redskins to a state title, and Capital goalkeeper Michelle Newhouse.