Local MEC athletes shining in academics

The term student-athlete certainly resonates at both Wheeling University and West Liberty University.

The two schools have long shined in athletics and their athletes also get it done in the classroom. That was proven again this week when the Mountain East Conference announced its Academic All-MEC team and Commissioner’s Honor Roll for the Fall Semester.

Several former area athletes, who compete in a fall sport, earned recognition on the team.

The area products listed as Wheeling University Academic All-MEC , which includes students who carried between a 3.7 and 4.0 grade point average, was comprised of

Football — Jack Fitch, Martins Ferry and Matt Greenwood, St. Clairsville.

Cross Country — Justin Geery, Martins Ferry.

Women’s Cross Country — Savanaugh Anderson, Cambridge; Alex Arnott, Oak Glen; Kayla Hizer, Paden City;

Women’s Golf — Emily Holzopfel, Buckeye Local

Women’s Soccer — Asya Carney, John Marshall; Laney Brown, John Marshall

The Wheeling University area products listed on the Commissioner’s Honor Roll are

Football — Dylan Baker, Wheeling Central; Garrett Givens, Beaver Local; Brady Kolb, St. Clairsville; Ryan LaFollette, Monroe Central; Caleb Mitchell, Steubenville.

Men’s Cross Country — Tyler Stewart, Bellaire.

Women’s Cross Country — Jordan Delaney, Magnolia.

The West Liberty Academic All-MEC area selections include:

Football — Clay McDonald, Wheeling Park; Nate Phillips, Wheeling Park; Zac Meade, Barnesville; Craig Bober, St. Clairsville and Cody Enrietti, Brooke.

Women’s Soccer — Cate Calissie, Wheeling Central.

Women’s Cross Country — Jamie Fogle, Martins Ferry; Hannah Kemp, Union Local.

Women’s Golf — Kailey Pettit, John Marshall.

The West Liberty Commissioner’s Honor Roll included:

Football — Zach Phillips, Wheeling Park; Koty Hudson, Brooke.

Cross Country — Zach Banks, St. Clairsville

Here is a listing of how area products in their sports:


CAITLYN KROLL, Ohio — Bridgeport grad played against Buffalo in a win and in a loss at Central Michigan.

ANGELA STAFFILENO, Duquesne — Brooke grad scored eight points in a win over LaSalle and played only two minutes of action in a loss at Dayton.

LILLY RITZ, Wheeling — Cambridge grad had a huge week in three games for the Cardinals. Against Concord, she had 14 points and 17 rebounds. Against Malone, she posted 22 points and 21 rebounds and against Frostburg, she compiled 17 points and seven rebounds.

MORGAN BRUNNER, West Liberty — Linsly product continued to score the ball in bunches. She had 33 points in a loss to Glenville and came back with 20 more in a setback to Fairmont State last Wednesday.

EMILY HOLZOPFEL, Wheeling — Buckeye Local alumnus scored six points in a loss to Concord and two points in the win over Frosburg, but didn’t play against Malone.

MONICA BRAGG, West Liberty — Madonna grad appeared in Wednesday’s loss to Fairmont, but didn’t check in against Glenville last weekend.

KELSI CHAPMAN, Wheeling — Magnolia product scored five points in a loss to Malone last Monday, three points against Frostburg State and played in the game against Concord last Saturday.

VIVIAN ALLISON, Mercyhurst — Linsly graduate scored two points in a loss to Kutztown and two more points in a loss to Pitt-Johnstown.

TAYLOR DUPLAGA, Fairmont State — Wheeling Central product scored six points in a loss to Notre Dame College with three assists. She then had four points and three rebounds in a win at West Liberty on Wednesday.

LAUREN FLANNERY, Lake Erie — Freshman from River helped fuel her team to victory against Ursuline with five points, four rebounds and three assists.

ANNA DEFILIPPO, Cedarville — St. Clairsville product id not play against Neither Findlay nor Walsh last week.

ALLI DELANEY, Waynesburg — Union Local alum scored 22 points and had four rebounds in a loss to St. Vincent College and last Saturday, she scored 15 points and had four assists in a loss to Washington & Jefferson.

KALLEE DOWLER, Westminster (Mo) — Barnesville grad scored 21 points and had three steals in a loss last Saturday and then on Wednesday, she scored 10 points and had four rebounds in a loss.

RILEIGH SIMPSON, Muskingum — Freshman from St. Clairsville started, played 21 minutes, scored four points, grabbed a rebound and had two steals in a loss to Mount Union. In a win over Ohio Northern, she scored three points and played 30 minutes.


CHASE HARLER, West Virginia — Wheeling Central grad scored five points in a win over Texas Tech and had seven more against TCU.

LOGAN ROUTT, West Virginia — Cameron product played sparingly off the bench against Texas Tech and scored a bucket in limited minutes against TCU.

PRESTON BOSWELL, West Liberty — Magnolia alum scored 20 points in a win over Fairmont on Wednesday and last Saturday, he finished with nine points. He also had nine rebounds in the two games.

PHIL BLEDSOE, Glenville — Wheeling Park product scored 23 points and collared six rebounds in a loss at West Liberty. In a loss at Davis & Elkins, he scored 21 points and had nine rebounds.

LUKAS ISALY, Marietta — River grad returned to the floor against Heidelberg last Saturday and scored 13 points off the bench. He didn’t miss a shot from the field. However, he didn’t play in the Pioneers’ rout of Capital.

TRENTON TIPTON, Wooster — Union Local grad scored 11 points and had four rebounds in a win over Oberlin.Last Saturday, he scored six points and four more rebounds in a win over DePauw.

LUKE McDONOUGH, LaRoche — Bellaire product started and had four rebounds in a win over Penn State-Behrand. In a loss on Wednesday at Franciscan, he scored 11 points and had two rebounds.

TREY SINGLETON, Muskingum — Meadowbrook grad scored nine points in a loss to Ohio Northern and had 15 points in a setback to Mount Union on Wednesday.


TARIQ WILSON, N.C. State — Steubenville product picked up another win in a dual with Princeton last Friday. He won by a major decision and a score of 20-9.


HANNAH KEMP, West Liberty — Union Local grad continued her impressive first season of collegiate action by winning the 3000M run at the WVU Open in 11:18.61.

CHRISTIAN OBERDICK, West Liberty — St. Clairsville alum finished second in the 60M high hurdles at the WVU Open in 8.71.

BRITTANY FALCONE, West Liberty — Bellaire product competed in both the weight throw and shot put for the Hilltoppers, placing sixth and ninth, respectively at the WVU Open.

ZAC BANKS, West Liberty — St. Clairsville product ran the 3000M in 9:50.72.

Staskey can be reached via email at sstaskey@timesleaderonline.com or at twitter.com/TLSportsSeth


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