Puskarich makes her fourth appearance on the All-Valley squad, her second straight season as captain.
Photo by Tony Viola
Members of the 36th annual All-Valley Girls’ Basketball teams gathered at Wheeling Jesuit University on Friday to celebrate their honors. Those on hand included, front, from left: Nicole Smolenak (Bridgeport), Haley Robb (Wheeling Park), Kylie Howard (John Marshall). Back, from left: Emily Puskarich (Wheeling Park), Bre Berryman (Indian Creek), Colleen McCormick and Emily Bucon (Wheeling Central).
Big School Captain Emily Puskarich of Wheeling Park
Small School Captain Karli Bonar
Park's second all-time leading scorer (boys or girls), Puskarich averaged 21 points per game. She also averaged seven rebounds, five steals and four assists per outing for Coach Dee Davis. She shot 52 percent from the field and 77 percent from the charity stripe.
Puskarich, a West Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year finalist, finished her stellar career with 1,768 points.
A Robert Morris signee, Puskarich was named first team all-state for the third straight season, as well as first team All-OVAC.
Bre Berryman, Indian Creek
Katie Ellzy, Harrison Central
Kylie Howard, John Marshall
Jessica Kinney, Martins Ferry
Emiley Masloski, Steubenville
Emily Puskarich, Wheeling Park (C)
Haley Robb, Wheeling Park
Angela Staffileno, Brooke
Tori Derrow, John Marshall
Kayla Fillipovich, Buckeye Local
Vanessa Hissam, Oak Glen
Brooke Mains, Indian Creek
Molly McCoy, Edison
Cori Medley, Union Local
Alexis St. Clair, St. Clairsville
Marissa Tucker, Wheeling Park
Mytia Barker, Steubenville
Kayla Doty, Union Local
Kara Dunfee, Harrison Central
Marissa Goodright, Meadowbrook
Kiarra Kamarec, Indian Creek
Dallas Montag, Union Local
Katelyn Pollock, Edison
Alyssa Shingle, Weir
Brooke: Michelea Hinerman
Harrison Central: Jesse Ledger
Indian Creek: Bethany Davis
John Marshall: Morgan Watson
Martins Ferry: Meghan Rose
Meadowbrook: Courtney Wolverton
Oak Glen: Jessica Stivason
St. Clairsville: Lauren Figura
Steubenville: Taylor Young
Weir: Shelva Burns
Wheeling Park: Kambrea O'Neal
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Karli Bonar, Shadyside (C)
Emily Bucon, Wheeling Central
Mallory Chapman, Magnolia
Deidra Combs, Fort Frye
Hayley Holenka, Shadyside
Sophie Kinnard, Tyler Consolidated
Colleen McCormick, Wheeling Central
Nicole Smolenak, Bridgeport
Morgan Brunner, Linsly
Katheryn Kinney, Beallsville
Caitlyn Kroll, Bridgeport
Cassidy McCollough, River
Maclaine Murad, Bridgeport
Chelsie Roberts, Monroe Central
Kristin Russell, St. John
Katie Tennant, Hundred
Neely Benline, Cameron
Lindsay Bodnar, Toronto
Olivia Bower, Conotton Valley
Taylor Buchanan, Fort Frye
Jensen Caretti, River
Kierstyn Kidder, Bellaire
Morgan Liedtke, Fort Frye
Nicolette Selitti, Madonna
Barnesville: Shayla Markovich
Beallsville: Mikaela Headley, Madison Stephen
Bellaire: Myleah Green
Bishop Donahue: Selena Ghaphery, Kat Polinski
Bridgeport: Brittany Higgenbotham
Buckeye Trail: Allison Sichina, Layleigh Smith
Caldwell: Lexy Schell
Cameron: Leah Stern
Conotton Valley: Brynlynn Belknap
Fort Frye: Brooke Borich
Frontier: Kelsie Rinard
Hundred: Oshanna Topp, Emily Ebert
Linsly: JJ Jackson, Emma Cecil
Madonna: Monica Bragg, Amy Davis
Magnolia: Grace Berisford
Monroe Central: Chelsie Tewanger
Paden City: Myah Charkawi, Logan Cosper
River: Laken Ramsay
St. John: Marissa Rose
Shadyside: Kristen Fijalkowski
Shenandoah: Raechel Rossiter, Blake Hall, Taylor Arrick
Steubenville Catholic: Rachel Rigaud, Micca Mirabella
Toronto: Lexie Berger
Tyler Consolidated: Torrye Cline, Sydney Reed
Valley: Megan Bucher
Wheeling Central: Madison Basinger, Lindsey Baker, Regan Blaha
Bonar returns to the captain's post, as well, after helping lead Shadyside to another successful campaign in which it played one of the toughest schedules in the Ohio Valley.
During the season, Bonar, a senior, averaged 19.5 points, 6.4 assists and 4.8 rebounds a game for Coach Tina Yates. She finished her career as the Buckeye State's best from beyond the arc, boy or girl.
The University of Findlay recruit helped lead the Tigers to another OVAC Class 2A championship.
Bonar was a first-team All-Ohio honoree, first team All-OVAC pick and Eastern District Player of the Year.
Berryman backed up her sensational freshman campaign with a solid sophomore one.
Coach Erin DeSantis' stalwart earned second team All-Ohio honors in Division II, along with Eastern District Co-Player of the Year.
Berryman, 6-foot-5, averaged a triple-double of 23 points, 18 boards and 10 blocks per outing en route to first team All-OVAC honors again.
Coach Nick Yourkovich had one of the stronger teams in the area and Ellzy was one of the reasons why.
Another in a talented group of area sophomores, the 5-9 forward averaged 17.5 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. She recorded 13 double-doubles and three games of 30-plus points.
Those numbers earned Ellzy honorable mention All-Ohio honors in Division III and first team All-OVAC.
Howard returns to first-team status after enjoying another fine season for the Monarchs.
She dropped in 22.1 points per game for Coach Mark McCormick, along with 11.5 boards and four steals.
Howard missed a portion of the campaign with a knee injury, but when she was on the court was solid. The senior was a first team All-OVAC and honorable mention all-state performer.
Kinney is one of five members of the 2012 first team to return in 2013.
And for good reason.
After seeing her 2012 campaign end prematurely, Kinney returned in fine fashion this winter, scoring 21.6 points per game en route to being named Ohio Division III Eastern District Player of the Year.
In addition, she was first team in the state and the OVAC for first-year coach Lindsay Coyne.
Like a spark plug that makes a vehicle run, Masloski did the same for Coach Phil Casinelli and Big Red.
Despite sitting out five games with a knee injury, the junior averaged 17.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.
Masloski earned first team all-district honors. She was also named first team All-OVAC for the third straight year in leading Big Red to the OVAC crown.
Robb returns to the first team after averaging 17 points, three boards, two steals and two assists for a Patriots team that advanced to the regional round.
A three-year starter for Davis, the senior was a source of stability for her team and finished her career with 1,095 points.
Robb captained the West Virginia Class AAA third team and was second team All-OVAC.
If no one took notice of Staffileno as a freshman, they did as a sophomore.
All she did was average 23 points, 15 rebounds, seven blocks, 1.5 steals and 1.5 assists per game for a Bruins squad that was challenged by some of the top teams in the state. Staffileno was second team all-state and first team All-OVAC.
Bucon returns to the All-Valley first team after helping lead the Maroon Knights to another West Virginia Class A state tournament appearance.
The senior averaged 15.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game, despite missing a portion of the season with an injured knee.
She earned first team all-state honors for Coach Penn Kurtz, as well as first team All-OVAC.
Chapman, a junior, moves up to first-team status this season after helping Magnolia get to within one victory of the West Virginia Class A Tournament.
First for her dad, Dave, then for Mark Blair, Chapman posted averages of 19.1 points, 105 boards and 2.1 blocks per game. She set the school single-game scoring mark in a game with 43 en route to being named second team all-state and first team All-OVAC.
Combs finally got the opportunity to play on Ohio's grandest stage this season as she led Coach Dan Leidtke's Cadets to the Division III state tournament.
Also an OVAC champion, Combs averaged 11.3 points, 2.1 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game en route to third team All-Ohio and first team All-OVAC accolades. She shot 54 percent from the field and 34.8 from beyond the arc.
Another returning All-Valley first teamer for Coach Tina Yates, Holenka was part of a stellar lineup that helped the Tigers successfully navigate another tough schedule.
Holneka averaged 16.9 points and 5.8 boards per game en route to special mention all-state, and first team all-district and All-OVAC honors. Holenka is one of five returning All-Valley first teamers in the Small School category.
Kinnard, the Tyler Consolidated junior, earned first team All-Valley status for the first time after scoring 16.9 points per game for her dad, Matt.
The captain of the West Virginia Class A third team and a first team All-OVAC performer, Kinnard snared a shade better than eight boards per game, giving her 518 through three seasons for the Silver Knights.
Kinnard also shot 51 percent from 3-point land.
Wheeling Central's return to Charleston for the Class A state tournament wasn't that much of a surprise, especially with the third team all-state captain in the middle.
McCormick, a senior, averaged 21.9 points, 13.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists for Coach Penn Kurtz. She also shot a shade less than 56 percent from the field, 85 percent from the foul line and 43 percent from beyond the arc.
Bridgeport experienced a resurgence this season, partly because of the play of senior, and repeat first team All-Valley player, Smolenak.
Proclaimed the leader of the team by Coach Rob Zitzelsberger, Smolenak averaged 14.8 points per game and led the Bulldogs in free-throw percentage, defensive rebounds, assists and steals. The junior and special mention all-state performer has 1,046 career points.