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January 31, 2014

Player of Year Jill Yant captains girls All-Area soccer team

CUMBERLAND — Casey Felker, Jenna Miller and Samantha Sines, who led Mountain Ridge to its fifth area championship in six years, and area scoring leader Taylor Harwood head this year’s All-Area girls soccer team, selected recently by head coaches.

The team captains are Player of the Year Jill Yant of Southern, Offensive Player of the Year Tiffany Warnick of Northern, Defensive Player of the Year Morgan Turley of Frankfort, and Goalkeeper of the Year Chelsea Muir of Mountain Ridge. They were featured in earlier editions of the Times-News.

The All-Area first team also includes Brooke Fink and Shannon Warnick of Northern; Victoria Moreland and Kayla Sentelle of Frankfort; Tessa Mulledy of Hampshire; Marley Merrick and Alicia Roth of Southern; Murphy Taube of Allegany; Maggie Czapski of Bishop Walsh; Laura Brown of Petersburg; and Ashley Parker of Fort Hill.

Yant, Turley, Muir, Harwood, Miller, Sines and Sentelle were named to the first team for the second straight year.

Named to the second team were Emma Baker and Anna Broadwater of Mountain Ridge, Amanda Paape and Sydney Bennett of Northern, Faith Sentelle of Frankfort, Holly Kaiser of Hampshire, Jess Cooper of Southern, Tallia Logsdon of Allegany, Hannah Squires of Bishop Walsh, Lauren Harman of Petersburg, Alexis Kimmell of Fort Hill and Erica White of Keyser.

Honorable mention went to Kylye DeHaven of Mountain Ridge, Maddie Riesco of Northern, Meaghan Eyler of Frankfort, Emilynn Corbin of Hampshire, Annie Martin of Southern, Lydia Claar of Allegany, Kait Miller of Bishop Walsh, Elise Cardot of Petersburg, Jewell Lease of For Hill and Katlynn Tichnell of Keyser.

Mountain Ridge went 12-1-2 overall, won the Appalachian Mountain Athletic Conference with an 8-0 record and repeated as unanimous area champions.

• Casey Felker, a speedy, four-year starter, earned a starting spot at right wing as a freshman and kept it throughout her high school career. Her exceptional crossing ability led to many scoring opportunities for the Miners.

Felker finished 10th in the area in scoring and led the team in assists, finishing with 6 goals and 6 assists and 18 points for a 1.20 scoring average. She also runs on the track team and is a member of the National Honor Society with a 4.0 grade-point average.

• Jenna Miller, a senior, was a crucial part of Mountain Ridge’s nearly uncrackable defense, and was the Miners best defensive player, leading a unit that allowed only five goals for the 15-game season. In the eight AMAC games, the Mountain Ridge defense gave up just two goals.

Also first-team All-AMAC, Miller not only made many defensive stops, but quickly turned them into offensive runs for the Miners. A hard-worker on the field and off, she is also a member of the school’s state-championship softball team and a member of the National Honor Society with a 4.34 GPA.

• Samantha Sines, a versatile senior defender/midfielder, played any position the Miners needed her to fill. An outstanding defender with great speed, she had the ability to stop and contain an opponent’s progress, and also had three goals and an assist on the offensive end.

A hard worker and leader by example, Sines, also first-team All-AMAC, has been an unselfish player who always put the team above any individual goals, which helped the Miners to a 26-3-3 record the last two seasons. She is also an honor-roll student with a 3.6 GPA.

• Taylor Harwood, a senior at Hampshire, led the Trojans to 10 wins in their first 13 games, and a 13-4-2 overall record and a tie for second place in the AMAC at 6-1.

Harwood, also first-team All-AMAC, first-team Bi-State and second-team Class AAA All-State, won the area scoring title with 21 goals, an area-leading 15 assists and 57 points in 18 games for a 3.16 average. She had 30 goals and 21 assists during her two All-Area seasons.

A leader on and off the field, Harwood played with a speed and intensity level that was unmatched in any of the team’s games, according to coach Luke Samples. She also carries a GPA of over 4.0 in the classroom.

• Tessa Mulledy was named to the first team as a sophomore, and was Hampshire’s lock-down defender. An unselfish team player, she excelled on a defense that allowed a goal or less in 12 games, and only 29 goals in the 18-game season.

When an all-state defender went down, Mulledy stepped into that role, took over the leadership of the defense, had a goal and 3 assists on offense and helped lead the team to a second straight 13-win season. She is a hard worker on the field and never seemed to tire, according to Samples, who said he looks forward to having her for two more seasons.

• Brooke Fink, a senior goalkeeper, excelled in her first year in goal at Northern, with hard work earning her a spot on the All-Area team, the M&T Bank Senior Classic and the team’s Most Improved Player Award.

Fink was part of a defense that allowed one goal or less in 14 of its 17 games, and finished second in the area in save percentage and shutouts. She made 81 saves, allowed only 16 goals for an .835 mark, and was in on 10 shutouts. She also is a member of the basketball, track and cheer teams at Northern and plans to continue her career at Potomac State College.

• Shannon Warnick, a junior defensive midfielder at Northern, helped the Huskies to a 13-3-1 overall record and a tie for second place in the AMAC at 6-1.

A versatile team player, Warnick returned from a devastating knee injury from a year ago and played wherever the Huskies needed her on the field. She has played striker, midfielder and defender positions the past three seasons, and won the team’s Defensive Player of the Year Award.

Warnick also was Northern’s third-leading scorer, and 22nd in the area, with 5 goals and 3 assists. She is also a member of the basketball and track teams and has been on the distinguished honor roll and honor roll all three years at Northern.

• Victoria Moreland made a huge impact in her first year at Frankfort, where she led an offense that put up 79 goals in 21 games, an average of 3.7 per contest.

Moreland, the only freshman on the first team, finished sixth in the area in scoring with 19 goals, a team-high 10 assists and 48 points for a 2.28 average. Also first-team All-AMAC, she also was sixth in the conference in scoring with 4 goals and 3 assists for a 1.57 mark in seven games.

A well-skilled forward with a solid crossing ability and hard, accurate shot, Moreland also excels in the classroom with a 4.0 GPA.

• Kayla Sentelle, a senior and four-year varsity starter, was a team captain at Frankfort the last two seasons, where she was a standout at midfielder.

She played a big part on both offense and defense, leading the Falcons to a 15-5-1 record, 79 goals scored and only 28 allowed. The Falcons were 26-14-1 in her two All-Area seasons.

In addition to her defensive ability, Sentelle was always a threat on offense as well with her passing and shooting skills. She was the team’s third-leading scorer, and 12th in the area, with 10 goals and 3 assists for 23 points and a 1.09 average. She also is a standout in the classroom with a 3.5 GPA.

• Alicia Roth, a senior and three-year varsity player, played forward and center midfielder positions during her career at Southern.

An outstanding all-around athlete, Roth is a three-sport standout and an All-Area first-teamer in two sports — soccer and basketball — having helped lead the Rams to the Area championship and state tournament in basketball last year. She also earned All-AMAC honors in softball.

Roth had 3 goals and an assist as a senior, sports a 3.6 GPA in honors classes and was the 2013 Terry Colaw Athlete of the Year at Southern.

• Marley Merrick, a sophomore, had big shoes to fill at Southern and didn’t disappoint. She led the Rams in scoring, was one of seven area players with a 2.00 scoring average or better, and was named team’s Offensive Player of the Year.

A speedy forward, Merrick was seventh in the area in scoring with 14 goals, 2 assists and 30 points in 14 games for a 2.07 average. Also first-team All-AMAC, she was seventh in the conference in scoring with 5 goals in seven games for a 1.42 average.

Merrick is also a three-sport athlete, competing in basketball and track, and qualified for the state track and field meet as a member of the 4x100 relay team as a freshman.

• Murphy Taube, a senior forward/midfielder, was a standout on offense and defense at Allegany, where she helped the Campers win the City League championship.

Also first-team All-AMAC and All-City, Taube led the Campers to a 3-0-1 record in the City. She was the team’s second-leading scorer with 4 goals and an assist, and was fourth in the City in scoring with 2 goals, an assist and a 1.25 average.

A hard-worker with a good understanding of the game, Taube made a big impact defensively by shutting down the best players on opposing teams and still turned around and scored goals on the other end of the field, coach Matthew Marlowe said.

• Maggie Czapski, a senior, was a critical part of the midfield and defense at Bishop Walsh. A speedy, smart player with plenty of endurance, Czapski was a leader on the field and off, balancing schoolwork with athletics and other activities while keeping her passing for the team a priority.

A talented and dependable player, Czapski was also first-team All-City.

• Laura Brown, a versatile junior with a strong leg and ball-control skills, was asked to do just about everything at Petersburg. The Vikings began the year with 13 players and, because of injuries to two players, played the second half of the season with no reserves.

Brown served as the team’s stopper and center defensive midfielder and, at times, pushed up to help the offense. She played under pressure and proved to be up to the task, earning a spot on the All-Area team in her first year of full-time play, according to coach Becky Brosh.

• Ashley Parker, a senior, was Fort Hill’s leading scorer and took all the team’s corner kicks.

A team captain and leader, Parker also played defense whenever the Sentinels needed, and was also named to the All-AMAC and All-City first teams.

Parker, a striker, led the Sentinels in scoring and finished with 22 points, according to coach John Milbourne.

Mike Mathews is a sportswriter for the Cumberland Times-News. Write to him at

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