NEW MARTINSVILLE -Another Class A boys all-state team, another Magnolia athlete selected as its captain.
Blue Eagle senior Kyle Elliott, who heads the all-state baseball team announced today by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association, completes what amounts to a Magnolia trifecta of the small school division's major sports.
Elliott - a Class AA all-stater last year - joins classmates Stephen Rogalski, who was selected as the captain of the Class A all-state football team, and Mark Winters, who was the captain of the basketball squad.
Class A All-State First Team
Elliott, who was 8-1 with five saves and an ERA of 0.89 as a pitcher and hit .437 with five home runs and 42 RBI at the plate, led the Blue Eagles to the Class A state championship game, where they dropped a 9-8 decision to Charleston Catholic.
He is one of three Magnolia players selected to the first team and one of six Mid-Ohio Valley players on the first team roster.
Joining Elliott, who was selected for a utility position due to his versatility, are his Magnolia senior teammates, infielder Ryan Walton and outfielder Chandler Sapp, as well as three players from the Little Kanawha Conference -Parkersburg Catholic senior outfielder Mitch Davis, St. Marys junior outfielder Jarrod Lough and Gilmer County senior pitcher Karl Bennington.
P - Karl Bennington, Gilmer County, Sr.
P - T.J. McKinsey, Notre Dame, Jr.
P - Hunter Kaschke, Bishop Donahue, Jr.
C - Kurt Latocha, Clay-Battelle, So.
IF - Chris Petrucci, Notre Dame, Jr.
IF - Korey Foltz, East Hardy, Sr.
IF - John Hunter, Sherman, Jr.
IF - Ryan Walton, Magnolia, Sr.
OF - Chandler Sapp, Magnolia, Sr.
OF - Jarrod Lough, St. Marys, Jr.
OF - Mitch Davis, Parkersburg Catholic, Sr.
Util - Kiefer Hovorka, Charleston Catholic, Sr.
Util - Kyle Elliott, Magnolia, Sr. (captain)
Util - Arik McGinnis, Valley (Fayette), Sr.
Util - Rocco Wilcox, Charleston Catholic, Sr.
P - Luca Fuscardo, Madonna, Jr.
P - Andy Hoyer, Charleston Catholic, Sr. (captain)
P - Druw Bowen, Valley (Fayette), Fr.
C - Jared Jennings, Greenbrier West, Jr.
IF - Lance Taylor, Moorefield, Sr.
IF - Nelson McKown, Charleston Catholic, Sr.
IF - Jake Ullman, Parkersburg Catholic, Jr.
IF - Eli Gray, Williamstown, Sr.
OF - Gaige Evans, South Harrison, Sr.
OF - Shawn Skovron, East Hardy, Sr.
OF - Luke Moore, Calhoun County, Sr.
Util - Spencer Harlow, Notre Dame, So.
Util - Tyler Mongold, East Hardy, Sr.
Util - Mark Walker, Cameron, Sr.
Util - Mike Stout, St. Marys, So.
Cody Winter, Valley (Fayette); Drew Jones, Valley (Fayette); Trey Phares, Fayetteville; Dustin Yoakum, Greenbrier West; Tanner Hanna, Magnolia; Will Bowser, Madonna; Nick Naumann, Wheeling Central; Luke Cooper, Paden City; Philip Smith, Bishop Donahue; Logan Routt, Cameron; Koty Martin, Tyler Consolidated; Levi Jordan, Buffalo; Connor Golden, Charleston Catholic; Tanner Bragg, Clay-Battelle; Drew Lett, Doddridge County; Wyatt Basye, East Hardy; Tyler Jenkins, Hannan; Luke Beall, Gilmer County; Braden Griffin, Man; Ryan Church, Meadow Bridge; Josh Baker, Notre Dame; Jake Boice, Parkersburg Catholic; River Weese, Paw Paw; Daniel Hevener, Pendleton County; Stephen Jenkins, St. Joseph; Matthew Houser, St. Marys; Duncan Breeden, Sherman; Ian Riggleman, South Harrison; Tyler Workman, Van; Wesley Harrison, Wahama; Avery Goff, Williamstown; Austin Cottrell, Wirt County; Xavier Brown, Moorefield; Jordan Mounts, Tug Valley; Owen Arbogast, Tygarts Valley; Aaron Presley, Montcalm; Brandon Hammonds, Pocahontas County.
Raeshawn Breckenridge, Valley (Fayette); Todd Coleman, Valley (Fayette); John Riddle Valley (Fayette); Mikey Goddard, Greenbrier West; Austin Ransom, Greenbrier West; Derek Yocke, Wheeling Central; Zach Willhoite, Magnolia; Tory Fuscardo, Madonna; Nate Bakaitis, Wheeling Central; Brandon Stoneking, Valley (Wetzel); Jordan Baker, Tyler Consolidated; Joey Myers, Bishop Donahue; Aaron Lewis, Buffalo; Josh Lemley, Clay-Battelle; Josh Smith, Doddridge County; Aaron Krise, Fayetteville; Matt Randolph, Hannan; Noah Maynard, Man; Austin Cunningham, Gilmer County; Cayce Mullins, Man; D.J. Murphy, Notre Dame; Luke Yokum, Pendleton County; Torrin Walter, St. Joseph; Braeden Hurst South Harrison; Dakota Sisk, Wahama; Jake Tracewell, Williamstown; Trenton Hardbarger, Wirt County.
Walton is a two-time all-state selection, also being honored in Class AA a year ago. He batted .432 for coach Dave Cisar's Blue Eagles, scoring 58 runs.
Sapp was the Blue Eagles' top hitter, carrying a lofty .532 batting average and driving in 40 runs.
Davis is a two-time all-state selection for Parkersburg Catholic coach Tom Harvey's Crusaders, who advanced to the regional finals before losing to eventual state champion Charleston Catholic. Davis, who plans to continue his baseball career at West Virginia University Tech, put up some big numbers, including a .505 batting average, six home runs and 32 RBI.
Bennington also is a repeat first team selection. He led Mid-Ohio Valley pitchers in victories with nine and in strikeouts with 113 for coach Joe Frashure's Titans.
Lough earned his first all-state selection after topping Mid-Ohio Valley hitters with a .526 batting average. He also led the area in runs batted in with 53 and was second in home runs with seven for coach Ed Wilson's Blue Devils. Sapp, Davis and Lough give the Mid-Ohio Valley the entire all-state outfield.
Two members of the Class A champion Fighting Irish were also selected in Keifer Hovorka and Rocco Wilcox, both repeat first-teamers, while CCHS pitcher Andy Hoyer was named the captain of the second team.
Hovorka was 8-4 on the mound with a 1.99 ERA in 70 innings and hit .358 with 40 runs scored. Wilcox hit .411 with 63 runs scored, and drew 48 walks. On the hill, he went 4-1 with a 3.02 ERA.
Both players were selected at utility spots along with Valley-Fayette's Arik McGinnis, another of the eight repeat first-teamers.
Joining Bennington on the pitching staff are Notre Dame's T.J. McKinsey (4-1, 1.26 ERA), and Bishop Donahue junior Hunter Kaschke (5-2, 1.6 ERA).
The catcher is Clay-Battelle's Kurt Latocha (.555 batting average, 9 doubles, 21 RBI), while the infield is made up of Notre Dame's Chris Petrucci (.413, 20 RBI), another repeat first teamer, East Hardy's Korey Foltz (.446, 37 RBI), who moves up from second team, and Sherman junior John Hunter (.538, 5 home runs, 9 triples, 35 RBI, 41 stolen bases).
Four Little Kanawha Conference players earned second team honors. They are junior infielder Jake Ullman of Parkersburg Catholic, senior infielder Eli Gray of Williamstown, senior outfielder Luke Moore of Calhoun County and sophomore Mike Stout of St. Marys, selected for a utility position.
Wheeling sports writer Jim Elliott also contributed to this story