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March 17, 2014

FSHS’ Stoller, Hines snag top Big 10 awards

FAIRMONT — In a conference that sent three teams to the Class AA state tournament, Fairmont Senior’s Emily Stoller and coach Corey Hines have snagged the top honors. Stoller was named the Big 10’s player of the year while Hines was tabbed the coach of the year.

With that, four players from Marion County — Stoller and teammate Kaden Whaley, along with North Marion’s Megan Haller and Anna Marie Moscufo —  were named to the first team while six were named to the second team, four to the all-freshman team and four to the all-defensive team.

Stoller, a 6-foot-1 junior guard, took home the player of the year award by scoring 20.0 points per game while dishing out 8.5 assists, grabbing 5.0 rebounds and swiping 4.0 steals per contest.

The accolade, Hines said, shows that his team is on the right path.

“Emily to win that shows that we’re going in the right direction,” he said. “She works her butt off.”

As for his own award, that comes in large part to his team as well as his entire coaching staff, mentioning David Price, Sam Marra and Ryan Savier among others as the reason he was able to be named the Big 10’s coach of the year.

“That’s one of those awards you share with your staff. The staff does all the extra work. If you need anything, those guys do what ever you need them to do,” Hines said. “(The award) shows that I have a great staff.”

Hines also mentioned that it feels good to be voted by his peers for the award.

“To receive votes from your fellow coaches, that means a lot and it shows your program is going in the right direction,” the fourth-year head coach said. “It shows that they know the work that you’re doing.”

Whaley’s first-team selection comes as no surprise to Hines, who said that the tandem of Whaley and Stoller have been in sync all season.

“Those two are almost joined at the hip,” Hines said earlier in the season.

Whaley averaged 21.0 points and 9.0 rebounds for the season.

Joining Fairmont Senior’s junior duo were North Marion’s Megan Haller and Anna Marie Moscufo.

“They both played a big role,” North coach Mike Parrish said. “They both had a good year and were a big reason we got to state’s.”

Haller, a sophomore guard, averaged 17.5 points and 3.1 steals per game. She’s a player that Parrish said has goals of bigger things.

“You want to get individual awards but they’re just a bonus for her,” he said. “Her goal is to get us another state championship.”

That state championship that Haller desires, Moscufo has. And what she leaves the team, besides taking her 9.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game with her, is the hope for another title run.

“She’s one of our last state champions,” Parrish said of his senior forward. “She played a lot over the years and the kids really looked up to her.”

Rounding out the first team selections were Hannah Fetty (Bridgeport), Corin Todd (RCB), Emily Knight (Lincoln), Brooklyn Perky (Lewis County), Hannah Griffith (Grafton) and Makayla McElwayne (Lincoln).

On the second team from Marion County, Fairmont Senior had two selections in Ty Horton and Kelsey Morrone, North Marion had Noca Singleton and East Fairmont had Felicity VanGilder, Brooklynn Weaver and Bailey Frederick selected.

Horton and Morrone’s selections gave Fairmont Senior four total selections between the two teams, something Hines was proud of.

“To have four players receive accolades,” he said, “it shows that the conference knows what they did.”

Singleton’s selection came on the surge of a late season push by the senior center, who averaged 6.3 points, 6.45 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per contest this season.

“The last 10 or 11 games of the season she started rebounding and blocking more shots,” Parrish said. “Her scoring down the stretch really helped us make a push.”

As for East Fairmont’s trio, coach James Beckman said the accolades excite him for the future, as all three return next season.

“They’re another year seasoned,” he said. “We’re looking forward to it as a coaching staff and the players are looking forward to it.”

Frederick averaged 5.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists after being thrown into the point guard role as a freshman, something she handled well.

“To put her there. we had to show confidence and patience in her,” Beckman said. “Towards the end of the year she caught everyone’s eye.”

VanGilder, the team’s leading scorer in points and rebounding with 10.9 and 5.5 per game, was called upon to shoulder the load at times when key players were hurt.

“She was a sophomore who led us in points and there were games that she was in foul trouble,” the coach said. “She was a big body inside and was at times matched up against their best post players. She’s very susceptive to what we ask of her. Whatever challenge I throw at her, she takes with a grain of salt. She’s an incentive to have at this program.”

As for Weaver, injuries slowed down her season, Beckman said. But the junior still averaged 9.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. Her toughness, though, can’t be measured on the stat sheet.

“That girl battled through pain all season. If she was a 100 percent, there’s no doubt she would’ve been first team big 10,” Beckman noted. “Several times you can see the pain in her eyes but that’s how competitive she is.”

Rounding out the second team were Logan Dudley (Elkins), Shayla Hinterer (RCB), Kaylynn Drainer (Grafton), Alexis Schoolcraft (Preston), Hayley Hanning (Lincoln), Chelsea Mayle (PB) and Megan Wilfong (BU).

In addition to the first- and second-team honors, the Big 10 fielded an all-defensive team and an all-freshmen team.

Fairmont Senior’s Horton and Jasmine Johnson, North’s Singleton and East’s VanGilder all made the defensive squad, while Fairmont Senior’s Erica Bowles, North’s Presley Tuttle and Christa Tobin, and East’s Lauryn Antolock made the freshmen team.

Email Matt Welch at mwelch@timeswv.com or follow on Twitter @MattWelch_TWV.

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