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Prep roundup: Liston excited to sign with Cardinals

Created on:   Sat, Feb 10, 2018   9:58 PM

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KINGWOOD — Olivia Liston smiled as she began to write. It was the moment she had waited for. As soon as the ink touched paper, a vivacious cheer went up from the crowd gathered in the Preston High library. It was official — she was committed to play soccer at Wheeling Jesuit.

“It’s a little bit more relaxing,” Liston said. “Verbally committing, I was pretty sure I wanted to go with Jesuit, but now it’s kind of becoming reality for me. I can’t wait to be on the team next year.”

It was a culminating moment for an impeccable high school career. Liston leaves behind a legacy tough to measure up to. Tallying 59 goals and 32 assists, Liston anchored the midfield for four years, and she leaves Preston as a three-time team captain and owner of four school records (most career free kick goals, most career points as a midfielder, most career penalty kick goals and most assists in single game).

Liston was also named MaxPreps Preston Player of the Year in 2016 and 2017, selected to West Virginia North-South all-star game, and a multiple-time first team all-Big 10 Conference and all-state honoree.

As Liston’s list of achievements continued to lengthen over her high school career, colleges came calling, trying to land one of the most decorated athlete’s in Preston High history.

“I was looking at West Liberty, Fairmont State, and West Virginia Wesleyan,” Liston said of the search. “I went on a couple visits, I decided to go on the Jesuit one.”

The moment she stepped on the campus, Liston said she forged a connection with the team and bonded with the coaches.

“I just connected with the team. It really just came down to the team, and how good the school is academically,” she said.

Liston also excelled in the classroom, carrying a 4.4 GPA. She was a four-time scholar athlete and two-year member of the National Honor Society, and was a finalist for the prestigious Stephen J. Laut Scholarship at Jesuit. Liston credits her athletic career to contributing to her success in academia.

“My sports really helped with my time management,” Liston said. “I was able to tell much work I could get done before and after practice.”

And after such an impact both academically and athletically at Preston, she is excited to represent her home at the next level. She hopes that her signing will help bring attention to Preston and its athletics.

“I’m hoping Preston start getting more recognition for their players, because they don’t get enough in my mind,” Liston said. “I’m hoping maybe I can help get a couple more girls to sign to play college next year.”

More than that, though, she is ready to make the leap to college soccer and embark on her next journey on the pitch.

“I just can’t wait to be a Cardinal!”


WELLSBURG — Of the 12 wrestlers University High took to the Region I championship tournament Feb. 10, at Brooke High, 10 qualified for the state tournament, including four regional champions.

Jace Stockett, Jake Staud, Jacob Simpson and Owen Zeiders each won his weight class, while Josh Sanders and Ben Gribble were runners-up.

Brise Bennett, Josh Rudmann and Braeden Pauley finished third, while Calvin Matthews finished fourth.

The top four finishers in each weight class qualifies for the state tournament, which is set for Feb. 22-24, in Huntington.

“I’m happy with qualifying as much as we did,” head coach Ken Maisel said. “We would have liked to win the region, but we had a few guys out with injuries and other guys needed to step up. But that’s over and done with, so now it’s time to focus on states.”

For Preston, Bailey Radabaugh, Bryson Wilkins, Zach Riffle, Tucker Knisell, regional champion Blake Miller, Jat Maria and Brycen Valentine qualified for states.

Morgantown’s Michael White, Alex Shriver, Josh Hite and regional champion Neil McKnight also qualified.

Boys’ basketball

Morgantown 61, John Marshall 40: GLEN DALE — The Mohigans used a 17-point performance from Nick Malone to help earn their fourth win in a row Feb. 12.

Garrett Haines added 13 points, while Cam Selders tacked on 11.

MHS (11-7) will play at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13, hosting Weir in an OVAC consolation game.

Girls’ basketball

Clay-Battelle 52, Valley-Wetzel 48: BLACKSVILLE — The Cee-Bees used a big second quarter from Haley Barr and productive second half from Autumn Stewart to knock off the Jacks on Feb. 10.

Barr made three 3-pointers in the second frame and finished with 18 points. Stewart took advantage of some drive and dishes to her in the third and fourth quarters and finished with 17 points.

C-B (12-7) will play a makeup game at 6 p.m. Feb. 12, at Hundred.