Senior Daniel Dailey made Valley Park history on Monday when he signed with Central Methodist University with a running scholarship of $15,000 per year, becoming the first track athlete to sign with a university.
Baseball coach David Fleer says junior and Hawks outfielder Austin Roberts, "Epitomizes the very definition of the VPHS Student-Athlete of the month." Austin works hard every day, without complaint, to be the best player he can be. He leads by example with his determination, work ethic, and attitude. "Austin excels in the classroom as well, and he is a shining representative of our school in the Valley Park community," says Fleer.
VHPS junior and cheerleader Alysia Lockhart is February's Athlete of the Month. Coach Sara Facchin says Alysia is a student with a strong work ethic. "She shows up to every game and practice. She always has respect for her teammates, and they respect her." Facchin notes what a delight it is to have Alysia on cheerleading the squad. "She always keeps a positive attitude no matter what the situation and does it with a smile."
Sophomore and basketball player Madelyn 'Maddy' Kientzy has a stand-out work ethic. "She's the kind of player that a coach loves to have on the team," says girls JV head coach Mike Menley. "She is a true team player that gives her best in practice and games."
Valley Park sophomore soccer player Justin Maloney leads by example. “Whether it is a practice or a game, I can count on Justin to be focused and give a complete effort,” said Coach Probst. “That is why he earned a captain's band this season.” Playing on the wing, Justin spends close to 80 minutes a game on the move. Despite the physical demand of his position, Justin played through injury and never missed a game for both Varsity and Junior Varsity.
Valley Park sophomore softball player Jordan Nelson is the ultimate team player. "She is always respondent to anything you ask of her to do," says Coach John Sherman. "She is also just a joy to be around." Jordan was the lead-off hitter this season. She batted .358 and scored 28 runs. Jordan also had six doubles and drove in 21 runs.
VPHS Sophomore and Junior Varsity volleyball player Megan Keehnast is a great example of what it means to be a team player. “Because of the huge amount of hard work she's put into this season, she’s made huge strides in her ability. She always comes to games and practices with a positive attitude,...