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Female Athlete of the Week

Image/Graphics by Brittany Oliver
Madison Kephart steals the ball from an opponent.

The Lady Warrior Soccer team has been on a winning streak not only because of the strong offensive force but also because of the solid back line of defense. After a season of many shutouts and consistent defensive teamwork, the entire defensive line has been selected as Warrior Watch’s Female Athlete of the Week for the week ending  11/1/19. The defense and defensive midfield include sophomores Mariah Hayles, Eleyna Hanslovan, Madison Kephart, Olivia Stavola, Leah Heller and Paige Washic. Each player contributes to the success of the defense.

The defense has allowed only 1.25 goals per game on average this season and has recorded eight shutouts.

Facts About Mariah:

Parents: John and Tanja Hayles

Siblings: Regina and JP Hayles

Favorite Show: The Office

Favorite Genre of Music: Hip-hop

Favorite Food: Perogies and peppers

Favorite Subject: Chemistry and math

Favorite Memory of the Season: Beating Mo Valley twice

Favorite Soccer Player: Julie Ertz

Future Plans:Go to college to become a doctor and then move south


Facts About Eleyna:

Parents: Mark and Ronda Hanslovan

Siblings: Mark and Samantha Hanslovan

Favorite Show: Grey’s Anatomy

Favorite Genre of Music: Rap

Favorite Food: Hot wings

Favorite Subject: Science

Favorite Memory of the Season: When I accidentally tackled Sarah during the game and we both fell over

Favorite Soccer Player: Carli Lloyd

Future Plans: Attend college and major in Biology


Facts About Madison:

Parents: Tim and Geremy Kephart

Siblings: Makenna, Matt, Betsy, and Katie Kephart

Favorite Show: The 100

Favorite Food: Pizza

Favorite Subject: English

Favorite Memory of the Season: When the referee asked Sarah if she was okay and she replied, “Yeah. I play football.”

Favorite Soccer Player: Megan Rapinoe

Future Plans: Go to college and major in business and marketing


Facts About Olivia:

Parents: Jess Stavola

Siblings: John, Nick, Aaron, James, Joey, Charlotte Stavola

Favorite Show: Friends

Favorite Food: Pasta

Favorite Subject: English

Favorite Memory of the Season:  When I spilled my drink on the way back from a game and scared Hannah

Favorite Soccer Player: Kelley O’Hara

Future Plans: Attend UNCW and become a physical therapist or neurologist


Facts About Leah:

Parents: Lorrie and Doug Heller

Siblings: Douglas Heller

Favorite Show: Diesel Brothers

Favorite Food: Stromboli

Favorite Subject: Algebra

Favorite Memory of the Season: When we qualified to go to districts

Favorite Soccer Player: Hope Solo

Future Plans: Become a professional diesel mechanic technician


Facts About Paige:

Parents: Rich Washic and Angel Zurawski

Siblings:  Five sisters

Favorite Show: Gossip Girl

Favorite Genre of Music: Country

Favorite Food: Gummy bears

Favorite Subject: English

Favorite Memory of the Season: When Sarah was tripped by Eleyna after getting up from diving for a ball

Favorite Soccer Player: Alex Morgan

Future Plans: Become a teacher


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  • Mariah Hayles controls the ball against PO.

    Image/Graphics by Syed Karimushan
  • Eleyna Hanslovan dribbles the ball out of the defensive end of the field.

    Image/Graphics by Rich Murawski
  • Madison Kephart gains control of the ball in front of a PO attacker.

    Image/Graphics by Syed Karimushan
  • Olivia Stavola marks a PO forward in the penalty box.

    Image/Graphics by Syed Karimushan
  • Leah Heller prepares to pass the ball around a PO player.

    Image/Graphics by Brittany Oliver
  • Paige Washic clears the ball out of defense.

    Image/Graphics by Brittany Oliver
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About the Contributor
Eleyna Hanslovan
Eleyna Hanslovan, Editor-in-Chief
Hi, my name is Eleyna and I am a senior at West Branch High School! I am a center defender for the varsity soccer team and I participate in throwing events on the track and field team. I am also the president of student government, a member of NHS, and I am my senior class president. I also work at Gio's BBQ.