Lady Eagles honor seniors
by Lori Tippets
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At a tri-match last week at Jacksonville High School, the Lady Eagles honored seven seniors on their final regular season games at home.

Jacksonville 29-9, beat Pleasant Valley 25-11 and 25-22 and West End 25-18 and 25-16.

Blessing Dunn led the Lady Eagles with 20 kills, six digs and five blocks. Katie Neisler added 11 kills, three aces and seven digs; Halee Stallings nine kills, two digs and four blocks; Tamaria Mays nine kills and four blocks, and Mallory Patterson had three kills and five blocks. Libero Ariel Diaz had two aces and six digs and setters Ashley Clingan had 20 assists and Courtney Bowden 12 assists.

The Lady Eagles, 4A Area 11 champions will host the area tournament on Tuesday starting at 5 PM with a game against Hokes Bluff. The winner will play the winner of the Alexandria-Cherokee County game at 8PM. Both the area winner and runner-up will advance to the Super Regionals in Huntsville on Friday and Saturday.

Jacksonville’s seniors have seen a lot of success both on and off the volleyball court. They have been part of two county championships, three area championships, three Elite Eight appearances, and three Final Four appearances and in 2012 were the state 4A runner-ups.

Meet the Seniors

Katie Neisler-Has been on the JHS volleyball team for six years, five of those on varsity. This year she is playing as an outside hitter.

She has been active in Key Club, FFA and volunteers at the Eagle Point Baptist Church.

Neisler has played with the Team Sting Volleyball Club and was on the Jr. Olympic Beach volleyball team.

Neisler’s accomplishments on the court are many. She has been named All-State, All-County (2010-2013) was the 2012 Player of the Year, and All-County MVP, was named to the North/South All-Star tournament... to name just a few of her honors and recognitions. She has committed to play with Samford University after graduating.

Head Coach David Clark said of Neisler, “Katie Neisler is a great leader for our team. Her experience and competitive drive are her greatest strengths.”

Halee Stallings-Has played six years of volleyball for JHS, two of those on varsity. Stallings has been on the National Honor Society for four years, was 10th and 11th grade Class Beauty and was a Homecoming candidate this year.

Stallings participated in barrel racing for two years and was on the Gadsden volleyball Club for three years.

She was named All-County in 2012 and was on the All-County Tournament team this year.

Of Stallings, Coach Clark said, “Halee Stallings is one of our middles. She is quick off the floor and does a great job holding the opposing teams middle block to open up other hitters. A solid attacker and good blocker.”

Breanna Hosch-Has played for six years, two on the varsity level.

Hosch is a member of the Key Club, has received academic honors for four years, and has played on the JHS varsity softball team for three years and soccer team for one year. Hosch was named All-County in 2012. She attends the First Baptist Church of White Plains.

Coach Clark’s take on Hosch-“Breanna is a player that brings a lot of experience to our team. She has a major role in our serve receive game.”

Ariel Diaz-Has played two years of varsity volleyball as the libero.

Diaz was the 7th grade student council representative, won the 7th, 8th and 11th grade Most School Spirit Award and 9th grade Class Favorite.

Diaz was a junior high cheerleader for one year, played junior high basketball for two years and varsity basketball one year. She was the 10th grade Homecoming representative. She has also played for two years with the Gadsden Volleyball Club and is a member of the Science Club.

In volleyball, Diaz was named All County 2012, Best Defensive Player Calhoun County Tournament 2012 and was named to the 2013 All-County Tournament team.

From Coach Clark, “Ariel Diaz is our vocal leader. Her ability to pass and play great defense allows us to be successful offensively and stay in system.”

Courtney Bowden-Another of the Lady Eagles who has played for JHS for six years with two years of varsity experience.

Bowden has been on the Student council for four years, Key Club for four years, FFA, four years, National Honor Society, two years, Mu Alpha Theta, two years, GVC one year, JHS Ambassador, one year, Alabama Girls State, HOBY representative and has been in the Science Club for two years.

Bowden has also played softball for three years and has been accepted to Auburn University.

Of Bowden Coach Clark said, “Courtney Bowden is one of our setters. She does a great job of pushing the ball out to our outside hitters and her experience helps keep our team organized.”

Amber Quinn-Two years of volleyball. Is a member of the student council, Principals Club for five years, National Honor Society, two years, Class Favorite 2009, 12th grade Homecoming Representative, has been accepted to the University of Montevallo.

Quinn has played basketball for five years and was named All-County.

“Amber Quinn does a good job for us in serve receive and middle back defense,” said Clark.

Kristen Aguilar-One year of varsity volleyball. Was voted 10th grade Class Favorite, 11th grade Best Sense of Humor, is a member of the Spanish and Key Clubs, has been on the JHS soccer team for two years, and has played on the Gadsden Volleyball Club for three years.

From Coach Clark-“Kristen Aguilar plays all of our back row positions and is a good leader for us on and off the court.”
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