Antolini, soccer squad to be inducted

Submitted photos The 2005 Elkins High School girls soccer team went undefeated and became state champions.

ELKINS — The Randolph County Secondary Schools Athletic Hall of Fame will welcome eight worthy teams and individuals on Saturday.

The 24th induction ceremonies will begin at noon at the Gandy Dancer Theater.

Among the inductees are Michael A. Antolini.

In 1983, the Elkins High School golf team won the Regional Tournament. Anchoring the team was a senior, Antolini.

That year, Antolini had an outstanding season topped off with being the “Medalist” in the Regional Tournament. An all-around athlete, Antolini also participated in football and basketball during his EHS career.

Michael Antolini led the 1983 EHS golf team to a region title.

Antolini was referred to by his coach as the best he ever coached in 23 years of coaching and easily among the best to ever play at Elkins High School.

Also being inducted on Saturday is the 2005 Elkins High School girls soccer team.

The Elkins Tiger girls soccer team completed its best season ever in 2005, going undefeated and becoming the WVSSAC State Champions.

Ten games were against the top 10 teams in the state. The defense allowed only 12 goals on the season, for an average of .46 goals per game, the lowest number allowed by any team in the state. Those 12 goals in only nine games meant that the other 17 games were shutouts.

There were no goals scored against EHS in regional or state tournament games. This sensational defensive performance supported an offense scoring 84 goals and 64 assists for the first undefeated season ever for the girls’ soccer team at EHS. The final record was 23-0-3.

The season was capped with the win in Beckley against the Parkersburg Big Red for the first State Championship ever for girls’ soccer in Elkins, and the first for a Tiger team using a ball in 70 years.

The Lady Tigers boasted five seniors, including team captains Heather Saffel and Samantha Lammie.

Jennifer Cain, Abbey Martin and Erica Tidwell also completed their final season.

Individual honors included First Team All-State for Heather Saffel and Sydney Metheny, second Team All-State for Samantha Lammie and Rachel Barnes, and Honorable Mention All-State going to Jennifer Cain.

Heather Saffel was the State Midfielder of the Year and the NCAC Player of the Year.

Also receiving NCAC honors were Samantha Lammie, Abby Martin, Rachel Barnes, Sydney Metheny, Lauren Elmer and Lydia Mazzolini.

Jennifer Cain, Abby Martin and Samantha Lammie played in the North-South All-Star Game.

Coach Nancy Saffel was selected as a coach of the North Team and helped lead them to a 5-2 win, with one goal being scored by Jennifer Cain.