PB’s Clark-Casto inks with Glenville to play volleyball

The Inter-Mountain photo by Tony Baisi Philip Barbour’s Jyra Clark-Casto recently signed to play volleyball at Glenville State. Shown are front row, from left to right, Brad Casto, Amie Casto, Jyra Clark-Casto, Jezaray Casto and Jose Guitierrez. Back row, PBHS principal Ronald Keener, athletic director Tammy Zimmerman, Kilea Payne, Emma Kennedy, Taylor Mayle, McKenzie Carpenter, head volleyball coach Heather Halfin, assistant coach Brittany Brandon, Shelby Collins, Bryanne Tustin, Bailey Nestor, Alyssa Hill, Madison Jones and Riley Domingues.

PHILIPPI — Jyra Clark-Casto made it official during a signing ceremony in the commons area at Philip Barbour High School recently by inking with Glenville State College to continue playing volleyball at the next level for the Lady Pioneers.

While participating in athletics for the Lady Colts, Clark-Casto has garnered multiple letters in volleyball and softbal.

She was a member of two state champion volleyball squads, was named a first team all-state selection her senior year and holds the records for most blocks in a game and most blocks in school history.

“My sister is going to be there at Glenville with me to play and help me through college,” Clark-Casto said. “I love to play the sport, so those are all advantages that made me decide to pick GSC. I plan to major in biology on my way to becoming a veterinarian.”

The student-athlete noted that volleyball relieves tension for her, and that representing Philip Barbour High School has been a humbling experience.

“I love how it (volleyball) lets out stress when I play,” Clark-Casto said. “It makes me calm down when I’m mad, and when I’m happy, it makes me love the sport so much more.

“It has been an honor to represent my school and community as a state champion while helping lead the school to great things while making history and new friends along the way.”