Kiski Area's Antone named Valley News Dispatch girls athlete of the year
Kiski Area · junior · Volleyball, basketball, softball
Multi-talented athlete Maddie Antone has been referred to as “an all-timer” by some Kiski Area followers — a seemingly sure-fire hall of famer at the school.
An incoming senior, Antone never seems to miss a beat, moving from season to season with ease and making game-changing plays in three sports.
After a stellar school year that saw her enhance her teams in volleyball, basketball and softball, she was a relatively easy pick for Valley News Dispatch Girls Athlete of the Year.
Katerina Luttner of Fox Chapel and Kim Watterson of Springdale also were considered.
“It's not very often that an athlete such as Maddie comes through the system who has excelled in all three sports and has the ability to play at the collegiate level in any of these sports,” Kiski Area volleyball coach Ellen Toy said. “She has been a versatile player for my front and back row.”
The 5-foot-11 Antone has started in all three sports for three years and is getting college attention from all levels for all three.
She was a dominating, all-section middle hitter in volleyball, a double-double producing forward in basketball and a power-hitting shortstop in softball.
Kiski Area made the WPIAL playoffs in volleyball and basketball.
In volleyball, she averaged 16 kills per game. She posted 16.7 points and 11 rebounds in basketball, and hit .517 with seven home runs in softball.
What's the secret to playing three sports?
“Time management, dedication and desire to play the three. It is a plus when you have the cooperation and understanding from your coaches.”
How long does it take to get into basketball, volleyball, softball “mode?”
“It usually takes a week, but going into basketball season it takes a little longer just because the type of shape you have to be in is intense.”
More gratifying: Breakaway layup, home run or spike?
“I would have to say either a spike or home run. Nothing beats when you go up above the net and slam the ball down hard for a point. It's one against six and on the diamond it is you against nine fielders. It's a blast saying ‘goodbye' to the ball and touching all of the bases.”
What's the sport you have never played but think you'd be good at?
“Tennis, because it has the motions of softball and volleyball. My aunt always said I would look cute in the outfits.”
When will you decide to narrow it down to one or two sports for college?
“Time will dictate what sport I play.”
Can you play more than one sport in college?
“Yes, depends on what level you play.”
Do you have any nicknames and where did they come from?
“'Maddog' was just built off of my name.”
Are you more a quiet leader or a class clown on your teams?
“I'm a loud, vocal leader.”
How inspirational has it been watching your volleyball coach, Ellen Toy, rally from cancer?
“Traumatic, I've lost both a grandmother and a grandfather from it. It is never easy, and Coach Toy is the definition of a ‘champ.'”
What's something no one knows about you?
“I do calf raises in the shower.”
Pregame ritual consists of what?
“Air Heads candy, music, and before I play I crack my neck, back and knuckles.”
Who is the most influential person in your athletic career?
“My main influence is my father because without him pushing my brother and I, we wouldn't be where we are today. Jaime Moran is another main one because she has battled and battled with leukemia for years and she's still looking awesome and is positive and never gives up.”
Dream prom date next year is ... ?
What college or pro teams are you a diehard fan of?
“The Celtics and the Pirates.”
Bill Beckner Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-226-2689.