Alex Taylor named Mountain League MVP


Terry McCaulley

Alex Taylor was named the Mountain League soccer MVP Wednesday.

Owen Shedlock, Sports Editor

The Tyrone/Bellwood-Antis co-op soccer teams always seem to have some amazing players from Bellwood.

The numbers bear it out. Over the years, B-A athletes have won the Mountain League soccer MVP a total of five times.

Corey Johnston was the most recent to win, earning MVP honors in 2018 and 2019.

On Wednesday, B-A’s Alex Taylor was named Mountain League MVP. This makes it the third season in a row where a Bellwood soccer player has won the MVP crown.

Alex was the leader for the Eagles all year, motivating the team and acting as a big contributor on offense, where he scored 19 goals. Especially in big games, he always found a way to score. He’s had numerous games where he scored multiple goals, including in the District 6 3A semifinals against Bellefonte, when he netted four, including the game-winner with 13 seconds left.

“Alex was a leader for our team in so many ways,” said coach Alex Bartlett. “He exemplifies what an MVP should be. As for our legacy, I think it boosts us tremendously. Four out of the last seven years our team has had a Mountain League MVP.”

Alex has now joined a special group of Bellwood soccer players, which includes his coach. Bartlett won MVP in 2013.

“Its an honor to be associated with a number of other Bellwood-Antis players who have also gotten the award over the years,” Taylor explained. “It feels really great to be chosen as the MVP for the Mountain League. I’m thankful for everyone that helped me get here.”

Other soccer MVP’s to come from Bellwood include assistant coach Kyle Bartlett (2012) and Marisa Panasitti (2015).