Ripley High School's Varney honored for excelling in volleyball

Mark Martin
Special to Jackson Newspapers

The name Varney resonates through Jackson County.

Primarily on the Ravenswood side.

These days, a member of the family is making a name for herself as an athlete at Ripley High School.

Sidney Varney is a talented volleyball and softball player for the Lady Viking programs.

Varney recently earned Class AAA All-State Honorable Mention for her play this past season on the volleyball court. 

Ripley High School junior Sidney Varney was recognized recently by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association in balloting for All-State Volleyball. Varney garnered Class AAA Honorable Mention.

The junior was one of the leaders for head coach Brenda Moore's squad. 

Varney served as one of Ripley's outside hitters and was also a defensive specialist. 

Varney led the team in kills and was one of the top three in digs. 

"Sidney was an integral part of the team and always plays with a team mentality," said Moore. 

Varney's father, Ryan, was a two-time First Team Class AA All-State basketball player at Ravenswood in the seasons of 1991-92 and 1992-93. He played college basketball at West Virginia State. 

Her grandfather, Greg Varney, was an outstanding basketball player at Ravenswood in the early '70s and later played on the collegiate level at Pikeville College (now the University of Pikeville). 

Greg Varney has served as a coach in the county for many years in both basketball and tennis. 

Her great uncle, Butch Varney, guided Ravenswood's Red Devilettes to the Class AA girls basketball state title in 1982.