The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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December 11, 2013

Barna, Haight earn All-WNY football recognition

Medina Journal-Register — MEDINA — Mustang football coach Eric Valley and his staff recently went through every play from the recently-ended football season, in an effort to come up with the team’s top 100 plays for a highlight film.

When the selections were complete, 48 of the plays involved senior Kyle Barna, an all-purpose player who did it all on both sides of the field — whether it was at running back, receiver or linebacker.

Barna was honored from a regional standpoint this past weekend, when he was named second-team All-Western New York as an offensive utility player.

Valley said that Barna is completely deserving of the award, and that the recognition is a testament to his work ethic and desire to get better every time he stepped onto the field.

“He came to play every game, and that’s something that everybody noticed, not just the guys on our side,” Valley said. “His body of work speaks for itself. He’s a consistent player, and he always left it all on the field.”

Barna saw varsity action beginning his freshman year at Medina, and was a three-year starter for the Mustangs on both sides of the ball. Valley felt that Barna grew into his game as he got older, and the result was a dynamic player who was always a threat to make a game-changing play.

Valley said that Barna has garnered attention from a variety of colleges across the state, as he decides whether to play football or lacrosse — or potentially both — at the university level. Whatever Barna decides, Valley is sure that he will continue to excel and work hard both on and off the field.

It’s just what he does.

“Kyle certainly had a tremendous career here,” Valley said.

Barna was also named as co-offensive MVP for Class B North, and was selected as a first-team linebacker in the selections of Upstate Football Weekly.

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