Vol. 143, No. 12 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Weekend, Feb. 11 & 12, 2017

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME BOUND – Hannah Roberts (Above) led the Lady Bison with 10 points in a thrilling 45-41 win over Wayne Thursday night. WCN photo submitted by Cindy Shy

Wayne County Girls Hoops Championship

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

BUFFALO – Then there were two.

The Wayne County girls basketball championship match-up is set for Saturday after Buffalo and Vinson picked up wins Thursday night. Buffalo held on for an exciting 45-41 win over Wayne. Vinson put the hammer down defeating Ceredo-Kenova 46-6.

The consolation game between C-K and Wayne will tip off at noon Saturday with the championship at 1:30 pm. Both games will be played at Buffalo’s Bison Arena.

In Thursday’s first game of the doubleheader, Buffalo relinquished a 15-point lead with four minutes left in the game. Wayne’s Jasmine Tabor dropped 15 of her game-high 18 in the second half including all nine of the Lady Pioneers’ points in the third quarter. Alana Eves dropped 16 points for Wayne in support.

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WAYNE COUNTY GOING STATEWIDE – Ric Morrone, Ryan Epling, and Bill Cornwell hosts for Basketball Friday Night in West Virginia, broadcast at Marshall University. The show began on WFGH, but has since gone statewide since the show’s beginning four years ago. Submitted photo

Network WV to broadcast Basketball Friday Night

Submitted article

HUNTINGTON – Basketball Friday Night in West Virginia and Suddenlink Media have partnered to bring the state’s premiere high school basketball show to television viewers across West Virginia.

Basketball Friday Night in West Virginia is a joint project between Marshall University (WMUL) and Wayne County Schools (WFGH), which began four years ago.

Network West Virginia will bring Basketball Friday Night in West Virginia to tens of thousands of basketball fans within Suddenlink’s statewide footprint. Student-athletes, coaches and fans will be able to watch Basketball Friday Night in West Virginia on Network West Virginia each Friday, live from the state-of-the-art broadcast radio and television facilities at Marshall University.

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Spring Valley girls fell short against Parkersburg at the Little General Shootout in Charleston Tuesday afternoon at the Civic Center. WCN photo by Michael Hupp

Lady T’Wolves fall to Big Reds at Little General Shootout

By TIM STEPHENS
HD Media

CHARLESTON – Logic maintained Parkersburg would drive the lane as it had done all day and try to hit the winning basket.

Big Reds’ coach Kenny Demoss scrapped such thinking, however, and set up a play for Alexandra Delozier to shoot a 17-foot jumper. The senior guard swished the shot with 15 seconds to play to give Parkersburg (15-4) a 54-51 victory over Spring Valley (10-7) in girls high school basketball Tuesday afternoon in the Little General Shootout in the Big House at the Charleston Civic Center.

“We hadn’t played a zone all day and then we tried it there,” Timberwolves coach Bo Miller said. “(Delozier) stepped out and hit a big shot.”

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HISTORIC CLASS – Seven Spring Valley football players signed National Letters of Intent to play college football Friday evening. (Left to right) Trey Malashevich, Mason Brubeck, Jonah Wellman, Chandler Stacy, Brock Adkins, Skylar Larcart and Kaleb Hardin. Photo by Wanda Willoughby

Seven Spring Valley football players sign to play college ball

BY MICHAEL HUPP
HD Media

SPRING VALLEY – Seven Spring Valley senior football players signed National Letters of Intent Friday evening to play the game they love at the next level.

The recruiting class is the largest in school history.

Jonah Wellman, Mason Brubeck, Skylar Larcart, Kaleb Hardin, Brock Adkins, Chandler Stacy and Trey Malashevich all signed letters in front of a packed auditorium. Adkins, Hardin and Larcart will attend the University of Charleston.

Wellman signed with Eastern Kentucky University; Brubeck is heading to West Virginia Wesleyan; Stacy to Carnegie Mellon University; and Malashevich to Kentucky Christian.

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GIVING BACK – Former Wayne High School athlete Grant Ferguson (right) was a standout quarterback and basketball player for Wayne. He has returned to the court –this time as Buffalo Middle’s coach. WCN file photo

Ferguson returns to Buffalo to lead on the court

BY JAKE WELLMAN
Sports Writer

BUFFALO – If you are from the Buffalo or Wayne area, Grant Ferguson is a name you are familiar with. Ferguson is a Buffalo native that transferred to Wayne in his high school years to continue his sports career.

Ferguson and his brother Evan Ferguson are now the coaches at Buffalo Middle School where they say it’s an honor to give back to their community.

Ferguson was known for his domination under center in Wayne’s powerhouse years of football from 2011-2014. He had nothing short of a stellar career with state championships in 2011 and 2012, 2012 First Team All-State, 2013 State Runner-Up, 2013 First Team All-State Defensive Back, and a 2014 First Team All-State Honor.

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HARD TO DEFEND – Spring Valley’s Jaida Adkins (left) tries to defend and Morgan Vaughn (right) against Cabell Midland’s Kirya Adkins. HD Media photo

Lady Knights dominate glass as Midland upends Wolves

By MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

SPRING VALLEY — If the Cabell Midland Lady Knights are looking for a team sponsor, they may want to call Windex. After all, they dominated Spring Valley on the glass in a 38-36 comeback win at the Wolves Den on Wednesday night.

Cabell Midland overcame an 11-point fourth quarter deficit by out-scoring Spring Valley 17-4 in the final quarter to earn the win.

Much of the damage was done on the offensive glass where the Knights grabbed a 50-22 advantage in rebounding. The Knights had more offensive rebounds (23) than Spring Valley did total rebounds in the contest.

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1,000th POINT PIONEER – Aeriel Adkins become the third Wayne Lady Pioneer to top 1,000 career points and first to do it as a junior in a win over Mingo Central Saturday night. WCN photo courtesy of Through Melissa’s Lens

Aeriel Adkins hits record books for Lady Pioneers

BY JAKE WELLMAN
Sports Writer

WAYNE – Aeriel Adkins went down in the record books Saturday night scoring her 1,000th point in the Wayne Lady Pioneers victory over Mingo Central 63-34.

Her 1,000th point came in the fourth period after driving to the rack and drawing a tough foul call. Adkins went to the line for two free throws with 999 points already to her credit. Her first free throw made the famous “click” sound as she swished her way into the record books.

The game was stopped and Adkins was honored by the crowd, her teammates, and coaching staff. She also received the game ball at the end of the game.
Adkins has been the Pioneers backbone all season averaging over 20 points per game and 10 assists.

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HIGH POINT – Jaida Adkins led the all scorers with 16 points in a 51-31 win over George Washington Thursday night at the Wolves Den. HD Media photo

Valley girls defeat Lady Patriots

By DAVID WALSH
HD Media

SPRING VALLEY – Spring Valley led virtually from nearly start to finish and capitalized on a 10-point run midway through the fourth period to pull away to a 51-31 win over George Washington in girls high school basketball Thursday night at the Wolves Den.

The Lady Timberwolves (8-4) scored the final 12 points in the first period for a 12-2 lead over the Lady Patriots (4-7). The margin remained double figures the rest of the way despite the home team making 20 of 59 shots from the field.

“Not the way we drew it up,” Spring Valley coach Bo Miller said. “It was an ugly win, but a win’s a win.”

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Wayne's Cam Wallace (2) drops in a layup past St. Joe's DeAundra Murphy (4) during a high school boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 17,, in Huntington. The senior point guard was nominated for the 2017 McDonald’s All American Games. Photo by Sholten Singer/The Herald-Dispatch

Wayne’s Wallace nominated for McDonald’s All-American Games

By DAVID WALSH &
JAKE WELLMAN
HD Media

WAYNE – Wayne High School’s Cam Wallace received a surprising text message last Tuesday.

The Pioneers had a boys basketball game at Herbert Hoover and the 5-foot-8, 150-pound senior point guard got word via twitter that he was nominated for the 2017 McDonald’s All American Games. This year’s list includes players from 45 states and the District of Columbia. Of the 720 nominees selected, one male and two female athletes from the Tri-State were included.

“He got the message on his phone,” Wayne assistant coach Matt Wilson said. “He didn’t know what to say. It was a shock. He’s cool, calm, collected and didn’t make a big deal of it. His teammates did.”

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TOUGHEST WOMAN – Wayne’s Tiffany “Glitter HitHer” Ross won her division in this year’s Annual Tri-State Toughman Contest. She is pictured above with trainer Pearl Dotson. Ross trains at Stacks of Dynamite Gym located on Hughes Branch. Ross donated her $500 winnings back to the gym she trains at. Submitted photo

Wayne fighter takes Toughman Contest Women's crown

BY JAKE WELLMAN
Sports Writer

WAYNE – Tiffany “Glitter HitHer” Ross put her hard work and determination to the test Saturday night as she pulled off a championship win in the Tri-State Toughman Contest Women’s Division.

At first glance, Ross doesn’t look like your typical fighter. In fact, if you saw her through the week, she would be at her normal 9-5 job as a Business Administrator at Alcon Solutions.

This is Ross’s second year competing in the ToughMan contest after a stellar performance last year as well. Ross said, “In 2016 it was my goal just to enter. I set my goal at losing 120lbs and if I hit that goal, I would enter. I signed up after losing 110lbs, I thought that was close enough. When I debuted in Huntington, I had so much support from family, friends, and coworkers. Everyone was so encouraging because this was so outside my comfort zone.”

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TOUGHMAN – Austin Ferguson, left, takes a punch during his bout against Braxton Blair during the 29th Annual Tri-State Original Toughman Contest Saturday night at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington. HD Media photo

Toughman boxers prove their amateur grit in the ring

By BISHOP NASH
HD Media

HUNTINGTON – When asked about his pre-fight preparations, Mike Tyson famously once said, “Everyone has a plan till they get punched in the mouth.”

There weren’t many real plans formulated within the fighters’ staging area in the back half of the Big Sandy Superstore Arena, where dozens of amateur boxers anxiously waited for their fight among the 23-bout schedule Saturday night at the 29th annual Tri-State Original Toughman Contest in Huntington.

It was quiet back there, and many, if not most, were preparing to take the ring for the first organized fight of their lives. Experience, if any, was limited, from sparring matches at local gyms to straight-up misdemeanor battery.

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WELCOME HOME – Former Spring Valley quarterback Tyler Brown has transferred to Marshall University from Robert Morris University to finish out his college career. WCN file photo

Former Spring Valley signal caller transfers to Marshall

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

HUNTINGTON – Former Spring Valley quarterback Tyler Brown decided there is no place like home.

Brown, who had played one season for the Robert Morris University Colonials has transferred to Marshall University. Brown anticipates to officially be placed on the roster this week.

Brown will have three years of eligibility remaining with the Thundering Herd. “Robert Morris gave me an opportunity, but the situation and Pittsburgh didn’t fit for me. I want to finish out college closer to home,” Brown said Friday afternoon while attending former teammate Riley Locklear’s official commitment ceremony to the University of Tennessee.

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A VOLUNTEER – Riley Locklear made his decision to play football with the Tennessee Volunteers official Tuesday in front of family, friends, coaches and teammates signing his letter of intent. Pictured with Locklear is mom Madea McGuire and older brother Alex Locklear. Alex is a lineman for Marshall University. Photo by Kerry Carter Photography

Locklear Rocky Top bound

BY MICHAEL HUPP
HD Media

SPRING VALLEY – The hardest decision Spring Valley’s Riley Locklear had to make Tuesday afternoon was to wear a white University of Tennessee hat or a gray one.

That is because the Tennessee Volunteer football recruit had already made his biggest decision to play football in Knoxville before his senior season with the Timberwolves. He made his decision official Tuesday in front of family, friends, coaches and teammates signing his letter of intent.

The 2016 Stydahar Award winner, given to the state’s top lineman, was granted early graduation from Spring Valley. Locklear will be in Knoxville this Sunday to start spring classes at Tennessee next week. The decision allows him to attend spring practice for Tennessee head coach Butch Jones’ squad.

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Wayne Co. players lead
St. Joe to tourney championship

TOURNEY CHAMPS – Four players from Wayne County recently helped lead the Huntington St. Joe Lady Irish to the Doc Maples Holiday Hoops Tournament in Bristol, TN last month. Players include ((left-right) Dena Jarrells (Tolsia) Paige Shy (Buffalo) Errin Kay (Vinson) and Bailee Adkins (Wayne). All four girls competed against each other in middle school before attending Huntington St. Joe. Submitted photo

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WELCOME BACK – Jaxon Burgess, of Lousiville DeSales High School, was named MVP of the AIT. Burgess is the son of former C-K High and Marshall University standout Joda Burgess. HD Media file photo

Burgess at home in AIT

By GRANT TRAYLOR
HD Media

ASHLAND – Over the summer, Louisville DeSales boys basketball guard Jaxon Burgess found out one of his Christmas presents nearly six months early.

Burgess and his teammates would be traveling to his hometown area just after Christmas for the Ashland Invitational Tournament. He made the most of that trip, leading DeSales to the 62nd AIT championship while earning Most Valuable Player honors in the process.

As Burgess was announced as the MVP of the tournament, the meaning of the week hit him. “It was emotional,” he said. “I looked over and my family was tearing up and crying and my teammate were all into it. It’s just a dream come true to come down here and win the tournament and MVP. There’s nothing more I could ask for.”

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High school basketball polls feature area teams

By GRANT TRAYLOR
HD Media

HUNTINGTON – One thing was proven by the early portion of the 2016-17 high school season.

Huntington High is again thought of as the team to beat in Class AAA girls basketball in West Virginia.

The Highlanders were ranked No. 1 in Monday’s Associated Press poll - the first release since the preseason rankings at the beginning of December.

Spring Valley was also ranked in Class AAA girls, coming in at No. 10 in the poll.

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Misc

Wayne Co. Hoops Roundup Feb. 8-11

 

Lady Pioneers drop to Lady Yellowjackets

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CHARLESTON – Williamstown used an 18-4 run in the first four minutes of the second half to overcome a halftime deficit and top the Pioneers at the Little General Shootout in Charleston Wednesday afternoon.

Samantha Dedrick finished with 23 points for Williamstown while Ashley Morris and Bree Reynolds both added 10.

Aeriel Adkins finished with 19 points for Wayne, which also had 13 from Whitney Sansom.

Tolsia keeps winning streak alive

BY JAKE WELLMAN
Sports Writer

NAUGATUCK, W.Va. – The Tolsia Lady Rebels won in dominating fashion Thursday night over local rival Tug Valley 67-32.

Tolsia began their scoring fest in the first period scoring 17 points on the backs of Sarah Jude, Tosha Nichols, and Mariah Finley.

Tug Valley was held to only eight points in the first and 15 points in the first half under Tolsia’s press and man defense.

Spring Valley girls defeat Hurricane

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

SPRING VALLEY – Senior Night was an enjoyable experience for the Spring Valley girls basketball team.

Seniors Jaida Adkins and Madison Berry combined for 35 points to power the

Lady Timberwolves (11-7) to a 49-30 win over Hurricane on Wednesday night at the Wolves Den.

Wayne slams
Fort Gay

BY JAKE WELLMAN
Sports Writer

BUFFALO – The Wayne Lady Pioneers cruised to their first county tournament win over Fort Gay 42-15.

Wayne opened up with a scoring-fest dropping 14 points and holding Fort Gay to a mere two points.

The second period proved to be a little closer as the Lady Pioneers saw the foul line eight times and capitalized on five free throws. Fort Gay’s Jesse Boone scored five of the seven points to hold the Lady Vikings within one in the second.

Wonders slide past Crum

BY JAKE WELLMAN
Sports Writer

BUFFALO – The Ceredo-Kenova Lady Wonders opened up the county tournament with a barnburner win over the Crum Lady Mountaineers 26-25.

The game opened up with a defensive battle in the first with both teams only scoring four points apiece.

The second opened up scoring with C-K scoring eight points on the back of Raelyn Crum’s five points.

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For the second consecutive year, Spring Valley cheer coach Heather Morrone (above) has been named the Mountain State Athletic Conference’s “Cheer Coach of the Year”.

Valley’s Heather Morrone ‘MSAC Cheer Coach of Year’

 

By MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

SPRING VALLEY – For the second consecutive year, Spring Valley cheer coach Heather Morrone has been named the Mountain State Athletic Conference’s “Cheer Coach of the Year”.

Morrone won the award in 2016 as well.

This is Morrone’s 10th season as head varsity cheer coach at Spring Valley. Under Morrone, the SVHS cheer squad has won the MSAC Championship three years in a row (2014, 2015 and 2016) and MSAC runner-up three times (2010, 2012 and 2013).

Each year, the top two teams out of the state’s four regions qualify for the state competition.

In 10 seasons, seven of her teams have reached the AAA State Competition. Six teams have qualified as the Region IV Champion (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) and one qualified as the Region IV Runner-Up (2009). SVHS has now won the Region IV Championship four years in a row.

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Spring Valley's Chandler Stacy (22) drives to the basket. Stacy’s 38 points and 10 rebounds led Spring Valley to a commanding 88-68 win over Huntington High.

Stacy’s 38 points leads Spring Valley past HHS

 

By MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

SPRING VALLEY - Chandler Stacy’s 38 points and 10 rebounds led Spring Valley to a commanding 88-68 win over Huntington High on Wednesday night at the Wolves Den.

“Last week’s loss against St. Albans (54-48) did not set well with me,” Stacy said. “I had probably the worst game I’ve played all season last game against Huntington. I owed it to my team tonight to play my best.”

The Mountain State Athletic Conference’s second-leading scorer increased his intensity, which carried over to the rest of his squad.

Spring Valley (7-9) took a double-digit lead, thanks to a 23-point second quarter and never let the lead get below 10 points the rest of the game. The Timberwolves finished with four players in double-figures in a balanced effort.

“We had to play as a team to get this win and we had to make shots,” Stacy said. “Tonight we did both.”

Spring Valley limited itself to only five turnovers while forcing Huntington (10-5) into 10 miscues. The Timberwolves used the outside shot to build the lead and fend off the Highlanders. Spring Valley was 7 of 14 from 3-point range.

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Valley Wrestling dominates at home

 

BY JAKE WELLMAN
Sports Writers

SPRING VALLEY – The seniors took the mats for the last time in the Wolves Den Saturday afternoon in the Valley Duels competition.

Spring Valley ran the table with a 3-0 record overtaking Capital, Cabell Midland, and Hurricane.

Valley had their greatest margin over victory in their first match dominating the Capital Cougars in a blow out 64-6.

The Wolves then took on I-64 rival Cabell Midland in a closer, yet stellar performance winning 40-23.

The last and closest match up of the day was the Hurricane Redskins. Valley battled back after a tough start to win the match and the tournament 32-27.

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JUMP – Spring Valley’s Chandler Stacy attempts to score over a Red Dragon defender Thursday night in a 54-48 loss. WCN photo by Wanda Willoughby

Wolves scorched by Red Dragons

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

SPRING VALLEY – Two trips to the charity stripe late in the fourth sealed a road win for the Red Dragons at the Wolves Den. The Wolves had cut the Red Dragons’ (2-11) lead to 50-48 with .30 seconds left before Dionte Patterson and Jason Barrett hit two free-throws apiece in the final seconds to seal the victory.

Barrett and Rodney Toler led St. Albans with 10 points apiece. Patterson finished with 10 rebounds and five blocked shots to go with eight points.

Chandler Stacy led Spring Valley (6-9) with a game-high 15 points and eight rebounds. Jacob Bailey added three 3-point scores off the bench for nine points.

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Spring Valley Wrestling places
at WSAZ Invitational

 

BY JAKE WELLMAN
Sports Writer

SPRING VALLEY – The WSAZ Invitational is one of long standing tradition in the Huntington area as some of the best wrestlers in the state come to show their talents.

Spring Valley grapplers pride themselves on their hard work and dedication to the sport of wrestling, always having tough competitors in the WSAZ tournament.

The Timberwolves kept that tradition alive this weekend with five of the team’s wrestlers placing in their weight classes.

Eian Harper, Alex Ware, and Braxton Cornell all came in with eighth place finishes in their respective weight classes. Harper is the lightweight at 113lbs, Ware is the middle weight at 145, and Cornell in the 182lb class.

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Timberwolves wrestling ranked 10th in AAA ratings

 

By DAVID WALSH
HD Media

HUNTINGTON – Spring Valley High School began the 2016-17 wrestling season Dec. 3 with a win over St. Albans in the Mike Ellis Invitational at Hurricane High School. St. Albans is No. 8 in Class AAA in the West Virginia Coaches Association poll.

The Timberwolves, who didn’t have several football players on their roster at the time because of a deep run into the Class AAA playoffs, finally cracked the Top 10 this week.

“A lot of people are surprised,” Spring Valley coach Anthony Emana said. “I’m not. We’ve been consistent every time out. Getting in shape is the key. It’s pound and grind, wear you out in the third period and keep scoring.”

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Spring Valley girls topple No. 1 Huntington High

 

By DAVID WALSH
HD Media

SPRING VALLEY – There should be a new No. 1 team in West Virginia Class AAA girls basketball come Monday when the next Associated Press poll comes out courtesy of Spring Valley.

The Lady Timberwolves handled current No. 1 Huntington High’s pressure defense and Morgan Vaughn and Madison Vaughn combined for 38 points to power the home team to a 71-54 victory Saturday night at the Wolves Den.

“We handled the press. That’s the key to playing Huntington High,” Spring Valley coach Bo Miller said. “We got the looks we wanted. Our girls played extremely hard, gave a great effort. We’re getting better.”

The Lady Timberwolves (7-4) outscored the visitors 25-10 in the second period to take 36-25 lead at the break. That despite making just 4 of 15 free throws.
In the second half, the Lady Highlanders continued with the pressure, Spring Valley made minimal mistakes and steadily pulled away. Many times the Lady Timberwolves got numbers and beat the Lady Highlanders down the floor.e Class A semi-finalist football team.

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GoFundMe account started for Tolsia athlete after fire

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

GLENHAYES – A community is rallying around Tolsia High School athlete Brian Campbell and his family after a fire destroyed their home Wednesday afternoon.

There has been a GoFundMe page started to collect money for the family at to https://www.gofundme.com/brian-campbell-family-fund to donate.
According to the page, the family lost everything during Wednesday’s tragic fire.

“His friends and family at Whitetail Heaven Outfitters, where he is one of the top hunting guides, is putting together this page to help his family in the hopes that they can begin rebuilding their lives as quickly as possible,” according to the post.

Campbell is a senior basketball player at Tolsia and also played on the Class A semi-finalist football team.

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Spring Valley wrestling places ninth at Beckley tournament

 

BY JAKE WELLMAN
Sports Writer

SPRING VALLEY – The Spring Valley Timberwolves wrestling program continues their stellar season finishing ninth out of 30 teams in last weekend’s Beckley tournament.

Spring Valley finished the tournament with a 6-3 record picking up a big win over No. 9 Madonna to advance them to ninth place.

Mason, Ohio was the toughest loss of the night for the Wolves to give them their third loss of the tournament. Mason was the Wolves toughest opponent as a nationally ranked wrestling program.

Owen Porter was once again the story of the tournament picking up his historic 100th career win as only a junior. Porter went on to finish 9-0 to help lead himself and his team to a great finish.

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LANDAIR – Spring Valley’s Madison Vaughn led the Lady Wolves in a 64-59 win over West Green, TN last week with 16 points. WCN file photo

Lady Wolves top West Green, TN in Landair Classic

 

BY JAKE WELLMAN
Sports Writer

SPRING VALLEY – The Spring Valley Lady Wolves finished out their final game of the Landair Classic with a victory against a tough West Green Tennessee team 64-59.

Spring Valley went 1-2 overall for the tournament with the two losses coming against Morristown West and Daniel Boone.

Madison Vaughn and Haley McComas led the way for the Wolves offense combining for 31 points. Vaughn accounted for 16 points, seven assists, and eight rebounds on the night whole McComas put up 15 points and nine rebounds.

The Wolves dominated the offensive and defensive glass and shot 12-for-20 from the free throw line.

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Annual Toughman Contest returns

 

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HUNTINGTON — Final preparations are being made for the 29th Annual Tri-State Original Toughman Contest that starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

The Big Sandy Superstore Arena Box Office will be open late from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday to get tickets to the event which perennially sells out the Arena. The box office will also be open from 10 a.m. through the event on Friday and Saturday, if tickets remain.

Tickets are $20 general admission, $25 reserved and $35 VIP ringside. Get tickets at the Big Sandy Arena Box Office or call 304-696-4400. Normal box office hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, except for event days. Buy online at ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Come out and see more than 100 amateur boxers from all over the Tri-State and beyond battling for more than $12,000 in prize money and bragging rights.

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Middle School county play begins

 

BY JAKE WELLMAN
Sports Writer

WAYNE – Middle school basketball begins county play this week after returning from Christmas break.

Wayne County middle school basketball has been a long-standing tradition throughout the years and the heated rivalries between schools still remain today.

Crum, Fort Gay, Vinson, Ceredo-Kenova, Wayne, and Buffalo have all had successful beginnings to their seasons in non-conference play. The true test will come in the gauntlet schedule that begins this week with county play starting.

Vinson’s boys team led by coach Josh Perkey looks to repeat last year’s performance of a county championship despite losing player Chase Maynard the opening of the season due to an arm injury.

The Lady Pioneers have the same goal in mind, trying to make the 2017 season a three-peat county championship run under Austin Pratt.

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