Vol. 141, No. 23 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Weekend, March 21 & 22, 2015

HONORED — Sarah Kelly, playing defense against Huntington High in the first round of the state tournament last week, was named first team All-MSAC. Photo courtesy Kerry Carter Photography.

SV places four on All-MSAC

By MICHAEL HUPP
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – Spring Valley’s girls basketball team placed four outgoing seniors on the All-Mountain State Athletic Conference team this past week.

Sarah Kelly made the first team after finishing her career as a 1,000-point scorer. Kelly nearly averaged a double-double for the entire season.

Kassidy Lemons landed on the second team. She was known throughout her career as one of the top three-point specialists in the state – in several games all her points came from behind the arc.

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GRIT AND DETERMINATION — Cumberland University’s Scott Stewart locks up with Gabi Musallam from Missouri Valley College in the finals of the NAIA Wrestling Championships. Photo courtesy Cumberland University Sports Information Department

Stewart earns honor as wrestler at Cumberland University

By SCOTT PARSONS
Staff Writer

In the wrestling room at Cumberland University a billboard on one wall features the names of every NAIA All-American who has ever wrestled for the Bulldogs.

When Spring Valley graduate Scott Stewart walked into the wrestling room he looked at the wall and determined to have his name on that billboard before his wrestling days were done at the university.

He didn’t hope. He didn’t wish. He made up his mind to make it happen. “That was the plan,” Stewart said. Mission accomplished.

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Ceredo-Kenova Middle hosts Special Olympics

CKMS hosted this year’s Special Olympics Championship Division Basketball. Teams from Buffalo, Crum, Wayne, and CK competed in three different divisions. Buffalo won the championship titles in both Divisions 1 and 2, while Wayne won Division 3. The first place winners were awarded gold medals. In addition to basketball games, students were able to participate in various activities offered throughout the school including crafts, movies, and games. Photo courtesy of Lindsey Ellis

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MAKING WAKE — Tim Stollings swims the 100 butterfly leg of the 400 IM at Kentucky Y-State Championships. Photo courtesy Amanda Christian, C&C Photography

Prichard swimmer making a big splash at YMCA Championships

By SCOTT PARSONS
Staff Writer

A Prichard teen is making waves in the pool. No pun intended.

Tim Stollings was the high-point award winner for the boys 13-14 age division at the Kentucky YMCA State Swimming Championships earlier this month.

The 14-year-old Stollings has been swimming competitively for quite a while.
“I just started my fourth year of competitive swimming,” Stollings said. “I plan to swim a lot longer.” Due to the number of swimmers competing at the Swimming Championships, each swimmer was limited to just four events.


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Buffalo Middle grapplers excel at Junior State Championships

HITTING THE MATS — Above: Clayton Stewart works on an opponent during the W.Va. Junior State Championships. Below: an official keeps a close eye on Devin Doss in his sixth place match in the W.Va. Junior State Championships. Submitted photos.

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GETTING PHYSICAL IN THE CAPITOL CITY — Spring Valley’s Karlee Alderman battles Huntington High’s Alexia Sheffield (13) and Ericka Budd (34) for the ball.

Familiar foe ends Lady Wolves’ state tournament run

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

CHARLESTON – No. 4 Huntington overcame a nine-point fourth quarter deficit, finishing the game with a 23-3 run, to overcome the No. 5 Spring Valley Timberwolves, 67-56, in the quarterfinals of the West Virginia Girls Basketball State Tournament at the Charleston Civic Center Thursday afternoon.

Huntington High (23-3) went on a 23-3 run over the final 6:54 of the game to earn the win.
Huntington High trailed 53-44 following a layup by Spring Valley’s Sarah Kelly with 7:19 left, but Huntington High’s Jordyn Dawson took control of the game, scoring six straight points and getting a steal that led to a Lexi Sheffield layup that gave the Highlanders the lead with 4:49 remaining.

It was the last time Spring Valley (17-9) would hit a shot from that point as Huntington surged to the win with key rebounds and defensive stops to thwart the Lady Wolves’ tourney run.

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SWARMED — Wayne’s Grant Ferguson is covered closely by two Poca defenders. Ferguson was Wayne’s leading scorer with 12 points in the Pioneers 81-29 loss in the regional co-championship game in Poca. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Pioneers fall hard to Poca
in regional

By SCOTT PARSONS
Staff Writer

POCA — After a surprising upset over Chapmanville and a tight game against Mingo Central, the Wayne Pioneers ran into buzz saw Wednesday night in Poca.

The Dots, undefeated and No. 1 in the state, jumped on the Pioneers early and never let up as they cruised to an 81-29 win in the Regional co-championship game.

“They’re just a quality team,” Wayne Coach Sam Cochenour said of the Dots. “We knew that coming in. We knew we had to play our best game and they had to play a weaker game, and that’s what showed.”

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Winter Special Olympics for Wayne County took place Wednesday at Wayne High School and Middle School. The Middle School Championships were at C-K Middle on Thursday. Special Olympics for the high school and elementary will be Tuesday at Tolsia High School.

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LOOKING UP — Spring Valley’s Jacob Kilgore looks to the basket during Tuesday’s Region IV co-championship game against Hurricane. Photo courtesy Kerry Carter Photography

Spring Valley boys’ season ends at hands of Hurricane

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HURRICANE — It was a season filled with ups and downs that finally came to an end Tuesday night as the Spring Valley Timberwolves (14-11) lost 65-45 to the Hurricane Redskins in the Region IV co-championship.

The loss marks the second year in a row the Redskins have stopped Spring Valley from reaching the state tournament in Charleston. It was also the second consecutive post-season loss of the 2014-15 campaign after beating Logan in the Region IV, Section 2 semifinals. 53-50 Saturday.

Spring Valley won the matchup against Logan in dramatic fashion to start the post-season. Senior leader and MSAC Player of the Year Jacob Kilgore hit a pair of free throws with 11.5 seconds left on the game clock to put the Wolves up 53-50 and partially-deflected a game-tying 3-point attempt by Logan’s Zac Acord to secure the win.

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DOING BATTLE — Wayne’s Grant Ferguson keeps tight defense against Mingo Central’s Dikembe Dixson during their sectional championship game in Logan. Photo by Scott Parsons

Pioneers prep for Poca

By SCOTT PARSONS
Staff Writer

LOGAN — Winston Churchill once said: “a pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

A berth in the state tournament is on the line tonight for the Wayne Pioneers. It will be difficult for sure in that Wayne must beat the No. 1 team in the state – Poca.
But it most certainly is an opportunity.

“It’s a big opportunity,” Wayne coach Sam Cochenour said. “We know how good Poca is. We played them twice this season. I have told our guys this is an opportunity many high schools in the state would love to have.”

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FEELING THE PRESSURE — Wayne’s Colby Wickline is under siege from Chapmanville’s Drew Williamson (13) and Ben Eke as he takes the ball in the lane during the Pioneers’ 46-43 upset win over the Tigers. Wayne will face Mingo Central tonight in Logan for the Class AA Region IV, Section 2 championship. Wayne County News Staff Photo

Wayne looks to continue run in sectional title game

By SCOTT PARSONS
Staff Writer

LOGAN – After an exciting upset of Chapmanville in the first round of the Class AA Region IV, Section 2 tournament, Wayne is ready to see if the Cinderella slipper still fits.

“The guys are excited. The upset against Chapmanville was a huge victory,” Wayne Coach Sam Cochenour said.

The Pioneers were originally slated to play Mingo Central for the sectional championship Friday night but Winter Storm Thor put the clamps on that plan. The game was rescheduled for Saturday (tonight) at 7 p.m. at Willie Akers Arena in Logan.

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SHARP SHOOTER — Spring Valley’s Maddie Morris goes up for a shot against two Hurricane defenders in the Regional final game at Spring Valley High School. Morris scored 22 points in the 73-55 Timberwolves victory. Photo courtesy Kerry Carter Photography.

Wolves state tourney bound

By SCOTT PARSONS
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON — The Spring Valley Lady Timberwolves seem to be hitting their stride at a good time of the year.

Maddie Morris poured in 22 points and Sarah Kelly had 15 as the Lady Wolves stamped their ticket to the state tournament with a decisive 73-55 win over the Hurricane Redskins to claim the Region 4 Championship on Tuesday at Spring Valley High School.

Morris, who has missed most of the season with a hand injury, has been spurring the resurgence and the Lady Wolves seem to be peaking at the right time.

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A HAND UP — Wayne’s Mason Hodge goes for a layup as Chapmanville’s Kyle Browning defends during the Class AA Region 4 Section 2 tournament in Logan on Monday. WCN Staff Photo

Wayne tames Tigers in Sectional

By PAUL ADKINS
Logan Banner

LOGAN — The last time the Wayne High School basketball team made it to the regional tournament Top Gun, starring Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis, was the big Hollywood draw at the movies.

Gas was only 89 cents a gallon.

Ronald Reagan was in his second term as President of the United States.

The Space Shuttle Challenger had recently exploded, killing all seven astronauts on board, including New Hampshire teacher Christa McAuliffe.

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SPOILS OF VICTORY - Spring Valley senior Sara Kelly cuts down the net following the Timberwolves win over Huntington to win the Class AAA, Region IV, Section 2 title. Photo by Michael Hupp

Big second half gives Lady Wolves Section 2 title

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

LOGAN – The Spring Valley Lady Timberwolves erupted for 42 second-half points to pull out a 75-51 Region IV, Section 2 championship win Friday night at Akers Field House in Logan.

Spring Valley held Huntington to just 14 points in the second half after struggling to battle back from a 10-point deficit most of the first half.

“We came out lackadaisical the first half. I don’t want to see that carry over anymore, but I think we were still reeling from the win Wednesday,” Coach Bo Miller said. “We played man-to-man almost the entire year and we went into a triangle-two which definitely stopped them.”

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UNDER PRESSURE - C-K’s Doug Nester looks to take a shot under heavy pressure from Wayne’s Gunner Daniels during Thursday’s Wayne County Middle School championship game at Wayne High School. Photo courtesy Kerry Carter Photography.

C-K wins middle school crown

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

LOGAN – The Spring Valley Lady Timberwolves erupted for 42 second-half points to pull out a 75-51 Region IV, Section 2 championship win Friday night at Akers Field House in Logan.

Spring Valley held Huntington to just 14 points in the second half after struggling to battle back from a 10-point deficit most of the first half.

“We came out lackadaisical the first half. I don’t want to see that carry over anymore, but I think we were still reeling from the win Wednesday,” Coach Bo Miller said. “We played man-to-man almost the entire year and we went into a triangle-two which definitely stopped them.”

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All-County, All-Tournament
middle school boys basketball

ALL TOURNAMENT
Buffalo – Dustin Shadlock
Fort Gay – Eric Williams
Crum - Blake Sturgell, Keyshawn Harvey
Vinson - C.J. Meredith, Caleb Fowler
Wayne – Mike Bartram, Devin Hall, Gunner Daniels
C-K - Grayson Malashevich, Doug Nester, Brayden Simmons, Tyrus Baumgardner

ALL COUNTY
Buffalo – David Livingston
Fort Gay – Eric Williams
Crum - Hunter Crum, Brandon Mollette
Vinson – Isaac Ross, Caleb Fowler
Wayne - Devin Hall, Gunner Daniels, John Chinn
C-K – Grayson Malashevich, Doug Nester, Brayden Simmons

TOURNAMENT MVP: Doug Nester (Ceredo-Kenova)

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RALLYING THE TROOPS - Tolsia Coach Ric Morrone gives instruction to his players during the Region 4, Section 2 game against Mingo Central in Williamson. The Rebels lost to the Miners 56-51. Photo courtesy of the Williamson Daily News

Wayne, Tolsia girls season’s come to an end

Staff report

WILLIAMSON – Both the Wayne Pioneers and Tolsia Rebels girls basketball teams were eliminated from the post-season in Region 4, Section 2.

The Lady Pioneers fell to the Scott Skyhaws on Monday 43-41.

Wayne had a monster game from Aeriel Adkins with 22 points but it wasn’t enough.

The Lady Rebels fell to Mingo Central 56-51 in Williamson on Wednesday night.

Mingo Central got a huge boost from senior Kiearia Hammond who swished in five 3-pointers to lead her team with 15 points. Campbell also got 14 points off the bench from sophomore Mikazia Rhodes and 14 from sophomore point guard Tyshira Joplin.

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TAKING IT TO THE HOLE — Spring Valley’s Greg Herbert looks to the basket for two of his 16 points against Cabell Midland on Tuesday night in Ona. Photo courtesy Kerry Carter Photography.

Spring Valley boys win two the hard way

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

ONA — If Spring Valley was hoping to coast into the sectional tournament next week, those thoughts were quickly erased after the Wolves had to dig to pull out a buzzer-beater win and another game that resembled more of a late August football matchup.

That was just in two nights giving new meaning to two the hard way – as Spring Valley defeated Winfield in the Mountain State Athletic Conference ninth-place game Monday night 69-67 and then won a slobber-knocker, 57-48, game on the road Tuesday against Cabell Midland.

Freshman Derek Johnson got an offensive rebound and put in the game-winner as time expired to lift Spring Valley to a 69-67 victory over the Generals Monday night.

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IT’S MINE — Crum Middle School’s Keyshawn Harvey falls while clutching the ball as Ceredo-Kenova’s Tyrus Baumgardner defends. Photo by Scott Parsons.

Wayne, C-K to meet for boys middle school crown

By SCOTT PARSONS
Staff Writer

WAYNE — Superior size and a stifling defense helped Ceredo-Kenova advance past Crum and on to the Wayne County Middle School championship game.

C-K exploded to a 22-1 lead after the first quarter and cruised to the eventual 60-19 win.

Wayne and C-K will face off for the county title on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Wayne High School.

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Pioneers fall to Chapmanville on Senior Night

By SCOTT PARSONS
Staff Writer

WAYNE — The Pioneers ended the regular season on a sour note, but now it’s time to look ahead to the sectionals.

Wayne fell to Chapmanville 67-48 on senior night at Wayne High School.

“We have five seniors. Two have been with me for the full four years, two just came on this year and one of them has been here just three years so you have very good quality senior leadership,” Wayne Coach Sam Cochenour said. “When they play they play to win. It’s going to be hard to replace them.”

Seniors Grant Ferguson and Tucker Watts with 10 points each led the Pioneers in their last home game of their high school careers.

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SNOWY FIELDS — Pitchers and catchers may have reported this week for Major League Baseball Spring Training, but Spring looks far away in Wayne with the baseball and football fields buried under a blanket of snow. The winter storms wreaked havoc with Wayne County sports schedules forcing athletic directors and coaches to reschedule games. Photo by Scott Parsons

Snow and cold the big winner this week

By SCOTT PARSONS
Staff Writer

WAYNE — The winter storm that hit Wayne County on Monday has put a chill on high school athletics.

Wayne Athletic Director Tim Harmon announced the boys basketball games originally scheduled for the past week have been moved to the coming week. The Pioneers will host Ohio Valley Christian at 7:30 on Monday the 23rd and Chapmanville Tuesday the 24th.

The weather also forced changes to the Mountain State Athletic Conference’s Night of Champions slated for South Charleston.

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Trophy time at the middle school girls tournament

First place Wayne Pioneers. Photos courtesy Kerry Carter Photgraphy.

Second place Buffalo Bisons.

Third place Vinson Tigers.

Fourth place Crum Mountaineers.

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THE THRILL OF VICTORY. THE AGONY OF DEFEAT — Wayne’s coach Austin Pratt leaps into the air after Raegan Roach, middle background, sank a last-second three-point shot to win the Wayne County Middle School Championship. Photo courtesy Kerry Carter Photgraphy.

Last-second shot lifts Lady Pioneers to county title

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON — The weather may have been cold outside the Don. R. Smith Gymnatorium Saturday afternoon, but inside the Wayne County girls’ basketball championship tournament was full of hotly contested ball games.

Both the consolation and championship games came down to last second shots, with the championship game between Wayne and Buffalo middle schools going into overtime.

Wayne’s Raegan Roach hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to give Wayne its second consecutive county championship.

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All-County, All-Tournament
middle school girls basketball

HUNTINGTON — The following players were named Wayne County girls basketball All-Tournament and All-County players at Saturday’s championship game.

 ALL–TOURNAMENT
Crum: Sarah Jude and Kamaelyn Brewer
Vinson: Errin Kay and Griffyn Ellison
Wayne: Raegan Roach, Bailey Adkins and Whitney Sansom
Fort Gay: Ashley Hoffmeister
Ceredo-Kenova: Lauren Henry
Buffalo: Paige Shy, Hannah Roberts, Haley McComas

ALL–COUNTY
Crum: Sarah Jude and Kamaelyn Brewer
Vinson: Errin Kay and Griffyn Ellison
Wayne: Lakyn Adkins, Bailey Adkins and Whitney Sansom
Fort Gay: Ashley Hoffmeister
Ceredo-Kenova: Lauren Henry
Buffalo: Paige Shy, Sara Hooks and Haley McComas

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ALL-TIME LEADER — Spring Valley’s Jacob Kilgore drives to the basket against Nitro on Friday at Spring Valley High School. Kilgore set the school’s all-time leading scorer mark in the win. Photo courtesy of Kerry Carter Photography.

Kilgore breaks Spring Valley scoring record in win

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON — Jacob Kilgore went out in style on Senior Night Friday, hitting a jumper with 2:26 left in the second quarter to become Spring Valley’s all-time scoring leader in an 83-61 win over Nitro.

Kilgore needed 20 points to pass Brandon Moore’s longstanding record of 1,495 career points. He nearly did it in a single quarter, draining 19 of his team’s first 22 points.

“It’s great to break the record. My teammates have been nothing but supportive, telling me to shoot the ball and have confidence in my shot,” Kilgore said after the game. “Brandon was a great player. I was only six or seven when he was playing, so it is an honor to surpass him. I never thought at that age that I would hold this record.”

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A BIG SHOT – Madison Wilcox lays in the winning shot against Tolsia last week at Wayne High School as teammate Kaitlyn Arnold and the Rebels’ Kerrie Lahoda look on. Wilcox was misidentified in Saturday’s edition of the Wayne County News. Photo by Scott Parsons

Wilcox last second heroics doom Rebels

By SCOTT PARSONS
Staff Writer

WAYNE — It’s an old and tired cliché, but anytime Tolsia and Wayne meet on the court, you can throw out the win-loss records.

The Pioneers and Rebels put on a thrilling show Thursday night at Wayne High Gymnasium with Wayne’s girls winning a squeaker on a last-second lay-in from Madison Wilcox to beat Tolsia 42-40 on Senior Night.

“It was a big win. A good way for our seniors to have Senior Night,” Wayne Coach Wade Williamson said. “They’re happy about that obviously, and I’m happy. We’ve lost a lot of close games this year and we finally win one at the buzzer.”

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OH, I GET BY – Wayne’s Colby Wickline (1) slips a pass around the out stretched fingers of Mingo Central defender Dalton Hatfield during Tuesday night’s game at Pioneer Arena. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Mingo Miner cousins put on clinic, bury Pioneers

By SCOTT PARSONS
Staff Writer

WAYNE – After Tuesday’s game between Mingo Central and Wayne, Mingo Central players Dikembe and Montrell Dixson put on a dunking and trick shot exhibition in the Wayne High School gymnasium.

During the game, the cousins and NCAA Division-I recruits put on a shooting clinic against the Pioneers in a 78-62 win.

“We played hard tonight,” Wayne Coach Sam Cochenour said. “Obviously the game wasn’t as close as the score in the end showed.”

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A FAMILY AFFAIR – Spring Valley lineman Alex Locklear (center) shares his signing with his family, brother Riley (left) and mother Madea (right). Locklear signed his letter of intent to play for the Marshall Thundering last Wednesday, the culmination of love and support from his family and community. WCN file photo

Alex Locklear’s Marshall signing a lifelong dream

By GRANT TRAYLOR
HD MEDIA

HUNTINGTON — Normally, when Marshall University football coaches bring a prospect to campus one of the recruiting tools is speaking of the family nature of the school that was built by the 1970 plane crash that adhered the program to its community.

Often, there is a visit to the Memorial Student Center to see the fountain that is a representation of the 75 lives lost on the flight. There is also often a trip to Spring Hill Cemetery where the story is told of Marshall’s greatest achievement — overcoming a tragedy.

Those trips were not necessary to recruit Alex Locklear.

In fact, the Spring Valley High School lineman who signed last week with Marshall likely could give people connected to Thundering Herd football more insight into what the program exactly means to the Tri-State.

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ROUGH GOING – Wayne’s Mason Hodge (23) puts up a shot Friday night against Poca at Pioneer Arena as the Dot’s Matt Chandler defends. The Pioneers lost 68-45 after hanging close through the first half. WCN staff photo

Undefeated Dots down Pioneers

By SCOTT PARSONS
Staff Writer

WAYNE – When an undefeated team comes to your court, you know you’re in for a test.

When that team is a Cardinal Conference foe in undefeated Poca, you better bring your best game.

Wayne was within reach of the Dots during the first half of Friday’s game, but a 20-point third quarter crushed any hopes the Pioneers may have had for an upset as Wayne fell to Poca 68-45.

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TAKE IT STRONG – Tolsia’s Tyler Stroud (24) puts up a layup while being heavily guarded by Herbert Hoover’s Brian Grose during Friday evening’s game at Rebel Arena. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Herbert Hoover shuts out Rebels in double-headers

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – Poor shooting can be contagious – just ask the Tolsia Rebels girls’ and boys’ basketball teams.

An inability to make shots was a problem for both Tolsia teams Friday night in a double header with Herbert Hoover. The Huskies left Rebel Arena with a 72-55 win in the boys’ game and a 36-27 win in the girls’ game.

Hoover came out in the girls’ nightcap hitting on all cylinders.

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Misc

Timberwolves blank Winfield on the road in baseball opener

 

Staff report

WINFIELD — The Spring Valley Timberwolves baseball team started the 2015 campaign with a road win over Winfield, 4-0.

Austin McCloud went 4-4 with a run and an RBI while J.C. Kelley went 2-4 with a run.

On the mound, McCloud pitched four innings allowing one hit with five strikeouts. Tanner Hamilton came in for relief, pitching three innings only allowing one hit and striking out three.

For the Generals, Bear Bellomy absorbed the loss allowing two runs on three hits. Casey Fry allowed six hits in three innings of relief.

“For the opening game the kids were pretty motivated,” Spring Valley Coach Jim Hensley said.

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Casting a line for a little peace and quiet

 

Spring is finally here!

Our long, frozen nightmare is finally over. Yes, I know it could still snow, but don’t tell my brain and emotions that. I don’t care what the meteorologists say, by God, my calendar says it’s spring, so I will act accordingly. Break out the shorts!

For me, Spring also means fishing.

Fishing — that tried and true respite from the daily bludgeoning life offers. But I do admit I haven’t been fishing nearly as much in the past seven years as

I would have hoped.

Why? One word: Kids.

My wife and I tried fishing last year with the kids, but the whole point of fishing for me is lost when I bring the kids — relaxation.

Last summer, my wife and I loaded the heathens, a six-year-old daughter, the other a two-year-old son at the time, and took them to Beech Fork Lake.

Before we ever tried casting our first hook, we had to visit the marina bait shop and get a small container of mealworms. Of course, one does not simply take children to the Beech Fork Marina without buying bags of food for the hundreds of carp freeloading by the dock. Get a job, ya bums!

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BRING IT UP THE COURT — Wayne’s Special Olympians bring the ball up the court during the Special Olympics at Tolsia High School. WCN photos by Diane Pottorff

Special Olympians compete at Tolsia

 

GLENHAYES – The championship basketball games for Wayne County Special Olympics for high school and elementary took place Tuesday at Tolsia High School.

Included in this winter’s games were clients of Mainstream Services who went up against the athletes of Spring Valley, Tolsia and Wayne High schools.

In between sessions, students had an opportunity to play checkers, have their face painted or enjoy a snack and root for their teams.

The next Special Olympics event will be track and field at the Spring Valley High School on a date to be determined.

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HURT HAND, NO PROBLEM — Madison Morris leaps up for a lay-in during the state tournament in Charleston. Photo courtesy Wanda Willoughby.

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IN THE LANE — Karlee Alderman drives the lane against Hurricane during the regional championship game. Photo courtesy Kerry Carter Photography

Lady Wolves making one final run to Charleston

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

CHARLESTON — The Spring Valley Lady Timberwolves have had an up-and-down season.

From injury battles to tough losses to hard fought victories, the Lady Wolves have been all over the radar this season despite a section title and regional crown. Luckily, the prize for Spring Valley’s endurance is a trip to the 2015 West Virginia Girls Basketball State

Tournament at the Charleston Civic Center.

Tip-off is scheduled for 11:15 a.m. Thursday.

The trip to Charleston is the team’s second in three years. Two years ago, Spring Valley made it to the semi-finals after defeating Capital before falling to region foe Logan. Last season, Spring Valley was stunned in the opening round of the sectional playoffs, losing to Cabell Midland.

The Lady Wolves have drawn the No. 5 seed and will face familiar foe No. 4 Huntington High. Spring Valley split the regular season with Huntington before defeating the Lady Highlanders 75-51 in the Region IV, Section 2 championship in Logan. The Wolves then went on to defeat Hurricane in the Region IV co-championship to get to Charleston.

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JUMP TO GET IT — Spring Valley’s Greg Herbert leaps for the ball over Cabell-Midland defenders during a game in February. Spring Valley will face Logan in the first round of the Region IV, Section 2 boys tournament tonight at Cabell-Midland High School. The game had been postponed from Wednesday night because of the recent winter storm. Photo courtesy Kerry Carter Photography

Spring Valley’s sectional moved to Saturday

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

ONA — The Spring Valley Timberwolves will have to wait another day to get the postseason going.

The Wolves were originally scheduled to play the Logan Wildcats Wednesday night at Cabell Midland High School in the first round to the Region IV, Section 2 boys tournament.

Then Mother Nature stepped in and heavy rains basically shut the southern part of the state down. Logan County schools were closed Wednesday due to severe flooding from snowmelt and the nearly three inches of rain that fell in the area.

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Scott Parsons

Let’s make changing weather work for our county

 

Weather has changed a lot of sports plans all across the great nation of ours.

Locally, Winter Storm Thor has forced high schools to change their plans in regards to basketball games throughout the state in all classes.

But one place must change an internationally known sporting event because the weather isn’t cooperating and it’s probably not what you’re thinking.

The 43rd Iditarod Sled Dog Race has been forced to change the starting point from Willow, Alaska, to Fairbanks because of – now get this – a mild winter.

You read that right.

Currently Wayne County is gripped in sub-freezing temperatures, nearly a foot of snow and major flooding, while the Great White North of Alaska is forced to change the course of the famous Iditarod because of a mild winter.

While the ceremonial start will still take place today in Anchorage, race officials determined in early February that it would be best to “restart” the race Monday, in Fairbanks.

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SPEAKING OUT — Spring Valley’s Quincy Webb speaks from the podium after signing to play soccer for Mt. St. Joseph College. Photo courtesy Wanda Willoughby

Webb signs with Mt. St. Joseph College

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON — Mt. St. Joseph College has become a family tradition of sorts for the Webbs from Spring Valley.

Quincy Webb signed last week to play soccer at the NCAA Division III college where her brother, Colby, plays football.

So the family connection made the decision to sign with Mt. St. Joseph in Cincinnati that much easier and was just one of many reasons.

“My brother goes there, the coach is really cool and I connected with the girls,” Webb said. “This is his third year coaching so it’ll be a young team.”

Webb will join a squad that featured 17 freshmen this year and will only lose four seniors.

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CONCENTRATION - C-K’s Tanner Ferguson looks to the basket as he prepares to take a shot. Photo courtesy Kerry Carter Photography.

No ‘wonder’ing about school’s athletic success

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

CEREDO – The Ceredo-Kenova Middle School boys’ basketball team won its second championship in three years – after winning their second consecutive football championship earlier this year.

Success is something the school is used to, but over the past few years there is no wonder why the athletes have seen such success, according to Principal Tonji Bowen.

Bowen said the answer is actually simple.

“Really and truly, the kids come to us from strong and organized youth leagues led by community volunteers that put countless hours, and in some cases years, into guiding our youth,” Bowen said.

The amount of time and dedication of the adults is something the kids see; often returning years later to help the same leagues they came up through.

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Jacob Kilgore

Jacob Kilgore honored as MSAC Player of the Year

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

SOUTH CHARLESTON — Spring Valley’s Jacob Kilgore, who leads the Mountain State Athletic Conference in scoring, was announced as the league’s boys basketball player of the year during Saturday’s Night of Champions at the South Charleston Community Center.

Kilgore, who averages 25.8 points per game for the Timberwolves, beat out SC’s Brandon Knapper (23.7).

The award is just another honor for the senior who became Spring Valley’s all-time leading scorer this season as well as surpassing the 1,000-point mark.

The award was announced a day after Kilgore’s grandfather and long-time supporter Robert Kilgore passed away. Robert Kilgore could be seen cheering on his grandson “Smiley” at every basketball game. Robert was at the game two weeks ago, when Jacob passed Brandon More for the scoring record.

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Six Valley grapplers in state tourney


HUNTINGTON — Spring Valley High School has six wrestlers competing at this week’s state tournament at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

Below are the Class AAA pairings for the first round beginning Thursday in Huntington, including wrestler, school, class and record. (key: C-regional champion, R-Runner-up, T-Third place, F-Fourth place; number is region, read paragraphs top to bottom as brackets):

120 Pounds – R4-Kaleb Creamer, Spring Valley, soph., 36-10 vs. T3-Zach Mcarty, Oak Hill, jr., 28-10.

126 Pounds – C1-Dallas Baciak, Wheeling Park, sr., 40-0 vs. F4-Alex Ware, Spring Valley, soph., 43-12.

138 Pounds – C3-Leland Swafford, Woodrow Wilson, jr., 34-7 vs. F4-Jacob Ketchum, Spring Valley, jr., 32-12.

145 Pounds – C1-Dylan Taylor, Wheeling Park, sr., 38-4 vs. F4-Garrett Lageman, Spring Valley, jr., 27-18.

160 Pounds – C3-Fred Crozier, South Charleston, sr., 15-1 vs. F4-Nick Whitmore, Spring Valley, sr., 38-12.

182 Pounds – C2-Kyle Rogers, Lewis County, sr., 49-3 vs. F4-Braxton Cornell, Spring Valley, soph., 28-15

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Lady Wolves to face Logan Wildcats at Logan Fieldhouse


BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON — The Spring Valley Lady Wolves’ basketball team is ranked No. 9 in West Virginia AAA in the latest Associated Press poll.

The Lady Wolves take their No. 9 ranking into the Region IV, Section 2 tournament this week to face tournament host No. 5 Logan Lady Wildcats at Logan Fieldhouse.

Ironically, the Timberwolves are the No. 2 seed in the Region IV, Section 2 tournament while the Wildcats are the No. 3 seed. Those two teams meet in the sectional semifinals at 8 p.m. Wednesday. The winner advances to the sectional championship while the loser’s season is over.

Huntington High’s 72-55 win over South Charleston in the MSAC Championship kept the Highlanders at No. 3 in the final poll. The Highlanders enter the Region IV, Section 2 tournament as the top seed and will meet the Cabell Midland-Lincoln County winner at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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Wayne’s Raegan Roach hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to give Wayne its second consecutive county championship last weekenk. The Pioneers defeated Buffalo 51-48 in overtime. Photo courtesy Kerry Carter Photgraphy.

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Wayne’s Raegan Roach hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to give Wayne its second consecutive county championship last weekenk. The Pioneers defeated Buffalo 51-48 in overtime. Photo courtesy Kerry Carter Photgraphy.

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Scott Parsons

Making the sports section a team effort

 

Some people need no introduction. I’m not one of those people.

Sure, sometimes I’m the loudest in the room. But mostly people wonder “who’s the obnoxious guy telling knock-knock jokes?”

So allow me to introduce myself. I’m Scott Parsons and I’m the new sports guy at the Wayne County News.

Here’s a brief history of the life of Scott. I’m a Wayne County native. I grew up in a ‘holler’ of Whites Creek. I was a Cub Scout, played T-ball and Little League baseball in Lavalette and wasted a lot of time fishing all over Wayne County.

I graduated from Buffalo High School where I played football, flirted with girls and graduated with a C average.

I later attended Marshall University where I played for the student newspaper’s softball team, participated in one practice with the rugby team, flirted with girls and graduated with a C average.

The universe has seen fit to punish me for the flirting thing as I now have a daughter of my own and I don’t want a boy near her, let alone flirting with her. But she’s a straight-A student right now — a trait she clearly gets from her Mommy.

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DISHING THE ROCK — Wayne’s Cameron Wallace tosses a no-look pass during the fourth quarter in Friday’s game against Herbert Hoover at Wayne High School. Photo by Scott Parsons

Pioneers lose a heartbreaker to Herbert Hoover

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Staff Writer

WAYNE — The Cardinal Conference isn’t an easy road for any team. But it has to be exceptionally frustrating for the Wayne Pioneers.

Wayne overcame an early 17-8 deficit on Friday at Wayne High School to hold a lead late in the fourth quarter but were unable to hold on as Herbert Hoover scratched out a 54-51 win over the Pioneers.

“The Cardinal Conference is tough from top to bottom. There’s no let up,” Wayne Coach Sam Cochenour said following the game. “But that’s the reason you play the games and people come and watch you play.”

The Pioneer defense looked better than previous outings.

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TOURNAMENT ACTION – Vinson’s Karlei Bailey looks to the basket during the consolation game against Crum. The Vinson Lady Tigers held on to defeat the Crum Lady Mounties 40-38. Photo courtesy Kerry Carter Photgraphy.

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Honesty restored to middle school tournaments

 

It’s often been said that if you give somebody an inch, they’ll take a mile. And in the competitive nature of sports, inches become miles very quickly.

Combine that with an undocumented set of rules to follow – and it’s no wonder that the basketball county tournaments in Wayne County started getting out of control. However, thanks to recent actions by the Wayne County Board of Education and the new administration, integrity is finally being restored to middle school sports.

For decades, middle school basketball was governed with an understood code of ethics.  Teams and coaches were competitive and some often “toed” the lines of deceit, but no one ever crossed it – that is, until about four years ago. And once that line was crossed, it all but completely disappeared. 

Instead of the host school running a tournament worthy of the hard work and talent of every Wayne County athlete competing in it, the tournament became an opportunity for the host to manipulate every edge in order to win. It became less about the kids and all about the adults.

From coaches hiring their best friends and coworkers to officiate their championship games, to bringing in illegal players to play, to canceling games when starters were sick, to even have one of our county directors start his own rotation of where the tournaments would be played from year to year (something that has been in place for decades, and something that – conveniently – brought the tournament back to his “home” school again).

Nothing was off limits – that is, until a few individuals finally had enough courage to say “enough is enough.”

Bob Wiles, long-time Vinson High and Vinson Middle School coach, was nearing the end of the 2012-2013 season with his girls’ basketball team when he was blindsided with instructions from John Waugaman, Director of Middle Schools, to play games that were not part of his previously approved schedule – or Wiles would face repercussions.

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DISHING THE ROCK — Wayne’s Cameron Wallace tosses a no-look pass during the fourth quarter in Friday’s game against Herbert Hoover at Wayne High School. Photo by Scott Parsons

Pioneers lose a heartbreaker to Herbert Hoover

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Staff Writer

WAYNE — The Cardinal Conference isn’t an easy road for any team. But it has to be exceptionally frustrating for the Wayne Pioneers.

Wayne overcame an early 17-8 deficit on Friday at Wayne High School to hold a lead late in the fourth quarter but were unable to hold on as Herbert Hoover scratched out a 54-51 win over the Pioneers.

“The Cardinal Conference is tough from top to bottom. There’s no let up,” Wayne Coach Sam Cochenour said following the game. “But that’s the reason you play the games and people come and watch you play.”

The Pioneer defense looked better than previous outings.

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Lady Wolves finish winning week

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON — The Spring Valley Lady Timberwolves earned a spot in the Mountain State Athletic Conference’s “Night of Champions” February 21 with three straight road wins this week.

Spring Valley started the week off with bang Tuesday night against Winfield with a 102-57 win. Sarah Kelly pulled off a 22-point triple double, with double figures in rebounds and assists. Erica Mathis netted 11 points and freshman Morgan Vaughn added 10.

Spring Valley had 14 players score in the contest.

Haylea Roberson scored 31 to lead the Lady Generals.

The week continued Wednesday night in the Charleston Shootout at the Charleston Civic Center against MSAC foe Parkersburg. Spring Valley won the tight contest 74-70.

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New fields approved for Fort Gay community

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

FORT GAY – If you build it they will come.

At least that is what the Fort Gay community hopes will happen after getting approval last week to start building baseball and softball fields on the old elementary school playground along Orchard Street.

One of the people spearheading the project is Robbie Conn, head of a committee of citizens charged with getting it all done.

“A lot has been involved in getting to this point,” Conn said, “Now we have the go ahead to start it.

“A softball field is already there and we’re going to put in a baseball field as well.

“Space will be tight and parking might be an issue, but we’ll deal with that as it comes.”

The area has been without a field for three years and even before that the facilities weren’t great. Now with approval from the Wayne County Board of Education, the town will have a place to play.

“It’s going to be great for the community,” Conn said.

But for any sort of construction, there is a lot to be considered such as money and who will do the work.

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Wolves fall to Riverside

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – Spring Valley boys’ basketball continued through their mid-season hurdles with tough 67-57 home loss to the Riverside Warriors Saturday night at the Wolves Den.

Spring Valley struggled defensively in the paint all evening against Riverside’s Josh Carpenter. Carpenter led all scorers with 30 points – with 22 coming in the paint.

The Wolves also struggled offensively with only four players finding the scorebooks. Spring Valley shot 20 for 71 from the floor as a team. The duo of Jacob Kilgore and Greg Herbert led the Wolves with 24 and 22 respectively.

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TWO MORE – Sarah Kelly (13) gets off a shot Friday night at the Wolves’ Den against pressure from two South Charleston defenders. Despite Kelly’s 17 points, the Lady Wolves lost, 57-52. Photo by Kerry Carter Photography

Lady Eagles spoil Wolves Senior night

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – The mood was festive Friday night before tip off with five Spring Valley Lady Timberwolves seniors honored for their play on the court.

Unfortunately, it would be the visiting South Charleston Lady Eagles that would celebrate a 57-52 win.

The game was back and forth most of the contest with South Charleston finally gaining ground in the third quarter.

Spring Valley maintained a 25-23 lead mid-third quarter but South Charleston sprang out to a 37-36 lead to start the fourth after putting together a 10-0 run before the Lady Wolves’ Morgan Vaughn drained a three to stop the bleeding and spark a small run to finished the third.

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TWO MORE – Sarah Kelly (13) gets off a shot Friday night at the Wolves’ Den against pressure from two South Charleston defenders. Despite Kelly’s 17 points, the Lady Wolves lost, 57-52. Photo by Kerry Carter Photography

Lady Eagles spoil Wolves Senior night

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – The mood was festive Friday night before tip off with five Spring Valley Lady Timberwolves seniors honored for their play on the court.

Unfortunately, it would be the visiting South Charleston Lady Eagles that would celebrate a 57-52 win.

The game was back and forth most of the contest with South Charleston finally gaining ground in the third quarter.

Spring Valley maintained a 25-23 lead mid-third quarter but South Charleston sprang out to a 37-36 lead to start the fourth after putting together a 10-0 run before the Lady Wolves’ Morgan Vaughn drained a three to stop the bleeding and spark a small run to finished the third.

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ONE HAND IS ALL YOU NEED – Tolsia’s Lakyn Hale knocks the rebound out of the hands of Herbert Hoover’s Bailey Aab (12) during Friday night’s game at Rebel Arena. WCN photo by Jason Perry

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Wayne senior forward Grant Ferguson, shown with Sissonville’s Bryce Taylor during Tuesday night's game at Pioneer Arena, took a pass off the rebound and hit a remarkable, buzzer-beating fullcourt shot to end the third quarter. Click on photo for youtube link to video. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Amazing shot still gaining steam

Staff Report

WAYNE – It wasn’t exactly the shot heard round the world... or was it?

Grant Ferguson’s buzzer-beating, full-court shot at the end of the third quarter of Tuesday night’s game against the Sissonville Indians has quickly become a bit of an internet sensation.

The YouTube video of Ferguson’s remarkable basket was taken by and Mike Powers as of 4:23 p.m. Friday afternoon has had 101,619 viewers and is also featured on ESPN.go.com, The

Big Lead.com, sportsGIF.com, video11.com, and a number of other websites for sports and videos.

There isn’t any word yet on just how long the shot was, but a regulation high school basketball court is 84 feet long and measurement will be from the front foot.

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THE AIR UP THERE – Spring Valley’s Jacob Kilgore goes up for what looks like a slam dunk in Tuesday’s game against Huntington High. Kilgore played like a man possessed and scored 42 points in the contest but it was not enough as the Highlanders left the Wolves Den with a 93-85 win. Photo by Kerry Carter Photography

Highlanders overcome Wolves in shootout

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – Spring Valley senior Jacob Kilgore is scoring a lot of points this season against the state’s top competition.

Tuesday night was no exception as Kilgore dropped 42 points on visiting Huntington High Tuesday night at the Wolves Den. The Wolves still found themselves on the losing end despite Kilgore’s big night 93-85.

The Highlanders had five players in double figures in a totally balanced team effort.

Anthony Meadows scored 22, Tavian Dunn-Martin hit 20, Jalen Pennington scored 19 and DeJean Congelton and J.R. Howard dropped 18 each.

Huntington also was 10 of 19 from behind the three-point line. Pennington drained 15 of his 19 points from deep.

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WHO’S GOT IT?– Wayne’s Maddie Wilcox (left) and Sissonville’s Brooke Reed go up for a rebound Tuesday evening but neither seem to have control of it. The Lady Pioneers made a run in the second quarter to tie the game at 19, but in the end the Indians’ full court press and accurate shootin was just too much for Wayne. The Pioneers will be back in action Thursday against Hannan. With the regular season winding down, the coaches hope the Pioneers will continue to improve into the postseason. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Slow start for Lady Pioneers ends in loss

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – Sissonville weathered a big Wayne Lady Pioneer second quarter and won going away, 62-33, in the first game of a double-header Tuesday evening at Pioneer Arena.

Wayne didn’t have any problem dealing with the Indians’ stifling fullcourt pressure as time after time the Pioneer ball handlers effortlessly broke it, only to falter in their end of the court.

This inability to finish led to a big 19-2 first quarter by Sissonville.

“We broke the press well in the second quarter,” Pioneer Coach Wade Williamson said, “But we didn’t do a very good job of dealing with it any other time.”

Wayne was down, but it quickly showed it wasn’t out.

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STRETCHING OUT – Tolsia’s Blake Rose (5) and Fairland’s Hunter Ashton (5) stretch in an attempt to come away with a rebound during Saturday’s Huntington Invitational game at the Big Sandy Arena. The Dragons defeated the Rebels, 69-32. HD Media photo by Sholten Singer

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THE GREATEST OF EASE – Tolsia’s Courtney Vance (2) shows some artistry as she goes for a layup while being strongly guarded by Scott’s Holly Toler. Vance had a breakout game Friday night with 10 points and seven rebounds. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Lady Rebels stop 6-game skid with win

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – The Tolsia Lady Rebels snapped their six-game losing streak in convincing fashion Friday night by beating Scott, 69-43, at Rebel Arena.

The Skyhawks came out of the gate firing on all cylinders and it appeared that Tolsia would have its hands full for the game when Blair Byrnside effortlessly raced in for a score to start things off.

Lakyn Hale and Mariah Finley worked to keep the Rebels in the contest but Scott kept pouring in the points and at the halfway point of the first quarter, the Skyhawks owned a 9-5 lead.

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THE GREATEST OF EASE – Tolsia’s Courtney Vance (2) shows some artistry as she goes for a layup while being strongly guarded by Scott’s Holly Toler. Vance had a breakout game Friday night with 10 points and seven rebounds. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Lady Rebels stop 6-game skid with win

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – The Tolsia Lady Rebels snapped their six-game losing streak in convincing fashion Friday night by beating Scott, 69-43, at Rebel Arena.

The Skyhawks came out of the gate firing on all cylinders and it appeared that Tolsia would have its hands full for the game when Blair Byrnside effortlessly raced in for a score to start things off.

Lakyn Hale and Mariah Finley worked to keep the Rebels in the contest but Scott kept pouring in the points and at the halfway point of the first quarter, the Skyhawks owned a 9-5 lead.

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Steve Hibberd

Coaches rivals on court; but good friends off

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – Friday night’s rivalry game resembled more of an old Vinson High School reunion than a Spring Valley – Cabell Midland game.

First-year Cabell Midland head coach Steve Hibberd is a Westmoreland resident and Vinson High School graduate. Friday’s game was a homecoming of sorts as the coach went up against former Tiger teammate and Spring Valley head Coach Cory Maynard. ‘Wolves assistant John Curnutte is also a former teammate and longtime friend.

“It was great coming home tonight since I know their whole staff. I live just up the road from here. It wasn’t the old Vinson gym, but it was great to be here with these guys none the less,” Hibberd said.

Maynard said it was great to coach against a guy that he was three-years younger than during their playing days at Vinson.

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