Vol. 140, No. 59 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Weekend, July 26 & 27, 2014

WINNER! – Missy Taylor (right) was the women’s winner of the Sprinting for Sandy 5k race in Kenova Friday evening. WCN photo by Jessica Ross

5k race benefits cancer patient

By JESSICA ROSS
Staff Writer

KENOVA – One hundred sixty runners from the Tri-State area came to Kenova Friday to participate in the Sprinting for Sandy 5K race.

Event proceeds are to help Sandy Roe pay medical bills she has as a result of stage three breast cancer.

Racers paid $15 to pre-register for the race and $20 the day of the race in order to participate, but more importantly, most came to help Roe with her medical bills.

“This has been amazing,” Roe said. “I feel really blessed. These people are wonderful and I’ve known a lot of them for a long time and they are just truly good friends who are so loyal and so good. They’re just wonderful people.”

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HEARTS AND MINDS – The Tolsia Youth League is competing with a number of factors when it comes to the hearts and minds of the Fort Gay community’s youngsters. With new offficers and a new focus on involvement, things look to be off to a good start. WCN file photo

New faces, same problems for Tolsia football league

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

FORT GAY –The Tolsia Youth Football League has an almost completely new governing body this year and it is hoped that the newcomers can breath some fresh ideas into the league.

In addition to competing every weekend, the league will also be in a competition to raise interest and enrollment. It has been a problem the league has faced the last few years.

With Robbie Conn stepping into the role of president this year, the youth league has already taken steps to help raise interest in the community and attract participants.

“Things have been going great so far this year,” Secretary Kelly Parsley said, “We’ve already had a few fundraisers this year.

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OPEN – Eric Sparks Memorial’s Jamie Riggs puts up an open shot Sunday during Valleyball’s “A” division title game. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Weather doesn’t dampen Valleyball’s spirit

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

HUNTINGTON – The rain was an unexpected participant in this year’s Valleyball three-on-three basketball tournament, but it wasn’t enough to keep the champions in “B” and “A” divisions from being crowned.

The rain caused late starts to Saturday’s games and as a result the tournament was played for the first time after dark under rented floodlights.

The weather didn’t improve Sunday and the early games scheduled for the morning were pushed back until afternoon.

Rain and overcast skies couldn’t hamper the mood of the teams. Many of the players have been participating in the tournament for a long time. One of those players is Jamie Riggs.

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OUT OF POSITION – The Team James defender (right) defends Robert Dalton as he goes up to score for Team Crown Us during the opening games of the “B” Division at this year’s Valleyball Tournament at RPA Memorial park in Westmoreland. Photo courtesy of Kerry Carter Photography

Rainy forecast can’t stop 2014 Valleyball

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

HUNTINGTON – Into every life a little rain must fall.

But in the case of the 29th annual Valleyball three-on-three basketball tournament at Ronnie Paul Angelo Park in Westomoreland, enough is enough.

“You know growing up, I don’t remember it ever raining during the tournament,” Director

Matt McSweeney said, “But now it seems that every year, it rains on our weekend.”

The forecast this weekend calls for rain and thunderstorms throughout Sunday, but rain isn’t going to stop the event.

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UP AND AT IT – Brooke Heck (left) is one of the seniors who will be looked to for leadership and play as the Spring Valley volleyball season starts. Kassidy Lemons (far right) showed explosiveness last year and as a senior this season she is expected to up her play. WCN file photos

Wolves’ volleyball gearing up

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

HUNTINGTON – Rebuilding is pretty much something that faces a team annually in high school athletics. It is the ones at the top that can turn it into “reloading” instead, and that is what the Spring Valley Lady Wolves volleyball team seems to be doing.

After winning the Class AAA state championship three years ago, Spring Valley has continued to dominate opponents in the regular season. Finishing last year with a 57-3-3 record shows that the Wolves are a force to be reckoned with on the court.

But this dominance has played against them when it comes time for the Wolves to play in the state tournament in Charleston. Two second round exits in consecutive years, the most recent one coming last season after a close contest with Greenbrier East, have been disappointing to the team and to Coach Joy Bailey.

“The only way I can explain it is that we played Greenbrier East six times in the regular season,” the coach said, “And when we faced them for the seventh time in Charleston, I think that we kind of took the game for granted.

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THE WIFFLE CHAMPS – This year’s Westmoreland Wiffle Classic champs, The Somalia Pirates pose with the checks for Wounded Warrior and the USO. The team members are: Luke Huffman, Daniel Wiles, Mark Langdon, Brennan Simpkins and Robbie Rash. Photo courtesy of Tri-State Scores

Wiffleball Classic biggest tournament to date

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – The official paid attendance for Saturday’s Westmoreland Wiffle Classic may have been 262 players and spectators – but at times in Mark Langdon’s back yard, “Badlands Stadium,” felt like it was as packed as Wrigley Field on a Chicago summer night.

The sixth annual summer funfest raises money to help support the Toby Stinson Foundation as part of the Wounded Warrior Project and also to help fund the USO. This year, the Westmoreland Wiffle Classic raised $6,400 to help fund those organizations almost tripling the $2,700 total from last year’s event.

Langdon and friends raised the money through $10 ticket sales, team registration fees and t-shirt and can koozie sales. One of the main money makers this year was a huge raffle featuring more than 100 prizes, including Marshall football and basketball game tickets, tickets to a Cincinnati Reds game, golf bags, t-shirts, gift certificates and all kinds of swag.

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“WONDER”FUL COACHES – The special guest speaker at this year’s Ceredo-Kenova Sports Weekend will be Cecil Fletcher. Fletcher (kneeling on left) was a Marshall standout and Hall of Fame inductee. He was also a member of the coaching staff for the 1994 Class A C-K Wonders state football championship team. There are plans to honor the team at next Friday’s banquet as well. Photo courtesy of Chris Ball

Ceredo-Kenova Sports Weekend still going strong

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

KENOVA – The 17th Annual Ceredo-Kenova Sports Weekend is scheduled for next weekend and according to Co-ordinator Bob Sparks, it will be a big one.

The scheduled guest speaker at Friday’s banquet will be Cecil Fletcher, a former Marshall University standout and inductee into the Herd’s Hall of Fame.

“Interest is definitely up,” Sparks said, “It is always dependent on who we have as a speaker and since we have Fletcher and are planning to honor the team we’ve sold more tickets this year as compared to last.”

Fletcher was also a member of the coaching staff for the 1994 Wonders Class A state championship team and coached at Spring Valley for several years. The Sports Weekend will also honor the ‘94 champs 20th Anniversary at the banquet.

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Wayne County shotgun team takes aim at nationals

WHO’S GOT SHOTGUN? – The Wayne County 4-H Shot Gun Team recently returned from Nebraska where it competed in the National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational. The team won the state competition in September 2013 and in turn, represented West Virginia at the National Invitational last month. The team placed 10th in the nation! Many congratulations to the team (l-r: Dylan Fields, Caleb Stanley, Brett Crockett, and Daniel Stanley) and their coaches on a job well done and a sincere appreciation to all the sponsors who supported the team. For more information on the Wayne County 4-H Shooting Sports program, contact the Extension Office at (304) 272-6839. Photo submitted

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THE GOOD OLE DAYS – Brian Watts (streetclothes), Shaun Saunders (76), Ty Milum (80), Chris Ball (10), and Hunter Boshell (77) gather together on the field after a regular season home win in 1994. The C-K Wonders championship team that season made some great memories and according to Watts, his time as a Wonder was a lot of fun. Photo submitted by Chris Ball

Good times and memories of ‘94

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

KENOVA – Defense wins championships, or at least that is how the old saying goes. Offense scores the points though and it wouldn’t be possible without the offensive line.

By all counts the Ceredo-Kenova Wonders had a terrific line in 1994, the year they won the Class A football championship with a 44-0 beating of Valley-Wetzel at Wheeling Island Stadium.

Brian Watts was a starter on the line, playing left tackle and defensive tackle and he has fond memories of his time as a Wonder, particularly of his senior season.

“It was a great time, he said, “We made a lot of good memories. “Our backfield was very good, very talented, but our line was loaded. “Heck, our whole team was loaded, I don’t think there was a weak spot at all.”

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DODGE ‘EM – The dodge ball tournament was one of the high points of the third annual Westmorlapalooza. The tourney was won by Uncle Touchy’s Experience. Photo submitted

Westmorlapalooza entrants have a ball at tournament

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – This year’s participants of the Third Annual Westmorlapalooza literally had a ball during the event’s inaugural dodgeball tournament.

Twenty-two registered teams donated $60 per team to the fundraising event Saturday at Camp Mad Anthony Wayne. The proceeds go to causes funded by the Westmorlapalooza group, including assisting funding for the RPA 3-on-3 tournament in July, the August Golf Tournament, help with scholarships at Spring Valley High School, fund youth sports programs and other community projects.

The tournament was a double elimination format, with the final four teams playing a best of five series, and the final two teams competing in a best of seven format to crown a champion.

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“ROAD” KINGS – The Tri-State Kings 9U travel baseball team placed third in the USSSA World Series this past weekend in Kingsport, Tenn. The team are Cameron Bailey, Ryan Wolfe, Austin O’Malley, Dillon May, Luke Samuel, Jamison Smith, Hunter McSweeney, Tate Adkins, Grant Stratton and Cameron McComas. The Kings are coached by Randall May. Photo courtesy of Kathy Smith

Tri-State Kings take third in World Series

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – The Tri-State Kings 9U baseball travel team finished in third place during the USSSA World Series at Kingsport, Tenn., last weekend, losing in the tournament semi-finals to Head First Athletics 8-7.

The travel team plays out of Wayne and its roster consists entirely of county residents except for two from Barboursville.

The Kings played seven games over the course of four days during the double-elimination event. The team started pool play by beating the Tennessee Lightning, 15-7, and the Boone City Scrappers, 11-1, before the Johnson City Thunder ruined the quick start, winning, 15-9.

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SPECIAL PLAYER, SPECIAL GROUP, SPECIAL WIN – The Ceredo-Kenova Wonders won their 11th and final football title in 1994 when they beat Valley-Wetzel 44-0 for the Class A crown at Wheeling Island Stadium. Fullback and middle linebacker Eric Sparks (Number 12, back row) and Chris Ball (No. 10, front row) were key components of the undefeated team. Coach Don Money kneels at left. WCN file photo

‘94 Wonders – record setting 14-0 season

BY JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

KENOVA – There hasn’t been a shortage of championships for Wayne County athletics. And although there have been many titles in various sports, each are important and memorable.

That is the case in regard to the 1994 Ceredo-Kenova Wonder football team.

It has been 20 years since the Wonders beat Valley-Wetzel 44-0 for the school’s 11th and final football crown and according to Coach Don Money, it was as special as the first.

“They were a great group of guys,” Money said, “They got along well, played together well. “The kids were very coachable and that went a long way.”

According to Money, the seeds for 94 season’s performance were sown the year before in the playoffs when the Wonders lost to eventual champion Matewan, 12-8.

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REPEAT CONTENDERS – Wayne Middle Lady Pioneer point guard Bailee Adkins led the 2014 D1 AAU Thunder to their second consecutive national title this week. The sixth grade team beat Team Sol from Washington, D.C. 48-43 for the championship win. The Thunder played a series of close games to get back to the title game. The team beat the D1 (Texas) Shooters in the Elite 8, 48-43, and won a close one over the Dynamite from Pennsylvania, 37-32. The tourney consisted of 74 D1 and D2 teams from all over the nation. Championship team members include Abby Lee, Payton Crabtree, Emilee Whitt, Zakorrah Russell, Emily Coleman, Lexi Arden, Myra Cuffee, Lydia Hannah, Leslie Boley, Bailee Adkins, Khari Hamlet and are coached by Shannon Lewis. Photos submitted

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HARD WORK PAYS OFF – Tyler Brown, seen here struggling for extra yards against Cabell Midland, has been a three-year starter at quarterback for the Spring Valley Timberwolves and according to Coach Brad Dingess, the offense will be geared toward creativity for the veteran. WCN file photo

Chemistry key for summer success

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – Spring Valley’s greatest asset is also their Achilles’ heel during the three-week summer coaching period.

For the first time in many years the Wolves have talented skill players to match a punishing and experienced line. That is the positive.

The negative is that 90 percent of the skill players are young – really young.

“We are young in the wide receiver and secondary spots. They are athletic but lack experience. We are trying to get them up to speed, but there is a big difference from freshman ball to varsity. They have to grow up quick because they will not have the benefit of junior varsity experience,” head coach Brad Dingess said.

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County teams play in 10th annual summer shootout

ST. ALBANS – Spring Valley and Tolsia girls basketball teams participated in one of the state’s largest summer session shootouts Tuesday. The 10th annual St. Albans High School Summer Shootout for girls’ basketball draws some of the state’s top teams to four venues throughout the St. Albans community. Other local schools participating included Cabell Midland, Huntington and St. Joe competing in the two-day event, which runs through Wednesday. WCN Photos by Michael Hupp

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IS HE IN OR OUT? – Wayne’s Cody Stiltner goes up for a pass during a seven-on-seven scrimmage at Huntington High. The scrimmages are part of the summer three-week practice period allowed by the WVSSAC. With football season fast approaching, the period is a good way to work out some kinks before getting down the seriousness of practice in August and the wear and tear of the football schedule. Photo is courtesy of Pioneer Lights Photography

RARING TO GO – Quarterback Grant Ferguson gets in a few warm-up throws before the seven-on-seven scrimmages at Huntington High Wednesday evening. Mason Hodge fails to hang onto the ball as the defender closes in. Photos courtesy of Pioneer Lights Photography

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ALL-STATERS – Colby Webb (left) and Josh Steele were the Spring Valley baseball players who earned spots on this year’s Class AAA All-State baseball team. WCN file photos

Two T’Wolves make AAA All-State roster

Staff Report

HUNTINGTON – The Spring Valley Timberwolves baseball team placed two on this year’s West Virginia Sports Writer Association’s Class AAA All-State team.

Third baseman and senior Colby Webb earned a Special Honorable position for his play at the hot corner this season.

Webb was recognized last week as a member of the All-MSAC team and has signed to play baseball and football in college with Mt. Saint Joseph University outside of Cincinnati, Ohio.

According to maxpreps.com, Webb had a batting average of .500 along with 26 hits and a .600 on base percentage.

The other Spring Valley player honored with a spot was senior Josh Steele.

Steele was a sold pitcher for the T’Wolves during his time with the team and his reliability was showcased this year at the end of the season when he got the start against the visiting Wayne Pioneers.

The senior hurler was shaky at times but he was able to hold it together for a complete game victory against Wayne.

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THE CHOICE IS MADE – Spring Valley offensive lineman Alex Locklear (75) verbally committed to the Marshall Thundering Herd this week. Marshall’s close proximity to home was a big factor in the standout lineman’s choice. Photo by Wanda Willoughby

Spring Valley’s Locklear chooses Herd

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – Spring Valley’s Alex Locklear knows there is no place like home.

The 6’5” 285 lb. lineman gave a verbal commitment to Marshall University Tuesday night to play football 15 minutes from home. Locklear resides in Kenova.

That proximity to home led to Locklear’s decision to don the green and white after graduation.

“It came down to being close to my family rather than playing for the “big and flashy” reasons. It was about the important stuff – my family being 15 minutes up the road, playing in front of my hometown in front of a community that loves you. I just prayed and turned it over to God and I knew the right choice would come to me,” Locklear said.

Marshall’s medical program was also a deciding factor. Locklear, a National Honor Society member, said he will be able to make connections while in school that can help lead him to a job close to home, as well after school is completed.

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Five ‘Wolves named AAA softball All-State

Staff Report

WAYNE – Despite a 13-15 season and starting four to five freshmen every game, the Wayne Pioneers were still able to place three players onto this year’s Class AA All-State baseball team.

Sophomore center fielder Cody Stiltner earned a spot on the first team.

Stiltner was the Pioneers’ lead off hitter and, according to MaxPreps.com, he was quite effective in that role. The speedy fielder led Wayne with a .384 batting average and sported a .526 on base percentage. Stiltner harassed opposing pitchers while on the base paths and finished the season with 18 stolen bases.

Earning recognition as Special Honorable Mention is senior Mikey Perry and junior Kodie Bowen. Perry was the ace of the pitching staff and although he struggled at times throughout the year, the hurler posted some impressive numbers.

He led the team with five wins and struck out 72 batters while pitching a total of 63 innings. Perry also posted an earned run average of 2.56. When not on the mound, Perry also played third base and shortstop and put up good stats at the plate. The senior batted .289 with 26 hits and eight stolen bases.

Bowen also saw a lot of time on the mound as one of the more dominate pitchers in the Cardinal Conference and AA.

Bowen pitched 50 innings and struck out 67. He also led the Pioneers with a 2.38 ERA.

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Five ‘Wolves named AAA softball All-State

Staff Report

HUNTINGTON – The Spring Valley Lady Wolves’ softball team had its best season in quite a few years and despite being eliminated by rival Cabell Midland in the section tournament, the Wolves were honored with five players named to the Class AAA All-State team.

Spring Valley had three players named to the second team.

Catcher and senior Cassie Adkins earned a nod as the unit’s captain and will continue her career and education next season as a member of the inaugural Kentucky Christian University program.

The senior has always been looked to as a leader and in her final year, Adkins showed it was warranted with a number of clutch moments, particularly in the Mountain State Athletic Conference’s (MSAC) championship game where she hit a two-run home run to give Spring Valley a 2-1 win against Midland.

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TRIO – Spring Valley’s Colby Webb (left), Tyler Robertson, and Zach Harvey were the three Timberwolves named to this year’s All-MSAC baseball team. WCN file photos

Spring Valley trio make All-MSAC baseball

Staff Report

HUNTINGTON – The Spring Valley Timberwolves’ baseball team finished with a lackluster 8-18 season and was swept out of the post season with back to back losses to Huntington and Cabell Midland in the section tournament.

But there were some bright spots. These flashes are the reason the T’Wolves placed three players on this year’s Mountain State Athletc Conference’s All-Conference team.

Third baseman Colby Webb, a two-sport athlete, signed earlier in the year with Mt. Saint Joseph University outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. Webb’s stellar play in the field and batting .360 at the plate earned him a spot on the All-MSAC first team.

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BIG WINNERS – The Griffith and Feil Reds of the C-K Little League celebrate Saturday after winning the 2014 Les Ghiz Memorial Tournament. The Reds knocked off Goldsmit-Sydnor, 19-2, in four innings to take the championship. Griffith and Feil turned up the offense in the semifinal game as well, beating Glenn’s Sporting Goods 12-9. Photo is courtesy of the Herald-Dispatchrwolves named to this year’s All-MSAC baseball team. WCN file photos

Griffith and Feil Reds wins Les Ghiz tournament

Staff Report

HUNTINGTON – Griffith and Feil Reds starting pitcher Clayton Sharp led the Ceredo-Kenova Little League team to a four-inning 19-2 win over League 3’s Goldsmit-Sydnor for the 2014 Les Ghiz Memorial Championship Saturday.

Sharp allowed two hits and two runs while walking three and striking out eight. He also helped his cause at the plate by hitting two doubles, knocking in a pair of runs and scoring four.

The Reds got off to a fast start, scoring four runs in the opening inning, and then tacking on 11 more in the second.

Jonathan Dixon tallied a pair of home runs while driving in six for the game. Jake Hutchinson finished 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs.

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WHERE ARE YOU GOING? – These two young campers are participating in a one on one drill during the Nike basketball camp at Wayne High School. The Nike camps stress learning and developing skills for players rather than just playing. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Nike basketball camp comes to Wayne County

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – The first ever Nike Basketball in West Virginia concluded Friday afternoon after a four-day run at the Wayne High School Gymnasium.

Matt Wilson, a teacher at Wayne, has had experience running Nike Camps elsewhere and was finally able to get not one, but two camps to come to West Virginia this summer.

“I’ve done these all over the country,” Wilson said, “And when I was approached to do camps in West Virginia, one of the first things I wanted to do was bring one to this area.

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DRIBBLING MOVES – These Rebel Pride campers are in the midst of a dribbling station where they are working to improve ball handling. The camp maintains a focus on basketball fundamentals while offering components that other camps don’t, in an effort to make sure participants get more bang for their parents’ buck. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Rebel Pride gives bang for buck

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – Longevity and name recognition goes a long way in selling a product and it isn’t any different when it comes to basketball camps.

Tolsia Lady Rebels’ Coach Ric Morrone has been conducting his Rebel Pride Camp at Rebel Arena every year for more than 14 years in conjunction with Mark Cisco’s KeyPlayer and it is that combination of recognizable names that helps parents decide which camp or camps to send their budding young basketball players in a hard economic climate.

“We strive to keep things affordable,” Morrone said, “There are other camps out there that are more expensive. “When parents are planning out things for the kids in the summer we want to be considered.”

But the number of campers have declined and Morrone thinks it is partly because school is still in session in some of the areas, such as Ohio and Kentucky, that have traditionally helped bolster Rebel Pride’s enrollment.

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DECISION MADE – Spring Valley lineman Trevor Stacy (70), seen here blocking for Elijah Wellman, verbally committed to Charlotte Wednesday. Stacy said that making the decision will take a lot off his mind as his senior season starts. WCN file photo

Valley’s Stacy commits to UNCharlotte

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – Spring Valley’s big junior tackle, Trevor Stacy, has committed to play his college days as a Charlotte 49er after verbally committing to one of the newest members of Conference USA.

Stacy, a 6-foot-5, 290-pound lineman, made the decision to choose Charlotte over numerous Division I and FCS schools.

The first-team All-State and All-Mountain State Athletic player selected Charlotte over Cincinnati, Purdue, Ohio and several Ivy League schools including Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard and Princeton. Bowling Green and numerous FCS schools such as William & Mary, James Madison, VMI and Coastal Carolina also were in pursuit of the big man.

The young man with the big frame houses an even bigger heart. Stacy is a devout Christian who said the deciding factor was the coaching staff’s dedication to God.

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CAN’T CATCH HIM – Spring Valley’s Jacob Kilgore became the first track champ in school history last weekend in Charleston. Kilgore said that he knew if he could get the lead, he wouldn’t give it up. Photo submitted

Big win only the beginning for Kilgore

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

HUNTINGTON – What happens after a false start disqualifies a runner from the race that they are favored to win? In Jacob Kilgore’s case, you go out and dominate the 800m with a time of 1:54.9.

“I had a question in my mind on how Jacob would do after the false start,” Spring Valley Coach Dave Duncan said, “But Jacob went out and answered those, he didn’t leave any doubt.”

The Spring Valley junior was the clear favorite to win the 400m event during the Class AAA State Track Meet at Charleston’s Laidley Field, but the mishap disqualified him and gave him five hours before the next event to think about it.

“It didn’t really get me down,” Kilgore said, “I was mad about it.

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CAN’T FOOL ME – Wayne pitcher Kodie Bowen got the start Monday against Chapmanville. The hurler couldn’t get into a rhythm and was unable to get the hitters to chase any pitches in the Region IV semifinal game. The Pioneers lost 7-1. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Chapmanville ends Pioneers’ season

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – The Wayne Pioneers’ season came to an end Monday evening after a 7-1 beating by Chapmanville in the Region IV semifinal game at George Brumfield Ballpark.

“Chapmanville always has good pitching, good hitting, and good fundamentals,” Wayne Coach Todd Ross said, “It’s always a battle with them. We go toe-to-toe with them, but we’ve played one another for so long it’s like playing family.

Kodie Bowen got the start for Wayne, but couldn’t get into a rhythm as the Tiger batters showed patience at the plate by not chasing many of Bowen’s pitches.

The pitcher and the Pioneer defense were able to keep Chapmanville from gaining any momentum in the first two innings, but Wayne’s offense couldn’t take advantage.

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THE HOT CORNER – Wayne third baseman Alli Maynard snatches a line drive out of the air, saving a run and eliminating a base runner, during Thursday’s Region IV Championship game in Falling Rock. The Lady Pioneers kept the score close, but couldn’t get the needed hit, losing to Herbert Hoover, 1-0. Photo submitted by Melissa Stapleton

Lady Pioneers: third time, not charmed

By RYAN EPLING
For The WCN

FALLING ROCK--Winning a Region IV softball title is no small task. 

Winning three in a row, and a third state championship, were just not in the cards for Wayne. 

Herbert Hoover junior pitcher Allison Rager allowed just one hit, while scoring the game’s only run in the first inning as the host Huskies beat the Pioneers, 1-0, in the Region IV championship game.

“We tried as hard as we could to get runners on,” Wayne coach Tish Smith said. “We knew Rager would be tough. She pitched a great game.”

The Huskies (29-6) scored the game’s lone run in the bottom of the first inning. Rager led off with a single to center and advanced to second when the ball took a bad hop in the bumpy outfield for an error.

Rager was given third via an illegal pitch, then Kati Angle hit a soft liner over the drawn-in infield into center to plate Rager. 

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ACED IT – Wayne’s Jessie Rowe recorded her 500th career strikeout in Saturday’s Region IV semifinal game against Scott. Wayne won 7-3 and Rowe also had a two-run double to help her cause. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Wayne shoots down Skyhawks

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – Jessie Rowe notched her 500th career strikeout and led the Wayne Lady Pioneers to a 7-3 Region IV semi-final win against Scott Saturday afternoon at Lady Pioneer Softball Field.

“We were ready to play today,” Wayne Coach Tish Smith said, “They could have come back and scored four and we would have still been ready to go. “We’re not going to quit and we’re going to keep at it and protect the lead. “We have faith in our defense, our bats, and Jessie Rowe.

The fact that Rowe was ready to play was evidenced from the start as she struck out Skyhawk leadoff hitter Kaila Craddock on three straight pitches and then got the next two hitters to ground out.

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ANGLING FOR A SPOT – The Spring Valley Lip Rippers who competed in the state tournament (from left): Eddie Mathis, Craig Fischer, Harrison Massie, Tucker Watts, Tyler Brown, Hunter Massie. The team finished fifth overall. WCN Photo by Wanda Willoughby

SVHS Lip Rippers angle spot in bass tournament

By JESSICA ROSS
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – Spring Valley High School’s fishing team, the Lip Rippers, competed in their first state tournament Saturday at the Stonewall Jackson Resort in Roanoke, W.Va.

The Lip Rippers came together as a team three weeks ago. They competed against 30 teams from across the state in the high school championship.

They knew little about the lake, but came in fifth overall due to the success of one of their teams.

Brothers Harrison and Hunter Massie, along with dad Brian Massie, fished as one of the three teams from The Lip Rippers, and weighed in three fish weighing 8 pounds 8 ounces.

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GUEST SPEAKER – Cecil Fletcher was the special guest speaker Friday evening at the C-K Sports Weekend banquet. Fletcher was a member of the coaching staff of the ‘94 C-K Wonders. WCN photo by Michael Hupp

C-K banquet honors former coaches

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

KENOVA – Wonders never cease and for one night a year, we all remember why.

Friends, family and members of the Ceredo-Kenova community attended the 17th Annual Ceredo-Kenova Sports Weekend Celebration Friday night. The banquet kicks off the weekend that culminates with the Eric Sparks Memorial Golf Tournament at the Silo Golf Course in Lavalette.

As it has since the beginning, the proceeds of the banquet and the golf tournament go to benefit the Eric Sparks Memorial Scholarship, C-K youth football, C-K Buddy Basketball, C-K Babe Ruth and C-K Little League.

Each year the community honors a guest as well as a featured guest speaker for the Friday night kickoff.

This year’s guest of honor was former C-K athlete and Coach Barry Scragg. Guest speaker was former Marshall University standout football player and assistant coach of the undefeated 1994 C-K Wonder state champion football team.

Bill Cornwell emceed the event and began the evening talking about the 1994 team Fletcher helped coach. Cornwell described the team in one word – dominant.

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BIG EXPECTATIONS – Brooke Heck is one of the seniors who will be leading the SVHS Lady Wolves volleyball team this season. After winning a state title her freshman year, the Wolves have performed well but missed the mark the last two seasons. The seniors hope to change that. WCN file photo

Spring Valley seniors look for redemption

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

HUNTINGTON – What’s that old saying about bridesmaids?

Posting spectacular records in the last two seasons only to be eliminated from the second round of the state tournament each time, it looks at first, that the Spring Valley Lady Wolves volleyball team are frequent bridesmaids. But you’d be wrong to make that assumption.

The Wolves won the Class AAA state championship three years ago, but hasn’t made it over the “hump” in subsequent trips to the tournament.

Last year’s regular season record for Spring Valley was 57-3-3 with six victories against Greenbrier East, but the seventh time the two programs met resulted in Greenbrier moving on in the state tournament.

This season’s seniors, Brooke Heck, Macey Porter, and Kassidy Lemons, realize that there is a lot of pressure to succeed on their shoulders.

“I feel the pressure,” Heck said, “Last year we made it to State only to get beaten.

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Ceredo-Kenova sports have storied tradition

 

By RON FERGUSON
Managing Editor

Ceredo-Kenova. Sports.Championships.

Those three words have come to symbolize a community that, a few short years from now, will have only one elementary and one middle school.

No more high school.

No more state championships, unless the Little League program manages another.
Eleven times the Wonders have won a state football title. Two basketball teams have brought home the title, two track titles and one in baseball.

Coaches such as Carl Ward and the late Dale Craycraft, for whom the football stadium now hidden by relocatable classrooms in Kenova is named, are just a few who have led C-K teams. Both men were associated with the football, basketball and track champions.

Barry Scragg and Don Money also were major players in some of the titles. They also played.

This week’s C-K Sports Weekend Celebration will honor Scragg and the last team to win a football title, the 1994 team, along with featured speaker Cecil Fletcher who coached alongside Money (head coach of the ’94 champs) years, both at C-K and following the merger with Buffalo and Vinson, with Money at Spring Valley for several years.

Fletcher, a standout linebacker at Marshall, played with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1989-91 and spent more time in the World League of American Football (Europe).

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ON THE MARK – Prichard resident and Spring Valley student Austin Blake (shown last year), is continuing to perform at a high level in the IBO archery competitions he attends. WCN file photo

Local archer aiming high

 

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PRICHARD – Prichard resident and Spring Valley student Austin Blake gained recognition last year for his prowess with a bow and arrow.

The archer has shown that another year older and added experience continues to pay off as he has performed well in International Bowhunting Organization events.

Blake moved into the Youth Male Release (YMR) 15-17 year-old division this year and picked up where he left off last year after placing second in the in the IBO’s World Championship as part of the 13-14 year-old grouping.

The teenage bowman kicked off his season in March with a win at the Winter Nationals in Park City, Ky. Blake next competed in the Spring Nationals in Pipestem, W.Va., but took sixth place, the first time he ever finished below fifth.

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HONORED – Educator and coach, Barry Scragg, will be the special honored guest at this year’s C-K Sports Weekend banquet. WCN file photo

Coaching is a ‘Wonder’ful job to have

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

KENOVA – If a person does a job they enjoy, then it isn’t really work. That has been the case for Coach Barry Scragg throughout his 44-year career.

Scragg will be recognized at next weekend’s Ceredo-Kenova Sports Weekend banquet Friday evening as the special honored guest. The honor puts him in illustrious company as legendary coaches Carl Ward and Dale Craycraft are among those that have been honored in the past.

“I am thrilled to have been asked,” Scragg said, “It’s humbling and an honor to be asked to do this.

“I never thought for a second that I would ever be considered.”

As far as whether the long-time coach and educator thinks he is deserving of being mentioned in the same conversation with the iconic coaches of C-K’s glory days, Scragg is deferential.

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Fletcher coming home to C-K for honor

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

KENOVA – It has been talked about and many hold it as common knowledge that there is something special about the Ceredo-Kenova community.

Cecil Fletcher has experienced it and knows there is truth in the belief.

Fletcher was a standout football player for the Marshall Thundering Herd in the 1980s and was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame two years ago. The recognition would be a great honor for anyone, but what makes Fletcher special, at least in Wayne County is his ties to the C-K Wonders.

Fletcher was a member of the coaching staff of the 1994 Class A state football champion Wonders and coached for a time at Spring Valley High School. He will be this year’s guest speaker at the annual C-K Sports Weekend.

“I was a little shocked to be asked,” Fletcher said, “I had known about it and had been approached before about speaking at the event but always down played it because I’m not a very good public speaker.

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WASTING NO TIME – A large electronic billboard in Cleveland welcomes back NBA basketball star LeBron James Friday an hour after he announced he would return to the Cleveland Cavaliers after four years with the Miami Heat. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

The prodigal son has returned - big deal

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

NOTE: The following is the opinion of the writer. Under no circumstances does it reflect the thoughts or beliefs held by the Wayne County News.

WAYNE – So, by now every sports fan in the country, and very probably the world, has heard the big news – Lebron James is returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers. And if you’re like me, you couldn’t care less.

The internet and news outlets are abuzz with comments, tweets, memes, and commentary on what has been dubbed “the reverse decision.”

James announced his decision on national television in 2010 to leave Ohio, announcing to the world that he would be “taking my talents to South Beach.”

Now, four years and two championships later, “King” James is coming back much to the excitement of the Cavalier front office and more than a few bandwagon riders.

Is this a change in heart? Is Lebron trying to rectify his mistake? That would be what he probably wants fans to think. In an interview with Sports Illustrated.com Friday, he talked about realizing how important Northeast Ohio is to him and that it is bigger than basketball. It just took him four years to understand this.

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MAKING MEMORIES – Former C-K standout Chris Ball pulls in one of his ‘94 season high nine interceptions. Ball was the Wonders quarterback and cornerback in the last football championship year. Photo submitted

Wonders’ quarterback remembers ‘94

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

KENOVA – This year is the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Ceredo-Kenova Wonders Class A football championship. A 44-0 win against Valley-Wetzel in the title game at Wheeling capped an impressive and dominant 14-0 season for the Wonders.

Championship teams are made with more than just strategy and coaching. At its core are the players and one of the more notable was senior quarterback and corner Chris Ball.

Ball excelled on both sides of the line of scrimmage, throwing 17 touchdown passes and just two interceptions. He also led the team with nine picks, almost half of the record setting 19 team total.

“I don’t want to sound like I am bragging,” Ball said, “It happened and those were the stats.

“They couldn’t have been accomplished without the great offensive line we had or without our defense. “We had some good players to help out.”

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BIG SHOULDERS – Jacob Kilgore, now a senior, will be one of the players to bear the load for the Spring Valley basketball team this season after the departure of a talented senior class. WCN file photo

T’Wolves hoops getting defensive

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – Defense wins games – no matter the sport.

If you keep your opponent off the scoreboard – all it takes is one run or point to pick up the victory. For the past several seasons, defense has been a sore point for Spring Valley boys’ basketball head Coach Cory Maynard.

Maynard said his team has spent this summer working on defense. The Wolves coach said he is determined to get his team into a “defensive” mindset when the scout sheet says that is his squad’s weak-point.

“We have to stop teams. I think we got better last year, but we are not where we want to be. Scoring is not our problem. If we want to make a run at a state championship, we need to get better when the ball is not in our hands,” Maynard said.

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ONE TO WATCH – Although not named by Cochenour, Grant Ferguson (seen here putting up a shot in the first round of last year’s section tourney) will be one of the go-to guys for the Wayne Pioneer basketball team when the season gets under way in December. WCN file photo

How bright is Wayne basketball’s future?

 

BY JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – Having a good season can do wonders for a struggling program and one would think that after last year’s performance, the Wayne Pioneer basketball team would be reaping the benefits.

According to Coach Sam Cochenour that isn’t necessarily the case and his team is still a work in progress.

“The three-week practice period has been going well,” he said, “We’ve had 14 players participating in practice and camps, but not the number we expected after last year.

“Of course this week we’re vying with the Fourth of July holiday and there are a number of kids who are looking to go on vacation so that makes it a little tougher on us.”

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WHAT’S EXPECTED – Tolsia’s Kerrie Lahoda will enters her senior year and will be looked to for leadership and production on a team looking to get back to winning form this year. WCN file photo

A new era, new look for the Lady Rebels?

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – Last season didn’t have the accustomed outcome for Coach Ric Morrone and his Lady Rebel basketball team.

Despite play from Class AA first team All-Stater Savannah Winnett and All-State guard Jordan Presley, Tolsia missed achieving its goals.

“We went 20 years without a losing season,” he said, “our 7-14 finish wasn’t what we were hoping for, but I think it was a wakeup call for the girls.

“We had a good, strong finish to the regular season, but that early exit from the section tournament was disappointing.”

It was a far cry from the previous season when the Rebels won the Cardinal Conference with a perfect conference record and made it to the Region IV championship before being knocked off by Clay County.

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Vague words lead to loss, condemnation

 

By RON FERGUSON
Managing Editor

Never was a Washington fan.

Back in the not-so-distant past, it seemed the only games shown on local TV featured the Washington team. So, since my favorite squad was only on the tube when it played Washington … it became a franchise to intensely dislike.

But today – I like the Redskins!

I wish the scarlet and gold – and owner Daniel Snyder, a goofball of magnificent proportions – as much good fortune and success as can be had during the upcoming season.

With the recent controversy surrounding the Washington, District of Corruption, football team, I’m becoming a real fan.

Whenever government has the right to tell an owner what to name his business…we, as a country, have permitted that government to “out grow its britches,” as my folks used to say.

I happen to believe in the American way of doing business.

If you don’t like Joe Blow’s business, then don’t patronize it. If you find the name of his business offensive, don’t do business with him. If you don’t like Joe’s product, don’t buy it.

The Washington Redskins. A long-time name in the National Football League.

The Redskin logo features a simplified form of a Native American head inside a yellow circle. In the hair of the profiled head are two feathers tucked into the hair at the back. It has been in use since 1983.

But with today’s liberal progressives in power, being politically correct has become the norm. And it’s not just being politically correct, it is being politically correct according only to those in power, or to what they deem to be correct

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NEXT PHASE – Kara Pollinger, a former Tolsia Lady Rebel and member of the Naval Academy’s basketball team graduated recently and is set for flight school in September. Photo submitted

Pollinger graduates from Naval Academy

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

FORT GAY – As corny as it may sound, endings are just new beginnings.

Former Tolsia Lady Rebel and Naval Academy Midshipmen standout Kara Pollinger knows that probably better than anyone.

“The past four years was a stepping stone for what I’m going to be doing now,” she said, “The chance to play Division I basketball was a great blessing and I’m glad to have had the opportunity. But now, I’m ready to move on.”

Pollinger recently graduated from the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. and is waiting for the next chapter of her life to begin.

“Graduation was a lot of fun,” she said, “We started celebrating a week before. “The family came up and we rented a beach house and we just got to have a good time with one another.”

The former point guard will start the United States Navy’s flight school in Pensacola, Fla. September 5, but in the mean time, she will be working at the Academy in a pre-flight class .

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ACED – Wayne’s Jessie Rowe’s dominate pitching got her a spot on the All-State first team. WCN file photo

OUTFIELD ANCHOR – Wayne’s Emily Fry speed and hitting earned a place on the All-State first team. WCN file photo

Lady Pioneers place eight on AA All-State

 

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WAYNE – Despite having a bid for a third straight Class AA state championship end in Falling Rock after after being edged 1-0 by Herbert Hoover in the Region IV title game, the Wayne Lady Pioneers placed eight players on the All-State softball team this week.

Ace pitcher and University of Charleston signee, Jessie Rowe, earned a spot on the first team for her performance this season.

Rowe was instrumental in leading Wayne to a 22-8 record this year and reached 500 career strikeouts during the Region semifinal win against Scott.

Joining Rowe on the first team is senior center fielder Emily Fry. Fry has been a mainstay in the outfield and a threat on the base paths with her speed.

The senior outfielder signed with Concord University halfway through the season.

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WOLF PAIR – Jade Spurlock (above) and Cassie Adkins were first team All-MSAC for Spring Valley. WCN file photos

Seven Lady Wolves named All-MSAC

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HUNTINGTON – Although the season ended for the Spring Valley Lady Wolves softball team in the section tournament, its success this year was recognized with six of their number being named to the Mountain State Athletic Conference’s All-Conference team.

Spring Valley showcased a high octane offense, often winning by the mercy rule in many of its games.

Senior leader and catcher Cassie Adkins signed with Kentucky Christian University before the season began. Getting this formality out of the way appeared to go a long way in helping her performance.

Adkins batted .452 and was named to the first team as an utility player.

Third baseman Jade Spurlock also earned a spot on the first team. Spurlock made timely plays in the field and with a batting average of .340, she had the opportunity to get on base and worry opposing pitchers with her speed.

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Michael Hupp

Tolsia community is a winner – for now

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

WAYNE – The Tolsia community has won a small battle for now, but the war is far from over.

Tuesday night in front of the Board of Education, Tolsia boys basketball assistant coach Roman Watts stood proud of the program he helps coach. Watts is a Rebel graduate and has been involved in the Tolsia community’s youth sports programs ever since.

So why did Watts stand before the BOE in his Tolsia orange shirt with parents and players clad in Rebel gear sitting behind him?

Well, he told another tawdry tale of perceived Board wrongdoings saying that the community believes the basketball team is being discriminated against.

Word on the street is that there were four applicants recently for the vacant Tolsia boys’ basketball head coaching position. Only three were interviewed.

Now I am going to be as coy as possible while presenting this to continue in the tradition of the Board’s executive session “no names” in the front philosophy.

This is personnel, as well as personal to some.

The three that were interviewed include a teacher who is involved in Tolsia athletics and active in the community. Another is an individual from the community who recently became a teacher with (to my knowledge) little or no coaching experience. The other – who according to sources – is the front-runner favorite of both Superintendent Lynn Hurt and Tolsia principal Shayne Carey – has coached at two different schools the past two years at the middle school level and from what I can garner, left a very bad taste in the mouths of the last community he served.

I, with my own eyes and ears, have seen this individual’s coaching style and as a parent I can tell you my kid would not be playing for him.

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PASSING THE TORCH – Chris Ball stands with the shirt camp participants received for being part of the All-Star Basketball Camp. The event taught the sport but also community appreciation. WCN photo by Jason Perry

All-Star camp more than just basketball

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

KENOVA – The second annual Chris Ball All-Star Basketball Camp concluded Friday afternoon, but the participants came away from it with more than just a knowledge of basketball.

The two-day event at the Ceredo-Kenova Community Center in the War Memorial was a good way for the 48 youngsters involved to learn and appreciate the history and tradition that makes up the local community.

“We had a great turnout this year,” Ball said, “Despite the fact that with the economy the way it is parents have to pick and choose which camp that their kids go to.

“We also had some sponsorships and people who stepped up and were able to give tee-shirts because of the help.”

The walls of the facility are lined with banners commemorating past championships and glories for the old C-K Wonders.

But reminders don’t stop there.

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CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY – Spring Valley Timberwolves’ runner Jacob Kilgore has been making waves in state track and field for the last few years. The junior finally accomplished a big milestone this past weekend in Charleston at the Class AAA State Track Meet. Kilgore became SVHS’s first ever track champion, winning the 800m handily with a time of 1:54.9. Kilgore was also expected to perform well in the 400m, but a false start ruined it for him. “What does the best 400m runner in the state do when he gets a false start,” Spring Valley Coach Dave Duncan said, “He goes out and blows away the 800m race.” As a team, the T’Wolves finished 17 overall at the meet. Photo submitted by Betsy Stewart

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CURT FOLLOWAY

Wayne duo to play in North-South game

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – The Wayne Pioneer football program has garnered numerous achievements and awards over the years, some of them as a team and some have gone to the players.

Senior offensive/defensive lineman Alex Elkins and tight end/ defensive end Curt Followay were selected to play for the South in this year’s WCHS-TV/FOX 11 North-South Football Classic and the fact it is such an important event where the best in the state play isn’t lost on the pair.

“When I found out I was going to be part of the team, I was pretty excited,” Followay said, “It’s a great opportunity and I feel privileged as a player to have the chance.”

Elkins also said he was excited.

“It’s a really big honor,” he said, “It shows that hard work pays off and we worked hard last season, it’s great to see good results from that.”

The hard work and dedication the duo has shown on the field isn’t lost on their coaches, or anyone else for that matter, because Followay and Elkins have been honored as All-State and All-Conference.

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Rocky Top’s sponsoring ‘Timberwolf Tuesdays’

 

Rocky Top’s Pizza is sponsoring Timberwolf Tuesday’s starting June 3.

Every Tuesday throughout the summer, Rocky Top’s will donate 10 percent of sales those days to benefit Spring Valley High School.

The money will go toward creating a pep club, plus the purchase of tee-shirts for a cheering section for all the school’s athletic teams.

Available only at the “Original” Rocky Top’s Pizza located on Buffalo Creek Road.

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ALWAYS A PIONEER – James Egnor, a former Wayne football standout, was redshirted for his freshman year at Glenville state, but is expecting to see things pick up for his sophomore year at the school. Photo submitted

Once a Pioneer always a Pioneer

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – Perhaps it was a forgone conclusion for James Egnor, who had stood out for his play with the Wayne Pioneers, to continue his football career with the Glenville State University Pioneers.

“Once a Pioneer, always a Pioneer,” he said.

Egnor has just finished his first year at Glenville and says it wasn’t as bad as some had led him to believe.

“Things aren’t as bad as I thought they’d be,” he said, “I thought that it would be tough juggling classes and schoolwork with practice, but it isn’t that bad.

“College practices usually happen about the same time that we had to practice in high school, so it wasn’t a big adjustment there.”

One of the things that has helped him to adjust is the campus and the school’s feel.

“It’s just a beautiful campus,” Egnor said, “I like it a lot.

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ONCE IN A LIFETIME – According to SVHS Coach Dave Duncan, that is as often as a runner like Jacob Kilgore comes along. Photo submitted

Kilgore leads Wolves into post-season

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – Spring Valley track and field coach Dave Duncan has been coaching runners a long time, but says that he’s never coached anyone quite like junior Jacob Kilgore.

“Jacob is one of those kids that comes along once in a lifetime,” he said “He works hard and has improved a lot compared to last year.

“But with the numbers he’s put up this year, it’s going to hard to improve on that.”

Kilgore recently made waves at the Gazette Relays in Charleston by winning the 800 with a record-setting time of 1.56.2 and with the state meet just around the corner, it puts him in a good position as the one to beat in the event.

“That’s one of the all-time top 10 times in the state,” Duncan said, “It’s going to take a lot of time and commitment if Jacob is going to improve on that.

“He has potential to be a Division 1 runner on the next level, he just has to work on it.”

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GO HOME! – Spring Valley’s Zach Harvey races home on a single by Dionte Coleman. Harvey scored one of six runs for the T’Wolves in the first inning. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Knights bring Wolves’ season to end

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

ONA – Facing elimination and an end to their season, the Spring Valley Timberwolves scored six runs on two hits in the top of the first inning and tacked on two more later in the game, but couldn’t hold off Cabell Midland’s offensive onslaught, losing Tuesday evening, 10-8, at Knights Stadium in the Class AAA Section 4, Region IV double-elimination tournament.

Derek Adkins took the mound for the Knights, but the T’Wolves quickly proved to be rude guests.

Spring Valley starting pitcher Greg Herbert led off the top of the first, hitting a sharp grounder to shortstop Seth Kinker, but Kinker botched a routine play and threw the ball wide of first baseman Cody Ballengee for an error.

Daniel Brandon followed Herbert after Adkins hit him with a pitch.

The hurler walked Colby Webb to load the bases and then gave Chandler Milum a free pass that also scored Herbert.

Shortstop Zach Harvey was the last Spring Valley batter to walk and forced Brandon home.

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A GOLDEN BEAR – Pioneer golfer Nate Earl signed with WVU Tech Thursday afternoon. Earl plans to major in engineering while also working to improve his already impressive seven handicap. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Wayne standout will hit links with WVU Tech

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – A wise man once said that if you do something you love, it isn’t work - or something like that.

Wayne Pioneer golf standout Nate Earl is getting the opportunity to continue playing the sport he loves for four more years and he’ll be getting an education along with it.

The senior signed a letter of intent Thursday afternoon in Wayne High School’s distance learning center to attend West Virginia University of Technology in Montgomery and be part of the institution’s golf team.

According to Earl, WVU Tech offered everything he was looking for in a college.

“I didn’t want to go too far away from home,” he said, “And I really want to go into engineering.

“I believe Tech is one of the best engineering schools in the state.”
But those reasons are just the beginning.

“I went up to visit and I really liked it,” Earl said, “It’s a small school, but it has a good atmosphere.

“It’s a very nice school and I loved how it felt.”

The senior also realizes that a basis in engineering will help broaden his horizons once he completes college and is ready to join the “real” world.

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