Vol. 141, No. 8 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

EYES ON THE PRIZE – Spring Valley’s Alex Petry (11) attempts a shot while being defended by Hurricane’s Laureen London (13). Petry scored eight points in the Tuesday night win at the Wolves Den, along with forcing several turnovers. Spring Valley faces Ashland tonight and Cabell Midland Thursday. Photo by Kerry Carter Photography

Spring Valley ladies split week

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

HUNTINGTON – The Spring Valley Lady Timberwolves saw a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter quickly evaporate in the face of a Hurricane offensive torrent, but hung on to win 59-53.

After four made free throws by Alex Petry and a three-pointer from Kassidy Lemons, the Wolves had their biggest lead of the night at the beginning of the fourth period, 54-37.

But the Redskins responded quickly on the next trip up the court when Anna Gordon knocked down a heavily contested jumpshot.

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FANCY FOOTWORK – Tolsia’s Alyssa Cloud (23) uses a dribble move to gain separation from the Chesapeake defender Monday evening. The Lady Rebels’ poor shooting didn’t make up for any kind of acrobatic moves in the 42-21 loss. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Second half shooting woes doom Lady Rebels

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – A poor shooting performance by the Tolsia Lady Rebels turned a close game at halftime into a 42-21 rout by Chesapeake Monday night at Rebel Arena.

Down 19-15 by intermission, the game appeared to have all the hallmarks of being a close one throughout, but that was before the Rebels hit a wall.

The Panthers’ defensive pressure forced Tolsia into taking quick, ill-advised shots that just couldn’t find the mark.

The Rebels were two-of-17 from the field in the second half for a dismal 18 percent and only scored six points in the final two quarters.

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STUDENT SUPPORT – The Tolsia Blue Zoo student section is almost as familiar during basketball season as the teams on the court. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Tolsia’s student section tradition

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – For almost as long as Tolsia has been a school, there has been a Blue Zoo.

The Zoo is the student section present at various Rebel sporting events, particularly basketball, and has become a familiar sight for home fans and visitors alike.

The student section is enjoying a bit of a resurgence this season after being relatively quiet last year. The far left side of the home bleachers have been packed for every hardwood contest in Rebel Arena this season.

Two of the more vocal students are Aaron Hardwick and Jacob Maynard, a pair of football players who enjoy coming out to support the teams.

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COMING THROUGH – Spring Valley’s Sarah Kelley blows by the Ripley defender during Wednesday night’s big win at the Wolves Den. Photo by Kerry Carter Photography

Spring Valley ladies split week

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

ST. ALBANS – The Spring Valley Lady Wolves’ two games this week on the hard wood could not have been any more of a contrast.

Wednesday night, the Lady Wolves set a school record with 16 3-pointers in an 83-42 romp over the visiting Ripley Vikings. Spring Valley forced the Lady Vikings into 38 turnovers and led from the opening whistle to the ending buzzer. The Lady Wolves first 7-of-8 shots from the floor were behind the arc to begin the game.

Friday night couldn’t have been any farther from Wednesday night’s game as the Lady Wolves fell to the St. Albans Lady Red Dragons 66-50.

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Spring Valley and Buffalo grapplers in WSAZ Invitational

DOMINATION – Spring Valley wrestler Owen Porter has the upper hand on his opponent during a match Friday at the Big Sandy Arena as part of the WSAZ Invitational Tournament. Photo by Kerry Carter Photography

BOYS WILL BE BOYS – Buffalo Middle grappler Tyson Hall (left) and his opponent are airborne during a match at the Big Sandy Arena as part of the WSAZ Invitational Tournament. Photo by Kerry Carter Photography

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HOPE FOR THE BEST – Wayne’s Raegan Roach (12) fights for control of a rebound as teammates and Fort Gay players try to take it from her during Thursday’s game in Fort Gay. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Wayne too much for Lady Vikes

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

FORT GAY – When a young, inexperienced team plays one loaded with veterans, it can make for interesting games and scores.

That’s exactly what happened Thursday evening when the Wayne Lady Pioneer Middle School basketball team gave Fort Gay a learning experience in the form of a 70-6 thrashing at Viking Arena.

Playing without standout eighth-grader Ashley Hoffmeister who sustained an injury earlier in the week, the Vikings were outmanned from the beginning.

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WHAT CAN YOU DO? – Wayne Middle’s Nathan Ellis puts up an uncontested shot Thursday evening at Viking Arena as Carson Stuart (3) and Austin Salmons(11) can only watch. Fort Gay lost, 53-34 despite hanging with the Pioneers for much of the game. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Fort Gay Vikes can’t keep up with Wayne scoring run

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

FORT GAY – The Fort Gay Vikings’ boys’ middle school program seems to have been in a perpetual rebuilding period and for that reason they surprised some people Thursday evening by hanging with Wayne in an eventual 53-34 loss at Viking Arena.

“We like to make sure that everybody gets a chance to play,” Wayne Coach Todd Maynard said, “They all play hard.

“We don’t feel like we have much of drop off in talent and we got to play everybody tonight.

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WHEN PLAYERS COLLIDE – Tolsia’s Koty Jude draws contact on a drive to the basket from Wayne defender Tucker Watts during Tuesday night’s game at Rebel Arena. Jude led the Rebels with 15 points and Tolsia got its first win in 34 games. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Tolsia Rebels beat Pioneers, long skid broken

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – Finally!

The Tolsia Rebels broke their long 34-game losing streak Tuesday night at Rebel Arena against county rival Wayne, 50-44.

“I was surprised,” Tolsia Coach Shawn Thompson said, “rather than celebrating, the first words out of the guys’ mouths in the locker room was, ‘When’s practice tomorrow? These kids are hungry, they want more and they’re willing to do what it takes to get there.” Although the Pioneers were 11-of-18 from the charity line compared to Tolsia’s nine-of-20, the game wasn’t decided by free throws.

“I want to congratulate Tolsia on getting the win,” Wayne Coach Sam Cochenour said, “Coach Thompson did a great job of setting the strategy and making sure his players followed the game plan.

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Youth league title winners

YOUNG CHAMPIONS – The Fort Gay Viking seven-year-old All-Star team won a recent tournament in Chesapeake last week with an unbeaten record. The Vikings beat Ceredo-Kenova, 35-16, in the first game Tuesday night. Fort Gay then defeated Vinson Saturday afternoon, 31-22. For the championship game with Buffalo, the Vikings won, 49-32. The team consists of: Evan Ball, Dylan Stroud, Parker Watts, Brayden Mollette, Peyton Marcum, Braxton Farley, Mikayla Stacy, and Luke Fetherolf. The champions are coached by Steve Stroud. Photo submitted

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Greg Herbert (24) scored 29 points Friday night, leading the Spring Valley Timberwolves to a big home win against the Princeton Tigers at the Wolves Den. WCN photo by Kerry Carter Photography

Wolves return home for a win

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – It has been nearly a month since the Spring Valley Timberwolves boys basketball team has played in front of a home crowd and it has been just as long since they recorded a victory.

Friday night that all changed as the Spring Valley Timberwolves (6-3) defeated the visiting Princeton Tigers 69-57 in front of a loud home crowd. The win comes after three straight losses on the road.

Greg Herbert hit a game-high 29 points to lead the Wolves to victory. “Greg had a big night tonight. He had a great game and that is the kind of game you expect from a senior leader,” Wolves head Coach Cory Maynard said.

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THE ‘D’ IS DRAPED ALL OVER HIM – Tolsia point guard Cody Salmons puts up an off-balance running shot while being heavily defended by Sissonville’s Seth Bowlin (55), Bryce Taylor (3) and Steven Harrison (5) Thursday night at Rebel Arena. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Third quarter woes doom Tolsia

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – The Tolsia Rebels kept pace with Sissonville throughout the first half, but thanks to a low scoring third quarter, the Indians held on to win Thursday night at Rebel Arena, 62-44.

“We just have to get over that hump,” Tolsia Coach Shawn Thompson said, “We started out the first half pretty well, but we have to keep executing. “We started out only being able to play with teams for two or three minutes and now we’re up to two quarters. “If we can just start the second half like the first, we’ll be doing okay. We just want to be able to build on that.

With the score close at 33-28 to start of the second half, Sissonville hadn’t been able to put the game out of Tolsia’s reach.

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LOW BRIDGE – Tolsia’s Tash Nichols (15) peeks around Paige Justice’s (41) defensive pose during Tuesday night’s rivalry game at Rebel Arena. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Lady Pioneers shock Tolsia

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – After more than a decade of losing to Tolsia, the Wayne Lady Pioneers pulled an upset Tuesday night at Rebel Arena when they won a physical game, 52-45.

“I’m not sure when the last time Wayne beat Tolsia,” Pioneer Coach Wade Williamson said, “but in 17 years of coming here, I only ever remember winning here once. “It’s a difficult place to play against a good team.”

Down 43-35 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Rebels attempted to scratch back into the contest, thanks to the hard charging play of point guard Mariah Finley and forward Tasha Nichols.

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AND SHE’S OFF – Wayne Middle School girls’ point guard Bailee Adkins scored 16 points in the Lady Pioneer win against Crum Monday night. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Big second half propels Wayne Middle

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – The Wayne Lady Pioneers middle school basketball team used a big 26-point second half to pull away and beat Crum, 46-23, Monday night at Pioneer Arena.

The Pioneers found themselves in command of a precarious 20-14 lead at the start of the third quarter.

“We pride ourselves on our defense,” Wayne Coach Austin Pratt said, “We work on our defense everyday and I’d rather stop a team than outscore them. “We concentrate on forcing turnovers and looking for easy shots.”

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DON’T CALL ME JUNIOR! – The Buffalo Middle School Junior Varsity Lady Bison downed Vinson Saturday afternoon, 23-14, to win the Wayne Junior Varity Tournament at Wayne Middle School’s gym. Photo SubmittedLady Pioneer win against Crum Monday night. WCN photo by Jason Perry

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MU showcases Chris Cline Athletic Complex at baseball prospect camp

Billy Sager (right), an outfielder with the Thundering Herd and a former standout baseball player for Spring Valley High School, watches campers hit from the tee at the Elite Prospect Camp at the Chris Cline Athletic Complex in Huntington. The complex features a full 100-yard football field, batting cages, and portable mounds. WCN staff photos

D.J. Gee (center in green), a utility position player from Seattle, Washington, provides campers instruction during an infield practice drill. Brock Turner (right) from Louisa, Ky., a junior at Lawrence County High School, receives a ball from another camper at the Elite Prospect Camp at the Chris Cline Athletic Complex in Huntington.

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THE TEAM THAT ALMOST WASN’T – The Fort Gay Lady Vikings almost didn’t have a middle school basketball team this season, but thanks to Principal Donita Webb and new head Coach Roman Watts, the team is ready to compete in its county schedule. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Lady Vikes: the season that almost wasn’t

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

FORT GAY – It happens frequently in Wayne County middle school athletics. A school sometimes won’t have enough interested players to field a team for the year and will have to fold.

It almost happened to the Fort Gay Lady Vikings this season.

After the departure of long time coach Eddy Cyrus, interest had waned for girls’ basketball and the few that had come out for the team were already practicing with Crum. But the last second hiring of Roman Watts saved the season by generating enough interest to field a team.

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STILL REBUILDING – The Fort Gay Vikings are a young team this year. Four years after wining a Wayne County title, the team is still rebuilding and looking for footing in middle school basketball. Photo submitted

Back to drawing board for Fort Gay Vikings

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

FORT GAY – After defeating the Ceredo-Kenova Wonders in an exciting Wayne County Championship game four years ago, things have been quiet for the Fort Gay boys’ basketball team.

Due to the nature of middle school sports with comings and goings of coaches and players moving on to high school, most teams face the prospect of rebuilding annually and the Vikings have been facing it for the last three years with mixed results.

Coach Kevin Salmons, in his second year at Fort Gay, is hoping that his crop of youngsters will be able to start back on the path to former glory.

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KEEPING UP WITH TRADITION – This year’s Buffalo Bison Middle School team is hoping to build upon the performance of past seasons under the guidance of a new coach. WCN photo by Jason Perry

New coach for Bison, same goal

By JASON PERRY
Sport Writer

KENOVA – The Buffalo Middle School Bison boys’ basketball team has been one of the top teams in Wayne County the last few years with an appearance in the County Championship game two years ago and in the consolation game last season.

“We’ve had some good teams in the past and it was daunting for me at first to come in and take over,” New Buffalo Coach Jacob Smith said, “The previous coach, Michael Evans, did a fantastic job with the program.

“We’ve always had gifted players here and this year will be no different I think.”

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A LEAN AND HUNGRY BUNCH – The Vinson Tigers lost a number of players who contributed to last year’s championship season, but according to Coach Josh Perkey, the new group is just as able, but must work on team chemistry. Photo submitted

Team growth Vinson Tiger focus

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – Last season, the Vinson Tigers got to hang a banner in the gym for defeating rival Ceredo-Kenova in the county championship game.

The downside to that is the program lost its top eight players, including starters and bench players.

It leaves head coach Josh Perkey with a young, but hungry 2014-15 squad.

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RELOADED AND READY TO GO – The Buffalo Lady Bison Middle School basketball team has been a top team in Wayne County for the last few years and despite a number of players moving on to high school, they are expected to contend for the County Title this February. Photo submitted

Lady Bison looking for another county title run

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

KENOVA – The Buffalo Lady Bison have seen much success on the basketball court in recent years, battling yearly for a county championship.

This year, Coach Mike Ward’s squad is hoping to make another county championship game appearance.

Gone from this year’s team are the Vaughn twins who have made the jump to the high school team. Stepping in to fill their roles are two solid eighth grade starters in Paige Shy and Haley McComas.

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DOUBLE TEAM - Tasha Nichols (15) and Lakyn Hale (20) make doubly sure that Tolsia will come away with the rebound this time. The Rebels lost a close game, 46-45, Tuesday night at Rebel Arena. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Rebel loss a matter of time

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – It was a matter of not enough time for the Tolsia Lady Runnin’ Rebels Tuesday night at Rebel Arena as Mingo Central won narrowly, 46-45.

Down by five points with 20 seconds left to play, Tolsia senior Kerrie Lahoda received a long pass from Tasha Nichols and raced easily into the paint for a layup, making the score 45-42.

With time winding down, the Rebels in desperation, fouled Miner sharpshooter Hannah Church. Church made the first free throw but missed the second and Nichols came away with the rebound.

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A WING AND A PRAYER – Crum’s Jacob Mollette (3) goes high into the air for a lay up as Buffalo’s Dustin Shedlock and David Livingson try to defend. The Mounties used a big fourth quarter run to pull away from the Bison in Monday’s Wayne County opener and ended up winning, 38-30 at Bison Arena. Crum will have a test on its hands Thursday as they face defending county champion Vinson at home. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Mounties pull away in second half for win

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

KENOVA – The Crum Mountaineer Middle School boys kicked off their Wayne County schedule with a 25-point second half and beat the Buffalo Bison, 38-30, Monday evening at Bison Arena.

“The first half was a little sloppy,” Crum Coach Bruce Justice said, “But our guys just don’t quit. “They’ll keep fighting till the game is over and you can’t coach that. “We have to work on our execution, but we couldn’t have asked for a better effort from these guys.”

With a narrow 13-8 lead at the start of the third quarter, Crum didn’t waste time pulling away from Buffalo. The teams traded scores throughout the period, but the Mounties couldn’t put the game out of reach and by the stanza’s end, Crum had scored 10 points while the Bison scored 12.

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GUESS WHO’S BACK? – After not being able to field a team last year, the Ceredo-Kenova Lady Wonders are back and hoping for a good return season under new coach Matt Perry. WCN photo by Michael Hupp

Rebuilding year for Ceredo-Kenova Lady Wonders

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

CEREDO – Last year was a tough year for the Ceredo-Kenova Lady Wonders.

The season ended early as low turnout and then later, injuries mixed with some other unforeseen circumstances, doomed the 2013-14 campaign. Some were wondering if there would even be a team this season.

Then Matthew Perry, who grew up in the C-K area, took a teaching position at the school. After gaining experience in the county as an assistant basketball coach at Crum and assistant with Tolsia’s softball team, Perry decided to put his name in the hat for the girls’ team.

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ON THE REBOUND – The Spring Valley Timberwolves look to get back to their winning ways after losing to rival Huntington High. The T’Wolves are widely considered a top team and in addition to the standouts, players like Riley Locklear (above) and Caiden Conley provide a strong inside presence. WCN file photos

Spring Valley looking to rebound

By TIM STEPHENS
HD MEDIA

SPRING VALLEY -- One of head coach Cory Maynard’s tasks during the holiday break is to remind his Spring Valley High School boys basketball squad that it still is a good team.

The Timberwolves (5-1) are coming off a 76-63 loss at Huntington High in a game the Highlanders led by as many as 20 points. The takeaway, though, is that HHS likely would have beaten any team in that state that night, shooting 55 percent from the floor and 65 percent from the 3-point line.

Spring Valley still is the team that defeated a talented and tough Riverside club last week, 73-60. Huntington High coach Ron Hess was quick to point out that the Timberwolves are a quality team capable of contending for a Class AAA championship currently held by the Highlanders.

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LOOKING FOR STABILITY – The Vinson Lady Tigers have their third coach in three years and hope that it will bring stability to the program and a strong finish to the season. Photo submitted

Lady Tigers trying to find stride

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – Three coaches in three seasons makes it difficult to find consistency.

For the Lady Vinson Tigers, this season may be all about finding that stride. In, is new coach Brandi Davis.

Davis coached Vinson volleyball this past season as well. She is someone familiar with the school and the program as the daughter of former Vinson coach Bob Wiles.

The new coach said her expectations are like any coach’s – to win ball games, but it goes deeper than that.

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RETURN TO FORM – The Ceredo-Kenova Wonders are hoping to finish this year’s Wayne County Middle School basketball season with a championship. WCN photo by Michael Hupp

C-K boys hope for championship return

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

CEREDO – The Ceredo-Kenova Middle Wonders were just a few seconds away from a county championship last year.

With literally seconds left on the clock, the Wonders were defeated by a last-second shot in the county championship game – on its home court.

This year, it is a different group of faces, but the expectation to win a county championship is there. Gone from last year is the speed and individual player with quick scoring ability. Enter this year’s installment of Wonders, which features a returning guard mixed in with physical size.

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KEEPING PACE – Spring Valley’s Greg Herbert brings the ball up the floor Saturday at Huntington High. Herbert scored 18 points in the loss, the T’Wolves first of the season. Despite keeping pace throughout most of the game, the Highlanders’ long-range shooting was the deciding factor in the 76-63 win. Spring Valley will return to action January 6. HD Media photo

Highlanders hand SV first loss

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – The Huntington Highlanders handed the Spring Valley Timberwolves their first loss of the season with 76-63 thanks to 13-of-20 shooting from behind the 3-point arc Saturday night.

Huntington was 27-for-49 overall and 9-for-12 from the free throw line in an impressive win against its sectional foes.

Spring Valley kept the game tight, only down 36-28 at halftime. Every time the Highlanders would pull away in the first half, Spring Valley battled back – but the third quarter belonged to Huntington.

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WORKING HARD FOR GOOD FINISH – The Crum Middle School Mounatineers are working hard to win and make it to the Wayne County Middle School basketball tournament. The coaching staff hopes their hard work will pay off with a good showing this season. Photo submitted

Mountaineers working hard for winning year

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

CRUM – Things have been rough for the Crum Middle boys’ basketball team the last few years, but with a strong commitment to improvement, the coaching staff and community hope things will begin to turn around.

Working closely with Tolsia boys’ coach Shawn Thompson, new Mountaineer Coach Bruce Justice is building a strong base for his team and the basketball culture in the area for the future.

“The expectations are high,” Justice said, “Expectations for basketball here are always high. “We’re working closely with Coach Thompson and hoping to build things for a strong future.”

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NEW LOOK, SAME GOAL – The Crum Lady Mountaineers have a new head coach and slightly different look, but the same philosophy and approach to basketball may give them a shot at the Wayne County Championship this year. Photo submitted

Don’t count out Lady Mounties

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

CRUM – Only two years removed from a Wayne County Championship, the Crum Lady Mountaineers are set to start their county schedule with a slightly different look but the same philosophy.

Long time Coach Tammy Jarrells stepped down to become part of Tolsia Lady Rebels’ Coach Ric Morrone’s staff and assistant Coach Rachel Ferguson assumed the reins at Crum.

As Jarrells’ assistant, Feguson was part of the success enjoyed by the Mounties the last few seasons and intends to keep things going with the intention of improving upon last year’s Wayne County Tournament third place finish.

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SHOOTING FOR THE TOP – Wayne Middle School’s boys’ team is hoping to make some noise in Wayne County basketball this season. After placing third in the county last season, the Pioneers are aiming for a championship berth this year. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Pioneer boys hoping to better last season’s results

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – The Wayne Middle Pioneer boys beat Buffalo last season to take third place in the Wayne County Middle School basketball tournament and they hope an extra 12 months of experience and improvement will lead to a higher finish this year.

“We’re progressing to where we need to be,” Pioneer Coach Matt Maynard said, “We have a long way to go but we’ve got a lot better over the last few weeks.”

Wayne has already cruised through the first few games of its schedule but when county play starts January 5 in a game with Fort Gay, things should get a lot tougher.

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WHY... IS THAT A TARGET ON YOUR BACKS? – They Wayne Middle School girls’ basketball team will defend their Wayne County title this year when county play starts January 5. After beating annual favorite Buffalo last year for the championship, Wayne earned a target and the focus of every team in the county. With a talent loaded squad, they’ll be up to the task. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Wayne Middle girls reload for championship run

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – The Wayne Middle School Lady Pioneers are hoping for another Wayne County Girls’ basketball title this season.

Despite a strong team last year, the Pioneers still surprised many when they beat annual favorite Buffalo for the title and at the same time earned a target on their backs.

After the departure of eighth-graders Ariel Adkins, Maddie Wilcox, and Nickayla Elliot, one would think this year would be time to rebuild, but that could be wrong.

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TOP LINEMAN IN THE STATE – Spring Valley offensive lineman and Division One commit Trevor Stacy is the 2014 recipient of the Hunt Award. The award is given annually to the top lineman in the state. Stacy has been an anchor on the Timberwolves’ offensive line for the last few years and after teammate Alex Locklear was injured early in the season, the responsibility of leadership solely rested on Stacy’s shoulders. The award is one of the latest in a list of accomplishments for the senior. He is also a three-time All-State selection and a All-MSAC player. WCN photo by Wanda Willoughby

Valley’s Stacy wins Hunt Award

HUNTINGTON — When a high school football player is 6-foot-5 and 290 pounds, chances are he’ll be a big part of a team’s success.

But, Spring Valley High School head coach Brad Dingess said those measurements don’t do justice as to how big Trevor Stacy was for the Timberwolves in the 2014 season. Stacy’s impact resonated around the state as well, and the West Virginia Sports Writers Association chose him the Hunt Award winner as West Virginia’s top high school lineman.

The Hunt Award is named in honor of the late Ken Hunt, a longtime line coach at Woodrow Wilson and Richwood high schools.

Stacy was previously selected as The Herald-Dispatch 2014 High School Football Player of the Year. He was a three-time Class AAA all-state and All-Mountain State Athletic Conference first team player.

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DRIVING THE PACE – Wayne point guard Cameron Wallace set the pace for he Pioneers Tuesday night against Scott. The sophomore only scored three points but had his share of timely steals and passes to help his team. Photo by Jason Perry

Skyhawks ruin Pioneer home opener, 81-46

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – The Scott Skyhawks played the role of Grinch Tuesday night at Pioneer Arena, downing Wayne in its boys’ basketball home opener, 81-46.

Taking a 15-4 lead in the first quarter, the Skyhawks claimed the paint and center Anthony Sigmon led the onslaught, scoring 10 of his 17 points in the opening period.

Tanner Bell and Eric May joined Sigmon in pouring on the points and by the end of the frame, Scott was comfortably in the lead..

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Misc

EASY DOES IT – Huntington Prep’s Jonathan Kabongo goes up for an easy layup in Prep’s 69-42 beating of Mountain Mission Monday at Tolsia’s Rebel Arena. It was the second time in three years Prep has played at Tolsia. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Prep wins big in Tolsia double-header

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – For the second time in three years, the Huntington Prep Irish played at Tolsia High School’s Rebel Arena and Monday night’s game couldn’t have gone better as Prep beat the Mountain Mission Challengers, 69-42.

“We love to come to Tolsia High School,” Irish Assistant Coach David Meddings said, “For me, it’s always a special place.

“I’m from Wayne County and my wife Candace graduated from here. I’m also really close to Coach Ric Morrone. He helped me get started in coaching and I talk to him weekly about basketball.”

Mission wasn’t bothered by Prep’s reputation for having one of the top basketball rosters in the country and it was reflected by the 15-11 score at the end of the first quarter.

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TWO HANDS FOR SAFETY – Jacob Kilgore puts a big exclamation point on his 33 points Saturday by slam dunking the basketball against Ashland. Photo by Kerry Carter Photography

Spring Valley nearly hangs 100 on Ashland Tomcats

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

ASHLAND – Jacob Kilgore scored 33 points to lead the Spring Valley Timberwolves to a 99-58 demolishing of Ashland Paul Blazer at James A. Anderson Gymnasium Saturday night.

Kilgore’s 33-point performance is the third consecutive 30-plus game for the senior standout. Kilgore hit five 3-pointers and added eight rebounds in the win.

Although Kilgore’s individual performance was impressive, it was the team effort that caught head Coach Cory Maynard’s attention.

“We are starting to get it offensively. We have never been a selfish team, but we are starting to make the extra pass to take a good shot to better. We are playing hard and they have bought into the system playing as a team. They hang out together outside the court, which is important. They like each other, which is important to playing harder and better basketball.

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Wolf Pack leading the way; Lady Wolves hanging on

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – The Spring Valley Wolf Pack cheering section continues to be the top overall student cheering section according to WVRSN.com’s student section rankings.

Spring Valley is the No. 1 overall AAA student section through five weeks after taking a fourth place finish for Week 6. The overall rankings take the total scores from all the weekly standings to give the total score.

The Wolf Pack has 51 total points on the season. The 51points is good enough to put the Wolves behind Magnolia and Poca for the top student section in the entire state (through A, AA or AAA).

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EXCUSE ME – Spring Valley’s Jacob Kilgore scored 30 points against St. Albans Thursday night at the Wolves’ Den as the T’Wolves won, 80-48. Photo by Kerry Carter Photography

Timberwolves slay Dragons in blowout

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – After two consecutive buzzer-beater losses, the Spring Valley Timberwolves took out their aggravations against visitor St. Albans Thursday night with an 80-48 blowout win.

The Wolves (7-5) dominated from the opening buzzer as Jacob Kilgore continued his scoring barrage hitting a 3-pointer to start the game for the third consecutive time. Kilgore led all scorers with another 30-point performance.

The Red Dragons (1-11) tied the game 5-5 with a little over seven minutes into the first quarter, but the Wolves never looked back.

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Signing day set for Spring Valley

 

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HUNTINGTON – Coming fast on the heels of Thomas Napier announcing that he will continue his football career with Morehead State University, the Spring Valley Timberwolves have announced their plans for February 4, the first official day that high school players can sign with colleges.

Napier joins Trevor Stacy, Alex Locklear, and Tyler Brown as Spring Valley players planning on pursuing a collegiate football career.

Stacy will sign with UNC Charlotte, Locklear with Marshall University, and Brown will sign with Robert Morris.

According the Spring Valley football Facebook page, a posting by Coach Brad Dingess hinted there may one or two other players to join the quartet on the stage.

The signing ceremony is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. in the school’s auditorium and everyone is invited to come and show their support.

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Last second shot sinks Timberwolves

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – There was not a more exciting place to be in Wayne County Monday night as the Spring Valley Timberwolves came from 11 points down with two minutes left in the game to take the lead, but ultimately fell 69-67 on a last second shot to the visiting undefeated Woodrow Wilson Flying Eagles.

The Timberwolves were down as many as 17 at halftime after a terrible 21-5 first quarter. Spring Valley’s Jacob Kilgore hit a 3-pointer to start the game – but Woodrow went on a 17-0 run that ended late in the first quarter to build a commanding lead.

Despite being down by nearly 20 at halftime, the Wolves kept chipping away at the lead. Spring Valley outscored Woodrow 22-14 in the third quarter, cutting the lead to nine.

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Lady Wolves get win on the road

 

PRINCETON –The Lady Timberwolves pulled away in the second half to get a 81-63 road win against the Princeton Tigers Saturday night.

Sarah Kelly paced Spring Valley (8-3) with 24 points and Kassidy Lemons followed with 23. The Timberwolves connected on a season-high 12
three-pointers.

Taylor Hamm led Princeton with 20 points and Kaleigh Barker hit for 15.

Spring Valley¹s next game is Wednesday at home against Ripley.

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REACH FOR IT – Tolsia’s Lakyn Hale stretches for a shot while being defended by Sissonville’s Brooke Reed. The Rebels had scoring flashes, but couldn’t handle the Indian defensive pressure Thursday night at Rebel Arena. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Indians scalp Rebels, 76-41

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – The Sissonville Lady Indians came out Thursday night with their foot on the gas and didn’t let up as they beat Tolsia,76-41, at Rebel Arena.

“We didn’t quit,” Rebel Coach Ric Morrone said, “Sissonville is one of the top teams in the state and we played as hard as we could.”

The Rebels had trouble from the beginning with the Sissonville fullcourt press.

Tolsia turned the ball over a number of times in its own end of the court and at other times couldn’t complete an inbounds pass because of the defensive pressure. As a result, the Indians had a 10-0 lead in the first quarter.

“There is no question that we had trouble with their press,” Morrone said, “We worked on it and went over it in practice but we didn’t have a lot of time to prepare.

“When we broke the press, we’d turn it over in the front court.”

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Logan’s Gore outduels Wolves’ Kelly in win

 

Staff Report

LOGAN – Spring Valley’s Sarah Kelly put on a shooting clinic in the first half Thursday night inside the Logan Fieldhouse only to have Logan’s Shayna Gore answer with one of her own in the second half.

Gore’s 33 points led Class AAA No. 5 Logan (10-2) to a 71-49 defeat of No. 6 Spring Valley (7-3). Kelly scored 23 as she staked Spring Valley to an early 16-9 lead.

Gore, a Marshall University recruit, connected on a 3-point shot from the corner to bring Logan back to within 16-12 after the first period.

Kelly scored 18 in the first half and the Timberwolves had a 28-26 lead.

Logan took over in the third quarter with Gore and Monica Mitchell accounting for 12 points and went ahead, 43-34.

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Spring Valley’s Maddie Morris (33) is fouled as she attempts to put up a shot over Huntington’s Dominique Murphy in a girl’s high school basketball game on Tuesday, in Huntington. Spring Valley defeated the Highlanders, 54-51. Photo by Sholten Singer/The Herald-Dispatch

Lady Wolves hang on in thriller

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – The No. 6 Spring Valley Lady Wolves held on to defeat the undefeated No. 4 Huntington Lady Highlanders 54-51 Tuesday night at Huntington High in a battle of sectional rivals.

Spring Valley (7-2) had a 13-point lead with two minutes left in the game – but Huntington (8-1) went to a press and forced several quick turnovers on their side of the court. The turnovers allowed the Lady Highlanders to cut the lead to 51-46 with 49.4 seconds left.

“We have two of the best players in the state and we just could not take care of the basketball in the final two minutes. Something like that shouldn’t happen. We knew they were going to press us. We worked on it for two weeks,” head coach Bo Miller said.

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UP IN THE AIR – Wayne’s Brandon Hankins puts up an off balance shot while being guarded by Crum’s Jacob Mollette (3) and Cody Davis (25). WCN photo by Jason Perry

Pioneers outrun Crum for win

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – The Wayne Middle School Pioneers relied on tight defense and accurate shooting to run away with a 67-33 win against Crum Monday evening at Pioneer Arena.

“We started out flat,” Wayne Coach Matt Maynard said, “Usually with our guys it takes a little bit to get the tempo going.

“But they’re an athletic group of guys. We like to run the floor and press.”

The Mounties struck first when Jacob Mollette inbounded the ball to Hunter Crum in the paint for a quick lay up making the score 2-0. It was the only time Crum would own the lead.

Wayne quickly answered after a Mountie turnover set up a series of quick passes that found Brandon Hankins under the basket for a quick score to tie the game.

Gunner Daniels quickly followed by sinking a quick shot that made the score 4-2 and the Pioneers were on their way to a quarter long 14-4 run.

Wayne’s attack didn’t let up in the second period.

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ALL OVER HIM – Rebel point guard Cody Salmons attempts a lay up surrounded by the Pionners’ Tucker Watts (foreground) and the leaping Colby Wickline during Friday night’s rivalry game at Pioneer Arena. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Wayne caps comeback with OT win

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – The Wayne Pioneers came back from a 15-point deficit to beat cross-county rival Tolsia, 51-48, in overtime Friday night at Pioneer Arena.

With 20 seconds left in regulation, Pioneer senior forward Mason Hodge picked up a loose ball and let it go from the paint to knot the score at 46, sending the game into overtime.

“That was just a case of one of the best athletes in the county who refused to lose,” Wayne Coach Sam Cochenour said, “These guys that play football are used to winning.”

Hodge and Seth Napier took advantage of Wayne’s tight defensive pressure to combine for five points in the extra period to seal the game.

Tolsia struggled down the stretch with problems at the charity stripe. In overtime, the Rebels shot a dismal two-of-eight from the line.

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Capital beats Spring Valley

 

By JAMES COLLIER
HD MEDIA STORY

CHARLESTON -- Spring Valley boys basketball coach Cory Maynard summed up a lopsided Tuesday loss to Capital in one phrase.

“Speed kills,” he said.

Class AAA No. 10 Capital (4-1) pressured No. 6 Spring Valley (5-2) into 25 turnovers leading to 20 Cougars points in a 72-41 victory.

The Cougars pressured the Timberwolves backcourt much of the night and used their speed to capitalize on mistakes while Spring Valley battled at times just to cross into the frontcourt.

“We just turned the ball over too many times,” said Maynard. “We turned it over more times tonight (28) than we have all year. We’ve played some pretty athletic teams in Riverside and Huntington and didn’t come close to turning it over as much as we did tonight.”

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Lady Wolves thrash Beckley

 

Staff Report

BECKLEY – Madison Morris led Spring Valley to an easy 60-30 win Friday night over Woodrow Wilson.

Madison was high scorer for both teams with 16, while Sarah Kelly had 15 for the winners and Alex Petry added 10.

Aalyiah Williams had 10 to lead the Flying Eagles. The Valley jumped out to a 14-2 first quarter lead and was never in trouble, leading 30-8 at the half.

The Lady Wolves (6-2) are scheduled to play Huntington High Tuesday night at Huntington.

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Lady Rebels cage Skyhawks

 

Staff Report

MADISON – The Tolsia Lady Rebels didn’t look like a team coming off a 10-day break last Saturday as they never gave up the lead against Scott in a 64-41 win at Skyhawk Arena.

Tolsia’s fast pace led to a 20-14 lead in the first quarter.

The Rebels continued to build upon it and by halftime was well in control, 35-27.

But it was in the second half when things unravelled for Scott. Tolsia’s full court press worried the Skyhawk shooters, only allowing one basket in the third period and cruised to the win in the final period.

Senior Kerrie Lahoda led the attack with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Michaela Messer scored 16. Lakyn Hale also had 12 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double.

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Spring Valley squads ranked in Top 10

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – Both the Spring Valley boys and girls basketball teams are ranked in the AAA Top 10 this week.

On the girls’ side, Spring Valley (6-2) is tied for fourth with section rival Logan. The Lady Wolves face No. 4 and other section rival No. 4 Huntington High Wednesday night at Huntington and travels to Woodrow Wilson later in the week.

The boys are ranked No. 6 in the latest poll. Spring Valley (5-1) will face No. 10 Capital and No. 2 Woodrow Wilson this week.

The Wolf Pack cheering section was No. 1 for AAA this week in the RSN Student Cheering Section poll. This is the third straight week at No. 1 for the Wolf Pack.

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OUT IN FRONT – Buffalo guard Bre Saunders has an easy lay up Monday night against Crum. The Bison won, 51-31. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Lady Bison overwhelms Crum girls early

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

KENOVA – The Buffalo Lady Bison had a big first half and weathered a Crum comeback to win 51-31 Monday night at Bison Arena to open the Wayne County middle school basketball schedule.

After a lackluster start to the game, Buffalo led 6-4, but things changed quickly after the first quarter.

“We’ve started out slow in a few games this year,” Crum Coach Rachel Ferguson said, “I told our girls that Buffalo isn’t a team to do that with.

“I knew it was going to be tough and I don’t think the girls understood that. But we had some good spurts and they fought back.

“We just have to work on consistency. We have some work to do.”

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Wonders boys outshoot Tigers for road win

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – The Ceredo-Kenova Wonders utilized a 10-point lead most of the game to defeat the Vinson Tigers 36-23 at Don R. Smith Gymnatorium Monday night.

The Wonders took command of the game by halftime, thwarting several Tiger scoring threats to secure the win. Vinson kept the game close, only down 16-12 at halftime, before the Wonders opened up the game in the third.

The Wonders controlled the boards most of the game, out-rebounding Vinson 22-14 – allowing big men Brayden Simmons and Tanner Ferguson several points in the paint.

The other key to the game was C-K’s three-point shooting. Vinson, which has come around from deep the past several games was 0-for-12 from beyond the arc. The Wonders, on the other hand, shot 3-of-10 including a big three-pointer from Tyrus Bumgardner with 1:21 left in the game to seal the win.

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STANDING OUT – Spring Valley standout senior Madison Morris is obviously back from an injury that sidelined her throughout much of the summer and part of December. Morris was selected as All-Tournament for her performance at the Landair Ladies’ Classic in Tennessee. WCN file photo

Lady Wolves drop
final tourney game

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
STAFF WRITER

GREENEVILLE, TN –– Morristown West coasted in the fifth place game in the Landair Ladies Tournament in Greeneville, Tennessee Wednesday afternoon beating Spring Valley 79-35.

The outcome of this one was settled early as the Trojans erupted for a 25-point first quarter and held a 48-19 lead by intermission.

Abbe Craine netted 21 points and dished out six assists. Sydney Newsome had 20 points and seven rebounds. Abby McKinnish hit double digits with 10 for Morristown West (14-2).

Madison Morris had 15 points for the Timberwolves (5-2).

The Lady Wolves finished the tournament 2-2.

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HAND IN MY FACE – Grant Ferguson protects the ball in the face of pressure from the Sissonville defender Monday night. Ferguson led Wayne with 18 points in Monday’s loss to the Indians and had 29 points in Tuesday’s win against Salem N.C. WCN staff photo

Wayne Pioneers split Christmas tournament

 

Staff Report

SISSONVILLE – The Wayne Pioneer boys and girls basketball teams had a rough first day at the Sissonville Christmas Tournament thanks to the host program with scores of 65-44 and 63-41 respectively but was able to rebound Tuesday evening with wins against Salem, N.C., 52-35 in the girls’ game and,76-52, in the boys’.

“We rebounded in a big way on the second day,” Wayne Coach Sam Cochenour said, “Sissonville pressed us early, but I think we’re starting to show some improvement.”

Despite an 18-point showing from senior Grant Ferguson Monday, the Pioneers couldn’t handle the Indians’ press and quickly fell behind in the first half.

After regrouping at halftime, Wayne was able to scratch back into the game and keep pace with Sissonville but it was too late.

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THE FIRST ONE IS ALWAYS THE HARDEST – Former Spring Valley standout and current fullback for the West Virginia University Mountaineers, Elijah Wellman (seen here earlier in the season), scored his first collegiate touchdown Monday evening. The touchdown came on a four-yard pass from Skylar Howard with 2:32 left to go in the fourth quarter. Despite the late score WVU lost 45-37 to Texas A&M in the Liberty Bowl. Photo submitted

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Tigers claw out win over Bears

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – It was an up-down affair Tuesday afternoon at the Don Smith Gymnatorium as the Vinson Tigers and Huntington East Bears battled on the court, but it was Vinson that prevailed with the 52-46 win.

The game was tightly contested and went down to the final two minutes. East cut the lead to 49-46 thanks to a three from Corey Sheffield with 1:57 left in the game. Vinson had taken several leads earlier in the game, but let the lead slip within three leading up to the fourth quarter. The Tigers settled down and as the game came down to free throws, Vinson managed to hang on for the win through stingy defense.

At one time, the Tigers went on a 6-0 run to take a 23-17 lead, but the Bears’ Trenton Sparks rattled two straight threes to cut the lead to 25-23 at halftime.

Both teams battled throughout the second half until the Tigers finally took command of the game.

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GOING TO SCORE – Greg Herbert puts up a shot in a game earlier this season. Herbert is of the Spring Valley players to watch during today’s meeting with rival Huntington High. The duo of Herbert and Jacob Kilgore will lead the way as the Wolves attempt to remain unbeaten. WCN photo by Kerry Carter

Local rivals to clash on hardwood

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – Saturday night will feature two of the top boys basketball teams in the state as the Spring Valley Timberwolves visit the Huntington Highlanders in a battle of rival squads.

The Timberwolves are 5-0 for the first time since head coach Cory Maynard took over the team. That year, the Wolves even defeated a solid Capital High School program before going on to only win a handful of games the rest of the season.

“We hope we can keep the momentum going. We came out hot that first year, then this happened,” Maynard laughed. “This year’s team is coming around. We are not there yet, but I don’t foresee us going winless in the month or anything.”

So far, the 2014-15 Wolves squad has outscored opponents by an average of 16.6 points and is averaging 67.6 points a game.

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Lady Wolves traveling to Tennessee tourney

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – The Spring Valley Timberwolves basketball team leaves Saturday morning to Greenville, Tennessee to participate in the prestigious 26th Annual Landair Ladies Basketball Classic.

The tournament is one of the biggest girls’ basketball tournaments in the country featuring some of the South’s best talent. For the Lady Wolves they will have the distinction of being the first West Virginia team to ever play in the tournament.

For head coach Bo Miller, he said his squad is looking forward to setting the bar.

“I think the girls are looking forward to have a chance to get away and bond, while competing against some pretty solid competition,” Miller said.

The Lady Wolves take on the Chuckey-Doak High School Black Knights Saturday at 7 p.m. The Black Knights have approximately 700 students in the central Tennessee high school.

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THE RETURN – Spring Valley’s Madison Morris made her return to the court after last season’s injury Tuesday against Capitol. Although she saw limited time, she had six points and three rebounds in the Wolves’ 67-44 win. Photo by Kerry Carter Photography

Lady Wolves get defensive against Capitol

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – To say the Spring Valley Lady Wolves got defensive about their 67-44 win against visiting Capital Tuesday night would be an understatement.

Spring Valley (4-0) forced 31 Lady Cougar turnovers with a stingy press – including a scoreless third quarter. The Lady Wolves held Capital (1-4) to just 12-for-49 shooting from the floor and out-rebounded the visiting team 48-28.

The Lady Wolves and Capital came out slow in the first quarter with neither team scoring in the first three minutes of the game. Capital took its only lead of the game with a quick 9-5 edge before Kassidy Lemons hit two three-pointers to spark a 14-2 run to end the quarter. Lemons finished with a team-high 15 points.the entire game.

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FIGHTING FOR THE BALL – Tolsia post player Lakyn Hale fights with Hillary Hainey for possession of the ball Monday night at Rebel Arena. The Lady Rebels fell behind and spent the second half catching up to Chapmanville only to fall, 66-64, in a physical game. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Lady Rebels’ can’t complete comeback bid

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – Santa Claus just might leave the Tolsia Lady Rebels and Chapmanville coal this year as the teams combined for 45 fouls in a physical game that saw the Tigers escape with a narrow 66-64 win Monday night at Rebel Arena.

“We got into foul trouble,” Tolsia Coach Ric Morrone said, “We had a few girls that played a lot of minutes in foul trouble tonight.

“Our bench really came in and gave us a lift tonight.

“I’m proud of the team. But it’s December and our goal is the postseason.”

Tolsia owned the lead throughout much of the first half, but the Rebels’ aggressive defense soon led to free throw opportunities by the Tigers.

“We had a great start tonight,” Morrone said, “We had 19 in the first quarter and that is one of the best starts we’ve had all year.

“We fell behind in the second half. But the girls didn’t quit.

“We had a chance to win the game, but a couple of mistakes down the stretch cost us. The girls played with a lot of heart and they deserved to have gotten the win tonight, but it didn’t work that way.”

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THEY’LL HAVE TO BRING MORE – Spring Valley forward Jacob Kilgore isn’t fazed by the Point Pleasant defense as he puts up a jumper Thursday evening at the Wolves Den. Kilgore scored 21 points in the T’Wolves’ 77-43 win. Kilgore was also honored during the game for scoring 1,000 points in his high school career. WCN photo by Wanda Willoughby

Loud crowd pushes Wolves to home opener win

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – Spring Valley boys basketball rolled to a 77-43 home opener win Thursday night in front of a rejuvenated Wolf Pack student section as seniors Greg Herbert and Jacob Kilgore scored 20-plus each.

Herbert led all scorers with 24 points. Kilgore added 21 on 7-for-10 shooting. The two led a Spring Valley 13-for-26 three-point attack, hitting nine combined threes. The Wolves shot 24-of-46 for the game.

The Timberwolves (3-0) broke a 2-2 tie on a 3-pointer by Herbert 1:57 into the game and weren’t challenged in building a 32-11 halftime lead. The push for the halftime lead was led by Kilgore who came out and made two straight threes – Spring Valley’s defense held Point Pleasant to just 3-for-25 shooting in the first half with a miniscule 13-of-63 for the entire game.

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Kilgore scores 1,000th point

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – The waiting is the hardest part.

For Spring Valley High School’s Jacob Kilgore, the wait was nine months before the senior basketball star scored his 1,000th career point.

Kilgore finished last season just 10 points short of scoring Number 1,000 last season.

He may have achieved the milestone before last season’s end, but a cancelled game against Ashland was never rescheduled, making the team’s heartbreaking loss in the region final against Hurricane his last opportunity as a junior.

Instead Kilgore had to wait for the first game of the 2014-15 campaign against Lincoln County to reach the milestone – a goal he’s glad is in the books after such a long wait.

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Rebels lose in BJM/Key Player Shootout

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – If girls’ high school basketball could recreate the battle between David and Goliath it probably would look a lot like Saturday’s BJM/Key Player Shootout title game that saw George Washington hold off Tolsia for a 51-40 win at Rebel Arena.

Tolsia’s veteran coach Ric Morrone said the previous night that the Patriots would be a challenge for his young team and he was right.

GW had size, speed, shooting ability, and tight defense. The Patriots also had the advantage in experience where the Rebels are predominantly young with only one senior and one junior in the lineup.

Both teams came out of the gate at a fast pace, running up and down the court, but the Patriots were able to settle into a rhythm faster than Tolsia and as a result shots began to fall.

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Pioneers place seven on AA all-state

 

WAYNE – Wayne High School’s football team had three players named to the Class AA all-state first team and seven players total to this year’s team.

Cody Stiltner, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound junior wide receiver made the offensive unit while the defensive unit included linebacker Mason Hodge (6-1, 220, Sr.) and defensive back Grant Ferguson (6-1, 185, Sr.).

Ferguson finished with a 60 percent completion percentage and 1,489 yards through the air with 17 touchdowns and only five interceptions.

Hodge rushed for 710 yards on 108 carries and eight rushing touchdowns.

Stiltner had 727 receiving yards for the Pioneers to go along with 698 rushing yards and 13 total touchdowns.

Logan Queen (5-11, 215, Jr.) was a utility selection on the second team defense.

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Lady Dragons fire past Lady Tigers

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – A much-improved Vinson Lady Tiger basketball team gave a hard-fought effort against visiting Fairland Middle Thursday night, but came up short 44-35 in the loss.

The Lady Dragons extended a 22-16 lead early in the third quarter, thanks to the stellar play of Payton Sturgis and Carlie Fuller. But just as quickly as the Lady Tigers found themselves down, guard Errin Kay pulled her team right back into the game with two straight three-pointers and an acrobatic lay-up that drew a foul.

Kay hit the ensuing free throw and cut the Dragon lead to 24-22.

Unfortunately, the Lady Dragons responded with an 8-0 run to open the lead back to 32-22. Vinson’s Caroline Asbury tried to battle her team back into the game with a deep three-pointer to pull within three, 34-31, but Fairland scored 10 unanswered points to finish the fourth quarter before Vinson could find the basket two more times to end the score 44-35.

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LEAD BY EXAMPLE – Lone senior Kerrie Lahoda will be expected to provide leadership this year to the Tolsia Rebels’ basketball team as the team looks to get back on track after a 7-14 season last year. WCN photo by Jason Perr

Lahoda set to lead Lady Rebels this season

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – There are many roles to be filled on a sports team. One of the most important is leadership and it is usually reserved for veterans.

This is a role that falls to senior guard Kerrie Lahoda this season as her Tolsia Lady Rebels prepare to rebound from a 7-14 season and early exit from the playoffs last year.

In long-time Coach Ric Morrone’s tenure, it quite possibly is the worst that the Rebels have ever done.

Lahoda is fully aware of the responsibility that is heaped on her shoulders and her importance to the team.

“There is some stress,” she said, “I’m always thinking about what the other girls must see when they look up to me.

“I tend to try to just go out and do my job and what I’m supposed to do, rather than being very vocal.”

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