Vol. 140, No. 100 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

MEETING ON THE SIDELINE – Grant Ferguson (10) and Wayne Coach Tom Harmon talk strategy as then-volunteer Assistant Coach Evan Ferguson (right) looks on during the Class AA State Title Game in Wheeling a year ago. Grant was a three-year starter for the Pioneers and made a lot of fond memories as part of the team all while compiling an impressive list of achievements. WCN file photo

Pioneer QB ponders future

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – There isn’t much left to do for Grant Ferguson in high school football.

In three years as the Wayne Pioneer starting quarterback, Ferguson has amassed an undefeated season, two appearances in the Class AA title game, a AA title, and All-State selections. He is also part of a class that finished its high school career with a 49-6 record.

In short, a career to be proud of.

But now he’s got his senior season of basketball and school. There has already been some buzz about where he’s going to college to continue his career. What is he going to do.
Ferguson plays it off like an old pro. Of course, being the focal point of the offense of one of the premier football programs in the state helps with learning how to field questions and deal with pressure.

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Wolves quartet named All-State

Staff Report

HUNTINGTON – The Spring Valley Timberwolves had four players named to the Class AAA All-State team this week, two earning first team recognition.

Offensive lineman and Division One commit, Trevor Stacy was recognized with a spot on first team offense. It was a big week for Stacy as the lineman was also named the Herald-Dispatch High School Player of the Year.

Quarterback Tyler Brown was the other player named to the first team as an utility player.
Brown was a three-year starter under center for Spring Valley and this season set numerous offensive records at the school.

For the year, Brown rushed for 1,337 yards and 22 touchdowns and also three for 1,606 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Sophomore Mason Brubeck and senior Kody Riggs recieved honorable mention.

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NOT JUST FOR BREAKFAST ANYMORE – Spring Valley’s Trevor Stacy is known for pancaking defenders. His level of play has earned him countless honors, the latest of which is being named the 2014 Herald-Dispatch High School Player of the Year. Stacy has signed to play at UNC Charlotte next year. WCN photo by Wanda Willoughby

Stacy is HD Player of the Year

By TIM STEPHENS
HD MEDIA

HUNTINGTON – Trevor Stacy has more pancakes than IHop.

Pancake blocks, the flattening of a defender usually by an offensive lineman, help measure a blocker’s ability. Stacy, Spring Valley’s 6-foot-5, 300-pound two-way tackle, accumulated a tall stack of pancakes. For his effort, the University of Charlotte commit is The Herald-Dispatch 2014 High School Football Player of the Year.

Stacy credited his coach and teammates for his outstanding season, which included being named to the Class AAA all-state first team. He helped Spring Valley to a 7-4 record and a berth in the playoffs, despite the Timberwolves being ravaged by injuries. Stacy also anchored an offensive line that lost Marshall University commit Alex Locklear to an injury just two games into the season.

“I’m just proud to have coach (Brad) Dingess as my coach and I’m proud of all the young guys that stepped up,” said Stacy, who edged Ashland running back Quinton Baker for Player of the Year honors. Stacy and Baker are also repeat picks for The Herald-Dispatch 2014 High School Football All Tri-State Team.

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STRETCH FOR IT – Tolsia’s Tasha Nichols stretches for a rebound during the first round of the BJM/Key Player Shootout at Rebel Arena Friday night. Nichols finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Tolsia youth movement ‘steals’ the show

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES - The Tolsia Lady Runnin’ Rebels were missing senior Kerrie Lahoda and junior Michaela Messer due to the pair being in Charleston for the state cheer competition, but the younger Rebels utilized a big first half and forced 22 turnovers on the way to a 57-38 victory over Buffalo Friday night in the home opening nightcap of the first round of the BJM/Key Player Shootout at Rebel Arena.

“I was really proud of the girls tonight and the great start we had,” Tolsia Coach Ric Morrone said, “We were shorthanded tonight, but hopefully Kerrie and Michaela will bring home a state championship for cheerleading.

“We had a lot of girls step up tonight and there were some new faces out there on the court.

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HE AIN’T HEAVY – Wayne quarterback Grant Ferguson (10) confers with brother Coach Evan Ferguson on the sideline during this year’s Class AA semifinal game with Bridgeport. The brothers have been together through the highs and lows of the Pioneer program for the last three years. WCN file photo

Wayne Pioneer duo true 'bond' of brothers

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – While many siblings have a rivalry that spans a lifetime, the same can’t be said for the Wayne Pioneers’ Ferguson brothers.

Senior quarterback Grant Ferguson has received a lot of press since he became the Wayne starting signal caller as a sophomore and led the Pioneers to an undefeated season and a Class AA State Football Championship.

What many do not realize is that during this year, Ferguson’s older brother Evan, a former standout quarterback at Cole Grove, became part of the Wayne coaching staff.

“I’ve always worked with my brother on football,” Evan said, “Even before I took the coaching job, we would get together and watch films at home and I’d give him tips and advice and work with him on getting better.

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UP AND AT THEM - Zach Cantrell (33) lays up an easy shot ahead of Lincoln County defender Jacob Kirkendoll (55) Tuesday night. Cantrell scored a team high eight points in the Rebels’ 59-43 loss in the season opener. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Lincoln County mauls Rebels’ balanced attack

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES ­­– Seven players scored for the Tolsia Rebels Tuesday night, but it wasn’t enough to win the season opener at Rebel Arena as Lincoln County won, 59-43.

“It’s good to get that first official game under your belt,” Tolsia Coach Shawn Thompson said, “The hardest part is over with. “You don’t know really what your kids will do until you see them in action. “They didn’t quit, but they played as hard at the end as they did at the beginning.”

Senior forward Zach Cantrell struck first, scoring four points for the Rebels.

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ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMMATES – The Spring Valley Timberwolves had eight football players named to the MSAC All-Conference team this week. Offensive tackle Trevor Stacy (left) received first team honors and quarterback Tyler Brown (right) was second team. Teammates Kody Riggs, Ricky Willis, Cam Lucas, Logan Wilcox, Austin Page, and Mason Brubeck were the other Spring Valley players to make the team. WCN File photos

Stacy and Brown among Wolves named to All-MSAC

Staff Report

HUNTINGTON – After a 7-3 season in which the Spring Valley Timberwolves overcame adversity in the face of injuries to key players, eight T’Wolves were named to the Mountain State Athletic Conference’s All-Conference football team this week.

Earning a spot on the first team offense was offensive tackle Trevor Stacy. The senior lineman has already committed to UNC Charlotte and the All-MSAC nod is just the latest in his list of accomplishments.

Receiving recognition as the second team quarterback is three-year starter Tyler Brown. The senior signal caller had a career year this season, setting numerous school records in scoring and passing. For the year, Brown passed for 1,606 yards and 19 touchdowns, along with racking up 1,3337 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns on the ground.

Brown only just recently verbally committed to Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh.

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SURROUNDED – Senior guard Emily Marsh (12) puts up a shot in the face of heavy pressure by Tug Valley’s Adreanna Vance (10) and Paeton Marcum (24) while Pioneer teemmate Nikayla Elliot (21 background) zooms in for support in the paint. Marsh’s shooting heated up in the first half, scoring nine points in the opening quarter on the way to 16 points in Wednesday night’s 64-44 win at Pioneer Arena. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Big first quarter powers Lady Pioneers past Tug Valley

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – A 23-point first quarter powered by senior Emily Marsh and freshman Ariel Adkins propelled the Wayne Lady Pioneers to a 64-44 victory against Tug Valley in the nightcap of the Wayne/Mingo County Shootout Wednesday night at Pioneer Arena.

“Emily, Justice, and Kimmy Ramey are our seniors,” Pioneer Coach Wade Williamson said, “They’re our leaders and we look to them to fill that role.

“Emily definitely has the ability to put the ball in the basket.

“We recognized that she was shooting well tonight. We found her and she made those open shots when we needed her to.”

Tug Valley struck first on a free throw by Emily Colegrove, but Wayne retaliated quickly after Marsh sank an open three-pointer.

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DON’T BACK DOWN – Tolsia’s freshman point guard Mariah Finley (5) is guarded by Mingo Central’s Ty Joplin (23) during Wednesday evening’s game at Pioneer Arena. The Rebels fought back from a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter, but could only come to within three. Defense, led by Finley, sparked the rally. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Tolsia rally falls short, Mingo prevails

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – After fighting back from a 12-point deficit at the end of the third quarter, the Tolsia Lady Rebels’ comeback in their basketball season opener fell short as they lost to Mingo Central, 42-37, in the first game of the annual Wayne/Mingo County Shootout at Pioneer Arena.

“I’m proud of the girls for their effort,” Rebel Coach Ric Morrone said, “But we need to work on getting more consistent offensive production. “We did well in the first and fourth quarters but fell off in the middle of the game. “Overall I am pleased, and it was our first game so you have to expect things to look a little rough at first.”

Tolsia’s inability to finish around the rim and limit second-chance points had put the Rebels in a hole to start the fourth quarter.

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DEFENDING CHAMPS – The Vinson Middle School Tigers’ boys basketball team are set to defend their Wayne County Title this season. Roster: 0 Chase Maynard, 1 Brock Booth, 2 Jadyn Rakes, 3 Sam Adkins, 4 Adin Sperry, 5 JP McGuire, 10 Garrett “Trigger” Johnson, 11 Max Adkins, 12 Devan McKinney, 20 Will Beckett, 21 Austin Wiles, 23 Sam Holbrook, 24 CJ Meredith, 30 Cade Milum, 33 Caleb Fowler, 35 Isaak Ross. Not pictured is Andrew Radcliffe. Photo submitted

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UP AND OVER – Cody Stiltner (1) dives over the jumble of players at the line of scrimmage and into the end zone for the first and only Wayne Pioneer touchdown Saturday afternoon. A punting miscue by Bridgeport set up the score, but the Indians regrouped quickly and went on to win, 48-7, ending Wayne’s season and championship hopes. WCN staff photo

Wheels fall off buss, no Wheeling trip for Wayne

By RON FERGUSON
Managing Editor

BRIDGEPORT – The wheels came off the Wayne Pioneer bus Saturday afternoon in Bridgeport.

Seemingly headed to the West Virginia Class AA Football Championship game for the fourth year in a row, the Pioneers ran into an Indian uprising and suffered a humiliating 48-7 defeat.

In an astounding turnaround from the narrow 14-13 loss in last year’s championship game, the Indians outran, out tackled and out blocked the Pioneers.

It was supposed to be Pioneers against the Indians, but it was more like Crazy Horse against Custer at the Little Big Horn.

Dylan Tonkery, a six-foot, 165-pound running back, led the Indian attack with four straight touchdowns in the first half, three opening the second quarter, on his way to amassing 236 yards in the first two periods as Bridgeport took a commanding 35-7 lead at the half.

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Left, Savannah Perry, 1st Team Class AA All-State. Right, Kasey Endicott, Special Hon. Mention Class AA All-State

Wayne duo named to Class AA All-State volleyball team

Staff Report

HUNTINGTON – Wayne High School senior Savannah Perry was a second team selection on the Class AA volleyball all-state squad selected by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.

The Pioneers also had Kasey Endicott as a special honorable mention pick.

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UP AND OVER – Wayne quarterback Grant Ferguson, who missed the first meeting with Mingo Central earlier in the season due to injury, leaps over the Miner defender and into the end zone Saturday. Ferguson finished with 239 yards passing on 11-of-15 attempts. WCN photo by Wanda Willoughby

Wayne, not Mingo, taking Road to Wheeling

By RON FERGUSON
Managing Editor

MATEWAN – Many Mingo Central fans were sporting sweatshirts Saturday that read, “The Road to Wheeling Goes Through the Mountains,” meaning James H. “Buck” Harless Stadium.

They were right.

But it was Wayne that caught the bus on the second stop in the trip to the West Virginia AA Championship game on Wheeling Island in 10 days as the Pioneers ended the Miner hopes, 35-17.

Fired up and ready to play, the home standing Miners gave its Pioneer visitors a wakeup call, forcing a punt on Wayne’s first possession, then scoring in three quick-strike plays to take a 7-0 lead with less than two minutes gone.

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MAN BEHIND THE VOICE – Ryan Epling (center) has been the voice of the Wayne Pioneers for 16 years as an announcer and radio personality. WCN file photo

Sports fan wears many hats

by JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – Ryan Epling wears many hats.

He is a producer for WSAZ, a sports writer, radio personality, stat keeper for the Wayne football and softball programs and the voice of the public address system at home games for the Pioneers in the fall and spring.

“I’ve been incredibly fortunate,” he said, “My job is overnight and it allows me a lot of freedom in being able to attend the games. “I know a lot of people who would love to be able to get out the games more.”

Epling said he became involved with Wayne athletics from an early age because his dad, Doug, kept the scoreboard. “Growing up, I was at a lot of practices and games,” he said, “I learned how to operate the scoreboard when I was 10 and it just grew from there.”

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SWAMPED – Tucker Watts and Kade Sebastion smother the receiver last Saturday. This very well could be the scene today whenever Mingo’s Stevie Hammonds tries to pass on the Wayne Pioneer defense in the second round of the Class AA Playoffs. WCN file photo

Round 2 for Pioneers and Miners

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – The No. 5 Wayne Pioneers will see some familiar faces this afternoon during the second round of the Class AA football playoffs at Buck Harless Stadium.

No. 4 Mingo Central travelled to Pioneer Field at the end of September during the regular season with a four-game winning streak and in possession of a No. 3 ranking in AA.

Wayne was ranked 15th and was looking to rebound after losing two weeks before to the Point Pleasant Big Blacks, the first regular season loss for the Pioneers since 2010.

Minus starting senior quarterback Grant Ferguson, who was out of the Pioneer lineup, thanks to an injury sustained against Point, Wayne relied on big plays on offense and defense from its supporting cast to beat the Miners, 42-29.

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KA...BOOOM!!! – Wayne running back Mason Hodge put an exclamation point on his game-winning score Saturday afternoon by blasting through Fairmont defender Nick Davisson to tack on a two-point conversion for insurance. WCN staff photo

Pioneers dig in for last minute win

By RYAN EPLING
For The Wayne County News

WAYNE—There was an odd feeling in the air around Pioneer Field prior to Saturday afternoon’s opening round playoff contest with Fairmont Senior.

The final result, however, was a familiar one.

No. 5 Wayne converted a fourth-and-7 from the Polar Bear 40-yard line with 1:54 left, then scored on a Mason Hodge one-yard dive into the endzone with 52 seconds remaining as the Pioneers survived Fairmont Sr.’s upset bid, 43-40.

“You find out what kind of people you have in games where things don’t go your way,” Wayne coach Tom Harmon said. “Like life, when your existence is on the chopping block. Some people pout, others dig in. Our guys dug in.”

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A LOT OF CLASS AND TALENT – Spring Valley’s Kassidy Lemons (second from left) was named the MSAC volleyball Player of the Year this week for the second time. Teammates and fellow seniors Brooke Heck, Sarah Kelly, and Macey Porter were also honored with spots on the All-MSAC all-conference team. The Valley finished with a 60-3-1 record this season. WCN file photo

Lemons earns second MSAC player of year

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

HUNTINGTON – Spring Valley outside hitter senior Kassidy Lemons was named Mountain State Athletic Conference volleyball Player of the Year this week. It is the second time she has been recognized in this manner.

Lemons headlined the all-MSAC team, but she was joined on the squad by her senior teammates.

Brooke Heck was named first team, Macey Porter earned special mention and Sarah Kelly received honorable mention.

“I’m very honored to have been named the player of the year,” Lemons said, “But I couldn’t have done it without the help of my team. “Brooke, Macey, and Sarah just made things a lot easier for me to do what I was supposed to be doing on the court.”

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Excellence recognized at Capitol

EXCELLENCE RECOGNIZED – Spring Valley’s Austin Page (black tie) was one of five Students of Excellence honored in Charleston Saturday afternoon. Page was awarded a scholarship by EQT Corporation and it was presented by Landaue Eugene Murphy. Photo submitted

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COLLISION COURSE – Spring Valley senior quarterback Tyler Brown flips into the end zone Friday night against South Charleston. Although a close call, Brown was instead ruled down at the one-yard line. Photo by Kerry Carter Photography

Grier outduels Brown to end Wolves season

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

SOUTH CHARLESTON – Friday night’s first-round playoff match between No. 6 South Charleston and No. 11 Spring Valley featured two of the state’s top quarterbacks.

South Charleston’s Kentre Grier and Spring Valley’s Tyler Brown combined for 559 yards of total offense and 11 touchdowns between the two – but it was Grier who came out on top with the 55-36 battle at Black Eagles field.

Grier finished the night 14-of-21 through the air for four touchdowns and 42 yards rushing on 10 carries with two more scores. Brown accounted for 304-of his teams 391 yards of offense on the night.

The senior signal caller carried the ball 26 times for 167 yards and four touchdowns. Brown also was 11-of-20 for 167 yards, one touchdown and an interception on the night with a 41-yard touchdown pass to Mason Brubeck.

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LEGACY FULFILLED – Spring Valley basketball standout Madison Morris (center) is flanked by her father Bruce and mother Angela Wednesday afternoon in Spring Valley’s auditorium as the senior athlete signs with Marshall University. Photo by Kerry Carter Photography

Morris fulfills her legacy, signs with Marshall

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

It’s not every day a high school athlete commits to play at the next level and it is even more rare when one of the best girls’ basketball players signs her letter of intent.

Spring Valley Lady Wolves’ standout Madison Morris signed with Marshall University Wednesday afternoon in Spring Valley’s auditorium in front of friends and family.

Morris said she had always wanted to go to Marshall and when she finally made her decision, the university contacted her the same day.

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NOWHERE TO GO – C-K’s Tyrus Baumgardner (1) weathers the Pioneer defensive onslaught during Saturday’s “A” Team Championship at the Tri-State Youth Football League’s Turf Bowl at Marshall’s Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Photo by Melissa Booton

C-K downs Wayne, wins Turf Bowl title at Marshall

By DAVE WALSH
HD MEDIA
HUNTINGTON -- The bounce went Ceredo-Kenova’s way, allowing the Wonders to capture the A Division championship in the final game in the Tri-State Youth Football League’s Turf Bowl on Saturday at Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

With the scored tied 12-12 against rival Wayne late in the fourth period, C-K quarterback Clatyon Sharp’s pass down the middle got deflected away by two Pioneers defenders. However, before the ball hit the ground, Michael Hathway swooped in, grabbed the ball out of the air and sprinted to the end zone for a go-ahead 23-yard TD pass with 1:52 left. Sharp ran in for the two-point conversion and 20-12 lead.

C-K’s defense then stopped Wayne (9-1) on four straight snaps to take home the A championship for the second straight year and atone for an 18-12, double-overtime loss in the regular season. The Wonders finished 9-1.

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BIG WIN – The Tolsia Rebel cheerleaders celebrate after receiving the news that they won the AA Region IV cheer title Saturday. Tolsia is going to Charleston in December as part of the State Competition. Photo by Emery Thompson.

Spring Valley defeated Hurricane and Winfield Saturday to capture the Class AAA, Region IV volleyball championship. Kara Kole’s 12 points led Spring Valley past Winfield in the finals, 25-14, 25-14, 25-16. Lauren Albert scored three for the Generals. Sarah Kelly had 15 points for the Timberwolves against Hurricane in a 25-13, 25-5, 25-10 victory. Hurricane’s Michaela Ball scored five. Spring Valley and Winfield, which advanced to the finals by beating Cabell Midland, 3-0, both move on to the state tournament Friday and Saturday in the Charleston Civic Center. Photo courtesy of Brent Lemons

Tolsia and Valley cheer squads going to state

ONA – The Spring Valley Varsity Cheerleaders continued their quest for a state title Saturday by winning the AAA Region IV Cheer Championship before an overflow crowd at Cabell Midland High School.

It was Spring Valley’s fourth regional championship in the past five years. Spring Valley bested defending state champion Logan by nearly 13 points, with the following regional results being posted: Spring Valley (335.625); Logan (322.95); Cabell Midland (274.70); Lincoln County (270.10); Hurricane (269.30); St. Albans (247.95); Nitro (244.20); Huntington (242.70); and Winfield (228.05). (Point Pleasant did not compete.). As Region IV Runner-Up, Logan also advances to the state competition.

The SVHS competition cheer team members are: Seniors – Taylor Ward, Kathleen Hardin and Kaylee Poehlein; Juniors – Blass Morrone and Erika Butcher; Sophomores – Baylee Harrison, Emily Rose Thompson, Brianna Roberts and Mashea Copley; Freshmen – Giorgi Morrone, Vannah Baumgardner, Emma Mayo and Chloe Brumfield. Alternates are Kelsey Seibert, Mason Ferguson and McKenzie Holderby.

Head Coach Heather Morrone and Assistant Coach Kandie Harrison continue to praise the hard work and dedication of this team.

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Crum wins Midget League title

“C” FOR EFFORT – The Crum Youth League “C” football team won the Southern Midget League Championship Sunday night. Crum downed Tug Valley 28-14. Photo submitted.

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GOTTA WANT IT – Wayne’s Logan Queen dives from out of the crowd and over a Bluefield defender in an attempt to gain extra yards in Friday night’s game. WCN Staff photo

Beavers dam Wayne, 19-14

By RON FERGUSON
Managing Editor

WAYNE – Riding big plays from speedy Carlos Reed, Bluefield’s defense held Wayne scoreless in the second half to escape Pioneer Field with a 19-14 win Friday night.

The winning score came on a one-yard plunge by Corey Coppola with 5:47 left in the fourth quarter after the Beavers recovered a Mason Hodge fumble on the Wayne 11-yard line. Coppola carried the ball three times in the five-play drive the Beavers needed to take the lead. A two-point conversion run, again by the 6-4, 248-pound fullback was stopped short.

The game started out on a sour note for the Pioneers as Reed hauled in a long pass from Bourne on Bluefield’s first possession. Reed was nearly 10 yards behind defensive back Tucker Watts when he grabbed the perfectly thrown ball and the 100-meter champion never looked back. Tyler Easley’s kick gave the Beavers a 7-0 lead with less than three minutes gone off the clock.

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Wayne, SV Section Champs

CHAMPIONS – The Wayne Lady Pioneers won the Class AA Region IV, Section 2 Tournament championship Thursday night at Scott High School. Photo submitted

FAMILIAR SIGHT – The Spring Valley Lady Wolves’ volleyball team won the AAA Region IV, Section 2 title Thursday at Cabell Midland. SVHS vs Logan (26-6, 25-5, 25-4). High Scorer: SV- Sarah Kelly 15. SVHS vs Cabell Midland (25-13, 25-5, 25-10). High Scorer: SV Sarah Kelly 16. SVHS vs Cabell Midland (25-12, 25-18, 25-12). High Scorer: SV Sarah Kelly 11, Macie Porter 10. Photo submitted

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MAKING A PLAY – Buffalo’s Alex Darby (21) makes an acrobatic play as her teammates look on Saturday at Pioneer Arena during the Wayne County Volleybally Title Game. The Lady Bison beat Crum in two sets to win their sixth straight championship. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Buffalo wins sixth straight county volleyball title

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – Wikipedia defines a sports dynasty as a team that dominates its sport or league for an extraordinary length of time.

Six straight Wayne County Middle School Volleyball Titles would surely put Coach Doug Berry’s Buffalo Lady Bison into dynasty status.

“I don’t know if we can make a run to seven,” he said, “but we’ll have a lot of returning players next year. “We had a young team, a lot ofsixth graders this year and we had some height. I think this might be one of the first years where we did.”

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ALREADY RAN OUT OF FINGERS – The Buffalo Bison won their sixth straight Wayne Middle School Volleyball Title Saturday at Wayne High School’s Pioneer Arena by beating Crum in two sets. WCN photo by Jason Perry

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CRUISING RIGHT ALONG – The Spring Valley Lady Timberwolves won the MSAC volleyball tournament at St. Albans Saturday. Spring Valley vs Winfield 26-24, 25-10, high scorers: Kassidy Lemons, 7 Lakin Bailey 6. Spring Valley vs Nitro 25-4, 25-11. high scorers: Mackenzie Darby 17. Spring Valley vs Woodrow Wilson 25-20, 25-20. high scorers: Ashton Mcclure 11, Haley Briston 8. Spring Valley vs Hurricane 25-13, 25-17. High scorers Kassidy Lemons 9, Kara Cole 9. Spring Valley vs Woodrow Wilson 25-6, 25-13 Kassidy Lemons 8 Haley Brishoe 3. Spring Valley vs Parkersburg 25-19, 25-8. high scorers: Kara Cole 11 and Alexandra Dill 3. Photo submitted

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SV wins MSAC cheer crown

PARKERSBURG – Spring Valley Varsity Cheerleaders began the 2014 competition season with a bang on Saturday – winning the Mountain State Athletic Conference Championships in Parkersburg. SVHS claimed the MSAC Crown by a decisive margin with a total score of 364.95, more than 25 points better than first-runner up, Parkersburg.

The MSAC is the largest AAA conference in West Virginia, with fifteen schools competing in the annual competition. The top five finishers were: Spring Valley (364.95); Parkersburg (339.55); George Washington (316.40); Woodrow Wilson (310.75); and Hurricane (259.80).

The remaining ten teams finished in the following order: Cabell Midland, Ripley, Capital, Huntington, Nitro, Riverside, St. Albans, Princeton, Winfield and South Charleston.

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ARGUE THEIR CASE – C-K’s Parker Elmore (24), Tanner Ferguson (12) and teammates argue their case that the Wonders did recover a fumble in Thursday’s Wayne County Title game. Wayne fumbles contributed to C-K’s 20-14 victory at Wilts Salmons Athletic Field. WCN photo by Jason Perry

C-K downs Wayne for second straight title

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – The Ceredo-Kenova Wonders’ beat Wayne for the second straight week for their second Wayne County Middle School Football Title, 20-14, Thursday night at Wilts Salmons Athletic Field.

“It just goes back to these kids,” Wonders Coach Steve Diamond said, “They have a lot of passion for football. “For us to beat Wayne, it says a lot of what we have in our program. “But it says a lot for Wayne for us to meet them in the championship two years in a row.”

Up 12-8 in the third quarter, C-K regained the ball after a Pioneer punt and mounted a 13-play drive to seal the game.

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WHATTA RUSH! – Spring Valley’s Hunter Waugaman (19) fights to keep the ball moving as the Spring Valley Timberwolves and the Winfield Generals face off in the Class AAA, Region IV high school boys soccer finals Thursday, at Cabell Midland High School in Ona. HD Media photo by Bishop Nash

Valley soccer earns state berth

By Terry Fletcher
Charleston Gazette

ONA — Spring Valley used a flurry of first-half goals to take down Winfield 3-1 in the boys Class AAA Region 4 final at Cabell Midland High School Thursday night.

The two teams battled to a scoreless tie earlier this month.

“Halfway through the season, we were below .500,” said Spring Valley coach Scott Maddox. “And I told my assistant coaches if we don’t turn it around, we’re just gonna finish the season and play for next year. About 10 games ago, we flipped a couple positions and it woke the guys up.”

Thursday’s win gives the Timberwolves a 10-game unbeaten streak and their first-ever state tournament berth.

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GET YOUR DIRTY HANDS OFF ME – Wayne quarterback Grant Ferguson stiff arms Chapmanville’s William Shepherd Friday night in the mud and rain at Tiger Field as teammate Mason Hodge (3) looks on. Ferguson, playing defense for the first time since suffering an injury in the Pioneers’ third game of the season at Point Pleasant, intercepted two Tiger passes while throwing two touchdowns. WCN staff photo

Early points lead to Pioneer win

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

CHAPMANVILLE – Halloween is known for things going bump in the night, but Friday night it was the sounds of Mason Hodges’ pads crashing through Chapmanville defenders during No. 1 Wayne’s 44-8 win at Tiger Field.

Hodge rumbled for 110 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown to lead Wayne’s 356 total yards of offense. Wayne (8-1) actually accumulated a 38-0 halftime lead on 287 yards.

The senior running back played with a soft cast on his hand and was only expected to play on the defensive side of the ball, but took advantage of his limited snaps.

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WHAM! – Brooke Heck spikes the ball Tuesday night against St. Albans as Macie Porter (15) waits to back her up. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Wolves win on Joy Bailey Day

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

HUNTINGTON – Coaching the Spring Valley Lady Wolves volleyball team over the years has given Joy Bailey many great memories and the team added one more Tuesday night as part of Joy Bailey Day festivities.

“I want to thank all my past players, parents and the assistants I’ve had,” Bailey said, “I appreciate all they did to help and I have some wonderful memories thanks to them.”

Spring Valley swept St. Albans in three straight sets with scores of 25-17, 25-10, and 25-15 at the Wolves Den in the last home game of Bailey’s coaching career.

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ALL OVER THE PLACE – Wayne senior Dustin “Mouse” Tomblin (2) had a big sack of Poca’s quarterback last week. The Pioneers will face Chapmanville this Friday. HD Media photo by Sholten Singer

Wayne looks to de-fange Tigers

By JASON PERRY
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The Class AA No. 1 Wayne Pioneers will follow a wave of momentum into Chapmanville this Friday when they square off with the Tigers in a Cardinal Conference matchup.

The Pioneers are coming off a tremendous 44-20 win against the Poca Dots last Friday.

“Our guys went out and took care of business relatively quick,” Wayne Coach Tom Harmon said, “That’s all you can ask.”

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C’MON MAN, YOU’RE BRINGIN’ ME DOWN – Tolsia halfback Jennings Holland drags a defender behind him as Luke Presley (22) looks on. The Rebels change to a run first offense has benefited the team in recent weeks. WCN file photo by Paula Perry

Rebels host Boyd County for Senior Night

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – The Tolsia Rebels will face the Boyd County Lions this Friday at Wilts Salmons Athletic Field for the last home game of the season and Senior Night.

Although it can be said that it’s better late than never, Tolsia has undergone a rejuvenation of its offense and defense in recent weeks.

After a lackluster 0-5 start to the season, rainy weather and nasty field conditions caused the Rebels to switch from the spread offensive set to a more traditional power game. It has resulted in better outcomes to the games and netted Tolsia two wins and almost another against Scott.

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JACOB KILGORE

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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Annual shootout returns to Tolsia

 

STAFF REPORT

GLENHAYES – After a year hiatus, the annual BJM/Key Player Shootout returns to Tolsia’s Rebel Arena.

The two-day event will feature Tolsia, Buffalo, Belfry, Ky., Buffalo-Putnam, and George Washington.

The event’s first round will tipoff at 6 p.m. Friday evening with a match-up between Belfrey and George Washington.

The second game of the evening is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. and will feature Tolsia and Buffalo.

The championship and consolation games will be played Saturday at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The proceeds from the shootout will benefit a scholarship given in honor of Barbara Morrone.

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Lady Rebels hang on for overtime win

 

STAFF REPORT

RIO GRANDE, Oh – The Tolsia Lady Rebels got their first win of the season Saturday, beating River Valley, 51-48, in overtime at Rio Grande University’s Hoop Project Classic.

Tolsia was lead by Mariah Finley and Tasha Nichols who scored 11 points apiece.

Chelsea Copley led Rever Valley and all scorers with 12 points. Rachel Smith chipped in 11.

The Rebels improve to 1-1 on the season and will be back in action in their home opener this Friday when they face Buffalo-Putnam at 7:45 p.m. in the first round of the BJM/Key Player Shootout at Rebel Arena.

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Lady Wonders outlast Covenant

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

CEREDO – A win is a win and the Ceredo-Kenova Lady Wonders will take whatever they can after folding early last season.

Thursday night the Lady Wonders notched a victory, defeating the visiting Covenant Lady Eagles 23-21 in an ugly, but hard-fought game on both sides.

The Lady Wonders found themselves trailing most of the game. C-K took a slim 5-4 lead in the first quarter, but fell behind until mid-fourth quarter.

Covenant’s Eden Bumgardner took control of the paint and the game, scoring 10 of her game high 12 points in the second and third quarter to pull the Lady Eagles ahead. The Lady Eagles outscored C-K 15-8 in the two frames to take a 19-13 lead heading into the final frame.

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Kassidy Lemons

Brooke Heck

Spring Valley puts two on Class AAA first team volleyball

 

Staff Report

HUNTINGTON – Kassidy Lemons and Brooke Heck, who helped lead Spring Valley High School to the Class AAA semifinals, were first team selections on the all-state first team.

Jayden Jacobs from Cabell Midland joined them on the first team.

Class AAA all-state choices by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association also included Sarah Kelly from Spring Valley and Kelsey Matusic of Winfield on the second team.

Megan Mourier of Winfield and Tiffany Isaacs from Hurricane made special honorable mention. Sara Strickland from Huntington High was in the honorable mention group.

Lemons had 502 kills, 350 digs and 45 aces for the Timberwolves. Heck compiled nearly 350 kills and 125 blocks. Jacobs recorded 855 assists, 446 digs, 142 aces and 89 kills.

Taylor Lord from state champion Musselman was named as the state player of the year for the second consecutive season.

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Tyler Brown

Tyler Brown to write new football chapter

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – After finishing as Spring Valley’s all-time leader in basically every grid-iron offensive category, it is time for Tyler Brown to take his talents elsewhere.

Brown committed earlier this week to FCS Division I Robert Morris outside Pittsburgh.

The senior quarterback led the Wolves to a 7-4 record before falling to South Charleston in the first-round of the 2014 playoffs. Brown, known for his grit and playing through injury, played hard until his last high school snap.

The senior signal caller carried the ball 26 times for 167 yards and four touchdowns, and also was 11-of-20 for 167 yards passing against South Charleston. Actually Brown accounted for 304-of his teams 391 yards of offense that night – a stat line pretty familiar to Wolves fans and head coach Brad Dingess.

“There is not a single player who meant more to their team than Tyler Brown in this state.” Dingess said of his three-year starter.

Brown finished his career as Spring Valley’s all-time winning quarterback; career leader in touchdown passes and yards; and set single season records in passing yards, touchdown passes, rushing touchdowns and points scored.

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Spring Valley’s Brown commits to Robert Morris

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – “There is not a single player who meant more to their team than Tyler Brown in this state.”

Those are the exact words Spring Valley head coach Brad Dingess used Tuesday afternoon after learning Spring Valley quarterback Tyler Brown had committed to Robert Morris late Monday evening.

Brown, a three-year starter with the Wolves committed to the Colonials after leaving Spring Valley as the school’s all-time offensive leader in multiple categories. Brown finished his career as Spring Valley’s all-time winning quarterback; career leader in touchdown passes and yards; and set single season records in passing yards, touchdown passes, rushing touchdowns and points scored.

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DOING WHAT COUNTS – Wayne’s Colin Kelly is one of the players that does the little things every game that ensures a favorable outcome for the Pioneers. WCN staff photo

A play here and there and things could be different

 

By RYAN EPLING
For The Wayne County News

RED JACKET, W.Va.— It’s really not uncommon to be able to break down how a seemingly comfortable three touchdown win came down to a handful of plays.

All too often, however, those plays get overlooked, and only the final margin of victory is remembered or scrutinized.

Take Wayne’s 35-17 win over Mingo Central Saturday afternoon at Harless Stadium as an abbreviated case study on how just a few plays were really the difference.

Wayne’s opening possession of the game ended with a three-and-out. Mingo Central took its opening possession and three long runs later, had a 7-0 lead. Chase Justice had runs of 22 and 17 yards on the first two plays. Stevie Hammond went 38 yards on the third play to give the Miners the quick lead.

The Pioneers gained just three yards on the ensuing kickoff return, when Mingo Central’s Joseph Harrison successfully placed the kick outside the numbers on the right side of the field, when Wayne’s return was set to go left. The Miners had all the momentum a team could ask for, including a partisan crowd of more than 5,700 on hand.

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HELPING OUT – Although no longer part of RPA Memorial, the Valleyball Tournament is the most recognizable offshoot. Both organizations benefit the community, but the RPA has moved on to a golf tournament that helps Westmoreland and Spring Valley High School. WCN file photo

Old to new: RPA carries on tradition

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – Changing with the times to adapt to the needs of the community has been the RPA Memorial’s key to serving the community for several decades.

More changes are set to come, but the tradition and the guiding principles remain the same.

The RPA Memorial was established in 1986 with the simple intent of raising enough money to repair the basketball courts on Spring Valley Drive.

Originally built in 1976 and eventually renamed to honor the memory of late Vinson teen Ronnie Paul Angelo, the basketball courts had received more usage than the (Huntington) Parks Board could maintain.

According to Rick Wiles, tournament director for the past 30 years, it only took two years and two basketball tournaments to reach the funding goal; and because of its success, the committee decided to keep the “Valleyball” tournament going with plans to invest 100 percent of their profits back into the community. In 1991, though, Wiles felt interest had waned and decided not to continue. It was, in his words, “an extreme error in judgment.”

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FOND FAREWELL – Long time Spring Valley volleyball coach Joy Bailey stands with husband Tim at the school’s Joy Bailey Day celebration. The coach decided to retire at the end of the season so as to have more time with family and to enjoy her summers. WCN file photo by Jason Perry

Bailey bids farewell to stellar career

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

KENOVA – Wayne County athletics has been fortunate over the years to have had many great coaches in all types of sports that can be thought of as icons or as legendary.

One more can be put in that number, if she is not already there.

With the recent end of the volleyball season for Spring Valley, Joy Bailey recently retired after coaching 21 years in the sport, the last 12 with the Lady Wolves.

She was honored by the City of Kenova when October 28 (Spring Valley’s last home game of the season) was named as Joy Bailey Day.

Bailey started as an assistant coach with the old Buffalo High School program and during her career has amassed an impressive list of accomplishments.

Her teams won 10 section titles, six region titles, two Mountain State Athletic Conference titles, and two state championships (2009-2011) all while winning more than 800 games.

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Wayne gameday rituals observed

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – Bad luck and ways to avoid it have been around since time immemorial. So it makes sense that superstition and rituals would find its way into sports.

Athletes, coaches, and fans on all levels from youth leagues to the pros find ways to help ensure continued team and individual success, or at least they believe the things they do help.

For a high school football team as successful as the Wayne Pioneers, it is no surprise that many supporters and those affiliated with the program have traditions of their own.

Steve Stapleton and Melissa Booton, die-hard Wayne fans, have followed the same ritual every year for the last four or five years, going through McDonald’s drive-in and ordering the same meal before every away game (Stapleton gets a cheeseburger, fries and a coke while Booton gets chicken nuggets, two honey mustard sauces and a medium mocha frappé).

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IN FOR THE KILL – Spring Valley’s Sarah Kelly kills the ball Friday at the Charleston Civic Center during the Class AAA State Volleyball Tournament. HD media photo by Sholten Singer

Spring Valley volleyball season ends at state

 

By GRANT TRAYLOR
HD Media

CHARLESTON - There is no sport in which momentum is a bigger factor than volleyball.

Spring Valley’s volleyball team learned that twice on Friday at the Charleston Civic Center.

After using momentum to advance to the Class AAA semifinals with a win over South Charleston, the Timberwolves saw their season come to an end in straight sets with a 3-0 loss to Musselman.

The loss brought Spring Valley’s season to a close at 60-3-1 and also marked the end of the career of veteran coach Joy Bailey, who is retiring from coaching.

“It’s been awesome,” Bailey said. “And this group of girls was a good group of girls to leave with because they work hard, they have good attitudes. I’ve had a great time this year. 60-3-1, you can’t hardly say anything else. It’s been good.”

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IT’S AN HONOR – Spring Valley football standout Austin Page will be one of five students honored at the Capitol Building today. Page is being recognized as part of EQT engineering corporation’s Students of Excellence program. The festivities will take place at the Rotunda and will include a dinner at noon followed by the scholarship recognition at 1 p.m. The scholarship is a renewable $18,000 four-year award given to top students planning on majoring in science or engineering which Page plans to pursue next year at Marshall University. WCN photo by Wanda Willoughby

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NO YOU DON’T – Skylar Ratcliff covers the ball Friday as a Hurricane defender reaches for it. Photo by Wanda Willoughby

T’Wolves look to avenge season loss

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – The last time No. 11 Spring Valley faced No. 6 South Charleston earlier this season, the Wolves were coming off a dramatic overtime win against Huntington.

Spring Valley then traveled to face the Black Eagles, only to drop the game, 43-14. The Wolves’ defense could not stop South Charleston quarterback Kentre Grier who controlled the game with his arm and feet.

Grier rushed for 131 yards on 15 attempts and added 14-of-20 through the air for 133 yards to help SC total 378 total yards on the night, along with five touchdowns.

Offensive weapon A.D. Cunningham added two touchdowns to seal the win.
Fast forward to Friday night and there are a lot of differences in this week’s first-round playoff match up.

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Wayne hosts Polar Bears Saturday

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – Finishing the season 8-2, shows things haven’t gone as smooth for the Wayne Pioneers as they did after last year’s undefeated regular season record.

“We played the toughest 10-game season we probably have ever had,” Wayne Coach Tom Harmon said, “We came through it winning eight.”

After having is 26-game home win streak broken by Class AA No. 3 Bluefield last Friday, 19-14, Wayne will have just enough time to regroup as No. 12 Fairmont Senior travels to Pioneer Field for a Saturday afternoon first round playoff game.

It will be the first time that the Pioneers and Polar Bears meet in the regular season only having met previously in a pair of scrimmage games. It will also be the first Saturday game for Wayne since it beat Frankfort 27-21 in 2009.

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HEATHER MORRONE

Morrone named Coach of the Year

 

HUNTINGTON – Spring Valley High School added another Fall Sports accolade this past week.

Head cheerleading coach Heather Morrone was named Mountain State Athletic Conference Cheerleading Coach of the Year for 2014-2015.

The Timberwolves finished the season by capturing the MSAC championship two weeks ago in Parkersburg, then won the Region IV AAA title this past weekend at Cabell Midland High School.
The Lady Wolves finished as state AAA runner-up last season.

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Rebels erase Dots to finish season, 45-6

 

STAFF REPORT

POCA – The Tolsia Rebels scored 39 points in the first half on the way to a 45-6 season ending win against Poca Friday night at White Stadium.

Rebel running back Jennings Holland didn’t waste anytime, running 60 yards on the first play of the game into the redzone before the Dots’ defense brought him down on the 12-yard line.

Three plays later, Holland dove into the end zone from one yard out for the game’s first touchdown.

Scoring runs by quarterback Seth McMillion and fullback Tyler Stroud rounded out a quick first quarter.

The Rebels (4-6) continued to ride the crest of momentum into the second quarter.

After the Rebels punted for the first time, Tolsia quickly regained the ball on an acrobatic one-handed interception by Stroud, his first of two in the game.

Taking over on the Poca 45-yard line, the Rebels used four plays, capped by McMillion scooting into the end zone from 13 yards out to make the score 26-0.

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Timberwolves must win for home playoff

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

HUNTINGTON – Two years ago the Spring Valley Timberwolves made it to the second round of the Class AAA football playoffs, something that no Valley team had ever accomplished before.

The team’s performance was enough to foster hope and excitement for the next season, but it never really manifested itself as the T’Wolves finished last season with a 6-4 record and “backed” into the playoffs.

Dealing with injuries and a long bus trip to the eastern panhandle to face eventual AAA champion Martinsburg, No. 8 Spring Valley was handed an early exit from the postseason, losing 36-0.

No matter the outcome of this season, the Wolves have already improved over last year as they come into the last game of the regular season with a record of 7-2 and travel to face the Hurricane Redskins Friday with a home playoff berth hanging in the balance.

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Tolsia hopes to finish season strong

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – An 0-5 start to the season for the Tolsia Rebels was definitely a far cry from the 7-3 that many expected the team to finish.

“These kids didn’t quit on me when we were 0-5,” Rebel Coach Mike Smith said, “They could have just as easily laid down.

“It says a lot about the kids and their character. We’re building some momentum going into the off season and hopefully we can build on that.”

But a change in offensive philosophy and overall approach to Tolsia’s game plan has worked in its favor as penalties and fumbles have been drastically reduced.

For a team that, despite their record remained largely competitive in almost every game, a new approach has really helped.

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Pioneers top AA ratings, Wolves holding strong

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

WAYNE – The Wayne Pioneers moved into a two-way tie for first place in West Virginia AA football, according to this week’s West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission ratings.

Wayne is tied for first with the defending AA champion Bridgeport Indians. Bridgeport defeated Wayne for the championship last year on Wheeling Island.

Both teams move ahead of No. 3 Frankfort despite the Blue Eagles’ undefeated 8-0 record.

Wayne is carrying a 7-1 record after defeating Poca at home last Friday night. The Pioneers now go on the road to face the Chapmanville Tigers. The Tigers are looking to avenge a loss to another Wayne County team last week.

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David Mollett

Local man inducted into Alice Lloyd’s Hall of Fame

 

PIPPA PASSES, Ky. – On October 11, Alice Lloyd College took a break from the usual Appalachia Day festivities to celebrate the induction of five former athletes into its Athletics Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place at the Grady Nutt Athletic Center on the College’s campus.

This year’s inductees were: Steve Miller of Magoffin Co., David Mollett of Mingo Co., WV, Tammy Oakes of Nashville, TN, John David Slone of Lexington, and Robert Wright of Ashcamp.

David Mollett attended Alice Lloyd from 1981-1985 and received his degree in education. This gentlemen played basketball where he was a starter for several seasons. He was known for his rugged, hardnosed play on both ends.

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Jewel City Wrestling battling hunger

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – The Facing Hunger Foodbank has served more than 3 million meals this year alone to Tri-State residents from 17 counties in West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and southeastern Ohio.

Finding the donations and support to provide those meals is a difficult daily struggle with the foodbank distributing more than 5.1 million pounds of food to nearly 100,000 people on a monthly basis in 2013 alone.

This Saturday, several people will fight against each other, but everyone involved will be joining the battle against hunger.

Jewel City Wrestling is putting on “Round 2: Fight Against Hunger” this Saturday at the Phil Cline Family YMCA on Ninth Avenue in Huntington.

Proceeds and goods collected will go to benefit local food pantries.

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Rebels down Tigers for second win

 

Staff Report

CHAPMANVILLE – The Tolsia Rebels scored on their first four possessions in the opening half and relied on stifling defensive pressure to ruin the Chapmanville Tigers’ playoff hopes, 31-20, Friday night at Tiger Stadium.

Chapmanville (4-5) marched 64 yards on the opening drive and scored its first touchdown when fullback Matt Dingess capped the 10-play series with a four-yard run into the end zone.

It only took Tolsia (2-6) one play to answer.

After the ensuing kickoff was returned to their own 28-yard line, Rebels quarterback Seth McMillion rolled out on a bootleg and dashed 72 yards for the score. Following an extra-point kick by Cody Salmons, Tolsia was in the lead, 7-6.

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STILL KICKIN’ – Michael Meadows was one of the key players in Spring Valley’s 4-2 win over Huntington High for the section title Thursday night. WCN photo by Wanda Willoughby

Timberwolves’ soccer wins section

 

By TIM STEPHENS
HD Media

ONA -- Guys named Michael and Jason of horror movie fame are known to wreak havoc in October.

They did it again and their buddies Dana and Corey joined in as Spring Valley defeated Huntington High, 4-2, Thursday in the West Virginia Class AAA Region 4, Section 4 boys soccer championship game at Cabell Midland High.

Jason Holland, Michael Meadows, Dana Maynard and Corey Davies scored goals for the Timberwolves, who play the Section 2 winner next Thursday at Cabell Midland.

Maynard scored unassisted on a header at 43:24 to tie it, 2-2. Nine minutes later, Meadows scored on a rebound off the cross bar to give Spring Valley a 3-2 lead. Davies scored into an empty goal from 45 yards with1:24 left to play to give the Timberwolves their first boys soccer sectional title in the 16-year history of the school.

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HOT PURSUIT – Fort Gay quarterback Austin Bailey tries to outrun Vinson defender Kaden Garrett during Thursday evening’s game. The Tigers scored early but couldn’t hold off the Vikings as Fort Gay got its first win of the season, 10-6. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Dean carries Vikings to first win of season

 

BY JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – The Fort Gay Middle School Vikings used a fourth quarter surge to come from behind to beat the Vinson Tigers, 10-6, for an Eighth-Grade Night win at Wilts Salmons Athletic Field.

“Our kids are fighters,” Fort Gay Coach Shawn Ross said, “I wouldn’t have had it any other way for us to get a win on Eighth-Grade Night.”

Down 6-0 at the start of the fourth quarter, and on the Vinson 31-yard line, Fort Gay fullback Kolten Dean put his team on his shoulders and ran three times before topping off the drive with a seven-yard touchdown rumble to tie the game and after a successful two-point conversion take an 8-6 lead.

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Lady Wolves edged in section title

 

By TIM STEPHENS
HD MEDIA

ONA – Huntington High didn’t take many shots, just three in fact, but one went into the back of the goal as the Highlanders defeated Spring Valley, 1-0, Thursdayin the West Virginia Region 4, Section 4 girls soccer championship at Cabell Midland.

Jensyn Leonhart scored from the right side on a free kick to give the Highlanders a 1-0 lead at 32:11. Huntington’s defense made the lead stand.

“I credit my teammates for working hard and getting us into position to get a free kick,” Leonhart said. “I knew it was going in when I kicked it.”

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UNTOUCHED – Spring Valley running back Skylar Ratcliff rumbles through a big hole last Friday. The T’Wolves square off with rival Cabell Midland this week and because of the teams’ run focus, the game will likely be a power showcase. WCN photo by Wanda Willoughby

Wolves face Knights in rivalry game

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

HUNTINGTON – The rivalry between the Spring Valley Timberwolves and the Cabell Midland Knights will renew this Friday at Knights’ Field in a Mountain State Athletic Conference game that could determine how the playoffs will go.

Fresh off a 58-20 Senior Night blowout of Nitro, the T’Wolves have built up considerable speed as they head into the closing games of the season.

“That was a good win for us.” Spring Valley Coach Brad Dingess said, “It was great for our seniors to win that game and it was great for our young kids to get some Friday night experience.”

The series has featured numerous close games with Midland staying on top the last few seasons.

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Rebels head into Tigers’ den Friday night

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – The Tolsia Rebels look to salvage what’s left of their season this Friday as they go on the road to face the Chapmanville Regional High School Tigers.

After taking a 19-0 lead in the first half, Tolsia dropped a heartbreaking 20-19 loss to the Scott Skyhawks last Friday at Wilts Salmons Athletic Field.

Although the game amounted to a must-win situation for the Rebels to have a slim chance at the postseason, it still showed the team is going in the right direction after a dismal 0-5 start to the season.

“All we can do at this point is just go back to work Monday and get ready for Chapmanville,” Tolsia Coach Mike Smith said after last week’s game, “We’re still going to try to get three more wins.”

Starting in the previous week’s 7-6 win against Roane County, Tolsia has shown signs of a new philosophy, both offensively and defensively.

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LET GO O’ ME – Spring Valley quarterback Tyler Brown struggles to free himself from Nitro safety Tyler Davis Friday night at the Wolves Den. Brown had three touchdowns and threw for two more as he led the 7-1 Timberwolves to a 58-20 Senior Night win. Photo by Kerry Carter.

Brown shines on Senior Night

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – Spring Valley senior quarterback Tyler Brown accounted for five touchdowns in the Wolves’ 58-20 Senior Night win against the visiting Nitro Wildcats Friday night at the Wolves Den.

Brown rushed for three touchdowns (8, 15, 52) and threw for two scores (34, 13) in the win. With 52 yards to go to break 1,000 rushing yards on the season – Brown looked to pass. The pocket collapsed and Brown avoided the flow, tucking the ball the 53 needed yards for the touchdown – etching his name into the record books.

“You have to account for him on the field at all times,” Spring Valley head Coach Brad Dingess said of his senior signal caller. “He has to be considered one of the top players in the state. He is a true leader.”

Brown finished the game with seven carries for 162 yards and was 5-of-9 passing for 123 yards.

Number 8 Spring Valley (7-1) took advantage of several Nitro (1-6) miscues, racking up 339 yards of the teams’ 431 total yards of offense. After Brown scored on an 8-yard run, Eddie Mathis recovered a fumble on Nitro’s first play from scrimmage. On the very next play, Brown hit Mason Brubeck with a 34-yard scoring pass to put the Wolves up 14-0.

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