Vol. 141, No. 52 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Right: Reagan Ballard makes the catch. Left: Kaylie Lawrence delivers a pitch against Ona. Photos courtesy Amy Sturdivant at Sturdivant photography.

Wayne Central All-Stars qualify
for state tourney

Staff Report

The Wayne Central 9-10 year old all-stars finished runner up in its district and advances to the state tournament.

Wayne Central defeated Ona 18-15 in the 9-10 Softball District Runner Up game at Barboursville.

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INSTRUCTING — Spring Valley Coach Cory Maynard talks to campers between stations at the Timberwolf basketball camp. WCN photo by Cody Lynch

Timberwolf basketball camp underway at Spring Valley

BY CODY LYNCH
HD MEDIA

SPRING VALLEY – Monday morning, 55 players from ages 5 to 14, took the floor of the Spring Valley Gymnasium under the guidance of Director Cory Maynard, coaches Kevin (Bo) Anderson, Nathan Ezell, Jacob Campbell, Jacob Kilgore, Austin Pratt and other staff.

After the 9 a.m. announcements campers go through approximately timed daily routines consisting of stretching/slides, four fundamental stations, group games, 20 minute lectures about the game followed by camper of the day awards. Each station is designed to sharpen the skills of the players through ball handling/passing, shooting, rebounding/transition, and defensive drills. Maynard, head coach of the Spring Valley Timberwolves, is sticking to the traditional formula instilled into him by his peers while attending basketball camps in his youth.

The foremost camp objectives are to stress proper fundamentals and a strong work ethic. Camp time runs from 9 a.m. until noon and will continue until Thursday when the campers will compete in group contest and close with the awards for that day. Parents, families and those interested in next year’s camp are welcome to attend. Group contest will begin at 10:20 a.m. Thursday with awards being handed out at 11:45 a.m. The camp will then come to a close at noon.

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THE WINNERS — The Eastside Bombsquad were the last ones standing at the end of Westmorelapalooza Dodgeball Tournament. WCN photo by Michael Hupp

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ON TARGET — A Spring Valley receiver makes a fingertip catch as a Wayne defender looks on during the 7-on-7 Tournament at Huntington High School on Wednesday. WCN photo by Michael Hupp

Teams test skills on the field

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

HUNTINGTON — More than the weather was warming up at Huntington High School on Wednesday.

Warm ups for football season took on a competitive tone at the 7-on-7 tournament at Big Sang Field at Huntington High School.

All three Wayne County teams competed with Spring Valley and Tolsia making it into the championship bracket.

Tolsia was eliminated in the first round by George Washington while Spring Valley made it to the semifinals where it lost to South Charleston.

Coaches use the 7-on-7 competitions to teach and learn what they have in the skill positions.

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SURROUNDED — Wayne’s Kade Sebastian feels the Timberwolves close in for the stop. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

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SALUTE THE FLYING W — Grant Ferguson looks to the scoreboard and points to the Flying W on his helmet, a Wayne tradition signifying playing for the team, in the closing seconds of the North South All-Star football game on Saturday. WCN staff photo

South wins a damp all-star game

Staff Report

CHARLESTON — Heavy rains and win put a damper on everything including the scoring.

Ripley’s Jake Martin caught a tipped pass from Westside’s Justin Cogar for a 5-yard touchdown late in the third quarter Saturday night and the South made it stand up for a 7-0 victory in the 62nd WCHS 8 Fox 11 North-South All-Star Classic at Laidley Field.

The TD pass appeared to bounce off the hands of Cabell Midland running back Alex Childers and into Martin’s arms, capping an 11-play, 46-yard drive. The South extended its all-time lead in the series to 40-19-3, and recorded the game’s first shutout since a 22-0 South victory in 2009.

Wayne’s Grant Ferguson, playing in his final football game, had 30 yards rushing on three attempts.

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TALKING IT OUT — Wayne Football Coach Tom Harmon talks with players during summer drills at Wayne High School this week. The Pioneers will join Tolsia, Spring Valley and other area football teams for a 7-on-7 camp at Huntington High School today at Bob Sang Field. Photo courtesy Amy Sturdivant at Sturdivant photography.

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Tri-State Lightning ninth grade won a Girls Basketball Association championship. Spring Valley High School players Maddy and Morgan Vaughn play on the squad. Team members (left to right): Front row, Maddy Vaughn, Emily Chapman, Morgan Vaughn; Back row, Morgan Wiseman, Alesha Simpson, coach Sam Vaughn, Faith Craddock, Lexi Wise. Photo submitted

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JUST MISSED — A Kane Morrone pass sails off the fingertips of Mason Brubeck during a scrimmage against Hurricane at the Marshall University 7-on-7 football camp on Wednesday. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Football gets back in swing at Marshall football camp

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports editor

HUNTINGTON — Spring Valley Coach Brad Dingess is pleased with what he saw out of his defense on Wednesday.

The Timberwolves got its first taste of football competition in 2015 at Marshall’s 7-on-7

football camp at the Kennedy Center on W.Va. 2. “We were a lot more aggressive on defense,” Dingess said. ‘We knocked a lot of balls down. So it wasn’t bad. We only had two practices before going there, but we’re getting a lot of guys back.”

The big question mark for Spring Valley this fall could be the quarterback position. “We have four kids we’re looking at,” Dingess said. “All of them have things they can do to help us. But they have big shoes to fill. We’ll know more when we get pads on. We’ll see who’s more physical in running the football.”

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South savors softball sweep

A CLEAN SWEEP — Two players from Wayne County teams were a part of the South’s sweep of the tripleheader at the North-South Softball All-Star Game. Pictured from Wayne County are Spring Valley’s Jade Spurlock, front row immediate left, and Wayne’s Jaycee Parsons, second row, third from right. Submitted photo

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MAKING A COMEBACK — The Buffalo Middle School football team will once again take to the field after a two-year absence. WCN photo by Michael Hupp

Buffalo Middle football returning

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

KENOVA – The Buffalo Middle School football team is returning to action this Fall after a two-year hiatus.

The squad won the Wayne County Middle School Championship in 2012 only to fold the next year. That was the first year as a head coach for Ryan Wellman. The 2012 squad featured several players from Ceredo-Kenova Middle School after it folded its season earlier that year.

Players from Buffalo have played for C-K the last two seasons, but this year’s squad has featured 18 kids at summer practices this past week.

“I expect about five or six more. We are just glad to get back onto the field,” Wellman said. Wellman said the fact the Buffalo Youth League’s numbers have increased the past several years is why there was finally a middle school team this season. For several years, Buffalo struggled to field an A-Team or B-Team at the youth levels, but that has changed the past few seasons allowing numbers to replenish.

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MEETING THE MEDIA — Grant Ferguson talks with a reporter from WOWK during the West Virginia Football Coaches Association WCHS-TV/Fox 11 North-South All-Star Football Classic Media Day at West Virginia State University on Tuesday. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Ferguson in form for North-South football classic

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports editor

INSTITUTE — Grant Ferguson looks totally at ease.

Sitting among his teammates in the Gregory V. Monroe Athletic Complex at West Virginia State University during media day for the West Virginia Football Coaches Association WCHS-TV/Fox 11 North-South All-Star Football Classic, Ferguson chatted with fellow members of the South Cardinals as if they had known each other for an entire season.

“We’re getting along great,” Ferguson said. “It’s like we’ve been together for weeks now. These guys are great. Everyone up here are great athletes and it’s an honor to be with them.”

Ferguson, wearing his familiar number 10 on the bright red jersey, is expected to take snaps as a quarterback and defensive back in Saturday’s All-Star game.

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Are you ready for some football?

Jake Davis locks on to his target, the red blocking dummy, during Wayne Youth Football Camp last week. Football camps and conditioning drills are starting throughout the county from youth league to high school. While the weather now may be hot and sticky, these young gridiron hopefuls will be ready when there’s a chill in the air and the leaves begin to turn and football season is once again in full swing. Photos courtesy Sturdivant Photography

COACHING THEM UP — Coach Todd Milum helps Ethan Bowen during a drill.

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DISHING THE ROCK — Young campers compete against one another during the Nike Basketball Camp at Wayne High School. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Campers ‘Swoosh’ to master new basketball skills

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — In case there was any doubt about who was behind the basketball camp, the familiar Nike “Swoosh” adorned the backboards and signs around the gym at Wayne High School this week. And the kids participating seemed to love it.

Matt Wilson, a Nike Basketball Skills Trainer who leads the camp, said he hoped to have 40 campers participate this year. He had 45.

‘We’ve been drilling it and skilling it the whole time and had some fun doing it,” Wilson said with a smile as wide as the gymnasium.

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PEP TALK — Matt Wilson talks to campers following Thursday’s workouts at the Nike Basketball Camp. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

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A WATCHFUL EYE — Craig Brumfield watches and offers guidance to Sammy Shy during hitting instruction at the GAMER Baseball Academy as Wyatt Milum looks on. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Academy helps local youth become a GAMER

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

CEREDO — If you were passing hurriedly by the neat metal building on Hubbard’s Branch, you might mistake it for someone’s garage.

But in this building a different kind of mechanics are the focus.

The GAMER Baseball Academy is working to build and promote young baseball players in the Tri-State and beyond.

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A PERSONAL TOUCH — Tolsia Coach Ric Morrone helps campers with their shot follow through form at the Rebel Pride Basketball Camp. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Another successful year for Tolsia hoops camp

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports editor

GLENHAYES — For 15 years, Tolsia Girls Basketball coach Ric Morrone has hosted the Rebel Pride Basketball Camp at Tolsia High School.

Many kids have come though the camp learning the fundamentals of basketball. The results of the camp can be seen in coaches and instructors at this years camp who were once campers themselves.

“Some of the instructors who are now coaches came up in the camp,” Morrone said. “We’ve had a lot of high-profile guests and a lot of local guests who can share stories of how they once were in this camp, too.”

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FIST BUMP OF SUCCESS — Left: Spring Valley’s Zack Harvey fist bumps first base coach Larry Holderby after an RBI base hit during the Class AAA, Region IV, Section 4 baseball tournament. Right: Wayne’s Kodie Bowen. Bowen and Harvey will be a part of the baseball North South All-Star Classic. Bowen photo courtesy Sturdivant Photography

Bowen, Harvey named to
North South All-Star Classic

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — The honors keep coming for two of Wayne County’s best baseball players. Wayne’s Kodie Bowen and Spring Valley’s Zack Harvey were picked for the South roster in this year’s baseball North South All-Star Classic.

The Classic will be played Sunday, June 7 at Hurricane High School.

The Classic, hosted by the West Virginia Baseball Coaches Association, provides one last opportunity for the top senior high school baseball players to showcase their talents in front of family, friends, college coaches and scouts.

Harvey and Bowen are friends off the field so it makes the selection extra special. “We played together from the time we were seven up until we went to different high schools,” Bowen said.

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County teams in action at Les Ghiz Tourney

Going FOR THE DOUBLE — Vinson Dodgers players Joseph Daugherty and Jamison Smith get the first out of an attempted double play on Tuesday during the Les Ghiz Tournament at League 3. WCN photos by Scott Parsons

AT THE DISH — Chucky McCloud takes his turn at bat for the Vinson Little League Bestitle Mets Tuesday during the Les Ghiz Tournament at League 3 in Huntington.

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NEW ENTRY — The ticket booth sits at the new entrance to the Tolsia High School football field. The new entrance was made to make room for a new baseball field. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Pictures of progress at Tolsia High School

Staff report
GLENHAYES — In order to make room for a new baseball field on the campus of Tolsia High School, a few changes needed to be made.

The first change was to move the entrance to the football stadium.

That’s been accomplished. Now it’s time to move dirt. A lot of dirt.

Plans for the baseball field put it behind the softball field. That will require moving a mountain, literally. At least part of one.

The hillside will be cut into to make room for the planned baseball field. With all things in place, construction of the field should begin soon.

READY FOR WORK — Beyond the outfield fence of the softball field a planned baseball field will be constructed at Tolsia High School. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

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IN PLAY — Wayne’s Jeremiah Milum maes contact during the Class AA Region IV Semifinal against Chapmanville. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Wayne falls to Chapmanville in regional semifinal

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — At the start of the season, Wayne coach Todd Ross said Chapmanville would be the team that stood in the way of his Pioneers advancing from the region.

He was right.

Wayne fell 2-1 Tuesday night at George Brumfield Ballpark in the Class AA, Region IV Semifinal against Chapmanville.

Chapmanville’s Trey Dalton was dialed in pitching five and a third innings allowing only 4 hits and no runs. He struck out seven.

Offensively, the Tigers did their damage in the third when Thompson hit an RBI triple to score Jacob Dingess. Alex Berry’s hit scored Thompson.

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FOCUSED — Wayne’s Kade Sebastian competed in the 100m on Saturday at the WV State Track Meet in Charleston. HD Media photo by Bishop Nash.

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GRIP IT AND RIP IT — Wayne’s Chris Brewer will make his first state track meet appearance this weekend in shot put. Photo courtesy Stephanie Smith

Savanna on their minds

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports editor

WAYNE — It’s hard enough for a teenager to prepare to be their best in a statewide competition. It’s even harder when you’re worried about a teammate.

That’s the situation the Wayne High School track and field team found itself in a few weeks ago. Senior team member Savanna Mays was hurt badly in a car accident before regionals.

‘It just devastated our team,” Wayne Track Coach Jeanette Rutherford said. “She was on both our relay teams and there was a really good chance she could have made it to state.”
The toll may have been evident at the regional meet where the girls 4x400 team failed to make it to state.

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THE HANDOFF — Kade Sebastian and Colten Farley exchange the baton. Photo courtesy Stephanie Smith

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TAKING A CUT — Wayne’s Brad Sharp takes a swing at a Lawrence County pitch during Saturday’s game at Wayne. Sharp ripped the pitch down the first base line for a lead off single in the bottom of the 6th inning. WCN photo by Greg Turner

Pioneers slip past Bulldogs

Staff report

WAYNE – Cody Noe brought home the winning run to give Wayne the lead in the sixth inning, as the Pioneers hung on to beat Lawerence County 3-2 on Saturday.

With the score tied at two in the sixth inning, Jacob Cassidy scored on Noe’s single.

Brad Sharp had a good day at the plate going 2-2 scoring a run and tallying an RBI. He scored the tieing run in the bottom of the 6th for the Pioneers.

Dakota McCloud was sharp on the mound against the Bulldogs. McCloud struck out eight batter, allowed no earned runs on two hits and two walks over five innings.

Kodie Bowen got the win in relief for Wayne. Bowen pitched two innings and allowed no runs.

Brock Turner took the loss for Lawerence County but still had a solid day on the bump. He pitched six innings, walked two, struck out two, and allowed three runs.

FREEZE FRAME — Dakota McCloud delivers a pitch to a Lawrence County batter in the first inning at Pioneer Field. McCloud struck out eight, allowed no earned runs on two hits with two walks over five innings. WCN photo by Greg Turner

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HONORED — Jacob Kilgore and Trevor Stacy pose with their trophies from the West Virginia Sports Writers Association. Submitted photo

Spring Valley athletes honored by sports writers

Staff report

WHEELING — A pair of Spring Valley athletes were honored Sunday at the 69th Victory Awards Dinner on Sunday at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling.

The VAD is sponsored by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association to honor the state’s athletes and coaches.

Spring Valley High School football player Trevor Stacy, a University of Charlotte recruit, was the Hunt Award recipient as the state’s prep lineman of the year.

“It’s an honor to win this,” Stacy said. “I have so many people to thank who made this possible.”

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DOWN AND OUT — Spring Valley’s Haley Cladwell is called out on the back end of a double play after unsuccessfully trying to dive back to first base. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Lady Redskins’ defense defeats Spring Valley

By MICHAEL HUPP
HD Media

SPRING VALLEY – The Hurricane Lady Redskins were really defensive about their 5-0 Region IV regional semifinal win over Spring Valley Thursday night.

Hurricane senior shortstop Cassi Sargent was a force in the middle of the infield knocking down hit after hit. Several of her acrobatic gabs stopped the Lady Wolves from scoring opportunities.

“Cassi made huge plays tonight. That was definitely the difference. We played solid defense and made plays to stop big innings,” Hurricane head coach Josh Caldwell said.

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LOOKING TO GO — Wayne’s Kasey Endicott looks to make the turn at third base during Thursday’s regional game against Chapmanville. Photo courtesy of Through Melissa’s Lens.

McCann pitches Chapmanville past Wayne in regionals

By RYAN EPLING
HD Media

WAYNE — There are no easy wins when it comes to the Class AA, Region IV softball tournament.

There are no easy losses, either.

Chapmanville broke a scoreless tie on an RBI double by Samarah Hurst in the fifth inning, and that was all freshman pitcher Kenzie McCann needed as the Lady Tigers defeated Wayne, 2-0, in the regional semifinals Thursday at Lady Pioneer Field.

“Chapmanville had some timely hits and they just put more on the board than we did tonight,” Wayne coach Tish Smith said.

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FIELD OF DREAMS — A community effort has gone into rehabbing the former Vinson High School baseball field making it usable for Vinson Middle School and Westmoreland. WCN submitted photo

Community effort build’s Vinson ‘Field of Dreams’

By MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

WESTMORELAND – It took volunteers 40 days from start to finish to turn what was labeled an “unused eyesore” into a field not only Vinson Middle School and the Westmoreland can be proud of.

The former Vinson High School baseball field had sat unused for nearly two decades after the school was closed and consolidated into Spring Valley High School. Spring Valley had used the field while the high school’s new fields were constructed – but the last organized game was played on the field in 1999.

Since then, it had become nothing but a memory far removed from the state championship baseball team it once served as a home to. Fast forward to 2014.

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KNOCKIN’ ‘EM DOWN — Kodie Bowen struck out 11 Mingo Central batters while throwing a no-hitter in the Region IV, Section 4 final on Tuesday in Wayne. WCN photo by Michael Hupp

Pioneers roll in sectional

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — To say Kodie Bowen was on his game Tuesday night would be an understatement.

The senior hurler struck out 11 and only walked two on his way to a no-hitter as Wayne claimed the Region IV, Section 4 title with a convincing 14-0 win over Mingo Central at Wayne High School.

“Biggest thing for us we were going for our 20th win,” Wayne coach Todd Ross said. “That’s huge with a young team to get 20 wins. That’s an accomplishment for these guys and I’m super proud of them and the ball they’ve played this year. These 20 wins are well deserved.”

Mingo Central made it to the sectional final after cruising by Tolsia 19-2 in five innings in the sectional opener.

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CHAMPIONS — The Wayne Pioneers pose with the sectional trophy on Tuesday at Wayne High School. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

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Spring Valley's Caiden Conley (13) rips a base hit into centerfield as the Spring Valley Timberwolves rally to beat the Cabell Midland Knights, 5-4, during the Class AAA, Region IV, Section 4 baseball tournament Monday, at Spring Valley High School in Huntington. Photo by Bishop Nash/The Herald-Dispatch

Spring Valley rallies past Midland

By GRANT TRAYLOR
HD Media

SPRING VALLEY — Just how close is postseason baseball in West Virginia?

The difference between Cabell Midland and Spring Valley was less than a half-step at first base Monday night.

After Spring Valley’s Jonah Wellman barely beat out a potential game-ending double play, Caiden Conley delivered a two-out, two-run single to give Spring Valley a lead that Zack Harvey made stand in the Timberwolves’ 5-4 win over the Knights in the first game of the Class AAA, Region IV, Section 4 baseball tournament.

“All year, we’ve had opportunities to get that big hit and we just haven’t been able to, but this put us over the top,” Spring Valley coach Jim Hensley said. “Maybe we are getting to that threshold now where we can make something happen. That was big for Caiden.”

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Spring Valley’s Brooke Jackson tags out Cabell Midland’s Kati Kelly in the Class AAA, Region IV, Section 4 softball championship on Wednesday. HD Media photo by Sholten Singer

Spring Valley wins softball sectional

By GRANT TRAYLOR
HD Media

HUNTINGTON — One game came down to the final at-bat. The other was over after the first one.

After a 6-5 walk-off win in game one, Spring Valley rode the momentum and put together a big inning in game two to earn a 10-2 victory over Cabell Midland that clinched the Class AAA, Region IV, Section 4 crown on Wednesday night at Huntington High.

The Timberwolves will now travel to Hurricane next Thursday to meet the Redskins in the Region IV semifinal. Hurricane eliminated defending Class AAA state champion Lincoln County on Wednesday night, 13-0.

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CAPTAIN KODIE

LEADER OF THE PACK — Kodie Bowen (18) trots off the field after being congratulated by teammates after hitting a two-run home run against Herbert Hoover. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Wayne’s only senior Kodie Bowen helps lead the Pioneers

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports editor

WAYNE — Whether it’s from the mound or the infield, Kodie Bowen is there for his teammates.

At a recent game Bowen was playing shortstop offering encouragement and guidance to Wayne’s relief pitcher.

When he’s on the mound, Bowen watches around the field and is not only quick to offer guidance but an encouraging word as well.

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RECORD SETTERS — Above, Kyler Dean hands off to Ethan Lucas. Below, Jayce Berry hands off the baton to Tyson Hall. The four athletes set an event record for the 4x200 meter relay with a time of 1:44 at the Fairland track meet. Photo courtesy Betsy Stewart

 

 

Misc

BACK ON THE WARPATH — Jeff Gordon’s legendary Rainbow Warrior paint scheme will return to the track at Bristol Motor Speedway. Photo courtesy Hendrick Motorsports

Legendary paint scheme coming back to the track

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

Sometimes in the world of NASCAR a car’s paint job would become synonymous with a driver.

Cars like the jet-black number 3 of Dale Earnhardt. Richard Petty’s blue number 43 whose paint job became known as “Petty Blue.”

For my generation of racing fans the car most widely loved or reviled was the Rainbow Warrior of Jeff Gordon.

The rainbow colors will fly again in Bristol in August as Axalta and Hendrick Motorsports announced the paint scheme would be back for at least one race.

You knew it was bound to happen in Gordon’s final season.

Hopefully this rainbow won’t be as divisive as the other rainbows that we’ve seen in the past few weeks.

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BIG ARM — Jared Lorenzen throws a pass as the quarterback for the Northern Kentucky River Monsters of the Continental Indoor Football League in 2013.

Let’s hear it for the big boys

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

I’m a man who shops from the King Size Catalog. That’s a polite way of saying I’m fat.

As a man of larger girth I enjoy when big guys and gals get recognized for their achievements. It’s like rooting for the home team.

It’s why I was so excited to see Jared Lorenzen was being inducted into the University of Kentucky Hall of Fame.

Lorenzen is known as “The Hefty Lefty.” He spent most of his playing days at 300 pounds or bigger. Even then, he was and is a more accomplished athlete than you or I.

Lorenzen set Kentucky records in total offense, passing yards, and passing touchdowns, eclipsing many marks set by 1999 NFL No. 1 overall draft pick Tim Couch.

That’s right. He’s a quarterback. And a pretty darn good one too.

The University of Kentucky press release summed up his accomplishments as follows: Set six NCAA records, four SEC records and 11 school records for passing and total offense ... Four-year starter at quarterback ... Career totals feature 862 completions in 1,514 attempts for 10,354 yards and 78 touchdowns ... Added 12 rushing touchdowns during his career ... Two-year semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award ... Named second-team All-SEC by both the Associated Press and the Coaches ... SEC Co-Freshman of the Year in 2000 ... Team captain as a junior and senior.

When you think 300 pounds and football you think lineman. But Lorenzen was essentially a lineman with a cannon for a left arm.

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Staff report

Former Wayne baseball standout Kodie Bowen is reportedly ready to sign with Marshall University as a walk-on.

Bowen was the only senior for the Pioneers this season and was one of the team leaders on the field.
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In a move that surprised exactly no one, Brad Napier was hired as coach at Chapmanville.

Here’s what Logan Banner Sports Editor Paul Adkins wrote about it:

When Mark Hatcher resigned recently as the Logan High School boys’ basketball coach, it started a chain reaction.

As early as late April, Hatcher was expected to resign his post as the Wildcats’ mentor and start a coaching carousel in southern West Virginia.

His dad, Allan Hatcher, the Chapmanville Regional High School coach, was expected to be his replacement at Logan.

Then, in the projected pattern, Mingo Central coach Brad Napier was expected to resign his position and be Allan Hatcher’s replacement at Chapmanville.

It all held true as the final piece of the puzzle went into place on Thursday with Napier’s hiring at Chapmanville at the Logan County Board of Education meeting. He handed in his resignation just recently at MCHS

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Olivia Slone

Spring Valley soccer star Slone signs with Rio Grane

By TIM STEPHENS
HD Media

SPRING VALLEY – University of Rio Grande women’s soccer coach Callum Morris received an assist in recruiting from a 2-year-old.

Spring Valley High School girls soccer standout Olivia Slone signed to play at URG and the close proximity to home, particularly to her brother, Billie, 2, was a huge factor. Rio Grande is located in Gallia County, Ohio, about one hour away from Slone’s home.

“Being able to come home and see my little brother played a part in my decision,” Slone said. “Outside of the season, I can come home on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.”

Slone shares a special bond with her brother. She played with him inside and outside of Spring Valley’s auditorium before being interviewed about her signing. He giggled as he tried to escape her clutches and she chased him across the tile.

Slone’s boyfriend, Timberwolves baseball player Zack Harvey, also signed with Rio Grande, where he plans to pitch and play shortstop. Harvey’s decision didn’t factor in to Slone’s, however, as she signed first.

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BIG CATCH — Joshua Franklin weighs in his prize winning bass at the 2015 Ford Mega Bass Tournament at Lake Fork Texas. Submitted photo

Local angler makes splash in fishing world

By CODY LYNCH
HD Media

WAYNE – There’s a good chance that a human being will experience fishing at least once in their lifetime.

Many will make it a frequent hobby. Fishing means different things to different people whether it’s just for fun, a way to relax near some water, a way to put food on the table, – or for some people like Joshua Franklin, it becomes an enjoyable, but serious business.

The Wayne County resident, as of late has officially made one of his favorite life-long hobbies into a profitable enterprise. Some of us could only dream of making something we do in our leisure time into something that pays off, because most of fishermen have more “fish stories” than fish actually caught, but Franklin is now making that a reality.

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Zack Harvey

Harvey signs to play with RedStorm

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

SPRING VALLEY — Spring Valley’s Zack Harvey has a storm in his future. More specifically a RedStorm.

Harvey signed Thursday to play baseball for the University of Rio Grande and he couldn’t be more pleased.

“I visited campus and fell in love with it,” he said. “I liked the baseball program and it’s homey out there.”

Harvey, who was also recruited by Marietta and WV Tech, says he hopes to play both shortstop and pitch, both of which he was quite successful at in high school.

In his senior year, Harvey had 91 at bats and tallied 31 hits for a.340 batting average. On the mound he had four wins, two losses, three saves, and two no-hitters.

Harvey could get playing time early as the RedStorm lost four pitchers of last season’s 35-22 team that won the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament title and advanced to the NAIA regional.

“His upside is his arm strength,” Rio Grande Coach Brad Warnimont said. “He only weighs 155 pounds so he’s got a lot of growing and maturing to do. I came to watch him and his last pitch of the day was 85 mph. I can see him getting stronger and throwing 87 or 88. He has a wealth of potential.”

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South downs North in shootout

By GRANT TRAYLOR
HD Media

SOUTH CHARLESTON — In a basketball all-star game it’s easy for players to get into an individual scoring mentality.

All it took to erase that individualism Friday night in the North-South All-Star Basketball Classic game in the South Charleston Community Center was one look at the scoreboard early in the second half.

The North squad led by 17 at halftime and stretched it to 24 points before the South’s defense took over. The South went on a furious run in the final 15 minutes of the game, erased the deficit and took a 115-106 victory.

“At first everyone gets into the mindset of ‘It’s an all-star game and we don’t care,’” Huntington High’s Anthony Meadows said. “That’s when you start getting lackadaisical and they jumped on us. In the second half it got real competitive and we were playing defense. We had to stop their shooters because they were shooting on us.”

The North put up 70 points in the first half, but the South allowed only 36 in the final 20-minute half.

With the result hanging in the balance, Spring Valley’s Jacob Kilgore came up with some of the game’s biggest plays in a quick three-minute spurt.

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Bowen, Noe, McCloud named to AA All-State team

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — Kodie Bowen leads a trio of Pioneers in being named to the Class AA All-State Team by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.

Bowen, the only senior on this season’s Wayne squad, was named a utility player on the first team. He hit .279 for the Pioneers. He accounted for 19 RBI and scored 17 runs with three home runs on the season.

Dakota McCloud was named to the second team as a pitcher.

McCloud pitched 60 and a third innings, had a record of 5-5 and tallied an ERA of 1.276.

Cody Noe earned special honorable mention honors. Noe hit .432 in 81 at bats. He had a .960 fielding percentage.

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Jackson leads five Timberwolves on All-State team

 

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Spring Valley’s Brooke Jackson was named to the first team Class AAA All-State team as a utility selection.

She leads four other Timberwolves in being selected to the All-State roster.

Making Special Honorable mention was Haleigh Christopher and Haley Caldwell.

Jade Spurlock and Taylor Scott were named Honorable Mention.

Mussleman’s Sabrina Schroades was named captain of the first team.

Heading into the state tournament, Shroades had allowed just five earned runs in 91 innings of work on the season while striking out 204 batters — an average of more than two per inning — en route to a 13-1 record.

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Zack Harvey

Harvey earns first-team All-MSAC honors

 

Staff report

HUNTINGTON — Spring Valley’s Zack Harvey was a first team All-Mountain State Athletic Conference selection.

Harvey, a senior pitcher/short stop, was listed as a pitcher on the first team roster with a record of 3-1.

Timberwolves outfielder Casey Kelly and utility player Tyler Robertson were named to the second team.

Jonah Wellman was named all-conference honorable mention.

MSAC champs Hurricane had three first team selections on the all-conference team. Pitcher J.T. Rogoszewski, shortstop Trey Dawson and designated hitter Tate Brock — all seniors — represented the Redskins on the first unit.

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Wayne softball players earn all-state honors

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — Six softball players from this year’s Pioneers squad earned All-State honors from the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.

Kasey Endicott was named to the first team. The senior hit .448 this season and lead the team in RBI with 30.

Jacey Parsons was named the captain of the second team. Parsons, who injured her shoulder and had to sit out a few games, had a fielding percentage of .976 and hit .333.

Tara Watts was also named to the second team. Watts, a junior, hit .349 this season.

Pitching ace Emily Thompson was named second team. Thompson had a 1.736 ERA in 96.2 innings pitched.

Savannah Perry and Rileigh Parsons were given Special Honorable Mention honors.

Perry hit .254 with a .317 slugging percentage.

Parsons was great as the teams catcher. She had a 1.000 fielding percentage, meaning she was perfect behind the plate. In 196 chances, she registered 182 putouts and 14 assists.

Allie Maynard received honorable mention honors.

Maynard hit .338 and tallied 15 RBI.

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I’m not wired to be a sports dad

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports editor

At a recent Little League tournament I heard two sets of parents talking about a player.

“I can’t believe they have him playing. Can you? I mean he’s only hitting in the .290s.”

“I know. Johnny said it causes him to panic at the plate because he knows Timmy likely wont get a hit to move him over.”

I listened as they continued to talk about this child, a teammate of their child, as if he were the broken link keeping their special little snowflake from making his Major League debut next spring.

The kid in question is 10-years-old. The adults in question were acting like 10-year-olds.

So it goes in youth sports. Where every parent thinks their kid is the star of the team. In rare cases this is true. But like I said, it’s rare.

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WCN Staff

Welcome to the first installment of a new weekly feature in the Wayne County News called #ICYMI: In Case You Missed It.

You’ll notice our graphic features a coffee-stained note with a typeface that looks hand written. It’s a homage to the countless notes and gallons of caffeinated beverages consumed in a week to bring the sports to you. Sometimes we can’t get everything in the paper so here’s a chance for us to play “catch up” and put out short bits of information.

Notes for this segment are taken from social media posts from other newspapers and media outlets and, most importantly, our own work in the field.

If you have a rumor or news nugget you think would be great for #ICYMI, please let us know via email at sports@waynecountynews.com; on Twitter at sports editor Scott Parsons account @ScottPWCN; our Facebook page www.facebook.com/WCNSPORTS or just give us a call (304) 272-3010 ext. 222.

Well, no better way to kick off the segment with a rumor. Apparently four Wayne county freshmen will not be playing at Spring Valley next season for head coach Bo Miller’s Lady Timberwolves basketball team. Rumor has it that Buffalo’s Haley McComas will attend Wayne High School next season. Three more players will attend Huntington St. Joe. Buffalo’s Paige Shy, along with Vinson’s Errin Kay and Griffyn Ellison are expected to play for the Lady Irish. We are not sure the reasoning behind this decision, given Spring Valley’s success the past several years and the loss of several starters.

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Lady Pioneers lead county with all conference nods

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports editor

WAYNE — The Lady Pioneers were honored with three players named to the All-Cardinal Conference first team.

Kasey Endicott, Emly Thompson and Tara Watts were honored for their play in a season that saw the Lady Pioneers win a sectional title.

Joining them on the first team is Tolsia’s Kerrie Lahoda.

Wayne’s Allison Maynard joins teammates Jacey and Rileigh Parsons earning second team honors.

Tolsia’s Kaitlyn Browning also made second team.

Wayne’s Shelby Fields was named honorable mention.

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Valley softball places two on MSAC first team

 

By MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

SPRING VALLEY – Spring Valley softball players Jade Spurlock and Brooke Jackson were named to the All-Mountain State Athletic conference first team this week.

Spurlock, a senior third-baseman wowed opposing teams with her solid defense at the hot-corner. She has signed to continue her career at Kentucky Christian next year.

Jackson, who played beside Spurlock at shortstop, helped Spring Valley to culminate one of the best left-infields in the state this season. The junior returns next season. She also saw some action on the mound for the Lady Wolves this season.

Overall, Spring Valley placed five players on the All-MSAC squad.

Junior first-baseman Taylor Scott was named to the second team. Haley Caldwell, who saw most of her time at second base and on the mound, was selected special honorable mention.

Catcher Haley Christopher was named honorable mention. Both Caldwell and Christopher return next season.

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Region IV exerts dominance in softball

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — Late in the high school softball regular season, Wayne High School senior Brooke Smith noted that the hardest part of the post season was getting past the Region. She said whoever won Region IV would win the state title in Class AA.

Her senior teammates agreed.

A future in prognosticating could be in their futures.

Region IV not only won in Class AA, but the region swept all three classes at the W.Va. State Softball Tournament.

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Is asking for a baseball team in our area too much?

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

Many have dreamed. Many have died waiting for that dream to come true.

Chicago Cubs fans, you may ask?

Well, yes, but not in this instance.

I’m talking about minor league baseball in Huntington or the surrounding areas.

The Huntington Cubs, a rookie level affiliate of the aforementioned Chicago Cubs, played from 1990 to 1994 in the Appalachian League. Before them, you have to go back to 1942 to the Mountain State League to find the Huntington Jewels. The Jewels were an affiliate of the St. Louis Browns.

Since the Cubs packed their bags and left town it’s been a revolving door of various independent league teams, like the Rampage or the Rail Kings, none of which were able to get a foothold in the soil around Huntington.

If you’re a baseball fan, it’s been a long, hard, never-ending winter of baseball discontent.

Even our little burg of Wayne was tantalizingly close to having a team once. The West Virginia Coal Sox formed in 1993 as part of the Frontier League. The team went 3-7 before folding operations.

Our area is surrounded by baseball options. None of which are easy to get to for a person of meager means with two kids, like me.

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WINNER — Jacob Kilgore poses with his medals at the WV State Track Meet in Charleston. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Win helps Kilgore put to rest 2014 false start

 

BY DAVID WALSH
HD Media

CHARLESTON — That infamous false start became old news Saturday for Spring Valley’s Jacob Kilgore. Let’s talk victory.

Kilgore, haunted by a false start that knocked him out of the Class AAA boys 400 a year ago, got off the line OK this time and blitzed the field, winning in 49.09 seconds in his final appearance in the West Virginia High School Track Championships at Laidley Field.

“Been waiting on this for four years,” a happy Kilgore said after the race. “I finally got it.”

Kilgore, a senior, had hooked up with Cabell Midland’s Daniel Jarrell for some tight 400s during the regular season and regional. Saturday, Jarrell pulled a hamstring during the race, came in eighth and didn’t run again. So Kilgore pulled away from Will Walker of George Washington down the stretch to win. Walker was second in 49.71.

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Spring Valley’s Kilgore true class act

 

By MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

Spring Valley out-going senior Jacob Kilgore is just the kind of kid you cannot help but root for.

I have had the privilege of covering some of the decade’s top prep athletes in West Virginia throughout my career, but this season will stand out to me more than ever. Not only because Spring Valley had the state’s top lineman, another going on to play at Marshall, a record-breaking quarterback, or a great girl’s basketball team led by a group of classy outgoing seniors – but because of Kilgore’s accomplishments.

Not only was he the MSAC Player of the Year in both basketball and track, but he was also named the state’s top basketball player.

Pretty impressive for a kid that looks like he should be on a Broadway remake of the “Wizard of Oz” playing the Scarecrow.

What really makes this kid an exception is that unlike the Scarecrow, Kilgore does have a brain. How many kids do you know go into pre-med and decided to just walk-on to play basketball at the same university? I can only name one right now and I am writing this column about him.

And what can you say about his character that has not already been said?

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GIVING BACK — Jeff Smith works on the new baseball field at Vinson Middle School. Submitted photo

Smith just carrying on a family tradition

 

By MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

WESTMORELAND – For years, Vinson High School graduate and lifelong Westmoreland resident Jeff Smith watched his family give back to the community.

Smith’s father and grandfather both maintained the athletic fields at the former Vinson High School for years. They not only gave pride to a community, but instilled the same values of service in the younger Smith.

“My grandfather played ball here. I grew up on that football field,” Smith said pointing at the field behind him.

Vinson’s fields had gone into disrepair after the high school was consolidated into Spring Valley. The football field saw wear and tear after years of neglect along with several years minus a middle school team. The baseball field had become an eyesore in the community, with its last game played in 1999.

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WINDING UP — Spring Valley’s Austin McCloud pitches during the third inning on Thursday against Cabell Midland. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Cabell Midland rallies past Wolves

 

By TIM STEPHENS
HD Media

SPRING VALLEY — In mid-April, Cabell Midland likely would have lost a baseball game when it trailed 4-1 in the fifth inning.

What a difference one month has made in the Knights.

Kirk Jennings hit a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Brady Elkins with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning Thursday to give Cabell Midland a 5-4 victory over Spring Valley in the Class AAA, Region IV, Section 4 semifinals. The Knights advance to Friday’s 5:30 p.m. championship game against Huntington High at Spring Valley.

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LONG, GLORIOUS HAIR — Josh Mitts trots off the field during the sectional final against Mingo Central Tuesday night. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Josh Mitts is Wayne baseball’s ‘mane man’

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

Go to a Wayne High School baseball and set your sights on the outfield when the Pioneers are on the field.

With any luck, you’ll see a fly ball lifted to the deeper parts of the park. But don’t keep you eye on the ball. Watch the outfielder tracking the ball.

Or more specifically, watch the golden locks of Josh Mitts flow in the wind as he deftly moves under the ball.

When it comes to fantastic follicles, Mitts is Wayne’s “mane man.” Did you see what I did there? Yeah, I’m pretty proud of that.

Mitts could be a throw back to the 1980s when hair metal bands ruled the world. His hair stands out among his teammates who all sport crossly cropped haircuts. It’s an attention getter, and Mitts is just fine with that.

When someone has hair like Mitts, the curious nature of a writer forced me to find out more about this young man — specifically, more about his hair.

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Kilgore qualifies for state meet

 

By MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

SPRING VALLEY – Spring Valley’s Jacob Kilgore is a step closer to bringing home another state championship in track.

The senior sprinter set a track record Thursday night in the 400m with a 46.9 time. He then took first in the 800m at the Region IV track meet at Cabell Midland High School. The wins come after Kilgore finished second last week in the 400m at the MSAC Championships. He finished seventh in the 800m.

Despite the poor showing last week, Kilgore was also named the MSAC Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year. He was named the State Player of the Year and MSAC Player of the Year in basketball earlier this year.

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Wayne track & field athletes win events at Region IV meet

 

Staff report

CHARLESTON — Wayne High School athletes won four events Thursday in the Class AA, Region IV track and field meet at Laidley Field.

Katie Napier, a Wayne sophomore, was first in two girls events, the 800-meter run with a time of 2:41.02 and the 1600 with a time of 6:00.90.

Wayne sophomore Mica Mathis was first in the girls shot put (31-feet, 7.50 inches) and placed second in the discus (89-2).

Kade Sebastian of the Pioneers, a junior, won the boys 100 with a time off 11.28 seconds.

Wayne’s girls took second place in the 4x800 relay with Hailey Lunsford, Napier, Shelby Adams and Jamaylan Ray (11:16.50) and were fourth in the 4x400 with Kendra Francis, Lunsford, Napier and Adams (4:36.51).

For the Wayne boys, Mason Adkins finished second in the 800 (2:09.01). Adkins also ran with Brian Robertson, Isaiah Mathis and Ben Thompson on the runner-up 4x800 relay (9:22.16).

A third-place finish was recorded by the Wayne boys (Adkins, Thompson, Seth Napier, Robertson) in the 4x400 with a time of 3:50.07.

Christian Buckley from Poca set meet records while winning the shot put (59-10) and discus (186-9). Shawn Arthur from Poca won the boys 110 hurdles (16.0).

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Lady Pioneers ready to face Chapmanville

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports editor

WAYNE — If anyone doubts how serious the Wayne Lady Pioneers are about winning another state title, just go down to the softball field at 10 p.m. or 5:30 a.m. You’ll likely find them practicing.

Wayne hosts the regional semifinal on Thursday against Chapmanville.
The Lady Pioneers have beaten the Tigers two times this year in the regular season.

The first time Emily Thomson had 13 strikeouts and Wayne got past Chapmanville 3-2 in eight innings. That game featured five lead changes. Ali Maynard hit a solo home run in the eigth inning to ead the Pioneers to the win.

The second time Wayne beat Chapmanville was a game split over the course of a week.

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Kilgore takes aim at regionals

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

Spring Valley’s Jacob Kilgore is done with school.

The senior is no longer required to get up early and make his way to the high school for a day of reading, writing and arithmetic.

But he still has some unfinished business as a Timberwolf athlete.

Kilgore will be competing in the Region IV track meet at Cabell Midland High School in the 200m, 400m and 800m events.

“I’ve got 12 days left of track,” Kilgore said. “After that, I’m on to basketball.”

Kilgore has signed to play as an invited walk-on with Marshall University.

Even though he does not have to go to school each day, Kilgore is still staying focused.

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Wayne wins six events in conference track meet

Staff report

POCA, W.Va. - Wayne High School athletes won six events Thursday in the Cardinal Conference track and field meet at Poca High School.

Herbert Hoover was the girls team champion while Poca won the boys meet.

Katie Napier from Wayne was a double winner in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:35.91 and the 1600 with a time of 6:04.84. Mica Mathis of the Pioneers won the shot put (32-feet, 6.50 inches) and discus (88-8.25).

Wayne’s girls also won the 4x800 relay. Shelby Adams, Hailey Lunsford, Savanna Mays and Napier had a time of 11:46.00.

Kade Sebastian from Wayne was a winner in the boys 100-meter run with a time of 11.09 seconds.

Mingo Central’s girls won two events. Tyshira Joplin was first in the long jump (15-0.50) and ran the 4x100 relay with Alexa Fields, Amber Hensley and Mikashia Rhodes (54.56).

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A PERFECT GAME — Justin Harrold pitched a perfect game as his Best Title Mets defeated the Area Advertising Braves 10-0. Harrold faced 12 batters and struck out 11. Submitted photo.

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Timberwolves fall
to South Charleston

 

HD Media

SPRING VALLEY - South Charleson scored twice in the top of the seventh to secure a 3-1 win over Spring Valley in high school baseball Wednesday night at Spring Valley.

Trevor Sampson and Michael Lore each drove in a run for the Black Eagles.

The Timberwolves (15-11) got their run in the seventh on a steal of home. They had just three hits off Black Eagles starter Jacob Marler and Sampson, who pitched the seventh.

Spring Valley travels to Beckley on Thursday to face Woodrow Wilson.

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Prichard pole tells a story few may know

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

There’s a pole along the fence line at Prichard Elementary that is a little different than the rest.

This pole is covered with a fading coat of black paint. Other poles look like it in shape and size. But this pole once stood as a barrier between warring factions. Like the Great Wall of China helped keep the Mongolians at bay, the black pole prevented injuries and brought to an end the most violent team sport this writer has ever been a part of.

When I was a sixth grader at Prichard Elementary, the boys in our class devised a game that combined football, rugby and soccer. We played this game every recess. The fifth graders wanted to play, so we all separated by class and began playing.

The premise of this still unnamed sport was simple: To score more goals than your opponent. The goal didn’t count unless the ball was kicked hard enough at the fence to make it ring when it hits.

Like soccer, you couldn’t pick up the ball and run with it. Unlike soccer you could advance the ball by spiking it forward or, as this tactic began to show, spike it in the face of an opponent.

I said it was a violent game.Thursday to face Woodrow Wilson.

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TAKING THE SHOT — Wayne Middle School’s Carson Boothe hits his putt during the Silo Middle School Golf Tournament. Photo courtesy Matt Wilson

Seeds for expanded junior golf planted in tournament

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports editor

LAVALETTE — The Silo Middle School Golf Tournament took place on Thursday at Silo Golf Course.

If golf pro at Silo, Scott Rousey, gets his way this will be the start of many years of junior golf at Silo.

“Bruce Hollis did a really good job of putting this league together,” Rousey said. “We give them the opportunity to play. There’s no charge for them to come out and play and practice.”

It’s all a part of growing the sport of golf in Wayne County and surrounding communities.

“It’s a learning initiative,” Rousey said. “Some kids can play from the red tees. Some are only able to play from 150 yards in. But what I tell everyone is golf is a sport they can play for the rest of their lives.”

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COLLEGE BOUND — Spring Valley’s Dana Maynard will sign a letter of intent to play collegiate soccer at Oglethorm University in Atlanta. A signing ceremony will take place at Spring Valley High School on Tuesday. Photo courtesy A. Dane’e Maynard.

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Wolves fall to Highlanders in MSAC tourney

 

By GRANT TRAYLOR
HD Media

HURRICANE — In the last few innings of Huntington High’s softball game Tuesday against Spring Valley in the Mountain State Athletic Conference tournament semifinals, the Highlanders were their own worst enemy.

Huntington High had four consecutive promising innings end with double plays — some unlucky, some self-inflicted — while also making three fielding errors that helped keep Spring Valley in striking range.

Just as it appeared the ‘Wolves smelled blood, the Highlanders found a way to crawl to safety.

Huntington High escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the top of the seventh inning to win, 7-6, in front of a chilly, but raucous crowd at Hurricane.

“Against a team like Spring Valley, we’re lucky to get out with a win,” Huntington High coach Darren Woody said. “Alli (Spring Valley coach Alli Hatfield) has a great team over there and they just kept picking away and picking away and picking away.”

Hurricane won its semifinal game against Parkersburg, 8-0. The Redskins and Highlanders meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday for the conference championship. Spring Valley plays Parkersburg at 5 p.m. in the consolation matchup.

The Highlanders are in the MSAC championship for the first time since since 2008 — the last time the team took home a Class AAA championship.

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Wolves hold off Cabell Midland

By TIM STEPHENS
HD Media

SPRING VALLEY – A thing of beauty it wasn’t, but since it was baseball and not a pageant, Spring Valley will take it.

The Timberwolves (13-8) scored the winning run on a wild pitch Monday in a 7-6 victory over Cabell Midland. The game featured 17 walks, four errors, five wild pitches and a plethora of base running blunders on a chilly evening.

Spring Valley scored six times in the bottom of the first inning to take a 6-1 lead before Cabell Midland rallied to tie it in the fourth inning.

“Teams like Cabell Midland, we want to be like them,” Spring Valley coach Jim Hensley said of the traditional power Knights. “They got down 6-1, but they didn’t roll over. They fought back.”

Cabell Midland (8-11) had a chance to tie it in the seventh against Timberwolves closer Casey Kelly. With one out, Tyler Crank singled, but was caught stealing by catcher Jonah Wellman. Cole Tilley, who had doubled in his previous at bat, grounded hard to third base to end the game.

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