Vol. 140, No. 30 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Wednesday, April 16, 2014

SHE’S GOT A STEP – Wayne’s Olivia Followay was one of the standout players during Saturday’s road doubleheader win against Mingo Central. WCN file photo

Wayne takes twin bill in landslide against Mingo Central

By Kyle Lovern
Williamson Daily News

The Mingo Central Lady Miners scattered four hits on Saturday, but weren’t able to push enough runs across, and lost 11-1 to visiting Wayne and then 10-0 in the second contest.

Tara Watts got the win for Wayne in the first game. She allowed one run in three innings of work. Watts struck out three, walked two and gave up four hits.

Wayne’s Olivia Followay, Watts, Kasey Endicott and Jess Ferrell combined for five hits and six RBIs.

Kara Lester couldn’t get it done on the rubber for the Miners and took the loss. She allowed 11 runs in three innings, walked five and struck out two. The lead stayed with Wayne after the first, when it scored eight runs on two doubles, an RBI single by Brooke Smith, and an RBI triple by Ferrell.

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LOOKS PRETTY CLOSE – Wayne center fielder Cody Stiltner slides into third base apparently ahead of the tag Wednesday night. Stiltner finished the game by going 2-for-4 with a pair of runs batted in and two stolen bases in the 4-0 win against Lincoln County. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff innings agains the Poca Dots while on the road. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Pioneers shut out Lincoln Co.

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – Fresh off Tuesday evening’s come-from-behind win against Sissonville, the Wayne Pioneer baseball team rode the momentum to a 4-0 win against visiting Lincoln County Wednesday night at George Brumfield Ballpark.

“It was a good win,” Wayne Coach Todd Ross said, “We gained a little more confidence. “We came into the game with a little more emotion today and played with more life and they were more fun to watch through seven innings.

“We like to play small ball and get a run an inning if we can and there were several times when we did what we were supposed to do and bring a runner in.”

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SAFE! – In a close play at the plate, the Wayne Middle runner is called safe during Wednesday’s game with Vinson Middle School. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

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OFF TO THE RACES – The youngsters played Saturday during Crum’s Basketball Youth League. Photo submitted

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COMING THROUGH WHEN IT COUNTS – Wayne second baseman Nate Adkins prepares to run after hitting the ball. With two outs and the score tied at six, Adkins doubled home the game winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Pioneers a 7-6 win against conference opponent Sissonville Tuesday evening. It is the second come from behind victory for the Pioneers after scoring 12 runs in the final two innings agains the Poca Dots while on the road. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Late game rally gives Wayne win

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – The Wayne Pioneers put together a seven-run, late-game two-inning rally to come from behind to beat Cardinal Conference foe Sissonville, 7-6, Tuesday evening at George Brumfield Ballpark.

“I guess we’re the cardiac kids,” Wayne Coach Todd Ross said.

The Indians had just tacked on two more runs in the top of the sixth to expand their lead to 6-0 before Wayne pitcher Kodie Bowen helped himself with a two-run home run to score himself and Cody Stiltner who was waiting on first base after drawing a walk.

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C-K Little League Opening Day

WAIT FOR IT – The batter digs into the box Saturday at Legendary Mitch Stadium. Saturday was the opening day for the Ceredo-Kenova Little League. WCN Photo by Diane Pottorff

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THE PAY OFF – Spring Valley volleyball standout Megan Morrison signs her letter of intent with Ohio Christian University Friday morning. Morrison faced a serious injury that forced her to miss her junior year with the Timberwolves and had to work hard to recover. Photo submitted

Beating the odds pays off for Morrison

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

HUNTINGTON – Timberwolves’ volleyball standout Megan Morrison signed with Ohio Christian University in Circleville, Ohio, Friday morning in the Spring Valley auditorium.

“I decided on Ohio Christian because its small,” she said, “It has a really wonderful Christian atmosphere. I got to meet the girls on the team and the coaches and I could feel that they wanted me there to be part of everything. “And that is a feeling that any player wants to feel when they are being recruited.”

Morrison is a Class AAA first team All-Stater, Gatorade Player of the Year nominee and was named as a representative for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award, all while leading the T’Wolves to a 57-3-3 record last season before being eliminated in the state tournament finals by Greenbrier East.

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HOW SWEET IT IS – Former Tolsia Lady Rebel and U.S. Naval Academy point guard Kara Pollinger got an opportunity to put her uniform on one more time Thursday for the Buick Women’s Three-Point Shootout in Dallas as part of the Men’s Final Four festivities. Despite an early exit, Pollinger enjoyed her time there. Photo submitted

One last hurrah for former Lady Rebel

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

DALLAS, Tx. – The U.S. Naval Academy women’s basketball season came to a close March 20, after Old Dominion eliminated the Mids from the Women’s NIT, 68-60.

But Tolsia graduate and Navy point guard Kara Pollinger got one more chance to put on her uniform Thursday night as one of the participants in the 2014 Buick Women’s Three-point Shootout at Moody Coliseum on the campus of Southern Methodist University in conjunction with the men’s basketball Final Four.

“It’s a privilege to be a part of this,” the former Lady Rebel said, “It’s exciting and there are a lot of good players here. “But it’s a sweet feeling to have the chance to put my uniform on one more time. Not a lot of players get the chance and it so humbling to even be considered.”

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OF TO THE RACES – The participants of the sixth annual Kellogg 5k and fun run start things off quickly Friday evening in Westmoreland. John Sloan of Huntington was the top overall finisher of the 5k with a time of 19:06. Fourth-grader Jordan Woods won the kids’ fun run. Photo courtesy of Kerry Carter Photography

Kellogg hosts annual 5k, fun run

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – When Kellogg Elementary School needs the community’s help, Westmoreland residents normally respond.

Friday night’s 6th Annual Kellogg 5K and Kids Fun Run is a great example of the community coming together to show school support.

As in years past, all proceeds go to help cover the expenses of after school programs. With 21st Century grant funding being cut in the state next year, the school more than ever needs extra funds to provide tutoring and after school health/nutrition programs.

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CLOSE PLAY AT THE PLATE – Spring Valley’s Cassie Adkins and Wayne’s Tara Watts meet in a swirl of dust at home plate while the umpire waits to make the call. It was the final play of the game, Watts was called out to end the contest in The Valley’s favor, 5-4. Photo courtesy of Kerry Carter Photography

Lady Wolves edge win against Wayne

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – Spring Valley’s softball team edged out a 5-4 victory against county opponent and defending AA champion Wayne Monday night, thanks to a wild finish.

Wayne picked up a run in the first to open the game, thanks to a pair of singles from Ali Maynard and Kasey Endicott to drive in Jacey Parsons who drew a walk. Spring Valley turned a double play two batters later to get out of the inning.

Spring Valley took the early 4-1 first inning lead thanks to a grand slam from cleanup hitter Haley Christopher. Christopher sent a 1-0 offering over left-center off starting Pioneer pitcher Shelby Fields. The homer forced Wayne coach Tish Smith to pull Fields after four batters and go to ace Jessie Rowe.

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IT’S A STRETCH – Wayne first baseman Tara Watts stretches out to tag the base. From the way the picture looks, it was a close play. Photo courtesy of Kerry Carter Photography

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LOCKED AND LOADED – The Tolsia Rebel softball team had 24 players out for the team this year along with a number of seniors. It is hoped that the senior class and their experience will translate into wins for Tolsia this season. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Good turnout for Rebels

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – The Tolsia Rebels softball team struggled down the stretch last year before falling to Mingo Central in the opening round of the section tournament.

But there is hope that this season things can turn around. The Rebels have had 24 players come out for the team this year and that provides a deep talent pool for Coach Jennifer Jude and her coaching staff.

“We have a large number of seniors this year,” Jude said, “We’ve also got some younger players out who have shown a lot of promise. “We’re just excited about the number of kids, it’s good for the program.”

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NEW HOPE – The Tolsia Rebels have adversity already built into their baseball schedule considering they are without a home field for the third year in a row. New coach Ryan Prince hopes that Tolsia can turn things around and show improvement this year. WCN photo by Jason Perry

New coach, new hope for Rebel baseball

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – Tolsia has never been known for its baseball, especially the last few years.

A more appropriate nickname for the Rebels would be the Nomads as the team has been without a home field going on three years when building the new school in Fort Gay demolished the baseball field.

Without a solid feeder system in place, coupled with no scheduled home games, it makes it tough for Tolsia to build any sort of momentum to carry into the next season.

New coach Ryan Prince, the third in as many years, realizes the problems facing his team and hopes to start them on the right track. Prince is a 2005 graduate of Tolsia and brings with him an understanding of what the Rebel players face each year.

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EXCITED FOR FIRST YEAR – The Wayne Middle School Lady Pioneers are eagerly awaiting the start of the their first ever softball season. Coach Melva Roach believes the turnout for the team this year shows that there is a demand for middle school teams in the County. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Lady Pioneer middle excited for softball

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – The first ever Wayne Middle School softball team kicks off the year this weekend amidst hope and excitement for its inaugural year.

Coaching the team is the husband and wife duo of Stacy and Melva Roach. “I hope the community is proud of the team,” Melva said.

With the way that things have came together for the middle school team it further shows the unity of the community and the programs.

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BUILDING TRADITIONS – The Wayne Middle School Pioneers are eagerly awaiting the start of the their first ever baseball season. Head Coach Bill Thompson understands the tradition of Wayne baseball and hopes to be able to pass this understanding on to his players. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Wayne middle ready to start baseball

by JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – After repeated attempts over the last few years, middle school baseball is here.

The Wayne Middle School baseball team will take the field this weekend to start its first season.

It will add another chapter in the rich tradition of Pioneer baseball by giving the high school team a more direct relationship with its future players.

As far as the tradition goes, Coach Bill Thompson understands completely what is at stake for his team and its importance to the future of Wayne baseball.

Thompson, a 1989 graduate of Wayne, was a member of two George Brumfield coached post-season Pioneer teams in the ‘80s and went on to play in the Detroit Tigers organization.
Taking the reins of the fledgeling program is akin to coming home for Thompson.

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A NEW GENERATION – Former All-State Tolsia guard Terry Davis returns to basketball, coaching the Crum travel team this year. Davis is guiding the youngsters, along with younger brother Cory, to a future in the sport. The team will see stiff competition today in their first tournament at Huntington. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Former Tolsia standout returns to coach

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

CRUM – After a year away from basketball, former Tolsia standout and All-State guard Terry Davis returns for a new chapter in the sport he loves.

“It feels good to be back,” Davis said, “Especially to come back and help out the community. “I’ve gained about 40 pounds, but it’s been fun to get back into the gym.”

Davis is the coach of the newly implemented Crum travel basketball team and has been working with the players in preparation for the coming season.

The team also counts among its members, Davis’ youngest brother Cory.

“I want to be able to prepare the kids for the next level,” Davis said, “But I think if you are a coach, you’re going to be under a lot of pressure to perform. “It doesn’t matter what level, there is pressure.”

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HEY, COACH COULD YOU HURRY? – Wayne Williamson is one of the volunteer coaches for the Crum Youth Basketball league. Here, he stops to tie the shoe of one of his young players. According to Vice-President Greg Bragg, it is volunteers like Williamson who help make the league a success each year. WCN photo by Jason Perry

It takes a community to build a league

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

CRUM – When it comes to youth leagues, Crum seems to have a secret formula for success.

With 170 participating children, the Crum basketball Youth League is having its most successful season yet.

Although it’s the league’s highest-ever turnout, league Vice-President Greg Bragg says that since its re-formation four years ago, turnout has been good.

“Things dropped off for a few years,” he said, “But there was an interest in it and we picked it back up and had 120 kids the first year. “We go from ages four, up to 12, and are really happy with the league. “It takes a lot of work to get things going and running smoothly.”

Bragg says that his wife, Peggy, who is league secretary, does a lot of work behind the scenes to keep the league operating efficiently.

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BEST CUSTOM ROD COUPE – At the 37th World of Wheels was Huntington’s Dale Davis’ 1940 Ford Deluxe. The brilliant red car was a fan favorite and featured a Ford engine, somewhat different that most older restorations in those classes. WCN photo by Ron Ferguson

37th Annual World of Wheels 2014 results

CUSTOM ROD CLASS
Custom Rod Sedan: 1 – Mike Neal, Catlettsburg, 1938 rod
Custom Rod Coupe: 3 – Thomas Thornburgh, Chesapeake, Ohio, 1939 Ford Coupe; 2 – Glenn R. Taylor, Huntington, 1946 Chevy Coupe: 1 – Dale Davis, Huntington, 1940 Ford lDeluxe Coupe
Custom Rod Pickup: 1 – Larry Morris, Huntington, 1936 Ford Pickup
Radical Custom Rod Sedan: Leeinda Christian, Catlettsburg, 1939 Ford
Radical-Custom Rod Pickup: 2 – Don Stewart, Ashland, 1944 Chevy Truck; 1 – Isom Ooten, Lenore, 1937 Ford Pickup
Custom Rod Convertible: 1 – Tony McQuaid, Proctorville, 1941 Willys Swoopster
Street Coupe: 2 – John Parsons, Salt Rock, - 1932 Ford Coupe and David Smith, Hurricane,, 1932 Ford 5-window (tie); 1 – Edgar Nethercutt, Ashland, 1934 Ford Coupe
Altered Street Coupe: 1 – Dan Jeffries, Chesapeake, Ohio, 1932 Ford Coupe
Altered Street Sedan: 1 – Randy Scott, Mt. Sterling, Ohio, 1934 Ford Sedan
Rat Rod: 3 – Russell Bryan, Catlettsburg, 1925 Ford pickup; 2 – Tyler Smith, Hurricane, 1958 Beetle; 1 – Ben Harvey, Lesage, 1930 Ford Coupe

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READY TO GO – The Wayne Lady Pioneers are ready for the start of the new softball season which is only days away. Despite bad weather limiting preseason workouts, Wayne is confident that it will its stride once play starts. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Lady Pioneers softball reload for coming season

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – After a dominant run to their second straight Class AA State Softball Championship in Vienna, the Wayne Lady Pioneers are reloading for the new season.

Things aren’t going to be easy, but according to Coach Tish Smith, they never are. The Cardinal Conference is stacked with quality teams such as Chapmanville, Herbert Hoover, and Sissonville, itching to dethrone the champs this season.

“Any time you are playing in the Cardinal Conference, you have to be ready for any of those teams,” Smith said, “Teams in the conference play one another like it’s the state championship, so you’re going to get a good game out of any of them. “We play them like we play our toughest opponents and biggest rivals and we look forward to games like that.”

But if that wasn’t enough, there have been some things that came up in the off-season that have added a little diversity this year.

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IT’S NEW SEASON – The Wayne Pioneers have more players this year with a crop of freshman that Coach Todd Ross hopes will be a key ingredient in putting Wayne deep into the postseason. WCN photo by Jason Perry

New year, new season for Wayne baseball

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – The Wayne Pioneer baseball team has come close to a berth in the state tournament for the last few years only to miss it with the last one coming last season in a 4-2 loss to eventual Class AA state champion Herbert Hoover in the Region IV title game.

Coach Todd Ross feels that coming close, but not getting over the hump is because of his team being short a pitcher or a needed hitter.

“This year we’ve got pitchers back,” Ross said, “This year, we’re the same type team. “We still have some holes to fill. We’re looking for some offense. “But we’re working on fundamentals and hopefully we can get to where we need by playoff time.”

But Ross feels that things are about to change this season.

“It’s our goal every year to go to Charleston,” he said, “In the last few years we’ve only been one pitcher or hitter away form it.

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Wayne County trio named to All-USA team

ALL-WEST VIRGINIA – The trio of Grant Ferguson, Mason Hodge, and Trevor Stacy were honored this week with places on the 2013 American Family Insurance All-USA West Virginia Football team. The team is compiled by USA Today and each state is represented with a team. Ferguson and Hodge, both members of the Wayne Pioneers, were recognized for their defensive play while SpringValley’s Stacy was acknowledged as a a standout offensive lineman. Of the players from across the state named to the team, the three were the only juniors recognized. In addition to the state teams, USA Today also puts together an All-USA team. WCN file photos

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ALL EYES ON HER – Cassie Adkins will be expected to shoulder the leadership role for the Spring Valley Lady Wolves during this year’s campaign. WCN photo by Diane Pottorrff

Lady Wolves excited about softball season

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

HUNTINGTON – After finishing last year as section runner-up, the Spring Valley Lady Wolves have hopes that this softball season will build upon the success.

It may take a little time to get things going since the Wolves haven’t had many opportunities to practice outside due to the harsh winter. In spite of this, Coach Allison Hatfield remains confident in her team’s abilities.

“We’ve gotten in three outside practices,” she said, “But from what I’ve seen out of the girls, I am very excited about the season. “We have a lot of talent this year and the girls are very excited to be playing.”

Spring Valley will have to use that excitement to its advantage in the early going as slow starts have been a problem for the team over the last few seasons.

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BIG CHANCE – Aaron Ham will be one of the returning players expected to make an impact for Spring Valley baseball. WCN file photo

Spring Valley rebuilding for baseball future

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

HUNTINGTON – The Spring Valley baseball team upended Huntington last season only to be swept by Cabell Midland in the section championship and things aren’t going to get easier this year.

“We’ve got 30 kids out for the team,” T’Wolves Coach Jimmy Hensley said, “But of those 30, 15 are freshman.

“So it looks good for the future, but we’re going to have to see how things go this year. “Four or five of the freshman are pretty good lefties, too. That’s almost unheard of; to have that many left-handers.”

So far, due to the weather, Spring Valley has been confined to indoor practices with only a few outside.

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HERE IT COMES – Wayne’s Mikey Perry got the start Friday evening in the Big Sandy Bash tourney at Randy Keaton Field in Louisa, Ky. Wayne lost in six innings, 10-0. Perry pitched well through three innings. WCN photo by Greg Turner

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CLOSE, VERY CLOSE – Wayne second baseman Jacey Parsons makes a tag on a Spring Valley runner who was caught napping on the pick off during Friday evening’s scrimmage between the programs. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

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MAKE WAY – Spring Valley’s Josh Steele drives past the Hurricane defender in Tuesday’s Region IV game. Photo courtesy of Kerry Carter Photography

Tough end to Timberwolves' season

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HURRICANE – Tuesday night’s 81-80 loss to the Hurricane Redskins marked the end to a tough season for the Spring Valley Timberwolves – with a chance to play in the state tournament in Charleston on the line.

An 83-63 loss to Huntington last Saturday in the Region IV, Section 2 final set up Tuesday’s win or go home game against Region IV, Section 1 champion Hurricane. Spring Valley was unable to stop the speedy and slashing Huntington offense.

Huntington went on a 29-5 run during a five-minute stretch thanks to three Tavian Dunn-Martin three-pointers. Martin led the Highlanders with 18 points including five from behind the arc.

Big man Arik Nicks finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds – dominating the glass against the outmatched Wolves in the paint.

“They wore us out in every phase of the game. We played too soft and were killed on the boards. That was not the effort we wanted rebounding,” head coach Cory Maynard said of the loss.

Herbert led the Wolves with 22 points. Austin Keyser 17 points and Jacob Kilgore added 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Maynard said he had hoped Tuesday night’s effort would be better than Saturday night’s and his team answered fighting to the bitter end of the loss to Hurricane.

The game was everything a sports fan could want with both teams locking up for a tight matchup most of the contest.

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WAYNE PIONEER TWO-SPORT ATHLETES – The Wayne basketball team benefited from experience of athletes who also are part of the successful football team, they are: Seth Napier, Brayden Baker, Grant Ferguson, Alex Elkins, and Tucker Watts. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Big game experience benefits Pioneers

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – Experience can go a long way in sports, especially when it comes to teen-aged athletes.

Just ask the members of the Wayne Pioneer basketball team who also play football how much it helps.

Grant Ferguson, Alex Elkins, Tucker Watts, Brayden Baker, and Seth Napier are five of the two-sport athletes that Pioneer Coach Sam Cochenour had to work with this season and the lessons learned on the gridiron carried over into one of the most successful seasons Wayne basketball has had in recent memory.

“I think that when you play other sports, like they do, and do well then that attitude of refusing to lose carries over,” Cochenour said, “I think the guys that stand out in two or three sports definitely know how to win.

The Pioneers finished 12-12 after a heartbreaking 79-41 loss to Scott in the Section 2, Region IV semi-finals in Logan this year. It was one of the deepest postseason runs the team has ever made and is just the start of milestones achieved by the team this year.

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ONE ON ONE – Wayne Lady Pioneer standout pitcher Jesse Rowe takes some time to talk with and encourage one of the 60 youngsters who turned out for the Pioneer softball clinic in the high school gym. Working with the community and the Lavalette and Wayne Little Leagues is a good way to prepare for the future of county sports and let the defending champions unwind with a little more than a week to go to the start of the season. Photo submitted by Tracy Endicott

Wayne softball clinic best yet?

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – Everyone loves a winner and that was readily apparent Saturday afternoon in Wayne when 60 youngsters came out for the back-to-back state champion Wayne Lady Pioneers softball clinic.

“We’ve had three in the past, so this was our fourth clinic,” Pioneer Coach Tish Smith said, “We were only expecting a turnout of 20 or 30 kids and we got 60. It was a great time. This was our most successful and we had kids of all ages come out for it. I’m sure that our success in the last two years had something to do with it, but it was promoted well in the Little League, so that helps.”

According to Smith, the clinic was a late decision because of the weather of the last month. “We hadn’t planned on doing one this year,” she said, “But Lavalette and Wayne Little League asked us to do one for the kids.

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LOW BRIDGE – The Logan defender made the wrong choice in defending Spring Valley’s Jacob Kilgore Thursday night in the first round of the section tournament. Kilgore scored 24 points in the 67-58 win. WCN photo by Wanda Willoughby

Wolves advance to section final

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

ONA — Last year’s season-ending loss to Logan in the opening round of the Region IV, Section 2 tournament was a tough one for the Spring Valley Timberwolves boys’ basketball program.

Spring Valley took the Wildcats to the final buzzer in overtime, eventually losing on a last second shot – but this year the Wolves played a little harder and a little wiser, picking up the 67-58 win to face Huntington High Saturday night for the Section championship.

Spring Valley jumped out to an early 17-4 lead, thanks to cold Logan shooting. The Wildcats shot a meager 2-of-13 from the field in the first quarter to dig themselves into an early hole.

Logan, known for living and dying off the 3-point shot, went behind the arc to pull back into the game. Denny Adkins and Zac Acord nailed back-to-back 3-pointers, followed by a Brendan Street layup to cap a second-quarter opening 8-0 run and cut the lead to 17-12. The Wildcats defense slowed down Spring Valley’s hot shooting, as Logan adjusted from man defense to a zone. The adjustment forced Spring Valley to slow its offense and go away from the early game plan of pounding the ball inside to Jacob Kilgore.

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ALL HUSTLE – Wayne’s Seth Napier gets around the defense and takes the ball to the hoop during Wednesday’s Section 2, Region IV semi-final game against Scott. Wayne lost, 79-41. Photo courtesy Paul Adkins of the Logan Banner

Poor shooting ends Pioneers’ season

Staff Report

LOGAN – Scott eliminated the Wayne Pioneers, 79-41, from the post season after Wayne shot a dismal 26 percent from the field Wednesday night at Willie Akers Arena in the semifinals of the Class AA Section 2, Region IV tournament.

But it wasn’t just shooting that the Pioneers had trouble with.

Defensively, Wayne couldn’t slow the top-seeded Skyhawks who shot 46 percent for the game and took a 20-point, 33-13 lead into the locker rooms at half time.

The Pioneers were able to regroup in the second half offensively, but were still unable to slow Scott’s attack.

Senior point guard Brett Justice led Wayne with 17 points while Nate Earl chipped in 10.nse and go away from the early game plan of pounding the ball inside to Jacob Kilgore.

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MEETING IN THE AIR – Tolsia’s Brandon Ward goes up for a layup as Pioneer guard Coby Wickline goes up to defend as Alex Elkins looks on. WCN Staff Photo

Wayne completes sweep of Rebels, advance in sectional

Staff Report

LOGAN – The Wayne Pioneers completed its first ever complete season sweep of Tolsia while dethroning the reigning Class AA Section 2 and Region IV champs, 63-47, Saturday evening in Logan at Willie Akers Arena in the first round of the Section 2, Region IV tournament.

The Rebels showed a more methodical approach to defense and offense that Wayne took advantage of by going on a six-minute 11-4 scoring run to open the game.

Tolsia was able finally find some holes in the Pioneer defense after shots from Tyler Stroud and Cody Salmons found their mark to narrow the gap to 15-8.

Stroud sank a pair of free throws to bring the Rebels to within five, but a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Braydon Baker at the end of the quarter made the score, 18-10.

Scores from Grant Ferguson, Alex Elkins, and Seth Napier in the second period brought the Wayne lead to double-digits, 22-12.

But, as would be the case for most of the night, whenever the Pioneers started to break the game open, Tolsia answered.

This time it came in the form of a trey from Stroud for the last of the sophomore’s 11 points in the half.

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Winnett was named to the WV/KY All-Star team. WCN file photo

Tolsia’s Winnett named to WV/KY All-Star Game

 

STAFF REPORT

The roster for the second annual Consol Energy WV-KY All-Star game was released Monday and Tolsia’s Savannah Winnett was on it.

Winnett will be one of the representatives for West Virginia in the game.

The Tolsia senior was first team All-Cardinal Conference and was also named to the Class AA All-State first girls’ basketball first team this year

Winnett shouldered the responsibility of leading a Lady Rebels team that, despite a good turnout for the squad, was basically facing a rebuilding season.

The post player helped lead Tolsia to the Section 2, Region IV tournament before a first round elimination by the Chapmanville Tigers.

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PUTTING IN SOME WORK – Spring Valley pitcher Mackenzie Acker pitched two complete games this week and helped the Lady Wolves to a pair of wins over MSAC rivals Huntington and St. Albans. WCN file photo

Lady Wolves pick up pair of wins

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – The Spring Valley softball team continues a much-improved 2014 campaign on the diamond with two more wins this past week.

The Lady Wolves defeated Huntington 10-2 Wednesday night and followed up with a 6-2 road win against St. Albans Thursday night.

The Lady Wolves put 10 runs on the scoreboard thanks to two big innings. Brooke Jackson got the scoring going with a leadoff solo homerun in the first and Haley Christopher followed up with a 2-run double to give the Lady Wolves a 3-0 lead.

Huntington got on the board thanks to three Spring Valley errors and scored another in the fourth, but it would prove too little too late. The Lady Wolves erupted for 7 runs in the third inning to make the difference in the game. Spring Valley ripped four hits including an RBI single by Jackson.

Pitcher MacKenzie Acker only struck out two in the game, but had command from the mound. She routinely forced Huntington hitters to put the ball on the ground or pop it up for routine plays. The only black mark on the team’s defense came in that three-error second inning.

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BE AGGRESSIVE – Lady Pioneer Emily Fry had a big home opening game Monday evening. The senior went 3-for-4 at the plate with two homers and six RBIs and was the major contributor to Wayne’s 10-2 win against rival Chapmanville. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Lady Pioneers seal home opening win

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – Whenever the Wayne Lady Pioneers and Cardinal Conference rival Chapmanville play, it is always a big game and Monday’s softball game at Pioneer Softball Field was no exception, as Emily Fry’s bat propelled Wayne to a 10-2 home opening six inning win.

The bases were loaded and there was one out. The score was tied at two in the bottom of the fifth inning, Fry came to the plate to face Tiger pitcher Cydnee Lambert.

The senior center fielder had popped out to the mound and singled during her previous at-bats, but this time was different.

Lambert put the ball across for a strike, but Fry was waiting on the next pitch and drove the ball over the left center fence for a grand-slam home run to put Wayne up 6-2.

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BIG KICK – Wayne pitching ace Jessie Rowe winds up for the pitch. Rowe got the complete game win Monday against Chapmanville. WCN photo by Jason Perry

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Wayne Co. players named All-Cardinal

STAFF REPORT

WAYNE – The Cardinal Conference released its All-Conference boys’ and girls’ basketball teams today and Wayne County schools Wayne and Tolsia were well represented.

For the boys’, Wayne Pioneer junior Grant Ferguson earned a spot on the first team after helping to lead his team to one of its best performances in recent memory.

An upset of then top-five Chapmanville, a complete season sweep of rival Tolsia and a second round appearance in the section tournament were just some of the milestones the Pioneers accomplished this season.

Joining Ferguson on the first team is Tolsia junior Kaleb Sturgell.

Sturgell, one of only three returning players from the Rebels’ state tournament team, led a Tolsia team that struggled to find an identity for most of the season.

The second team representatives were Rebel sharpshooter Tyler Stroud and Wayne senior point guard Brett Justice.

Receiving honorable mention was Wayne’s Alex Elkins, Nate Earl and Tucker Watts, along with Tolsia’s Blake Roberts, Brandon Ward, and Nate Adkins.

For the girls’, Tolsia’s Savannah Winnett was the lone Wayne County player named to the first team.

Winnett, making the move from the wing to the post her junior year, is one of the top post players in Class AA and was the Lady Rebels’ number one option in a tough season that saw the Rebels beaten in the section.

The second team saw Tolsia’s senior guard Jordan Presley receive a place along with Wayne’s Emily Marsh.

The honorable mentions for the Rebels were Tasha Nichols and Kerrie Lahoda.
Wayne Senior leader and point guard Taylor Bartram also received honorable mention.

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Redskins outpower Lady Wolves, 13-5

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – Teams usually win ball games on the diamond after hitting three homeruns, but for the Spring Valley Timberwolves softball team, Wednesday night’s game against the defending AAA champion Hurricane Redskins.

Spring Valley scored all but one run in the 13-5 loss on homeruns.

Jade Spurlock hit a solo homer in the first to lead the Lady Wolves. Haley Caldwell added a solo shot in the fourth and Alex Milum smashed a two-run shot in the sixth.

Spurlock led the Lady Wolves offensively with a 3-for-4 day.

Hurricane capitalized on three Spring Valley errors to accumulate a couple of six-run innings – which was the difference maker in the game. The Redskins sent 11 batters to the plate in both those innings – including six hits in the second.

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ACE – Wayne’s Mikey Perry struck out six batters Monday and took a tie game into the fifth inning. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Hoover fifth inning does in Pioneers

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – The Wayne Pioneer pitching duo of Mikey Perry and Dakota McCloud combined for 11 strikeouts Monday evening, but a five-run fifth inning by defending Class AA champion Herbert Hoover spoiled Wayne’s season opener at Pioneer Field, 6-1.

“It’s early in the season and the pitchers are always ahead of the hitters,” Wayne Coach Todd Ross said, “We got a good performance from our pitchers.

“We just made errors at the wrong time.
“We’d have a walk then make an error. I think most of their runs were unearned.”
With the score tied at one in the top of the fifth inning, Perry began to tire and the Huskies took advantage.

Mathew Justice led off the inning with a sharp single through the infield and during Matthew Farmer’s at-bat, easily stole second.

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LEADERS OF THE PACK – Spring Valley’s Jacob Kilgore (above) and Josh Steele were two of five Timberwolves named to the All-MSAC this year after a great season and a deep run into the playoffs, coming just one game away from a state tournament berth. WCN file photos by Wanda Willoughby

T'Wolves quartet named All-MSAC

 

STAFF REPORT

HUNTINGTON – The Spring Valley Timberwolves basketball team made a deep run into the post season this year, before Hurricane ended their year in the region championship.

The T’Wolves’ performance was noticed and as a result all five starting players were named to this year’s All-MSAC conference team.

Junior forward Jacob Kilgore was honored with a spot on the All-Conference first team.

Seniors Josh Steele, Greg Herbert, and Austin Keyser received special honorable mention for their play this season.

Rounding out the selections is big man Tucker Meade who was given honorable mention.

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NUMBER ONE – Madison Morris headlines the All-MSAC selections. WCN file photo

Morris headlines All-MSAC selections

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

HUNTINGTON – The Mountain State Athletic Conference released it’s All-Conference girls’ basketball team this week and not surprisingly, Spring Valley junior phenom Madison Morris was at the top of the list, along with three other Lady Wolves.

Morris was named the MSAC Player of the Year for her record setting year along with leading Spring Valley to a number three spot in Class AAA before being shocked by rival Cabell Midland in the first round of the section tournament.

Morris became the school’s all-time leading rebounder and the all-time leading girls’ scorer and is on pace to become the Timberwolves’ all-time leader in points for girls’ and boys’ basketball.

“Everything that Maddie has achieved, she deserves it,” Spring Valley Coach Bo Miller said, “She goes out and works hard every day.

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Tiger coach honors championship team

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – The Vinson Tiger boys’ basketball team was honored Saturday evening with a banquet for winning the 2013-14 Wayne County middle school title.

Coach Josh Perkey, along with the players’ parents, provided the festivities to congratulate the boys on a successful season. Players had dinner, then the first-year coach Perkey spoke about the team’s championship season.

“I told everyone when I took the job that we were going to go big with it this year, but I do not believe anyone thought it was going to mean this big of a commitment,” Perkey said.

The former Vinson Tiger and Marshall University player said his players were successful because they worked harder than any team he has ever been a part of – as either a player or a coach. He said the team jump-roped a total of 14 hours for the season adding, “That is just the kind of work they put in.”

“I never played for a team that played as hard as them,” Perkey, who played for a championship squad while at Vinson, said, adding that this is the smartest team he has ever been around – shining not only on the court but in the classroom as well.

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Wayne football schedule shakes things up

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – Class AA football runner-up Wayne, after tying West Virginia’s unbeaten streak and falling in a championship heartbreaker to Bridgeport last season, have changed next season’s schedule.

With an already tough Cardinal Conference lineup,the Pioneers have chosen to challenge themselves further by adding a pair of Class AAA programs to the mix, Point Pleasant in week three and Morgantown in week six.

“Scheduling football games anywhere is a tough proposition,” Wayne Coach Tom Harmon said, “Scheduling them here is really tough.

“Not only do you have to have the dates aligned, you also have to find the right fit.”

Point Pleasant is a familiar opponent to the Wayne faithful. The Big Blacks were once in AA and regularly squared off with the Pioneers.

In the last regular season meeting of the two schools on September 30, 2011, Point Pleasant beat Wayne, 16-14 at Point Pleasant.

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YOU CAN ONLY HOPE TO CONTAIN HIM – Spring Valley’s Greg Herbert has a good look for his shot. Herbert scored 38 points in Tuesday’s Region IV matchup, but it wasn’t enough as The Valley fell to Hurricane, 81-80. Photo courtesy of Kerry Carter Photography

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FUTURE T’WOLF – Buffalo’s Chase Ballard is one of the crop of eighth-graders playing in YMCA basketball tournament in Beckley this season. WCN file photo

Area eighth-graders go to Beckley tourney

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

BECKLEY – Youth teams from throughout the state and surrounding areas embark for Beckley this weekend for the annual Wendy’s/YMCA Biddy-Buddy All-Star Tournament.

Players ranging from the fourth through eighth grades play in the tournament and this year Northern Wayne County is sending a team of players who were opponents just last week – several competing in the middle school championship game.

Coaches Craig Brumfield and Perry Morrone will lead the Spring Valley eighth-grade squad featuring players from county champ Vinson, runner-up Ceredo-Kenova and fourth place squad Buffalo. All the players are planning to play for Spring Valley’s basketball program next year.

Vinson players include Derek Johnson, Daniel Perry and Trey Maynard. Bison players making the trip include Colin Franks and Chase Ballard. Wonder players on the squad include Damien McBride, Josh Pennington, Cleveland Wilder, Karsey Wilder and Casey Hinchman. Johnson and Maynard have competed in the tournament several times.

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ALL ALONE – Wayne’s Grant Ferguson takes a wide-open three-pointer during Saturday’s game in Logan. Ferguson finished with 18 points, leading the Pioneers to a first-round section win and a season sweep of Tolsia, 63-47. WCN Staff Photo

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All-Wayne County and All-Tournament Boys’ basketball

 

CEREDO – The following players were named All-Wayne County Boys Basketball Tournament and All-County for the 2013-14 season.

ALL–TOURNAMENT:
Crum: Jared Switzer
Fort Gay: Jonathan Johnson
Buffalo: Chance Ballard
Wayne: Jacob Cassidy
Wayne: Zack Perry
Vinson: Cam Maynard
Vinson: Trey Maynard
C-K: Josh Pennington
C-K: Casey Hinchman
C-K: Damien McBride
Tournament MVP: Derek Johnson, Vinson

ALL–COUNTY
Crum: Wayne Williamson
Fort Gay: Jonathan Johnson
Wayne: Caleb Ross
Buffalo: Colin Franks
Vinson: Trey Maynard
Vinson: Daniel Perry
Vinson: Derek Johnson
C-K: Grayson Malashevich
C-K: Casey Hinchman
C-K: Damien McBride

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All-Wayne County and All-Tournament Girls’ basketball

 

FORT GAY – The following players were named All-Wayne County Girls Basketball Tournament and All-County for the 2013-14 season.

ALL–TOURNAMENT:
Fort Gay: Allison Followay
Fort Gay: Kayla Jude
Crum: Camaylyn Brewer
Crum: Mariah Finley
Crum: Dena Jarrells
Vinson: Erica Kay
Vinson: Bayley Adkins
Vinson: Gyffon Ellison
Wayne: Kayla Elliot
Wayne: Maddy Wilcox
Wayne: Bailee Adkins
Wayne: Ariel Adkins
Buffalo: Paige Shy
Buffalo: Maddy Vaughn
Buffalo: Morgan Vaughn
Tournament Co-MVP Paige Shy, Buffalo
Tournament MVP: Bailee Adkins

ALL–COUNTY
Fort Gay: Beth Hoffmeister
Fort Gay: Allison Followay
Fort Gay: Kayla Jude
Vinson: Erica Kay
Vinson: Gryffon Ellison
Vinson: Danielle Salmons
Crum: Camaylyn Brewer
Crum: Dena Jarrells
Crum: Mariah Finley
Wayne: Bailee Adkins
Wayne: Ariel Adkins
Wayne: Whitney Sanson
Buffalo: Maddy Vaughn
Buffalo: Morgan Vaughn
Buffalo: Paige Shy

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CAN SEE THE HOOP – Wayne’s Bailey Queen puts up a tough shot Friday night in the third place game against Buffalo. Wayne won, 54-39. Photo courtesy of Kerry Carter Photography

Wayne’s early lead too much for Buffalo Bison

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

CEREDO – The Wayne Pioneers grabbed the lead in the first quarter and never gave it up on the way to a 54-39 win against Buffalo Friday evening at the Ceredo-Kenova Middle School Gym for third place in the Wayne County Boys’ Middle School Basketball Tournament.

“Our season was up and down,” Bison Coach Michael Evans said, “But it was a pleasant to surprise for us to make it here.

“We were 15 points away from having a winning season.”

The Pioneers went on a 10-4 run to open the game, capped by a three-pointer from Gunner Daniels.

Buffalo was able to narrow the gap, 10-7, after David Livingston sank one-of-two free throws and Chance Ballard scored on a fast-break layup.

“Chance is a great player, but we have some big guys too,” Wayne Coach Austin Pratt said, “We’re fortunate enough to have three big kids who could box him out and make it hard on him to score.

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THE SENIOR HAS IT – Tolsia senior Blake Roberts takes an uncontested jump shot during Wednesday’s Senior Night game against Chapmanville at Rebel Arena. The Rebels were outmatched, losing the game, 80-41. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Rebels outmatched by Tigers

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – The Chapmanville Tigers took advantage of matchups to ruin Senior Night at Tolsia, 80-41, Wednesday evening at Rebel Arena.

Things got out of hand quickly for the Rebels as Chapmanville’s Josh Butcher sank five three-pointers on the way to 17 points in the opening quarter.

Junior forward Kaleb Sturgell tried to answer with a pair of treys but the avalanche of scoring by the Tigers buried Tolsia, 27-10, at the period’s end.
The Rebels switched defenses after being burned by Butcher and it worked in limiting Chapmanville’s long-range chances, but the Tigers adapted and attacked the paint, resulting in 21 points in the frame.

“I feel that Chapmanville is one of the strongest teams in Class AA,” Tolsia Coach Chris Chadwick said, “There a nightmare for us to match up with.

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TOP OF THE HEAP – Madison Morris was recognized Saturday evening as the Mountain State Athletic Conference Girls Player Of The Year. Photo Courtesy of Kerry Carter Photography

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FINGER ROLLING – Wayne’s Brett Justice finger rolls in two of his team high 14 points Monday night against Mingo Central. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Miners too fast for Pioneers

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – The Mingo Central Miners took the lead in the second quarter and never looked back on the way to a 70-64 win against Cardinal Conference rival Wayne Monday night at Pioneer Arena.

“We got into foul trouble in the second quarter so we had to sub in some guys,” Wayne Coach Sam Cochenour said, “And we just let it get away.

“We forced too much, we didn’t run our sets or take our time.”

The pace was fast and furious from the beginning as the Pioneers matched Mingo Central’s tempo and started with a 6-2 lead before Alex Lee knocked down a three-point shot to bring the Miners to within one, 6-5.

The score was close throughout the contest as neither team could pull very far away.

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TWO WON’T BE ENOUGH – Crum’s Dena Jarrells faces down two defenders Saturday afternoon as Mariah Finley looks on. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Mounties knock off Vinson for third

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

FORT GAY – It wasn’t where they thought they would be, but the Crum Lady Mountaineers held off a late push by Vinson to take third place, 45-35, in the Wayne County Middle School Girls’ Basketball Tournament Saturday afternoon at Fort Gay’s gymnasium.

Playing without postplayer Lakyn Hale, who missed the end of the season and the tournament due to injury, the Mounties were still stunned after their loss to the Wayne Pioneers Thursday evening, the Mounties looked flat in the early goings and the Tigers took advantage.

“It was a big letdown for us to lose that game Thursday,” Crum Coach Tammy Jarrells said, “I told the girls to just push on especially if things don’t go your way.

“As heartbroken as we were, this game today was another chance to get on the floor.”

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SPLIT THE DIFFERENCE – Tolsia’s Savannah Winnett puts up a shot between the defense of Wayne’s Taylor Bartram and Paige Justice (right). Winnett scored eight points Wednesday in the 54-32 Senior Night win. Despite the tight Pioneer defense, Tolsia found other offensive weapons for the win. Photo courtesy of John Nolan Photography

Sharpshooting and defense propel Rebs

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – The Tolsia Lady Rebels took an early lead and never looked back on the way to a 54-32 Senior Night victory against Wayne Wednesday night at Rebel Arena.

The Pioneers came out firing on all cylinders in an effort to spoil the festivities, taking a 6-0 lead before the Rebels knew what had hit them.

In an attempt to slow the Wayne attack, Tolsia went to its full court press and forced the first of 27 turnovers for the Pioneers. The steal was quickly converted down court into an jump shot by Savannah Winnett.

Winnett’s score started a 24-2 run that stretched into the second period before it was broken by Kaitlyn Arnold and Emily Marsh who combined for five, points but the score was still in the Rebels’ favor at the half, 26-13.

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TOO LATE! – Wayne’s Brett Justice puts up a three-pointer in the second quarter of Friday night’s game at Pioneer Arena. WCN photo by Jason Perry

 

Lady Rebels upset No. 9 Clay County

 

Staff Report

ST. ALBANS – Playing at a neutral site, the Tolsia Lady Rebels beat Class AA No. 9 Clay County Tuesday evening in a low scoring, defensive game, 35-33.

Clay County is the team that has ended the Rebels’ postseason hopes for the last two seasons, eliminating Tolsia from the Region IV Championship each time.

Savannah Winnett led all scorers with 19. The Tolsia center is now 71 points away from the 1,000-point milestone for her career.

The Rebels return home tonight with a Senior Night game at Rebel Arena against the Wayne Lady Pioneers. Tipoff is 7:30 p.m.

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Scott size, pressure
doom Pioneers

 

By RON FERGUSON
Managing Editor

WAYNE –– Scott’s size and constant pressure coupled with hot second-half shooting left the Wayne Pioneers in the dust Tuesday night at the Wayne gym, 69-53.

A tale of two halves, the Pioneers had a 29-23 lead at intermission, the game hinged on poor second half shooting by the home team and a slue of turnovers on both sides of the ball.

After watching the Skyhawks take a 4-0 early lead, Wayne rattled off nine straight points and controlled the tempo, slowing the frantic and frenetic early pace.

Led by Alex Elkins, Grant Ferguson, Brett Justice and backups Blair Queen and Tucker Watts, despite turnovers the Pioneers controlled the game for pretty much the entire first half.

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Pennington wins Pullman fight

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON –Wayne County native “Dirty” Don Pennington recorded a first-round knockout against opponent Charlie Wade of Weirton, W.Va. in the first round in their middleweight bout on the Pullman Plaza Fight Night I card.

Pennington, a Spring Valley graduate and current engineering teacher at Cabell Midland High School, picked up his fourth professional win in front of a large, loud and supportive home crowd. The fight elevated Pennington’s professional career record to 4-0 and puts him in line for a possible title shot in the Appalachian Boxing Association.

Pennington defeated Wade with a first round TKO after putting the southpaw challenger to the canvas to the joy of the hometown crowd.

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Wolves rally over Fairland

 

Staff Report

FAIRLAND – The Spring Valley Timberwolves boys’ basketball team picked up its fifth straight win and number 11 of its last 14 with an 85-76 win against Fairland Saturday night.

The Wolves rallied from five points down in the fourth quarter to defeat the Dragons. Jacob Kilgore led Spring Valley with 34 points and Josh Steele followed with 23. Austin Keyser rounded out the scoring with 12 points.

Evan Maddox led Fairland with 24 points.

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GOING UP – Spring Valley’s Dionte Coleman is all alone as he puts up a jump shot in Friday’s win against Nitro. WCN photo by Wanda Willoughby

Timberwolves stop General assault

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

WINFIELD – Spring Valley’s Josh Steele hit two free-throws after being fouled with 38 seconds left on the clock and sparked a 6-0 game ending run for a 75-61 win over host Winfield Wednesday night.

Spring Valley and Winfield battled back and forth for most of the game with nine different lead changes. Spring Valley took a quick 21-9 first quarter lead before Winfield reeled off seven straight points to cut the lead to 21-16. The Generals tied it 25-25 with a Zachary Fisher three-pointer, then Fisher struck again with two minutes left in the first half to give the Generals their first lead of the game at 32-31. The two teams exchanged baskets to end the quarter with Spring Valley clinging to a 38-35 lead.

The Wolves struggled to open the second half, giving Winfield an opportunity to forge a 48-44 lead. Spring Valley missed 7-of-10 shots to open the third quarter.

Winfield’s offense methodically sliced through the Timberwolves’ defense, finding open players underneath the basket for easy points. Defensively, the General’s challenged Spring Valley by executing a stingy zone defense that strangled shooting lanes and forced high-risk shots.

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