Vol. 141, No. 17 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Weekend, Feb. 28 & March 1, 2015

SPOILS OF VICTORY - Spring Valley senior Sara Kelly cuts down the net following the Timberwolves win over Huntington to win the Class AAA, Region IV, Section 2 title. Photo by Michael Hupp

Big second half gives Lady Wolves Section 2 title

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

LOGAN – The Spring Valley Lady Timberwolves erupted for 42 second-half points to pull out a 75-51 Region IV, Section 2 championship win Friday night at Akers Field House in Logan.

Spring Valley held Huntington to just 14 points in the second half after struggling to battle back from a 10-point deficit most of the first half.

“We came out lackadaisical the first half. I don’t want to see that carry over anymore, but I think we were still reeling from the win Wednesday,” Coach Bo Miller said. “We played man-to-man almost the entire year and we went into a triangle-two which definitely stopped them.”

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UNDER PRESSURE - C-K’s Doug Nester looks to take a shot under heavy pressure from Wayne’s Gunner Daniels during Thursday’s Wayne County Middle School championship game at Wayne High School. Photo courtesy Kerry Carter Photography.

C-K wins middle school crown

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

LOGAN – The Spring Valley Lady Timberwolves erupted for 42 second-half points to pull out a 75-51 Region IV, Section 2 championship win Friday night at Akers Field House in Logan.

Spring Valley held Huntington to just 14 points in the second half after struggling to battle back from a 10-point deficit most of the first half.

“We came out lackadaisical the first half. I don’t want to see that carry over anymore, but I think we were still reeling from the win Wednesday,” Coach Bo Miller said. “We played man-to-man almost the entire year and we went into a triangle-two which definitely stopped them.”

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All-County, All-Tournament
middle school boys basketball

ALL TOURNAMENT
Buffalo – Dustin Shadlock
Fort Gay – Eric Williams
Crum - Blake Sturgell, Keyshawn Harvey
Vinson - C.J. Meredith, Caleb Fowler
Wayne – Mike Bartram, Devin Hall, Gunner Daniels
C-K - Grayson Malashevich, Doug Nester, Brayden Simmons, Tyrus Baumgardner

ALL COUNTY
Buffalo – David Livingston
Fort Gay – Eric Williams
Crum - Hunter Crum, Brandon Mollette
Vinson – Isaac Ross, Caleb Fowler
Wayne - Devin Hall, Gunner Daniels, John Chinn
C-K – Grayson Malashevich, Doug Nester, Brayden Simmons

TOURNAMENT MVP: Doug Nester (Ceredo-Kenova)

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RALLYING THE TROOPS - Tolsia Coach Ric Morrone gives instruction to his players during the Region 4, Section 2 game against Mingo Central in Williamson. The Rebels lost to the Miners 56-51. Photo courtesy of the Williamson Daily News

Wayne, Tolsia girls season’s come to an end

Staff report

WILLIAMSON – Both the Wayne Pioneers and Tolsia Rebels girls basketball teams were eliminated from the post-season in Region 4, Section 2.

The Lady Pioneers fell to the Scott Skyhaws on Monday 43-41.

Wayne had a monster game from Aeriel Adkins with 22 points but it wasn’t enough.

The Lady Rebels fell to Mingo Central 56-51 in Williamson on Wednesday night.

Mingo Central got a huge boost from senior Kiearia Hammond who swished in five 3-pointers to lead her team with 15 points. Campbell also got 14 points off the bench from sophomore Mikazia Rhodes and 14 from sophomore point guard Tyshira Joplin.

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TAKING IT TO THE HOLE — Spring Valley’s Greg Herbert looks to the basket for two of his 16 points against Cabell Midland on Tuesday night in Ona. Photo courtesy Kerry Carter Photography.

Spring Valley boys win two the hard way

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

ONA — If Spring Valley was hoping to coast into the sectional tournament next week, those thoughts were quickly erased after the Wolves had to dig to pull out a buzzer-beater win and another game that resembled more of a late August football matchup.

That was just in two nights giving new meaning to two the hard way – as Spring Valley defeated Winfield in the Mountain State Athletic Conference ninth-place game Monday night 69-67 and then won a slobber-knocker, 57-48, game on the road Tuesday against Cabell Midland.

Freshman Derek Johnson got an offensive rebound and put in the game-winner as time expired to lift Spring Valley to a 69-67 victory over the Generals Monday night.

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IT’S MINE — Crum Middle School’s Keyshawn Harvey falls while clutching the ball as Ceredo-Kenova’s Tyrus Baumgardner defends. Photo by Scott Parsons.

Wayne, C-K to meet for boys middle school crown

By SCOTT PARSONS
Staff Writer

WAYNE — Superior size and a stifling defense helped Ceredo-Kenova advance past Crum and on to the Wayne County Middle School championship game.

C-K exploded to a 22-1 lead after the first quarter and cruised to the eventual 60-19 win.

Wayne and C-K will face off for the county title on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Wayne High School.

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Pioneers fall to Chapmanville on Senior Night

By SCOTT PARSONS
Staff Writer

WAYNE — The Pioneers ended the regular season on a sour note, but now it’s time to look ahead to the sectionals.

Wayne fell to Chapmanville 67-48 on senior night at Wayne High School.

“We have five seniors. Two have been with me for the full four years, two just came on this year and one of them has been here just three years so you have very good quality senior leadership,” Wayne Coach Sam Cochenour said. “When they play they play to win. It’s going to be hard to replace them.”

Seniors Grant Ferguson and Tucker Watts with 10 points each led the Pioneers in their last home game of their high school careers.

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SNOWY FIELDS — Pitchers and catchers may have reported this week for Major League Baseball Spring Training, but Spring looks far away in Wayne with the baseball and football fields buried under a blanket of snow. The winter storms wreaked havoc with Wayne County sports schedules forcing athletic directors and coaches to reschedule games. Photo by Scott Parsons

Snow and cold the big winner this week

By SCOTT PARSONS
Staff Writer

WAYNE — The winter storm that hit Wayne County on Monday has put a chill on high school athletics.

Wayne Athletic Director Tim Harmon announced the boys basketball games originally scheduled for the past week have been moved to the coming week. The Pioneers will host Ohio Valley Christian at 7:30 on Monday the 23rd and Chapmanville Tuesday the 24th.

The weather also forced changes to the Mountain State Athletic Conference’s Night of Champions slated for South Charleston.

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Trophy time at the middle school girls tournament

First place Wayne Pioneers. Photos courtesy Kerry Carter Photgraphy.

Second place Buffalo Bisons.

Third place Vinson Tigers.

Fourth place Crum Mountaineers.

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THE THRILL OF VICTORY. THE AGONY OF DEFEAT — Wayne’s coach Austin Pratt leaps into the air after Raegan Roach, middle background, sank a last-second three-point shot to win the Wayne County Middle School Championship. Photo courtesy Kerry Carter Photgraphy.

Last-second shot lifts Lady Pioneers to county title

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON — The weather may have been cold outside the Don. R. Smith Gymnatorium Saturday afternoon, but inside the Wayne County girls’ basketball championship tournament was full of hotly contested ball games.

Both the consolation and championship games came down to last second shots, with the championship game between Wayne and Buffalo middle schools going into overtime.

Wayne’s Raegan Roach hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to give Wayne its second consecutive county championship.

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All-County, All-Tournament
middle school girls basketball

HUNTINGTON — The following players were named Wayne County girls basketball All-Tournament and All-County players at Saturday’s championship game.

 ALL–TOURNAMENT
Crum: Sarah Jude and Kamaelyn Brewer
Vinson: Errin Kay and Griffyn Ellison
Wayne: Raegan Roach, Bailey Adkins and Whitney Sansom
Fort Gay: Ashley Hoffmeister
Ceredo-Kenova: Lauren Henry
Buffalo: Paige Shy, Hannah Roberts, Haley McComas

ALL–COUNTY
Crum: Sarah Jude and Kamaelyn Brewer
Vinson: Errin Kay and Griffyn Ellison
Wayne: Lakyn Adkins, Bailey Adkins and Whitney Sansom
Fort Gay: Ashley Hoffmeister
Ceredo-Kenova: Lauren Henry
Buffalo: Paige Shy, Sara Hooks and Haley McComas

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ALL-TIME LEADER — Spring Valley’s Jacob Kilgore drives to the basket against Nitro on Friday at Spring Valley High School. Kilgore set the school’s all-time leading scorer mark in the win. Photo courtesy of Kerry Carter Photography.

Kilgore breaks Spring Valley scoring record in win

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON — Jacob Kilgore went out in style on Senior Night Friday, hitting a jumper with 2:26 left in the second quarter to become Spring Valley’s all-time scoring leader in an 83-61 win over Nitro.

Kilgore needed 20 points to pass Brandon Moore’s longstanding record of 1,495 career points. He nearly did it in a single quarter, draining 19 of his team’s first 22 points.

“It’s great to break the record. My teammates have been nothing but supportive, telling me to shoot the ball and have confidence in my shot,” Kilgore said after the game. “Brandon was a great player. I was only six or seven when he was playing, so it is an honor to surpass him. I never thought at that age that I would hold this record.”

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A BIG SHOT – Madison Wilcox lays in the winning shot against Tolsia last week at Wayne High School as teammate Kaitlyn Arnold and the Rebels’ Kerrie Lahoda look on. Wilcox was misidentified in Saturday’s edition of the Wayne County News. Photo by Scott Parsons

Wilcox last second heroics doom Rebels

By SCOTT PARSONS
Staff Writer

WAYNE — It’s an old and tired cliché, but anytime Tolsia and Wayne meet on the court, you can throw out the win-loss records.

The Pioneers and Rebels put on a thrilling show Thursday night at Wayne High Gymnasium with Wayne’s girls winning a squeaker on a last-second lay-in from Madison Wilcox to beat Tolsia 42-40 on Senior Night.

“It was a big win. A good way for our seniors to have Senior Night,” Wayne Coach Wade Williamson said. “They’re happy about that obviously, and I’m happy. We’ve lost a lot of close games this year and we finally win one at the buzzer.”

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OH, I GET BY – Wayne’s Colby Wickline (1) slips a pass around the out stretched fingers of Mingo Central defender Dalton Hatfield during Tuesday night’s game at Pioneer Arena. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Mingo Miner cousins put on clinic, bury Pioneers

By SCOTT PARSONS
Staff Writer

WAYNE – After Tuesday’s game between Mingo Central and Wayne, Mingo Central players Dikembe and Montrell Dixson put on a dunking and trick shot exhibition in the Wayne High School gymnasium.

During the game, the cousins and NCAA Division-I recruits put on a shooting clinic against the Pioneers in a 78-62 win.

“We played hard tonight,” Wayne Coach Sam Cochenour said. “Obviously the game wasn’t as close as the score in the end showed.”

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A FAMILY AFFAIR – Spring Valley lineman Alex Locklear (center) shares his signing with his family, brother Riley (left) and mother Madea (right). Locklear signed his letter of intent to play for the Marshall Thundering last Wednesday, the culmination of love and support from his family and community. WCN file photo

Alex Locklear’s Marshall signing a lifelong dream

By GRANT TRAYLOR
HD MEDIA

HUNTINGTON — Normally, when Marshall University football coaches bring a prospect to campus one of the recruiting tools is speaking of the family nature of the school that was built by the 1970 plane crash that adhered the program to its community.

Often, there is a visit to the Memorial Student Center to see the fountain that is a representation of the 75 lives lost on the flight. There is also often a trip to Spring Hill Cemetery where the story is told of Marshall’s greatest achievement — overcoming a tragedy.

Those trips were not necessary to recruit Alex Locklear.

In fact, the Spring Valley High School lineman who signed last week with Marshall likely could give people connected to Thundering Herd football more insight into what the program exactly means to the Tri-State.

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ROUGH GOING – Wayne’s Mason Hodge (23) puts up a shot Friday night against Poca at Pioneer Arena as the Dot’s Matt Chandler defends. The Pioneers lost 68-45 after hanging close through the first half. WCN staff photo

Undefeated Dots down Pioneers

By SCOTT PARSONS
Staff Writer

WAYNE – When an undefeated team comes to your court, you know you’re in for a test.

When that team is a Cardinal Conference foe in undefeated Poca, you better bring your best game.

Wayne was within reach of the Dots during the first half of Friday’s game, but a 20-point third quarter crushed any hopes the Pioneers may have had for an upset as Wayne fell to Poca 68-45.

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TAKE IT STRONG – Tolsia’s Tyler Stroud (24) puts up a layup while being heavily guarded by Herbert Hoover’s Brian Grose during Friday evening’s game at Rebel Arena. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Herbert Hoover shuts out Rebels in double-headers

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – Poor shooting can be contagious – just ask the Tolsia Rebels girls’ and boys’ basketball teams.

An inability to make shots was a problem for both Tolsia teams Friday night in a double header with Herbert Hoover. The Huskies left Rebel Arena with a 72-55 win in the boys’ game and a 36-27 win in the girls’ game.

Hoover came out in the girls’ nightcap hitting on all cylinders.

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LAYING OUT FOR A SHOT – Wayne’s Mason Hodge was fouled hard during a layup during Tuesday night’s game. The shot went in and Hodge knocked down the free throw to complete a three-point play. The Pioneers led throughout most of the game and even got a full court shot from Grant Ferguson in the third quarter, but couldn’t put Sissonville away, losing, 67-63 . WCN photo by Jason Perry

Wayne can’t finish off Indians despite big shot

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – It was that kind of night.

When a team holds the lead on the opposition at halftime and most of the second half, plus gets a remarkable, buzzer-beating fullcourt shot from one of its top players and still loses, it just has to be chalked up as “one of those nights.”

That was the kind of night it was for the Wayne Pioneers Tuesday evening at Pioneer Arena as they lost a close game to Sissonville, 67-63, in the last 1:50 of the game.

The momentum was building for Wayne throughout the game and after going into the locker room at intermission with a 32-29 lead, it continued to rise.

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Spring Valley sends five on to play college ball

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – Five members from one of Spring Valley’s all-time winning football classes signed National Letters of Intent Wednesday to further their careers on the gridiron.

While the five players were a school record, signing ceremonies have become quite the norm at Spring Valley where head coach Brad Dingess has sent 15 players on since 2009, with eight going to NCAA Division I schools.

Offensive linemen Alex Locklear signed with Marshall University and Trevor Stacy signed with Charlotte – both Conference USA Schools.

At the FCS level, quarterback Tyler Brown signed with Robert Morris where he is expected to immediately compete for the starting quarterback spot. Thomas Napier signed with Morehead State, where he will not only play football, but also participate in the school’s ROTC program after being a leader at SVHS.

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GAINING POSITION – Tolsia’s Zach Cantrell (33) backs down Sheldon Clark defender Marvin Albrecht during Wedanesday night’s game. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Win not in the ‘Cards’ for Rebels

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – The Tolsia Rebels couldn’t match up with Kentucky powerhouse Sheldon Clark Wednesday evening at Rebel Arena and the Cardinals won handily, 85-51.

Out of the gate, the Cards dominated Tolsia, quickly accumulating points and the Rebels found themselves on the wrong end of a 10-2 run at the halfway point of the first quarter.

Tyler Stroud was able to put some life into the Rebel offense, scoring six straight points but it wasn’t enough to slow a fast-paced Sheldon Clark offense that seemed to be able to score at will.

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NO CONTEST – Spring Valley’s Karlee Alderman extends for an easy shot as the defenders watch during Monday’s game. HD Media photo by Bishop Nash

Lady Highlanders second half thwarts Wolves

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – Spring Valley clung to a 33-31 halftime lead, but a couple of Huntington High runs in the second half propelled the Lady Highlanders to a 63-58 win Monday Night at the Wolves Den.

It was an ugly game from the start – scrappy at times with both teams battling for any foothold for a lead most of the game. The contest included 70 missed field goal attempts, 15 errant free throws and 27 turnovers.

The Highlanders (14-2) didn’t even shoot that well, sinking 23 of 63 attempts. The Wolves shot an equally unimpressive 27 of 67. The Highlanders, though, made 12 of 21 free throws, compared to the Timberwolves’ 2-for-8.

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STEPPING UP – Spring Valley High School’s Caiden Conley goes up strong against Cabell Midland’s Kirk Jennings Thursday night at Spring Valley. Conley came off the bench to score 10 points, including two threes, to help his team to an 85-63 win over the Knights. Photo by Kerry Carter Photography

Spring Valley bounces back with rivalry win

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – Friday night’s match up between Spring Valley and Cabell Midland had all the makings of a late season rivalry game; a rival coach returning home, a rowdy home crowd welcoming said coach, one team hungry to prove itself and another looking to shake off a tough loss the game before.

In the end, Spring Valley pulled out the win, 85-63, thanks to a 28-point, 10-rebound performance from Jacob Kilgore and 25 from Greg Herbert.

The evening started out positive for Herbert, who on the first basket on he first possession of the game hit his 1,000th career point.

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ALL SMILES – Spring Valley senior Greg Herbert, left, stands with Coach Cory Maynard Friday night as the Timberwolves scorched rival Cabell-Midland, 85-63, as Herbert scored his 1,000th career point on The Valley’s first basket of the game. Herbert wound up with 25 points in the contest as the T’Wolves won their ninth game of the season. Photo by Kerry Carter Photography

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DOESN’T LOOK LIKE BASKETBALL – Spring Valley’s Kassidy Lemons (left) sandwiches an unidentified teammate between herself and the Cabell Midland player in a fight for the ball Thursday night. Photo by Kerry Carter

Lady Wolves avenge last season loss to Knights

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

ONA – Expectations were running high last year for the Spring Valley Lady Timberwolves’ basketball team.

The squad was loaded with young starters and cruised through the regular season, knocking off powerhouses Logan, Morgantown, St. Albans and South Charleston in the regular season. Then the sectionals came and just like that, the Cinderella story T’Wolves found themselves beaten by a scrappy Cabell Midland Lady Knights team.

The Lady Knights slowed down Spring Valley’s “helter-skelter” style of play, holding the Lady Wolves to the squad’s lowest point total of the 2013-14 season.

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JUST GETTING STARTED – Champions of the Buffalo 10 year old All Star Tournament. From left to right back row: Dalton Caldwell, Caleb Jaggers, Katelyn Kelly, Kaylea Clark, Jacob Maynard. Left to right front row: Matthew Hall, Hannah McComas, Christian Ward. Photo submitted

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

Spring Valley ladies split week

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

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

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

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

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

Second half shooting woes doom Lady Rebels

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

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

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

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

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

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

Tolsia’s student section tradition

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

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

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

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

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

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

Spring Valley ladies split week

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

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

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

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

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Spring Valley and Buffalo grapplers in WSAZ Invitational

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

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

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

Wayne too much for Lady Vikes

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

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

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

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

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CONCENTRATION - C-K’s Tanner Ferguson looks to the basket as he prepares to take a shot. Photo courtesy Kerry Carter Photography.

No ‘wonder’ing about school’s athletic success

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

CEREDO – The Ceredo-Kenova Middle School boys’ basketball team won its second championship in three years – after winning their second consecutive football championship earlier this year.

Success is something the school is used to, but over the past few years there is no wonder why the athletes have seen such success, according to Principal Tonji Bowen.

Bowen said the answer is actually simple.

“Really and truly, the kids come to us from strong and organized youth leagues led by community volunteers that put countless hours, and in some cases years, into guiding our youth,” Bowen said.

The amount of time and dedication of the adults is something the kids see; often returning years later to help the same leagues they came up through.

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Jacob Kilgore

Jacob Kilgore honored as MSAC Player of the Year

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

SOUTH CHARLESTON — Spring Valley’s Jacob Kilgore, who leads the Mountain State Athletic Conference in scoring, was announced as the league’s boys basketball player of the year during Saturday’s Night of Champions at the South Charleston Community Center.

Kilgore, who averages 25.8 points per game for the Timberwolves, beat out SC’s Brandon Knapper (23.7).

The award is just another honor for the senior who became Spring Valley’s all-time leading scorer this season as well as surpassing the 1,000-point mark.

The award was announced a day after Kilgore’s grandfather and long-time supporter Robert Kilgore passed away. Robert Kilgore could be seen cheering on his grandson “Smiley” at every basketball game. Robert was at the game two weeks ago, when Jacob passed Brandon More for the scoring record.

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Six Valley grapplers in state tourney


HUNTINGTON — Spring Valley High School has six wrestlers competing at this week’s state tournament at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

Below are the Class AAA pairings for the first round beginning Thursday in Huntington, including wrestler, school, class and record. (key: C-regional champion, R-Runner-up, T-Third place, F-Fourth place; number is region, read paragraphs top to bottom as brackets):

120 Pounds – R4-Kaleb Creamer, Spring Valley, soph., 36-10 vs. T3-Zach Mcarty, Oak Hill, jr., 28-10.

126 Pounds – C1-Dallas Baciak, Wheeling Park, sr., 40-0 vs. F4-Alex Ware, Spring Valley, soph., 43-12.

138 Pounds – C3-Leland Swafford, Woodrow Wilson, jr., 34-7 vs. F4-Jacob Ketchum, Spring Valley, jr., 32-12.

145 Pounds – C1-Dylan Taylor, Wheeling Park, sr., 38-4 vs. F4-Garrett Lageman, Spring Valley, jr., 27-18.

160 Pounds – C3-Fred Crozier, South Charleston, sr., 15-1 vs. F4-Nick Whitmore, Spring Valley, sr., 38-12.

182 Pounds – C2-Kyle Rogers, Lewis County, sr., 49-3 vs. F4-Braxton Cornell, Spring Valley, soph., 28-15

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Lady Wolves to face Logan Wildcats at Logan Fieldhouse


BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON — The Spring Valley Lady Wolves’ basketball team is ranked No. 9 in West Virginia AAA in the latest Associated Press poll.

The Lady Wolves take their No. 9 ranking into the Region IV, Section 2 tournament this week to face tournament host No. 5 Logan Lady Wildcats at Logan Fieldhouse.

Ironically, the Timberwolves are the No. 2 seed in the Region IV, Section 2 tournament while the Wildcats are the No. 3 seed. Those two teams meet in the sectional semifinals at 8 p.m. Wednesday. The winner advances to the sectional championship while the loser’s season is over.

Huntington High’s 72-55 win over South Charleston in the MSAC Championship kept the Highlanders at No. 3 in the final poll. The Highlanders enter the Region IV, Section 2 tournament as the top seed and will meet the Cabell Midland-Lincoln County winner at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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Wayne’s Raegan Roach hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to give Wayne its second consecutive county championship last weekenk. The Pioneers defeated Buffalo 51-48 in overtime. Photo courtesy Kerry Carter Photgraphy.

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Wayne’s Raegan Roach hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to give Wayne its second consecutive county championship last weekenk. The Pioneers defeated Buffalo 51-48 in overtime. Photo courtesy Kerry Carter Photgraphy.

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Scott Parsons

Making the sports section a team effort

 

Some people need no introduction. I’m not one of those people.

Sure, sometimes I’m the loudest in the room. But mostly people wonder “who’s the obnoxious guy telling knock-knock jokes?”

So allow me to introduce myself. I’m Scott Parsons and I’m the new sports guy at the Wayne County News.

Here’s a brief history of the life of Scott. I’m a Wayne County native. I grew up in a ‘holler’ of Whites Creek. I was a Cub Scout, played T-ball and Little League baseball in Lavalette and wasted a lot of time fishing all over Wayne County.

I graduated from Buffalo High School where I played football, flirted with girls and graduated with a C average.

I later attended Marshall University where I played for the student newspaper’s softball team, participated in one practice with the rugby team, flirted with girls and graduated with a C average.

The universe has seen fit to punish me for the flirting thing as I now have a daughter of my own and I don’t want a boy near her, let alone flirting with her. But she’s a straight-A student right now — a trait she clearly gets from her Mommy.

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DISHING THE ROCK — Wayne’s Cameron Wallace tosses a no-look pass during the fourth quarter in Friday’s game against Herbert Hoover at Wayne High School. Photo by Scott Parsons

Pioneers lose a heartbreaker to Herbert Hoover

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Staff Writer

WAYNE — The Cardinal Conference isn’t an easy road for any team. But it has to be exceptionally frustrating for the Wayne Pioneers.

Wayne overcame an early 17-8 deficit on Friday at Wayne High School to hold a lead late in the fourth quarter but were unable to hold on as Herbert Hoover scratched out a 54-51 win over the Pioneers.

“The Cardinal Conference is tough from top to bottom. There’s no let up,” Wayne Coach Sam Cochenour said following the game. “But that’s the reason you play the games and people come and watch you play.”

The Pioneer defense looked better than previous outings.

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TOURNAMENT ACTION – Vinson’s Karlei Bailey looks to the basket during the consolation game against Crum. The Vinson Lady Tigers held on to defeat the Crum Lady Mounties 40-38. Photo courtesy Kerry Carter Photgraphy.

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Honesty restored to middle school tournaments

 

It’s often been said that if you give somebody an inch, they’ll take a mile. And in the competitive nature of sports, inches become miles very quickly.

Combine that with an undocumented set of rules to follow – and it’s no wonder that the basketball county tournaments in Wayne County started getting out of control. However, thanks to recent actions by the Wayne County Board of Education and the new administration, integrity is finally being restored to middle school sports.

For decades, middle school basketball was governed with an understood code of ethics.  Teams and coaches were competitive and some often “toed” the lines of deceit, but no one ever crossed it – that is, until about four years ago. And once that line was crossed, it all but completely disappeared. 

Instead of the host school running a tournament worthy of the hard work and talent of every Wayne County athlete competing in it, the tournament became an opportunity for the host to manipulate every edge in order to win. It became less about the kids and all about the adults.

From coaches hiring their best friends and coworkers to officiate their championship games, to bringing in illegal players to play, to canceling games when starters were sick, to even have one of our county directors start his own rotation of where the tournaments would be played from year to year (something that has been in place for decades, and something that – conveniently – brought the tournament back to his “home” school again).

Nothing was off limits – that is, until a few individuals finally had enough courage to say “enough is enough.”

Bob Wiles, long-time Vinson High and Vinson Middle School coach, was nearing the end of the 2012-2013 season with his girls’ basketball team when he was blindsided with instructions from John Waugaman, Director of Middle Schools, to play games that were not part of his previously approved schedule – or Wiles would face repercussions.

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DISHING THE ROCK — Wayne’s Cameron Wallace tosses a no-look pass during the fourth quarter in Friday’s game against Herbert Hoover at Wayne High School. Photo by Scott Parsons

Pioneers lose a heartbreaker to Herbert Hoover

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Staff Writer

WAYNE — The Cardinal Conference isn’t an easy road for any team. But it has to be exceptionally frustrating for the Wayne Pioneers.

Wayne overcame an early 17-8 deficit on Friday at Wayne High School to hold a lead late in the fourth quarter but were unable to hold on as Herbert Hoover scratched out a 54-51 win over the Pioneers.

“The Cardinal Conference is tough from top to bottom. There’s no let up,” Wayne Coach Sam Cochenour said following the game. “But that’s the reason you play the games and people come and watch you play.”

The Pioneer defense looked better than previous outings.

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Lady Wolves finish winning week

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON — The Spring Valley Lady Timberwolves earned a spot in the Mountain State Athletic Conference’s “Night of Champions” February 21 with three straight road wins this week.

Spring Valley started the week off with bang Tuesday night against Winfield with a 102-57 win. Sarah Kelly pulled off a 22-point triple double, with double figures in rebounds and assists. Erica Mathis netted 11 points and freshman Morgan Vaughn added 10.

Spring Valley had 14 players score in the contest.

Haylea Roberson scored 31 to lead the Lady Generals.

The week continued Wednesday night in the Charleston Shootout at the Charleston Civic Center against MSAC foe Parkersburg. Spring Valley won the tight contest 74-70.

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New fields approved for Fort Gay community

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

FORT GAY – If you build it they will come.

At least that is what the Fort Gay community hopes will happen after getting approval last week to start building baseball and softball fields on the old elementary school playground along Orchard Street.

One of the people spearheading the project is Robbie Conn, head of a committee of citizens charged with getting it all done.

“A lot has been involved in getting to this point,” Conn said, “Now we have the go ahead to start it.

“A softball field is already there and we’re going to put in a baseball field as well.

“Space will be tight and parking might be an issue, but we’ll deal with that as it comes.”

The area has been without a field for three years and even before that the facilities weren’t great. Now with approval from the Wayne County Board of Education, the town will have a place to play.

“It’s going to be great for the community,” Conn said.

But for any sort of construction, there is a lot to be considered such as money and who will do the work.

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Wolves fall to Riverside

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – Spring Valley boys’ basketball continued through their mid-season hurdles with tough 67-57 home loss to the Riverside Warriors Saturday night at the Wolves Den.

Spring Valley struggled defensively in the paint all evening against Riverside’s Josh Carpenter. Carpenter led all scorers with 30 points – with 22 coming in the paint.

The Wolves also struggled offensively with only four players finding the scorebooks. Spring Valley shot 20 for 71 from the floor as a team. The duo of Jacob Kilgore and Greg Herbert led the Wolves with 24 and 22 respectively.

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TWO MORE – Sarah Kelly (13) gets off a shot Friday night at the Wolves’ Den against pressure from two South Charleston defenders. Despite Kelly’s 17 points, the Lady Wolves lost, 57-52. Photo by Kerry Carter Photography

Lady Eagles spoil Wolves Senior night

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – The mood was festive Friday night before tip off with five Spring Valley Lady Timberwolves seniors honored for their play on the court.

Unfortunately, it would be the visiting South Charleston Lady Eagles that would celebrate a 57-52 win.

The game was back and forth most of the contest with South Charleston finally gaining ground in the third quarter.

Spring Valley maintained a 25-23 lead mid-third quarter but South Charleston sprang out to a 37-36 lead to start the fourth after putting together a 10-0 run before the Lady Wolves’ Morgan Vaughn drained a three to stop the bleeding and spark a small run to finished the third.

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TWO MORE – Sarah Kelly (13) gets off a shot Friday night at the Wolves’ Den against pressure from two South Charleston defenders. Despite Kelly’s 17 points, the Lady Wolves lost, 57-52. Photo by Kerry Carter Photography

Lady Eagles spoil Wolves Senior night

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – The mood was festive Friday night before tip off with five Spring Valley Lady Timberwolves seniors honored for their play on the court.

Unfortunately, it would be the visiting South Charleston Lady Eagles that would celebrate a 57-52 win.

The game was back and forth most of the contest with South Charleston finally gaining ground in the third quarter.

Spring Valley maintained a 25-23 lead mid-third quarter but South Charleston sprang out to a 37-36 lead to start the fourth after putting together a 10-0 run before the Lady Wolves’ Morgan Vaughn drained a three to stop the bleeding and spark a small run to finished the third.

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ONE HAND IS ALL YOU NEED – Tolsia’s Lakyn Hale knocks the rebound out of the hands of Herbert Hoover’s Bailey Aab (12) during Friday night’s game at Rebel Arena. WCN photo by Jason Perry

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Wayne senior forward Grant Ferguson, shown with Sissonville’s Bryce Taylor during Tuesday night's game at Pioneer Arena, took a pass off the rebound and hit a remarkable, buzzer-beating fullcourt shot to end the third quarter. Click on photo for youtube link to video. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Amazing shot still gaining steam

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WAYNE – It wasn’t exactly the shot heard round the world... or was it?

Grant Ferguson’s buzzer-beating, full-court shot at the end of the third quarter of Tuesday night’s game against the Sissonville Indians has quickly become a bit of an internet sensation.

The YouTube video of Ferguson’s remarkable basket was taken by and Mike Powers as of 4:23 p.m. Friday afternoon has had 101,619 viewers and is also featured on ESPN.go.com, The

Big Lead.com, sportsGIF.com, video11.com, and a number of other websites for sports and videos.

There isn’t any word yet on just how long the shot was, but a regulation high school basketball court is 84 feet long and measurement will be from the front foot.

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THE AIR UP THERE – Spring Valley’s Jacob Kilgore goes up for what looks like a slam dunk in Tuesday’s game against Huntington High. Kilgore played like a man possessed and scored 42 points in the contest but it was not enough as the Highlanders left the Wolves Den with a 93-85 win. Photo by Kerry Carter Photography

Highlanders overcome Wolves in shootout

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – Spring Valley senior Jacob Kilgore is scoring a lot of points this season against the state’s top competition.

Tuesday night was no exception as Kilgore dropped 42 points on visiting Huntington High Tuesday night at the Wolves Den. The Wolves still found themselves on the losing end despite Kilgore’s big night 93-85.

The Highlanders had five players in double figures in a totally balanced team effort.

Anthony Meadows scored 22, Tavian Dunn-Martin hit 20, Jalen Pennington scored 19 and DeJean Congelton and J.R. Howard dropped 18 each.

Huntington also was 10 of 19 from behind the three-point line. Pennington drained 15 of his 19 points from deep.

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WHO’S GOT IT?– Wayne’s Maddie Wilcox (left) and Sissonville’s Brooke Reed go up for a rebound Tuesday evening but neither seem to have control of it. The Lady Pioneers made a run in the second quarter to tie the game at 19, but in the end the Indians’ full court press and accurate shootin was just too much for Wayne. The Pioneers will be back in action Thursday against Hannan. With the regular season winding down, the coaches hope the Pioneers will continue to improve into the postseason. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Slow start for Lady Pioneers ends in loss

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – Sissonville weathered a big Wayne Lady Pioneer second quarter and won going away, 62-33, in the first game of a double-header Tuesday evening at Pioneer Arena.

Wayne didn’t have any problem dealing with the Indians’ stifling fullcourt pressure as time after time the Pioneer ball handlers effortlessly broke it, only to falter in their end of the court.

This inability to finish led to a big 19-2 first quarter by Sissonville.

“We broke the press well in the second quarter,” Pioneer Coach Wade Williamson said, “But we didn’t do a very good job of dealing with it any other time.”

Wayne was down, but it quickly showed it wasn’t out.

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STRETCHING OUT – Tolsia’s Blake Rose (5) and Fairland’s Hunter Ashton (5) stretch in an attempt to come away with a rebound during Saturday’s Huntington Invitational game at the Big Sandy Arena. The Dragons defeated the Rebels, 69-32. HD Media photo by Sholten Singer

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THE GREATEST OF EASE – Tolsia’s Courtney Vance (2) shows some artistry as she goes for a layup while being strongly guarded by Scott’s Holly Toler. Vance had a breakout game Friday night with 10 points and seven rebounds. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Lady Rebels stop 6-game skid with win

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – The Tolsia Lady Rebels snapped their six-game losing streak in convincing fashion Friday night by beating Scott, 69-43, at Rebel Arena.

The Skyhawks came out of the gate firing on all cylinders and it appeared that Tolsia would have its hands full for the game when Blair Byrnside effortlessly raced in for a score to start things off.

Lakyn Hale and Mariah Finley worked to keep the Rebels in the contest but Scott kept pouring in the points and at the halfway point of the first quarter, the Skyhawks owned a 9-5 lead.

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THE GREATEST OF EASE – Tolsia’s Courtney Vance (2) shows some artistry as she goes for a layup while being strongly guarded by Scott’s Holly Toler. Vance had a breakout game Friday night with 10 points and seven rebounds. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Lady Rebels stop 6-game skid with win

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – The Tolsia Lady Rebels snapped their six-game losing streak in convincing fashion Friday night by beating Scott, 69-43, at Rebel Arena.

The Skyhawks came out of the gate firing on all cylinders and it appeared that Tolsia would have its hands full for the game when Blair Byrnside effortlessly raced in for a score to start things off.

Lakyn Hale and Mariah Finley worked to keep the Rebels in the contest but Scott kept pouring in the points and at the halfway point of the first quarter, the Skyhawks owned a 9-5 lead.

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Steve Hibberd

Coaches rivals on court; but good friends off

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – Friday night’s rivalry game resembled more of an old Vinson High School reunion than a Spring Valley – Cabell Midland game.

First-year Cabell Midland head coach Steve Hibberd is a Westmoreland resident and Vinson High School graduate. Friday’s game was a homecoming of sorts as the coach went up against former Tiger teammate and Spring Valley head Coach Cory Maynard. ‘Wolves assistant John Curnutte is also a former teammate and longtime friend.

“It was great coming home tonight since I know their whole staff. I live just up the road from here. It wasn’t the old Vinson gym, but it was great to be here with these guys none the less,” Hibberd said.

Maynard said it was great to coach against a guy that he was three-years younger than during their playing days at Vinson.

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HESITATION – Tolsia’s Cody Salmons pulls up outside the line. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Third quarter woes continue for Tolsia

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – Getting four quarters of basketball out of the Tolsia Rebels is something that has haunted Coach Shawn Thompson throughout the season.

“It was just one of those things that got away from us,” Thompson said, “We might have some seniors on the roster but when it comes to experience we really don’t have it.

“It’s something that we’re trying to build.

“But we are showing improvement. Earlier in the season when we played them, Chapmanville beat us by about 50 points.

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MVP – Spring Valley’s Erica Mathis was named team MVP during Wednesday night’s game against Ashland at the Big Sandy Arena. Photo by Kerry Carter

Lady Wolves clawed by Kittens in Invitational game

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – The temperatures outside the Big Sandy Superstore Arena were cold Wednesday night.

Cold could also describe the shooting of the Spring Valley Timberwolves girls during the opening night of the Huntington Invitational Tournament.

Spring Valley fell to the Ashland Kittens, the No. 7 team in Kentucky, 51-41.
The Timberwolves shot 27% from the field in the loss.

“We missed a lot of shots,” Coach Larry “Bo” Miller said after the game. “But Ashland could have something to do with that. They’re long and very athletic.”

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

Prep wins big in Tolsia double-header

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

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

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

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

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

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

Spring Valley nearly hangs 100 on Ashland Tomcats

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

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

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

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

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

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Wolf Pack leading the way; Lady Wolves hanging on

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

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

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

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

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

Timberwolves slay Dragons in blowout

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

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

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

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

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Signing day set for Spring Valley

 

Staff Report

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

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

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

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

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

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Last second shot sinks Timberwolves

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

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

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

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

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Lady Wolves get win on the road

 

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

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

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

Spring Valley¹s next game is Wednesday at home against Ripley.

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