Vol. 142, No.42 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Wednesday, May 25, 2016

 

CHEERING FOR THE HERD — Surrounded by family, Blass Morrone signed a letter of intent to cheer for Marshall University. Submitted photo

Wolves' Morrone signs with Marshall to cheer

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

SPRING VALLEY – Spring Valley graduating senior Blass Morrone signed a National Letter of Intent Monday afternoon to become a Marshall University cheerleader.

Morrone had already enrolled in Marshall to major in biochemistry with hopes of attending medical school in the future. She is a John Marshall Scholarship recipient and was accepted into the Honors College at Marshall.

The newest member of the Thundering Herd cheerleading squad graduated with a 4.0 GPA and scored a 30 on the ACT.

“We are proud of her everyday,” Blass’ father Trey Morrone said via text message Tuesday afternoon.

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Hooping it up at Gus Macker

From left to right: Tatum Moore, 10 of Ironton, Wes Runyon, 10, of Coal Grove, Caleb Huff, 10, of Coal Grove, Clay Robertson, 9, of Buffalo earned 3rd place out 17 teams at the Gus Macker 3-on-3 Tournament in Ironton this past weekend. Not only was this the first year in the tournament for the group, but also the first time ever playing together. WCN photo submitted by Paul Robertson

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SECTIONAL CHAMPS — The Wayne baseball team poses with the sectional championship trophy on Wednesday after defeating Tolsia. Photo courtesy of Melissa Booton

Pioneers claim sectional title

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — At the start of the season, the Wayne baseball team set goals for the year. Win the conference? The Pioneers tied for the conference championship. Win 20 games? Wednesday’s win was the 20th win of the season. Win state? The Pioneers are focused more than ever on that goal.

Wayne took another step toward accomplishing goal set at the start of the year with a 14-0 win over Tolsia in the Region IV, Sectrion 2 final played at George Brumfield Ballpark on Wednesday.

“This was our 20th win and it’s good any time you get 20 wins,” Wayne coach Todd Ross said following the game. “Our bog goal is to win state. We’re going to focus on that.”

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RUNNING REBELS — The Tolsia 4x100 relay team will be competing on the state track and field meet at Laidley field in Charleston. The team is Luke Presley, Blake Rose, Logan Presley and Seth McMillion. Photo courtesy of Noah Copley

Rebels relay ready for state

Submitted article

After several years without a program, a group of Tolsia athletes have started a new tradition in southern Wayne County.

In only their sixth race as a team, multiple heat wins, and a prestigious championship win in the Charleston Gazette Relays, the Rebels 4x100 boys’ team galloped to a reserve win in the Region 4 Championship.

This win propels them into the West Virginia State Championship in Charleston on Saturday. Now, entering only their seventh race as a unit, they eye a championship with the understanding that the competition they face this weekend will be difficult to beat.

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Big action in Little League

TOP: Marlins Branson McCloud swings for the fences as he hits a home run during a recent game. Below: Reds pitcher Avery Walters pitches during a recent game. Photos by Cindy Shy

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Running for the fun of it

Prichard Elementary Fun Run winners were, back row 5th grade winners, Shane Cazier, Ella Fry, Chevy Watts, Alyssa Inlenfeld, and Kenzie Payne. Front row 4th grade winners, Jacob Mitchell, Tori Dillon, Aiden Hooks, Heidi Davis, Braxton Slone, and Eden Wellman. Photo courtesy of Cindy Shy

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RUNNING MAN — Wayne's Kade Sebastian will compete in the 100M dash at the state track meet after winning the event in the regionals. Photo courtesy of Ashley Draper

Pioneers set for state track meet

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — Look out Charleston, the Pioneers have loaded the wagons and are heading your way. Wayne High School track and field athletes won four events Friday in the Class AA, Region IV meet at Laidley Field.

Wayne junior Katie Napier won the girls 1,600-meter run with a time of 5 minutes, 41.22 seconds. Napier also ran second in the 3,200 (12:42.17). Wayne senior Shelby Adams was first in the girls long jump with a leap of 15-feet, 3.25 seconds.

Mica Mathis of the Pioneers, a junior, took second place in the girls shot put (35-10).

The Wayne girls were third in the 4x400 relay (4:42.03) with Adams, Olivia Followay, Tristen Blankenship and Napier. Kade Sebasian, a senior sprinter for the Wayne boys, finished first in the 100 (10.96 seconds) and the 200 (22.66).

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EYE ON THE BALL — Spring Valley’s Haley Caldwell fields a hit as the Wolves take infield practice as they prepare to take on Hurricane in the Class AAA, Region IV softball tournament on Thursday at Hurricane High School. HD Media photo by Sholten Singer

Early homers doom Wolves

By DAVID WALSH
HD Media

HURRICANE, W.Va. — Hurricane scored four runs in the first inning and went on to defeat Spring Valley 6-4 Thursday in the Class AAA, Region IV softball semifinals.

Winning pitcher Katie Adams and Paige Scruggs did the damage in the first inning when both connected for two-run home runs off Timberwolves starter Brooke Jackson. The Redskins (30-4) had to survive some scary moments late caused by Spring Valley and the weather.

Jackson delivered a two-run single in the top of the seventh inning to cut the deficit to 6-4. Haley Caldwell, who homered in her previous at-bat, came up and represented the tying run, but Adams got her on a fly to center field to end the game and earn a spot in next week’s title game.

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FROM PIONEER TO A KNIGHT — Wayne High School senior Allison Maynard signs a letter of intent to play softball at Kentucky Christian University during a ceremony at the high school on Wednesday. WCN photo by Nikki Dotson

Wayne’s Allison Maynard signs with KCU

By Nikki Dotson
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Wayne High School softball player Allison Maynard signed a contract to play next-level softball at Kentucky Christian University during a ceremony on Wednesday at Wayne High School.

Maynard, who has played softball since she was little, had not intended to play college ball, but with some push from WHS Head Coach Tish Smith, decided to accept the offer.

“Allie has been a starter for all four years she has played for us, and I always hoped she would choose to play after high school,” Smith said. “I’m proud that she has chosen a great academic school that will help her do what she loves to do.”

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CASEY DELIVERS — Spring Valley's Casey Kelly fires a pitch towards home plate against Huntington in the Class AAA, Region IV, Section 4 baseball tournament on Tuesday at Cook-Holbrook Field in Huntington. HD Media photo by Sholten Singer

Kelly's curve carves Highlanders

By TIM STEPHENS
HD Media

HUNTINGTON — Casey Kelly was thrown a curve when he was called on to pitch in the second inning Tuesday.

Kelly threw some excellent curves of his own in shutting out Huntington High for 5 1/3 innings as top-seeded Spring Valley defeated the No. 3 Highlanders 7-2 in the Class AAA, Region IV, Section 4 baseball tournament at Cook-Holbrook Field.

The loss ended Huntington High's season. With the victory, the Timberwolves (16-9) advance to today's 5:30 p.m. game with second-seeded Cabell Midland at Cook-Holbrook Field in the first game of a best-of-three series for the sectional title.

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BAILEY DELIVERS — Spring Valley’s Bailey Adkins delivers a pitch against Ripley during the MSAC girl’s high school softball tourament on Tuesday at Spring Valley High School. HD Media photo by Larry Butcher

Spring Valley falls to Ripley

By GRANT TRAYLOR
HD Media

SPRING VALLEY — Spring Valley’s softball lineup has proven on several occasions that it can put up big runs in bunches.

However, on Tuesday, it was the lack of ability to do the little things that cost the Timberwolves a chance to play for the Mountain State Athletic Conference title.

Ripley used execution mistakes by the Timberwolves to score four runs in the top of the sixth inning and turn a deficit into a 6-5 win in the MSAC semifinals.

“You have to make the rou tine plays and take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves,” Spring Valley coach Allison Hatfield said. “When you don’t, you open the door for somebody else. With the caliber of teams we are going to face the rest of the year, if you open that door, they are going to slam it in your face and you are going to lose.”

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Colby Wickline (1) was named to the South squad for the North-South All-Star Basketball Classic set for June 17 at the South Charleston Community Center.

Pioneers’ Wickline selected for North-South basketball game

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — Colby Wickline had a career season on the court for the Wayne Pioneers this year. His hard work was recognized once again as he was named to the South squad for the North-South All-Star Basketball Classic. The North-South All-Star Basketball Classic is set for June 17 at the South Charleston Community Center.

Wickline averaged 19 points a game this season. He boasted 15 games with 19 points or more. he set a school record with a 40-point game in which he also added eight rebounds, five assists and five steals.

He was named first team All-Cardinal Conference and was named second team all-state in his senior year.

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BIG WINNERS — Kevin Sansom, left, coach Cam Tanner and Tucker Watts stand with the state championship trophies and lunker awards after finishing in first place in the West Virginia B.A.S.S. Nation state tournament on Sunday at Sutton Lake. Photo courtesy of the Wayne HIgh School Bass Fishing Team

Wayne anglers swamp the competition at bass tourney

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

SUTTON — It’s funny how winning can change how someone acts on a lake.

As confidence in their catch grew, Wayne anglers Kevin Sanson and Tucker Watts were able to relax a little and enjoy the day. “I was waving at people and smiling,” Sansom said. “Kevin acted like he was just elected prom queen,” Watts chimed in. “He was waving at smiling at everyone.”

“Kevin doesn’t wave at anyone,” Wayne fishing coach Cam Tanner said. “But he waved and smiled at everyone.”

Sansom and Watts had a reason to smile — 11.84 pounds worth of reason to smile. The two anglers won the West Virginia B.A.S.S. Nation state tournament Sunday at Sutton Lake by more than two pounds and also claimed the lunker award with a 2.87 pound fish. The win propels the duo to the national championship the fist weekend of August at Kentucky Lake in Tennessee.

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IRON MEN — Darrien Howard, Tyler Orlosky, Daikiel Shorts and Spring Valley graduate Elijah Wellman received the Iron Mountaineer Award at the Gold-Blue Spring Football Game on Saturday at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs. Photo courtesy of WVUsports.com

Spring Valley's Wellman named an Iron Mountaineer

By Mike Montoro
WVUSports.com

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — West Virginia University football players Darrien Howard, Tyler Orlosky, Daikiel Shorts and Elijah Wellman received the Iron Mountaineer Award at the Gold-Blue Spring Football Game on Saturday, presented to the most outstanding performers in WVU’s offseason strength and conditioning program.

Since 1996, 55 players have been tabbed with Iron Mountaineer distinction, including 12 who have earned the award more than once. Orlosky, a two-time recipient, is a redshirt senior center, Howard a senior defensive lineman, Shorts a senior receiver and Wellman a redshirt junior fullback. Howard was unable to attend the Gold-Blue Spring Game due to a death in his family.

The winners are the best in the testing at the conclusion of winter conditioning, measuring the broad jump, vertical jump, bench, squat, power clean lift, 225 bench, 40-yard sprint, pro shuttle, three cone, 60-yard shuttle and the 10/20-yard sprint. The winners are selected from three groups: FB/TE/LB/SP, QB/RB/WR/DB and OL/DL. The top performers in each category are selected by their teammates, earning the Iron Mountaineer Award. The distinctive award is a 6.2-lb coal statue made entirely of native West Virginian natural resources: coal, wood and natural wood stain. One permanent Iron Mountaineer with the names of all winners is on display in the WVU strength and conditioning complex.

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The Spring Valley Timberwolves beat Johnson Central, one of Eastern Kentucky’s best teams, 4-3 in a nine-inning thriller. Photos by Kerry Carter

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MAKING THE TAG — Wayne’s Taylor Jones tags out Spring Valley’s Daniel Brandon during a rundown between second and third base in Wayne’s nine-inning win over Spring Valley on Wednesday. Photo by Melissa Booton

Pioneers outlast Wolves with walk-off in extra innings

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — Luke Cassidy was the hero Wayne needed Wednesday night. Cassidy’s single in the bottom of the ninth innings gave the Pioneers a dramatic 6-5 walk-off win over Spring Valley at George Brumfield Ballpark.

Cayden Ross was a perfect 2-2 at the plate for the Pioneers with singles in the second and fourth innings.

Jeremiah Milum had an impressive outing against Spring Valley’s lineup. Milum gave up just one hit, allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out three during his three innings of work.

Ross was credited with the win for Wayne. He pitched 1 2/3 shutout innings. Ross struck out one, walked three and gave up one hit.

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Little League in full swing

Branson McCloud delivers a pitch, at left, and Cody Shy takes a big cut during a recent game. Photos courtesy of Cindy Shy

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THE DELIVERY — Spring Valley’s Kyle Underwood pitches during the early innings of the Timberwolves’ loss to Greenup County on Monday at Spring Valley High School’s baseball field. Photo by Kerry Carter

Timberwolves fall in heartbreaker to Greenup Co.

By TIM STEPHENS
HD Media

SPRING VALLEY — That’s why Greenup County is 21-0.

Christian Wireman smashed a 3-run home run deep into the darkness beyond the right field fence in the sixth inning Monday to give the Musketeers a 9-8 baseball victory over Spring Valley (12-5).

The Timberwolves took a 7-0 lead after one inning, chasing Greenup County starter Ethan Coldiron after 1/3 of an inning. Reliever Zach Hayden allowed just one unearned run the rest of the way, striking out 10 and walking one to earn the victory.

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Tony Dotson leads a prayer for the opening day activities at Buffalo. Photo courtesy Buffalo Youth Baseball

Opening day in Wayne County

It was a weekend for youth baseball and softball as many youth leagues celebrated their opening weekends.

Buffalo celebrated with the rededication of the Wallace Field. The field underwent a major face lift featuring a new fence and bleachers. The Ceredo Fire Department was on hand with the ladder truck for kids and adults alike to learn about and enjoy. The evening was capped off with a bonfire and s’mores.

Vinson celebrated opening day on Saturday with a full slate of games and an honor guard to help mark the opening of America’s pastime.ned run the rest of the way, striking out 10 and walking one to earn the victory.

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DIGGING FOR THIRD — Spring Valley’s Haley Caldwell sprints to third base against Huntington on Thursday at Huntington High School. HD Media photo by Larry Butcher

Lady Timberwolves hammer Huntington Highlanders

By TIM STEPHENS
HD Media

SPRING VALLEY — Spring Valley’s Taylor Scott added a home run and two runs batted in to her statistics overnight.

The West Virginia Umpires Association overturned an umpire’s call that nullified Scott’s grand slam against Huntington High on Thursday. The umpire initially ruled that Timberwolves coach Allison Hatfield assisted runner Hannah Harper round third for what would have been the third run on the home run to right-center field. The call changed Scott’s dinger to a double.

Hatfield patted Harper, courtesy running for Haleigh Christopher, on the back, prompting the umpire’s original call.

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WMS track team may be small in numbers, but big in results

SUCCESS — The Wayne Middle School track team poses with their awards from the Poca Middle School Track Meet. The team are, top from left, Landon Wolfe, Andrew Mills, Wyat Draper, and Austin Castle. Bottom from left: Kathrine Smith, Kathrine Dean and Kierstin Stroud. the team is coached by Ashley Hale-Draper. Photo courtesy of Ashley Hale-Draper

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The Tolsia baseball team takes the pledge before taking the field for the first game on the new field. The Rebels opened up the new field in style with a 9-6 victory over Mingo Central. Photo WCHS

Tolsia baseball plays first home game on new field

By SEAN DELANCEY
(WCHS/WVAH)

GLENHAYES – For the first time in decades, some Wayne County high school baseball players are playing a game on their home field.

After several months of construction, Tolsia High School’s baseball team is playing on its new field.

The first pitch was thrown on the new field Tuesday evening. Head Coach Eric Crum said they lost their old field in Fort Gay four years ago and have played every game on the road since. The field was not located at the high school and was torn down.

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Little Sisters, big opportunity

Dr. Scott Edmonds’ Major Girls Softball team from Wayne Central Little League are involved with the Lil Sis program with the Marshall Softball. The team attended last weekend’s softball game against Charlotte. The girls went through pregame locker room activities with Marshall, announced on field and national anthem all with the Marshall Softball team prior to the game. Photo courtesy of Scott Edmonds

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Scramble for Wayne golf team

A BIG THANKS — The Wayne High School golf team would like to thank all of the people who came out to support our scramble on Sunday. High school golf is non-revenue sport that relies on fundraising and generosity to survive. Without the support of the community we would struggle to field a team. Thank you to all of the participants (84 golfers), Silo Golf Course (Scott Rowsey) and the local businesses and candidates who are always willing to support our schools and community. Also thank you to Greg Farley whose sign is not pictured. Submitted photo

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The Tolsia baseball team takes the pledge before taking the field for the first game on the new field. The Rebels opened up the new field in style with a 9-6 victory over Mingo Central. Photo WCHS

Tolsia baseball plays first home game on new field

By SEAN DELANCEY
(WCHS/WVAH)

GLENHAYES – For the first time in decades, some Wayne County high school baseball players are playing a game on their home field.

After several months of construction, Tolsia High School’s baseball team is playing on its new field.

The first pitch was thrown on the new field Tuesday evening. Head Coach Eric Crum said they lost their old field in Fort Gay four years ago and have played every game on the road since. The field was not located at the high school and was torn down.

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VOCAL LEADER — Cody Stiltner has been called the “speak plug” for Wayne’s baseball team.

Wayne’s Cody Stiltner back on the diamond after gridiron injury

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — In October of last year, there were serious doubts about Cody Stiltner’s future in athletics.

The senior running back was carted off the field at Mingo Central High School after dislocting and fracturing his hip.

“The doctor at Logan General (Hospital) told me I’d be back on the football field in three weeks,” Stiltner said. “Then when I got to Cabell Huntington (Hospital) I asked my doctor what he thought and he said I’d never play another sport again.”

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I CHOOSE YOU — Wayne’s Jeremiah Milum tags out Mingo Central’s Deonte Joplin at third base on a fielders choice in the second inning of Wednesday’s game in Wayne. Photo by Melissa Booton at Through Melissa’s Lens.

Pioneers get win over Miners; fall to Highlanders

By SCOTT PARSONS &
NIKKI DOTSON
Wayne County News Staff

WAYNE — On Wednesday, the Wayne Pioneers gave up three runs early but then slammed the door on the Mingo Central Miners en route to a 14-4 win in five innings.

Wayne spotted the Miners three runs ion the first inning but exploded for nine runs on the second inning.

Wayne cored in the second on an RBI single by Luke Cassidy, an RBI double by Dakota McCloud, an RBI single by Cody Stiltner, a two-run single by Isaiah Thompson, a sacrifice fly by Jeremiah Milum, an RBI double by Cody Noe, an RBI single by Cayden Ross, and an RBI single by Cassidy.

Thompson racked up four RBI on three hits for the Pioneers Wayne got the win thanks in large part to Ross’ dominant, eight-strikeout performance. Ross allowed one earned run, three hits and one walk over four innings.

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COLLISION — Wayne’s Cody Stiltner hits Mingo Cenral’s first baseman Josh Murphy on the first play of the game on Wednesday. Photo by Melissa Booton at Through Melissa’s Lens.

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Wayne Middle gets win on the diamond over Point Pleasant, 3-1. Photos by Melissa Booton at Through Melissa’s Lens.

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MAKING THE PASS — Jordann Hatten makes a hand off to Erica Butcher in the 4x100 relay last Thursday at Laidley Field in the Capital High School Invitational Relays. Photo courtesy of Michael Hall

Spring Valley Timberwolves track off and running

Staff report

CHARLESTON – The high school track season is in full swing and the Spring Valley Timberwolves are off and running. The Wolves started their season last Thursday at Laidley Field in the Capital High School Invitational Relays.

The boys finished seventh out of 21 teams and the girls fished 11th.

“It was an eye opener for many of these athletes considering more than half of the team are first year members of this team,” coach Michael Hall said.

There are nearly 80 boys and girls on the team this season making it the largest track team in school history.

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LEFT: Chandler Stacy runs the shuttle hurdle relay. RIGHT: Katelyn Sexton runs a leg of the 4x800. Photos courtesy of Michael Hall

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Wayne baseball racks up wins

A DECIDING PLAY — With runners on first and third with two outs in the top of the 6th inning, Lawrence County base runner Chase Coverdale (6) gets caught in a run down trying to steal. Wayne shortstop Cayden Ross looks the runner back to third while pitcher Dakota McCloud runs to cover second. Coverdale was eventually tagged out by Wayne first baseman Zack Perry after a collision on the baseline. The Bulldogs didn’t threaten again as Wayne went on to win 1-0. All photos by Melissa Booton at Through Melissa’s Lens

Pioneers roll past Tolsia 15-0.

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PLAY BALL — The visiting Wayne Pioneers take the field during the first game played at Tolsia’s new softball/baseball field on Thursday. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Rain-soaked Tolsia Rebels open new field

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

GLENHAYES — Under a downpour of rain and runs it would be easy for the Tolsia Rebels to get down about Thursday night’s game.

But it’s hard to get down when your stadium looks so good.

The new baseball/softball field at Tolsia High School saw its first real game action on Thursday as Tolsia hosted Wayne. “It wasn’t this big production or anything, but it was nice to be out on our own field,” Rebels coach Jennifer Jude said.

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LEFT: ON THE MOVE — A Wayne base runner advances to second base after a wild throw gets past Tolsia’s first baseman during Thursday’s game. RIGHT: GETTING IT BACK TO THE INFIELD —Tolsia’s Mariah Marcum throws the ball back to the infield from right field during Thursday’s game. WCN photos by Scott Parsons

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LFET: EYE ON THE BALL — Tolsia’s Mariah Marcum watches her hit go down the third base line during Thursday’s game against Huntington St. Joe on at Rotary park in Huntington. RIGHT: WINDING UP — Tolsia pitcher Mikayla Chaffin starts her wind up during the late innings of Thursday’s game against Huntington St. Joe. WCN photos by Scott Parsons

Tolsia softball kicks off season; readies for debut at new field

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

GLENHAYES — Tolsia’s softball team is filled with new faces and familiar ones in new places.

The Rebels started the 2016 campaign on Thursday on the road against Huntington St. Joe at Rotary Park in Huntington.

While the 11-1 loss wasn’t the outcome the Rebels hoped for, there were glimpses of what could be an improved season for Tolsia.

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HAPPY CAMPERS — It’s all smiles in a group photo of the participants in the Pioneer Softball Spring Skills Camp. Photo courtesy of Tish Smith

Pioneers host softball camp

By Nikki Dotson
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Little leaguers packed up their balls, gloves and bats and headed to Wayne High School Saturday morning for the Pioneer Softball Spring Skills Camp.

The event, organized by WHS Senior Allison Maynard as part of her Senior Quest Project, was planned to help teach kids interested in playing softball all basic techniques needed for offense and defense.

Maynard said she was very excited about the turnout of around 68 child athletes. “I only expected like 20 or 25 girls to come out,” she said. “It has exceeded my expectations, and almost tears me up with excitement from being so happy.”

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Wayne, Vinson Middle School baseball in full swing

COMING IN FOR A LANDING – A Wayne base runner comes in for a slide as the ball gets away from the Vinson third baseman. Photo by Melissa Booton

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AIR JARRELLS — Tolsia’s Dena Jarrells tried to get a shot off over Wyoming East’s Allie Lusk during the quarterfinals of the state girls basketball tournament in Charleston on Wednesday. Photo by Kerry Carter.

Rebels fall to Warriors, 64-44

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

CHARLESTON — It was a showdown many in the state was looking forward to.

Two prolific scorers in Wayoming East’s Gabby Lupardis and Tolsia’s Dena Jarrells were going head to head in the first round of the state basketball tournament.

While Jarrells won the individual scoring battle with 26 points, Wyoming East’s team proved to be too much as the Warriors rolled to a 64-44 win in the Class AA quarterfinals at the Charleston Civic Center.

“Give them credit. They were here last year and they have a lot of weapons,” Tolsia coach Ric Morrone said. “We were able to take away a few things. But I’m proud of these girls. I think they represented Tolsia and Region IV well.”

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WINNERS — Jade Clark and Nathan Shepard pose with their trophies from the 43rd U.S. Open Martial Arts Championship in Charleston. Submitted photo

Winning weekend for Wayne Taekwondo Club

Staff report

Wayne County martial artists brought home some hardware last weekend after competing in the 43rd US Open Martial Arts Championship held by Grandmaster Kang of Charleston.

The tournament was held at South Charleston High School. Jade Clark placed third in sparring and second in forms. Nathan Shepard placed second in sparring and third in forms.

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LICENSE TO SHRED — A member of The Strength Team tears two licence plates during a performance at FBC Kenova. Photos by Kerry Carter

Strength team performs at First Baptist Church Kenova

Staff report

KENOVA — The Strength Team, based out of Missoula, MT, performed Monday night during the UPWARD Basketball program finale at FBC Kenova.

Joel Caldwell and team member, John Andrickson, broke through layers of stacked bricks, ripped license plates in half, and burst a hot water bottle in a show of amazing strength. The team members also performed recently at Buffalo Middle School with a message against drugs.

However, at the UPWARD banquet, they were able to give a testimony of how Jesus changed their lives.

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Fort Gay Vikings pull in the championship hardware

YOUNG CHAMPIONS — Fort Gay youth basketball has been bringing home a lot of trophies lately. The team won the Fort Gay 8-year-old tournament on February 27. They also won the Wayne 9-year-old tournament on March 6. Players and coaches are Blaine Cook, Luke Fetherolf, Peyton Marcum, Evan Ball, Dylan Stroud, Cole Collie, Parker Watts, Brayden Mollette, Cameron Perkins, Head Coach Steve Stroud, and Asst Coach JB Collie. Photos courtesy of Shaunna Stroud.

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REACH FOR THE SKY — Wayne’s Maddie Wilcox battles a Sissonville defender for the ball during Thursday’s game at Sissonville. Photo by Melissa Booton

Wayne falls to Sissonville, 67-48

By RYAN EPLING
HD Media

SISSONVILLE, W.Va.— Reigning AA state champion Sissonville is known for its strong guard play with seniors Karli Pinkerton and Madison Jones.

Thursday night, it was a sophomore who shot the Indians back to the state tournament.

Mikayla Long scored 27 points, including six 3-pointers as Sissonville defeated visiting Wayne, 67-48, in the Class AA, Region IV co-final.

“Pick your poison,” Pioneer coach Wade William son said. “Their guards are great, they’ve got good players inside. They’re just a really good basketball team.” With the win, Sissonville is headed back to Charleston to defend its title.

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ON THE RUN — Morgan Vaughn brings the ball up court for the Timberwolves. Photo by Kerry Carter.

Lady Wolves headed to state

By MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

ST. ALBANS – The Spring Valley Lady Timberwolves are heading to the state tournament in Charleston for the third time in four years after defeating conference rival St. Albans 56-53 in the Region IV co-finals at St. Albans Tuesday night.

Foul trouble forced both teams to go without their preferred lineup, instead going to the bench for help. In the long run, it was Spring Valley’s 20 points off the bench that give the squad the rounded win.

Morgan Vaughn came off the bench and gave the Wolves the biggest boost adding nine points spelling Karlee Alderman. Alderman picked up three fast fouls in the first quarter. Although the fouls came early, Vaughn ended up hitting 5-of-6 free throws in the final minutes to seal the win.

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REGIONAL CO-CHAMPS — The Spring Valley Lady Timberwolves pose with the regional trophy on Tuesday night. Spring Valley will be heading to the state tournament in Charleston for the third time in four years. Photo by Kerry Carter.

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Trio of Wayne County girls contribute to St. Joe win

ST. JOE SECTIONAL CHAMPS — Three Wayne County girls helped St. Joe win the sectional championship over Charleston Catholic. Left, Paige Shy from Buffalo had 14 points for the Irish; Top right, Errin Kay from Vinson had 11 points in the win; bottom right, Griffyn Ellison from Vinson. Photos courtesy Cindy Shy

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BASKETBALL SCRUM — Wayne’s Kaitlyn Arnold and Tolsia’s Dena Jarrells battle for the ball during the Class AA, Region IV, Section 2 championship game at Willie Akers Arena in Logan on Thursday. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Rebels claim sectional

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

LOGAN — A good, old-fashioned Wayne County grudge match found its way to Logan Thursday night. For a third time this season Wayne and Tolsia girls faced off on the hardwood.

Early, it looked like the third time would be the same as the other two with Wayne jumping out to a 7-0 lead.

But to overuse a phrase, the third time was the charm for the Lady Rebels as they bullied their way to the Class AA, Region IV, Section 2 championship over the rival Pioneers 58-40 at Willie Akers Arena in Logan on Thursday.

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GETTING A HAND ON THE BALL — Spring Valley’s Alex Petry has the ball swatted by Huntington’s Ericka Budd during the Class AAA, Region IV, Section 2 championship game at Spring Valley High School on Friday. Photo courtesy of Kerry Carter.

Timberwolves drop section championship; fight another day

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

LOGAN — A good, old-fashioned Wayne County grudge match found its way to Logan Thursday night. For a third time this season Wayne and Tolsia girls faced off on the hardwood.

Early, it looked like the third time would be the same as the other two with Wayne jumping out to a 7-0 lead.

But to overuse a phrase, the third time was the charm for the Lady Rebels as they bullied their way to the Class AA, Region IV, Section 2 championship over the rival Pioneers 58-40 at Willie Akers Arena in Logan on Thursday.

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HOISTING THE HARDWARE — The Vinson Tigers celebrate winning the Wayne County Middle School Championship on Saturday. Photo by Amy Sturdivant of Amy Sturdivant Photography.

Tigers roar to county title

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

FORT GAY — Coming into the season, Vinson was the favorite to win the Wayne County boys middle school championship.

The Tigers didn’t disappoint.

Vinson used a blazing first half of shooting to get past the Wayne Pioneers to win the Wayne County Middle School Boys Basketball Championship at Fort Gay on Saturday.

“We’ve had an amazing season,” Vinson coach Josh Perkey said following the game. “I’ve had a lot of these kids three years, one of them I had four because I coached his 12-year-old all-star team, so we’re more like family.”

The Tiger family got off to a hot start leading the Pioneers12-4 after the first quarter. The onslaught didn’t stop in the second frame as the Tigers poured in 17 points to lead 29-14 at the half.

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THE GENERAL – Wayne’s Kaitlyn Arnold is a senior leader for the Pioneers which has enjoyed a hugely successful season. Photo by Melissa Booton and Through Melissa’s Lens.

Arnold leads by example and in an old pair of shoes

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports editor

WAYNE — With the best regular season record in recent memory in the books and sectionals on the horizon, Kaitlyn Arnold is fresh and ready to go, even if her shoes may not.

Call it superstition or a routine, but the Wayne senior has a comfortable pair of shoes and she’s sticking with them.

“I started out wearing these shoes at the start of the season,” Arnold says pointing to the tattered basketball shoes. “I got new shoes but I didn’t like how they felt and these are falling apart but I refuse to change my shoes into the other ones.

“I feel like that’s weird and I don’t want to do anything different even though they have big rips in them.” Whatever’s working stick with it, right?

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QUIET CONFIDENCE — Wayne senior Ally Gue has been an important part for the Pioneers all season. Photo by Melissa Booton and Through Melissa’s Lens.

Ally Gue is a low-key leader for Wayne Pioneer girls

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports editor

WAYNE — Wayne’s Ally Gue doesn’t say much when a reporter is asking the questions.
But the senior doesn’t have to. Her play speaks for itself.

Gue is one of two seniors on the Wayne Lady Pioneers basketball team that finished the season 17-4 and ranked in the top ten in the state.

The Lady Pioneers face Mingo Central tonight at the Logan Fieldhouse in the Class AA, Region IV, Section 2 semifinals.

“I feel pretty confident in my team I feel like I’m going to do pretty good,” Gue said when asked how she’s feeling heading into the postseason. “You can’t go into a game without confidence in yourself.”

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TOUGH GOING UNDERNEATH — Wayne’s Ally Gue lead the Pioneers in scoring with 12 points in a win over Scott on senior night at Wayne High School. Photo by Melissa Booton

Wayne honors seniors, cap off winning season

Staff report

WAYNE — The Wayne Lady Pioneers capped off a fantastic regular season Thursday with a 56-33 win over Scott.

The Pioneers are enjoying a season in which they’re ranked in the top ten in the state. In the win over Scott, the Pioneers were lead by senior Ally Gue with 12 points followed closely by Aerial Adkins with 10.

The Skyhawks were lead by Brooke Burns with 11. Now the Pioneers turn their attention to sectional play which begins this coming week.

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Pioneers pass Buffalo, Vinson victorious over Crum to get to middle school basketball title game. Wayne and Vinson face off for the championship. Photos By Amy Sturdivant Photography

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MVP PERFORMANCE — Wayne’s Bailee Adkins looks to the basket during Wayne’s victory in the county middle school championship game Saturday at Wayne High School. Adkins earned tournament MVP honors. Photo courtesy Amy Sturdivant at Amy Sturdivant Photography.

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Wayne Middle girls out duel Buffalo for third-straight year

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — The Wayne Middle School girls team is starting to make winning county championships a habit.

Three years, three championships and all came at the expense of the Buffalo Bisons. Wayne’s Bailee Adkins lead all scorers with 30 points as the Pioneers won 48-42 to secure the crown once again.

“It’s been a good three years,” Wayne coach Austin Pratt said. “It seems like it has flown by. It’s been really fun.”

Saturday’s championship game had all the makings of a classic showdown between two great teams and it didn’t disappoint. Buffalo opened fast with an early 16-8 lead after the first quarter of play.

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CHAMPIONS — The Wayne Pioneers pose with their championship trophies on Saturday. Photo courtesy Amy Sturdivant at Amy Sturdivant Photography.

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MVP — Spring Valley’s Riley Locklear, in action against Winfield last fall, was named Camp MVP of the prestigious Adidas Georgia Showcase. Photo courtesy of Kerry Carter Photography.

Timberwolves’ Riley Locklear turns heads at football camp

By GRANT TRAYLOR
HD Media

HUNTINGTON — When Spring Valley High School junior offensive lineman Riley Locklear took the field for the Adidas Georgia Showcase on Sunday in Buford, Ga., he was taking his first live drills since the Timberwolves’ season ended in November.

Apparently, it didn’t take long for the 6-foot-5, 290-pound offensive line prospect and Marshall University recruiting target to get acclimated to the field again.

At a showcase littered with top-tier prospects from all over the eastern United States, Locklear proved to be heads above the rest.

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LOOKING UP — Spring Valley’s Erica Mathis looks to the basket during the Timberwolves’ Thursday night win over Nitro on Senior Night at Spring Valley High School. Photo courtesy of Kerry Carter

Valley nets senior night win

Staff report

SPRING VALLEY — Erica Mathis scored 16 points and Alex Petry added 15 to power Spring Valley to a 73-25 win over Nitro on Thursday.

Karlee Alderman dished out 13 assists and grabbed five rebounds for the Timberwolves on Senior Night. Mathis had five rebounds as well.

Tori Porterfield led Nitro with 16 points. Spring Valley improves to 12-8 with the win.

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KEEPING IT UNDER CONTROL — Ceredo Kenova’s Cassidy Good regains control of the basketball as Buffalo’s Emma Sowder closes in on defense during the second half of Thursday’s Wayne County Girls’ Basketball Championship semifinal game at Wayne High School. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Buffalo,Wayne to duel for the girls middle school crown

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — Yogi Berra once famously said “It’s Déjà vu all over again.”
That’s probably how the girls from Buffalo and Wayne are feeling as the two schools will face one another for the third time in a row for the girls middle school basketball championship.

And if Wayne’s last-second, overtime game winning shot last year was exciting then this year’s game could prove to be just as thrilling.

“I would say it’ll be down to the wire again,” Wayne coach Austin Pratt said. “We beat Buffalo by three at their place and they beat us by five at our place so I’m sure it’ll be a good game. A high scoring game.”

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Pioneer girls enjoy winning week

IN YOUR FACE — Wayne’s Aeriel Adkins gets a hand to the face after completing a layin against Herbert Hoover on Monday at Wayne High School. Wayne beat Herbert Hoover, 54-38, on Monday and Poca, 57-54, Tuesday. WCN photo by Melissa Booton

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JUMP BALL – Nate Ellis goes up for a tip off in Wayne's middle school game against Chapmanville. Photo by Nikki Dotson

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Valley falls to South Charleston

LEFT: UNDER PRESSURE — Derek Johnson tries to get a shot off while under a lot of defensive pressure from South Charleston. RIGHT: LAYING IT UP — Chandler Stacy goes up for two of his 16 points against South Charleston. Photos courtesy of Kerry Carter

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LEFT: UNDER ATTACK – Spring Valley’s Derek Johnson tries to get a layup against a stifling Huntington defense. RIGHT: SIZING THINGS UP – Calvin Hinchman looks as a play develops during the Spring Valley-Huntington game on Tuesday. Photos courtesy of Kerry Carter.

Timberwolves fall to Huntington

By GRANT TRAYLOR
HD Media

HUNTINGTON — It’s always tough to play the No. 1 ranked team in the state.

It’s especially tough when there’s a scoring record on the line for one of their players.

That’s the scenario Spring Valley faced Tuesday night when it played Huntington. Highlander star Tavian Dunn-Martin was on the cusp of surpassing the school scoring record previously held my Patrick Patterson, who now plays in the NBA.

Calvin Hinchman lead the Timberwolves with 11 points while Chandler Stacy added nine points and six rebounds but the night belonged to the Highlanders as they went on to win 81-46.

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LEFT: UNDER ATTACK – Spring Valley’s Derek Johnson tries to get a layup against a stifling Huntington defense. RIGHT: SIZING THINGS UP – Calvin Hinchman looks as a play develops during the Spring Valley-Huntington game on Tuesday. Photos courtesy of Kerry Carter.

Timberwolves fall to Huntington

By GRANT TRAYLOR
HD Media

HUNTINGTON — It’s always tough to play the No. 1 ranked team in the state.

It’s especially tough when there’s a scoring record on the line for one of their players.

That’s the scenario Spring Valley faced Tuesday night when it played Huntington. Highlander star Tavian Dunn-Martin was on the cusp of surpassing the school scoring record previously held my Patrick Patterson, who now plays in the NBA.

Calvin Hinchman lead the Timberwolves with 11 points while Chandler Stacy added nine points and six rebounds but the night belonged to the Highlanders as they went on to win 81-46.

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ONE OF THE GREATS — Former Spring Valley standout and current Marshall basketball player Jacob Kilgore stands with his old jersey after it was retired Thursday at Spring Valley High School. Photo courtesy of Kerry Carter

SV retires Kilgore’s jersey

By MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

SPRING VALLEY — No one will ever wear No. 33 for the Spring Valley High School boys basketball team again.

Only one can ever lay claim to that number again – Jacob Kilgore.

The current Marshall University basketball player and former Spring Valley standout had a storied career for the Wolves that ended last season with an heavily-awarded senior year.

Kilgore was named the West Virginia Player of the Year; All-State first team and captain; MSAC Player of the Year; USA Today All-West Virginia team and finished the season off as the school’s all-time leading scorer.

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PLAYING KEEP AWAY — Spring Valley’s Morgan Vaughn runs past a St. Albans defender during Thursday’s game at Spring Valley High School. Photo courtesy of Kerry Carter

Spring Valley girls can’t hold off St. Albans rally

Staff report

SPRING VALLEY — Katelyn Fields knocked down a jumper from the top of the key as St. Albans rallied from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to top Spring Valley, 48-46, in high school girls basketball action on Thursday night.

Fields’ jumper came after Spring Valley’s Alex Petry converted one of two free throws with 22 seconds left to knot the game at 46.

After trailing by double figures early in the fourth, St. Albans went on a run and took the lead on a pair of 3-pointers from Kassey Burks.

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Middle school action at Huntington Invitational

LEFT: Wayne’s Bailee Adkins brings the ball up court against Chapmanville during the Huntington Invitational. RIGHT: Buffalo’s Karli McCloud blocks out a Williamson opponent in the Bison’s 35-24 win at the Huntington Invitational. Photos courtesy of Cindy Shy

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LETTING THINGS SET UP — Colten Jude watches his teammates move into postition from just outside the top of the key during last week’s game against Wayne. Photo courtesy of Bo Brumfield at the Levisa Lazer

Rebels sweep week with wins

Staff report

GLENHAYES — The Tolsia Rebels boys basketball team heated up the court last week before Winter Storm Jonas put a lockdown on all sports for the weekend.

Last Tuesday, Tolsia trailed county rival Wayne 36-33 at the half. But in the second half, the Rebels out scored the Pioneers 37-14 en route to a runaway 70-50 win. Coty Jude lead Tolsia with 27 points. Tyler Stroud added 17 points and Jordan Johnson had 13.

On Thursday, the Rebels cruised past Grace Christian 68-40.

Jude had 17 points in that win while Stroud, behind the strength of four 3-pointers, finished with 15 points as did Jordan Johnson.

The snowstorm still is wreaking havoc on the local sports schedule. No word yet on when or if cancelled games will be made-up.

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Invitational Game MVP

Fort Gay and St. Joe boys needed extra time to decide a winner on Tuesday in the Huntington Invitational. St. Joe defeated Fort Gay 50-45. Fort Gay’s Most Valuable Player was Zane Sturgill (shown far left) who had 16 points. Photo courtesy of Tracie Sturgill

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REACH FOR IT — Wayne’s Colby Wickline makes a lay up during against Chapmanville at Wayne High School on Thursday. WCN Photo by Melissa Booton.

Pioneers lose close one to Chapmanville

By JOHNATHAN BOOTON
For the Wayne County News

WAYNE – Whether in Logan County or Wayne County, it’s bound to be a hard fought game between the Wayne Pioneers and the Chapmanville Regional Tigers.

Such was the case on Thursday when Chapmanville pulled out a close win over Wayne by a three-point margin 66-63.

The Tigers and the Pioneers were pressing the backcourt with everything they had to force several turnovers for each team. It was a tough defensive battle for most of the game with Wayne capitalizing on turnovers to rally in the third quarter.

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Pioneers get road win at Lawrence County, 68-38

GOING HIGHER — Maddie Wilcox jumps for the rebound in front of a Lawrence County defender. Photos courtesy of Melissa Booton at Through Melissa’s Lens

LEFT: ON THE MOVE — Ally Gue drives past a Lawrence County defender. RIGHT: CONCENTRATION — Aeriel Adkins prepares to take a foul shot.

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Luke Presley, second from right, and the rest of the Blue All-American secondary. Submitted photo

Presley makes his mark in
all-star game

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. — Tolsia’s Luke Presley showed what he could offer a college team when he participated in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl at EverBank Field in Jacksonville on Saturday.

Presley suited up for the Blue team for the event held at the home of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars.

In the first half, Presley dropped back into coverage and cut off a pass from the Grey’s Devon Mueller from Foothill High School in Henderson, Nev.

Unfortunately, the Grey got the best of the Blue is a 28-14 win.

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RIIVALS MEET — Wayne’s Maddie Wilcox battles Tolsia’s Taylor Parsley (4) and Tasha Nichols (15) for a rebound during Thursday night’s game at Wayne High School. Photo courtesy of Melissa Booton at Through Melissa’s Lens

Lady Pioneers, Rebels battle to the buzzer

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — On paper it looked like it was going to be a classic game. It turned out to be just that.

Lakin Adkins made two free throws with 4.5 seconds left and Maddie Wilcox blocked a last-second shot as Wayne slipped past county rival Tolsia 51-49 Thursday night at Wayne High School.

“Both teams had opportunities,” Rebels coach Ric Morrone said. “We had a shot at the buzzer but Wilcox got a piece of it.”

The Rebels were down by five with 38 second to go in the game and lead the Pioneers by three at halftime. The teams exchanged points back and forth the entirety of the game in front of a packed and boisterous gymnasium

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Girls Middle School Action

Left: Wayne’s Bailee Adkins Right: Buffalo’s Karli McCloud. Photos courtesy Cindy Shy

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REBEL REBELLION – The Tolsia Rebels traveled to Wayne Friday night and came away with a 71-55 conference win in the intra-county rivalry matchup. Photos courtesy of Melissa Booton at Through Melissa’s Lens

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The Lady Pioneers downed Chapmanville, 48-40, on Thursday night at Wayne. The Pioneers improved to 8-2 on the season with the Cardinal Conference win. Photos courtesy of Melissa Booton at Through Melissa’s Lens

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Left: DRIVING THE LANE — Vinson’a Laney Whitmore takes the ball to the basket during the game against Buffalo. Right: BATTLE UNDER THE BOARD — Buffalo’s Katelyn Kelly and Vinson players look up after the shot for the rebound. Photo courtesy Cindy Shy

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I’LL TAKE THAT — Tolsia’s Mariah Finley steps in and steals the ball from Scott’s Kaitlyn Miller during the Rebels’ 79-26 win over the Skyhawks on Monday. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Tolsia builds huge early lead in 79-26 rout of Scott

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

GLENHAYES — Tolsia’s girls basketball team is known as the Lady Runnin’ Rebels. Perhaps they should change that name to the “Pressin’ Rebels.”

The Lady Rebels used a stifling press defense and tough play underneath to cruise to the 79-26 win over the Scott Skyhawks on Monday night.

“We’ve been putting a lot of time in the gym,” head coach Ric Morrone said following the game. “A lot of teams have played more games that we have. One of the things we’ve worked on is getting our defense extended, being solid in the half court by extending our pressure.”

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Vinson Middle wins Rio Grande University Holiday Tourney

TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS – The Vinson Tigers won the Rio Grande University Holiday Tournament Dec. 28-29. The Tigers defeated Boyd Co. (Ky.) to open the tournament before knocking off Jackson Co. (OH) in triple overtime to take the tournament championship. Submitted photo

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RUNNING MAN — Luke Presley finds a gap between two Tug Valley defenders during a game earlier this season. in 2015, Presley eclipsed 3,000 career yards. Photo courtesy John Nolan photography.

A look back at the best of 2015

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

Now is not the time to get all sentimental. We’re embarking on a new year. A vast uncharted frontier lies before us all and it’s there for the taking!

OK, so let’s take some time to get a little sentimental. After all, we can’t just put 2015 in a wooden crate, label it and shove it in the back of a warehouse somewhere. It’s not the Ark of the Covenant and this isn’t Raiders of the Lost Ark.

But I assure you we here at the Wayne County News looked back through 2015’s sports stories and had our top men pick what we believe to be the Top 10 sports stories of Wayne County from the past year. You may disagree and that’s fine. The selection process was in no way scientific. But we feel these stories are what stood out the most in the year that was.

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TO THE NEXT LEVEL – Five members from one of Spring Valley’s all-time winning football classes signed National Letters of Intent 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.

LITTLE SLUGGER — A Fort Gay Cal Ripken League player makes contact on opening day at the new little league field in Fort Gay. Submitted photo

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2015/16 Wayne Pioneers Boys Basketball Team

Pioneers hope to build on last year’s historic season

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — The Wayne Pioneers have some big shoes to will on the court this season. Last season, the Pioneers set school best marks with its run to the regional round of the playoffs. Coach Sam Cochenour sees reason to be optimistic about this season.

“We think we have 11 players that can play,” he said.

Returning are third team all-state selection Colby Wickline who put up 44 points last year against Mingo Central in the sectional championship game. Cameron Wallace, the speedy point guard, is back as is senior Seth Napier who brings experience to the table.

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2015/16 Tolsia Rebels Boys Basketball Team

Athletic Rebels hope to get better as season progresses

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

GLENHAYES — You’ll have to excuse Tolsia coach Mike Smith and his Rebels for being a little behind in basketball preparations. Most of the team was still playing football when basketball season started.

But now it’s all hoops for the Rebels who are returning a solid core and enjoying a few athletic additions.

“We have five or six kids coming back from last year and lot of good additions,” coach Smith said. “It may take us a little time to get acclimated, but we’re going to be OK.”

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Timberwolves compete at the Musselman Duals. Photo courtesy of the Spring Valley Wrestling Facebook page

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DRIVING — Lakyn Adkins drives past a Lincoln defender to score two of her 13 points in Wayne’s 54-53 loss to the Cougars on Friday in the Big 10-Cardinal Conference Shootout in South Charleston. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Tolsia, Wayne girls fall in Big 10-Cardinal shootout

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

SOUTH CHARLESTON — A slow start lead to a furious rally in the fourth quarter but Wayne simply ran out of time as the Lady Pioneers fell to Lincoln 54-53 in the Big 10-Cardinal Conference Shootout at the South Charleston Community Center on Friday.

The Pioneers trailed 35-20 at the half but in the second half Wayne only allowed 19 points while scoring 33.

“When you dig yourself a hole against a high quality team you’re going to have trouble like that,” Wayne coach Wade Williamson said. “I was happy with our character. I wasn’t happy with losing, you’re never happy about losing. I don’t believe in moral victories but we showed character and fight. We made some plays we need to get better moving forward.”

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Wayne’s Cochenour inducted into soccer Hall of Fame

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — Any time an organization indicts you into its hall of fame, you’ve done something right. Sam Cochenour, Wayne’s head basketball coach for former soccer coach, was inducted into the West Virginia High School Soccer Coaches Association Hall of Fame recently.

“I was inducted as a contributor-coach,” Cochenour said of the honor. Cochenour coached soccer at Wayne High School for 14 years before taking the reigns at Spring Valley for the first four years of the school’s existence.

“I was the last coach at Wayne High School and the first coach at Spring Valley,” Cochenour said. Cochenour was Wayne’s coach from 1982 to 1995 when the team was dissolved.

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Rebels, Timberwolves finish 2nd at state cheer competitions

CHEERLEADERS – Spring Valley and Tolsia High school cheerleading teams finished runners up at the state cheerleading competition in Charleston. The teams performed cheers as well as dance routines with gymnastics during the competition. WCN photos by Rob Robinson

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PIONEER WOMEN — The Lady Pioneers are off to a good start to the young season. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Young Lady Pioneers prepped for a big season

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — So far this season the Lady Pioneers have faced three very physical opponents in Lawrence County, Poca and Mingo Central.

In those games, Wayne has come out on top. Not bad for a young team.

The 2015/16 Lady Pioneers are a young squad with Ally Gue and Kaitlyn Arnold the only seniors. ‘We have a lot of freshmen,” coach Wade Williamson said. “But we’re getting better every week.”

The Pioneers are returning four starters from last season’s squad. This year, the team is comprised of seven sophomores and six freshmen.

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RUNNIN’ REBELS — The Tolsia Rebels are young with only one senior on the team. Photo courtesy of Bo Brumfield

Lady Rebels finding their way

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

GLENHAYES — The Tolsia Rebels are a team still finding its way.

Early on, the Rebels have established a 1-2 record with a win over Princeton on the opening night of the BJM/Key Player Shootout and losses to George Washington in the shootout final and a season-opening loss to Fairland.

“We’ve had a tough schedule to start the year,” Rebels coach Ric Morrone said. “We have a young team with only one senior.”

Youth and exuberance will be the mark of the 2015-16 Lady Rebels.

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WIPING THE BOARDS — Wayne’s Maddie Wilcox pulls down one of her 20 rebounds during the Pioneers’ 50-43 win over Poca on Thursday. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Pioneers erase The Dots

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — Maddie Wilcox was underneath the basket so much Thursday night she should probably have gotten a camping permit.

The sophomore bullied her way past those who would stand in her way and pulled down 20 rebounds to compliment her team-leading 14 points as the Pioneers improved to 2-0 with a 50-43 win over the Poca Dots.

Wilcox seemed to be under the basket or along the baseline as soon as a shot was taken.

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Wolves drop Midland in opener

By MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

SPRING VALLEY – It wasn’t pretty, but it got the job done.

Spring Valley overcame missed shots by continuing to put defensive pressure on visiting Cabell Midland to pick up the 45-28 season opening win. Spring Valley shot a dismal 17 of 51 from the floor and 2 of 18 behind the arc.

The only advantage Spring Valley really had in the game was Midland’s equally unimpressive effort from the floor. The Lady Knight’s shot 10 of 29 from the floor. The main issue was Midland committed 20 turnovers and were unable to find shots under the basket. Haley Haggerty was the only Knights player to make an impact offensively scoring 15 of her teams 28 points.

The two teams battled hard in the first quarter until Jada Adkins stole a mid-court pass and hit a jumper as time expired to give the Lady Wolves an early 13-8 advantage.

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Wayne girls open season with 59-41 win over Lawrence County

Photo courtesy of Melissa Booton at Through Melissa’s Lensy.

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SCRUM FOR THE BALL — Luke Presley (22) and Jennings Holland (26) dive on a loose ball during the first half of the Class AA championship game against Bridgeport on Friday. Photo courtesy of Joe Signorelli at SIG’s Photography.

Tolsia falls to Bridgeport in Class AA tile game at Wheeling

By GRANT TRAYLOR
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WHEELING – There wasn’t anything fancy about Bridgeport’s game-plan against Tolsia. The Indians were simply going to continue the formula that had won them the last two Class AA state championships.

Bridgeport used a pair of explosive runs to build a lead before turning to its defense to grind out a 39-0 win over the Rebels in the Super Six at Wheeling Island Stadium on Friday night.

With the win, the Indians became the first team to win three consecutive Class AA championships since Poca won three in a row from 2001-03.

“It couldn’t have went any other way,” Bridgeport coach Josh Nicewarner said. “I’d have hated it as much as I could’ve hated something to send them out losers. Win or lose, they were going to be the most successful class, but the best thing about these kids is their character — the character they show on and off the field. It really sets the bar pretty high for this program. We’ll forever be indebted to these 17 kids.”

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LEFT: Tolsia quarterback Seth McMillion looks downfield. RIGHT: Brian Campbell catches a pass during the Class AA championship game against Bridgeport. Photos courtesy of Joe Signorelli at SIG’s Photography.

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A WATCHFUL EYE — Tolsia coach Mike Smith said his Rebels are relaxed and preparing for the state championship game like it’s any other game. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Rebels set sights on Indians

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

GLENHAYES — All the hard work, long days and endless amounts of scouting have come down to one game.

The Tolsia Rebels will face the Bridgeport Indians Friday night in Wheeling for the WV Class AA Football Championship.

“We’ve been studying them and hopefully we can come up with something that we think can work, go out and execute Friday night and bring one home to Wayne County,” Tolsia coach Mike Smith said.

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Tolsia Rebel boosters, fans building team spirit

BUILDING TEAM SPIRIT — There was plenty of work being done in the commons area at Tolsia High School on Monday night as boosters, parents and fans worked to make signs to support the football team as it prepares for the Class AA state championship game. Kendra Stroud, above left, and Linda Moore, above right, both were a part of those using copious amounts of glue, paint and glitter to make the signs. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

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TOUCHDOWN — The crowd cheers as Tolsia receiver Brian Campbell looks back to the field after scoring the second touchdown of the game during the Rebels’ semifinal match up against Mingo Central at Wilts Salmons Field on Friday. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Tolsia blanks Mingo Central to earn berth in championship

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

GLENHAYES — For the first time since 2006 the Tolsia Rebels have that Wheeling feeling.
The Rebels played a complete (22-0) game against the No. 7 Mingo Central Miners Friday night in the AA semi-final matchup.

No. 3 Tolsia (12-1) made key plays offensively and big stops in the red-zone to take the victory and advance to next week’s AA championship game against the the defending champion Bridgeport Indians.

Tolsia built a 14-0 halftime lead. Quarterback Seth McMillion capped off a 60-yard opening drive with a one-yard keeper for the score with 7:50 in the first. McMillion then went to the air with 9:52 left in the second quarter. McMillion hit wide receiver Brian Campbell with a 27-yard touchdown strike to take the 14-0 halftime lead.

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RUN SETH RUN — Tolsia quarterback Seth McMillion looks for room to run against Mingo Central. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

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ON THE RUN — Tolsia’s Jennings Holland finds running room past a Mingo Central defender during their game back on September 4 at Wilts Salmons Athletic Field at Tolsia High School. The Rebels won that game 44-41. On Friday, Tolsia will again host Mingo Central but this time a trip to the Super Six in Wheeling is on the line. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Trip to Wheeling on the line as Rebels host Miners

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports editor

GLENHAYES — On Thanksgiving Day, millions take advantage of the opportunity to get a second helping of the traditional feast.

On Friday, the Tolsia Rebels will be getting a second helping of coach Yogi Kinder and his Mingo Central Miners in the semifinals of the Class AA football playoffs.

In week two of the regular season, the Miners and Rebels traded scores throughout the game like two prizefighters exchanging punches.

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STICK IT IN THE GUT — Tolsia quarterback Seth McMillion fakes the handoff to Logan Presley during practice on Tuesday at Tolsia High School. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

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Wayne girls scrimmage

Photos courtesy of Melissa Booton at Through Melissa’s Lens

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MAKING A MOVE — Tolsia quarterback Seth McMillion (14) puts a move on a Herbert Hoover defender as Luke Presley (22) and Jacob Maynard (11) move to provide blocking down field. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Rebels defense muzzles Huskies

By MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

GLENHAYES — Defense is sometimes your best offense but for the Tolsia Rebels, Friday night’s 54-0 win over Herbert Hoover was the defense creating opportunity for the offense.

The Rebel defense forced two crucial turnovers with one leading to points, while holding the Huskie offense to just 177 yards total. (67 at the half.)

The Rebels started the game off with a 6-yard touchdown run by quarterback Seth McMillion with 7:22 in the first quarter to take an 8-0 lead. Hoover quarterback Triston Hager was then picked off by Tolsia’s Brian Campbell to move the ball down to the Huskie 9-yard line. Two plays later, McMillion called his number again with a 1-yard scurry taking a 16-0 lead.

The Rebels added a Jennings Holland 2-yard scoring punch to cap off a 67-yard scoring drive. Senior lead running back Luke Presley made the play of the drive facing 4th and eight. Presley took the snap on the fake punt and scurried 12 yards to keep the drive alive.

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HOLDING THE HARDWARE – Members of the Wayne High School JROTC Marksmanship Team winning awards were: Corey Morgan 1st place kneeling, 3rd place prone, top shooter out of 63 students. Emily Hudson 1st place prone, Alexander Jackson 2nd place kneeling, Makenzie Wolfe, John Creed, Jeremy Foster, and Tyler Roy. The team placed 2nd out of 16 teams total. Photo courtesy Robert Thompson

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CUTBACK — Spring Valley’s Mason Brubeck looks for room against Weeling Park last weekend during the Timberwolves’ first round playoff loss. Photo courtesy Wanda Willoughby

Wheeling Park too much offense for Spring Valley

By MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

WHEELING — Class AAA No. 3 Wheeling Park’s Savion Johnson rumbled for three touchdowns and quarterback Cross Wilkinson threw for two more to defeat No. 14 Spring Valley, 37-14, in a Saturday night playoff first-round game at Wheeling Island Stadium.

The two standouts led the Patriots’ (9-1-1) offense to 439 total yards of offense. Johnson finished with 20 carries for 180 yards along with touchdown runs of 3, 5 and 5.

Wilkinson completed 13 of 19 passes for 217 yards with scoring throws of 39 and 35 yards to Elijah Bell.

Spring Valley (6-5) only managed 92 yards at halftime with 190 for the game.

The bulk of Spring Valley’s yards came on a 41-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Derek Johnson to Mason Brubeck in the second quarter. Johnson hooked up with Brubeck again in the third for a 42-yard pass that was stopped at the one. Senior Jakob Frye ran the 1ne-yard score to round out the Wolves scoring.

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RUNNING MAN — Luke Presley finds a gap between two Tug Valley defenders during a game earlier this season. Last weekend Presley eclipsed 3,000 career yards. Photo courtesy John Nolan photography.

Luke Presley a powerhouse for the Rebels offense

By Scott Parsons
Sports Editor

GLENHAYES — Maybe Luke Presley’s nickname should be The Wall.

The nickname would be an homage to the classic Pink Floyd album of the same name because when he hits you it’s like you’ve hit a wall and, like the single from the album titles ‘Run’ all Prelsey does is run.

Presley has ran and ran a lot in the past two seasons. He’s ran for more than 3,000 yards in his career. “That 3,000 career was made mostly in his junior and senior years,” coach Mike Smith said. “I think combined in freshman and sophomore years he may have had 800 or 900 yards. “If we’re talking all purpose yards he’s well above 3,500.”

So what are you running from Luke Presley?

“I’m running for my life,” the jovial senior said with a laugh.

The first thing you notice when talking to Presley is the busted nose and two black eyes. “I got these on the opening kickoff last week,” he said. So we found at least one thing he can’t outrun — a broken nose.

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FAMILY AFFAIR — Brian and Renee Wellman are are smiles in the stands at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown. Brian and Renee are the parents of Elijah Wellman. Elijah reaches up to greet his mom Renee after the Mountaineers defeated Texas last weekend. Photos courtesy of Wanda Willoughby

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Rebel senior Luke Presley (22) lunges for yardage over a Liberty defender and Tolsia’s Levi Britt (58). Photo courtesy Kerry Carter.

Rebels down Liberty in first round of playoffs

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

GLENHAYES — A close first half gave way to a second half that saw Tolsia pull away and the wheels come off for Liberty Raleigh as the Rebels beat the Raiders 28-6 in the first round of the Class AA West Virginia High School Football Playoffs.

It was also a historical night for Tolsia’s Luke Presley as the Rebels’ Mr. Everything eclipsed the 3,000-career yard mark in the second half.

What could have easily been an offensive shootout started out as a defensive slugfest. The only score in the first half came when Jennings Holland punched the ball in for a touchdown in the second quarter. The Rebels converted for two points and set the halftime score at 8-0.

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TAKING AIM — Spring Valley’s Lakin Bailey jumps in anticipation of hitting the ball while Megan Camden looks on during the state volleyball tournament at the Charleston Civic Center on Friday. WCN photo by Rob Robinson

Wolves fall to Musselman at state volleyball tournament

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

CHARLESTON — Spring Valley’s run at the volleyball state tournament ended as soon as it started.

The Timberwolves met a tough Musselman team in the opening round of the West Virginia State Volleyball Tournament and fell in three games 25-20, 25-17, and 25-16.

Spring Valley looked like it would handle the Applemen early in the first game. The Timberwolves jumped out to a 16-12 win with momentum and emotion clearly on Spring Valley’s side.

In an attempt to stop the momentum, Musselman coach Shawn Martz took a timeout to calm his squad and regroup.

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THE SET — Despite coming up short in the Class AAA, region IV final against Winfield on Saturday, the Spring Valley Timberwolves will play in Charleston for the state title. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Timberwolves volleyball advances to state tourney

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SPRING VALLEY — While Spring Valley may not have won the Class AAA, Region IV crown, the Timberwolves will still get their chance to win the state title in Charleston.

Winfield advanced to the state high school volleyball tournament as the regional champion and Spring Valley heads there as the region runner-up.

That’s fine with coaches from both teams.

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PLAYOFFS BEGIN THIS WEEKEND — Luke Presley (above) will lead the Tolsia Rebels against Liberty on Friday night. Photo courtesy John Nolan Photography

Rebels, Wolves extend seasons

By MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

WAYNE — Two of the county’s three high schools advanced to the West Virginia High School football playoffs.

Wayne High School will have to watch from the sidelines this year. A loss to the Bluefield Beavers last week put the Pioneers (5-5) out of the playoffs for the first time since 1998 – a successful 17 year-playoff run. To put that in perspective 2015 starting quarterback Jeremiah Milum wasn’t even born yet.

Spring Valley continues its streak of eight AAA playoff games finishing the season 6-4 with an emotional and romping victory over the Riverside Warriors on the road Friday night. No. 14 Spring Valley will face a familiar playoff foe in No. 3 Wheeling Park. Park finished the regular season 8-1-1.

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ARM BAR – Spring Valley running back Mason Brubeck (11) attempts to get around a Riverside defender Friday Night. Photo by Kerry Carter Photography

Wolves punch ticket to playoffs

By MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

QUINCY – Competitive sports are not always about the game – sometimes it is about relating to one another. Friday night’s 38-16 Spring Valley win over Riverside was just that.

The Riverside community honored Spring Valley football player Bryce Lewis, who was killed last weekend in an ATV accident. Fans wore stickers in Lewis’s honor as a poem was read in his honor during the coin toss and balloons released.

On the field, the respect was over.

The Wolves jumped out to the lead on the first play of the second quarter. Jakob Frye took a handoff 7 yards for the score to cap off a 13 play, 76-yard drive.

Turnovers were an issue for Spring Valley in the first half. The Wolves fumbled on a deep drive and threw an interception on the 14-yard line to stop a drive.

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Senior Rebel quarterback Seth McMillion (14) accelerates around the end as Tolsia rolled visiting Poca 61-32 on Senior night at Wilts Salmons Athletic Field. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Rebels cruise to senior night win

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

GLENHAYES — On a night to honor its seniors, the Tolsia Rebels were able to give many of those seniors an early breather as it rolled over visiting Poca 61-32 on senior night at Wilts Salmons Athletic Field.

It was business as usual for the Rebels as they jumped on the Dots early and didn’t let up. It was a return to form after last week’s disappointing loss to Boyd County, Ky.

In fact, most of Poca’s 32 points came late in the first half through the second half when Rebels coach Mike Smith had pulled the starters in favor of the junior varsity and reserves.

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COUNTY CHAMPS, AGAIN — The Buffalo Bison celebrate after winning its seventh county volleyball championship in a row. Photo courtesy Wanda Willoughby

Buffalo caps off season with county championship

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

SPRING VALLEY — All season the Buffalo Bison volleyball team has left little doubt as to its goal for the year. Mission accomplished.

The Bison beat Vinson in the championship game of the county middle school volleyball tournament 25-15, 25-10 to claim its seventh championship in a row to cap off an undefeated season.

“It was the first undefeated season in school history,” head coach Doug Berry said. Not only did the Bison go undefeated, but the ladies never lost a match all season. “The future of Spring Valley volleyball looks bright,” Berry said.

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A Spring Valley ball carrier braces for a tackle against a GW defender. The Timberwolves lost in OT, 35-28. Photo courtesy Kerry Carter

Spring Valley loses heartbreaker to GW in overtime

SPRING VALLEY – It only takes one play to alter an entire season.

No. 13 Spring Valley’s 35-28 overtime loss to No. 9 George Washington may have done just that.

The Wolves (5-4) took a dramatic 28-21 lead thanks to a 60-yard touchdown run from Derek Johnson with 4:27 left in the game. The Patriots (7-2) faced 60 yards of real estate in front of them. Spring Valley appeared to have the game under wraps as linebacker Cam Lucas sacked Patriot quarterback Kaleb Mackey two-out-of-three plays for huge losses. The Wolves held strong and forced GW into a turnover on downs.

All Valley had to do was run one play and then kneel the game out with .46 left on the clock. As the ball was snapped, Johnson fumbled the exchange and GW recovered. On the next play from scrimmage, wide receiver Colton Rollyson came on a jet sweep and hit Druw Bowen in stride for a 68-yard touchdown with 43 seconds left in the game.

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RUNNING – Wayne’s Logan Queen runs the ball 44 yards as Casey Bradshaw watches Queen. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Pioneers hold on for senior night win, keep playoff hopes alive

WAYNE — The Wayne Pioneers desperately needed a win Friday night to keep any hopes of a playoff berth alive.

Wayne got its win with a pounding running game featuring Logan Queen and freshman Mike Bartram as the Pioneers bested Chapmanville 54-35.

Most of Wayne’s touchdowns came from big plays. Bartram put the nail in the coffin late in the fourth quarter with a 64-yard touchdown scamper to compliment his 32-yard scoring run from earlier in the game.

Queen scored three times, twice from one yard out and once from 13 yards out. Sophomore Jeremiah Milum got in on the scoring fun with a TD pass to Kyler Atkins in the fourth quarter.

Wayne’s playoff hopes rest on the road next week as the Pioneers load up the wagons and travel to Bluefield. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.

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PIONEER PARTY – The Wayne Middle School football team celebrates after winning the county championship game at Vinson Middle School.

Pioneers convincingly capture middle school football crown

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HUNTINGTON - Aaron Adkins rushed for 151 yards on just six carries and scored three touchdowns Thursday night to lead Wayne to a 54-0 victory over Ceredo-Kenova in the Wayne County middle school football championship game at Vinson Middle School.

Adkins scored the game-winning points in the first quarter on a 14-yard touchdown run. Jon Chinn, who ran for 102 yards on six attempts, added a two-point conversion run.

Chinn scored the Pioneers’ next two touchdowns, one on a 76-yard run and the other on a 57-yard punt return as Wayne opened its lead to 22-0. Adkins scored on a 29-yard run and Thomas Slusher caught a two-point conversion pass from Gunner Harmon to make it 30-0 at halftime.

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TRUCK MODE — Tolsia running back Luke Presley tried to get away from a Chapmanville defender during last weekend’s game at Tolsia High School. WCN Photo by Rob Robertson

Rebels cross the river to take on Boyd County

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

GLENHAYES — When the Tolsia Rebels travel to Boyd County Friday night they will face a team playing the last game of a disappointing season.

The Lions are 3-6 going into their final game of the 2015 campaign. It shouldn’t be much of a test for the unbeaten Rebels, but Mike Smith’s squad never takes anything for granted.

Tolsia, ranked No. 2 in Class AA the latest WVSSAC rankings, are coming off a big win against Cardinal Conference rivals Chapmanville last weekend during homecoming.
Boyd County as a team has allowed 286 points in nine games. It has scored 179 points. The

Lions are lead by quarterback Tanner Edmonds. On the ground, Edmonds has 1,045 yards on 187 attempts and has scored 123 touchdowns. Through the air, Edmonds is 23-57 for 247 yards and one touchdown.

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Crum champions reunite

CHAMPS HONORED — The Crum High School 1965 football state champions were honored Friday night at Tolsia High School during homecoming. The coach of the team, James A. Perry died on Tuesday. WCN photo by Rob Robertson

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KEEP ON RUNNIN’ — Tolsia Cross County runners Austin Bailey and Philip Melick run in the regional meet at Camp Virgil Tate. Photos courtesy Ric Morrone

Runnin’ Rebels cross county season comes to a close

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GLENHAYES — Tolsia High School’s Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams competed in the Region IV Cross Country Meet on Thursday October 22 , 2015. This meet was held at Camp Virgil Tate in Cross Lanes and concludes an exciting season of competition for the Running Rebels Cross Country Teams this year. Tolsia’s top finishers were as follows with their times in parenthesis :

Girls : (So) Keyla Fox 46 th place overall; (So) Elizabeth Asbury 53rd place overall
Boys : (Sr) Phillip Melick ( 20:56) 37th overalL; (Fr) Austin Bailey ( 22:28) 53rd overall; (So) Jaxon Hodge (22:43) 57th overall; (Fr) Tyler Winnett ( 25:29) 68th overall

There were 14 teams represented at the meet and Tolsia High was well represented.

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Tolsia quarterback Seth McMillion lunges forward as two Chapmanville defenders attempt to make a tackle in the first quarter at Wilts Salmons Athletic Field Friday night. WCN photo by Rob Robinson

Rebels outrun Chapmanville for 76-45 win

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

GLENHAYES — The fans attending Friday night’s homecoming at Wilts Salmons Athletic Field looking for a defensive showcase were bitterly disappointed.

Tolsia and Chapmanville exchanged offensive punches throughout the fall evening and combined for 121 points, as the No. 2 Rebels remained a perfect 8-0 with a 76-45 win over the No. 7 Tigers.

Logan Presley set the single-game rushing record for Tolsia in the win with 369 rushing yards.

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Tolsia’s Derick Meredith fights for yardage in the first quarter at Wilts Salmons Athletic. WCN photo by Rob Robinson

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Spring Valley fullback Jonah Wellman uses a block while trying to break an arm tackle from a Capital defender Friday night in the 21-7 loss to the Cougars. Photo Kerry Carter Photography

Cougars turn on speed to down Timberwolves

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

SPRING VALLEY – Spring Valley held tight with the visiting Capital for a half, but the Cougar’s speed was too much in the end as they downed the host Wolves 21-7 Friday night. Things could not have been more evenly matched between the two teams in the first half. No. 5 Capital (6-2) had 104 first half yards to Spring Valley’s 102 yards.

No. 10 Spring Valley (5-3) got on the board first doing what head coach Brad Dingess said his squad would due – run the ball to eat clock. The Wolves put together an eight play, 66 –yard drive capped off by a Derek Johnson 7-yard score to take the 7-0 lead. The drive took five minutes from the clock.

Capital returned the favor putting together a long drive of its own driving 49 yards on 11 plays. Quarterback Tyrhee Pratt scurried from 7 yards out to tie the game up 7-7.

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STATE-BOUND — A pair of Pioneer runners qualified for state. Left, Mason Adkins finished 8th in the regional cross country meet and Katie Napier qualified for the state cross county meet with a third place finish in the regional meet. Photos courtesy of Jeanette Rutherford

Pioneer runners qualify for state

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — Wayne wil have two runners competing in the state cross country meet.

Katie Napier and Mason Adkins both placed well enough in the Class AA, Region IV cross country meet at Camp Virgil Tate to earn the right to compete against the state’s best.

Napier finished third. Napier has consistently placed in the top 10 throughout the season.
Adkins finished eighth. Adkins has earned a reputation as a hard worker throughout the year. The state cross country meet will be at Cabell Midland High School in Ona on Saturday.

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TEAM PHOTO — The Spring Valley Timberwolves freshman finished their regular season Thursday night.

Freshman Wolves get last second win in season finale

By MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

SPRING VALLEY – Games between Spring Valley and Cabell Midland are always competitive – no matter the sport, no matter the team.

Thursday night’s final second 20-14 win for the Spring Valley Wolves freshman football team over the Knights was no different.

Spring Valley scored 20 unanswered points to come from behind for the win. Quarterback Tanner Akers hit Grayson Malashevich with a 9-yard touchdown pass with nine seconds left in the game to give the Wolves the win in their final 2015 season game.

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FOGGY START — High school anglers and their boat coaches float in the no-wake zone near the marina boat ramp at East Lynn Lake on Saturday at the start of the West Virginia B.A.S.S. Nation high school tournament. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Pioneers win bass tournament

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

EAST LYNN — The cold autumn morning and foggy air couldn’t dampen the spirits of the young fisherman gathered at East Lynn Lake Saturday morning for the fourth and final stop on the W.Va. B.A.S.S. Nation high school tournament trail.

By the afternoon, the fog had burned away and Wayne’s Kevin Sansom and Tucker Watts were once again atop the podium of a tournament.

The two anglers has a combined weight total of 4 pounds, 9 ounces beating out nine other teams. Second place was the duo of Cameron Wallace and Bradley Sharp with a total of 2 pounds, 11 ounces.

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Big weekend for youth football

Buffalo’s Cody Shy avoids a would-be tackler on his way to the endzone during the B-team’s first round matchup with Lincoln County.

Buffalo youth football moms play in a powderpuff football game on Friday evening as part of the Buffalo Community Night at the old Buffalo High School football field. Photos submitted

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Logan Wilcox (2) heads up field at Nitro Friday night. Spring Valley went to the air and the ground for the road win against the Wildcats, 56-14. Photo courtesy Kerry Carter Photography

Spring Valley mixes it up in win

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

NITRO – No. 10 Spring Valley went to the air and the ground for the road win against Nitro Friday night.

Spring Valley’s Derek Johnson was 4 of 5 for 119 yards and three touchdowns in the first half. Johnson hit touchdown strikes of 28, 37 and 27 to three different receivers to help build a 35-7 halftime lead for Spring Valley.

Mason Brubeck continued to blaze through the season adding four carries for 103 first half yards and touchdown runs of 13 and 64.

The Wolves’ (5-2) defense continued to hold strong sacking Nitro quarterback’s James Buckalew and Nathan Caruthers four times. Nitro (1-6) was only able to gain 99 yards in the first half – with 56 coming on the Wildcats’ lone scoring drive. Caruthers ran in a 5-yard touchdown score with only 25.4 seconds left in the first half to cut the Spring Valley lead 35-7 at halftime.

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HERE COMES THE BOOM — Tolsia’s Jacob Maynard puts a big hit on a Tug Valley player. Maynard is developing a reputation for his big hits and aggressive play. Photo by John Nolan of John Nolan Photography

Tolsia's Jacob Maynard is "Bringing the Lumber"

GLENHAYES — With noise and commotion surrounding him, Tolsia’s Jacob Maynard sits silently on the couch in the coach’s office.

A reporter’s questions are met with grins and single-word answers.

So what’s his motivation?

“To win,” Maynard said.

Simple enough.

To what does he attribute his recent success?

Maynard takes off his camouflage hat and rubs his head with the same hand. “I’m just doing what coach says.”

Maynard may be a man of few words. But rest assured, the offenses that have faced Tolsia this season have heard him loud and clear.

In the three games leading up to Friday’s game against Scott, Maynard has tallied 48 tackles — 10 for a loss; six sacks; three forced fumbles and two pass deflections.

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TOUGH DAY ON THE WATER — The fishing was tough on the Ohio River in Ravenswood last weekend. Wirt County High School got first place with 4.79lbs in the WV BASS Nation High School trail tournament. Wayne High School’s Cameron Wallace and Bradley Sharp had two fish for 2.8lbs. Photo courtesy Wayne HIgh School fishing team

Wayne fishing making waves

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — It’s not often a high school student can talk about fishing in class and get away with it. But that can happen at Wayne High School and there’s plenty to talk about.

The Pioneers bass fishing team have been following the West Virginia Costa Bassmaster High School Trail. The fall schedule comes to an end this Saturday at East Lynn Lake where Wayne will host its own tournament.

So what’s the strategy for the anglers to win on their home lake? “We can’t tell you that. You’ll put it in the paper,” Kevin Sansom said. “To catch more fish than the other teams,” Tucker Watts added.

So far the Pioneers expect to have three teams competing from their own ranks at the lake on Saturday. Other schools from around the state have been invited.

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From Left: Mason Adkins, Katie Napier, Reagan Mathis and Wyat Draper. Photos submitted

WHS cross country season comes to a close

WAYNE – The Wayne High School Cross Country team is preparing for the regional meet at Camp Virgil Tate.

It’s been a successful year for the Pioneers. Katie Napier finished 6th in the Ironton Cross Country meet and has consistently placed in the top 10 all season. Mason Adkins finished 12th behind a strong Cabell Midland team while Reagan Mathis beat her best season time.

Wyat Draper, an 8th grader, finished 5th in the meet. Coach Jeanette Rutherford said the Ironton meet was a great end to a great season.

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Wayne’s Seth Napier (4) eyes two Scott defenders in the first half of play as the Pioneers defeated the Skyhawks, 56-12 during the homecoming game at Pioneer Field Friday Night. WCN photo by Rob Robinson

Skyhawks clipped in Pioneer Homecoming

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports editor

WAYNE — The Pioneers improved to 3-3 with a resounding victory over Cardinal Conference rival Scott with a 56-12 win on homecoming at Pioneer Field.

The Pioneers left no doubt as to what the theme of the game would be as Logan Queen took the first play from scrimmage 42 yards to pay dirt and opened the scoring barrage.

Scott looked like it might have an answer as the Skyhawks, helped by a couple of Pioneer penalties, plodded down the field on a 15 play drive that reached the 13 yard line. But from there, the drive stalled and Scott turned the ball over on downs.

Wayne answered with a 12-play drive capped by a 13-yard touchdown run by Tucker Watts. Scott fumbled on its next possession and the first play from scrimmage following the turnover Queen rumbled 36 yards for a touchdown and the Pioneers were pulling away.

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BIG MEN UP FRONT — The Tolsia High School linemen have been clearing the way for a successful running game. Linemen are Jeb Evans, Cameron Nichols, Aaron Hardwick, Skyler Wolford, Jordan Johnson and Levi Britt. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Tolsia’s linemen clearing the way for a bruising running game

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

GLENHAYES — When talking with the linemen at Tolsia High School is clear there’s more between the young men than just being teammates.

“Don’t print that,” one of them would exclaim when saying something a little off-color about their teammate.

But what is also clear is their work in the trenches is paying dividends as the Rebels have put up a prefect record so far this season.

The line is made up of Cameron Nichols, Jeb Evans, Levi Britt, Aaron Hardwick, Jordan “Jonk” Johnson and Skyler Wolford.

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WINNING AGAIN — The Buffalo Bison volleyball team recently won the Volley in the Valley Tournament at Nitro. Pictured are, back row from left, coach Kelsey Smith, Madison Wilburn, Brittany Ward, Anna Lantz, Karli McCloud, Alex Darby, Coach Doug Berry, Sophie Wellman, Grace Sullivan, Madison Lemon and coach Sarah Burns. Front row, from left, Layken Payne, Allie Wellman and Ashton Berry. Photo courtesy Leah Wellman

For Buffalo’s volleyball team winning is a product of family

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

KENOVA — If things keep going like they are, the Buffalo Bison volleyball team is going to need a bigger trophy case.

Buffalo added more hardware to its already sizable collection of trophies recently with a win in the Volley in the Valley Tournament at Nitro.

“The kids played great,” coach Doug Berry said. “I am just amazed at how well they played. Last year we had two eighth graders and a lot of younger players were pressed into action early. But it shows, they really stepped up this year.”

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New book commemorates 1966
Vinson championship squad

By CODY LYNCH
HD Media

In 1965 after a string of mediocre seasons, the Vinson High School basketball team was about to take on the ultimate task in high school athletics and reinvent the way Vinson basketball would be played for the next 30-plus years.

Don Smith was a 23-year-old rookie coach fresh off an impressive college career at Dayton, who carefully analyzed his situation with a team that was known to have potential but not a major threat to regional teams at the time and had only once had made the state final four in 1954 of which Smith was a part of. His tactics of teaching hard-nosed yet patient basketball to a group of kids willing to put in the time to learn proved to pay off.

The shift went from a run-and-gun style of play to focusing on ball-control with an emphasis on defense, utilizing the man-to-man and conditioning players to have the stamina to pull off a successful full and half-court press. Smith would continue a successful coaching career until 1988, with former players of the 65-66 squad, Tucker Lynch and Gary Norris serving as assistants under their beloved coach. After his departure, true to upholding the legacy, Norris would take over the head coaching job for the next decade while Lynch remained as assistant.

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SO CLOSE — Buffalo B Team’s Christian Ward is wrapped up by a Lwrence County defender near the end zone during Sunday’s Buffalo homecoming game at Bison Field. See Tri-State Youth Football League results in Wednesday's edition. Photo courtesy Cindy Shy

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HOMECOMING WIN – The Wolves took advantage of some stellar defense to pick up a soggy 48-12 homecoming win at the Wolves Den Friday night. Photo by Kerry Carter

Spring Valley celebrates homecoming 48-12 win

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

SPRING VALLEY – The Wolves took advantage of some stellar defense to pick up a soggy 48-12 homecoming win at the Wolves Den Friday night.

Spring Valley (4-2) scored on all but one of its seven first half offensive possessions. The Wolves amassed 258 first half offensive yards to finish with 376 total yards of offense.

Spring Valley utilized great field possession to score early and often. Jakob Frye led the charge with two first-half touchdown carries. Frye amassed 10 carries for 90 yards to lead the Wolves.

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Wayne’s Ty Queen qualified for the West Virginia State Golf Tournament in Wheeling. Pictured are, from left, Coach Chris Adkins, Ty Queen, and Coach Matt Wilson. Photo courtesy of Teri Lynn Queen

Wayne’s Queen ready to tee it off in Wheeling

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — Wayne’s Ty Queen says his iron play is the strongest aspect of his golf game.

Queen will be depending on his irons at the West Virginia State Golf Tournament next week. The tournament will get underway on Tuesday at Oglebay Park in Wheeling on the Robert Trent Jones course.

The state’s best will compete over two days and a total of 36 holes.

Queen admits he’s excited and maybe even a little nervous heading into the state tournament.

“I’m glad I’m going,” Queen said. “I’m thinking next year the whole team can go.”

To qualify for the state tournament, Queen shot an 82 during last week’s Class AA regional golf tournament at Big Bend Golf Course in Tornado.

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IN FOR THE SCORE — Buffalo quarterback David Livingston jumps in for a touchdown against Fairview on Thursday at Buffalo. WCN photo by Wanda Willoughby.

Buffalo clips Falcons

By MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

BUFFALO – The Buffalo Bison utilized turnovers for points to defeat the visiting Fairview Falcons Thursday night for a 38-0 win.

Buffalo forced six fumbles and two interceptions – turning three of the miscues into points. The defense held the Falcons to just 20 total offensive yards on the play with only one drive going more than 10 yards and only one play of more than 10 yards the entire game.

Buffalo scored early and often to take a 30-0 halftime lead. Fairview fumbled the opening kickoff and David Livingston recovered the ball on the Falcons’ 20-yard line. Buffalo had a case of butter fingers giving the ball back on a fumble of its own – but Fairview was unable to do anything with the drive.

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Spring Valley won the Class AAA, Region IV championship at Twin Silos Golf Course. The team, from left, Stephen Shy, Calvin Hinchman, TJ Hamilton and Casey Hinchman. Photo courtesy of Angelia Hamilton

Wolves win region golf crown

By DAVID WALSH
HD Media

LAVALETTE — Spring Valley’s Calvin Hinchman and T.J. Hamilton qualified for the West Virginia State High School Golf Tournament in Wheeling last year as individuals.

Hinchman and Hamilton are going to make a return trip, but this time they’ll be in the team division.

Spring Valley won the Class AAA, Region IV tournament Monday at Silo Golf Club to earn that trip to Oglebay Resort next week. Hinchman fired a 73 to win medalist, Hamilton posted a 74 and Casey Hinchman a 78 for a 225 total and four-shot margin over runner-up Cabell Midland. Stephen Shy carded 92. The best three of four scores counted.

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Seth McMillion and company take their perfect record on the road to Sissonville Friday night for a Cardinal Conference showdown. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Rebels take look to stay perfect at Sissonville

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

GLENHAYES — So far the Tolsia Rebels have taken on all comers and walked away with a win.

Now, the No. 7 ranked team in Class AA takes the long journey to Kanawha County to face Cardinal Conference rival Sissonville.

Lead by bruising backs Luke Presley and Jennings Holland and quarterback Seth McMillion, Tolsia finds itself having a season for the ages. Last week, McMillion surpassed the 1,000 yard rushing mark for his career as a Rebel.

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Spring Valley’s Jakob Frye lunges ahead for a few more yards over the tackle of a St. Albans defender last week. The Timberwolves will host Winfield Friday night for Homecoming. Photo courtesy Kerry Carter

Homecoming week for the Wolves

By MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

SPRING VALLEY – There are two words in the high school football season that most high school coaches hate – homecoming week.

There is no other week during the football season that is more difficult to pick up a win for a football team. It is a week filled with distractions from spirit week events, to powder puff to the big dance that is just a precursor for the pageantry of prom. As if being a teenage boy isn’t hard enough without dealing with that drama?

The good news for the Timberwolves head coach Brad Dingess is his squad is coming off of three consecutive wins. The offense seems to be clicking as new weapons such as sophomore quarterback Derek Johnson emerge – as well as some new ones finding their game at new positions such as junior Mason Brubeck.

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Luke Presley (22) attempts to split two Tug Valley defenders in the open field in the first quarter at Wilts Salmons Athletic field at Glenhayes. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Rebels beat Tug Valley in backwoods brawl

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

GLENHAYES — A game some expected to be a high-scoring back and forth affair became a defensive slugfest at Tolsia High School Friday night.

But the Rebels were able to avenge last season’s triple overtime loss to Tug Valley with a hard fought 31-14 win over the Panthers.

Tolsia broke the game open with a 15-point fourth quarter in a game that saw a lot of rain and yellow flags fall on the football field.

With the Rebels up by 15 in the fourth quarter, Tolsia’s defense began pinning it’s ears back and delivered hard hits to Tug Valley’s Tyler Conley. More than once, Conley was slow to get up after taking hard and numerous hits from the attacking Rebels.

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RUNNING AWAY WITH THE WIN –Spring Valley’s Mason Brubeck scrambles for yardage during the Wolves’ 44-20 win against the host St. Albans Red Dragons. WCN photo by Kerry Carter.

Johnson, Brubeck lead Wolves’ 4th quarter barrage

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

ST. ALBANS – It was a little like déjà vu for Spring Valley Valley fans during the Wolves’ 44-20 win over host St. Albans Friday night

For the second straight week, the Wolves (3-2) had to overcome a slow start and erupted for 21 fourth quarter points to pull out the win.

The team’s first drive only garnered six yards. The next drive finally garnered a 57-yd drive that ended with a 20-yd field goal from Brandon Morrone.

Things were not much better for St. Albans (0-4) early on. Spring Valley caught a break after the kickoff as the Red Dragon receiver ran the ball back to the Wolves’ 40.

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Tolsia’s early success has taken some by surprise. Tolsia has quietly put together a string of impressive wins to start the season 4-0 and earn a No. 5 rating by the WVSSAC. At its core is a bruising and punishing running attack led by seniors Luke Presley, Jennings Holland and Seth McMillion.

Flying under the radar

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

GLENHAYES — At Tolsia High School, one wouldn’t know the group of teenagers running around the football field and pushing a blocking sled are putting together one of the state’s best records in football.

There’s no media, no spotlights, no fanfare — just a group of young men working their tails off in the rapidly disappearing evening sunlight. And that’s just the way the Rebels want it.

Tolsia has quietly put together a string of impressive wins to start the season 4-0 and earn a No. 5 rating by the WVSSAC. At its core is a bruising and punishing running attack led by seniors Luke Presley and Seth McMillion.

Tolsia came out of nowhere it seems. But for the boys who dress in the blue and orange every Friday, it’s no surprise. “We don’t need the spotlights,” senior running back/linebacker Jennings Holland said. “We do our thing and don’t care what anyone else thinks.” The spotlight’s coming to Glenhayes on Friday when the No. 5 Rebels host rival Tug Valley. The Panthers are also ranked No. 5 in Class A and are undefeated as well.

Before last weekend’s win over Herbert Hoover, Luke Presley was averaging 14.9 yards a carry. His 448 yards leads the Cardinal Conference. Quarterback Seth McMillion is also having a breakout season on the ground. He’s averaging 8.9 yards a carry and totaling 347 yards.

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Pioneer anglers win at Stonewall Jackson Lake fishing tourney

ANGLING TO BE THE BEST — Kevin Sansom and Tucker Watts (left) won this weekend at Stonewall Jackson Lake with a 10 pound, 10 ounce bag in the West Virginia BASS Nation High School national qualifier. Also landing big fish and placing were Peyton Perry (right) and Mark Smith (center) with a solid 5.6 pound bag. Sansom and Watts also had lunker of the tournament weighing 4.45 pounds. Photo courtesy Wayne High School Bass Fishing Team.

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Tri-State Youth Football

RUNNING HARD — Buffalo’s Cody Shy tries to get away from a DC Express tackler during youth football league action on Saturday. For TSYFL results see Wednesday's WCN sports page 3B. Photo submitted

GOING ALL OUT — Buffalo’s Zander Pemberton dives for the tackle during Saturday’s game against DC Express. Photo submitted

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RUMBLING AND BUMBLING – Spring Valley’s Jonah Suttles takes a kickoff back during the Wolves’ 55-14 shellacking of the Ripley Vikings Friday night. Spring Valley scored 34 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to pull out the win. WCN photo by Kerry Carter

Wolves explode in fourth to overcome sloppy start

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

RIPLEY – What a difference a week can make.

Spring Valley defeated the Ripley Vikings 55-14, but the final score was not indicative of the total game.

Spring Valley committed six total turnovers and was penalized 13 times for 51 yards in the game. Four of those turnovers along with 12 of the penalties for 155 yards including multiple personal fouls came in the first half alone alone. The Wolves only led 14-7 at halftime.

Spring Valley also had three big runs including a touchdown run called back for penalties in the first half.

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SHOE STRING – Logan Presley (21) fights for yardage as a Herbert Hoover defender attempts a tackle in the first quarter at Wilts Salmons Athletic Field at Glenhayes. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Rebels’ flurry crate’s Huskies

By JASON PERRY
For the Wayne County News

GLENHAYES—The #5 Tolsia Rebels pulled away from the #15 Herbert Hoover Huskies with a 18-0 fourth quarter, winning 32-7 Friday night at Wilts Salmons Athletic Field.

Tolsia(4-0) owned a narrow 14-7 lead going into the final frame until Luke Presley struck. The two-way athlete blew the game open in the Rebels’s favor when he stripped Hoover back Aaron Putillion on the Huskies’ 18-yard line and ran the ball back to the endzone for the first of three touchdowns in the quarter.

The strip and ensuing score was enough to rattle a Herbert Hoover team that had been able to hang Tolsia throughout the first three periods. The Huskies (2-2) fumbled on their next possession and Presley dove on the ball at Hoover’s 33-yard line.

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Rude takedown

MUST BE FLEXIBLE — Johnson Central traveled to Spring Valley Thursday night and handed the Timberwolves freshmen team its first loss in two seasons 32-20. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

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REACHING FOR MORE YARDS — Spring Valley’s Jakob Frye is tackled by a South Charleston defender on Friday. The Timberwolves will face Ripley Friday. Photo courtesy Kerry Carter

Wolves look for two in a row

By MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

SPRING VALLEY – The Spring Valley Timberwolves will hit the road to face the winless Ripley Vikings this week.

Spring Valley is coming off a shocking 22-14 win over then No. 2 South Charleston. The Wolves went back to their Wayne county roots shedding the pistol-style offense for the traditional Wing–T. Head coach Brad Dingess’ game plan worked as the Wolves racked up 301 yards – all on the ground.

Senior Jakob Frye was the standout player of the game scoring all three of his team’s touchdowns and both two-point conversions. Frye finished the game with 11 yards on the night.

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TOUGH YARDS — Wayne’s Cody Stiltner tries to get yardage through a Point Pleasant defense that’s rapidly closing in during Friday’s loss at Pioneer Field. The Pioneers will face another tough test Friday night as they travel to Class AAA Oak Hill. HD Media photo by Bishop Nash

Pioneers face tough road test

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — After a Friday night they’d probably soon forget, the Pioneers are looking to put back the pieces after losing to Point Pleasant 64-8. Wayne can begin doing that very thing this Friday on the road against another Class AAA in Oak Hill.

The 64 points were the most allowed by a Wayne team since since 1971, when Huntington East put up 69. Bluefield also had 69 in the 2004 AA title game.

The Pioneers can still pack a punch offensively. Wayne is averaging 30.3 points a game behind the tandem running power of Cody Stiltner and Logan Queen. Queen is averaging 6.2 yards per carry and Stiltner is adding 5 yards per carry.

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MIGHT AS WELL JUMP — Cody Clay celebrates with former Spring Valley standout Elijah Wellman after the sophomore’s touchdown reception against Liberty on Saturday. Photo courtesy Blue and Gold News

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IN FOR THE SCORE — Spring Valley’s Jakob Frye scores a touchdown just before halftime in the Timberwolves’ 22-14 upset win over South Charleston. Photo courtesy Kerry Carter

Wolves stun Black Eagles

By MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

SPRING VALLEY – Fans in the Wolves Den Friday night between Spring Valley and guest South Charleston may have thought it was a 1981 Ceredo-Kenova Wonders game.

Throw back was the word as the Wolves brought back the Wing-T offense to rush for 198 first-half yards and 304 total yards to stun South Charleston for a 22-14 win. Jakob Frye led the charge with 28 carries for 108 yards including all of Spring Valley scores (1,3,5).

The biggest play of the night came after Frye’s third score of the night. Facing going for two to put the team up 22-14, Frye took the pitch and scored the two-point conversion with 11:08 left in the game.

Overall, the Wolves got it done with a cloud of dust on the legs of Frye, Mason Brubeck and another throwback name in the backfield – Jonah Wellman. Wellman is the cousin of former Spring Valley greats Zach and Elijah Wellman.

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TRYING TO GET AWAY — Wayne running back Cody Stiltner pulls away from a Big Black defender down the sidelines on a kick return during Friday’s loss at Pioneer Field. HD Media photo by Bishop Nash

Point Pleasant pounds Pioneers

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — The Point Pleasant Big Blacks are averaging 62 points per game this season. The Wayne Pioneers found themselves in the path of Big Blacks juggernaut Friday night and couldn’t do much to stop it as Point Pleasant rolled to a 64-8 win.

Point Pleasant won the opening toss and opted to go on defense. Wayne’s first drive stalled and forced a punt. On Point Pleasant’s first offensive play, Grant Safford scampered 58 yards for the touchdown. Jason Schultz added the extra point and the Big Blacks were off and running.

If the quick score wasn’t a harbinger of things to come, the Pioneers’ nest offensive possession surely was. After being forced to punt, the snap sailed over the head of Wayne’s Jacob Cassidy who alertly booted th eball out of the end zone for a Big Black safety.

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Tolsia baseball field underconstuction

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GOING UP TO GET IT — Tolsia’s volleyball team opened the season Tuesday night with a road win at Wayne. The Rebels won in straight sets 26-24; 25-20; 25-17. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Rebels open season with win over Pioneers

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — The Tolsia volleyball team started the season with a big win. The Rebels got a straight-set victory over Wayne on the road Tuesday night 26-24; 25-20; 25-17 at Pioneer Gymnasium.

Tolsia coach Jamie Lahoda was pleased with her team’s effort. “It’s always a mental game when you have to play rival schools,” Lahoda said.

The first set was a close one which Tolsia needed to get to 26 points to get the win. The other two sets weren’t as close, but Wayne still was able to work to keep it close in the beginning of the sets.

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Wayne’s Logan Queen scores on a two point conversion Friday against Sissonville. The Pioneers will face a tough test Friday when the undefeated Point Pleasant Big Blacks visit Pioneer Field. WCN photo by Greg Turner

After strange weekend, Pioneers face Point Pleasant

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — It took two days, but the Wayne Pioneers got its first win of the season in dominating fashion.

Wayne was up 29-7 in the second quarter over visiting Sissonville on Friday when lightning suspended play. The Pioneers finished off the Indians on Saturday picking up the 49-20 win at Pioneer Field.

This weekend a storm of a different sort is brewing. That storm is the undefeated Class AAA Point Pleasant Big Blacks. Point Pleasant has been an offensive juggernaut so far this season. In week one, the Big Blacks trounced Lincoln County 62-7. Last week, Point Pleasant didn’t let up as it blasted Ripley 64-6.

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The Tolsia Cross Country team featuring runners Jessica Copley, Marlee Marcum, Elizabeth Asbury, Keyla Fox, Dena Jarrells, Phillip Melick, Harley Thompson, Gage Minney, Jaxon Hodge and Roy Watts also ran in the St. Mary’s Medical Center XC Festival. Photo courtesy Ric Morrone.

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AROUND THE EDGE — Tolsia’s Jennings Holland gets around the edge on the Mingo Central defense during Friday’s home opener for the Rebels at Tolsia High School. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Tolsia outlasts Mingo Central

By JASON PERRY
For the Wayne County News

GLENHAYES – High school football is a game of momentum and that was on display during Friday’s game between the #3 Tolsia Rebels and visting #7 Mingo Central at Wilts Salmons Athletic field.

Seth McMillion’s 85-yard run in the fourth quarter after an interception sealed the win for the Rebels, 44-41 with 30 seconds left in the game. Just before that, Luke Presley rumbled for a 95-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to put the Rebels up 36-29.

Momentum swings were the highlight of the game, particularly in the first half.

The Rebels didn’t waste anytime as they mounted a five-play 65-yard opening drive capped by a 33-yard scamper by Jennings Holland with 9:48 left in the first quarter. Tolsia kept pouring it on as it shut down the Miner offense, forcing a quick punt that was blocked and recovered by the Rebels’ Jacob Maynard on the Mingo 30-yard line.

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GRAB IT AND GO — Wayne’s T.J. Perry returns an interception during the first half of Friday night’s game against Sissonville at Pioneer Field. WCN photo by Greg Turner

Lightening forces Wayne, Sissonville postponement

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — Wayne’s game at Pioneers Field against Sissonville was postponed because of lightening with 10:14 to go in the first half.

But the Pioneers started the storm early on the field. When the game was postponed, the Pioneers led the Indians 29-7.

Wayne started the assault with the opening kick when Kade Sebastian rumbled down the field returning the kickoff for a touchdown. Just 14 seconds into the game, the Pioneers were up 6 to 0.

On Sissonville’s ensuing possession, Wayne’s T.J. Perry stepped in front of an errant pass for the interception and returned it to the Sissonville 8-yard line.

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Huntington High's Ryan Gatrell (3) forces Spring Valley's Mason Brubeck (11) to fumble on Friday at Huntington High School. Photo by Sholten Singer/HD Media

Turnovers haunt Timberwoles in loss to Highlanders

By MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

HUNTINGTON – Both coaches heading into Friday night’s rivalry game between Spring Valley and Huntington high schools said limiting turnovers would be key to winning the ball game.

Spring Valley didn’t listen.The Wolves turned the ball over twice to set up scoring drives for Huntington in the first half.

Mason Brubeck coughed up a run with 9:01 on the Wolves’ own 21-yard line. Six plays later, Ryan Mills punched in a 2-yard run to make the score 7-0.

Huntington almost gave the Wolves a chance to get back into the game on its next possession. Caiden Conley stripped Seth Finnegan to recover the ball on the Highlander 17 to stop a scoring drive. Huntington dodged a bullet as Spring Valley’s drive stalled out forcing a punt.

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SWARMING DEFENSE — Tolsia Rebel defenders swarm to tackle Wayne runner Bradley Sharp during last Friday’s game at Pioneer Field. Photo courtesy Melissa Booton at Through Melissa’s Lens.

Tolsia Rebels hope to build on rival win momentum

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

GLENHAYES — The rigorous off-season workout plan seems to have worked for Tolsia.

The Rebels broke a nine-year losing streak to Wayne last weak with a physical and punishing 49-34 win at Pioneer Field.

Tolsia gets to stay home this week as the Rebels host the Miners from Mingo Central. Last week two Tolsia players eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark. Luke Presley had 131 yards on 8 carries and three touchdowns. Quarterback Seth McMillion had 128 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns. Tolsia won using a lot of play fakes and good, old fashioned smash mouth football.

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OFF AND RUNNING — Tolsia sophomore Elizabeth Asbury runs in the Boyd County Early Bird Showcase on August 27. Asbury finished with a time of 28:44. Photo courtesy of Ric Morrone

Rebels cross country team gets season running

Staff report

Tolsia High School’s Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams competed in the Boyd County, Ky. Early Bird Showcase Meet on Thursday August 27.

This meet begins and exciting season of competition for the Running Rebels Cross Country Teams this year. Tolsia’s top finishers were as follows with their times in parenthesis.

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ON THE RUN — Tolsia’s Luke Presley runs from Wayne defenders Logan McSweeny (28) and Kade Sebastian (8) in the first quarter of Friday’s game at Pioneer Field in Wayne. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

County rivals clash in Wayne

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — Big games usually brings out the best in the players competing.

So it went on Friday night for Wayne County rivals Tolsia and Wayne. The teams traded punches like prize fighters throughout the first half.

With just a few minutes to go in the game, Tolsia took over possession of the ball at the Wayne 29 yard line with around 1:30 left in the game. Luke Presley scored on the second possession to put the nail in the coffin giving the Rebels a 49-34 win.

The game was a gritty affair reflecting in the rivalry’s contentious nature. It was a slug-fest with penalties, big runs and big plays from both sides.

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DEVELOPING PLAY — The Buffalo Bison run a play against Huntington East during a recent scrimmage at Pioneer Field in Wayne. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Buffalo Middle football players return to roam the field

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — Big games usually brings out the best in the players competing.

So it went on Friday night for Wayne County rivals Tolsia and Wayne. The teams traded punches like prize fighters throughout the first half.

With just a few minutes to go in the game, Tolsia took over possession of the ball at the Wayne 29 yard line with around 1:30 left in the game. Luke Presley scored on the second possession to put the nail in the coffin giving the Rebels a 49-34 win.

The game was a gritty affair reflecting in the rivalry’s contentious nature. It was a slug-fest with penalties, big runs and big plays from both sides.

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THE WHOLE HERD — After a two-year absence, the Buffalo Bison are back and ready to take to the field.

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ON THE MEND — Tolsia’s Luis Fox runs with the ball during a game. Fox suffered a concussion last Friday which caused him to collapse on the field at Chesapeake after a scrimmage. Submitted photo

Luis Fox recovering from injury

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

PRICHARD — It’s every parent’s nightmare to see their child hurt.

That nightmare became a frightening reality for the Fox family Friday night.
After a scrimmage against Chesapeake, Tolsia’s Luis Fox collapsed on the field on his way back to the locker room.

“I have a lot more gray hairs today than I did last week,” Luis’ dad Jim Fox said.

Sitting in a comfortable gazebo Monday evening in Prichard, Luis’ family recalled the fear and hope they experienced over the weekend. Luis, a sophomore at Tolsia, had played late in the game against the Panthers. Luis was taking advantage of getting some playing time and was working to be involved on every play he could.

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Looking for yards

KEEP DIGGING — A Buffalo runner tries to move the ball past a Vinson tackler on Saturday. Photo courtesy Cindy Shy

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TAKING THE HIT — Cody Stiltner takes a big hit from a Logan defender during Friday night’s scrimmage at Pioneer Field. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Wayne, Tolsia get in one last scrimmage

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — If the high school football regular season is the main event, then Friday night was the under card. Both Wayne and Tolsia played in their final scrimmages before the season kicks off next Friday.

Tolsia traveled to Chesapeake to take on the Panthers.

Wayne hosted Logan at Pioneer Field. The game was originally slated to be played at Logan, but issues with Logan’s turf forced the game to be moved. The main reason for a scrimmage is to execute plays and to not get anyone hurt, both of which the Pioneer accomplished Friday night.

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Meet the Timberwolves

Photos courtesy of Kerry Carter

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GETTING SOME AIR — Cody Stiltner leaps over a would-be tackler for a touchdown on Saturday during the Cardinal Conference Grid-O-Rama at Scott High School. Photo courtesy Melissa Booton at Through Melissa’s Lens

Grid-O-Rama highlights Wayne County teams

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

MADISON — Both Wayne and Tolsia took to the field on Saturday to see how their teams would perform against others during the Cardinal Conference Grid-O-Rama.

The Rebels played in the early game against Poca. While there were no official stats or scores kept during the scrimmage, estimates have the Rebels putting up 50 points over the Dots while only allowing six points.

Wayne faced Herbert Hoover later in the day and scored 38 points. Pioneers coach Tom Harmon kept a steady stream of substitutes switching in and out of the scrimmage. “Scrimmages are scrimmages,” Harmon said. “The main goal was nobody get hurt and we did that.”

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LOOKING DOWNFIELD — Tolsia’s Wayne Williamson looks for room to run in the Poca secondary on Saturday during the Cardinal Conference Grid-O-Rama at Scott High School. Photo courtesy Tolsia Rebels Football

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CLASH OF TITANS — Tolsia lineman lock up during drills at practice at the high school on Wednesday. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Rebels ready for Grid-O-Rama

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

GLENHAYES — It’s not Friday Night Lights, but two of Wayne County’s football teams will get a taste of football action under the Boone County sun at the Cardinal Conference Grid-O-Rama at Scott High School.

The first scrimmage is set to kick off at 1:15 as the Tolsia Rebels take on the Poca Dots. The second game of the event pits Sissonnville against Mingo Central. Wayne will take the field at 5:45 to face Herbert Hoover. Chapmanville and host Scott play in the nightcap at 8 p.m.

The Rebels are ready for the chance to see how they stack up against the competition.

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HERE COME THE PIONEERS — Varsity football players run onto the field during the annual Meet The Pioneers at Wayne High School. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Fans meet the Pioneers

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Family, friends and fans gathered at Pioneer Field Thursday evening for the annual “Meet the Pioneers”.

Teams from Wayne High School, Middle School and youth league took turns running out on the football field for introductions.

Prior to the introductions, officials with WHS presented a memorial to David Queen who died last week following a long illness.

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Then Spring Valley head football coach Phil Ratliff keeps an eye on linemen practice during the first day of high school football practice on July 31, 2000. Ratliff was Spring Valley’s seond football coach in the schools history from 2000 to 2004. HD file photo

SV coach remembers mentor

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

SPRING VALLEY – We all have someone who gives us our first big break, whether it is a job, athletics, a skill or trade.

For current Spring Valley head football coach Brad Dingess, Phil Ratliff was that person.

Ratliff a two-time All-American at Marshall, was the head coach at Spring Valley from 2004 to 2003 before tenures at James Madison, Marshall and Charlotte. He passed away at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory, N.C., on Sunday afternoon.

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Dan and Kevin Maynard of Lavalette pose in front of a snow bank in Colorado during a bike trip. Photo submitted

Father, son duo take bike trip across Colorado mountains

SUBMITTED STORY

COLORADO SPRINGS – Father and son insurance agents from the Maynard Insurance Agency had an adventure of a lifetime.

Dan and Kevin Maynard from Lavalette went to the Broadmoore Resort in Colorado Springs Colorado in June. Once there, the two decided to take a bike excursion down the famous Pike’s Peak Highway.

They boarded the Pike’s Peak Cog Railway with the temperature of 91 degrees and headed to the top of Pike’s Peak. The railway climb took about 90 minutes with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. Once at the top, a height of 14,110 feet, the father and son reported incredible views and a temperature with windchill dropping to 22 degrees and snow drifts of six feet and higher.

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Buffalo Youth Football
Scrimmage versus DC

PHOTOS COURTESY OF CASSIE NOBLE AND CINDY CUNNINGHAM SHY

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Wrestlers put on a show at Wayne County Fair

LAID OUT – Ashland, Ky. wrestler Chase Armstrong prepares to take a knee-drop from Jewel City Championship Wrestling’s Phoenix Champion Chris LaRusso. LaRusso has been featured on television’s Ring Of Honor Wrestling. This is the first year that Jewel City Wrestling has participated in the Wayne County Fair. A large crowd was treated to several quality matches including a Royal Rumble match with all of the card’s wrestlers for a chance to face LaRusso. Armstrong was the victor, but came up short in his match with LaRusso. You can check out Jewel City Championship Wrestling on Facebook. WCN photo by Dianne Pottorff

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Mini majorettes go to college

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Are you ready for some football?

Football is officially underway in the county as high school teams take to the practice field. The first game for the Pioneers is a home game against Tolsia August 28. Spring Valley will host Cabel Midland. Wayne photo by Scott Parsons, Spring Valley photo by Michael Hupp

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SOMEWHERE BACK IN TIME — The Wayne baseball team celebrates a state championship in this photo found in the Wayne County News photo archives. Date of picture is unknown. If you know what year this is and can identify the people in the photo head on over to our Facebook page at Facebook.com/WCNSports and let us know. You can also check out past Wayback Wednesday photos. For more Wayback Wednesday photos in this issue turn to page 7B. WCN file photo

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ALL-STARS — Tucker Watts, Colin Kelly and Nate Adkins will be playing in tonight’s East-West All-Star Classic at Harless Stadium at Mingo Cenral High School. WCN file photos

Pioneer trio in East West All-Star football game

Staff report

WAYNE —The 2015 High School football season my just be a few days from starting, but 2014 seniors are still being rewarded for their good play.

Wayne High School’s football team has three representatives in tonight’s East-West All-Star Classic at Harless Stadium in Red Jacket, W.Va.

Pioneers Nate Adkins, Tucker Watts and Colin Kelly are 2015 Wayne graduates suiting up for the West team coached by Mingo Central High School offensive coordinator Joey Fields in the 8 p.m. game.

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Scenes of Wayne football camp

Photos courtesy Amy Sturdivant at Sturdivant Photography

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ALL-STARS — Tucker Watts, Colin Kelly and Nate Adkins will be playing in tonight’s East-West All-Star Classic at Harless Stadium at Mingo Cenral High School. WCN file photos

Pioneer trio in East West All-Star football game

Staff report

WAYNE —The 2015 High School football season my just be a few days from starting, but 2014 seniors are still being rewarded for their good play.

Wayne High School’s football team has three representatives in tonight’s East-West All-Star Classic at Harless Stadium in Red Jacket, W.Va.

Pioneers Nate Adkins, Tucker Watts and Colin Kelly are 2015 Wayne graduates suiting up for the West team coached by Mingo Central High School offensive coordinator Joey Fields in the 8 p.m. game.

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Scenes of Wayne football camp

Photos courtesy Amy Sturdivant at Sturdivant Photography

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LETTING IT RIP — Jeff Cox hits the ball at the first tee during the 18th Annual Eric Sparks Memorial Golf Outing at Silo Golf Course in Lavalette. WCN Photo by Scott Parsons

Golfers pack the course for Eric Sparks golf outing

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

LAVALETTE — A relatively cool and damp morning gave way to bright sunshine and heat, but nothing could dampen the enthusiasm of the golfers at Silo Golf Course Saturday for the 18th Annual Eric Sparks Memorial Golf Outing.

More than 196 golfers came out to participate in the outing which benefits the Eric Sparks Scholarship Fund at West Virginia Wesleyan and C-K youth sports.

Eric Sparks was an outstanding student athlete at Ceredo Kenova High School, graduating in 1995. He was regarded as a leader and role model for all young people in the community. At the end of his sophomore year at West Virginia Wesleyan College he was killed after attending a church outing at the Kenova United Methodist Church.

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BUFFALO ALL-STARS – Buffalo 10-under baseball all-stars played in the Cal Ripken Division Ohio Valley Regional tournament at Vincennes, Ind. Team members (left to right) are: Kayne Trent, Cody Shy, Caleb Maynard, Tucker McComas, Austin Blair, Ethen Riggs, Isaiah Dotson, Gunner Berry, Matthew Hall, Brady Matovich; and coaches Tony Dotson, Todd Berry, Paul McComas.

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The ball gets past Shea Bream of Buffalo High School who tried to get the out at second base against C-K. Date is unknown. WCN file photo by Chris Spencer

A look back in time at Wayne County sports

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — Welcome to Wayback Wednesday!

The Wayne County News has been going through some changes lately. Among those changes was the news staff abandoning our offices upstairs for more comfy digs on the first floor.

Like any move, there were some logistics involved. Chief among them was moving hundreds upon hundreds of photos from filing cabinets throughout the various rooms upstairs and bringing them downstairs. Now myself and Managing Editor Michael Hupp have taken the task of sorting and organizing these photos. In sports, I’ve been working to catalog photos based on school. It’s been a real kick to see pictures of coaches and some people who I’ve come to know as an adult and see them in their teenage years. It’s hard to imagine some of them as ever being teenagers but there they are in all their athletic glory.

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Vinson versus Barboursville. Date and players unknown.

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WINNING SMILES — The foursome of Matt Wilson, Nate Earl, Fred Smith and Colten Brumfield won the Drives for Digs golf tournament last weekend at Silo Golf Course. The event was hosted by the Wayne High School volleyball team as a fundraiser. Photo courtesy Melissa Booton at Through Melissa’s Lens Photography

Golf fundraiser a success for Wayne volleyball team

Staff report

LAVALETTE — By all accounts, the first Drives for Digs fundraiser to benefit Wayne High School volleyball team was a success.

The event was hosted at Silo Golf Course on July 19. The foursome of Matt Wilson, Nate Earl, Fred Smith and Colten Brumfield won the tournament. The Wayne volleyball team wanted to thank the sponsors of the event for helping make it a success.

Sponsoring holes were Pioneer Used Auto & RV Sales, Huntington Floor Sanding, Rocky Tops of Wayne, Sanders Tire, Tee Cakes, Watts Woodworking, Ramey’s Furniture, Charlie Ramey, Foodfair of Lavalette, Hector Physical Therapy, Bridget’s Dance Academy, Kevin McCann, Queen’s Machine Shop, Asphalt Contractors, Rick Thompson, Ross & Williamson, Wayne Diner, Zim’s Bagging, and Paula & Grant Johnson.

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Six girls from Wayne County went to Gallipolis, Ohio, on July 18 and 19 to compete in The Hoop Project, the city’s 3-on-3 basketball competition. Playing under the team name “Dynamite Girls,” the girls went undefeated in their 11-12 year old division and they were also champions in the playoff game. Each girl received a t-shirt, trophy and signed the 2015 Wall of Champions. Pictured from left to right are Lynndsey Cassell, Katelyn Kelly, Jasmine Tabor, Haley Wallace, Kierstin Stroud and Kaylea Clark. Lynndsey, Katelyn and Kaylea attend Buffalo Middle School. Jasmine, Haley and Kierstin attend Wayne Middle School. Submitted photo

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GETTING A LIFT — Former WVU lineman and Seattle Seahawks rookie Mark Glowinski picks up a camper during the Buffalo Youth Football Camp. Submitted photo

Players give back to Buffalo youth football

By MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

BUFFALO – It was hard to tell Saturday afternoon if the kids or the players from West Virginia University were having more fun during the Buffalo Youth Football Camp.

Former Spring Valley High School and current WVU football player Elijah Wellman, along with several other WVU players coached this year’s camp the league’s first player camp.

“We had a great chance to come out and give back to the community right here around Buffalo Creek. High school football is great. College football is great, but the memories right here on this field playing little league football where I played in some crazy games on and have such great memories of is awesome. It is great to see the community come out and continue their support,” Wellman said.

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VALLEYBALL WINNERS — Team Eric Sparks Memorial were the winners of the 30th and final ValleyBall Tournament this weekend. Pictured are Andy Burns, Josh Steele, Jacob Kilgore, Jamie Riggs and Austin Pratt. Submitted photo

Perfect end for ValleyBall

By GRANT TRAYLOR
HD Media

SPRING VALLEY - In the last three weeks there wasn’t a day when rain didn’t descend on the Tri-State.

Given the recent history of the ValleyBall 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament it was expected by everyone that Sunday’s games would feature some type of delay.

However, Sunday was potentially the final championship day in ValleyBall history, and not even Mother Nature wanted to get in the way of a proper ending to the tournament at RPA Memorial Park in the Spring Valley neighborhood of Huntington.

The sky stayed blue, but the court action was red hot as Eric Sparks Memorial took down Team Fleming, 61-43, to claim the overall championship. Worst Team In It proved it was anything but, battling back to take the “Maybe Next Year” bracket with a 55-50 win over Magic Johnsons.

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WIFFLE CHAMPS – Team Kick Ass were crowned champs at Westmoreland Wiffle Classic. Photo submitted

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LOOKING UP — Dave Kazee puts up a shot at last year’s ValleyBall 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. HD Media file photo by Sholten Singer

ValleyBall tips off for last time this weekend

By GRANT TRAYLOR
HD Media

SPRING VALLEY — The theme of the 2015 ValleyBall 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament has become “One Last Run” with the 30th anniversary likely being the finale at RPA Memorial Park in the Spring Valley neighborhood.

That final run begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday when teams take the court in search of the ValleyBall prize — the coveted “Champions” T-Shirt and, more importantly, bragging rights.

“I’m just in it for the shirt,” longtime ValleyBall competitor Dustin Smith said. While the tournament is a competition, it is also a social event for the community and many players plan their summer vacations around the weekend.

Past tournaments had A and B divisions, but this year has a different look with all 21 teams competing in a one-division format. Once teams suffer their second loss and are knocked out of the main draw, they will enter into a different classification called the “Maybe Next Year” bracket, which plays on a team’s futility and the possibility of someone stepping in to take the tournament over in future years.

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MAKING AN IMPRESSION — Three girls from Wayne County recently participated in the Rio Grande basketball camp. All three special honors and all-stars at the camp. Jasmine Tabor, a sixth grader at Wayne won the three-point shot, hot shot and foul shot competitions and was awarded the hustle award. Haley Wallace, a seventh grader from Wayne was awarded the MVP award. Lilly Zorns won defensive player of the week. Pictured are, from left, Jasmine Tabor, Katelyn Kelly, Lilly Zorns and Haley Wallace, a sixth grader at Buffalo. Submitted photo

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Wayne Central All-Stars at the 9/10 state tournament

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SIGNING ON THE DOTTED LINE — With his mom Lisa and father Frankie, with little brother Isaac by his side, former Wayne standout Kodie Bowen signs a letter of intent to play baseball at Marshall University. The signing took place along the third baseline at Mitch Stadium in Ceredo. Photo courtesy Lisa Bowen.

Kodie Bowen signs with Herd

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — When Kodie Bowen was a kid he played for C-K Little League at Mitch Stadium in Ceredo.

“It’s where the love (for baseball) began,” Bowen said.

On Saturday, in front of family and friends, Bowen returned to The Mitch where he signed a letter of intent to play baseball for Marshall University. During the festivities, one of Bowen’s former coaches Chad Baumgardner addresed the small crowd gathered.

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Pro baseball in Wayne

REMEMBERING THE COAL SOX — The West Virginia Coal Sox were one of the first teams in the independent Frontier League. The team played home games at Wayne High School. While the Coal Sox didn’t survive the first season, the Frontier League grew and expanded to teams located in suburbs of major cities like Pittsburgh and St. Louis. Read more about Wayne’s only minor league team in Wednesday’s Wayne County News. Submitted photo

The Coal Sox only lasted 10 games, but the memories remain

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — Professional baseball has, historically, had a hard time getting a foothold in the Tri-State area.

Teams have come and gone mostly in Huntington. But for a few weeks during the summer of 1993, Wayne was the home to a professional baseball franchise.

The West Virginia Coal Sox were one of the original teams of the Frontier League. The Frontier League currently boasts teams in locations like Florence, Ky., And Washington, Pa., but its seeds were planted in our area. The Coal Sox were managed by legendary Wayne High School coach George Brumfield and played on the high school’s baseball field.

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DELIVERY — C-K pitcher Zach Lysandro delivers a pitch in the first inning Sunday at Mitch Stadium in Ceredo. HD Media photo by Bishop Nash

C-K falls to Milton in title game

By DAVID WALSH
HD Media

CEREDO — Milton came up empty on its first three scoring chances. The Greyhounds got a fourth opportunity in the bottom of the fifth inning and finally cashed in.

With two outs and the bases loaded, Tyler Irwin blooped a single to shallow right to drive home two runs and Griff Weatherholt followed with an RBI single up the middle to cap a three-run rally and power Milton to a 4-2 victory over Ceredo-Kenova in the West Virginia District 1 Little League 11-12 Division runner-up game Sunday at Mitch Stadium. The Greyhounds advance to the State Tournament scheduled to start July 23 in Petersburg. Barboursville won the District 1 title Saturday to secure the first slot.

“It was tough. Me as a coach I make mistakes like everybody else,” Milton coach Craig Jackson said. “Two strikes and Tyler gets the big little hit. We got a break. I wasn’t stopping the kid from second because their guy was holding the ball. I’m proud of him, proud of the entire team, too.”

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

Pioneers slip past Bulldogs

Staff report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Misc

Mathis, Sebastian cap track season with medals

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports editor

CHARLESTON — If you were a duck, you may have enjoyed the weather at the west Virginia State Track and Field Meet at Laidley Field in Charleston last weekend.

While the weather may have been gloomy, for two athletes third place finishes in their events put some sunshine in an otherwise cloudy weekend.

Wayne's Kade Sebastian put a cap on his high school career with third place medals in the 100m and 200m dash. Mica Mathis claimed third place in the shot put.

"Although third isn't first, it's still a place," Mathis said. " I was pleased with myself for improving this year as much as I did."

"Of course I wanted both medals to be blue medals," Sebastian said. "But sometimes it don't always happen."

Every athlete had to deal with less than ideal conditions for a major track and field event. Conditions that affected the outcomes of the events.

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Former Spring Valley star and current WVU fullback Elijah Wellman will bring a few teammates to the 2nd annual WVU Player Football Camp at Buffalo in June.

Buffalo hosts WVU Player football camp

 

Staff report

The Buffalo Youth Football League will host its 2nd Annual WVU Player football camp June 25, 2016.

The camp is at the Buffalo football field from 9 a.m. to noon for ages 5 to eighth grade. Cost is $25 and features WVU player and former Spring Valley High School standout Elijah Wellman and several of his WVU teammates.

The camp is open to everyone and players from any league. Cookout, photo opportunities and autographs will be available after the camp.

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FUTURE SENATOR — Wayne’s Mason Adkins signed with Davis & Elkins early Friday afternoon at Wayne High School. He will be running Cross Country and Track for the team. With Adkins are his mother Felicia Adkins, brother Nate, and three sisters. His father Daniel Adkins was at work. Photo courtesy of Ashley Draper

Mason Adkins signs with Davis & Elkins

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — While his college uniform will say Senators, Mason Adkins will still be a Pioneer.

Adkins signed a letter of intent to participate in cross country and track and field at Davis & Elkins College. Adkins will be a part of the first track and field team for the college.

“I’m very excited about starting the new program there,” Adkins said. “I technically still get to be a ‘Pioneer’ even though I’ll officially be a Senator.”

Before he becomes a Senator, there’s still work to be done as a Pioneer. Adkins will compete in the 800, 1600 and 4x400 meter relay today at the state track and field meet in Charleston.

The decision to sign with Davis & Elkins was an easy one for Adkins.

“I initially considered Davis & Elkins because of their Criminal Justice program, which is what I plan to major in there,” Adkins said. “At first I was only going to run cross country because the school didn’t have a track team. After Coach Jason Pyles (D&E coach) told me that they would be starting a track program I went for a visit and absolutely loved the campus.”

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Rebels drop Miners in sectional opener

 

STAFF REPORT

Glenhayes — It's another Wayne County sectional final as the Tolsia Rebels beat Mingo Central on Monday to advance to play Wayne in the Region IV, Section 4 final.

The Rebels beat Mingo Central by the final of 3-0 in a game that saw both teams struggle early.

Play was even until the Rebels loaded the bases after two walks and a bunt that turned into a three runs.

With the bases loaded Eric Williams hit a grounder to Chase Bentley who tagged second base for the out but didn’t get the next out. Blake Stuart got a walk after Mingo’s Thomas Harmon had worked himself into a full-count to load the bases again. Jared Switzer was almost out after he popped one up right above Mingo’s catcher, Ethan Collins, but Collins was unable to come up with the catch giving Switzer another at bat. With that extra at bat Switzer was able to pooch a ball over Harmon’s head to give the Rebels one run while two other Tolsia batters crossed the plate on other grounders that had the Miners looking one way with the action in another.

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THE BIG CUT — Spring Valley’s Jonah Wellman singles to left field during the Class AAA, Region IV, Section 4 baseball tournament on Wednesday at Cook-Holbrook Field in Huntington. HD Media photo by Sholten Singer

SV falls to Midland in sectional final

 

By TIM STEPHENS
HD Media

HUNTINGTON — Madison Jeffrey did his best Madison Bumgarner imitation Thursday.

The Cabell Midland pitcher emulated the San Francisco Giants hurler, limiting Spring Valley to five hits and one earned run. Jeffrey also imitated Bumgarner, one of Major League Baseball’s better-hitting pitchers, by going 2 for 4 with a triple, a double and four runs batted in as the Knights defeated the Timberwolves 9-2 to clinch the championship of the Class AAA, Region IV, Section 4 baseball tournament at Cook-Holbrook Field.

“The coaches tell me to see the ball big,” Jeffrey said of his hitting exploits. “I hit a couple of shots right at them, but that happens.”

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THE SHIFT — Wayne's Zack Perry eyes the defense in the batters box Monday at George Brumfield Ballpark. Photo by Melissa Booton at Through Melissa's Lens

Pioneers fall to Sissonville

 

Staff report

WAYNE – Cody Noe went 3-3 at the plate, but Wayne still fell to Sissonville 6-4 in seven innings on Monday at George Brumfield Ballpark.

Sissonville was led by Jacob Fisher and Cory Harrison, who teamed up for four hits and two RBIs.

The Pioneers jumped on Sissonville early with a 3-0 lead after the first inning. Isaiah Thompson kicked things off for Wayne with a single. Brad Sharp doubled, scoring Cayden Ross. More runs came home for Wayne when Thompson scored on a groundout by Jeremiah Milum and Sharp scored on an RBI single by Noe.

Sissonville got one-run rallies in the third inning and the sixth. In the third, Sissonville scored on an RBI double by Zach Boggess, bringing home Fisher.

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TOUGH SLIDE — Spring Valley’s Chance Ballard slides into second base below Ashland’s second baseman who had to leap to catch the ball. Photo by Kerry Carter

Spring Valley rallies to beat Ashland

 

HD Media

SPRING VALLEY — Spring Valley scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to rally past Ashland in high school baseball Thursday night.

Trailing 2-1, the Timberwolves (13-7) tied it when Derek Johnson, running for Jonah Wellman, who was hit by a pitch, scored off a double to left by Austin McCloud. Chance Ballard then ran for McCloud and scored the winning run on a base hit by pinch hitter Nick Radcliff.

McCloud went 2 for 3 with a run batted in and was the winning pitcher.

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Pioneers baseball roll Lincoln County

 

Staff report

Wayne jumped out to an early lead on Lincoln County and captured an 11-2 victory on Thursday at George Brumfield Ballpark.

Nine runs in the first three innings allowed Wayne to put the game away early.

An RBI single by Cody Noe, a two-run single by Cayden Ross, and an error during the first inning and a groundout by Cody Stiltner in the second inning fueled Wayne’s offense early.

Cody Noe racked up two RBIs on two hits for Wayne.

Wayne got the win thanks in large part to Dakota McCloud’s dominant, eight-strikeout performance. McCloud allowed one earned run on six hits and two walks over six innings.

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Four county football players selected to
all-star game

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports editor

WAYNE — Four Wayne County football starts have been selected to play in the 2016 North-South Football Classic.

Wayne’s Cody Stiltner and Logan Queen, Tolsia’s Luke Presley and Spring Valley’s Logan Wilcox have all been selected.

The game will be played June 18 at 7 p.m. at Laidley Field in Charleston.

Stiltner and Queen were the force in Wayne’s running game last season. Stiltner was injured at Mingo Central but his numbers before then were worthy of all-star consideration.

With Stiltner gone, Queen shouldered the carrying load and had a career year.

Presley was Mr. Everything for the Rebels. He set a school record for career rushing yards in his senior season and helped lead Tolsia to a berth in the state championship game in Wheeling.

Logan Wilcox is listed as a WR/DB on the South roster. Wilcox was a head hunter on defense for the Timberwolves in 2015.

Presley and Wilcox were named to the Herald-Dispatch’s All-Area team at the end of 1015.

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Winning weekend for Hannah Roberts

 

Hannah Roberts and her teammates had a winning weekend this past weekend. On Saturday they won four games beating, in the high school division, Rising Stars 44-18, and WV Dream 54-23. In the 7/8th grade division: D1 Grayhounds 39-28 and Pony Express 63-34. On Sunday they won against Dynasty 51-21 and beat D1 Grayhounds for championship 45-23 in 7/8th grade division. The team finally lost in High school division 41-34 by Parkersburg Patriots. Submited photo.

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SV softball has winning week

 

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CANNONSBURG, Ky. — Spring Valley won two high school softball games against teams from Ken tucky on Saturday. The Timber­wolves (17- 5) opened with a 7-4 victory over Boyd County as Taylor Brumfield and Brooke Jackson drove in two runs apiece. Jaycee Daniels went 2 for 3, Brumfield 2 for 4 and Haleigh Christopher 2 for 4. Bailey Adkins was the winning pitcher.

Camryn Neely drove in two runs for the Lions. Destiny Goins and Gracie Borders each went 2 for 3.

In the second game, Adkins again was the winning pitch er in a 13-2 rout of Fleming County.

Haley Caldwell and Faith Spry both drove in two runs for Spring Valley. Karlee Alder man was 2 for 3 and Jackson went 2 for 4.

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TOUGH SLIDE — Spring Valley’s Chance Ballard slides into second base below Ashland’s second baseman who had to leap to catch the ball. Photo by Kerry Carter

Spring Valley rallies to beat Ashland

 

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SPRING VALLEY — Spring Valley scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to rally past Ashland in high school baseball Thursday night.

Trailing 2-1, the Timberwolves (13-7) tied it when Derek Johnson, running for Jonah Wellman, who was hit by a pitch, scored off a double to left by Austin McCloud. Chance Ballard then ran for McCloud and scored the winning run on a base hit by pinch hitter Nick Radcliff.

McCloud went 2 for 3 with a run batted in and was the winning pitcher.

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TOUGH SLIDE — Spring Valley’s Chance Ballard slides into second base below Ashland’s second baseman who had to leap to catch the ball. Photo by Kerry Carter

Spring Valley rallies to beat Ashland

 

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SPRING VALLEY — Spring Valley scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to rally past Ashland in high school baseball Thursday night.

Trailing 2-1, the Timberwolves (13-7) tied it when Derek Johnson, running for Jonah Wellman, who was hit by a pitch, scored off a double to left by Austin McCloud. Chance Ballard then ran for McCloud and scored the winning run on a base hit by pinch hitter Nick Radcliff.

McCloud went 2 for 3 with a run batted in and was the winning pitcher.

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Wolves softball tops Midland, 6-3

 

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ONA — Taylor Scott and Haleigh Christopher each drove in two runs to lead Spring Valley to a 6-3 win over Cabell Midland in high school softball Wednesday at Cabell Midland’s Paul Adams Field.

Scott had a chance to hit for the cycle, but flew out to right her fourth time up. She had a triple in the first, double in the fourth and single in the fifth. She’d normally play first base, but Spring Valley coach Allison Hatfield moved her to third to get Cameron Ferguson and her bat into the lineup.

“I’m pleased with the way she’s playing,” Hatfield said. “She’s swinging the bat well and doing a good job in the field.”

Christopher belted a solo homer in the fourth and knocked a run home in the first on a single. Her homer came on a 3-0 pitch from Knights starter Sydney Maynard.

“It’s situational,” Hatfield said about giving Christopher and Haley Caldwell the green light on 3-0 counts. “They had green today. They’ve become more disciplined hitters. Unless it’s there, I don’t want them to waste an at-bat and go after a pitch that’s not there.”

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Wayne High anglers travel to Sutton for state tourney

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — State bragging rights and a trip to the national tournament are on the line this weekend at Sutton Lake.

The Wayne High School bass fishing team will take twelve anglers, two per team for a total of six teams, to the West Virginia B.A.S.S. Nation Youth/High School Tournament on Saturday at Sutton Lake.

The location for the launch and weigh-in for the tournament will be the Bee Run Ramp at the lake located along Interstate 79 in north-central West Virginia.

The tournament Saturday will decide who gets to go to the high school national championship at Kentucky Lake in July.

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Wolves softball blanked by Hurricane

 

HURRICANE — Hurricane scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning Monday and went on to an 8-0 softball win over Spring Valley.

The Redskins added four runs in the third inning and when the Lady Timberwolves failed to score in the top of the fifth inning, the home team got win No. 22 in 4 1/2 innings.

Jayme Bailey led Hurricane (22-4) with a 3-for-3 day and drove in a run. Taylor McCray went 2-for-2 with an RBI. Winning pitcher Katie Adams, Caiti Mathis, Paige Scruggs, Maddie Hebb, Zoe Dunlap and Amber Null each knocked in a run.

Adams, a left-hander, held Spring Valley to four hits. Lady Timberwolves starter Bailey Adkins didn’t make it out of the first inning.

Hurricane is 2-0 against the Timberwolves this season. The Redskins won the first meeting, 15-6, on April 7 at Spring Valley.

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NEAR PERFECT — Spring Valley pitcher Daniel Brandon delivers a pitch against Huntington High on Thursday. Brandon struck out 17 of the 21 batters he faced in the no-hit bid. Photo courtesy of Kerry Carter

Brandon flirts with perfection in no-hitter

 

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Spring Valley — Spring Valley’s Daniel Brandon flirted with a perfect game on Thursday night against Huntington High School.

If it weren’t for a hit batter in the sixth inning, Brandon would have achieved perfection in a 17-strike out performance to help Spring Valley to a 3-0 win over the Highlanders.

After hitting the batter, Brandon picked him off first base. He struck out 17 of the 21 batters he faced and threw only 80 pitches.

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Valley’s Brumfield signs with Glenville

 

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SPRING VALLEY — While playing softball at Glenville State College, Taylor Brumfield will be drawing more than just walks.

The Spring Valley standout outfielder signed Friday to play for GSC, where she will major in art.

“When I was a freshman, I wanted to be a doctor or something, but then I took Art II classes,” Brumfield said. “I really liked them. My art teacher, Cheryl Alley, really encouraged me and now I want to be an art teacher.”

Brumfield, the granddaughter of hall of fame baseball coach George Brumfield, said she considered several schools and even initially turned down an offer from the Pioneers before settling on Glenville State.

“They offered me before last semester,” Brumfield said. “Several schools were recruiting me and I was looking at their art programs.Some were far away, some were really expensive.”

Brumfield called Glenville State coach Kristen Tunno, who had noticed her at a summer camp, to see if her offer still stood. It did.

“That’s when I committed,” Brumfield said. “She still had some scholarship funds left. I’m glad I snagged a scholarship this late in the year.”

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THE WAIT — Wayne infielder Zack Perry waits for the pitch during Monday’s win over Tolsia in Glenhayes. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Pioneers get huge win over Nitro

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — It took some late game heroics to put the game away, but the Wayne baseball team got a big win over Nitro on Friday.

The Pioneers got past Nitro, one of the best teams in the state, 6-2.

Wayne managed to grab the lead after a strong third inning. The Pioneers scored on an RBI double by Cayden Ross off Nitro’s Jacob Ilar, plating Jeremiah Milum.

Brad Sharp put himself in scoring position with three extra-base hits for Wayne. He tripled in the third inning and doubled in the fourth and sixth innings.

Cody Noe was a workhorse on the mound while bagging the win for Wayne. Noe allowed no earned runs, five hits and one walk while striking out five over seven innings of work.

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HEATING UP THE COURT — Isaac Meddings of Genoa plays for the 8U Kentucky Heat Elite. The Heat recently played in the West Virginia State University tournament last weekend in Charleston. His team finished in second place with Isaac scoring 73 points in four games. Isaac led the 8U division in scoring for the weekend. He will be travelling to Lexington with his team in a few weeks to compete in the Kentucky KLBA. Isaac is a student at Wayne Elementary and plays buddy league at the Wayne Community Center. Submitted photo

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Head baseball coach Eric Crum says the new field has sparked interest and enthusiasm. Photo WCHS

Tolsia wins first ever ‘on campus’ baseball game over Mingo Central

By BO BRUMFIELD

GLENHAYES – Tolsia has played baseball for 28 years and Tuesday night was the first time they have ever played at the high school. The Rebels opened up the new field in style with a 9-6 victory over Mingo Central.

Tolsia senior hurler Seth McMillion pitched all seven innings to get the first ever win on the new field.

Trey Smith was the hitting star going 3-3 with 2 singles, a double, 3 RBI’s and 2 stolen bases.

Tolsia had always played at the old Fort Gay field until it was taken and used to build a K-8 school. The team has played on the road the last four years with nowhere to really practice, it has been a struggle. With the new field interest has really picked up with 30 players out this year.

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McCloud, Brandon lead Wolves past HHS, Big Reds

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HUNTINGTON – Austin McCloud smashed a three-run home run and drove in four runs to lead Spring Valley to an 11-0 victory over Huntington High Thursday in High School baseball at Cook-Holbrook Field.

Daniel Brandon was 2 for 2 with a triple and three runs batted in for the Timberwolves (7-4), who are scheduled to play Capital at home at 7 p.m. Friday.

Jonah Wellman drove in a run and Casey Kelly was the winning pitcher.

Sam Aulick went 2 for 2 for the Highlanders.

On Wednesday, Brandon homered, drove in five runs and scored two as Spring Valley won 13-8 at Parkersburg. Brandon also struck out eight and walked two in earning the victory.

Casey Kelly went 3 for 5, Wellman went 2 for 4 with two RBI and Austin Stambaugh drove in two runs.

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Wolves win in extra innings


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SPRING VALLEY — Spring Valley defeated Point Pleasant, 1-0, in an eight-inning Monday baseball game.

Nick Radcliff led off the bottom of Spring Valley’s eighth inning with a single. Pinch-runner Derek Johnson stole second and took third base on Casey Kelly’s single. Austin Stambaugh drew an intentional walk that loaded the bases.

Caden Conley hit a ball to third base that Point Pleasant didn’t make a play on and Johnson came home with the winning run.

Stambaugh pitched the first seven innings and struck out six. Kelly got the win in relief.

Point Pleasant’s three hits included a Chris Lush triple in the seventh inning.

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For the first time ever, my bracket wasn’t busted

 

The college basketball season if officially over and Villanova is your national champion.

Can we now focus on baseball?

The long winter of our discontent is behind us and the boys of summer have finally taken the field for meaningful games.

I’m celebrating the fact baseball is back and I had the best NCAA bracket in the history of me ever picking a bracket.

How you my ask did I have a great bracket?

Well, like the guy who saves hundreds on car insurance by fleeing the scene of an accident, I fled the scene of all brackets. I simply didn’t fill on out.

I have to tell you it was liberating. I didn’t care who won, lost or got upset. Heck, I didn’t watch a single minute of the tournament. In short, I didn’t care.

Maybe that’s bad for a sports editor to say. But with so many things going on to occupy my time and energy, the NCAA tournament didn’t make it to my list of priorities

I was so checked out of the tournament that I didn’t know the championship game was being played on Monday night until I saw the score scroll across the bottom of the screen as I watched the Cubs and Angels play on ESPN2.

For a brief second I thought ‘I’m a sports editor. I should probably turn over to that and see the finish.’

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Spring Valley softball tops Riverside


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SPRING VALLEY — Hayleigh Christopher connected for a double, home run and drove in three runs to help Spring Valley beat Riverside, 11-2, in 41/2 innings in softball Wednesday at Spring Valley.

Taylor Scott had a 3-for-3 day with a triple and RBI, Cameron Ferguson knocked in two and Karlee Alderman added a double and two RBI for the Timberwolves (6-1). Bailey Adkins got the win.

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Pioneers can’t overcome big early deficit, fall to Indians

By Nikki Dotson
Staff Writer

WAYNE — The Lady Pioneers took on the Sissonville Indians in a home game on Friday that left the team with a 21-2 loss, and a season of improvement to look forward to.

Sissonville started with an early lead of 11-to-2 in the first inning, leaving Wayne to play a game of catch up that they just weren’t able to do.

“We have a young team this year, and Sissonville’s older,” Head Coach Tish Smith said. “I look forward to a great couple of years for these girls learning the game and learning to work together, but right now we are just a new team.”

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Rebels riding the high of new field


By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

GLENHAYES — If the excitement from the players out for baseball at Tolsia this spring could translate to wins, then the Rebels would be guaranteed a great season.

Excitement is palpable in Glenhayes with a new field almost ready for play. It’ll be the first time the Rebels will have a field to call their own in the history of the school which opened in 1988.

“We have a good number of kids out,” coach Eric Crum said. “Having the new field has sparked a lot of interest.”

Crum is entering his first year as head coach for the Rebels replacing Ryan Prince.

There are a lot of new faces on the 2016 Rebels and the squad is filled with underclassmen.

“Some of our fundamentally sound players are our younger players,” Crum said. “They got the youth league going at Fort Gay last year which is going to help tremendously.

“We’re athletic, we have kids who can play, just right now fundamentally we’re really far behind. I think by the middle of the season we’ll be a lot better. We’re going to start out slow.”

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HUSKY MUSKY — Mick Baisden of Logan posted this picture to the Fishing Report WV Facebook page of a Musky he caught while bass fishing at East Lynn Lake this week

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I GOT IT! — Karlee Alderman grabs the ball out of the air during Spring Valley’s loss to Morgantown on Wednesday in the girls state basketball tournament in Charleston. Photo by Kerry Carter

Mohigans best Timberwolves at tourney


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CHARLESTON — Prior to Wednesday’s game, Spring Valley had aspira tions of shocking the state against top seed Morgantown.

And for one half, the Timberwolves were within reach of that goal.

That hope vanished in the third quarter as Morgantown scored the first 17 points of the second half en route to a 55-30 victory.

“When you go long periods of time without scoring against a good team, it makes it very hard to win,” Spring Valley coach Bo Miller said. “It seemed like we were stuck on 15 for a long, long time. If you do that against someone like Morgantown, it makes it hard to win.”

The Timberwolves never could find their range from the floor, converting just six field goals through the first three quarters as the Mohigans’ defense made it difficult to move the ball insideout, which had worked so well in the regional win over St. Albans.

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Putting to bed another season of basketball


By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

To paraphrase Willie Nelson, turn out the gym lights, the party’s over.

At least for Wayne County it is.

It’s time to box up the memories of the 2015-16 basketball season and stick in an attic somewhere. I’m sure some players and coaches would prefer to burn the box.

But let’s be a little sentimental and hold on to it until a special episode of Hoarders comes into our lives and we’re forced to throw it away by a psychologist.

Let’s look back at a few of the things that made this season on the hard court fun.

Spring Valley girls did it again. The Lady Wolves went on the road in the regional co-final and won. While the outcome in Charleston was far from what was wanted or expected, one can’t deny that it’s a tall task in Region IV to win on the road when all the chips are on the table. Much less do it two years in a row.

For the Spring Valley boys, I’m sure this season falls into the burn the box category I mentioned earlier. It was a disappointing season for the Timberwolves for sure. But as any optimist would tell you, there’s always next year. Trust me Timberwolves faithful, I’m a Chicago Cubs fan. I’ve lived my whole life waiting for next year.

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March madness starts for Tolsia, Spring Valley girls


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HUNTINGTON — Spring Valley and Tolsia will both be playing in the West Virginia girls basketball state tournament in Charleston today.

Both teams have tough tasks in the draw. Both the Timberwolves and Tolsia are eight seeds in their respective classes. Both face the No. 1 seeds.

The first game comes in Class AA when No. 8 Tolsia takes on No. 1 Wyoming East at 5:30 p.m. The matchup features two of the state’s top players with Tolsia’s Dena Jarrells taking on Wyoming East’s Gabby Lupardus.

Lupardus, who also plays for the locally-based West Virginia Thunder AAU program, joins Dawson on the elite list of players up for the Ostrowski Award.

At 7:15 p.m., Spring Valley looks to makes waves in Class AAA as the No 8 Timberwolves meet up with No. 1 Morgantown, who is the two-time defending Class AAA champion.

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Lady Rebels going to state tournament


By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

GLENHAYES — It took a day longer than originally planned, but sometimes the longer the wait the sweeter the reward.

Such was the case for the Lady Rebels on Friday night who beat Poca 63-37 to earn a berth in the state tournament next week in Charleston.

The game was originally slated for Thursday night but the sudden snow forced the delay.

Dena Jarrells again paced the Rebels with 34 points in the win.

Going in to the Region IV co-championship game, Rebels coach Ric Morrone knew the Dots would give Tolsia their best shot and it was a close game through three quarters.

“They took away everything we wanted to do in the first half,” Morrone said. “They were out hustling us in the first half. But Dena Jarrells and Mariah Finley created their own.”

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Logan wins one for Hatcher


By GRANT TRAYLOR
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ONA — As Logan took the court on Wednesday evening, there was one key component of the Wildcats who wasn’t at Cabell Midland High School for the Class AAA, Region IV, Section 2 semifinal against Spring Valley.

That missing ingredient was head coach Allen Hatcher, who was hospitalized earlier in the day and undergoing treatment and testing.

While Hatcher wasn’t there, every thing about the veteran coach was seen in the Wildcat players on the court.

The grit, determination and tenacity of Hatcher shone through each of them down the stretch of a tough battle with Spring Valley.

In the end, Logan showed Hatcher’s toughness to make the necessary key plays to earn a 40-35 win in a defensive battle with the Timberwolves.

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Wayne, Tolsia girls gear up for regionals


By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — Thursday will be a busy night for girls basketball fans in Wayne County.

Tolsia, thanks to its sectional title, will host Poca Thursday night at Rebel Arena while Wayne will travel to Sissonville. The winners of both games will earn a spot in the girls basketball state tournament in Charleston next week.

Wayne has a tough task in facing the Region IV, Section 1 champion Sissonville. The Indians are 22-2 this season while the Pioneers are 18-5.

Sissonville is undefeated in the region with a perfect 15-0 record.

Wayne is 12-2 in the region with both losses coming against Sissonville.

Both games were close games.

For Tolsia, the Rebels face a Poca team which it’s beaten twice this season.

The Rebels won the first matchup 50-47 and the second one by a final of 43-35.

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Pioneer, Rebel boys fall in sectionals

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LOGAN — The season is over for theWayne and Tolsia boys basketball teams.

Wayne faced No. 1 seeded Scott in the Region IV, Section 2 semifinal at Willie Akers Memorial Arena in Logan on Tuesday night. The Skyhawks flexed their muscle and rolled past the Pioneers 78-60.

Wayne’s Colby Wickline scored 23 points in the losing effort and Cam Wallace added 11 points.

In the nightcap, a matchup between No. 3 seed Tolsia and No. 2 seed Chapmanville touted as a potential barn burner fizzled quickly for the Rebels as the Tigers pounced early and rolled to a 64-41 win.

Tolsia Coach Mike Smith was ejected from the game in the first half after his second technical foul. His first came after frustrations boiled over and he threw a clipboard.

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Girls basketball sectionals tip off


By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — The basketball postseason is here.

This is what everyone plays for — a chance to win a state title.

Spring Valley will enjoy the comforts of home as it plays host to the Class AAA, Region IV, Section 2 tournament.

The Timberwolves will face Cabell Midland today at 5:30 p.m.

For Class AA Wayne and Tolsia, the road will be a little longer as both teams will travel to Logan.

Wayne faces Mingo Central at 6 p.m. today at the Logan Fieldhouse. The Miners beat Scott in a play-in game on Monday.

Tolsia will play Chapmanville in the 8 p.m. nightcap.

The winners of today’s games will return to Logan Thursday for the sectional championship game.

For coach Wade Williamson and the Pioneers there’s no extra pressure after having a tremendous season and earning the number one seed.

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SHARP SHOOTER — Tolsia’s Dena Jarrells lines up a shot against Scott in a game earlier this year. Jarrells netted 41 points against Class AA Logan earlier this year and has a 25 points per game average. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Tolsia’s Dena Jarrells making waves in state


By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports editor

GLENHAYES — Don’t let her demure 5-foot-7 frame fool your. Dena Jarrells is a monster on the court.

Jarrells is only a freshman, but she’s already making waves around the state with her shooting and scoring prowess.

Jarrells has twice this season eclipsed 40-points in a game. If 40 points a game is a golden number in prep basketball then Jarrells has the Midas touch.

So the obvious question is, how does she do it?

“I couldn’t do it without my teammates,” she said. “One of the game I had 30 points in we had double figures in rebounds so if it wasn’t for my teammates getting the ball out to me I wouldn’t have that.”

Jarrells said the Rebels work best when they’re playing fast and moving the ball quickly up and down the court. It’s a strategy that lends itself to success for a sharp shooter like Jarrells.

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LAYING IT IN — Wayne’s Colby Wickline puts up a jumper during a recent game against Chapmanville. Wickline is having an outsnading year. He’s sixth in the Cardinal Conference in scoring and his stats are better than last year when he was honored as third team all-state. Photo by Melissa Booton

Wickline is Pioneers’ 40-point man


By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — If high school basketball were a first-person shooter game like Call of Duty, Colby Wickline would be a sniper.

Wayne’s Wickline is quietly having a fantastic season. He’s been shooting lights out this year with an 18.3 points per game average to his credit. That’s good enough for sixth in the Cardinal Conference behind D-I college prospects like Poca’s Elijah Cuffee and Luke Frampton.

It’s all am improvement from a pretty good year last year that saw the young man named third team All-State.

“I’m definitely shooting the ball better” Wickline said. “I’ve been working a lot on my outside shot. Last year midway through the season they started closing out on me harder and this year if I attack harder they sag off. So I can adjust.”

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Rebels split two, Jarrells nets 40


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ST, ALBANS — A neutral court didn’t affect the shooting prowess of Tolsia’s Dena Jarrells.

Jarrells scored 40 points and had seven steals in a 57-53 win over Clay County on Friday night.

It’s the second time in as many weeks Jarrells has scored 40 or more points for the Lady Rebels.

Mariah Finley followed with seven points and seven rebounds.

The Rebels were very aggressive off the boards with Tash Nichols grabbing 11 rebounds while Sarah Jude had 10.

The win put Tolsia’s season record at 11-11 following a loss to Sissonville on Wednesday.

The Lady Rebels begin sectional play this week with a game against Chapmanville on Wednesday at the Logan Field House. Game time is set for 7:45 p.m.

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TAKING THE SHOT — Spring Valley’s Calvin Hinchman scores two of his 21 against Cabell Midland on Tuesday during Senior Night at Spring Valley High School. Photo courtesy of Kerry Carter.

Calvin Hinchman, Stacy lead Timberwolves to senior night win


By GRANT TRAYLOR
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SPRING VALLEY — Spring Valley senior Calvin Hinchman had a bit of extra motivation heading into Tuesday’s game.

Not only was it Senior Night, but the game was against rival Cabell Midland and his grandmother, Sandy, was celebrating her birthday.

Hinchman made sure his final performance at the Wolves Den was a memorable one, finishing with 21 points, seven assists and five rebounds to help lead Spring Valley to a 74-49 win over the Knights.

“It was really fun, considering we came off of two wins,” Hinchman said. “The whole team had a great atmosphere. I love this gym. There are a lot of good memories in this gym.”

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Rebels lose a close one to Hoover


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Three wasn’t the charm for the Tolsia Lady Rebels on Thursday.

Herbert Hoover had only three players score, but all three scored in double digits to lead the Huskies past the Rebels 48-45.

The three scorers for Hoover were Taylor Bailey (21), Han nah Schoolcraft (16) and Kari Harding (11).

Three Rebels also hit double figures with Michaela Messer (14), Mariah Finley (11) and Sarah Jude (10).

Tash Nichols grabbed 14 rebounds for the rebels in the losing effort.

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Girls middle school tourney underway


By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — Wayne Middle School will begin defending its county championship on Thursday as the Wayne County Middle School girlds basketball tournement got underway Tuesday at Wayne Middle School gymnasium.

Wayne and Buffalo each drew first round byes in the tournament.

Ceredo-Kenova played Crum in the first game of the tournament on Tuesday followed by Vinson and Fort Gay. Game results weren’t available at press time.

The semifinal games are Thursday at 5:30 and 6:45 p.m. in the Wayne High School gym.

The third-place and championship games are 3:30 and 5 p.m. Saturday at Wayne High School.

Fort Gay is hosting the Wayne County middle school boys tournament next week.

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By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports editor

Another Super Bowl is in the books. Another classic game of two of the National Football League’s titans going head-to-head proving that the cream always rises to the top.

OK, so I’m being a little over the top. Let’s be honest here. Unless you are a Broncos fan or a Peyton Manning fan Super Bowl 50 left a lot to be desired.

Let’s look at the numbers: Denver had 194 total yards compared to Carolina’s 315. Denver ran 56 total plays. The two teams combined for six turnovers.

MVP Von Miller was more than just most valuable, he was the Broncos effort in the Super Bowl. Congratulations Von, you nearly single-handedly won the Super Bowl on your own.

So let’s get down to the WIKWITIK Super Bowl Edition.

WHAT I KNOW: Peyton Manning is 2-2 in the Super Bowl. Sunday was his 200th career win. Not a bad career if he should choose to retire. I’m sure the AARP will welcome him with open arms.

WHAT I THINK I KNOW: If Manning comes back to play next season it would be as fool hardy as a young person majoring in journalism.

WHAT I KNOW: Carolina quarterback Cam Newton has taken a lot of heat for sulking during a press conference. When asked questions from the media he gave one-syllable answers and left the podium early. Was he being a baby, as so many have said?

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Pioneer girls beat Tolsia, 53-48


By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports editor

GLENHAYES — The No. 9 Wayne Pioneers completed the season sweep over county rival Tolsia Friday night with a 53-48 win at Rebel Arena at Tolsia High School.

“I was really proud of our girls’ effort,” Rebels coach Ric Morrone said following the game. “Give Wayne credit, they shot well.”

The Pioneers jumped out early on the Rebels and held a 15-9 advantage after one quarter.

The Rebels fought back in the second quarter with a 19 point outburst to pull within four at the half.

“We cut it down to within striking distance but we had a few bad breaks,” Morrone said.

Wayne outscored Tolsia 12-6 in the third quarter to extend the lead but the Rebels battled back in the fourth outscoring the Pioneers 14-9.

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Jakob Frye

Spring Valley’s Frye signs with UC


By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

SPRING VALLEY — Spring Valley’s Jakob Frye made a name for himself as a punishing fullback in the ground and pound offensive attack of the Timberwolves.

Now, the four year letter winner will take his brutal running game to the state capital after signing a letter of intent to play football for the University of Charleston.

“It’s a good school, a good football program and it’s close to home,” Frye said after signing his letter in front of friends, family and Spring Valley teammates in the auditorium at Spring Valley High School on Wednesday.

Frye said he expects to continue to play fullback but his role will change to become more of a blocking back.

For the Timberwolves program, it’s another player going on to play in the collegiate level. Last year, Spring Valley had five players sign to play football in college.

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Prop bets add a level of strange to this year’s Super Bowl


By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

Step right up everyone and place your bets!

I don’t care what the bookies are saying about the Super Bowl. I don’t care about the points spread. I don’t care because I don’t gamble. It’s not a moral stand I’m taking, it’s a my bank account won’t allow it stand.

That doesn’t mean I don’t pay attention for conversation sakes. As of this writing the Carolina Panthers are six-point favorites.

But for my money, I enjoy keeping tabs on the prop bets.

A prop bet is for those problem gamblers who would take a bet on which bird sitting on a fence would fly first. These are where you can find the most interesting bets.

Some of my favorites from this year’s Super Bowl include, but are not limited to, the following:

Will there be an earthquake during the game? Odds as of this writing: Yes 10:1

How many times will Archie Manning be shown on TV during the broadcast? Odds as of this writing: Over 1.5 times, even odds at 1:1. Under 1.5 times, 5:7 odds.

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Riley Locklear

Marshall extends offers to local linemen


By GRANT TRAYLOR
HD Media

HUNTINGTON — A pair of local offensive linemen celebrated their first NCAA Division I football scholarship offers from their hometown university this week.

Huntington High’s Billy Ross and Spring Valley’s Riley Locklear each were offered by Marshall offensive coordinator Bill Legg and Herd head coach Doc Holliday this week, as confirmed by their high school head coaches.

Each has garnered interest from other Division I schools, but the Herd was the first to solidify its stance with an official offer.

“Coach Holliday and his staff have done a great job of recruiting this area,” Spring Valley head coach Brad Dingess said. “People in this area want to come watch those talented local guys play. Right now, there’s a lot of talent in this area.”

For Locklear, one of the resonating interests of playing at Marshall is that he would reunite with his brother Alex, who also is an offensive lineman for the Herd.

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Lady Rebels blast Mingo Central


Staff report

Dena Jarrells had 27 and Tasha Nichols added 17 as the Tolsia Lady Rebels rolled past Mingo Central 81-21 Tuesday night.

Nichols notched a double-double with 10 rebounds to add to her 17 points.

Mariah Finley had nine points, six steals and nine assists in the win. In addition to leading all scorers, Jarrells had five rebounds and five assists. Alyssa Cloud contributed nine points, five rebounds and four assists in the win.

The Lady Rebels didn’t allow a point in the fourth quarter.

With the win, the Rebels improve to 8-6. The Miners fall to 4-8.

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Free sports clinic in Dunlow

There will be a free sports clinic for those in kindergarten through grade 12 at the Dunlow Community Center from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 30.

There will be instruction available on how to improve skills in a variety of sports. There will be free sporting equipment for the youth to take home with them. Free snacks and water will be provided. For more information, contact Bill Likens at 304-654-3460. The event is sponsored by the Cabwaylingo Presbyterian Chapel in cooperation with Girl Scout troops from New Jersey.

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WHAT I KNOW: Pitchers and catchers report to Major League Baseball spring training in a month. My beloved Cubs are being picked by many as the World Series favorites. ESPN’s MLB analyst Buster Olney says the Cubs have the best infield in baseball. Color this sports guy excited for baseball.

WHAT I THINK I KNOW: The thought of baseball is what keeps me warm as I watch the snow fall outside the office as I write this.

WHAT I KNOW: I spoke with former Wayne baseball standout Kodie Bowen on Thursday. He’ll be playing baseball at West Virginia State next year after this season when he’ll be a red shirt.

WHAT I THINK I KNOW: I’m by no means a major league scout, but from what I’ve seen if Bowen can add another pitch or two and have success at WVSU he may just have a chance of being drafted by a Major League ball club. Even if he never makes it to the Major Leagues, playing minor league ball for a few years sure beats getting a real job.

WHAT I KNOW: Because my wife is awesome, she got me a subscription for the Mystery Tackle Box. Each month, a box arrives at my house with lures and fishing goodies. My first box arrived last week and was filled with lures and hooks I simply can’t wait to try out. To get the full use of these lures I may need someone to take me out on a boat with them. I’ll buy the gas.


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Spring Valley falls to Ripley, 68-46


By TIM STEPHENS
HD Media

SPRING VALLEY — Jamison Hint scored 21 points and Chase Johnson added 17 points and 10 rebounds Tuesday to lead Ripley to a 68-46 victory over Spring Valley in boys high school basketball.

Johnson, a 6-foot-8 senior forward, and Hint, a 6-1 junior guard, were matchup nightmares for the Timberwolves (2-9). Another 6-8 senior, Luke Mayhew, scored eight points, grabbed four rebounds and blocked six shots for Ripley (10-2).

“We just have trouble scoring,” Spring Valley coach Cory Maynard said. “Take nothing away from Ripley. They’re a good team. We just struggle to score.”

The Timberwolves led 17-15 at the end of a first quarter that featured six lead changes.

The Vikings, though, seized control by scoring the first eight points of the second quarter to take a 23-17 lead.

Spring Valley pulled within 23-21 on a basket by Jacob Bailey and a pair of free throws by Calvin Hinchman, who scored 15 points in the first half, nine on 3-point shots, and 20 for the game.


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Luke Presley will play Defensive Back for the Blue team in the BlueGrey All American Bowl held at EverBank Stadium the Home of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars. Photo courtesy of the Tolsia Rebels Football Facebook page.

Presley to play in Blue-Grey All American Bowl


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Tolsia Football Star Luke Presley will get to show his skills in front of the nation on Saturday January 16th when will play Defensive Back for the Blue team in the Blue/Grey All American Bowl held at EverBank Stadium the Home of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars.

Presley will be joined by numerous Division-I college prospects and high school players who have already committed to D-I programs for the all-star event.

The coaches in this game are Former NFL players and coaches.

The Tolsia Football team had an outstanding year led by Presley as the Rebels finished 12-2 on the year, runner up in Class AA and won the always tough Cardinal Conference.


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Robertson catches the eye of social media


Staff report
A young man from Wayne County is getting attention in south-central Ohio for his success on the basketball court.

Clay Robertson was highlighted recently on the Facebook page Bucketz Report. The Bucketz Report follows junior high basketball in the Scioto Valley Conference which encompasses schools surrounding Chillicothe, Ohio.

The Bucketz Report post was very complimentary.

“Stepping outside the SVC this week as we will occasionally do, our attention has been on a young 3rd grader from Kenova, West Virginia.

“His name is Clay Robertson. Clay is one of the hardest working 3rd graders we have met. This kid puts the time in the gym and his work is paying off. Clay is a very good shooter for his age and has above average ball skills. He plays both the point and shooting guard and displays maturity beyond his years. Clay has a real good understanding of the game, both on the offensive end and defensive end. He sees the floor exceptionally well for a kid that is just in the 3rd grade. Clay led his AAU team the Huntington Thunder to the 2nd grade YBOA Nationals this past season in Orlando, Florida, in which they were crowned the National Champions. Clay was awarded the MVP. Pretty impressive! If Clay continues the work in the lab then the future could be really bright for this kid. We will continue to watch Clay.

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Tolsia girls split games ahead of county showdown


By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

GLENHAYES — The Tolsia girls split two games from Saturday to Tuesday.

On Saturday, the Rebels fell to 9th-ranked Bluefield 66-56.

Dena Jarrells shot the lights out with 31 points in the loss. She was the only Rebel in double figures.

Bluefield had four players in double figures in the win.

On Tuesday, Tolsia got back up after Bluefield’s knockdown and beat Cardinal Conference foe Poca 43-35.

Sarah Jude has a career night with a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. She also had four steals and four blocks.

Jarrells also had 15 points in the win.

The Victory makes the Rebels 6-4 on the year overall and undefeated in conference play.

Tolsia travels to Wayne on Thursday for a showdown between two teams with perfect conference records.

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WHAT I KNOW: If you can possibly do it get out to Wayne High School Thursday night. Wayne and Tolsia girls are both undefeated in the Cardinal Conference.

It should be a great game, one for the record books.

WHAT I THINK I KNOW: I’m not even going to wade into trying to pick a winner on this one. What I do hope is everyone show respect to the players, fans, coaches and, yes, even the refs.

WHAT I KNOW: It was a bad sports weekend in Casa Del Parsons - North (my house) this weekend.

My wife is a Bengals fan. Let me just say that I’m glad I wan’t on the receiving end of those rolling eyes and sighs on Saturday night.

I’m a Redskins fan. At least they had the decency to get blown out so I was able to go through the stages of grief before the game was over.

WHAT I THINK I KNOW: Maybe Cassie Parsons can be a personal coach for Vontaze Burfict and Adam Jones. I can tell you from experience that when she’s quiet it’s never good and boy was she quiet on Saturday. For a woman who has to put up with me, a four year old boy who’s like me and a seven-year-old daughter with Aspergers, she has an incredible tolerance for foolishness and maintains a calm I could only wish for. Perhaps these two gentlemen need that in their lives?

WHAT I KNOW: Baseball season can’t get here soon enough.

WHAT I THINK I KNOW: Baseball means warm weather. I need warm weather. It’s nearly impossible to roll myself out from under my quilt on the bed each morning to go forth and adult on a daily basis. It’d be easier if it were warm.

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Lady Rebels remain perfect in Cardinal Conference


By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

GLENHAYES — The Pressin’ Rebels keep pressing on to another win.

Dena Jarrells scored 14 points and had 10 steals as the Lady Rebels improved to 5-3 overall and 4-0 in Cardinal Conference play with the 57-27 win over Mingo Central at Tolsia High School Wednesday night.

Steals were the theme of the game for the Rebels. Sarah Jude had five steals and was a monster on the boards with 14 rebounds and Mariah Finley had three steals adding to Jarrells’ 10.

The Lady Rebels are aggressive in its full court defense and under the net and it showed in the game against the Miners.

Jarrells lead all scorers with Taylor Parsley’s 13 being the other double-digit score for the Lady Rebels.

Hannah Church was the only Miner to score double digits with her 10 points.

The Rebels, not ones to shy away from a challenge, host Bluefield today at 4 p.m. The Beavers are 8-3 on the season and ranked No. 8 in the state in the WV Basketball Coaches Association Poll.

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Lady Wolves go 1-1 in late-week matchups


Woodrow Wilson 28

SPRING VALLEY — Karlee Alderman had 17 points, seven steals and six assists for the Timberwolves (8-3) as they beat Woodrow Wilson 86-28 Friday night.

Erica Mathis and Morgan Vaughn scored 12 and 10 respectively. Maddie Vaughn scored eight and handed out 11 assists.

Woodrow Wilson has a 1-7 record.

Huntington 64
Spring Valley 60

If there was ever any question as to the type of impact player that Hun tington High’s Jordyn Dawson can be, those questions were emphatically answered in the second half of Wednesday night’s rivalry game.

Dawson, who missed nearly all of the first half with foul trouble, scored all 22 of her points and 12 of her 13 rebounds in the second half to lift Hun tington High to a 64-60 come back win over Spring Valley.

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Weather 5K Winner

 

RUNNING MAN — Spring Valley High School student Charles May crosses the finish line in first place at the Weather 5K on Friday at Wayne High School. WCN photo by Nikki Dotson

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Cougars claw Wolves in MSAC showdown


By MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

SPRING VALLEY — It did not take the Capital Cougars and Miguel Bays long to establish points as the visitors ran the court to a 76-44 win at the Wolves Den Tuesday night.

Spring Valley took a 6-5 lead with 5:57 in the first quarter thanks to back-to-back 3s from Jacob Bailey and Calvin Hinchman. It was the last time the Wolves would come close in the contest.

Capital multi-sport athlete Miguel Bays scored 10 of his game-high 14 points in the first quarter spearheading a 14-0 Capital run. Spring Valley’s Chase Ballard hit an offensive putback with just .5 left in the quarter to cut the lead to 19-8.

Capital continued to run the court utilizing team quickness to continuously expand on the lead. Spring Valley’s 16 of 45 shooting did not help the cause as the team struggled from the floor. The Wolves went several series without making a shot.

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Vinson, Wayne split twin bill


By MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

WESTMORELAND – The Vinson Tigers and Wayne Pioneers split a doubleheader at the Don Smith Gymnatorium Monday night in girls and boys middle school basketball action.

The Tigers came out with a 48-21 in boys action to start.

Vinson opened up the game on a 13-2 run thanks to quick points from Austin Wiles – scoring seven of his game-high 13 points in the opening quarter. Wayne cut the lead back to 13-6 after one thanks to Nate Ellis. Ellis came out on a tear early in the game scoring all six of the Pioneers’ first quarter points, but did not find the basket again for the rest of the game.

Both teams came out cold to finish the first half. Vinson’s Brock Booth hit a quick jumper early in the second quarter, but neither team scored again until 2:14 left in the quarter. Wayne’s Gavin Meadows grabbed an offensive putback to make the score 15-8.

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Welcome to the first, and possibly last, installment of “What I know. What I Think I know.”

In this column I’ll discuss local and national sports as well as pop culture or whatever comes to mind in the simple format of knowing something is true (What I know) or speculating (What I Think I Know.) As far as ideas go, this could be fun or a flaming Dumpster fire. Only time will tell.

WHAT I KNOW: If the Washington Redskins win this week they will clinch the NFC East championship for the first time since 2012 when Robert Griffin III lead the team to the playoffs. We can debate all day the merits of a team barely over the .500 mark winning a trophy of any kind some other time, but for now it is what it is.

My other favorite professional sports team, the Chicago Cubs, made it to the NLCS in October. That means my two favorite pro team will have made the playoffs in the same calendar year. It’s a rare occurrence for those few who are both Redskins fans and Cubs fans. The last time it happened was in 2007 when the Cubs were swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the Division Series and the Redskins lost to the Seattle Seahawks in the Wild Card round.

Before that you have to go back to 1984 to find an alignment. To find another time both teams made the postseason you have to go back to 1945 when the Cubs lost to the Detroit Tigers in the World Series and the Redskins lost to the Cleveland Rams in the NFL Championship Game.

So, in my lifetime, my two favorite teams have reached the playoffs the same year only twice. Which means I should have better taste in sports teams or perhaps I should play the lottery because the time is right for rare occurrences.

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Lady Pioneers fall to South Point


Staff report

CHESAPEAKE — Ariel Adkins scored 16 points and Ally Gue added 11 but it wasn’t enough as the Pioneers fell to South Point 49-48 in the semifinals of the Lady Peake Holiday Tournament at Chesapeake High School.

The Pointers were lead by Haley Rawlins and Kate Mundy who scored 11 points apiece.

In the other semifinal, Kaylee Curry scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Chesapeake defeated Greenup County 46-21.

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Here’s a little rhyme for your Christmas


By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

It’s a few days before Christmas and all through the hills parents are wondering how will they play their layaway bills?

You’re going to live in regret gentle reader for this much is clear, you should have saved your money and spent it on fishing gear.

But I digress from the point of this tome, my hope is to bring joy to your home.

It’s the time of giving and warm well wishes and not a time to be thinking of fishes.

So if I could wish for my friends OutWayne as list of goodies that are fun, not lame.

For the Pioneer hoopsters, Santa I have told, give them locker rooms without any mold.

How about the gym? So dark and so dreary. Put in new lights to make the place bright and merry.

The Wayne football team wants turf we know it to be true, so make that happen and bring back soccer too.

And surrounding this field could you bring a softer track so a teenager won’t destroy their developing back?

Now on to Tolsia blue, a community of Rebels through and through.

The baseball/softball field is coming along just fine, but they still need love with the closing of the mine.

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Riley Locklear

Spring Valley’s Locklear named first team AAA All-State


HD Media

HUNTINGTON — Spring Valley’s Riley Locklear was named to the First Team Class AAA All-State team.

He was the only Timberwolf to make the first team.

Jonah Wellman was named to the second team.

Spring Valey rival Cabell Midlan’s Reese Donahue headlined the All-State team.

All season long, much of the talk surrounding Cabell Midland’s 12-1 team was centered on defensive end Donahue.

Teams attempted to take Donahue out of the equation, but the West Virginia commit fought through double-team attempts and opposing game plans away from him to finish with 97 tackles, which included 25 tackles for loss and 16.5 quar terbacks sacks.


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Spring Valley falls to Huntington


By DAVID WALSH
HD Media

SPRING VALLEY — Tavian Dunn-Martin scored 22 points to lead a balanced attack as Huntington High defeated Spring Valley, 71-44, Thursday night at the Wolves Den.

The Highlanders improved to 3-0, yet coach Ron Hess sees some trouble spots they need to shore up before Monday night when they take on Woodrow Wilson in their first game in the Lucas-Archer Gymnasium.

“We’re not really playing like we should be,” Hess said of his veteran team. “With a senior-laden team like we have, you’d think we’d run our offenses better, but we’re not running them nearly as well as I thought we’d be. We’re not sharing the basketball like we need to. It’s still early. We’ll get there.”

Huntington and the Timberwolves (1-3) played to a 14-14 draw after the first period. The Highlanders got their offense going to a point in the second period and outscored the hosts 17-4 for a 31-18 lead at the break.

Defensive breakdowns seen in the first period disappeared to a degree in the second.


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PASS MAN — Marshall’s Jacob Kilgore looks to make a pass in an NCAA men’s basketball game on Wednesday at the Cam Henderson Center in Huntington. HD Media Photo

Jacob Kilgore running with the Marshall Herd


By RICK McCANN
HD Media

HUNTINGTON — Jacob Kilgore was the only substitute used by the Marshall Thundering Herd men’s basketball team in the second half of a Wednesday victory against Eastern Illinois University.

That says something about the 6-foot-5, 177-pound freshman non-scholarship player from Spring Valley High School.

“I’ve just got to work hard in prac tice because as a freshman walk-on obviously nothing is going to be given to me, but I’m going to get the same opportunity everyone else has,” the 19-year-old guard said.

“I’ve just got to take advantage of the opportunities I get.” Kilgore played for a season-high nine minutes in the 82-76 victory — five before halftime and four in the second half.

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Pioneers open season with a win


Staff Report

The Wayne Pioneers used a big fourth period to pull away from Grace Christian (1-4).

Zach Perry led Wayne with 22 points. Colby Wickline added 17 and Cam Wallace and Seth Napier had 13 each.

Grace Christian’s Adam Childers led all scorers with 23 points. Steven Melton chipped in with 18 for the Soldiers.

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OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN — Tolsia’s Luke Presley was named captain of the first team Class AA All-State Team by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Tolsia’s Presley leads WV Class AA All-State


HD Media

HUNTINGTON — Tolsia made the Class AA Championship game for the first time since 2006, which also happened to be the last time the Rebels experienced a winning season.

The Rebels had some impressive players helping to lead the way for head coach Mike Smith’s bunch in 2015, as well.

Tolsia running back Luke Presley was named as captain of the First-Team offense and one of two Rebels that were named to the Class AA All-State First Team, as voted on by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.

Presley finished the 2015 season with 2,144 rushing yards and 34 total touchdowns for the Rebels, who finished the season 12-2.

Leading the way for Presley in the Tolsia rushing attack was offensive lineman Cam Nichols, who was also a First-Team selection.

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Pioneers, Rebels dominate
Cardinal squads


By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — In its final year in Class AA and Cardinal Conference, conference champions Tolsia placed eight players on the All-Cardinal Conference first-team.

In all, 20 players from Tolsia were named to either first team, second team or honorable mention.

Wayne had 15 players in total and six were named first-team.

All-Cardinal Conference first teamers ffrom Tolsia were Luke Presley, Seth McMillion, Jeb Evans, Cameron Nichols, Jennings Holland, Levi Britt, Jacob Maynard and Jordan Johnson.

First team honorees for Wayne were Logan Queen, Tristan nelson, Kyler Atkins, Cody Stiltner, Kade Sebastian and Matt Henderson.

Making the second team for the Pioneers were Seth Napier, Tucker Watts, Jeremiah Milum, Bradley Sharp, Jacob Cassidy and Casey Bradshaw.

The Rebels receiving second-team nods were Skylar Wolford, Aaron Harwick, Blake Rose, Brian Campbell, Derrick Meredith, Tyler Stroud, Logan Presley and Wayne Williamson.

Honorable mentions for the Rebels include Johnathon Johnson, Trey Smith, JJ Sturgill and Tyler Sizemore.

For the Pioneers, Ethan Perry, Chris Brewer and Mikey Bartram were named honorable mention.

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PROLIFIC SCORER — Wayne Middle School’s Bailee Adkins hit her 500th point in her middle school career at the season opener at Barboursville Middle. She was honored Monday night during WMS girls home opener against Huntington East which the Pioneers won 53-41. Bailee has 547 points and counting. Photo courtesy Kim Adkins.

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Scott Parsons

Rumors of my job loss have been greatly exaggerated


I’m still here!

OK, so maybe not in my usual place of operation. But while the surroundings may have changed, myself and the staff are still working to put out a product Wayne County can be proud of.

Why this column now? Because it seems some folks think the staff of the Wayne County News have been given their pink slips and are now foraging for food along with squirrels in the woods.

I can assure you that’s not true. I only forage in the woods to get closer to nature not because my life depends on it. At least not yet, anyway.

But in all seriousness, there are four very dedicated and hard working people putting together the Wayne County News.

But you may not know there are new ways to get in touch me in the sports department.

I have a new number. You can reach my desk at (304) 526-3371. My work hours are sporadic but if you call that number and leave me a message I’ll get back to you as soon as I can. I encourage coaches to call in their scores or announcements. Most of the coaches have my cell phone number. I don’t want to put that number here for obvious reasons, but if you have my cell phone number you know you can always call me.

The sports e-mail is still the same as it always has been and that’s sports@waynecountynews.com. If you wish you can also reach me at sparsons@herald-dispatch.com.

You can find me on social media as well. My Twitter handle is @ScottPWCN. I also have a Facebook page that isn’t my personal one. You can find it at www.facebook.com/ScottpWCN. I will admit I don’t spend as much time on the Facebook page as I probably should. After all this is the 21st Century and people like their news pithy and from social media.

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Tigers claw St. Joe in opener


By MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

WESTMORELAND — The Vinson Middle Tigers took and early 16-0 first quarter lead and never looked back en route to a 50-30 win.

Huntington St. Joe did not hit a basket in the first quarter until 3:10 on the clock. The Tigers went to a full court press and forced the Irish into five straight turnovers to begin the game. The Irish only managed four points in the first half.

Overall the Tigers defense held stellar forcing 13 turnovers in the game.

Offensively, Vinson had every player score at least one bucket led by CJ Meredith’s 12 points. The Tigers shot 20 of 56 from the floor and hit five 3s on the night.

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Sticking it out through hard times has paid off for Rebels


By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

Look beyond the record-breaking rushing numbers.

Look beyond the outstanding win-loss record.

Look deeper at the 2015 Tolsia Rebels and you’ll find a group of young men who all possess a trait that will bode well for them long after their playing days are over. Perseverance.

An entire industry has sprang up around the word. Motivational posters hang in homes and offices around the world featuring quotes about the ability to persevere through hard and trying times. Many of these are hackneyed at best. But these Rebels don’t need a motivational poster. They have lived through it.

Four years ago, when the seniors were freshmen, they were starting varsity games and went 0-10. An entire football season without a win.

While they’re generational peers are seemingly giving up when things get hard and demanding “safe zones” on college campuses, these young men came back for more.

The next year they went 5-5 with sophomores and freshmen clashing against seniors on other teams.

Five wins in two years. It would have been easy for many of them to throw up their hands, go home and not worry about taking the hits, practicing in the stagnate August humidity or endure more losing. After all, five wins in two years isn’t exactly a great trade off for all the hard work.

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BAGGING A BUCK — Jacob Ekers from Prichard poses with his opening day kill. Photo courtesy of Joe Ekers

Opening day kills up for deer gun season


SOUTH CHARLESTON — The opening of buck firearms season in West Virginia has tallied up a huge one-day harvest of whitetail deer: more than 20,000.

State wildlife officials say Monday’s kill was up 77 percent from last year. Chris Ryan is the Division of Natural Resources game management supervisor who monitored the hunt with a new electronic game-checking database.

From noon to 2 p.m., Ryan said some 2,000 deer an hour were being taken by hunters.

Last year, the first-day total was 15,190. A key reason for the lower harvest was a bumper crop of acorns, which kept deer deep in the woods enjoying the bounty.

This year, a shortage of acorns scatted deer and into hunters’ sights.

Business is up in Wayne County as hunters flock to the county to bag the biggest buck.

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Tolsia drops to Class A in latest WVSSAC classifications

 

By SCOTT PARSONS &
GRANT TRAYLOR
HD Media

HUNTINGTON — As if anyone needed further proof the population of young people in West Virginia is in decline, Class A now has the most schools as classified by the WVSSAC.

Tolsia High School joined five other schools in falling from Class AA to Class A in the SSAC’s latest classifications released Thursday.

The new classifications will take place in the 2016-17 school year and run through the end of the 2019-20 school year.

Out of West Virginia’s 127 teams who are members of the SSAC, 29 of them are Class AAA, 44 are now Class AA and 54 are Class A.

In all, 15 teams dropped in classification while only one school in the entire state moved up in classification.

Of the 15 that dropped, nine are from Class AAA, which saw nearly a 25 percent reduction in its teams with the new classifications.

Cabell Midland is the biggest Class AAA school, at 1,965 students — more than 1,000 students bigger than the smallest Class AAA school, which is now Ripley, with 933 students.

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Duo of T'Wolves earn all-state soccer honors

 

HD Media

HUNTINGTON — Four players from Huntington High and two from Spring Valley earned honorable mention on the West Virginia Sports Writers Association boys Class AAA all-state soccer team Thursday.

Highlanders Sirmon Brown, Beau Simpson, Constantine Svingos and Quintin Wood earned the honor, as did Timberwolves Dana Maynard and Hunter Waugaman. A pair of Hurricane standouts, Dalton Burch and Jonathan Lovejoy, also earned honorable-mention honors.

The player of the year was Addison Luck of Morgantown.

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Brooke Heck

Heck selected to All-MEC squads

Courtesy of cumountainlions.com

BRIDGEPORT — Freshman middle hitter Brooke Heck has been selected to the All-Mountain East Conference Second Team as well as the All-Mountain East Conference Freshmen Team, the league office released Wednesday afternoon.

Heck is a former Spring Valley High School standout.

Heck earned the honors after recording 282 kills and 75 blocks. Her .351 hitting percentage broke the school record for single-season hitting percentage and was third in the conference. In addition to leading CU in hitting percentage, Heck’s blocks also ranked first for the Maroon and Gray and her kills second.

During the season Heck hit .400 or better in 15 matches and had a streak of five consecutive matches in which she eclipsed a .400 hitting percentage. Additionally, Heck had 14 matches of 10 or more kills.

The Huntington native was also named the MEC Player of Week earlier this season after helping Concord to wins over West Virginia Wesleyan and Glenville State.

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FINDING HIS MAN — Tolsia quarterback Seth McMillion looks down field for a receiver during practice on Tuesday at Wilts Salmons Athletic Field. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Herbert Hoover a familiar foe for Rebels

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

GLENHAYES — The old saying is familiarity breeds contempt.

In football, familiarity can breed a trap game.

That’s exactly what Tolsia is hoping to avoid Friday night when it hosts Herbert Hoover in the second round of the Class AA state football playoffs.

“A lot of times when you’ve beaten a team already you think you’ve beat them once you can beat them again,” Tolsia coach Mike Smith said.

The Rebels beat Herbert Hoover 32-7 in September.

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ON THE DOTTED LINE — Wayne’s Shelby Adams signs a letter of intent to go to Fairmont State as a member of the tumbling team. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Wayne’s Adams signs letter with Fairmont State

 

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Shelby Adams never dreamed she would be getting a college scholarship to do something she loves: Tumbling.

On Friday, the Wayne High School cheerleader and senior signed a letter to attend Fairmont State University as a member of the aerotumbling team.

Adams explained the sport is a combination of advanced tumbling and gymnastics which is emerging as a sport in the NCAA.

“It is a combination of gymnastics and cheerleading elements,” she said. “It is a real sport and for those who are not wanting to be a cheerleader for a college team. It is more demanding.”

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Bluefield ends Pioneer playoff run

BLUEFIELD — Any hopes of a rally to become playoff eligible faded into the hands of Bluefield’s Mookie Collier as the Sophomore defensive back intercepted a Jeremiah Milum pass and returned it 73 yards for a touchdown to pour water on any flame that may have remained on a potential Wayne rally.

The Pioneers limped, quite literally, to a 5-5 final record for 2015.

Key injuries hampered the Pioneers. From the loss of Cody Stiltner earlier in the season to what appeared to be an injury to team rushing leader Logan Queen in the season finale.

Trailing 28-14 in the second half, the Pioneers were starting to show signs of life and maybe even have a chance to pull off the win. But that’s when Collier stepped in front of a pass and put a dagger in the hearts of the Pioneer faithful.

Wayne ran 82 plays from scrimmage compared to Bluefield’s 20.

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READY FOR REGIONALS — Tolsia senior Savannah Fox and her Rebel teammates will face Herbert Hoover today in the Region IV Semifinal round at Nicholas County High School. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Tolsia volleyball to compete in regionals

Staff report

GLENHAYES — The Tolsia Rebel Volleyball team will continue its postseason march today at Nicholas County against Herbert Hoover.

Tolsia beat Wayne, Scott and Mingo Central in the sectional rounds before losing to Chapmanville in the Sectional final.

The sectional winner and runner up advance to the Regionals.

The Rebels have enjoyed a successful year. Tolsia is 23-16.

Herbert Hoover won its sectional to advance to the regional.

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Valley to play for more than playoffs this week

By MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

SPRING VALLEY – The Spring Valley Timberwolves football team knows that there is more to life than overtime losses.

Sunday afternoon, the Wolves lost a teammate in freshman Bryce Lewis. Lewis was killed in an ATV accident late Sunday morning. The accident comes after the Wolves lost in overtime to George Washington thus forcing Friday’s game against Riverside into a must-win to remain playoff eligible.

Now, a win will mean so much more.

“We just want to go out and honor Bryce’s memory the best way we can. We want to go out and play hard to do our best for him,” head coach Brad Dingess said Tuesday afternoon.

According to Dingess, his team has come together the past few days. He said this is the closest he has ever seen them.

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Fundraiser for family of Bryce Lewis

There will be a Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser for the family of Bryce Lewis at Spring Valley High School on Sunday, November 8 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

For a donation of $10 you get a spaghetti dinner, salad, roll, dessert and a drink.

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Playoff berth on the line for Pioneers

Staff report

WAYNE — The Wayne Pioneers will load the wagons this week and head off to Bluefield for the regular season finale.

At stake is a potential berth in the playoffs. But it won’t be easy as Bluefield is the No. 2 ranked team in the state.

Wayne finally got above the .500 mark this season with a huge win over No. 9 Chapmanville last weekend 54-35.

The Pioneers will be without Kade Sebastian who has been lost for the year due to injury.

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Rebels looks to rebound after loss

Staff report

GLENHAYES — Tolsia tasted defeat for the first time in 2015 last weekend in Kentucky as the Rebels fell the Boyd County 32-34.

The Rebels seemed to shoot themselves in the foot with three turnovers in the first half that Boyd County capitalized on.

The loss knocked the Rebels down one place in the WVSSAC standings to No. 3. But that’s still a good position to be in when the playoffs begin next weekend.

Tolsia will host the winless Poca Dots at Wilts Salmons Stadium on Friday for senior night. It should be a game to give the Rebels needed confidence heading to the playoffs.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Tolsia High School.

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Boyd County ends Tolsia win streak

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

ASHLAND — When looking at Friday’s matchup between Boyd County and Tolsia is would be easy to write it off as just another domino in the trail to perfection for the Rebels.

It’s didn’t turn out that way.

The Lions, with only three wins this season going into Friday’s game, jumped on three early Tolsia turnovers and held on for a 34-32 win handing the Rebels their first loss of the season.

Tolsia turned the bal over three times in the first half, the first of which came on the first play of the first possession for the Rebels.

Boyd County held a commanding halftime lead at 28-12.

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Boyd County ends Tolsia win streak

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

ASHLAND — When looking at Friday’s matchup between Boyd County and Tolsia is would be easy to write it off as just another domino in the trail to perfection for the Rebels.

It’s didn’t turn out that way.

The Lions, with only three wins this season going into Friday’s game, jumped on three early Tolsia turnovers and held on for a 34-32 win handing the Rebels their first loss of the season.

Tolsia turned the bal over three times in the first half, the first of which came on the first play of the first possession for the Rebels.

Boyd County held a commanding halftime lead at 28-12.

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Spring Valley looks to bounce back against GW

By MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

SPRING VALLEY – The No. 13 Spring Valley Timberwolves will try to get back on track after Capital snapped a five-game win streak with a 21-7 defeat Friday.

The Wolves will lick their wounds this week to face No. 9 George Washington for Senior Night and the final regular season home game of the 2015 campaign. GW (6-2) is coming off a 67-27 drubbing from No. 1 Cabell Midland.

Spring Valley needs to win its final two games against GW and next week on the road at Riverside to have a chance at hosting a first-round playoff game. The Wolves have their work cut out for them this week as they face an offense that is averaging 45 points per game.

Patriot running back Nu Nu Miller is leading the Mountain State Athletic Conference with 1,501 rushing yards on 144 attempts and 17 touchdowns. He is averaging a little over 10 yards per carry this season.

The Patriots also features a two-quarterback rotation with Kaleb Mackey and Grant Wells taking snaps. Mackey is 51 of 93 passing with 901 yards and 15 touchdowns. Wells has thrown for 672 yards on 37 of 69 passing and seven scores. According to Spring Valley head coach Brad Dingess, both quarterbacks can throw the ball well and is a dangerous compliment to Miller’s running.

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Wayne hosts Chapmanville; looks to get above .500

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — The Wayne Pioneers will look to get above .500 for the first time this year when it hosts Chapmanville Friday night.

Last week the Pioneers blasted Poca on the road in a 54-20 win. Chapmanville fell to Tolsia.

Wayne is 11-0 against the Tigers since 2004. Friday’s game will feature the pass defense of Wayne versus the passing game of Chapmanville. Wayne has only allowed five passing touchdowns all season. But that number could be misleading.

So far in 2015 it has been feast or famine for the Pioneers. Every game has been a blowout for the Pioneers, rither for or against. The only exception was the 15-point loss in the season opening game against Tolsia.

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WFGH-FM to broadcast middle school football championship

Staff report

If you can’t make it out to Thursday’s middle school football championship game, you won’t have an excuse to not follow the game.

WFGH-FM, the public radio station at Tolsia High School, will carry the game between Wayne and C-K.

There will be plenty of formats in which to follow the game. It will be broadcast on the flagship WFGH 90.7 FM as well as 104.5 FM, WASP-LP, in Huntington and 101.1 FM, WVWP-LP in Wayne. The game can be seen on Armstrong Cable Channel 204.

The game can be streamed online on wfghfm.com.

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Wayne Middle wins title preview

By RYAN EPLING
HD Media

WAYNE — The first meeting between Wayne and C-K Middle was the defensive slugfest most thought it will be.

The sequel for the county championship Thursday night is the one that matters.

Gunner Harmon hit Nathan Ellis with a 17-yard scoring strike in the second quarter, while the Wayne defense held C-K to just one offensive first down in the second half as the Pioneers beat the Wonders, 16-0.

C-K did not get within the Wayne 10-yard line all night.

Aaron Adkins’ 5-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, and Jon Chinn’s two-point conversion run set the final score.

Wayne and C-K will meet in the Wayne County Championship game Thursday night at Vinson Middle School. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.

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‘Grinder’ games face Wolves next 2 weeks

 

By MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

SPRING VALLEY — Most teams would be glad to have a two-game home stretch late in the season, but most teams do not have the Spring Valley Timberwolves’ schedule.

No. 10 Spring Valley (5-2) faces AAA No. 6 Capital (tied with Huntington) this week followed up with a Senior Night showdown against No. 4 George Washington. The Patriots (6-1) beat cross-town rival Capital 32-21 last week for the first time since 2011 in a hard fought battle.

It was the most points scored against the Capital defense since Martinsburg beat the Cougars 35-21 in the playoff semifinal round in 2013.

Spring Valley handedly defeated the Nitro Wildcats on the road last Friday 56-14. The Timberwolves had their best offensive output with 554 yards of total offense. For the first time all season a Timberwolves quarterback threw for more than 100 yard and a touchdown (Derek Johnson 119 yards, three touchdowns). The Wolves still utilized a punishing ground attack racking up 447 yards rushing. Ten different running backs carried the ball for Spring Valley including four over 45 yards rushing.

Defensively, the Wolves are holding teams to just under 250 yards a game and 14.8 points per game during the five-game win streak. Spring Valley sacked Nitro quarterbacks five times Friday including two from Skylar Larcart.

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Rebels host huge Class AA showdown

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

GLENHAYES — As the football season progressed and the Tolsia Rebels kept racking up wins, sports pundits from around the state began pointing to this weekend’s game at Tolsia High School as a showdown between the state’s best.

Playoff positioning is at stake for both teams. The Rebels, ranked No. 2 in the state in Class AA, plays host to the No. 7 ranked Chapmanville Tigers on Friday night. It’s also homecoming for Tolsia.

Chapmanville and Tolsia were both undefeated going into last weekend’s games but the Tigers ran into a nasty Mingo Central team and fell 69-21 for its first loss of the season.

Tolsia went on the road to Madison where it beat the Scott Skyhawks 34-16 to remain perfect on the year. The win propelled the Rebels to No. 2 in Class AA behind the only other unbeaten team in Class AA Bridgeport.

Quarterback Alex Berry who has over 1,200 yards passing and 18 touchdowns lead the Tigers on the year. His favored target is Jacob Dingess who has reeled in nine touchdown catches and averages 16.6 yards a catch.

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Wayne looks to regain momentum on the road

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — It’s been a rough year for the Pioneers.

Wayne is 3-4 after a disappointing loss on the road last weekend at Herbert Hoover 36-8.

Last week’s game was billed as a game that could decide who makes it to the postseason. With the loss, the Pioneers fell out of the top 20 in Class AA to No. 23.

But if there’s a time to get a needed win, this Friday is that time. The Pioneers will load the wagons and travel East to Putnam County to face Poca on Friday night.


Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Poca High School.

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Rebels clip Skyhawks;

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

The Tolsia Rebels’ run to perfection continues while Wayne continues to struggle.

Using their punishing offense and stiff defense, the Rebels brutalized the Scott Skyhawks in a 34-16 win.

Scott’s 16 points came in the fourth quarter when Tolsia had substituted out its starters.

The Rebels got on the board in the second play of the game when Luke Presley scored.

Presley was also getting points through the air. not by catching but by throwing.

Presley connected with Brian Campbell for a touchdown to put the rebels up 20-0.

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Wayne falls to Huskies

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

Wayne couldn’t get anything going in Falling Rock Friday night as Herbert Hoover rolled up 543 yards total offense in a 36-8 victory.

It was the Pioneers’ first loss to Hoover since 2002 when the Huskies were in their first year of Class AA play after dropping from Class AAA.

In a game that was billed as having major playoff implications for both teams, Wayne came out flat. The Pioneers only had 75 yards total offense in the first half. Wayne didn’t score until the 4:06 mark in the third quarter.

Wayne falls to 3-4 on the year. The last Pioneer team to have four losses in a season was in 1998.

Wayne is again on the road next weekend for a matchup with the Poca Dots. Poca is winless this season and is coming off a bye week. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

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Wonders spoil Bison homecoming

By MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

BUFFALO – The Buffalo Bison had hopes of stampeding to a homecoming win Thursday night, but the Ceredo-Kenova Wonders had other plans.

C-K’s Jake Hutchinson rumbled for 104 yards on seven carries and a touchdown to lead the Wonders to a 25-6 win.

Hutchinson got the Wonders on the board first with a 9-yard scoring rumble at the 2:03 mark. Michael Hathaway added another score on the Wonders’ next drive with a 10-yard scurry in the second quarter to take a 12-0 lead.

Buffalo cut the lead on its only scoring drive of the night as J.R. Marcum broke to the outside for a 30-yard touchdown run. Marcum led the Bison with five carries for 54 yards.

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Wolves look to get win before tough stretch

 

By MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

SPRING VALLEY — The Spring Valley Timberwolves have come a long way since starting the season winless in its first two games.

No. 10 Spring Valley since then is coming off a bye week with a 4-2 record thanks to four straight wins including the upset win against South Charleston to begin the streak. During that time, Spring Valley has outscored opponents 169-60 using the freshly revived Wing-T offense.

The Wolves will try to extend the streak to face game this Friday against Nitro (1-5) on the road. Nitro is coming off a tough 27-17 loss against Winfield last week. This is the last game before the Wolves have two straight home games against No. 3 Capital and No. 5 George Washington for Senior Night. Spring Valley will travel to winless Riverside to finish out the season.

Capital and GW have outscored opponents combined 533-189 on the season. Both feature fast star-studded skill players with strong, physical lines. Fortunately for Spring Valley – Nitro couldn’t be farther a part from the two powers.

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Rested Rebels travel
to Scott

 

Staff report

GLENHAYES — The Tolsia Rebels take its unbeaten record on the road to Madison Friday for a showdown with Scott.

Scott was beaten by Wayne last Friday 56-12. The Skyhawks have struggled this season and are 1-4 in the Cardinal Conference and 2-5 overall.

Tolsia had the weekend off last week. The Rebels are perfect with a 4-0 mark in conference and 6-0 overall mark.

Luke Presley and Seth McMillion lead the Rebels on offense. On defense, Jacob Maynard has been on a tear of late. In the last three games Maynard has 48 tackles - 10 for a loss - six sacks, three forces fumbles and two pass deflections.

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Wayne looks to keep momentum on the road

 

Staff report

WAYNE — It’s been an up and down season for the Wayne Pioneers.

Wayne, now 3-3, will travel to Herbert Hoover (4-2) Friday night for a game with major playoff implications.

Hoover sits at 15 in the latest WVSSAC rankings while Wayne is tied for 19.

So far this season, Wayne’s three losses have come to teams who combined are 18-1. Hoover has charted a similar path with their opponents with losses to opponents who combined are 13-0.

With the exception of Week one, Wayne has either lost big or won big. So what Wayne team will show up against Hoover this weekend?

The Pioneers have won 12 in a row over Hoover.

Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.

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Davis leads Wolves past St. Albans

 

Staff report

SPRING VALLEY — Chase Davis scored the winning goal and assisted on an insurance score to help lead Spring Valley to a 3-1 victory over St. Albans Thursday night in girls high school soccer.

The teams exchanged early goals off penalty kicks, with Abbey Smith scoring for the Timberwolves (11-5-1) and Kelsey Thompson for the Red Dragons. Davis broke the tie at the 19-minute mark, then assisted on Lindsay Fuller’s goal at 44:00 to set the score.

Spring Valley returns to action at 6 p.m. Tuesday against South Charleston at home for senior night.

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Spring Valley blanks Nitro in girls soccer

 

Staff report

NITRO, W.Va. — Canaan Booten scored four goals as Spring Valley defeated Nitro 6-0 Tuesday in girls high school soccer.

Lindsay Fuller and Chase Davis scored early to give the Timberwolves (10-5-1) a 2-0 lead. Booten then scored three goals in 10 minutes to stake Spring Valley to a 5-0 lead by halftime.

Booten added another goal at the 42-minute mark to set the score.

Kinley Hazelett made three saves and Kim Holland had one for the Timberwolves, who play again at 6 p.m. Thursday at home against St. Albans.

Booten, Kate Auvil and Caitlyn Porter had assists for Spring Valley.

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Pioneers look to get back in win column on homecoming

Staff report

WAYNE — There hasn’t been a lot to smile about in Pioneer county this season.

Wayne sits at 2-3 on the season and ranked #23 in Class AA by the WVSSAC.

With the exception of the season opening 34-49 loss to No. 5 Tolsia, every game for the Pioneers have been decisive victories or losses. In the two wins following the season opener, the Pioneers outscored their opponents a combined 113 to 33. In the losses, Wayne was outscored by a combined 114 to 22.

It’s not exactly a recipe for success.

The Pioneers suffered a costly loss to Mingo Central last Friday 50-14 on Miner Mountain.

Senior running back Cody Stiltner suffered a hip injury in that game and is out for the season.

But with Friday comes a chance to right the ship.

Wayne hosts the Scott Skyhawks at Pioneer Field for the school’s homecoming.

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Don’t count the Wolves out of deep playoff run

 

By MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

SPRING VALLEY – Looking at Spring Valley’s schedule before the season began – predictions of 4-6 and 5-5 were running rampant.

The Wolves opened the season with Cabell Midland, Huntington and South Charleston. No one in the state had Spring Valley in the preseason polls. It appeared everyone had conceded that it was a rebuilding year on Spring Valley Drive.

All three opponents are high-powered programs that have seen several playoff runs the past several years. Spring Valley fell 41-6 to Midland and was shutout 38-0 against Huntington to start the season 0-2. Then came South Charleston.

The weekend after the Huntington loss, head coach Brad Dingess and his staff knew something had to give.

According to Dingess, the staff looked over film to find the silver lining in those two blowout losses.

“We sat down and evaluated each player’s best attributes,” Dingess said.

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Rebels blank Sissonville

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

SISSONVILLE — Tolsia was on the road Friday night, but the result was the same.

Seth McMillion, Luke Presley and Jennings Holland led the Rebels over Cardinal Conference foes Sissonville 26-0.

At halftime, the Rebels were only up by 12 points. But, as has been the case all season, Tolsia put the game away in the fourth quarter with a 14-point outburst.
But it was the defense that stole the show on Friday.

“(Our) defense played well all night,” rebels coach Mike Smith said. “Offensively we struggled early but I thought our defense kept us up.”

The Rebels got going early when Seth McMillion scampered 61 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter.

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Pioneers buried by Miners

 

Staff Report

MATEWAN — A rough season has gotten rougher for the Wayne Pioneers.

The Pioneers fell to Mingo Central on Friday night 50-14. The game was called at the 5:55 mark in the fourth quarter because of injuries to key players for both teams.

Mingo Central’s Joe Hunt reportedly broke his leg during a scoring play.

Wayne’s Cody Stiltner was taken by ambulance from the field earlier in the game with a reported hip injury.

It was the first win for Mingo Central over Wayne in the school’s young history.

Throughout the game, it seemed Murphy’s Law had taken up residence along the Wayne sideline.

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Pioneers get back in the swing of things

Staff report

WAYNE — After a week of rest, the Wayne Pioneers will get back at it on Friday with a road trip to Mingo Central.
The Pioneers (2-2) crushed Class AAA Oak Hill on Sept. 18 in a 64-13 victory on the road.

After a slow start to the season, the Pioneers seem to be picking up steam.
Both Logan Queen and Cody Stiltner are starting to find their groove on offense.

Queen, through four games, had four rushing touchdowns and 392 yards on 57 total carries. Stiltner leads the Pioneers with six touchdowns (four rushing, one receiving and a kick return). On the ground he has 348 yards total on 55 carries. He also has 10 catches for 106 yards receiving.

Sophomore quarterback Jeremiah Milum is getting more comfortable in the pocket and running the Wayne offense. Milum is 29 of 52 for 356 yards and six touchdowns with one interception.

The Pioneers are Miners are tied for third place in the Cardinal Conference with matching 1-1 conference records. Both losses came at the hands of Tolsia. Overall the Miners are 3-1.

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Bison out run Mustangs for home win

By MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

BUFFALO – The Buffalo Bison out ran the visiting Clay County Mustangs to pull out a needed 28-8 Thursday night.

Buffalo outran the Mustangs 264 to 28 yards rushing to pull out the win. The Mustangs might have stayed in the game had it not been for a pair of injuries. Quarterback Logan Vance led the Mustangs with 109 yards through the air on 6 of 8 passing before leaving the game with an injury. All of his passes went to wide receiver Elijah Payton.

Once Vance was injured in the second quarter, Vance had to move to the tailback spot where he scored the Mustangs lone touchdown on a 9-yd rush. Payton only managed 12 more yards the rest game before leaving with an injury as well in the fourth quarter.

Buffalo received solid play from its offense. Mitchell Meadows punched in a score from 14 out in the first. J.R. Marcum burned the Mustang defense making one cut to the outside for a 70-yd untouched scoring run in the second.

Garrett Hall added a 3-yd touchdown run in the third and back-up Chase Berry rumbled 15 yards in the fourth to round out the Buffalo scoring.

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Tolsia stays in top 5 in AA ratings

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

GLEN HAYES – The Tolsia Rebels held their place at the 5th spot in the WVSSAC ratings in Class AA.

Tolsia (4-0) maintained their ranking with a win over Herbert Hoover which fell to a three-way tie for 19th.

The Rebels play host to another unbeaten squad in Tug Valley Friday night at home.

Tug Valley is ranked No. 5 in Class A.

With wins last weekend, both Spring Valley and Wayne edged closer to the top 16 in their respective classes.

Now with a 2-2 record and coming off a walloping of Ripley, the Timberwolves find themselves in a tie for the 16th spot in Class AAA with Spring Mills.

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Wayne rebounds with scoring storm, rolls over Red Devils

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

OAK HILL —Turnabout is fair play for the Wayne Pioneers.

Last week the Pioneers were forced to weather a scoring storm from Point Pleasant as the Big Blacks put up 64 points in the win. On Friday, Wayne brought it’s own scoring storm to Oak Hill on Friday night as the Pioneers rolled over the Red Devils with a 50-point explosion in the first half and handed out 64 points of their own in a 64-13 win over the Red Devils.

When the game started it looked like the two teams would exchange touchdowns all night.

The Pioneers struck first with a four-play touchdown drive capped by Logan Queen’s 17-yard scamper at the 10:35 mark in the first quarter. Chris Brewer’s point after kick was no good.

On the ensuing kick off, Oak Hill’s offensive powerhouse Deonte Scruggs returned the ball 72-yards for a Red Devil touchdown. Wayne’s Josh Mitts blocked the Dominic Re point after kick and the game was tied six all at the 10:13 mark of the first quarter.

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Flips for soccer

 

FLIPPING OUT – Spring Valley soccer player Travis Whitmore does a flip to inbound the ball during the Wolves’ 3-0 win over MSAC foe St. Albans Thursday night. WCN photo from Spring Valley High School Facebook page

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Tolsia Top 5 in AA WVSSAC ratings

 

By MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

GLEN HAYES – The Tolisa Rebels may be the sleeper story of the early 2015 season coming in tied with Cardinal Conference rival Chapmanville for No. 5 in this week’s WVSSAC AA ratings.

The Rebels (3-0) cracked the Top 5 after being left out of every preseason poll. It is the highest ranking for the Rebels in a decade. Tolsia got there by beating Wayne, Mingo Central and Fairland (OH) in the first three weeks. The Rebels take on Cardinal Conference foe Herbert Hoover (2-1).

Hoover is tied for No. 12 this week.

For the first time in a long time, the Wayne Pioneers find themselves 1-2 after the loss to Tolsia and a pounding from Point Pleasant. The Pioneers come in to this week ranked tied for No. 22. The Pioneers will face AAA Oak Hill. The Red Devils (1-1) are tied for No. 16 in the AAA ratings.

The Spring Valley Timberwolves are coming off an upset win over then No. 2 South Charleston last week. The Wolves are tied for No. 20 in this week’s ratings. They travel to winless Ripley to take on the Vikings this week.

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Bowen gets first practice with the Thundering Herd

 

READY TO THROW — Former Wayne standout Kodie Bowen throws during his first practice with Marshall at the Kennedy Center. Photo courtesy Marshall Athletics

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Rebels roll over Dragons

 

By JASON PERRY
for The Wayne County News

PROCTORVILLE – The #4 Tolsia Rebels put out the Fairland Dragons’ fire early Friday, winning on the road in Proctorville, Ohio, 44-6.

Despite being winless on the season, the Dragons appeared to be fired up in the beginning.

Fairland scored on the first possession of the game when fullback Sydney Tucker capped the 10-play, 79-yard drive with a short dive into the endzone from the one, making the score 6-0.

It was the only time the Dragons’ would be effective anywhere on the field.

It took only two plays after the ensuing kickoff for Tolsia to answer. A quarterback keeper by Seth McMillion was quickly followed by Luke Presley racing 55 yards for a score.

The efficiency Fairland showed on its first drive evaporated on the next possession as adjustments by the Rebels’ Orange Crush defense kept the Dragons from moving the football, quickly punting the ball away.

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Unbeaten Rebels to face Dragons

 

By JASON PERRY
HD Media

GLENNHAYES – The unbeaten No. 4 Tolsia Rebels look to add another game to the win column this Friday when they travel to Proctorville, Ohio to face the winless Fairland Dragons.

Tolsia is in a position it hasn’t been in for quite sometime.

After a pair of wins against the Wayne Pioneers and the Mingo Central Miners, the Rebels own the top spot in the Cardinal Conference and a top 10 AA ranking in West Virginia.

There were some who questioned whether Tolsia’s win over Wayne in Week 1 was a fluke, one of those things that make for interesting sports stories.

But after the Rebels grounded out a 44-41 win against Mingo Central, they showed that they were for real – especially when they hung in there to put the game away in the fourth quarter after an 85-yard interception return by Seth McMillion along with a 95-yard touchdown run by Luke Presley to put Tolsia in the driver seat.

“I don’t know if this win will earn us respect,” Rebel Coach Mike Smith said,

“But I hope it does.

“But the guys battled and battled. There were a few times where they could’ve laid down, but they didn’t.”

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Tough road in search of first win for Wolves

 

By MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

SPRING VALLEY – The number three plays a big part in this week’s matchup between the Spring Valley Timberwolves and the South Charleston Black Eagles.

It is a Week 3 matchup for the 2015 season.

The Wolves have lost three straight to the Black Eagles, including two games last season (regular season, first-round 2014 playoffs).

The Wolves are facing their third Top 10 AAA opponent, third MSAC opponent and possible third loss of the season. The number three is also important to the Wolves, because the third quarter seems to be the breaking point for this season’s squad.

Spring Valley has trailed within a touchdown going into the third quarter, only to watch their opponents pull away with the lead.

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Wayne Junior Katie Napier finished a person-best 7th out of 140 girls at Saturday’s St. Mary’s Medical Center XC Festival at Cabell Midland High School. At left, Napier runs at the Early Season Showcase at Boyd County High School in Kentucky last month. Photo courtesy Jeamette Rutherford

KEEP RUNNING — Wayne’s Mason Adkins, left, placed 21st against 172 boys in the class A-AA at Saturday’s St. Mary’s Medical Center XC Festival at Cabell Midland High School. Photo courtesy Jeanette Rutherford.

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Wonders wallop Walton in season opener

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

SPRING VALLEY – The Ceredo Kenova Wonders middle school football team picked up where it left off last season with a 42-14 dismantling of the Walton Tigers Thursday night at Spring Valley High School.

The Wonders held Walton to negative yardage in the first half. Walton only managed one first down the entire half thanks to a holding penalty. The Tigers managed to gain 89 total yards in the game and two scores on the feet of quarterback Curtis Carper. Carper had scoring runs of 36 and 30 to lead all Walton offensive players.

C-K played a complete game gaining touchdowns thanks to not only some good offensive drives, but also thanks to the defense and special teams play. The Wonders scored two touchdowns on kickoff returns. Michael Hathaway ran one 47-yards for a score in the second quarter while big Jake Hutchinson rumbled 57-yards on a squib kick return. Hutchinson’s score came right after Walton scored its first points of the game on Carper’s 36-yd scurry.

Wonders’ quarterback Clayton Sharp got things going early with two quick scores in the first. Sharp scored on two touchdown runs on the teams’ first two possessions.

The defense then stepped up for C-K recording safeties on two straight Tiger drives. Hathaway added a 9-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to make the halftime score 34-0.

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T-Shirt Party to Honor Former Spring Valley, Marshall Coach

BY CODY LYNCH
HD Media

HUNTINGTON – Local football legend, Phil Ratliff, passed away unexpectedly this summer at the young age of 44 and once again hometown businesses come to the aid of another family.

The two-time All-American offensive lineman was captain of the 1992 Marshall University 1-AA national championship team and was inducted into the school’s athletics hall of fame. Later, Ratliff would spent 10 years coaching at Spring Valley High School an Lawrence County High School. The Louisa Kentucky native then spent two seasons at James Madison, where they won the 2004 title before returning to Marshall to coach tight ends from 2006-2011. Recently, Ratliff was the assistant coach of the Charlotte 49ers.

This Saturday, Mancini’s Pizza will host a t-shirt party with all proceeds going to the Ratliff Family Fund. The shirts, which are conveniently colored Kelly green for the Kelly Green-Out this weekend, will be $20 per shirt. The party will run from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. with football on the screens and choice food and beverages being served throughout. T-shirts may be purchased by cash or check with checks being made out to Ratliff Family Fund. No credit cards will be accepted for the shirts. Sizes will run from youth small to 3XL. If you are unable to make the event and still would like to make a contribution and receive a shirt, you will be able to do so at the Marshall V Perdue game, in the main parking lot of the stadium in parking spot 400. They will be available before, during and after the game.

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Spring Valley shuts out Ashland

 

Staff Report

SPRING VALLEY - Goalkeepers Kinley Hazelett and Loren Hall combined on a shutout Saturday morning and Spring Valley defeated Ashland, 3-0, in girls high school soccer.

Canaan Booten sandwiched a pair of goals around a score by Abby Smith for the Timberwolves (3-1). Booten scored unassisted at 28:00 and 67:00. Smith scored on a penalty kick at 39:00
Hazelett made three saves and Hall stopped one shot.

The Kittens (1-1) took five shots.

Spring Valley returns to action at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at home against Capital.

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Wolves hoping last year’s magic carries over

 

By MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

SPRING VALLEY – Last season’s matchup between Spring Valley and Huntington came out with a dramatic double overtime win for the Wolves.

Spring Valley came up with 271 yards of total offense on the night.

Then quarterback Tyler Brown was difference-maker in the game scoring on a run in the first overtime to keep the game alive; hit Austin Stambaugh with a 13-yard scoring strike, then called his own number for the two-point conversion that took the win.

“We have to find a kid that wants the ball,” Spring Valley head coach Brad Dingess said Tuesday afternoon.

Spring Valley’s (0-1) offense struggled to find a big-game player during its 41-6 loss against Cabell Midland last Friday. The Wolves offense struggled to amass 110 total yards of offense against the stingy Knights’ defense.

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HE SCORES — Wayne’s Kade Sebastian turns after scoring a touchdown against Tolsia last Friday. Photo courtesy Melissa Booton at Through Melissa’s Lens.

Pioneers look to rebound against visiting Sissonville

 

Staff report

WAYNE — The Wayne Pioneers are in a place they haven’t been in some time.

The Pioneers lost last week to the Tolsia Rebels 49-34. It was the first time since 1999 Wayne has started the season with a loss. The 49 points were the most given up by a Wayne team at home since 1997.

But Friday night is a chance to wipe the slate clean as Sissonville rolls into town.
The Indians lost last week to Chapmanville 30-6 torched by the Tigers’ quarterback Alex Berry and receiver Jacob Dingess. Berry threw for 246 yards and receiver Dingess made nine catches for 167 yards in the win.

Logan Queen was the work horse for the Pioneers last week with 184 yards on 29 carries and two touchdowns. Sophomore Jeremiah Milum had a respectable debut at quarterback with a 10 for 21 passing performance for 79 yards and a touchdown.

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LOOKING FOR ROOM — Spring Valley’s Mason Brubeck runs the ball against Cabell Midland Friday night. Photo courtesy Kerry Carter

Wolves drop season opener to rival Midland

 

By MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

SPRING VALLEY — The outcome was not the one Spring Valley fans were hoping for as the rival Cabell Midland Knights defeated Spring Valley.

The Spring Valley defense came up big on its first series of the season stopping Midland despite the Knight’s ground game eating off nearly eight minutes of clock.

Two big plays in the first half allowed the Knights to build a 13-0 halftime lead. Jacob Hendricks picked off Spring Valley quarterback Brady Booth and took a pick-six 75 yards for the score. Hendricks’ big interception stalled out a promising Spring Valley first drive with 4:21 left in the first.

The next offensive series for Midland went 10 plays and 8 yards. Devin Stapleton capped off the drive with a 7-yard run with 10:50 in the second quarter. Senior back Caperton Humphrey’s was the hero of the series with a 21-yard run on third down to keep the drive going after four plays. Quarterback Tyler Brown also showed a glimpse of the future for Midland with a 38-yard run on the drive.

Spring Valley showed some spark on its final series of the first half. Facing 3rd-and-29, senior Jakob Frye took a handoff 39 yards. A personal call on the Knights put the Wolves on the Knight’s 40.

The drive would stall out near midfield with 1:55 left in the half.

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GETTING THE START — Spring Valley’s Brady Booth, shown here during 7-on-7 drills this summer, will get the start against Cabell Midland Friday night. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Wolves face familiar foe in season opener

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

SPRING VALLEY – To say Cabell Midland is a familiar foe to Spring Valley is an understatement.

The two teams have squared off four times the past three years – with the Knights victorious all four times, including a second round playoff loss in 2012. Last season, Midland used a punishing ground attack racking up 418 yards total yards, including 357 on the ground to defeat Spring Valley, 42-14. Gone from this game are marquee players from both teams in Tyler Brown and Alex Childers – but the Wolves will still have to contend with two power backs that made an impact during last year’s game.

Returning for Midland is Caperton Humphreys and Jacob Hendricks. During last year’s game, Humphreys rushed 13 times for 95 yards and three touchdowns, while Hendricks added 72 yards on seven carries and a score.

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Rivals kick off season Friday night

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — The Wayne County sports world will be focused on Pioneer Field Friday night at the 2015 high school football season gets underway with county rivals clashing.

Wayne will play host to Tolsia in a game that could be a litmus test for how each team’s seasons will go.

“It’s always an exciting time when you first get going,” Wayne coach Tom Harmon said. “It’s the time you get to see where you stand. It is also a process. You want to improve as you go.”

The Pioneers won last year’s contest 40-18. But the Rebels have all its skill players back and expected to make some noise in Class AA this year. In fact, some are predicting Tolsia to beat Wayne this year.

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Woolwine featured speaker at C-K reunion dinner

 

HD Media

KENOVA - Sports writer Sam Woolwine will be the featured speaker at the Ceredo-Kenova High School Football Reunion and Community Dinner.

The event is 6 p.m. Aug. 29 at the First Baptist Church of Kenova. Tickets cost $25 for adults, $10 for students and $5 for children younger than age 12.

A member of the C-K Hall of Fame, Woolwine is a Ceredo native who has covered numerous national events such as The Masters, the NCAA men’s basketball Final Four and Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game while writing for numerous publications including The Herald-Dispatch, the Chattanooga (Tenn.) Free Press, Sports Illustrated and Golf Digest.

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Don’t question how a man raises his children

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

Recently, Pittsburgh Steeler and football headhunter James Harrison put underwear in knots from coast to coast when he posted pictures of his sons’ participation trophies online and proclaimed he would return them.

Harrison said his sons didn’t earn them. In order to receive a trophy, Harrison opined, you must win something or be a part of a team that won something to receive a trophy.

The sports world almost unanimously agreed. Journalists and bloggers gave their two cents worth on whatever medium they could.

Obviously, there are dissenters. One such dissenter is Erik Brady from USA Today.

In a column titled “Why James Harrison is wrong: Participation trophies don’t warp kids’ outlook” Brady took exception to Harrison’s tactic.

Brady took few cheap shots at Harrison’s parenting skills, ironically by using accusations of Harrison taking cheap shots on the field in order to undermine him as a parent.

Let’s face it. Harrison doesn’t need me, or any one else defending his parenting choices. In fact, I’ll bet he can’t even hear Brady’s whining because Harrison has his two Super Bowl rings in his ears.

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Former C-K Middle, Vinson Middle, Fairview High School (Ky.), and Spring Valley High School player Kurtlen Brown has found a new home. Brown suited up for the Ashalnd Tomcats during the team’s scrimmage against Spring Valley Saturday.
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Tolsia Rebel fans should have plenty to cheer about this season. The Rebels according to sports editor Scott Parsons hung 60 points on Poca at the Cardinal Conference Grid-O-Rama last weekend at Scott High School. Other coaches and fans in the stand claim it was only 50! The HD report claims it was only 38. Either way, that is a vast improvement from year. Tolsia could possibly be the state’s playoff sleeper in AA this season – especially if they can pick up a surprise win against Wayne the first game of the season to set the tone.
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Spring Valley’s search to replace Tyler Brown at quarterback continues. Five different players took snaps during Saturday’s scrimmage. Each had some positives, each had some negatives – but it will probably take the team’s final scrimmage against Hurricane Saturday before the decision will be made.
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Speaking of quarterbacks, Wayne will have a sophomore under center this season in Jeremiah Milum. Milum will try to follow in another state-leading quarterback in Grant Ferguson. Fortunately for the Pioneers, the last time a sophomore started for the red and black, the signal caller led them to a state championship. That player was Ferguson.
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Vinson Middle School will not have enough players to put together a team this year. Players can play for either Buffalo or C-K. According to sources, C-K will have 35 players while Buffalo will also have similar numbers.

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LEAVING THEM ALL BEHIND — Christian Ward of Buffalo’s B-Team runs for a touchdown during a scrimmage against Beverly Hills. Photo courtesy of Cassie Noble.

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Football is back and bringing giants with it

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

Wasn’t it just yesterday we were talking about deflated footballs and how much of an advantage they were for the New England Patriots?

Well, actually, yes it was literally yesterday. That just shows how our society can beat that proverbial horse until its bones are white and sun-bleached proving that the NFL is more WWE than actual sport.

But what I’m getting at is how it seems like yesterday sports fans were basking in the glow of another Super Bowl where everyone talked about balls without snickering, a shark danced out of time at halftime and a coach didn’t give the ball to his 1,000-yard running back in a goal line situation.

Football is back, y’all!

The NFL has already started preseason and again the factory of sadness in Cleveland is churning out more product. Both The Herd and Mountaineers are popping pads at their respective practice facilities. Locally, our high school teams will start hitting teams with different colored jerseys tonight.

Tolsia and Wayne will travel down to Boone County along the banks of the Little Coal River for the Cardinal Conference Grid-O-Rama at Scott High School.

For the past few days, the staff of The Wayne County News have been out and about talking with coaches and players in preparation for the annual football tab. I’ve noticed a few things about football players today. They’re huge!

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Maggie Holton

Mountain State Angling to host ‘Fishing for Maggie’

 

BY CODY LYNCH
HD Media

EAST LYNN – Mountain State Angling Inc. is an organization started by a group of Northern Wayne County friends who found a common bond through fishing as well as wish to promote angling, finishing and other outdoor activities in West Virginia as well as the preservation and conservation of wildlife in the Mountain State.

In the coming weeks, the anglers will be turning their focus to charity.

On Saturday September 5th, 2015, Mountain State Angling, headed by President Brandon Dudding and Vice President Andrew Woolwine, will host “Fishing for Maggie” — a bass fishing tournament located at East Lynn Lake.

Maggie Holton is a local four-year-old diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in her bone marrow called Neuroblastoma in August last year. Currently at stage four with six rounds of chemo treatment, a transplant and two surgeries under her belt, Maggie continues to remain brave, strong willed and as active as possible.

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Grass is always greener that turf

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

So what’s a conditioning drill and what’s cruel punishment?

Some parents were asking themselves this question this week when WOWK reported some players at Cabell Midland had burns on their forearms after doing a “bear crawl” the length of the football field.

Of course, social media was a vapid wasteland of opinions. Opinions ranged from people saying their precious little snowflakes shouldn’t be subjected to such cruelty to others saying rug burns add character.

Want to know something? Both outlooks are wrong.

Burned skin wouldn’t be a problem if these bear crawls were performed on grass and not field turf.

Yes. This is one of those grass versus field turf columns.

Before I wade in to this, I want to throw out a question for all to ponder: What’s wrong with grass?

Schools are doing everything they can do to get field turf installed on everything — football fields, baseball fields, softball fields, cafeterias and bathrooms.

Ok, the last two aren’t happening, but it’s no more ridiculous than laying carpet down where grass would be the safer alternative.

It’s not just an overweight sports editor’s opinion saying this. I have science on my side.

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ICYMI

Last week the Charleston Gazette-Mail released its high school playoff projections. From the rankings, it’s clear the folks sitting at the confluence of the Elk and Kanawha Rivers don’t think much of Wayne County teams.

Spring Valley is ranked 19 out of 20 in Class AAA. Only Logan is ranked lower. Of course, Capital is ranked number one followed by Martinsburg, Wheeling Park, Cabell Midland and South Charleston. South Charleston not number one or two? Clearly all the chemicals aren’t out of the water being fed to the Gazette Mail sports department.

In Class AA, Wayne is ranked number 11. Wayne is perceived to be rebuilding by others in the state but even at that the Pioneers should be at least in the top 10. Bridgeport is number one followed by Mingo Central, Fairmont Senior, Westside and Keyser.

Sorry Tolsia, you’re not on Charleston’s radar – despite message boards predicting Tolsia to be much-improved compared to year’ past.

It looks like our teams have something to prove this year

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Spring Valley's Karlee Alderman (1) slaps a hit against Huntington High in Class AAA, Region IV, Section 4 West Virginia girls softball action on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at Huntington High School. HD Media File Photo

Spring Valley’s Alderman signs with Ohio softball

By TIM STEPHENS
HD Media

SPRING VALLEY — When a NCAA Division I program signs a softball player, usually she’s good.

When that program creates a scholarship to ensure it gets that player, she almost certainly is very good.

Ohio University must think Karlee Alderman is very good.

Alderman, a senior at Spring Valley High School, committed to Ohio on Monday. She chose the Bobcats over Coastal Carolina, which turned her visit there this week from a recruiting trip to a simple beach vacation with her family.

“Ohio just was a better fit for me,” said Alderman, a center fielder who batted nearly .600 last season in earning all-state honors. “It’s not too far away but it’s far enough.”

A speedster who also was an honorable-mention all-stater in basketball, Alderman plans to major in chemistry before going to medical school with an eye on becoming a dermatologist.

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Former Spring Valley coach Ratliff hospitalized

 

By GRANT TRAYLOR
HD Media

HUNTINGTON — Former Marshall University All-American football player and assistant coach Phil Ratliff, now an assistant coach at UNC Charlotte, was hospitalized Monday night.

“Our thoughts are with the Phil Ratliff and his family, this morning,” Charlotte said through its Twitter account (@Charlotte49ers). “Ratliff was hospitalized last evening after suffering a cardiac event.”

No other details pertaining to Ratliff were released by the university.

Ratliff’s ties to the Tri-State and the Marshall community run deep.

The native of Louisa, Ky., was a star player at Lawrence County High School.

Ratliff played for Marshall from 1989 to 1992 and was a two-time All-American. Marshall won its first NCAA Division I-AA championship in 1992 with Ratliff and the offensive line playing a big part in the success.

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In June, Wayne senior Jaycee Parsons had one more time to shine on the softball field during the North South All-Star game. Her sports resume is quite impressive. Jacey was a member of the 2012 and 2013 back to back West Virginia Class AA state championship teams. She was named to the 2015 2nd team All-Cardinal Conference, 2015 All Academic Conference and 2015 WV AA Second Team All-State.
Also chosen to play for the South from Wayne was Kasey Endicott. WCN file photo.

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2 games away from possibly seeing more than you care to

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

So far, my life is full of questionable decisions.

Decisions like what sports teams to cheer for, moving back to West Virginia and picking journalism as a career are just a few that highlight a lifetime of moves that have made more than one person around me scratch their head, shrug and mutter to themselves.

Perhaps that’s why in June I made a decision that could have had an impact on both you, me and my neighbors had circumstances happened to allow this decision to proceed farther than a proclamation to my wife.

Let me explain.

In early June I was reading articles about my beloved Chicago Cubs. In these articles, so called “experts” in baseball were theorizing on which teams would make the post season. The Cubs were among a few of these teams.

I’m not one to set high expectations for myself or those things I enjoy. Years of disappointment and bad decisions have conditioned me to not expect much. But, for the Cubs at least, this year the excitement doesn’t seem so irrational.

With this in mind I looked over at my wife and proclaimed “If the Cubs are within fives games of the National League Central lead at the trade deadline and then go on to win the division, I’ll run down our road wearing nothing but Chicago Cubs boxers!”

She looked at me, scratched her head, shrugged and muttered something.

But I didn’t stop there.

“Tell ya what,” I breathlessly continued.

“If the Cubs are leading the Wildcard by the trade deadline and go on to the World Series — not win it but simply play in it — I’ll run down 152 in front of the office in Chicago Cubs boxers!”

She looked up from her Reader’s Digest and said “OK. But it’ll be cold by then and you hate the cold.”

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HONORED SPEAKER — Dave Lucas was the speaker at the C-K Sports Weekend banquet on Friday. WCN photo by Michael Hupp

Wonders come together
for annual banquet

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

KENOVA – There are many great sports towns throughout the country, but none locally rival Ceredo-Kenova’s history and Friday night several members of the community came together to honor the town’s rich sports heritage.

Every year on the fourth Friday in July for the past 18 years, the community comes together for the annual C-K Sports Weekend Celebration. Folks gather to honor a past Ceredo-Kenova athlete great and remember Eric Sparks. Sparks was a former standout – who was tragically killed on July 26, 1997.

Sparks’ family started the weekend to honor Eric and to raise money for the C-K sports community.

This year’s honorees were the 1975 state championship football team, the 1995 Class A state baseball champion (which Sparks was a senior player on) as well as the 1965 championship football team.

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Noodling: A Wayne County tradition?

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

Back when I had basic cable, I would watch the countless hours of mind-numbing programming offered by channels like History and Discovery.

I call that era of my life “Scott B.C.” That’s “Scott Before Children” for those of you scoring at home.

On these networks were, and presumably still are, hours of “reality” television shows following the exploits of Bearing Sea fishermen, pawn brokers and people with horribly disgusting jobs. However, my curiosity piqued any time noodler’s were featured on these networks.

For me, noodling was something relatively new that only crazy people, and the dad of one of my old girlfriends did to shock me. OK, to be fair, I could have just left it at crazy people and covered the man in that last sentence.

If you’re unfamiliar, noodling is the practice of catching catfish by hand. The fisherman will reach into river or creek banks, under submerged rocks or in sunken logs feeling for a catfish and encouraging it to bite their hand. Once the fish is in hand, the fisherman will bring the fish to the surface thus catching the fish.

Sometimes this works. Sometimes it hasn’t. A few times a fisherman has stumbled upon a fish stronger than he is and the fish just holds the person under water.

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BIG WINNER — Tim Stollings poses with his High Point Award at the West Virginia Long Course State Championships. Submitted photo

Stollings wins at state swimming championship

 

Staff report

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. – Tim Stollings, of Prichard, is the 2015 boys 13-14 age group high point award winner and individual state champion coming out of the USA Swimming sanctioned West Virginia Long Course State Championship held July 17th through July 19th.

At the championship meet, Tim took 1st place in all 10 of his events, which included the 50 and 100 meter races in freestyle, and 100 and 200 meter races in each of backstroke, butterfly, and breaststroke, plus the 200 and 400 meter individual medley events in which swimmers swim all four strokes within different legs of the same race.

The two and one-half day meet drew swimmers from 13 teams. The long course format used for the meet requires a pool 50 meters in length, like those seen in the Olympics.

There are no pools of that length in West Virginia. As a result, as it has been for a number of years, the venue for the meet was the Christiansburg Aquatic Center, in Christiansburg, VA, home to the Virginia Tech swim team.

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Lucas speaker at C-K Sports Weekend Banquet

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

KENOVA — The eighteenth annual Ceredo-Kenova Sports Celebration will be this weekend, July 24 and 25.

The dinner will be Friday at the Kenova United Methodist Church. Dave Lucas will be the speaker. Lucas is a C-K and Marshall graduate and former coach at Coal Grove High School for 32 years.

Lucas was a part of the 1965 state championship team. He received all-state and All-American honors. He played football and track while at Marshall.

He began his coaching career at Fairland High School before taking over the helm at Coal Grove.

At Coal Grove he amassed a record of 249 wins and 111 losses. He won 20 conference titles and was named Coach of the Year 20 times.

Lucas has coached in the North-South football game three times, represented his region at the state level for 15 years, served on the National Football rules Advisory Committee, was president of the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association from 1985 to 1996 and was inducted into the Ohio High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 2003.

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The world may be better at fútbol, but football is
all American

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

Before reading this be warned — I’m an insensitive, jingoistic bigot. At least that’s what I’m lead to believe on social media.

Why you ask? Because I believe a flag is just a flag. I believe we have a mental health problem and not a gun problem in this country. I believe that no amount of plastic surgery, makeup, white dresses or self affirmation will make you a women when your chromosomes say you’re a man. Looking at you Bruce. Finally, I believe the United States, even with all her flaws, is still a pretty awesome place and should be the best and a beacon of hope in a dark world.

It’s with that final thought I must admit I have been following with delight the U.S. team’s run through International Federation of American Football World Championship.

The IFAF plays the world championship every four years. This year it’s being played in the birthplace of professional football Canton, Ohio.

What the American squad, made up of undrafted former college players, is doing is nothing short of ridiculous. I mean playing Madden football on the easy setting ridiculous.

In the opener, USA beat Mexico 30-6. Sounds like an impressive beating until you watched more games and say what the American’s did in the following rounds.

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Most Valuable Player

 

MVP – On July 9, 2015 Clay Robertson and his Huntington Thunder 2nd Grade team won the Nationals in Orlando. Clay was named the MVP of the tournament. Clay attends school at buffalo Elementary. Congratulations Clay! Submitted photo

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FIRST PITCH — Coal Sox starting pitcher Rob Jackson lets go of the first-ever pitch by a Coal Sox pitcher during the first game against the Tri-State Tomahawks. The Coal Sox won the game 1-0. WCN file photo by Chris Spencer.

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THE LEADER — Chuck Wentz crosses 152 during the final leg of the 4th Annual Kristen Stiltner Scholarship 5K Run/Walk in Wayne on Friday. Wentz was the first overall finisher with a time of 16:40. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

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ICYMI

Staff reports

The search for a head basketball coach at Tolsia High School continues.

Football coach and administrator Mike Smith’s name was brought before the Wayne County Board of Education for approval as the head coach under Superintendent Sandra Pertee’s recommendation. The interview committee obviously thought he was the best candidate after the county implemented a new rubric for selecting coaches to ensure fairness in the process.
Smith’s name is not listed under the personnel hires on the WCBOE website.

The only reason we can come up with is that Smith is currently the head football coach and an administrator at the school. Perhaps Smith too many irons in the fire for the BOE’s liking?

In our opinion, Smith was a no-brainer as the selection. He has won a championship on the hardwood. He would bring stability to a program that has had two consecutive one-and-done head coaches. The kids know and the community knows him.

Now it will be back to the drawing board.

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Body Issue gives me issues with my body

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

Photos for the new ESPN The Magazine Body Issue have been released.

Thanks ESPN. As if this rotund sports writer needs something else to feel horrible about.

Each year ESPN’s magazine publishes an issue which features athletes in the nude. You could call them tasteful nudes in that no private parts are visible, but it’s still naked athletes showing off their chiselled physiques for the masses.

Talk about giving a guy a complex.

If you’ve ever seen me out at an event, it’s no secret I don’t take care of myself. At 41, I really should start getting to the gym more often. But once upon a time I was fairly athletic.

Like millions of others, I played football in high school. I also was raised on a cattle farm where the daily and weekend work were more taxing than any weight lifting or cardio routine I ever encountered.

Also, my family relied on wood heat in the winter so I was also tasked with helping dad cut, split and stack wood. This job also required dad to cut down trees, often in a hollow on the farm, and my job was to hook the chain around the felled tree and then to the tractor. Dad pulled the tree up the hill to the ridge where the tree could dry before we cut it into wood in a few months. That left me walking or sometimes running up the hills to disconnect the chain from the log. Do that a dozen or so times and it all combines to a pretty physically fit young man.

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ICYMI

Staff report

Many people throughout the sports scene in West Virginia have began speculating the classification numbers and one Wayne County School is right in the thick of discussions.

The WVSSAC reevaluates student enrollment figures every four years and this is the last of this four-year cycle. The WVSSAC will look at fall enrollment figures to determine whether schools throughout the state will compete at the AAA (largest schools), AA or A (smallest schools) level.

Currently Spring Valley is Wayne County’s only AAA school. According to projections, they will remain AAA with an estimated 1,090 students. Wayne is currently AA and is projected to have with 759 students. If the WVSSAC uses the 778-student or more cut-off for the alignments of AAA/AA, then Wayne will be the third largest AA school in the state.

That leaves Tolsia and that is where the speculation begins. Tolsia was one of the smallest AA schools in the state at last student count. The Rebels are projected to have 417 students. The last cutoff was 429 students for the AA/A cutoff. If the projections hold true, Tolsia will become the third largest A school in the state.

If that happens, Tolsia will more than likely have to leave the Cardinal Conference leaving scheduling as a nightmare. The Wayne and Tolsia opening or ending regular season rivalry game will come to an end.

Do not know if anyone has paid attention the last few years, but there are not a whole lot of A schools in driving distance for Tolsia to schedule. Instead of Chapmanville, Sissonville, Herbert Hoover and Poca – new teams on the schedule will be surely new/old rival Tug Valley, Van, and Buffalo will be on the schedule. Man is expected to move back to AA or they would have been included on the list.

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

Legendary paint scheme coming back to the track

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let’s hear it for the big boys

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ICYMI

Staff report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Olivia Slone

Spring Valley soccer star Slone signs with Rio Grane

By TIM STEPHENS
HD Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

Local angler makes splash in fishing world

By CODY LYNCH
HD Media

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

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

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

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Zack Harvey

Harvey signs to play with RedStorm

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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South downs North in shootout

By GRANT TRAYLOR
HD Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

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