Vol. 141, No. 68 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015

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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TEACHER AND COACH — Coach Phil Davis, is pictured teaching young players at a camp at Chesapeake High School in 2011. HD Media file photo

Long-time Buffalo coach Phil Davis dies

Staff report

WAYNE — Former Buffalo High School and Chesapeake High School coach Phil Davis died Friday at his home in Lavalette after a long battle with cancer.

Davis, 69, coached and taught at Buffalo High School for 20 years. He coached football, wrestling and track before becoming a teacher and coach of the same sports at Chesapeake High School until his retirement in 2011.

In all, Davis spent 43 years as a coach and educator. Former students and athletes shared their thoughts and sympathies on social media.

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CHAMPIONS — The AAU West Virginia Thunder 7th grade girls team, featuring Wayne Middle Star Bailee Adkins, poses with their national title trophy in Cincinnati. Submitted photo

Thunder wins national title

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — It was a three-peat for the AAU Thunder 7th grade girls basketball team in Cincinnati last weekend. In fact, the only time this team has finished worse than first was in 2012 when they finished 2nd.

Helping to lead the Thunder is Wayne Middle School star Bailee Adkins. Adins netted 17 points in the championship game for the Thunder.

“We have a good program,” coach Shannon Lewis said. “The Thunder program is 20 years old and it’s the premier team in the state.”

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HOISTING THE HARDWARE — Wayne Middle’s Bailee Adkins holds the championship trophy. Submitted photo

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The members of the USA Stars are 1st ROW: Makayla Fraley, Harlie Vannatter, Tanner King and Faith Spry; 2nd ROW: Zoey Dunlap, Lindsey Phares, Gracie Donato, Cait Mathis, Giorgi Morrone and Tori Kelley

U14 softball squad sweeps U16 in Firecracker Frenzy tourney

Staff report

The USA Stars, a 14U girls fast pitch softball team from the area, swept the 16U division of the Firecracker Frenzy ASA Tournament held this past weekend in South Charleston.

The Stars were undefeated (3-0) in pool play on Friday and Saturday, earning the number two seed in the bracketed tournament held on Sunday. The Stars won the 16U division, beating the No. 7 seed (9-0), the No. 3 seed (2-1) and it took an extra inning to beat the No. 1 seed (5-3) for the championship. The USA Stars were the only 14U team playing in the 16U division.

Gracie Donato was the winning pitcher in the quarterfinal game and Harlie Vannatter was the winning pitcher in the semi-final and championship game. Tanner King caught all three games.

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CHAMPS — The Vinson 10/11 All Stars celebrate winning the District 1 championship on Wednesday. Submitted photo

Vinson softballers win district

By MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

WESTMORELAND – The Westmoreland community has something more than independence to celebrate this weekend.

Vinson, playing the age 10-11 softball championship game at home, defeated Mason County, 17-4 Wednesday night. Vinson gains entry in the state tournament beginning July 11 in Nitro.

The Lady Tigers won the game in four innings. Vinson took an early 2-1 first-inning lead and never looked back.

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CELEBRATION — Zac Watts is mobbed by his Wonders teammates at home plater after hitting a home run in the sixth inning against Vinson. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Wonders drop Tigers
in Little League tourney

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports editor

HUNTINGTON — Clutch fielding and a home run helped propel C-K 11-12 Wonders past Vinson 5-1 in the opening round of the District 1 Little League Tournament at Vinson. C-K struck early with a run in the first inning.

The Wonders scored again in the fourth and fifth innings with Zac Watts adding the capper with a home run in the sixth inning.

Vinson’s only run came in the fourth inning. C-K/Vinson was just one of the games in the 11-12 baseball tournament which began Wednesday.

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

Wayne Central All-Stars qualify
for state tourney

Staff Report

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

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

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

Timberwolf basketball camp underway at Spring Valley

BY CODY LYNCH
HD MEDIA

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

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

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

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

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

Teams test skills on the field

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

South wins a damp all-star game

Staff Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Football gets back in swing at Marshall football camp

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports editor

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

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

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

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

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South savors softball sweep

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

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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

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

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

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

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

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

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

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

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Jackson leads five Timberwolves on All-State team

 

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

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

Making Special Honorable mention was Haleigh Christopher and Haley Caldwell.

Jade Spurlock and Taylor Scott were named Honorable Mention.

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

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

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Zack Harvey

Harvey earns first-team All-MSAC honors

 

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

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

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

Jonah Wellman was named all-conference honorable mention.

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

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Wayne softball players earn all-state honors

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

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

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

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

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

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

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

Perry hit .254 with a .317 slugging percentage.

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

Allie Maynard received honorable mention honors.

Maynard hit .338 and tallied 15 RBI.

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I’m not wired to be a sports dad

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports editor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ICYMI

WCN Staff

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

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

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

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

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

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Lady Pioneers lead county with all conference nods

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports editor

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

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

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

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

Tolsia’s Kaitlyn Browning also made second team.

Wayne’s Shelby Fields was named honorable mention.

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Valley softball places two on MSAC first team

 

By MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Region IV exerts dominance in softball

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

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

Her senior teammates agreed.

A future in prognosticating could be in their futures.

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

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

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

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

Chicago Cubs fans, you may ask?

Well, yes, but not in this instance.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Win helps Kilgore put to rest 2014 false start

 

BY DAVID WALSH
HD Media

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

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

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

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

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Spring Valley’s Kilgore true class act

 

By MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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