Vol. 140, No. 84 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

UNTOUCHED – Spring Valley running back Skylar Ratcliff rumbles through a big hole last Friday. The T’Wolves square off with rival Cabell Midland this week and because of the teams’ run focus, the game will likely be a power showcase. WCN photo by Wanda Willoughby

Pioneers to face winless Dots

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – The 0-7 Poca Dots come to Pioneer Field this week to face a Wayne Pioneer team that has built considerable momentum over the last few weeks.

Playing against a team with the reputation and ability of the Pioneers will be daunting enough for the Dots and teams coming to Pioneer Field haven’t fared well.

Wayne beat Herbert Hoover last Friday, 28-14, holding off a fourth quarter, 14-point surge by the Huskies for the 26th consecutive Pioneer win at home.

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GOING OUT IN STYLE – The Crum football field saw its last action Sunday when the Mountaineer Youth League took on Tug Valley. The Mounties finished the regular season and honored the field’s history with good showings and the Crum “C” Team finished with a perfect record. The field was built in 1955 and was honored by festivities and former players and cheerleaders that had worn the school’s colors. The 1965 state football champion Mounties were honored as well, along with Head Coach James Perry (below). The new school at Crum will be built on the old field. Photo from Crum Youth League Facebook page

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UP, BUT NOT OVER – Wayne’s Cody Stiltner goes high to avoid the tackle by Herbert Hoover’s Tyler Harper Friday night at Pioneer Field. Stiltner didn’t clear the tackle however, and later on a similar play was assessed a 15-yard penalty. Stiltner’s 92 yards led the Pioneer Homecoming victory, 28-14. WCN staff photo

Pioneer big plays down Huskies

By RON FERGUSON
Managing Editor

WAYNE – Three big plays and steady defense was enough for AA No. 3 Wayne to down Herbert Hoover Friday night at Pioneer Field, 28-14.

Kade Sebastian went 82 yards on the opening kickoff to give the Pioneers a 7-0 lead with only 13 seconds gone off the game clock, Cody Stiltner went 62 yards on a trap play late in the third quarter to set up another score and then caught a 37-yard pass from Nate Adkins on the second play of the fourth quarter to give Wayne an insurmountable 28-0 lead with 11:43 to go in the game.

But Herbert Hoover didn’t quit. Shaun Dotson, the Huskies’ top back, shattered the Wayne defense with a 52-yard score with 7:23 left, and quarterback Tyler Americo split the Pioneer defenders for a 39-yarder with 1:12 remaining.

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HARD NOSED – Tolsia running back Jennings Holland bounces through the Skyhawk line during the first half Friday night. Holland ran for 66 yards and a touchdown along with a receiving score. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Tolsia drops heartbreaker to Skyhawks

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – The Scott Skyhawks came from behind to ruin the Tolsia Rebels’ homecoming festivities, 20-19, Friday night at Wilts Salmons Athletic Field.

“Sometimes you have to learn how to win,” Rebel Coach Mike Smith said, “That’s what we have to work on now.”

Down 19-13, with a little over six minutes left in the game, Scott recovered a Tolsia fumble on the Rebel 16-yard line. Three plays later, the Skyhawks capped their comeback on a 14-yard pass from Brian Jeffrey to Hunter Bradley.

Tolsia’s Luke Presley fielded the following kickoff and returned it 52 yards to the Scott 33-yard line.

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COME ON – Fort Gay’s Devon Crum scoops up the football as the Wayne defender closes in during Thursday’s game. The muddy field contributed to a number of fumbles and bobbled snaps. In the end, the Vikings and Pioneers tied at eight. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Vikes and Wayne battle to tie

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – With the Wayne County Middle School Football Championship looming, the Fort Gay Vikings and the Wayne Middle Pioneers fought to a standstill Thursday evening on a muddy Wilts Salmons Athletic Field and finished with an 8-8 score

“After the way our season has gone, to come out and get a tie against Wayne is a victory,” Viking Coach Shawn Ross said, “I told them before the game is a victory because we’re trying rebuild to where we can compete and challenge top teams again.”

Muddy field conditions took away Wayne’s speed advantage and also made it tough to hold onto the ball. Wayne couldn’t find footing to get its running game going and a tenacious Viking defense didn’t help matters.

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FIGHT! FIGHT! – Spring Valley’s Cameron Lucas fights for extra yards last Friday. Lucas is one of the contributors to the T’Wolves four-game win streak. WCN photo by Wanda Willoughby

SV hosts Nitro for senior night

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

HUNTINGTON – The Spring Valley Timberwolves return from a successful four-game road trip to host the Nitro Wildcats this Friday for Senior Night at Wolves’ Den Stadium.

“We have been able to go on the road and get some wins.” T’Wolves Coach Brad Dingess said, “Anytime you can get conference wins on the road is good.”

Spring Valley has overcome obstacles and adversity during the four-game span since losing to South Charleston more than a month ago. Thanks to play from standout senior quarterback Tyler Brown and more than a few emerging players, the T’Wolves come into this week’s matchup with four-game win streak intact.

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PARDON ME, WHILE I RUN OFF – Tolsia’s Luke Presley has been one to watch this season. Presley played quarterback last Friday in the Rebels’ first win of the year. WCN file photo by Paula Perry

Rebels hope to improve their odds this week

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – The Tolsia Rebels are hoping that getting their first win of the season last week is a sign that things are starting to turn around.

“At this point in the season, to be 1-5, for us to battle like we did, I’m proud of my team,” Tolsia Coach Mike Smith said.

Tolsia will host Cardinal Conference rival Scott this Friday at Wilts Salmons Athletic Field as part of Homecoming festivities. Scott is coming off a 40-7 beating, thanks to the Wayne Pioneers, a loss that ruined the Skyhawks’ homecoming.

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Spring Valley, Wayne win weekend tourneys in Charleston

KEEP ON ROLLIING – The Spring Valley Lady Timberwolves volleyball team won the Sugar and Spikes Volleyball tournament in South Charleston Saturday. Left to right back row, Kara Cole, Mackenzie Darby, Ashton McClure, Claire ferguson, Allison McClure, Lakin Bailey, Madison Berry, Ashley Stewart, Front Row left to right: Sarah Kelly, Macey Porter, Kassidy Lemons, and Brooke Heck. Spring Valley improves to 32-0-1 on the season. Photo submitted

COMING IN FROM THE BOTTOM – The Wayne Lady Pioneer volleyball team won the 2014 Irish Invitational at Charleston Catholic Saturday. Twelve teams participated, with the top eight coming out of pool play to compete for the championship. Wayne was the eighth seed and had to play top seeded Wirt County. Wayne won in three sets. Wayne played No. 5 seed Herbert Hoover in the semi-finals and downed them in 2 sets. The Pioneers played No. 3 seed Buffalo Putnam for the championship and won in 3 sets (18-25, 25-16, 15-13). Photo submitted

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NO MAN’S LAND - With the nasty weather conditions and a muddy field the line of scrimmage was important real estate during Tolsia’s 7-6 win against Roane County Friday night. WCN photo by Paula Perry

Power, defense gives Rebels first win of season

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES ­– The Tolsia Rebels put together a complete game, getting it done on offense and defense, downing the Roane County Raiders, 7-6, in a rainy Friday night game at Wilts Salmons Athletic Field.

“I think that down the road this game is going to pay dividends for us,” Tolsia Coach Mike Smith said, “It was a struggle to move the ball, but after we settled down in the first quarter, I knew one point could win it for us.”

“Conditions were horrible for us and for them. But we’re building some momentum in the last half of the season.”

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COMIN’ AT YA – Logan Queen picks up a few of his 129 yards Friday night as he and his Pioneer teammates spoiled Scott’s Homecoming. Queen scored three touchdowns as Wayne rang up the 40-7 win. WCN staff photo

Queen, Ferguson shoot down Skyhawks, 40-7

By RON FERGUSON
Managing Editor

MADISON – Logan Queen ran for three touchdowns and Grant Ferguson passed for two more to lead the Wayne Pioneers to a 40-7 victory to spoil Scott’s homecoming game Friday night.

Queen ran over, around and through the Skyhawk defense for 129 yards and Ferguson passed for 188 and ran for a 38-yard score to pace the balanced Wayne attack. It was the senior quarterback’s first action since being injured September 12 in the Pioneer loss to Point Pleasant.

Queen had touchdowns of five, two and 33 yards while Tyler Adkins had two touchdown receptions of 55 and 53 yards.

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WORKING FOR YARDS – Fort Gay’s Devon Crum (26) has some space to run, but Valley Fayette defenders are hot on his heels during Thursday’s game. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Fort Gay’s late rally falls short

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – Almost.

The Fort Gay Middle Vikings almost came from behind Thursday night for a win at Wilts Salmons Athletic Field, but Valley Fayette held on for the 28-24 win.

With seconds left in the game and only two yards from the end zone, Fort Gay lineman-turned-fullback Kolten Dean received a direct snap only to be overwhelmed by the Hounds’ defense, ending the rally and sealing the outcome.

“This year has been so hard,” Viking Coach Shawn Ross said, “We’ve been in almost every game but seem to have lost every way possible. “We’re coming close, it can be easy to get down, but you can see the fight and the fire our kids have.

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BAND OF BROTHERS – University of Charleston linebacker Zach Wellman (left) takes his role as the older brother seriously. In high school or college football, the elder Wellman has made a path of experience and advice for his younger brother. West Virginia University fullback Elijah Wellman is getting his chance to fulfill a dream of playing for the Mountaineers. The younger brother credits Zach with helping him throughout his career.

Wellman brothers excel on college football gridiron

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

HUNTINGTON – Special players usually only come along once in a lifetime – or at least once in a great while. For the Spring Valley Timberwolves’ football team to have had two in a four-year span is remarkable. The fact that the pair are brothers just makes it all the more special.

The duo of Zach and Elijah Wellman provided nightmares for Mountain State Athletic Conference coaches for years before the pair finally graduated.

Zach set a number of records before his departure and Elijah came after to break them.

“If anyone was going to break my records, I’m glad it was Elijah that did it,” Zach said.
Elijah said the milestones were a source of conversation between him and his older sibling for quite some time.

“We talk about them and joke about it,” he said, “But I couldn’t have done it without Zach going before me to open up a path.”

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SHAKE AND BAKE – Tolsia’s Luke Presley steps out of a tackle during last Friday’s game. Despite the Rebels’ problems with moving the football, Presley has still put up good numbers this year. The junior will be one of the players looked to this week against Roane County as Tolsia tries to put one in the win column. WCN photo by Paula Perry

Tolsia plays Raiders at home

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – With an 0-5 record, the Tolsia Rebels will be playing for pride this week when they host the Roane County Raiders at Wilts Salmons Athletic Field.

The record isn’t what anyone connected with the Rebels expected. Many felt that after a great offseason Tolsia would finally have a shot at a playoff berth.

“What really hurts us,” Rebel Coach Mike Smith said after last week’s game, “Is that we don’t have a lot of senior leadership. “At the end of the game, we had zero seniors on the field. People just don’t realize how young this team is.”

The playoffs are a dim glimmer at the end of the season. It became dimmer after last Friday’s heartbreaker against Sissonville, 27-22.

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Spring Valley volley are new ‘Queens of the Hill’

KEEP ON ROLLIN’ – The Spring Valley Lady Wolves volleyball team continued to wrack up the wins and tournament trophies after last Saturday’s dominance in the George Washington Queen of the Hill Tournament. Spring Valley never lost a set as they cruised to the title. In pool play the Wolves downed Woodrow Wilson, 25-13, 25-7, and McKenzie Darby scored 12 points. Spring Valley downed Hurricane, 25-13, 25-11, and Sarah Kelly scored 10. The Lady Wolves beat Ripley, 25-15, 25-10, and Allison McClure finished with seven points. At the start of tournament play Spring Valley beat Roane County 25-8, 25-10 and Kassidy Lemons scored 21. In the championship match the Wolves beat perennial powerhouse Hedgesville 25-14, 25-11 and Macey Porter scored seven. The Lady Wolves are now 23-0-1 on the year. Photo submitted

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GO AWAY – Wayne’s Seth Napier stiff arms Morgantown’s Taylor Davis in the first quarter of the Pioneer 28-9 victory over the AAA No. 15 Mohigans Friday night at Pioneer Field. WCN staff photo

Hard runs, defense key for big Pioneer power win

By RON FERGUSON
Managing Editor

WAYNE – Strong, hard, determined running in the second half, along with two interception returns for touchdowns powered AA No. 9 Wayne past No. 15 AAA Morgantown Friday night at Pioneer Field, 28-9.

The Mohigans knew after the first two series the home-standing Pioneers would not be intimidated, not by their AAA classification, nor by the size of the visitors’ line.

And despite being down 9-6 at the half, the Pioneers used traditional Wayne football, hard runs and strong defense, to dominate the second two quarters and run away with the win.

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Spring Valley quarterback Tyler Brown had another record-breaking game, throwing for 344 yards on 13-of-18 passing and all six of the Wolves’ touchdowns. Brown led Spring Valley to a 42-13 romp of the Winfield Generals. Photo by Wanda Willoughby

Spring Valley air attack leads Timberwolves to victory

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

WINFIELD – Spring Valley broke out of its standard running attack, opting to go to the air in a 42-13 romp over the host Winfield Generals Friday night.

Spring Valley quarterback Tyler Brown had another record-breaking game, throwing for 344 yards on 13-of-18 passing and all six of the Wolves’ touchdowns. The impressive performance gave Brown the Spring Valley quarterback the fastest to 1,000 yards in a season ever (1,061), as well as the single season touchdown passing record of 14.

Brown hit touchdowns of 4, 42, 9, 45, 15 – and his longest of the night – an 81-yard bomb over the middle to Mason Bruebeck. Five different receivers, including Brubeck caught touchdown passes.

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SPLIT THE DIFFERENCE – Tolsia quarterback Seth McMillion doesn’t have long to decide whether he can get through the pair of Sissonville defenders Friday night. WCN photo by Paula Perry

Rebels run out of time against Sissonville Indians

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – Despite some late game heroics, the Tolsia Rebels fell to 0-5 on the season, losing to the Sissonville Indians, 27-22, Friday night at Wilts Salmons Athletic Field.

“I would have liked to have come out on top,” Tolsia Coach Mike Smith said, “But I think we played our guts out.”

Down 27-15 midway through the fourth quarter, the Rebels quickly went three and out and had to punt the ball away to a Sissonville offense that had moved the ball well against the Tolsia defense all evening. Bruebeck. Five different receivers, including Brubeck caught touchdown passes.

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GOT MY EYE ON YOU – Wayne Middle running back Nicholas Perry (4) has plenty of blocking but is well aware of the Cardinal defender making a bee line in an attempt to stop him Tuesday evening at Pioneer Field. Photo by Melissa Booton

Pioneers deal Cards loss, 46-30

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – The Martin County Middle School Cardinals came from more than an hour away in Kentucky only to be sent home by the Wayne Middle Pioneers with a 44-30 loss in a special Tuesday evening game at Pioneer Field.

A three-touchdown, 24-point first quarter was enough to fuel Wayne throughout the contest and proved to be too much for Martin County to overcome despite a late surge.

The Cards tried to be tricky as they opened with an onside kick but it backfired, giving Wayne good starting position on the Pioneer 42-yard line.

Nicholas Perry, Michael Bartram, and Devin Hall marched the Pioneers down the field to the 21-yard marker before Robert Pierce capped the opening drive with a scamper and following a successful conversion, Wayne was in the lead 8-0.

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KEEPING HIS FEET – Steven “Bub” Perry (30) kept his feet last Friday and helped the Wayne Pioneers with a 46-yard touchdown in the 42-29 victory against Mingo Central. The Pioneers face Class AAA Morgantown this week. WCN staff photo

Pioneers to host Class AAA Morgantown Mohigans

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – The Wayne Pioneers will host the second Class AAA team on their schedule this week when the Morgantown Mohigans come to Pioneer Field.

Wayne (3-1) rebounded from a week three loss to Point Pleasant in a big way last Friday with a 42-29 victory against Mingo Central.

The win marked the 24th straight victory at home for the Pioneers.

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THEY AREN’T GOING TO CATCH HIM – Wayne’s Logan Queen set the tone for the Pioneers early. Queen ran 43 yards on Wayne’s first play of the game Friday on the way to a 42-29 win against Mingo Central. WCN staff photo

Big plays power Pioneers past visting Miners

By RON FERGUSON
Managing Editor

WAYNE – Big plays by Nate Adkins, Logan Queen, Cody Stiltner and Mason Hodge powered the Wayne Pioneers past determined Mingo Central Friday night at Pioneer Stadium, 42-29.

But not to be overshadowed, Steven Perry picked up 46 hard-earned, hard-fought yards and a touchdown, often running over and through Miner defenders.

Queen burst up the middle for 43 yards for a touchdown on Wayne’s first play of the game, Adkins hit Hodge down the middle for another score sandwiched around Perry’s tally and Wayne had a 21-6 lead after the first 12 minutes.

Stiltner’s pick of a Stephen Hammond pass with 7:08 left in the game, gave the Pioneers some breathing room as the never-quit Miners had cut the lead to 28-21 and had momentum. A Stiltner theft in the first set up the Adkins touchdown pass.

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IT’S A STRUGGLE – Vinson running back Travis Adams fights off a Wayne defender in Thursday’s game. Adams finished with 43 yards in the contest. The Tigers couldn’t get going until the second half and as a result lost 40-16. Photo by Melissa Booton

Wayne offensive attack overwhelms Tigers

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – The Wayne Middle Pioneers overwhelmed the Vinson Tigers early on the way to a 40-16 Homecoming win to kick off Wayne County play Thursday evening at Pioneer Field.

It didn’t take long to set the game’s tone as Michael Bartram put the Pioneers on the board with a 53-yard run on the first play of the game. After a successful Robert Pierce conversion, Wayne was in the lead, 8-0.

Wayne quickly got the ball back after the Tigers were forced to punt. As quickly as the Pioneers scored on their first possession, they showed a more methodical approach on this series.

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IN A RUSH – Wayne’s Mason Hodge and his team will be looking to bounce back after a loss. WCN staff photo

Wayne faces unbeaten Mingo Central

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – In an odd reversal of fortunes, the AA No. 15 Wayne Pioneers will play host to the unbeaten No. 3 Mingo Central Miners in a Cardinal Conference matchup this Friday at Pioneer Field.

The perennial favorite Pioneers are coming off an open week after losing for the first time in the regular season since 2011, both times to Point Pleasant.

“Evaluating your team after a loss is easy,” Wayne Coach Tom Harmon said, “Judging after things don’t go quite right is easy and you usually have a lot of partners in doing so.”

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GET OFF ME – Spring Valley back Jacob Frye fights off a Ripley defender. The Timberwolves will continue the balance between healthy and injured this Friday against Princeton. WCN photo by Wanda Willoughby

Timberwolves set to tame Tigers

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

HUNTINGTON – The Spring Valley Timberwolves will continue their balancing act this week as they take on MSAC foe Princeton at Wolves Den Stadium.

Hanging on to beat the Ripley Vikings, 40-28, last Friday is an example of how the T’Wolves have had to hold their balance throughout the season.

Spring Valley began the year looking to find stability between veterans and untested underclassman. It worked and paid off for the T’Wolves in the form of a 2-0 start and a big win against rival Huntington High.

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CUT BACK – Luke Presley will be a key player in getting Tolsia back onto a winning path. WCN staff photo

Rebels go Panther hunting

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – To say that things haven’t gone the Tolsia Rebels’ way so far this season is an understatement.

By all accounts the Rebels are much approved compared to last season, but their record this year wouldn’t support that statement.

Tolsia has started 0-3 with losses to Wayne, Mingo Central, and Herbert Hoover and will be looking to stop the skid this Friday on the road against area rival Tug Valley.

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GOING STRONG – Perennial volleyball powerhouse Spring Valley won the Cabell Midland Volleyball Tournament Saturday. In 12 sets that afternoon, the Wolves lost only one. Pool Play: Spring Valley splits Winfield 25-14, 27-26, Sarah Kelly was leading scorer with 16. SV beats Woodrow Wilson, 25-19 and 25-13, Laiken Bailey scored 13. SV downs Parkersburg 25-18 and 25-15, Bailey and Macey Porter each scored six. In tournament play: SV beats Parkersburg 27-25 and 25-18, Kassidy Lemons scored seven. SV beats George Washington 25-14, 25-16. Porter seven points and Bailey with seven. Championship: SV downs Greenbrier East 26-24 and 25-16. Porter and Bailey each with seven. The Wolves improve to 14-0-1 on the year. Photo submitted

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WAIT FOR IT – Spring Valley’s Mason Brubeck lowers his shoulder in anticipation of a hit from the Ripley defender during Friday night’s game. The T’Wolves improved to 3-1 on the season after winning 40-28 at Wolves Den Stadium. Photo by Kerry Carter Photography

Wolves hang on, defeat Vikes

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – Three drives and the scoreboard may have had a different outcome for the Spring Valley Timberwolves Friday night.

No. 10 Spring Valley (3-1) could not put the visiting Ripley Vikings away. The Wolves allowed Ripley to stay in the game – relying on a banged up defense to stop three Vikings red zone drives from reaching the end zone.

Every time the game appeared to be in the Wolves’ hands, Ripley fought back. Spring Valley seemed to have the game under wraps with a 26-7 halftime lead and the Ripley offense only putting up an honest 143 yards of total offense at the intermission.g Valley (2-1) after dropping its first road game to South Charleston, 43-14.

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RETURN TO SENDER – The Tolsia Lady Rebel player bumps the ball Thursday evening as her teammate backs her up. Tolsia beat Poca, three sets to one. Photo submitted

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SNEAKY – Wayne Middle quarterback Gunner Harmon follows his line on a desparation sneak play to convert fourth and short Thursday evening. Harmon was successful. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Pioneers skin Bears with big second half surge

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – The Wayne Middle School Pioneers rebounded from a lackluster beginning to put up big second half numbers on the way to a 38-20 beating of the Huntington East Bears Thursday evening at Pioneer Field.

Down 14-8 at the beginning of the third quarter, Wayne scored on its first possession of the half on a three-play 65-yard drive highlighted by a Nicholas Perry scamper that went 56 yards and was capped by a two-yard dive into the endzone by Michael Bartram to knot the game at 14. Following a successful conversion, the Pioneers owned their first lead of the game, 16-14.

“We really didn’t say much to the kids at halftime,” Wayne Coach Justin Brooks said, “We told them what they were doing wrong and what they needed to do to correct it. Valley (2-1) after dropping its first road game to South Charleston, 43-14.

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BREAKING UP – The Spring Valley and South Charleston players get mixed up during a pass play last Friday. The Valley will be looking to rebound from its loss to the Black Eagles as Ripley travels to Wolves Den Stadium. WCN photo by Wanda Willoughby

Spring Valley looks to rebound against Ripley

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

HUNTINGTON – The Spring Valley Timberwolves will host the Ripley Vikings this Friday in a Mountain State Athletic Conference matchup.

When a team plays arguably one of the toughest schedules in the state, adversity is sure to be a constant companion.

Adversity in the form of injuries to a T’Wolves team already relying on underclassmen in several key positions proved too much for Spring Valley (2-1) after dropping its first road game to South Charleston, 43-14.

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SQUARE ONE – Tucker Watts (6) runs back a return during Friday’s game.The Wayne Pioneers might have been beaten last Friday, but the loss will serve to make the team better and stronger. WCN staff photo

Wayne to regroup after loss

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – It’s the nature of sports that a team can’t win all the time.

The Wayne Pioneers made a good, LONG run to prove this thought wrong, but after falling to the Point Pleasant Big Blacks, 38-14, last Friday, the loss shows that all good things come to an end.

Of course it isn’t the first time Wayne has lost and in all probability, it won’t be the last. But for top football programs like the Pioneers, losses are few and far between.

The Pioneers lost in Wheeling at the end of last season, dropping the Class AA football championship to Bridgeport, 14-13.

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DOWN BOY! – Wayne’s Cody Stiltner stiffarms a Sissonville defender Friday night. Stiltner rushed for 244 yards in the game. The Pioneers will face stiff competition this week as they face off with familiar foe Point Pleasant. WCN staff photo

Big Blacks lay big hit on Pioneers

By RON FERGUSON
Managing Editor

POINT PLEASANT –The Point Pleasant Big Blacks, behind the running of Cody Mitchell, laid a big whupping on the visiting Wayne Pioneers Friday night at Ohio Valley Stadium, 38-14.

Mitchell led an offensive onslaught that rang up 348 yards and completely dominated Wayne on both sides of the ball to hand the Pioneers their worst loss in years. Mitchell, a 5-11 215-pound junior, had 164 yards and three touchdowns as the Big Blacks wore down the 2-0 Pioneers in the second half to earn the lop-sided victory.

Wayne’s offense could muster only 141 offensive yards, led by Mason Hodge’s 78 on 20 carries.

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DOES ANYONE HEAR FOOTSTEPS? – Spring Valley quarterback Tyler Brown gets off a hurried throw during Friday’s game at South Charleston. The Black Eagles speed coupled with key personnel losses due to injury contributed to the 43-14 loss. Photo by Kerry Carter Photography

Black Eagles hand Wolves first loss of season

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

SOUTH CHARLESTON – The Black Eagles racked up 378 total yards to defeat the visiting No. 6 Spring Valley Timberwolves 43-14 Friday night at No. 3 South Charleston.

Kennedy Award candidate Kentre Grier led South Charleston (3-0) accounting for three scores on the ground and two through the air. Grier rushed for 131 yards on 15 attempts and added 14-of-20 through the air for 133 yards to help SC total 378 total yards on the night.

Spring Valley’s (2-1) defense kept the game close up to halftime holding the Black Eagles to 174 yards going into the locker room. When the Black Eagles stepped onto the field to start the third, Grier reeled off a 50-yard touchdown run to cap off a fast four play drive that only took 1:07 off the clock.

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DOWN BOY! – Wayne’s Cody Stiltner stiffarms a Sissonville defender Friday night. Stiltner rushed for 244 yards in the game. The Pioneers will face stiff competition this week as they face off with familiar foe Point Pleasant. WCN staff photo

Wayne, Pt. Pleasant renew rivalry

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – It’s been a long time coming.

After a three-year hiatus, the AA No. 1 Wayne Pioneers will travel north to face familiar foe, (now) AAA No. 8 Point Pleasant, to renew their football series.

The last time the teams met was in the Class AA championship at Wheeling Island Stadium. Underdog Wayne had lost in the regular season to the Big Blacks, 16-14, but avenged the loss with a 34-7 win for the state title.

Since that time, Point Pleasant moved up to AAA and have had a pair of successful seasons.

“We are looking forward to playing Wayne again,” Big Black Coach David Darst said, “We’ve always had a good, friendly rivalry with Wayne.

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FIGHTING FOR IT – Spring Valley quarterback Tyler Brown fights forward for extra yardage last Friday. Brown will be a focal point during this Friday’s matchup. WCN photo by Wanda Willoughby

Wolves take show on the road against South Charleston

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

HUNTINGTON – Spring Valley takes its show on the road Friday for a Mountain State Athletic Conference showdown against the AAA No. 3 South Charleston Black Eagles.

Things were a little different last year when the two programs met.

The Valley was coming off a 40-6 beating by Huntington and met South Charleston in game where a win was needed to right the Timberwolves’ season.

Spring Valley took a 22-15 lead into the locker room, but a second half surge by the Black Eagles reversed fortunes and South Charleston emerged with a 43-30 win.

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UNTOUCHED – Spring Valley running back Skylar Ratcliff rumbles through a big hole last Friday. The T’Wolves square off with rival Cabell Midland this week and because of the teams’ run focus, the game will likely be a power showcase. WCN photo by Wanda Willoughby

Wolves face Knights in rivalry game

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

HUNTINGTON – The rivalry between the Spring Valley Timberwolves and the Cabell Midland Knights will renew this Friday at Knights’ Field in a Mountain State Athletic Conference game that could determine how the playoffs will go.

Fresh off a 58-20 Senior Night blowout of Nitro, the T’Wolves have built up considerable speed as they head into the closing games of the season.

“That was a good win for us.” Spring Valley Coach Brad Dingess said, “It was great for our seniors to win that game and it was great for our young kids to get some Friday night experience.”

The series has featured numerous close games with Midland staying on top the last few seasons.

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Rebels head into Tigers’ den Friday night

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – The Tolsia Rebels look to salvage what’s left of their season this Friday as they go on the road to face the Chapmanville Regional High School Tigers.

After taking a 19-0 lead in the first half, Tolsia dropped a heartbreaking 20-19 loss to the Scott Skyhawks last Friday at Wilts Salmons Athletic Field.

Although the game amounted to a must-win situation for the Rebels to have a slim chance at the postseason, it still showed the team is going in the right direction after a dismal 0-5 start to the season.

“All we can do at this point is just go back to work Monday and get ready for Chapmanville,” Tolsia Coach Mike Smith said after last week’s game, “We’re still going to try to get three more wins.”

Starting in the previous week’s 7-6 win against Roane County, Tolsia has shown signs of a new philosophy, both offensively and defensively.

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LET GO O’ ME – Spring Valley quarterback Tyler Brown struggles to free himself from Nitro safety Tyler Davis Friday night at the Wolves Den. Brown had three touchdowns and threw for two more as he led the 7-1 Timberwolves to a 58-20 Senior Night win. Photo by Kerry Carter.

Brown shines on Senior Night

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – Spring Valley senior quarterback Tyler Brown accounted for five touchdowns in the Wolves’ 58-20 Senior Night win against the visiting Nitro Wildcats Friday night at the Wolves Den.

Brown rushed for three touchdowns (8, 15, 52) and threw for two scores (34, 13) in the win. With 52 yards to go to break 1,000 rushing yards on the season – Brown looked to pass. The pocket collapsed and Brown avoided the flow, tucking the ball the 53 needed yards for the touchdown – etching his name into the record books.

“You have to account for him on the field at all times,” Spring Valley head Coach Brad Dingess said of his senior signal caller. “He has to be considered one of the top players in the state. He is a true leader.”

Brown finished the game with seven carries for 162 yards and was 5-of-9 passing for 123 yards.

Number 8 Spring Valley (7-1) took advantage of several Nitro (1-6) miscues, racking up 339 yards of the teams’ 431 total yards of offense. After Brown scored on an 8-yard run, Eddie Mathis recovered a fumble on Nitro’s first play from scrimmage. On the very next play, Brown hit Mason Brubeck with a 34-yard scoring pass to put the Wolves up 14-0.

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ONE OF THE GREATS – Coach Joy Bailey was recognized for her long years of service and success as a coach. This year will be Bailey’s last as she is retiring after this season. WCN file photo

Kenova honors Spring Valley volleyball coach

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

KENOVA – Spring Valley High School volleyball has become a dominant program in the state of West Virginia over the past 15 years.

To get to the point the Timberwolves have risen to has taken hard work from not only the players, but the coaches as well. One coach in particular has devoted two decades of her time getting not only the Spring Valley program going – but volleyball in all of Wayne County during her 21 years of coaching.
Spring Valley head coach Joy Bailey is retiring from coaching after this season.

Bailey has coached at Buffalo Middle School, Buffalo high School and for the past 12 years at Spring Valley. During her time she has won nine sectional titles, five regional titles, two state championships and more than 800 wins throughout her career, according to Kenova Mayor Ric Griffith.

To honor her career and service, the city passed a resolution during Thursday night’s regular meeting declaring October 28, “Joy Bailey Day” in the city of Kenova. The date is the last regular season home game for the head coach.

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GUESS WHO’S BACK? – After missing two games because of injury, Wayne quarterback Grant Ferguson returned last week and looked like he hadn’t missed a step. Hoover will have to worry about Ferguson and the Pioneer backfield. WCN staff photo

Pioneers host upstart Herbert Hoover

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – The Wayne Pioneers will look to continue its momentum this week when they host the upstart Herbert Hoover Huskies at Pioneer Field.

In the three games since their 38-14 loss to Point Pleasant, the Pioneers have regained their footing.

Wayne has outscored opponents 110-45 in the three-game span, largely due to reliance on a power running game.

In last Friday’s 40-7 win against Scott, things opened up a little more. Starting senior quarterback Grant Ferguson returned to the lineup after missing two games due to injury and the signal caller didn’t look like he missed a beat.

“Being able to go on the road and get a win against Scott after the emotional win against Morgantown showed a lot of maturity for our team,” Wayne Coach Tom Harmon said.

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Different week, different look for Timberwolves

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

QUINCY – The AAA No. 7 Spring Valley Timberwolves took to the ground for 420 rushing yards to pull off a 36-20 win over host Riverside Friday night in Quincy.

The rushing attack was a far cry from the six passing touchdowns quarterback Tyler brown put up against Winfield last week. With rainy conditions and the Warrior defense keying the pass – Brown went to the ground for 172 yards on 15 carries and two touchdown runs.

Instead Brown was a meager 1-of-8 passing for 20 yards against Riverside’s “Radar” defense. Instead, the Wolves (6-1) went to backs Skylar Ratcliff and Jakob Frye to eat up yardage and clock. Ratcliff racked up 124 yards on 17 carries and Frye totaled 71 yards on 16 carries.

The Wolves had to use the run to control the tempo of the game and pound the Warriors (0-7) defense into finally relenting control of the game.

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SET ME UP BEFORE YOU GO – Spring Valley High School’s Kara Cole (2) prepares to set the ball against Huntington High School on Thursday at Spring Valley High School. HD MEDIA photo by Larry Butcher

Lady Wolves quickly beat Huntington in straight sets

 

By TIM STEPHENS
HD MEDIA

SPRING VALLEY -- The best way to avoid extra practice is to show you don’t need it.

That’s what Spring Valley High School assistant volleyball coach Kali Enix challenged her players with Thursday. The Timberwolves responded by following a lackluster 25-20 first set with more dominating 25-13 and 25-6 sets in a 3-0 victory over Huntington High at the Wolves Den.

“Kali made us a bet,” Spring Valley player Sarah Kelly said. “If we won the way we’re supposed to win, she said we’d have a shorter practice tomorrow.”

The motivational strategy worked.

The Timberwolves used a 6-0 run early in the second set to take control. Kelly scored the first two points of the streak before Kassidy Lemons softly dropped a ball over the net to make it 5-2. Lakin Bailey then scored on a spike before Macey Porter aced three consecutive shots.

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CAN’T CATCH ME – Spring Valley freshman back Owen Porter is off to the races during last week’s game with Cabell Midland. Porter is one of the young Wolves that has played a hand in the unbeaten streak. WCN photo by Wanda Willoughby

Spring Valley frosh remain undefeated

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – Spring Valley’s freshman football team remained undefeated with 18-12 win over Huntington Thursday night, improving to 5-0 on the year.

The Wolves were limited to just 170 yards total offense on the night. However, the defense kept Huntington to 119 total yards and forced two crucial turnovers.

The Wolves scored the only touchdown in the opening half on a 14-play 86-yard drive finished off with a 32-yard scoring strike from Derek Johnson to Owen Porter on a 4th and four from the Highlander 32-yard line.

Huntington began the second half by dominating the action for the first six-plus minutes by scoring two touchdowns to take a 12-6 lead with 3:25 remaining in the quarter.

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AROUND THE END – Wayne’s Mason Hodge has a lot of room last Friday against Morgantown. Hodge may not be available this week due to an injury. The offense and defense will have to pick up the slack left by the absence of the All-State player this Friday. WCN Staff Photo

Wayne and Scott in Cardinal Showdown

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – And.... it’s back.

That wave of momentum the Wayne Pioneers have ridden for the last few years hit a bit of a lull after the week three loss to Point Pleasant, but after a hard fought win against Mingo Central two weeks ago capped by a dominating performance against Class AAA Morgantown last Friday, the No. 7 Pioneers appear to have regained their impetus.

“In the past we’ve been known to kind of hurt ourselves,” Wayne Coach Tom Harmon said after the game, “But as the year progresses we’ve learned from those mistakes in an effort to improve and get better.

“At times people get down on the kids when things go wrong, but when they come back out to practice on Monday, if they have any character about them, you see who your coaches are, who your players are, and who your real fans are.”

It will be needed as Wayne travels this week to face the Scott Skyhawks in Madison.

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ALL DAY – Spring Valley quarterback Tyler Brown breaks out against Princeton two weeks ago. The T’Wolves’ signal caller has picked up his game on the ground and through the air and Riverside will have its hands full with him. WCN file photo by Wanda Willoughby

Surging Wolves face winless Riverside

 

BY JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

HUNTINGTON – The surging Spring Valley Timberwolves put their three-game winning streak on the line this Friday when they face Riverside in Belle.
After losing to South Charleston, 43-14, in week three, Spring Valley has been a team on fire.

Despite key injuries and some banged up players, the Valley has been able to put together an impressive streak, led by senior quarterback Tyler Brown.

Most recently was last week’s game against Winfield. The T’Wolves (5-1) won handily, 42-13.

“We were able to pick up a road win which is huge in the MSAC.” Spring Valley Coach Brad Dingess said,

“Regardless of records it’s hard to go on the road and win.”

Over the course of the last few weeks, Brown has transitioned from being a good player to being one of the all-time greats in school history.

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CHALLENGE – Tolsia’s Makinna Prince (3) rises above the net to challenge the Tug Valley player during Thursday’s game. Prince was one of the Lady Rebels instrumental in in the win. Tolsia downed the Panthers in three straight sets, 25-17, 25-16, and 25-22 at Rebel Arena. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Magic number is 3 for Lady Rebels

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – The Tolsia Lady Rebel volleyball team took three straight sets, 25-17, 25-16, and 25-22 on the way to beating the Tug Valley Panthers at Rebel Arena Thursday evening.

The Rebels cruised to victories in the first two sets, but Tug Valley found focus as momentum built in its favor at the start of the third.

When sophomore Paeton Marcum took the serve for the Panthers, the score was knotted at one. But thanks to Marcum’s hard, flat serves, Tug Valley quickly grew the lead to 9-1.

A kill by Makinna Prince ended the scoring run and regained the serve for Tolsia, but miscues by the Rebels quickly returned the ball to the Panther side of the net.

Emily Colegrove went to the line for Tug Valley and added to the lead. When her serve finally went into the net, the Panthers owned a comfortable 13-3 lead.
Samantha Nelson went to the line for Tolsia and slowly, her serve started the Rebels on a comeback.

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Wonders’ attack sinks Fort Gay Vikings

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – The Ceredo-Kenova Wonders found themselves up 16-0 before running a single offensive play.

It was just that kind of game Thursday night for the host Wonders as they rumbled to a 56-6 win over the visiting Fort Gay Vikings at Spring Valley High School.

C-K accumulated 269 yards of total offense – but still scored 56 points.
“Wonder” how they did it?

Special teams and defense put C-K on the board first. Tyson Hall took the opening kick-off 70 yards for the first C-K score. Then on Fort Gay’s opening drive, Ethan Lucas picked up a bad snap and ran it in 16 yards to give C-K a 16-0 lead.

The first quarter miscues continued for the Vikings on the next kick-off. C-K recovered a fumbled catch on the 37-yard line. Grayson Malashevich made it count two plays later rumbling in from 28 yards out for the score and a 24-0 lead. The Wonders tricked the Vikings with a well-executed fake jet-sweep misdirection.

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ALL BY MYSELF – Spring Valley’s Austin Stambaugh is all alone as the pass makes it way to his outstretched arms. WCN photo by Wanda Willoughby

Wolves look to keep rolling against Winfield

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

HUNTINGTON – The Spring Valley Timberwolves look to keep their two-game winning streak alive when they go on the road to face the Winfield Generals.

Spring Valley (4-1) is coming off a big 47-21 win over Princeton last Friday, but the last time the T’Wolves went on the road resulted in a 43-14 loss to South Charleston.

“We have to figure out how to play well on the road,” Spring Valley Coach Brad Dingess said, “I don’t think we played great in our scrimmages and the one game we lost this year was on the road.”

Last week’s game was a big win for Valley’s homecoming, but it was monumental as well, due to quarterback Tyler Brown setting a few records in the game.

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Must win scenario for Rebels, Indians

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – The Tolsia Rebels return to Wilts Salmons Athletic Field this week with a Cardinal Conference football matchup against the Sissonville Indians.

The Rebels and Indians have not performed up to pre-season expectations and both will be hoping to correct their respective slides.

By all accounts, this year’s Sissonville team was supposed to be vastly improved after being eliminated in the second round of the playoffs last season by the Wayne Pioneers.

“We’re trying to improve daily,” Indian Coach Eddie Smolder said, “Right now that’s our number one goal. Tolsia’s like us. They have played a tough schedule and when you play in the Cardinal Conference you face stiff competition every week.”

After winning the season opener against Chapmanville, 42-14, the Indians faced off with the Pioneers in week two.

It was a hard fought game, but Wayne hung on to beat the Indians, 20-14.

The loss was the start of a three-game skid for Sissonville.

The Indians are coming off an open week after being beaten, 21-7 by the Scott Skyhawks.

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Wayne County teams ranked in polls

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – Another week, another win as the Spring Valley Timberwolves football team remained a Top 10 AAA squad in two of the state’s top polls.

The Timberwolves’ 47-21 homecoming win against visiting Princeton was good enough to move up one spot in the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission AAA rankings to No. 8 in the state from a No. 9-tied ranking last week.

The Wolves remained at the No. 7 spot in the WV MetroNews Power Rankings. This week the Wolves will hit the road to face the Winfield Generals (1-4) and begin a two-game road stretch with a matchup against Riverside (0-5) the next week.

The Wolves return home to face the Nitro Wildcats (1-3) for Senior Night before hitting the road to face Mountain State Athletic Conference foes No. 1 Cabell Midland (5-0) and No. 17 Hurricane (3-2) to finish the season.

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RECORD BREAKER – Tyler Brown set a few records on the way to leading Spring Valley to a 47-21 win. Photo by Kerry Carter Photography

Brown’s record night leads Wolves

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – The No. 9 Spring Valley Timberwolves defeated Princeton 47-21 for a Friday night homecoming win, but it was quarterback Tyler Brown’s record-setting performance that stole the show.

Brown completed an 8-yard pass early in the second quarter to pass Cam Roam as the school’s all-time leading passer. He then completed the drive with a 20-yard touchdown run to pass West Virginia University fullback Elijah Wellman as the school’s all-time leading scorer – and the most touchdowns.

Brown, who came to Spring Valley (4-1) in the 10th grade from Tennessee, has been the starter ever since. He said it feels great to become part of Spring Valley history.

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Rebels clawed by Panthers in triple OT

STAFF REPORT

NAUGATUCK – The Tug Valley Panthers hung on to beat the Tolsia Rebels for on the second time in school history Friday night with a triple-overtime 32-26 win.

After the Rebels’ drive faltered in the third overtime period, Tug Valley had one more chance to either seal the win or the game would end in a draw.

A fumble by quarterback Tyler Conley on first and 20 bobbled around in the backfield with Tolsia defenders and Panthers scrambling for the ball before Tug Valley finally fell on it for a 10-yard loss.

After getting no where on the next play, the Panthers went to a play that had worked to perfection almost the entire night on the aggressive Rebel defense, the jailbreak screen.

Conley threw the ball over the heads of the hard charging Tolsia defensive linemen’s heads to find Jeremy Dillon open in the flat. Dillon ran 20 yards into the end zone for the score.

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Freshman T’Wolves roll to home victory

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – The Spring Valley freshman football team improved to 3-0 with an easy 51-6 win against the visiting Hurricane Redskins Thursday night.

Spring Valley’s offense was clicking on all cylinders, scoring in the air and on the ground.

Quarterback Derek Johnson connected with h-back Owen Porter in the first quarter to get the Wolves scoring going. Johnson hit Porter with a short pass on the squads’ first drive to open the game. Johnson ran in the two-point conversion to give Spring Valley an 8-0 lead.

On Spring Valley’s next possession Porter and Johnson hooked up for two long-yardage passes to set up another touchdown pass for the dynamic duo.

This time the two connected for a 7-yard score. Damien McBride took in the conversion giving the hosts an early 16-0 lead.

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County teams in latest polls

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

Most coaches will tell you that the polls don’t really mean anything. But only a few will say that polls are a way to measure teams and know when to motivate the players.

Spring Valley and Wayne stay in the polls for West Virginia in Class AAA and AA respectively.

In the WVSSAC rankings, Wayne is an unusual 15th spot a almost two weeks after losing to Class AAA Point Pleasant.
In the MetroNews power rankings, the Pioneers(2-1) have stayed in the number three position for two weeks straight and they also occupy third in the Charleston Dailey Mail’s poll.

Wayne will try to improve their record and positioning this Friday as it faces Cardinal Conference foe No. 4 Mingo Central.

The Miners only top the Pioneeers in the WVSSAC rankings, where they are third.

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No comeback this time for Rebels

Staff Report

FALLING ROCK – It didn’t happen this time.

For the last two seasons, the Tolsia Rebels were able to mount comeback wins against Cardinal Conference foe Herbert Hoover, but Friday night’s game changed the trend as the Huskies won, 33-6.

The Rebels fell behind quickly.

After a series of short yardage gains, Hoover quarterback Tyler Americo found Triston Hager for a 30-yard strike, putting the Huskies on the Tolsia 20-yard line.

Americo called his own number on the next play and scampered in for the first score of the game.

Tolsia linebacker Tyler Stroud blocked the point after kick to make the score, 6-0.

The Rebels (0-3) were able to mount a seven-play drive highlighted by a 20-yard run by Luke Presley and a 17-yard rush by Logan Presley before a holding penalty caused things to stall at the Hoover 40.

After a short punt return put the Huskies on the Rebel 44, Hoover was able to put together another drive that looked like it may fall short at the goal line.

The Orange Crush defense stiffened up and repelled three straight short yardage attempts at the endzone.

Fullback Colton Thomas fell forward on third and goal but was inches away from breaking the endzone’s plane. But rather than forcing a last ditch fourth down attempt, a measurement by the officials found that it was enough to give Hoover another set of downs.

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Shawn Thompson

New coach at helm for Runnin’ Rebs

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – After a lot of controversy and speculation, the Tolsia Rebels’ boys basketball team finally got a coach this week when the Wayne County Board of Education announced Shawn Thompson would be taking the position.

Thompson will be taking the reins of a team going through a rebuilding phase. Last season’s 1-24 finish and early exit from the Section Tournament is something that the Rebels aren’t used to.
The new coach understands this and hopes to right the team.

”I played basketball across the river at Lawrence County,” Thompson said, “We know about Tolsia and the tradition they have here.”

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to now be part of it.”

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Freshman Wolves defeat Tomcats

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – Quarterback Derek Johnson exploded for 249 first-half yards Thursday night to lead the Spring Valley freshman football team’s 46-22 win against the visiting Ashland Tomcats.

Johnson threw for 157 yards and rushed for 92 – throwing for three touchdowns while rushing for two. Johnson broke a 75-yard keeper for one of his rushing scores.

Josh Pennington (2) and Owen Porter (1) were on the receiving end of Johnson’s touchdown throws. Pennington also ran back a 68-yard punt return for a score.
Running back Damien McBride got into the scoring with a 14-yard touchdown run

The Wolves return to action next week against the Hurricane Redskins at the Wolves Den.

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RUNNING AROUND – Tolsia quarterback Seth McMillion has had a rough couple of games as a starter. After the open week, can he right the Rebels’ offensive attack in this Friday’s contest with Herbert Hoover? Tolsia has beaten Hoover twice in the last two years. WCN staff photo

Tolsia faces off with Herbert Hoover

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – The Tolsia Rebels come back from an open week this Friday to travel to Herbert Hoover in a Cardinal Conference match-up.

For the last two years, Tolsia has beaten the Huskies in exciting come-from-behind victories.

In seasons past, the wins have provided the Rebels with a spark that brought them from winless records to flirtation with the postseason.

This year, Tolsia finds itself in much the same predicament.

The Rebels have gotten off to an 0-2 start with losses at home against Wayne and on the road against Mingo Central.

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Pioneers, Wolves fall in football rankings

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

WAYNE – Two Wayne County schools fell in this week’s West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission ratings, as well as the West Virginia MetroNews power rankings.

The AAA Spring Valley Timberwolves fell from No. 6 to No. 10 in the WVSSAC ratings and to No. 7 in the MetroNews poll after suffering a hefty 43-14 loss last Friday. The Wolves face Ripley at home this Friday.

Friday’s matchup with the visiting Vikings kicks off a five-game stretch against Ripley, Princeton, Riverside, Winfield and Nitro. Those five teams have a combined record of 3-11 including two teams (Riverside and Winfield) who have yet to pick up a win.

The Wayne Pioneers took a punishing 38-14 defeat against AAA No. 6 Point Pleasant on the road last week to drop from No. 1 to No. 3 in the MetroNews poll and fell all the way to No. 15 in the WVSSAC ratings.

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Tigers win; Wonders beat Huntington E.

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – The Vinson Tigers football squad defeated Barboursville Thursday night 24-20 at Si Dean Field in a junior varsity/varsity game.

Vinson’s Trigger Johnson threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Travis Adams with 2:49 left in the game. Adams then took the jet sweep into the endzone for the two-point conversion, giving the Tigers the 24-20 win.

Barboursville took a 14-8 lead into the locker room at halftime – but Kaiden Garret took the ball 47-yards on Vinson’s first play from scrimmage in the second half before stepping out on the three-yard line. Garret then took the hand-off in for the score and ran the two-point conversion to give the Tigers a 16-14 lead.

Barboursville battled back on the next drive as quarterback Drew Elkins hit Chase McFeely with an 11-yard touchdown pass that gave the Pirates their last lead of the evening at 20-16.

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Tigers down Vikings in opener

Staff Report

HUNTINGTON – The Vinson Middle School girls’ volleyball team downed Fort Gay, 2-1, Wednesday evening in a close home opening win.

The Tigers came out fast in the opening set taking an early 6-3 lead, but the Vikings were able to scratch back into the game, tying the set at 8-8 and 10-10 before Vinson widened the gap.

The Tigers took the first set, 25-14.The Vikings jumped out to a 10-4 lead on the strength of well-placed serves and aggressive play during volleys at the net.
But miscues by Fort Gay enabled Vinson to gain impetus and the

Tigers gradually fought back, but were still behind 21-15.

Vinson won a long exchange at the net to make the score 21-16 and it appeared to spark the Tigers.Vinson was able to fight back, making the score 24-21.

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RUMBLING AND STUMBLING – Wayne’s Mason Hodge has amassed impressive numbers on the ground so far this season. Point Pleasant will have to find a way to deal with the bruising running back if it wants to compete with the Pioneers this Friday. WCN staff photo

Despite miscues, Wayne Big Three came through

 

By RON FERGUSON
Managing Editor

Even though Wayne’s Big Three turned the ball over four times Friday night, Grant Ferguson, Mason Hodge and Cody Stiltner made enough big plays in crucial situations to give the Pioneers a hard-fought 20-14 win at Sissonville’s Joe Sawyer Stadium.

“This game was won by people who played Wayne football in years past,” Coach Tom Harmon said after the game. “Some of their spirit showed up in some of our current players – not all of our current players…those guys who played for and expected to win.”

Despite having a subpar night offensively, Ferguson’s pass defense proved a thorn in the Indians’ side.

Ferguson was only 4-10 for 56 yards. He also had an interception on the third play of the game. One pass was a screen to Hodge that went for 22 yards and a touchdown early in the second quarter. In the first period he completed a lateral to Stiltner for a 77-yard score.

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Big win moves Valley up in poll

 

BY MICAHEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – The Spring Valley Timberwolves’ double-overtime win against Huntington High last Friday forced voters to take notice this week.

The Timberwolves moved up from No. 10 last week to No. 6 in the WV MetroNews AAA Power Rankings. The Wolves also moved up to No. 6 from No. 9 in the Charleston Daily Mail Poll.

Spring Valley plays South Charleston this Friday in another big matchup of undefeated Mountain State Athletic Conference foes. The Black Eagles will come into Friday’s game ranked No. 3 in both polls.

The Cabell Midland Knights moved to No. 5 in the Daily Mail rankings and No. 8 in the MetroNews poll. The Wolves will face Midland later this season.

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HARD TO TACKLE – Wayne’s Mason Hodge steps out of the defender’s grasp on the way to a big first down in the first half of a game at Sissonville Friday night. WCN staff photo

Pioneers fight off Indian ambush

 

By RON FERGUSON
Managing Editor

SISSONVILLE –Wayne turned the ball over four times Friday night, three in the first half, but made key plays when it counted to escape a hot, muggy Joe Sawyer Stadium with a hard-fought 20-14 win over a fired up Sissonville team desperate to avenge its only two losses last year.

The No. 1 Pioneers at times were dominant, at other times dominated, by the No. 5 Indians.

But late in the fourth quarter, with the game on the line, different Pioneers stepped into the breach to help the visitors hang on for the win.

“Like I told our kids after the game,” Pioneer Coach Tom Harmon said, “This game was won by people who played Wayne football in years past. Some of their spirit showed up in some of our current players - not all of our current players… those guys who played for and expected to win.”

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Miners bury Rebels with big first half

 

Staff Report

DELBARTON – For the last two years, the games between the Tolsia Rebels and Mingo Central Miners have been close.

Friday night at James H. (Buck) Harless Stadium in Delbarton, the Miners weren’t going to trust to drama as they out scored Tolsia 32-8 in the first half on the way to a 48-8 win.

Mingo Central’s nine-play 60-yard second drive was capped by Chance Lester following fullback Joe Hunt into the endzone for a six-yard touchdown.

The Rebels couldn’t answer.

As was the case for most of the night, Tolsia’s offense couldn’t gain any momentum and punted the ball back on its next drive.

The Miners again rode the legs of Lester, Chase Justice, and Hunt down the field 55 yards before Hunt punched it in and following the point after kick the score was 14-0.

Tolsia appeared to be in the process of mounting a drive as the first quarter wound down before the Mingo Central defense forced a fumble.

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Bears’ early lead ruins Tiger opener

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – Score early and score often was the motto for Huntington East Middle School’s football team in the middle school season opener.

A pair of first quarter scoring punt returns and a rushing touchdown by the Bears put the visiting Vinson Tigers in an early 20-0 first-quarter deficit that the visiting squad could not overcome during the eventual 39-6 loss at Bob Sang Stadium Thursday night.

The Bears jumped out to the early lead with a 32-yard punt return from Tyree Harden, then followed up on Vinson’s next offensive possession with another score on a 36-yard punt return from Chianti Longfellow.

Vinson then fumbled the ball on a bad snap that set up a five-yard touchdown run from Bears quarterback Michael Duddy. Harden added the two-point conversion for the 20-0 lead with 1:55 left in the first quarter.

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WATCH OUT – Grant Ferguson will look to continue his hot play this Friday at Sissonville. WCN staff photo

Pioneers and Indians to fight Friday in Cardinal Conference skirmish

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – Pioneers and Indians facing off has been a familiar sight since the days of the frontier. It continues into the present day when Wayne goes on the road to visit Cardinal Conference foe Sissonville this Friday.

The last few times these teams have met on the gridiron have been memorable contests particularly when the Pioneers and Indians met in the playoff quarterfinals last year at Pioneer Field in what many dubbed the “Mud Bowl.”

Wayne handily buried Sissonville in an offensive and defensive landslide with a final 48-7 score.

“Sissonville has known defeat only from us for a year now,” Pioneer Coach Tom Harmon said, “I’m sure they’re excited and ready for us.

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