Vol. 141, No. 35 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Weekend, May 2 & 3, 2015

SENIOR SISTERS

SENIORS — Wayne softball seniors, from right, Emily Thompson, Kasey Endicott, Jessie Ferrell, Jacey Parsons, Shelby Fields, Brooke Smith and Savannah Perry are aiming for their third state title in four years. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Strong ties bind Wayne’s senior softballers

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — Seven seniors sit in the dugout after an afternoon softball practice noticeably unsure of the reporter standing in front of them asking questions.

A few generic questions were asked and a few answers were quietly given.
Finally, the reporter was taken to task.

‘We’re very good talkers,” Jesse Ferrell said.

“Yeah. Ask us more in depth questions,” Kasey Endicott added.

After some thought, the reporter asks: “Who has the grossest superstition? Like who doesn’t wash their socks when the team is on a winning streak?”

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NO NO — Zack Harvey delivers during his no-hitter against Parkersburg on Friday. Photo courtesy Kerry Carter

Timberwolves on the prowl

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SPRING VALLEY - Zack Harvey pitched a no-hitter and struck out 11 to lead Spring Valley to a 2-0 victory over Parkersburg Friday in high school baseball.

Tyler Robertson and Austin Stambaugh drove in runs for the Timberwolves (14-9). Daniel Brandon was 2-for-3.

Spring Valley plays host to Huntington High at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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KILGORE SIGNS — Spring Valley standout Jacob Kilgore signs a letter of intent to play at Marshall University. Photo courtesy Wanda Willoughby

Spring Valley’s Kilgore to play with The Herd

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HUNTINGTON — Spring Valley High School basketball standout Jacob Kilgore isn’t going to have to change his wardrobe all that much for college.

Neither will his family.

Kilgore, who grew up as a Marshall University men’s basketball fan and has a lot of kelly green apparel, signed a letter of commitment Wednesday to run with the Thundering Herd and head coach Dan D’Antoni as a non-scholarship player beginning in the fall.

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EXCUSE ME — Wayne’s Josh Mitts slides past the Point Pleasant third baseman during the Pioneers win over the Black Knights. Photo courtesy of Through Melissa’s Lens.

Thompson leads Pioneers past Point Pleasant

Staff report

WAYNE – Isaiah Thompson drove in the go-ahead run to give Wayne Pioneers Varsity the lead in the sixth inning, as Wayne hung on to beat Point Pleasant 5-4 on Monday.

Luke Cassidy singled to get on base in the sixth. He then went from first to second on a stolen base. Finally, Cassidy stole home.

Jacob Cassidy racked up two RBIs on two hits for Wayne Pioneers Varsity. He doubled in the second inning and singled in the sixth inning.

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Followay’s blast leads Lady Pioneers past Chapmanville

Staff report

The Lady Pioneers ended a short two-game slide Tuesday night at home with a win over Chapmanville Regional High School.

The game was a continued game from last Monday.

Olivia Followay went 1-2 and hit a home run sparking the Pioneers to a 7-4 win. Three players who started the game last Monday weren’t in the lineup for Tuesday’s continuation because of injuries.

Emily Thompson had a double last week but was unable to play Tuesday. Chapmanville’s Shian Meeks hit a grand slam in the first inning, but that inning was played last week. The rest of the game the Tigers were unable to muster any offense.

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Bison running in track & field

GAME FACE — Buffalo Middle School runner Kyler Dean launches from the starting position for the leading leg of the 4x200m relay. Submitted photo

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SIGNING — Kassidy Lemons, second from left, signs her letter of intent to play volleyball surrounded by family at Spring Valley High School on Wednesday. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Lemons signs to play volleyball at Marshall

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

HUNTINGTON — The decision was easy for Kassidy Lemons.

“I always wanted to stay home. I’ve been a home body my whole life,” Lemons said. “I couldn’t go on to college and not play volleyball so I get the best of both worlds playing volleyball and I get to stay home.”

Lemons signed a letter of commitment on Wednesday to play volleyball for Marshall University. Playing at Marshall is a reflection of hard work and determination exhibited by Lemons throughout her career.

Lemons was a two-time Mountain State Athletic Conference Player of the Year (2013 and 2014) while also making Class AAA all-state first team in both seasons.

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BEATING OUT THE THROW — Wayne’s Jaycee Parsons beats out the throw to Tolsia’s Maddie Evans for a single. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Lady Pioneers honor seniors

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — As the postseason approaches, the Lady Pioneers are enjoying a late-season home stand.

On Wednesday, the Pioneers honored its seniors and then rolled to victory over county rival Tolsia in a 14-0 win in two and a half innings.

Jacey Parsons went 2-2 with an RBI in the win. Tara Watts had a triple and an RBI. Tolsia’s Destinee Maynard tallied the Rebels only hit of the evening in the second inning. On Thursday, Ali Maynard knocked in three runs as the Pioneers beat Scott 3-2.

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SENIOR HONORS — Wayne’s Brooke Smith hands a flower bouquet to Tolsia’s Carrie Lahoda before the start of Wednesday’s softball game at Wayne. It was senior night at Wayne and the Pioneers honored Tolsia’s seniors with flowers before the game. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Rivals show respect in classy gesture

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Commentary

Sports writers get a bad rap sometimes. It seems we only report when things are going really well or when things are going really bad for teams and players.

Personally, I’ve never subscribed to this brand of journalism. I reckon to just call it the way you see it. Keep it fair and everything else will fall into place.

But we sports writing types tend to lean toward the sensational.

Unfortunately, sometimes sensationalism is also tied to the hip with unsportsmanlike conduct.

Whether it be Bryce Harper blowing kisses to the pitcher after hitting a home run; Richard Sherman yelling at the camera and proclaiming himself to be the best; or the many, many times NASCAR drivers have gotten into fights in the pits after a race — being a good sport doesn’t usually doesn’t make the headlines.

But at least in one tiny corner of the world, by God, it’s going to make a headline. Granted it’s a small bi-weekly paper, but it’s a headline nonetheless.

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LET IT RIP – Spring Valley pitcher Daniel Brandon threw five innings to pick up the 8-1 win against visiting Lincoln County Thursday night. WCN photo by Michael Hupp

Timely hitting propels Wolves past Panthers

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SPRING VALLEY — Spring Valley put the bat on the ball when it counted most. ... with runners in scoring position.

The Timberwolves scored five times in the third inning and went on to defeat Lincoln County, 8-1, in a Thursday night baseball game and bounced back from a home loss to Nitro just 24 hours earlier.

“We came together as a team,” Timberwolves right fielder Casey Kelly said. “We struck the ball last night, but right at them. We came out swinging again tonight, hit the ball solid and they fell.”

Kelly had two hits and drove in two runs in the third inning. The right fielder also showed off a strong arm in the fifth inning when he fired a strike to third base that nailed Jake Reynolds who was trying to go from first base on a single by Blake Stump.

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DELIVERY — Emily Thompson delivers a pitch during the sixth inning against Poca on Tuesday at Wayne. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Pioneers get past Dots, 3-1

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — Jacey Parsons is back and feeling better.

Parsons, who injured her shoulder a few weeks ago, went 3-3 from the plate as Wayne beat Poca 3-1 at home Tuesday evening.

“It feels good,” Parsons said of her shoulder. “There’s no pain. I was swinging about 75 percent. Just a little hit.”Parsons slapped singles in the first, third, and fifth innings. Wayne jumped to an early 1-0 lead after the first inning. The Pioneers put up another two runs in the sixth inning.

Pioneers piled on two more runs in the bottom of the sixth. Emily Thompson’s double got things going, scoring Savannah Perry. That was followed up by Olivia Followay’s single, bringing home Thompson.

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PLAY AT THE PLATE – It’s a close play but thankfully the umpire has a good position to make the call at the new little league field in Fort Gay on Saturday. Submitted photo

Field of Dreams: Cal Ripken League underway in Fort Gay

By JASON PERRY
For Wayne County News

FORT GAY – Saturday’s warm, sunny weather saw Fort Gay Principal Donita Webb’s ceremonial first pitch to youth league catcher Jeremy Vanhoose open the Tolsia community’s first Little League in recent memory.

“Back when I played, we played as part of Buffalo’s League,” league volunteer Michael Ekers said, “But I really can’t remember the last time there was a league here.

“When we started here, there was nothing. There was a backstop and we tilled the field. We also brought in truckloads of sand. It was a just a flat field.

“It’s a work in progress, but if you had come down here two weeks ago and saw what it looked like to now, you’d be amazed.”

After approval to use the old Fort Gay Elementary’s field came a few months ago, the League Chairman Robbie Conn and his volunteers had very little time to get things cleaned up and ready for opening day.

Add in typical rainy April weather and it looked like things may not be ready in time. But the volunteers worked to ensure the field and facilities would be ready.

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SHADES OF PETE ROSE – Wayne’s Kodie Bowen slides into third base as the Pioneers take on Huntington during the Jack Cook Wooden Bat Tournament on Friday at Cook-Holbrook Field in Huntington. H-D Media photo by Sholten Singer

Pioneers fall to Highlanders

By TIM STEPHENS
H-D Media

HUNTINGTON — The way Huntington High is hitting, it probably could have used plastic Wiffle Ball bats and still won Friday.

The Highlanders (9-6) won the opener of the Jack Cook Wood Bat Tournament, defeating Wayne 12-2 in a mercy rule-shortened contest at Cook-Holbrook Field.

“It’s nice to see us hit the ball the way we are,” HHS coach Danny Harbert said. “I hope we keep doing it. It’s hard to make out the lineup because everyone is hitting the ball so well.”

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NEW LOOK – Students unveil the newly named Larry E. Smith Family Court during an open house event for the C-K Alumni Gymnasium on Friday. H-D Media photo by Sholten Singer

Rehabbed Wonderdome brings back a flood of memories

By Michael Hupp
Staff Writer

“Wonders never cease.”

Those words will forever be ingrained into my memory. I am still kicking my parents for not bringing me to the charming brick building sooner. I came my senior year and can not help but feel like I was cheated out of a lifetime of memories.

Progress has taken the original building on Beech Street away, but the memories remain. I hear the stories of old times quite frequently – as if I was there. Some memories I do remember being a part of. My favorite was the first basketball game I ever attended at the Wonderdome my senior year.

Here was this miniature dome that sat quietly most days beside the school, but that night the noise seemed deafening from even Oak Street. I remember walking up to the building and seeing the glow of the panoramic windows that ran just below the start of the buildings smooth hat. I remember hearing the sounds of the pep band. I remember walking up those steps past the ticket window.

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FIRST PITCH – Phil Selby of Kenova throws out the first pitch of the 2015 season Saturday afternoon. Selby, known as the C-K Superfan has volunteered as a coach for several seasons in the league. Photo courtesy Shala Caldwel

C-K, Vinson Little Leagues open 2015 season

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

WAYNE COUNTY — Nearly 500 boys and girls began the 2015 Little League season in Northern Wayne County Saturday afternoon.

Both communities of Ceredo-Kenova and Vinson welcomed in the season with opening day ceremonies. League One got things started with the ceremonial introduction of teams. This year’s Vinson Little League boasts 21 different teams ranging from t-ball to major league.

The league honored Project Westmoreland co-coordinator and Westmoreland resident Luke Huffman with the first pitch. Huffman is the co-founder of the community service group Project Westmoreland with fellow Westmoreland resident Robbie Rash. The group conducts several community improvement projects from coat drives to community cleanup. Huffman, who helps coach, also has a daughter playing softball in the league.

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DONATE STUFF AND FIX THE FIELD – Members of the Vinson Middle School baseball team pose for Sunday’s “Stuff the Truck” event. The team collected donated items to stuff a Goodwill truck full with as many items as possible. Goodwill gave the team $550 for their efforts. The last stuff the truck event gained a little more than $1,000 to go towards the renovations.

Vinson Middle stuffs the truck for baseball renovation

By MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON — The Vinson Middle School baseball team has come a long way.

Less than three years ago, middle school baseball was just a long-shot for Wayne County middle schools. After lengthy debate, the Wayne County Board of Education approved baseball and softball programs for the middle schools in late 2013. Vinson Middle quickly put together teams. Only one problem stood in the squads’ way. Where would they play?

The last time the baseball field and the former Vinson High School had been used was by the Spring Valley baseball team in 1999 as the high school field was being constructed. The field sat in disrepair for many years.

Both squads played a full season schedule on the road for their inaugural seasons and continue to do so for the 2015 campaign, but thanks to several fund raisers and $10,000 from the BOE, the old field is literally turning into a field of dreams.

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AHEAD OF THE THROW — A Sissonville baserunner gets to third base ahead of the throw to Wayne’s third baseman Allie Maynard. Sissonville beat the Pioneers 9-4 Friday night in Wayne. WCN Photo by Scott Parsons

Wayne falls to Sissonville

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE —The Wayne Pioneers fell to Sissonville 9-4 Friday night.

Sissonville, behind the pitching of Pitt commit Alexee Haynes, held the Pioneers to just five hits and striking out seven. She was also a double short of hitting for the cycle at the plate.

Wayne’s Kasey Endicott hit a three-run shot in the fifth inning to bring the Pioneers within four, but it was the only surge Wayne could muster. Endicott’s homer was her fourth of the season.

Wayne was playing without starters Olivia Followay (illness) and Jacey Parsons (shoulder). Sissonville’s top three batters combined to go 7-10 with 9 RBI and 6 runs.

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Spurlock signs with KCU

Spring Valley’s Jade Spurlock signed a letter of intent to play softball at Kentucky Christian University surrounded by friends, family and coaches at Spring Valley High School on Thursday. Submitted photo

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PLAYER OF THE YEAR — Spring Valley’s Jacob Kilgore was named the W.Va. State Player of the Year in boys basketball, as voted on by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association. Photo courtesy Kerry Carter Photography.

Kilgore named player of year

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON — At the beginning of the Jacob Kilgore’s senior year, he had several goals to meet on the hardwood.

First team All-State - check. Mountain State Athletic Conference Player of the Year - check. Dunk in a game - check. Average more than 20 points per game - check. Become the all-time leading scorer in Spring Valley history - check. Win a state championship...Kilgore and the Spring Valley Timberwolves came up a little short on that goal, but this past week he did manage to receive another accolade that may take the sting of not reaching all his goals.

Kilgore was named the W.Va. State Player of the Year in boys basketball, as voted on by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.

Kilgore averaged 23.5 points and 10 rebounds per game for the Timberwolves, despite facing defenses that were geared toward stopping he and teammate Greg Herbert for much of the season.

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ON THE RUN – Mason Hodge runs the ball against Mingo Central last fall at Wayne High School. Hodge and Wayne teammate Grant Ferguson will play in the North-South Football Classic June 20 at Laidley Field in Charleston. WCN file photo

Hodge looking forward to facing state’s best

By SCOTT PARSONS
Staff Writer

WAYNE — Mason Hodge has put in a lot of time wearing a Wayne Pioneers football helmet.

According to Wayne Coach Tom Harmon, Hodge has played in about 55 football games since his freshman year.

Hodge will get to play one more in that helmet as he and teammate Grant Ferguson suit up one last tome together for the North-South Football Classic June 20 at Laidley Field in Charleston.

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DYNAMIC DUO — Wayne’s Grant Ferguson (left) and Mason Hodge will both be playing for the South Cardinals in the North-South Football Classic June 20 at Laidley Field in Charleston. WCN file photo

Pair of Pioneers named to South Football Classic roster

By SCOTT PARSONS
& MICHAEL HUPP
staff writers

WAYNE – A pair of Wayne Pioneers will take snaps on the high school gridiron one more time.

Quarterback Grant Ferguson and fullback/linebacker Mason Hodge were named to participate in the North-South Football Classic June 20 at Laidley Field in Charleston.

Ferguson leaves Wayne as the school’s all-time passing leader and he’s thrilled to be a part of the North-South Football game.

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NEVER GIVE UP — Wayne’s Brad Sharp recovers the ball and was able to get the put out on Herbert Hoover’s Zach Callen during Tuesday’s win in Wayne. WCN Photo by Scott Parsons

Pioneers down Huskies in extras

By SCOTT PARSONS
Staff Writer

WAYNE — ZZ Top once sang that every girl was crazy about a sharp dressed man.

On a cold Tuesday night at George Brumfield Ball Park in Wayne, the Pioneers were crazy about another sharp man — Brad Sharp that is.

Sharp smacked a walk-off double scoring Cayden Ross in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Wayne a 10-9 win over Cardinal Conference foes Herbert Hoover.

It was a wild comeback for the Pioneers who were behind 6-2 at one point in the game.

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CELEBRATION —Wayne’s Kodie Bowen trots back to the dugout with his teammates after celebrating his two-run home run. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

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SENIOR LEADER — Kodie Bowen is the only senior playing for the Pioneers this season. Photo courtesy Kerry Carter Photography.

Youth drives Pioneers in 2015

By SCOTT PARSONS
Staff Writer

WAYNE — There’s a culture of winning in Wayne High School baseball, and this year should be no exception.

The Pioneers come into the 2015 campaign young and hungry for success. You could say Wayne is looking to do more with sophomores.

The Pioneers hope to utilize their youth to make a push to Charleston for the state championships.

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BRINGING IT — In addition to pitching, Spring Valley’s Daniel Brandon will be an intimidating presence at the plate for the Timberwolves. Photo courtesy Kerry Carter Photography.

Timberwolves baseball leaning on senior leadership

By SCOTT PARSONS
Staff Writer

WAYNE — Spring Valley will be counting on senior leadership in its 2015 baseball campaign.

“We have four or five seniors and most of them are going to be in the field most of the time,” Spring Valley coach Jim Hensley said. “The Seniors are going to have to be the leaders on here.”

Timberwolf seniors include Zach Harvey, Greg Herbert, Aaron Ham, Tyler Robertson and Dana Maynard. The Timberwolves also have a bunch of sophomores who will add depth. Casey Kelley is the only junior for Spring Valley and is a returning starter. Sophomore Austin Stambaugh is also back.

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THE DELIVERY — Tolsia’s Trey Smith throws from the mound against Wayne. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Rebels laying foundation for the future of Tolsia baseball

By SCOTT PARSONS
Staff Writer

GLENHAYES — The Tolsia Rebels 2015 baseball campaign is about laying a foundation for the future of baseball at the school.

When it was mentioned to head coach Ryan Prince he and his players were laying the foundation for the future, he said he should have T-shirts made with that very idea printed on them.

“They like to focus on football, because there’s not a lot of incentive to play baseball. We don’t have a field or anything like that, but we’re getting there,” Prince said. The second-year head coach knows the unique challenges facing the Rebels when every game on the schedule is a road game.

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HONORED — Sarah Kelly, playing defense against Huntington High in the first round of the state tournament last week, was named first team All-MSAC. Photo courtesy Kerry Carter Photography.

SV places four on All-MSAC

By MICHAEL HUPP
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – Spring Valley’s girls basketball team placed four outgoing seniors on the All-Mountain State Athletic Conference team this past week.

Sarah Kelly made the first team after finishing her career as a 1,000-point scorer. Kelly nearly averaged a double-double for the entire season.

Kassidy Lemons landed on the second team. She was known throughout her career as one of the top three-point specialists in the state – in several games all her points came from behind the arc.

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GRIT AND DETERMINATION — Cumberland University’s Scott Stewart locks up with Gabi Musallam from Missouri Valley College in the finals of the NAIA Wrestling Championships. Photo courtesy Cumberland University Sports Information Department

Stewart earns honor as wrestler at Cumberland University

By SCOTT PARSONS
Staff Writer

In the wrestling room at Cumberland University a billboard on one wall features the names of every NAIA All-American who has ever wrestled for the Bulldogs.

When Spring Valley graduate Scott Stewart walked into the wrestling room he looked at the wall and determined to have his name on that billboard before his wrestling days were done at the university.

He didn’t hope. He didn’t wish. He made up his mind to make it happen. “That was the plan,” Stewart said. Mission accomplished.

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Ceredo-Kenova Middle hosts Special Olympics

CKMS hosted this year’s Special Olympics Championship Division Basketball. Teams from Buffalo, Crum, Wayne, and CK competed in three different divisions. Buffalo won the championship titles in both Divisions 1 and 2, while Wayne won Division 3. The first place winners were awarded gold medals. In addition to basketball games, students were able to participate in various activities offered throughout the school including crafts, movies, and games. Photo courtesy of Lindsey Ellis

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MAKING WAKE — Tim Stollings swims the 100 butterfly leg of the 400 IM at Kentucky Y-State Championships. Photo courtesy Amanda Christian, C&C Photography

Prichard swimmer making a big splash at YMCA Championships

By SCOTT PARSONS
Staff Writer

A Prichard teen is making waves in the pool. No pun intended.

Tim Stollings was the high-point award winner for the boys 13-14 age division at the Kentucky YMCA State Swimming Championships earlier this month.

The 14-year-old Stollings has been swimming competitively for quite a while.
“I just started my fourth year of competitive swimming,” Stollings said. “I plan to swim a lot longer.” Due to the number of swimmers competing at the Swimming Championships, each swimmer was limited to just four events.


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Buffalo Middle grapplers excel at Junior State Championships

HITTING THE MATS — Above: Clayton Stewart works on an opponent during the W.Va. Junior State Championships. Below: an official keeps a close eye on Devin Doss in his sixth place match in the W.Va. Junior State Championships. Submitted photos.

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GETTING PHYSICAL IN THE CAPITOL CITY — Spring Valley’s Karlee Alderman battles Huntington High’s Alexia Sheffield (13) and Ericka Budd (34) for the ball.

Familiar foe ends Lady Wolves’ state tournament run

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

CHARLESTON – No. 4 Huntington overcame a nine-point fourth quarter deficit, finishing the game with a 23-3 run, to overcome the No. 5 Spring Valley Timberwolves, 67-56, in the quarterfinals of the West Virginia Girls Basketball State Tournament at the Charleston Civic Center Thursday afternoon.

Huntington High (23-3) went on a 23-3 run over the final 6:54 of the game to earn the win.
Huntington High trailed 53-44 following a layup by Spring Valley’s Sarah Kelly with 7:19 left, but Huntington High’s Jordyn Dawson took control of the game, scoring six straight points and getting a steal that led to a Lexi Sheffield layup that gave the Highlanders the lead with 4:49 remaining.

It was the last time Spring Valley (17-9) would hit a shot from that point as Huntington surged to the win with key rebounds and defensive stops to thwart the Lady Wolves’ tourney run.

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SWARMED — Wayne’s Grant Ferguson is covered closely by two Poca defenders. Ferguson was Wayne’s leading scorer with 12 points in the Pioneers 81-29 loss in the regional co-championship game in Poca. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Pioneers fall hard to Poca
in regional

By SCOTT PARSONS
Staff Writer

POCA — After a surprising upset over Chapmanville and a tight game against Mingo Central, the Wayne Pioneers ran into buzz saw Wednesday night in Poca.

The Dots, undefeated and No. 1 in the state, jumped on the Pioneers early and never let up as they cruised to an 81-29 win in the Regional co-championship game.

“They’re just a quality team,” Wayne Coach Sam Cochenour said of the Dots. “We knew that coming in. We knew we had to play our best game and they had to play a weaker game, and that’s what showed.”

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Winter Special Olympics for Wayne County took place Wednesday at Wayne High School and Middle School. The Middle School Championships were at C-K Middle on Thursday. Special Olympics for the high school and elementary will be Tuesday at Tolsia High School.

 

Misc

TAKING THE SHOT — Wayne Middle School’s Carson Boothe hits his putt during the Silo Middle School Golf Tournament. Photo courtesy Matt Wilson

Seeds for expanded junior golf planted in tournament

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports editor

LAVALETTE — The Silo Middle School Golf Tournament took place on Thursday at Silo Golf Course.

If golf pro at Silo, Scott Rousey, gets his way this will be the start of many years of junior golf at Silo.

“Bruce Hollis did a really good job of putting this league together,” Rousey said. “We give them the opportunity to play. There’s no charge for them to come out and play and practice.”

It’s all a part of growing the sport of golf in Wayne County and surrounding communities.

“It’s a learning initiative,” Rousey said. “Some kids can play from the red tees. Some are only able to play from 150 yards in. But what I tell everyone is golf is a sport they can play for the rest of their lives.”

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COLLEGE BOUND — Spring Valley’s Dana Maynard will sign a letter of intent to play collegiate soccer at Oglethorm University in Atlanta. A signing ceremony will take place at Spring Valley High School on Tuesday. Photo courtesy A. Dane’e Maynard.

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Wolves fall to Highlanders in MSAC tourney

 

By GRANT TRAYLOR
HD Media

HURRICANE — In the last few innings of Huntington High’s softball game Tuesday against Spring Valley in the Mountain State Athletic Conference tournament semifinals, the Highlanders were their own worst enemy.

Huntington High had four consecutive promising innings end with double plays — some unlucky, some self-inflicted — while also making three fielding errors that helped keep Spring Valley in striking range.

Just as it appeared the ‘Wolves smelled blood, the Highlanders found a way to crawl to safety.

Huntington High escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the top of the seventh inning to win, 7-6, in front of a chilly, but raucous crowd at Hurricane.

“Against a team like Spring Valley, we’re lucky to get out with a win,” Huntington High coach Darren Woody said. “Alli (Spring Valley coach Alli Hatfield) has a great team over there and they just kept picking away and picking away and picking away.”

Hurricane won its semifinal game against Parkersburg, 8-0. The Redskins and Highlanders meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday for the conference championship. Spring Valley plays Parkersburg at 5 p.m. in the consolation matchup.

The Highlanders are in the MSAC championship for the first time since since 2008 — the last time the team took home a Class AAA championship.

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Wolves hold off Cabell Midland

By TIM STEPHENS
HD Media

SPRING VALLEY – A thing of beauty it wasn’t, but since it was baseball and not a pageant, Spring Valley will take it.

The Timberwolves (13-8) scored the winning run on a wild pitch Monday in a 7-6 victory over Cabell Midland. The game featured 17 walks, four errors, five wild pitches and a plethora of base running blunders on a chilly evening.

Spring Valley scored six times in the bottom of the first inning to take a 6-1 lead before Cabell Midland rallied to tie it in the fourth inning.

“Teams like Cabell Midland, we want to be like them,” Spring Valley coach Jim Hensley said of the traditional power Knights. “They got down 6-1, but they didn’t roll over. They fought back.”

Cabell Midland (8-11) had a chance to tie it in the seventh against Timberwolves closer Casey Kelly. With one out, Tyler Crank singled, but was caught stealing by catcher Jonah Wellman. Cole Tilley, who had doubled in his previous at bat, grounded hard to third base to end the game.

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Kilgore places first in 400, 800 at Capital City Classic

Staff report

CHARLESTON – Spring Valley’s Jacob Kilgore placed first in both the 400m and 800m at the Capital City Classic at Laidley Field in Charleston.

Kilgore finished the 400M with a time of 49.35 seconds. second place was Will Walker from George Washington with a time of 51.01.

In the 800m, Kilgore finished with a time of 1:59.53. Ripley’s Antonio Jones finished second with a time of 2:00.93.

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Sarah Kelly

Emotional Kelly signs at Nova Southeastern

 

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SPRING VALLEY — Dressed in a T-shirt, shorts and sandals, Sarah Kelly was ready for Florida.

In August, the Spring Valley High School basketball standout will head to the Sunshine State to begin a college career at Nova Southeastern University.

Kelly made her commitment official Thursday when she signed her letter of intent in the SVHS auditorium with about 150 classmates looking on, along with coaches, teachers and family members. Kelly became emotional as she thanked all of those groups for helping her become a college player.

“I thank my parents for supporting everything I do,” Kelly said, pausing to fight back tears. “My teammates are my best friends. The last eight years are the best I’ll ever have. No team ever will replace you guys.”

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Spring gobbler season starts Monday

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

Wayne County hunters rejoice — Spring gobbler season starts Monday.

Last year, West Virginia hunters took 9,017 bearded turkeys state-wide.

In Wayne County, 105 turkeys were checked in by hunters.

That’s a downward trend from 2013 and when 144 turkeys were taken. It’s even a further downward trend from 2010 when 234 were checked in the county.

According to the WVDNR, weather will play a big part in the success of hunters.

Using data from the spring gobbler survey taken from participating hunters have provided weather information to biologists for 18 years, and it is evident that the best spring gobbling occurs during clear days with little wind and no precipitation.

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Matt Wilson

Nike basketball camp returns to Wayne this summer

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — The boys of summer may be baseball players, but for one week in June, summer will belong to young basketball players honing their skills and learning from the best.

For the second year in a row, Wayne High School will be the site for a Nike Basketball Camp.

Camp organizer and Nike Basketball Skills Trainer Matt Wilson says last year’s camp was a success and this year’s should be even better.

“Last year we had 40 kids and that was exactly what I wanted.” Wilson said. “I set a number beforehand that I like to be comfortable with, and that camper to staff ratio is good. I don’t like to just pile a bunch of kids in the gym just to say we have a bunch of kids.”

Wilson will lead a one-week complete skills camp from June 8-12 for boys and girls, ages 9-17, in the Wayne High School gymnasium. The goal of the camp is for players of all abilities to develop and redefine their basketball skills to become complete players.

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Spring Valley volleyball player signs to play at Concord

 

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HUNTINGTON— Spring Valley High School volleyball player Brooke Heck has never been one to back down from a challenge.

It simply isn’t in her DNA.

Whether a position change on the floor or a challenging opponent on the other side of the net, Heck has found a way to get the job done.

That’s how she helped Spring Valley to four consecutive state tournament trips including a state championship and three semifinal appearances, and it’s what led her to being a Class AAA first team all-state selection as a senior.

Heck signed Monday to continue her volleyball career at Concord University in Athens, W.Va., an NCAA Division II program in the Mountain East Conference.

“I’m going to miss everyone like crazy, but I’m excited for my future,” Heck said.

One of the things that made Spring Valley special in volleyball for the last few years has been the chemistry of the team and coaching staff.

As Heck read from a list of thank yous during her signing ceremony speech, there were jokes and laughs all around as she celebrated the success of her high school career.

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Noah Lemon

Buffalo Cal Ripken player clears the fences

 

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11-year-old Noah Lemon of Buffalo Cal Ripken is the first player in four years to hit an out of the park home run on the 50/70 majors field. This was no easy task as our majors outfield fence is 215 ft. at the center; one of the largest fields for this age group in our area.

The hit happened during the 5th inning scoring two additional runs for Buffalo Black against the Greenup Legends 12U travel team. This was Noah’s second big hit of the game.

His first was in the 3rd inning after Greenup intentionally walked Cole Petry, without throwing a pitch. With runners on both 1st and 2nd Lemon got an RBI before the ball rolled under the fence. The team did a great job holding the Legends through the 4th inning; 4-1 Buffalo, the final however was 12-6 Greenup.

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Wayne baseball gets past Cabell Midland

Staff report

Wayne won a back-and-forth affair, 5-4, against Cabell Midland on Wednesday at Wayne.

A strong seventh inning helped the Pioneers etch out the win. An error scored Jeremiah Milum and gave Wayne the walk-off win.

Wayne’s Cody Noe reached base three times in the game. He singled in the second and sixth innings.

Kodie Bowen got the win allowing four runs over seven innings. He struck out four, walked three and surrendered six hits.

Wayne was first on the board when Noe slapped a single in the second inning. Noe then stole second and advanced to third on an error. Noe would score on a wild pitch

Midland answered with a run of its own in the third, but Wayne put another run on the board in the bottom of the third when Cody Ross scored on a ground out by Brad Sharp.

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READY TO TAKE A CUT — Wayne’s Kasey Endicott takes a cut at the plate against Cabell Midland on Monday at Cabell Midland High School. H-D Media photo by Bishop Nash

Midland, Wayne split doubleheader

 

By TIM STEPHENS
H-D Media

ONA — Cabell Midland and Wayne splitting a softball doubleheader Monday was a microcosm of their seasons.

Cabell Midland (9-8) won the opener, 8-3, in dominating fashion, but couldn’t sustain momentum in losing the nightcap, 5-2. The Pioneers (10-3) were unfocused in the opener, but discovered if they fight back they can win.

“We split with a good team,” said Cabell Midland coach Jeanne Lunsford, pleased and displeased with her team. “We’ll get there. They’re all practice games until the sectional tournament. We need to stay focused. We’ll get there.”

Wayne coach Tish Smith expressed similar sentiments of mixed emotions about her team’s performance.

“The first game we were flat,” Smith said. “We weren’t hitting the ball.”

Between games, Smith led a lengthy team meeting in center field.

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POSTING UP — Hannah Robertson, a sixth grader at Buffalo Middle School, was named to the All-Tournament Team at the West Virginia District AAU 6th Grade Girls Basketball Championships. Photo courtesy Amy Robertson.

Hannah Robertson honored at AAU tourney

 

Staff report

SISSONVILLE — The West Virginia Thunder won the West Virginia District AAU 6th Grade Girls Basketball Championships over the weekend in Sissonville.

Wayne County standout Hannah Robertson was awarded a spot on the all-tournament team for her efforts with the Thunder.

Robertson is a 6-foot post player from Buffalo Middle School where she is a sixth grader.

The Thunder dominated the tournament from start to finish. In the first game, the Thunder outscored Run-n-Gun 68-13. In the second game, the Thunder cruised past Blue Star, WV with a 61-2 wolloping.

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Timberwolves hold on for win over
Point Pleasant

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON - Spring Valley played some small-ball Monday night to hold on to a 5-2 win over the visiting Point Pleasant Big Blacks at Spring Valley High School.

Spring Valley scored five runs in the game thanks to a double steal, a RBI single, an error, abases loaded walk and a sacrifice fly to pick up the victory. Tyler Robertson scored on a double steal in the third to get the Wolves on the scoreboard.

Standing on third, Robertson quickly took off for the plate as teammate Casey Kelly stole second. The Big Blacks defense tried to get Robertson at home, but the speedy senior beat the throw for the team’s first score.

Aaron Hamm ripped a double in the fourth to put himself into scoring position. Two batters later sophomore Mason Brubeck drove him in with an RBI single to give the Wolves a 2-0 lead.

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Pioneers winning week highlighted by no-hitter

 

Staff report

Wayne baseball won two games this week and put an exclamation point on it with a no-hitter on Monday.

Taylor Jones tossed the no-no for the Pioneers in an 11-0 win over Tolsia.

Jones struck out 11 batters and walked two.

Wayne did its damage in the fourth inning with six runs highlighted by RBI doubles from Zach Perry and Josh Mitts.

On Saturday, Brad Sharp lead the Pioneers as Wayne dropped Riverside 6-1.

Sharp was 2-3 from the plate while Dakota McCloud held Riverside scoreless for six innings. McCloud allowed four hits, no walks and struck out six.

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IN IT TOGETHER — Tolsia’s Kaitlyn Browning and Kerrie Lahoda walk back to the diamond after chasing a ball into foul territory against Sissonville Friday night. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Rebels swept by Sissonville in doubleheader

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — It was a unique night for the Sissonville Indians.

Sissonville opened the night with a win against Wayne and then began a doubleheader against Tolsia.

The Rebels were slated to host the Indians today for a doubleheader. But according to Wayne softball coach Tish Smith, there was some concern whether Tolsia’s field would be ready following the heavy rains Friday produced.

So the offer was made and both Tolsia and Sissonville agreed to play their twin bill after the Wayne-Sissonville match up.

The first game started at 9 p.m. and quickly progressed with Sissonville scoring early and often by putting 11 runs up in the first inning. The first game went three innings with the Rebels unable to tally a run.

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Kilgore officially walking on for Marshall

 

Staff report

HUNTINGTON — The Marshall men’s basketball team is starting to stock up on Evans Award winners.

Spring Valley star Jacob Kilgore, the 2015 Evans Award winner as West Virginia’s top boys basketball player, announced Wednesday night on his Twitter feed that he is headed to the Thundering Herd and coach Dan D’Antoni. He will join the team as a walk-on.

He would be the second Evans recipient on the roster, joining 2014 winner Jon Elmore, who transferred to Marshall in January from Virginia Military Institute and will be eligible at the conclusion of the fall 2015 semester.

Kilgore averaged 23.5 points and 10 rebounds as a senior, as Spring Valley fell in the Class AAA Region 4 co-final to Hurricane. He shot 58 percent from the floor and 41 percent from 3-point range for the year.

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Wolves baseball picks up road win

Staff report

SOUTH CHARLESTON — Spring Valley scored five runs in the top of the seventh to pull out a 7-6 win over South Charleston Thursday night.

The Black Eagles responded with one run at the bottom of the seventh to finish one run short of the Timberwolves. Casey Kelley, Austin Stambaugh, Austin McCloud and Greg Herbert each had an RBI for Spring Valley, and Stambaugh also picked up the pitching win. Herbert cranked a home run to help spark the five-run seventh.

For the Black Eagles, Brendan Quinn finished with two runs and Jared Hill took the loss.

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Wayne baseball takes two on the diamond

 

Staff report

Wayne baseball caught a couple of wins over the week against Charleston Catholic and Chesapeake.

Against Charleston Catholic, Jeremiah Milum cranked a three-run home run in the first inning helping build an early lead and leading to a 6-2 win.

Wayne relied on Kodie Bowen to eat up innings en route to the win. Bowen allowed two earned runs, four hits and two walks while striking out five over seven innings.

Sam McKown took the loss for Charleston Catholic. He lasted just three innings, walked three, struck out one, and allowed four runs.

After pushing across one run in the top of the third, Charleston Catholic faced just a 4-1 deficit. An RBI single by Thad Jameson set off Charleston Catholic rally. Finally, Bowen got Dominic Marsico to to end the threat.

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FISHING WITH DAD — Kelly Shane Nelson and Kelly Shane Nelson II wet a line during Wayne County youth trout fishing at Miller’s Fork Pond. It’s a father, son tradition. Submitted photos

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GLORY DAYS — Scott Parsons, circa 1982, playing for the Cubs in Lavalette. From those days, Parsons has been a fan of the Chicago Cubs

How an innocent kid learned to love bad baseball

 

A good psychologist worth their salt would tell you I should hate baseball.

Why? Let me tell you a tale of disappointment and heartbreak spanning decades.

It all started one warm Saturday in Lavalette. I can remember it pretty well, but that was more than 30 years ago so my detailed memories are fuzzy at best.

My mom recalls me crying in the corner of the dugout after an at-bat and not taking the field. I remember the crying. But I also remember it starting on my way back from the plate to the dugout.

Why the tears? The coach told us that the next one to strike out was off the team. You know where this is headed, don’t you?

Sure enough, I stepped into the batter’s box. Choked up on my little aluminum bat and swung like the mighty Casey three brutal and violent times. I never made contact. Not so much as a nick. Three pitches. Three monster swings. One soul-crushing out. School on a date to be determined.

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Lady Wolves bounce back against St. Albans

 

Staff report

The Lady Timberwolves got a home run from Mackenzie Acker and Jade Spurlock went 3-4 with 2 RBI to lead Spring Valley past St. Albans, 9-1.

The battery of Brooke Jackson and Haleigh Christopher put together a four-hit night. It was a nice recovery from Wednesday’s 14-1 loss to Hurricane.

The Lady Wolves will play Winfield Monday at 5:30 p.m.

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Valley teams notch Spring Break wins

 

Staff reports

HUNTINGTON - Both Spring Valley softball and baseball teams notched wins Monday to kick off Spring Break.

Haleigh Christopher and Taylor Scott combined to knock in seven runs as the Timberwolves collected 12 hits to offset seven errors on the way to an 11-7 victory over Huntington High.

Christopher lashed a two-run double in the first to give the Timberwolves (3-1) a 2-0 lead.

The Highlanders (3-1) came back with four runs on five hits in the third to take a 4-2 lead.

Spring Valley responded with three in the bottom of the third to go ahead to stay, 5-4. Winning pitcher Haley Caldwell started the inning with a liner over the fence in center for a solo homer. The Timberwolves followed with five runs in the fourth. Christopher drove in two and Scott three with a homer to center.

Huntington made it interesting with three runs in the fifth to cut the deficit to 11-7. In the top of the seventh, the first two batters for the Highlanders reached. Howell ripped a shot back up the middle that struck Caldwell in the knee. Hatfield called on Jackson to finish and she retired three straight batters.

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Pioneers sweep Miners in twin bill

 

Staff report

The Wayne Pioneers baseball team have been on a roll of late.

Adding to the roll was a sweep of Cardinal Conference rival Mingo Central on the road Wednesday.

In the first game, Wayne’s Brad Sharp get things going early with an RBI single that got the ball rolling for the Pioneers in a 3-run first inning. Taylor Jones allowed one run over two innings for the win.

In the second game Cayden Ross came up big on the mound and at the plate pitching a 7-hit shutout while smacking three RBI in the win.

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Kilgore named boys
AAA captain

 

By MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON — Jacob Kilgore made his intentions known early in his senior basketball season.

Kilgore said he wanted to become a 1,000-point scorer at Spring Valley. He wanted to become the school’s all-time scoring leader. He said he wanted to play his last game in Charleston at the state tournament, and he wanted to be named first-team all-state.

Kilgore fell short of reaching Charleston. But he did not only score more than 1,000 points at Spring Valley, but he also surpassed Brandon Moore’s long-standing Spring Valley all-time scoring record.

The real silver lining for Kilgore is he was named as the captain of the Class AAA boys all-state first team, as voted on by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association - a little more than he expected.

“It’s nice to see all of my work pay off, thanks to all my coaches, teammates, and family that’s pushed me to get where I am and a special thanks to Bo Anderson for all the countless hours he’s spent helping me with my shot, I wouldn’t be near the shooter I am without him,” Kilgore said.

The proof of Kilgore’s work is in his numbers.

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Kelly leads Lady Wolves All-State honorees

 

Staff Report

HUNTINGTON — Spring Valley’s Sarah Kelly was named a first team All-State player for the second year in a row.
Kelly averaged 16 points, eight rebounds and eight assists per game to lead the Timberwolves back to the state tournament for the second time in three years.

Kelly wasn’t the only Timberwolf earning All-State accolades.

Maddie Morris was named captain of the Class AAA all-state second team after she battled back from an ACL tear and a broken hand suffered mid-season to average 14 points and 12 rebounds per game for the Timberwolves.

Getting honorable mention nods were Karlee Alderman and Kassidy Lemons.

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Wolves baseball drops two in row

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON — Spring Valley baseball dropped two games this week after winning two in a row as the team prepares to travel to Myrtle Beach for a Spring Break tournament.

The Wolves lost 12-3 Wednesday night to the visiting Riverside Warriors to begin the two-game slide.

Spring Valley tied the game at 2-2 in the third inning. With Spring Valley trailing 2-0, Austin Stambaugh connected on a double to score Greg Herbert. Spring Valley’s Casey Kelly also came around on the play and the throw in to home plate brought Riverside catcher Andrew Massey into the baseline, which brought about a collision between Kelly and Massey.

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Lady Wolves suffer first loss

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON — The Spring Valley Lady Wolves softball squad suffered its first loss of the season Wednesday dropping a 6-5 decision to visiting South Charleston.

The Lady Black Eagles scored three runs in each of the first two frames to take a 6-0 lead. It was all pitcher Amanda McDonald needed as she earned the win after giving up six hits and four earned runs. She also fanned six Lady Wolves (2-1) hitters.

McDonald had a no-hitter going into the third until freshman Faith Spry ripped a lining single into left field. Brooke Jackson also singled in the inning, but a timely strikeout for McDonald ended the Spring Valley threat.

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Timberwolves blank Winfield on the road in baseball opener

 

Staff report

WINFIELD — The Spring Valley Timberwolves baseball team started the 2015 campaign with a road win over Winfield, 4-0.

Austin McCloud went 4-4 with a run and an RBI while J.C. Kelley went 2-4 with a run.

On the mound, McCloud pitched four innings allowing one hit with five strikeouts. Tanner Hamilton came in for relief, pitching three innings only allowing one hit and striking out three.

For the Generals, Bear Bellomy absorbed the loss allowing two runs on three hits. Casey Fry allowed six hits in three innings of relief.

“For the opening game the kids were pretty motivated,” Spring Valley Coach Jim Hensley said.

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Casting a line for a little peace and quiet

 

Spring is finally here!

Our long, frozen nightmare is finally over. Yes, I know it could still snow, but don’t tell my brain and emotions that. I don’t care what the meteorologists say, by God, my calendar says it’s spring, so I will act accordingly. Break out the shorts!

For me, Spring also means fishing.

Fishing — that tried and true respite from the daily bludgeoning life offers. But I do admit I haven’t been fishing nearly as much in the past seven years as

I would have hoped.

Why? One word: Kids.

My wife and I tried fishing last year with the kids, but the whole point of fishing for me is lost when I bring the kids — relaxation.

Last summer, my wife and I loaded the heathens, a six-year-old daughter, the other a two-year-old son at the time, and took them to Beech Fork Lake.

Before we ever tried casting our first hook, we had to visit the marina bait shop and get a small container of mealworms. Of course, one does not simply take children to the Beech Fork Marina without buying bags of food for the hundreds of carp freeloading by the dock. Get a job, ya bums!

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BRING IT UP THE COURT — Wayne’s Special Olympians bring the ball up the court during the Special Olympics at Tolsia High School. WCN photos by Diane Pottorff

Special Olympians compete at Tolsia

 

GLENHAYES – The championship basketball games for Wayne County Special Olympics for high school and elementary took place Tuesday at Tolsia High School.

Included in this winter’s games were clients of Mainstream Services who went up against the athletes of Spring Valley, Tolsia and Wayne High schools.

In between sessions, students had an opportunity to play checkers, have their face painted or enjoy a snack and root for their teams.

The next Special Olympics event will be track and field at the Spring Valley High School on a date to be determined.

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HURT HAND, NO PROBLEM — Madison Morris leaps up for a lay-in during the state tournament in Charleston. Photo courtesy Wanda Willoughby.

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IN THE LANE — Karlee Alderman drives the lane against Hurricane during the regional championship game. Photo courtesy Kerry Carter Photography

Lady Wolves making one final run to Charleston

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

CHARLESTON — The Spring Valley Lady Timberwolves have had an up-and-down season.

From injury battles to tough losses to hard fought victories, the Lady Wolves have been all over the radar this season despite a section title and regional crown. Luckily, the prize for Spring Valley’s endurance is a trip to the 2015 West Virginia Girls Basketball State

Tournament at the Charleston Civic Center.

Tip-off is scheduled for 11:15 a.m. Thursday.

The trip to Charleston is the team’s second in three years. Two years ago, Spring Valley made it to the semi-finals after defeating Capital before falling to region foe Logan. Last season, Spring Valley was stunned in the opening round of the sectional playoffs, losing to Cabell Midland.

The Lady Wolves have drawn the No. 5 seed and will face familiar foe No. 4 Huntington High. Spring Valley split the regular season with Huntington before defeating the Lady Highlanders 75-51 in the Region IV, Section 2 championship in Logan. The Wolves then went on to defeat Hurricane in the Region IV co-championship to get to Charleston.

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JUMP TO GET IT — Spring Valley’s Greg Herbert leaps for the ball over Cabell-Midland defenders during a game in February. Spring Valley will face Logan in the first round of the Region IV, Section 2 boys tournament tonight at Cabell-Midland High School. The game had been postponed from Wednesday night because of the recent winter storm. Photo courtesy Kerry Carter Photography

Spring Valley’s sectional moved to Saturday

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

ONA — The Spring Valley Timberwolves will have to wait another day to get the postseason going.

The Wolves were originally scheduled to play the Logan Wildcats Wednesday night at Cabell Midland High School in the first round to the Region IV, Section 2 boys tournament.

Then Mother Nature stepped in and heavy rains basically shut the southern part of the state down. Logan County schools were closed Wednesday due to severe flooding from snowmelt and the nearly three inches of rain that fell in the area.

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Scott Parsons

Let’s make changing weather work for our county

 

Weather has changed a lot of sports plans all across the great nation of ours.

Locally, Winter Storm Thor has forced high schools to change their plans in regards to basketball games throughout the state in all classes.

But one place must change an internationally known sporting event because the weather isn’t cooperating and it’s probably not what you’re thinking.

The 43rd Iditarod Sled Dog Race has been forced to change the starting point from Willow, Alaska, to Fairbanks because of – now get this – a mild winter.

You read that right.

Currently Wayne County is gripped in sub-freezing temperatures, nearly a foot of snow and major flooding, while the Great White North of Alaska is forced to change the course of the famous Iditarod because of a mild winter.

While the ceremonial start will still take place today in Anchorage, race officials determined in early February that it would be best to “restart” the race Monday, in Fairbanks.

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SPEAKING OUT — Spring Valley’s Quincy Webb speaks from the podium after signing to play soccer for Mt. St. Joseph College. Photo courtesy Wanda Willoughby

Webb signs with Mt. St. Joseph College

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON — Mt. St. Joseph College has become a family tradition of sorts for the Webbs from Spring Valley.

Quincy Webb signed last week to play soccer at the NCAA Division III college where her brother, Colby, plays football.

So the family connection made the decision to sign with Mt. St. Joseph in Cincinnati that much easier and was just one of many reasons.

“My brother goes there, the coach is really cool and I connected with the girls,” Webb said. “This is his third year coaching so it’ll be a young team.”

Webb will join a squad that featured 17 freshmen this year and will only lose four seniors.

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