Vol. 140, No. 69 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Weekend, Aug. 30 & 31, 2014

AND HE’S OFF – Wayne’s Cody Stiltner didn’t waste time catching a 68-yard pass from Grant Ferguson that set up the Pioneers’ first touchdown of the evening in the season opener against Tolsia. WCN staff photo

Wayne wins penalty filled game

BY JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – A win is a win even if it isn’t pretty.

The Wayne Pioneers hung on to beat county rival Tolsia Friday evening at Wilts Salmons Athletic Field, 40-18.

The game was highlighted by big plays for both teams, but a total of 22 penalties for 227 yards overshadowed much of it.

“Generally wins against Tolsia aren’t pretty,” Wayne Coach Tom Harmon said, “It sure beats the alternative. “Tolsia did some nice things out there, but they got tired like we did and that makes for some sloppy play at times.”

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CUT BACK – Tolsia’s Luke Presley led the Rebels on the ground but also made things happen defensively. The junior returned a fumble 63 yards, setting up the first Rebel touchdown of the game against Wayne. WCN staff photo

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AFTERMATH – The Tolsia Youth League concession stand burnt Wednesday evening. The league lost all of its spare equipment a cooler and all its concessions in the fire. Photo submitted

Fire doesn’t deter Tolsia youth football league

BY JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

FORT GAY – Into every life, a little rain must fall.

For the Tolsia Youth Football League, it has been almost a downfall as the rebuilding process for the league has been an uphill battle filled with adversity.

Wednesday evening, shortly before practice, the concession stand at the edge of the field caught fire due to a fault to a cooler cord.

Before the fire could be brought under control, the inside was gutted. The league lost its concessions and spare equipment stored in the building. “At least no one was hurt,” League President Robbie Conn said, “We got in there and got the fire put out, but it was too late.

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CHAMP – “Dirty” Don Pennington realized a dream Saturday by winning the WV state title. WCN photo by Michael Hupp

Wayne County pugilist wins WV state title

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – For Wayne County native Don Pennington, Saturday night was the culmination of a young professional boxing career.

Pennington defeated Austin “Speedy” Marcum of Logan County to win the West Virginia and Appalachian Boxing Association Southwest Division middle heavyweight championship during Pullman Fight Night 4 at the Pullman Plaza Hotel.

Pennington (6-0-1) and Marcum had fought to a draw during Fight Night 2, but Pennington did not leave it to the judges in the rematch.

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Brock Adkins (9) will be one of the sophomores expected to step up this season for Spring Valley. WCN photo by Wanda Willougby

Answers coming in Timberwolves opener

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

HUNTINGTON – It has been said before that there are numerous questions swirling around the Spring Valley Timberwolves’ football team. Some will be answered this week as the T’Wolves open at home against the Saint Albans Red Dragons.

Although things are in place for Spring Valley to be a bruising and dominant team in Class AAA this year, there is speculation as to whether the combination of experience and youthfulness will prove to be a winning combination.

The T’Wolves shining unit remains the offensive line. Spring Valley has arguably one of the most imposing lines in the state with a pair of big, athletic players in Trevor Stacy and Alex Locklear.

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MAKING THE STOP – Vinson Youth Leaguer Hunter Hayton grabs on and doesn’t let go during Saturday’s youth league match-up with Fairland at Fairland High School. Photo by Larry Butcher, HD Media

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Scrimmages over, time to bring on the real deal

ALLEY OOP! – Wayne’s Cody Stiltner leaps a teammate and Logan defender as Mason Hodge looks on. Despite the wet and muddy field conditions, Stiltner and the Pioneers didn’t have any trouble moving the ball againt their opponents Friday. WCN staff photo

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Meet the Rebels

GUESTS OF HONOR – Tolsia Rebels football players Blake Rose, Jennings Holland, Tyler Stroud, and Luke Presley await being introduced to the crowd Thursday evening as part of the annual Meet the Rebels at Wilts Salmons Athletic Field. Photo submitted

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GIVING IT THEIR ALL – Tolsia Rebel kicker Cody Salmons, seen here last year diving into the endzone, joins fellow senior Tyler Senters in being two players that hope to lead Tolsia to a home playoff game this season. WCN file photo

New partnership aids Tolsia Rebel runners

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – It makes sense when you look at it. High school JROTC programs compete on courses in raider competitions that often mirror those for cross-country.

In order to better aid the cross-country team at Tolsia High School, the two have entered into a partnership that will be beneficial for both programs.

“We started working with the JROTC,” Cross-Country Coach Ric Morrone said, “We had a lot of kids on the team who were part of the JROTC and it made sense to have a combined practice. “Sergeant-Major Francis and Chief Brown have been very helpful and cooperative in making sure that this is going well.”

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STRENGTH IN NUMBERS – Long time Spring Valley cross-country Coach Dave Duncan (right) is excited about the turnout for the Timberwolves’ team this season. With 12 runners, 7 boys and 5 girls, the numbers are up compared to the last few years and gives the coach and team ample room to work and improve. Photo courtesy of Spring Valley cross-country

Big numbers for Spring Valley cross-country

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

HUNTINGTON – Long time Coach Dave Duncan is excited about this year’s cross-country season.

The Spring Valley Timberwolves boast a team of 12 this year, seven boys and five girls, a marked improvement over participants in recent years.

“I’m excited about the numbers this year,” Duncan said, “But we still have to work hard and improve in order to be able to compete. “I would have liked to have gotten a few more girls to come out but this time of year has so much competition for athletes in other sports. I’m just happy to have the kids that did decide to run.”

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GIVING IT THEIR ALL – Tolsia Rebel kicker Cody Salmons, seen here last year diving into the endzone, joins fellow senior Tyler Senters in being two players that hope to lead Tolsia to a home playoff game this season. WCN file photo

Rebels are eager for football season start

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – After back-to-back 5-5 seasons, the Tolsia Rebels are ready for the 2014 football season.

According to coaches and players, the Rebels have had their best offseason yet during Coach Mike Smith’s tenure and are hoping it will translate into a playoff berth.

Tolsia is dominated by a promising junior class, but the senior as always will look be looked to for leadership on the gridiron.

Key players Cody Salmons and Tyler Senters will see a lot of time this season as part of the offense, defense, and the special teams. The pair were freshmen during the Rebels’ 0-10 season and have a unique perspective on how Tolsia is slowly rising from that low point.

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NEW LOOK – The Wayne cross-country team are all new this year. Coach Jeannette Rutherford believes that despite their inexperience they will do well learning the sport and performing in competitive meets. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Wayne Pioneer cross-country has fresh new look

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – Time moves on, student-athletes graduate and teams often have to rebuild.

After the graduation of Wayne cross-country and track standout Kylie Rutherford, it can be argued that rebuilding is what is facing Coach Jeannette Rutherford this year.

Mason Adkins, Theresa Blankenship, Laura Maynard, Mayla Ray, and Katie Napier are the new face of the Pioneer cross-country team. All are new to the sport and with the exception of Adkins and Napier, who were part of the track team, new to running.

“They are all looking good,” Rutherford said, “They’re all newbies. They haven’t ran a cross-country course in their lives.”season and have a unique perspective on how Tolsia is slowly rising from that low point.

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AT THE LINE – The CK Youth League faced off with Hurricane’s league Saturday in a scrimmage. CK has won eight Turf Bowl titles in five years and after the showing last weekend, there is hope it can add to the total. Photo from CK Youth League Facebook page

Ceredo-Kenova Youth League plans for success

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

CEREDO – It had to go somewhere.

The Ceredo-Kenova Wonders won 11 football championships over the course of four decades and although the high school is no longer in existence, this tradition of excellence appears to have passed to the youth league.

C-K’s youth football league has won eight Turf Bowl championships in five years, a number that 10-year League President Tim Burgess is proud of.

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NO LAYING DOWN ON THE JOB – Vinson’s youth league has stability going for it and League President Josh Hammer hopes that will help translated to a good experience for the participants. Photo from Vinson Youth League Facebook page

Vinson youth football league is an experience

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

HUNTINGTON – The message of the Vinson Youth Football League is clear, winning or losing isn’t important, all that matters is how the game is played.

“Used to be all that mattered was getting the win,” League President Josh Hammer said, “But now, I’m seeing the big picture, what’s important.

“Winning is still an emphasis, but it’s moved down the list.” Hammer has had a lot of time to modify his views on running the league since he has been involved for 13 years, eight as the president.

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GET READY FOR IT – The Wayne Youth Football League has had a good turnout this season. While other leagues struggle for numbers, the support of the community and the high school helps ensure the young Pioneers are prepared. Photo courtesy of Pioneer Lights Photography

Young Wayne Pioneers ready for some football

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – Much has been said about the importance of community support for youth leagues, but if you want to see this in action all you have to do is look at the Wayne Youth Football League.

The league’s numbers, while others have to work hard for every participant, are great. For first year League President Kevin Maynard, that makes things a lot smoother.

“Things have been going really well,” he said, “We’ve kept everything as is for now. There isn’t much need to change up a lot of the way things are run.

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HUDDLE UP – The Crum Youth Football League is having another good year this season. With strong community support, the league continues to thrive in Wayne County’s smallest populated school district. WCN file photo

Support helps CYFL to thrive

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

CRUM – Times are tough economically and financial worries often spill over into local sports, but it hasn’t seemed to have affected the Crum Youth Football League.

Year after year, the youth league attracts a large number of participants in an area without a lot of local businesses and the smallest school population in Wayne County.

“We have 70 football players and 45 cheerleaders this year,” League Commissioner Becca Crum said, “For our area, that’s really good. “We’re really happy to have these numbers because league wide, enrollment is down.”

In addition to being the league commissioner, Crum is also one of a committee that oversees the entire Southern WV Midget Football League of which Crum’s League is a member.

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RACE TO THE FINISH – The Wayne Pioneers were one of three Wayne County High School teams to start practicing Monday in preparation for the new season. The new football season is eagerly awaited by fans. Many questions will be answered as the year progresses with at least two teams expected to make the playoffs . Photo courtesy of Pioneer Lights Photography

Football practice start means football season soon to begin

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – While many were concerned with the start of school in Wayne County Tuesday, sports fans are excited that Monday was the first day of football practice and the season will be hear before you know it.

The start of practice brings with it many unanswered questions. Will this year be the year for the Spring Valley Timberwolves? Will the Wayne Pioneers avenge their loss in the Class AA state title game last year and how will things go with the addition of a pair of AAA teams to their schedule?

And lastly, will the Tolsia Rebels finally make the playoffs after a seven year absence?

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GET READY, CAUSE HERE WE COME – The Spring Valley Timberwolves began their practice Monday afternoon. The T’Wolves are prepared for a deep run this year behind veteran leadership. WCN photo by Michael Hupp

Spring Valley football begins playoff hunt

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – Spring Valley’s football team took to the practice field Monday to open the 2014 campaign amid hopes of another playoff run.

Spring Valley has made the playoffs the past six years under head Coach Brad Dingess and expectations for this season are no different. This year’s Timberwolves squad had 48 players minus freshmen report for the first day. Dingess says he expects that number to increase to possibly 55 to 60 over the course of the next few days.

The Wolves will be young this year with a lot of sophomore skill players mixed in with a big, experienced line. Dingess is hoping that combination of skill and experience will help compensate for the loss of Tyler Robertson after the projected starting tailback/defensive back re-tore his ACL this past spring.

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GET AROUND – This young Bison back evades pursuit Monday evening at the Buffalo Youth League practice. The Buffalo League is excited about the coming season, especially since enrollment is up from last year. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Bison set for stampede this season

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

KENOVA – While the older football players started their season Monday, the younger athletes have been hard at work for a week prepping for their year on the gridiron.

The Buffalo Youth Football League is excited for the season to start for a number of reasons, but perhaps most importantly the league enrollment has grown this year.

“I don’t have exact numbers yet,” League President Danny Walker said, “But we have a lot more out compared to last year. “Things are looking a lot better than they did then.”

Walker attributes the increased turnout to a mini-camp that one of his “D” team coaches conducted in June. The camp was able to get parents and kids involved early and it has translated well with more players.

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LAST SECOND – The Tolsia Lady Rebel basketball duo of Krista Maynard (left) and Savannah Winnett signed with the University of Pikeville Thursday evening in Tolsia’s library. Although after the recruiting period, the duo will be welcomed at UPike as they will work to earn a spot on the program’s varsity squad. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Better late than never for Tolsia duo Winnett and Maynard

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – Last second heroics were normal for the Tolsia Lady Rebel pair of Krista Maynard and Savannah Winnett. During their time together on the court they were involved in quite a few buzzer beaters and late game runs and picking a college proved to be the same.

Maynard and Winnett signed to continue their college and basketball career with the University of Pikeville Lady Bears Thursday evening in the Tolsia High School Library.

“We were surprised to have gotten the opportunity to sign them at this late stage,” UPike Coach Joanna McNamee said, “They’ll be a good fit, wearing orange and black. “They are great players, but they will have to work hard to earn spots on the varsity. “But with their skills and as long as they work hard, then it shouldn’t be a problem.”

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RUNNING FOR FUN – The fifty-plus participants in Saturday’s 5K Run 4 Fun was a good sign that the Fort Gay community is ready and willing to show their support to the Tolsia Youth Football League. The League has been trying to raise its enrollment this year and fundraisers like the 5K are doing a good job in showing the community that the league is still around. Photo submitted by Jim Fox

5K Run for Fun starts with promise

BY JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

PRICHARD – The first ever 5K Run 4 Fun Saturday morning at the Prichard Industrial Park sponsored by the Tolsia Youth Football League turned out well for an organization still in the process of rebuilding.

“I think that this is the first time anyone in the community has ever attempted to have an event like this,” League President Robbie Conn said, “We want to get the community to come together.

“Sports and athletics are something that kids like and it can be easy to get them involved. “You can see that in the number of kids who turned out today for this.”

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The Tri-State Youth Football League kicks off its 2014 season this week. Pictured are Clay Booth (left) and Ben Turner (right) of the Vinson Tigers. This year, Wayne County will have teams participating from Buffalo, Ceredo-Kenova, Tolsia, Vinson, and Wayne along with other Tri-State teams. For full team schedules go to tysfl.com and for up to the minute scores check out Tri-Statescores on Facebook or Tri-Statescores.com. WCN photo Michael Hupp

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WINNER! – Missy Taylor (right) was the women’s winner of the Sprinting for Sandy 5k race in Kenova Friday evening. WCN photo by Jessica Ross

5k race benefits cancer patient

By JESSICA ROSS
Staff Writer

KENOVA – One hundred sixty runners from the Tri-State area came to Kenova Friday to participate in the Sprinting for Sandy 5K race.

Event proceeds are to help Sandy Roe pay medical bills she has as a result of stage three breast cancer.

Racers paid $15 to pre-register for the race and $20 the day of the race in order to participate, but more importantly, most came to help Roe with her medical bills.

“This has been amazing,” Roe said. “I feel really blessed. These people are wonderful and I’ve known a lot of them for a long time and they are just truly good friends who are so loyal and so good. They’re just wonderful people.”

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HEARTS AND MINDS – The Tolsia Youth League is competing with a number of factors when it comes to the hearts and minds of the Fort Gay community’s youngsters. With new offficers and a new focus on involvement, things look to be off to a good start. WCN file photo

New faces, same problems for Tolsia football league

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

FORT GAY –The Tolsia Youth Football League has an almost completely new governing body this year and it is hoped that the newcomers can breath some fresh ideas into the league.

In addition to competing every weekend, the league will also be in a competition to raise interest and enrollment. It has been a problem the league has faced the last few years.

With Robbie Conn stepping into the role of president this year, the youth league has already taken steps to help raise interest in the community and attract participants.

“Things have been going great so far this year,” Secretary Kelly Parsley said, “We’ve already had a few fundraisers this year.

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OPEN – Eric Sparks Memorial’s Jamie Riggs puts up an open shot Sunday during Valleyball’s “A” division title game. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Weather doesn’t dampen Valleyball’s spirit

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

HUNTINGTON – The rain was an unexpected participant in this year’s Valleyball three-on-three basketball tournament, but it wasn’t enough to keep the champions in “B” and “A” divisions from being crowned.

The rain caused late starts to Saturday’s games and as a result the tournament was played for the first time after dark under rented floodlights.

The weather didn’t improve Sunday and the early games scheduled for the morning were pushed back until afternoon.

Rain and overcast skies couldn’t hamper the mood of the teams. Many of the players have been participating in the tournament for a long time. One of those players is Jamie Riggs.

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OUT OF POSITION – The Team James defender (right) defends Robert Dalton as he goes up to score for Team Crown Us during the opening games of the “B” Division at this year’s Valleyball Tournament at RPA Memorial park in Westmoreland. Photo courtesy of Kerry Carter Photography

Rainy forecast can’t stop 2014 Valleyball

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

HUNTINGTON – Into every life a little rain must fall.

But in the case of the 29th annual Valleyball three-on-three basketball tournament at Ronnie Paul Angelo Park in Westomoreland, enough is enough.

“You know growing up, I don’t remember it ever raining during the tournament,” Director

Matt McSweeney said, “But now it seems that every year, it rains on our weekend.”

The forecast this weekend calls for rain and thunderstorms throughout Sunday, but rain isn’t going to stop the event.

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UP AND AT IT – Brooke Heck (left) is one of the seniors who will be looked to for leadership and play as the Spring Valley volleyball season starts. Kassidy Lemons (far right) showed explosiveness last year and as a senior this season she is expected to up her play. WCN file photos

Wolves’ volleyball gearing up

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

HUNTINGTON – Rebuilding is pretty much something that faces a team annually in high school athletics. It is the ones at the top that can turn it into “reloading” instead, and that is what the Spring Valley Lady Wolves volleyball team seems to be doing.

After winning the Class AAA state championship three years ago, Spring Valley has continued to dominate opponents in the regular season. Finishing last year with a 57-3-3 record shows that the Wolves are a force to be reckoned with on the court.

But this dominance has played against them when it comes time for the Wolves to play in the state tournament in Charleston. Two second round exits in consecutive years, the most recent one coming last season after a close contest with Greenbrier East, have been disappointing to the team and to Coach Joy Bailey.

“The only way I can explain it is that we played Greenbrier East six times in the regular season,” the coach said, “And when we faced them for the seventh time in Charleston, I think that we kind of took the game for granted.

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THE WIFFLE CHAMPS – This year’s Westmoreland Wiffle Classic champs, The Somalia Pirates pose with the checks for Wounded Warrior and the USO. The team members are: Luke Huffman, Daniel Wiles, Mark Langdon, Brennan Simpkins and Robbie Rash. Photo courtesy of Tri-State Scores

Wiffleball Classic biggest tournament to date

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – The official paid attendance for Saturday’s Westmoreland Wiffle Classic may have been 262 players and spectators – but at times in Mark Langdon’s back yard, “Badlands Stadium,” felt like it was as packed as Wrigley Field on a Chicago summer night.

The sixth annual summer funfest raises money to help support the Toby Stinson Foundation as part of the Wounded Warrior Project and also to help fund the USO. This year, the Westmoreland Wiffle Classic raised $6,400 to help fund those organizations almost tripling the $2,700 total from last year’s event.

Langdon and friends raised the money through $10 ticket sales, team registration fees and t-shirt and can koozie sales. One of the main money makers this year was a huge raffle featuring more than 100 prizes, including Marshall football and basketball game tickets, tickets to a Cincinnati Reds game, golf bags, t-shirts, gift certificates and all kinds of swag.

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“WONDER”FUL COACHES – The special guest speaker at this year’s Ceredo-Kenova Sports Weekend will be Cecil Fletcher. Fletcher (kneeling on left) was a Marshall standout and Hall of Fame inductee. He was also a member of the coaching staff for the 1994 Class A C-K Wonders state football championship team. There are plans to honor the team at next Friday’s banquet as well. Photo courtesy of Chris Ball

Ceredo-Kenova Sports Weekend still going strong

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

KENOVA – The 17th Annual Ceredo-Kenova Sports Weekend is scheduled for next weekend and according to Co-ordinator Bob Sparks, it will be a big one.

The scheduled guest speaker at Friday’s banquet will be Cecil Fletcher, a former Marshall University standout and inductee into the Herd’s Hall of Fame.

“Interest is definitely up,” Sparks said, “It is always dependent on who we have as a speaker and since we have Fletcher and are planning to honor the team we’ve sold more tickets this year as compared to last.”

Fletcher was also a member of the coaching staff for the 1994 Wonders Class A state championship team and coached at Spring Valley for several years. The Sports Weekend will also honor the ‘94 champs 20th Anniversary at the banquet.

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Wayne County shotgun team takes aim at nationals

WHO’S GOT SHOTGUN? – The Wayne County 4-H Shot Gun Team recently returned from Nebraska where it competed in the National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational. The team won the state competition in September 2013 and in turn, represented West Virginia at the National Invitational last month. The team placed 10th in the nation! Many congratulations to the team (l-r: Dylan Fields, Caleb Stanley, Brett Crockett, and Daniel Stanley) and their coaches on a job well done and a sincere appreciation to all the sponsors who supported the team. For more information on the Wayne County 4-H Shooting Sports program, contact the Extension Office at (304) 272-6839. Photo submitted

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THE GOOD OLE DAYS – Brian Watts (streetclothes), Shaun Saunders (76), Ty Milum (80), Chris Ball (10), and Hunter Boshell (77) gather together on the field after a regular season home win in 1994. The C-K Wonders championship team that season made some great memories and according to Watts, his time as a Wonder was a lot of fun. Photo submitted by Chris Ball

Good times and memories of ‘94

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

KENOVA – Defense wins championships, or at least that is how the old saying goes. Offense scores the points though and it wouldn’t be possible without the offensive line.

By all counts the Ceredo-Kenova Wonders had a terrific line in 1994, the year they won the Class A football championship with a 44-0 beating of Valley-Wetzel at Wheeling Island Stadium.

Brian Watts was a starter on the line, playing left tackle and defensive tackle and he has fond memories of his time as a Wonder, particularly of his senior season.

“It was a great time, he said, “We made a lot of good memories. “Our backfield was very good, very talented, but our line was loaded. “Heck, our whole team was loaded, I don’t think there was a weak spot at all.”

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DODGE ‘EM – The dodge ball tournament was one of the high points of the third annual Westmorlapalooza. The tourney was won by Uncle Touchy’s Experience. Photo submitted

Westmorlapalooza entrants have a ball at tournament

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – This year’s participants of the Third Annual Westmorlapalooza literally had a ball during the event’s inaugural dodgeball tournament.

Twenty-two registered teams donated $60 per team to the fundraising event Saturday at Camp Mad Anthony Wayne. The proceeds go to causes funded by the Westmorlapalooza group, including assisting funding for the RPA 3-on-3 tournament in July, the August Golf Tournament, help with scholarships at Spring Valley High School, fund youth sports programs and other community projects.

The tournament was a double elimination format, with the final four teams playing a best of five series, and the final two teams competing in a best of seven format to crown a champion.

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“ROAD” KINGS – The Tri-State Kings 9U travel baseball team placed third in the USSSA World Series this past weekend in Kingsport, Tenn. The team are Cameron Bailey, Ryan Wolfe, Austin O’Malley, Dillon May, Luke Samuel, Jamison Smith, Hunter McSweeney, Tate Adkins, Grant Stratton and Cameron McComas. The Kings are coached by Randall May. Photo courtesy of Kathy Smith

Tri-State Kings take third in World Series

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – The Tri-State Kings 9U baseball travel team finished in third place during the USSSA World Series at Kingsport, Tenn., last weekend, losing in the tournament semi-finals to Head First Athletics 8-7.

The travel team plays out of Wayne and its roster consists entirely of county residents except for two from Barboursville.

The Kings played seven games over the course of four days during the double-elimination event. The team started pool play by beating the Tennessee Lightning, 15-7, and the Boone City Scrappers, 11-1, before the Johnson City Thunder ruined the quick start, winning, 15-9.

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SPECIAL PLAYER, SPECIAL GROUP, SPECIAL WIN – The Ceredo-Kenova Wonders won their 11th and final football title in 1994 when they beat Valley-Wetzel 44-0 for the Class A crown at Wheeling Island Stadium. Fullback and middle linebacker Eric Sparks (Number 12, back row) and Chris Ball (No. 10, front row) were key components of the undefeated team. Coach Don Money kneels at left. WCN file photo

‘94 Wonders – record setting 14-0 season

BY JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

KENOVA – There hasn’t been a shortage of championships for Wayne County athletics. And although there have been many titles in various sports, each are important and memorable.

That is the case in regard to the 1994 Ceredo-Kenova Wonder football team.

It has been 20 years since the Wonders beat Valley-Wetzel 44-0 for the school’s 11th and final football crown and according to Coach Don Money, it was as special as the first.

“They were a great group of guys,” Money said, “They got along well, played together well. “The kids were very coachable and that went a long way.”

According to Money, the seeds for 94 season’s performance were sown the year before in the playoffs when the Wonders lost to eventual champion Matewan, 12-8.

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REPEAT CONTENDERS – Wayne Middle Lady Pioneer point guard Bailee Adkins led the 2014 D1 AAU Thunder to their second consecutive national title this week. The sixth grade team beat Team Sol from Washington, D.C. 48-43 for the championship win. The Thunder played a series of close games to get back to the title game. The team beat the D1 (Texas) Shooters in the Elite 8, 48-43, and won a close one over the Dynamite from Pennsylvania, 37-32. The tourney consisted of 74 D1 and D2 teams from all over the nation. Championship team members include Abby Lee, Payton Crabtree, Emilee Whitt, Zakorrah Russell, Emily Coleman, Lexi Arden, Myra Cuffee, Lydia Hannah, Leslie Boley, Bailee Adkins, Khari Hamlet and are coached by Shannon Lewis. Photos submitted

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HARD WORK PAYS OFF – Tyler Brown, seen here struggling for extra yards against Cabell Midland, has been a three-year starter at quarterback for the Spring Valley Timberwolves and according to Coach Brad Dingess, the offense will be geared toward creativity for the veteran. WCN file photo

Chemistry key for summer success

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – Spring Valley’s greatest asset is also their Achilles’ heel during the three-week summer coaching period.

For the first time in many years the Wolves have talented skill players to match a punishing and experienced line. That is the positive.

The negative is that 90 percent of the skill players are young – really young.

“We are young in the wide receiver and secondary spots. They are athletic but lack experience. We are trying to get them up to speed, but there is a big difference from freshman ball to varsity. They have to grow up quick because they will not have the benefit of junior varsity experience,” head coach Brad Dingess said.

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County teams play in 10th annual summer shootout

ST. ALBANS – Spring Valley and Tolsia girls basketball teams participated in one of the state’s largest summer session shootouts Tuesday. The 10th annual St. Albans High School Summer Shootout for girls’ basketball draws some of the state’s top teams to four venues throughout the St. Albans community. Other local schools participating included Cabell Midland, Huntington and St. Joe competing in the two-day event, which runs through Wednesday. WCN Photos by Michael Hupp

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IS HE IN OR OUT? – Wayne’s Cody Stiltner goes up for a pass during a seven-on-seven scrimmage at Huntington High. The scrimmages are part of the summer three-week practice period allowed by the WVSSAC. With football season fast approaching, the period is a good way to work out some kinks before getting down the seriousness of practice in August and the wear and tear of the football schedule. Photo is courtesy of Pioneer Lights Photography

RARING TO GO – Quarterback Grant Ferguson gets in a few warm-up throws before the seven-on-seven scrimmages at Huntington High Wednesday evening. Mason Hodge fails to hang onto the ball as the defender closes in. Photos courtesy of Pioneer Lights Photography

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Spring Valley’s Tyler Brown (4) looks for running room against St. Albans on Friday at Spring Valley High School. Brown accumulated 260 of his teams 500 total yards of offense and was 10 of 15 for 151 yards through the air and carried 11 times for 109 yards and two touchdowns. Photo by Kerry Carter

Brown makes statement in opener

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – Spring Valley quarterback Tyler Brown accounted for four touchdowns in the Wolves’ 42-16 season opening win against visiting St. Albans Friday night.

The three-year starter lived up to preseason hype, accumulating 260 of his teams 500 total yards of offense on the night. Brown was 10 of 15 for 151 yards through the air and carried 11 times for 109 yards and two touchdowns.

Brown was a calming factor in the huddle for the Wolves who picked up the win despite three turnovers and three personal foul penalties – along with multiple sophomores starting at the skill positions.

“These sophomores stepped up in a really tough situation tonight. I just tried talking them up in the huddle and kept everyone positive,:” the senior signal caller said.

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A CHANGE OF PACE – Former SVHS athlete Amber Stewart has changed a few things since her time at WV Wesleyan and as a heptathlon champ, it has paid off. Photo submitted

Change is good for former SVHS athlete

 

BY JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

BUCKHANNON – A lot can happen in four years of college. Plans made can change often.

Former Spring Valley standout Amber Stewart has made and seen a number of changes since her time as a freshman at West Virginia Wesleyan.

“Right now is a good time to make those changes,” she said, “It’s part of college.”

Starting her junior year, Stewart has changed from running cross country and track to now concentrating on track. She has also gone from majoring in engineering to chemistry.

“I want to go into the medical field,” Stewart said, “I’m not exactly sure what type of medicine, but working toward the first step is important.”

While the athlete still has at least two more years before seeing the evidence of this change, she has already seen the fruits of dropping one sport.

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TAYLOR STACY

Stacy hopes to rebound

 

BY JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

BUCKHANNON – When a student-athlete starts college, the possibilities are endless for the next four years. They don’t think of negatives, only the positives.

Former Spring Valley standout Taylor Stacy was doing well as part of the men’s cross-country and track team at West Virginia Wesleyan. He had gained a spot in the top seven qualifiers for the conference and by his sophomore year was the number two runner on the team.

But then he suffered a stress fracture midway through the season and as he recovered in time for track, was struck by illness and wasn’t able to perform to where he and the team were accustomed.

As a result he was redshirted in track.

“As a freshman I contributed to the team,” Stacy said, “I ended up running a lot faster than any of the coaches anticipated.

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PIVOTAL – Grant Ferguson will be key to Friday’s season opening football game. WCN staff photo

Rebels and Pioneers kick off season

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – The storied rivalry between the Tolsia Rebels and Wayne Pioneers renews for the 26th time this Friday in both teams’ football season opener at Wilts Salmons Athletic Field.

In its long history, the competition between the teams has produced many great stories for fans and players as well as more than its share of “stranger than fiction” moments.

Starting in 1990, Tolsia won seven of the first eight games in the series.

Since then things have become more and more lopsided as Wayne, under Head Coach Tom Harmon, has tallied a record of 16-9 in the annual matchup.

The last time the Rebels beat the Pioneers was in a 2006 regular season game, 30-19.

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5K race good for your soles – and soul

 

By JESSICA ROSS
Staff Writer

CEREDO/KENOVA – The Good Samaritan Center will host the Good Samaritan Soles 5K Run/Walk 8:30 a.m. September 1 in Ceredo and Kenova.

All the proceeds from the race will go to The Good Samaritan Center.

The 5K will begin at the C-K Little League’s Mitch Stadium. The stadium is located in Ceredo and is between the railroad tracks and Foodfair in the Ceredo Plaza. Racers may park in the Ceredo Plaza parking lot.

The race begins at the stadium and will travel through parts of Ceredo and Kenova. The route is considered fast and flat, and will loop back to end at the stadium where the race began.o end their longtime friendship.

For those who register by Monday, registration is $20. Registration from Tuesday to race day is $25.

Registration forms can be picked up at Ceredo Town Hall, Kenova City Hall, C-K Florist and the C-K Memorial Library.

The forms are also available online at www.gssoles5k.com.

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JUMP BALL – Brock Adkins and the Wheeling Park defender go up for a pass Saturday. Although the defense was tight, Adkins was able to pull in the ball for Spring Valley. WCN photo by Wanda Willoughby

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PUNISHING – Fans and opponents will get a chance for a first look at Spring Valley’s big offensive line as the T’Wolves will scrimmage Wheeling Park and Parkersburg in the next two weeks to tune up before the season starts Friday August 29 at home. WCN file photo

Wolves hit road for summer scrimmages

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – The Spring Valley Timberwolves football program may or may not have all the kinks worked out for the season opener against St. Albans later this month.

But one thing is for sure – they will be road tested.

The Wolves will hit the road the next two weekends with a nearly five-hour drive to Wheeling today to face Wheeling Park for the team’s first scrimmage. The navy and white will then head to Charleston to face Parkersburg during August 23’s Mountain State Athletic Conference Grid-o-Rama at University of Charleston Stadium.

So why the early travel?

Head coach Brad Dingess said that longtime scrimmage partner Russell (KY) High School decided to end their longtime friendship.

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Cam Roam

Former gridiron standout takes over Tigers

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – A familiar face will walk the sidelines for the Vinson Middle School football team this season.

Former Vinson Middle and Spring Valley signal caller, Cam Roam, is the new head coach of the Tigers football team. Roam returns to coach a program that helped groom him into becoming SVHS’s all-time leading passer.

“I really did not expect to become the head coach. Coach (Brad) Dingess (Spring Valley head football coach) texted me and said the position was open. I always wanted to get back into the game. I made plays up when I was six, so it’s my way of getting back into it,” Roam said.

The former standout graduated in 2011 and said he is bringing a winning attitude to the Tigers’ program. He said he told his players that if they did not expect to win, then they needed to hit the door at the first team meeting.

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Wonders building on basics

 

CEREDO – Teaching the basics in the game of football is the philosophy of the Ceredo-Kenova Youth League.

“We hope to be better at the end of the season than we were at the beginning of the season,” President Tim Burgess said.

For the past five years, a C-K Youth League teams have won eight Turf Bowl championships and Burgess hopes they can bring home another. “It is an uphill challenge to find a team to compete against,” he said. “We have to work to compete for the championship.”

Burgess said the teams are as good as their next opponent and that every competitor is their next game.

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Kenova boxers, gym continue growth together

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

KENOVA – Ryan Browning never thought his Elite Sports Academy would be a hub for local boxing when he opened the Kenova gymnasium more than a year ago.

Browning envisioned a gym where he could promote fitness, train local athletes and help people get healthy – but a chance conversation after a boxing match marginally changed that plan.

Elite is now home to “Team Dirty and Nasty” boxing making the gym the official training spot for Wayne County boxers “Dirty” Don Pennington and “Nasty” Nate Butcher.

Both are Spring Valley graduates, friends and former classmates of Browning. According to Browning, it was that friendship that led him to get into the world of boxing.

“I was in the seats watching Don’s second pro fight. Afterwards he asked me to train him. His reasoning was he and I always talked boxing. I love to watch the ‘sweet science,’ watch other boxers styles, then bring that to the guys,” Browning said.

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REMEMBERING DAYS GONE BY – Spring Valley High School science teacher and assistant football coach Greg Page wrote a book recently about the story that connects the 1992 Buffalo High School Class AA football title with Marshall’s first ever national title in the same year. In the book, Page details Wayne County football as well as its history. He also talks about overcoming adversity and dealing with life’s challenges. Photo from Amazon.com

Spring Valley coach writes book

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

HUNTINGTON – Wayne County is rich in history and tradition, especially when it comes to athletics and the sport of football.

Whether it is the dynasty at Ceredo-Kenova established by Coach Carl Ward and Coach Dale Craycraft, the state championships won by Vinson High School in the 1950’s, or the Wayne Pioneers of the last decade, Wayne County knows its football.

That is the point that Spring Valley Timberwolves assistant football Coach Greg Page makes in his recently published book THE TALE OF TWO CHAMPIONS.

The book details the 1992 football championship season of Buffalo High School when it defeated Magnolia, 7-3, for its only Class AA title and how it intertwined with Marshall University’s first national championship season.

“I lived a lot of it,” Page said, “But for many details I used the archives at the Wayne County News for a lot of my research.”

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OLDER AND WISER – Tolsia’s Blake Rose started as quarterback for almost his entire sopomore season until an injury sidelined him at the end of last season. Rose believes that this year witll be the year that the Rebels surprise a lot of people. WCN file photo

Rose set to lead Rebels this season

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENNHAYES – With three come-from-behind victories as a quarterback, Tolsia’s Blake Rose has shown a knack for drama.

“To get a win, it depends on so many things,” the junior said, “It isn’t just me.
“The line has to block, players have got to catch the ball, there is a lot going on.”

Three years ago, the Rebels posted a 0-10 season and since that time have been trying to find their way back to the program’s former glory. The team has come close, narrowly missing the playoffs for two straight years.

“We were so close,” the junior said, “What hurt us last season was that it took so long for our offense to start clicking. “That can’t happen and expect to win. It was disappointing because we were expected to finish 8-2 or 7-3.”

“But this year, we’ve been working together well and I think we’re going to surprise some people.

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THEY HAVE THE HEART – The Tolsia Youth League is hoping to raise coomunity awareness and support to increase league enrollment. With an almost entirely new set of officers to run things, it appears that things are on the right track for improvement. WCN file photo

Big plans and hopes for the TYFL

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

FORT GAY – It’s been a tough few years for the Tolsia Youth Football League in the Fort Gay area, but with an almost completely new governing body, it looks like things might be on the right track for the struggling league.

Small enrollment numbers have caused some problems with the league, but it seems to have been a big issue for the new management from the beginning of this year.

“I don’t know where the rumors started,” League President Robbie Conn said, “But there were rumors going around that we had folded as a league.

“That isn’t true. We never folded. We have always done what we can for athletics for the community, be it football, basketball, and hopefully soon, baseball.”

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GUEST SPEAKER – Cecil Fletcher was the special guest speaker Friday evening at the C-K Sports Weekend banquet. Fletcher was a member of the coaching staff of the ‘94 C-K Wonders. WCN photo by Michael Hupp

C-K banquet honors former coaches

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

KENOVA – Wonders never cease and for one night a year, we all remember why.

Friends, family and members of the Ceredo-Kenova community attended the 17th Annual Ceredo-Kenova Sports Weekend Celebration Friday night. The banquet kicks off the weekend that culminates with the Eric Sparks Memorial Golf Tournament at the Silo Golf Course in Lavalette.

As it has since the beginning, the proceeds of the banquet and the golf tournament go to benefit the Eric Sparks Memorial Scholarship, C-K youth football, C-K Buddy Basketball, C-K Babe Ruth and C-K Little League.

Each year the community honors a guest as well as a featured guest speaker for the Friday night kickoff.

This year’s guest of honor was former C-K athlete and Coach Barry Scragg. Guest speaker was former Marshall University standout football player and assistant coach of the undefeated 1994 C-K Wonder state champion football team.

Bill Cornwell emceed the event and began the evening talking about the 1994 team Fletcher helped coach. Cornwell described the team in one word – dominant.

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BIG EXPECTATIONS – Brooke Heck is one of the seniors who will be leading the SVHS Lady Wolves volleyball team this season. After winning a state title her freshman year, the Wolves have performed well but missed the mark the last two seasons. The seniors hope to change that. WCN file photo

Spring Valley seniors look for redemption

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

HUNTINGTON – What’s that old saying about bridesmaids?

Posting spectacular records in the last two seasons only to be eliminated from the second round of the state tournament each time, it looks at first, that the Spring Valley Lady Wolves volleyball team are frequent bridesmaids. But you’d be wrong to make that assumption.

The Wolves won the Class AAA state championship three years ago, but hasn’t made it over the “hump” in subsequent trips to the tournament.

Last year’s regular season record for Spring Valley was 57-3-3 with six victories against Greenbrier East, but the seventh time the two programs met resulted in Greenbrier moving on in the state tournament.

This season’s seniors, Brooke Heck, Macey Porter, and Kassidy Lemons, realize that there is a lot of pressure to succeed on their shoulders.

“I feel the pressure,” Heck said, “Last year we made it to State only to get beaten.

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Ceredo-Kenova sports have storied tradition

 

By RON FERGUSON
Managing Editor

Ceredo-Kenova. Sports.Championships.

Those three words have come to symbolize a community that, a few short years from now, will have only one elementary and one middle school.

No more high school.

No more state championships, unless the Little League program manages another.
Eleven times the Wonders have won a state football title. Two basketball teams have brought home the title, two track titles and one in baseball.

Coaches such as Carl Ward and the late Dale Craycraft, for whom the football stadium now hidden by relocatable classrooms in Kenova is named, are just a few who have led C-K teams. Both men were associated with the football, basketball and track champions.

Barry Scragg and Don Money also were major players in some of the titles. They also played.

This week’s C-K Sports Weekend Celebration will honor Scragg and the last team to win a football title, the 1994 team, along with featured speaker Cecil Fletcher who coached alongside Money (head coach of the ’94 champs) years, both at C-K and following the merger with Buffalo and Vinson, with Money at Spring Valley for several years.

Fletcher, a standout linebacker at Marshall, played with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1989-91 and spent more time in the World League of American Football (Europe).

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ON THE MARK – Prichard resident and Spring Valley student Austin Blake (shown last year), is continuing to perform at a high level in the IBO archery competitions he attends. WCN file photo

Local archer aiming high

 

Staff Report

PRICHARD – Prichard resident and Spring Valley student Austin Blake gained recognition last year for his prowess with a bow and arrow.

The archer has shown that another year older and added experience continues to pay off as he has performed well in International Bowhunting Organization events.

Blake moved into the Youth Male Release (YMR) 15-17 year-old division this year and picked up where he left off last year after placing second in the in the IBO’s World Championship as part of the 13-14 year-old grouping.

The teenage bowman kicked off his season in March with a win at the Winter Nationals in Park City, Ky. Blake next competed in the Spring Nationals in Pipestem, W.Va., but took sixth place, the first time he ever finished below fifth.

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HONORED – Educator and coach, Barry Scragg, will be the special honored guest at this year’s C-K Sports Weekend banquet. WCN file photo

Coaching is a ‘Wonder’ful job to have

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

KENOVA – If a person does a job they enjoy, then it isn’t really work. That has been the case for Coach Barry Scragg throughout his 44-year career.

Scragg will be recognized at next weekend’s Ceredo-Kenova Sports Weekend banquet Friday evening as the special honored guest. The honor puts him in illustrious company as legendary coaches Carl Ward and Dale Craycraft are among those that have been honored in the past.

“I am thrilled to have been asked,” Scragg said, “It’s humbling and an honor to be asked to do this.

“I never thought for a second that I would ever be considered.”

As far as whether the long-time coach and educator thinks he is deserving of being mentioned in the same conversation with the iconic coaches of C-K’s glory days, Scragg is deferential.

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Fletcher coming home to C-K for honor

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

KENOVA – It has been talked about and many hold it as common knowledge that there is something special about the Ceredo-Kenova community.

Cecil Fletcher has experienced it and knows there is truth in the belief.

Fletcher was a standout football player for the Marshall Thundering Herd in the 1980s and was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame two years ago. The recognition would be a great honor for anyone, but what makes Fletcher special, at least in Wayne County is his ties to the C-K Wonders.

Fletcher was a member of the coaching staff of the 1994 Class A state football champion Wonders and coached for a time at Spring Valley High School. He will be this year’s guest speaker at the annual C-K Sports Weekend.

“I was a little shocked to be asked,” Fletcher said, “I had known about it and had been approached before about speaking at the event but always down played it because I’m not a very good public speaker.

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WASTING NO TIME – A large electronic billboard in Cleveland welcomes back NBA basketball star LeBron James Friday an hour after he announced he would return to the Cleveland Cavaliers after four years with the Miami Heat. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

The prodigal son has returned - big deal

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

NOTE: The following is the opinion of the writer. Under no circumstances does it reflect the thoughts or beliefs held by the Wayne County News.

WAYNE – So, by now every sports fan in the country, and very probably the world, has heard the big news – Lebron James is returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers. And if you’re like me, you couldn’t care less.

The internet and news outlets are abuzz with comments, tweets, memes, and commentary on what has been dubbed “the reverse decision.”

James announced his decision on national television in 2010 to leave Ohio, announcing to the world that he would be “taking my talents to South Beach.”

Now, four years and two championships later, “King” James is coming back much to the excitement of the Cavalier front office and more than a few bandwagon riders.

Is this a change in heart? Is Lebron trying to rectify his mistake? That would be what he probably wants fans to think. In an interview with Sports Illustrated.com Friday, he talked about realizing how important Northeast Ohio is to him and that it is bigger than basketball. It just took him four years to understand this.

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MAKING MEMORIES – Former C-K standout Chris Ball pulls in one of his ‘94 season high nine interceptions. Ball was the Wonders quarterback and cornerback in the last football championship year. Photo submitted

Wonders’ quarterback remembers ‘94

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

KENOVA – This year is the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Ceredo-Kenova Wonders Class A football championship. A 44-0 win against Valley-Wetzel in the title game at Wheeling capped an impressive and dominant 14-0 season for the Wonders.

Championship teams are made with more than just strategy and coaching. At its core are the players and one of the more notable was senior quarterback and corner Chris Ball.

Ball excelled on both sides of the line of scrimmage, throwing 17 touchdown passes and just two interceptions. He also led the team with nine picks, almost half of the record setting 19 team total.

“I don’t want to sound like I am bragging,” Ball said, “It happened and those were the stats.

“They couldn’t have been accomplished without the great offensive line we had or without our defense. “We had some good players to help out.”

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BIG SHOULDERS – Jacob Kilgore, now a senior, will be one of the players to bear the load for the Spring Valley basketball team this season after the departure of a talented senior class. WCN file photo

T’Wolves hoops getting defensive

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – Defense wins games – no matter the sport.

If you keep your opponent off the scoreboard – all it takes is one run or point to pick up the victory. For the past several seasons, defense has been a sore point for Spring Valley boys’ basketball head Coach Cory Maynard.

Maynard said his team has spent this summer working on defense. The Wolves coach said he is determined to get his team into a “defensive” mindset when the scout sheet says that is his squad’s weak-point.

“We have to stop teams. I think we got better last year, but we are not where we want to be. Scoring is not our problem. If we want to make a run at a state championship, we need to get better when the ball is not in our hands,” Maynard said.

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ONE TO WATCH – Although not named by Cochenour, Grant Ferguson (seen here putting up a shot in the first round of last year’s section tourney) will be one of the go-to guys for the Wayne Pioneer basketball team when the season gets under way in December. WCN file photo

How bright is Wayne basketball’s future?

 

BY JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – Having a good season can do wonders for a struggling program and one would think that after last year’s performance, the Wayne Pioneer basketball team would be reaping the benefits.

According to Coach Sam Cochenour that isn’t necessarily the case and his team is still a work in progress.

“The three-week practice period has been going well,” he said, “We’ve had 14 players participating in practice and camps, but not the number we expected after last year.

“Of course this week we’re vying with the Fourth of July holiday and there are a number of kids who are looking to go on vacation so that makes it a little tougher on us.”

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WHAT’S EXPECTED – Tolsia’s Kerrie Lahoda will enters her senior year and will be looked to for leadership and production on a team looking to get back to winning form this year. WCN file photo

A new era, new look for the Lady Rebels?

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – Last season didn’t have the accustomed outcome for Coach Ric Morrone and his Lady Rebel basketball team.

Despite play from Class AA first team All-Stater Savannah Winnett and All-State guard Jordan Presley, Tolsia missed achieving its goals.

“We went 20 years without a losing season,” he said, “our 7-14 finish wasn’t what we were hoping for, but I think it was a wakeup call for the girls.

“We had a good, strong finish to the regular season, but that early exit from the section tournament was disappointing.”

It was a far cry from the previous season when the Rebels won the Cardinal Conference with a perfect conference record and made it to the Region IV championship before being knocked off by Clay County.

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Vague words lead to loss, condemnation

 

By RON FERGUSON
Managing Editor

Never was a Washington fan.

Back in the not-so-distant past, it seemed the only games shown on local TV featured the Washington team. So, since my favorite squad was only on the tube when it played Washington … it became a franchise to intensely dislike.

But today – I like the Redskins!

I wish the scarlet and gold – and owner Daniel Snyder, a goofball of magnificent proportions – as much good fortune and success as can be had during the upcoming season.

With the recent controversy surrounding the Washington, District of Corruption, football team, I’m becoming a real fan.

Whenever government has the right to tell an owner what to name his business…we, as a country, have permitted that government to “out grow its britches,” as my folks used to say.

I happen to believe in the American way of doing business.

If you don’t like Joe Blow’s business, then don’t patronize it. If you find the name of his business offensive, don’t do business with him. If you don’t like Joe’s product, don’t buy it.

The Washington Redskins. A long-time name in the National Football League.

The Redskin logo features a simplified form of a Native American head inside a yellow circle. In the hair of the profiled head are two feathers tucked into the hair at the back. It has been in use since 1983.

But with today’s liberal progressives in power, being politically correct has become the norm. And it’s not just being politically correct, it is being politically correct according only to those in power, or to what they deem to be correct

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NEXT PHASE – Kara Pollinger, a former Tolsia Lady Rebel and member of the Naval Academy’s basketball team graduated recently and is set for flight school in September. Photo submitted

Pollinger graduates from Naval Academy

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

FORT GAY – As corny as it may sound, endings are just new beginnings.

Former Tolsia Lady Rebel and Naval Academy Midshipmen standout Kara Pollinger knows that probably better than anyone.

“The past four years was a stepping stone for what I’m going to be doing now,” she said, “The chance to play Division I basketball was a great blessing and I’m glad to have had the opportunity. But now, I’m ready to move on.”

Pollinger recently graduated from the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. and is waiting for the next chapter of her life to begin.

“Graduation was a lot of fun,” she said, “We started celebrating a week before. “The family came up and we rented a beach house and we just got to have a good time with one another.”

The former point guard will start the United States Navy’s flight school in Pensacola, Fla. September 5, but in the mean time, she will be working at the Academy in a pre-flight class .

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ACED – Wayne’s Jessie Rowe’s dominate pitching got her a spot on the All-State first team. WCN file photo

OUTFIELD ANCHOR – Wayne’s Emily Fry speed and hitting earned a place on the All-State first team. WCN file photo

Lady Pioneers place eight on AA All-State

 

Staff Report

WAYNE – Despite having a bid for a third straight Class AA state championship end in Falling Rock after after being edged 1-0 by Herbert Hoover in the Region IV title game, the Wayne Lady Pioneers placed eight players on the All-State softball team this week.

Ace pitcher and University of Charleston signee, Jessie Rowe, earned a spot on the first team for her performance this season.

Rowe was instrumental in leading Wayne to a 22-8 record this year and reached 500 career strikeouts during the Region semifinal win against Scott.

Joining Rowe on the first team is senior center fielder Emily Fry. Fry has been a mainstay in the outfield and a threat on the base paths with her speed.

The senior outfielder signed with Concord University halfway through the season.

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WOLF PAIR – Jade Spurlock (above) and Cassie Adkins were first team All-MSAC for Spring Valley. WCN file photos

Seven Lady Wolves named All-MSAC

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HUNTINGTON – Although the season ended for the Spring Valley Lady Wolves softball team in the section tournament, its success this year was recognized with six of their number being named to the Mountain State Athletic Conference’s All-Conference team.

Spring Valley showcased a high octane offense, often winning by the mercy rule in many of its games.

Senior leader and catcher Cassie Adkins signed with Kentucky Christian University before the season began. Getting this formality out of the way appeared to go a long way in helping her performance.

Adkins batted .452 and was named to the first team as an utility player.

Third baseman Jade Spurlock also earned a spot on the first team. Spurlock made timely plays in the field and with a batting average of .340, she had the opportunity to get on base and worry opposing pitchers with her speed.

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