Vol. 141, No. 42 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Wednesday, May 27, 2015

IN PLAY — Wayne’s Jeremiah Milum maes contact during the Class AA Region IV Semifinal against Chapmanville. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Wayne falls to Chapmanville in regional semifinal

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — At the start of the season, Wayne coach Todd Ross said Chapmanville would be the team that stood in the way of his Pioneers advancing from the region.

He was right.

Wayne fell 2-1 Tuesday night at George Brumfield Ballpark in the Class AA, Region IV Semifinal against Chapmanville.

Chapmanville’s Trey Dalton was dialed in pitching five and a third innings allowing only 4 hits and no runs. He struck out seven.

Offensively, the Tigers did their damage in the third when Thompson hit an RBI triple to score Jacob Dingess. Alex Berry’s hit scored Thompson.

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FOCUSED — Wayne’s Kade Sebastian competed in the 100m on Saturday at the WV State Track Meet in Charleston. HD Media photo by Bishop Nash.

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GRIP IT AND RIP IT — Wayne’s Chris Brewer will make his first state track meet appearance this weekend in shot put. Photo courtesy Stephanie Smith

Savanna on their minds

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports editor

WAYNE — It’s hard enough for a teenager to prepare to be their best in a statewide competition. It’s even harder when you’re worried about a teammate.

That’s the situation the Wayne High School track and field team found itself in a few weeks ago. Senior team member Savanna Mays was hurt badly in a car accident before regionals.

‘It just devastated our team,” Wayne Track Coach Jeanette Rutherford said. “She was on both our relay teams and there was a really good chance she could have made it to state.”
The toll may have been evident at the regional meet where the girls 4x400 team failed to make it to state.

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THE HANDOFF — Kade Sebastian and Colten Farley exchange the baton. Photo courtesy Stephanie Smith

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

Pioneers slip past Bulldogs

Staff report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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HONORED — Jacob Kilgore and Trevor Stacy pose with their trophies from the West Virginia Sports Writers Association. Submitted photo

Spring Valley athletes honored by sports writers

Staff report

WHEELING — A pair of Spring Valley athletes were honored Sunday at the 69th Victory Awards Dinner on Sunday at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling.

The VAD is sponsored by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association to honor the state’s athletes and coaches.

Spring Valley High School football player Trevor Stacy, a University of Charlotte recruit, was the Hunt Award recipient as the state’s prep lineman of the year.

“It’s an honor to win this,” Stacy said. “I have so many people to thank who made this possible.”

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DOWN AND OUT — Spring Valley’s Haley Cladwell is called out on the back end of a double play after unsuccessfully trying to dive back to first base. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Lady Redskins’ defense defeats Spring Valley

By MICHAEL HUPP
HD Media

SPRING VALLEY – The Hurricane Lady Redskins were really defensive about their 5-0 Region IV regional semifinal win over Spring Valley Thursday night.

Hurricane senior shortstop Cassi Sargent was a force in the middle of the infield knocking down hit after hit. Several of her acrobatic gabs stopped the Lady Wolves from scoring opportunities.

“Cassi made huge plays tonight. That was definitely the difference. We played solid defense and made plays to stop big innings,” Hurricane head coach Josh Caldwell said.

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LOOKING TO GO — Wayne’s Kasey Endicott looks to make the turn at third base during Thursday’s regional game against Chapmanville. Photo courtesy of Through Melissa’s Lens.

McCann pitches Chapmanville past Wayne in regionals

By RYAN EPLING
HD Media

WAYNE — There are no easy wins when it comes to the Class AA, Region IV softball tournament.

There are no easy losses, either.

Chapmanville broke a scoreless tie on an RBI double by Samarah Hurst in the fifth inning, and that was all freshman pitcher Kenzie McCann needed as the Lady Tigers defeated Wayne, 2-0, in the regional semifinals Thursday at Lady Pioneer Field.

“Chapmanville had some timely hits and they just put more on the board than we did tonight,” Wayne coach Tish Smith said.

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FIELD OF DREAMS — A community effort has gone into rehabbing the former Vinson High School baseball field making it usable for Vinson Middle School and Westmoreland. WCN submitted photo

Community effort build’s Vinson ‘Field of Dreams’

By MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

WESTMORELAND – It took volunteers 40 days from start to finish to turn what was labeled an “unused eyesore” into a field not only Vinson Middle School and the Westmoreland can be proud of.

The former Vinson High School baseball field had sat unused for nearly two decades after the school was closed and consolidated into Spring Valley High School. Spring Valley had used the field while the high school’s new fields were constructed – but the last organized game was played on the field in 1999.

Since then, it had become nothing but a memory far removed from the state championship baseball team it once served as a home to. Fast forward to 2014.

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KNOCKIN’ ‘EM DOWN — Kodie Bowen struck out 11 Mingo Central batters while throwing a no-hitter in the Region IV, Section 4 final on Tuesday in Wayne. WCN photo by Michael Hupp

Pioneers roll in sectional

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

WAYNE — To say Kodie Bowen was on his game Tuesday night would be an understatement.

The senior hurler struck out 11 and only walked two on his way to a no-hitter as Wayne claimed the Region IV, Section 4 title with a convincing 14-0 win over Mingo Central at Wayne High School.

“Biggest thing for us we were going for our 20th win,” Wayne coach Todd Ross said. “That’s huge with a young team to get 20 wins. That’s an accomplishment for these guys and I’m super proud of them and the ball they’ve played this year. These 20 wins are well deserved.”

Mingo Central made it to the sectional final after cruising by Tolsia 19-2 in five innings in the sectional opener.

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CHAMPIONS — The Wayne Pioneers pose with the sectional trophy on Tuesday at Wayne High School. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

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Spring Valley's Caiden Conley (13) rips a base hit into centerfield as the Spring Valley Timberwolves rally to beat the Cabell Midland Knights, 5-4, during the Class AAA, Region IV, Section 4 baseball tournament Monday, at Spring Valley High School in Huntington. Photo by Bishop Nash/The Herald-Dispatch

Spring Valley rallies past Midland

By GRANT TRAYLOR
HD Media

SPRING VALLEY — Just how close is postseason baseball in West Virginia?

The difference between Cabell Midland and Spring Valley was less than a half-step at first base Monday night.

After Spring Valley’s Jonah Wellman barely beat out a potential game-ending double play, Caiden Conley delivered a two-out, two-run single to give Spring Valley a lead that Zack Harvey made stand in the Timberwolves’ 5-4 win over the Knights in the first game of the Class AAA, Region IV, Section 4 baseball tournament.

“All year, we’ve had opportunities to get that big hit and we just haven’t been able to, but this put us over the top,” Spring Valley coach Jim Hensley said. “Maybe we are getting to that threshold now where we can make something happen. That was big for Caiden.”

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Spring Valley’s Brooke Jackson tags out Cabell Midland’s Kati Kelly in the Class AAA, Region IV, Section 4 softball championship on Wednesday. HD Media photo by Sholten Singer

Spring Valley wins softball sectional

By GRANT TRAYLOR
HD Media

HUNTINGTON — One game came down to the final at-bat. The other was over after the first one.

After a 6-5 walk-off win in game one, Spring Valley rode the momentum and put together a big inning in game two to earn a 10-2 victory over Cabell Midland that clinched the Class AAA, Region IV, Section 4 crown on Wednesday night at Huntington High.

The Timberwolves will now travel to Hurricane next Thursday to meet the Redskins in the Region IV semifinal. Hurricane eliminated defending Class AAA state champion Lincoln County on Wednesday night, 13-0.

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CAPTAIN KODIE

LEADER OF THE PACK — Kodie Bowen (18) trots off the field after being congratulated by teammates after hitting a two-run home run against Herbert Hoover. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Wayne’s only senior Kodie Bowen helps lead the Pioneers

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports editor

WAYNE — Whether it’s from the mound or the infield, Kodie Bowen is there for his teammates.

At a recent game Bowen was playing shortstop offering encouragement and guidance to Wayne’s relief pitcher.

When he’s on the mound, Bowen watches around the field and is not only quick to offer guidance but an encouraging word as well.

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RECORD SETTERS — Above, Kyler Dean hands off to Ethan Lucas. Below, Jayce Berry hands off the baton to Tyson Hall. The four athletes set an event record for the 4x200 meter relay with a time of 1:44 at the Fairland track meet. Photo courtesy Betsy Stewart

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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

GRANT TRAYLOR
HD Media

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

Win helps Kilgore put to rest 2014 false start

 

BY DAVID WALSH
HD Media

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

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

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

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

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Spring Valley’s Kilgore true class act

 

By MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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GIVING BACK — Jeff Smith works on the new baseball field at Vinson Middle School. Submitted photo

Smith just carrying on a family tradition

 

By MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

WESTMORELAND – For years, Vinson High School graduate and lifelong Westmoreland resident Jeff Smith watched his family give back to the community.

Smith’s father and grandfather both maintained the athletic fields at the former Vinson High School for years. They not only gave pride to a community, but instilled the same values of service in the younger Smith.

“My grandfather played ball here. I grew up on that football field,” Smith said pointing at the field behind him.

Vinson’s fields had gone into disrepair after the high school was consolidated into Spring Valley. The football field saw wear and tear after years of neglect along with several years minus a middle school team. The baseball field had become an eyesore in the community, with its last game played in 1999.

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WINDING UP — Spring Valley’s Austin McCloud pitches during the third inning on Thursday against Cabell Midland. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Cabell Midland rallies past Wolves

 

By TIM STEPHENS
HD Media

SPRING VALLEY — In mid-April, Cabell Midland likely would have lost a baseball game when it trailed 4-1 in the fifth inning.

What a difference one month has made in the Knights.

Kirk Jennings hit a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Brady Elkins with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning Thursday to give Cabell Midland a 5-4 victory over Spring Valley in the Class AAA, Region IV, Section 4 semifinals. The Knights advance to Friday’s 5:30 p.m. championship game against Huntington High at Spring Valley.

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LONG, GLORIOUS HAIR — Josh Mitts trots off the field during the sectional final against Mingo Central Tuesday night. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Josh Mitts is Wayne baseball’s ‘mane man’

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

Go to a Wayne High School baseball and set your sights on the outfield when the Pioneers are on the field.

With any luck, you’ll see a fly ball lifted to the deeper parts of the park. But don’t keep you eye on the ball. Watch the outfielder tracking the ball.

Or more specifically, watch the golden locks of Josh Mitts flow in the wind as he deftly moves under the ball.

When it comes to fantastic follicles, Mitts is Wayne’s “mane man.” Did you see what I did there? Yeah, I’m pretty proud of that.

Mitts could be a throw back to the 1980s when hair metal bands ruled the world. His hair stands out among his teammates who all sport crossly cropped haircuts. It’s an attention getter, and Mitts is just fine with that.

When someone has hair like Mitts, the curious nature of a writer forced me to find out more about this young man — specifically, more about his hair.

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Kilgore qualifies for state meet

 

By MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

SPRING VALLEY – Spring Valley’s Jacob Kilgore is a step closer to bringing home another state championship in track.

The senior sprinter set a track record Thursday night in the 400m with a 46.9 time. He then took first in the 800m at the Region IV track meet at Cabell Midland High School. The wins come after Kilgore finished second last week in the 400m at the MSAC Championships. He finished seventh in the 800m.

Despite the poor showing last week, Kilgore was also named the MSAC Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year. He was named the State Player of the Year and MSAC Player of the Year in basketball earlier this year.

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Wayne track & field athletes win events at Region IV meet

 

Staff report

CHARLESTON — Wayne High School athletes won four events Thursday in the Class AA, Region IV track and field meet at Laidley Field.

Katie Napier, a Wayne sophomore, was first in two girls events, the 800-meter run with a time of 2:41.02 and the 1600 with a time of 6:00.90.

Wayne sophomore Mica Mathis was first in the girls shot put (31-feet, 7.50 inches) and placed second in the discus (89-2).

Kade Sebastian of the Pioneers, a junior, won the boys 100 with a time off 11.28 seconds.

Wayne’s girls took second place in the 4x800 relay with Hailey Lunsford, Napier, Shelby Adams and Jamaylan Ray (11:16.50) and were fourth in the 4x400 with Kendra Francis, Lunsford, Napier and Adams (4:36.51).

For the Wayne boys, Mason Adkins finished second in the 800 (2:09.01). Adkins also ran with Brian Robertson, Isaiah Mathis and Ben Thompson on the runner-up 4x800 relay (9:22.16).

A third-place finish was recorded by the Wayne boys (Adkins, Thompson, Seth Napier, Robertson) in the 4x400 with a time of 3:50.07.

Christian Buckley from Poca set meet records while winning the shot put (59-10) and discus (186-9). Shawn Arthur from Poca won the boys 110 hurdles (16.0).

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Lady Pioneers ready to face Chapmanville

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports editor

WAYNE — If anyone doubts how serious the Wayne Lady Pioneers are about winning another state title, just go down to the softball field at 10 p.m. or 5:30 a.m. You’ll likely find them practicing.

Wayne hosts the regional semifinal on Thursday against Chapmanville.
The Lady Pioneers have beaten the Tigers two times this year in the regular season.

The first time Emily Thomson had 13 strikeouts and Wayne got past Chapmanville 3-2 in eight innings. That game featured five lead changes. Ali Maynard hit a solo home run in the eigth inning to ead the Pioneers to the win.

The second time Wayne beat Chapmanville was a game split over the course of a week.

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Kilgore takes aim at regionals

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

Spring Valley’s Jacob Kilgore is done with school.

The senior is no longer required to get up early and make his way to the high school for a day of reading, writing and arithmetic.

But he still has some unfinished business as a Timberwolf athlete.

Kilgore will be competing in the Region IV track meet at Cabell Midland High School in the 200m, 400m and 800m events.

“I’ve got 12 days left of track,” Kilgore said. “After that, I’m on to basketball.”

Kilgore has signed to play as an invited walk-on with Marshall University.

Even though he does not have to go to school each day, Kilgore is still staying focused.

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Wayne wins six events in conference track meet

Staff report

POCA, W.Va. - Wayne High School athletes won six events Thursday in the Cardinal Conference track and field meet at Poca High School.

Herbert Hoover was the girls team champion while Poca won the boys meet.

Katie Napier from Wayne was a double winner in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:35.91 and the 1600 with a time of 6:04.84. Mica Mathis of the Pioneers won the shot put (32-feet, 6.50 inches) and discus (88-8.25).

Wayne’s girls also won the 4x800 relay. Shelby Adams, Hailey Lunsford, Savanna Mays and Napier had a time of 11:46.00.

Kade Sebastian from Wayne was a winner in the boys 100-meter run with a time of 11.09 seconds.

Mingo Central’s girls won two events. Tyshira Joplin was first in the long jump (15-0.50) and ran the 4x100 relay with Alexa Fields, Amber Hensley and Mikashia Rhodes (54.56).

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A PERFECT GAME — Justin Harrold pitched a perfect game as his Best Title Mets defeated the Area Advertising Braves 10-0. Harrold faced 12 batters and struck out 11. Submitted photo.

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Timberwolves fall
to South Charleston

 

HD Media

SPRING VALLEY - South Charleson scored twice in the top of the seventh to secure a 3-1 win over Spring Valley in high school baseball Wednesday night at Spring Valley.

Trevor Sampson and Michael Lore each drove in a run for the Black Eagles.

The Timberwolves (15-11) got their run in the seventh on a steal of home. They had just three hits off Black Eagles starter Jacob Marler and Sampson, who pitched the seventh.

Spring Valley travels to Beckley on Thursday to face Woodrow Wilson.

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Prichard pole tells a story few may know

 

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports Editor

There’s a pole along the fence line at Prichard Elementary that is a little different than the rest.

This pole is covered with a fading coat of black paint. Other poles look like it in shape and size. But this pole once stood as a barrier between warring factions. Like the Great Wall of China helped keep the Mongolians at bay, the black pole prevented injuries and brought to an end the most violent team sport this writer has ever been a part of.

When I was a sixth grader at Prichard Elementary, the boys in our class devised a game that combined football, rugby and soccer. We played this game every recess. The fifth graders wanted to play, so we all separated by class and began playing.

The premise of this still unnamed sport was simple: To score more goals than your opponent. The goal didn’t count unless the ball was kicked hard enough at the fence to make it ring when it hits.

Like soccer, you couldn’t pick up the ball and run with it. Unlike soccer you could advance the ball by spiking it forward or, as this tactic began to show, spike it in the face of an opponent.

I said it was a violent game.Thursday to face Woodrow Wilson.

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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

 

HD Media

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

 

HD MEDIA

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

 

Submitted story

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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