Vol. 143, No. 5 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017

Wayne's Cam Wallace (2) drops in a layup past St. Joe's DeAundra Murphy (4) during a high school boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 17,, in Huntington. The senior point guard was nominated for the 2017 McDonald’s All American Games. Photo by Sholten Singer/The Herald-Dispatch

Wayne’s Wallace nominated for McDonald’s All-American Games

By DAVID WALSH &
JAKE WELLMAN
HD Media

WAYNE – Wayne High School’s Cam Wallace received a surprising text message last Tuesday.

The Pioneers had a boys basketball game at Herbert Hoover and the 5-foot-8, 150-pound senior point guard got word via twitter that he was nominated for the 2017 McDonald’s All American Games. This year’s list includes players from 45 states and the District of Columbia. Of the 720 nominees selected, one male and two female athletes from the Tri-State were included.

“He got the message on his phone,” Wayne assistant coach Matt Wilson said. “He didn’t know what to say. It was a shock. He’s cool, calm, collected and didn’t make a big deal of it. His teammates did.”

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TOUGHEST WOMAN – Wayne’s Tiffany “Glitter HitHer” Ross won her division in this year’s Annual Tri-State Toughman Contest. She is pictured above with trainer Pearl Dotson. Ross trains at Stacks of Dynamite Gym located on Hughes Branch. Ross donated her $500 winnings back to the gym she trains at. Submitted photo

Wayne fighter takes Toughman Contest Women's crown

BY JAKE WELLMAN
Sports Writer

WAYNE – Tiffany “Glitter HitHer” Ross put her hard work and determination to the test Saturday night as she pulled off a championship win in the Tri-State Toughman Contest Women’s Division.

At first glance, Ross doesn’t look like your typical fighter. In fact, if you saw her through the week, she would be at her normal 9-5 job as a Business Administrator at Alcon Solutions.

This is Ross’s second year competing in the ToughMan contest after a stellar performance last year as well. Ross said, “In 2016 it was my goal just to enter. I set my goal at losing 120lbs and if I hit that goal, I would enter. I signed up after losing 110lbs, I thought that was close enough. When I debuted in Huntington, I had so much support from family, friends, and coworkers. Everyone was so encouraging because this was so outside my comfort zone.”

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TOUGHMAN – Austin Ferguson, left, takes a punch during his bout against Braxton Blair during the 29th Annual Tri-State Original Toughman Contest Saturday night at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington. HD Media photo

Toughman boxers prove their amateur grit in the ring

By BISHOP NASH
HD Media

HUNTINGTON – When asked about his pre-fight preparations, Mike Tyson famously once said, “Everyone has a plan till they get punched in the mouth.”

There weren’t many real plans formulated within the fighters’ staging area in the back half of the Big Sandy Superstore Arena, where dozens of amateur boxers anxiously waited for their fight among the 23-bout schedule Saturday night at the 29th annual Tri-State Original Toughman Contest in Huntington.

It was quiet back there, and many, if not most, were preparing to take the ring for the first organized fight of their lives. Experience, if any, was limited, from sparring matches at local gyms to straight-up misdemeanor battery.

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WELCOME HOME – Former Spring Valley quarterback Tyler Brown has transferred to Marshall University from Robert Morris University to finish out his college career. WCN file photo

Former Spring Valley signal caller transfers to Marshall

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

HUNTINGTON – Former Spring Valley quarterback Tyler Brown decided there is no place like home.

Brown, who had played one season for the Robert Morris University Colonials has transferred to Marshall University. Brown anticipates to officially be placed on the roster this week.

Brown will have three years of eligibility remaining with the Thundering Herd. “Robert Morris gave me an opportunity, but the situation and Pittsburgh didn’t fit for me. I want to finish out college closer to home,” Brown said Friday afternoon while attending former teammate Riley Locklear’s official commitment ceremony to the University of Tennessee.

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A VOLUNTEER – Riley Locklear made his decision to play football with the Tennessee Volunteers official Tuesday in front of family, friends, coaches and teammates signing his letter of intent. Pictured with Locklear is mom Madea McGuire and older brother Alex Locklear. Alex is a lineman for Marshall University. Photo by Kerry Carter Photography

Locklear Rocky Top bound

BY MICHAEL HUPP
HD Media

SPRING VALLEY – The hardest decision Spring Valley’s Riley Locklear had to make Tuesday afternoon was to wear a white University of Tennessee hat or a gray one.

That is because the Tennessee Volunteer football recruit had already made his biggest decision to play football in Knoxville before his senior season with the Timberwolves. He made his decision official Tuesday in front of family, friends, coaches and teammates signing his letter of intent.

The 2016 Stydahar Award winner, given to the state’s top lineman, was granted early graduation from Spring Valley. Locklear will be in Knoxville this Sunday to start spring classes at Tennessee next week. The decision allows him to attend spring practice for Tennessee head coach Butch Jones’ squad.

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Wayne Co. players lead
St. Joe to tourney championship

TOURNEY CHAMPS – Four players from Wayne County recently helped lead the Huntington St. Joe Lady Irish to the Doc Maples Holiday Hoops Tournament in Bristol, TN last month. Players include ((left-right) Dena Jarrells (Tolsia) Paige Shy (Buffalo) Errin Kay (Vinson) and Bailee Adkins (Wayne). All four girls competed against each other in middle school before attending Huntington St. Joe. Submitted photo

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WELCOME BACK – Jaxon Burgess, of Lousiville DeSales High School, was named MVP of the AIT. Burgess is the son of former C-K High and Marshall University standout Joda Burgess. HD Media file photo

Burgess at home in AIT

By GRANT TRAYLOR
HD Media

ASHLAND – Over the summer, Louisville DeSales boys basketball guard Jaxon Burgess found out one of his Christmas presents nearly six months early.

Burgess and his teammates would be traveling to his hometown area just after Christmas for the Ashland Invitational Tournament. He made the most of that trip, leading DeSales to the 62nd AIT championship while earning Most Valuable Player honors in the process.

As Burgess was announced as the MVP of the tournament, the meaning of the week hit him. “It was emotional,” he said. “I looked over and my family was tearing up and crying and my teammate were all into it. It’s just a dream come true to come down here and win the tournament and MVP. There’s nothing more I could ask for.”

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High school basketball polls feature area teams

By GRANT TRAYLOR
HD Media

HUNTINGTON – One thing was proven by the early portion of the 2016-17 high school season.

Huntington High is again thought of as the team to beat in Class AAA girls basketball in West Virginia.

The Highlanders were ranked No. 1 in Monday’s Associated Press poll - the first release since the preseason rankings at the beginning of December.

Spring Valley was also ranked in Class AAA girls, coming in at No. 10 in the poll.

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Misc


CLAY ROBERTSON

Local hoops standout invited to Nike camp

 

BY JAKE WELLMAN
Sports Writer

BUFFALO – Local youth basketball standout Clay Robertson received an invitation to attend the NYAA Nike Elite Camp in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Nike Elite camp is one of very high honors and takes only the best players across the country. The camp only brings 25 kids from the 50 states to compete in the camp.

Robertson is a fourth grader at Buffalo Elementary that excels on the basketball court. He is the son of Paul Michael Robertson and Paula Clay.

Robertson currently travels with his AAU team the Huntington Thunder where he controls the game at the point guard position. Robertson will take his talents over to the West Virginia Wolves at the end of this season to continue his journey to college ball.

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Spring Valley girls topple No. 1 Huntington High

 

By DAVID WALSH
HD Media

SPRING VALLEY – There should be a new No. 1 team in West Virginia Class AAA girls basketball come Monday when the next Associated Press poll comes out courtesy of Spring Valley.

The Lady Timberwolves handled current No. 1 Huntington High’s pressure defense and Morgan Vaughn and Madison Vaughn combined for 38 points to power the home team to a 71-54 victory Saturday night at the Wolves Den.

“We handled the press. That’s the key to playing Huntington High,” Spring Valley coach Bo Miller said. “We got the looks we wanted. Our girls played extremely hard, gave a great effort. We’re getting better.”

The Lady Timberwolves (7-4) outscored the visitors 25-10 in the second period to take 36-25 lead at the break. That despite making just 4 of 15 free throws.
In the second half, the Lady Highlanders continued with the pressure, Spring Valley made minimal mistakes and steadily pulled away. Many times the Lady Timberwolves got numbers and beat the Lady Highlanders down the floor.e Class A semi-finalist football team.

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GoFundMe account started for Tolsia athlete after fire

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

GLENHAYES – A community is rallying around Tolsia High School athlete Brian Campbell and his family after a fire destroyed their home Wednesday afternoon.

There has been a GoFundMe page started to collect money for the family at to https://www.gofundme.com/brian-campbell-family-fund to donate.
According to the page, the family lost everything during Wednesday’s tragic fire.

“His friends and family at Whitetail Heaven Outfitters, where he is one of the top hunting guides, is putting together this page to help his family in the hopes that they can begin rebuilding their lives as quickly as possible,” according to the post.

Campbell is a senior basketball player at Tolsia and also played on the Class A semi-finalist football team.

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Wayne Co. Hoops Roundup Jan. 11-14

Tigers take down Buffalo

BY JAKE WELLMAN
Sports Writer

WESTMORELAND – The Tigers are rolling through county play with another dominating performance Thursday night defeating Buffalo 54-17.

The Tigers had another offensive blow out led by guard Brock Booth with 14 points and seven assists. Landon Mosser and Joseph Daughtery followed Booth scoring nine points apiece and adding six rebounds.

Buffalo’s offense struggled on the evening with the pressure of the Tigers’ defense.

Lady Mounties sink Vikings

BY JAKE WELLMAN
Sports Writer

CRUM – The Crum Mounties pulled out the brooms Thursday night as the boys and girls both showed their offensive skills in the victories over Fort Gay 39-15.

Crum held Fort Gay to a scoreless first quarter, and complimented their defense putting up a solid 13 points.

The Lady Mounties took a big half time lead 19-6 and rolled their momentum over to the second half outscoring the Vikings 20-9.

Mounties sweep Vikings

BY JAKE WELLMAN
Sports Writer

CRUM – The Crum Mountaineers put on a dominating offensive performance Thursday night in their victory over Fort Gay 37-15.

Crum took a massive first quarter lead outscoring the Vikings 19-5 and never looked back. The Mounties outscored Fort Gay 14-1 in the second quarter and continued the momentum after half time.

Fort Gay was held scoreless in the third and strung together nine points in the fourth under the heavy pressure of the Crum defense.

South Charleston takes down Wolves

BY JAKE WELLMAN
Sports Writer

SPRING VALLEY – The Spring Timberwolves fell to a tough Black Eagle team Wednesday night in the Wolves Den 68-51.

Spring Valley went out to an early first quarter lead 14-13 but quickly fell short by half time trailing 32-24.

E.J. Phillips led the scoring for the Black Eagles with 24 points followed by Tamon Scruggs putting up 19 points.
South Charleston outscored Spring

Valley 26-9 in the third quarter to secure the victory on the evening. pressure of the Crum defense.

Tolsia conquers Mingo

BY JAKE WELLMAN
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – The Tolsia Rebels picked up their second win in a row after an offensive show down against Mingo Central Thursday night 67-58.

Tolsia controlled the court Thursday night pushing the pace behind guard Mariah Finley. Finley was the Rebel’s leading scorer on the night with 21 points, seven assists, and five rebounds.

Taylor Parsley and Sarah Jude were big contributors to the offense on the night as well combining for 33 points. Parsley went for 18 points and six rebounds while Jude put up 15 points and five rebounds.

Wayne falls to Hoover

BY JAKE WELLMAN
Sports Writer

WAYNE – The Wayne Pioneers came back from a 16-point 3rd quarter deficit to pull within two points with just over a minute remaining in the game – but fell short at Herbert Hoover Tuesday night.

Wayne’s offense went on a hot streak to put up 44 but Hoover’s 52 proved to be to much for the Pioneer’s to handle.

Cam Wallace led the pioneers with 14 points and Justice Raney Ross added 13.

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Spring Valley wrestling places ninth at Beckley tournament

 

BY JAKE WELLMAN
Sports Writer

SPRING VALLEY – The Spring Valley Timberwolves wrestling program continues their stellar season finishing ninth out of 30 teams in last weekend’s Beckley tournament.

Spring Valley finished the tournament with a 6-3 record picking up a big win over No. 9 Madonna to advance them to ninth place.

Mason, Ohio was the toughest loss of the night for the Wolves to give them their third loss of the tournament. Mason was the Wolves toughest opponent as a nationally ranked wrestling program.

Owen Porter was once again the story of the tournament picking up his historic 100th career win as only a junior. Porter went on to finish 9-0 to help lead himself and his team to a great finish.

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LANDAIR – Spring Valley’s Madison Vaughn led the Lady Wolves in a 64-59 win over West Green, TN last week with 16 points. WCN file photo

Lady Wolves top West Green, TN in Landair Classic

 

BY JAKE WELLMAN
Sports Writer

SPRING VALLEY – The Spring Valley Lady Wolves finished out their final game of the Landair Classic with a victory against a tough West Green Tennessee team 64-59.

Spring Valley went 1-2 overall for the tournament with the two losses coming against Morristown West and Daniel Boone.

Madison Vaughn and Haley McComas led the way for the Wolves offense combining for 31 points. Vaughn accounted for 16 points, seven assists, and eight rebounds on the night whole McComas put up 15 points and nine rebounds.

The Wolves dominated the offensive and defensive glass and shot 12-for-20 from the free throw line.

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Annual Toughman Contest returns

 

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HUNTINGTON — Final preparations are being made for the 29th Annual Tri-State Original Toughman Contest that starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

The Big Sandy Superstore Arena Box Office will be open late from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday to get tickets to the event which perennially sells out the Arena. The box office will also be open from 10 a.m. through the event on Friday and Saturday, if tickets remain.

Tickets are $20 general admission, $25 reserved and $35 VIP ringside. Get tickets at the Big Sandy Arena Box Office or call 304-696-4400. Normal box office hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, except for event days. Buy online at ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Come out and see more than 100 amateur boxers from all over the Tri-State and beyond battling for more than $12,000 in prize money and bragging rights.

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Middle School county play begins

 

BY JAKE WELLMAN
Sports Writer

WAYNE – Middle school basketball begins county play this week after returning from Christmas break.

Wayne County middle school basketball has been a long-standing tradition throughout the years and the heated rivalries between schools still remain today.

Crum, Fort Gay, Vinson, Ceredo-Kenova, Wayne, and Buffalo have all had successful beginnings to their seasons in non-conference play. The true test will come in the gauntlet schedule that begins this week with county play starting.

Vinson’s boys team led by coach Josh Perkey looks to repeat last year’s performance of a county championship despite losing player Chase Maynard the opening of the season due to an arm injury.

The Lady Pioneers have the same goal in mind, trying to make the 2017 season a three-peat county championship run under Austin Pratt.

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