Vol. 140, No. 94 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

UP AND OVER – Wayne quarterback Grant Ferguson, who missed the first meeting with Mingo Central earlier in the season due to injury, leaps over the Miner defender and into the end zone Saturday. Ferguson finished with 239 yards passing on 11-of-15 attempts. WCN photo by Wanda Willoughby

Wayne, not Mingo, taking Road to Wheeling

By RON FERGUSON
Managing Editor

MATEWAN – Many Mingo Central fans were sporting sweatshirts Saturday that read, “The Road to Wheeling Goes Through the Mountains,” meaning James H. “Buck” Harless Stadium.

They were right.

But it was Wayne that caught the bus on the second stop in the trip to the West Virginia AA Championship game on Wheeling Island in 10 days as the Pioneers ended the Miner hopes, 35-17.

Fired up and ready to play, the home standing Miners gave its Pioneer visitors a wakeup call, forcing a punt on Wayne’s first possession, then scoring in three quick-strike plays to take a 7-0 lead with less than two minutes gone.

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MAN BEHIND THE VOICE – Ryan Epling (center) has been the voice of the Wayne Pioneers for 16 years as an announcer and radio personality. WCN file photo

Sports fan wears many hats

by JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – Ryan Epling wears many hats.

He is a producer for WSAZ, a sports writer, radio personality, stat keeper for the Wayne football and softball programs and the voice of the public address system at home games for the Pioneers in the fall and spring.

“I’ve been incredibly fortunate,” he said, “My job is overnight and it allows me a lot of freedom in being able to attend the games. “I know a lot of people who would love to be able to get out the games more.”

Epling said he became involved with Wayne athletics from an early age because his dad, Doug, kept the scoreboard. “Growing up, I was at a lot of practices and games,” he said, “I learned how to operate the scoreboard when I was 10 and it just grew from there.”

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SWAMPED – Tucker Watts and Kade Sebastion smother the receiver last Saturday. This very well could be the scene today whenever Mingo’s Stevie Hammonds tries to pass on the Wayne Pioneer defense in the second round of the Class AA Playoffs. WCN file photo

Round 2 for Pioneers and Miners

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – The No. 5 Wayne Pioneers will see some familiar faces this afternoon during the second round of the Class AA football playoffs at Buck Harless Stadium.

No. 4 Mingo Central travelled to Pioneer Field at the end of September during the regular season with a four-game winning streak and in possession of a No. 3 ranking in AA.

Wayne was ranked 15th and was looking to rebound after losing two weeks before to the Point Pleasant Big Blacks, the first regular season loss for the Pioneers since 2010.

Minus starting senior quarterback Grant Ferguson, who was out of the Pioneer lineup, thanks to an injury sustained against Point, Wayne relied on big plays on offense and defense from its supporting cast to beat the Miners, 42-29.

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KA...BOOOM!!! – Wayne running back Mason Hodge put an exclamation point on his game-winning score Saturday afternoon by blasting through Fairmont defender Nick Davisson to tack on a two-point conversion for insurance. WCN staff photo

Pioneers dig in for last minute win

By RYAN EPLING
For The Wayne County News

WAYNE—There was an odd feeling in the air around Pioneer Field prior to Saturday afternoon’s opening round playoff contest with Fairmont Senior.

The final result, however, was a familiar one.

No. 5 Wayne converted a fourth-and-7 from the Polar Bear 40-yard line with 1:54 left, then scored on a Mason Hodge one-yard dive into the endzone with 52 seconds remaining as the Pioneers survived Fairmont Sr.’s upset bid, 43-40.

“You find out what kind of people you have in games where things don’t go your way,” Wayne coach Tom Harmon said. “Like life, when your existence is on the chopping block. Some people pout, others dig in. Our guys dug in.”

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A LOT OF CLASS AND TALENT – Spring Valley’s Kassidy Lemons (second from left) was named the MSAC volleyball Player of the Year this week for the second time. Teammates and fellow seniors Brooke Heck, Sarah Kelly, and Macey Porter were also honored with spots on the All-MSAC all-conference team. The Valley finished with a 60-3-1 record this season. WCN file photo

Lemons earns second MSAC player of year

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

HUNTINGTON – Spring Valley outside hitter senior Kassidy Lemons was named Mountain State Athletic Conference volleyball Player of the Year this week. It is the second time she has been recognized in this manner.

Lemons headlined the all-MSAC team, but she was joined on the squad by her senior teammates.

Brooke Heck was named first team, Macey Porter earned special mention and Sarah Kelly received honorable mention.

“I’m very honored to have been named the player of the year,” Lemons said, “But I couldn’t have done it without the help of my team. “Brooke, Macey, and Sarah just made things a lot easier for me to do what I was supposed to be doing on the court.”

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Excellence recognized at Capitol

EXCELLENCE RECOGNIZED – Spring Valley’s Austin Page (black tie) was one of five Students of Excellence honored in Charleston Saturday afternoon. Page was awarded a scholarship by EQT Corporation and it was presented by Landaue Eugene Murphy. Photo submitted

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COLLISION COURSE – Spring Valley senior quarterback Tyler Brown flips into the end zone Friday night against South Charleston. Although a close call, Brown was instead ruled down at the one-yard line. Photo by Kerry Carter Photography

Grier outduels Brown to end Wolves season

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

SOUTH CHARLESTON – Friday night’s first-round playoff match between No. 6 South Charleston and No. 11 Spring Valley featured two of the state’s top quarterbacks.

South Charleston’s Kentre Grier and Spring Valley’s Tyler Brown combined for 559 yards of total offense and 11 touchdowns between the two – but it was Grier who came out on top with the 55-36 battle at Black Eagles field.

Grier finished the night 14-of-21 through the air for four touchdowns and 42 yards rushing on 10 carries with two more scores. Brown accounted for 304-of his teams 391 yards of offense on the night.

The senior signal caller carried the ball 26 times for 167 yards and four touchdowns. Brown also was 11-of-20 for 167 yards, one touchdown and an interception on the night with a 41-yard touchdown pass to Mason Brubeck.

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LEGACY FULFILLED – Spring Valley basketball standout Madison Morris (center) is flanked by her father Bruce and mother Angela Wednesday afternoon in Spring Valley’s auditorium as the senior athlete signs with Marshall University. Photo by Kerry Carter Photography

Morris fulfills her legacy, signs with Marshall

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

It’s not every day a high school athlete commits to play at the next level and it is even more rare when one of the best girls’ basketball players signs her letter of intent.

Spring Valley Lady Wolves’ standout Madison Morris signed with Marshall University Wednesday afternoon in Spring Valley’s auditorium in front of friends and family.

Morris said she had always wanted to go to Marshall and when she finally made her decision, the university contacted her the same day.

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NOWHERE TO GO – C-K’s Tyrus Baumgardner (1) weathers the Pioneer defensive onslaught during Saturday’s “A” Team Championship at the Tri-State Youth Football League’s Turf Bowl at Marshall’s Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Photo by Melissa Booton

C-K downs Wayne, wins Turf Bowl title at Marshall

By DAVE WALSH
HD MEDIA
HUNTINGTON -- The bounce went Ceredo-Kenova’s way, allowing the Wonders to capture the A Division championship in the final game in the Tri-State Youth Football League’s Turf Bowl on Saturday at Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

With the scored tied 12-12 against rival Wayne late in the fourth period, C-K quarterback Clatyon Sharp’s pass down the middle got deflected away by two Pioneers defenders. However, before the ball hit the ground, Michael Hathway swooped in, grabbed the ball out of the air and sprinted to the end zone for a go-ahead 23-yard TD pass with 1:52 left. Sharp ran in for the two-point conversion and 20-12 lead.

C-K’s defense then stopped Wayne (9-1) on four straight snaps to take home the A championship for the second straight year and atone for an 18-12, double-overtime loss in the regular season. The Wonders finished 9-1.

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BIG WIN – The Tolsia Rebel cheerleaders celebrate after receiving the news that they won the AA Region IV cheer title Saturday. Tolsia is going to Charleston in December as part of the State Competition. Photo by Emery Thompson.

Spring Valley defeated Hurricane and Winfield Saturday to capture the Class AAA, Region IV volleyball championship. Kara Kole’s 12 points led Spring Valley past Winfield in the finals, 25-14, 25-14, 25-16. Lauren Albert scored three for the Generals. Sarah Kelly had 15 points for the Timberwolves against Hurricane in a 25-13, 25-5, 25-10 victory. Hurricane’s Michaela Ball scored five. Spring Valley and Winfield, which advanced to the finals by beating Cabell Midland, 3-0, both move on to the state tournament Friday and Saturday in the Charleston Civic Center. Photo courtesy of Brent Lemons

Tolsia and Valley cheer squads going to state

ONA – The Spring Valley Varsity Cheerleaders continued their quest for a state title Saturday by winning the AAA Region IV Cheer Championship before an overflow crowd at Cabell Midland High School.

It was Spring Valley’s fourth regional championship in the past five years. Spring Valley bested defending state champion Logan by nearly 13 points, with the following regional results being posted: Spring Valley (335.625); Logan (322.95); Cabell Midland (274.70); Lincoln County (270.10); Hurricane (269.30); St. Albans (247.95); Nitro (244.20); Huntington (242.70); and Winfield (228.05). (Point Pleasant did not compete.). As Region IV Runner-Up, Logan also advances to the state competition.

The SVHS competition cheer team members are: Seniors – Taylor Ward, Kathleen Hardin and Kaylee Poehlein; Juniors – Blass Morrone and Erika Butcher; Sophomores – Baylee Harrison, Emily Rose Thompson, Brianna Roberts and Mashea Copley; Freshmen – Giorgi Morrone, Vannah Baumgardner, Emma Mayo and Chloe Brumfield. Alternates are Kelsey Seibert, Mason Ferguson and McKenzie Holderby.

Head Coach Heather Morrone and Assistant Coach Kandie Harrison continue to praise the hard work and dedication of this team.

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Crum wins Midget League title

“C” FOR EFFORT – The Crum Youth League “C” football team won the Southern Midget League Championship Sunday night. Crum downed Tug Valley 28-14. Photo submitted.

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GOTTA WANT IT – Wayne’s Logan Queen dives from out of the crowd and over a Bluefield defender in an attempt to gain extra yards in Friday night’s game. WCN Staff photo

Beavers dam Wayne, 19-14

By RON FERGUSON
Managing Editor

WAYNE – Riding big plays from speedy Carlos Reed, Bluefield’s defense held Wayne scoreless in the second half to escape Pioneer Field with a 19-14 win Friday night.

The winning score came on a one-yard plunge by Corey Coppola with 5:47 left in the fourth quarter after the Beavers recovered a Mason Hodge fumble on the Wayne 11-yard line. Coppola carried the ball three times in the five-play drive the Beavers needed to take the lead. A two-point conversion run, again by the 6-4, 248-pound fullback was stopped short.

The game started out on a sour note for the Pioneers as Reed hauled in a long pass from Bourne on Bluefield’s first possession. Reed was nearly 10 yards behind defensive back Tucker Watts when he grabbed the perfectly thrown ball and the 100-meter champion never looked back. Tyler Easley’s kick gave the Beavers a 7-0 lead with less than three minutes gone off the clock.

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Wayne, SV Section Champs

CHAMPIONS – The Wayne Lady Pioneers won the Class AA Region IV, Section 2 Tournament championship Thursday night at Scott High School. Photo submitted

FAMILIAR SIGHT – The Spring Valley Lady Wolves’ volleyball team won the AAA Region IV, Section 2 title Thursday at Cabell Midland. SVHS vs Logan (26-6, 25-5, 25-4). High Scorer: SV- Sarah Kelly 15. SVHS vs Cabell Midland (25-13, 25-5, 25-10). High Scorer: SV Sarah Kelly 16. SVHS vs Cabell Midland (25-12, 25-18, 25-12). High Scorer: SV Sarah Kelly 11, Macie Porter 10. Photo submitted

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MAKING A PLAY – Buffalo’s Alex Darby (21) makes an acrobatic play as her teammates look on Saturday at Pioneer Arena during the Wayne County Volleybally Title Game. The Lady Bison beat Crum in two sets to win their sixth straight championship. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Buffalo wins sixth straight county volleyball title

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – Wikipedia defines a sports dynasty as a team that dominates its sport or league for an extraordinary length of time.

Six straight Wayne County Middle School Volleyball Titles would surely put Coach Doug Berry’s Buffalo Lady Bison into dynasty status.

“I don’t know if we can make a run to seven,” he said, “but we’ll have a lot of returning players next year. “We had a young team, a lot ofsixth graders this year and we had some height. I think this might be one of the first years where we did.”

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ALREADY RAN OUT OF FINGERS – The Buffalo Bison won their sixth straight Wayne Middle School Volleyball Title Saturday at Wayne High School’s Pioneer Arena by beating Crum in two sets. WCN photo by Jason Perry

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CRUISING RIGHT ALONG – The Spring Valley Lady Timberwolves won the MSAC volleyball tournament at St. Albans Saturday. Spring Valley vs Winfield 26-24, 25-10, high scorers: Kassidy Lemons, 7 Lakin Bailey 6. Spring Valley vs Nitro 25-4, 25-11. high scorers: Mackenzie Darby 17. Spring Valley vs Woodrow Wilson 25-20, 25-20. high scorers: Ashton Mcclure 11, Haley Briston 8. Spring Valley vs Hurricane 25-13, 25-17. High scorers Kassidy Lemons 9, Kara Cole 9. Spring Valley vs Woodrow Wilson 25-6, 25-13 Kassidy Lemons 8 Haley Brishoe 3. Spring Valley vs Parkersburg 25-19, 25-8. high scorers: Kara Cole 11 and Alexandra Dill 3. Photo submitted

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SV wins MSAC cheer crown

PARKERSBURG – Spring Valley Varsity Cheerleaders began the 2014 competition season with a bang on Saturday – winning the Mountain State Athletic Conference Championships in Parkersburg. SVHS claimed the MSAC Crown by a decisive margin with a total score of 364.95, more than 25 points better than first-runner up, Parkersburg.

The MSAC is the largest AAA conference in West Virginia, with fifteen schools competing in the annual competition. The top five finishers were: Spring Valley (364.95); Parkersburg (339.55); George Washington (316.40); Woodrow Wilson (310.75); and Hurricane (259.80).

The remaining ten teams finished in the following order: Cabell Midland, Ripley, Capital, Huntington, Nitro, Riverside, St. Albans, Princeton, Winfield and South Charleston.

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ARGUE THEIR CASE – C-K’s Parker Elmore (24), Tanner Ferguson (12) and teammates argue their case that the Wonders did recover a fumble in Thursday’s Wayne County Title game. Wayne fumbles contributed to C-K’s 20-14 victory at Wilts Salmons Athletic Field. WCN photo by Jason Perry

C-K downs Wayne for second straight title

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – The Ceredo-Kenova Wonders’ beat Wayne for the second straight week for their second Wayne County Middle School Football Title, 20-14, Thursday night at Wilts Salmons Athletic Field.

“It just goes back to these kids,” Wonders Coach Steve Diamond said, “They have a lot of passion for football. “For us to beat Wayne, it says a lot of what we have in our program. “But it says a lot for Wayne for us to meet them in the championship two years in a row.”

Up 12-8 in the third quarter, C-K regained the ball after a Pioneer punt and mounted a 13-play drive to seal the game.

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WHATTA RUSH! – Spring Valley’s Hunter Waugaman (19) fights to keep the ball moving as the Spring Valley Timberwolves and the Winfield Generals face off in the Class AAA, Region IV high school boys soccer finals Thursday, at Cabell Midland High School in Ona. HD Media photo by Bishop Nash

Valley soccer earns state berth

By Terry Fletcher
Charleston Gazette

ONA — Spring Valley used a flurry of first-half goals to take down Winfield 3-1 in the boys Class AAA Region 4 final at Cabell Midland High School Thursday night.

The two teams battled to a scoreless tie earlier this month.

“Halfway through the season, we were below .500,” said Spring Valley coach Scott Maddox. “And I told my assistant coaches if we don’t turn it around, we’re just gonna finish the season and play for next year. About 10 games ago, we flipped a couple positions and it woke the guys up.”

Thursday’s win gives the Timberwolves a 10-game unbeaten streak and their first-ever state tournament berth.

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GET YOUR DIRTY HANDS OFF ME – Wayne quarterback Grant Ferguson stiff arms Chapmanville’s William Shepherd Friday night in the mud and rain at Tiger Field as teammate Mason Hodge (3) looks on. Ferguson, playing defense for the first time since suffering an injury in the Pioneers’ third game of the season at Point Pleasant, intercepted two Tiger passes while throwing two touchdowns. WCN staff photo

Early points lead to Pioneer win

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

CHAPMANVILLE – Halloween is known for things going bump in the night, but Friday night it was the sounds of Mason Hodges’ pads crashing through Chapmanville defenders during No. 1 Wayne’s 44-8 win at Tiger Field.

Hodge rumbled for 110 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown to lead Wayne’s 356 total yards of offense. Wayne (8-1) actually accumulated a 38-0 halftime lead on 287 yards.

The senior running back played with a soft cast on his hand and was only expected to play on the defensive side of the ball, but took advantage of his limited snaps.

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WHAM! – Brooke Heck spikes the ball Tuesday night against St. Albans as Macie Porter (15) waits to back her up. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Wolves win on Joy Bailey Day

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

HUNTINGTON – Coaching the Spring Valley Lady Wolves volleyball team over the years has given Joy Bailey many great memories and the team added one more Tuesday night as part of Joy Bailey Day festivities.

“I want to thank all my past players, parents and the assistants I’ve had,” Bailey said, “I appreciate all they did to help and I have some wonderful memories thanks to them.”

Spring Valley swept St. Albans in three straight sets with scores of 25-17, 25-10, and 25-15 at the Wolves Den in the last home game of Bailey’s coaching career.

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ALL OVER THE PLACE – Wayne senior Dustin “Mouse” Tomblin (2) had a big sack of Poca’s quarterback last week. The Pioneers will face Chapmanville this Friday. HD Media photo by Sholten Singer

Wayne looks to de-fange Tigers

By JASON PERRY
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The Class AA No. 1 Wayne Pioneers will follow a wave of momentum into Chapmanville this Friday when they square off with the Tigers in a Cardinal Conference matchup.

The Pioneers are coming off a tremendous 44-20 win against the Poca Dots last Friday.

“Our guys went out and took care of business relatively quick,” Wayne Coach Tom Harmon said, “That’s all you can ask.”

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C’MON MAN, YOU’RE BRINGIN’ ME DOWN – Tolsia halfback Jennings Holland drags a defender behind him as Luke Presley (22) looks on. The Rebels change to a run first offense has benefited the team in recent weeks. WCN file photo by Paula Perry

Rebels host Boyd County for Senior Night

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – The Tolsia Rebels will face the Boyd County Lions this Friday at Wilts Salmons Athletic Field for the last home game of the season and Senior Night.

Although it can be said that it’s better late than never, Tolsia has undergone a rejuvenation of its offense and defense in recent weeks.

After a lackluster 0-5 start to the season, rainy weather and nasty field conditions caused the Rebels to switch from the spread offensive set to a more traditional power game. It has resulted in better outcomes to the games and netted Tolsia two wins and almost another against Scott.

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STRETCH! – Spring Valley’s Brock Adkins (8) stretches out of Cabell Midland’s Brady Elkins’ (5) grasp and fights for extra yardage during Friday night’s MSAC rivlary game with Cabell Midland. The Knights’ power running game was the edge as they won, 42-14. Photo by Kerry Carter Photography

Cabell Midland running attack tames Timbewolves

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

ONA – Cabell Midland racked up 418 yards, including 357 on the ground to defeat Spring Valley, 42-14.

Caperton Humphreys rushed 13 times for 95 yards and three touchdowns. Alex Childers carried 20 times for 171 yards and a score – and caught one pass for a 42-yard touchdown. Jacob Hendricks added 72 yards on seven carries and a score.

No. 7 Spring Valley (7-2) did all it could to slow down the No. 4 Cabell Midland (8-1) rushing attack. The Wolves hung on for two quarters.

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DENIED! – Wayne’s Steven “Bub” Perry (30 foreground) blocked a Poca punt in the first quarter and linebacker Tucker Watts (34 in back) scooped up the ball and raced into the endzone. The Pioneers won Friday’s game, 44-20. WCN staff photo

Pioneer passing smudges Dots

By RON FERGUSON
Managing Editor

WAYNE – Wayne only ran the ball four times in the first half Friday night at Pioneer Field, but senior quarterback Grant Ferguson threw for 373 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Pioneers to a 44-20 victory over an outclassed, outmanned Poca squad.

Ferguson had TD throws of 28, 6, 65, 68, and 58 yards to Cody Stiltner and a 66-yarder to Kyler Atkins to lead the Wayne offense, sandwiched around a touchdown from Tucker Watts on a punt blocked by Steven Perry.

The Pioneers had no long offensive series, with scores coming on two two-play drives, two of three plays and one of a single long pass.

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SV volley take Senior Night win

SENIORITY HAS ITS PERKS – The quartet of Spring Valley volleyball seniors Brooke Heck, Kassidy Lemons, Sarah Kelly, and Macey Porter led the Lady Wolves to a Senior Night win over Winfield Thursday night at the Wolves Den. Spring Valley won in straight sets, 25-10, 25-7, and 25-13. They are now 40-0-1 on the season and the last home game is scheduled for this Tuesday. Photo submitted

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RARIN’ TO GO – C-K quarterback Tanner Adkins sets to throw Thursday night against Wayne. The Wonders won, 52-14. The win sealed C-K’s spot in the Wayne County Title game. Photo by Amy Sturdivant

C-K leaves Pioneers ‘Wonder’ing

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

KENOVA – The Pioneers were left ‘Wonder’ing if they will face C-K in the county championship next week after a 52-14 defeat Thursday night.

Wayne needed a win against C-K to solidify its spot in the county championship next week, but the loss puts the Pioneers’ in a tie with Fort Gay. The team to play next week will be decided by numbers drawn at the beginning of the season.

C-K left no doubt it would be playing for the second straight championship appearance, thanks to quarterback Tanner Akers’ commanding performance.

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BIG BEAR – Howard Childers set a pair of records earlier in the year on his trip to Canada. Childers was the oldest hunter in the area to bag a bear in the area, plus the bear was the biggest ever recorded in the vicinity at 336 pounds and four ounces. Photo submitted

Local hunter brings down record black bear

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

LAVALETTE – Local hunter Howard Childers has hunted almost all his life and has many stories to tell about his favorite pastime. But one of the most recent one tops them all.

The 89-year-old Childers brought down a 336-pound black bear with a muzzleloader at the end of August.

At the time, the veteran woodsman was 88 and it was a record for Carmet, Canada where he was hunting. Childers became the oldest hunter to bag a bear and the animal’s size was the largest recorded in the vicinity. Since Childers’ birthday was in September, he said it was a great birthday present.

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

Pioneers to face winless Dots

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

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

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

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

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

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

Pioneer big plays down Huskies

By RON FERGUSON
Managing Editor

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

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

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

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

Tolsia drops heartbreaker to Skyhawks

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

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

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

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

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

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

Vikes and Wayne battle to tie

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

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

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

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

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

SV hosts Nitro for senior night

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

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

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

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

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

Rebels hope to improve their odds this week

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

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

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

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

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Spring Valley, Wayne win weekend tourneys in Charleston

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

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

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

Power, defense gives Rebels first win of season

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

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

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

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

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

Queen, Ferguson shoot down Skyhawks, 40-7

By RON FERGUSON
Managing Editor

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

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

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

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

Fort Gay’s late rally falls short

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – Almost.

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

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

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

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

Wellman brothers excel on college football gridiron

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tolsia plays Raiders at home

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

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

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

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

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

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Spring Valley volley are new ‘Queens of the Hill’

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

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

Hard runs, defense key for big Pioneer power win

By RON FERGUSON
Managing Editor

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

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

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

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

Spring Valley air attack leads Timberwolves to victory

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

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

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

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

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

Rebels run out of time against Sissonville Indians

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

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

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

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

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

Pioneers deal Cards loss, 46-30

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

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

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

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

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

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

Pioneers to host Class AAA Morgantown Mohigans

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

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

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

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

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

Big plays power Pioneers past visting Miners

By RON FERGUSON
Managing Editor

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

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

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

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

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

Wayne offensive attack overwhelms Tigers

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

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

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

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

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

Wayne faces unbeaten Mingo Central

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

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

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

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

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Tyler Brown

Spring Valley’s Brown commits to Robert Morris

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – “There is not a single player who meant more to their team than Tyler Brown in this state.”

Those are the exact words Spring Valley head coach Brad Dingess used Tuesday afternoon after learning Spring Valley quarterback Tyler Brown had committed to Robert Morris late Monday evening.

Brown, a three-year starter with the Wolves committed to the Colonials after leaving Spring Valley as the school’s all-time offensive leader in multiple categories. Brown finished his career as Spring Valley’s all-time winning quarterback; career leader in touchdown passes and yards; and set single season records in passing yards, touchdown passes, rushing touchdowns and points scored.

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DOING WHAT COUNTS – Wayne’s Colin Kelly is one of the players that does the little things every game that ensures a favorable outcome for the Pioneers. WCN staff photo

A play here and there and things could be different

 

By RYAN EPLING
For The Wayne County News

RED JACKET, W.Va.— It’s really not uncommon to be able to break down how a seemingly comfortable three touchdown win came down to a handful of plays.

All too often, however, those plays get overlooked, and only the final margin of victory is remembered or scrutinized.

Take Wayne’s 35-17 win over Mingo Central Saturday afternoon at Harless Stadium as an abbreviated case study on how just a few plays were really the difference.

Wayne’s opening possession of the game ended with a three-and-out. Mingo Central took its opening possession and three long runs later, had a 7-0 lead. Chase Justice had runs of 22 and 17 yards on the first two plays. Stevie Hammond went 38 yards on the third play to give the Miners the quick lead.

The Pioneers gained just three yards on the ensuing kickoff return, when Mingo Central’s Joseph Harrison successfully placed the kick outside the numbers on the right side of the field, when Wayne’s return was set to go left. The Miners had all the momentum a team could ask for, including a partisan crowd of more than 5,700 on hand.

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HELPING OUT – Although no longer part of RPA Memorial, the Valleyball Tournament is the most recognizable offshoot. Both organizations benefit the community, but the RPA has moved on to a golf tournament that helps Westmoreland and Spring Valley High School. WCN file photo

Old to new: RPA carries on tradition

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – Changing with the times to adapt to the needs of the community has been the RPA Memorial’s key to serving the community for several decades.

More changes are set to come, but the tradition and the guiding principles remain the same.

The RPA Memorial was established in 1986 with the simple intent of raising enough money to repair the basketball courts on Spring Valley Drive.

Originally built in 1976 and eventually renamed to honor the memory of late Vinson teen Ronnie Paul Angelo, the basketball courts had received more usage than the (Huntington) Parks Board could maintain.

According to Rick Wiles, tournament director for the past 30 years, it only took two years and two basketball tournaments to reach the funding goal; and because of its success, the committee decided to keep the “Valleyball” tournament going with plans to invest 100 percent of their profits back into the community. In 1991, though, Wiles felt interest had waned and decided not to continue. It was, in his words, “an extreme error in judgment.”

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FOND FAREWELL – Long time Spring Valley volleyball coach Joy Bailey stands with husband Tim at the school’s Joy Bailey Day celebration. The coach decided to retire at the end of the season so as to have more time with family and to enjoy her summers. WCN file photo by Jason Perry

Bailey bids farewell to stellar career

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

KENOVA – Wayne County athletics has been fortunate over the years to have had many great coaches in all types of sports that can be thought of as icons or as legendary.

One more can be put in that number, if she is not already there.

With the recent end of the volleyball season for Spring Valley, Joy Bailey recently retired after coaching 21 years in the sport, the last 12 with the Lady Wolves.

She was honored by the City of Kenova when October 28 (Spring Valley’s last home game of the season) was named as Joy Bailey Day.

Bailey started as an assistant coach with the old Buffalo High School program and during her career has amassed an impressive list of accomplishments.

Her teams won 10 section titles, six region titles, two Mountain State Athletic Conference titles, and two state championships (2009-2011) all while winning more than 800 games.

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Wayne gameday rituals observed

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – Bad luck and ways to avoid it have been around since time immemorial. So it makes sense that superstition and rituals would find its way into sports.

Athletes, coaches, and fans on all levels from youth leagues to the pros find ways to help ensure continued team and individual success, or at least they believe the things they do help.

For a high school football team as successful as the Wayne Pioneers, it is no surprise that many supporters and those affiliated with the program have traditions of their own.

Steve Stapleton and Melissa Booton, die-hard Wayne fans, have followed the same ritual every year for the last four or five years, going through McDonald’s drive-in and ordering the same meal before every away game (Stapleton gets a cheeseburger, fries and a coke while Booton gets chicken nuggets, two honey mustard sauces and a medium mocha frappé).

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IN FOR THE KILL – Spring Valley’s Sarah Kelly kills the ball Friday at the Charleston Civic Center during the Class AAA State Volleyball Tournament. HD media photo by Sholten Singer

Spring Valley volleyball season ends at state

 

By GRANT TRAYLOR
HD Media

CHARLESTON - There is no sport in which momentum is a bigger factor than volleyball.

Spring Valley’s volleyball team learned that twice on Friday at the Charleston Civic Center.

After using momentum to advance to the Class AAA semifinals with a win over South Charleston, the Timberwolves saw their season come to an end in straight sets with a 3-0 loss to Musselman.

The loss brought Spring Valley’s season to a close at 60-3-1 and also marked the end of the career of veteran coach Joy Bailey, who is retiring from coaching.

“It’s been awesome,” Bailey said. “And this group of girls was a good group of girls to leave with because they work hard, they have good attitudes. I’ve had a great time this year. 60-3-1, you can’t hardly say anything else. It’s been good.”

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IT’S AN HONOR – Spring Valley football standout Austin Page will be one of five students honored at the Capitol Building today. Page is being recognized as part of EQT engineering corporation’s Students of Excellence program. The festivities will take place at the Rotunda and will include a dinner at noon followed by the scholarship recognition at 1 p.m. The scholarship is a renewable $18,000 four-year award given to top students planning on majoring in science or engineering which Page plans to pursue next year at Marshall University. WCN photo by Wanda Willoughby

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NO YOU DON’T – Skylar Ratcliff covers the ball Friday as a Hurricane defender reaches for it. Photo by Wanda Willoughby

T’Wolves look to avenge season loss

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – The last time No. 11 Spring Valley faced No. 6 South Charleston earlier this season, the Wolves were coming off a dramatic overtime win against Huntington.

Spring Valley then traveled to face the Black Eagles, only to drop the game, 43-14. The Wolves’ defense could not stop South Charleston quarterback Kentre Grier who controlled the game with his arm and feet.

Grier rushed for 131 yards on 15 attempts and added 14-of-20 through the air for 133 yards to help SC total 378 total yards on the night, along with five touchdowns.

Offensive weapon A.D. Cunningham added two touchdowns to seal the win.
Fast forward to Friday night and there are a lot of differences in this week’s first-round playoff match up.

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Wayne hosts Polar Bears Saturday

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – Finishing the season 8-2, shows things haven’t gone as smooth for the Wayne Pioneers as they did after last year’s undefeated regular season record.

“We played the toughest 10-game season we probably have ever had,” Wayne Coach Tom Harmon said, “We came through it winning eight.”

After having is 26-game home win streak broken by Class AA No. 3 Bluefield last Friday, 19-14, Wayne will have just enough time to regroup as No. 12 Fairmont Senior travels to Pioneer Field for a Saturday afternoon first round playoff game.

It will be the first time that the Pioneers and Polar Bears meet in the regular season only having met previously in a pair of scrimmage games. It will also be the first Saturday game for Wayne since it beat Frankfort 27-21 in 2009.

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HEATHER MORRONE

Morrone named Coach of the Year

 

HUNTINGTON – Spring Valley High School added another Fall Sports accolade this past week.

Head cheerleading coach Heather Morrone was named Mountain State Athletic Conference Cheerleading Coach of the Year for 2014-2015.

The Timberwolves finished the season by capturing the MSAC championship two weeks ago in Parkersburg, then won the Region IV AAA title this past weekend at Cabell Midland High School.
The Lady Wolves finished as state AAA runner-up last season.

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Rebels erase Dots to finish season, 45-6

 

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POCA – The Tolsia Rebels scored 39 points in the first half on the way to a 45-6 season ending win against Poca Friday night at White Stadium.

Rebel running back Jennings Holland didn’t waste anytime, running 60 yards on the first play of the game into the redzone before the Dots’ defense brought him down on the 12-yard line.

Three plays later, Holland dove into the end zone from one yard out for the game’s first touchdown.

Scoring runs by quarterback Seth McMillion and fullback Tyler Stroud rounded out a quick first quarter.

The Rebels (4-6) continued to ride the crest of momentum into the second quarter.

After the Rebels punted for the first time, Tolsia quickly regained the ball on an acrobatic one-handed interception by Stroud, his first of two in the game.

Taking over on the Poca 45-yard line, the Rebels used four plays, capped by McMillion scooting into the end zone from 13 yards out to make the score 26-0.

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Timberwolves must win for home playoff

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

HUNTINGTON – Two years ago the Spring Valley Timberwolves made it to the second round of the Class AAA football playoffs, something that no Valley team had ever accomplished before.

The team’s performance was enough to foster hope and excitement for the next season, but it never really manifested itself as the T’Wolves finished last season with a 6-4 record and “backed” into the playoffs.

Dealing with injuries and a long bus trip to the eastern panhandle to face eventual AAA champion Martinsburg, No. 8 Spring Valley was handed an early exit from the postseason, losing 36-0.

No matter the outcome of this season, the Wolves have already improved over last year as they come into the last game of the regular season with a record of 7-2 and travel to face the Hurricane Redskins Friday with a home playoff berth hanging in the balance.

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Tolsia hopes to finish season strong

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – An 0-5 start to the season for the Tolsia Rebels was definitely a far cry from the 7-3 that many expected the team to finish.

“These kids didn’t quit on me when we were 0-5,” Rebel Coach Mike Smith said, “They could have just as easily laid down.

“It says a lot about the kids and their character. We’re building some momentum going into the off season and hopefully we can build on that.”

But a change in offensive philosophy and overall approach to Tolsia’s game plan has worked in its favor as penalties and fumbles have been drastically reduced.

For a team that, despite their record remained largely competitive in almost every game, a new approach has really helped.

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Pioneers top AA ratings, Wolves holding strong

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

WAYNE – The Wayne Pioneers moved into a two-way tie for first place in West Virginia AA football, according to this week’s West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission ratings.

Wayne is tied for first with the defending AA champion Bridgeport Indians. Bridgeport defeated Wayne for the championship last year on Wheeling Island.

Both teams move ahead of No. 3 Frankfort despite the Blue Eagles’ undefeated 8-0 record.

Wayne is carrying a 7-1 record after defeating Poca at home last Friday night. The Pioneers now go on the road to face the Chapmanville Tigers. The Tigers are looking to avenge a loss to another Wayne County team last week.

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David Mollett

Local man inducted into Alice Lloyd’s Hall of Fame

 

PIPPA PASSES, Ky. – On October 11, Alice Lloyd College took a break from the usual Appalachia Day festivities to celebrate the induction of five former athletes into its Athletics Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place at the Grady Nutt Athletic Center on the College’s campus.

This year’s inductees were: Steve Miller of Magoffin Co., David Mollett of Mingo Co., WV, Tammy Oakes of Nashville, TN, John David Slone of Lexington, and Robert Wright of Ashcamp.

David Mollett attended Alice Lloyd from 1981-1985 and received his degree in education. This gentlemen played basketball where he was a starter for several seasons. He was known for his rugged, hardnosed play on both ends.

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Jewel City Wrestling battling hunger

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – The Facing Hunger Foodbank has served more than 3 million meals this year alone to Tri-State residents from 17 counties in West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and southeastern Ohio.

Finding the donations and support to provide those meals is a difficult daily struggle with the foodbank distributing more than 5.1 million pounds of food to nearly 100,000 people on a monthly basis in 2013 alone.

This Saturday, several people will fight against each other, but everyone involved will be joining the battle against hunger.

Jewel City Wrestling is putting on “Round 2: Fight Against Hunger” this Saturday at the Phil Cline Family YMCA on Ninth Avenue in Huntington.

Proceeds and goods collected will go to benefit local food pantries.

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Rebels down Tigers for second win

 

Staff Report

CHAPMANVILLE – The Tolsia Rebels scored on their first four possessions in the opening half and relied on stifling defensive pressure to ruin the Chapmanville Tigers’ playoff hopes, 31-20, Friday night at Tiger Stadium.

Chapmanville (4-5) marched 64 yards on the opening drive and scored its first touchdown when fullback Matt Dingess capped the 10-play series with a four-yard run into the end zone.

It only took Tolsia (2-6) one play to answer.

After the ensuing kickoff was returned to their own 28-yard line, Rebels quarterback Seth McMillion rolled out on a bootleg and dashed 72 yards for the score. Following an extra-point kick by Cody Salmons, Tolsia was in the lead, 7-6.

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STILL KICKIN’ – Michael Meadows was one of the key players in Spring Valley’s 4-2 win over Huntington High for the section title Thursday night. WCN photo by Wanda Willoughby

Timberwolves’ soccer wins section

 

By TIM STEPHENS
HD Media

ONA -- Guys named Michael and Jason of horror movie fame are known to wreak havoc in October.

They did it again and their buddies Dana and Corey joined in as Spring Valley defeated Huntington High, 4-2, Thursday in the West Virginia Class AAA Region 4, Section 4 boys soccer championship game at Cabell Midland High.

Jason Holland, Michael Meadows, Dana Maynard and Corey Davies scored goals for the Timberwolves, who play the Section 2 winner next Thursday at Cabell Midland.

Maynard scored unassisted on a header at 43:24 to tie it, 2-2. Nine minutes later, Meadows scored on a rebound off the cross bar to give Spring Valley a 3-2 lead. Davies scored into an empty goal from 45 yards with1:24 left to play to give the Timberwolves their first boys soccer sectional title in the 16-year history of the school.

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HOT PURSUIT – Fort Gay quarterback Austin Bailey tries to outrun Vinson defender Kaden Garrett during Thursday evening’s game. The Tigers scored early but couldn’t hold off the Vikings as Fort Gay got its first win of the season, 10-6. WCN photo by Jason Perry

Dean carries Vikings to first win of season

 

BY JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

GLENHAYES – The Fort Gay Middle School Vikings used a fourth quarter surge to come from behind to beat the Vinson Tigers, 10-6, for an Eighth-Grade Night win at Wilts Salmons Athletic Field.

“Our kids are fighters,” Fort Gay Coach Shawn Ross said, “I wouldn’t have had it any other way for us to get a win on Eighth-Grade Night.”

Down 6-0 at the start of the fourth quarter, and on the Vinson 31-yard line, Fort Gay fullback Kolten Dean put his team on his shoulders and ran three times before topping off the drive with a seven-yard touchdown rumble to tie the game and after a successful two-point conversion take an 8-6 lead.

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Lady Wolves edged in section title

 

By TIM STEPHENS
HD MEDIA

ONA – Huntington High didn’t take many shots, just three in fact, but one went into the back of the goal as the Highlanders defeated Spring Valley, 1-0, Thursdayin the West Virginia Region 4, Section 4 girls soccer championship at Cabell Midland.

Jensyn Leonhart scored from the right side on a free kick to give the Highlanders a 1-0 lead at 32:11. Huntington’s defense made the lead stand.

“I credit my teammates for working hard and getting us into position to get a free kick,” Leonhart said. “I knew it was going in when I kicked it.”

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

Wolves face Knights in rivalry game

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

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

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

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

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

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Rebels head into Tigers’ den Friday night

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brown shines on Senior Night

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff Writer

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kenova honors Spring Valley volleyball coach

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

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

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

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

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

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

Pioneers host upstart Herbert Hoover

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

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

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

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

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

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

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Different week, different look for Timberwolves

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

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

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

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

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

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

Lady Wolves quickly beat Huntington in straight sets

 

By TIM STEPHENS
HD MEDIA

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

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

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

The motivational strategy worked.

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

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

Spring Valley frosh remain undefeated

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

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

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

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

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

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

Wayne and Scott in Cardinal Showdown

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

WAYNE – And.... it’s back.

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

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

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

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

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

Surging Wolves face winless Riverside

 

BY JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Magic number is 3 for Lady Rebels

 

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

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

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

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

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

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

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Wonders’ attack sinks Fort Gay Vikings

 

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wolves look to keep rolling against Winfield

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

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

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

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

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

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Must win scenario for Rebels, Indians

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wayne County teams ranked in polls

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

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

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

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

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

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

Brown’s record night leads Wolves

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

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

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

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

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Rebels clawed by Panthers in triple OT

STAFF REPORT

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

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

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

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

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

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Freshman T’Wolves roll to home victory

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

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

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

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

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

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

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County teams in latest polls

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

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

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

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

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

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

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No comeback this time for Rebels

Staff Report

FALLING ROCK – It didn’t happen this time.

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

The Rebels fell behind quickly.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Shawn Thompson

New coach at helm for Runnin’ Rebs

By JASON PERRY
Sports Writer

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

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

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

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

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Freshman Wolves defeat Tomcats

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

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

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

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

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

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