CLAY-BATTELLE 2010 FALL SPORTS MEDIA GUIDE
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2010 CLAY-BATTELLE VARSITY FOOTBALL AT PETERSBURG AT BISHOP BONAHUE PADEN CITY HUNDRED CLEAR SPRING (MD.) AT VALLEY WETZEL CAMERON TYGARTS VALLEY AT NOTRE DAME AT MADONNA
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MAPLETOWN 6:30 P.M. AT TYGARTS VALLEY 6 P.M. AT JEFFERSON MORGAN 6 P.M. BISHOP DONAHUE 6:30 P.M. VALLEY WETZEL 6:30 P.M. AT CAMERON 6 P.M.
2010 clay-battelle fall sports media guide
TABLE OF CONTENTS FOOTBALL
Clay-Battelle Athletic Boosters 2009 Season in Review 2010 Roster Class Breakdown
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Meet the Cee-Bees
Principal Karen Church Vice Principal David Cottrell Athletic Director Dave Joyce
GAWTHROP MEDIA GUIDES Rt. 5 Box 732B Clarksburg, WV 26301
DESIGN & WRITING Brian Gawthrop
Brian Gawthrop, Terri Peters, Molly Gum, Nikki Mattingly
Morgantown Printing & Binding Morgantown, W.Va.
Kasha Beidler, Terri Peters, Nikki Mattingly, Ryan Wilson, Molly Gum, Gary Steele, Karen Church, David Cottrell, Dave Joyce
Head Coach Ryan Wilson Assistant Coach Eric Ammons Assistant Coach Dan Barker Assistant Coach Jamie Dalton Assistant Coach Jon Girard Assistant Coach Gobel Mattingly Assistant Coach Kent Saul Assistant Coach Doug Steele
Gary Steele Jen Lucy Terri Wilson Watergirls
Seniors Juniors Sophomores Freshmen
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Meet the Cee-Bees
Head coach Nikki Mattingly Assistant Heather Henderson Seniors Juniors Sophomores Freshmen
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VOLLEYBALL 37 GOLF 38 BEHIND THE TEAMS 39
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CHURCH Karen Church returns as principal of her alma mater. Church is a 1974 graduate of Clay-Battelle High School and, after earning an Associate Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Health from Fairmont State College in 1978, knows the importance of Clay-Battelle Athletics in the Blacksville community. She also graduated with her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from West Virginia University. “To me, athletics is an avenue for students to show and perform skills outside of the academic realm. When involved with athletics, they have the opportunity to display their physical abilities and strengths and belong to a team. Belonging to a team builds strong relationships and gives a sense of family away from home. “Our athletic program is very strong and continues to grow as more sports are added. Currently we have 14 different sports (middle and high combined) for students to be a part of. Athletics are an important part our school. Not only do athletics encourage school spirit but also bring school and community together. Our community strongly supports our athletic programs. Many of our spectators are alumni and may also have played for the Cee-Bee’s of yester-year. Our community takes pride in seeing our students on the field, court, diamond, or track. “As principal, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our community for their strong support of our school, their children and our athletic program. We truly are a Cee-Bee Family and I thank each of you for that.”
COTTRELL A life-long Clay-Battelle Cee-Bee, David Cottrell returns for his 10th year as vice principal at ClayBattelle High School, the same school he graduated from in 1983. Cottrell earned his bachelor’s degree in Social Studies from Fairmont State College in 1983 before returning to school at West Virginia University, where he earned his master’s degree in Special Education in 1995. He took over as vice principal at Clay-Battelle in 2000. Being around Cee-Bee sports his entire life, Cottrell knows how much Clay-Battelle’s athletics effects Blacksville and the surrounding areas. “The athletic programs at Clay-Battelle High School bring this entire community together and give the community something in common that they all enjoy supporting. “I grew up in this community, so of course ClayBattelle Athletics are important to me. I’ve seen the positive aspects of being on a team, and I’ve seen the good it does for all of our students. “The following that our athletic teams receive when they travel all across the area for away games has to be the most underestimated aspect of Clay-Battelle. Many time, we’ll show up to games on the road and have larger crowds than the home teams. That’s a great feeling, knowing that the students have that kind of support from everyone who follows ClayBattelle Athletics.”
Clay-Battelle High School Athletic Director Dave Joyce didn’t grow anywhere near Blacksville. His pride for the community and its athletic programs, however, still runs deep. Joyce graduate from Wintersville High School in Wintersville, Ohio in 1982 before attending Ohio State University and West Virginia University, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education in 1986. Joyce has been with Clay-Battelle ever since as the 2010 season will be his 24th at the helm of the Cee-Bee Athletic Program. “My job, wardrobe, and spare time are centered around CB athletics. For 24 years I have been coaching and/or serving as Athletic Director. Many of the athletes and families who have been here during that time have become some of my closest friends. CB athletics provides a great opportunity for young men and women to develop their talents as well as friendships. “The percentage of students who are involved in athletics at Clay-Battelle is huge. The parents, grandparents, and alumni are very supportive of the programs that Clay-Battelle High School has to offer. We provide the Blacksville area with plenty of local events and good competition. “Athletics at Clay-Battelle has always had the ability to take several small communities and join them into one great community...one that we support for ourselves and our children...one that makes you proud to be a Cee-Bee.”
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head coach | 16th season Clay-Battelle High School | 1978 West Virginia University | 1982
Fifteen seasons at the helm of the ClayBattelle High School football program and head coach Ryan Wilson keeps producing success.
Class after class begin their high school football career under Wilson’s guidance and continue to leave it better than before. The trend continued after the 2009 season which will go down as one of the most successful in the history of Cee-Bee football. Wilson’s crew began the season 9-0 before an early exit to the hands of Tucker County in the first round of the West Virginia Class-A State Playoffs ended their season at 9-2. It was the program’s winningest season since the Cee-Bees finished 10-2 in 2006 and it was only the third time since 1984 that the Cee-Bees ended with at least nine wins. The 2009 graduating class exited as the winningest class in school history with a 33-11 record including three West Virginia Class-A State Playoff berths. The recordbreaking season only adds to the long list of accomplishments the Cee-Bees have claimed under Wilson which includes the only 10-win season in school history. Entering his 16th year as head coach of the Cee-Bees, Wilson surely deserves time to reflect. The Blacksville, W.Va., native can already call himself the winningest coach in school history with a 95-62-1 career record (58 wins over second place Russ Moore) as well as the longest tenured coach in school history. He’s also guided Clay-Battelle to the most playoff appearances in school history (7), three Mason-Dixon Conference Championships, and, with a win over Tug Valley in the 2006 state playoffs, Wilson became the first CB head coach to secure a playoff win. With five victories this season, Wilson will have reached 100 career wins with
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Clay-Battelle. Wilson isn’t the kind to taking any of the credit, however. “What this program has become isn’t just Ryan Wilson – I’ve just been a small part in it,” he said. “It’s the assistant coaches, it’s the players who have come through here, and it’s all of the families who in some way or another gave their support to help us improve.”
LIFE ON THE FIELD
In 1968, Scott Wilson made possibly the biggest improvement the Clay-Battelle football program will ever see. Wilson, Ryan’s father and the then-President of the Clay-Battelle Athletic Boosters, led the community in building a new football field that was to be located beside the current high school. “Everyone helped, even the coal mines,” said Ryan Wilson, who was only nineyears-old at the time. “When they were building it and leveling off the land, there was a drag that continuously went around the field and I had to follow it and pick up any rock that got left behind. I’ll never forget how boring that was. “Now I mow the grass, and my kids help me.” The construction of the field was the first of many proud facility-related moments Wilson has experienced. Now, 42 years later, the field consists of one of West Virginia’s only box suites intended for everyday fans while the 17-year-old Cee-Bee Field House received yet another renovation this year to make room for updated weight room equipment. Wilson makes sure all of his players know about the history of the field, also. In fact, every August the coach sits his team down and describes to them how much work the community put into the facility. “The building of this field meant so much for the high school and the community,” Wilson said. “I want the players to have pride in where it came from. That’s important.
CLAY-BATTELLE FOOTBALL C-B coaching WINS
1. Ryan Wilson (1995-current) 2. Russ Moore (1983-94) 3. Mason (1945-53) 4. Butch Browning (1982-85) 5. Paul Tarasuk (1954-59)
1. Tom Burner (1966-69) 2. Ryan Wilson (1995-current) 3. Black (1939-42) 4. Butch Browning (1982-85) 5. Ron Renner (1969-71)
1. Ryan Wilson (1995-current) 2. Russ Moore (1986-94) 3. Butch Browning (1982-85)
1. Ryan Wilson (1995-current) 2. Russ Moore (1986-94) 3. Tom Burner (1966-69) Paul Tarasuk (1954-59) Mason (1945-53)
7-PLUS WIN SEASONS
1. Ryan Wilson (1995-current) 2. Russ Moore (1986-94) Butch Browning (1982-85) Paul Tarasuk (1954-59) Mason (1945-53)
1. Ryan Wilson (1995-current) 2. Russ Moore (1986-94) Mason (1945-53) 4. Paul Tarasuk (1954-59) Tom Resatar (1960-65)
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I’m very proud of this place and I think they should be too. “We’ve always had that type of support. Even after 15 years, every home game when I walk out of the locker room and look up at the crowd, I still get chills at the sight.” Wilson even met his wife on the football field. While serving the first of his two years as athletic trainer for the Cee-Bees in 1984 under then-head coach Butch Browning, a friend Wilson’s persuaded the young trainer to meet a girl after CB finished playing the Rivesville Rams. Wilson agreed, and eight months later, he and his wife Terry were married. “She was from Rivesville, but she came just to meet me,” Wilson said. “So when the game was over, I met her in the middle of the field and my friend introduced me to her.” Terry Wilson now serves as the team’s videographer.
‘TALKIN FOOTBALL AGAIN’
Despite the ending of the gridiron season, one wouldn’t be pressed to find Wilson off the Clay-Battelle campus as he also serves as the assistant coach for the women’s basketball team. It’s a job that, although he enjoys, he doesn’t take lightly. “We always have a good time,” said Wilson, who will enter his sixth season with the basketball team this season. “But I really don’t coach any different. I still yell at them, just maybe not quite as hard. My main goal is still to see them reach their full potential, and when they do well, I still compliment them.” And yet, despite the football season already in the books, he still finds a way to incorporate his first love.
“We might be in the locker room before a game and I’ll start relating things back to football,” Wilson said. “The girls always get a laugh out of it. ‘Coach is talkin’ football again,’ they always say.”
If there is one thing that Wilson has learned in his fifteen years at the helm of the Cee-Bees, it’s to not judge success by wins and losses. “We haven’t won any championships but that’s not what our program is about,” he said. “If that happens to happen, that’s fantastic. I want the kids to have fun, learn the game, and most importantly, become responsible, respectful and like a family. To encourage the family atmosphere, Wilson holds various team traditions such as the midnight practice where the team sleeps over in the gymnasium and practices in the middle of the night, as soon as they are permitted to by the West Virginia Secondary Schools Athletic Commission. It’s that family aspect that Wilson himself holds on the top of his priority list during his everyday life. He currently resides in Blacksville with his wife and their two kids Alan, 20, and Ali, 18. “Through the good seasons and the bad seasons, my family has always been there for me,” Wilson said. “They’ve been there through the 3-7 seasons but it doesn’t matter – we’re still out there mowing the grass. “It’s just little things but it’s memories. It’s Clay-Battelle memories.”
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CLAY-BATTELLE ELLETTAB-YALC FOOTBALL all-state
FIRST TEAM (6)
Year Record 1984 9-2* 1985 4-6 1986 0-10 1987 3-7 1988 3-7-1 1989 1-9 1990 6-4 1991 6-3 1992 7-4* 1993 6-5* 1994 5-5 1995 5-5 1996 3-7 1997 8-3* 1998 7-3-1* 1999 5-5 2000 4-6 2001 6-4 2002 3-7 2003 5-5 2004 8-3* 2005 8-3* 2006 10-2* 2007 6-4 2008 8-3* 2009 9-2* *Reached Playoffs
SELECTIONS Stan Dean (1997) Jordan Hockenberry (2009) Zack Johnson (1998) Aaron LaPoe (2003) Will Seaman (2006) Alex Wilson (2006)
SECOND TEAM (16)
R.J. Beach (2007) Nick Bragg (2009) Allen Corder (2008) Ryan Forquer (2004) Zack Johnson (1997) Aaron LaPoe (2001, 2002) Levi McVicker (2007) Travis Rose (2003) Jay Riffle (2009) Will Seaman (2005) Jason Statler (1995) Ryan Toothman (1997, 1998) Devan Wright (2007, 2008)
SPECIAL HONORABLE MENTION (9) Braden Bane (1999) Cameron Cummings (2008) Stan Dean (1996) Skylar Eddy (2009) Zack Forquer (2006) Joe Knotts (2009) Josh Miller (2007) Justin Moore (1999) Nick Munson (1997)
HONORABLE MENTION (11) Eddie Baez (2009) Jeffrey Barnette (2007) R.J. Beach (2006) Lucas Cottrell (2009) Cliff Hamilton (2006) Shawn Henderson (1999) Dan Owens (2004) Austin Ponceroff (2004) Jay Riffle (2008) Levi Sanders (2004) Matt Webber (1996)
HEAD COACH RYAN WILSON
RESULTS Position Athletic Trainer Athletic Trainer Ast. Coach/Trainer Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Head Coach Head Coach Head Coach Head Coach Head Coach Head Coach Head Coach Head Coach Head Coach Head Coach Head Coach Head Coach Head Coach Head Coach Head Coach
CAREER AS HEAD COACH Record: 95-62-1 Playoff Appearances: 7 CAREER AS ASSISTANT COACH Record: 37-54-1 Playoff Appearances: 2
assistant coach | first season
assistant coach | third season
AMMONS The veteran Ammons begins yet another season, this year in charge of the running backs and defensive backs. Also the head coach of the Clay-Battelle baseball team, Ammons is married to wife Ann and they have three children – Tiffany, Jordan and Truman.
Barker is in his first season with Clay-Battelle football. The graduate of Durant High School (Okla.) earned his bachelor’s degree in art from Southeastern Oklahoma State University and is in his second year studying athletic coaching education at West Virginia University. Barker was a member of the United States Marine corps from 1994-98 and is currently a member of the National Guard where he served in Afghanistan from 2006-07. He was also a professional bull rider for 10 years.
A 1995 graduate of Morgantown High School, defensive ends coach Jamie Dalton begins his third season with CB football. Dalton graduated from Fairmont State in 2001 with a degree in physical and health education before earning his master’s in special education at WVU. Dalton was a three-year member of the Fighting Falcons football team where he played defensive end, linebacker and special teams. He currently resides in Morgantown with his wife Ginger.
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strength coach | first season
assistant coach | second season
assistant coach | 11th season
Girard is in his first season with the ClayBattelle football program. Girard graduted in 2000 from Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School (Plymouth Meeting, Penn.) where he was a threeyear member of the Colonials’ baseball team. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree in athletic coaching from West Virginia University. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications from WVU in 2005.
After previously serving as the team’s head athletic trainer in 2007 and 2008, Mattingly returns to the sidelines for his second year as a running backs and defensive backs coach. The 2003 graduate of Lassiter High School (Ga.) earned a degree in athletic training at Georgia Southern in 2007 before transferring to West Virginia University and earning his masters degree in athletic training in 2009. Mattingly currently is employed by the West Virginia University Sports Medicine Center as a staff athletic trainer. He resides in Wadestown with his wife, Nikki, who is the Cee-Bees’ head cheerleading coach.
Saul enters his eleventh season as an assistant coach with the Clay-Battelle High School football program.The 1984 graduate of Liberty (Raleigh) is in charge of the offensive and defensive lines. He graduated from West Virginia University in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture and Environmental Education before earning his master’s degree in the same field. He is currently works as a agriculture teacher at Clay-Battelle High School. He resides in Wadestown with his wife Bonnie, their daughter Kendal (4) and son, Kent (17), who is a senior on the team.
assistant coach | 16th season Having been with head coach Ryan Wilson since his inaugural season in 1995, Steele begins his sixteenth season as an assistant coach for the Cee-Bees. He also in his fifth year as head coach of the Clay-Battelle girl’s basketball team where he had previously spent 11 years as an assistant coach. The 1988 graduate of Clay-Battelle is in charge of the receivers, quarterbacks and linebackers.
He graduated from West Virginia University in 1992 with a degree in secondary education with a specialization in math. He is in his second year as a math teacher at ClayBattelle. He currently resides in Jake’s Run with his wife Elizabeth and their children Jacoby (13), Elijah (10), Benji (9) and Caleb (6).
CLAY-BATTELLE FOOTBALL gary
public address | 27th season
head trainer | second season A 2009 graduate from the University of Pittsburgh, Lucy begins her second season with the Clay-Battelle football team as head athletic trainer and her employer, Healthworks. Lucy earned her degree from Pitt in athletic training where she served as the trainer for the Panthers’ baseball, wrestling, track and cross country teams. Lucy is a 2005 graduate of Uniontown High School (Pa.) and is currently in her second year of pursuing her master’s degree in athletic training at West Virginia University.
videographer | 11th season Terri Wilson, the wife of Clay-Battelle head football coach Ryan Wilson, begins her 11th season with the Cee-Bee football program where her duties include serving as the team’s videographer. A 1980 graduate of North Pulaski High School (Jackson, Ark.) and a 1983 graduate of Fairmont State College (Fairmont, W.Va.), Wilson currently is in her 14th year as a registered nurse at Women’s Healthcare of Morgantown. She has never missed a Cee-Bee football game in the past 15 seasons.
Gary Steele can’t remember the year, but everything else about Clay-Battelle’s 1997 West Virginia Class-A State Playoff loss to Big Creek remains vividly in his memory. The Cee-Bees, with just 27 players in head coach Ryan Wilson’s first career playoff game, was eliminated from the playoffs after missing a field goal in double overtime to fall No. 3 Big Creek. Big Creek went on to become Class-A State Champions. “I remember seeing that field goal miss and realizing we didn’t advance,” Steele said. “I thought we were going to win it – everyone did. If we would’ve, we could’ve gone somewhere that year. “I remember seeing all the disappointment on all the kids’ faces. It just wasn’t a good moment.” Steele wasn’t watching from his typical press box seat that night as the Cee-Bees were on the road at Princeton. But that night, he said, was the most heartbreaking of any during his 27-year career as Clay-Battelle football’s public address announcer and 54-year involvement with the program. “It was just the kids,” Steele said. “They had come so far that year. And to have their seasons end like that, I just felt so horrible for them.” But it’s moments like those that keeps Steele returning to his post high atop Clay-Battelle Field. “It’s all for the kids,” he said. Steele, a former Clay-Battelle tight end and quarterback under then-head coach Paul Tarasuk from 1956 to 1959, first took the microphone in 1983 as he felt that would be his best outlet to contribute to the program during the games. But in reality, Steele’s contributions to the program can be seen everywhere. He played vital roles in helping build the football field in 1968, the Cee-Bee Field House in 1993, and the Clay-Battelle press box. He’s also been the President of the C-B Quarterback Club, which he helped create with Wilson, while he’s also a former President of the Clay-Battelle Athletic Boosters. “I like to consider myself the most dedicated Clay-Battelle football fan there is,” said Steele, who hasn’t missed a game in 30 years. “Good seasons or bad seasons, they’re all great.” Steele’s greatest contribution may have come in 1981 when he was Butch Browning’s right-hand man when Browning set out to revive the program after it failed to have a football team the following year. It’s one of many memories Steele cherishes on a daily basis.
“I remember when we used to only have 20 boys on the team,” he said. “Now, look where we’re at. We’ve started a winning tradition. “We’ve always had the support. People around this community are always excited about the season and are always willing to do whatever they need to help out. At least, I know it’s my favorite time of the year.” Steele’s son, Doug, is currently an assistant coach for the Cee-Bees and is also the head coach of the girls basketball team. He has another son, Jeff, and daughter Amanda. “I guess you could say they’re all a little like me. They’re always involved, and I enjoy that so much,” Steele said. “I’ve never put my kids ahead of anyone else, even in times when sometimes I should have. But I’m so proud of what they do and who they’ve become.” If it wasn’t for the many coaches who have helped the program, Steele said the possibility of Clay-Battelle maintaining the success it has had wouldn’t be possible. From Browning, to Russ Moore, to Wilson, the endless hours the coaches put into the program has made it what it is today. Then again, the same could be said of Steele. “I’ve never really been a coach,” he said. “But I’ve always been treated like one.” But in reality, when it comes to helping the program grow and reach its potential, Steele is one of the most successful coaches in Clay-Battelle history. “My feeling is that I love my family, and I love the kids of Clay-Battelle,” Steele said. “To me, that’s what it’s all about.”
CLAY-BATTELLE ELLETTAB-YALC FOOTBALL 2009
DATE OPPONENT SCORE Aug. 28 Trinity W, 54-0 Sept. 4 Bishop Donahue W, 35-7 Sept. 11 at Paden City W, 47-16 Sept. 18 at Hundred W, 55-0 Sept. 25 at Clear Spring (Md.) W, 44-6 Oct. 9 Valley Wetzel W, 39-6 Oct. 16 at Cameron W, 47-7 Oct. 23 at Tygarts Valley W, 54-12 Oct. 30 Notre Dame W, 32-27 Nov. 6 Madonna L, 28-2 Nov. 13 Tucker County* L, 36-18 *Class-A Playoffs at North Marion High School
ATHLETIC BOOSTERS 2010 OFFICERS President Heath Owens
Vice President Becky King Secretary LeAnne Shumiloff Treasurer Marsha Cottrell
Clay-Battelle Athletic Supporters – The Clay-Battelle High School Athletic Boosters would like to thank the community for their support throughout the years. The Clay-Battelle Athletic Boosters single mission is to enhance the athletic experience for all Cee-Bees by providing financial assistance for the athletic programs. These funds are raised through concession sales at Clay-Battelle hosted athletic events. Through these efforts, the Clay-Battelle Athletic Boosters have been proud to provide over $36,000 of program support over the past three years. The efforts of the athletes families and community volunteers have made this possible. We look forward to continuing our mission through the support of athletics and the athletes of Clay-Battelle High School in the future. In the celebration of championships or through the disappointment of defeats, Clay-Battelle Athletes can always depend of the support of the Cee-Bee community. Again, THANK YOU for your support of Clay-Battelle Athletics and above all else:
RECORD: 9-2, 7-0 mason Dixon highest ranking: No. 4 Class-A ALL-STATE SELECTIONS: 7 ALL-MASON DIXON SELECTIONS: 9 offensive statistics: Scoring: 38.9 ppg Total Yards: 4,043 (367.55 ypg) Rushing Yards: 3,023 (274.82 ypg) Passing Yards: 1,020 (92.8 ypg) DEFENSIVE statistics: Scoring: 13.2 ppg scoring leaders: Jordan Hockenberry Joe Knotts Lucas Cottrell Nick Bragg
17 TD 16 TD 8 TD 7 TD
rushing leaders: Jordan Hockenberry 1,352 yards Joe Knotts 747 yards Josh Bane 251 yards passing leaders: Lucas Cottrell 62-for-105, 895 yards Andrew Joyce 3-for-5, 114 yards receiving leaders: Nick Bragg 35 rec., 556 yards Josh Bane 11 rec., 168 yards Bryant Barr 6 rec., 53 yards
LET’S GO CEE-BEES!
CLAY-BATTELLE ATHLETIC BOOSTERS | SEASON RECAP
CLAY-BATTELLE FOOTBALL 2010 ROSTER NO. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 15 16 17 18 20 21 24 26 28 30 32 33 35 36 37 41 42 44 48 49 50 51 53 55 56 57 58 60 62 65 66 68 69 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82
LEVI KING SHANE KING DEREK HINKLE DAKOTA PRICE TYLOR DITTMAN TRENTEN DILLE BRANDON MARTINO REZIN SPEARS BEN WADE TREVIS HALL ALEC STATLER TRISTAN HAUGHT ANTHONY GUM ANDREW JOYCE TYLER OWENS LUCAS COTTRELL JORDAN HOCKENBERRY BEN SHUMILOFF JONATHON BERRY KODY HADLEY TYLAN LIVENGOOD BRODY VARNER DAVID CORDER JARRETT ROUSH CHRIS RUSSELL R.J. KUHN TRE SWANGER NATHAN TOLLEY WILLIAM EDDY EDDIE BAEZ BRADY LEGAN AARON ROUPE ZACH COX ALEX GUM BLAZE TATE CODY HOPKINS DOUG EDDY STATTON SHRIVER JAY WILSON PATRICK WILSON TYLER MENAS AUSTIN PATTERSON JAROD TENNANT AARON BARNETTE LEVI VAN SCYOC JESSE RAINES ZACH OSER KENNY HASS BRADEN NEELY BRIAN TAVENNER ROBERT TENNANT HUNTER SIX ADAM COPELAND RICHARD EDDY LOGAN OPYOKE JORDAN CHISLER LOGAN HAMILTON
12 9 11 10 9 9 11 11 10 12 11 9 12 10 10 12 12 9 10 10 10 9 11 9 12 11 11 10 12 12 11 11 11 9 9 12 9 10 10 11 10 10 10 12 9 12 12 12 11 12 10 9 12 11 10 12 9
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HT. 5’8 5’2 5’10 4’10 5’4 5’5 5’9 5’8 5’11 5’10 6’0 6’1 5’10 6’0 5’8 5’11 5’11 5’8 5’9 5’6 5’9 5’5 5’9 5’6 5’10 5’9 5’8 5’8 6’0 5’10 5’9 5’9 5’8 5’7 5’6 5’11 5’8 5’10 5’8 6’2 6-0 6’4 5’9 6’0 6’0 6’3 6’2 6’2 5’11 5’9 5’8 5’11 6’3 5’9 6’4 6’4 6’1
WT. 145 115 155 115 125 140 145 150 170 165 155 150 160 190 145 180 185 150 150 126 170 105 175 120 180 150 155 125 175 200 150 180 200 145 145 210 245 180 225 290 290 235 230 185 175 285 230 220 170 220 165 290 265 145 170 190 175
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watergirl | senior second season
watergirl | senior fifth season
watergirl | freshman first season
watergirl | senior fourth season
watergirl | junior first season
watergirl | senior first season
CLAY-BATTELLE FOOTBALL 2010 SENIORS
TOP ROW (LEFT TO RIGHT): Adam Copeland, Zach Oser, Aaron Barnette, Jesse Raines, Eddie Baez, Cody Hopkins, Jordan Chisler, Kenny Haas. BOTTOM ROW (LEFT TO RIGHT): Lucas Cottrell, Levi King, William Eddy, Chris Russell, Trevis Hall, Anthony Gum, Jordan Hockenberry, Brian Tavenner.
TOP ROW (LEFT TO RIGHT): Alec Statler, Richard Eddy, Brady Legan, Tre Swaniger, Brandon Martino, Patrick Wilson, Derek Hinkle. BOTTOM ROW (LEFT TO RIGHT): R.J. Kuhn, David Corder, Zach Cox, Aaron Roupe, Rezin Spears, Braden Neely.
CLAY-BATTELLE FOOTBALL 2010 SOPHOMORES
TOP ROW (LEFT TO RIGHT): Jarod Tennant, Ben Wade, Austin Patterson, Logan Opyoke, Andrew Joyce, Statton Shriver, Jonathon Berry. BOTTOM ROW (LEFT TO RIGHT): Tyler Owens, Tylan Livengood, Jay Wilson, Kody Hadley, Robert Tennant, Nathan Tolley.
TOP ROW (LEFT TO RIGHT): Levi VanScyoc, Logan Hamilton, Tristan Haught, Hunter Six, Doug Eddy, Tylor Dittman. BOTTOM ROW (LEFT TO RIGHT): Trenten Dille, Shane King, Blaze Tate, Ben Shumiloff, Alex Gum, Jarrett Roush, Brody Varner.
CLAY-BATTELLE FOOTBALL eddie
SENIOR TAILBACK | LINEBACKER 5-FOOT-10 | 200 LBS.
Clay-Battelle lost eight starters from its 2009 offense, which averaged 38.9 points and 367.55 yards per game and was considered to be one of the most feared offenses in the state. One of those three returners, tailback Eddie Baez, is taking it upon himself to get the Cee-Bees back to their offensive success from years past. “I’m trying to lead by example the best I can and hoping the younger guys follow,” he said. “They’re filling in nicely right now, but we still have a long way to go.” Baez said the coaching staff has treated the offense as business as usual, which has helped the team improve on a daily basis. The only downfall that could hurt the offense, he said, could be its lack of experience. But by the end of the season, he said, they should be up to par. His personal goal in improving is in line with the team’s. “We all have to work hard and improve,” he said. “With me being a senior, I’m working as hard as I can every day.” Baez said he would like to attend college, but will decide on which college after the season.
SENIOR O-LINE | DEF. END 6-FOOT | 185 LBS.
Aaron Barnette can tell he’s a senior already. He admits he already has a case of senioritis. “I don’t want it to go by too fast,” he said. But, the pulling guard said he’s working much harder to improve because he knows it’s his final year of football at Clay-Battelle. “I’m more motivated,” he said. “I know I’m one of the big guys, so I have to step up and play my role for it to be the way I want it to.” Barnette is part of a new group of offensive linemen. The team was forced to replace four starters from last year’s team. “That will be our big key,” he said. “But our coach told us this is going to be one of our hardest-working lines he’s had.” Barnette believes the CeeBee’s will be “10 times better” than last year’s team. “I want to be part of one of the classes that can actually say we made it far into the playoffs,” he said, adding he would like to go undefeated. He would like to play baseball at Fairmont State University with his brother.
SENIOR TIGHT END | DEF. END 6-FOOT-4 | 190 LBS.
Jordan Chisler’s entire life thus far has revolved around the game of basketball. Both his parents played the game, as did his brothers. Jordan, himself, has even started for the Clay-Battelle basketball program since his sophomore year. But, it was “I’ve always been a football fan and I’ve always wanted to play,” he said. “I knew this would be my last chance, so I had to go for it.” So far, the senior hasn’t regretted his decision. “I’ve loved every minute of it. Coach Wilson is awesome and the entire coaching staff is really giving me a chance to see a lot of playing time,” he said. Chisler will see most of his time along the defensive line as a defensive end. It’s a position that, after some brief adjustments, he said he has picked up quickly and is enjoying because he “likes giving the hit, and not taking it.” No matter how much time he sees this season, the first-year player knows what his role will be. “I definitely not the star player, and I’m fine with that,” he said. “I just want to help the team. I never want to lose, no matter what sport I’m playing.”
SENIOR O-LINE | D-LINE 6-FOOT-3 | 265 LBS.
Adam Copeland has played football since he was in the seventh grade and he has been on the Clay-Battelle varsity roster since his sophomore season. But, the offensive and defensive lineman said he is most excited about what the CeeBee’s can accomplish this season. “Once we figure everything out, I think our team will do good this year,” he said. “But, it will be a team effort.” Copeland says he is personally working on improving his strength and agility prior to the season. He believes his strengths as a player is his technique. The 6-foot-3, 265-pound Copeland is excited, because with a 10-win season, the exiting senior class can tie the Class of 2009’s mark as the winningest senior class in program history. “It’s a brotherhood. That’s the way our coach explains it to us,” he said. He says he’s interested in majoring in athletic training or physical therapy in college and is largely considering Fairmont State University.
CLAY-BATTELLE ELLETTAB-YALC FOOTBALL lucas
QUARTERBACK | DEF. BACK
5-FOOT-11 | 180 LBS.
Lucas Cottrell had a standout junior season which led to him earning West Virginia Class-A Honorable Mention honors as a quarterback a season ago. In 2010, he expects even more from himself as both a runner and passer, despite finishing 62-for-105 for 895 yards. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound quarterback/defensive back said he’s been working on improving his downfield throwing. He says he threw on the run too much in the past. But, he won’t be gauging his success in 2010 on the number of yards he gains on the ground or through the air. Instead, he says it will be based on how the team does. “We look really good. We look a lot stronger, and we’re a lot bigger this year,” Cottrell said. “We should have the same season we did last year – maybe even make it further in the playoffs.” He hasn’t thought much about life after high school, yet. “I’m just going to get through this year and see what happens,” he said.
TAILBACK | LINEBACKER
5-FOOT-10 | 160 LBS.
After such a devastating finish to the 2009 season, Anthony Gum said he was motivated to prove Clay-Battelle is still one of the best Class-A teams in the state of West Virginia. “Ending the year like we did boosted everyone’s morale,” Gum said. “It gave us the confidence to get better this year, and that’s what we’re striving to do.” The outside linebacker said he will try to be a vocal leader this season. He considers himself one of the loudest players on the team. “I’m not the biggest kid in the world, but I know what I’m doing,” he said. “I know pretty much every position on the defense, so I try to help the guys out when I can.” Overall, Gum expects an even stronger defense this year. His ultimate goal is to go back to the playoffs, though. And with a team that he feels “are like brothers” it could make it easier. “When one brother goes down, we’ll pick each other up and give it all we’ve got,” he said. Gum would like to attend West Virginia University for radiology.
SENIOR TIGHT END | DEF. BACK 6-FOOT | 175 LBS.
After playing cornerback as a junior last season, senior William Eddy has been moved to safety to fill a need on this year’s team. It’s a move Eddy has been comfortable with thus far. “Safety seems to be much easier than corner,” the 6-foot, 175-pound Eddy said. “At safety, your main goal is to not let anyone behind you. At corner, you had to stay with your man the entire time.” Eddy said he was satisfied with whatever moved helped the team get closer to repeating as Mason-Dixon Conference Champions and earn another berth in the West Virginia Class-A State Playoffs. He admits having a season similar to last year will be difficult, but it’s not out of the Cee-Bees’ reach. “We all have to play as one,” Eddy said. “It’s going to be more important now than it ever has.” Eddy is planning on attending Pierpont Community and Technical College or Fairmont State University to pursue a degree in construction and architecture.
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SENIOR RUNNING BACK 5-FOOT-10 | 165 LBS.
Trevis Hall started playing football when he was seven years old. He has stuck with it through middle school and high school. Now, he’s ready to start his senior season with Clay-Battelle. The flanker/defensive back is focusing on what he needs to do for the team in 2010. He said he needs to make sure he keeps up with the scheme on defense and make the catches when he’s thrown the ball on offense. Hall said his goal for the senior class is to become the winningest in the program’s history which can be done with a 10-win season. “We just have to work hard and everything will work out in the end,” he said. Hall added that he believes this year’s team will be even better than last year’s team. Hall would like to attend Fairmont State University, but is unsure whether he will play football for the Falcons. “It will depend on how this season goes,” he said.
trevis HALL kenneth SENIOR O-LINE | D-LINE 6-FOOT-2 | 220 LBS.
With what is thought to be a depleted Clay-Battelle program following the loss of 14 players to graduation last season, Kenny Haas thinks otherwise, especially in his primary position along the defensive line. There, Haas is one of three seniors which also includes Aaron Barnette, Adam Copeland, Brian Tavenner along with sophomore Austin Patterson. “That’s our strength and we’re going to try and prove that this season,” the 6-foot-2 Haas said. “We’re all seniors, and we’re feeling that pressure. It’s our job to make sure this team is ready every week. “If we work harder than normal, I think we’ll get right back to the state playoffs and hopefully pick up a win or two.” He also holds the same standards for himself, which he says is paying off thus far this season. “I’m playing a lot harder than I’ve ever played,” Haas said. “My goals are to play the game the right way, improve on what I struggled at last season, and just make sure this team is ready to play.”
SENIOR TAILBACK | DEF. BACK 5-FOOT-11 | 185 LBS.
Despite the loss of 14 seniors from last year’s 9-2 squad, expectations are still high for this year’s Clay-Battelle football team. One of the main reasons for that excitement is senior tailback Jordan Hockenberry. A first-team Class-A All-State selection a season ago, Hockenberry scored a team-high 17 touchdowns last year while rushing for 1,352 yards. But he’ll be the first to say those high expectations are really just a “That’s the way Clay-Battelle is,” Hockenberry said. “That’s the way Coach Wilson is, and that’s the way we’ve always been. We’ve made it to where expectations are always high.” Despite being one of just three starters on offense, Hockenberry said his job won’t change. “My role is the same as last year,” he said. “That’s just to get my job done and to it to the best of my ability. “We’ll have a pretty good team. Yea, we have a lot of young players, but we’ll put it all together. They’re stepping up, and I’m looking forward to the season.” Hockenberry hopes to play both baseball and football collegiately.
CLAY-BATTELLE ELLETTAB-YALC FOOTBALL cody
SENIOR O-LINE | DEF. END 5-FOOT-11 | 210 LBS.
Cody Hopkins just started playing football two years ago, but the defensive tackle is expected to play a key role for Clay-Battelle in his final season with the Cee-Bees. He’s excited to strap the pads on with his fellow seniors and try to finish as the winningest senior class in program history. “We’ve been around each other for years and years,” Hopkins said. “You can just look at the person beside you and know they’ve given everything they’ve got.” He said his goal for the team is to win 10 games this season. He said the team will reach that goal with a strong running game and another solid defensive year. “I think our defense this year is going to be just as strong,” he said. “We don’t have the size we had last year, but we have a lot more speed.” Hopkins would like to play football in college at West Virginia University.
zach SENIOR FLANKER | DEF. BACK 5-FOOT-8 | 145 LBS.
Clay-Battelle’s 2010 season ended in heartbreaking fashion when the Cee-Bees fell to Tucker County in the opening round of the 2010 Class-A State Playoffs. Levi King, and the other 15 seniors on the roster, knows what has to be done in order for the Cee-Bees to have success this season. “We have to forget about last year,” he said. “It’s a new year. We can’t worry about what happened last season.” King, a flanker and a defensive back, has been forced into a leadership role with the team this year. But it’s been a process that he is quickly picking up thanks to his experience as a three-year member with the Clay-Battelle basketball team where he has started at point guard since his sophomore year. “I learned to lead in basketball,” he said. “Now that I’m one of the older guys on this team, it’s been easier trying to lead because of what I went through with basketball.” It’ll also be his first season playing with younger brother Shane, who is a freshman on the team.
zach OSER OSER
SENIOR O-LINE | D-LINE 6-FOOT-2 | 230 LBS.
Zach Oser’s role may on this year’s edition of Clay-Battelle football may be one of the biggest on the team. After a large loss of seniors along the offensive line, Oser will be one of many trying to fill the roles of those losses and help the team pick up right where it left off in 2009. “We’re not quite as big, and we’re not quite as fast,” he said. “But all of us are guys who have been waiting for this chance for a while. It’s a tall order because of who we lost. But we were in a similar situation last year, and we ended up finishing 9-2 and had a great season.” Personally, Oser has been enjoying every moment of his senior season. Realizing the fact that this season may be his final playing football, he’s ready to make it memorable. “There’s a ton of motivation knowing that this could be it,” he said. “But there’s also a lot of pressure.” It will be the excitement that surrounds the team, the energy of a Friday night in Blacksville, and the camaraderie between him and his teammates that he says he’ll miss the most.
CLAY-BATTELLE FOOTBALL jesse
SENIOR 0-LINE | D-LINE 6-FOOT-3 | 285 LBS.
Knowing the 2010 Clay-Battelle football season is likely be in last as a player, offensive lineman Jesse Raines admits he’s been working as hard as ever to assure he and his fellow seniors go out on top. “We’ve worked so hard this season already, especially in the weight room,” the 6-foot-3, 285-pound Raines said. “We’re trying to get better as quick as we can so we can make the playoffs again.” As one of the only returning starters on the offensive line, the center is taking it upon himself to anchor the unit and try to pick up where last year’s team left off. “We’ll definitely need to play with a lot of heart this season,” Raines said. “It’s almost a completely different offensive line. We’re a lot smaller, and the strength of last year’s line was their size. “It’s going to be harder being a smaller line, but we just need to keep working and stick with our blocks better. If we do that, we should be OK, but we still have a long ways to go.”
SENIOR O-LINE | D-LINE 5-FOOT-9 | 220 LBS.
In Brian Tavenner’s second season with the Clay-Battelle football program, he’s hoping to contribute more on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. “I can’t wait for the first game,” he said. While he’s not sure what his role will be this season on either side of the ball, Tavenner said he’s been working on improving his tackling to become a better defensive tackle. He believes his strength heading into the season is his ability to get off the ball quickly. The 5-foot-9, 220-pound Tavenner said he would gauge his season’s success off of how he progresses throughout. “I’m just going to do the best I can,” he said. After finishing 9-2 last season, Tavenner believes the key to having yet another successful season will be how the team works together. “That’s our key to success,” he said. “If the team is able to come together, we should be just as strong as we were last year.” Tavenner hasn’t thought about his plans after high school, yet.
TAILBACK | LINEBACKER
5-FOOT-10 | 180 LBS.
Chris Russell returns to the Clay-Battelle football program for his senior year as an intricate part of the team. Russell has played football since the flag variety when he was in elementary school. He made it a goal of his to play on the high school team. Now, he’s a linebacker and running back heading into his senior season on a team that finished the 2009 year ranked inside the top 10 in West Virginia’s Class-A rankings. “I want to make myself better, but I want to do what’s best for the team,” he said. Russell expects this team to be even stronger that last year’s. He said he’s used last year’s playoff loss as motivation for his senior year. Russell believes the team can meet its goals of becoming the winningest senior class in program history and going undefeated. “We want to win a couple playoff games this year,” he said. “We want to prove a point that we can win in the playoffs.” He said he’d like to go to Fairmont State University in major in electrical engineering.
TIGHT END | LINEBACKER
5-FOOT-9 | 150 LBS.
TAILBACK | LINEBACKER
5-FOOT-9 | 175 LBS.
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alex JUNIOR O-LINE | DEF. LINE 5-FOOT-8 | 200 LBS.
TAILBACK | LINEBACKER
5-FOOT-5 | 140 LBS.
FRESHMAN FLANKER | DEF. BACK 5-FOOT-4 | 125 LBS.
TIGHT END | LINEBACKER
5-FOOT-7 | 145 LBS.
FRESHMAN TIGHT END | DEF. END 6-FOOT-1 | 175 LBS.
FRESHMAN TIGHT END | DEF. END 6-FOOT-1 | 175 LBS.
tristan FRESHMAN O-LINE | DEF. LINE 5-FOOT-8 | 245 LBS.
QUARTERBACK | DEF. BACK
6-FOOT-1 | 150 LBS.
derek JUNIOR O-LINE | DEF. END 5-FOOT-9 | 145 LBS.
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JUNIOR FLANKER | DEF. BACK 5-FOOT-10 | 155 LBS.
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QUARTERBACK | DEF. END
6-FOOT | 190 LBS.
FRESHMAN FLANKER | DEF. BACK 5-FOOT-2 | 115 LBS.
TAILBACK | LINEBACKER
5-FOOT-9 | 150 LBS.
JUNIOR TIGHT END | DEF. BACK 5-FOOT-9 | 145 LBS.
SOPHOMORE O-LINE | DEF. LINE 6-FOOT | 290 LBS.
JUNIOR O-LINE | LINEBACKER 5-FOOT-11 | 170 LBS.
JUNIOR TAILBACK | DEF. BACK 5-FOOT-9 | 150 LBS.
TAILBACK | LINEBACKER
5-FOOT-9 | 170 LBS.
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SOPHOMORE TIGHT END | DEF. END 6-FOOT-4 | 170 LBS.
SOPHOMORE TIGHT END | DEF. BACK 5-FOOT-8 | 145 LBS.
SOPHOMORE O-LINE | DEF. END 6-FOOT-4 | 235 LBS.
FRESHMAN FLANKER | DEF. BACK 5-FOOT-6 | 120 LBS.
SOPHOMORE O-LINE | DEF. LINE 5-FOOT-10 | 180 LBS.
TAILBACK | LINEBACKER
5-FOOT-8 | 150 LBS.
hunter SOPHOMORE TIGHT END | DEF. BACK 4-FOOT-10 | 115 LBS.
TAILBACK | LINEBACKER
5-FOOT-9 | 180 LBS.
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FRESHMAN O-LINE | DEF. LINE 5-FOOT-11 | 290 LBS.
TIGHT END | LINEBACKER
5-FOOT-8 | 150 LBS.
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SOPHOMORE O-LINE | DEF. LINE 5-FOOT-9 | 230 LBS.
SOPHOMORE O-LINE | DEF. LINE 5-FOOT-8 | 165 LBS.
JUNIOR TIGHT END | DEF. BACK 6-FOOT | 155 LBS.
SOPHOMORE TAILBACK | DEF. BACK 5-FOOT-8 | 125 LBS.
TAILBACK | LINEBACKER
5-FOOT-8 | 155 LBS.
FRESHMAN O-LINE | DEF. LINE 5-FOOT-6 | 145 LBS.
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CLAY-BATTELLE ELLETTAB-YALC FOOTBALL levi
FRESHMAN O-LINE | DEF. END 6-FOOT-0 | 175LBS.
FRESHMAN FLANKER | DEF. BACK 5-FOOT-5 | 105 LBS.
SOPHOMORE TIGHT END | DEF. BACK 5-FOOT-11 | 170 LBS.
SOPHOMORE O-LINE | DEF. LINE 5-FOOT-8 | 225 LBS.
JUNIOR O-LINE | DEF. LINE 6-FOOT-2 | 290 LBS.
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nikkiMATTINGLY head coach | fourth season Clay-Battelle High School | 2000 Fairmont State University | 2004
Nikki Mattingly’s phone wouldn’t stop ringing. Her Clay-Battelle Cheerleading squad just finished its routine at the West Virginia Class-A Championship and the response to their performance was unlike none other.
One night earlier, Mattingly and her Cee-Bee squad wasn’t even sure if it’d be able to compete due to an injury. Disappointed and uncomfortable about where the team stood entering the competition, Mattingly said the squad approached it with a “just glad to be here” attitude. After the Cee-Bees performed, they forgot that attitude completely. “(Fans, parents and supporters) kept telling me through text messages that we had it,” she said. “They went out there and performed an almost flawless routine and I was just stunned. Not that I didn’t think they could do it, but they overcame so much adversity.” The result: Clay-Battelle’s third state championship in the last four years. The CeeBees responded by “literally toppling” onto the floor to claim their trophy, which they won over Wheeling Central and Gilbert. After a disappointing second-place finish in 2008, the Cee-Bees had regained their dynasty. “We didn’t talk about being runners-up the year before, but in the back of everyone’s minds, we knew we didn’t want to be in that position again,” Mattingly said.
“We wanted it back.” It wasn’t just the Cee-Bees’ performance on the court that made Mattingly proud. The squad also raised over $1,000 in donations to “Bonnie’s Bus” – a mobile mammogram machine through West Virginia University Hospitals – as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. “The girls and I talked about how we could repay our community. They’re always so good to us, so we wanted to give back,” she said. “The girls were so excited to do this. We think that the pink definitely got a great response from the community and we can’t wait to do it again. This year will be no different.” At the squad’s annual cheer banquet, the Cee-Bees received one more honor when Clay-Battelle Athletic Boosters President Heath Owens presented the team with its own championship banner which now hangs for the ceiling of the Cee-Bee gym. “The banner represents the many cheerleadrs who have been a part of this cheerleading dynasty,” Mattingly said. “The importance of receiving that banner was the hard work and recognition involved in it. It’s so nice to have the program acknowledged and have something for all to see.”
THREE CROWNS AND COUNTING
To some, it may seem state championships come easy to Mattingly. After claiming the title in 1996 as a high school freshman at Clay-Battelle High School, Mattingly returned as the head coach in 2007, only to win the championship once again, and be named West Virginia Coach of the Year in the process. The humble Mattingly gives little credit to herself, however, as there has been one similar factor in all three of her championship titles. “A program is only as successful as the athletes and supporters make it,” Mattingly said. “Clay-Battelle cheerleading has always had a strong, dedicated foundation and wonderful parents to support these girls in whatever they do. That’s why it has
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CLAY-BATTELLE ELLETTAB-YALC CHEERLEADING peaked above all other programs.” The program has an unheralded seven state titles including winning back-to-back crowns on three separate occasions. It’s that same prestigious history as to why Mattingly made the jump to a high school coach. After coaching Clay-Battelle Middle School in 2003 and 2004 despite working on earning a degree from Fairmont State College in Elementary Education, Mattingly moved up to an assistant coaching position under then-high school head coach Jeff Croaston in 2005. As hard as it was to give up her middle school position, Mattingly knew the choice was the right one. “When I resigned as middle school cheerleading coach, the girls begged me not to leave,” Mattingly said. “It was such an emotional night until I told them I was moving up with them to the varsity level. That was a special moment.” Mattingly coached two years as an assistant under Croaston and helped lead the Cee-Bees to yet another state championship in 2006. She took over the team one year later in 2007 as head coach where she claimed the title once again. Looking back, it was a time Mattingly said she never dreamed of. “Coaching wasn’t really something I thought about growing up,” she said. “But when the middle school position opened up, I thought I could do it. “I don’t think I could ever coach at any other school than my own – I don’t think I’d have that same loyalty.” Some may believe that after winning a state championship and the West Virginia Coach of the Year Award in your first year as head coach would leave her with nothing else to work for. Some, except Mattingly. “Sometimes winning a championship doesn’t make the best season you’ve ever had; getting an award for it doesn’t either,” she said. “What keeps me going is the team atmosphere and that feeling of having a second family. I get a lot out of seeing a cheerleader master something they never thought they could do.” The 2008 season didn’t come as easy for Moore as the team finished second to Wheeling Central in the West Virginia State Championship. It might not have given the team its third straight title, but it was a perfect season otherwise, according to Mattingly. “It’d be absurd to say no one wasn’t disappointed. It would have been amazing to win a third straight,” she said. “But sometimes that’s how the cards fall. Most teams can only dream of making it to the state tournament. “But otherwise, it was the best season I could have asked for as far as team cohesiveness and dedication is concerned.”
ALL IN THE FAMILY
Mattingly is no stranger to Cee-Bee Athletics. Russ Moore, Mattingly’s father, served as head football coach for nine seasons, from 1986-to-1995 including two West Virginia State Playoff Appearances with winning seasons in 1992 and 1993. “He’s one of the most influential people in my life. I still take things that he did with his football teams and try to incorporate them into my coaching style,” Mattingly said. “I’ve always thought it would have been cool to have been the first female on the CB football team. He would have been proud.” Mattingly added yet another chapter in her Clay-Battelle connections on June 25, 2009. That is when she married Gobel Mattingly, the Cee-Bees head athletic trainer for the past two years and currently in his second year as an
HEAD COACH NIKKI MAT TINGLY
assistant coach for head football coach Ryan Wilson. “It’s hard to put into words what Clay-Battelle means to me,” Mattingly said. “It’s been a big part of my life, both past and present - it’s basically my life.” She currently resides with her husband in Wadestown with their two dogs, Lexie and Bailey.
STRONG SEASON AHEAD
If Mattingly’s plan to continue the success of the historically-strong program, this year should be no exception. With a solid core which includes five seniors, Mattingly said this team has a great chance to repeat as state champions. “These girls are tough,” she said. “A repeat is definitely possible, but we have to take it one step at a time. It starts in August with learning the material, then perfecting it through Regionals and hopefully states. “If we can keep ourselves focused and healthy, I see good things happening from this team.”
assistant coach | fourth season If you see Clay-Battelle head cheerleading coach Nikki Mattingly, chances are you’ll find Cee-Bee assistant Heather Henderson shortly behind. “I have to,” Henderson joked. “She’s usually the high strung one, so it takes me to calm her down and tell her everything will be OK.” Henderson, who joined Mattingly as her assistant when the head coach took the position in 2007, is in her third season with Clay-Battelle, the same school in which she graduated from in 2002. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Fairmont State University in 2006 in Elementary Education. One year later, she found herself in the coaching ranks. “When Nikki took the head coach position, she asked me to consider helping her,” Henderson said. “So I did, and it didn’t take me long to realize that I made the right choice.” The two coaches, who cheered in high school together in 1998 and 1999, then proceeded to lead the Cee-Bees to a West Virginia Class-A championship in their first year in 2007 before finishing second in 2008 behind Wheeling Central. “I guess you can say cheerleading runs in our blood,” Henderson said. “We work so well together. Sometimes its like we can tell what the other one is thinking – it’s kind of scary sometimes.” But according to Henderson, it’s not so much the two coaches’ similarities that make them successful, but their differences.
“She’s the coach that worries about every little thing while I’m the more relaxed one who has to keep telling her that everything will turn out OK,” Henderson joked. “She constantly needs someone to keep her nerves down.” Henderson is currently working on her master’s degree in Multi-categorical Special Education and Autism. “I knew in high school that I didn’t want a boring business job, I wanted to do something that was rewarding,” she said. “I think teaching and coaching has given me that opportunity.” Her role, she says, is simple – instill confidence in her athletes for the simple reason that once they take the floor, their performance is out of the coaches’ hands. But confidence isn’t just an important cheerleading trait, according to Henderson, but a characteristic one needs to succeed off the floor as well. “They can take confidence into all other aspects of their life,” she said. “They won’t be cheerleaders forever, but if I can make them more confident and independent, then I can say I was successful as a coach.” She’ll be the first to admit it’s not always easy, however. “I think sometimes I need a psychiatrist degree to deal with the girls,” Henderson joked. “So many times, cheerleaders put up mental blocks and, as a coach,
it’s hard to help break them down. I know that they can complete whatever the task may be, but they might not have that same confidence in themselves. “It’s very difficult to talk them through it so that they can move onto bigger and better things, but it’s something that you have to go through.” In the end, Henderson believes all of her athletes’ hard work will eventually pays off. She knows this from experience. “At this point in my life, Clay-Battelle cheerleading means so much to me. When you spend hours upon hours with a group of girls, you can’t help but grow to love them,” she said. “I remember how much fun we had when I cheered for the Cee-Bees and I want to make sure that our girls have that same opportunity. “Blacksville and the surrounding communities that make up Clay-Battelle are small but almost everyone in our area supports the athletes here. That is what makes it such a great feeling to coach at Clay-Battelle.” She currently resides with her husband Shawn in Wadestown, W.Va.
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CLAY-BATTELLE ELLETTAB-YALC CHEERLEADING 2010 SENIORS
(LEFT TO RIGHT): Whitney Moore, Kylie Barnhart, Dani Varner, Ashley Eddy, Sarah Cropper
(LEFT TO RIGHT): Paxton Bane, SaraEarl, Spencer Pritchard
SENIORS | JUNIORS
CLAY-BATTELLE CHEERLEADING 2010 SOPHOMORES
(LEFT TO RIGHT): Kali Burnette, Sierra Barr, Nicole Hartley, McKayla Eddy, Danielle Dawson
(LEFT TO RIGHT): Amanda Ammons, Harleigh Tennant
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Two seasons ago, Clay-Battelle senior cheerleader Kylie Barnhart and her fellow cheerleaders suffered a heartbreak they never imagined when the Cee-Bees were announced as runner-ups in the 2008 West Virginia Class-A Cheerleading Competition. Expecting to take the crown, Barnhart said the disappointment served as a wake-up call for her and her team. “We all know we were lucky and thankful (to have won the state championship in 2007),” Barnhart said. “I don’t think we ever considered ourselves spoiled, but that year showed us we had to keep pushing in order to keep winning. That just showed us that nothing is going to be given to us.” Now, one year after the Cee-Bees answered that disappointment with a Class-A Championship, Barnhart said her main motivation is to end her cheerleading career on top. “I’m in a leadership role now. I feel like I’m really in charge,” the senior said. “I have a new job this year of teaching the younger girls and being the one they look up to. Coming together and winning it again would be awesome.” Barnhart hopes to attend West Virginia University next fall, and while unsure of her prospective major, she hopes to one day become a lawyer.
If you ask Clay-Battelle senior cheerleader Sarah Cropper, the process of having a successful final year started as a freshman in 2007. “Every year, you learn something from every senior,” Cropper said. “And now that you’re the senior, you use what you’ve learned to teach (this year’s underclassmen). Cropper said being one of the squad members that others look up to is the “true role of a cheerleader”. Thus far, Cropper said her final season has been everything she imagined it would. In order for it to end the way she hopes by hoisting her third West Virginia Class-A State Championship in December, Cropper said the plan is simple. “We have to stay on track,” she said. “We have to continue to get along great, stay positive and stay healthy.” If that happens, it’ll be a season to remember, especially in her final year with her fellow seniors. “It’s going to be really sad when we all have to leave each other,” Cropper said. “We’ve all become really close. It’s been four great years.” Cropper hopes to attend West Virginia University where she plans on majoring in education and becoming an elementary or middle school teacher.
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MOORE Whitney Moore said one of the toughest parts of being a cheerleader is the practices. Long hours full of complete focus while in search of perfection is admittedly hard, she said. But it’s all worth it in the end. “Everyone says you practice all the time for just three minutes,” Moore said. “But it’s an experience like none other. You work so hard to be perfect. It’s all in your hands.” More so this year than ever, the success of the Cee-Bees lie in Moore’s hands. As one of five seniors, Moore is taking advantage of being one of the squad’s go-to athletes. “It’s very important to have a leader on a squad,” Moore said. “When I was coming up, I always had that someone to look up to. This year, I’m trying to be that person.” Besides her championships, its cheering at football games that she’ll likely miss the most. “I love the Friday night football games,” Moore said. “The crowd, the energy. I like seeing the football team, the community, and the support. It’s a great atmosphere.” Moore said she plans on attending Fairmont State University and majoring in radiology or dentistry.
Sometimes, even she doesn’t believe it. Senior cheerleader Ashley Eddy has caught herself often looking back on her four years as a Clay-Battelle cheerleader. When she does, it’s hard not to smile. “One day, it’s going to be awesome to look back and see how much we accomplished in four years,” Eddy said. “We were very lucky. And even though we’re weren’t happy about it when it happened, a runner-up is still awesome.” Eddy is the only senior flyer in this year’s graduating class. It’s a position she said she would never trade. “It’s scary sometimes, but I like the pressure and I like the attention (of being a flyer),” she said. “The spotlight is on you. But if you fail, everyone’s looking at you. I like responsibility.” The senior has one last chance to shine this season in her final year. It’s a thought that she said is “scary, but sad at the sad time.” “You want to graduate, but you’re not ready to move on yet,” she said. “You just have so much fun by being around everyone. They become a second family.” Eddy plans to attend West Virginia University and major in speech pathology.
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Dani Varner started cheering when she was in seventh grade. After years of dance and gymnastics, she knew cheerleading was right for her. Varner will put on her uniform for another year before graduating from ClayBattelle High School. She has mixed feelings heading into her final year, though. “I’m excited for everything that goes along with being a senior,” she said. “But I’m also not excited because it’s my last year.” Varner has had the opportunity to be part of one of the state’s most successful cheerleading teams, something she says she is very proud of. “A lot of hard work goes into everything we do,” she said. “We work for what we get.” For her senior year, Varner said she wants the squad to continue its success but do that while having a good time. “I want to have fun this year,” she said. “If we do win, that’s even better.” Varner would like to attend West Virginia University or Fairmont State University. She is thinking about cheering or playing softball at either school.
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CLAY-BATTELLE ELLETTAB-YALC VOLLEYBALL
Front Row (left to right): Shania Ammons, Lindsey Cole. Second Row: Marissa Moore, Danielle Poling, Courtney Spears, Breann Dean, Brook Cropper, Rachel Cropper. THIRD ROW: Janelle Layton, Amanda Sypolt, Ashley Pride, Jordan Simpson, Tiara Hose, Hailee Foley. FOURTH ROW: Chelsey Wilson, Hillary Jones, Abby Clovis, Felesha Rush, Keylea Varner
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SEPT. 1 at Bpt/brooke/univ. sept. 2 at madonna/trinity sept. 7 at valley wetzel sept. 9 at trinity sept. 16 at grafton/notre dame sept. 20 west greene (Pa.) sept. 23 south harrison sept. 28 valley wetzel sept. 30 notre dame oct. 5 madonna/trinity oct. 6 at cameron oct. 12 grafton/notre dame oct. 13 at paden city oct. 18 at west greene (pa.) oct. 19 at south harrison oct. 25 at trinity oct. 28 cameron
(left to right): Jimmy Poling, Travis Howard, Lucas Cozort, Zack Poling
AUG. 10 trinity aug. 16 at lincoln aug. 18 at trinity aug. 19 lincoln aug. 23 at east fairmont aug. 25 notre dame aug. 26 university sept. 1 at university sept. 2 at grafton sept. 14 at notre dame
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