2009 CLAY-BATTELLE FALL SPORTS MEDIA GUIDE FOOTBALL STAFF
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CLAY-BATTELLE FOOTBALL | 2009
RYAN WILSON head coach | fifteenth season | 86-60-1
Clay-Battelle head football coach Ryan Wilson sat gathered with all of his assistants inside the Cee-Bee Field House one night in early July with an unusual celebratory mindset. On the chalkboard behind him was a list of all of the accomplishments he and his staff has achieved in the last six years: the only 10-win season in school history and three straight seasons with at least eight wins, among others. Entering his 15th 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 86-60-1 career record (49 wins over second place Russ Moore) as well as the longest tenured coach of any in school history. He’s also guided Clay-Battelle to the most playoff
appearances in school history (6), two Mason-Dixon Conference Championships, the school’s only 10-win season (2006) and, with a win over Tug Valley in the 2006 state playoffs, Wilson became the first CB head coach to secure a playoff win. 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 thenPresident 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
MEET COACH WILSON Full name: Ryan Scott Wilson
Hometown: Blacksville, W.Va. High School: Clay-Battelle High School, 1978 College: West Virginia University, 1982 Degree: B.A Physical Education & Safety; Master’s in Physical Education Employer: Clay-Battelle High School, Physical Education teacher/Driver’s Education Family: Wife Terry Son Alan, 19 Daughter Ali, 17
“I always wanted to coach Clay-Battelle. I grew up here and I love this place. I’m a small town kid that’s just me.” – Coach Ryan Wilson nine-years-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, 41 years later, the field consists of one of West Virginia’s only box suites intended for everyday fans while the 16-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. I’m very proud of this
DID YOU KNOW? Wilson is the only coach in the school’s 70-year history to beat Bishop-Donahue. 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 CeeBees 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
CLAY-BATTELLE FOOTBALL COACHING LEADERS 1. Ryan Wilson (’95 - current) 2. Russ Moore (‘86 - ‘94) 3. Mason ( ‘45 - ‘53) 4. Butch Browning (‘82 - ‘85) 5. Tarasuk (‘54 - ‘59)
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1. Tom Burner (‘66 -‘69) .592 2. Ryan Wilson (’95 - current) .585 3. Black (‘39 -‘42) .555 4. Butch Browning (‘82 -‘85) .488 5. Ron Renner (‘69 -‘71) .464
1. Ryan Wilson (’95 - current) 6 2. Russ Moore (‘86 -‘94) 2 3. Butch Browning (‘82 - ’85) 1
1. Ryan Wilson (’95 - current) 2. Russ Moore (‘86 -‘94) 3. Tom Burner (‘66 -‘69) 4. Tarasuk (‘54 -‘59) Mason (‘45 -‘53)
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7-PLUS WIN SEASONS
1. Ryan Wilson (’95 - current) 2. Russ Moore (‘86 -‘94) Butch Browning (‘82 - ’85) Tarasuk (‘54 -‘59) Mason (‘45 -‘53)
1. Ryan Wilson (’95 - current) 2. Russ Moore (‘86 -‘94) 3. Mason (‘45 - ’53) 4. Tom Resetar (‘60 -‘65) Tarasuk (‘54 -‘59)
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Wilson talks with West Virginia University head football coach Bill Stewart.
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 fifth 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.”
DID YOU KNOW? In his first career playoff game as head coach in 1997, Wilson took a No. 14-ranked Cee-Bees with just 27 players to Princeton, W.Va. and nearly upset No. 3 Big Creek in double overtime.
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.”
WILSON’S WAY 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 on Aug. 3 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, 19, and Ali, 17. “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.”
Year 1984 1985
Record 9-2* 4-6 13-8
Position Athletic Trainer Athletic Trainer
Ass. Coach/Ath. Trainer
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3-7 3-7-1 1-9 6-4 6-3 7-4* 6-5* 5-5 37-54-1
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5-5 3-7 8-3* 7-3-1* 5-5 4-6 6-4 3-7 5-5 8-3* 8-3* 10-2* 6-4 8-3* 86-60-1
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 *Reached Playoffs
LEFT TO RIGHT: Trainer Jennifer Lucy, assistant coach Gobel Mattingly, assistant coach Kent Saul, assistant coach Doug Steele, head coach Ryan Wilson, assistant coach Jamie Dalton. (not pictured - assistant coach Eric Ammons)
ERIC AMMONS assistant coach
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 â€“ Tiffany, Jordan and Truman.
A 1995 graduate of Morgantown High School, defensive ends coach Jamie Dalton begins his second season with Clay-Battelle football. Dalton graduated from Fairmont State University in 2001 with a degree in physical and health edu-
cation before earning his masterâ€™s in special education at West Virginia University. After a standout career in high school with the Mohigans, Dalton was a threeyear member of the Fighting Falcons football team where he played defensive
end, linebacker and special teams. He also has coached at Henry E. Lackey High School in Maryland and Westwood Middle School in Morgantown. He currently resides in Morgantown with his wife Ginger.
assistant coach | second season
GOBEL MATTINGLY assistant coach | first season
After previously serving as the team’s head athletic trainer the past two seasons, Mattingly returns to the sidelines 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 WVU
Sports Medicine Center as a staff athletic trainer. He resides in Wadestown with his wife, Nikki, who is the Cee-Bees’ head cheerleading coach.
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.
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 edu-
cation with a specialization in math. He is in his first year as a math teacher at ClayBattelle high school. He currently resides in Jake’s Run with his wife Elizabeth and their children Jacoby (13), Elijah (10), Benji (9) and Caleb (6).
from Pitt in athletic training where she served as the trainer for the Panthers’ baseball, wrestling, track and cross country teams. She also aided the South Lafayette (Pa.) High School teams her junior and se-
nior season. Lucy is a 2005 graduate of Uniontown High School (Pa.).
assistant coach | tenth season Saul enters his tenth season as an assistant coach with the Clay-Battelle football program. The 1984 graduate of Liberty (Raleigh) is in charge of the offensive and defensive lines. He graduated from
assistant coach | fifteenth season
Having been with head coach Ryan Wilson since his inaugural season in 1995, Steele begins his fifteenth season as an assistant coach for the Cee-Bees. He also in his fifth year as head coach of the ClayBattelle girl’s basketball
head athletic trainer | first season A 2009 graduate from the University of Pittsburgh, Lucy begins her first season with the Clay-Battelle football team as head athletic trainer and her employer, Healthworks. Lucy earned her degree
TOP ROW (left to right): Becca Sanders, Amanda Statler, Stachia Shriver, Taylor Shriver. BOTTOM ROW (left to right): Aleigh Buzzo, Ashley Casino, Ali Wilson
In her first season as part of the support staff, Buzzo is also a three-sport standout for the CB basketball, track and golf teams, including making a appearance at the state track meet last season. Sheâ€™s also a member of the National Honor Society, band, choir and student council.
Shriver, a junior, is beginning her third year as part of the support staff. She is also a member of the National Honor Society, LEO Club, RAZE, FFA and a member of Clay-Battelle Student Council.
Casino will begin her first year with the support staff this season. The junior is also a two-year member of both the Cee-Bee softball and basketball teams, earning a spot on the All-Dominion Post Area team in softball as a sophomore. She is also a member of the FFA and Yearbook clubs.
Since joining the staff in eighth grade, Statler will enter her fifth season as a watergirl in 2009. The senior is the older sister of sophomore offensive and defensive end Alec Statler and is a member of the LEO Club and FFA.
After joining the support staff as an eighth grader, Sanders enters her fourth season in 2009. The junior is also a member of the National Honor Society while also having played two years with the Cee-Bee softball team.
The daughter of head coach Ryan Wilson, Ali Wilson enters her sixth year as a member of the support staff after starting in sixth grade. The senior is also a member of the National Honor Society.
STACHIA SHRIVER Watergirl
The brother of freshman lineman Statton Shriver, Stachia Shriver will begin her fourth season as a member of the support staff. The senior is also a member of the basketball and track teams as well as the National Honor Society, LEO Club, RAZE, SADD and Christian Athletes Club.
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Bryant Barr Derek Hinkle Dakota Price Levi King Jacob Kelly Brandon Martino Rezin Spears Ben Wade Trevis Hall Alec Statler Josh Holmes Anthony Gum Andrew Joyce Tyler Owens Lucas Cottrell Jordan Hockenberry Shaun Francis Jonathon Berry Josh Bane Nathan Tolley Tylan Livengood Corey Price Chris Russell R.J. Kunh Tre Swaniger Nick Bragg William Eddy Joe Knotts Zack Holmes Brady Legan Aaron Roupe Zach Cox Tyler Tennant Brandon Varner Travis Anderson Jay Riffle Kent Saul Statton Shriver Jay Wilson Cody Wolfe Patrick Wilson Eddie Baez Skylar Eddy Austin Patterson Jarod Tennant Cody Hopkins Tommy Bowen Jesse Raines Zach Oser Kenny Haas Braden Neeley Brian Tavenner Robert Tennant Tyler Menas Adam Copeland Richard Eddy Logan Opyoke Aaron Barnette Dustin Varner
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HEAD COACH: Ryan Wilson (15th season) ASSISTANT COACHES: Eric Ammons, Doug Steele, Kent Saul, Jamie Dalton, Gobel Mattingly TRAINER: Jen Lucy STRENGTH COACH: Jessica Casto VIDEOGRAPHER: Molly Gum, Terry Wilson, Aleigh Buzzo SUPPORT STAFF: Aleigh Buzzo, Ashley Casino, Becca Sanders, Stachia Shriver, Taylor Shriver, Amanda Statler NICKNAME: Cee-Bees COLORS: Blue and Grey CONFERENCE: Mason-Dixon Conference
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TOP ROW (LEFT TO RIGHT): Josh Holmes (12), Bryant Barr (2), Shaun Francis (21), Jay Riffle (55), Zack Holmes (45), Tyler Tennant (51), Skylar Eddy (62). BOTTOM ROW (LEFT TO RIGHT): Kent Saul (56), Joe Knotts (44), Josh Bane (25), Nick Bragg (41), Tommy Bowen (70), Travis Anderson (54), Dustin Varner (88).
TOP ROW (LEFT TO RIGHT): Kenny Haas (73), Lucas Cottrell (18), Jacob Kelly (6), Cody Hopkins (68), William Eddy (42), Anthony Gum (15), Eddie Baez (61), Jesse Raines (71). BOTTOM ROW (LEFT TO RIGHT): Adam Copeland (78), Chris Russell (35), Corey Price (32), Jordan Hockenberry (20), Trevis Hall (10), Aaron Barnette (81), Levi King (5), Zach Oser (72).
TOP ROW (LEFT TO RIGHT): R.J. Kuhn (36), Brandon Varner (53), Patrick Wilson (60), Zach Cox (53), Alec Statler (11), Brian Tavenner (75), Aaron Roupe (49). BOTTOM ROW (LEFT TO RIGHT): Braden Neely (74), Rezin Spears (8), Derek Hinkle (3), Brady Legan (48), Tre Swaniger (37), Brandon Martino (7), Richard Eddy (79).
2009FRESHMEN classBREAKDOWN 12
TOP ROW (LEFT TO RIGHT): Tyler Owens (17), Ben Wade (9), Jarod Tennant (66), Statton Shriver (57), Austin Patterson (65), Logan Opyoke (80), Tyler Menas (77), Andrew Joyce (16). BOTTOM ROW (LEFT TO RIGHT): Jay Wilson (58), Tylan Livengood (28), Jonathon Berry (24), Robert Tennant (76), Cody Wolfe (59), Dakota Price (4), Nathan Tolley (26).
#54 | senior | 5-8 | 180 lbs. offensive line | linebacker wrestling | track
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#61 | junior | 5-9 | 185 lbs. offensive line | linebacker FFA
#25 | senior | 6-2 | 200 lbs. running back | linebacker wrestling | track
#81 | junior | 5-10 | 185 lbs. tight end | defensive end
#2 | senior | 5-11 | 160 lbs. split end | defensive back basketball | track | golf
#24 | freshman | 5-7 | 140 lbs. split end | linebacker National Honor Society
#70 | senior | 5-11 | 275 lbs. offensive line | defensive line
wrestling | track
#78 | junior | 6-2 | 235 lbs. offensive line | defensive line wrestling FFA
#41 | senior | 6-2 | 170 lbs. flanker | defensive back baseball | basketball 2nd team All-Mason Dixon Conf. (basketball) 2nd team All-Mason Dixon Conf. (football)
#18 | junior | 5-11 | 170 lbs. quarterback | defensive back basketball | baseball
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#50 | sophomore | 5-6 | 170 lbs. offensive line | defensive line
#62 | senior | 6-0 | 170 lbs. offensive line | defensive end
#42 | junior | 6-0 | 170 lbs. split end | defensive back baseball
#21 | senior | 6-0 | 180 lbs. running back | linebacker
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#15 | junior | 5-9 | 160 lbs. running back | linebacker basebal
#79 | sophomore | 5-8 | 145 lbs. offensive line | defensive end
#73 | junior | 6-1 | 225 lbs. offensive line | defensive line FFA
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#10 | junior | 5-8 | 140 lbs. running back | defensive back baseball | wrestling
#12 | senior | 5-8 | 130 lbs. flanker | defensive back FFA | West Virginia Wildlife Wrestling
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#45 | senior | 5-10 | 135 lbs. split end | defensive back wrestling
#20 | junior | 5-11 | 165 lbs. running back | defensive back baseball Dominion Post 1st Team All-Area (baseball)
#68 | sophomore | 5-11 | 210 lbs.
offensive line | linebacker FFA
#3 | sophomore | 5-7 | 135 lbs. quarterback | defensive back FFA | West Virginia Wildlife Wrestling
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#16 | freshman | 5-10 | 170 lbs. quarterback | defensive back FFA | national honors society basketball
#48 | sophomore | 5-8 | 145 lbs. running back | defensive back FFA | west virginia wildlife basketball
#6 | junior | 5-6 | 115 lbs. split end | defensive back wrestling | track FFA
#28 | freshman | 5-7 | 150 lbs. running back | linebacker FFA
#5 | junior | 5-6 | 145 lbs. flanker | defensive back
#7 | sophomore | 5-7 | 120 lbs. split end | defensive back FFA | west virginia wildlife student council
#44 | senior | 5-9 | 190 lbs. running back | linebacker FFA
#77 | freshman | 5-10 | 265 lbs. offensive line | defensive line soccer
#36 | sophomore | 5-8 | 140 lbs. running back | linebacker FFA track
#74 | sophomore | 5-11 | 165 lbs. offensive line | linebacker basketball
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#80 | freshman | 6-3 | 170 lbs. split end | defensive end basketball | track
#4 | freshman | 4-10 | 100 lbs. split end | defensive back FFA
#72 | junior | 6-1 | 225 lbs. offensive line | defensive end basketball
#17 | freshman | 5-5 | 125 lbs. split end | defensive back FFA | national honor society basketball | baseball
2nd place - Mason Dixon Conf. (shot put)
#32 | junior | 5-11 | 155 lbs. running back | linebacker basketball
#71 | junior | 6-2 | 285 lbs. offensive line | defensive line FFA
#65 | freshman | 6-3 | 235 lbs. offensive line | defensive end gear up basketball | track
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#55 | senior | 6-3 | 155 lbs. offensive line | linebacker
#35 | junior |5-9 | 170 lbs. running back | linebacker FFA basketball | baseball
All Mason-Dixon Conf. first team (football) Honorable mention all-state (football)
#49 | sophomore | 5-9 | 160 lbs. running back | linebacker
#56 | senior | 5-9 | 230 lbs. offensive line | defensive line FFA track
#57 | freshman | 5-9 | 185 lbs. offensive line | defensive line FFA wrestling
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#8 | sophomore | 5-8 | 150 lbs. tight end | linebacker FFA | national honor society basketball
#11 | sophomore | 5-11 | 155 lbs. running back/safety FFA | national honor society | west virginia wildlife basketball | baseball | track
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#37 | sophomore | 5-8 | 155 lbs. running back | linebacker track
#76 | freshman | 5-7 | 165 lbs. offensive line | defensive line national honor society
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#51 | senior | 5-10 | 220 lbs. offensive line | defensive line wrestling
#66 | freshman | 5-8 | 185 lbs. offensive line | defensive line FFA
#26 | freshman | 5-7 | 120 lbs. running back | defensive back FFA | national honor society basketball | track
#75 | junior | 5-9 | 220 lbs. offensive line | defensive line basketball
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#53 | sophomore | 6-1 | 205 lbs. offensive line | defensive line
#58 | freshman | 5-7 | 205 lbs. offensive line | defensive line FFA
#88 | senior | 6-3 | 180 lbs. tight end | defensive end
#60 | sophomore | 6-1 | 250 lbs. offensive line | defensive line
#9 | freshman | 5-9 | 160 lbs. tight end | defensive end FFA | LEO club
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#59 | freshman | 5-6 | 165 lbs. offensive line | defensive line
2009STATISTICS OFFENSIVE STATISTICS RUSHING
Carries Corder, Allen Wilfong, Sean Cummings, Cameron Hockenberry, Jordan
129 119 84 29
Carries in single game Corder, Allen vs. ND Wilfong, Sean vs. PC Corder, Allen vs. TV Corder, Allen vs. Valley Wilfong, Sean vs. BD
25 17 16 16 14
Yards Corder, Allen Wilfong, Sean Hockenberry, Jordan Cummings, Cameron
781 691 267 235
Yards in single game Corder, Allen vs. ND Corder, Allen vs. T. Valley Wilfong, Sean vs. PC Wilfong, Sean vs. BD Corder, Allen vs. Valley
216 177 159 105 92
Completion Percentage Cummings, Cameron 53% Cottrell, Lucas 80% Hockenberry, Jordan 100% Yards Cummings, Cameron Cottrell, Lucas Hockenberry, Jordan
1,082 33 24
Touchdowns Cummings, Cameron Hockenberry, Jordan
Catches Wright, Devan Bragg, Nick Holmes, Josh
31 18 11
Chisler, Michael Hockenberry, Jordan Wilfong, Sean
2 2 2
Total points Corder, Allen Cummings, Cameron Wright, Devan Hockenberry, Jordan Wilfong, Sean Bragg, Nick
60 42 36 34 34 32
Extra-point kicks Cummings, Cameron
Field goals Cummings, Cameron
Kick return touchdowns Wright, Devan 1
Catches in single game Wright, Devan vs. STM Wright, Devan vs. Han. Holmes, Josh vs. Hun. Holmes, Josh vs. STM
9 5 4 4
Yards Wright, Devan Bragg, Nick Holmes, Josh
511 266 125
Yards in single game Wright, Devan vs. STM Wright, Devan vs. Han. Bragg, Nick vs. Hun. Wright, Devan vs. Valley Wright, Devan vs. Hun.
127 86 76 58 53
Interceptions Holmes, Josh Bragg, Nick Cummings, Cameron Riffle, Jay
4 3 2 2
Touchdowns Corder, Allen Hockenberry, Jordan Wilfong, Sean Cummings, Cameron
10 5 5 4
Extra-Point scores Cummings, Cameron Swaniger, Tre
Yards-per-catch (min. 10 catch.) Wright, Devan 16.5 Bragg, Nick 14.8 Holmes, Josh 11.4
Attempts Cummings, Cameron Cottrell, Lucas Hockenberry, Jordan
139 5 1
Touchdowns Wright, Devan Bragg, Nick Chisler, Michael
5 4 1
Yards-per-carry (min. 20 car.) Hockenberry, Jordan 9.2 Corder, Allen 6.1 Wilfong, Sean 5.8 Cummings, Cameron 2.8
Cottrell, Lucas Hockenberry, Jordan
Completions Cummings, Cameron
Extra-Point scores Bragg, Nick
Interceptions-for-touchdowns Holmes, Josh 2 Interceptions in single game Holmes, Josh vs. Hundred 2 Riffle, Jay vs. Paden City 2 Fumble recoveries Baez, Eddie Bragg, Nick Cummings, Cameron Francis, Shaun Saul, Kent Spears, Rezin Varner, Dustin
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offseasonFOOTBALL WEST VIRGINIA 7-ON-7
Mountaineer Field - Morgantown, W.Va.
Despite a field that consisted of 44 teams from five different states, the Clay-Battelle football team was the smallest school at the West Virginia University 7-on-7 tournament held at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown. But despite size, the Cee-Beesâ€™ pulled out the biggest surprise of the tournament, beating Fairmont Senior on Friday before beating AAAA Coatsville (Pa.) on Saturday. Clay-Battelle lost its final two contests, eliminating it from the tournament.
WASHINGTON & JEFFERSON 7-ON-7 Washington, Pa.
After winning its first three games of the morning session to earn a No. 3 team in their division that consisted of 14 teams, Clay-Battelle won its first game of the tournament before being eliminated after losing its final two contests of the day.
CLAY-BATTELLE CEE-BEE 7-ON-7 Blacksville, W.Va.
Twelve area schools took part in the Cee-Bee 7-on-7, sponsored by the Clay-Battelle Quarterback Club. Each team was alloted three games in the morning before entering a single elimination tournament to end the day. The Cee-Bees finished the day with a 3-2 record after a semi-final loss eliminated them from the tournament.
UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL 7-ON-7 Morgantown, W.Va.
Despite playing three Class AAA schools and one Class AA school, the Cee-Bees finished the tournament with a 3-1 record, beating University B, Preston and 2008 Class-AA state champions Grafton before losing to Morgantown in the championship game.
Combined 2009 7-on-7 record: 16-9 -------------------------------------------------------
CEE-BEE FOOTBALL CLINIC Blacksville, W.Va.
The Clay-Battelle coaching staff along with the Cee-Bees hosted a football clinic during the summer months for students in fourth-thru-eighth grade. The participants were taught about blocking, running the ball, passing, catching, punting and kicking. The students were then divided into four teams and played a onehand touch football game with current Clay-Battelle players playing quarterback. There was also a punt, pass and kick competition for each grade level.
drivingDIRECTIONS *Driving directions for away football contests from Blacksville, W.Va. PADEN CITY HIGH SCHOOL Sept. 11 | Paden City, W.Va.
Estimated time: 1 hour, 30 minutes Estimated distance: 54 miles 1. Go to HUNDRED and turn LEFT onto RT. 7 near CITGO 2. Follow RT. 7 for 32 miles. 3. Turn LEFT onto RT. 2 for an estimated 5 miles. 4. Arrive at Paden City High School on right.
CLEAR SPRING HIGH SCHOOL (MD.) Sept. 25 | Clear Spring, Md.
Estimated time: 2 hours, 40 minutes Estimated distance: 153 miles 1. Merge onto I-68 EAST via toward CUMBERLAND. 2. Merge onto I-70 EAST via EXIT 82B toward HAGERSTOWN. Go 8.5 miles. 3. Take EXIT 9 toward INDIAN SPRINGS onto National Pike (US-40). Go 7.1 miles 4. Turn LEFT onto BROADFORDING RD. Go 0.4 miles. 5. Arrive at Clear Spring High School on left.
CAMERON HIGH SCHOOL (DO OVER) Oct. 16 | Cameron, W.Va.
Estimated time: 57 minutes Estimated distance: 37 miles 1. Follow RT. 7 onto WASHINGTON ST. 2. Make SLIGHT RIGHT onto US-250/WV-7. Continue to follow US-250 for estimated 22 miles. 3. Turn LEFT onto US-250/CHURCH ST/BRIDGE ST. Continue to follow BRIDGE ST. 4. End at Cameron, W.Va.
Estimated time: 2 hours, 20 minutes Estimated distance: 128 miles 1. Merge onto I-79 SOUTH towards CHARLESTON. 2. Take exit at RT. 33 at WESTON towards ELKINS. 3. Continue through Buckhannon to Elkins. Continue through Elkins onto RT. 219 SOUTH. 4. Travel straight for an estimated 13 miles out of Elkins on RT. 219. 5. Arrive at Tygarts Valley High School in Mill Creek, W.Va on left.
TYGARTS VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL Oct. 23 | Mill Creek, W.Va.
CLAY-BATTELLE CHEERLEADING | 2009
NIKKI MATTINGLY head coach | third season
To some, it may seem state championships come easy to Clay-Battelle head cheerleading coach Nikki Mattingly. After claiming the title in 1996 as a high school freshman at ClayBattelle 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 both 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 peaked above all other programs.”
The program has an unheralded six state titles including winning back-toback 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
MEET COACH MATTINGLY
Full name: Nikki Renne Mattingly Hometown: Wadestown, W.Va.
High School: Clay-Battelle High School, 2000 College: Fairmont State University, 2004 Degree: B.S. Elementary Education; Masters in Special Education (in progress) Employer: Clay-Battelle High School, Special Education Teacher (3 years) Family: Husband Gobel
claimed the title once again. cards fall. Most teams can only dream currently an assistant coach for head Looking back, it was a time Mattingly of making it to the state tournament. football coach Ryan Wilson. said she never dreamed of. “But otherwise, it was the best season I “It’s hard to put into words what “Coaching wasn’t really something could have asked for as far as team cohe- Clay-Battelle means to me,” Mattingly I thought about growing up,” she said. siveness and dedication is concerned.” said. “It’s been a big part of my life, “But when the middle school position both past and present - it’s basically my opened up, I thought I could do it. ALL IN THE FAMILY life.” “I don’t think I could ever coach at Mattingly is no stranger to Cee-Bee She currently resides with her any other school than my own – I don’t Athletics. Russ Moore, Mattingly’s husband in Wadestown with their two think I’d have that same loyalty.” father, served as head football coach dogs, Lexie and Bailey. Some may believe that after winning for nine seasons, from 1986-to-1995 ina state championship and the West cluding two West Virginia State Playoff STRONG SEASON AHEAD Virginia Coach of the Year Award in your Appearances with winning seasons in If Mattingly’s plan to continue the first year as head coach success of the historicallywould leave her with nothstrong program, this year “She’s one of the most determined people ing else to work for. Some, should be no exception. I’ve ever met. She knows what she wants except Mattingly. With only four seniors and she finds ways to make it happen.” “Sometimes winning on a junior and freshmana championship doesn’t dominated team, this –Whitney Moore, junior make the best season year’s squad has a bright
you’ve ever had; getting an future ahead of them, she “SHE’S SUCCESSFUL BECAUSE SHE WAS A award for it doesn’t either,” said. CHAMPION HERSELF – SHE KNOWS WHAT IT TAKES.” she said. “What keeps me “This year’s team is a – Spencer Pritchard, sophomore going is the team atmoyoung team, but somesphere and that feeling of times that is good,” Mathaving a second family. I tingly said. “We just have to get a lot out of seeing a cheerleader 1992 and 1993. stay healthy, work hard, stay dedication master something they never thought “He’s one of the most influential peoand stay committed to success and they could do.” ple in my life. I still take things that he we’ll be OK.” The 2008 season didn’t come as easy did with his football teams and try to inWhether the third year head coach for Moore as the team finished second corporate them into my coaching style,” gets to raise her second career champito Wheeling Central in the West Virginia Mattingly said. “I’ve always thought it onship crown doesn’t necessarily transState Championship. would have been cool to have been the late into a successful season, however. It might not have given the team its first female on the CB football team. He “Every year I have a goal and that is third straight title, but it was a perfect would have been proud.” to have a safe and successful season,” season otherwise, according to Mattingly. Mattingly added yet another chapter Mattingly said. “It’d be absurd to say no one wasn’t in her Clay-Battelle connections on June “I hope that my athletes learn to disappointed. It would have been 25th. That is when she married Gobel have confidence in whatever they do, amazing to win a third straight,” she Mattingly, the Cee-Bees head athlearn how to win with class, sportssaid. “But sometimes that’s how the letic trainer for the past two years and manship and integrity.”
HEATHER HENDERSON assistant coach | third season
If you see Clay-Battelle head cheerleading coach Nikki Mattingly, chances are you’ll find CeeBee 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 –
“SHE’S SOMEONE WHO IS SO EASY TO GROW CLOSE TO. SHE’S ALWAYS THERE TO PICK US UP AND MAKE US LAUGH WHEN WE’RE HAVING A BAD DAY.” – Whitney Moore, junior 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.
SAMANTHA BOWSER volunteer assistant | first season
Bowser enters her first season as a volunteer assistant coach for Clay-Battelle Cheerleading and head coach Nikki Mattingly. The 2007 graduate of Clay-Battelle High School is just months from graduating from a twoyear program at Fairmont State University which saw her earn an associate’s degree in Nursing.
From her sophomore to her senior season, Bowser was a three-year member of the CeeBee cheerleading squad including being part of the 2006 season in which the Cee-Bees claimed
the West Virginia Class A State Championship during her senior year while Mattingly still served as an assistant coach. Bowser is currently employed by Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va., as a registered nurse.
LEFT TO RIGHT: Brittany Martino, Danielle Eddy, Emily Smerdell, Danielle Mayle
LEFT TO RIGHT: Danielle Varner, Sarah Cropper, Kylie Barnhart, Ashley Eddy, Whitney Moore, Cierra Minor
LEFT TO RIGHT: Spencer Pritchard, Sara Earl
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LEFT TO RIGHT: Danielle Dawson, McKayla Eddy, Nicole Hartley, Sierra Barr, Kali Burnette
kylieBARNHART varsity? | junior Other sports played: None. Activities and awards: FFA | National Honor Society | Leo Club | SADD | Pep Club | RAZE Most influential person in my life: It’d have to be my mom (Cindy). Whenever I get frustrated, she’s always there to keep me going. She got me started in cheerleading and was my coach for a long time. Favorite coach Henderson saying: She’s all about our feet. She’s always saying “point your toes and keep your feet together.”
One thing few people know about me: I used to be shy. People wouldn’t think that now because you usually can’t shut me up. Cheerleading helped me become out-going, maybe a little too out-going sometimes. What it was like to win a state championship my freshman year: It was amazing and something I’ll never forget. We worked so hard all year and to have that pay off was a great feeling. We’re definitely going to get back this year. We have most of the same girls from last year’s squad and a lot of the young girls have done great in open gym.
varsity? | freshman Other sports played: None. Activities and awards: Middle school National Honor Society What I’m looking forward to most in my freshman year: I’m really excited about mounting as a high schooler. It’s a lot different than when you’re in middle school. I’m excited about my freshman year but nervous at the same time, just because it’s my first year of high school.
How I got started in cheerleading: When I was in sixth grade I started doing gymnastics and I caught on pretty quickly. Favorite thing to do when not cheering: I don’t swim competitively but I swim any chance I get. One thing I’ve always wanted to do: I’ve always wanted to skydive. Best part about cheering for C-B: We’re always really good but no one expects us to be good coming from such a small town.
varsity? | freshman Other sports played: Softball Activities and awards: None.
What I’d like to do after I graduate: I’d really like to go to WVU and become a registered nurse. They get paid good and I’ve always like helping people. Plus, almost everyone in my family works at the hospital. One thing I must have on a road trip: I can’t go anywhere without my IPOD. I listen to a little bit of everything but I really like Katie Perry.
The reality show I’d have the best chance of winning: I’m not sure, but it definitely wouldn’t be American Idol. Thing I’m most looking forward to in my freshman year: I really want to make my tumbling better. That’s the hardest part about cheerleading and I think our coaches can really help me out this year. They make you work hard. My favorite class: English - I’m not good at any other subject.
varsity? | junior
Other sports played: Softball
cited. I knew we performed a good routine and our chances of winning it were high.
Activities and awards: Leo Club | National Honor Society | RAZE
How I started cheerleading: I played basketball and it didn’t take me long to figure out it wasn’t my thing. Then I tried cheerleading and love everything about it.
Reality show I’d have the best chance of winning: I’d like to go on Dancing with the Stars. I don’t know who I’d pick to dance with maybe Rob Patrison? or Zack Efron?. My most memorable ClayBattelle cheerleading memory: I’ll never forget when we won states. I was so ex-
My favorite class: I really like my sign language class. I actually use it a lot with one of my friends who’s also takes it. Best part about the C-B coaching staff: They always want you to do our best and will do anything to help us do it.
danielleDAWSON varsity? | freshman Other sports played: None Activities and awards: Leo Club | Student Council | National Honor Society Best thing about being a high school cheerleader: During practice we get to do a lot more, mounting-wise. High school cheerleading seems pretty competitive but in a way, it’s easier because during practice we always still busy.
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My favorite class: It’s probably math, just because the answer is always in the question. Most influential person in my life: My dad, Basil, taught me everything I know. How I got started in cheerleading: I was never really interested in cheerleading until I went to Ms. Elliott’s cheerleading classes. It only took about five days, but I’ve loved cheerleading ever since.
varsity? | sophomore Other sports played: None. Activities and awards: National Junior Honor Society Favorite C-B cheerleading memory: It was the summer before my freshman year of high school during open gym. I was a Clay-Battelle cheerleader for the first time. I came in expecting to be treated like an other freshman but I was treated like I was a part of their family. One thing I’ve always wanted to do: I think cliff diving would be a lot
of fun. I love anything where you’re high up and falling fast. Obviously, I’m a big fan of roller coasters - the Phantom’s Revenge at Kennywood is definitely my favorite. Favorite thing to do while not cheering: I’m big into softball. I play first base for a summer league out of Wadestown. What it was like to place runner-up at the 2008 W.Va. Cheerleading Competition: It was so close because both (C-B and Wheeling Central) were so good. We were definitely disappointed but hopefully we’ll get back and win it all this year.
ashleyEDDY varsity? | junior Other sports played: None. Activities and awards: Leo Club | SADD | Pep Club Favorite thing to do while not cheering: I really like to figure skate; I’ve been doing it for a while. My family and I always watched it on TV and that’s where I thought I’d like to try it. One thing I take on every road trip: My pillow – I love to sleep.
I’ve never liked going to Notre Dame, just because our cheerleading squads are pretty big rivals. Best Clay-Battelle cheerleading memory: It would have to be last year when we finished runners-up (at the state cheerleading competition). I was a little disappointment but happy at the same time. One word that describes Clay-Battelle cheerleading: Awesome.
One away football game I hate to go to:
varsity? | senior Other sports played: None.
Activities and awards: National Honor Society | President of Pep Club | Leo Club | RAZE Best part about being a C-B cheerleader: We’re all like a big family...like a bunch of big sisters. Favorite thing to do while not cheering: I do beauty pageants. I’m the reigning 2008 Ms. Clay District Fair Queen. I’d love to be Ms. West Virginia someday and I’ll be competiting for Ms. Teen West Virginia in
October. Favorite Clay-Battelle cheerleading memory: It was the week before the state competition and I putting so much pressure on myself that I couldn’t throw my tumbling pass. Now I just look back at it and laugh. The reality show I’d have the best chance of winning: Dancing with the Stars. I’d pick Chad Michael Murray as my partner. He might not be able to dance good but it wouldn’t matter – he’s good looking.
varsity? | freshman
Other sports played: Basketball | track Activities and awards: Leo Club | Student Council | National Honor Society The hardest part of cheerleading: I don’t picture myself as a good tumbler, so it’s definitely the hardest. I try to think too much and over analyze what could happen. One bad habit I can’t break: I’m horrible about just saying what I want without think-
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ing of the consequences. One thing I take on every road trip: I really like to read so I always have to have a book. My favorite would probably be ‘Forever’ by Judy Bloom. The most influential person in my life: My brother’s girlfriend, Danielle, is one of those people who are so good to everyone she meets. What I’m looking forward to most this season: Just being with all of the girls is going to be a lot of fun.
varsity? | freshman
Other sports played: None.
day, I decided to go out and start cheerleading.
Activities and awards: Middle school National Honor Society
One bad habit I can’t break: I’m always overthinking and overanalyzing everything I do.
Favorite cheerleading memory: We were the first middle school cheerleading squad from around this school to compete and that’s something I won’t forget. How I got started in cheerleading: I’ve been cheerleading ever since I was in elementary school. I was always in gymnastics and one
What I’m looking forward to most during my freshman year: I’m looking forward to being a part of a bigger school and hopefully going to the state competition for the first time.
brittanyMARTINO varsity? | senior Other sports played: Track | Cross Country
ball team and can squat 285 lbs. but bench only 145 lbs.
Activities and awards: Student Body President | National Honor Society secretary | FFA Vice President
Why I think cheerleading is a sport: I’ve played other sports and it’s harder than most. We practice hard, condition hard, and want to win. It’s really something you have to work a lot at, just like any other sport.
One thing I’ve always wanted to do: Be a dancer. I love to dance. I’d love to be on Dancing with the Stars, or even better, So You Think You Can Dance so I won’t have to dance with a partner. Favorite thing to do while not cheering: I really love to weight lift. I lift with the foot-
One thing few people know about me: I was one of two in W.Va. and the first ever from Clay-Battelle who was selected from W.Va. Girls State to travel to Girls Nation in Washington, D.C.
varsity? | senior
Other sports played: Track. Activities and awards: FEA | FFA
One thing I’ve always wanted to do: A standing back handspring. I’ve always tried so hard but this year is the year. I’m going to do it. I have to.
Why I think cheerleading is a sport: One memory I’ll never forget of coach Cheerleading is one of the hardest things Mattingly : I’ve ever done. People don’t realize how During a basketball game last year, we physical it is and how challenging it can were stunting and a clip went through be. my lip. Nikki had to run me to the emergency run and I ended up Favorite thing to do while not cheering: getting seven stitches and a bro I love riding motorcycles and I’m learning ken nose. how to drive them. It’s so relaxing.
varsity? | junior Other sports played: None.
Activities and awards: FEA | Pep Club | SADD Why I decided to cheer again after not cheering since eighth grade: Cheering used to be everything I did. This squad has been so good that I realized I didn’t want to miss out on it; I want to be a part of a championship. One bad habit I can’t break: I’m bad at cracking my fingers. I’ve tried
stopping, but it doesn’t work. How I got started in cheerleading: I have four brothers and four sisters and I always had a lot of energy which I was little so my mom decided that we needed to get involved and I started in cheerleading. One thing I’ve always wanted to do: I’d like to string dance off of a big building like the Empire State Building. I’ve been up there before, and I’m not afraid of heights so I think I’d be up for it.
varsity? | junior
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Other sports played: None.
One thing I take on every road trip: My pillow – I sleep all the time.
Activities and awards: Leo Club | National Honor Society | RAZE | SADD | Pep Club
Most listened to song on my IPOD: Lately is has probably been ‘Down the Road’ by Kenny Chesney.
Best part about being a state champion: The feeling is amazing. I think a lot about what that day was like. Everywhere we go, people always ask us about it and recognize us for it. It’s a feeling we need to bring back.
One thing few people know about me: Most people think I’m shy but once you get you know me, you’ll know I’m not. Other than that, I’m really open. Being from such a small town, everyone knows pretty much everything about you.
varsity | sophomore
Other sports played: Track Activities and awards: National Honor Society | RAZE | U.S. Achievement Academy | Perfect Honor Roll What makes Coach Henderson a suc cessful coach: She always understands when things might not go right at practice. She’s full of patience and can turn around any situation with her sense of humor.
The best part about Clay-Battelle cheerleading: It has to be the great time we have on the cheer bus on the way to away football games. We always laugh a lot and the girls love it when Kylie and I belt out a loud song to wake them up when they’re sleeping. What I’m looking forward to most this season: Being with the new girls on the squad. And I really can’t wait to get the state championship trophy back from Wheeling Central.
emilySMERDELL varsity? | senior Other sports played: Basketball | Track
Clay-Battelle so I’ve always wanted to accomplishment as much as he did.
Activities and awards: Pep Club | SADD | Class President
What I’m looking forward to most this season: This is my first year cheerleading in high school and I’ve sat in the stands too long. I want to make it to states – that’s everyone’s ultimate goal.
One thing few people know about me: I like to ski a lot. I’ve been skiing since about sixth grade. I just love being out of the mountains and its aways good to get out of Blacksville every once in a while. Most influential person in my life: I’ve always looked up to my dad, Douglas. He was so athletic and went to school at
My favorite class: I’ve always liked history because I think I’ve learned the most in those classes.
varsity? | junior Other sports played: Softball
Activities and awards: Pep Club | SADD | National Honor Society One bad habit I can’t break: I always bite my fingernails when I’m nervous. What I’m looking forward to most in the upcoming season: I just love to cheer – it’s what my life revolves around. My mom got me started in dance when I was young but I didn’t get started until middle school and I’ve been
cheering ever since. Favorite class: It’ll probably be math. I’m not the best at it, but I like dealing with numbers and its always a good challenge. The most influential person in my life: I look up to my mom, Tammy, a lot. She works so hard at everything she does. One word that describes ClayBattelle cheerleading: Awesome.