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20 On The Cover RSN Sports selected three exemplary basketball models for our most unique location shoot ever. Photo by Michael Switzer Taken on location at Pritchard Mining loading facility in Cheylan, WV. Birthplace of NBA great Jerry West.


Features 12 NICK GEORGE’S PINK MESSAGE There’s a reason Pink on Green looks so good.


Find out what makes RSN’s cover models special.

22 TOUGH GUY: DYLAN COTTRELL This RSN Sports Tough Guy is knocking it out.


How to hit a baseball Farther - Brought to you by Thomas Health Systems


Winfield Pair Inspire A Region.

Photo By: Mike Deardorff

Volume 6, Issue 2 Spring 2012


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RSN T I t B I D s SPORTS FACTS Q & A New York Yankees star and former Parkersburg Big Red Nick Swisher played his college ball where? Ohio State Everyone knows the epic scene of Marshall’s Byron Leftwich being carried down the field by his linemen after suffering a broken leg. Against what MAC school did this occur? Akron A West Virginia native and the first defensive player to earn MVP in a Super Bowl was? Chuck Howley, Super Bowl V. Which Marshall star was drafted higher in their respective draft - Byron Leftwich or Randy Moss? Byron Leftwich 7th overall. Randy Moss 21st overall.

WVU football star who played in FOUR Super Bowls Darryl Talley - Buffalo Bills

Danny Heater of Burnsville High School holds the Guiness Record for most points scored in a basketball game in January of 1960. How many?


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e wasn’t hard to spot on the basketball court last season. Charleston Catholic sophomore center Nick George was the one wearing the pink shoes.

As the Fighting Irish went through the regular season and on to win a Class A state championship, his mother Georgette was fighting cancer. Nick decided to wear pink as a tribute to her. “I found out last summer and I wanted to do something for her,” Nick explained. “I wanted to show her that we were in it together. It showed that I care.” Though his mother was gone and in treatment much of the time, the two remained close. “She made it to almost every home game,” Nick said. Though pink isn’t one of Charleston Catholic’s colors – the Irish wear the traditional green and white – the team didn’t mind the pink shoes. “Everybody was really supportive,” said Nick. “Coach was very understanding too.” With every games, every practice, Nick reached down to lace up those pink shoes, and remember his mother’s battle. “It wasn’t an easy experience,” he admitted. “It was on my mind a lot. But basketball was a good release for me.” Nick’s mother drew strength from Nick and the team’s response to the pink shoes. “That was one of the most special things to happen to me, special in what it represented and meant to him,” said Georgette. “I was gone off and on for about 20 weeks. It helped us stay connected. It was a nice demonstration. “I truly believe that the team pulled around Nick and supported him, the teamwork came through and I believe that’s why they won (a state title.)” And the pink shoes? “I’m definitely keeping the shoes,” Nick said. “Even when I’m done wearing them.” Photo by: Patrick Brown

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Sports is known for great features on West Virginia athletes. This issue’s cover RSN brought three dynamic young ladies together to illustrate all that’s good about amateur sports in our state. The trifecta of high school girls basketball stars were selected with no small thought. They’re great young people doing great things beyond sports and leading in their respective communities.

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Liz Ruscitto

Taken during season, all three ladies made the trip to the shoot, at least a ½ day of school, and were back for practice or games that evening! Photos By: Michael Switzer

Chelsey Parkins

Shaelyn Shafer

Toughest opponent: Myself

Toughest opponent: Saint Marys High

Toughest opponent: Every team I play

Other sports: Softball

Other sports: Softball

Other accolades: 4-H, A/B Honor Roll

Other accolades: Student Council, National Honor Society, & Honor Roll

Other sports: Soccer - It helps me stay in shape for basketball

Prospective college: Undecided

Prospective college: Slippery Rock Univ.

Do you volunteer?: Various Community Service Projects

Do you volunteer?: American Cancer Society & Relay For Life

Any Siblings?: I’m an only child

Any Siblings?: I have an older sister

Where I vacation: Virginia Beach

Biggest Influence: Tom Brock my weights trainer because of his commitment

Favorite TV Show: Fear Factor Favorite junk food: Doritos Dream Vehicle: Chevy Cruze Famous person I’d like to meet: Cat Osterman Favorite Place to kick back: My Trampoline

Other accolades: I’m pretty good at Math Prospective college: Radford University or Creighton University Do you volunteer?: American Cancer Society & FCLA Any Siblings?: I have an older sister

Where I vacation: Disneyworld!

Biggest Influence: My school & AAU Basketball coaches Where I vacation: The Beach!

Favorite TV Show: Real Housewives

Favorite TV Show: American Idol

Favorite junk food: Sour Gummy Worms

Favorite junk food: Choc. Chip Ice Cream

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Dream Vehicle: Black 4-door Jeep Wrangler

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Famous person I’d like to meet: Maya Moore

Favorite Place to kick back: My Bedroom

Dream Career: College Athletic Trainer

Dream Career: Something Famous

Describe yourself in 20 words or less: Athletic, Caring, hopeful, enthusiastic, smart, tall, hardworking, goofy

Describe yourself in 20 words or less: Funny, outgoing, hardworking, determined, & busy

Favorite Place to kick back: My Bedroom Dream Career: Anesthesiologist Describe yourself in 20 words or less: Hardworking, intelligent, enthusiastic, positive, naïve, athletic, tall, & youthful

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by Mark Martin

a part of history at Roane and in state


hortly after becoming the 15th individual in West Virginia high school wrestling history to claim a fourth consecutive state title, Roane County’s Dylan Cottrell sat with his family in the stands and tried to keep his emotions in check. It wasn’t easy. In fact, it was impossible. Cottrell’s tear-stained face said it all. “It’s crazy that it’s over,” said Cottrell. “A lot of emotions went through me right there at the end with my family and everything.” He pinned Clay’s Harley Hamrick in the second period for the title in Class AA-A’s 140-pound division.

Growing up in Roane County, Cottrell values his life. He comes from a great family and has also been blessed with a multitude of friends. All sports in the area are valued, including wrestling. Going back to the days of old Spencer High School (which merged with Walton to help form Roane County in 1993), wrestling is a sport taken seriously in the area and many greats have emerged.

Hamrick was unable to yield a point against Cottrell. Which meant Cottrell was never scored upon in 16 State Tournament matches dating back to his freshman season in 2009.

Of the 16 four-time state winners, five hail from Roane County. Matt Ashley, Rich Greathouse and Todd Kendall performed on the mats for Spencer High. Last year, Roane County’s Josh Fisher got his fourth title before Cottrell added his name to the list this season.

“I’m glad to get it over with,” said Cottrell, alluding to the streak of keeping his 16 opponents scoreless.

“I’m happy to get in that company,” he said. “No better than your hometown.”

Cottrell was one of three wrestlers on the evening to win a fourth consecutive crown. Parkersburg South’s David Jeffrey became No. 14, Cottrell was No. 15 and Ripley’s Adam Bicak became No. 16.

His future is undecided as to where he will go to college. But Cottrell expects to be out on the mats for someone.

Knowing both wrestlers well, Cottrell was also proud of their efforts. After all, he understands the amount of pressure one is under to get it done. His accomplishments on the mat this season and likely over the past four years earned him the prestigious Dutton Award as West Virginia’s top high school wrestler. He will receive the honor at the annual West Virginia Sportswriters Association Victory Awards Dinner at the end of April.


Roane earned a postseason game at home for the first time in school history.

Cottrell will also be honored as a Class AA All-State football player. He was the First Team captain as a utility player while helping lead Roane to back-to-back playoff appearances.

While he heads off for the next challenge, Cottrell will always cherish the days of Roane County and being a four-time state champ. “Just being in the same field with those guys is something. Consider how many guys have wrestled. I’m happy that it’s done. All that hard work paid off. I’m happy with the outcome, happy with my four years here. I wouldn’t change a thing, it’s been a heck of a ride.” A ride into the history books. Do you or an athlete you know have what it takes to be the next RSN Sports Tough Guy? Tell Us Why!

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Dylan Cottrell on receiving the prestigious Dutton Award as West Virginia’s top high school wrestler. As a four-time state champion, Dylan joins only 16 other athletes who have achieved four titles, five of which hail from Roane County. Roane General Hospital is proud to serve athletes like Dylan, and the community of Roane County. It’s why we pride ourselves on delivering care you can trust… close to home.


TRAINING TIPS How to Hit a Baseball or Softball Farther


itting the ball farther means increasing your bat speed, because bat speed determines how far the ball will travel. When you swing the bat faster, you hit the ball harder and faster, causing it to travel farther. To hit the ball faster, you must not only practice swinging, but build muscle as well. Hitting the ball farther means more home runs, doubles and triples, which increase the amount of runs you bat in.

Weight Training


1. Train with light weights. 3. Use a heavier bat during 2. Strengthen your core and Focus on your upper body. practice to strengthen your legs to give yourself a stable When you swing a bat, you use your chest, triceps, shoulders and upper back, so focus on strengthening these areas.


base. Some of the exercises you can do to strengthen these areas include lunges and squats.

muscles. Find the bat weight you can handle. While a heavier bat will make you hit the ball farther, if you cannot swing it quickly, you won’t hit the ball farther. Pick the heaviest bat you can swing comfortably. Usually this is a couple of ounces more than your normal bat.

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Dusty Kincaid

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On March 19, 2012, Winfield High School pitcher Dusty Kincaid was hav

ing a great outing. “I was pitching one of the best games of my life,” he recalled. “I had a no-hitter going.” But in the top of the third inning, things changed dramatically. Kincaid was hit in the head by a batted ball.

“He hit it right back at me,” Kincaid said. “I just remember laying there. The trainers come out, and then…everything went blank.” Kincaid woke up a few days later in the hospital.

“My parents told me that I had surgery,” said Kincaid. The support he got from the community – and beyond, was staggering. “It’s overwhelming. There’s no words to describe it. It’s just been amazing. That’s the reason I’m here.” Kincaid’s status improved miraculously, and he was able to come home a week and half ahead of schedule. “I truly believe that God was with me. He heard a lot of prayers.” News of Kincaid’s injury went nationwide, most notably via Twitter. “Tim Tebow tweeted, asking his followers to pray for me,” Kincaid said. “When someone showed me that…seeing that was just overwhelming. It opened my eyes and put a smile on my face. It’s amazing that he would do that.” Though he has come a long way in a short time, Kincaid hopes to play baseball again. “Right now, I feel great,” he said. “I’ve been going to games. I’ve thrown some and did a little running. The doctors are even shocked. The hardest part about it, was this was my senior year. I’ve always looked forward to this. But I know I have to stay strong.. There’s a reason that this happened. Better things will come from this.” “My long term goals are to play college ball. I’ve even had an offer since my surgery. That lifted me up a whole lot.” Don’t bet against him.


Jeremy Huff

Iswing. n the fall of 2011, just as football season was about to get into full

But what was thought to be a routine physical uncovered something that would save 16-year old football player Jeremy Huff’s life. “He was having headaches, but it didn’t seem unusual at all,” recalled Jeremy’s mother, Mary Huff. Winfield coaches and trainers urged parents of athletes that were experiencing headaches and other related symptoms to get checked up – just as a precaution. Jeremy was diagnosed with cancer. “We’re very thankful that they did that,” Mrs. Huff said. “It allowed us to catch it early.” An outpouring of love and support came from the community. Bracelets and t-shirts were printed up, sating ‘God’s got this’ – which was Jeremy’s initial response to his diagnosis. “People say he has been an inspiration to them,” said Mrs. Huff. “They say they’re praying more and they have gained strength from him.” “We’re very blessed. We couldn’t have made it this far without all of the prayers.” Jeremy has the honor of being the junior spokesman for Relay for Life in Putnam County. “He’s going to be a real advocate,” Mrs. Huff said. He wants to use this to help find a cure.” Now 17-years old, Jeremy has gone through 31 radiation treatments and has confirmation from a clean MRI that he is cancer-free. He’s undergoing the last rounds of chemotherapy too, as a precaution, at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. “We’re blessed,” said Mrs. Huff. A Jeremy Huff fund has been set up at the Putnam County Bank.

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