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Grizzly football team faces rebuilding year
The 2011 Nicholas County High School Grizzly football team
or the ﬁrst time in ﬁve seasons, the Nicholas County High School Grizzly football team faces a rebuilding season. With only one starter returning from last season on offense and three returnees on defense, it is a situation that NCHS veteran head football coach Gene Morris hasn’t had to face since perhaps the 2006 season. The Grizzlies have qualiﬁed for the Class AAA playoffs each of the past four seasons for the ﬁrst time in school history and have gone 34-10 during that span making them one of the winningest programs in the state over the past
four years. They are coming off one of their best seasons ever last year when they ﬁnished 9-1 and ranked No. 9 in the statewide Class AAA rankings. They lost their ﬁrstround playoff game to eventual Class AAA state runner-up Brooke County. While it’s obviously a rebuilding year for the Grizzlies, Coach Morris is quick to point out that many of the players who will be counted on this season received extensive playing time at the junior varsity level and in a few of the contests last season that the Grizzlies won by lopsided margins and were decided by the end of the ﬁrst half.
Returning lettermen for the Nicholas County High School football team are front row, from left, Justin Foster, Tyler Deitz, Tim Hanshaw, Drew Irvin, Zack Perkins, Tyler Sagraves and Drew Moore. Second row, from left, Seth Hawkins, Xavier Tucker, Austin Hill, Jake Bennett, Jordan Harmon, Dustyn Murphy, Nathan Smith and James Collins.
The lone starter returning on offense is senior offensive lineman Nathan Smith (5-9, 195). Others vying for positions on the offensive line, which was tremendous last season, are senior Tim Hanshaw (510, 305), junior Brandon Dorsey (5-8, 245), junior Benton Tomlinson (5-11, 290), sophomore Will Lemasters (59, 190), junior Gerald Proctor (6-2, 290) and sophomore Hunter Coleman (5-10, 260). A center will be chosen from among the group. At the skilled positions, sophomore Tyler Sagraves (5-8, 150) appears to have the edge at quarterback.
Seniors on the Nicholas County High School Grizzly football team are front, from left, Justin Foster, Tyler Deitz, Tim Hanshaw, Drew Irvin, Zack Perkins, James Collins and Nathan Smith. Back row, from left, Seth Hawkins, Xavier Tucker, Nathaniel Hamrick, Jake Bennett, Josh Gregory, Jonathan Nicklow and Tommy Brown.
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The Nicholas Chronicle Holding down the running back positions will be junior Jordan Harmon (6-0, 175) who gained 300 yards rushing last season with ﬁve touchdowns and an average of nearly six yards per carry and senior Drew Irvin (5-10, 175) who totaled 133 yards last year with three TDs. The leading candidates for the fullback slot will be sophomore Austin Hill (6-1, 250) and senior Justin Foster (5-9, 230). At one of the wide receiver positions will be returning senior Zack Perkins (5-11, 175) who caught seven passes for 101 yards last season.
Other projected wide receivers and tight ends are senior Jake Bennett (6-1, 175), senior Jonathan Nicklow (5-8, 170), sophomore Jared Price (5-10, 150) and junior Dustyn Murphy (6-2, 195). Bennett had eight receptions for 69 yards and one score last season. Starters returning on defense include senior defensive lineman James Collins (5-7, 220), senior defensive back Tyler Deitz (5-7, 150) and sophomore Hill at linebacker. Deitz recorded 67 tackles last season with three pass interceptions and six pass breakups. Collins had 59 tackles and two quarterback sacks a year ago. Hill had 20 tackles last season and Perkins 15. Others vying for positions on the defensive line are senior Seth Hawkins (510, 180), junior Josh Brown (5-9, 260), and senior Nathaniel Hamrick (5-8, 205), along with Dorsey and Tomlinson. The other linebackers will be chosen from among Bennett, junior Drew Moore (58, 150), senior Xavier Tucker (6-0, 170), sophomore Wade Leggett (6-0, 170) and junior Devin Keenan Grizzly football team are (5-9, 225).
Also trying for spots in the defensive backﬁeld are Perkins, senior Tommy Brown (5-8, 140) and junior Austin Davis (5-9, 135). “If these kids can step up and do what we as coaches tell them to do, then we should be all right,” said Coach Morris. The only change in the Grizzly opponents this season from last season is the addition of newly-opened Mingo Central to the schedule. The Class AA Miners replace Greenbrier East on the schedule, and NCHS will travel to Mingo County on Oct. 28. The new $37 million Mingo Central High School is the consolidation of the former Gilbert, Matewan, Burch and Williamson high schools. It was constructed on a former mountaintop removal site near Matewan.
The remainder of Nicholas County High School Grizzly 2011 football schedule is as follows: Date Opponent Site Time Sept. 2 Logan Home 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 East Fairmont Home 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23 Lewis County Away 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 Robert C. Byrd Home 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 James Monroe Away 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 Oak Hill Away 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 North Marion Home 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 Mingo Central Away 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 Preston County Home 7:30 p.m.
Juniors on the Nicholas County High School front, from left, Josh Brown, Brandon Dorsey, Gerald Proctor and Benton Tomlinson. Back row, from left, John Huey, Austin Davis, Dustyn Murphy, Jordan Harmon, Devin Keenan and Drew Moore.
Freshmen on the Nicholas County High School Grizzly football team are front, from left, Troy Jackson, Justin Woods, J.B. Keene, Brandon Jones, Austin Smith, Justin Proctor and Drew Amick. Back row, from left, Aaron Tinnel, Jacob Jones, Drew Edwards, Brandon Jones, Jacob Hopkins, Caleb Simms, Wil Mayes and Dusty Martin.
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Lumberjack football team eyes playoff run
The 2011 Richwood High School Lumberjack Football Team
he Richwood High School Lumberjack football team has their eyes set on the big prize this year – a West Virginia State Championship. “Everyone’s goal is to win a state championship,” said head coach Jason Rogers. “We really love the chance to get back in the playoffs. There’s no better feeling than playing in a playoff atmosphere,” he added. To help reach that goal, the Lumberjacks return a couple very experienced players in senior fullback and linebacker Spencer McPherson and senior offensive lineman and defensive end Logan Bailey. Both McPherson and Bailey are fouryear starters on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. Also returning to the Lumberjacks with starting experience on both offense and defense are junior quarterback Zach Bennett, junior outside linebacker and defensive lineman Cory Chamber, senior outside linebacker and defensive lineman
Returning lettermen for the Lumberjacks are, back, from left, Malcomb Mullins, Logan Bailey, Joe Truman, Zach Bennett, Wesley Lough, Michael Adams and Nate Mullens. Front, from left, are Danny Adkins, Curtis Starcher, Corey Chambers, Spencer McPherson, Ryan Amick and Alex Graham.
Joe Truman, and junior outside linebacker and defensive lineman Alex Graham. Bennett, a threat in the air and on the ground, led the Lumberjacks to a winning season last year after standout quarterback Sam Tindal injured a knee in the season opener against the Webster County Highlanders. Starters returning on offense include junior offensive linemen Curtis Starcher and Nate Mullens, while defensive starters returning are sophomore linebacker Jesse Patterson and sophomore defensive back Michael Adams. According to Coach Rogers, his guys are working hard to earn playing time. “We have position battles all over the ﬁeld,” he said. Among the players ﬁghting for position are sophomore running back Josh Kitzmiller. Kitzmiller is looking for time at wingback according to Rogers. Sophomore Tyler Williams is ﬁghting to see time at the running back position as well
Lumberjack seniors are, from left, Malcomb Mullins, Logan Bailey, Joe Truman, Spencer McPherson, Ryan Amick and Wesley Lough.
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Juniors on the team are, back, from left, Zach Bennett, Cory Campbell, Alex Graham, Austin Frasier and Nate Mullens. Front, from left, are Danny Adkins, Corey Chambers, Curtis Starcher, Elijah Overton and Zachary Hagy. Not pictured are John Crews and Aaron Willey.
youth,” he stated. The Jacks plan to stick to what they know when it comes to offense this year, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t have some surprises for their opponents. “We aren’t really making a whole lot of changes,” said Rogers. “We have tweaked and twisted a few formations and we have a few different blocking schemes, but other than that we are staying pretty basic,” he added. The Jacks kicked off their season in the always anticipated “Battle of the Wagon Wheel” against the Webster County Highlanders at Upperglade on Friday, August. 26.
The remainder of the Lumberjacks’ schedule is as follows: Date Opponent Site Time Sept. 2 Greenbrier West Home 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 Fayetteville Away 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 Midland Trail Home 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23 Pocahontas County Away 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 Buffalo Home 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 Tygarts Valley Away 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 Valley (Fayette) Home 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 Summers County Home 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 Meadow Bridge Away 7:30 p.m.
Lumberjack freshmen include, back, from left, A.J. Hughes, Andy Stasny, Collin Frame, Drew Davis, Austin Livesay, Sam Whitlock, Derek Sophomores include, back, from left, Chris Jones, Allen Wyatt, Tyler Silman, Derek Adkins and Lane Blankenship. Front, from left, are Ben Williams, Josh Kitzmiller, Michael Adams, Cody Cox and Dennis CutBeaver, Tommy Bess, Brandon Cox, Johnny Clevenger, Caleb Truman, lip. Front, from left, are Noah Patterson, Larry Gwinn, Ben Weber, Jesse Cody Reitman and Logan Brown. Patterson and Michael Hedger.
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Young Webster County Highlander team ready for season
The 2011 Webster County Highlanders Football Team
ith only sixteen returning lettermen, the young Webster County Highlander football team comprised of 47 players has nowhere to go but up after a disappointing 1-9 ﬁnish last season. The team’s only win came from a forfeit by the Oak Hill Red Devils due to an eligibility violation. Head football coach Steve Skidmore said he’s expecting to have a pretty good team this year. “They’re still pretty young. There are only 7 seniors out of 47 kids, so the future
is what really looks good right now,” said Skidmore. “This year’s team will be okay though,” he added. Coach Skidmore said that this year’s team has some “highlight” players because of their size and quickness. Mentioned among those “highlight” players was 256 lb. senior fullback Colton Cogar. Besides his obvious size advantage, Coach Skidmore said that Cogar also has Returning lettermen include, back, from left, Tyler Lawson, Ryder Collins, Walker Lawson, Joe some ﬁnesse and can catch the ball well. Collins, John Blankenship, Roger Cogar, Brendan Rumney, Marshall Hawkins and Caleb HardAlso mentioned was se- way. Front, from left, are Hoyt Hosey, Jay Harris, Hunter Given, Luther Stoots, Chris Miller, Danior running back Seth vid Boggess and Cameron Clutter.
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The Nicholas Chronicle Hamrick. Hamrick is one of the most experienced players on the team, returning to the Highlanders after being a freshman starter on the 2008 team that made a playoff run. Other players mentioned by Coach Skidmore were junior running backs David Muzny and Joe Collins. Muzny is out
with a collar bone injury right now, and Collins is a transfer from Miami that the Highlanders picked up last year. Skidmore said that both of these running backs have great speed and can “take it to the house” at any time. Although the team possesses players with the quickness and ability to score, Coach Skidmore said he is more c o n -
cerned about having their linemen step up. “Those are highlight players, but they are only as good as the line.” He added, “We have some returners this year, but some of our returners are sophomores.” The Highlanders opened up their season on Friday, August 26 at home in the “Battle of the Wagon Wheel” against the RichJuniors include, back, from left, Dalton Ramsey, David Muzney, Lance wood Lumberjacks. This Stout, Hoyt Hosey, Joe Collins, John Blankenship, Drew Green, Tyler week they host the Oak Hill Red Devils at Upper- Anderson and Marshall Hawkins. Front, from left, are Brett Morris, Luglade on Friday, Septem- ther Stoots, Hunter Given, Jay Harris, Cameron Clutter and Ryan Holber 2 at 7:30 p.m. landsworth.
Sophomores are, back, from left, Darrius Clark, Brett Perrine, Tyler Helmick, Walker Lawson, Brandon Cool, Ryder Collins, Kendall Cogar, Conner Thompson and Caleb Hardway. Front, from left, are Tyler Lawson, Roger Cogar, Sean Cogar, Jake Thayer, Logan Taylor and Dalton Davis.
Seniors include, from left, Seth Hamrick, Cordell Swisher, Colton Cogar, Chris Miller, David Boggess and Brendan Rumney.
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Freshmen are, back, from left, Sam Kelly, Kyle Gilles, Dalton Hosey, Mark Bane and Garrett Cook. Front, from left, are Jason Oakley, Cody Tanner, Kevin Wright, Wes Bragg and Logan Farley.
The remainder of the Highlanders’ schedule is as follows: Date Opponent Site Time Sept. 2 Oak Hill Home 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 Liberty (Harrison) Home 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 Roane County Away 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23 Lincoln Away 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 Liberty (Raleigh) Away 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 Greenbrier West Away 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 Braxton County Home 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 Pocahontas County Away 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 Tygarts Valley Home 7:30 p.m.
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NCHS Cheerleaders eye Regional Competition The Nicholas County High School cheerleading squad chosen last spring for the 201112 athletic season began practicing Aug. 1. Unlike in previous seasons, this year’s team is freshman and sophomore dominated, but all of the tenth-graders gained valuable experience cheering last season either on the varsity or junior varsity squads. Chosen as team captains were the ﬁve returning seniors on the squad: Whitney Bays, Brittnee Underwood, Olivia Cline, Justine Britt and Catherine Cox. The only other upperclassman on the team is junior Syera Fazenbaker. Returning sophomores are Ginny McCutcheon, Kelsey Acree, Ashley Dorsey, Kenzi Hayhurst, Haley Greynolds and Emily Dorsey. Freshmen on the team are Allison Morris, Elizabeth Messer and Kayla Smith. The team is already practicing hard for regional competition in November where they hope to improve upon last year’s ﬁnish. The
Region 3 Class AAA Cheerleading Tournament will be held Saturday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m. at the Charleston Civic Center Coliseum. The top two teams in the regional tournament advance to the State Cheerleading Competition in Charleston in December. NCHS last advanced to the State Cheerleading Tournament ﬁve years ago. There is no junior varsity team this year due to not as many girls having tried out as last year. “The girls are really working hard and they work well together,” said NCHS Assistant Cheerleading Coach Michelle Vaughan, Vaughan noted that the team is strong in all areas of performing stunts. “The girls this year are all strong, including our ﬂiers and bases.” In addition to preparing for regional competition, Vaughan said the team is working hard at their other important responsibilities. “It is important for cheerleaders to lead the crowd and represent the school and they also are doing a good job at those,” she added.
The 2011 Nicholas County High School Grizzly cheerleading squad, front, from left, team captains Whitney Bays, Brittnee Underwood, Olivia Cline, Justine Britt and Catherine Cox. Second row, from left, Ginny McCutcheon, Kelsey Acree, Ashley Dorsey, Kenzi Hayhurst, Haley Greynolds and Emily Dorsey. Third row, from left, Allison Morris, Elizabeth Messer, Syera Fazenbaker and Kayla Smith.
RHS Lumberjack Cheerleaders have small but dynamic squad The Richwood High School Lumberjack Cheerleaders may only have nine cheerleaders this year, but according to coach Kristina Frame, the small size doesn’t reﬂect the strength of this team. “We have a small squad this year, but we plan to have two strong stunt groups,” said Frame about her squad. Frame also mentioned that the team has two great ﬂyers that
“can and will do anything in the air.” Coach Frame said that although the team has had a couple setbacks this year, it hasn’t held them back. “They are working very hard,” said Frame. “We can’t wait to cheer the Jacks to the playoffs this season!” she added. The Lumberjack ladies are also being coached by Kelly Witt.
The Lumberjack cheerleaders are, front from left, Haley Starcher, Brianna Amick, captain Tori Price and Cierra Frenzel. Back from left are Mary Jo Varney, Breanna Russell, Hollie Bragg and Chey Wolfe. Not pictured is captain Danielle Phillips.
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Webster County Highlander Cheerleaders looking for bid in State Cheer Competition
Highlander Cross Country team starts season with new coach
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Front, from left, are junior Esstay Boggs, senior captain Isabella McDaniel, senior captain Kelsi Hines, senior captain Erin Bean and junior Jasmine McCoy. Middle row, from left, are freshman Chelsie Jordan, sophomore Marissa Fleming, sophomore Josie Bennett, freshman Joy Bean, sophomore Samantha Stout and sophomore Allison Walters. Back row, from left, are sophomore Summer Rose, freshman Rebekah Hardway, freshman Katie Hollandsworth, senior Sha Westfall and freshman Meagan Bragg.
he Webster County Highlander cheerleaders are under new leadership this year and are looking to be the ﬁrst WCHS squad to make it to the state cheer competition since 2005. The Highlanders, with new head coach Lisa Fleming and volunteer assistants Scarlett Short and Ashley Braithwaite, are heading into this season with the motto, “If you want to compete…practice. If you want to win…practice harder!” And that is exactly what this group is doing according to coach Fleming. “I have a very talented group of young ladies this year,” said Fleming, “so I truly believe that we will be contenders for this
year’s AA Region 3 Championship. It should be noted that Fleming is no stranger to coaching champion cheerleaders. She coached the Glade Middle School cheerleading squad for the previous ﬁve years, winning the CWVAC Cheer Competition three of those years and placing 2nd and 3rd the other two years. On November 5, 2011 the Highlander cheerleaders will be competing in the Region 3 AA Cheer Competition at the Charleston Civic Center. The winner and runner-up will earn a bid to the State Cheer Competition on December 10, 2011.
Pictured are, back from left, Coach Steven Nutter, Kyle Humphreys, Torli Bush, Aaron Kessler, Mason Holliday, Dalton Miller and Adam Romano. Front from left are Ryleigh McCoy, Allison Clevenger, Misty Holliday, Lindsey Sanson and Heidi Gumm. Not pictured are Brettley Harris and Jasmine McCoy.
he Webster County Highlander cross country team is under new leadership this year and looking forward to a successful season. Coach Steven Nutter took over the Highlanders this year, replacing long time coach Paul Grindle who worked with the Highlanders for approximately 10 years. “I am really excited to see what the Highlanders can do during the 2011 Cross Country season. On the boys’ side we are very young with three fresh faces to the WCHS team (Brettley Harris, Kyle Humphrey, and Adam Romano.) On the girls’ side I am very excited to see what is in store for the Lady Highlanders,” said Coach Nutter. “Currently we are not ranked, but I see that changing very quickly,” he added. Returning for the boys’ team this year are senior Mason Holliday and juniors Aaron Kessler and Dalton Miller. Other boys joining the team include junior Torli Bush and freshmen Adam Romano, Brettley Harris and Kyle Humphrey. The girls’ team returns a few strong 2010 performers in seniors Allison Clevenger and Lindsey Sanson and sophomore Ryleigh McCoy. Clevenger, Sanson and McCoy placed 16th, 32nd and 58th respectively in the 2010 State Cross Country Meet. Other returners are seniors Misty Holliday and Heidi Gum.
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The only newcomer to the girls’ team this year is junior Jasmine McCoy. “Athletes at Webster County High School have already successfully completed some tough workouts including a 2.2 mile time trial, hill workouts, and tempo runs. Each runner has pushed hard and have become better runners in the past 3 weeks. The expectations are high and I am hoping for much success for the Highlander Cross Country team on both the girls and boys teams,” said Coach Nutter. The Highlanders kicked off their season on Saturday, August 27 in the Bobcat Kickoff Classic. The remainder of the Highlanders’ schdule is as follows: Date Meet Sept. 3 Geiko Classic Sept. 7 Oak Hill Invitational Sept. 13 Battle Run Invitational Sept. 17 Big Ditch Lake Invitational Oct. 1 Ritchie County Invitational Oct. 8 Fairmont Times Invitational Oct. 15 Coalﬁeld Conference Oct. 20 Regionals @ Pikeview Oct. 29 State Meet @ Cabell-Midland
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Richwood Cross Country Team in rebuilding stage After losing several seniors from the 2010 team, the Richwood Lumberjack cross country team is in a rebuilding stage of sorts for the 2011 season. “We lost several seniors from last year, so we weren’t expecting too much while we rebuild. We are impressed, however, with the dedication and attitude that these Lumberjack runners possess,” said long time head coach Rocco Milanese. The only boys returning to the Lumberjacks this year are seniors Zach Dillard and Andrew Shaffer and sophomore Colby Knight. Shaffer comes into the season as the top ranked class A-AA boy in the state. As a junior, he ﬁnished 2nd in the 2010 WV State Cross Country Meet. Newcomers to the boys’ team include junior Gary Boggs and freshmen John Bard and Kenneth Ladadwa. The girls’ team returns a strong runner in junior Breanna Mazzella who ﬁnished 28th in the state meet last year and comes into the new season ranked in the top 30. Other returning runners for the girls are senior Gretchen Weber and junior Brandi Lough. New runners joining the girls’ team are senior Marissa Fletcher, junior Haley Hinchman, soph-
omore Ashley Burgess and freshman Millie Sark. As always with the Lumberjack Cross Country team, coaches Milanese and Lynn Sommerville work hard to ensure that, above all, the team has fun. “Our main goal for RHS Cross Country is always to have a good time doing a hard sport while supporting everyone around us no matter what school they attend. Secondary goals are to learn how to run well and develop a lifelong skill,” said Coach Milanese. The Lumberjacks kicked off their season August 30 at the Woodrow Wilson meet at New River Park in Beckley. The remainder of the Lumberjacks’ schedule is as follows: Date Meet Sept. 7 Oak Hill Invitational Sept. 13 Battle Run Invitational Sept. 17 Big Ditch Lake Invitational Sept. 28 Greenbrier East Oct. 5 Independence Invitational Oct. 15 Coalﬁeld Conference Oct. 20 Regionals @ Pikeview Oct. 29 State Meet @ Cabell-Midland
The 2011 Lumberjack Cross Country team are, front, from left, Marissa Fletcher, Ashley Burgess, Gretchen Weber, Haley Hinchman, Zach Dillard, Colby Knight and Andrew Shaffer. Back, from left, are Coach Lynn Sommerville, Millie Sark, Brandi Lough, Breanna Mazzella, Gary Boggs, Kenneth Ladadwa, John Bard and Coach Rocco Milanese.
NCHS and SMS Cross Country teams show promise Summersville Middle School is enjoying its ﬁrst year of ﬁelding a cross country team. These 13 boys and girls aren’t being coddled either — they have jumped into distance running feet ﬁrst, sharing the same hills and hollows and practice times as the Nicholas County High School cross country runners. According to third year coaches Allen and Cindy Stump, coordinating the practices of the two groups has not been overwhelming. With the help of some generous running parents, who regularly train with the two teams, the two coaches have been able to alternate their focuses between the two teams. Says coach Stump, “We have a great group of runners and parents that make our job very enjoyable.” The principal difference between the middle and high school is the weekly distance the two groups are expected to cover. At the meets the high schoolers race 5,000
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meters (3.1 miles) while the middle schoolers will cover approximately 3,000 meters (1.86 miles) — making it unnecessary for the two groups to put in the same weekly mileage. NCHS: After graduating nine seniors last year, the coaches believed that this year might be a down season. When summer training began they quickly readjusted that opinion. Standouts thus far include senior Morgan Kesecker and sophomore Erica Logar for the girls. Kesecker has been ranked 16th in Class AAA statewide by runwv.com in a preseason ranking that puts her in elite company. On the boys side, standouts include seniors Scott Moore and Austin Morton, along with junior Jared Preast. So far this season, according to Coach Allen, the top spot has been a battle between Moore and Morton. The coaches think that the team will have great success all year but particularly like
their chances at the Woodrow Wilson Invitational, the Oak Hill High School Invitational and their home meet, the Battle Run Invitational. The regional meet at Camp Virgil Tate, in Sissonvillle, is another meet in which both coaches are conﬁdent of their runners’ prospects. Says Coach A. Stump, “Our biggest goal this year is to send both teams to the state meet.” The coaches say their coaching methods are constantly evolving. They say that although the fundamentals of training distance runners remains the same, they have learned to focus on strengthening the qualities already possessed by their runners in order to help them overcome their weaknesses. They also credit Frank Young, who remains active with the team, for many of their coaching successes. Says Coach A. Stump, “He is a very important part of our team and has taught us so much. We really wouldn’t have come this far in this short amount of time without
NCHS | SMS 2011 Cross Country Schedule Meet Time Geico Classic MS-9:00/HS-10:00 Oak Hill Invitational HS only-4:30 Ben Queen Photography Indian Run Invit. MS-11:30/HS-9:00 Battle Run Invitational MS-4:00/HS-4:45 Hurricane Invitational MS-10:30/HS-8:30 George Washington High School Invitational MS-5:50/HS-4:45 Charleston Catholic Invitational MS-6:00/HS-4:45 Times Invitational MS-8:45/HS-10:20 Regionals @ Sissonville, WV Times TBA State Meet @ Cabell Midland Times TBA
The NCHS Cross Country Team: Back row, l-r: Peyton Ballard, Scott Moore, Kevin Nutter, Austin Morton, Aaron Lee, and Justin Browning (not pictured: Jared Preast) Third row, l-r: Assistant Coach Cindy Stump, Dina Coccari, Jalee Kelly, Morgan Kesecker, Ambria Armstrong, Erica Logar, Carrie Huffman, Coach Allen Stump The SMS Cross Country Team: Second row, l-r: Joe Yeager, Mason Yarber, Tyler Jarrett, Trey Stump, Juvenal Perez, Isaac Sergeon, Jackson Reed, Nick Rader Front row, l-r: Lacey Beam, Sloan Miavitz, Carrie Yarber, Molly Prutsok, Sophie Kiser and Danielle Payne him.” On the team’s character, Coach A. Stump says, “I don’t think people realize what these guys and girls endure on a daily basis or through the process of a cross country race, but the type of people this sport produces is unlike any other.” SMS: The coaches have high hopes that the high school cross country team will reap
big rewards from having the middle school team. As has been the case in many other parts of the state, when a middle school team is present it provides the high school team with a constant ﬂow of seasoned distance runners with a substantial amount of competitive running already under the belts. Says Coach A. Stump, “We are tremendously excited about the middle school
program for many different reasons. The ﬁrst reason is to build our high school program into a team that is known as a state competitor. The other reason is that we think this group of middle school runners could do really well this year. There will be a great deal of learning from mistakes and hardships, but in the end I think each runner and our team will be stronger.”
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Rebuilding year for NCHS Volleyball Team The 2011 Nicholas County High School Lady Grizzly volleyball team hopes to build upon the success of last year’s team. This year’s squad faces a rebuilding year of sorts after losing some key starters and substitutes to graduation. Last year’s team ﬁnished 24-14-2 and advanced farther than any team had in recent years by going to the regional ﬁnals and coming within one game of the State High School Volleyball Tournament. Veteran NCHS Head Volleyball Coach Marie Shaffer has a few players The 2011 Nicholas County High School Lady Grizzly volleyball team, returning that either started or received extensive varsity experience last seafront, from left, Joni Tyree, Brianna Mowery, Jenna Stear and Nikson. ki Loss. Second row, from left, Heather Arnold, Devonna Killin, Jada Leading the returnees is senior outMunger, Lauren Young, Maria Humphries, Jessica McClung and Em- side hitter Joni Tyree who is a fourthily Culver. Third row, from left, Alexis Hoard, Mariah Eberhart, Christy year player. Tyree totaled 51 service Hamilton, Nicole Hamilton, Hayley Neff, Autumn Tyree, Shayla Stear, aces last year. Another senior starter returning is Jessica Nuckols, Lanna Lough and Katie Roberts. middle hitter Jenna Stear. She recorded 156 kills one year ago. The Nicholas County High School Lady Grizzly 2011 volleyball schedule is as follows: Brianna Mowery is another returning senior with extensive varsity expeDate Opponent Site Time Sept. 3 Sept. 6 Sept. 10 Sept. 13 Sept. 15 Sept. 20 Sept. 24 Sept. 27 Sept. 29 Oct. 1 Oct. 4 Oct. 6 Oct. 11 Oct. 13 Oct. 15 Oct. 18 Oct. 20 Oct. 22 Oct. 25
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rience. She recorded 134 kills last year with 78 digs. Another returning starter is junior libero Lauren Young. She had a successful passing rate last season of more than 96 percent. Other returning juniors who started some last season are hitter Autumn Tyree and outside hitter Shayla Stear. The only other senior on the team is Nikki Loss. Other juniors on the team are hitter Haylie Neff, setter/libero Lanna Lough, hitter Nicole Hamilton, hitter Mariah Eberhart and hitter Alexis Hoard. Returning sophomores are hitter Katie Roberts, setter Mariah Humphries and hitter Jessica Nuckols. Other sophomores are Jessica McClung, Devonna Killin and Jada Munger. Freshmen on the team are Christy Hamilton, Emily Culver and Heather Arnold. “Our passing should be pretty strong,” said Coach Shaffer. “We can serve pretty well, too.”
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Ladyjack Volleyball team looks for improvement this season The Richwood High School Ladyjack volleyball team is enthusiastic about the upcoming season. First-year head coach Sharon Glasscock is now at the helm of the Ladyjacks. She was previously the head volleyball coach at New Life Christian Academy for two years. Marsha Ward is the assistant coach. A total of 24 girls make up this year’s s q u a d , which is one of the largest turnouts since the program was revived four years ago. Returning seniors include hitter Tasheena Phillips and hitter Lucy Blankenship. Other seniors on the team are setter Katy Brugnoli, hitter Kacie Parsons, setter Cassandra Foster, hitter Elizabeth Spencer, hitter Haley Travis and
passer Elizabeth Robinson. Junior returnees are setter Jamie Bailey, hitter Lexi Boyd, passer Tabitha Blankenship, setter Toni Amick and setter Hannah Ladadwa. Sophomores returning are hitter Hannah Brown and hitter Tanya Blankenship. Other sophomores are hitter Danielle Amick and passer Brooke Jones. Freshmen on the team are passer Brianna Farnsworth, hitter The Richwood High School Ladyjack volleyball team, front row, from Emily Benleft, Katy Brugnoli, Tasheena Phillips, Kacie Parsons, Cassandra Fosnett, passer Sarter, Elizabeth Spencer, Lucy Blankenship and Haley Travis. Back row, ah Spencer, setter from left, Jamie Bailey, Brianna Farnsworth, Emily Bennett, Lexi Boyd, Amelia Sark, passer Emberleigh Myers Tabitha Blankenship, Sarah Spencer, Amelia Sark, Hannah Brown, Hanand setter Samantha Mul- nah Ladadwa, Emberleigh Myers, Toni Amick and Team Manager Chalins. sity Fletcher. Not pictured, Elizabeth Robinson, Danielle Amick, Tanya “There is some talent here,” said Blankenship, Brooke Jones and Samantha Mullins. Coach Glasscock. “The girls are all working really hard to improve and we’re looking forward to the season.” The Richwood High School Ladyjack 2011 volleyball schedule is as follows:
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New Life Christian Academy’s Varsity Girls’ Volleyball Team Ready to Begin N
ew Life Christian Academy’s volleyball team welcomes two new coaches for the 2011 season. Sasha Leﬂer and Christa Woods, both former students and graduates of NLCA, loved the idea of coaching the volleyball team when they received the call from Merry Waters, NLCA’s Athletic Director. Mrs. Leﬂer also teaches in the secondary grades at New Life. Mrs. Waters has loved the excitement and enthusiasm she has witnessed while watching the girls. New Life has some experienced players, but also welcomes some new and very young girls. Seeing the older girls encourage the young ones at practice has been great. Captain Kristy Williams, NLCA’s only senior player, has played at New Life for three years. Co-Captain Courtney Dean is a junior and has played now for ﬁve years. Other juniors on the team are: Elizabeth Cottrill – ﬁve years; Emily Cogar – ﬁve years; Kate Waddell – ﬁve years; and Sonya Carpenter – two years. Ninth-grader Michaela Underwood has played for three years and Molly Richmond joins the team as a ninth-grader for her ﬁrst year. BreAnn Keener and Bryce McCourt, both seventhgraders, are new this season along with sixth-grader Madison Fast.
The New Life Christian Academy Lady Lions 2011 volleyball schedule is as follows: September Sept. 6 – Away tri-match at Elk Valley with Elk Valley and Calvary at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 8 – Home against Mountain View at 6 p.m. Sept. 9 – Away at Calvary near Teays Valley at 6 p.m. Sept. 13 – Home tri-match against Seneca Trail and Elk Valley at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 15 – Away at Richwood at 6 p.m. Sept. 17 – Away at Parkersburg at 1 p.m. Sept. 27 – Home against Emmanuel at 6 p.m. Sept. 29 – Away at Mountain View at 6 p.m. October Oct. 3 – Away at Seneca Trail at 6 p.m. Oct. 7-8 — Away at Parkersburg Tournament (times TBA) Oct. 11 – Home against Richwood at 6 p.m. Oct. 14 – Home against Parkersburg at 6 p.m. Oct. 18 – Away at Emmanuel at 6 p.m. Oct. 20 – Away tri-match at Oak Hill with Oak Hill and Greater Beckley Christian at 6 p.m. Oct. 21 – Home against Calvary at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 – Away at Fayetteville at 6 p.m.
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The New Life Christian Academy Lady Lions 2011 volleyball team, front row, left to right, Captain Kristy Williams, Co-Captain Courtney Dean. Middle row, left to right, Sonya Carpenter, Michaela Underwood, Bryce McCourt and Molly Richmond. Back row, left to right, Madison Fast, BreAnn Keener, Kate Waddell, Emily Cogar and Coach Christa Woods. Not pictured, Elizabeth Cottrill and Coach Sasha Leﬂer.
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NCHS boys soccer hopes to be more competitive this season After suffering several lopsided defeats last year in their losing season, one of the obvious goals of the Nicholas County High School Grizzly boys’ soccer team is to be more competitive, whether they win or lose. Third-year head coach Lee Boso is planning to change some things around this season in hopes of making the team more competitive. One of the ﬁrst changes implemented is that all starting positions are open, which means that those who started or played extensively last year are not necessarily locked into those positions if Coach Boso feels that they can help the team more at a
different position. Seniors returning from last season are utility player Jacob Asbury, striker Josh Sweeney, Daniel Mateer and Zach Hill. Returning juniors include midﬁelder Grayson Kemmerling, midﬁelder Andrew Ray and Julio Ayala. Another junior is Alex Jarvis. Returning sophomores on the team are Zach McCourt and Jesse Borrell. The two freshmen on the team are Ryan Borrell and Brandon Tucker. “I’d like to go to a more attacking style of play and have guys that can put the ball into the net,” said Boso whose team ﬁnished 2-15-1 last season.
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The 2011 Nicholas County High School Grizzly soccer team, kneeling, from left, Jacob Asbury, Daniel Mateer, Josh Sweeney and Zach Hill. Standing, from left, Julio Ayala, Brandon Tucker, Joey Ray, Zach McCourt, Jesse Borrell, Grayson Kemmerling, Ryan Borrell, Logan Marks and Alex Jarvis.
The 2011 Nicholas County High School Lady Grizzly soccer team, front, from left, Sara Breedlove, Heather Kelley, Jennifer Delay, Mallory Woods, Ashleigh Taylor, Kate Cardullo, Cierra Minter and Terri Neal. Back, from left, Hannah Short, Allison Givens, Courtney Taylor, McKenzie Martin, Alyson Childers, Shealyn Shafer, Alicia Hudkins, Lyndsey Stollings, Kelsey Harper and Alexis Brown. The Nicholas County High School Lady Grizzly soccer team faces somewhat of a rebuilding season this year. The team, under ﬁrst-year girls’ head soccer coach Jennifer Gatewood, lost several key players from last year’s team, which ﬁnished 2-15-4. The three most experienced players returning from last season are senior forward Ashleigh Taylor, junior midﬁelder Shealyn Shafer and junior defender Alyson Childers. Taylor and Shafer were among the team’s top ﬁve goal scorers last season. Other returning seniors are forward Sara Breedlove, defender Jennifer Delay, forward Heather Kelley who may play at the
goalkeeper position and Cierra Minter. Other seniors on the team are midﬁelder Mallory Woods, Kate Cardullo and Terri Neal. Other returning juniors are defender Kelsey Harper and midﬁelder Lyndsey Stollings. Freshmen on the team are Alexis Brown, Allison Givens, Alicia Hudkins, Mykenzie Martin, Hannah Short and Courtney Taylor. Givens and Courtney Taylor are both being tried at goalie. Coach Gatewood noted that several of the girls may shift positions if it was determined in a pre-season scrimmage that they can help the team more at another position.
The remainder of the 2011 Nicholas County High School girls’ soccer schedule is as follows: Date Opponent Site Time Sept. 1 Herbert Hoover Home 6 p.m. Sept. 8 Oak Hill Away 4 p.m. Sept. 10 Blueﬁeld Home 10 a.m. Sept. 13 Princeton Home 5 p.m. Sept. 15 Greenbrier East Home 6 p.m. Sept. 20 Pocahontas County Home 5 p.m. Sept. 24 Midland Trail Home 11 a.m. Sept. 26 Charleston Catholic Home 6 p.m. Sept. 27 Oak Hill Home 6 p.m. Oct. 1 Pikeview Home 11 a.m. Oct. 4 Herbert Hoover Away 5 p.m. Oct. 6 Pocahontas County Away 5 p.m. Oct. 11 Blueﬁeld Away 5 p.m. Oct. 13 Midland Trail Away 6 p.m.
The remainder of the 2011 Nicholas County High School Grizzly boys’ soccer schedule is as follows: Date Opponent Site Time Sept. 1 Herbert Hoover Home 7 p.m. Sept. 6 Midland Trail Home 7 p.m. Sept. 8 Independence Away 6 p.m. Sept. 10 Blueﬁeld Home 12 p.m. Sept. 15 Riverside Home 7 p.m. Sept. 17 Oak Hill Away 5:30 p.m. Sept. 20 Pocahontas County Home 7 p.m. Sept. 29 Shady Spring Away 7 p.m. Oct. 1 Pikeview Home 1 p.m. Oct. 4 Herbert Hoover Away 7 p.m. Oct. 6 Pocahontas County Away 7 p.m. Oct. 8 Independence Home 10 a.m. Oct. 11 Blueﬁeld Away 7 p.m. Oct. 13 Midland Trail Away 7 p.m. Oct. 17-20 Sectional Tournament TBA TBA Oct. 25-27 Regional Tournament TBA TBA Nov. 4-5 State Tournament TBA TBA
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NCHS golf team boasts talent and experience To say that the Nicholas County High School Grizzly golf team expects a winning season would be an understatement. Longtime coach Joe Dooley has one of his more experienced and talented teams in recent years. “Just about all of these kids have been playing together for three or four years now,” said the veteran
coach. Senior starters returning from last season include Zack Fleming, Danielle Davis and Joey Dawson. “Danielle is without a doubt one of the better female high school golfers in the state of West Virginia,” said Coach Dooley. The other senior on the team is Cody Bell.
Rounding out the team are junior Tod Jones and sophomore Drew Ward. Both also played last season. “They have all improved with each year they’ve played,” said Coach Dooley. “I think we can be competitive anywhere we go and against anyone on our schedule,” he added. “So, I’m expecting great things from this team this year.”
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RHS golf team hopes to build on last year’s success The Richwood High School Lumberjack golf team is hoping to enjoy the same success they achieved last season. Last year’s team under veteran coach Dave Hicks ﬁnished second in the Class A Region III Tournament to earn a berth in the State High School Golf Tournament for the ﬁrst time in a number of years. Coach Hicks has several players back from last year’s team.
Senior starters returning from last season include Ian Gladwell and Tyler Poff. A junior starter returning is Ryan Bennett. Another senior with varsity experience is Marissa Fletcher. The only other junior on the team is Dustin Seabolt. The other member of the team is freshman Braden Johnson.
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The 2011 Richwood High School Lumberjack golf team, from left, Ian Gladwell, Marissa Fletcher, Dustin Seabolt, Tyler Poff, Ryan Bennett and Braden Johnson.
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Summersville Middle School Bears look for another strong season
The 2011 Summersville Middle School Bears football team
he Summersville Middle School Bears football team hopes to duplicate the success of last year’s team. Last season, the Bears went 7-1 overall and won the Central West Virginia Athletic Conference (CWVAC) championship title. They were unbeaten in conference play while winning the CWVAC Eastern Division and boast a ﬁne record of 14-3 over the past two
seasons. SMS Head Football Coach Rocky Roberts and assistant coaches Mike Hennessey and Jeff Lynch lost nearly their entire starting lineup from last year’s championship team. The only experienced players on offense at the skilled positions are eighth-graders Austin Rifﬂe at end and Matt Moore at running back.
Returning players from last season being counted on to anchor the offensive line are eighth-graders Sebastian McClease at center, Tommy Williams at guard, L.J. Molisee and Luke Harris at tackles and seventh-grader Austin Dawson at tackle. Other potential offensive linemen are eighth-graders Thornton Hall and Michael Whitlock at tackle and seventh-grader Hunter Jones at tackle.
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The Nicholas Chronicle Other eighth-grade players vying for positions on offense are Noah Bibb at fullback, Austin Petrey at tailback, Jacob Coffman and Logan Milam at running back, Troy Williams and Boyce McClure at end and Cody Kelly at wide receiver.
Other seventh-graders expected to see action on offense are Tate Mayes at quarterback, Jacob Grose and Jacob O’Dell at running back and Quinten Moore and Eric Castle at wide receiver. Leading the defense on the line are Mc-
Eighth grade members of the Summersville Middle School Bears football team, front, from left, Austin Petrey, Logan Milam, Noah Bibb, Jacob Coffman, Cody Kelly, Scott Dix and Matt Moore. Second row, from left, Luke Harris, Thornton Hall, Sebastian McClease, Michael Whitlock, Tanner Williams, L.J. Molisee, Troy Williams and Austin Rifﬂe.
Clease, Williams, Molisse, Harris, Dawson, Hall, Whitlock and Jones. Mayes, Petrey and Matt Moore will be the linebackers and Quinten Moore, Kelly and Castle will make up the defensive secondary.
Seventh grade members of the Summersville Middle School Bears football team, front, from left, Jacob O’Dell, Boyce McClure, Logan Cole, Quinten Moore, Luke Bostic and Austin Dawson. Second row, from left, Christopher Wyre, Luke Frame, Eric Castle, Tate Mayes, Jacob Grose, Ozan Ozebaker and Logan Cole.
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Richwood Middle School Lumberjacks fairly inexperienced
Eighth graders on the Richwood Lumberjack football team, front, from left, Grifﬁn Snyder, Justin Kitzmiller, Donnie Mullins and Shawn Bragg. Back row, from left, Chase Reel, Jaggar Smith, Jared Rader, Cody Jarvis and Cody Starcher.
The Richwood Middle School Lumberjacks football team faces an uphill battle this season with a primarily young and inexperienced team. First-year Lumberjacks head coach Floyd Friend has been working with a group of 24 players in preparation for the upcoming season. Also new to the program this season is assistant coach Andrew Gilson who is an assistant coach along with Scott Williams. Eighth graders returning from last season include fullback Grifﬁn Snyder, wingback Justin Kitzmiller and twoway guard Chase Reel. On defense, Snyder will be a linebacker and Kitzmiller will be in the defensive backﬁeld. Other eighth graders on the team are wingback Shawn Bragg, quarterback Jared Rader, tailback Jaggar Smith, lineman Cody Jarvis, Donnie Mullins and Cody Jarvis. Returning seventh graders include center Shane Lipps, tackle Grayson Phillips, lineman Will Curry, guard Jake Cogar, wide receiver Alex Woods, wide receiver Addison Hughes and wingback Jordan Kitzmiller.
Seventh-grade members of the Richwood Middle School Lumberjack football team, front, from left, Antonio Strino, Jordan Kitzmiller, Connor Stewart, Daniel Hinger and Shane Lipps. Back row, from left, Will Curry, Addison Hughes, Montana Cowger, Grayson Phillips, Alex Woods and Jacob Cogar.
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The Nicholas Chronicle Other seventh graders are lineman Connor Stewart, lineman Daniel Hinger, tackle Montana Cowger and wide receiver Antonio Strino. Lipps, Phillips, Curry and Cogar will anchor the defensive line. Woods, Hughes and Kitzmiller are vying for positions in the defensive backﬁeld. Sixth graders on the team are Joseph McClung, Jacob Amick, River Hall and Justin Hamrick. Coach Friend did not have a tentative starting lineup, and it wasn’t to be ﬁnalized until after a pre-season scrimmage on Aug. 27 against Summersville Middle School in Summersville. “Some days we look pretty good in practice and other days we don’t,” said Coach Friend. “If we can develop some consistency and get better, we can be competitive with whomever we play. But we have to get better.”
Sixth graders on the Richwood Middle School Lumberjacks football team are, from left, Joseph McClung, Jacob Amick, River Hall and Justin Hamrick.
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Meet the Summersville Little Bears Midget League football teams The Summersville Little Bears Midget League football organization will ﬁeld four teams this season including an A team, a B team, a C team and a ﬂag team.
Summersville plays in the New River Midget League Football Association. Other teams in the seven-team league are Braxton County, Clay County, Cowen, Webster
Springs, New Haven and Oak Hill. Not all of the teams ﬁeld four squads. Last year’s Little Bears A Team won the league’s A Team Super Bowl. The Little Bears C Team advanced to the C Team Super Bowl last year, and the Little Bears B Team also qualiﬁed for the playoffs. This year’s Little Bears teams hope to meet or exceed the accomplishments of last year’s teams. Little Bears A Team Playing for the Summersville Little Bears A Team are Dawson Blankenship, Devin Brown, Trey Milam, Jared Gregory, A.J. McManus, D.J. McCutcheon, Daniel Skaggs, Keith Bailes, Nick Nutter, Rodney Mansﬁeld, Laura Mangold, Garrett Gumm, Terry Fazenbaker, Logan Wright, Cameron Crislip, Tristan Hall, Carter Sweeney, Nathaniel Nicholas and Christopher Truesdale. The coaches are Jamie Milam and Neil Gregory.
The Summersville Little Bears A Team
Little Bears B Team The members of the Summersville Little Bears B Team are as follows: Macrae Morriston, Rebecca O’Dell, Bailey O’Dell, Jared Sagraves, Justin Hill, Mike Rader, Jake Hamilton, Trey Comer, Michael Strader, Braden Snyder, Michael Walton, Coleman Blake, Quinten Jeckering, Marshal Pomeroy, Bryce McClung, Nick Kiser, Colten Keener, Ryan Keener, Johnathon Johnson, Seth Young, Jacob O’Dell, Austin Brown, Jacob Holliday, Ethan Nicholas, Tyler Sedlock, Rev Workman, Kyle Groves, Dawson Key, Jackson Bell, Josh Hayes, Zachary Jacques, James Groves, Devin McKown, Jacob Bulmer, Austin Cruse, Blaine Buck, Vincent Turner, Spencer Cutlip, Tyler Treadwell, Caden Phipps, Noah Parker, RaeAnn Hoke, Johnathan Ball and Isaac Gilbar. The B Team coaches are Steve Stone,
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The remainder of the Summersville Little Bears Midget League Football schedule is as follows: Date Opponent Site Time Sept 11 Cowen Home 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sept. 18 Oak Hill Home 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sept. 24 Webster Springs Away 11 a.m., 12 noon and 2 p.m. (No A Team game) Oct. 2 Clay County Home 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Oct. 15 Braxton County Away 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
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