In perhaps the closest competition since the award was first presented in 1987, Blennerhassett Middle School was declared the winner of the Wood County Middle School All-Sports Trophy for the 2012-2013 school year.
Blennerhassett won three of the county's four track championships and finished second in the other to finish the year with 101.5 points. That allowed the Bobcats to nip Jackson Middle School by a margin of just 1.5 points. Edison was third with 98 and Hamilton fourth with 95. Williamstown was fifth with 64.5 and VanDevender sixth with 44.
Blennerhassett's victory was its first since the 2008-2009 school year and ended Edison's three-year reign over the middle school sports scene. It marked the fifth straight year one of Parkersburg South's two feeder schools has taken top honors.
Blennerhassett Middle School won the Wood County Middle School All-Sports Award for having the top athletic program during the 2012-2013 school year. Attending the awards ceremony were, from left, Miki Satow, booster representative; coaches Jay Sprague, Beth Ferguson and Lisa Whirtley; principal Jim Hostottle; and Bill Vincent, Wood County middle school athletics director.
Members of the Blennerhassett coaching staff are Lisa Whirtley, boys and girls cross country and girls track; Scott Ash, boys tennis; Lucy Holland, girls tennis; Mike Goldsberry, golf; Bill Smith, football, wrestling and boys track; Roxanne Smith, cheerleading; 6th grade boys basketball, Brian Blanc; 7-8th grade boys basketball, Jay Sprague; 6th grade girls basketball, Dave Foggin; and 7-8th grade girls basketball, Cindy Taylor.
The award was first presented following the 1986-87 school year when Jackson Junior high School became its first winner. Wood County went to the middle school system in 2007-08, and continued to give out the annual award following the same guidelines.