Scrimmage on tap at Glenville

It’s not just talented players who make a coach, but it sure does help to have some.

I just wanted to remind area football fans if they aren’t thinking of going to Ritchie County today for the Little Kanawha Conference softball tournament, they do have the option of heading to Glenville.

At 6 p.m. today inside Morris Stadium, the Glenville State College football team of third-year head coach Dave Hutchison will have their annual Blue/White spring game. Admission is free, but all donations and proceeds will go to the Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Department.

“We want to try and help them raise some money,” said Hutchison, who noted he has about 90 players out. “Obviously, it will be great to get the Gilmer County familiar faces back out there and supporting Glenville football.

“We’ve got a big group of young players we’ll get a chance to see with a crowd and no coaches on the field and see how they perform. That part is really exciting.”

Hutchison noted the game will be broadcast live on the Internet and can be accessed through the GSC website.

The Pioneers, who are expected to return seven starters on both offense and defense, will be getting together on the gridiron for the final time until preseason camp begins on Thursday, Aug. 8. The “White” team will consist of the No. 1 offense and the No. 2 defense while the “Blue” squad will feature the No. 1 defense and the No. 2 offense.

Come August, though, someone who will not be in preseason practice mode is Calhoun County head volleyball coach Kelley Houchin, who has decided to step down from her duties at the helm of the Red Devils.

“I will miss coaching and may coach again in the future if an opportunity in the surrounding area presents itself,” Houchin stated.

Houchin, who coached six years at the school located in Mt. Zion, qualified twice for the Little Kanawha Conference’s Night of Champions and also claimed a pair of regional crowns.

Calhoun County advanced to the state tournament in Charleston in both 2010 and 2011. Houchin’s first trip to state was a heartbreaker as the Red Devils fell to Wirt County in five sets and the next year the Red Devils knocked off Pocahontas County in the quarterfinals before losing to the Tigers in the semifinals.

As hard as it is to believe in the long history of Calhoun County athletics, coach Houchin and her team actually owns the only postseason state tournament victory in school history.

Houchin also noted she was very honored to receive the Dick Wildt Girls Coach of the Year Award in May of 2011 at the annual LKC banquet.

“I have made many friends along the way – coaches, officials, sports writers,” she added. “There is a definite camaraderie in the volleyball programs across the state.

“I am proud of the volleyball program at Calhoun County and I have made memories that will last a lifetime. I was blessed to have a lot of dedicated players.”

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