High School Sports Roundup
Wirt leads at A Challenge
ELLENBORO — Wirt County, which has nine semifinalists, held a narrow 66-62 lead against host Ritchie County following Friday’s action at the third annual West Virginia A Challenge.
Attempting to reach the finals for the Tigers are Logan Powell (106), Hunter Poole (113), Kolton Parsons (120), Wyatt Powell (126), AJ Garrett (132), Colton Whipkey (138), Trent Richards (160), Glen McFee (195) and heavyweight Christian Cain.
Ritchie County is close behind with eight grapplers still alive in the semifinal round — Jeremy Darnold (113), Brady Layman (120), Connor Spaulding (126), Eric Darnold (132), Andrew Hardman (138), Kayden Procacina (152), Kaleb Kovacs (160) and 195-pounder Hunter Leggett.
Rounding out the top five team scores were South Harrison (43) along with two-time defending champ Madonna (38) and Magnolia (38). The Blue Eagles have a quartet of wrestlers alive in the championship bracket thanks to Gage Adams (138), Brody Rush (170), 182-pounder James Stillwagoner and heavyweight Mikey Hamrick.
Doddridge County amassed 36 points and rests in seventh place. Bulldogs looking to reach today’s finals are Caleb Lloyd at 113, 120-pounder Joseph Powers, Parker Todd (126), Reese Burnside (132) and 138-pounder Jared Jones.
St. Marys’ four semifinalists are Wiley Houser at 120, 152-pounder Brennan Boron, 160-pounder Cyle West and 170-pounder Issac Snodgrass.
Ravenswood also sports a trio of grapplers with hopes of winning a title thanks to 113-pounder Ethan Tanner, Cody Smith at 132 and 152-pounder Colton Clark.
The only other area wrestlers who advanced to the semifinals were Calhoun County’s Dalton McCune at 170 and Paden City 220-pounder Ryan Cross.
Woodrow Wilson 67,
Parkersburg 58 (OT)
BECKLEY — No. 9 Woodrow Wilson allowed just four points in the fourth quarter to force overtime here Friday night as the Flying Eagles pulled out a 67-58 victory versus Parkersburg to improve to 8-6.
Kionte Peacock paced the 3-12 Big Reds, who play host Tuesday to Riverside and led 55-48 at 4:27 of the fourth, with 17 points. Dylan Shaver made 9 of 10 from the free-throw line and had 15 points while Jacob McKnight added seven counters.
WWHS received a game-high 20 points from Danny Bickey. Bryce Radford (13) and Micah Hancock (12) also tallied double figures in the triumph.
South Harrison 73,
Doddridge County 61
WEST UNION — No. 11 South Harrison used a plus-19 advantage at the charity stripe here Friday night to help post a 73-61 WVHIT road triumph at Doddridge County.
The Bulldogs, who went 1 of 7 from the line compared to the Hawks’ 20 of 25 effort, trailed 44-29 at the break and cut it back to a two possession game a couple of times, but couldn’t get over the hump.
Brent Barnett canned 10 of 13 from the foul line and led all scorers with 28 points for the 11-2 Hawks, who saw Nick Fenstermacher add 17 counters with a 9 of 10 effort from the line. Caleb Jenkins tossed in a dozen makers for the victors.
The 2-13 Bulldogs, who welcome in Gilmer County on Tuesday, knocked down a dozen 3s and were paced by Tanner Lett’s 19-point effort. Holden Hayes and Collin Bunting chipped in 14 counters apiece for the Bulldogs, who also got four points, nine boards, three assists and three blocks from Connor Cunningham as well as six markers, eight dimes and a trio of steals from Griffin Devericks.
St. Marys 58,
Tygarts Valley 38
ST MARYS — Tygarts Valley’s Logan George’s game-high 19 points weren’t enough here Friday as St. Marys came away with a 58-39 WVHIT win.
Isaak Mooney was St Marys leader in points with 14. Both Richard Dornon and Peyton Auixer chipped in with nine respectively, while William Steele made two from deep, finshing with eight points.
Tug Valley 56,
LOGAN — Devin Raines drained a quartet of 3s and tallied a game-high 18 points for Ravenswood here Friday in the Coal Classic, but it wasn’t quite enough as Tug Valley improved to 7-7 following a 56-50 win.
The 3-12 Red Devils, who play Tuesday at Williamstown, also received 16 points, five rebounds and two blocks from Nick Westenhaver. Zach Burgess pitched in 11 points for RHS, which also got five markers and six assists from Trey Mandrake.
Caleb May (15) and Ethan Colegrove (14) led the Panthers’ scoring attack.
Roane 65, Gilmer 46
SPENCER — Jordan Coon went for a game-high 21 points and added 12 rebounds here Friday night to help lift host Roane County to a 65-46 triumph versus Gilmer County in LKC East Division action.
The Raiders (8-6, 6-2), who play Tuesday at Braxton County, also received 15 points from Isaac Ryan, 14 markers from Isaac Bowen as well as eight points and nine dimes from Brayden Miller.
Gilmer County (1-13, 1-7), which heads Tuesday to Doddridge County, got a 20-point night from Brady Fitzwater. Justyn Dean added nine points and Chase Steele had seven.
Parkersburg Christian 47
PARKERSBURG — Host Parkersburg Christian was doomed by 34 turnovers and shooting sub-34 percent from the field here Friday during an 82-47 setback to Hannan.
Trey Bennett went off for 23 points, 15 rebounds, four steals and four blocks for the 2-12 Knights, who also received 18 points, nine rebounds, three steals and a trio of stuffs from Wyatt Eaton.
Federal Hocking 51
STEWART — Waterford trailed host Federal Hocking 28-27 at halftime Friday night before outscoring the Lancers 32-23 in the second half for a 59-51 victory.
Russell Young posted 16 points, seven rebounds, five steals, four assists and four blocks in the win for the Wildcats. Peyten Stephens added an 11-point, 10-rebound double-double while Holden Dailey chipped in 12 points.
Federal Hocking’s Hunter Smith netted a game-high 25 points.
Teays Valley Christian 91, Wood County Christian 70
WILLIAMSTOWN — Teays Valley Christian showed off serious firepower in a 91-70 win over Wood County Christian Friday.
Andrew Breeding led the way with 29 points while Kevin Cheng added 25 and Brandon Cook tacked on 19 for Teays Valley Christian (11-8).
The Wildcats (8-8) got 24 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals from Sam Cremenas while Garrett Napier added 25 points and three steals.
Wood County Christian trailed 33-28 at halftime but was outscored 58-42 in the second half.
The Wildcats will look to rebound today at Athens.
Gilmer 58, Clay 53
CLAY — Gilmer County rallied from a 23-17 halftime deficit here Friday night and swept the season series from host Clay County as the Titans left town with a 58-53 win.
The Panthers (5-12, 4-6 LKC East) were led by Marissa Williams’ and Kacey Butcher’s game-high 14 points.
Gilmer County, which improved to 12-3 overall and 9-1 in the LKC East with a home game Monday veruss Doddridge County, was paced in scoring by Trinity’s Bancroft’s 13. Tara McHenry tallied 12 points, Carrah Ferguson had 10 while Grace Wellings (nine) and Hannah Grove (eight) also contributed in the Titans’ triumph.
Christian 26, Teays Valley Christian 21
WILLIAMSTOWN– Sidney Strause filled the stat sheet with eight points, 14 rebounds and seven steals as Wood County Christian came away with the win over Teays Valley 26-21.
A 15-13 score entering the fourth, Wood County (3-12) outscored Teays Valley 13-6 in the final eight minutes. Sarah Michael chipped in with six, as Alexis Shutts and Stella Dunn both connected from 3.
Teays Valley’s Kayla Facemeyer was the game’s leading scorer with nine, while Chole Harper finshied with seven.
SALEM — The Doddridge County swim team defeated Liberty (Harrison) in a dual sweet meet Friday at Salem International, 79-55, with the girls teams tying at 33-all and the Bulldog boys winning, 46-22.
William Atkinson had golds in both the 200 free (2:40.23) and the 100 free (1:07.97) while Kaden Smith won a pair of events as well — the 200 IM (3:19.91) and the 500 free (8:36.24).
Drew Ash bested teammate Austin Weekley (1:07.97 to 1:12.51) to win the 100 backstroke. Austin Weekley, Atkinson, Ash and Smith combined to swim a 2:08.80 in winning the 200 free relay while the same quartet also had a victorious time of 5:14.03 in the 400 free relay.
The Bulldog girls had double-winners thanks to Jocelyn Atkinson touching the wall first in the 100 free (1:24.50) and the 100 breast (1:36.10) as well as Sydney Keith coming out on top in the 200 IM (3:29.01) and the 100 breaststroke (1:36.10).
Grace Madia joined Desirae Schoonover, who won the 200 free (3:41.89), Atkinson and Keith in capturing the 400 free relay (6:46.05).