High School Sports Roundup
Big Blacks lead Class AA/A, Region IV
WILLIAMSTOWN — Expected Class AA state champion Point Pleasant put all 14 wrestlers into the semifinals here Friday during the opening day of the Class AA/A, Region IV, wrestling tournament at Williamstown High School.
The Big Blacks hold a commanding 106-54 lead against Ravenswood, which has 54 points and is just ahead of Sissonville (53), Winfield (52) and Wirt County (48).
Host Williamstown is in sixth place with 40.5 points and had five wrestlers reach the semifinals, which will get underway at 10:30 a.m. today. Top-seeded 145-pounder Casch Somerville will face Sissonville’s Tayton Britton.
Head coach Ryan Scott’s squad also has seminfinalists thanks to Brandon Burrell at 106, Colton Slagle at 126, Mason Deem at 138 and 160-pounder Julian Stoneman, who squares off against Mingo Central’s Ethan Erwin. Burrell will take on Wirt County’s Logan Powell while Slagle gets Tiger Wyatt Powell. Deem is set to face Ravenswood’s Preston Menas.
Wirt County’s Hunter Poole (113), Kolton Parsons (120), AJ Garrett (132) and 195-pounder Glen McFee are also still alive in the championship bracket. Poole will meet Nitro’s Timmy Dyess, Parsons is set to face Sissonville’s Hunter Whittington, Garrett has Ravenswood’s Cody Smith and McFee gets Big Black Nick Ball.
Ravenswood’s Ethan Tanner will face top-seeded Big Black Christopher Smith at 113. Red Devil Colton Clark has Point Pleasant’s Zac Samson in a 152-pound semi and 182-pound teammate Dalton Moore will go for an upset of No. 1 seed Juan Marquez of PPHS.
Aside from Somerville, the only other area top seed was Calhoun County senior 170-pounder Dalton McCune. The Red Devil will punch his finals ticket if he takes care of Cole Hughart of Sissonville.
Parkersburg Catholic 50, Ravenswood 43
RAVENSWOOD — Parkersburg Catholic held on Friday at “The Pit,” defeating Ravenswood 50-43.
The Crusaders led 10-7 after a quarter but built their lead to 10, 25-15, at halftime. Catholic was up 39-28 after the third and, despite being outscored 15-11 in the final eight minutes, held on to win.
Cade Ullman and Jeb Boice scored 16 points apiece for Parkersburg Catholic (13-5). Patrick Copen added 13 points for the winners.
The Red Devils, who dropped to 4-14 and visit Tyler Consolidated Monday, got 13 points from Devin Raines and a 10-point, 11-rebound double-double from Nick Westenhaver. Trey Mandrake chipped in 10 points as well while Patrick Francis contributed seven boards.
Belpre 62, Federal Hocking 56
BELPRE — For three quarters, visiting Federal Hocking was in complete control. But host Belpre outscored the Lancers 19-5 in the fourth quarter to rally for a 62-56 win Friday.
The Golden Eagles trailed 14-9 after a quarter, 33-25 at halftime and 51-43 going into the fourth.
Connor Baker and Logan Adams scored 22 and 21 points, respectively, to lead the Belpre charge. Big man Jerimiah Stitt was held to four points but made big contributions in rebounds (10) and blocks (7).
The Golden Eagles shot 43 percent (24 for 55) from the floor while holding Federal Hocking to 35 percent (22 for 62).
Calhoun County 66, Paw Paw 36
CLARKSBURG — Trevor Carder went off for a game-high 22 points and added nine rebounds to help lead Calhoun County to a 66-36 blowout win versus Paw Paw here Friday at Robert C. Byrd in the WVHIT, Division II, fifth-place game.
The Red Devils, now 5-12 with a home game Tuesday against Roane County, led 13-7 after one and 31-10 at intermission. Adam Parsons added 17 points and Hayden Richards tallied 11 for CCHS, which also got six counters from Levi Walker along with four points and 11 rebounds by Nick Moore.
Coby Ridgeway led the Pirates (7-10) with a team-high 15 points. Dylan Moreland added nine markers.
Cameron 66, Magnolia 60
NEW MARTINSVILLE — Jake Gamble came through with a game-high 27 points for short-handed Magnolia here Friday night, but visiting Cameron managed to improve to 13-3 following a 66-60 victory.
The 5-10 Blue Eagles, who play this afternoon at Madonna, went 10 of 19 from the line while Cameron hit on 20 of 31 foul shots.
Aidan Lucey (18) and Dylan Mentel (15) led Cameron’s scoring attack.
Trent Scheibelhood pitched in 10 markers for the Blue Eagles and Trevor Williamson finished with eight.
Wirt County 69,
Wood County Christian 54
ELIZABETH — A balanced scoring attack helped Wirt County get over the .500 mark in a 69-54 win over Wood County Christian Friday.
Kyler Carper led the way for the Tigers (10-9) with 16 points. Hunter Hickman added 13 points, Justin Windland netted 11, Nathan Murray tallied eight, Charles Wells tacked on seven and Seth Suslik and Dylan Lowe chipped in six apiece.
Garrett Napier scored a game-high 24 points for the Wildcats (10-11). Wood County Christian also got eight from Camden Huck, seven from Sam Cremeans and six from Trey Davis.
Tyler Consolidated 65
KIDWELL — Griffin Phillips’ game-high 20 points weren’t enough here Friday evening as host Tyler Consolidated was upended by Williamstown, 71-65.
The 13-5 Yellowjackets, who play host at 7 p.m. Monday versus Wood County Christian in a varsity only affair, used a balanced scoring attack. Xavier Caruthers, who had a trio of key 3s in the fourth quarter, joined ‘Jacket teammate Cullen Cutright with 14 points. Eli Inman (11) and Trent Lynch (10) also cracked double figures in scoring while Boston Caruthers added nine markers and Baylor Haught seven.
TCHS, now 12-7 with a home game Monday versus Ravenswood, also received 15 points from Justin Bowman, 14 from Mark Rucker and a baker’s dozen by Tyler West.
Wirt County 50,
Wood County Christian 23
ELIZABETH — Wirt County’s Brooklyn Smith, Pheobe Hayes and Morgan Wagner had a successful senior night as the Tigers improved to 10-11 following a 50-23 defeat of Wood County Christian.
Emma Wyer tossed in a game-high 11 points for the orange and black, who play host Wednesday to Williamstown. The Tigers also got 10 counters apiece from Hayes, Wagner and Kylie Stephens.
The Wildcats were led in scoring by Katie Michael with six and Sarah Michael with five.