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Legends Softball Teams have Stuff the Bus Project

Members of the three Legends traveling girls softball teams stuffing the school bus with Christmas toys for the less fortunate.

The members of three separate Summersville Legends traveling softball teams joined forces to participate in the recent Stuff the Bus project.

The girls on the 10 and under, 12 and under and 16 and under Legends softball teams received toy and monetary donations from the public to purchase enough toys to fill up a Nicholas County school bus park at WalMart. The goal was achieved, and the toys will be given to underprivileged and less fortunate children in the area for Christmas.

The Legends teams are still collecting donations for additional toy purchases even though the school bus was filled. Contact any Legends team member for more information.




NCHS boys scrimmage twice this

week; start season Wednesday

The Nicholas County High School Grizzly boys basketball team will get their first taste of opposition this week with a pair of scrimmage games.

NCHS scrimmaged at Wyoming East on Tuesday evening, Nov. 29, and will host Gilmer County in a scrimmage game on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m. at the Grizzly Den.

NCHS opens the regular season on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Nitro at 7 p.m. The first home game for the Grizzlies will be on Friday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. when they host the Herbert Hoover Huskies.

The Grizzlies, coached by head coach Brian Phipps and assistant coach Matt Morriston, will be trying to avoid their third straight losing season, which is something that hasn’t happened at NCHS in a number of years.

Seniors returning from last year’s team that went 10-13 are 5’10” guard/forward Jacob Grose and 5’7” guard Dom LeRose.

Grose was a Class AA Honorable Mention All-State selection last year and led the team in scoring with an average of 14.5 points per game. He also led the team in steals with 2.8 per contest and pulled down 4.5 rebounds per game.

LeRose averaged 6.2 points per game and topped the Grizzlies with 2 assists per contest.

Juniors playing varsity include 5’9” returning guard Nick Nutter, 5’10” guard Isaac Sergeon and 6’2” forward Trey Milam.

Nutter averaged 8.1 points per game last season along with 2.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists. He topped the team in three-pointers with 39 from behind the arc.

Returning sophomores are 5’11” guard Tanner Huffman and 5’9” guard Jacob Holliday.

Huffman averaged 7 points per game last year and was second on the team in three-pointers with 33. His 81-percent free-throw shooting average was tops on the team.
Holliday averaged 3.2 points per game last season.

Another sophomore is 6’3” forward/guard Jake Hamilton who played junior varsity last season.

The lone freshman on the team is 5’11” guard Luke LeRose.




Jacks to scrimmage at Independence, Pendleton

The Richwood High School boys’ basketball team is scheduled to play two pre-season scrimmage games this week, both on the road.

The Lumberjacks will visit Independence at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, before traveling to Pendleton County for a noon scrimmage on Saturday, Dec. 3.

Richwood will open the regular season on Friday night, Dec. 9, against Greenbrier East in the refurbished Red Gym. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Greenbrier East is coached by Gov.-elect Jim Justice, whose Neighbors Loving Neighbors program was responsible for the repairs and upgrades at the Red Gym following the June 23 flood.




Lady Jacks to open season at Midland Trail

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

The Richwood High School girls’ basketball team will open the 2016-17 season on Friday night, Dec. 2, at Midland Trail.

Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

The Lady Jacks, coming off a 15-11 campaign and their first-ever state tournament appearance, will visit Fayetteville on Dec. 5 and Greenbrier West on Dec. 8 before hosting Greenbrier East, coached by Gov.-elect Jim Justice, in their home opener at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 9 at the refurbished Red Gym.

Richwood and Midland Trail split a pair of regular-season games last season, each winning at home, before the Lady Jacks won the rubber match with a victory over the Lady Patriots in the sectional tournament semifinals.

“Midland Trail is always tough to play, especially over there,” RHS first-year coach Codey Horton said. “It should be a good game. We’re excited.”

Since both the Richwood girls’ and boys’ teams, as well as Richwood Middle School’s girls’ and boys’ teams, are using the Red Gym, daily practice time has been limited to one hour for each team.

“We’re doing pretty well,” Horton said. “We’re conditioning as well as we can and learning plays as quickly as possible. One hour of gym time is tough.”

Horton hoped to get a better idea on where his team stands following pre-season scrimmage games this week at St. Albans (Nov. 29) and New Life Christian Academy (Dec. 1).

He believes the family-like makeup of his team will be a strength.

“Family in general is one of the things we’re going to focus on, staying together and helping each other out,” he said. “I believe communication and chemistry are huge parts of a basketball team.”

Richwood returns four starters from last season’s team, including senior front-court players Erica Lawrence and Kora Younts, and senior guard Katie Mullins.





Lady Grizzlies scrimmage Poca; begin season Friday

The Nicholas County High School Lady Grizzly basketball team opens the 2016-17 season on the road on Friday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. against Westside at Clear Fork.

The first home game for NCHS will be on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. when they host Midland Trail at the Grizzly Den.

NCHS hosted Poca in a scrimmage game on Tuesday evening, Nov. 22. Head girls basketball coach Tom McGirl said the Lady Grizzlies outscored the visitors in three of five quarters of varsity action.

The Lady Grizzly junior varsity team outscored the Lady Dot reserves in both quarters played.

No statistics were kept for the scrimmage game.

“We saw some things on film that we can improve on and hopefully we’ll be ready on Friday,” said Coach McGirl.