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Amick, Jacks click in 40-8 victory at Midland Trail

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

Jared Amick had a quick response when asked what he liked more, his two touchdown catches or his two interceptions.

“I liked them both,” he said.

Richwood senior Logan Brown brushes off a defender as he crosses the goal line for a touchdown after a 27-yard run.

Amick was then equally as quick in giving credit to his teammates following Richwood’s 40-8 victory over host Midland Trail last Friday night, Sept. 19, at Hico.

“I really thought the quarterback threw well tonight,” the Lumberjack junior wide receiver and safety said.

“We played well as a team. We stuck together and played a heck of a game.”

Richwood had lost its first three games of the season, two of them tough, one-point decisions. But the Lumberjacks were anything but down as they rolled to a 34-0 halftime lead and went on to hand the winless Patriots, playing at home for the first time, their fourth straight loss.

“We needed that,” RHS coach Jason Rogers said after the one-sided contest. “The kids came out with fire tonight and played the way I knew they could play.

“I thought we responded well. I told the kids in practice (earlier in the week) that the season was not over. I think this is the first step toward turning things around.”

“We have six more games,” Amick said. “We want to keep on winning. We’ve got to stick together as a family.”

Amick caught two long touchdown passes from quarterback Logan Cox in the first quarter to give the Lumberjacks an early 13-0 lead. The first one covered 81 yards, the second one 30 yards.




NCHS takes 1st and 2nd places in

Battle Run Invitational; RHS has three in top 10

Both the Nicholas County High School Grizzly and Richwood High School Lumberjack cross country teams ran well in the annual Battle Run Invitational Cross Country Meet hosted by NCHS on Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 16, at the Battle Run Recreational Area near Summersville Dam.

Nicholas County finished first in the boys division and second in the girls division in what was perhaps the best combined finish ever since the school has been hosting the meet.

Boys’ results
Nicholas County placed three runners in the top 10 to take the boys team title.

NCHS had 57 points to defeat runner-up Oak Hill which had 63 points.

Leading the NCHS squad was Jackson Reed who placed third and covered the 3.1 mile course in 18:58.11.

Joe Yeager was 5th in the field of 75 runners and had a time of 19:24.77 while Juvenal Perez was 9th with a time of 19:59.89.

Other finishers for NCHS were Kyle Barker 14th in 20:31.42, Andrew Cook 36th in 23:01.92, Wes Carte 50th in 24:46.92 and Tanner Cox 61st in 27:14.92.

Cracking the top 10 for Richwood was John Bard with a time of 20:04.08, good enough for 10th overall.

Other runners for Richwood were Caleb Hanna 41st in 23:27.05, Levi Mowery 43rd in 23:32.05. Devon Holcomb 54th in 25:14.92 and David Artrip 63rd in 27:39.27.

Richwood was 8th overall with 175 points.




Richwood’s Mullens takes medalist honors in three matches

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

Mason Mullens earned medalist honors in three matches, and the Richwood High School golf team concluded a busy week by tying for second in a six-team scramble in Beckley.

The week began on Sept. 15 with the Lumberjacks defeating Man and Oak Hill at Lewisburg Elks Country Club.

In what was probably its best performance of the season so far, Richwood finished with a score of 106 to Man’s 119 and Oak Hill’s 142.

Mullens led the way with a nine-hole score of 34. Charles Baughman was right behind with a 35, and Braden Johnson finished with a 37.

Baley Beckwith paced Man with a 35. Nick Adams had a 39 and John McCoy a 45.

Dallas Jones shot a 44 for Oak Hill. Madison Lilly had a 48 and Logan Hensley a 50.

On Sept. 16, the Lumberjacks traveled to Nicholas Memorial Golf Club in Summersville and defeated Nicholas County. The Jacks shot a team score of 171 while the Grizzlies had a 192.

Mullens finished with a 38. Baughman shot a 42, Johnson a 44 and Tyler Davis a 47.

Sherwin Miller led NCHS with a 39, followed by Elizabeth Chapman (47), Travis Miller (50) and Cobe Alderman (56).

Richwood then visited Pocahontas County Country Club on Sept. 17 for the Pocahontas Invitational. Webster County was the team winner with a 173. Pocahontas County had a 174 and Richwood a 178.

Mullens was again the medalist with a 37, followed by Charles Baughman (42), Davis (46) and Sheldon Baughman (53).




NCHS golfers 4th in Coalfield Tournament;

Sherwin Miller All-Conference

The Nicholas County High School Grizzly golf team played three matches last week and finished with a combined overall record of 8-4.

NCHS started the week by playing in the Class AA Coalfield Conference Tournament at Pipestem Resort State Park on Monday, Sept. 15. The Grizzlies placed third in the five-team Class AA Western Division and fourth overall in the conference which also includes five Class AA teams in the Eastern Division.

With only the top three scores being counted, NCHS shot 285. Sherwin Miller was low for the Grizzles with 79. Travis Miller shot 92 and Cobe Alderman 114.

Westside took first in the Western Division with a total of 238. Runner-up Wyoming East had 251.

Finishing back of NCHS in the division were Independence and Liberty Raleigh with 287 each.

Sherwin Miller’s score of 79 was the fourth lowest in the division and earned him First Team All-Coalfield Conference honors.  Other all-conference players were medalist Cory Bowles of Westside with 72, Hunter Owens of Westside 73, Patrick Smith of Wyoming East 76 and Ethan Spencer of James Monroe 84.

Second team all-conference members were Brett Laxton of Wyoming East and Ben Boggess of Pikeview both with 86, and Katelyn Sanders of Westside, Seth Bailey of Wyoming East and Patrick Hutchinson and Cody Goins, both of Bluefield, each 89.

In the East Division, Bluefield was first with 272 and the only team with a lower score in that division than NCHS. The Grizzlies thus defeated James Monroe which had 290, PikeView 295, Riverview 331 and Summers County with 332.