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Six Grizzly wrestlers qualify for State Tournament

Six Nicholas County High School Grizzly wrestlers qualified for the State High School Wrestling Tournament following their fine performances in the Region 3 Class AA/A Wrestling Tournament at Independence High School on Saturday, Feb. 21.

All six of the Grizzly wrestlers finished in the top four of their weight class to qualify for the state wrestling tournament to be held Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 26-28, at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington.

Second place winners were junior Matt Moore in the 152-pound class who went 2–1 and sophomore Austin Dawson who went 1-1 in the heavyweight class.

Moore was pinned by Jordan Tincher of Greenbrier West in the championship match.

Moore earlier pinned Daniel Hinger of Richwood and Troy Farrell of Fayetteville.

Dawson was decisioned 7-3 by Anthony Murdock of Midland Trail in the championship match. He won a 1-0 decision over Jackie Clendenin of Greenbrier West in the semifinals.

Taking third place were freshman Kyle Barker, who went 2–1 in the 106-pound class and freshman Cameron Crislip who was 3–1 in the 132-pound class.

Barker lost his first match when he was pinned by Trevor Edenfield of Greenbrier West. He pinned Taylor Sutton of Liberty Raleigh and then pinned Dalton McGeeney of Richwood for third place.

Crislip first pinned Dustin Lusk of Pikeview before being pinned by Caleb Currence of Greenbrier West. He came back to pin Kenneth Parsons of Riverview and pinned Levi Hardway of Webster County for third place.




Three RHS wrestlers qualify for State Tournament

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

Richwood will be represented by three wrestlers at this weekend’s state tournament in Huntington.

Logan Brown (195 pounds), Kenneth Metheney (145) and Dalton McGeeney (106) qualified for the state tournament by placing in the top four in their respective weight divisions during the Class AA/A Region III tournament held last Saturday, Feb. 21, at Independence High School.

The state tournament begins Thursday, Feb. 26, and concludes Saturday night, Feb. 28.

Brown finished second in the regional to advance to the state tournament for the third straight year.

The senior pinned Dillon Brasse of Midland Trail in his first match before posting a 5-0 decision over Lester Payne of Greenbrier West in the semifinals.

Brown then lost in the 195-pound championship match via fall at 2:59 to Alex Daniels of Independence.

Brown takes a 49-4 record to the state tournament.

Metheney decisioned Austin Buckland of Midland Trail 8-4 in the quarterfinals before losing via fall at 0:53 to Jacob Hart of Independence. Metheney then pinned Devon Sibley of PikeView in 2:16 in the consolation semifinals before pinning Buckland in 2:52 for third place.

Metheney is now 24-8 on the season.

McGeeney pinned Taylor Sutton of Liberty Raleigh in 1:14 in the quarterfinals before losing via technical fall (16-0) to Tanner Harris of Independence.

In the third-place match, McGeeney lost via fall at 3:31 to Kyle Barker of Nicholas County.

RHS freshman Bailey Alderman placed fifth in the regional at 126 pounds after going 2-2 in the tournament.

Two other Richwood wrestlers, Amanda Starcher (138 pounds) and Daniel Hinger (152), lost their first two matches.




Jacks have the last rally, down Highlanders in overtime

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

They say anything can happen in a rivalry game, and in this one, just about everything did.

Richwood built a 19-point first-half lead against Webster County last Friday night, Feb. 20, at the Woodshed.

Richwood’s Josh Kidwell puts up a three-point shot as a Webster County defender closes in.

The Highlanders then came back and led by 9 points in the fourth quarter.

But the Lumberjacks scored 8 unanswered points, all by senior guard John Bard, in the final 2:22 of the quarter to force overtime, then outscored the visitors 12-2 in the four-minute extra period for an 80-70 victory.

“I guess it’s not how you start, but how you finish,” RHS coach J.B. Miller said after his team improved to 13-5 with its second win over the Highlanders this season.

It was an entertaining game between two teams that had been idle because of weather-related postponements.

Richwood had been off for a week, while Webster County (12-7) hadn’t played since Feb. 9.

“I thought we did real well considering we hadn’t been in the gym for a week,” Miller said.

Webster County led 64-55 after Dalton Gray scored on an offensive rebound with 4:19 left in the fourth quarter.

The Highlanders still led 68-60 before Bard went to work.

He hit a three-point goal at the 2:22 mark to make it 68-63, then added another three with 1:20 showing to cut the Webster County lead to 68-66.

And he wasn’t finished. With 53 seconds to go, he drove for a basket and was fouled. He missed the free throw, but the game was deadlocked at 68-68.

“John hit a couple of big shots,” Webster County coach Steven Nutter said. “And I called a timeout with about three minutes left to give our kids a breather. We had the momentum, and I should have kept on going. That’s something I’ve got to take home myself.”

The Highlanders had a chance to win the game in regulation, but Robbie Cogar’s runner, well defended by the Lumberjacks, was off the mark.

“We were trying to clear out for Brian (Andrews) and Robbie,” Nutter said. “Richwood defended it well. We kept going back to it. We got a shot and missed.”

Braden Johnson’s free throw gave the Jacks a 69-68 lead early in the overtime period.




Grizzlies top Midland Trail for second straight win

The Nicholas County High School Grizzly basketball team put together two straight victories for the first time this season as the result of a 73-63 win over Midland Trail at home on Friday evening, Feb. 20.

Nicholas County’s Jacob Grose drives the ball to the basket against a Midland Trail defender.

The win avenged an earlier one-point loss to the Patriots and improved the Grizzlies record to 5-14 on the season. NCHS will close out the regular season on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m. against Fayetteville at the Fayette Memorial Building.

A big first half carried the Grizzlies to the victory in the contest that saw the two teams combine to shoot 63 free throws.

Nicholas County grabbed a 19-12 first quarter lead and never trailed thereafter.

The Grizzlies dominated on both ends of the floor in the second quarter, which saw them have a 24-9 advantage and take a 43-21 halftime lead.

The third quarter was nearly the opposite of the second quarter. The Patriots made some adjustments and got right back into it with a big 23-10 run to slice the NCHS lead to single digits at 53-44.

Nicholas County was able to maintain a six to eight point lead for most of the final quarter and converted several free throws and a couple of breakaway baskets down the stretch. A 20-19 edge by the Grizzlies in the fourth quarter pushed the final margin to 10 points.

Jacob Grose had a fine game for NCHS pouring in 21 points and grabbing 7 rebounds.




SMS Varsity Bears dominate Richwood

The Summersville Middle School Bears varsity basketball team improved their record to a perfect 9-0 with a 57-40 victory over the Richwood Middle School Lumberjacks varsity on Tuesday evening, Feb. 3, at Richwood.

A big first half keyed the Bears double-digit win over the Lumberjacks.

SMS grabbed a 13-4 first-quarter lead and were never threatened.

The Bears got hot with a big 25-point outburst in the second quarter while limiting the home team to 3 to make it 38-11 at halftime.

Both teams played evenly in the third quarter adding 11 points to their total, which put the score at 49-22 with one quarter remaining.

The Lumberjacks had their highest scoring total in the fourth quarter with 18 points while the Bears were held to single digits at 8 to make the final difference 17 points.

Tanner Huffman led SMS in scoring with 15 points. Luke LeRose had 9 points and Jacob Hamilton and Jacob Huffman both added 6. Nick Kiser contributed 5 points with a three-pointer, Camden Lawrence and Macrae Morriston 4 apiece and Jared Sagraves, Quinn Jeckering, Colton Groves and Caden Phipps 2 each.