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NCHS volleyball team ends season with Sectional loss

The Nicholas County High School Grizzly volleyball team saw its season come to an end with a loss in the semifinal round of the Class AA Region 3 Section 1 Tournament played Nov. 2 and 4 at Shady Spring High School.

NCHS, seeded No. 4 in the five-team single elimination tournament, defeated No. 5 seeded Liberty Raleigh 3 sets to 0 in the opening round on Monday evening, Nov. 2, and then lost 3 sets to 0 to No. 1 seeded and eventual tournament champion Shady Spring on Wednesday evening, Nov. 4.

David Cooney photos
Members of the Nichols County High School Lady Grizzly volleyball team console each other after their sectional tournament loss.

Both Shady Spring and sectional runner-up Herbert Hoover advanced to the regional tournament.

Nicholas County outside hitter Mason Stone was selected to the all-tournament team.

NCHS finished the season 8-12 overall, which was the Lady Grizzlies first losing in several years. With three starters returning next season and several players moving up from a strong junior varsity team, Nicholas County hopes to get back on the winning track next year.

First round game

Nicholas County versus Liberty Raleigh

Nicholas County took the first set over the Lady Raiders 25-13 and dominated the second and third sets 25-9 and 25-10.

Gabby Smith had 9 points in the first set for NCHS. Carmen Spencer scored 5 points and Olivia Jeckering 3. Two points each were scored by Kelsi Foster, Emily Tharp, Kalysta Keaton and Mason Stone.

In the second set, Smith scored 8 points and Spencer 7. Jeckering added 4 points with 2 apiece from Tharp and Keaton. Foster and Stone both had 1 point.

Seven points each from Foster and Stone led the way in the third set. Spencer contributed 4 points. Jeckering, Smith and Kalyssa Wine each had 2 points with 1 from Foster.

Keaton registered 10 kills in the match. Stone had 8 kills, Foster 4, Jeckering 3 and Spencer 1. Spencer had 3 digs, 2 service aces and 1 block and Jeckering had 2 blocks, 2 assists and a service ace.

Smith had 26 assists and 8 aces. Keaton had a block and Foster had a dig. Stone and Tharp each had an ace and Wine had 1 dig.

Tharp had a 99 percent successful passing rate and an 81 percent successful service return rate at the back row libero position.





Richwood football falls to River View; ends season 3-7

The Lumberjacks of Richwood lost to the Raiders of River View High School 44-38 on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, in McDowell County.

Photos courtesy of Crystal Spencer
The Lumberjacks seniors, from left, are #21 Nicholas Bennett, #12 Camden Lawrence, #32 Doye Ward III, #8 Brian Gifford, #1 Caleb Jantuah and #22 Kaleb Greene.

RHS led the game with six minutes to go when River View pulled ahead.

Caleb Jantuah had one kickoff return for a touchdown, with four touchdowns total. He carried the ball 20 times for 160 yards. He was five for 12 in passing competitions for 58 yards and one interception.

Doye Ward had six carries for 16 yards and one catch for seven yards.

Triston Miller had one carry.

Mason Campbell had one catch for 12 yards and one interception return for a touchdown.

Tyler Barnhouse had two catches for 26 yards.

Kaleb Greene had one catch for 13 yards.

The Lumberjacks regular season record is 3-7.





Winter sports delayed until Jan. 11

Gov. Jim Justice issued an executive order on Friday, Nov. 13, calling for the postponement of all winter sports until Jan. 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The delay affects the boys and girls basketball teams and wrestling teams at Nicholas County High School, Richwood High School, Summersville Middle School and Richwood Middle School.

Girls basketball practice started last Monday and boys basketball practice and wrestling practice were scheduled to begin this past Monday.

The delay also includes all travel leagues.

Justice said he is hopeful each sport will be able to have a full season but wasn’t optimistic about the high-contact sport of wrestling.

The governor gave the go-ahead for fall sports to begin in August but the coronavirus derailed teams and counties from the start. Now, with the virus worsening and winter sports taking place indoors, Justice feels there are enough red flags to warrant the delay.