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Summersville Biddy Basketball Tournament

played at Arena and Convention Center

The Sixers once again emerged as the champions of the Summersville Biddy League Basketball Tournament with a 42-21 victory over the Bulls on Saturday evening, Feb. 25.

For the first time ever, the tournament was played at the Summersville Armory and Convention Center Arena with opening round games played Monday evening, Feb. 20, and the semifinals on Wednesday evening, Feb. 22, before the championship and consolation games on Saturday evening.

The Summersville Biddy League Basketball Tournament champion Sixers.

The championship game win completed a perfect 7-0 season for the Sixers A Team. The runner-up Bulls A Team finished 5-2 overall, with both losses coming to the Sixers.

In the consolation game for third place, the Kings topped the Celtics 23-15.

In the semifinal games on Wednesday evening, the Sixers won over the No. 4 seeded Celtics 27-7, and the Bulls defeated the No. 3 seeded Kings 30-15.

In first-round games on Monday evening, the Celtics beat the Grizzlies 30-15 and the Kings bested the Knicks 29-17. The Sixers and Bulls both received first-round byes after finishing first and second in the standings, respectively.

Members of each team were awarded a trophy.

Championship game
Sixers 42
Bulls 21

A big second half lifted the Sixers to the dominating victory.

The two teams played a pretty closely contested first half, which began with the Sixers leading 8-4 at the end of the first quarter.

Both teams traded points in the second quarter, but a slim 9-8 advantage by the Bulls cut the half-time deficit to 16-13.

The second half was all Sixers, who tightened up their defense and outscored the Bulls 9-2 in the third quarter to pull ahead 25-15.

The scoring pace picked up in the fourth quarter, but the Sixers still held the upper hand 16-6 to make the final difference 21 points.

The game was halted by the referees with 32.7 seconds remaining in the contest because of some continuing unsportsmanlike conduct by some fans in attendance.

Jaxson Morriston of the Sixers led all scorers with 22 points. Ethan O’Dell also reached double figures with 10 points.

Jacob Hamilton added 6 points with 2 apiece from Colton Hellems and Christian Stevens.
Cole Brown dropped in 15 points for the bulls. Logan Nicholas scored 4 points and Trey Stump 2.




Experienced group returns for RHS softball team

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

The Richwood High School softball roster is filled with familiar names.

Five seniors and two juniors return as regulars and bring a wealth of experience to the table.

“We’re all excited about the season,” RHS coach Bill Little said. “They’re all good kids.

We have pretty much the same starters back. We have an experienced pitcher and infielders. And we have decent speed. I don’t think we’re going to be slow on the bases.”

The senior class includes pitcher Kora Younts, shortstop Katie Mullins, center fielder Emily Courmier, third baseman Krista Merrill and first baseman Tierra Mullins.

Merrill moved to third base from left field late in the 2016 season. Tierra Mullins moves to first base this season from right field.

Juniors Emily McPherson and Kaysee Amick return at catcher and second base, respectively.

Younts received All-State recognition the past two years, including first-team honors in 2015.

She finished the 2016 season with a 15-6 record and an earned run average of 1.23. She had two no-hitters in mercy-rule games, and in 117 innings pitched, she struck out 121 batters, walked only 24 and allowed 77 hits.

Offensively, she hit .500 with a home run, three doubles and 14 RBIs.

Katie Mullins hit .400 a year ago with six doubles, 33 stolen bases, 25 runs scored and 19 RBIs. She also had a fielding percentage of .887.

Courmier led the team in hitting with a .562 average. She also had 31 stolen bases, 22 runs scored and 12 RBIs.

Tierra Mullins hit .433 with 15 stolen bases, 16 runs scored and 16 RBIs.

Merrill had a .371 batting average with 18 RBIs, 15 runs scored and 15 stolen bases.




Hunter Education Class announced

The West Virginia Natural Resources Police will hold a Hunter Education Class in Nicholas County at the Nicholas County Career and Technical Center in Craigsville from April 3-5 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night. Students must attend all hours and all days of the 10-hour minimum course and pass a written and hands-on test to be certified.

In 1994, West Virginia passed legislation requiring any person born on or after Jan. 1, 1975, to present proof of certification from an approved Hunter Education course to a license agent prior to purchasing a base hunting license.

The course is open to the public and is free of charge. Students must be 10 years of age by the final day in order to receive permanent certification. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or responsible adult.

Class size is limited to 40 students, so pre-registration is required. Walk-ins will only be permitted if space allows.

If you would like to register, go to: and select West Virginia and Nicholas County from the menu. Online registration only takes a couple minutes to complete. If students leave an email address and phone number at the time of registration, a complimentary reminder email and/or text will be sent out a few days prior to class. If you have any problems registering online, please contact Misty or Sgt. Tim White at the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources District 3 office at 304-924-6211 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.




Summersville boys finish third in Conference Tournament

The Summersville Middle School Bears varsity basketball team finished in third place in the Central West Virginia Athletic Conference (CWVAC) Tournament played Feb. 21, 24 and 25.

Summersville finished 14-6 on the season.

Summersville, seeded No. 2 in the conference’s Eastern Division based upon regular season play, began the tournament with a 40-21 victory over No. 3 seeded Braxton County on Tuesday evening, Feb. 21, to advance to the semifinal round of the tournament.

The Bears were defeated 32-22 by Clay County, the No. 1 seeded team in the Western Division and eventual tournament champion, on Friday evening, Feb. 24, at the Braxton County Armory.

Summersville came back to defeat Calhoun County 37-29 in the consolation on Saturday evening, Feb. 25, to win third place.

Camden Lawrence of the Bears was selected to the All-Tournament Team.

Lawrence, along with teammates Rylee Nicholas and Jordan McKinney, were named to the CWVAC All-Conference Team.

Semifinal game
Clay County 32
Summersville 22

A fourth-quarter surge by the Mustangs lifted them to the double digit win over the Bears in a game that was closer than the final score indicated.

The two teams battled evenly in the first quarter, which ended deadlocked 8-8.

The scoring pace slowed in the second quarter, but each team added 5 points to their total to make it 13-13 at halftime.

Both teams continued to play tight defense in the third quarter, but a slight 5-4 edge for the Bears put them ahead 18-17.

The lead changed hands a few times in the fourth quarter. Clay County took a one-point lead midway through the fourth quarter and forced the Bears to foul to get the ball back.

The Mustangs converted 5 of 7 foul shots down the stretch on their way to a 15-4 advantage in the quarter and settled for the 10-point victory.

Camden Lawrence led Summersville with 9 points. Jordan McKinney added 6 points, Ryan Keener 5 and Rylee Nicholas 2.

McKinney had two three-pointers and Keener one trey.

SMS was 3 of 6 from the foul line while the Mustangs were 8 of 11.




Summersville Little Bears Board of Directors meeting
The Summersville Little Bears midget football Board of Directors meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 22, at 6 p.m. in the Summersville Municipal Building in the City Council meeting room.