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Grizzlies handily defeat Lumberjacks in season finale

The Nicholas County High School Grizzly football team concluded a successful season with a 46-12 romp over the Richwood Lumberjacks on Friday evening, Nov. 6, at Nicholas County Memorial Stadium.

NCHS receiver Carter Sweeney tries to weave his way through the Lumberjack defense as Richwood’s Bailey Alderman and Chase Reel go for the tackle.

The victory in this year’s one-sided county rivalry game enabled the Grizzlies to finish 7-3 on the season while Richwood lost their ninth straight game to finish 1-9.

Despite the easy win, the Grizzlies were unable to capture their fourth straight berth in the  Class AA playoffs and finished 19th overall in the Class AA ratings. Only the top 16 teams qualify for the playoffs.

NCHS fell one spot in the final ratings after entering last week tied at No. 18 with the Wayne Pioneers. Wayne lost to Bluefield Friday night but NCHS didn’t receive any more help after Westside and Independence, ranked just ahead of NCHS, both were victorious over Mingo Central and Fayetteville, respectively. Both would also had to have lost for the Grizzlies to qualify. Another team just behind NCHS, North Marion, passed the Grizzlies in the ratings after upsetting playoff-bound Lincoln.

Nicholas County scored right off the bat in Friday night’s contest. The Lumberjacks received the opening kickoff but fumbled a pitchout on the first play of the game. Grizzly junior quarterback/linebacker Tate Mayes scooped up the loose pigskin and returned it 32 yards for a touchdown. Mayes’ extra point kick was wide and NCHS led 6-0 with 11:47 remaining in the first quarter.

The Grizzlies advanced to the Richwood 27-yard line on their next possession but the Lumberjacks stiffened and forced Nicholas County to turn the ball over on downs.

Nicholas County forced Richwood to punt and got good field position at the Lumberjack 45-yard line. A couple of plays later, Carter Sweeney raced 44 yards to the end zone for the Grizzlies. The kick for the extra point was unsuccessful and NCHS led 12-0 with 6:48 to go in the opening period.

Late in the first quarter, the Grizzlies had good field position again following a Richwood punt which was returned by Jacob Grose to inside the Lumberjack 20-yard line. A few plays later, Jared Gregory bulled over from the one-yard line to make it 18-0. The run for the two-point conversion was stopped short.

Early in the second quarter, the Grizzly defense forced Richwood to turn the ball over on downs. A pass from Mayes to Sweeney took the ball to the RHS 20-yard line. From there, Mayes scampered 20 yards to the end zone. The run for the two-point conversion was unsuccessful and NCHS was up 24-0 with 9:13 remaining in the second period.




Summersville Bears trounce Spencer for

Conference Title to Complete Perfect 9-0 season

The Summersville Middle School Bears football team handily defeated the Spencer Yellowjackets 48-16 in the championship game of the Central West Virginia Athletic Conference (CWVAC) on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 31, at Nicholas County Memorial Stadium.

Summersville Middle School Bears Central West Virginia Athletic Conference All-Conference players, from left, Andrew Deal, Colton Groves, Justin Hill and Devin McKown.

The win completed a perfect 9-0 season for the Bears and marked their second straight conference football title.

The Bears won the eastern division of the CWVAC this season and Spencer won the western division.

The Bears scored on their opening possession when Devin McKown raced 55 yards to the end zone. Quarterback Timmy Baker ran for the two-point conversion and Summersville led 8-0.

Early in the quarter, there was lengthy stoppage in play when a Spencer player, Lee Keaton, was injured and was taken off the field on a stretcher. Keaton reportedly suffered a dislocated knee and was taken to Summersville Regional Medical Center for treatment.

SMS scored later in the quarter when Baker crossed the end zone from three yards out.

The run for the two-point conversion was unsuccessful and Summersville led 14-0.

McKown tallied his second touchdown of the day in the second quarter on a 73-yard reception from Baker. Justin Hill ran for the two-point conversion to put Summersville up 22-0.

Later in the quarter, Baker scampered 42 yards to paydirt. The two-point conversion was stopped short and SMS led 28-0 at halftime.

Baker scored his third touchdown of the contest in the third quarter on a 55-yard scamper. The two-point conversion was unsuccessful and the Bears led 34-0 at the end of the third quarter.

Early in the fourth quarter, Summersville went ahead 40-0 on McKown’s five-yard touchdown run, his third six-pointer of the contest. The two-point conversion was stopped short.

Baker concluded the SMS scoring later in the quarter with his fourth TD of the game on an 11-yard run. Austin Brown ran for the two-point conversion to extend the lead to 48-0.




NCHS Volleyball Team wins over RHS on Senior Night

The Nicholas County High School Lady Grizzly volleyball team celebrated Senior Night with a 3 sets to 0 win over the Richwood Ladyjacks on Wednesday evening, Oct. 21, at the Grizzly Den.

Prior to the varsity match, NCHS senior volleyball players Maggie Sweeney, Maria Stear, Kaitlin McHenry, Amanda King, Autumn Cox and statistician Brooklynn Butcher, along with their parents, were introduced and recognized. The introduction included some of each girl’s other athletic activities at school and their educational plans after high school, if decided.

Each girl received from their underclassmen teammates flowers, an individual framed volleyball self-portrait and a scrapbook of volleyball action photos of themselves.

Also introduced were Richwood High School Ladyjack senior volleyball players Destiny Shafer, Kimmy Little and Noelle Cunningham.

NCHS took the first set 25-14 and handily won the second and third sets 25-12 and 25-9.

In the first set, sisters Olivia and Maria Stear each had 6 points for Nicholas County.

Autumn Cox added 5 points and Amanda King 4. Maggie Sweeney contributed 3 points and Tayler Huffman 1.

Balanced scoring was again key in the second set for the Lady Grizzlies led by Huffman and Alexis Nicholas with 5 points apiece. Cox had 4 points with 3 apiece from Olivia Stear and Anna Hamilton. Sweeney and Maria Stear both had 2 points with 1 from Brennah Groves.

Twelve big points from Huffman paved the way in the third set. Olivia Stear had 5 points and Hamilton 4. Sweeney contributed 2 points and Cox and King 1 each..




Webster’s Nutter named cross country coach of year

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

Webster County’s Steven Nutter was honored Saturday, Oct. 31, by being named West Virginia high school cross country coach of the year.

Nutter was presented the award by the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS) at the state cross country meet at Cabell Midland High School in Ona.

Nutter just finished his fifth season with the Highlanders.

In that time, he has coached six all-state athletes, one state champion (Brettley Harris in 2014) and one state runner-up (Harris in 2013).

His 2014 team was state Class AA/A runner-up.

Under Nutter, the Highlanders have also won a number of regional and conference championships.

Nutter also coaches track and boys’ basketball at Webster County. He formerly coached girls’ basketball at Richwood High School.

Nutter’s 2015 team didn’t leave the state meet empty-handed.

Senior Austin Hayes finished fourth in the Class AA/A boys’ race with a time of 16:38.12 on the 5,000-meter course.

Senior Ben Cochran, also competing as an individual, placed 65th in 18:26.25.




Lady Grizzly spikers lose twice in tri-match

The Nicholas County High School Lady Grizzly volleyball team dropped both matches in a tri-match played Saturday, Oct. 24, at Independence High School in Coal City.

Both of the strong opponents, Independence and PikeView, defeated the Lady Grizzlies with the host team winning two sets to zero and PikeView prevailing two sets to one.

Nicholas County versus Independence

The Lady Grizzlies were edged by the Lady Patriots 23-25 in the first set and 21-15 in the second set.

In the first set, Autumn Cox had 7 points and Amanda King 6. Maggie Sweeney and Tayler Huffman each had 4 points. Two points were contributed by Olivia Stear.

Huffman had 6 points and Stear 5 in the second set. King added 4 points with 2 apiece from Sweeney, Cox and Brennah Groves.

Cox and Taylor each registered 6 kills in the match. King had 4 kills, Anna Hamilton 3 and Sweeney 1. Stear had 19 assists, a service ace and a dink.

Cox had 2 blocks and a dink. Huffman had 2 aces and an assist and King had a dink. Alexis Nicholas had an 89 percent successful return rate at the libero position.