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SMS Bears win Conference Basketball Tournament title

The 13-1 Summersville Middle School Bears, Central West Virginia Athletic Conference Tournament champions.

The Summersville Middle School Bears varsity basketball team won the Central West Virginia Athletic Conference Tournament played the week of April 12.

The tournament championship culminated an outstanding 13-1 season for the Bears, coached by head coach Gary Withee and assistant coach Wes Brown.

It was the fourth championship conference championship of the season for Summersville, including soccer last fall and wrestling and girls basketball earlier in the month.

Summersville, seeded No. 1 in the Eastern Division of the conference, defeated Ravenswood, seeded No. 1, in the Western Division, 46-30 in the championship game on Saturday afternoon, April 17, at the Braxton County Armory.

In the semifinals on Friday evening, April 16, SMS edged Spencer 43-40 to advance to the championship game. Spencer was seeded No. 2 in the Western Division.

Summersville received an automatic berth to the tournament semifinals after their scheduled game in the quarterfinal round was a no contest. The Clay County Mustangs were unable to compete in the tournament due to having to quarantine because of Covid-19 protocols. That left only SMS, Braxton County and Webster County in the division quarterfinals, with Braxton County defeating Webster County to advance to the semifinal round as the No. 2 seed.

Championship game

Summersville 46 Ravenswood 30

Dominant play in the second and third quarters lifted the Bears to the double-digit victory.

The two teams played fairly evenly in the first quarter, with the Bears leading 12-9.

Summersville took control in the second quarter with a big 17-2 run to take a 29-11 lead.

The momentum carried over to the second half and the Bears dominated the third quarter 15-3 to extend the lead to 44-14.

A 16-2 margin by Ravenswood made the final difference 16 points.

Isaiah Miner led a balanced Summersville scoring attack with 11 points. Drew Johnson also reached double figures with 10 points and Ira Mylott chipped in 9, including a three-pointer.

Trey Stump added 6 points with 2 apiece from Logan Nicholas, Payton Bailes, John Evans, Colton Hellems and Caleb Jarvis.

SMS was 3 for 3 at the foul line.




Lumberjacks fall to Greenbrier West in Sectionals

Richwood’s Josh Landreth (44), right, Caleb Jantuah, center, and Camden Lawrence play offense against the Greenbrier West Cavaliers.

The Lumberjack basketball team finished the season 7-10 after Richwood lost to Greenbrier West 100-46, on April 20, 2021, in Sectional tournament play.

For Richwood, Cooper Donahue scored 11 points, Camden Lawrence scored 10. Caleb Jantuah scored 7. Aiden Miller and Nick Bennett both scored six. Brayden Spencer and Josh Landreth both scored three points.

RHS scored five points in the first quarter, 10 points in the second, 18 points in the third and 13 points in the fourth quarter.





Grizzlies lose in Regional Co-Final to end 3-12 season

The Nicholas County High School Grizzly basketball team saw their season come to an end with a lopsided 93-44 loss to the statewide Class AAA No. 3-ranked Shady Spring Tigers in a Class AAA Region 3 Co-Final game on Tuesday evening, April 27, at Shady Spring High School.

Nicholas County was runner-up in the Section 1 tournament and Shady Spring was the champion of the Section 2 tournament.

The victory advanced Shady Spring to the State High School Boys Basketball Tournament this week in Charleston.

The loss ended the Grizzlies season at 3-12. Nicholas County has struggled the past two years with a combined record of 7-31.

NCHS played the Tigers close early in the first quarter. A surge by the home team midway through the period gave them a 24-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Both teams had their best offensive output in the second quarter, but the Tigers had the upper hand 28-16 to take a 52-26 halftime lead.

The scoring pace slowed in the third quarter when Shady Spring continued to force Grizzly turnovers with their pressure defense that led to transition baskets. A 23-11 margin by the home team extended the lead to 75-47.

Nicholas County was held to 7 points in a cold-shooting fourth quarter while the winners added 18 to make the final difference 49 points.





Two Grizzly wrestlers place in State Wrestling Tournament

Two Nicholas County High School Grizzly wrestlers placed in the Class AA-A division of the West Virginia State High School Wrestling Tournament on April 21-22 at Mountain Health Arena in Huntington.

Junior Conner Jones placed third in the 182-pound class and sophomore Dalton Hanshaw finished sixth in the 170-pound class. Jones was 4-1 finished the season 23-1, and Hanshaw went 3-3 to finish 17-6 coverall.

As a team, the Grizzlies scored 32 points to finish in 13th place overall in Class AA and 19th in Class AA and Class A combined.

Jones decisioned Evan Daniels of Weirton Madonna 3-2 in the third-place match in the consolation round.

Hanshaw lost by major decision 8-0 to Dylan Heinrich, of Oak Glen, in the consolation round match for fifth place.

NCHS finished ahead of Nitro which had 31.5 points, Tyler Consolidated, Shady Spring and Ritchie County 30 each, Williamstown and Doddridge County 29 each, Elkins 27, Winfield and Poca 20 each, Liberty Harrison 18.5, Magnolia and Weir 18 each, Liberty Raleigh 17, Weirton Madonna 15, Man 14, East Hardy 11, Lincoln 10, Calhoun County and Roane County 8 each, Grafton 6, Webster County 5, Frankfort and Keyser 4 each, Chapmanville, Philip Barbour and Ravenswood 3 each, Logan 2, Buffalo, River View and Wahama 1 each and Robert C. Byrd, Richwood, PikeView, Mingo Central and Paden City 0 each.

Point Pleasant defended their Class AA/A title with 247.5 points. Also finishing ahead of NCHS were Fairmont Senior 112 points, Braxton County 99, Independence 98, Oak Glen 87, Berkeley Springs 80, Herbert Hoover 74, Clay County 55, Moorefield 54, Cameron 53.5, East Fairmont 50, Wirt County 49, Sissonville 46, Petersburg and Greenbrier West 41.5 each, St. Marys 40.5, North Marion 39 and Lewis County 34.