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Grizzlies defeated in first scrimmage

The Nicholas County High School Grizzly football team was defeated in their first of two preseason scrimmages when they fell to Princeton on Saturday morning,  Aug. 15, at Nicholas County Memorial Stadium.

NCHS quarterback Tate Mayes escapes a pass rusher as he looks for an open receiver during the Grizzlies’ scrimmage against Princeton.

NCHS will have their final tuneup for the 2015 regular season when they scrimmage Lewis County at south Weston on Wednesday. Aug. 19, at 6 p.m.

NCHS opens the season against perennial Class A powerhouse Greenbrier West on Friday, Aug. 28, at 7:30 p.m. at Nicholas County Memorial Stadium.

In Saturday’s scrimmage, the visiting Tigers scored on a long run around the end on the first play of their initial 10 plays of offense.

The Tigers went on to add four more touchdowns while the Grizzlies didn’t cross the end zone.

Princeton tallied touchdowns later in their 10 plays of offense on two breakaway pass plays down the middle, a breakaway run up the middle. During the down and distance portion of the scrimmage, they added another long touchdown run around the end.

The Grizzlies drove deep into Princeton territory before losing the football on a fumble.

Quarterback Tate Mayes connected with Justin Moore on a 30-yard pass completion to get NCHS deep into Tiger territory.

Both Mayes and tailback Matt Moore had a couple of good runs in the scrimmage. No statistics were kept.




RHS to host James Monroe in second scrimmage

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

The Richwood High School football team will host its second and final preseason scrimmage on Friday evening, Aug. 21, against James Monroe.

The scrimmage will begin at 6 p.m. at Dean Memorial Field.

RHS running back Logan Cox breaks through the defense during the Lumberjacks’ scrimmage against Liberty Raleigh.

The Lumberjacks concluded two-a-day practices last week and then hosted Liberty Raleigh on Saturday, Aug. 15, in its first preseason scrimmage.

“We’ve got a long way to go,” RHS first-year coach Chad Hall said after the two-hour scrimmage.

Richwood will open the regular season on Friday night, Aug. 28, at Webster County in the annual Wagon Wheel game.

In last Saturday’s scrimmage, the two teams alternated 10-play series and then played one series of down-and-distance.

Liberty, which returns a number of starters from last season’s Class AA playoff team, scored a pair of touchdowns in the two 10-play series, then added another in the down-and-distance while keeping the Lumberjacks out of the end zone.

The Raiders also scored four touchdowns in the junior varsity portion of the scrimmage.

“That’s a good football team,” Hall said of Liberty. “I have a feeling we’re going to see similar quickness in Week 1. Webster County is athletic.

“But I thought we responded well. I saw a lot of flashes out of the offensive line. They have a lot of potential. We still have to communicate a little better. I thought our run game looked decent at times.

“Defensively, we’ve got to work more on tackling. We’ve got to make our reads quicker and get into our zone drops.




Sizable turnout for Summersville

Rotary Club Golf Tournament

A large turnout was reported for the annual Summersville Rotary Club Golf Tournament held Saturday, Aug. 8, at Cherry Hill Country Club in Richwood.

A total of 14 five-player teams competed in the scramble-style tournament format with each team having four males and most of them one female.

The Shafer Insurance Team took first place with a score of 54.

Winning second place was the Northside Automotive Team, which carded a 55. The third-place team, Donaldson’s, also shot a 55, but Northside Automotive was awarded second place by winning a five-hole playoff.

Playing for the Shafer Insurance Team were Robert Shafer, Brandon Waters, Jay Nowak, Carolyn Groves and Trip King.

The runner-up Northside Automotive team was made up of Dennis Fitzpatrick, Braden Johnson, Matt Moore and Joe Evans.

The Donaldson’s team was comprised of Tony Mazzella III, Mason Mullens, Scott Bailey, Geneva Bailey and Curtis Short.

Members of the winning team received t-shirts from Cherry Hill Country Club and the runners-up were awarded visors. The third-place winners won a sleeve of golf balls.

Individual prizes were awarded for the longest drive, longest putt and closest to the pin.

On the back nine, Waters had the longest drive. Tim Blake was closest to the pin and Jonathan LeRose had the longest putt.

On the front nine, Raymond Bonnett was closest to the pin. Noel Jewell had the longest putt and Beth Knight had the longest drive.

They received $50 gift certificates from various local businesses.

Guest speaker Summersville Mayor Robert Shafer announced to the group that a wine and beer distributing company had purchased the former Bright of America building in Summersville off of U.S. Route 19. The company will bring 20 employees with them and then hire 10 more people, he said.




Richwood’s Mullens medalist in two matches

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

Richwood’s Mason Mullens earned medalist honors in two matches last week as the Lumberjack golf team competed in four events.

RHS started the week on Aug. 10 in a four-team match at Snowshoe Mountain’s Raven course.

Clarksburg Notre Dame was the team winner with a nine-hole score of 123. Pocahontas County was second (139), followed by Richwood (154) and Tygarts Valley (191).

Mason Mullens led Richwood with a 39. Sheldon Baughman shot a 47, and Shelden Mullens had a 68.

Andrew Rogers paced Notre Dame with a 39. Elijah Knight had a 40 and Tyler Mehr a 44.

Pocahontas County’s B.J. Wilfong was the individual medalist with a 35. Chase Alkire had a 50 and Matt Rao a 54.

For Tygarts Valley, Wade Staten had a 61, Dave Retzer a 64 and Shane Martel a 66.

On Aug. 11, Richwood hosted Nicholas County and Webster County at Cherry Hill Country Club.

Webster County won the nine-hole match with a score of 153. Richwood was second (193) and Nicholas County third (211).

Webster County’s Tony Mazzella was the medalist with a 36. Gavin Surbaugh, Montana Nutter and Walker Rose each had a 39.

For Richwood, Mason Mullens shot a 41, Baughman a 45, Tyler Davis a 50 and Shelden Mullens a 57.




Summersville Little Bears to host

Pee Wee Grid-A-Rama

The Summersville Little Bears Little League Pee Wee football team will host the Grid-A-Rama scrimmage for Pee Wee football teams in the southern division of the Mountaineer Youth Football League on Sunday, Aug. 23, with weigh-ins starting at 1 p.m. at Nicholas County Memorial Stadium.

Teams competing in the scrimmage games besides Summersville will be Barbour County, Lewis County, Tygart Valley, Webster Springs, Elkins, Buckhannon White, Buckhannon Blue and South Harrison.

Summersville will scrimmage one of the other teams sometime after 5 p.m. Each of the other eight teams will scrimmage another team starting sometime after 1:30 p.m.

The Summersville Pee Wee football team begins the season at home against Webster Springs on Sunday, Aug. 30, at 3 p.m. at Nicholas County Memorial Stadium.

Midget and Flag Teams
The Summersville Little League Football Midget team and the two Summersville Little League flag football teams, Summersville White and Summersville Blue, will all play their Grid-A-Rama on Saturday, Aug. 22, at South Harrison High School in West Milford.

Weigh-ins for the Midget teams begin at 8 a.m. with Summersville scrimmaging sometime after 11 a.m. Other southern division Midget teams participating will be South Harrison, Webster Springs, Lewis County, Buckhannon, Elkins and Tygart Valley.

The Summersville White flag footballs team will scrimmage sometime after 4 p.m. and the Summersville Blue flag football team will scrimmage sometime after 4:30 p.m.