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Celtics win Summersville Biddy Basketball Tournament

The Celtics won the 2015 Summersville Biddy Basketball Tournament.

The Celtics edged the previously unbeaten and regular season winner Sixers 31-30 in the league tournament championship game on Saturday evening, March 21, at the Summersville Community Center Gymnasium.

The first-place Celtics

In the third place consolation game earlier in the evening, the Bulldogs topped the Hawks 32-20.

The Celtics had lost to the Sixers in the regular season contest between the two teams but turned the tables in the tournament title game to avenge their only loss.

The No. 2-seeded Celtics finished the season 8-1 while the No.-1 seeded Sixers were 7-1 overall.

In the semifinal games on Thursday evening, March 19, the Sixers topped the Hawks 34-19 and the Celtics won over the Bulldogs 31-24.

Tournament action got underway on Monday evening, March 16, with a pair of quarterfinal games. The Celtics won over the Kings 28-7 and the Bulldogs won over the Bucks 42-22.

In a quarterfinal game on Tuesday evening, the Hawks defeated the Bulls 41-26.

Each of the players on the top four teams was awarded a trophy.

Championship Game
Celtics 31 Sixers 30

The Celtics held on for the one-point win over the Sixers.

The contest, played in front of a raucous crowd, was close throughout and featured several lead changes.

The two teams played almost evenly in the first quarter which ended with the  Sixers up 8-7.

The Celtics limited the Sixers to 6 points in the second quarter and scored 8 of their own to lead 15-14 at halftime.

The two teams continued to pretty much trade points in the third quarter but a slim 8-7 margin by the Celtics put them up 23-21 heading into the fourth quarter.

A 9-8 advantage by the Sixers in the final period made the final margin one point. The Celtics made a couple of clutch free throws down the stretch while the Sixers had several foul shots in the final minutes to keep the difference at one point.

Travis Smith led a balanced Celtics scoring attack with 10 points.

J.P. Girod added 7 points, Ben Marsh 6, Dylan Bell and Isaac Gilbar 3 apiece and Derek Harris 2.

Colby Pishner of the Sixers led all scorers with 12 points. Isaiah Brooks totaled 9 points, Zack Jeckering 4, Brycen Morriston 3 and Roman Milam 2.




RHS softball team now has field of its own

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

The Richwood High School softball team returns a number of starters this season.

And on top of that, the Lady Jacks have a field of their own.

After playing home games on the Little League field at City Park, Richwood will move to Pratt Park, right next to the high school baseball field.

The project, spearheaded by assistant coach Bill Little, has been two years in the making, with the bulk of the work coming over the last several months.

Lights have been installed, the dugouts have been rebuilt and a new backstop and additional fencing were to be completed before the home opener on April 1, a doubleheader against Webster County.

“It will probably take another year to get it where I want it to be, but we will have it playable,” Little said.

Little thanked all of those who helped with the project. A complete list of those who had a hand in the project will appear in a future edition of The Nicholas Chronicle.

“I feel so blessed with the way people came through,” Little said. “I grew up here, and I wanted to give something back. I have a lot of fond memories here.”

Head coach Danny Dewhurst is looking forward to the season. The Lady Jacks finished with a 14-18 record last year, losing to Fayetteville in the sectional finals.

“I think we’re a lot faster than we were,” he said. “I think we’re hitting the ball better (in practice). I think our pitchers look stronger.

“Our outfield is more solid, and I think our infield will be quicker.”




O’Dell begins third season as RHS baseball coach

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

Mark O’Dell says he is “cautiously optimistic” as he begins his third season as head baseball coach at Richwood High School.

The Lumberjacks were winless two years ago but improved to 6-20 last season, advancing to the sectional finals before losing to Fayetteville.

“I’m excited,” O’Dell said. “The first year was pretty rough. Last year we got better. This year I think we can shine and sneak up on some of the teams.”

Richwood lost four seniors from last year’s team — Craig Nicholas, Caleb Louden, Brad Gwinn and Michael Friend.

This year’s senior class includes pitcher/third baseman Ben Beaver, pitcher/second baseman Casey O’Dell, second baseman/left fielder Chris Stowers, right fielder Robert Gower, third baseman John Bard and first baseman Johnny Clevenger.

Juniors include pitcher/shortstop Logan Cox, pitcher/catcher Phoenix Evans and outfielder Zach Young.

Two sophomores are expected to start — center fielder Jordan Kitzmiller and first baseman Jacob Cogar.

“I think we have three, possibly four, pretty solid pitchers in Ben, Casey, Logan and Phoenix,” O’Dell said.

Bard, a Lumberjack basketball standout, is playing baseball for the first time since Little League. Clevenger hasn’t played in a couple of years.

“Bard has come in and picked it up pretty well,” O’Dell said. “I think he is going to make a big difference.”

“And Johnny is playing this year. We’re going to have a lot of senior leadership.”