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No. 10 Grizzlies record third shutout win;

host showdown with No. 13 Roane

County Thursday

The Nicholas County High School Grizzly football team racked up its third straight shutout win with a 35-0 shellacking of the Wyoming East Warriors on Friday evening, Sept. 9, at New Richmond.

It is believed to be the first time in school history that NCHS has started the season 3-0 while shutting out all three of their opponents. Nicholas County has now outscored the opposition 117-0 in the first three games.

In Friday’s contest, Wyoming East (0-3) had the Grizzlies on their heels for much of the first quarter with their opening possession that advanced the ball into NCHS territory.

In the latter part of the quarter, Grizzly linebacker Jerad Gregory stripped the ball from the Wyoming East running back and took it deep into Warrior territory.

A few plays later, Jacob O’Dell scored the first Grizzly touchdown from 11 yards out. The kick for the extra point was unsuccessful and NCHS led 6-0 at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter started much like the first quarter with Wyoming East having possession for about half of the period before the Grizzlies stopped them on downs.

With four minutes remaining in the second quarter, quarterback Tate Mayes connected with Carter Sweeney from five yards out for the first of three passing TDs of the night to make it 12-0. Mayes added the two-point conversion run to make it 14-0.

The Warriors drove deep into Grizzly territory again, but a 34-yard field goal attempt by Wyoming East was blocked by Zack Payne with 11 seconds remaining in the first half to preserve the shutout.




Turnovers costly for Jacks in 49-6 loss to Fayetteville

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

Defending Fayetteville’s wing-T offense is hard enough.

But when another “T” also raises its head, the task becomes almost impossible.
“T” as in turnovers.

Richwood’s Caleb Clendenin runs the ball up the sideline during the Lumberjacks’ loss to the Pirates.

Two fumbles set up a pair of early Fayetteville touchdowns, another fumble led to a TD on the final play of the first half and the Pirates capped the scoring with a defensive touchdown in a 49-6 victory over the Lumberjacks last Friday night, Sept. 9, at Dean Memorial Field.

Fayetteville raised its record to 3-0. Richwood fell to 0-3.

The Pirates capitalized on the two early fumbles to take a 14-0 lead with less than 3 minutes gone in the contest.

On the third play of the game, a handoff in the Richwood backfield was mishandled and Fayetteville’s Tristan Swafford recovered the ball at the RHS 28-yard line. Two plays later, running back Jordan Dempsey scored from 2 yards out and Dalton Dempsey kicked the extra point for a 7-0 FHS lead.

On the next play from scrimmage, Fayetteville’s John-Daniel Franklin recovered a fumbled snap at the Lumberjack 37.

The Pirates wasted no time in capitalizing as senior quarterback Will Fenton found Marcus Lively behind the secondary on a post pattern and connected with the senior receiver on a 37-yard touchdown pass. Dalton Dempsey’s PAT kick made it 14-0 with 9:24 to go in the first quarter.

“We’re not good enough to come out of a 14-0 hole against a team like that,” RHS coach Chad Hall said. “They run that wing-T offense so well. We knew what they were going to do, but we couldn’t stop them. We had no answer.




NCHS Volleyball runners-up in Doddridge Invitational

The Nicholas County High School Lady Grizzly volleyball team opened the season with a second-place finish in the eight-team Doddridge County Invitational Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 3, at Doddridge County High School in West Union.

NCHS’ Anna Hamilton and Olivia Stear in action against Gilmer County at the Saturday, Sept. 10 Nicholas Invitation.

In pool play matches, NCHS defeated Gilmer County, Berkeley Springs and Ritchie County to win their pool and advance to the semifinal round.

The Lady Grizzlies won over Calhoun County in the semifinals before being defeated by Williamstown in the championship game.

Senior outside hitter Tayler Huffman and 5’11” sophomore middle hitter Anna Hamilton were selected to the all-tournament team. Hamilton was only able to play in the first part of the tournament because of a death in the family.

Pool Play matches
Nicholas County versus Gilmer County

NCHS narrowly won the first set 25-22 before dominating the second set over the Lady Titans 25-15.

Nicholas County had balanced scoring in the first set led by Anna Hamilton and Kate Belmont with 5 points each. Brennah Groves, Rachel LeRose and Olivia Stear each had 4 points with 3 from Tayler Huffman.

In the second set, Huffman scored 9 big points. Belmont had 5 points, with 3 each from Groves, Hamilton and LeRose. Stear contributed 2 points.

For the match, Huffman and Groves each registered 7 kills. Hamilton had 6 kills, Belmont 2 and LeRose 1.

Huffman had two service aces and a dink, and Stear had one ace and a dink. Groves had 2 aces, and Hamilton and Belmont one each.

Alexis Nicholas had a 94 percent successful passing return rate at the libero position.





NCHS-hosted Cross Country race this

Saturday to draw over 660 runners

The 2016 Battle Run Invitational is anticipated to be the largest in the event’s history.

Over 660 runners from West Virginia are expected to toe the line on Saturday, Sept. 17. 
In the past, the invitational was held on a Tuesday evening, but due to the event’s rapid growth, it is now necessary to hold the event on a Saturday.

Approximately 16 middle school teams will kick off the event. The middle school boys will begin at 9:15 a.m. with the middle school girls following at 9:45 a.m. Both the boys and the girls will run a course that is two miles long.

The high school events will begin with the boys at 10:30 a.m., followed by the girls at 11:15 a.m. Although both the middle school and the high school teams will begin in the Beach Overflow Parking and end in the sand on the beach, the high school runners will race on a course that is 3.1 miles.

In the past, the race was known for flat terrain and quick times; however, a yellow jacket mishap a few years back has caused the course to change. The course is now one of the most challenging in the state. While the course is extremely difficult, it also allows runners and spectators to see breathtaking views of Summersville Lake. 




RHS golf team competes in three matches

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

The Richwood High School golf team played three matches last week, including its final home contest of the season.

The Lumberjacks traveled to White Oak Country Club on Sept. 6 to oppose host Oak Hill and Greenbrier West.

Greenbrier West won the match with a score of 143. Oak Hill shot a 144 and Richwood a 162.

Thomas Vestal led Greenbrier West with a 43. Landon Humphreys had a 49 and Seth Arbaugh a 51.

For Oak Hill, Seth Stover had a 41, Logan Hornsby a 51 and James Ratcliff a 52.

Sheldon Baughman shot a 48 for Richwood. Nathan Bayless had a 56 and Shelden Mullens a 58.

On Sept. 7, RHS took part in a nine-team match at the Lewisburg Elks course and finished tied for seventh.

Greenbrier East’s gold team won the match with a score of 104. Wyoming East was second (107), followed by Princeton (122), Summers County (126), Bluefield (127), Covington, Va. (128), Richwood and Greenbrier East’s green team (129 each) and PikeView (133).

Jacobey Gore of the Greenbrier East gold team was medalist with a 32.