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Nicholas County wins in overtime over Westside

It took overtime to do it but the Nicholas Country High School Grizzly football team snapped a three-game losing streak with a 34-26 win over the Westside Renegades on Friday evening, Oct. 16, at Nicholas County Memorial Stadium.

NCHS improved to 2-4 on the season while Westside dropped to an even 2-2.

The Grizzlies will play at Independence on Friday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m.

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NCHS sophomore running back Kaleb Clark (10) is congratulated by senior quarterback Jordan McKinney (15) after scoring a late go-ahead touchdown against Westside.

Friday’s contest was mostly a defensive battle between the two teams for three quarters before the offenses came alive in the fourth quarter when five touchdowns were scored.

Westside scored on their first possession on a long drive that culminated with a 4-yard touchdown run by quarterback Jaxon Cogar. The pass for the two-point conversion was incomplete, and the visitors led 6-0 at the end of the first quarter.

The Grizzlies got on the scoreboard early in the second quarter when a long drive was capped by a 35-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Jordan McKinney to senior wide receiver Garrett Kesterson. The kick for the extra point was blocked, leaving the score 6-6 at the 9:59 mark.

Late in the second quarter, Kesterson returned a Renegades punt about 40 yards to the Westside 37-yard line to set up the next score. A few plays later, McKinney connected with Kesterson again on a 10-yard touchdown pass. McKinney passed to Jeff Girod for the two-point conversion with 51 seconds remaining and the score stood 14-6 at halftime.





Greenbrier West beats Richwood 64-12

The Greenbrier West Cavaliers won against Richwood 64-12 at Charmco on Friday, Oct. 16.

Quarterback Caleb Jantuah scored both touchdowns for the Lumberjacks.

West scored 21 points in the first, 14 in the second and 29 in the third quarter.

Jantuah has 15 tackles and a forced fumble. Doye Ward and Zach Moose had nine tackles. Keaton Crowder had five tackles, and Kaleb Greene had two tackles and two interceptions.

Due to Covid-19, Richwood will play Logan at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 at Richwood.

The game against Tug Valley, originally scheduled for Friday, Oct. 23, was canceled.

The contest between Richwood and Logan will be the first time the teams will play.

Richwood is now 1-7.

Logan has played two games this season and is 0-2.

Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, Nicholas County is yellow on the state department of education’s map.

Only immediate household family members and grandparents can attend.

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Lady Grizzly soccer goes 1-1 during week

The Nicholas County High School Lady Grizzly soccer team went 1-1 in matches last week to close out the regular season.

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Tommie-Anne Cole, 11, battles for the ball against Midland Trail defenders

NCHS blanked Midland Trail 4-0 on Tuesday evening, Oct. 13, at Nicholas County Memorial Stadium and then lost 10-1 to Fairmont Senior on Thursday evening, Oct. 15, at East-West Stadium in Fairmont.

NCHS, 2-4-1, is the No. 3 seed heading into this week’s four-team Class AA-A Region 3, Section 1 tournament. NCHS will play No. 2-seeded Pocahontas County on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 5:30 p.m. at the YMCA soccer complex in Beckley.

In the Midland Trail match, NCHS took a 1-0 lead at halftime and added three more goals in the second half. Ivy White and Tommie-Anne Cole each scored two goals. Isabella Bandy, White and Cole each had an assist.

White had the lone goal against the strong Lady Polar Bears team who scored early and often in dominating NCHS. The goal was off an assist from Ali Cox.





SMS boys 2nd at Princeton; Truman wins girls' race

The Summersville Middle School Bears boys cross country team placed second overall in the Princeton Invitational on Tuesday evening, Oct. 6, at Glenwood Park in Princeton.

SMS’s Adrienne Truman was the overall winner of the girls race.

Summersville will run in the Central West Virginia Athletic Conference cross country championships on Saturday. Oct. 24.

Boys results

Both Summersville and Pikeview scored 47 points, but Pikeview was awarded first place on a tiebreaker.

Other team scores were Pineville 76 points, Oak Hill 101, Eastern Greenbrier 108 and Princeton 113.

Mullens, Road Branch, Richwood, Oceana and St Francis de Sales didn’t have enough runners to compile a team score.

Isaiah Minor finished second overall and John Walkup third to lead four SMS runners who placed among the top 15 in the field of 60 finishes.

Isaiah Minor had a runner-up time of 11 minutes, 55.5 seconds and Walkup’s time was 11 59.3 seconds over the 2.1 mile course.

Luke Barr was 11th in 13:16.98 and Rease Davis 15th 13:33.9.

Other Summersville runners were Owen Groves 16th in 13:49.42, Isaac Minor 20th in 14:09.74, Sully Hoover 27th 14:54.29, Evan Prendergrast 36th 15:38.07 and Braiden Smith 52nd in 18:37.4,

Matt Murphy of Pikeview was the boys first-place winner in 11:38.86.

Girls results

A 1-2 finish by Adrienne Truman and Haley Johnson helped Summersville to a third-place finish in the field of six teams.

Truman was the girls overall winner with a time of 13 minutes, 25.26 seconds. Haley Johnson was runner-up in 13 minutes, 28.48 seconds.

Other Summersville finishers in the field of 61 runners were Emily Carson 14th in 14:57.09, Shae Hines 23rd in 15:36.56, Caroline Hinkle 29th in 16:14.76, Amyah Halstead 32nd in 16:29.9 and Rory Murray 33rd in 16:45.95.

Summersville scored 53 points in their third-place finish and finished ahead of Oak Hill with 119 points, Pineville 138 and Richwood 141.

Eastern Greenbrier won the girls team title with 43 points, followed by Princeton with 49.

Oceana, Mullens, Pikeview, Webster County, Summers County and St. Francis de Sales did not have enough runners to compile a team score.