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Cherry River Festival race draws 68 runners, walkers

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

The annual Cherry River Festival 5-K Walk, 5-K Run and 10-K Run drew 68 participants on Aug. 6 in Richwood.

In the 10-K run, Adam Romano was the overall male winner with a time of 42 minutes, 22 seconds. Lindsay Williams was the overall female winner in 50:53.

In the 5-K run, Richwood High School student Caleb Hanna was the overall male winner with a time of 20:47. The overall female winner was 12-year-old Kiara Smith with a time of 25:22.

In the 5-K walk, David Elswick was the overall male winner with a time of 35:28. Cela Burge was the overall female winner in 45:08.

Race director Mary Jane Williams extended her thanks to coaches and students who helped with the event and to the race sponsors, including Columbia West Virginia, Jeld-Wen, Gauley River Pharmacy, Mountain Lake Pharmacy, Nicholas Pharmacy, First Community Bank, Collins Hardwood, Laurel Creek Hardwoods, Little General Stores, Goodwin Chiropractic, The Flower Shop, White Auto, Pepsico, Coca-Cola Co., Redi-Care Ambulance, Walmart, Summersville Regional Medical Center, Richwood Family Practice, Richwood Police Department and Four Seasons Outfitters.

She also thanked the race’s regular volunteers and the West Virginia Division of Highways for lending signs.

Proceeds benefit the Lumberjack Athletic Club.




Grizzlies play even in scrimmage

The Nicholas County High School Grizzly football team played nearly evenly with two opponents in their first pre-scrimmage game of the season over the weekend.

NCHS scrimmaged Princeton and Mount View on Saturday morning, Aug. 13, at Princeton.

The Grizzlies will host the Lewis County Minutemen on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 6 p.m. at Nicholas County Memorial Stadium in the second of two scrimmage games.

 Both scrimmages are in preparation for the season opener against Greenbrier West at Charmco on Friday, Aug. 26, at 7:30 p.m. The first home game will be on Friday, Sept. 2, at 7:30 p.m. against Shady Spring at Nicholas County Memorial Stadium.

The Grizzlies played Princeton and Mount View without senior starting quarterback Tate Mayes who was attending an invitation-only baseball development seminar in Morgantown. Backup signal caller Jared Sagraves was out with an injury so the Grizzlies started freshman quarterback Timmy Baker behind center.

Senior noseguard Austin Dawson was out with a shoulder injury and sophomore defensive end Alex Fennell missed the scrimmage with a hip injury. It was hoped that all of the injured players would return for the Lewis County scrimmage.




Richwood coach: ‘Lot of positives’ in first scrimmage
By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

Richwood football coach Chad Hall said he “saw a lot of positives” in the Lumberjacks’ first preseason scrimmage last Saturday, Aug. 13, at Liberty Raleigh, a state Class AA playoff team last year.

“Up front, we played well in the first set of 10 (plays),” he said. “I thought we had some good reads by our backs.

“Defensively, we played well in the first set of 10 as well,” the second-year coach added. “We read our keys. The linebackers filled their holes and our corners came up (in run support).

“Then we got a little tired,” he said as a nearby bank recorded a noontime temperature of 89 degrees. “We weren’t used to this weather. We’ve been practicing early in the morning and we’ve been off the field by 10.”

With school starting this week, the Lumberjacks will shift their practices to late afternoon. They will play their second preseason scrimmage at 7 p.m. this Friday, Aug. 19, at Grafton.
“All the mistakes I saw today are fixable,” Hall said. “We’ll know more after we watch the film.

“There are a few things we have to fix,” he added. “I knew we weren’t going to be in (top) shape. It’s hard to get in shape in two weeks (of preseason practice).”

Neither team was able to score in opening sets of 10 plays from its own 20-yard line.

Later, the teams played three sets of down-and-distance from their own 20.

A Richwood fumble that was recovered by Liberty at the RHS 30 led to a Raider touchdown and successful two-point conversion.

The Lumberjacks were then stopped short of a first down on fourth-and-one from their own 29. The Raiders punched it in two plays later for another touchdown. The two-point conversion pass failed.

A 44-yard pass from returning quarterback Shane Lipps to Caleb Clendenin moved the ball to the Liberty 35. But Zach Cable was dropped for a 6-yard loss, Lipps was sacked for an 8-yard loss and the Jacks were forced to punt.

Liberty then drove 72 yards in nine plays for its third touchdown. The two-point conversion again failed.

The two teams’ backups also played a set of 10 plays each. Richwood quarterback Brandon Amick engineered a nine-play drive that was capped by a 5-yard touchdown run by Antonio Reitman. Amick ran for the two-point conversion.




Grizzly golf team picks up win

The Nicholas County High School Grizzly golf team picked up its second victory in as many matches by defeating Liberty Harrison on Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 9, at the Nicholas Memorial Course.

NCHS posted a 19-shot victory, shooting 147 while the visiting Mountaineers totaled 166.

Kobe Alderman was low for the Grizzlies with 43. Other scorers for NCHS were Blake Dawson 51 and Cameron Anderson 53. Only the three lowest individual scores were used to determine the team scores.

Ayden Wyscoff of Liberty Harrison was the medalist for the match with 41.

NCHS will host Clay County, Braxton County and Webster County on Thursday evening, Aug. 18, at 4 p.m. at the Nicholas Memorial Course and Greenbrier East at the Elks Course in Lewisburg on Monday, Aug. 22, at 4 p.m. and play Clay County at Bridgehaven in Fayetteville on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 4 p.m.




Webster County golfers defeat Richwood

Webster County got consistent scoring from all four of its team members to defeat Richwood in a nine-hole high school golf match on Aug. 9 at the Lewisburg Elks course.

The Highlanders finished with a team score of 141 while the Lumberjacks had a score of 227.

Montana Nutter led Webster County with a 33. Hayden Williams and Tony Mazzella each had a 35, and Gavin Surbaugh shot a 38.

Sheldon Baughman led Richwood with a 49. Zack Fields shot a 52, Bailey Alderman a 56 and Dalton Bailey a 70.

Two Greenbrier West golfers also participated. Seth Arbaugh had a 48 and Laudon Humphreys a 50.