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RHS boys, girls sweep home track meet

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

The first home track meet of the season was a successful one for Richwood High School.
Both the boys and girls teams earned victories in an invitational meet on Tuesday, April 8, at Dean Memorial Field.

Richwood’s Levi Mowery goes to the air for one of his three first place finishes in Richwood’s home meet on Tuesday, April 8.

The RHS boys finished with 123 points. Midland Trail was second with 112 points, followed by Pocahontas County (102), Webster County (86), Meadow Bridge (50) and Valley Fayette (26).

The RHS girls compiled 139 points to 111 for runner-up Webster County. Pocahontas County was third with 105, followed by Valley Fayette (80), Midland Trail (14) and the Richwood B team (5).

Richwood’s Levi Mowery had three first-place finishes, winning the 110 hurdles in 17.02 seconds, the 300 hurdles (43.96) and the long jump (17 feet, 10 inches). He also ran a leg on the shuttle hurdle team that finished third (1:08.69).

John Bard finished second in the 1600 meters (5:04) and the 3200 (11:44).

Cody Starcher was second in the long jump (16-7) and Justin Kitzmiller was third (16-4). Kitzmiller was also sixth in the 100 meters (12.21).

Nathan Bayless placed second in the high jump (4-10) and third in the 110 hurdles (18.95).

Ben Weber took third place in the shot put (35-5) and discus (98-4). Collin Frame was third in the 200 (26.01).

Larry Gwinn was fourth in the shot put (34-5) and discus (97-3), and Lane Blankenship was sixth in the 1600 (5:59) and 3200 (14:05).

The Lumberjack boys were also second in the 4 x 200 (1:41) and third in the 4 x 100 (51.92).




NCHS girls go 3-0 during week

The Nicholas County High School Lady Grizzly softball team won all three games played last week.

NCHS defeated Fayetteville 7-2 at home on Monday, April 7; won 12-2 over Clay County at Clay on Tuesday, April 8; and handily defeated Liberty Raleigh 13-3 at Glen Daniel on Thursday, April 10.

NCHS will play at James Monroe on Wednesday, April 16; play at Midland Trail on Thursday, April 17; play in the Best of The Best Tournament at Buffalo on Friday, April 18, and Saturday, April 19; host Clay County on Tuesday, April 22, and play Richwood at Craigsville on Wednesday, April 23.

Nicholas County 7
Fayetteville 2

Four runs in the fifth and sixth innings by the Lady Grizzlies broke open an otherwise close game in the win over the Lady Pirates.

Fayetteville took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

NCHS responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning for a 2-1 margin. A key hit in the inning was an RBI-double by Kaitlyn Hanshaw. Madalyn McCoy scored the other run on an error.

The visitors knotted the score 2-2 with a run in the top of the third inning.

Nicholas County regained the lead for good with a run in the bottom of the third inning. McCoy singled home Kinly Coleman with the go-ahead run.

NCHS went ahead 5-2 with two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Sammi Sams singled home both runs.

NCHS completed the scoring with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on a two-run single by Whitney Robinson.

Robinson was the winning pitcher giving up six base hits with eight strikeouts in seven innings.

McCoy had two base hits for NCHS.




Lady Jacks score 36 runs in three victories

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

The Richwood High School softball team scored 36 runs in three games last week, winning all three to improve to 5-9 on the season.

Richwood pitcher Megan Chambers fires one to the plate during the Lady Jacks 13-1 victory over Meadow Bridge on Tuesday, April 8 at Richwood City Park.

The Lady Jacks began the week with an 11-1 victory over Tygarts Valley on Monday, April 7, at City Park. They followed that up the following day at City Park by beating Meadow Bridge 13-1.

Richwood then went on the road on Wednesday, April 9, and defeated Webster County 12-2.

All three games ended early on the 10-run mercy rule.

In the victory over Tygarts Valley, Demmi Smallwood and Katie Mullins each drove in three runs, while Megan Chambers and Bonnie Harper added two RBIs apiece. Kora Younts had the other RBI.

Smallwood had two hits and two runs scored. Chambers collected a hit and a walk, and scored two runs. Mullins had two hits, while Harper also had a sacrifice.
Younts had a hit and two runs scored.

Malissa Merrill had two runs scored, while Krista Merrill, Sierra Cowell and Emily Bennett had one apiece.

Malissa Merrill, Morgan Amick and Bennett each had a hit.

Smallwood drove in three more runs and Krista Merrill also had three RBIs in Richwood’s victory over Meadow Bridge.

Malissa Merrill and Younts each had two RBIs, while Harper, Mullins and Bennett had one each.

Chambers, Harper and Smallwood scored two runs apiece. Tristan Hayhurst, Amick, Emily Courmier, Malissa Merrill, Tierra Mullins, Katie Mullins and Bennett had one run scored apiece. Amick and Smallwood had hits.

The Lady Jacks drew nine walks in the game. Three batters were hit by pitches.




Grizzly baseball team drops three games

Grizzly baseball team went 0-3 in games played last week to drop to 3-5 on the season.

NCHS lost 14-3 to Princeton in the Coppinger Tournament at Bluefield on Tuesday evening, April 8; lost 9-1 to Riverside at Quincy on Wednesday evening, April 9; and lost 10-5 to Wyoming East at home on Friday evening, April 11.

NCHS will play Summers County on Thursday, April 17, at 2 p.m. in the Fayetteville Wooden Bat Tournament at Fayetteville and then play in the tournament again on Saturday, April 19, against an undetermined opponent at an undetermined time depending on the outcome of tournament games earlier in the week.

NCHS will play at Richwood on Monday, April 21, at 5 p.m.; host Class AA defending state champion Herbert Hoover on Tuesday. April 22, at 5 p.m. and host Valley Fayette on Wednesday, April 23, at 5 p.m.

Princeton 14
Nicholas County 3

Princeton scored at least one run in all but one inning in the game which was halted after five innings by the 10-run mercy rule.

NCHS took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, Wil Mayes walked, stole second and scored on a single by Tate Mayes. After Josh Gregory was hit by a pitch, Payton Nowak singled in Tate Mayes.

Princeton answered with six runs in the top of the second inning to go ahead 6-2.

The Tigers added three runs in the top of the third inning and four runs in the top of the fourth inning to extend the lead to 13-2.

Nicholas County scored their other run in the bottom of the fourth inning when Matt Dodrill walked, went to second on an error and came home on a single by Wil Mayes.

Princeton finished the scoring with a run in the top of the fifth inning.

Wil Mayes was the losing pitcher for NCHS giving up eight base hits with five strikeouts in three innings. Jimmy Pritt surrendered four base hits with one strikeout in two innings.

Wil Mayes and Tate Mayes were each 1 for 2 at the plate for the Grizzlies.




RMS boys win season-opening meet; girls third

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

The Richwood Middle School boys track team opened its season in impressive fashion on April 1, winning a seven-team meet at Dean Memorial Field.

RMS also finished third in the girls competition.

The RMS boys compiled 136 points to runner-up Webster Springs with 116. The Collins Middle School A team was third with 82 points, followed by Geary (81), Meadow Bridge (78), Fayetteville (13) and the Collins B team (4).

Geary was the top-scoring girls team with 156 points. The Roane County team was followed by the Collins A team (126), Richwood (100), Meadow Bridge (54), Fayetteville (28), Webster Springs (25) and the Collins B team (9).

On the boys side, Richwood’s Caleb Hanna was first in the 1600 meters with a time of 6:00.89. Jordan Rouse was first in the 75 hurdles (13.24), and Bailey Alderman won the 200 hurdles (30.41).

Second-place finishes were turned in by Hanna in the 400 (1:06) and Alderman in the high jump (4-10).

Third-place efforts were recorded by Rouse in the 100 (12.84), Alderman in the 200 (27.45), Hanna in the 800 (2:38.18), Zach Taylor in the 75 hurdles (14.59) and Hanna in the shot put (37-8).