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NCHS girls to scrimmage Wednesday

The Nicholas County High School Grizzly girls basketball team will get their first taste of opposition when they play a scrimmage game next week.

The Lady Grizzlies will scrimmage the George Washington Lady Patriots in Charleston on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 6 p.m.

The pre-season contest will be the lone scrimmage for Nicholas County which opens the season at home against Independence on Thursday, March 4, at 6 p.m. at the Grizzly Den.

NCHS is under the direction of first-year head coach Cameron Hornsby. A substitute teacher, Hornby has served as Temporary Support Staff for the team the last few seasons. Hornsby is being assisted by Jeff Dalton and former longtime head coach Tom McGirl who will serve as Temporary Support Staff.





Richwood’s Jantuah commits to play football at WVSU

As a freshman at Richwood High School in 2017, Caleb Jantuah was a wide receiver. By his sophomore year in 2018, he was an all-state quarterback and qualified for the state track meet in the 100-meter dash.

Before his sophomore year, he was benching 200 pounds, squatting 365 and dead lifting 455.

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Jantuah in action against Pocahontas County in 2020.

He gained 30 pounds of muscle between seasons and attended football camps at Marshall University and Tennessee.

As a senior, he has signed to play football for West Virginia State University in Institute.

He joins the 2021 recruiting class of 40 freshmen, State Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator Dr. John Pennnington announced on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021, National Signing Day for college football.

Other in-state recruits include Sherman’s Hunter Bowling, Greenbrier East’s Nate Baker, Josh Alt, of Pendleton County, Nathan Baker, of Lincoln County, Hoover’s Trey Chapman, Juwaun Green, of Bluefield, Kadin Hall, of Ripley, Bridgeport’s Devin Hill, Amir Powell, of Princeton, Lewis County’s Austin Rowan, Spring Valley’s Jack Roy, and Poca’s Dillon Taylor.

Jantuah, 6’0, 190-pounds, made a couple of visits to State.

He likes the coaching staff, including Pennington, Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Backs Coach George Shehl and Paul Price, special teams coordinator and linebackers coach.

Jantuah also visited Concord University and Glenville State College.

Jantuah officially accepted an offer to join the Yellow Jackets, of the Division II Mountain East Conference, on Jan. 19, during a visit to the campus, which included a physical and a tour.

“I am very excited to play at the next level,” he said.





NCHS’ Villasensor receives All-State Soccer Honors

A Nicholas County High School Grizzly soccer player has received all-state soccer honors after his fine play this past season.

Freshman Johan Villasenor was named Class AA-A Honorable Mention all-state boys soccer. Villasenor was the Grizzles goalkeeper and was credited with 108 saves this past season in 11 matches. Villasenor was a key player in leading NCHS to a 5-5-1 record.

Villasenor is one of the few Grizzly boys soccer players to receive all-state soccer honors as a freshman.

The Class AA-A boys all-state soccer team was selected by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.





Alternative Baseball Organization seeking to start team

The Alternative Baseball Organization, a baseball experience for teens 15+ and adults with autism and other disabilities, is looking for a volunteer coach/manager, players, and volunteers to help start new programs serving those throughout Summersville and the surrounding area.

The purpose of the organization is to enable participants to gain social and physical skills for success in life on and off the diamond.

It takes six months to fill a full team due to the lack of catered services available in most areas for teens and adults with disabilities. They are different from most other programs in that teams travel to other areas, play on traditional high school size fields, and play using the same rule-set as the pros on television. The organization provides equipment and resources to help such a program become successful.

The program follows Major League rules (wood bats, base stealing, dropped third strike, etc.), and is a true typical team experience for others on the autism spectrum and special needs to help develop social skills for later in life.

Taylor Duncan, 25, of Dallas, Ga., the Commissioner of the Alternative Baseball Organization, has autism and previously had speech issues, anxiety issues, and more that came with having autism. He can be reached at