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RHS football game moved up

Due to the threat of heavy rain, the football game between Richwood and Van, scheduled for Saturday night, has been moved up to Friday night, Oct. 2, at Dean Memorial Field in Richwood.

Kickoff time is set for 7:30 p.m.

Also, Richwood High School homecoming activities, originally set for Saturday, have been postponed. Homecoming will now be observed on Oct. 23 when the Lumberjacks host Valley Fayette.

Meanwhile, organizers of the RHS 100-year celebration set this weekend were making alternate plans for those who were expected to be in town for the festivities.

Updates will be available on the RHS 100 Years of Celebration Facebook page.




Shorthanded Lumberjacks fall at

Pocahontas County 56-0

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

A severely shorthanded Richwood Lumberjack football team lost its fourth straight game last Friday night, dropping a 56-0 decision on the road to a strong Pocahontas County squad in the rain at Dunmore.

But RHS first-year head coach Chad Hall refused to dwell on the negative.

“We have five more games,” he said. “We’re going to stay positive. There’s no need to get negative.

“We have not had an easy three or four weeks. It’s been tough. But the kids are still responding, and I couldn’t ask for a better (coaching) staff. They come to work every day with energy and enthusiasm. We’re going to continue working. We’re going to right the ship.”

The Lumberjacks (1-4) knew they were going to be without the services of three key starters -- senior running back/linebacker Logan Cox, senior fullback/linebacker Chase Reel and sophomore linebacker Wil Bragg -- who were injured in the previous game against Midland Trail.

Then on Friday, four players, all starters, were suspended for three games in a school matter.

On short notice, freshmen Zach Bailey, Isaac Amick and Isaiah Skaggs and sophomore Colby Bailes were pressed into service from the junior varsity unit and started on the offensive line along with junior Will Curry, the team’s regular center. Another freshman, Jon Sergeon, played up front when Amick was shaken up in the first half.

Richwood had only 19 players in uniform, and just three of them -- Griffin Snyder, Devon Holcomb and Shawn Bragg -- were seniors.

“I thought the kids did an excellent job responding,” Hall said. “They played hard. They kept fighting. I’m proud of them.”

Pocahontas County (3-2), which was expected to move into the No. 15 spot in this week’s state Class A ratings, scored all of its points in the first half.

Hall said he and PCHS head coach Doug Burns decided at halftime to keep the clock running in the second half. Hall explained that the two teams had already played a JV game earlier in the week and that Burns had seen what he needed to see from his starters in the first half.




No. 16 Grizzlies lose in OT at Clay; host

No. 5 James Monroe Friday

The Nicholas County High School Grizzly football team fell from the ranks of the unbeaten with a heartbreaking 32-24 overtime loss to the Clay County Panthers on Friday evening, Sept. 26, at Clay.

The loss dropped the Grizzlies to 3-1 on the season while the Panthers improved to 3-2.

It was first time in 11 years that the Grizzlies had lost to Clay County, with Nicholas County leading the all-time series. The two teams aren’t tentatively scheduled to play next season.

To say the loss was a costly one is an understatement because not only did the defeat make the Grizzlies post-season playoff chances much more difficult, they also lost one of their key players to injury. Senior tailback/linebacker Matt Moore suffered a sprained leg late in the fourth quarter of the contest.

NCHS Head Football Coach Gene Morris said Moore won’t be able to play this Friday against statewide Class AA No. 5 ranked James Monroe, 4-0, in the Grizzlies homecoming game at 7:30 p.m. at Nicholas County Memorial Stadium.

“We hope to have him back by next week for the Fayetteville game,” said Morris.

Through the first four games of the season, Matt Moore has rushed for 574 yards on 98 carries with nine touchdowns and an average of 5.9 yards per carry.

On defense, Moore is one of the team’s leading tacklers with 27 stops on the season after four games.

Friday night’s game was a seesaw battle from start to finish and featured a couple of lead changes.

The Grizzlies dug themselves a hole by giving up two early touchdowns to the Panthers in the opening quarter. The Panthers scored on their first possession when they drove 60 yards with Zachary Ahart crossing the goal line from one yard out for the first of his five touchdowns of the evening. Quarterback Alex Grose passed to Ahart for the two-point conversion and Clay County was up 8-0.




NCHS cross country girls 1st, boys

6th in Big Ditch Invitational

The Nicholas County High School Lady Grizzly cross country team placed first and the boys team sixth in the Big Ditch Invitational Cross Country Meet held Saturday. Sept. 19, at Big Ditch Lake near Cowen.

NCHS will run in the Greenbrier East Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 3, at Fairlea.

Girls’ results
The Lady Grizzlies placed three runners in the top 10 on their way to a first place team finish with 64 points.

Runner-up in the nine-team field was East Fairmont with 83 points followed by Woodrow Wilson with 85, Braxton County 91, Bridgeport 110, Richwood 153, Ritchie County 161, Buckhannon- Upshur 198 and Webster County 232.

Teams with not enough runners to compile a team score were St. Marys, St. Albans, Robert C. Byrd, Roane County, Lewis County, Grafton and Cameron.

Madison Kelbaugh ran to a fifth place finish in the field of 93 runners with a time of 22 minutes, 1 second. Also placing in the top 10 were Alyssa Woods 7th in 22:17 and Aidan Payton 9th in 22:20.

Other NCHS runners were Lucianna Martin 23rd in 23:31, Illysa Sergeon 29th in 24:09, Lindsay Brake 30th in 24:14, Lacey Beam 36th in 25:01, Molly Prutsok 59th in 26:41, Fatima Perez 67th in 27:51 and Lilly Irvin 84th in 30:47.

Olga Hawranick was the girls individual champion with a time of 21:05.




NCHS Boys soccer loses two of three

The Nicholas County High School Grizzly boys soccer team saw their record fall to 5-7-1 on the season after dropping two of three matches last week.

NCHS’ Ethan Miller tries to maneuver through the defense during the Grizzlies’ close loss to Liberty Harrison on Saturday morning.

NCHS began the week at home on Tuesday evening, Sept. 22, and lost 4-1 to visiting PikeView at Nicholas County Memorial Stadium.

Noah Bibb had the lone goal for the Grizzlies in the second half.

The Panthers took a 3-0 lead with three goals in the first half and added another goal in the second half.

Alec White had three goals for Pikeview and Calvin Cole one. Luke Van Blaricon added three assists.

NCHS topped Greater Beckley Christian 3-1 on Thursday evening, Sept. 24, at Paul Cline Stadium at the YMCA Soccer Complex in Beckley.

Bibb, Ethan Miller and Matt Bennett each scored a goal for the Grizzlies.

Goalkeeper Derrick Monnett had two saves in the win.

NCHS was edged 3-2 by Liberty Harrison on Saturday morning, Sept. 27, at home.

The visiting Mountaineers built a 3-0 lead with three goals in the first half.

The Grizzlies played better in the second half and got two goals from Bibb to narrow the margin. Bennet assisted on one of the goals.

Monnett recorded 12 saves for Nicholas County.

NCHS will play at Shady Spring on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 5 p.m. and host Pocahontas County on Tuesday. Oct. 6, at 7 p.m.




RHS golfers win regional, advance to state tourney

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

Richwood is headed back to the state high school golf tournament.

The Lumberjacks punched their ticket to Wheeling on Monday, Sept. 28, by winning the Class A Region III tournament at Lewisburg Elks Country Club for the second straight year.

The state tournament is set for Oct. 6-7 at Oglebay Park’s Speidel Golf Club (Jones Course). Teams can play a practice round on Oct. 5.

It will be Richwood’s ninth trip to the state tournament under coach Dave Hicks, who’s completing his 29th year.

The Lumberjacks won the regional tournament with a team score of 259.

Greenbrier West placed second with a score of 273 and also advanced to Wheeling.

Greater Beckley Christian was third (281) and Sherman was fourth (340).

Richwood’s Mason Mullens and Greenbrier West’s Justin Estep tied for medalist honors with scores of 1-under par 69.

The Lumberjacks also got a score of 89 from junior Sheldon Baughman and a 101 from junior Nathan Bayless.

Mullens, Baughman, Bayless and Tyler Davis, whose 108 did not count in the team standings, will represent RHS in the state tournament.