BCHS Volleyball team honored with dinner
Last Wednesday evening, several people gathered in the high school cafeteria to honor the Lady Eagles volleyball team with a covered-dish dinner and awards.
Before the meal, Braxton graduate Jacob Yanero gave the invocation. Following the dinner, head coach Tina Foster presented volleyball letters to McKenze Yanero, Kayla Hurst, Taylor Johnson, and Kirsten Rogers. She also presented the three seniors---Natasha Hoffman, Rebecca Pendry, and Ketruah Cowling, with captains’ pins.
Foster announced the names of those players who had been chosen for various Little Kanawha Conference honors and presented each with a certificate. Named LKC Honorable Mention were Natasha Hoffman, Sierra Stump, and McKenze Yanero. Emily Harper received Special Honorable Mention, and Logan Frame made LKC Second Team.
After the dinner, Coach Foster commented that she is looking forward to next year because her players have gained experience. She also noted, “There are several good players coming up from the middle school” and added, “I look forward to working with all of them.”
Middle School grapplers do well in first outing
In the first outing of the season, the Knights’ wrestling team performed well in a tri-match which also included Fayetteville and Richwood.
Nine of those who wrestled went 2-0, and none of the wrestlers went less than 1-1. The Knights took first place in the tri-match.
The Knights are working with a new coach, James Acord, this season. Acord is a Braxton County High graduate and former wrestler for the high school.
Coach Acord, obviously pleased with the performances of his wrestlers, said they “work really hard in practice” and added, “You could tell that by what they did Saturday.
His team has two outings this week. Tonight they wrestle in a quad at Lewis, and Saturday they go to Washington Irving in Clarksburg for a tournament.
Varsity boys have seven seniors
“Five of the current seniors started varsity at one point or another last season,” boys’ head coach Josh Lunceford commented regarding being fortunate enough to have seven seniors on his varsity squad. He continued to note that the team lost only two players to graduation.
The coach, in discussing what he termed a “senior heavy” team, explained that the situation “may be good because with seniors generally comes leadership and that’s what we are looking for.” He added, “The question now is ‘Are these seniors ready to lead’”?
Lunceford described his team as “small, probably all about the same size at 5’10” or so.” He added, “Overall our players are substantially quicker than last year” and said that the team “has a lot more shooting thrust.” They are working hard, the coach noted, and said, “This group makes up for the lack of size by putting in extra work.”
The seven seniors include Cody Hilton, McKinley Moore, Greg Bly, Danny Mosely, Thomas Pritt, Nevin Rollyson, and Tony Conrad. The team also includes four juniors---Josh Skidmore, Andrew Bender, Andrew Jordan. and Tyler Conrad. The sophomores are Zach Conrad, Michael Hamrick, Jesse White, and Cooper Brady. Rounding out the team are freshmen Brent Dittman, Holden Hunter, Cameron Long, Troy McMillion, and Drew Taylor.
Another addition to the team is Jacob Wolfe, the new junior varsity coach. Lunceford commented that he is “very happy to have Coach Wolfe,” who teaches physical education at the high school.
The team opens Wednesday night at home against Liberty of Harrison. Following that, the Eagles have three road games before Christmas break.
Lady Eagles begin with two wins
Providing their fans with plenty of excitement along with a season-opening win, the Lady Eagles defeated Lewis County 43-40 in their first home game last Thursday night. Coach Keith Greene commented that his players, who were down by six at halftime, “came back to go up six and never gave up.” In a road game earlier in the week, Braxton downed Liberty of Harrison 35-7.
Following the Lady Eagles’ second-half comeback, the Lewis squad showed their mettle by pulling within three points and getting the opportunity for a last shot for the tie and overtime.
However, Coach Greene noted, “Lewis had the shot that could have put us into OT, but the girls defended it well and took the win.” Greene continued to say that he finds “the girls’ attitude amazing” and added, “They give 100 percent all the time.”
Logan Frame, with 16 points, led the Lady Eagles in scoring. Frame also pulled down six rebounds. Leading rebounder was Emily Harper with nine. Making two out of three free throw attempts, she also had the best showing at the foul line. Another good performance under the basket came from sophomore Kate Golinsky, who had eight rebounds.
In the win over Liberty earlier in the week, Golinsky led Braxton’s scoring with 10 points. That total included a 4 for 5 performance from the floor and 2 for 2 at the line. Harper, who pulled down five rebounds to lead the team, was a perfect 3 for 3 from the floor.
Coach Greene called the win at Liberty “a good opening game for the Lady Eagles,” emphasizing that all 15 players “got to see the floor.” He added, “With the Eagles’ effort and attitude being very positive, it’s going to be an exciting year.” Braxton hosts Clay tonight.
Braxton Youth Wrestling has first tournament
Braxton County Youth Wrestling traveled to Buckhannon on Sunday, December 8, 2013 for the first league tournament of the season. Twenty-nine wrestlers, ages 4-12, represented Braxton County despite the bad weather.
The next league tournament will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at Nicholas County High School. Wrestling is set to begin at 8:30.
Lady Knights open with big win
Although he has only one returning varsity player, first-year Lady Knights’ coach Randall Brown saw his team defeat Webster Springs 53-7 on Webster’s home court in the season opener.
Speaking of his team, on which Abby Wilmoth is the only returnee, Brown said, “We have a very small team, so we are going to put a lot of emphasis on our speed.” He also noted that the Lady Knights “play tremendous defense.” To prove his point, he said that his players had “well over 20 steals” against Webster Springs.
Wilmoth led the scoring with 21 points. Also in double figures was Libby Ware, who scored 12. Other scoring included Charley McMillion with 6, Abby Liston 5, Nikki Wayne 3, Bethany Riffle 2, Olivia Wayne 2, and Kayla Riffle 2.
Coach Brown’s assistant this season is Tyler Hembree, who Brown says is “doing a tremendous job of coaching.” He pointed out Coach Hembree’s dedication and said, “He does a remarkable job with the girls.”
The Knights’ junior varsity squad outscored Webster’s jv team 33-2. Leading the scoring was Elinah Uldrich with 10 points. Nicole Cline added 6, Breanna Cunningham 7, Lacy Liston 4, Jasmine Leake 2, Sadie Rader 2, Emily Miller 1, and Makayla Brown 1.
The Lady Knights travel to Summersville tonight and will face Clay here Friday night.
Junior varsity Lady Eagles lose to Lewis
Lewis County’s jv girls outscored the Lady Eagles’ junior varsity squad 41-32, and Braxton jv coach Jerry Frame knows why his team lost.
“The girls started out very nervous,” he said. “This was their first game, since Liberty has no junior varsity squad, so they were a bit excited,” he continued. Then he pointed additional reasons his team lost. “Our girls went 7 of 24 at the foul line,” he said, “and we had no field goals in the entire first quarter.”
The pattern of scoring supports Coach Frame’s theory about the nervousness. At the end of the first half, Lewis led the Lady Eagles 14-9. In the second half, however, Braxton picked up the pace and, behind Braylee Woods with 12 points, put 22 points on the board.
Scoring for Braxton included Kassi Adams with 1 point, Tiara Hunter 5, Kayla Hurst 2, Kristen Bly 1, Rebecca Vigue 2, Hannah Dittman 2, Allie Conley 3, and Hollis Skidmore 4.
The junior varsity squad is scheduled to have a home game against Clay tonight.