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Eagles finish second in wrestling tournament
BCHS Wrestling Team after the tournament - Front Row (l-r): Luke Campbell, Gage Vincent, Digger Dennison, Gavin Triplett, Wyatt Linder, Nathanael Lawson, Doug Anderson; Back Row (l-r) Asst. Coach Rick Jarvis, Clay Vincent, Dustin Lavancher, Jesse Gunter, Levi Helmick, Tyler Fowler, Colby Flinn, Ian Tetrick, Daniel Hoard, Levi Jarvis, Curtis Hamrick, Coach Sterling Bean, Asst. Coach Kenneth Young.
Out of 13 teams in Saturday’s Bob Stover Invitational Wrestling Tournament, Braxton finished second behind AAA George Washington. Buchannon Upshur, another AAA school, placed third. Eight Braxton wrestlers placed among the top three in their weight classes.
Braxton’s only champion was Levi Jarvis at 170. Jarvis now has a 35-1 record. Finishing in second place were Nathanael Lawson at 106; Digger Dennison, 113; Daniel Hoard,138 and Dustin Lavancher, 145.
Third place awards went to Gavin Triplett, 120; Doug Anderson, 126, and Ian Tetrick, 160.
The Eagles will be wrestling in the Little Kanawha Conference Tournament Saturday at St. Marys. Fourteen teams will compete.
Coach optimistic about Eagles’ basketball team
Saying he is definitely “not disheartened” about his team’s losses to Doddridge and Roane last week, Coach Josh Lunceford explained why. “Doddridge and Roane are both very talented teams,” he said, “and when you go to their place, they are going to defend their home court.” Coach Lunceford added, “We are the youngest varsity team in the state.”
Doddridge outscored Braxton 73-63 Wednesday. The Eagles had a one-point lead going into the second quarter and stayed close until halftime. The Bull Dogs had a 37-34 lead at halftime. They extended that lead to 55-44 after the third period and held on for the win.
Three Braxton players scored in double figures. Leading scorer for the game was sophomore Tayton Stout with 18 points. Also in double figures were Seth Arnold and Heath Cottrill.
Playing at Roane Friday night, the Eagles held a 32-26 halftime lead. However, the Raiders’ offense came alive in the second half to outscore Braxton by 10 points to take the win.
Senior Brent McMillion with 16 points led the Eagles in that game. Stout and Arnold each added 13.
Looking to the rest of the season, Coach Lunceford voiced optimism. “We are playing substantially better right now. It is only uphill from here. We will get better,” he said.
The Eagles have two games this week. They play Ritchie Tuesday and Webster Friday.
Braxton JV girls lose to Clay
In their only game last week, the Lady Eagles junior varsity team dropped a 32-27 game to Clay.
Saying that the game was one he felt the team “could have won,” Coach Jerry Frame attributed the loss to several factors. “We had a lot of mixed shots,” he said. “We were missing shots three or four feet from the basket. We missed layups, plus we shot below 50 percent from the free throw line,” he added. “You can’t win games shooting like that.”
Tied at halftime, the game was close throughout. Abby Wilmoth, the only player in double figures, scored 11 points. Emily Conley added 3, Haley McCumbers 2, Lilly Ware 5, Abby Liston 2, and Allie Conley 4
The jv team has three games this week. Tonight they travel to Lewis, and they host Gilmer Thursday night. Saturday they have a makeup game against Ritchie. That game is a home game for the young Lady Eagles.
BC Knights wrestle in WSAZ Tournament
Eight members of the Knights’ wrestling team competed in the annual WSAZ Tournament last Friday and Saturday. The tournament, which had been postponed because of last weekend’s snow storm, was held at Huntington High School.
As a team, the Knights finished twenty-fifth out of 44 middle-school teams. Braxton had three wrestlers who placed in their weight classes. Fifth place went to Justin Paletti, 128, and Quin Meador, 155. Logan Conley, 116, finished eighth.
Braxton Lady Eagles defeat Webster, lose to Clay
After losing to Clay Wednesday night, the Lady Eagles bounced back to defeat Webster the following night.
Coach Keith Greene commented on his team’s 57-42 loss to the Lady Panthers. “This was the best game we’ve played this year. We were down three in the first, two at halftime, and ahead by one going into the fourth. The team played their hearts out, and I’m very proud of them. The fourth quarter wasn’t great, but our outlook was very positive,” he said. Clay played a strong fourth quarter to take the win.
Against the Lady Panthers, Braylee Woods led Braxton’s scoring with 11 points. Kate Golinsky pulled down seven rebounds.
The 61-23 win over Webster showed a strong Braxton effort. “We started out great in the first half, holding them scoreless in the second quarter. [After scoring only 19 points in the first half] we made some adjustments,” Coach Greene said, “to come out for one of the best halves of the year.” Braxton put up 26 points in the third quarter and 16 in the fourth.
Eleven different players scored in the win against Webster. Lilly Ware had 13 points to lead the Lady Eagles, and Hollis Skidmore led the team with 13 rebounds. Kendra Houghton had four assists, and Kate Golinsky six steals.
The team has a busy week coming up following Senior Night last night, when the Lady Eagles took on South Harrison. Tonight they travel to Lewis. They return home to play what Coach Greene termed “a very tough Gilmer County team” Thursday. Saturday, Braxton hosts Ritchie.
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