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By Staff | Oct 12, 2016

This past week was a fantastic week of local sports!

Tyler Consolidated’s volleyball team continued to impress by winning 6-7 matches including a tough quad at home over Ravenswood, Ritchie County and Williamstown. Those are three of the state’s best teams in Class A and the Knights took them down without losing a set.

Paden City also had a successful week, winning to tri-matches, splitting another and defeating a nice River team to also go 6-7.

The OVAC semifinals were played last night and the results weren’t available as of this writing, but both teams had made the final four with Paden City holding down first place in Class A and hosting the semis while the Knights traveled to Buckeye Trail.

Knights’ Coach Richard Summers reached a milestone in his career with his 500th victory in the big two-set win over Williamstown. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy! Coach Summers, who was quite the athlete in his own right as a basketball sharpshooter for the Sistersville Tigers, carried his sports passion with him to the coaching level and has built an excellent program along with the help of his assistant coach Tracy Summers (his wife).

During a recent interview with the Tyler Star News, Coach Summers humbly gave all the credit for his success as a volleyball coach to his wife.

“She is very knowledgeable of the game and gets along extremely well with the kids,” he said. “Without her, I wouldn’t have been able to achieve this. I am very lucky to have her and the kids are working extremely hard in preparation for the post season, I believe we will be up for the challenge.”

Congratulations to Coach Richard and Coach Tracy and may you both be there for the next 500 wins.

I have been following local volleyball now for about 10 years and was an official for three of those years. I have to say that there is a good following at Tyler Consolidated and an equally as good of a following at Paden City. Both schools display excellent sportsmanship from the coaches, players, student bodies and fans. Paden City coach Fred King runs a tight ship, and his kids respond well, year in and year out.

Both coaches get the maximum effort from their teams and are therefore ultra successful at what they do.

Friday night was a great win for the Silver Knights’ football team as they rolled over the Ritchie County Rebels with a lopsided 49-6 effort.

Coach Ryan Walton built a comfortable lead and then was a perfect example of excellent coaching. He used nearly every player on the bench frequently. Most players gained valuable experience and responded well to their playing time.

Walton is a class act who works hard to field the best team he can. His kids respect him and most will tell you that he spends time teaching as well as coaching. They say it makes them better players.

Although it rained nearly the whole game, nothing dampened the spirits as the halftime festivities included the presentation of the homecoming court and crowning of the 2016 queen. A special moment for many of the kids to look back on over the years to come.

It’s well worth mentioning that the Elks Lodge #333 of Sistersville generously provides a hot dog feed in the school commons after each home Silver Knights game for the football players, cheerleaders, coaches, bands and bus drivers of each school. Hot dogs are also provided in the press box at halftime. A special thanks to the Elks for their continued support of Tyler County Athletics.

It takes a lot more than just the coaches and players to make a successful night of high school football. There are many behind the scenes who make it happen. From the gate keepers, concession workers, police who provide security, to many others. It couldn’t get done without you! Two of the most important are the announcer, Scott Strode, and the clock keeper, Luke Furbee. These two have been around Tyler County sports for a long time. Their service to Tyler Consolidated is appreciated.The Silver Knights take to the road Friday as they head to Lost Creek for a battle with state ranked South Harrison. This should be a close one 21-20 Knights in a nail biter.

PCHS, who always has a great homecoming event, will crown a queen and battle Hannan for a matchup Friday at Berger Field. PCHS is looking to get their second win of the season in what promises to be an exciting night in Wildcat town.

The Wildcats have a young team with only three seniors on the squad. They have been playing hard and continue to get better. Look for them to excel Friday with a big 34-6 win to start the homecoming weekend.

Saturday morning, the Silver Knights dropped a 1-0 girls soccer game to Magnolia in a close match from start to finish. Immediately after, the Silver Knights’ boys’ team took to the field for a rematch battle with the Blue Eagles. The Knights got a goal on a penalty kick from Quentin Richmond midway through the first half and from there, it was all defense as neither team was able to again dent the scoreboard. This was the second 1-0 win over the Eagles this season. The game was a hard fought battle from start to finish with both teams competing extremely hard. The fans, players and coaches from both schools are to be commended for a good show of sportsmanship to go along with an exciting match.

The Silver Knights and Wildcats had several players among the leaders in the Intelligencer’s weekly football stat list this past week. Knights’ Tyler Anderson was fourth in scoring while teammate Jace Reed held down the fifth position. Paden City’s Hayden Hizer was sixth while only playing in three games at that point. Wildcat Wesley Smith was sixth in receiving and Knights Anderson was eighth. Anderson, Reed and Hizer all made the chart in rushing yards while Silver Knights’ Griffin Phillips is among the leaders in passing.

For those of you who may be interested, the WVU men’s basketball team will kick off its season at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 in Wheeling at WesBanco Arena. A trick-or-treat tailgate starts at 5 p.m. and gates to the arena open at 6 p.m. This is a free event and everyone is invited. Kids can come dressed in costume for trick-or-treat and there will a bouncey house and music for the family. After the game, there will be autograph signing around the court with the players.