Friday Night Lights; Sports Round-up
The Bishops should be worried about that Hizer kid whose the Tyler Star News Athlete of the Week. Yep!
And well, they better be worried about that Heasley boy too. He’s got a stellar arm and a good head on his shoulders.
And you know what, the Bishops should be worried about the whole Wildcats’ team when they play at 7 p.m. tonight at Berger Field. See game preview below.
Speaking of football, Tyler Consolidated take aim at the Blue Eagles at 7:30 p.m. tonight in New Martinsville.
Silver Knights’ volleyball travels Saturday to Mount Zion to play at 4 p.m. against Calhoun County in the LKC semi-final. Recently, TCHS defeated Robert C. Byrd on Tuesday in two sets 25-18 and 25-21. Macy Long was selected as TCHS volleyball player of the match by maxpreps.com. Congrats. And anyone who follows Silver Knights’ volleyball might want to nominate Coach Richard Summers for the Double-Goal Coach award on that same website. Afterall, Summers and his lovely wife Tracy have won more than 500 games during their long career.
Paden City defeated St. Marys on Tuesday in a two-set volleyball matchup 25-23 and 25-12.
Boys’ soccer TCHS defeated Oak Glen on Thursday in a single goal match 1-0. The Silver Knights play again at 5 p.m. Saturday at Weir High School.
Silver Knights’ cross country team traveled over hill and dale on Thursday to Taylor County. Though Jahnvi Duncan was narrowly edged out of qualifying for the state meet, she did post a 19th place finish and a solid time (21:52) claiming the top spot on TCHS’ roster. Worth noting, Region 1 is a tough place to compete as a lot of the top 20 finishers changed spots during the season and this race as quickly as two little kids jockeying for position in a game of checkers.
Gavin Corley crossed the tape in the top spot for the Silver Knights 49th place (19:27).
None of the Silver Knights’ qualified for the state meet, but it is a young team with much potential ahead. And there is always track season ahead. As anyone who runs knows, cross country provides the distance base for sprint season around the asphalt oval.
For more about these sports, see Tyler Star News reporter Ed Parsons’ stories in the next edition.
Lastly, Basketball Sign-ups Sistersville Junior Athletics will be holding basketball sign-ups for girls and boys in K-6 grades on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the James Willison Family Center (Sistersville High School) from noon to 2 p.m. and on Sunday, Oct. 23 from 1-3 p.m.
The cost to sign up is $35 for the 1st child and $30 for each additional child. There is also a $20 charge per family that will be returned to all parents once they have volunteered to work the gate, concession stand, or as a referee. Sign-up forms will also be available at Sistersville Elementary School for any player or parent to pick-up if you cannot be at the sign-ups.
All players need to be signed up and forms and money need to be turned in by Oct. 23. If you have any questions, please call Stan Dennis at 304-652-1668 or Amber Martin at 304-771-8258.
The Bishops Will Try to Contain Paden’s Hizer
By Cody Tomer
PADEN CITY – Paden City’s Hayden Hizer has been racking up the yards this year but Bishop Donahue’s defense is hoping to control him and the Wildcats’ offense when the two teams face off Friday night at Paden City.
“Hizer is an athlete and he is going to get carries and yards,” Bishop Donahue coach John Durdines said. “I hope we can just contain him enough and not allow him to break a big run. He is too good to stop.”
Hannan found out last week just how hard it was to stop Hizer, as he carried the ball 17 times for 176 yards and three touchdowns to pace the Wildcats (2-5) in a 43-20 victory.
“Hayden (Hizer) is a special athlete,” Paden City coach Brent Croasmun said. “Whatever sport he is involved with, he plays hard. He sees the field very well and he is an instinctive runner.
“You have to give credit to good blocking as well. Our linemen have really been making positive strides and that has helped us out.”
Also having an impressive showing in the Wildcats’ victory was quarterback Aaron Heasley, who carried the ball 17 times for 57 yards and three scores, while providing 97 yards and a touchdown on 10 completions through the air. Defensively, Rendor Amos led Paden City with 12 tackles and a batted-down pass.
“We played pretty well last week,” Croasmun said. “We ran the football and that is what we wanted to do and the defense played well too.
“Anytime you win, you hope for the momentum to carry over into the next game. We have to work hard this week, take it one game at a time and try to get better.”
Durdines and the Bishops (5-2) are no stranger to winning this year and they are coming off of a bounce-back 40-6 victory last week against Bridgeport, after suffering a tough loss the week before.
“I am happy with the way we came out, forced turnovers and didn’t commit a lot of penalties,” the Bishops coach said. “We have been pushing that for the last four or five weeks. Our kids played hard, we were more balanced on offense and actually ran the ball a little more.
“I am proud of the way they put the loss behind them. They learn from it and move on. We were fortunate to come out focused after a loss and we need to keep that focus this week.”
The Bishops defense collected four turnovers and sophomore Vinny Mangino forced and recovered a fumble, while also delivering 12 tackles, four for a loss, and gathering two sacks.
Anthony Robbins also recorded double-digit tackles for Bishop Donahue with 10.
Quarterback Jimmy Hull paced the offense with 119 yards and three touchdowns on eight complete passes, while rushing for 80 yards and a score as well.
“We have a good mindset right now,” Durdines said. “We understand the situation and we are taking it one game at a time. Paden City does a lot of things extremely well and they are going to come out to play. They always play us tough. There are two good defenses in this game so getting on top early and forcing them out of things they want to do will be key.”
As for Croasmun’s key to the game, tackling Bishop Donahue’s skill players could be the difference between winning and losing.
“Bishop Donahue has a lot of good skill players,” he said. “They give us matchup problems so we have to be aggressive on defense and tackle in the open field. They have playmakers so we must limit scoring and keep the ball on offense.”