The year in sports – 2014
Wins and losses, close matches . . . ties and undetermined winners. It has all been a part of the local sporting scene in 2014. Following is a month by month run down of a few of the local sports stories making the headlines last year.
The beginning of 2014 brought freezing temperatures with lots of snow and ice to the area causing snow day after snow day at the schools, meaning cancellation and postponement of sports and other school based activities. Boys and girls basketball teams and wrestling played when they could and practiced when they were able to.
Skyler Leasure, a senior at Tyler Consolidated High School was named the “XTREME JAKE of the Year” by the National Wild Turkey Federation. Leasure was only the second person to ever be awarded both JAKE of the Year (when he was 10 years old) and XTREME JAKE of the Year.
The Lady Cougars of Frontier took the girls’ portion of the Boggs Classic basketball tournament at Tyler Consolidated, defeating the Lady Knights in the championship game and the Magnolia Blue Eagles outlasted the Silver Knights to take the boys championship.
The Silver Knight wrestlers participated at the OVAC tournament in Wheeling.
On Feb. 1 at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling, the Tyler Consolidated High School cheerleaders took second place at the class 3-A OVAC competition and Paden City placed second in the 1-A division.
The Paden City Lady Wildcat basketball team took the WV Hometown Invitational Tournament Championship on Feb. 1 in St. Marys, getting the 65-56 win over Doddridge.
Contrary to the efforts of Mother Nature, every effort was been made to keep the 2014 high school girls’ and boys’ basketball and wrestling seasons on track. Though Tyler County students have missed nearly a dozen days in January, the seasons proceeded as usual with just a few tweaks to the schedules. All teams were not as fortunate as others in getting to play, but the majority saw at least some action.
The Lady Wildcats ended their 2014 basketball seasons at the Sectional Tournament. The Cee-Bee’s took the win over Paden City in overtime.
Sydney Reed hit 1,000 career points at the Sectional for the Lady Knights.
The Tyler Consolidated wrestling team ended their season at the Region I Regionals held in Fairmont. The Silver Knights had two wrestlers make the podium, Chase Cooper and Brandon Keys, but not high enough to advance to the state tournament.
Both the 7th and 8th grade boys Tyler Consolidated basketball teams made it to the LKC championship game on Feb. 22 at Pleasants County Middle School . The 7th grade team fell short of their goal, finishing runners-up to Pleasants County while the 8th grade teamtook the title by defeating Ritchie County by 24 points to finish up with back to back LKC basketball titles.
The Lady Knight basketball team finished their 2014 season as they fell to Morgantown Trinity in the Sectional semi-finals. The team had 13 wins on the year.
Tyler Consolidated’s boys basketball team saw the end come to their season on March 1 as they fell in the first round of the Sectional tournament to St. Marys at Paden City, 70-48.
The Paden City Wildcats placed second in Sectional tournament, earning them a spot in the Regional competition. At the Region in Wheeling, the ‘Cats were put out of the tournament and ended their season with a loss to Wheeling Central.
The Middle Island Longbeards chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation held their annual Hunting Heritage/Superfund banquet in Paden City. Skyler Leasure was the recipient of the NWTF Conservation Scholarship. The Middle Island Longbeards chapter was recognized by the National Wild Turkey Federation for their outstanding J.A.K.E.S. events with six national awards, one in each category, and earned a “Best of the Best” award, and was inducted into the NWTF’s “Outreach Hall of Fame.”
A new running event designed for local runners, the “Boggs Pizza and Grill Pizza Dash 5K” was held at the Tyler County Museum on Dodd St. in Middlebourne on April 6. 77 runners and 58 walkers participated. The race was held in order to raise funds to purchase new timing equipment for the Tyler Consolidated Middle/High School cross country and track teams.
With mother-nature throwing the first caution flag of the 2014 season, the Hometown Racing Association continued to prep for the highly anticipated 40th Anniversary campaign. A packed house welcomed the over 100 car field back to the ‘bullring’ for night one of the historic 40th Anniversary season at the Tyler County Speedway.
West Virginia High School baseball, softball and track seasons began.
Butch McGill was the winner of the Mystery Money Night at the Speedway; Sonny Conley picked up his second Topless 50 title.
The Tyler Rod and Gun Club presented their annual “Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs” youth fishing program for children ages 1-15 at Conaway Lake.
The Lady Knight and Wildcat softball teams each saw their seasons come to an end at the Sectional Tournament. The Lady ‘Cats played to a runner up finish at the OVAC softball tournament but fell to Cameron and in the Sectionals. The Lady Knights won over Valley at the Sectional tournament but then fell to a strong St. Marys team to end their season.
The NRA Foundation awarded a grant to Tyler Consolidated High School to establish an “Archery in the Schools” program beginning next year. The school is the latest in West Virginia to join the Archery in the Schools program, which will institute an Archery Club next year.
The Lady Knight track team crowned two individual Regional Champions and repeated as Region I track champions at the Region I track meet at Lewis County. Senior Caroline Bantug came home with the Regional title in the pole vault with a vault of 8-00; and freshman Isis Moore earned the long jump medal with a jump of 15-09.75.
Middlebourne, WV’s Mick Baker aboard the orange #47 Swiger Oil & Gas/ Doug’s Custom Vinyl/ Autozone sponsored chariot picked up his first win of the season at the Tyler County Speedway, winning the 8th Annual Tammy Clegg Tribute.
It was a long season for the Paden City and Tyler Consolidated High School baseball teams this year with a wet Spring making it more difficult to get their 20-some regular scheduled games in. Both teams ended their regular season last week and began Sectional Tournament play. Paden City began Sectional play with a win over Cameron and lost a heartbreaker to Magnolia, 9-8, to end their season. The Knights also fell in the Sectional tournament.
While no gold medals were garnished by any local individuals or teams at the West Virginia State High School Track and Field Championships in Charleston several athletes participated and performed very well among the competitors there. The Lady Knight track team gained the most hardware of local competitors, and placed fifth overall in the girls’ team division.
The fourth annual Paden City Foundation 5K run/walk was held on June 7 in Paden City. Nathan Harshberger won the men’s division with Kayla Hizer finishing as the first female in the race. This years race was a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior project.
The Hometown Racing Association presented “Pack the Track” Night at Tyler County Speedway on June 7, and a staggering and record 4,000 fans arrived at the ‘Bullring’ for a FREE Night of action. The crowd is believed to be the largest in the speedway history for a non multi-day major event.
Mike Benedum, Kyle Thomas, Junior Nolan, Mick Baker, Mitch Ward, Bill Tennant and Kylie Cross all had wins on “Turn Back the Clock Night” at the Speedway.
The 2014 Tyler Consolidated High School Knights Junior Golf Camp was held at the Sistersville Country Club. Twenty boys and girls attended the three-day camp,
The 27th annual B&K Basketball Camp was held in Paden City at Paden City High School, June 16-20. The staff at B&K hosted 98 campers this year.
A grant from the Stealey Green Community Grant enabled the Middlebourne Parks and Recreation Dept. to hold Kidpower camps throughout the summer for children ages 5-12.
It was a “Big Bad night” on July 4 as the Monster Truck Summer Nationals invaded the Tyler County Speedway. Monster Machines such as “The Equalizer”, “Red Solo Truck” and “Bad News Travels Fast” were all part of the in car crushing action at the Speedway.
A total of 35 girls in grades 6-12 attended the Mitch Jacobs Volleyball Camp at Tyler Consolidated High School July 28-31.
The Sistersville Diamond Divas softball team finished the season undefeated with a 23-0 record and one scrimmage win.
The Courtney Evans Memorial Scholarship Fund held their seventh annual golf scramble on Aug. 2 at the Sistersville Country Club held to help sponsor the Courtney Evans Memorial Scholarship Fund, which gives a scholarship to one Tyler Consolidated High School Senior Athlete each year.
The Sistersville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #6327 held their annual scholarship tournament at Sistersville Country Club on Aug 16, raising needed funds. Winners of this years scholarship were Sophia Kinnard from Tyler Consolidated; Katie Shreves from Paden City High School; and Shelby Sands from Magnolia.
West Virginia High School football teams began practice for the fall season.
The Tyler Consolidated High School golf program began the year nine golfers strong, several returning with excellent experience. Paden City’s golf team boasted 14 golfers going out for the team for the season.
Both Consolidated and Paden City Cross Country teams began their season, each with strong Middle School programs to feed into them.
Tyler Consolidated High School freshman, Amanda Reynolds, wowed the running crowd and made school history on Aug. 23 at the 29th annual Autumn Classic cross country meet in Belmont, finishing first of the 118 high school girls competing at the large meet. Reynolds, took first at the meet with an impressive time of 21:45, more than half a minute ahead of her nearest competitor.
The Silver Knight boys soccer team began their season and downed their first opponent of the year on Aug. 23, with the team taking the 5-3 win over the Oak Glen Golden Bears at Middlebourne. Seven seniors will take leadership roles on the team this season.
Five seniors, nine juniors, five sophomores and four freshmen made up the Lady Knight varsity soccer team this season.
In their traditional home opener with the Williamstown Yellow Jackets, the Tyler Consolidated Silver Knight varsity football team gave all they had on Aug. 29, but fell to the strong class A Jackets 30-7 at home.
The Paden City Wildcat football team took one on the chin on Friday at Clay-Battelle as the Cee-Bee’s handed the ‘Cats the 54-14 loss in the season opener.
Both Paden City and Tyler Consolidated High Schools volleyball seasons began with both teams projected to do well.
The big golf news in the local area was the fact that the Tyler Consolidated Middle School finally formed a team and in their first outing at the St. Marys Golf Course, secured the win.
After three games in the opening week of the 2014 season, the Lady Knight soccer team at Tyler Consolidated was still looking for their first win, but did tie 1-1, with Magnolia.
The Annual Paden City Labor Day “Fun Run” was held in the city on Sept. 1 with more than 70 participating.
Tyler Consolidated’s varsity and middle school cross country program hosted their annual “Stormin’ the Castle” Invitational meet on Sept. 2. The meet was very well attended by several local schools with more than 125 athletes participating.
The Knight boys soccer team not only secured wins over St. Marys, Wheeling Central and Ravenswood, but the third win moved them into the record books as achieving the 100th overall win for the soccer program.
The Paden City Wildcat football team secured their first win of the season with a win over Beallsville, 28-13. The Knights defeated Cameron at home, 53-20.
It was another tie for the Lady Knight soccer team, 1-1 with Harrison Central on Sept. 11.
The Silver Knight football game dropped their homecoming game to St. Marys at home on Thursday night, Sept. 18, 56-7. Bridgeport defeated Paden City, 8-6 in a close contest in Ohio.
Continuing their up-and-down 2014 season, the Silver Knight varsity boys soccer team at Tyler Consolidated ranked second in the OVAC cup at this point of their season.
The Paden City Wildcat football team was all about the win on Sept. 26 at home as they hosted the River Pilots and handed them the loss, 46-20, at Berger Field. On the same night, Tyler Consolidated handed the loss to Calhoun County, 32-23 at Calhoun.
On a cold, rainy, muddy night, Tyler Consolidated’s Silver Knight football team put their best foot forward on Oct. 3 in Putnam County to give the 7th ranked Bisons the loss, 43-20. The Wildcats fell to Cameron, to the tune of 24-12 also in a rainy, cold, wet, contest.
At half time of the Paden City/Cameron football game on Oct. 3 the Paden City Foundation and the Paden City High School Alumni Association held a special ceremony at half time of the Paden City/Cameron football game on Friday night honoring R.E. “Ed” Hood, who served as the school’s band director from 1956 until 1981. A portion of the school building that houses the music and arts departments was dedicated and renamed for Hood.
Tyler Consolidated and Paden City cross country teams competed at the large OVAC meet at Meadowbrook High School on Oct. 4.
The 2014 regular season of West Virginia High School Golf ended with teams and individuals competing in the Region Tournaments around the state. Tyler Consolidated and Paden City golfers competed at the Moundsville Country Club, with neither team going forward nor sending any individuals to the state meet.
The Sistersville City Park was the benefactor of a good deed performed by the Momentive Performance Materials Corp. group of volunteers. The group worked on and painted the roof at the big shelter, spruced up the benches, basketball court areas, picnic tables, and childrens’ play area, and “fixed things up” in the concession stand and elsewhere in the park.
Tyler Consolidated’s Marching band earned Grand Champion honors at the Ripley VikingFest. The band also took first place in their class; the drum line placed second at the event and Field Commander, Julian Work, earned a fourth place finish.
On Oct. 10 the Tyler Consolidated Knights and South Harrison Hawks met on a muddy, rain sodden field in Harrison County and finally, after four complete quarters, the Knights scored the only points in the game late in the fourth, giving them the 6-0 win and upping their season record to 5-2 on the year. The Paden City Wildcats played host to the Conotton Valley Rockets at Berger Field on a cold rainy night and sent the other Green team home with the loss, 47-14.
Tyler Consolidated and Paden City High School cross country teams each took part in the popular “Wild’N Wet” Invitational meet at Cameron.
The Tyler Consolidated Lady Knight soccer team played their last game at home this season, getting the win over the Magnolia Lady Blue Eagles.
Paden City’s Lady Wildcat varsity volleyball team racked up 25 wins to five losses at this point of the season and placed second in the OVAC tournament.
The debut year for the Tyler Consolidated Middle School golf team came to an end with the young golfers ending with a 2-4 win/loss season record.
With two wins for the season, the Lady Knight soccer team ended the 2014 season at Sectionals.
At Doddridge County, the Region I class A-AA meet was held with local athletes from Tyler Consolidated and Paden City High School cross country teams turning in good efforts on the day, but only three with times low enough to take on one more race this season. Lady Knights Amanda Reynolds and Amber Watson and Paden City’s Kayla Hizer qualified for the state meet.
The Tyler Consolidated Middle School football team finished up their 2014 season without losing a single game.
Oct. 24 saw the Knight football team fall to Magnolia, 34-0 and Paden City go down at the hands of Toronto, 48-18.
The Silver Knight boys soccer team ended their season at 7-11-1 at the Sectional tournament.
The Tyler Consolidated Middle School football team not only capped off the regular season with a perfect 8-0 season, but captured the LKC title as well, defeating Ritchie County on Oct. 29 at Knight Stadium in a big way, 33-8.
With a trip to the post season hanging in the balance, the Tyler Consolidated Silver Knight football team played their last regular season game at Knight Stadium on Nov. 7 hosting the Golden Bears of Oak Glen. Though the Bears came out rough and ready, the Knights dug in and finally overcame in order to take the win, 30-22.
At the State Cross Country meet, Amanda Reynolds placed 41st overall; Amber Watson placed 42nd; and Kayla Hizer placed 46th. Hizer was the first cross country athlete to represent Paden City at a state meet.
The Knight cheerleaders placed second in their Regional on Dec. 8 in Parkersburg and will represent the Region, their school and the County in Charleston on Dec. 13. The squad also cheered to a first place win in Williamstown at the LKC Cheerleading championships.
Three times in consecutive years the Tyler Consolidated High School Lady Knight volleyball team has swept their Sectional and Regional tournaments, traveled to Charleston, worked their way through the quarterfinal and semi-final games only to play in the championship match and return home with the runner-up trophy.
The Lady Knights fell in three sets to a very strong and productive Williamstown team who came into the tournament with a 43-8-3 record.
The Tyler Consolidated Silver Knights, played in their first West Virginia High School State Football playoff game since 2007 on Nov. 15. On a cold, crisp autumn day, play-off football blew into Tyler County and about 60 minutes later, blew right back out again, taking with it the end of the eighth ranked Knights 2014 season as they fell to their first round opponents, the Moorefield Yellow Jackets, 44-24.
Moorefield went on to be defeated by the St. Marys Blue Devils the next week and St. Marys fell to Williamstown in the State Championships.
The Lady Knight volleyball team bested two opponents at home on Nov. 8 to earn the Regional title (for the third straight year) and traveled to the WV State Volleyball Championships in Charleston on Nov. 14. In Charleston, the Lady Netters, worked their way through the brackets, only to finish as runner-ups (for the third straight year) to the state champions. Williamstown came out as the Class A champions.
The West Virginia buck firearms season opened on Nov. 24 and remained open until Dec. 6 with local hunters having pretty good weather in which to hunt.
December saw the beginning of West Virginia High School winter sports programs. The Lady Knight basketball team began the year with new head coach, Cathy Boggs and assistant coach, Ben Thomas. The team will be led by two seniors and six juniors. The Wildcat team also began the year under the management of new head coach, Alan Miller and assistant coach, Jamie Natali. The team will be led by two seniors and three juniors.
Head coach Fred King began his 14th season as head coach of the Paden City Wildcats with four seniors and a goal to take the team well into post season play. Silver Knight head coach J.C. Kimble began the 2014 season with three seniors, a very youthful team and lots of hope. Both programs began their games the second week of December and will continue until March.
Tyler Consolidated’s varsity wrestling program began the year under the direction of head coach Chad Snider and assistant coach, Steven Blake. The Knight grapplers will compete with 14 athletes this season.