Reviewing 2015 Sports Highlights
There were many good things happening during 2015 on the local sports scene. From State Champions to All-Star teams to College Signings. Those are just a few of the highlights of a successful year at our local schools. Some of our athletes earned individual awards and several of our teams brought home banners, plaques and trophy’s.
January brought on a new year, Wrestling and Boys and Girls Basketball took center stage. The OVAC Wrestling tournament took place at Wesbanco Arena in Wheeling with Tyler Consolidation represented by six wrestlers. Coach Chad Snider’s squad finished sixth with Brandon Bonar, Colton Mead, Chase Cooper, Brandon Keys, Nathan Eddy and Cory Chipps all securing wins or takedowns.
The 2015 Boggs Roundball Classic was held with Magnolia winning the Boys division and Linsly winning the girls title. Paden City’s Zach Heasley scored his 1,0000 point in a hard fought defeat at the hands of Bishop Donahue. The Middle Island Longbeards were well represented at the National Wild Turkey Federation State awards banquet on Jan. 10 in Flatwoods, W. Va. Justin Williams and Troy Collins were recognized at the banquet both individually and as a team as XTREME J.A.K.E.S. of the year.
The Paden City Wildcats won as they played in the New Martinsville Rotary Challenge games. Paden City defeated Monroe Central.
February: The Knights Wrestlers hosted a triangular and winning one and losing one They also lost one and took one at the Linsly tri. held in Wheeling. The Silver Knights Varsity Cheerleading squad placed second at the OVAC Cheering competition and brought home the runner-up plaque. Paden City’s Zach Heasley signed a letter of intent to play football at West Virginia Wesleyan. Five Tyler Consolidated wrestlers place at the Magnolia tournament. TCHS Wrestler Chase Cooper placed third in the Region 1 event and went to the state wrestling tournament in Huntington. Also participating in the Regionals were Brandon Keys, Nathan Eddy, Cory Chipps, Brandon Bonar, and Colton Mead.
March: Paden City Wildcats won the Region 1, Section 11 championship whipping St. Mary’s 69-46 to claim the title. Kennedy Cain and Zach Heasley each scored 21 while Luke Cooper added 14 for the Cat’s. The Wildcats lost in the Regionals to eventual state runnerup Wheeling Central 66-53. Magnolia won the Class A crown over Central in the state championship game. Baseball, Softball and Track season begins for area schools.
April: Paden City’s Kennedy Cain and Zach Heasley selected to play in the Samuel A. Mumley OVAC basketball classic. Kennedy Cain was selected first team All- OVAC basketball. Boggs pizza and grill held it’s inaugural Pizza Dash with 77 registered runners and 54 walkers. Ten teams participated in the Tyler Invitational track meet on April 4. The Lady Knights won the 4×100 with a winning time of 53.88. Running for the Knights were (Long, Glover, K. Gogan and H. Casteel). Tyler Rod and Gun Club announced it’s annual youth fishing day at Conaway Lake. Paden City senior basketball player Myah Charkwai was named first team All-Mason Dixon. Paden City defeated Magnolia 9-4 at home, Hayden Hizer struckout 14 batters and Zach Heasley clobbered a long home run. Tyler Consolidated swept a double header from Valley 16-7 and 9-4. Wildcat baseballers advance to the OVAC Championship game with a 5-2 victory over the Frontier Cougars as Andrew Dennis worked the first six innings giving up only two hits.
May: Bishop Donahue stuns Paden City 11-0 in the OVAC championship baseball game at the Wheeling 4-70 complex. Tyler Consolidated’s Lady Knights defeated Valley 19-2 at home. Silver Knights volleyball star Bridget Matthews signed a letter of intent to continue her volleyball career at Alderson-Broaddus College. Paden City’s girls knocked Magnolia out of the softball sectionals with a 5-1 win, with Kayla Hizer hitting for a triple and a home run to lead the Cat’s.Tyler Lady Knights 4×100 team of Macy Long, Ariel Fish, Katelyn Gogan and Sydney Glover bring home gold metal from the state track meet in Charleston. Tyler’s boys shuttle hurdle team of (Josh Peck, Ted Cerny, Hunter Wells and Andrew Kocher) placed second to win the silver at the state meet. Tyler Anderson placed second and won the silver in the long jump. Paden City man handles Magnolia 17-1 in baseball at New Martinsville. TCHS Soccer player shine in OVAC classic. Knights take two in Baseball 20-8 over Valley and 7-5 over Calhoun County. Paden City won the WV Class A Region One, Section Two Baseball Tournament with a come from behind 7-6 win. With two out and one on Luke Cooper took a two strike fastball and lifted it high and far onto the railroad tracks to give Paden City the title. Tyler Consolidated’s Lady Knights won the Region 1 Track Championship as they nosed out Magnolia 89-81. Tylers girls won the 4×100, 4×800, and were second in the 4×400. Hillary Casteel won the pole vault with a jump of 7’6″. Tyler’s boys finished third in the region and qualified several runners for the state event.
June: West Virginia native Josh Richard takes the flag at Speedway. Richard claimed the top award of $10,650 a night after he won Saturday’s Jackpot 100 opener in the fourth annual running of the Tyler County’s Memorial Day weekend event. Paden City’s Kayla Hizer signed a national letter of intent to continue her track career at Wheeling Jesuit University. She also became Paden City’s first runner ever to qualify for the state cross country meet. 4,000 fans packed the Tyler Speedway “Bullring” for free fan night. B& K Basketball camp to begin for 28th straight year. Zach Heasley and Kayla Hizer named top Paden City Athletes for 2015. The annual Paden City 5K race was held on June 6 with a record 130 runners and walkers. overall winners were Soren Shade with a time of 18:02 and Joanna Graham won the Ladies title with a time of 22:40. West Virginia won the annual Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis football classic with Paden City’s Zach Heasley, Denton Thomas and Tyler Consolidated;s Nick Anerson competing. 125 campers turnout for B & K Basketball Camp.
July: Paden City’s Zach Heasley and Tyler Consolidated’s Nick Anderson were chosen to play in the OVAC 70th Annual Rudy Mumley All-Star football game. Paden City’s Mallory Estel was field commander for the OVAC All-Star band. Tyler Consolidated holds satellite volleyball camp with Marshall University Head Coach Mitch Jacobs and members of the Marshal Volleyball team. West Virginia wins OVAC football classic 35-7. Dustin Smith wins the first traditional non wing sprint at Tyler Speed way.
August: Jordan Baker returns to lead Silver Knights football. Nick Fulks grandson of Butch and Cindi Fults of Sistersville won the West Virginia state Bass title. High School football practice begins. Tyler Knights Golf Season begins. Bill Stewart Memorial golf scramble held on Aug. 22. Federico Perez scored three goals to lead the Silver Knights soccer team to a 9-3 victory over Morgantown Trinity, Josh Peck added two goals. Lady Knights played in the 12U Epic Championship Tournament at Gorby Field Parkersburg and brought home the first place trophy. They were coached by Josh Fulks and Stan Dennis.
Sept: Silver Knights Tyler Anderson scores five Touchdowns in win over Cameron.Tyler Silver Knights thump Doddridge Co. 41-19 Anderson runs for 206 yards and three T.D.’s. Tylers Cheerleaders Brooke Keys and Laken Miller were among the cheering squad at the OVAC All-Star Football Classic. They were coaches by their own coach Stefanie Suter. The Courtney Evans Golf Scramble was held Aug,1. The scramble is held to help sponsor the Courtnay Evans Memorial Scholarship Fund for Tyler Consolidated senior athletes. The Larry Howard Memorial Scholarship Tournament was held Aug. 15, at Sistersville Country Club and the Third Annual Bill Stewart Tournament was held Aug. 22. TCHS Volleyball traveled to Steubenville on Sept. 9 and came away with a pair of big wins. against Steubenville and Wheeling Park. Aaron Heasley throws three second half T,D.’s in his first appearance for Paden City. Wildcats however lost the game to Bridgeport, OH 34-28. The Tyler Consolidated Middle School Cross Country team took first place in the Wheeling Fall Classic. Tyler Anderson ran four four Touchdowns in a win against state ranked and undefeated Calhoun County.
October: Ariel Fish and Macy Long were selected as Tyler County players of the week for their performances in recent matches. Tyler Silver Knights defeat number one state ranked South Harrison 13-7 behind T.D’s from Baker and Anderson and a strong defensive effort. Paden City’s Hayden Hizer ran for four scores and passed for another as the Wildcats beat Hannan 54-12. Tyler Consolidated beat Magnolia 2-1 in the first round of sectional soccer action at New Martinsville. Josh Peck and Levi Morgan both got goals in the win. Senior Soccer players honored on senior night were Josh Peck, Daron Weekley, Nathan Eddy, Adam Cooper and Federico Perez. Senior Volleyball Players from TCHS honored were Hannah Casteel and Ariel Fish, the Lady Knights defeated South Harrison in three straight sets on Senior night.
November: Paden City’s girls volleyball team defeats eventual state runnerup Magnolia on senior night. Seniors Cydney Blatt and Taylor Cosper led the way. TCHS Freshman Katie Pratt qualified for the state cross country event and then followed it up with an impressive performance with a time of 21:27 to finish 33rd out of 145 runners at the State Meet. She was the first area runner to cross the finish line. The Tycon Knights “A” team took home second place in the LKC cheer competition at Williamstown The Tyler Consolidated girls volleyball team won the Region 4, Sectional championship on Nov. 4, over Magnolia and came right back on Nov. 7, to claim the Regional title easily defeating Weirton Madonna and Magnolia. The girls advanced to the state tournament in Charleston. TCHS Senior Ariel Fish was named to the state volleyball All-Tournament team. Silver Knight football came to an end for another year as they dropped a hard fought 54-36 battle against Oak Glen. Paden City’s Aaron Heasley threw for 350 yards on 20-36 passing and four Touchdowns, in a tough loss to playoff bound Valley. Paden City’s Luke Cooper Signs with West Liberty to play baseball. Tyler Consolidated’s Federico Perez chosen to compete in OVAC soccer classic.
Tyler Consolidated’s volleyball season came to a disappointing end when they fell in the state semi-finals to eventual state champions Wit County. Senior Ariel Fish a four year starter for Tyler was chosen to the All-Tournament team. Ariel Fish Named first team All-State Class A Volleyball.
December: Silver Knights Perez earns First Team All-State and Mid-Field player of the year. Area Basketball season starts for girls and boys. Freshman Hannah Loy of Paden City scored 21 points in her first ever varsity basketball contest. Tyler Consolidated Lady Knights won the Paden City Christmas Classic with wins over Clay Battelle and Valley. Tyler Consolidated Wrestlers win several meets in the Annual TCHS Wrestling classic. Paden City beats River by 16 on Dec.21. Luke Cooper finished with 26 on the night. Paden City also won the Bob and Sharon Burton Annual basketball tournament by defeating Valley and Tyler Consolidated, for their fourth consecutive Championship in a row.