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2017 Sports Year In Review

By Staff | Dec 27, 2017

Tyler Consolidated’s Jarrett Lemasters took top place in the pole vault championship at the state track tournament in Charleston.

Editor’s Note: We would be remiss if we said we captured all of Tyler County’s 2017 sports happenings in the recap below. The year brought many moments of pride from our local sports teams. Read the below summary for just a snapshot of the year.


The 2017 sports season started out with a bang. First to make the headlines was the Little Kanawha All-Conference Football Team. Named to the first team were five members of the Tyler Consolidated Silver Knights – Brandon Keys, Tyler Anderson, Jace Reed, Griffin Phillips and Trent Smith.

Boggs Pizza and Grill held its annual Roundball Classic at Tyler Consolidated with Valley High School winning the girls championship over Magnolia and Cameron Dragons taking the title over the Silver Knights in an epic battle with a 61-48 win.

OVAC Wrestling was another big event on the January calendar as the Silver Knights placed sixth out of a field of 26 teams. Cory Chipps and Brandon Keys both placed and brought home trophies for their efforts.

The Silver Knights took the win at the inaugural Matt Boggs Wooden Bat Classic.

Paden City defeated Monroe Central 75-72 in the New Martinsville Rotary Classic Basketball Challenge, while the Wildcats fell in WVHIT tournament to Union 53-45, bringing home second place.


Tyler Consolidated girls basketball held senior night with a 59-47 victory over South Harrison. Bethany Littell and Aleah Black were honored for their contribution to Knights basketball.

The Silver Knights’ boys basketball team lost a close 59-52 battle to Liberty Harrison on senior night. Honored for the Knights were seniors Joey Simpkins, Quintin Richmond, Tyler Anderson and Jace Reed.

Paden City defeated the Frontier Cougars 52-40 on senior night with 27 points and 11 rebounds from Aaron Heasley. Honored for the Wildcats were four-year starters Hayden Hizer and Aaron Heasley.

Tyler Consolidated wrestler Cory Chipps qualified for the state wrestling event and finished with two opening wins before finishing sixth in the large field.


Wildcat senior basketball star Aaron Heasley was named to the roster of the OVAC All-Star team. Heasley was named the Tyler Star News and Wetzel Chronicle’s athlete of the week on three separate occasions this season. He ended the 2016-17 basketball season with a 25 point per game scoring average.

The Silver Knights returned eight experienced starters to its baseball team while the Paden City Wildcats returned a good group as well.

Sistersville’s Craig Carse retired from coaching after 39 years. A 1974 graduate of Sistersville High School, Carse made it big as a collegiate coach.

Paden City’s 1987 undefeated 27-0 state champion basketball team, coached by longtime Wildcat Coach Bob Burton, was honored on the 30th reunion of the event at the state championship game held in Charleston. Nearly every member of the team, – including managers, cheerleaders and coaches – were present along with a large contingent of Wildcat followers.

Silver Knights, Wildcats Earn All-State Honors: Aaron Heasley, Hayden Hizer and Jace Reed were all named honorable mention All-State basketball. Tyler’s Aleah Black and Josey Jones, along with Paden City’s Hannah Loy, were also named to the All-State honorable mention list..


The Silver Knights boys baseball team got off to a 5-0 start. Silver Knights track star Trent Shepherd, Knights softball player Vanessa Templeton, and Wildcat baseball player Trey Slider were named players of the week.

Tyler Consolidated’s Josey Jones was named All-LKC. JoLee Walton was named to the second team and Peyton Kocher was chosen third team and Amanda Reynolds was honorable mentioned.

The Silver Knights boys finished third in the Big School Kim Nutter Invitational at Parkersburg. Trent Shepherd won the 100 meter in a blazing time of 11.1.

The Wildcats’ Jenna Ferrebee was named athlete of the week for April 5, during the week she had nine singles, a double and eight runs batted in.

Tyler County Speedway held the Test n’ Tune, Joe Dirt 100, to kick off the 2017 racing season at the “Bullring”.

Paden City pounded Magnolia 7-4 to improve to 8-4 in high school baseball. Tyler Consolidated also got two wins over Wildcats in baseball.

Silver Knights Jarrett Lemasters and Tyler Anderson earned Star News players of the week. Lemasters broke the school pole vault record with a leap of 14 ft. while Anderson won the 100, 200 and got second in the long jump.

Tyler Consolidated knocked off Magnolia 10-8 at New Martinsville. Gage Huffman was named Star News athlete of the week. Silver Knights girls also won over Magnolia 4-2.

The Silver Knights won the inaugural Boggs baseball tournament. The Knights claimed a 6-5 victory over a strong Bishop Donahue team to win the Matt Boggs Memorial Wooden Bat Tournament.

Fort Frye knocked the Knights out of OVAC Championship game with 16-0 win in finals.

The Knights improved to 17-3 with wins over Ritchie County and Parkersburg Catholic.

TCHS track stars Jarrett Lemasters and Trent Shepherd signed track letters of intent for Wheeling Jesuit University, while Paden City baseball star Hayden Hizer signed to play for Ohio Valley University.

The fourth annual Boggsstrong Pizza Dash was held on April 30. The event is sponsored by the Boggsstrong Foundation which provides scholarship opportunities. This year’s Boggsstrong Foundation teamed up with the family of Dave Roberts, a liver transplant patient, to organize the race.


The Wildcats fell in the OVAC Championship baseball game to Bishop Donahue for the third straight year. St. Mary’s ended the Wildcat girls’ softball season 3-0.

Silver Knights girls take down Blue Eagles 2-0 in a section One Region Two softball game held at Tyler Consolidated. Vanessa Templeton gets win.

Silver Knights win sectional championship, going undefeated throughout the tournament. Luke Daugherty remained undefeated with a 9-0 record on the mound.

Paden City’s Jake Pierce and Tyler’s Trent Shepherd win Star News Players of the week for May 17.

Tom Meeks, son of Sistersville’s Tim Meeks, got a hole in one at the Sistersville Country Club.

Tyler Consolidated’s Jarret Lemasters won the state pole vault championship. Paden City’s Jake Pierce won the state 300 meter hurdles. Lemasters and Pierce were both named as athletes of the week for their efforts.

The Knights’ four-year track member Tessa Boyd signed to perform for Glenville State as a discus thrower.

The Tyler Consolidated baseball season comes to an end with a defeat to Wheeling Central in the regional tournament. The Silver Knight finished the season with a 20-7 record.

Aaron Heasley, Hayden Hizer from Paden City, and Madison West and Tyler Anderson of Tyler Consolidated were chosen by the Tyler Star News as the 2016-17 athletes of the year.

Hayden Hizer and Kallie Arnett were named the top Paden City Wildcat athletes at the annual All-Sports banquet.

123 race cars took place in the Tyler County Speedway Bullring Bonus Night as the racing season continued despite some canceled events due to weather.


Paden City Athletic Director and long-time coach Fred King announced his retirement. King coached basketball for the boys and girls and was an assistant baseball coach He was also head track coach and volleyball coach.

The Silver Knights’ Vanessa Templeton and Madison West were named first team All-State softball by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.

Sistersville summer basketball league started play in June 2017.

Paden City’s Hayden Hizer was named to first team All-State baseball by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association. Tyler’s Luke Daugherty named to the second unit. Earning special honorable mention is Tyler’s Dylan Roberts and Paden City’s Kolton Elliott. Honorable Mention went to Paden City’s Matt Saxon and Tyler’s Tyler West.

Tyler Consolidated held the annual Putzulu Invitational Volleyball Tournament for the 11th straight year. Tyler Consolidated and Paden City both took part, along with six other quality teams.

TCHS held its annual K-2 soccer camp. The camp was hosted by by the Knights soccer team with volunteers from the boys and girls high school teams.


Rick Leach was named as the new Tyler Consolidated head boys basketball coach. Leach replaced Bob Jones who retired.

Gavin Corley was named the Tyler Star News athlete of the week for July 5.

A new era began in Paden City with Dave Riggle becoming the new Athletic Director and Jeff Hohn hired as the new head boys basketball coach.

Magnolia won the Paden City summer spikeout over River High School, and the Wildcats finished in third place.

Tyler’s Dylan Roberts was named the Star News’ athlete of the week for July 12.

Trent Shepherd, Tyler Anderson, Jarrett Lemasters and Emily Lancaster, Tyler Consolidated track stars were all chosen to the All-Valley track team for 2017.

Tyler Consolidated’s Jace Reed and Tyler Anderson were chosen to play in the Annual Rudy Mumley OVAC All-Star game.

Paden City’s Aubrey Neff and Katrina Heasley were selected athletes of the week for July 26.


Tyler Consolidated hosted the annual Marshall University Volleyball camp, a four-day event held each year by the coaching staff of Marshall University. 42 campers took part in this years camp.

JoLee Walton and Josey Jones were named Tyler Star News Athletes of the Week for Aug. 2.

Sistersville Summer Basketball League concluded with team black winning the championship.

Tyler Consolidated Golf season began on Aug. 13 with Coach Joe Griffith expecting big things from his two returning seniors Cheyenne Morris and Noah Miller.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats began football practice, under coach Brent Croasmun. Tyler’s Griffin Phillips and Paden City’s Mike Shreves were named Athletes of the Week for Aug. 9.

Tyler County Speedway continued the season with the Sunoco Shootout. It was also Hillbilly Qualifiers and Season Championships week. 133 racers took part in a tune up for the Hillbilly 100.

Football season began with Tyler dropping a close one to Williamstown and Paden City losing to Symmes Valley.

Tyler’s Mark Rucker and Silver Knights distance runner Spencer Corley were chosen as the paper’s athletes of the week for Aug. 30.


Wesbanco team of L. Bevel, D. Tuel, D. Williams and D. Mendenhall won the VFW Scholarship Golf Tournament held at the Sistersville Country Club.

Paden City volleyball player Katrina Heasley and Silver Knights soccer player Kenna Smith were chosen as the Sept. 6 Tyler Star News athletes of the week. The Lady Knights volleyball team earned a sixth straight victory over St. Mary’s.

Athletes of the week, chosen by the Star News for Sept. 13, were Mallory Yeater of Paden City and Griffin Phillip.

Tyler’s freshman cross country runner Spencer Corley placed 16th in the Chik-fil-a Invitational, making him one of the top three Class-A runners in the event.

Josey Jones was named athlete of the week by the Star News for the week of Sept. 20.

The Silver Knights got a big win, 63-0, over Calhoun County to celebrate homecoming week. Paden City picked up its first win with a 54-6 crushing of winless Hundred.

Paden City’s Rander Amos, Ryan Cross and Nike Shreves all earned athlete of the week by the Tyler Star News for the week of Sept. 27.

Wildcat volleyball players Jenna Ferrebee and Hope Weber were named as Max Preps West Virginia volleyball players of the week for Sept. 4 and 11.

Four won at the Sistersville General Hospital Benefit Golf Scramble. Winners were Brent Fluharty, Nate Fluharty, Dr. David Smith and Dr. Donnie Smith. The four were part of the emergency room team.


Tyler Consolidated’s JoLee Walton was named the Tyler Star News’ Athlete of the Week for her excellent week of volleyball. During seven matches she had 359 sets, 143 assists, seven blocks, 28 digs, 36 points, nine blocks and six aces.

Silver Knights golfer Noah Miller made it to state golf tournament. Paden City’s Kameron McClain is crowned homecoming queen.

The Star News’ athletes of the week for Oct. 11 were Knights football players Griffin Phillips and Mark Rucker.

Paden City won the OVAC Class A volleyball tournament over Beallsville in five sets. The Wildcats were playing in their sixth straight championship match.

Silver Knights soccer player Brandon Bonar was named the Tyler Star News Athlete of the Week for Oct. 8.

Tyler Consolidated’s cross country team placed fourth in the LKC Championships. Spencer Corley placed sixth overall.

Tyler Consolidated’s cross country team sent two runners to the state track meet – Jahnvi Duncan and Spencer Corley.

In football action, the Silver Knights blasted Valley, 51-8. Rucker scored five touchdowns and was named the Star News’ athlete of the week.

Also, Paden City won the Mason-Dixon Conference volleyball tournament and placed three on the All-Tournament team.


The Tyler Consolidated Silver Knights punched their way to a sixth-straight state volleyball tournament after winning the sectionals and placing runners-up in the regional.

The Silver Knights fell in quarterfinals at Charleston to the eventual champion Wirt County.

Paden City landed three on All-OVAC – Mallory Yeater, Hope Weber and Malayna Price. Hope Weber is named OVAC Class-A Player of the year.

The Silver Knights’ Mark Rucker and Riley Leasure were named football’s players of the year by the Tyler Star News.

Silver Knights golfer Cheyenne Morris signed to play golf at West Liberty university. Paden City’s Maylana Price committed to play volleyball at Wheeling Jesuit. Tyler’s Amanda Reynolds signed a letter of intent to play for the Bethany Bisons.


The Wildcats and Silver Knights’ high School basketball seasons began on a winning note for all area teams.

Paden City started wrestling for the first time in school history. Rander Amos achieved the Wildcats’ first-ever wrestling tournament championship, with a win at Ritchie County.

Silver Knights’ Josey Jones is named first team All-State volleyball, Alexa Johnson is named to second team, and Paden City’s Hope Weber is named second team.

Tyler Consolidated’s Mark Rucker is named first team All-State football and the Knights’ Griffin Phillips is named to the second team.

Happy New Year to all! eparsons@tylerstarnews.com