Starting Five: Quint Named Athletes of the Week
The Tyler Star News’ top athletes of the Week for May 16, 2018 are Gage Huffman, Tyler Consolidated; Luke Daugherty,Tyler Consolidated; Spencer Corley, Tyler Consolidated; Abbe Stackpole, Paden City; and Nathan Barker, Tyler Consolidated.
Huffman had a great week of baseball for the Knights in games with Paden City, St. Marys, and Magnolia. Huffman, who can play infield or outfield, has been manning center lately and made some nice catches over the week while also throwing a couple players out from the outfield. During the week he accounted for seven hits from the plate, including a triple to the fence against Magnolia with the bases loaded for three RBIs. He also added a single in the game and scored two runs. In other games over the week, he doubled, had three singles, scored twice, and knocked in two runs. Huffman is only a sophomore and is a three-sport athlete.
Daugherty had one of his best weeks of the year as he pitched a two-hit complete game shutout against St. Marys on Friday night with four strike-outs and only one walk.
In the Knights big win over Paden City, earlier in the week, Daugherty worked the mound for six innings, walking only one while striking out seven and facing only 23 batters. His bat also played a big role on Saturday against Magnolia as he went 4-5 from the plate with four singles and four RBIs, while scoring three runs. In the field at short stop, he helped turn a double play and was error free with nine putouts.
Corley turned in another sparkling performance in the regional track meet at Ritchie County on Friday night as he took first place in the high jump with a leap of 6-00 to qualify as the top Class A performer in the state for the event to be held this weekend in Charleston. Corley also was the lead runner in the 4×800 Knights relay team who won first place. Individually, he also qualified for the state meet in the open 1600 meter run. Only a freshman, he is odds-on favorite to win the gold in the high jump.
Barker turned in his best performance of the year on Friday at Ritchie County as he got a personal best 16.36 in the 110 meter hurdles to qualify for the state meet, finishing a fraction of a second behind the winner for second place. Barker also ran the first leg for the Silver Knights’ winning shuttle hurdle team, which bested the field with a 1:03. Barker is improving as each week goes by and stands a good chance of bringing home some hardware from Charleston this weekend.
Paden City has a track star of its own in sophomore Abbe Stackpole. On Friday, at the Regionals in Ritchie County, she showed her skill when she finished second in the 100 meter dash, getting nipped out at the finish by Wheeling Central. Stackpole ran a personal best 12.78 to advance as one of the top performers in the event to make it to Charleston. She also showcased her talent with a third place finish in the 200 meter dash, running a 27.37 after finishing second in the preliminaries. To top it off, she also qualified in the 4×100 relay. She just might bring home some gold this weekend.