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The Press Box for November 13

By Staff | Nov 13, 2019

Paden City’s girls volleyball team under the coaching of Jennifer Yeater and assistant Chris Baughman are off to Charleston and the state volleyball tournament this Friday, for the first time in school history. They have had some great teams over the years and on several occassions have been 30 match winners, but this years team is something special.

They now stand at 34-4and have some major achievements on the season. OVAC champions for the third straight year, Mason Dixon champions the third straight year, West Virginia Region 1 Section 2 champions and WV Regional champions.

During sectional play they beat Tyler Consolidated three straight sets, defeated Magnolia 3-5 sets and set down top seeded Ritchie County in the championship in straight sets. On Saturday in the Regionals the Cats breezed by Weirton Madonna in three straight and then won the title in three staight over Ritchie County to earn their trip south.

They are still a young group of girls with several juniors, sophomores and freshman and only three seniors on the team. Yeater has built the team on the shoulders of her two junior stars Hope Weber and Mallory Yeater and the rest of the team has followed suit as leaders and role players. That’s what makes this team special. They practice good sportsmanship and play as a team, plus school pride and a good following from the community. We wish then the best of luck as they take on the rest of the states top Class A teams this weekend.

Tyler Consolidated finished their football season with a nice hard fought 6-4 record while all their defeats came to top 10 teams in the playoffs. During the season two player really stuck out with seniors Mark Rucker and Gage Huffman showing up big every week. Rucker finished the season with 1841 yards rushing on 187 attempts and scored 25 rushing touchdowns. He also had 32 receptions for 386 yards and six touchdowns plus two touchdowns on special plays while adding 16 rushing conversions and two pass reception conversions for a total of 234 points on the season.

Huffman finished his career with the Knights with 690 yards rushing on 108 carries for 12 touchdowns. While playing the quarterback position he threw for 67 completions in 113 attempts for 1,048 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also had seven conversion carries for 14 points and kicked one extra point.. He threw for seven conversion passes as well and accounted for a combined rushing and passing total of 179 points on the year.

Personally I think they may need to look at how they seed teams making the playoffs. I am no expert at it by any means but this Silver Knights team is better than at least four teams who got in and with the type of season these two seniors had it would have been good to see them extend their season a little more. Never the less it was great watching them throughout their years on the Silver Knights football field and we wish them both the best as basketball season rolls around.

Paden City High School finished up their football season as well this past Friday with a hard fought loss to cross country rival Valley 37-19. The score is really no indication as to how close this matchup was as the Wildcats had a 19-18 lead going into the fourth quarter but faltered with a few mistakes and suffered the loss. However it was a good year for Paden City and one they can build upon. They managed three wins, but with a few breaks could easily have won seven games. It is what it is, but guaranteed the Wildcats are on the rise. They put lots of points on the board this season which created a lot of excitement and has fans waiting on next year. Coach Heasley stepped into a program that had hit rock bottom and with hard work and enthusiasm brought them back to life.

Get ready for some good basketball as the area girls and boys are now on the gym floor preparing to make some memories. If you don’t have anything to do this weekend make your way down to Charleston and lend a hand of support for the Wildcat girls as they make their first ever appearance in the volleyball tournament. Good luck and bring home the top prize.