Colleges last week continued to scour the Tri-State for high school student-athletes to play at the next level.
Chesapeake basketball star Maddie Ward got committed to Alice Lloyd College, which also recruited Rock Hill baseball player Nick Van Kueren. Huntington High lineman Max Wentz received an offer from Alderson Broaddus and former Highlanders golfer Tanner Dorsey signed up to Bluefield State, which offered Cabell Midland defensive lineman Nehemiah Roberts.
Wayne Girls basketball star Alana Eves has signed with Alderson Broaddus. Her teammate, Jasmine Tabor, visited the College of Geneva. Nitro Girls basketball star Baylee Goins has signed up to Panola Junior College. Russell running back Nathan Conley has signed with Georgetown College.
Lincoln County baseball star Trace Adkins enlisted at St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, North Carolina. Raceland track star Will Nichols signed with the University of Rio Grande, which secured an engagement from Portsmouth softball star Madison Perry. Ty Bartrum, son of Marshall’s assistant football coach Mike Bartrum, has received an offer from Lehigh.
Tanner Voiers from New Boston signed to play basketball at Kentucky Christian University, and teammate Kyle Sexton at Ohio Valley University. Pikeville football player Zac Lockhart has secured offers from Morehead State and Tennessee-Martin. The state of West Virginia gifted basketball star Man Austin Ball.
South Charleston quarterback Trey Dunn has received a scholarship offer from Wheeling College. Ashlynn Pfau from Portsmouth West has signed on to swim at Shawnee State. Northwest’s Gabe Morrell signed on to run the track at Marietta College.
INCREDIBLE STATS OF THE WEEK: The Wheelersburg softball team have hit 40 home runs this season.
Amanda Brent of Huntington High set a program record in the 800-meter race in 2: 26.12. Sadie Chaffin of Greenup County broke the school record in the 200-meter clocking 28.55. The Lincoln County baseball team scored nine points in their at-bat final to beat Wahama 15-14.
Logan rookie Joey Canterbury pitched a perfect game and struck out 13 goals in a 16-0 win over Mingo Central in his first college start. Raceland baseball sent 11 batters home and scored four runs, despite no hitting, in the fourth inning of a game with Johnson Central.
Tayah Fetty of Point Pleasant went 5 for 5 with two homers and seven runs against South Parkersburg. Independence defeated Liberty-Raleigh 24-0 in softball as Chloe Hart went 4 for 4 with four triples. Wahama gave up just three points in his first 11 softball games.
Rock Hill’s 4×200 relay team of Tyson Lewis, Parker Knipp, Brayden Adams and Noah Wood broke an academic record of 44 years running 1: 31.77. Wood also ran 48.5 of 400 to set competitive records in schools and the Southeast District.
Chloe Collins of Raceland had eight points in a single game, 11th in Kentucky high school softball history.
Dianna Goodman of Winfield set a state record in the pole vault with a 12-5 record. Jefferson recorded his 44th straight baseball season with 20 wins.
NOTES, QUOTES, ANECDOTES: Former Cabell Midland assistant and Marshall University defensive back TJ Carper is Vinton County’s new head football coach.
Former Ironton and Wheelersburg softball star Bre Klaiber of St. Anslem College was named NCAA Division II East Region Player of the Year. Robert C. Byrd boys basketball coach Bill Bennett has retired. Meadow Bridge boys’ basketball coach Mark Gladwell has resigned to take on a managerial role.
The girls from Huntington High and the boys from George Washington won the Mountain State Athletic Conference tennis titles. The Hurricane college softball team was 17-0. Coal Grove has openings for a high school softball coach, bowling coach, and assistant baseball coach.
Portsmouth West football coach Ben Johnson has resigned to become head coach of Wayne High School in Huber Heights, Ohio. The Coal Grove boys and girls track team won the Division III district championships. The Huntington High girls won the Tudor’s Biscuit World Invitational track competition in Charleston.
Former Huntington High basketball star Tavian Dunn-Martin has moved from Duquesne to Florida’s Gulf Coast. Waverly’s Derek Elbin pitched a perfect match in a 1-0 win over Gallia Academy in the section semifinals. Lincoln County softball rookie Josie Bird set a program record with 14 home runs.
The Ashland women’s tennis team won the 16th Kentucky Region title. Ironton hired former South Point coach Ironton St. Joe and Ohio Southern University Chris Barnes as a boys basketball coach. Marshall hired former East-Meigs women’s basketball star Jenna Burdette as an assistant basketball coach.
Bailee Adkins, a former Huntington St. Joe’s women’s basketball player, has transferred from Dayton to Radford. Portsmouth softball finished with a program record of 21-8. Former Winfield football star Mike Barber, assistant coach of women’s football at Hurricane, has been inducted into the West Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.
Former Fairland Track star Jessica Price of Shawnee State qualified for the NCAA Division II Nationals in the 1,500 and 10,000-meter races. She is ranked third in the country in both events.