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High school girls soccer teams are coming back strong

November 13, 2018

Hurricane High School girls soccer players barely had left the field after winning the state championship last week in Beckley before talk of a repeat began to swirl.

Capturing a second consecutive state title would be an accomplishment, but just getting out of sectional play could be a monumental triumph. The 2018 champion Redskins and 2017 titlist Cabell Midland reside in the same section and both figure to be strong contenders, along with 2018 runner-up Wheeling Park, for the 2019 state championship.

Hurricane figures to return a bevy of stars led by this year’s freshman sensation midfielder Bailey Fisher, who scored the Redskins’ goal in the state finals victory over Wheeling Park. Key defender Abby Fowler will be a junior, as will stellar goalkeeper Olivia Bird, whose two saves in a shootout in the finals were key to Hurricane winning.

Cabell Midland returns Emilie Charles, likely to be the 2018 state player of the year when the team is announced Nov. 18, and will be joined by her younger sister Olivia, a rising freshman who is regarded as a similar player to Emilie. Elisabeth Dick also returns for her senior year after playing well as a junior, as does Hanley Riner, who turned in a strong freshman season.

RECRUITING ROUNDUP: Spring Valley running back Owen Chafin committed to West Virginia University. ... Timberwolves running back Isaac Howard and defensive back Tyson Hall received offers from Mount St. Joseph University. Hall also picked up an offer from Marietta College. ... Huntington St. Joe girls basketball star Bailee Adkins visited the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. ...

Spring Valley pitcher Cody Sharp is set to sign on Nov. 15 to play baseball at Marshall University. ... Former Fairland track athlete Jackie Wagner, a shot put and discus thrower at Ponte Vedra High School in Jacksonville, Florida, received an offer from the University of Central Florida. Wagner visited the University of New Orleans on Friday. ... Cabell Midland volleyball standout Gracie Brumfield visited Alderson Broaddus University. Brumfield has a walk-on offer from Marshall. ... Ashland softball player Mykayla Akers signed with Kentucky Christian University. ... Fairland’s Allie Marshall is scheduled to sign Wednesday to play women’s basketball at Cedarville University. ... Huntington St. Joe girls soccer player Savannah Short committed to Concord University Saturday and is slated to sign with the Mountain Lions at 3 p.m. Thursday.

OVC PREVIEWS: The Ohio Valley Conference girls basketball previews are Nov. 16 at Gallia Academy in Centenary, Ohio.

The two-quarter scrimmages begin at 5 p.m. with Chesapeake playing Rock Hill, followed at 6 p.m. by South Point vs. Portsmouth. At 7 p.m., defending champion Fairland plays Coal Grove. At 8 p.m., Gallia Academy takes on Ironton.

The OVC boys basketball previews are Nov. 23 at Gallia Academy.

At 5 p.m., Chesapeake plays Rock Hill, followed at 6 p.m. by South Point vs. Portsmouth. At 7 p.m., defending champion Fairland takes on Coal Grove. at 8 p.m., the host Blue Devils play Ironton.

PARADE PROBLEMS: Veterans Day parades are wonderful events to honor our nation’s war heroes.

Charleston’s scheduling of a parade at the same time as the state volleyball tournament and on the streets adjacent to the arena where the event was played Saturday was not an ideal decision. Several fans expressed frustration that the parade delayed them from reaching the tournament for nearly an hour. The L-shaped parade route during the morning session blocked several streets near the facility.

ROUNDING UP: Chesapeake volleyball standout Karli Davis is the first player in school history to make the All-Ohio team. ... Quarterback Joel Lambiotte is the first player in Fairland High School football history to start 41 consecutive games. ... Spring Valley tackle Doug Nester has started 50 consecutive high school football games. ... Point Pleasant quarterback Cason Payne broke the school single-game passing yards record when he threw for 262 in a 47-6 victory over James Monroe to end the regular season. Payne played just three quarters. ... Boyd County’s boys cross country team finished second in the Kentucky state meet. ...

In Lawrence County’s astounding 78-74 football playoff victory over Frankfort Western Hills, Bulldogs quarterback Noah West ran for 393 yards, seven touchdowns and nine two-point conversions. Lawrence County’s point total broke the school record of 77 vs. Perry Central in 1999. ... Huntington High’s Owen Stoll was named as the Mountain State Athletic Conference boys soccer player of the year. His dad, HHS coach Blaine Stoll, was picked as MSAC coach of the year. ... Cabell Midland’s Emilie Charles was named as MSAC girls soccer player of the year. Hurricane’s Shelly Young was tabbed as coach of the year. ...

Ironton’s football team’s collective GPA for the last grading period was 3.54. ... Alex Penrod of Gallia Academy was named as the Ohio Valley Conference football coach of the year. ... Hurricane’s last 10 football playoff games were on the road. ... Wheelersburg’s football team honored veterans by carrying 50 American flags onto the field with them before their game with Portsmouth West. ... Former Fairland basketball all-stater Kollin Van Horn started Tuesday for Cedarville University in a 70-50 loss to the University of Akron and scored eight points, grabbed six rebounds, blocked a shot and issued an assist. ...

Portsmouth Clay’s volleyball team made the Ohio Division IV tournament and lost to Tiffin Calvert 25-10, 25-13, 15-16 in the semifinals. ... Portsmouth running back Talyn Parker was named as the Division V Southeast District football player of the year on offense. Wheelersburg’s Evan Dahm and Ironton’s Etahn Duncan were co-defensive players of the year. In Division IV, Gallia Academy linebacker Jacob Campbell was named defensive player of the year in the district and Blue Devils coach Alex Penrod was named coach of the year. In Division VII, Green’s Ted Newsome was named coach of the year. ... Raceland has won at least 10 football games in three consecutive seasons, the first time in school history that happened. ... Fairland’s girls cross country team posted a 4.359 GPA n the last grading period.

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