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Prep notebook: Fans, players show support for HHS soccer player

September 18, 2018

Area high school athletes and coaches are about so much more than just sports.

Last week, Huntington High School soccer player Nick Chambers lost his mother. The Highlanders decided to support him by making Tuesday’s game with Woodrow Wilson a “yellow out.” Fans wore yellow shirts to show their love for Chambers.

Huntington St. Joe’s boys and girls soccer teams showed their support, as well, cancelling their practices to attend the Huntington High game in support of Chambers. Cabell Midland’s girls soccer team performed a yellow balloon release for the same reason.

“That is true class,” said Bryan Chambers, Nick’s father said of the events.

Condolences to Nick and his family. Kudos to HHS, Huntington St. Joe, Cabell Midland, Woodrow Wilson and all others who supported him.

South Point High School’s football team commemorated 9/11 on Tuesday, Sept. 11, when it ran 715 yards in addition to its normal practice running. The total represented 110 stories of the World Trade Center buildings.

Rock Hill’s youth football league players, coaches and parents stopped practice and stood at attention Tuesday when the Star Spangled Banner was played at the Redmen’s high school soccer game.

Raceland’s football team will donate to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital for every touchdown the Rams score in September.

UPDATES NEEDED: Athletic directors and coaches, please update your rosters and schedules on your state’s governing body’s website (WVSSAC, OHSAA, KHSAA).

Those tools are excellent resources for media and fans, but only if they are properly used. Some schools have up information that is several years old.

PANTHERS HALL ADDS FIVE: Chesapeake High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame added five outstanding individuals last week.

Inducted were Jim Bailey (baseball, 1966), Mike Hunt (football and track, 1973), Jerry Frye (softball assistant coach 1990s and 2000s), Emily Delimpo Wollschleger (girls basketball, 2002) and Anthony DeLimpo (boys basketball, 2001). Bailey also is a member of Fairland’s Hall of Fame as the Dragons’ longtime softball coach.

RECRUITING NOTES: Spring Valley quarterback Will Adkins received an offer from West Virginia State University. ... Fairland soccer standout Andrew Channongsuang visited Kentucky Christian University last week. ... Hurricane High School baseball stars Tyler Cox and Austin Dearing committed to play baseball at Marshall University. ... Cabell Midland offensive lineman Logan Osburn visited Marshall last week. ... Bluefield football center Mason Walker received a preferred walk-on offer from West Virginia University, as well as an offer from Morehead State University. ...

Mingo Central wide receiver Drew Hatfield visited the University of Louisville last week. ... Fairland girls basketball guard Harlie Lyons visited Salem International University last week. ... West Virginia University basketball coach Bob Huggins stopped by Gallia Academy to see Blue Devils’ 7-foot-2 junior center Zach Loveday. Baylor assistant coach Jon Jakus also paid Loveday a visit, as did Xavier assistant Jonas Hayes. Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann is scheduled to visit this week. ... Ole Miss reportedly has offered Huntington Prep power forward J.T. Thor. ... Spring Valley running back Owen Chafin visited Butler University on Saturday. ... South Point girls basketball star Emilee Whitt visited Ohio Wesleyan University.

ROUNDING UP: Spring Valley won volleyball tournaments in Beckley and Parkersburg last week, going undefeated and beating Cabell Midland in the finals of both events. ... Boyd County plans to honor its 1968 football team Oct. 12 at the Lions’ game with East Carter. The 1968 team went 9-1 and won the Northeastern Kentucky Conference championship. ... Federal Hocking cancelled Friday’s football game with Fort Frye because injuries have depleted the roster to the point the team can’t field a starting 11. ... Former Fairland standout running back Keedrick Cunningham scored a touchdown for West Virginia State last week in his first college game. Cunningham also recovered a fumbled punt. ... Rock Hill’s girls soccer team won its first Ohio Valley Conference contest last week when it defeated Chesapeake 2-0. ... Fairland’s girls cross country team won the Ironton Invitational, with Dragons’ runner McKenna Pannell winning the individual title.

Greenup County will play Minford in boys basketball Jan. 26 in the Randy Ward Classic, named after the longtime Musketeers coach. ... Fairland’s girls golf team played its first match ever Tuesday and defeated South Point at Sugarwood Golf Course. Later in the week, the Dragons’ Hanna Shrout took medalist honors at the Ohio Valley Conference meet at Creekside Golf Course in Gallipolis, Ohio. ... This season is the 65th anniversary of Rock Hill’s only undefeated football team, which went 9-0 in 1953. ... Green’s boys and girls cross country teams won championships last week at the Manchester Invitational. ... Gallia Academy volleyball has won 28 consecutive regular-season games, 24 straight Ohio Valley Conference matches and 13 regular-season matches in a row. ...

Ironton St. Joe’s Alexis Holtzapfel became the first volleyball player in school history to reach 1,000 assists. Her teammate, Kelsey Malone, recorded her 1,000th kill. ... Fairland’s eighth-grade volleyball team is 22-0 during the last two seasons. ... Gallia Academy volleyball standout Peri Martin, a junior, recorded her 1,000th assist last week. ... Hundred’s football team broke its 50-game losing streak Saturday, defeating Hannan 42-26.

Tim Stephens is a reporter with The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at (304) 526-2759 or tstephens@herald-dispatch.com. Follow him on Twitter @sportsturtle11.

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