Fall sports teams kick off season
WAYNE — Spring Valley, Tolsia and Wayne all kicked all their football and soccer seasons Monday afternoon in preparation for the 2018 season. Spring Valley is the only one out of the three that will staff a boys and girls soccer team.
The Wolves football team will be looking for a three-peat appearance in the class AAA state title game under coach Brad Dingess in his now 11th season with the program. Spring Valley has made back-to-back trips to Wheeling Island falling to Martinsburg in both trips. This season will be an interesting one for the Wolves with a line compared to a small college with already two Division I commits in Doug Nester (Ohio State) and Zach Williamson (Louisville).
Tolsia returns coach Eric Crum and the young Rebels in his second season as the program’s head coach. The Rebel’s struggled last season with a roster of young starters, ending their season on the road in Williamstown 42-0. Tolsia begins their season August 24 in Glenhayes hosting Fairland at 7:30 p.m.
Wayne and Spring Valley will meet for the first time in 19 seasons. The last time the two programs played was in 1999 under coaches Don Money (SV) and Tom Harmon (Wayne). Spring Valley currently holds the torch with a 2-0 record.
Wayne’s season in 2017 was a hard fought battle finishing their season in the quarterfinals on the road at Fairmont Senior. Although the Pioneers lost their quarterback, some young talent is looking to step up and turn the tables for some old school Wayne football. Kick-off is set for the in-county rivals August 24th in the Wolves Den at 7:30 p.m.
Spring Valley’s boys soccer team after losing coach Anthony Emana will look to regroup under some new leadership. The Wolves are in action for the first time August 18 on the road at Rock Hill with a noon start time.
The Lady Wolves return under coach Kenny Burner after a tough season last year with only a handful of seniors. They will begin the year on August 22 at home against Lawrence County at 6:30 p.m.
Stay tuned to the Wayne County News Sports for all fall sports updates and game play.