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December 14, 2017

Fort Gay, W. Va. -- This past Friday and Saturday the BJM Key Player Shootout was held at Tolsia High school with four Varsity games and two Junior Varsity games were played and all of the benefits went to the Barbara J. Morrone Memorial Scholarship fund.

Lady Rebel Head Coach Ric Morrone coaching up his team in the Barbara J. Morrone Key Player Shootout which is named for his late Mother.Lady Rebel Head Coach Ric Morrone coaching up his team in the Barbara J. Morrone Key Player Shootout which is named for his late Mother.

Both of the high schools that we cover participated along with Wayne, George Washington and Spring Valley to make this annual event a huge success.

Barbara J. Morrone was a pioneer in Girls athletics. She coached various sports, including softball, volleyball, basketball, track and boys soccer. Many times, she coached for little or no pay. Her reward was the impact she had on the hundreds of athletes lives she had contact with.

Coach Morrone believed that girls deserved the same opportunities as boys in athletics. She stood strong for her beliefs and was a great role model for players and coaches. She had a clearer vision then most she knew that the important things in life are the people we touch in our walk. She saw that all along and devoted many hours to starting leagues for girls and coaching multiple sports at a time if needed.

Academics played a major part in Coach Barbara Morrone’s life, as well. She went back to Marshall to get her teaching degree while raising six children at home. She stressed academic excellence to her kids and was a role model to them as well as her athletes and students. She pusses people to do more then they thought possible and to have goals in sports and in life.

The Barbara J. Morrone Scholarship began in August 2007 in memory of an amazing lady. The Scholarship will be given annually to a deserving graduating female. The recipient will exemplify excellence in both academics and athletics. The Scholarship will aid in giving the recipient the opportunity to carry on the fire and spirit that wS alive and well in the life and career of Coach Barbara Morrone.

On Saturday afternoon in the consolation game it was Wayne taking care of county rival Tolsia by the score of 63-35 at Rebel Arena.

Freshman Julie Boone led the Rebels with 14 points and Senior Kayla Jude tallied 11 points. Mariah Finley 8 points, Marlee Marcum 2 points, Sarah Jude and Elizabeth Asbury 1 point each.

BJM Key Player Shootout Recap

Friday night Varsity

George Washington 57 Wayne 54

Lawrence Co. 51 Tolsia 35


Saturday afternoon Junior Varsity

Tolsia 41 Lawrence Co. 35

Spring Valley 62 Wayne 25


Consolation Game Varsity

Wayne 63 Tolsia 35


Championship Game Varsity

George Washington 66 Lawrence Co. 37


All Tournament Team

George Washington --

Lawrence Co. --  Kendra Spaulding and Lexi Ratliff

Wayne -- Maddie Wilcox

Tolsia --  Mariah Finley

On Monday night in the second game of the Boy/Girl Junior Varsity doubleheader it was the Lady Rebels racing by Grace Christian out of Huntington by the score of 53-24.

Tolsia was led by Kylea Pollinger with 12 points, Keyla Fox and Jace Litton with 10 points each, Elizabeth Johnson tallied 9 points, Taylor Ball 4 points, Trinity Muncy and Julie Boone 3 points each, Kenzie Young 2 points.


December 13, 2017

Fort Gay, W. Va. --  Head Coach Todd Maynard and his Tolsia Rebels ( 1-2 ) are in the win column after a 80-68 victory Tuesday night over Ambassador Christian at Rebel Arena.

Rebel Freshman Austin Salmons had a career high 23 points in a win over ACA. Rebel Freshman Austin Salmons had a career high 23 points in a win over ACA.

Tolsia raced out to a 28-18 lead after one period behind 8 points apiece from Freshman Austin Salmons and Rob Cantrell.

The Rebels led 39-31 at halftime over the Eagles.

Tolsia extended the lead in the third quarter behind Salmons' 8 points and Jacob Mollette’s 7 to hold a 60-45 lead going to the 4th.

In the final stanza the Rebels pushed the lead out to 19 points before ACA cut it to 8 a couple different times before the Rebels closeed it out at the foul line.

Rebel Senior Jared Switzer knocks down a long three pointer against ACA.Rebel Senior Jared Switzer knocks down a long three pointer against ACA.Salmons led the Rebels with 23 points, Rob Cantrell tallied 17 points, Jacob Mollette finished with 16, and Jonathon Johnson hit double digits with 10 points. Jared Switzer had 9 and Wayne Williamson chipped in 8 points.

THS hit 7 three pointers and went 17 for 28 from the line.


ACA was led by Rachken Grey who poured in 31 points.

ACA 18 13 14 18 - 68
THS 28 11 21 20 - 80

On Monday night in the first game of a Boy/Girl Junior Varsity doubleheader it was Tolsia getting the 65-43 victory over Grace Christian out of Huntington.

The Rebels only dressed six players but all six put points on the scoreboard.

Tolsia was led by Rob Cantrell who poured in 25 points, Zach Ball tallied 16 points, Austin Salmons had 10 points, Blake Sturgell hit 2 three pointers and finished with 7 points, Trey Brumfield chipped in with 5 points including a three pointer, William Spaulding hit 2 free throws for his only points. THS hit 4 three pointers and went 11-23 from the line.

Grace 6 8 16 13 - 43
Tolsia 12 16 17 20 - 65

Tolsia will be back in action on Saturday afternoon in a showcase at West Virginia State University vs Sherman game time 3:00.

Tolsia Head Coach Todd Maynard


“... Good win for us after playing two really good teams last week in Nitro and Lawrence Co. we knew coming in with our personnel we were going to be a young team and these kids are still learning how to put four quarters together. Our motto is quarter by quarter and we are trying to string those together.”

“... We got off to a good start got out in transition and played pretty good defense in the first period. In the second we didn’t and they cut our lead down at half.  We are so young and even our seniors don’t have a ton of experience so it takes time."

“... Our defense was better tonight but not where it needs to be. ACA has some nice players and they play so hard.”

“... This weekend we play Sherman at West Virginia State so that will be pretty cool for the kids to experience that.”


December 11, 2017

Fort Gay, W. Va. -- Lawrence Co. ( 4-1 ) Lady Bulldogs suffered their first loss of the season Saturday night in the Championship game of the BJM Key Player Shootout 66-37 to a very good George Washington team out of Charleston at Rebel Arena on the campus of Tolsia High school.

Kendra Spaulding shown here vs Tolsia made the All Tournament team along with Lexi Ratliff Kendra Spaulding shown here vs Tolsia made the All Tournament team along with Lexi Ratliff

GW led 20-12 after one period and then outscored the Bulldogs 20-6 in the second period to take a 41-18 lead into halftime and never looked back to win the Championship.

Kendra Spaulding had 18 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs, Kelly Davis tallied 8 points, Lexi Ratliff finished with 7 points, Hannah Rucker and Kassidi Cavins scored 2 points each. LC went 3-9 from the line.

LC 12 6 9 10 - 37
GW 20 21 20 5 - 66

Lawrence Co. Senior Kendra Spaulding and Sophomore Lexi Ratliff both made the BJM Key Player Shootout All Tournament team.

In the first game on Saturday afternoon Tolsia and Lawrence Co. squared off in a Junior Varsity game with the Lady Rebels coming away with a 41-36 victory.

Tolsia had 8 girls sent the scorebook with Julie Boone leading the way with 10 points, Jace Litton tallied 7 points, Kenzie Young 6 points, Selena Browning 5 points, Taylor Ball and Trinity Muncy scored 4 points each, Kylea Pollinger had 3 points, Becca Castle 2 points.

Lawrence Co. had 7 girls score led by Brooke Neal with 12 points, Kyleah Ward and Kensley Feltner 6 points each, Ellie Webb 5 points, Bailee Hinkle and Ally Moore 3 points each, Annabelle Silva hit a free throw.

LC 6 4 7 19 - 36
Tolsia 10 8 13 10 - 41

Lady Bulldog Head Coach Melinda Feltner


“... George Washington could shoot from any spot on the floor and we were a little bit too slow defensively to do anything with them.”

“... Kendra was the only one athletic enough who could drive on them.”


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