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December 11, 2017

Charleston, W. Va. -- Everyone that was in the Charleston Civic Center on Saturday afternoon for the Class A State cheerleading competition knew coming in that Tug Valley and Tolsia were the two teams to beat in the eight team competition and those two did not disappoint.

2017 State Class A Runner Up Tolsia Rebels 

2017 State Class A Runner Up Tolsia Rebels -- Allie Webster, Shelby Jude, Daniel Williams, Isabella Simpkins, Rosie Sturgill, Kendall Tucker, Raygan Meddings, Caitlin Grace, Kirsten Thompson, Madison Wilson, Candace Parsley, Mikayla Chaffin, Lea Blackburn, Racheal Ferguson, Denisha Ratcliff  Coaches Trina Fitzpatrick and Marsha Walker2017 State Class A Runner Up Tolsia Rebels -- Allie Webster, Shelby Jude, Daniel Williams, Isabella Simpkins, Rosie Sturgill, Kendall Tucker, Raygan Meddings, Caitlin Grace, Kirsten Thompson, Madison Wilson, Candace Parsley, Mikayla Chaffin, Lea Blackburn, Racheal Ferguson, Denisha Ratcliff Coaches Trina Fitzpatrick and Marsha Walker

 

Both teams had performances that were worthy of bringing a state championship home to southern West Virginia and the final results were going to be close.

After much deliberation by the five judges the results were in and I’m not sure the fans realized how close, as the Panthers edged the Rebels by the slimmest of margins to win the Class A state cheerleading championship by half a point 314.25 to 313.75 as both squads laid it all on the line of front of a raucous crowd.

 

2017 State Class A Runner Up Tolsia Rebels2017 State Class A Runner Up Tolsia Rebels

 

Tolsia will bring home the Runner Up trophy for the second time in the last three years.

Both teams have a proud tradition for cheerleading as Tug Valley and Tolsia have won many state championships. The fan bases from both teams should be proud.

In Class AAA it was Spring Valley bringing home the crown and Brooke finishing runner up.

In Class AA Robert C. Byrd captured another title with Logan coming in second place.

 

December 9, 2017

Lady Dawgs remain unbeaten with win over Tolsia, Play for BJM Key Player Championship tonight

 20 Kendra Spaulding of Lawrence Co. looking to score against 52 Kayla Jude of Tolsia on Friday night in the BJM Key Player Shootout. 20 Kendra Spaulding of Lawrence Co. looking to score against 52 Kayla Jude of Tolsia on Friday night in the BJM Key Player Shootout.

Fort Gay, W. Va. -- For the first time since 2010 Lawrence Co. and Tolsia met on the hardwood in Girls Basketball and the Lady Bulldogs came away with a 51-35 victory in the BJM Key Player Shootout on Friday night at Rebel Arena.

With the win Lawrence Co. ( 4-0 ) will advance to the Championship game Saturday night at 7:00 to face George Washington out of Charleston who beat Wayne 57-54 in the first game Friday night.

Tolsia ( 0-2 ) led after one quarter 11-8 before Lawrence Co. scored 14 points in the 2nd quarter to take a 22-17 lead going into halftime.

In the third quarter the Lady Bulldogs stretched the lead out by scoring 16 points and led 38-27 going to the final stanza.

Bulldog Junior Lexi Ratliff with the off balance basket as 15 Julie Boone and 22 Sarah Jude defend. Bulldog Junior Lexi Ratliff with the off balance basket as 15 Julie Boone and 22 Sarah Jude defend.

In the 4th LCHS Senior Kendra Spaulding scored 8 of her game high 19 points including 6-6 from the foul line to help secure the win.


Rebel Freshman Kenzie Young beats the third quarter buzzer against Lawrence Co.Rebel Freshman Kenzie Young beats the third quarter buzzer against Lawrence Co.Bulldog Junior Lexi Ratliff tallied 12 points, Senior Hannah Rucker netted 7 points, 7th Grader Kensley Feltner finished with 5 points, Junior Sheree Hay hit a three pointer for her only points, Sophomore Kassidi Cavins and Junior Chelsey Fields scored 2 points each, Junior Kelly Davis hit a free throw.

LC went 17-21 from the line and hit 4 three pointers on the night.

The Lady Rebels were led by Senior Kayla Jude and Freshman Kenzie Young with 7 points each. Junior Sarah Jude had 6 points, Senior Mariah Finley and Freshman Selena Browning had 4 points each, Freshman Jace Litton had 3 points, Senior Elizabeth Asbury and Sophomore Trinity Muncy had 2 points each. THS hit 2 three pointers and went 7-12 from the line.

Lawrence Co. 8 14 16 13 - 51
Tolsia 11 6 10 8 - 35

Saturday Schedule for the BJM Key Player Shootout at Tolsia High School

1:00 Tolsia vs Lawrence Co. JV game.

3:00 Wayne vs Spring Valley JV game.

5:00 Tolsia vs Wayne Consolation game

7:00 Lawrence Co. vs George Washington Championship game.

 


Tolsia Head Coach Ric Morrone

COACH'S COMMENTS

“... We were Down five points at the half and I thought we played pretty decent, in the second half we had some turnovers and then had to extend our defense a little bit which led to some easy basket. Thought we ran out of gas and they made some plays to extend the lead.”

“... Give Coach Feltner a ton of credit she does a good job with her program and I have the upmost respect for her. They have a nice club. Wore us down in the second half. We have a very young team even though we have five seniors. We don’t have much Varsity experience outside of two kids.”

“... I thought the kids played hard and ran the offense and got some open looks they just didn’t go down. The scoreboard didn’t reflect how we played.”


Bulldog Head Coach Melinda Feltner

COACH'S COMMENTS

“... I want to thank coach Morrone for inviting us to play in a such a great tournament. To honor his Mother is a wonderful thing. Tolsia has a solid team and we are lucky to come out with a win. Our girls didn’t do a very good job playing defense or executing offensively. We have to be more focused when we play GW tonight. Glad we were able to pull out the win. We just have to keep grinding and working to get better everyday.”

December 8, 2017

Tyler Maynard nets 37 FOR LCHS in victory over 'TUG RIVER' rival

Bulldog point guard #2 Tyler Maynard scoring with #11 Austin Salmons defending. Maynard put on a show in the second half scoring 26 of his career high 37 points in a road win over Tolsia.Bulldog point guard #2 Tyler Maynard scoring with #11 Austin Salmons defending. Maynard put on a show in the second half scoring 26 of his career high 37 points in a road win over Tolsia.

Fort Gay, W. Va. -- For the first time since 2011 Tolsia ( 0-2 ) and Lawrence Co. ( 2-4 ) met on the hardwood as the Bulldogs pulled away from the Rebels in the second half for a 93-70 convincing victory on Thursday night at Rebel Arena.

Lawrence Co. trailed 21-13 after one quarter and 38-26 before the Dawgs went on a 14-0 run to end the second quarter and take a 40-38 lead at Halftime.

The Bulldogs continued with a 8-0 spurt to start the 2nd half to take a 48-38 lead with 5:38 to go before the Rebels hit two free throws to end the 22-0  Tolsia Senior #10 Wayne Williamson hitting one of his 6 three pointers as Bulldog Cody Maynard closes out. Tolsia Senior #10 Wayne Williamson hitting one of his 6 three pointers as Bulldog Cody Maynard closes out.run. Tolsia would cut the lead to 7 on a couple different occasions, but could not get any closer.

The Bulldogs had four players hit double figures led by Sophomore Tyler Maynard who finished with a career high 37 points, Sophomore Chase Sartin who hit 5 three pointers and finished with 19 points, 8th Grader Cody Maynard tallied 16 points Junior Noah Fairchild had 11 points, Freshman Baden Gillispie chipped in with 4 points, Senior Weston Hardin, Sophomore Derek Larimer and Junior Eric Webb had 2 points each. The Dawgs hit 11 three pointers and went 9-14 from the line.

 

Tolsia also had four players score in double figures, leading the way was Senior Wayne Williamson who hit 6 three pointers for 18 points, Senior Jonathon Johnson tallied 15 points, Senior Jared Switzer scored 13 points, Junior Jacob Mollette finished with 10 points, Austin Salmons had 8 points, Zach Ball had 4 points and Rob Cantrell chipped in with 2 points. THS hit 9 three pointers and went 13-15 from the charity stripe.


Lawrence Co. 13 27 22 31 - 93
Tolsia 21 17 13 19 - 70

Rebel Senior Jonathon Johnson scoring 2 of his career high 23 points vs Nitro.Rebel Senior Jonathon Johnson scoring 2 of his career high 23 points vs Nitro.


On Tuesday night at Rebel Arena in the season opener for both teams, Nitro ( 1-0 ) dispatched Tolsia ( 0-1 ) spoiling the debut of Rebel Head Coach Todd Maynard 106-67.

The Wildcats jumped out to a 25-4 lead after one quarter. Tolsia played Nitro even in the second quarter led by Senior Jonathon Johnson’s 16 point outburst to make the score 53-32 at Halftime.

In the second half Nitro would widen the lead and never look back secure the road victory.

Tolsia was led by Johnson who poured in 23 points, Freshman Zach Ball finished with 10 points, Junior Jacob Mollette and Freshman Austin Salmons tallied 9 points apiece.

Senior Jared Switzer scored 5 points, Seniors Wayne Williamson and Kyler Speer had 3 points, Freshman Tyler Johnson hit a three pointer and Freshman Trey Brumfield chipped in with 2 points. The Rebels hit 5 three pointers and went 8-18 from the line.


Nitro 25 28 26 27 - 106
Tolsia 4 28 18 17 - 67


Tolsia will be back in action on Tuesday night at Home vs Ambassador Christian.

Lawrence Co. will travel to Magoffin Co. on Monday night and host Lewis Co. on Wednesday night.


Bulldog Head Coach Travis York

COACH'S COMMENTS

“... I told the kids this was going to be a battle and Tolsia came out making shot after shot, we finally got out of our press and that changed the game a little. Fell behind early and then starting making some shots.” Tyler Maynard, Chase Sartin and Cody Maynard were all very good tonight.”

“... This game hasn’t been played since 2011 so these kids don’t really know much about this rivalry and how intense it was going to be. They come to our place later in the year. Glad this game is back on our schedule.”

 

 

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