The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Latest Sports

January 12, 2014

Eagles avoid letdown, breeze past Hurricane

Woodrow above .500 going into Monday’s showdown with Shady

BECKLEY — When Woodrow Wilson and Hurricane met in the opening round of the state tournament a year ago, the Flying Eagles let a 15-point lead slip away and allowed the Redskins to cut it to one late in the game, before pulling away in the final minute and escaping with the victory.

Saturday, the two teams met for the first time since that March afternoon and Woodrow wasn’t going to allow the lead to slip again.

The Class AAA No. 10 Flying Eagles dispatched upset-minded Hurricane 62-49 for their third win of the season.

The ghost of almost giving away the victory a year ago was one that haunted Woodrow coach Ron Kidd before the game.

“It was on our mind,” he said. “They got everybody back from last year, but we came out and played hard. I’m proud of the way we played.”

Getting the win over Hurricane (5-2) meant a lot to Kidd, not just because of last season, but due to the quality of athletic program the Putnam County school has built.

“They’re a quality school and program,” he said. “I like what they do in every sport, not just basketball. They’re competitive in every sport. Any time you beat a school like that, it’s an honor.”

The Flying Eagles (3-2) did what they do best, play tough defense and attack the glass, while feeding the hot hand to put the ball in the basket.

This time, that player was 6-foot senior guard Jaylon Breckenridge, who scored a game-high 14 points, including two 3-pointers to set the pace for the Eagles.

Breckenridge, who missed much of the 2012-13 season, was playing out of his natural position of shooting guard, but instead ran the point in the absence of Donte Nabors, who is still nursing an injury.

“I thought he showed great leadership,” Kidd said. “I was really impressed with him. He did great.”

For Breckenridge, it felt good to get back on the court and get a full season under his belt, as Woodrow makes its quest for Charleston and a historic 17th state championship.

“It felt good,” Breckenridge said. “I felt like I was making most of my shots. Once you see one fall, you think they’re all going to fall. If you don’t make it, you’ve just got to get back on defense. That’s Beckley basketball. That’s what we’re here for.”

Woodrow needed the defensive pressure against a stout Redskins team, which was led by senior Henry Sorsaia. The 6-5, 210-pound senior spread his scoring out over four quarters, totaling 21 in the game.

Junior Trey Dawson added 12 and senior Garrett DeFries had 9.

With a balanced scoring attack, it made game planning difficult for Kidd and his staff.

“We just told our kids that they’ve got to guard,” he said. “We didn’t say (Sorsaia’s) name or anyone’s name. We just said you have to guard all of them. We feel like all their kids can score.”

The Eagles relied on Chase Hancock to be their floor general, leading the team and directing them on defense.

The self-described “laid back” Hancock was anything but on the court, screaming out orders and diving for loose balls, all while making life tough for the Redskins offense.

“I think he sets the tone for us on defense,” Kidd said. “He’s a warrior. Each and every game he comes to play. This warrior — I think everyone needs to take a page out of his book on how he comes to work.”

For Hancock, who was the only of the starting five to finish without double-digit points, it’s all about winning, no matter what the cost.

“I like to win,” he said. “I like to play defense. I like to dive for loose balls. If I can get it, I’ll get it. It’s a sacrifice but it’s all for the team.”

It’s that team that Hancock has become a leader for, whether he asked for it or not.

“Everybody looks up to me,” he said. “I didn’t really want the role, but as a leader I stepped into it. Everybody looks up to me and I do my best to keep everybody in line and focused and pumped up.”

And for Hancock, it’s not about his own numbers at the end of the game, but the number on the scoreboard.

“If you’re hot, we’re going to get you the ball,” he said. “If I’m hot, I’ll shoot it. Nobody on this team is selfish and we try to work together.”

Woodrow will return to action Monday night against sectional and county rival Shady Spring. Tip-off in Beckley is set for 7:30 p.m.

— E-mail: and follow on Twitter @JDanielRollins.

Hurricane (5-2)

Jacob Lemmerman 0 0-0 0, Henry Sorsaia 10 1-1 21, Dustin Scarberry 0 2-2 2, Ace Estep 1 0-0 3, Trey Dawson 5 0-0 12, JT Rogoszewski 0 2-2 2, Garrett DeFries 3 2-4 9. Totals: 19 7-9 49.

Woodrow Wilson (3-2)

Corey Acord 1 0-0 2, Nick Deems 0 0-0 0, Jaylon Breckenridge 6 0-2 14, Chase Hancock 3 2-4 8, Dai-Dai Fortune 2 0-0 5, Noah Hancock 6 0-0 12, Nequan Carrington 4 3-3 11, Brent Osborne 4 0-0 10. Totals: 26 5-9 62.

H    13    17    9    10    —    49

WW    18    17    16    11    —    62

3-point goals — H: 4 (Dawson 2, Estep, DeFries); WW: 5 (Breckenridge 2, Osborne 2, Fortune). Fouled out — None.

Text Only
Latest Sports
  • Steelers to retire Hall of Famer Greene's No. 75

    The Pittsburgh Steelers are retiring Hall of Fame defensive end Joe Greene's number No. 75.

    July 30, 2014

  • Steelers' Bell looking for more decisive, productive season

    Le'Veon Bell kept watching the tape over and over, equal parts pleased and puzzled by what he saw.

    July 30, 2014

  • Charges dropped against WVU RB Smallwood

    Prosecutors said all charges against 20-year-old Wendell Smallwood, who had been charged with witness tampering in the case, have been dropped.

    July 30, 2014

  • cato Word is out on Marshall's Cato

    Rakeem Cato is easily the face of Marshall football. He also has been mentioned as a darkhorse candidate for the Heisman Trophy. That status is legitimate.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • bush Bush making Saints look good

    For his first four seasons, Rafael Bush was simply looking to land on a roster — any roster.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Practice, not temps, heats up for Saints
    The temperatures may have only been in the low 70s Tuesday afternoon at the Saints new practice facility at The Greenbrier, but now a third of the way into the 15 practices, it’s clear that the heat has turned up with playing time and positions on the line.

    July 30, 2014

  • Bowles has a support system
    Colin Bowles, the 14-year-old little brother of Corey, is coming into his own as a successful athlete. The younger Bowles competed last week at the U.S. Junior Amateur in The Woodlands, Texas, making the cut before bowing out in match play. Right there beside Colin, as he has been his entire life, was older brother Corey,

    July 30, 2014

  • Terre Haute hands Miners 2-1 loss in 11 innings

    Ryan Sabo singled home Clayton Smithson in the bottom of the 11th inning to lift the Rex to the win and put the West Virginia Miners’ postseason hopes in serious jeopardy

    July 30, 2014

  • WVU’s Smallwood waives preliminary hearing

    West Virginia running back Wendell Smallwood, arrested on a felony charge of witness intimidation in a first-degree murder case, waived his preliminary hearing Monday, his case now being moved to Superior Court, where more serious crimes are argued, according to The News Journal.

    July 29, 2014

  • Steelers LB Spence caps lengthy comeback

    The whistle blew and Sean Spence sprinted forward, each cathartic step distancing the linebacker from the horrific knee injury that threatened to end his NFL career before it even really began.

    July 29, 2014

Saints Training Camp