The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Latest Sports

January 14, 2013

Tigers impress at Winner’s Choice

Shady Spring finishes 5th in biggest test of the season

Not that Larry Ransom wouldn’t have liked for his team to win the Winner’s Choice Tournament, but he got exactly what he had hoped for.

Shady Spring finished a more-than-respectable fifth at the annual tournament in Fairmont. The tournament was the Tigers’ toughest test  of the season among a predominantly Class AAA field.

“I was really pleased,” Ransom said. “On the way up there I was hoping to break the top 10. We actually led the tournament most of the first day, but we closed it out losing a couple of matches that we probably should not have lost and dropped to third. We battled good the second day but lost some more that we should have won.

“All in all, as coaches, we were pleased with how they wrestled.”

This was no cakewalk. The four teams that finished ahead of the Tigers are all in the state’s top 10 rankings — champion Point Pleasant (ranked eighth), Washington (sixth), Parkersburg (fourth) and Ripley (second).

Also in the top 10 and finishing below Shady were University (seventh) and Cabell Midland (ninth).

The Tigers scored 130 points and had five placewinners. Freshman Logan Robertson was fourth at 106 pounds, Johnny Forren third at 120, John Duncan fourth at 132, Nick Farley third at 138 and Cody Richmond sixth at 152.

Brandon Stump finished seventh at 145.

By the time the tournament was complete, several teams had taken notice of Shady Spring.

“A lot of people came up to us, other coaches from other teams, and said they were surprised by how good we looked,” Ransom said. “It was good for the boys. They recognized how good they looked up there.”

The Tigers will compete in the WSAZ Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

n n n

Something about Virginia is agreeing with Greenbrier East.

For the second straight weekend, the Spartans won a Virginia tournament for the first time. They beat 11 other teams to win at Covington, Va.

Three East wrestlers won championships: Jasiel Kinder (106 pounds), Dylan Bullock (138) and Davis Solak (170). Runners-up were Jared Morgan (113), Josiah Solak (160), Joe Sampson (195) and Levi Nelson (220).

Heavyweight Chris Delaney took third, and 120-pounder Michael Blevins was fourth.

The Spartans scored 218 points to outdistance Patrick Henry (197.5) and Turner Ashby (196).

Last Saturday, East won the Alleghany Duals for the first time.

The Spartans will wrestle in the Big Blue Tournament in Christiansburg, Va., on Friday and Saturday.

— E-mail: gfauber@

Text Only
Latest Sports
  • Herd lands ‘Other D’Antoni’

    Danny D’Antoni hasn’t been a West Virginia resident in nearly 40 years. That will soon change, and his family could not be happier.
    D’Antoni will be introduced as Marshall’s new head men’s basketball coach at a press conference at 2 p.m. today. Athletic director Mike Hamrick announced the hiring via Twitter Thursday afternoon.

    April 24, 2014

  • 042514 thompson Shady’s Thompson clearing hurdles with ease

    A fall while running hurdles can be a dangerous thing.
    Unless you’re Shady Spring’s Lyndsey Thompson.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • It’s time for spring cleaning inside my crowded cranium

    My head has been filled with more thoughts than a Hallmark store and more nuggets than a McDonald’s freezer in recent days, so I decided it was time to clear them out and get at least some of them in print.
    Here goes.

    April 24, 2014

  • Treadway Memorial wooden bat tournament begins today

    It’s time to break out the sticks in Coal City.
    The Jeff Treadway Memorial Wooden Bat Tournament will be held tonight and Saturday when the host team Independence, welcomes visitors Bluefield, Greenbrier West and James Monroe to Joe Goddard Field.

    April 24, 2014

  • Dan D’Antoni will be next Marshall men's basketball coach

    Dan D’Antoni will be named the new head men’s basketball coach at Marshall, a source with direct knowledge of the hiring confirmed to The Register-Herald on Thursday.

    April 24, 2014

  • Hamrick deserves praise for pursuit of D’Antoni

    Sometimes gambles don’t pay off, but some risks simply have to be taken.

    April 23, 2014

  • Gettin’ ready for gobbler season: Step 5 — safety

    My brothers in camo, I could not do this series on preparing for gobbler season without talking to you about the aspects of turkey hunting safety. If you haven’t picked up on it yet, I have trouble calling myself an expert on anything. Unfortunately, however, I do have a lot of experience in this area.

    April 23, 2014

  • 042414 woodrow 2 Woodrow hangs on to knock off No. 5 Patriots

    What was supposed to be a pitchers duel turned into anything but Wednesday at Woodrow Wilson High School, but there was not shortage of drama in the Class AAA baseball showdown between No. 8 Woodrow Wilson and No. 5 George Washington.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • WVU post-spring depth chart filled with few surprises

    Although the contents brought about as much of a surprise as a over the hill balloon at a 40th birthday party, there were a few interesting nuggets in the post-spring depth chart that West Virginia University sent out Wednesday morning.

    April 23, 2014

  • Herd staffer completes Boston Marathon

    As Travis Epling watched the events of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings as they were unfolding, he couldn’t help feeling a connection.

    April 23, 2014