The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Latest Sports

October 30, 2013

Woodrow boys fall out of playoffs

George Washington uses momentum to continue season

SOUTH CHARLESTON — Woodrow Wilson and George Washington battled on the Friends of Coal Fields at Trace Fork Tuesday night in a way that would make Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield proud.

And while the match lasted 80 minutes, it only took two of them to decide the winner.

The George Washington Patriots’ Daniel Glines scored his first of three goals in the second minute of the match, in a 3-0 shutout win for the Class AAA Region 3 boys championship.

“(Daniel) was in the right place at the right time,” said George Washington coach Tom Hopper. “I thought it was a tribute to him. He played well.”

While Glines’ hat trick was the highlight of the night, it wasn’t to the discredit of the Flying Eagles.

Despite the score line, Woodrow held possession for much of the game, and outshot George Washington 6-5.

However, getting the shots in the net would prove to be a problem, thanks in part to the hard defense of GW’s back line.

“They do a good job back there,” Woodrow coach Rocky Powell said. “We got in this long ball thing and were trying to get over the top of them. But all the space was in front of them, and we didn’t take advantage of that. The second half we tried to, but they got that quick score again.”

In what seemed like a replay of the first half, just two minutes after halftime, Glines once again found the net. He would add his third goal just 7 minutes later.

“In all honestly, we got that first goal but I don’t think we took momentum,” said Hopper. “I thought they took it to us for quite a while, but, once again, the defense pretty much took care of it. I don’t think we set momentum until the second goal. That made us breathe a little bit easier. That maybe gave us some momentum.”

In the end, there just weren’t enough breaks to fall the Flying Eagles way, or ticks of the clock remaining for Woodrow to return to the state playoffs, which will be hosted in Beckley at the YMCA Paul Cline Memorial Youth Sports Complex next weekend.

It will be as much of an adjustment playing on the hard and patchy surface of Cline Stadium for George Washington as it was playing on Trace Fork’s FieldTurf and Woodrow.

“Playing on this turf is tough,” Powell said. “This is why we went over to Epling Stadium on Saturday and Monday to play on that turf a little bit and knock the ball around to try to get used to it. It’s a completely different game when you know how to play on it. The speed is a completely different game.”

The match marks the end of the line for the Flying Eagles, who have battled to get to the playoffs, going through foggy conditions with Princeton and knocking off their undefeated rival Oak Hill in the sectional finals.

“I’m very proud of these guys,” Powell added. “This isn’t the result I’d like to have. I don’t think any of them can say they didn’t leave it all out there. That’s all I can ask of them.”

As for if the 24-year Flying Eagle coach Powell will return for a 25th season, despite speculation he would retire, the veteran coach gave a sly smile and a brief response.

“We’ll wait and see.”

— E-mail: jrollins

@register-herald.con and follow on Twitter at @JDanielRollins.

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