The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

High School Sports

December 4, 2012

PikeView boys land two on Class AA-A all-state soccer team

FAIRMONT — It’s that time of the year. The 2012 soccer season is now a thing of the past.

Among those who will leave a lasting legacy is Charleston Catholic’s Sam Revercomb, who notched 36 goals while pacing his team to a fourth straight state championship.

“Sam was instrumental in helping our team this year,” Charleston Catholic coach Sam Fox said. “For four years, he’s been a unique player for the program at Charleston Catholic.”

Now he’s been named captain of the Class AA-A all-state team as chosen by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.

In a 5-0 victory against Fairmont Senior in the state title game, Revercomb capped his immaculate career with a goal, which pushed his career total to 87 scored.

Revercomb not only can could score goals through traffic while having flawless ball handling skills, but he also helped the Irish when using the famous “long ball” offense.

“If you’ve ever saw him play, he has so much natural speed. Because of Sam’s speed, we could play long ball,” Fox stated.

Of course, long ball is where you kick the ball down the field and hope the striker can outrun everybody and score a goal.

“That aspect of Sam’s play helped because he’s so tall, so big and so fast ... he could just outrun other kids to the ball,” Fox said. “Last year, when I started coaching Charleston Catholic, I was talking to a referee who traveled a long distance to ref the game and I asked him, ‘Why did you travel this far to ref a game?’ And his response: ‘I came to watch No. 7 play because the kid is so fast.’”

Because of his hard play, he found himself the chance of putting his name in the record books since he is the lone player in the state of West Virginia to win four state championships in soccer.

“He’s set a record this year because he is the first player ever in the history of West Virginia soccer to win four state championships,” Fox said. “He played varsity as a freshman and nobody else has been able to accomplish that feat. It’s appropriate that he goes out with another state championship.”

Rounding out the rest of the Class AA-A first-team goalies are Matt Bartrug of Fairmont Senior and Garret Bulter of Williamstown. Bartrug rattled off eight shutouts on the season, while allowing an average of just 0.72 points per game. Butler tallied 116 saves, seven shutouts and allowed only 15 goals all season.

Revercomb, Logan Demyon of Fairmont Senior and Zach Wise (Berkeley Springs) are the all-state forwards. Demyon capped his career with 16 goals and five assists on the season.

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