From Staff Reports
PikeView continued its strong tournament run Saturday, defeating James Monroe and Independence for the Region 3 title at Summers County High School.
The Section 2 champion Panthers downed Section 1 runner-up and perennial state tournament contender Independence 25-14, 25-19, 20-25, 25-15 in the semifinals.
James Monroe, the Section 2 runner-up, then knocked off Section 1 winner Westside in a match that went five games. The Mavericks came out on top in the deciding game by a 15-13 score.
PikeView (24-16) then defeated James Monroe 25-19, 25-21, 22-25, 22-25, 16-14 for the Region 3 crown.
Both the Panthers and Mavericks will advance to next week’s state tournament in Charleston. It will be PikeView’s first trip to states.
Fayetteville gets state tournament berth
The Fayetteville Pirates earned a berth in next week’s state volleyball tournament by taking second place Saturday at the Class A Region 3 tournament.
The Pirates fell to Sherman in the championship game, losing all three games by identical 25-16 scores.
Sherman eliminated Valley in the semifinals, while Fayetteville downed six-time defending regional champion Greater Beckley Christian.
Nicholas advances to states
SISSONVILLE — Nicholas County finished runner-up Saturday in the Class AA Region 4 tournament, earning a trip to next week’s state tourney in Charleston.
The Grizzlies fell 19-25, 26-24, 25-21, 22-25, 18-16 to Herbert Hoover in the championship match. They had beaten Sissonville 27-25-23-25, 25-14, 20-25 and 15-9 Friday for the Section 1 title, and had rolled past Mingo Central 25-14, 25-13, 25-7 in the Region 4 semifinal.
Independence 24, Fayetteville 12
FAIRLEA — Brian Sexton threw for three touchdowns as Independence beat Fayetteville 24-12 Saturday at Greenbrier East High School.
Sexton completed 4 of 7 passes for 77 yards. He had scoring strikes of 5 yards to Aaron Tolliver, 25 yards to Cody Collins and 31 to Colton Ward.
Tolliver rushed 21 times for 133 yards for the Patriots, who closed the season at 5-5.
Fayetteville quarterback Aaron Krise ran 12 times for 118 yards. Jacob Alton scored on a 2-yard run and Hunter Pullens had a 36-yard touchdown. Both scores came in the third quarter after Independence led 24-0 at halftime.
Fayetteville finished the year 0-10.
Summers County’s Matt Ryan should have been credited with a 55-yard touchdown reception, not Isaiah Brown, in a story detailing the Bobcats’ 28-20 win over Valley in Saturday’s edition of The Register-Herald. Ryan finished the game with three receptions for 86 yards.