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Wayne County athletes stand out

April 11, 2018 GMT

A lot of big things going on for Wayne County athletes this past week.

First off, congratulations to the Wayne High School baseball team. The Pioneers have moved into second place in AA thanks to a win over previously undefeated Chapmanville this weekend in a showdown of the two Cardinal Conference powerhouses. They defeated Winfield as well Monday night to improve to 7-2. Not too shabby for a team that lost numerous starters from last year’s successful team.

Another Wayne athlete, Maddie Wilcox, had some exciting news this week. She announced that she is continuing her athletic and scholastic career at Bluefield State College. She was an all-state basketball player on a team that made their first state tournament appearance in school history. I have to say that I have watched hundreds of kids play the game in West Virginia and she is one of the most ferocious rebounders - male or female - I ever had the privilege of covering. Congratulations Maddie.

Spring Valley’s softball team took two wins at Sluggerfest last week hosted by Cabell Midland. The wins were key for the Lady Wolves. Kelsey Huffman recorded her fist high school home run in the tournament. Faith Spry also continued her tear against opposing pitchers by cranking a moon shot to left field. Overall, several players including Gracie Edwards, Cameron Ferguson, Haleigh Kuhn, Sophie Wellman, Spry and Huffman put together multi-hit games for the Lady Wolves during the tournament.

Spring Valley baseball pitcher Cody Sharp is sporting a 1.03 ERA to go along with 32 strikeouts. He recorded a win this past week against Greenbrier East, who had defeated AAA returning champion St. Albans earlier in the year.

Spring Valley’s Owen Chafin continues his college tours visiting Michigan State this past weekend for the Spartans’ spring game and junior day.

Spring Valley’s girls track team won the Chesapeake Lions Club Invitational Saturday with 98 points edging out Huntington High who recorded 96. Wayne girls track also had some success at the meet. Both the 4x400 and 4x800 teams placed first, while Kathryn Dean won the 400-meter with a time of 1:06.15. Keep in mind folks, these young ladies are freshmen.

The Gamers Baseball Academy headquartered in Wayne County placed in three divisions during a tournament in Charlotte this past weekend. Hats off to Craig Brumfield and company for putting together an awesome program that is giving kids from our area an opportunity to shine on the national stage.

The weather pushed back C-K Little Leagues opening week as well as canceling other games throughout the county. With temperatures expecting to hit into the 80s this weekend, hopefully our area youth can get back on the field.

As always, if you have an athlete that deserves some recognition or a team doing extremely well that is not making the paper, send your stories, stats and photos to sports@waynecountynews.com.