Prep notebook: Former Fairview football coach getting back to his roots
Former Fairview High School football coach Fred Ray is the new head coach at Bridgeport (Ohio) High School.
Ray, 37, went 23-23 in four seasons as head coach at Fairview in the Ashland suburb of Westwood, Kentucky, where he was an assistant from 2009-2012 before taking a job as offensive coordinator at River Valley High School for one season. Ray returned to Fairview and took over a program that was penalized for use of an ineligible player the season before, resulting in probation through 2017. Still, Ray led the Eagles to the Class A playoffs in each of his four seasons.
A standout quarterback at Ohio University from 2000 through 2003, Ray is a native of Martins Ferry, Ohio. He inherits a team that went 3-7 last season under Gary Krol, who resigned after one year with the Bulldogs. Bridgeport has gone 22-48 since 2010, the last season it made the postseason. The Bulldogs went 12-1 that year before falling to Shadyside in the third round of the playoffs.
“It’s a good fit,” Ray said of Bridgeport. “I’ve always had aspirations of coming back to the Ohio Valley. Any chance I get, I come back to where I grew up. My family and I look forward to being in Bridgeport.”
Ray also played and coached for the defunct Huntington Heroes indoor football league team.
CONDOLENCES: Prayers for the family of Chris Adkins, 57, who died last week in North Carolina.
Adkins was one of the better athletes ever to play at storied Ceredo-Kenova High School, earning all-state honors and/or championships in football, baseball and track.
CORRECTION: Before Emilie Charles won the award, Sami Molina was the last Cabell Midland player to be named Gatorade girls soccer player of the year in West Virginia, not Sydney Cavender as I reported last week.
Molina won the honor in the 2010-11 academic year.
TUBERT: Former Huntington High School and current Ohio State University tennis star Hunter Tubert was named to the NCAA men’s national championship all-tournament team. Tubert was one of just 12 players to receive that honor. Tubert helped the Buckeyes reach the national championship match, where Ohio State finished second to Wake Forest.
RECRUITING NOTES: Huntington High School offensive lineman Christian Hanna received football scholarship offers from Urbana University and West Virginia Wesleyan College last week. ... Spring Valley running back Owen Chafin was offered a football scholarship by West Virginia State. ... University High School quarterback Logan Holgorsen switched his football commitment from North Texas to Bowling Green. He is the son of West Virginia University coach Dana Holgorsen. ... Parkersburg linebacker Brenton Strange received a football offer from Louisville. ... South Charleston linebacker Drew Joseph picked up a football offer from West Virginia Wesleyan. ... Chapmanville basketball star Drew Williamson plans to play next season at Beckley Prep. A 6-foot-3 guard, Williamson averaged 20.6 points per game for the Class AA state champion Tigers. He is the son of former Harts High School and Marshall University standout Andy Paul Williamson. ... Wheelersburg basketball star Tanner Holden received an offer from Winthrop. ... Portsmouth Notre Dame girls basketball standout Katie Dettwiller, a 6-foot-4 forward, picked up an offer from Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania. ... Gallia Academy basketball center Zach Loveday received an offer from George Washington University. ... Capital football quarterback/defensive back Kerry Martin, Jr., said he has narrowed his list of schools to Army, Cincinnati, Marshall, Ohio University, Rutgers, West Virginia and Western Kentucky. ... Capital wide receiver Kerion Martin picked up a football offer from Western Kentucky.
COACHING MOVES: Gallia Academy boys basketball assistant and former football assistant Jordan Deel is the Blue Angels’ new girls basketball coach, replacing Joe Justice, who went 49-68 the last five seasons. Gallia Academy graduated just one player from last year’s 10-13 team. ... Keith Roark resigned as Greenup County’s girls basketball coach and will be replaced by athletic director Matt Gilbert, who inherits a team that lost no one to graduation. ... Former Ashland and Boyd County assistant Donald Murphy is the new head softball coach at Fredrick Douglass High School in Lexington, Kentucky. ... Racine (Ohio) Southern hired Meigs offensive coordinator Cassady Willford as its new head football coach, replacing Mike Chancey, who guided the Tornadoes to a 14-6 record the last two seasons. ... Ryan Biederman is the new volleyball coach at Raceland High School, replacing Sarah Linn, who left for a teaching job at Ashland.
ROUNDING UP: Fairland golfer Hanna Shrout finished third in the Southern Ohio Junior PGA Championship last week in Cincinnati. ... Boyd County’s 3D archery team won the national championship last week in Illinois. ,,, Sciotoville East football defensive end Braiden Haney was invited to play in the Blue-Grey Northeast Super Regional in Philadelphia. ... Fairland’s Brody Buchanan was named the most valuable player of the University of Rio Grande’s Hard Work Basketball Camp. ... Former Oak Hill (Ohio) baseball standout Shane Spriggs, a corner infielder, has transferred from Marietta College to Shawnee State University.
Tim Stephens is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. Call him at 304-526-2759. Follow him on Twitter @sportsturtle11.