Prep notebook: Local stars commit as national signing day approaches

February 4, 2019 GMT

With national signing day for colleges coming up Wednesday, here’s a look at some of the latest recruiting notes, quotes and anecdotes from the Tri-State.

Fairland girls basketball standout Kelsie Warnock committed to Marietta College. She expects to sign with the Pioneers on Wednesday. ... Spring Valley baseball star Hunter Bellomy plans to sign with West Liberty State College on Monday. ... Spring Valley football standout Graeson Malashevich visited Ohio University last week. His Timberwolves teammates Wyatt Milum and Evan Ferguson visited Virginia Tech, which sent two assistant football coaches to Spring Valley’s home basketball game with Woodrow Wilson on Monday. Timberwolves running back Isaac Howard visited St. Anselm College and lineman Trae Caudill committed to Kentucky Christian University.

Extra Innings Softball rated Cabell Midland’s Reilly Lucas the No. 169 player in the nation in the Class of 2021. ... Wayne running back/linebacker Mike Bartram committed to Marshall University. ... Huntington High offensive lineman Christian Hanna committed to Glenville State University. ... Capital running back Quisean Gray committed to the University of Pikeville. ... Ashland golfer Jake Damron signed with Georgetown College.

Russell baseball star Caleb Keelin signed with Kentucky Christian University. ... Spring Valley wrestler Chase Stevens picked up an offer from Coker College. ... Wheelersburg’s Cameron Llewellyn signed to play men’s soccer at Shawnee State University. ... Meigs wide receiver Zach Bartrum committed to Ohio Dominican University. ... Wheelersburg tennis standout Lea Wright signed with Otterbein University. ... Hurricane basketball player Jordan Nicely was offered by Kentucky Christian University. ...

Greenup County linebacker Brecken Thomas visited Eastern Kentucky University. ... Winfield baseball player Sam Ingram signed with West Virginia Wesleyan College. ... Cabell Midland boys basketball freshman Chandler Schmidt took unofficial visits to Ohio State University and West Virginia University last week. His teammate, Jake Edwards, is drawing interest from Brescia University, while Knights guard Ty Sturm has picked up interest from Florida Atlantic University, as well as Shawnee State University, and Isaiah Collins is drawing interest from Ohio Christian University. ... Cabell Midland football standout Nevin Ferguson committed to Fairmont State University and teammate Carlito Carter visited there Saturday. Their teammate, Brayden Simmons, picked up an offer from Morehead State University. Knights defensive back J.J. Roberts visited Miami (Ohio) University. ...

ODDITIES: Last week, Fairland defeated Portsmouth 45-26 in girls high school basketball. The Dragons outscored the Trojans 6-0 in the fourth quarter. Fairland held the ball the final 4:31 and Portsmouth let the Dragons run out the clock, staying in a zone in and near the paint. Several fans said they never had witnessed such a bizarre finish.

Woodrow Wilson’s boys basketball team took four charges in the first quarter of a 77-61 triumph over Spring Valley last week. The calls prompted howlings of “charge” from Timberwolves fans after nearly each whistle the rest of the first half.

Raceland basketball player Kyle Adkins made two free throws with 12 seconds to play to secure the Rams’ 63-58 victory over Fairview last week. Adkins made the key shots mere hours after attending his grandmother’s funeral.

ROUNDING UP: Greenup County honored former boys basketball coach Randy Ward last week. Ward, who also coached at Coal Grove and Portsmouth Clay, led the Musketeers to four state tournaments in the 1980s and 1990s. ... Winfield graduate and University of Kentucky high jumper Carly Hinkle set a personal-best last week, leaping 5 feet, 10.75 inches to finish second in the Razorback Invitational at the University of Arkansas. The jump was the sixth best in UK history. ... Covenant defeated Parkersburg Christian 74-30 last week. In that game the Roten brothers - Braden, Josh and Samuel - scored eight points apiece for the Eagles. ... Jay Lucas is the new head football coach at Coal Grove. Lucas, a former Hornets star, coached the last two seasons at Wellston. ... Coal Grove girls basketball coach Rick Roach won his 100th game Thursday. ... Former Spring Valley softball star Haley Caldwell hit a solo home run to lift Carson-Newman to a 1-0 victory over Young Harris in their season-opening game on Friday. ... Wheelersburg’s boys basketball team clinched at least a share of the Southern Ohio Conference Division II championship Friday. ... Ashland won the first Kentucky 16th Region junior varsity boys basketball tournament Saturday. ... Greenup County’s boys freshman basketball team defeated Russell to win the first Russell Rotary Classic on Saturday. ... Tolsia basketball star Sarah Jude scored her 1,000th career point Saturday.