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ABU Wrestling Announces 2018 Recruiting Class

Alderson Broaddus University head wrestling coach Sam Gardner announced 21 student-athletes in the 2018-19 recruiting class.
These 21 athletes represent seven states, and have combined to qualify for their respective state tournaments 54 times, appearing in 10 finals matches, winning eight state titles, and making 28 trips to the podium. This is one of the most decorated recruiting class in Battler wrestling history.
“I’m excited about this class and their potential,” said coach Gardner. “They are probably the deepest and most decorated class we’ve ever had coming out of high school. They won a lot of matches and represented their schools well.”
Three athletes, Tristin Breen, Jared Burgoyne and Alex Kephart, will reunite with Huntingtown High School teammates Gino Sita and Nick Shulhoff. Breen is coming off a Maryland state title performance at 170 lbs to to cap off a career that saw him as a four time place winner at states. Burgoyne finished his high school career with a sixth place finish in the Maryland State Championships.
Greenbrier East High School (WV) continues a tradition of sending strong student-athletes to the Battler wrestling program. Levi Hobbs, a four time state qualifier, finished third in the state at 152 last year. Ethan Asbury was a three time state qualifier and will wrestle at 184 or 197 for AB.
The Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia adds two more members of this 2018 recruiting class. Zach Davis is a four time state qualifier and multiple time place winner who won 193 matches in his career at Berkley Springs. Hedgesville High School’s Daniel Sherrard is a three time state qualifier who placed 5th in the state as a senior.
West Virginia products Brantley Guckert (Williamstown) and Danny Booth (North Marion) are the final two members of the class hailing from West Virginia. Brantley was a four time state qualifier who placed a junior, while Booth made the state finals as a sophomore. They’ll be expected to add a boost to the program both in the classroom and on the mats.
Delaware provides a trio of state champions that will add some great firepower to the Battler program. Cameron Hayes of Ceasar Rodney High School won three state titles and medalled on all four of his trips to the state tournament. Rashad Stratton won back to back state titles for Sussex Central and brings an exciting style of wrestling to Philippi. Josh Dailey of Delaware powerhouse Smyrna High School is the third champ from the state joining the Battler wrestling family.
From Maryland’s Eastern Shore, two North Caroline High School wrestlers will join their teammate Alex Eaton on the Battler roster. Tyler Bauer qualified for four state tournaments and won a pair of state titles at 160 lbs Also joining the AB recruiting class is 2018 state qualifier Seth Layton.
They state of Maryland continued to be a recruiting strength for the Battlers with several athletes from the central and western parts of the state joining those athletes from the eastern and southern regions of the state. Chaz Shackleford of Milford Mill High School won a Baltimore County title as a senior to go along with a spot in the North Region final. He also earned a spot at the state tournament. Middletown’s Mert Gulen made the state tournament twice coming out of the notoriously tough West Region and placed as a senior. Cam Ritchey from Mountain Ridge High School made it to the state finals as a senior to cap off a career that saw him make it to states three times and place twice.
The final group of incoming freshmen gave the Battler class a national feel. Jamelle Dye qualified for the Kansas State Championships in 2018 wrestling for Lawrence High School. Dillon Lemons won 162 matches for Dobyns Bennett High School in Tennessee, where he qualified for the state tournament four times. Jeremiah Ducre of Oscar Smith High School in Virginia will solidify the upper weights. He finished off his high school career earning 5th place finish in the Virginia state tournament. Isaiah Graham from Oakleaf High School in Florida will join the Battlers after a successful career in the Sunshine state.
“This class provides us with much needed depth up and down the line-up,” Gardner said. “Where we were once thin at some weights we now have ample depth. We return much of last year’s excellent class, but these guys will be scrapping and pushing those guys for starting spots. Best of all they are good kids, and they understand the fact that you can have success here at AB. As long as they go to class and show up for training I am positive they’ll be winners.”

Alderson Broaddus University head wrestling coach Sam Gardner announced 21 student-athletes in the 2018-19 recruiting class.
These 21 athletes represent seven states, and have combined to qualify for their respective state tournaments 54 times, appearing in 10 finals matches, winning eight state titles, and making 28 trips to the podium. This is one of the most decorated recruiting class in Battler wrestling history.
“I’m excited about this class and their potential,” said coach Gardner. “They are probably the deepest and most decorated class we’ve ever had coming out of high school. They won a lot of matches and represented their schools well.”
Three athletes, Tristin Breen, Jared Burgoyne and Alex Kephart, will reunite with Huntingtown High School teammates Gino Sita and Nick Shulhoff. Breen is coming off a Maryland state title performance at 170 lbs to to cap off a career that saw him as a four time place winner at states. Burgoyne finished his high school career with a sixth place finish in the Maryland State Championships.
Greenbrier East High School (WV) continues a tradition of sending strong student-athletes to the Battler wrestling program. Levi Hobbs, a four time state qualifier, finished third in the state at 152 last year. Ethan Asbury was a three time state qualifier and will wrestle at 184 or 197 for AB.
The Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia adds two more members of this 2018 recruiting class. Zach Davis is a four time state qualifier and multiple time place winner who won 193 matches in his career at Berkley Springs. Hedgesville High School’s Daniel Sherrard is a three time state qualifier who placed 5th in the state as a senior.
West Virginia products Brantley Guckert (Williamstown) and Danny Booth (North Marion) are the final two members of the class hailing from West Virginia. Brantley was a four time state qualifier who placed a junior, while Booth made the state finals as a sophomore. They’ll be expected to add a boost to the program both in the classroom and on the mats.
Delaware provides a trio of state champions that will add some great firepower to the Battler program. Cameron Hayes of Ceasar Rodney High School won three state titles and medalled on all four of his trips to the state tournament. Rashad Stratton won back to back state titles for Sussex Central and brings an exciting style of wrestling to Philippi. Josh Dailey of Delaware powerhouse Smyrna High School is the third champ from the state joining the Battler wrestling family.
From Maryland’s Eastern Shore, two North Caroline High School wrestlers will join their teammate Alex Eaton on the Battler roster. Tyler Bauer qualified for four state tournaments and won a pair of state titles at 160 lbs Also joining the AB recruiting class is 2018 state qualifier Seth Layton.
They state of Maryland continued to be a recruiting strength for the Battlers with several athletes from the central and western parts of the state joining those athletes from the eastern and southern regions of the state. Chaz Shackleford of Milford Mill High School won a Baltimore County title as a senior to go along with a spot in the North Region final. He also earned a spot at the state tournament. Middletown’s Mert Gulen made the state tournament twice coming out of the notoriously tough West Region and placed as a senior. Cam Ritchey from Mountain Ridge High School made it to the state finals as a senior to cap off a career that saw him make it to states three times and place twice.
The final group of incoming freshmen gave the Battler class a national feel. Jamelle Dye qualified for the Kansas State Championships in 2018 wrestling for Lawrence High School. Dillon Lemons won 162 matches for Dobyns Bennett High School in Tennessee, where he qualified for the state tournament four times. Jeremiah Ducre of Oscar Smith High School in Virginia will solidify the upper weights. He finished off his high school career earning 5th place finish in the Virginia state tournament. Isaiah Graham from Oakleaf High School in Florida will join the Battlers after a successful career in the Sunshine state.
“This class provides us with much needed depth up and down the line-up,” Gardner said. “Where we were once thin at some weights we now have ample depth. We return much of last year’s excellent class, but these guys will be scrapping and pushing those guys for starting spots. Best of all they are good kids, and they understand the fact that you can have success here at AB. As long as they go to class and show up for training I am positive they’ll be winners.”

PB Football Scrimmages At North Marion

by CHRISTIAN STULL


The Philip Barbour Colts’ football team took the field in competition for the first time this season in a pair of scrimmages held at North Marion High School. PB opened the day Fairmont Senior, last year’s Class AA state runner-up then finished off against another Big 10 foe in the host squad from North Marion.
In a modified scrimmage, format each team had possession of the ball for ten consecutive plays with a 45 minute clock that ran continuously. In the opening contest against Fairmont Senior, the Polar Bears scored four times on three offensive series while the Colts’ defense did force one turnover as freshman Jesiah Matlick intercepted a pass. The PB offense had the ball for three series and did not score, though to be fair they certainly did not run the type of offense that they are likely to run this Fall as the starters were only in their normal positions for the first ten plays and Chase Collier only ran the ball twice.
In the second scrimmage of the morning the PB offense once again focused on specific plays and making sure the line knew their assignments and they did not score. North Marion did manage one late touchdown on a long run as several PB defenders missed assignments up the middle.
One constant throughout the morning scrimmages was the coaches focusing on fundamentals and making sure the players were not making mental errors. The refrain, “we will see it and fix it on the tape” was heard countless times. Second year head coach Russ Collette came away from the scrimmages very upbeat stating, “We didn’t do anything tricky, we were focusing on fundamentals. I am happy with the aggression we showed. We need to tackle better. The one score we gave up to North Marion was against a bunch of young, our first group will be just fine.” With just ten days to go before the home opener against Grafton, Collette said about this team, “We are tenfold ahead of where we were last year in terms of preparation. The boys are seeing things on film and recognizing things so much better on the field that they weren’t able to last year.”
The Colt’s will wrap up the preseason with a home scrimmage on Thursday night against Tygarts Valley at 6:30 p.m. then open the regular season at home on Friday, August 24 against Grafton. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

2018 Belington Middle School Volleyball Schedule

August 

29 H Mountaineer Middle 5:30 p.m.
September
7 A Philippi Middle 12:30 p.m.
11 H Elkins Middle 5:30 p.m.
13 H Gilmer County 5:30 p.m.
17 A Kasson Middle 5:30 p.m.
19 A Buckhannon-Upshur Middle 5:30 p.m.
25 A Elkins Middle 5:30 p.m.
29 A Milton Middle 9 a.m.
October 5
5 H Philippi Middle 12:30 p.m.
10 A Mountaineer Middle 5:30 p.m.
13 A Robert L Bland Middle 9 a.m.
16 A Gilmer County 5:30 p.m.
18 A Washington-Irving Middle TBA
20 H TBA at Philip Barbour High 9 a.m.

2018 Barbour County Middle School Football Schedule

August 
22 A Robert L Bland Middle 6 p.m. *scrimmage
29 A East Fairmont Middle 6 p.m. *at East-West Stadium
September
5 A Elkins Middle 6:30 p.m. *at Wimer Stadium
19 H Pendleton County Middle 6:30 p.m.
27 A Mountaineer Middle 6:30 p.m. *at West Wood Middle
October
3 H Tucker Valley Middle 6:30 p.m. 
10 H Tygarts Valley Middle 6:30 p.m.
17 A Taylor County Middle 7 p.m. *at Grafton High 
24 H Preston County Middle 6:30 p.m. 

August 
22 A Robert L Bland Middle 6 p.m. *scrimmage
29 A East Fairmont Middle 6 p.m. *at East-West Stadium
September
5 A Elkins Middle 6:30 p.m. *at Wimer Stadium
19 H Pendleton County Middle 6:30 p.m.
27 A Mountaineer Middle 6:30 p.m. *at West Wood Middle
October
3 H Tucker Valley Middle 6:30 p.m. 
10 H Tygarts Valley Middle 6:30 p.m.
17 A Taylor County Middle 7 p.m. *at Grafton High 
24 H Preston County Middle 6:30 p.m. 

August
22 A Robert L Bland Middle 6 p.m. *scrimmage
29 A East Fairmont Middle 6 p.m. *at East-West Stadium
September
5 A Elkins Middle 6:30 p.m. *at Wimer Stadium
19 H Pendleton County Middle 6:30 p.m.
27 A Mountaineer Middle 6:30 p.m. *at West Wood Middle
October
3 H Tucker Valley Middle 6:30 p.m.
10 H Tygarts Valley Middle 6:30 p.m.
17 A Taylor County Middle 7 p.m. *at Grafton High
24 H Preston County Middle 6:30 p.m.

2018 Philip Barbour Girl’s Soccer Schedule 

August

20 H Preston High 7:30 p.m.
22 H Petersburg 5:30 p.m.
23 A Liberty 7:30 p.m.
28 H Braxton County 5:30 p.m.
30 A Robert C Byrd 8 p.m.
September
4 H Grafton 7:30 p.m.
6 A Fairmont Senior 8 p.m.
11 H Liberty 7:30 p.m.
13 A North Marion 8 p.m.
18 H Lincoln 5:30 p.m.
20 A South Harrison 5 p.m.
25 H Bridgeport 7:30 p.m.
26 A Pocahontas County 5 p.m.
October
2 H Buckhannon-Upshur 7:30 p.m.
4 A East Fairmont 8 p.m.
9 H Elkins 7:30 p.m.
11 A Lewis County 8 p.m.