Donahue Bishops Checkmate ‘Jacks
In the West Virginia Class A Region I Sectional at Bishop Donahue High School, the Valley Lumberjacks went in front of Donahue 18-17, but couldn’t make up a 20-13 run in the second and fell 78-62 to end their 2009 season.
Ronald Morris led the way for the ‘Jacks with 20 points, including a pair of baskets from beyond the arc, while Coleman Ueltschy added 13 markers, including a threeball to lead Valley.
Alex Henderson netted a pair of baskets from beyond the arc and a charity toss and Matt Poling netted three baskets for the young, but much improved ‘Jacks. Jeremiah Burch and Dustin Bickerstaff each added five tallies, while Clay Ueltschy and Garrett Ueltschy combined for five points.
Donahue shot 17 more free throws and had 10 fewer attempts from the floor than Valley, and lost two players to fouls.
“Going into the season we had a 20-point scorer in Jacob Smith and after five games he was averaging over 25 points a game, nine rebounds, and four steals and assists per game, when he hurt his knee. When you take that out of your lineup, and a team leader, its tough when all your remaining players were underclassmen,” said Valley Head Coach John Kocher. “Things are looking bright here at Valley in the next couple years. We have a ton of talent coming back and most of the underclassmen got their feet wet and got a good taste of varsity ball. It would have been interesting if we had Logan the entire season.”
The Lumberjacks will lose Coleman Ueltschy, Jacob Smith, and Bryan Anderson to graduation this year, but will return four starters including Morris and Henderson who led the ‘Jacks in scoring after Jacob Smith was injured early in the season. They also will return Poling and Burch along with Bickerstaff and Garrett Ueltschy, all of whom had significant playing time this season.