Nice, Stewart, Brown, Cain Are Players of Week
Because the Sports Department was rather busy last week, we did not have the opportunity to name any local athletes, “Player of the Week.” Therefore, we will name four this week.
The first is a Magnolia wrestler, Riley Nice. Nice competed in the 120-pound weight division in the 63rd annual OVAC Wrestling Tournament. Nice worked himself up the ladder, winning his first bout with a pin.
He then won 6-4 and 7-5 over the number four and five seeds, before losing to number one seed and the eventual-winner, Greg Quinn of Shadyside. Unfortunately, then, Nice sustained an injury.
He moved into the consolation bracket against No. 8 seed, Mikey Shamblin of Parkersburg but was unable to finish the bout and settled for sixth place.
Danny Stewart from Hundred is the next honoree. He tallied a double-double in the win over East Richland. Stewart scored 23 points, that included a basket from beyond the arc, and 10 rebounds, while dishing out four assists and making four steals.
Valley’s Tucker Cain led all-scorers with 25 points, including a pair of three balls, and a one-handed jam in the win over Tyler Consolidated.
Erin Brown netted 16 points for the Lumberjills, while collecting four rebounds and making four steals. She also added three assists and blocked one shot in the win over Tyler Consolidated.
Kelsi Chapman, who earns a special mention, played only half a game against Cameron, yet she still managed to score 20 points, including a three-ball, in the 65-36 win.
Paden City’s Hannah Loy earns herself an honorable mention as well. Loy tallied a game-high 19 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, in a 52-28 thrashing of Hundred, while pacing the Wildcats with 10 points in the loss to Bellaire St. John (14-2).
During the winter sports season, players can only be named once as “Player of the Week,” with Hundred, Magnolia, Paden City, River and Valley the only teams being recognized. Those athletes are selected by the sports staff at the Wetzel Chronicle.