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Wheeling Central Defeats Magnolia In Rotary Final

By Staff | Jan 31, 2018

Photo by Chris Jenkins Leo Herrick drives to make a basket against Wheeling Central in the Rotary Challenge finale, held Jan. 27.

Wheeling Central went on a 24-10 run in the first period, and went on to coast to a 78-43 victory in the night-cap of the 10th Annual New Martinsville Rotary Challenge.

Leo Herrick had his usual nice outing, scoring 19 points, that included a long-range bonus bomb, while Jake Gamble followed with nine points. Marco Smith tallied five markers, that also included a three-ball, while Garrett Babe tacked on four points, and William Nice a deuce.

Owen Gainer led all-scorers with 29 points, while knocking down four three-point baskets. Brent Price scored 15 of his 25points in the opening quarter, that included three of his four baskets from beyond the arch.

It will not get any easier for the Blue Eagles, as they will head across the bridge and take on the undefeated River Pilots, who just hammered Shadyside and the once-beaten Union Local Jets, Friday night with the junior varsity tip-off scheduled at 6 p.m. with the varsity to follow.

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Magnolia Avenge Loss, Beats Valley Lumberjacks, 66-48

Magnolia sophomore point guard Jake Gamble paced three Blue Eagle double-digit scorers with 22 points in avenging a loss to the Valley Lumberjacks. The final score was 65-48 on Jan. 25, inside the Lumberjacks’ gymnasium.

The Lumberjacks led in three of the four periods, but a 29-5 Blue Eagle run in the third period was more than enough to get the victory.

Besides Gamble’s 22 points, Leo Herrick added 17 points, that included a pair of baskets from beyond the arch, while Garrett Babe tallied 14 points that also included three long range bonus bombs.

In addition, DeMarco Smith tallied five, Eli Nice three, and Silas McKeever two points, while Trenton Scheilbelhood and Devin Shimp both sank a free throw.

Levi Streets was the lone double-digit scorer for Valley, tallying 15 points, that included a three-ball. Ethan Greathouse netted eight markers. Peyton Bassett returned to the lineup after being injured, scoring seven points, that also included a triple.

In addition, Tyler Kocher knocked in six points, while Levi Anderson sank both a triple and a deuce. Avery Kincade was held to four points, while Jerry Evatt added a deuce, and Caden Palmer a free throw.