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It was a rough home-opener for the Vikings, who faced off against the Keyser High School Golden Tornadoes last Friday in Petersburg. While the young team has already picked up a win in their early season, the Tornadoes proved to be too much. The Vikings fell 59-0, struggling consistently against Keyser's overwhelming offensive speed and passing abilities.
Overall, the performance reflected the rest of the Tornadoes season, who have averaged more than 50 points a game and shut down the Berkeley Springs Indians 59-0 just the week before.
The Vikings (1-2) are now looking towards their second home game of the season against the Hampshire County Trojans.
The Trojans have struggled and are currently sitting 0-3, with an especially painful loss coming from Musselman High, which saw the Trojans fall 75-0.
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According to long-time girls' soccer coach, Tom Hencke, 2019 Petersburg High School graduate MacKenzie Weasenforth has decided to continue her soccer career and has recently signed to play soccer for Potomac State. This means Weasenforth will be playing alongside PHS teammate, Kyrah Redman.
Hencke explained that MacKenzie had been recruited to play softball but has decided to switch sports.
"I am so proud of these girls for pursuing their dreams in college," Hencke said.
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The Union High School Tigers hit the green with the Vikings for the first time this season in last week’s tournament at Valley View.
One Tiger golfer who competed in the tournament was sophomore Bridgette Knapp, who is better known in the track and field arena and represented the county in the state tournament last year.
Another Grant County state athlete, Viking Nick Fleming, shone during the match. Five games into the season, Fleming has picked up the low medalist title five times. He continued his streak with three more tournaments last week, each time finishing with the lowest swing count of any competitor on the course.
On August 20, the team faced off against Notre Dame, Tygarts Valley and Webster high schools at The Raven course in Slatyfork. Notre Dame finished first as a team with a score of 188, followed by Tygarts Valley at 198, Webster came in third with 202 and Peters- burg finished fourth at 207.
Nick Fleming led the field and finished low medalist with 37 strokes. Other individual scorers for the PHS team were: Dakota Parsons with 54, Jeb Kuykendall with 55 and Baylee Allanson with 61.
Tygerts Valley competitors were: Liam Depp with 46 swings, Cole Arbaugh with 47 swings, Andrew Holebrook with 50, Mekensie Staten with 55 and Morgan Arbaugh with 59.
Notre Dame competitors were: Allessandro Cava and Anthony Rogers with 48 each, Ethan Mehr and Patrick Mehr with 46 swings, Karlie Minigh with 60 and Samantha Hayes with 64.
Webster High School competitors were: Rigel Wilson with 39 swings, Sidney Baird with 47, Colton Short with 58, Zac Carpenter with 59, Reese Williams with 62 swings and Jay MacThompson with 68 swings.
The next event saw PHS face off against the Union High School Tigers at Valley View Golf Course in Moorefield. Other teams competing in the tournament were Moorefield High School, Strasburg and Pendleton County.
Once again, Fleming finished as the tournament’s low medalist and completed the course in 34 swings. Overall, the Vikings picked up a score of 188.
UHS had two competitors, Bridgette Knapp, who finished with 67 strokes and Peyton Hains, who finished with 68.
Individual scorers for the PHS team were Flemings with 48 swings, Kuykendall with 51 and Allanson with 55.
Moorefield High School com- petitors were: J.J. Carr with 47 swings, Trace Miller and Ryan McGregor with 45, Thomas Williams with 50, Karson Reed with 51 and Hayden Baldwin with 53.
Strasburg competitors were: Drew Thomas with 49, Colin Kosabinski and Luke Mason with 44 swings each, Chris Shelton with 46 swings, Corey Keller with 49 and Blake Anderson with 52.
Pendleton County competitors were: Tanner Townsend with 55 swings, Billy McCoy with 58, Brandon McCoy with 54, Marshall Harper with 57 swings, Elijah Butler with 67 and Peyton Beachlor with 63.
The next tournament for the Vikings occurred on Aug. 22 in Berkeley Springs. Competitors in the event were Berkeley Springs, Jefferson County and Spring Mills.
The Vikings finished in third place with a score of 193, with Fleming continuing on his low-medalist streak with a score of 38. Other Viking scorers were: Parsons and Allanson with 51 swings and Kuykendall with 53.
Berkeley Springs won the tournament with a score of 176, with Sara Veara finishing with 48, Carston Stotler with 43, Graham Lindsey with 51, Cole McClintock with 46, Tyler Clark with 52 and Jordan Miller with 39 swings.
Second place went to Jefferson County, with individual scorers: Zac Pownell with 45 swings, Spencer Hamilton with 46, Andrew Sudduth and Colin Walker with 49 swings each and Kyle Hibberd and William Turner with 47 each.
Spring Mill finished fourth with a score of 201, with individual scorers: Braden Shaw with 49 swings, Angelina Duriez with 48, Dru Singer with 51, Trey Canby with 62, Jacob Dawson with 53 and Tyler Cover with 61 swings.
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Petersburg High School golfer Nick Fleming picked up another low medalist win last week in a tournament at Valley View Golf Course in Moorefield. Petersburg competed against teams from Moorefield, Berkeley Springs, Keyser and Frankfort. Overall the team finished fourth with a score of 198. Other team scores were: Keyser High School in first place with a score of 172, Moorefield High School with a score of 179, Berkeley Springs with a score of 184 and Frankfort in fifth place with a score of 213.
Individual scores for the Vikings were: Nick Fleming with 35 strokes, Dakota Parsons with 47 strokes, Baylee Allanson with 52 and Jeb Kuykendall with 64.
Keyser individual scores were: Darrick Broadwater with 40, Evan Matlick with 41 strokes, Jacob Malcolm with 42, Aaron Boggs with 49, Chase Staffers with 61 and Eli Kesner with 65 strokes.
Moorefield individual scores were: Trace Miller with 42 strokes, JJ Carr with 44 strokes, Ryan McGregor with 45, Thomas Williams with 48 strokes, Hayden Baldwin with 50 and Karson Reed with 51 strokes.
Berkeley Springs individual scores were: Sara Veara with 40 strokes, Jordan Miller with 41, Carson Stotler with 51, Tyler Clark with 52 strokes, Cole McClintock with 57 and Graham Linsey with 59 strokes.
Individual scores for Frankfort were: Brady Whitacre with 42 strokes, Isaiah Knotts with 49 strokes, Chase McCoy with 58 and Keegan Bennett and Will Toye with 64 strokes each.
The Petersburg High School Vikings next golf tournament is scheduled for this evening at 4 p.m. in Tygarts Valley. The county will play against fellow Grant County team, the Union High School Tigers, tomorrow at 4 p.m. at Valley View Golf Course.
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By Olivia VanHorn West Virginia University
The Big 12 Conference, along with ESPN and FOX Sports, announced the conference’s TV schedule for the 2019 Big 12 soccer season. The No. 11-ranked West Virginia University women’s soccer team will play three home matches on national television.
The Mountaineers’ Oct. 17 match against Oklahoma State will be broadcasted on Fox Sports Networks, with first kick at Dick Dlesk Soccer Sta- dium set for 7 p.m. ET.
ESPNU will televise WVU’s home matchup with Oklahoma on Oct. 20, moving first kick back to 3 p.m. ET.
WVU’s regular-season finale on Oct. 31 against TCU will be televised on FS1. The Mountaineers and Horned Frogs will kick at 7 p.m. ET at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
Additionally, the 2019 Big 12 Soccer Championship final at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Mo., will be broadcasted on FS1.
There’s still time to purchase the WVU soccer scarf ticket package ahead of the Mountaineers’ home opener against Duquesne on Friday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m.
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After the team’s strong season last year, all eyes are on the Petersburg High School Viking football team as they prepare for the upcoming season under the guidance of a new coach.
The 2019-2020 team is far younger then they were last year after saying goodbye to nearly a dozen seniors in the 2019 graduating class. This year welcomed back two veteran players, seniors Dawson Tingler and Dakota Rohrbaugh with the starting line likely to feature a majority of juniors.
However, with a wealth of experience under his belt, head coach Winston Redman is up to the task of building the team.
“The team last year set the bar high,” Redman said. “But I already told the boys our goal now is to meet that bar and push it even higher.”
The Quarterback Position
One of the most heavily watched position for the upcoming season is for quarterback, a role left open following the graduation of former starter, Jacob Hartman.
Redman said he is considering a few key players for the position, including junior Logan Beach, sophomore Cody Nuzum or Tingler.
Redman also pointed to several strengths within the team, including the team’s defensive play as well as their ability to communicate while on the field. “The players are here to compete and you can see that in their practices,” Redman said. “At our size, one or two kids can make a big difference but we need to focus on what we can do as a team. I want the headlines to be on how good of a football team we are, not just on how good one player is. I think that teamwork makes or breaks your performance on the field.
Areas of Focus
One focus Redman pointed to for the team was passing and receiving. Since many players on the team have seen only limited varsity play time on the field, the ability to throw longer passes without fear of interception may be a struggle the team faces.
However, Redman said that since the beginning of the season, he has seen a great deal of effort from the players in improving their performance on the offensive side of the ball.
“I would really encourage the community to come out and support us,” Redman said. “But I would also ask the fans be patient through the transition and as the team settles into place. They are young this year and we will probably see that as a disadvantage against some of the more experienced teams. However, remember they are still learning.”
Meet the coach
This year, fans will see a new coach at the helm for the Petersburg High School football team. However, while he may be new to the position, he is not new to the sport or the area.
Overall, head coach Winston Redman brings more than 30 years of experience with him to the Vikings. A Petersburg native and 1982 graduate of PHS, Redman was a varsity quarterback for the Vikings who played alongside Johnny Koontz for a strong three-year winning run.
He continued his sports career through college, playing football at Norfolk State University until an injury pushed him temporarily off the field.
Redman then enlisted in the military serving 22 years before retiring.
Overall, Redman has coached at 12 high schools, including teams in Kentucky, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Texas and Europe.
Redman said part of his joy in coaching comes from the massive role sports have played in his life.
“My father died when I was young,” Redman said. “The Hudgins family, Kent and Joyce, they raised me. All my coaches, Coach Dorn, Coach Mohr, Estel Sites, they were my role models growing up. I played every sport in school. I ran track, baseball, football, basketball. Without those sports I probably would have ended up in trouble.”
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Petersburg High School is welcoming multiple new faces to their coaching roster this year, including new girls’ socccer coach, Sydney Brewer.
Brewer is taking over the position for the first year following the retirement of long-time coach, Tom Hencke.
Brewer is a former four-year Petersburg High School soccer player.
She began her high school athletic career as a defender before moving into the net and playing the position of primary goalie for her final two years.
Brewer’s time on the soccer field did not end after high school and she continued to play in her goalie position while attending college in Sheperdstown.
While this is her first year as head coach for the team, she has assisted in summer training and practices for the Vikings. During these early practices, she played the role of defensive coach.
“This being my first year as head coach, I am just so excited that the girls are working so hard,” Brewer said. “Most of the girls have already been out for the June optional practices, some came up to me on the first day of practice talking about watching videos on techniques the team could try. I’ve just been so pleased with the team so far and I am excited to see where we can go.”
Brewer is not the only new face for the Lady Vikings soccer team, who saw several seniors graduate last year.
As of now, the team has only two seniors. However, while the team is on the younger side, they do have several returning players on the field.
“We have our goalie returning from last year as well as two returning players who will be on defense,” Brewer said. “The rest are split pretty even between offensive forward, mid-fielders and defenders.”
Brewer said another strength the team will have is the players’ overall athleticism, with many of the team being multi-sport athletes at PHS.
“All the girls are communicating very well on the field,” Brewer said. “We have also not had any drama and I am very blessed that they have all proven to be above that as a team. They are also all pretty athletic individually, I have some that come from track, softball and basketball in the other seasons.”
Brewer said one area the team would be focusing on for improvements would be the offensive side, namely on forward strikers.
“Defense is a little easier of a position to understand,” Brewer explained. “Defensively, you are working to block and you have a lot less footwork to focus on. However, when you are a forward you need to be able to maneuver around people pretty quickly while going up against a goalie and the defenders. I think a lot of girls, especially those who have not played the sport since they were young, struggle more with that.”
Brewer also encouraged any PHS students interested in participating on the team to join, saying she was hoping to expand their roster prior to the first game.
“We are low on players this year,” Brewer said. “We need 11 and right now sit at about nine on the roster. But I am hoping that will increase when the school year starts. This is a great game for athletes of other sports, you have running, footskills and overall stamina. Soccer is a great keep-up for basketball players.”
Brewer also encouraged the community to come out and watch a game, saying the local involvement has a large positive impact on the players.
“Seeing the community come out and cheer them on means so much to the players,” Brewer said.
The team take to the field for their first official game of the season on Aug. 24 at 2 p.m. at Fairmont Senior High School.
The team’s first home game of the season is scheduled for Aug. 27 at 5 p.m. against Elkins High School.