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The Petersburg High School Vikings picked up their third win of the season last Thursday with a game against Hampshire High School.

The Vikings won the game 35-28. This makes the team undefeated approximately a month into the 2018 season.

Updated Season Stats (3 games)

Passing
Jacob Hartman: 49-85 659 yards and nine touchdowns

Rushing
Zachery Wampler: 39 carries 300 yards and three touchdowns
Jacob Hartman: 42 carries, 289 yards and four touchdowns

Receiving
Tyce Wisnewski: 20 catches, 281 yards and five touchdowns
Zackery Rohrbaugh: 14 catches, 146 yards and one touchdown
Zach Wampler: eight catches, 129 yards and one touchdown

 Tackles
Doug Morral: 31 (23 solo)
Jacob Hartman: 27 (20 solo)
Zack Rohrbaugh: 20 (14 solo)
Montana Sindledecker: 14 (11 solo)

 Tackles-for-loss
Jacob Hartman: Five
Doug Morral: Three
Peyton Sindledecker: Three
Zack Rohrbaugh: Two

Interceptions
Tyce Wisnewski: Three
Zach Wampler: Two
Montana Sindledecker: One
Cody Nuzum: One

Down a starting player, the Petersburg High School Lady Vikings soccer team fell twice last week, including a game against a recent schedule addition. The team played Northern High School Patriots in Maryland for the first time in 18 years.

The Vikings lost 8-1, despite a match filled with equal skill. At half time, the Patriots led 4-0 despite NHS not picking up their first point until 13 minutes into the half.

PHS picked up their only goal of the game in the second half, when MacKenzie Weasenforth got a ball from MacKenzee Chapman near midfield, dribbled five or six times and took a long shot under pressure, she missed wide to the left, but somehow saved the ball from going out of bounds, turned and shot a 10-yarder into the opposite corner on a sharp angle. Other good scoring chances came from Bailey Crites (a 25 yard shot) and Chapman.

PHS’ new goalie, Tiffany Paugh had 16 saves.

“I felt we played very well in this game until the final 15 minutes, when we let down some and gave up three kind of easy goals,” said coach Tom Hencke. “Hannah Secrist had probably her best performance this season in the first half."

Earlier in the week, on Sept. 11, the team fell to Frankfort High School 5-0. This is an improvement from the last time the teams faced off, with PHS losing that game 9-1.

The game was a strong showing for Paugh who, over-all, grabbed 18 saves.

Both Kyrah Redman and Satori Paoli assisted in keeping the ball out of the net with body saves that prevented goals.

The team’s best scoring chance came on a corner kick, when defender Secrist came up field and fired off a 25-yarder that the goalie had to make a save on. Riley Barr came up from defense late in the game and had a nice dribble through the FHS defense, but couldn’t get off a clear shot.

“We had to play both these games without Jalyn Western, who is injured, so that hurt our offense,” Hencke explained. “Lanie Porter couldn’t play against Northern due to a knee injury. The loss of two starters didn’t help matters, but it did allow our subs a lot of playing time. Both Rylee Adams and Anna Goldizen started and did very well. They didn’t play a whole lot at any one time, but Cayleigh Ketterman, Morgan Hesse and Annie Mallat all contributed important minutes off the bench against NHS. Several of these girls are still learning the sport, so it’s important to let them get into action.”

The team’s next game is scheduled for this afternoon at Keyser High School.

Volleyball follies

Despite a late start to their 2018 schedule, the Petersburg High School Lady Vikings volleyball team has launched a strong early season.

The team played their first game on Sept. 8, weeks after several other fall teams took to the field.

Among their early achievements, the team has grabbed a win over local rival East Hardy High School, beating the Cougars for the first time in several years.

“We have a lot of strong players this year,” said varsity coach Olivia Gaither. “Seniors Casey Watts and Reece Hedrick have really stepped up and are helping steer the newer players and Megan Kite, who is coming to the varsity team for the first time, has really shown she is here to play.”

This is Gaither’s first year to coach the team and said she is excited to take the position.

“I am really looking forward to a successful season,” Gaither said. “The girls have already shown that they are a strong team and they know how to work together as a unit. Volleyball is not an individual sport, we win or lose as a team and that teamwork will really shine through.”

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