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The Petersburg Middle School Viking football team crushed the Moorefield Yellow Jackets in last Wednesday’s home contest 34-6.

Payton Metheny led the offense with two rushing touchdowns and two passing touchdowns, giving him over 100 yards rushing and over 100 yards passing on the night.

Ryder Nazelrodt and Garrett Dolly were on the receiving side of Metheny’s two touchdown passes.

Evan Tawney added to the offense with a rushing touchdown and racked up over 100 yards rushing.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Vikings stayed strong holding the Jackets to only one score during the game. Most of the defensive plays included multiple Vikings working together and stopping the Jackets’ movement.

Conner Wess did have a fumble recovery and Ryder Nazelrodt had a sack.

The Vikings will travel to East Hardy to take on the Cougars Wednesday. After that, they match up against Romney at home Sept. 27.

2023 Lady Viking Soccer Team

# - Position - Player - Grade

00 GK Khloe Haslacker 10

1 F Ryen Sites 12

2 MF Cassandra Wilson 12

3 MF Skylar Raredon 12

4 D Ireland Gray 9

6 MF Ava Gray 9

7 D Callie Sites 10

8 MF Summer Moyers 10

9 D Klarissa Kuhn 12

10 F Abigail Alt 12

13 D Angela Willis 9


Team #1 - Bobby Parsons, Jerry Crites, Gary Koontz, Mike Cosner; -12, 2-hole card off.

Team #2 - Don Baker, Darwin Simmons, Phil Vance, Dick Riggleman; -12.

Team #3 - Jim Burton, Delmas See, Donnie Coby, Larry Eye; -11, 6-hole card off.

Pin winners: #3 Tom Kelly, #6 Gary Koontz, #13 Mike Ryan, #15 Johnny Garza, #17 Delmas See.


September 5th

TEAM STANDINGS: Split Happens 11 – 1, Empire Strikes 9 – 3, NKPOTB 7 – 5, Vetter’s Guns & Ammo 7 – 5, Terminators 6 – 6, Lucky Strikes 6 – 6, Country Cars & Trucks 5 – 7, Outlaws 5 – 7, WELD 4 – 8.

HIGH GAME MEN (SCRATCH): Cohan Kesner 267, Larry Walp 258, Terry Wratchford 236, Jerry Propst 231. (HANDICAP): Jerry Propst 305, Brandon Ketterman 279, Larry Walp 276, Cohan Kesner 271.

HIGH SERIES MEN (SCRATCH): Terry Wratchford 672, Richie Burgess 643, Cohan Kesner 641, Troy McGreevy 631. (HANDICAP): Jerry Propst 798, Terry Wratchford 774, Floyd Shepard 769, Trey Wratchford 766.

HIGH AVERAGE (MEN): Richie Burgess 220.78, Troy McGreevy 211.11, Larry Walp 208.78, Terry Wratchford 202.78.

HIGH GAME WOMEN (SCRATCH): Carissa Michael 245, Dee Anna McDonald 201, Sarah Earle 194, Denise McGreevy 182. (HANDICAP): Carissa Michael 304, Flecia Brockway 267, Sue Earle 251, Dee Anna McDonald and Sarah Earle 248.

HIGH SERIES WOMEN (SCRATCH): Carissa Michael 648, Dee Anna McDonald 524, Denise McGreevy 498, Sarah Earle 464. (HANDICAP): Carissa Michael 825, Flecia Brockway 770, Sue Earle 718, Denise McGreevy 693.

HIGH AVERAGE (WOMEN): Carissa Michael 181.44, Dee Anna McDonald 176.44, Sarah Earle 165.20, Denise McGreevy 160.

Grant County teams are vying for more than $86,000 in Run For It awards, along with teams from around the region.

Run For It is a 2k walk/5k race hosted by Tucker Community Foundation.

The race will be held on the streets of Davis on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 11 a.m. during the popular Leaf Peepers Festival. Race proceeds support nonprofit organizations, educational programs, civic groups, community projects, and charities.

Seventy-seven teams overall will be competing to benefit causes in Barbour, Grant, Mineral, Pocahontas, Preston, Randolph, and Tucker counties in West Virginia and Garrett County in Maryland.

Grant County residents can support their favorite teams by entering the race as a participant for that team and making team sponsor donations to as many as they wish.

Over the years Grant County teams have brought home over $31,000 in awards and team sponsor donations.

The four Grant County teams in participation this year are — Grant County 4-H, Team DOBBIN, PES PTO and Oak Dale Covenant Brethren Church.

For their second win of the season, the Petersburg Viking Middle School Football Team took out Morgantown 41-6 following up the win against Pocahontas County in their home opener 60-6.

Payton Metheny connected with three different receivers for four touchdown passes and a punt return for a touchdown.

On the receiving end of those touchdown passes were Garrett Dolly, Micah Ertel and Ryder Nazelrodt, pulling in two of those scores and tallying up over 100 yards receiving.

Harllee VanMeter added a rushing touchdown and Evan Tawney had four carries for 83 yards.

Leading on the defensive side of the ball were Ryder Nazelrodt with two sacks, Brandon McDonald with an interception and Parker Metheny with a fumble recovery.

On the roster for this year’s team are:

Eighth graders Aiden Coakly, Garrett Dolly, Micah Ertel, Payton Metheny, Ryder Nazelrodt, Evan Tawney, Harllee VanMeter, Conner Wess, Melvin Wimer and Landon Wratchford;

Seventh graders Joslynn Appold, Andrew Ault, Jared Bland, Mason Evans, Owen Evans, Maddox Fout, David Jiminez, Ethan Mauzy, Brandon McDonald, Caiden Nelson, Gage Pennington, David Reel, Kaleb Rohrbaugh, Nick Vance and Reagan Welch;

Brent Metheny - Baseball - 2000-2033:

A versatile and consistent figure on the baseball diamond, Brent Metheny played more games than any Duke in program history (227) as a four-year starter and was a two-way player as both an infielder and pitcher.

He was a three-time All-CAA selection in 2001, 2002 and 2003 and was named the CAA All-Tournament Team in 2002. That season, the Dukes posted the most wins in program history with a 44-16 record, earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

In addition to games played, Metheny owns individual program career records for at bats (896), runs scored (224), total bases (471), RBIs (199) and plate appearances (1,038). He also ranks second in career hits (312), fourth in doubles (60), third in steals (94), eighth in walks (121) and eighth in assists (473).

Metheny was also successful as a pitcher, particularly as a freshman when he posted six saves, a 1.33 ERA and a .200 opponent batting average, which each rank top 10 in JMU single-season history.

Overall, he made 27 pitching appearances with a 3-2 record and seven saves in 39 2/3 innings. Metheny’s career numbers also rank among CAA records, placing fifth in at bats, third in runs scored, third in hits, eighth in total bases, 10th in RBIs and seventh in steals.


Team #1 - Johnny Garza, Mark Adolfson, Mike Cosner, Steve Myers; -15.

Team #2 - Jerry Simmons, Steve Wilson, Tom Kelly, Bob Hyson, Gerry Kerns; -13.

Team #3 - Steve Ryan, Jim Tompkins, C.W. Everton, Glen Self; -12, 6 hole card-off.

Pin winners: #3 Gerry Kerns, #6 Don Baker, #13 Tom Kelly, #15 Larry Eye, #17 Glen Self.


Winners: Jared Amtower, Jody Amtower, Delmas “Pap” See, Jeremy Simon, Morgan Taylor; (-8) on the front 9.

Pins: #3 Jim Tompkins, #6 Zach Arbaugh.



August 29th

TEAM STANDINGS: Split Happens 7 – 1, Vetter’s Guns & Ammo 6 – 2, Country Cars & Trucks 5 – 3, Empire Strikes 5 – 3, NKOTB 4 – 4, Terminators 4 – 4, Lucky Strikes 4 – 4, WELD 4 – 4, Outlaws 1 - 7.

HIGH GAME MEN (SCRATCH): Richie Burgess and Evan Kesner 258, Charles Keplinger 257, Larry Walp 256. (HANDICAP): Phil Crews 300, Charles Keplinger 291, Josh Sullivan 289, Larry Walp 287.

HIGH SERIES MEN (SCRATCH): Evan Kesner 750, Troy McGreevy 682, Larry Walp 671, Richie Burgess 669. (HANDICAP): Phil Crews 822, Floyd Shepard 802, Troy McGreevy 775, Ed Wompler 765.

HIGH AVERAGE (MEN): Richie Burgess 224, Tyler Halterman 223.50, Troy McGreevy 211.50, Larry Walp 209.67.

HIGH GAME WOMEN (SCRATCH): Dee Anna McDonald 213, Carissa Michael 179, Emily Stark 178, Teresa Sullivan 167. (HANDICAP): Dee Anna McDonald and Ashley Day 257, Teresa Sullivan 255, Carissa Michael 244.

HIGH SERIES WOMEN (SCRATCH): Dee Anna McDonald 519, Carissa Michael 513, Denise McGreevy 474, Emily Stark 470. (HANDICAP): Ashley Day 737, Carissa Michael 708, Rachel Stark 693, Teresa Sullivan 688.

HIGH AVERAGE (WOMEN): Sarah Earle 181, Dee Anna McDonald 177.33, Carissa Michael 164.17, Emily Stark 161.00.


 By: Ann Harrison, Special to the Press

Vs. Pendleton Wildcats

The Viking/Wildcat game opened on Slusher Field in Franklin on Saturday, September 9 at 6 p.m.

The opening kick-off was barely completed when Trace Rohrbaugh scored the first Viking touchdown. 7-0

Very shortly thereafter the Wildcats answered with their version of a touchdown. The first quarter was beleaguered with penalties for the Vikings. These flags continued to fly throughout the game.

The second quarter began with an interception by Wildcat Dillon Smith. Later the Vikings recovered a fumble by Smith and that Viking series was stopped by another Wildcat interception. Vikings had 112 rushing yards in the first half.

There were several good runs during the evening by Cameron Ault. Then in the third quarter a junior, Riley Swick completes a touchdown with a Peyton Tingler kick and that brings the Vikings to 14-7 their favor.

In the fourth quarter Trace Rohrbaugh had two sweet interceptions and with only 4:49 left on the clock he took his first interception all the way for a Viking third touchdown. Kaleb Kuhn put his foot to the extra point and the final score is 21-7. Another Viking Win!

 Viking record 3-0

Wildcat record 0-3

Viking total points for 2023 are now 106. The Wildcats had critical turnovers and the Vikings had too many penalties.

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources announced that the state’s archery and crossbow seasons for white-tailed deer, black bear and wild boar will open on Sept. 30.

These popular seasons, which last through Dec. 31, coincide with the state’s fall foliage season and give hunters a unique opportunity to enjoy West Virginia’s scenic beauty.

Hunters who want to get the most out of their hunting adventures are encouraged to purchase their license and stamps at WVhunt.com before the seasons start and visit WVtourism.com/fall for trip inspiration.

“In just a few weeks, the thrill of our archery and crossbow seasons and the beauty of West Virginia’s fall color will come together and give everyone a chance to connect with nature and enjoy incredible outdoor adventures,” said WVDNR Director Brett McMillion.

“Whether you’re an experienced hunter or just starting out, I encourage you to get your license and stamps early so you don’t miss out on this season.”

White-Tailed Deer

Hunters may harvest one deer on their base license during the archery and crossbow season and may take up to two additional deer if they purchase a Class RB or RRB stamp before the season starts on Sept. 30.

Depending on the county, one or two additional deer may be taken during the season. Resident landowners hunting on their own property and Class DT license holders are not required to purchase additional archery stamps.

Hunters may take up to two deer in one day, but may not take more than one antlered deer in a day. Hunters may not take more than three antlered deer during the regular deer seasons and the following Mountaineer Heritage season combined.

In nine counties or portions thereof, hunters must take an antlerless deer in any regular deer season before harvesting a second antlered deer in that county. In West Virginia’s four archery-only counties (Logan, McDowell, Mingo and Wyoming), hunters may not take more than two deer during the archery season and one deer must be antlerless.

Hunters are reminded that all deer must be electronically registered and legally tagged, but the first deer doesn’t need to be checked before harvesting a second deer on the same day.

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