West Central Tribune

High Schools: Introducing the Tribune’s 2021 All-Area football team

The highly-anticipated football season mostly lived up to what most hoped to see: a full season being played with no interruptions. In the west central area, three teams made the state tournament: New London-Spicer (Class AAA); Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (A); and Renville County West (9-man). BOLD (Section 5A) and Litchfield (2AAA) also made section finals. BOLD (7th, A) and Willmar (7th, AAAA) ended the regular season in the top 10 of their respective classes.
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The Recorddelta

Lady Bucs ready for action in 2021-22 season

TENNERTON — The Buckhannon-Upshur High School Lady Bucs basketball team saw their first action of the season when they hosted a scrim-mage against Tucker County on Monday evening. All the Lady Bucs, both on the varsity and junior varsity level got to see the floor in the scrimmage, offering us a glimpse at what they have in store this season. Overall, the Lady Bucs looked strong in their first outing of the 2021-22 season, often overwhelming the opposition with their smothering defense, causing turnovers, and converting them into points. This scrimmage was an invaluable learning experience and simulta-neously allowed the team to build up some positive momentum as they turn their attention to the fast-approaching regular season. As head coach Rob Kittle enters his fourth year at the helm of the Buckhannon-Upshur Lady Bucs’ basketball program to start the 2020-21 season, he looks to have an experienced team that might prove to be his best yet. Kittle has not recorded a losing season in his time as a head coach at B-UHS—something he hopes continues this season. Despite his consistent success, a trip to the state tournament has eluded Kittle thus far, a fact which can largely be attributed to B-UHS competing in possibly the tough-est region in AAAA basketball, which consists of perennial contenders such as: Wheeling Park, Morgantown, Bridgeport, and University. Coach Kittle feels that this team has the talent and mindset to accomplish big things this season—possibly even winning the region outright, securing a berth in the state tournament. He referred to his team as the best he has had in his time at B-UHS, adding, “I found myself looking forward to coaching this team all year.” Kittle has enjoyed being able to spend more time with this group of girls in the preseason this year after having his preparation for last season rushed following its postponement for nearly two months. He said, “This year, it has been refreshing to get back to some sense of normalcy. We have had more time to get work in and prepare for the season, right now it seems that all the girls are buying in and accepting their roles. They have been a joy to be around and coach.” The Lady Bucs play a defen-sive-oriented brand of basketball, aiming to generate pressure, cause turnovers, and then turn them into easy buckets on the other end. “I think that the iden-tity of our team is our defense. Defensively, we play with great effort, and I think we will be able to use our length to push opposing teams out of rhythm offensively. I expect for us to create a lot of havoc on defense. I challenged my girls to aim to cause 20 turnovers a game,” Coach Kit-tle elaborated. Schematically, defensively the Lady Bucs will largely remain the same; keying in on playing tough, aggressive, physical defense, but offensively will look to space the floor more this year. He added, “I think that this team has all the pieces to be my best outside shooting team. We have four girls that can really light it up shooting the ball.” A lack of depth and consis-tency off the bench was an issue for the Lady Bucs last season, but they look to be in much better shape in that respect this season. Kittle says he hopes to go with ei-ther an 8 or 9 player rotation. The coach expanded on what bench play could mean for his team and stated, “If we can develop some bench depth behind our strong starting five, I think we will be a very dangerous team that will be competing to make it back to Charleston down the stretch.” The Lady Bucs will have to replace the production of two pivotal pieces this season from last year’s squad—graduating seniors McKenzie Reynolds and Kennedy Samargo. To fill the holes left by key departures, Kittle will lean more on do-it-all combo guard Shelby McDaniels and an experienced cast of com-plementary pieces this season. Any potential success this season will center around Mc-Daniels. A two-time Second Team All-State selection as a sophomore and junior, McDan-iels looks to elevate her game and team to new heights this year. Last season, McDaniels led the team offensively by scoring 16 points per game. When asked about McDaniels, Kittle lit up before pouring praise on the senior guard, stating, “Shelby is our team’s heartbeat and un-questioned leader. That is plain to see if you watch her impact on the team when she steps on the floor. She is a vocal leader who lifts her teammates up and generally sets a great example for the other girls in our program. I expect big things out of her this season.” The Lady Bucs have five players coming back who played key roles last season. A pair of sophomore guards, Gabby Parke and Kenna Maxwell will join McDaniels to round out the Lady Bucs’ three-guard starting backcourt. Kittle expects both Parke and Maxwell to be valu-able contributors this year, while focusing on developing their respective games to build upon strong freshman seasons last year. When asked about his two sophomore standouts, Coach Kittle stated, “I think that all the in-game experience they logged as freshman will serve them well this season. It is obvious that they have adjusted to the speed of the game entering this sea-son, which is typical for young players adapting to a new level of competition. Both have made jumps in terms of playmaking; they are seeing the floor better and have a better grasp on what we are trying to do offensively.” The Lady Bucs’ starting frontcourt will feature junior Kendal Currence and senior Kierra Woods. Currence was a strong presence in the post last season, pulling down over 8 rebounds a game to lead the team. Woods, who played in only nine games last year due to injury, averaged 4 points and 4 rebounds a game, in limited action. The Lady Bucs bench will be led by senior Olivia Ellis and sophomore Kyndal Davis, both of whom saw limited varsity minutes last season. These two will be joined by a couple of incoming freshmen who have the talent to contribute on the varsity level immediately. The Lady Bucs have high hopes this year and fitting-ly scheduled non-conference games that will pit them against some of the best teams from around the state. Coach Kittle constructed this season sched-ule, in hopes of best preparing his team for postseason play. The Lady Bucs non-conference slate is full of tough games and notably features games against Martinsburg, Musselman, and Parkersburg South. The Big 10 Conference once again is strong from top to bottom, with teams such as Fairmont Senior, North Marion, as well as rivals Elkins, Philip Barbour, and Lewis Coun-ty. “I told my team that they will be tested this season. I believe that being tested is the only way that we can get better as a team. If we want to achieve big things at the end of the season, we have to push ourselves mentally and physically,” he expressed. It is clear that Kittle and the Lady Bucs’ basketball program have a lot to look forward to this season, which will tip-off December 7 when they travel to play Preston in their first regular season game. Only time will tell if this year’s version of the Lady Bucs can live up to lofty expectations, but on paper, they look promising.
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PIAA Class AAAA semifinal preview: Jersey Shore vs. Aliquippa

NOTES: Game is tonight at Central Cambria High School, 7 p.m. Aliquippa road to semifinals: In WPIAL, defeated Laurel Highlands, 36-0; McKeesport, 27-21, in double OT and Belle Vernon, 28-13 Aliquippa PPG–41.4, PPA–10.0. Aliquippa notes: The Quips are the most decorated program in WPIAL history and captured their record 18th...
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Tomahawk Nation

Florida State offensive lineman Ira Henry enters transfer portal

Florida State offensive lineman and former three-star Ira Henry III is entering the transfer portal on Thursday after playing in 24 games during his tenure with the ‘Noles. The news comes via the Rivals’ run NCAA Transfer Portal account:. He spent his time at Florida State on special teams and...
Marietta Daily Journal

Holy Innocents’, Marist fall short in quarters

Holy Innocents’ and Marist saw their seasons come to an end with losses in the quarterfinals of the Georgia High School Association state football playoffs Nov. 26. Holy Innocents’ lost to host Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy 35-28 in a Class A Private game in McDonough, while Marist’s quest for a second consecutive AAAA state title ended with a 28-21 defeat at the hands of host Benedictine in Savannah.
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Preps for Thursday Dec. 2, 2021

PRINCETON — The Princeton girls basketball team has a game with Class AAAA powerhouse George Washington at home tonight. But the Lady Tigers didn’t look past Virginia opponent Graham on Thursday night. Sadie Boggess scored 13 points and grabbed six steals and Princeton went on to collect a 51-12 victory...

Wacom Releases Bamboo Ink and Bamboo Sketch Styluses for Windows 10 and iOS

Drawing and writing on computers, tablets or smartphones just as we do on paper is yet to become mainstream. However, there’s no doubt that creatives like the idea of doing that. So, when Windows included the ability to do so in its latest operating system, it wasn’t too much of a surprise.

Waconia girls basketball 2021-22 season preview

Assistant coaches: JV - Nelia Von Glan, B Jeff Bessire, 9th Kaylee Damasin. Captains: Sarah Cravens, Ava Stier, Audrey Swanson. Team strengths and areas to work on: “We have a fearsome front line with Swanson, Stier, and Amundson, so the thing we need most, and where our least experience is, is guard play and outside shooting,” said Neibauer. “We also need to develop chemistry with players who haven’t played a ton together in the past years: we’ve been very deep the past two years, but the side note to that is that we have only four varsity players coming back with significant experience at that level; however, this particular group of eight seniors has always been a group that has been ‘all in’ for each other. Ever since sixth grade they’ve had the best chemistry and team-first attitude, so that can help us through the highs and lows of a full varsity season.”
The Easley Progress

Lions to play in AAA Championship game

CENTRAL — After defeating Chester 41-20, the Daniel Lions have advanced to the AAA Championship game, to be held Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. at Benedict College in Columbia. The 13-0 Lions will take on the 11-2 Camden Bulldogs, who earned their spot after defeating Dillon 13-7 on Nov. 26. Camdon’s two losses this season include A.C. Flora on Sept. 17 and Gray Collegiate Academy, back in Week 1.
Dothan Eagle

M1 Support Services wins award from Army Aviation association

FORT RUCKER—M1 Support Services is a quiet presence in the Wiregrass community, but the efforts of its workforce to support Fort Rucker were recognized by the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) recently as it took home a major award for the second year in a row. M1 received the...
Marietta Daily Journal

Local schools move to new regions in GHSA realignment

A number of local high schools will find themselves in new classifications next year after the Georgia High School Association finalized new classification and region alignments for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years. While region alignments for Classes 7-A through 4-A are all set, the GHSA is still in the...
The Post and Courier

Ashley Ridge's Dobbels back as basketball coach

Brad Dobbels has again stepped into the role of head coach for the Ashley Ridge boys basketball program. This is Dobbels second time holding the position. He formerly spent three seasons (2015-18) with the Swamp Foxes and helped them set a new school record for wins. Dobbels has more than...

AP Preseason Girls Basketball Rankings – November 29

WOAY – With the West Virginia high school girls basketball season beginning this week, the Associated Press released its first set of rankings on Monday. Area teams among the four classes are in bold. CLASS AAAA: #1 Huntington, #2 Cabell Midland, #3 George Washington, #4 Morgantown, #5 Wheeling Park, #6...

Wayzata Boys Basketball Ready to Defend State Title

The Wayzata boys basketball team is ready for a new season as they looked to defend the state class AAAA title they won last season. The Trojans graduated standout guards Eddie Beeninga and Kody Williams. Senior Camden Heide, who would have been one of the best players in the state,...

These are the SC high school football state championship matchups in Columbia next weekend

With the Upper and Lower State brackets decided Friday night, the matchups are now set. These are the teams that will play next week for the SCHSL high school football state championships in Columbia. All the games will be played at Benedict College's Charlie W. Johnson Stadium in Columbia. Class AAAA competes on Thursday night, Classes AA/AAA compete...

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