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Former Glenville State Athletes Shine in Semi-Pro Competition By Jamie Mullins Sports Editor From mid-June through early Au- gust, several former Glenville State Pioneer Football players were given the opportunity to play as members of the Semi-Pro Jackson County Black Bears. Each weekend, these players would travel to Ripley, or wherever the away game was located, to face competi- tion from other states along the East Coast. The Jackson County Black Bears are part of the Hartland Football League and owned by Mike Devereux. The team is made up of men from Sissonville to Marietta and every- where in between. After their loss on Aug. 1 to the Kentucky Stallions, the Black Bears fell to 3-5 on the season. The loss knocked them out of conten- tion for the playoffs. While it is important to know about the team to understand the situation, the real story is the Pioneer impact. Keith Barr, a former GSC running back started playing with the Black Bears in early June and soon brought several other athletes out to Join the Black Bear ranks. Emery Williams, a three-time WVIAC First Team All Conference Tight End, was a real difference maker for the Black Bears. People who never saw him play on the collegiate level were amazed by his ability. When Williams was forced to sit out a game, his teammates talked on the sideline about how, "the game would not even be close if Emery was here." Without Williams, the team went on to win that game against a Florida team with under :30 seconds left in overtime. The real difference - maker in that game was Troy Cloud. Cloud had played Corner at GSC. During the final home game of the year his senior year, 2007, against WV Wesleyan, Cloud was severely injured. Fans questioned whether he would be able to walk again; let alone ever play football again. However, a year and a hall after that terrible injury, Cloud stepped on the field for the first time and amazed all. His former Pioneer teammates joining him in Ripley stated, "It was like he had never left the field." While clear stats are hard to find, Cloud recorded numerous intercep- tions throughout the season, includ- ing two off back-to-back possessions in the Kentucky Stallion game. In addition to Cloud and Williams, Barr was able to recruit a strong Of- fensive Line to protect him on the field. At one point or another throughout the season, Barr was protected by Mike Daly, Nathanial Threatts, and Marcal Lazenby. While all three were starters for the 2008 Pioneers, Daly was a Second Team AI1-WVIAC and Lazenby was First Team AI1-WVIAC and Second Team All-Super Region. Other Glenville athletes taking part in the semi-pro competition included Anthony Mason, Cody Lucas, "Showtime" Cunningham, and Dustin Fox. Thursday, August 13, 2009 --The Glenville Democrat Page 7 lons 1 ON DEFENSe, TROY CLOUD FAKES HIS RECEIVER OUT JUST MOMENTS BEFORE RECORDING HIS FIRST OF TWO ~ CONSECUTIVE INTERCEPTIONS. PATTY NUTTER, SECOND VICE DISTRICT GOVERNOR PRESENTS NEW LIONS CLUB PRESIDENT, KEN TOWNSEND WITH MEMBERSHIP PLAQUE Ken Townsend Takes Lions' Helm The Glenville Lions Club has been busy this past year and Patty Nutter was at a recent meeting to congratu- late Lions members for the hard work which has been done this past year. She, also, presented sponsor certifi- cates to Robert Archer, Lynn Marks, and Brenda McCartney. The Carnival and Folk Festi val have ended, but plans are being made for next year. The Lions Club wishes to thank everyone who helped in any way this year and hope that next year will be even better. Officers for 2009-2010 are: Presi- dent, Ken Townsend; S.ecretary, Brenda McCartney; Treasurer, Mel- issa Jedamski. If anyone would like to become a member, please contact one of these people. FORMER PIONEER TEAMMATES LINE-UP ON LINE OF SCRIMMAGE TOGETHER: (L-R) EMERY WILLIAMS, ANTHONY MASON, AND TROY CLOUD William H. Harrison, the ninth President of the United States, served the shortest term. He died from pneumonia 30 days after he was inaugurated in 1841. Gilmer County High School Golf Team remains strong in long three match week Aug. 4-6 By Jamie Mullins Sports Editor During the week of Aug. 4-6. the Gilmer County High School Golf Team was very busy with match-ups. On Aug. 4, the Titans hosted their own Gilmer County Invitational. The invitational brought eight other teams to Gilmer County to provide some competition for the Titan men. These teams included: Braxton. Lewis, Nicholas, Ritchie, Roane, St. Mary Gold. St. Mary Purple, and Wirt. While the Titans fought hard in their home match, in the end, they were forced to settle for third with 343 points. The Nicholas Grizzlies team came out on top with a score of 321. lbllowed closely by Ritchie with 333. Cody James led the Titans with an individual score of 81. The score was enough to earn him a spot on the All- Tournament Team. The All-Tourna- ment Team consisted of Trenton Deal (Nicholas) 69. Matt Metz (Ritchie) 75, Greg Loss (Nicholas) 78, Cody James (Gilmer) 81. and Jordan Shaffer (Ritchie) 81. On Wed:, Aug. 5, the boys traveled to Jackson~,.:Gount~ for ~'~he RavensW60d'~h~l~0~l While:tl~e Titans would improve their overall team score, they would take fourth of a 10team pool with 333 points. They followed behind Ritchie County with 304, Williamstown with 320. and Charleston Catholic with 333. This time, the Titans were led by tan Morris who with 74 points, was named a member of the All-Tourna- ment Team. Finally, on Thurs., Aug. 6. the Ti- tans took part in the LKC Scramble where the they finished in a tie for 2nd with Ritchie County B. Both teams shot a 61. The only team to shoot higher than the Titans was Ritchie County A who won first place by only three strokes with a score of 58. The Titan's team consisting of Cody 3ames~'G~arh"KiCide'r. l=uke.Montgom- %ry.-afid4~n ~ 'Mdrt:~s shc/t :ctstle:etively 10 under at Woodridge. Their season record is 23-6-1. Individual Stats for three match week: Codv James (81/82) Cam Kinder (85/90) Noah Kinder (103) Luke Montgomery (86/87) lan Morris (91/74) A look at the local sports world By Jam& Mullins Sports Editor For everyone not familiar with me. allow me to introduce myself. I am Jamie Mullins, the "new" (well, I guess returning is the correct term) sports reporter for your home town paper. While my experience is limited, my opinions are not. Therefore. this is my weekly editorial where you will get the 411 on upcoming local sports events, but more importantly, uncen- sored opinions about all your local sports activities. As for this week: ID ID ID tD Ib ID O O O O ID O O O For all seventh and eighth grade girls interested in cheerleading, there will be a Mini-Titan Cheerleading meeting on Thurs.. Aug. 13 @ 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at GCHS. eeeooooeeeeeeeoeee Next. any females interested in Mini-Titan Volleyball out there? If so. there will be a meeting at GCHS on Thurs.. Aug. 13@ 6:00p m. OOOO O O O tI, O OOOOO The Mini-Titan's Football season will officially kick off on Aug. 11. Practice will be held at the Rohrbough field from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. In order to participate, players must have physicals. OII, O O O O O I1' Q ID O ID The Gilmer County High School Varsity Football Team will have a scrimmage on Sat.. Aug. 15 from 3:00p.m.-7:00p.m. The scrimmage will take place on their home field, Morris Stadium. O Q tl, O ID O O O O O O Now that all of that is out of the way, let's talk about the coming weeks in sports. Fall sports season ~s here. With in the next two weeks, there will bc six football teams, six chccrleading squads, three w)lleyball teams, two cross-country teams, and at least three golf teams beginmng or continuing practice herc in Gilmcr County, and those are just the ones I know of. While there are all these teams start- ing up practice across the county, this week I am going to focus on my favorite sport... FOOTBALL!!! tp OO OOIDOOOOOO The Little Pioneers: While it is early in the season for Gilmer County football, the Little Pioneers have been at work for acouple weeks now. They have already experienced great ob- stacles this season with the loss of one of their young athletes. However. with the support of one another, the Little Pioneers are pull- ing together in hopes of a very suc- cessful season. As far as their coaches are con- cerned, each team Is well equipped. The C-Team ~s again coached by former GSC Running Back Keith Ban'. I must admit I am extremely excited to see the C-Team m action. Partially because the little boys and one little girl are so cute and partially because Ban" is suppose to be extremely enter- taining to watch during the games. For the past year. all I have heard is what a great coach Mr. Barr is and how he really cares about not only how these kids do but more impor- tantly what they learn. While their games are the earliest, I would defi- nitely recommend waking up to make their games. As soon as I have a schedule available. I will provide those times. The B-Team returns former GCHS Titan coach Steve Shuff. I have not heard as much about Shuff: however, from the looks of their practice, Shuff is more of the quiet coach. I guess I will have to wait until the season starts to find out just how accurate that prediction is. As for the A-Team. they have a very strong, very experienced coach- ing base. Head Coach Marcal Lazenby is a tbrmer GSC Offensive Lineman. Hc was twice named to the WVIAC Second Team betbre finally achiev- ing Ist Team Honors in 2008 as a member of the conference Champion team. He was also given All Region Honors. He is joined by Jerry Burkhammer, who both played and coached at GSC. Arch Moore who has his own football experience (and as Jerry likes to joke, was the first Governor of ~/est Virginia), and Emery Williams. a three-time All- WVIAC 1st Team Member. With lots of experience to share with their team members and unpre- dictable temperaments, the A-Team coaches should make this season just as exciting. oeoooeeoeoeo The Mini-Titans/Titans: In all honesty, I have not kept up much with the Titans in the past season. How- ever. I have been able to figure a couple of things out. This is a return season for the Mini- Titans after taking a) ear off. It should be interesting to see how they per- form after such a break. For the Titans. I clearly remember writing a story two years ago cel- ebrating their first win in three sea- sons on Homecoming night. It was an exciting game. However. from what I could pick- up from the random gossip around town last fall. the Titans have greatly improved under Head Coach Stewart. Therefore. I am expecting big things of these men this coming season. Finally, The Pioneers: As my fa- vorite team to watch (I'm a Pioneer fan through and through), I could go on for days about the Pioneers strengths and weaknesses. I could tell you that McCants will be strong at quarterback, still expect him to have a backup, and Parker will once again lead the Pioneer defense. Or talk about how the O-Line is being almost completely revamped and a new kicker is commg in. However. why go into that this week when there will be a preview of their season in next week's paper. With all of that said. until next week. keep playing hard and keep me in formed!!! 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