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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.

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.

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.

Team Strengths

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.”

Sydney Brewer

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.

OPENING WEEK NOW TO AUG. 9TH

Varsity Football
7 a.m. Varsity Cheerleading 8:00 a.m.

Golf - 4 p.m. Varsity Soccer (Girls) 5 p.m.

Varsity Soccer (Boys) 5:30 p.m.

OPENING WEEK OF AUGUST 12TH-16TH

Middle School Football August 12 at 5:00 p.m. Middle School Cheerleading August 12th at 8:00 a.m. at the Petersburg Elementary Gymnasium
Varsity Volleyball- August 12 at 3:30 p.m.

Middle School Volleyball August 12th at 5:15 p.m.

In order to participate in any sport students must first have a physical completed.

Lady Softball Vikings
JUNIOR VARSITY LADY VIKINGS SOFTBALL TEAM - Coach Steve Whiteman, Mickala Taylor, Alyssa Miller, Kymberly Minnich, Asia Rexroad, Brittany Goldizen, Shayla Whiteman, MacKenzie Kitzmiller, Coach Kayla Weiser, Chloe Evans, Hannah Laffere, Kelsie VanMeter, Klowie Schultz and Brooklynn Rohrbaugh.

The Petersburg High School Lady Vikings softball team saw a 2019 season of accomplishments and success.

While the PHS varsity finished second in the state, the JV team was also blazing through their competition. The team picking up only a single loss in their 13 game season, meaning they wrapped up their season earlier this summer with a 12-1 record.

2019 JV Softball Scores

Elkins

(W) 15-0

Central, Va.

(L) 0-1

Frankfort

(W) 10-0

Mt. Ridge, Md

(W) 17-0

Elkins

(W) 13-2

Northern, Md

(W) 13-1

Allegany, Md

(W) 11-1

Ft. Hill, Md

(W) 15-0

Central, Va

(W) 3-0

Moorefield

(W) 8-2

Frankfort

(W) 5-2

Buckhannon Upshur

(W) 11-1

Mt. Ridge, Md

(W) 10-0

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