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WVBOE: Focus Schools Spotlight Learning Gaps Among Student Groups

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The West Virginia Board of Education has identified a list of schools in the state with the greatest learning gaps among student groups.

These schools will get additional support to meet the needs of their students.

Ninety-seven schools have been identified in 39 West Virginia counties. Elementary and middle schools were identified based on 2012 WESTEST 2 results. High schools were identified based on gaps in graduation rates.

A list of focus schools can be found at:

The focus school designation is part of West Virginia’s ESEA Flexibility Waiver, which includes waivers of certain provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as the No Child Left Behind Act.

“This is a whole new ballgame for the student achievement accountability process in West Virginia,” said state Superintendent of Schools Jim Phares. “You will notice that some schools on this list are traditionally the MVPs of the system and they are still good schools. However, now it is not just about the number of students meeting proficiency levels but instead how large of a learning gap exists between student groups.”

To provide support to focus schools, a Focus Assistance Support Team (FAST) will be created on the state, regional and county levels. The FAST teams will then conduct an assessment of student subgroup strengths and weaknesses to target during the three-year improvement timeline. If a focus school can decrease the gap between student subgroups for two consecutive years and show sufficient progress, it can be transitioned off the list.

In April, the West Virginia Board of Education identified a list of priority schools. Priority schools also are part of West Virginia’s ESEA Flexibility. However, these schools were identified based on overall student performance. The schools are among the lowest 5 percent of Title I schools based on school-wide student achievement and a historical lack of progress over three years. All non-Title I schools meeting the same criteria have been identified and are included in the priority schools.

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Schools identified in our area are:

Priority Schools:

Braxton County

•  Braxton County High

Webster County

•  Glade Middle

•  Webster County High


Focus Schools:

Clay County

•  Clay Elementary

Braxton County

•  Flatwoods Elementary

Nicholas County

•  Richwood Middle

Roane County

•  Geary Elementary/Middle

•  Spencer Middle

Doddridge County

•  Doddridge County Middle

Harrison County

•  Bridgeport Middle

•  Johnson Elementary

•  Mountaineer Middle

•  Salem Elementary

•  South Harrison Middle

•  West Milford Elementary

Lewis County

•  Lewis County High

•  Peterson-Central Elementary

•  Robert L. Bland Middle

Upshur County

•  Buckhannon Upshur Middle

•  Buckhannon Upshur High

•  French Creek Elementary

•  Tennerton Elementary

•  Union Elementary

Martha Alice Riffle

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Martha Alice Riffle

Age 67 of Glenville, West Virginia, departed this life at 3:30 AM, Tuesday, June 18, 2013, in the Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, West Virginia, following an extended illness.

Born June 20, 1945 in Braxton County, West Virginia, daughter of the late Francis T. and Ethel G. Nicholson Riffle.

Alice enjoyed making crafts, watching game shows, Soap Opera’s, and WVU Football on TV.

She was also a Baptist by faith.

Surviving are 3 daughter, Karen Frame and husband Joe of Stouts Mills, WV; Shirley and Donna Riffle both of Glenville, WV;  1 son, Edwin “Bub” Dennison of Glenville, WV; 1 haft sister, Mary Ann Howes of Weston, WV. There are 6 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren also surviving.

Along with her parents, Alice was preceded in death by her long term companion Oscar L. Dennison, and 5 brothers, Johnny, Ray, Early, George,  and Raymond Riffle

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc, 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville WV 26351 at 12:00 PM, Noon Saturday June 22, 2013 with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating.

Burial will follow in the Cottrill Family and Friends Cemetery on Sliding Run Road (Stouts Mills community).

Friends may call from 10 AM - 12 Noon, the funeral hour at the Mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary inc. is assisting the family of Martha Alice Riffle with arrangements. 

Kathy Linn Hardesty

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Kathy Linn Hardesty

Age 58, of Frametown, WV passed away June 14, 2013 at the Braxton County Memorial Hospital.

She was born January 04, 1955 in Buckhannon, WV, daughter of the late Tom Gum and Shirley Lough Gum of Buckhannon, WV.

She was a baptized Jehovah’s Witness.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her brother Tommy Gum.

She is survived by her mother; husband David Hardesty; son, John Paul Dennis of Charleston, WV; brother, Johnny Gum of Buckhannon, WV; sisters, Connie Gibson of Marietta, OH, Donna Kay Marks of Buckhannon, WV, Bonnie Mae Gum of Fayetteville, WV, Sherbie Mollohan of Marietta, OH.; grandchildren, Steven Weaver, Nathan Dennis, Tani Weaver, Alex Hardesty, Brett Hardesty, Isabella Hardesty, Cody Hardesty; great-grand-child, Kaden Weaver; stepchildren, David S. Hardesty Jr., Brian S. Hardesty, Stacy Hardesty, and many neices and nephews.

Her body will be cremated at the family’s request.

Arrangements by the Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV.

Arthur “Lucky” Marks

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Arthur “Lucky” Marks

Age 61, of Gassaway, WV, passed June 17, 2013 at CAMC Memorial Hospital.

Surviving; wife, Jeanette Barker Marks; children, Michael Marks, Timothy Marks and Melissa Marks; Grandson, Timothy Marks II.

Graveside service will be 2:15 PM Friday, June 21, 2013 at Fairview Cemetery, Chapel with Pastor Jim Criner officiating.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Legislative Update – by – Delegate Brent Boggs - House Majority Leader - 06.17.13


Father’s Day is always a special time.  I’m thankful this Father’s Day that I could spend the day with my dad, my son, and his son, including Jean, mom, Jennifer and Kenzie.  I wish Jessica and the boys could have made it home, but I look forward for having them home in the next few weeks. No video games, no TV, no expensive toys this day; but a day of down-to-earth family fun with Kenzie and Carson enjoying tree swings and catching a big bullfrog that had taken up residence near our home.  Kids, some mud, dirt, water and a couple dogs was all that was required.  Basics that all kids need.

This week, the Governor is calling the House into special session in order to fill the vacancy of House Speaker.  Effective last Saturday, Speaker Thompson officially resigned to accept an executive appointment by Governor Tomblin as Cabinet Secretary for the WV Department of Veterans Affairs.  As an Army veteran and champion of veterans’ issues, I wish Rick well in his new position.

The Governor has indicated he will call the House into session at Noon on June 18 for the purpose of electing a new Speaker. Prior to the session, he intends to appoint a replacement from Wayne County to fill the House vacancy created by Thompson’s resignation.

Also prior to the noon session on Tuesday, the House republicans and democrats will caucus separately to nominate their choice for Speaker.  After weeks of consultation with members, at this writing democrats have united behind my friend and colleague, House Judiciary Chairman Tim Miley of Harrison County.  Tim is a good friend and has my full backing for the position.  Most important, I believe he will be a great asset to our region and the State as Speaker of the House.  With a vote expected to follow party lines, Delegate Miley should be our next Speaker.

While the Thompson resignation was unexpected, the House and Senate had previously agreed to hold June interim meetings in Wheeling later this week.  We have eliminated out-of-town interims in recent years, but since Wheeling was chosen as the first Capital of West Virginia upon becoming the 35th State in 1863; and, the sesquicentennial of West Virginia is celebrated this week on June 20, the City of Wheeling requested the Legislature to be present for the 150th West Virginia birthday celebration.  A full slate of interim meetings will be held this week, June 19 – 21 at various locations around Wheeling.  A link to the schedule is available at

I have been encouraged in recent months by so many good stories coming out of Braxton County.  Community, group and individual efforts are seeking and providing avenues and venues for Braxton County residents to improve their health.  Despite limited resources and fitness facilities, many in the county are creating opportunities for our residents and visitors. Things are happening here in Braxton County- and I know many in the community want to continue to build upon these successes to create more opportunities for county residents and visitors to have healthy, active options available to them.

I am pleased to announce a meeting on Monday, June 24th to discuss health, wellness and fitness initiatives in Braxton County.  I hope this meeting will provide an avenue for individuals and organizations to discuss their initiatives, ideas, needs they see and obstacles they face.  There are many organizations doing great work and by having many of the groups together and in one venue, I hope that we can begin discussions to build upon successes and work to address obstacles we foresee as we move forward with health and wellness related projects.

If you are interested in participating in this meeting, please contact Jennifer McPherson at 304.340.3942 or .  Jennifer can provide you with details.

Please send your inquiries to the Capitol Office at:  Building 1, Room 224-M, Charleston, WV 25305.  Or, call the Capitol office at 304.340.3220; Assistant to the Majority Leader, Jennifer McPherson at 304.340.3942 or fax to 304.340.3213.  If you have an interest in any particular bill or issue, please let me know.  For those with Internet access, my e-mail address is: “” .

You may also obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and leave me a message on the Legislature’s web site at  When leaving a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide. Additional information, including agency links and the state government phone directory, may be found at Also, you may follow me on Facebook at “Brent Boggs”, Twitter at “@DelBrentBoggs” , as well as the WV Legislature’s Facebook page at “West Virginia Legislature” or on Twitter at

Continue to remember our troops - at home and abroad - and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.  Until next week – take care.

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Larman E. Singleton

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Larman E. Singleton

Age 71, of Chapel, WV passed away June 17, 2013 at the Concord Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after a long illness.

He was a retired coal miner for Fola Coal Co.

He was preceded in death by his wife and mother of his children, Barbara Westfall Singleton; parents, Lon and Pauline Singleton; sister, Katherine Miller.

He is survived by wife, Irene Long Singleton; daughters, Lora Singleton and Robyn Skidmore and husband, Ryan of Chapel; son, Jeffrey Singleton and wife, Brenda of Gassaway; four grandchildren, Kaylee Marie Stout and husband, Scottie, Caleb, Caden and Carson Skidmore.

Service will be 11 AM Thursday, June 20, 2013 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery, Chapel. Friends may call from 6 to 9 PM Wednesday at the funeral home.

Thelma Louise Schoolcraft

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Thelma Louise Schoolcraft

Age 79, of Gassaway, WV, passed away on June 14, 2013 after a long illness.

She was born on April 14, 1934, the daughter of the late Bailey B. and Mabel B. Friend.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers Hartsel and Holly Friend and her husband Arthur L. Schoolcraft.

She was the loving mother of her only son, H.R. (Randy) Cogar of Gassaway.

In addition to her son, she is survived by her daughter-in-law Rebecca Cogar of Gassaway, grandson Andrew Cogar and wife Jennifer of Bridgeport, WV and great-grandchildren Abigail, Jackson and Austin Cogar. She also leaves a sister, Hallie Harrison of Gassaway and niece, Judy Hacker.

A gathering of friends will be held June 18 from 7:00-8:00 PM at the Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV.

A brief memorial service will follow at 8:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Braxton County Senior Center, 33 Senior Drive, Sutton, WV 26601.

Mary Joann Kesling

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Mary Joann Kesling

Age 60 of Gassaway, WV died at the Hubbard house June 13, 2013.

She was a Protestant by faith.

She had a lawn care service. She is survived by sons, Gilbert of Gassaway, Jay of Buckhannon; daughter, Barbara Carpenter of Gassaway; sisters, Louise Goodson of Gassaway, Lillie Setter and Lola Schoonmaker of Fairmont, Marsha Frame of Morgantown; brothers, Earl and Ed Rohrbough of Riffle, Jerry Rohrbough of Gassaway, George Rohrbough of Cedar Creek, Texas; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by husband, Kenney Kesling; brothers John Rohrbough, Bernard Rohrbough, and Otis Rohrbough; sisters Kathleen Rohrbough and Lillian Bostic.

Services will be Tuesday 11:00 AM June 18, 2013 at the Richard Roach Funeral Home, with Pastor Bill Carr officiating.

Burial will be in the Kesling Family Cemetery Gassaway, WV.

Friends may call from 6:00 to 9:00 PM Monday at the Richard M. Roach Funeral Home.

Emerson Dean Stoneking

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Emerson Dean Stoneking

Age 87, of Parkersburg, WV, went to be with his Lord, after an extended illness, on June 15, 2013.

He was born in Braxton County, WV, a son of the late Forney Patrick and Edna Lenora (Rhodes) Stoneking.

He was a semi-truck driver for over 20 years, during which time he worked for Cook Motorlines, Ezor Express and Criss Concrete. He had been a member of Local 1975 Labor Union and Teamster Union. He sold life insurance for Equitable and Kemper Life.

He was a charter member of Broadway Church of the Nazarene where he was very active in the bus ministry, a Sunday school teacher and a part-time song leader.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary “Jo” (Hill) Stoneking; two sons, Lloyd Stoneking (Ana) and Timothy Dean Stoneking (Lois), all of Parkersburg; four grandchildren, Lynnette, Aaron, Sydney and Casey Stoneking; three great-grandchildren, Morgan, Kirsten and Zoe Stoneking; and a brother, Denzil Stoneking of Parkersburg.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Steven Stoneking; four brothers, Victor, Harold, Hayward and the Rev. Paul Stoneking; and a sister, Helen Kilgore.

Services will be 11 AM Wednesday at Broadway Church of the Nazarene, with Pastor Dan Meek officiating.

Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM.

Virginia L. Schiefer

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Virginia L. Schiefer

Age 90, passed away on Saturday, June 15, 2013.

She was born on October 25, 1922 at Bonnie, West Virginia, the eldest daughter of Bruce and Mary (Cutlip) Loyd.

In addition to her parents, Virginia was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years Frank E. Schiefer, her brother George Bailey Lloyd, and her two sisters Barbara E. James and Mary Frances Loyd.

Virginia is survived by her six children all of Braxton County, WV; Ann (John) Harrison, Christine (William “Dub”) Ferrell, Sue Lancaster, Frank (Oneda) Schiefer, Jr., William (Glenadine) Schiefer, and John Bailey (Susan) Schiefer; and her twelve grandchildren, Carol (Steve) Lentz of Hilliard, Ohio, Beth (Jon) Carden of Carlinville, Indiana, Doug (Leslie) Harrison of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Bryan (Tracey) Ferrell of Lynchburg, Virginia, Maresa (Tim) Frame of Flatwoods, Jefferson (Cindy) Wyne of Sutton, Andrew (Shannon) Wyne of Sutton, Joel Lancaster of Gassaway, Nature Schiefer of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, Frank (Alexis) Schiefer, Ill of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, Marcy (Mickey) Skeens of Gassaway, Jennifer (Tyson) Colvin of Beckley; and 25 great-grandchildren. Virginia thoroughly enjoyed having family gatherings with all her children, their spouses, grandchildren and spouses and great-grandchildren around her.

She especially loved babies and young children and was greatly amused by them. She had a great desire for her children to pursue an education and always encouraged them to do their best in whatever they undertook in life. She believed in commitment to marriage and instilled that belief in her children as well. She was an avid quilter and found great satisfaction in creating hand-stitched works of art.

She enjoyed making each grandchild a double wedding ring quilt as a wedding gift. Each of her 25 great-grandchildren received a hand made crib quilt at birth. Over the past 40 years Virginia made over 80 hand made quilts for the WV Academy of Family Physicians and the Family Medicine Foundation of VVV to raise funds at statewide conferences for scholarships for medical students who would stay in WV and practice in family medicine. Virginia enjoyed volunteering at the Braxton Health Care Center nursing home for many years until she was 85 years old. She was also a member of the Braxton County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

Friends may call at Gassaway Baptist Church, 403 Elk Street in Gassaway from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Monday evening.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday at Gassaway Baptist Church with Pastor Mark Stump officiating.

Burial will be at the Fisher Cemetery in Flatwoods.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to your church or favorite charity.

Richard M. Roach Funeral Home of Gassaway is in charge of arrangements.

WV Day Festival - 06.15.13 - This Saturday

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Wanda Mae Waugh

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Wanda Mae Waugh

Age 75, of 72 US Highway 19 S Weston, WV passed away on Wednesday, June 13, 2013 in Ruby Memorial Hospital of Morgantown following a brief illness.

She was born in Copen, WV on October 03, 1937: daughter of the late Worley Steele and Arlie (Sumpter) Steele.

She married Russell “Bob” Waugh, who preceded her in death in April of 1998.

Mrs. Waugh is survived by two sons: Robert G. Waugh and wife Brandi and Stanley G. Waugh both of Weston, 4 grandchildren: Crystal Sears, Gregory Robinson, Michael Monett and Robert “Gavin” Waugh and 4 great great grandchildren. She is also survived by two brothers: Shirley Steele of Anmoore and Willard “Sonny” Steele of Ohio, one sister: Gentalee Blake of Kingwood and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband Bob, Wanda was preceded in death by two brothers: Duark and Mason Steele and two sisters: Reva Butcher and Manoka “Edith” Hinzman.
Mrs. Waugh was a homemaker. She enjoyed cooking and gardening. Wanda loved kids and spent a lot of time baby sitting over the years.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Friday, June 14, 2013 from 5-8 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 1:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Clifford West officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Friendship Cemetery of Jane Lew, WV.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Wanda Mae Waugh.

Sutton: Manchin Honors Flag Day with Presentations

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U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced that on Friday, June 14, 2013, representatives from his office will travel to seven counties in West Virginia to present flags in recognition of Flag Day.

Senator Manchin’s staff will join veterans, students, county officials and members of the community to salute our state’s veterans and pay tribute to the American flag.

“Like all West Virginians, I feel a special surge of emotion every time I see the American flag,” Senator Manchin said. “Every day, schoolchildren, Scouts, veterans, Senators – in fact, Americans all across this great land – pledge their allegiance to the Stars and Stripes. But one day a year, we pay special honor to our flag. I urge all West Virginians to join me in celebrating Flag Day, displaying the flag, our most enduring symbol, representing the unity of our people and the cause of liberty and justice for all.”

Senator Manchin’s staff will make stops in Logan, Braxton, Ohio, Jefferson, Wood, Hardy and Barbour counties.

FRIDAY, June 14, 2013

3:00 PM

Braxton County Courthouse, 300 Main Street, Sutton, WV.

Class AA 2013 High School Baseball All-State Teams

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P - Andrew Strand, Fairmont Senior, Sr.

P - Tristan Fields, Herbert Hoover, Jr.

P - Kevin Cottle, PikeView, Sr.

C - Zack Whitten, Wyoming East, Sr.

IF - Drew D’Angelo, Independence, Sr.

IF - Wyatt Adkins, Independence, Jr.

IF - Fletcher DeVaul, Fairmont Senior, Sr.

IF - Colton Bonnett, Robert C. Byrd, Jr.

OF - Corey Bird, Herbert Hoover, Sr. (captain)

OF - Zach Null, Sissonville, Sr.

OF - Joey Lacek, Liberty Raleigh, Sr.

Util - Vincent Haddox, Oak Glen, Jr.

Util - D.J. Burgess, Ritchie County, Sr.

Util - Matt Robbins, Fairmont Senior, Sr.

Util - Troy Anderson, Bridgeport, Sr.


P - Derek Thornton, Wyoming East, Sr.

P - Chance Price, Philip Barbour, Sr.

P - Jeremy McGinnis, Independence, Jr.

C - Zach Cassidy, Wayne, Sr.

IF - Cam Cottrill, Poca, Jr.

IF - Devon Crews, Ravenswood, Jr.

IF - Easton Jimmie, East Fairmont, Sr.

IF - Dylan Keel, Liberty Raleigh, So.

OF - Cody Bowen, Herbert Hoover, Jr.

OF - Jake Payne, Poca, Jr.

OF - Austin Norman, Fairmont Senior, Jr. (captain)

Util - Brandon Fazalare, Lincoln, Jr.

Util - Tyler Skidmore, Bridgeport, Jr.

Util - Dylan Gain, Liberty Harrison, Sr.

Util - Forrest Spurlock, Scott, Sr.


Hunter Moses, PikeView; Brian Sexton, Independence; Austin Lyons, Liberty Raleigh; Austin Cordell, PikeView; Christian Hedinger, Wyoming East; Matt Bailey, Liberty Raleigh; Andrue Hughart, Independence; Matt Cessna, Weir; Jeremy Swartzmiller, Weir; Scottie Hessler, Berkeley Springs; Cullin Cutright, Bridgeport; Dustin Conley, Chapmanville; Brock Dalton, Chapmanville; James Brogan, Clay County; Cutter Atha, East Fairmont; Johnny Kesling, Fairmont Senior; Cole Smith, Frankfort; Colton Dorsey, Frankfort; Ryan Shamblin, Herbert Hoover; John Mustain, James Monroe; Ty Noss, Liberty Harrison; Hunter Hamrick, Lincoln; Wil Mayes, Nicholas County; Trey Smith, Oak Glen; Trevor Harman, Petersburg; Alex See, Petersburg; Doug Smith, Philip Barbour; Noah Frampton, Poca; Thomas Sturm, Ravenswood; Andrew Davis, Ritchie County; Quentin Corbitt, Roane County; Devin Bayer, Scott; Dominic Walker, Sissonville; Joey Williamson, Wayne; Josh Bane, Keyser; Travis Smith, North Marion; Logan Alastanos, Robert C. Byrd; Chuck McCloy, Grafton; Thomas Peters, Grafton.


Jake Lacek, Liberty Raleigh; Austin Canada, Wyoming East; Dakota Bailey, Westside; Jaquan Ayers, Summers County; Mitch Viakley, Weir; Greg Smith, Bridgeport; Tristan Thompson, Chapmanville; Ethan Smith, Clay County; Truman Weese, East Fairmont; Thane Cutter, Frankfort; Austin Thomas, Herbert Hoover; Ryan Page, James Monroe; Ethan Amick, Nicholas County; Bret Reel, Petersburg; Evan McClanahan, Poca; Dylan Frye, Ritchie County; Eli Kucherawy, Roane County; Cody Brown, Scott; Ricky Dean, Tolsia; Kodie Bowen, Wayne; Jared Spielman, Berkeley Springs; Joe May, Mingo Central; Logan Linebarry, Bluefield; Skylar Brooks, North Marion; Tashaan Vineyard, Mount View; Brodie Currence, Braxton County; Josh Boggio, Bridgeport; Josh Davis, Liberty Harrison; Al Johnson, Philip Barbour; Ryan Holcomb, Lincoln; Abraham Blair, Grafton.

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