Saturday, March 18, 2017

Friday, March 3, 2017

Say It Isn't So

It is hard to believe that we have watched the last college game ever to be played by Brett Morris. This may also be the last video that I have had the pleasure making of Brett's play on the hardwoods, though I suspect we will see or hear of him playing in a professional league in another country. We hope so. It was tough making this video knowing the emotion Brett expressed to his many family and fans in attendance. The video at the link below shows some of Brett's play against West Liberty in the Mountain East Conference tournament Friday at the Charleston Civic Center.

Glenville's Upset Bid Falls Short

Aided by generous officiating, the nationally ranked and number two conference seed West Liberty Hilltoppers survived an upset bid by the Glenville State College Pioneers 75 to 71 on Friday at the Charleston Civic Center in quarter final action in the Mountain East Conference tournament.

With the Glenville loss comes the end of the illustrious college career of Webster County native Brett Morris. Morris did everything he could to help the Pioneers, scoring 14 points, pulling down 13 rebounds, dishing out 4 assists, and blocking 4 shots. Teammate Terry Davis Jr. led the Pioneers with 23 points. Jon Dunmyer was the only other Pioneer in double figures with 12 points.

Here is a video clip of Brett with a three point play early in the second half:

In the second half, and critically on a play with about one minute remaining in the game, the referees missed at least three calls costing Glenville points, as shown by the video link below:

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Webster Building Blows Its Top Off

Talking about blowing your top off.

The Jorishie building in downtown Webster Springs suffered significant roof damage Wednesday as a result of the storms that blew through the county knocking power out to thousands. The photos below are from the Webster OES/911 Facebook page.

Morris Pours in 28 Points in Pioneer Playoff Pounding

Fresh off his selection to the first team all Mountain East Conference, Brett Morris poured in 28 points to lead the Glenville State College Pioneers to an easy 84 to 66 win over the University of Virginia at Wise in a first round playoff game on Wednesday evening at the Charleston Civic Center.

Glenville advances in the MEC tournament to face number two seed W. Liberty on Friday at Noon at the Civic Center.

The video at the link below shows some of Brett's points:

The next video at the link below shows a dunk by Jalon Plummer and a 30 second clock buzzer beating three point shot by Terry Davis, Jr.:
Jalon Plummer/Terry Davis Jr. Highlights

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Hunter Given: "Stick-to-it-tiveness"

Quietly, and without much fanfare, former Webster County athletic standout Hunter Given was recognized on Senior Night before the Glenville State College Pioneer basketball game against the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats.
Hunter Given

Given has played for the Pioneers the past three years along with his roommate and other half of Webster's former dynamic basketball due, Brett Morris. Accompanying Hunter during the pre-game recognition was his father, Sam, and brother, Logan.

Pioneer Coach Stephen Dye put Hunter in the starting lineup Saturday and the dynamic duo were once again gracing the hardwoods together. During his three years with the Pioneers, Hunter saw limited action, averaging only 2.7 minutes per game this season. Many other players in similar situations would have moved on or resigned, but Hunter stuck to it, always encouraging his teammates during the games and adding a force during practices. He deserves a lot of credit for standing with his team these past three years.

The video link below shows Hunter (#22) during the pre-game recognition and some of his playing time at the start of the game.

Webster Playoff Hopes Dashed Early

The basketball season for the Webster County Highlanders boys' team and its hopes for a run in the playoffs came to a quick end Saturday with their 76 to 69 opening round loss to the Valley (Fayette) Greyhounds.

Valley held leads at the end of each quarter, leading 18-15 at the end of the first, 30-25 at halftime, and 53-46 at the end of the third. Valley's Spencer Dean led all scorers with 27 points. For Webster, Dalton Gray had 24 points, while Bradin Miller scored 16, Hayden Williams 13 and Dorian Groggs 12.

With the loss, the Highlanders finished the season with a 13 win, 10 loss record. Valley advances to play Charleston Catholic next week.