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Cross country team begins season Saturday

Describing the course her team will run Saturday in their first meet of the 2015 season, high school cross country coach Lauri Spencer said, “It has a nice combination of hills and flats.” She added, “The last mile of the course is either downhill or flat. The runners will run the last 200 meters on the track.” This race, the St. Mary’s Medical Center XC Festival, was formerly known as the Geico Classic and last year “was the largest high school cross country meet in West Virginia with 1,350 runners finishing in eight different races that included teams from Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia.”
Coach Spencer commented that the atmosphere at this meet “has been a great way to introduce new runners to cross country.” She explained, “Our five returnees have described the cross country race atmosphere to our eight new runners, but experiencing the St. Mary’s Medical Center XC Festival will give them a new appreciation and love for the sport.”
Looking toward Saturday’s competition, one of Braxton’s team captains, Seth Backus, also referred to the size of the meet and commented that he sees that as an advantage. “Because it’s such a large meet, we’ll have a lot of adrenalin flowing,” Backus commented. The other captain, Kate Golinsky, considers herself ready but doesn’t like the course because “there’s almost no shaded area and it’s in August when it’s always hot,”

North Marion outscores Lady Eagles 5-0 in season’s first soccer match

“We played 70 minutes of good soccer and about 10 minutes that weren’t great,” Justin Whitford, the high school soccer coach commented of his team’s 5-0 loss to North Marion last Saturday. The coach attributed Braxton’s loss to several factors.
Referring to the new formation which he has incorporated this season, Coach Whitford said, “I didn’t know how the team would respond to the new setup.” Continuing, he explained that his players “were unsure how to respond to the new formation.” As a result, North Marion went up 3-0 in the first six minutes. However, the coach noted, “The girls figured out what they need to do, and they played well for the 34 minutes left in the first half.” North Marion did not score again in that time. However, as the coach noted, Braxton “had several scoring opportunities but did not capitalize on them.”

Eagles open football season at home Friday night

“When the Braxton County Eagles football team takes the field Friday night against Lincoln, fans will see a team including several sophomores on offense. If the defense takes the field first, it will include three freshmen. Head coach Rob Cline explained that his roster of 29 players has only four seniors and two juniors. “We’re definitely young,” he said, “but the players have been working hard.”
The coach moved senior Andrew Jordan into the quarterback slot although he has never played the position. His reasoning is that Jordan has experience and maturity. A concern here, Cline said, “is the center—quarterback exchanges” which he saw in the two pre-season scrimmages. Either Zack Morrison or Justin Barker will snap the ball. Sophomore Levi Jarvis is the backup quarterback.

Braxton High School golf team numbers eleven

New golf coach Becky Skidmore will be working with 11 players this season, and six of them are returnees.
Leading the list of returning golfers is senior Josh Skidmore. Three juniors---Amber Barker, Cindel Cowan, and Mckayla Moore---also played on last year’s squad. Additional returnees are sophomores Brent Dittman and Cameron Long.





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