Look To Build
On '13 Success
With practice set to start next week for high school football programs in the state, the Lewis County Minutemen will be looking to continue the success they had on the gridiron the past few seasons.
The Minutemen have fast become one of the most consistent teams in the region and hope to see that trend continue this year. Eddie Vincent, who begins this season at the helm of Lewis County, has turned the program into a winning one and one that may make the post season every year.
The Lewis County program has grown under the direction of Vincent. The Minutemen started the Vincent era by going 2-8 in his first season and became a more competitive squad than it had been in past seasons.
The Minutemen recorded their first winning season under Coach Vincent in 2008, when they posted a 6-4 mark. The Minutemen narrowly missed the Class AAA football when they fell to Robert C. Byrd in the season's final game.
Lewis County followed that campaign with a 7-3 regular season mark in 2009 and made the playoffs for the first time since 2001. The Minutemen were defeated in the first round of the playoffs by South Charleston.
In 2010, the Minutemen made it three winning seasons in a row by once again posting a 7-3 regular season mark and making their second consecutive state playoff appearance. Lewis County would see this season come to a close when they fell to Martinsburg in the opening round.
After back to back playoff appearances and three straight winning seasons, the 2011 Minutemen could only manage a 4-6 mark and missed the playoffs.
Lewis County would start the 2012 season with a 1-2 mark, with losses to University High and a second loss to Point Pleasant in the third game of the year. After the heartbreaking loss to Point Pleasant, the Minutemen rattled off seven straight wins to set a Lewis County High School record of 8-2 and make a return trip to the state playoffs.
Lewis County made school history the next week when they faced off against University High in the opening round of the Class AAA playoffs. The Minutemen defeated the Hawks, for the first ever playoff win in school history and moved on to the second round. The Minutemen season came to a close the following week when they fell to George Washington, finishing the campaign with a 9-3 record in 2012.
The 2013 Minutemen continued the surge with another winning season, once again posting a 7-3 mark and earning a berth in the Class AAA playoffs. The 2013 season came to a close when the Minutemen lost to Huntington High in the opening round of the playoffs. Lewis County has not lost a Big Ten Conference game since 2012. The Minutemen have had 4 first team All State players during this run of success.
The 2014 Minutemen will have some key returning players in 2014 who will be looked upon to lead the team as they try to keep up the winning tradition that is now established at Lewis County High School. As the players begin the journey next week with practices set to start, best of luck in 2014 to the Minutemen. The community hopes to see continued success.
Lewis County athlete, Dustin Martin, has signed with Glenville State College to run with their track and field team.
Dustin is the 2014 AAA Region II champion in both the 110m high hurdles and the 300m intermediate hurdles and was the 2013 AAA Region II champion in the 110m hurdles. He is also the 2014 Big 10 champion in the high jump. Dustin qualified for the West Virginia high school state track meet for all four years and received medals for the last three years in the hurdle events.
This summer, Dustin attended the Vertical Adventures Track & Field World Tour training camp in Medford, N.J. where he was coached by U.S. Olympic gold medal winning hurdlers, Andre Phillips and Roger Kingdom.
Dustin is looking forward to continuing his track career at Glenville State.