Minutemen Will Face
Oak Hill This Friday
Lewis County running back Jon Gum stretches for extra yardage during a rush attempt in last week's scrimmage against Nicholas County. Lewis County will open regular season play this Friday night with a home tilt against Oak Hill. (Photo submitted)
Two Lewis County defenders put the finish touches on a Nicholas County runner during last Wednesday's scrimmage. The Minutemen will open the season this Friday at home versus Oak Hill. (Photo submitted)
The Lewis County Minutemen and Oak Hill Red Devils will kick off the 2014 season with a game this Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Lewis County Athletic Complex in South Weston. Lewis County and Oak Hill will be meeting for the third straight year on the gridiron. The teams have split the first two meetings with the Minutemen posting the victory two seasons ago and Oak Hill getting even last season.
Lewis County will take the field for the 2014 season with a roster led by 15 seniors who will be seeking their third straight Class AAA State Playoff appearance.
During their first three seasons at Lewis County, the senior class has compiled a record of 20-13. Seniors who will be playing in their final season include free safety Brandon Moneypenny, who was a Class AAA First Team All State performer last season.
Other Minutemen seniors for 2014 include Tyler Butcher tight end, defensive end; Brandon White, quarterback; Matt Norman tight end, defensive tackle; Michael Pinkney wide receiver, corner back; Ryan Watson running back, corner back; Isaac Kemper running back; Ryan Carson running back, middle linebacker; Ross Harvey middle linebacker, guard; Colton Jones tackle, defensive tackle; Austin Keesler center, nose guard; Brenton Riffle guard, middle linebacker; Jeremy Curtis guard, defensive end; Luke Pudder tackle, defensive tackle, nose guard; and Cory Smarr tight end, defensive end.
The Minutemen will enter the 2014 season under the direction of Head Coach Eddie Vincent, who is entering his 8th season at the helm at Lewis County. The Minutemen have compiled a 40-33 mark in Vincent's first seven seasons including 5 winning seasons, 4 playoff appearances in 5 years and also the first ever playoff win in school history during the 2012 season. The 2012 team also set a Lewis County High School record of 8-2 in the regular season and also a 9-3 overall mark for the 2012 campaign.
Richard Whiting (top) and WVJMP member Sarah Ward (bottom) instruct children in the use of air rifles. (Photo contributed)
Coach Mike Moore with WVJMP members Robert McClain, Sam Sheppard, both from Lewis County, Lauren Owens and Aaron Flowers. (Photo contributed)
Aug. 23, was an eventful day for the WV Junior Marksmanship Program. Team members participated in two area events.
Coach Richard Whiting took team members Sarah Ward, Drew Woodford and Curt Evans to the annual Stonewall Jackson/Woodland Tracks Jakes Day at Buckhannon Alliance Church, where they gave hands-on instruction to children with air rifles.
The WVJMP starts youngsters with air rifles before progressing to match .22s and then high powered rifles. This community project was well received by the enthusiastic children. Many shot for the first time and were very excited to hit the target.
Other juniors also participated in a 2 x 600 match at Whitehorse Shooting Range. Coach Mike Moore had juniors, Lauren Owens, Robert McClain, Aaron Flowers and Sam Sheppard on the range shooting the high powered rifles. Each junior shot 80 rounds at 600 yards. Robert McClain won Hi Junior Award and Hi Power Service Rifle and Lauren Owens won Hi Woman at this event.
The WVJMP is a non-profit organization whose focus is training young people in firearms safety and basic shooting skills. The mission is to create respect, obedience and independence in today's youth. The young people in the program are excited about the sport and sharing that enthusiasm with others. For more information see www.wvjmp.org.