Ross Harvey Is Big 10
2014 Defensive Player
Ross Harvey makes a tackle during the Oak Hill game from this past season. Harvey was named the Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
Coming off a season that saw Lewis County Minutemen football finish with an 8-3 record and make a third straight playoff appearance, one would expect to see several Lewis County players named to post season teams when they would be announced.
That would be exactly what would happen when the All Big Ten Conference Teams were announced this past week. Ross Harvey was named the Big Ten Conference Defensive player of the year. Harvey, a senior linebacker, led a Minutemen defense that was strong all season long and would record 4 shutouts during the season. Harvey had 3 fumble recoveries and several tackles for loss during the 2014 season.
Lewis County would have four players named to the First Team for the 2014 season. Gaining First Team honors on offense was Dylan Gump a junior tight end. Gump had 7 catches for 266 yards and 3 touchdowns during the season and helped an offensive line that would allow the Minutemen to gain 2,512 yards rushing this past season. Riley Gunter, a junior, was the First Team Kicker. Gunter enjoyed a successful 2014 season handling the kicking chores for the Minutemen as he made 42 of 43 extra points and added 4 field goals for a total of 54 points scored.
Two seniors, Ryan Carson and Brandon Moneypenny were named to the First Team Defensive squad. Carson recorded several tackles for loss and added 6 quarterback sacks while Moneypenny had 1 fumble recovery and 1 interception during the 2014 season.
The Minutemen would have 2 players gain spots on the Second Team Offensive unit. Senior lineman Austin Keesler and senior running back Isaac Kemper were named to the second team offense. Two more Lewis County players were named to the Second Team Defense. The two players gaining second team honors were junior defensive end Damien White and senior defensive back Ryan Watson.
Also announced this past week was the Class AAA All State Team. Two Minutemen were named to the second team defense. Ross Harvey and Brandon Moneypenny were 2nd team defensive selections. Ryan Carson and Dylan Gump gained Honorable Mention while Riley Gunter, Austin Hughes and Isaac Kemper gained Special Honorable Mention.
Congratulations to all the Lewis County players named to the post season teams. Lewis County is proud of your hard work and dedication during the past season.
The Lewis County Minutemen boys varsity basketball team traveled to Clarksburg on Dec. 11 to open their 2014-15 season with a Big Ten Conference match up against the Liberty Mountaineers. The Minutemen come into the season with a young squad but they were up to the task at hand as they would outscore Liberty in all four quarters and cruise to a 77-36 win to open the season in fine fashion.
Ben Riley led all scorers with a game high 19 points to lead Lewis County. Damien White, Thomas Hogan and Daniel Conrad all reached double figures in scoring with 10 points each.
Riley led the Minutemen with 11 rebounds and also led them with 6 assists. Nate Frazier had 3 steals to lead Lewis County in that department.
The Minutemen will be in action on Dec. 16 at Fairmont Senior, Dec. 18 at home versus Preston, Dec. 20 at Parkersburg South and Dec. 23 at Buckhannon Upshur.
Score By Quarters
Lewis County 28 18 16 15 - 77
Liberty 12 11 7 6 - 36
Lewis County: Ben Riley 7 5-7 19; Nate Frazier 2 0-0 5; Dylan Gump 3 2-5 8; Damien White 5 0-0 10; Thomas Hogan 5 0-1 10; T.K Varner 4 0-0 8; Chris Stout 1 5-6 7; Ian Fealy 0 0-1 0; Daniel Conrad 5 0-0 10; Kaleb Gannon 0 0-0 0; Totals 32 12-20 77; Three Point Field Goals: Frazier
Liberty: Tommy Surock 2 3-4 8; Jonathan Kreyenbuhl 1 2-4 4; Bo Drummond 0 0-0 0; Mitch Smith 1 4-5 5; Austin Hayes 2 0-0 4; Nick Cain 4 0-0 11; Chase Howell 1 1-1 3; Jordan Hall 0 0-0 0; Tyler Freeman 0 0-0 0; Logan Curren 0 0-0 0; Totals 11 10-15 36; Three Point Field Goals: Cain - 3; Surock - 1