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Jackson Newspapers - Ripley, WV
  • Tennant recommended as Viking pigskin coach

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  • RIPLEY – After a decade long run as the head coach of the Ripley High School Viking football team, after much speculation, Jimmy Frashier officially stepped down in mid-March to accept an administrative position at Ravenswood High School.
    For two weeks, Ripley Principal Will Hosaflook as toiled with the prospect of replacing the rock solid Frashier at one of the higher profile seats in the County.
    Hosaflook, whose responsibility is to evaluate and recommend candidates to the Jackson County Board of Education, submitted his recommendation to BOE Superintendant Blaine Hesson Wednesday morning.
    David Tennant, who is currently employed by Jackson County Schools as a physical education teacher at Fairplain and Cottageville Elementary Schools will be the name on the tongues of board members when they vote on Hosaflook's submission at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday.
    While Tennants name doesn't appear on the agenda for Thursday's meeting, Hess confirmed that Tennant was the recommendation.
    "We will be voting on Mr. Hosaflook's recommendation tomorrow evening. I will confirm that David Tennant is the candidate we will be discussing at length at that meeting. If Mr. Tennant is chosen for the position of Ripley High Football coach, we will release that information tomorrow evening," said Hess by phone on Wednesday morning.
    Tennant, a1999 Wahama High School graduate, attended Ohio University where he played football for the Division 1 program.
    He was named Head Football Coach at Eastern High school in Reedsville Ohio in 2011 where his team posted a (3-11) record in his first year and a (3-4) record in the Tri Valley Conference.
    The Eagles took great strides in 2012 where they finished (6-4) overall and (5-3) in the conference.
    During a push for their first playoff berth in over a decade, The Ohio High School Athletic Association ruled to strip Eastern of two victories after the school self reported a paperwork error involving a transfer student.
    The OHSAA reversed its decision after the student's family submitted the proper paperwork.
    The Eagles boasted a ground attack that racked up over 400 yards in a 39-6 romp of conference foe Waterford last season.
    Visit www.jacksonnewspapers .com for updates on the Jackson County Board of Education's decision tomorrow evening.

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