JACKSON COUNTY - In the sports world, there are always plenty of highlights.
Jackson County had its fair share in the year of 2013.
Here’s a look back and some of those that were tracked by Jackson Newspapers.
ON THE MOVE: Former Ripley Viking basketball star Chase Fischer decided to transfer following two seasons at Wake Forest University. The sweet-shooting Fischer announced he would make the move to Utah and play for Brigham Young University.
WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS: Ripley had not one, but two champs in wrestling at the State Tournament in Huntington. Sophomore Jake Martin captured his second and shared the Most Outstanding Wrestler Award in Class AAA with Huntington’s Justin Arthur. Meanwhile, senior Daryl Hicks won his first after being a runner-up the year before. Ripley finished fourth as a team.
BACK IN THE HUNT: The Ripley girls softball program captured a regional championship and returned to the State Tournament for the first time since winning it all in 2009. The Lady Vikings fell in their two games on the diamonds at Jackson Park in Vienna. Pitcher Chelsey Hager was recognized as a Class AAA First Team All-Stater.
SALUTING DOUG: Long-time Ravenswood baseball coach Doug Parrish was honored on a beautiful Saturday by the community at Wright Field. “Doug Parrish Day” was observed in and around Ravenswood baseball action. Several of Parrish’s former players returned to honor their coach, who was a part of Devil baseball for 40 years.
HALL OF FAMERS: Two former Ripley High female athletic stars were among the Class of 2013 of the Mid-Ohio Valley Sports Hall of Fame. Ashli White, a softball and basketball standout for the Lady Vikings who later went on to a Hall of Fame softball career at Morehead State and Alison Spiker, who excelled in running and basketball at Ripley before competing in cross country and track and field at WVU, were both honored. County resident Missy Spangler also was inducted. She represented her native Ritchie County.
A NEW VIKING LEADER: After 10 years at the helm of his alma mater, Ripley head football coach Jimmy Frashier announced he was stepping down. The hard-working Frashier left the post to become an assistant principal at Ravenswood. David Tennant, a native of Mason County, took over as the Viking football leader.
TENNIS TALK: The girls tennis team at Ravenswood finished as the runner-up in the Class AA-A portion of the State Tournament in Charleston. Taylor Youell was a champ at No. 2 singles. Alex McNabb was runner-up at No. 1.
TENNIS TALK II: On Ripley’s side of the net, the Lady Vikings qualified all four players in singles and two doubles teams – the most in school history – to the State Tournament. Arin Shatto, the No. 4 singles player, finished as runner-up.
Page 2 of 2 - MILLER TIME: Ravenswood runner Hailey Miller enjoyed a nice season on the tracks and cross country courses. Miller was third in Class AA’s 400 meters at the State Meet last May. As a junior this past fall, she finished fifth in the state of Class AA-A girls cross county.
PLAYOFF PARTICIPANTS: Ravenswood Red Devil football bounced back from a rugged season in 2012 to earn a trip to the Class AA playoffs in 2013. The Devils finished 6-4 in the regular season, including a convincing win over arch-rival Ripley, to earn a spot in the field of 16. As the No. 14 seed, the Devils gave the talented No. 3 Bluefield Beavers all they wanted in the opening round before falling to finish 6-5.
All five of Ravenswood’s losses were to playoff teams. Devil Kyle Hickman was named Class AA First Team All-State.