On the Mark: Mat time, hitting the diamond, AofY notebook and Major: Column

Mark Martin
Mark Martin

BROTHERLY LOVE: A couple of area college wrestlers are offering those who want to be better on the mats a Chance to Chase their dreams.

Chance and Chase Morgan, two former Ripley High standouts who are now competing for the West Liberty State University program, are getting set to conduct a wrestling camp at the school.

Chase & Chance Morgan's Fearless Wrestling Camp is slated for Friday-Sunday, July 30-Aug. 1.

All ages are welcome according to Chase.

A cookout will be held on Sunday, Aug. 1, at the camp’s conclusion.

The first session on Friday, July 30, will be from 6-8 p.m.

The second session will be Saturday, July 31, from 9-11 a.m.

The third session of the camp will be from 1-3 p.m. Saturday. The fourth session, also on Saturday, is scheduled from 4-7 p.m.

The final day of the camp will consist of session five from 9-11 a.m. and session six from 1-3 p.m.

The cookout and send off will be from 3:30-5 p.m.

Chase Morgan placed twice in the Class AAA portion of the West Virginia High School State Tournament while at Ripley.

At West Liberty, he has been a two-time NCAA Division II Super Region 3 placer and a NCAA Division II National Tournament qualifier. He has also twice been a finalist in the Mountain East Conference Tournament.

Chance Morgan placed in the state tournament during his Ripley Viking wrestling days.

As a Hilltopper, he has been a three-year letterman, a MEC finalist and earned a ranking of 15th in the country.

For more information on the camp, contact Chase Morgan at 304-531-3414 or Chance Morgan at 304-531-2780.

LEGION BALL: The Parkersburg Post 15 team has started postseason play.

At the Area 1 Tournament in Wheeling, Post 15 was looking to advance on to the state event.

Ravenswood’s Cam Taylor, who will be a senior for the Red Devils next spring, had two hits and drove in a run during a 4-0 victory against Wheeling Post 1.

Andrew Manley, a recent Ripley High School graduate, pitched five and a third innings for Post 15 in the win. He had eight strikeouts in the contest.

Ripley senior-to-be Brett Haskins had two hits in the victory.

Haskins is the team's leading hitter with a .412 batting average.

On the season, Haskins has pounded out six doubles, two triples and driven home 18 runs.

He has also pitched six innings this season.

Taylor is next in line for hitting with a .407 batting average. He has four doubles and a triple and has plated 14 runs. Taylor has pitched one inning.

Manley is hitting .393. He has two triples, a double and has driven home eight.

Manley has won three games on the mound. He has a 2.21 ERA and has struck out 31 batters.

Ripley’s Broedy Boyce is listed on the roster of the South Charleston Post 94 team.

Boyce, who is playing baseball at West Virginia University Tech in Montgomery, is being coached by Zach Casto, who has Ripley ties.

Zach Casto is the son of former Ripley Viking Bryce Casto.

His cousin, Shane Casto, is Ripley High’s head baseball coach.

MACK ATTACK: Former Ripley High pitcher Ben Mack wrapped up is college career at Salem University this past season.

Mack pitched 22.1 innings for the Tigers with 12 strikeouts.

He made 12 mound appearances with one start.

ATHLETES OF THE YEAR: Congrats go out to Jaydn Casto and Kadin Hall for earning the prestigious Female Athlete of the Year and Male Athlete of the Year awards, respectively, at Ripley High School for 2021.

The award, which goes to seniors, has a rich history when it comes to athletics at the home of the blue and white.

The award was started in 1969 with Terry Landis owning the distinction of being the first recipient.

Sherry Hunt was recognized as the school’s best female athlete for the first time in 1976. She was honored along with Rod Winters.

Phyllis Chancey was chosen in 1981 when just one award was still being handed out. In 1984, her younger brother Dave was selected.

The Chanceys are one of two sister-brother combinations to capture the award. Lisa (1990) and Kevin Thompson (1999) added their names to the list years later.

The Class of 1998 was the first to officially have two athletes (female and male) chosen. Kelli Rose and Jimmy Knight were the winners.

A pair of brothers has been honored twice in Benjie (1990) and Brett Hunt (1994) and David (2012) and Daryl Hicks (2013) with the award.

Butch Barnett (1980) and Brett Barnette (2007) make up the only father-son combination to garner the award.

A husband and wife are former winners of the award. Parker Deem was honored in 2006 and wife Ali (Cunningham) Deem was the 2013 Female Athlete of the Year.

A MAJOR REMINDER: This year’s Ohio River Festival, set for Aug. 6-8, will feature Major Harris as the parade grand marshal.

The ORF parade will start at 10:30 a.m. through the streets of Ravenswood.

Harris is a former Mountaineer football standout and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.

He will become one of five former Mountaineer players to have his number (9) retired this coming season.

Besides the parade, Harris will be at Riverfront Park both Saturday and Sunday to visit with fans.

Harris is considered to be one of the most exciting players in not only Mountaineer football history but all of college football.