On the Mark

Mark Martin
Charles Chancey

SUPER CHANCEY: A recent trip to Pomeroy for a visit with one-time Ripley High athlete Charles Chancey was quite enjoyable.

Chancey, who was the subject of a feature story in Tuesday’s edition of Jackson Newspapers, is a class guy. Not to mention a hard-worker.

At 82 years young, Chancey stays quite busy working on his farm near Pomeroy.

He spent 25 years of his life coaching football in the county.

After graduating from Ripley High in 1956, Chancey went to Marshall and hoped to continue playing football. Back-to-back injuries ended his playing days and that’s when he turned to coaching.

He was the head coach at old Pomeroy High for four years before taking a full-time job with Marshall.

Chancey was well-liked in Meigs County and had proven to be a terrific coach at a young age. Thus, when the call came for him to return to the banks of the Ohio River and be the head coach of a new high school known as Meigs Local, he jumped at the chance.

It is still amazing to me that he coached his first Marauder squad to a fabulous 9-1 mark despite the fact his players (and all students) in the district had to continue attending old Pomeroy, Middleport and Rutland High Schools in the fall of 1967 due to Meigs Local not being finished.

The only blemish that season was to perennial power Ironton, 8-0.

The ’67 squad was just one of many excellent teams Chancey had while at Meigs.

Several of his squads would have been playoff-bound if Ohio’s current setup of seven football divisions was in place while he was the head coach at Meigs.

Chancey is one of very few individuals who can say he both played for and coached someone to ultimately wind up in a Super Bowl.

One of his coaches at Ripley was the late Paul Lanham, who would coach in his first of two Super Bowls as part of the LA Rams coaching staff. The Rams fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl of 1980. Lanham, who was an assistant at Ripley during Chancey’s time as a Viking, was then an assistant with the winning Washington Redskins, who defeated Denver, in the Super Bowl of 1988.

A standout for Chancey during his time at Meigs was Mike Bartrum.

After an All-American career at Marshall as a tight end/long snapper, Bartrum played 13 seasons in the NFL. He played in Super Bowls for the New England Patriots (1997) and later for the Philadelphia Eagles (2005).

Another neat note about Coach Chancey.

He told me that his father’s work horses were used in the late ‘40s to pull the pipe for what was then the home bleachers at the soon-to-be-home of Ripley Viking football – Memorial Stadium.

Chancey will be one of five inducted into the Ripley High School Viking Football Hall of Fame this season.

ON THE LINKS: It was great to see the Greenhills Country Club get to host a big event earlier this week.

The local club was the venue for the 87th annual West Virginia Open’s Last Chance Qualifier.

This was the first-ever Last Chance event administered by the West Virginia Golf Association.

It gave 45 golfers (see story elsewhere on sports pages) a second opportunity to qualify for the prestigious Open, which features both professionals and amateurs.

This year’s Open, which will be edition No. 87, is set for next week on the Cobb Course in Daniels (part of The Resort at Glade Springs).

Greenhills professional Warren Root and his crew are doing a fabulous job at the beautiful 72-hole layout.

The club, which is open to the public, has plenty to offer.

It's a feather in the local club's cap that it is high on the list of the WVGA when it comes to hosting such events as the Open qualifier.

Greenhills Country Club was one of six courses where qualifiers were played to help set the field for this year’s Open, which will take place June 23-25.