PARKERSBURG -When the WVSSAC's reclassification came out last spring the new numbers not only had an effect on the three classifications (AAA, AA, A) that is utilized to determine state champions in the Mountain State, it also had a ripple effect that trickled down to the Little Kanawha Conference's All-LKC football squad.
After five years of selecting both a Class AA and Class A All-LKC squad, administrators and coaches of the 14-team league elected to return to the 2006 format of one squad that included players from both divisions.
"It (the All-LKC team) was in jeopardy of being watered down with the two squads," said LKC president Lynn Stalnaker, the Director of Athletics at Braxton County High School. "Plus, faced with only having five teams in Class AA and the rest in Class A, we just felt like it was better to return to having only one team representing all 14 schools."
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Williamstown’s David Hastings (32) runs for yardage against Roane. The Yellowjacket junior was an All-LKC second-team linebacker.
Faced with that dilemma all 14 coaches met at The Parkersburg News and Sentinel on Sunday, Nov. 4.
Earning repeat selections to the first team offense was Wirt County's Scott Lowe, Williamstown's Avery Goff and Garret Butler, Ritchie County's Sam Hall and Parkersburg Catholic's Mitch Davis while named to the defense for the second year in a row was the Yellowjackets' Chris McDuffy, St. Marys' Derek Barnhart and Andrew Cosper as well as Doddridge County's Daniel Plaugher.
Chosen as the LKC's Coach of the Year was St. Marys' Jodi Mote.
Little Kanawha Conference
1st Team Offense
Name (School) Grade Position
Allen Pratt (St. Marys) 12 Line
Scott Lowe (Wirt) 12 Line
Avery Goff (Williamstown) 12 Line
Sam Hall (Ritchie) 12 Line
Wyatt Lucas (Braxton) 12 Line
Alex Doak (Tyler) 12 End
Tyler King (Roane) 11 End
David Gray (St. Marys) 11 Running back
Jessie Hilvers (Ritchie) 12 Running back
Trace Hart (Williamstown) 11 Running back
Devon Crews (Ravenswood) 11 Running back
Hunter Bradley (Roane) 11 Quarterback
Garret Butler (Williamstown) 12 Kicker
Mitch Davis (Parkersburg Catholic) 12 Utility
Hunter Bradley (Roane) 11 Player of the Year
Special Honorable Mention
Line: Ricky Hall, Calhoun County; Jesse Grimes, South Harrison; Will Broadwater, South Harrison; Cody Roy, South Harrison; Tyler Davis, St. Marys; Ryley Warner, Tyler Consolidated; Zech Suprano, Williamstown; Jake Bell, Wirt County. Receiver:Thomas Pritt, Braxton County; Daniel Plaugher, Doddridge County; Jarrod Sandy, Doddridge County; Nathan Allison, Gilmer County; Ty Harkleroad, Gilmer County; Tyler Childers, South Harrison; Koty Martin, Tyler Consolidated. Quarterback: Austin Cunningham, Gilmer County; Payton Sturm, Parkersburg Catholic; Trevor Shepler, Ritchie County; Hunter LeMasters, Tyler Consolidated. Running back: Zach Perkins, Braxton County; Chase Oney, Braxton County; Adam Beall, Gilmer County; Tyler Reed, Ritchie County; Josh Ruble, Tyler Consolidated. Placekicker: Mason Carte, Ravenswood; Orlando Burgy, Ritchie County; Drew Casey, Tyler Consolidated; Chad Moore, Wirt County. Utility: Tyler Coleman, Braxton County; Kirkland Allen, Calhoun County; Jeffrey Bonnell, Doddridge County; Austin Ratliff, Gilmer County; Mitch Davis, Parkersburg Catholic; Rhys Jelich, Ravenswood; Devon Crews, Ravenswood; Dylan Frye, Ritchie County; Jessie Hilvers, Ritchie County; Cody May, Roane County; Dylan Jefferies, South Harrison; Johnny Riggs, St. Marys; Alex Doak, Tyler Consolidated; Koty Martin, Tyler Consolidated; Dakota Watson, Williamstown; Gavin Goodnight, Wirt County.
1st Team Defense
Name (School) Grade Position
Rick Hammon (Braxton) 12 Line
James Ellison (Wirt) 12 Line
Trenton Hart (Ritchie) 12 Line
Chris McDuffy (Williamstown) 12 Line
Brad Titus (Ravenswood) 12 Linebacker
John Ash (Roane) 12 Linebacker
Derek Barnhart (St. Marys) 12 Linebacker
Jacob Yanero (Braxton) 12 Linebacker
Andrew Cosper (St. Marys) 12 Secondary
Ben Aylestock (South Harrison) 12 Secondary
Daniel Plaugher (Doddridge) 12 Secondary
Alex Lipscomb (Ritchie) 11 Secondary
Hunter LeMasters (Tyler) 12 Utility
Spencer Shriver (South Harrison) 12 Punter
Brad Titus (Ravenswood) 12 Player of the Year
Special Honorable Mention
Line: Dave Lipscomb, Doddridge County; Devron Siders, Doddridge County; Matt Montgomery, Gilmer County; Dylan Wolfe, St. Marys; Donavyn Estep, Ravenswood. Linebacker: Frankie Steiner, Braxton County; Trent Phillips, Calhoun County; Zach Church, Gilmer County; Ryan Schriner, Parkersburg Catholic; Connor Jelich, Ravenswood; Hunter Hitt, South Harrison; James Childers, South Harrison; Corey Stewart, St. Marys; Levi Henderson, Tyler Consolidated; Swen Scheidemantel, Tyler Consolidated; Chris Ice, Tyler Consolidated; Damian Rhodes, Wirt County. Secondary: Logan Moore, Calhoun County; Nick Roedersheimer, Parkersburg Catholic; Ryan Shriner, Parkersburg Catholic; Heath Burgess, Ravenswood; Steven McGinnis, Roane County; Cole Kocher, Tyler Consolidated. Punter: Nathan Allison, Gilmer County; Nathan Cunningham, Ravenswood; Tyler Reed, Ritchie County; Hunter Bradley, Roane County; Hunter LeMasters, Tyler Consolidated; Garret Butler, Williamstown; Justin Joy, Wirt County. Utility: Tyler Coleman, Braxton County; Ryan Hass, Doddridge County; Adam Beall, Gilmer County; Mason Carte, Ravenswood; Ben Johnson, Ravenswood; Jessie Hilvers, Ritchie County; Dylan Jefferies, South Harrison; Andrew Cosper, St. Marys; Swen Scheidemantel, Tyler Consolidated; Dakota Watson, Williamstown; Trent Hardbarger, Wirt County.
2nd Team Offense
Name (School) Grade Position
Caije Nichols (Roane) 10 Line
Clayton Yeager (Doddridge) 12 Line
Kyle Hickman (Ravenswood) 10 Line
Dillon Gandee (Ravenswood) 12 Line
Nick Meadows (Williamstown) 12 Line
Dylan Frye (Ritchie) 12 End
J.T. Stephens (Wirt) 12 End
Luke Scott (Roane) 11 Running back
Rhys Jelich (Ravenswood) 10 Running back
Wyatt Ford (Doddridge) 10 Running back
Noah Spitzer (St. Marys) 11 Running back
Josh Trembly (Wirt) 10 Quarterback
Mason Carte (Ravenswood) 12 Kicker
Tyler Coleman (Braxton) 12 Utility
Alex Doak (Tyler) 12 Captain
Line: John Miller, Braxton County; Nathan Gwynn, Braxton County; Dustin Holcomb, Calhoun County; Lance Trent, Doddridge County; Hunter Moore, Gilmer County; Hunter Ashley, Gilmer County; Joe Welch, Parkersburg Catholic; Christian Hushion, Parkersburg Catholic; Ryan Whystell, Ravenswood; Caleb Starcher, Roane County; Mitch Crihfield, Roane County; John Lough, South Harrison; Noah Shultz, St. Marys; Robby Binegar, St. Marys; Drew Casey, Tyler Consolidated; Alex Rauch, Williamstown; Cole Linder, Wirt County. Receivers: Austin Satterfield, Calhoun County; Thomas Sturm, Ravenswood; Gage Wix, Williamstown; Jon Cain, Wirt County. Running backs: Devon Anderson, Doddridge County; Skyler Leasure, Tyler Consolidated. Quarterback: Cole James, South Harrison. Kicker: Utility: .
2nd Team Defense
Name (School) Grade Position
Solomon Carpenter (Roane) 12 Line
Daniel McCue (Wirt) 11 Line
Alex Ashley (Roane) 10 Line
Issac Britton (Doddridge) 11 Line
Bryce Powell (Ritchie) 12 Linebacker
Jake Linville (Wirt) 11 Linebacker
David Hastings (Williamstown) 11 Linebacker
Charles Shriner (Parkersburg Catholic) 12 Linebacker
Derek Barnett (Braxton) 12 Secondary
Hunter LeMasters (Tyler) 12 Secondary
Jake Tracewell (Williamstown) 11 Secondary
Dakota Watson (Williamstown) 10 Secondary
Jacob Yanero (Braxton) 12 Punter
Devon Jones (Ritchie) 12 Utility
Jacob Yanero (Braxton) 12 Captain
Line: Coy Bailey, Calhoun County; Josh Bee, Doddridge County; Andy Johnson, Gilmer County; Reed Ratliff, Gilmer County; Evan Summers, Parkersburg Catholic; Trey Hatcher, Ravenswood; Keith Kelly, Roane County; Tyler Lee, Roane County; Jeremy Pratt, St. Marys; Bernie Northrup, St. Marys; Justin Blake, South Harrison; Troy Watson, Tyler Consolidated; Steven Barker, Wirt County. Linebacker: Nathan Shaffer, Braxton County; Jake Helmick, Braxton County; Cole Ritchie, Calhoun County; Clayton Lagasee, Doddridge County; Jake Boice, Parkersburg Catholic; Matt Peery, Ravenswood; Jacob Highley, Tyler Consolidated; Hunter Neely, Williamstown. Secondary: Corey Messenger, South Harrison; Beau Wasmer, Williamstown; Wes Valentine, Wirt County. Punter: . Utility: .
Coach of the Year Jodi Mote (St. Marys)
"Words can not express how I feel," said Mote. "It is a special honor to be named the Coach of the Year in the LKC with so many outstanding coaches. It is not only an honor for me, but my entire staff and the kids who have worked so hard this year to make us the team that we are."
Named as the conference's Player of the Year on offense was Roane County junior Hunter Bradley while his counterpart on defense is Ravenswood's Brad Titus.
Bradley used both his arm and legs to help the Raiders return to the Class AA playoffs, completing 72-of-142 attempts for 1,131 yards and 10 touchdowns while rushing 163 times for 754 yards and nine scores.
Titus etched his name into the record book at Ravenswood as the senior linebacker ended up with 369 career tackles, breaking the old mark of 148 set by Jonas Jelich in 2009. His 23 tackles in a loss to St. Marys tied former-WVU play Joe Jelich's performance against Stonewall Jackson in 1974.
All first team selections as well as league champions Ritchie County (Class AA) and St. Marys (Class A) will receive their all-LKC medallions at the league's annual banquet in May.
First Team Offense
Joining Lowe, Goff and Hall on the front line is St. Marys' Allen Pratt and Braxton County's Wyatt Lucas. All five players are seniors.
The receivers are Tyler Consolidated's Alex Doak and Roane County's Tyler King while the running backs are the Blue Devils' David Gray, Jessie Hilvers from Ritchie County, Trace Hart of Williamstown, and Devon Crews from Ravenswood. Bradley is the first team quarterback with Butler as the placekicker and Davis at the utility position.
King led the LKC with 46 catches for 785 yards and 7 touchdowns while Doak finished close behind with 41 receptions for 797 yards and 11 scores. Crews finished second only to Braxton County's Jacob Yanero-a first team selection at linebacker-in rushing with 974 yards and 15 touchdowns on 143 attempts while Gray rushed 147 times for 916 yards and 15 scores.
Rounding out the group is Hilvers (118-757, 5 TD) and Hart (99-795, 6 TD).
Butler, a first-team all-state soccer selection by the coaches, was one of the Yellowjackets' deadliest weapons with 32 extra points and six field goals and Davis was Mr. Everything for the Crusaders as the senior rushed for 764 yards and three touchdowns on 124 carries, caught 20 passes for 239 yards and three scores, completed 3-of-12 passes for 48 yards and punted the ball 45 times for a 28 yard average.
First Team Defense
Joining McDuffy on the defensive line is Braxton County's Rick Hammon, who was second in the conference with 7.5 quarterback sacks, Wirt County's James Ellison and Trenton Hart from Ritchie County.
The linebackers include Titus, Barnhart and Yanero as well as Roane County's John Ash.
Barnhart, who was selected to the first team offensive line as a junior, amassed 113 tackles (30 solo) and had three quarterback sacks for the Blue Devils while Yanero finished with 90 tackles to help the Eagles reach the Class AA playoffs this season.
The secondary includes Cosper, who led the Mid-Ohio Valley and the LKC with eight interceptions, Plaugher (3 interceptions), South Harrison's Ben Aylestock and Alex Lipscomb of Ritchie County.
Chosen as the first team punter was South Harrison's Spencer Shriver while the Silver Knights' Hunter LeMasters (4 interceptions) was selected as the unit's utility player.