BOE recognizes excellence

BUCKHANNON – The Upshur County Board of Education discussed creating a handbook with coaches and also recognized students for sports-related achievements this week.

A special discussion between both paid and volunteer coaches and the board members was conducted during Tuesday’s regular BOE meeting. The purpose was to review expectations for student and coach conduct and include those in a mutual handbook so students transitioning from middle to high school sports can know what to expect.

“It’s what you guys are there for as the coach, to teach them the basics, to teach them how to be good athletes, teach them how to be good citizens,” Superintendent Roy Wager said. “We want to teach them sportsmanship.”

BOE President Teresa Bellamy said safety comes first. The BOE will require that all coaches take or review concussion training. Wager said hazing will not be tolerated and that he does not know of any hazing incidents occurring in Upshur County schools.

“In all sports, we need to encourage, not discourage them,” Wager said.

He also said that only a bus or a parent can transport kids to sporting events. Students riding with another child’s parent will have to have a signed permission slip from the parents involved and the coach.

“Recognize the purpose of the competition,” Wager said. “It’s to promote physical, mental, social and emotional well-being of the students. The most important values of competition are derived from playing the game fairly.”

BOE member Greenbrier Almond said the school motto is to expect excellence.

“I think our kids do extremely well,” Wager said. “All the sports I’ve gotten to view this year and in the past, I’ve never seen our teams get out of control, that we end up in a brawl. I’ve seen it at other schools. I’m not saying it hasn’t happened. It may have been I wasn’t there.”

Also during the meeting, the BOE recognized students who excelled in sports this year.

For B-UHS’s baseball team, Bryson Fluke received a first place honor for the Big 10 Conference team, followed by Mitchell Williams in second place. Honorable mentions include Zane Clevenger, Branden Newcome and Tyler Shreve. For the softball team, Julie Tenney made the first team All Conference and honorable mention All State.

The tennis team had three members, Ethan Hull, David Maxwell and Sebastian Reger, make the first team for the Big 10 Conference.

Members of the boy’s lacrosse team also were recognized for their achievements. Jordan Look earned first team for both the All State and All American teams, with Hunter Samples earning second team All State honors. Jordan Thomas received honorable mention All State recognition.

Members of the girls’ lacrosse team also were honored. Ashley Barlow made the first team All State squad. Team members who made second team All State include Abby Hilpert, Samantha Pappas, Michaela Reger and Shannon Smith.

Boys track team members received various awards this year. The 4×200 team was second in the state and broke the school record for the year, then broke their own records at a meet a few weeks later, Athletic Director Randall Roy said.

The 4×400 team was fifth in the state and first in the Big 10 Conference. The shuttle hurdle relay team was fifth in the state also. The 4×100 team was a state qualifier, placing 15th in the state and first in the Big 10 Conference.

Dillon Gaudet was a member of the 4×400 team. Eric Phillips and Tyler Weatherholtz both were members of the 4×100 team. Cody Luterek was a member of the shuttle hurdle relay team.

Seth Cutright was a member of the shuttle hurdle relay team, the 4×400 and the 4×200 teams. He also was second at the Big 10 Conference for the 400-individual. Blake Wolverton was a member of the 4×100, 4×200 and shuttle hurdle relay teams. He was a high hurdle runner and placed sixth in the state.

Marcus Lofton was a team member on the 4×200 and 4×400 teams. He also qualified for states in the 100 and 200 meter competition, and he was first in 100 meter, second in 200 meter and first in the high jump at the Big 10


Brandon Mallet was a member of the 4×200, 4×400, 4×100 and shuttle hurdle relay teams. He placed seventh in the state and first in the Big 10 Conferences for the 400 meter run.

Members of the girls’ track team received recognition for their achievements, also. Mackenzie Leigh was the state champion for discus, a state runner-up for shot and a regional and Big 10 Conference champion. Tatiyana Caeser was recognized for making first Big 10 Conference and for the shuttle hurdle relay.

Katie Riley was sixth in the state for pole vault and also was recognized for the shuttle hurdle relay and first Big 10 Conference. Leah Stankus won a regional award for her 300 meter hurdles, and was recognized also for the shuttle hurdle relay and the first Big 10 Conference. Courtney Reed was recognized for the first Big 10 Conference and shuttle hurdle relay.

Taylor Starkey and Kayla Woody both were recognized as state qualifiers, and Megan Wilfong was a regional runner-up.