Wells, Duckworth and Sanders to be honored on Saturday
Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of profiles of individuals and teams that will be inducted into the Randolph County Athletic Hall of Fame at noon Saturday at the Gandy Dancer Theatre in Elkins.
Travis Wells was one of just two punters from Elkins High School to be named a first team All-NCAC performer in three straight seasons (1990-1992).
In 1991 – with an average 39 yards per punt with a long of 59 yards – he was selected to both All-Mon Valley and All-State first teams. He became the first junior named to the All-State squad since Albert “Big Sleepy” Glenn in 1922.
As a senior, he again earned All-Mon Valley honors as well as All-State special honorable mention laurels, averaging 38 yards per punt.
At the tight end position, he led the Tigers in receptions his junior and senior years, grabbing 32 passes for nearly 600 yards and 10 touchdowns in his career.
As a kicker, he chipped in with 11 extra points and two field goals as a senior, with one for 36 yards. He was a member of the 1992 team (8-3) that advanced to the state playoffs.
Wells also lettered in basketball and ran track for the Tigers.
Allen N. Duckworth
Allen N. Duckworth competed in track, basketball and football at Elkins High School.
In his senior year he was voted Athlete of the Year for 1958.
He qualified three times for the state track meet in the mile relay, 440-yard dash, discus and half-mile team relay events.
The relay team set a school record with a time of 1:35.8.
In the 440-yard dash, he won the regional title in 55.8 seconds, and was the only Tiger to place first in three events at the 1958 regional meet.
On the basketball court, he averaged over 20 points per game his senior season at the strong point position.
He was named to the All-Big 10 first team and earned All-State honorable mention honors.
A varsity starter in football at offensive and defensive end, he grabbed seven touchdown receptions as a senior.
Duckworth competed in intramural basketball, track and soccer at West Virginia University.
Playing on the first-ranked team for three years, he was selected to the basketball All-Star team. He continued his basketball career while stationed in Hawaii with the U.S. Army in 1965-1966.
Working at the Naval Research Lab for over 25 years, he played and coached basketball and was voted Most Valuable Team Individual.
Jim Sanders, a 1981 graduate of Elkins High School, played on the first Tiger football team to make the state playoffs.
As a junior, Sanders earned All-State honorable mention honors.
During his senior season, he ran for a school record 1,174 yards, averaging 6.9 yards per carry for 12 touchdowns.
A first team All-Big 10 Conference selection at running back and linebacker, he was named to the All-State second team at the running back position.
Coached by Mike Hickman, the Tigers finished the 1980 season with a 9-1 record. The team was ranked third in the state before losing to state runner-up Brooke High School in the playoffs.
Sanders also participated in wrestling, track and field and baseball while at Elkins High School.