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Winfield Generals command Wildcat respect 82-63
WINFIELD, WV -- The Winfield Generals (2-0) out ran and outgunned the smaller Guyan Valley Wildcats (0-1) to claim a 19 point victory in the Kanawha Valley.

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Ryan Davidson to the rack!
Parkersburg Catholic's Wooten stops Wildcats in States
Parkersburg Catholic Pulls Away For Victory

GameNotes:
Parkersburg Catholic joined Wheeling Central Catholic in the Class A state finals, as PCHS took a 72-59 victory from Guyan Valley in Friday night's semThe ifinal matchup in Charleston.

Crusaders (22-4) and Maroon Knights (20-6) will now meet in the state championship game Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. Parkersburg Catholic won the Class A title in 1999 and also was in the finals in 1998. Wheeling Central also owns one state crown, winning the championship in 1996. Guyan Valley (15-10) fell a step short of its first trip to the state finals since 1979, when it defeated Morgantown St. Francis (58-57) for the Class A crown in the WVU Coliseum.

There would be no title try for the Wildcats this year, and a large part of the credit for that has to go to Parkersburg Catholic's Rusty Wooten. GV simply had no answer for the 6-5 senior, who finished with 30 points and 20 rebounds. His work on the boards alone nearly doubled the Wildcats' rebound total (26) as a team.

Guyan Valley jumped out to a 7-4 lead, but PC responded with a 10-1 run, and it maintained that five-point lead through the remainder of the first quarter, taking a 15-10 advantage into the second period. The Crusaders upped that margin to 10, 22-12, midway through the second quarter, but the Wildcats trimmed it back to 24-19 by halftime.

Parkersburg Catholic quickly added some distance between itself and the Wildcats in the third quarter and held a 42-31 lead at the end of the period. Guyan Valley put together one last run and cut the PC lead to four, 50-46, midway through the period, as Jason Vance drained a couple of three-pointers on successive trips.

But just when it appeared that the Wildcats would overtake Parkersburg Catholic, Wooten stepped up yet again. He scored 11 straight points for the PC, and suddenly that Crusader lead was a safe 12-point margin. Guyan Valley unravelled a bit down the stretch, getting a technical and then a flagerant foul. That only added to the Wildcats' woes and allowed Parkersburg Catholic to secure the 13-point victory.

Besides Wooten's impressive numbers, Parkersburg Catholic also got 23 points from Adam Farnsworth. Three Wildcats finished in double figures, led by Thomas Watts, who had 14 points. Ryan Davidson added 13, and Jason Vance scored 12.

The Crusaders, did turn the ball over much more than GV (16-7), but their advantage in rebounding (50-26) and shooting (45.6 percent to 34.5 percent) more than made up for that one deficiency.

Wheeling Central and Parkersburg Catholic will be familiar foes when the meet in the Class A championship game. They met twice in the regular season with the Crusaders pulling out a 55-52 victory in Parkersburg, while the Knights took a 95-92 victory in overtime in Wheeling in the regular season finale. They'll meet a third time Saturday afternoon, and the Class A state title will be at stake this time.



States
The boys at states!
Wildcats chop down Fayetteville
Guyan Valley Pulls Away For Win

GameNotes:
It was a battle of size vs. speed, and this time speed won out.

The mighty mites of Guyan Valley scored a 62-55 victory over Fayetteville Thursday night in the quarterfinal round of the Class A state playoffs in Charleston.

The Wildcats (15-10) now advance to the semifinals on Friday at 7:45 p.m. where they'll meet either Parkersburg Catholic or Paw Paw. Those two clubs face off in their own quarterfinal later Thursday.

The size of Fayetteville(15-10) controlled the action in the first quarter, but the quickness and athleticism of the Guyan Valley responded in the second.The Pirates' starting line-up was 6-7, 6-5, 6-5, and they brought another 6-7 player off the bench. The Wildcats' biggest starter was 6-1. That size seemed to be a big advantage for Fayetteville in the opening minutes, as it surged to a 4-0 lead and remained on top for much of the first quarter, taking an 18-15 advantage into the second quarter.

But then Guyan Valley's quickness began to become increasingly a bigger factor. The Wildcats ran off nine straight points to start the second quarter, taking a 24-18 lead midway through the period. Fayetteville responded and went back on top 30-29 the first half came to a close.

The perimeter shooting that GV had used effectively throughout the season wasn't there in the opening 16 minutes, as the Wildcats hit just one of 13 three-pointers in the first half. The third quarter was a differerent story, though, as Guyan Valley knocked down three of nine long-range shots in the period. That spurt started an 8-0 GV run in the opening four minutes, and the Wildcats opened a 37-30 lead. They kept the margin there, taking a 43-35 lead at the start of the fourth quarter.

But then Fayetteville started fighting back, hitting a couple of threes of its own to cut the GV lead to 45-43 in the early going. The Wildcats held up to the pressure, though, and pushed their lead back up to eight, 43-35, before holding on the stretch for the victory.

Turnovers were a big factor, as Guyan Valley gave the ball away just five times in comparison to 13 for Fayetteville. The smaller Wildcats held their own on the boards as well, as the rebounding was even at 36-36.

GV finished with four players in double figures, led by Thomas Watts, who had 21 points. Brett Hudson added 17 points, while John McNeely had 11. Jason Vance didn't do a lot of scoring, as he had just seven points, but the 6-0 junior went among the tall trees and and pulled down 10 rebounds.

Fayetteville got 14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks from Josh Sizemore. Joey Preast added 13 points, and Reid Meadows chipped in 10.

The Pirates shot 47.8 percent from the floor (four of 13), while Guyan Valley converted 23 of 53 (36.5 percent), but GV scored 17 points off FHS turnovers, while Fayetteville got just two points off of Wildcat mistakes.



JV Cats rally from 15 down to win by 2 !!
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Brett to the hole in semi-finals

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Reaching for it all !
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Jason down the lane to score vs Pirates

Matewan slams Wildcats 67-59, Cats drop to 10-6
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Bobcats capitalize on Wildcat mistakes 64-61
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Wildcat JV squad 4-2 after 68-65 win over Bobcats
HAMLIN, WEST VIRGINIA -- John McNeely was the "go to, guy" for the Wildcats in a narrow three point victory over the Hamlin Bobcats. McNeely netted 17 points and more impressively hauled down 24 rebounds to secure the county junior varsity win.
"That was a huge game for John," Coach Duane Estep remarked. "That was some of the best hustle on the boards that I've ever witnessed. He just wanted the ball, BAD!"
Guyan Valley trailed 22-17 following the first period. The Cats also trailed at the intermission 40-39.
The JV Cats defense stiffened in the third quarter holding the Bobcats to just 9 points, while scoring 14 on the offensive end of the floor.
Hamlin came back to outgun the Cats 16-15 in the fourth, but it was too late.
GV's Scottie Mullins nailed three-out-four foul shots to ice the contest for Guyan Valley.
Guyan Valley's JV improved to 4-2.
Scoring for GV: McNeely 17, Ronald Dailey 13, Brett Dyer 11, Erik Mullins 8, Ryan Davidson 8, Gene Taylor 4, Scottie Mullins 4, and Gordan Gallion 3.


Guyan Valley picks up win over Duval 73-53
GRIFFITHSVILLE, WEST VIRGINIA -- Guyan Valley improves to 10-4 with a twenty-point county win. The Cats traveled to Griffithsville to take on the Jackets of Duval Tuesday night.
The Duval athletes sported shoes that had hand written messages about the Wildcats, like... "Zach Who???", "Brett Who???", and "Tom Who???".
Guyan Valley played well in the opening quarter outscoring the Jackets 21-15. In the second quarter both teams cooled as GV outscored Duval 13-9.
Guyan Valley led at the half, 34-24.
In the second half, Guyan Valley caught fire in the third quarter out netting the Jackets 22-11 to lead the game 56-35.
"We kinda' played in spurts tonight," noted Coach Estep of GVHS.
In the final quarter Duval flexed their muscles outgunning the Cats 18-17 only to fall short 73-53.
"Duval played tought tonight," Estep explained. "They have some fine athletes. That Cummings kid and that Angel kid. Man, they are tough."
Scoring for GV -- Brett Hudson 16, Thomas Watts 15, Zach Mullins 14, Jason Vance 7, Matt Lucas 6, Brett Dyer 6, Gene Taylor 4, Ryan Davidson 4, and John McNeely 1.
Duval scoring -- Larry Angel 19, Justin Cummings 10, Blankenship 10, T. Lovejoy 4, M. Lovejoy 3, Breedlove 3, Klaski 2, and Lacy 2.
Duval fell to 3-8.


Wildcats fall to Burch 72-55

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Zach Mullins on the move in 2001
Wildcats climbing the MetroNews Power Index
METRONEWS -- The January 17, 2001 Power Index showed the Wildcats rated at #83 out of the 134 total schools combined by Class in the ratings system. Guyan Valley at that time was 7-3. Harts during this week was the highest rated Lincoln County School at #75 with a 3-5 record. Hamlin at 2-7 came in at 112, while Duval (0-6) was 132.
There are 48 Class A schools reported and rated in the Power Index. Last week, Harts was #16 out of the 48 total Class A schools; Guyan Valley was #18; Hamlin was #38; and Duval #47.
This week's Power Index Poll, put out January 24, 2001, has shown a jump by the Wildcats (9-3) from #83 to #72, the highest rating of any Lincoln County School. Harts (3-7) comes in at #82; Hamlin at #111; and Duval at 113.
Just in terms of Class A schools, Guyan Valley came home at #14, while Harts fell to #19. Hamlin is at #37, and Duval came in at 38.
Last week's AP Poll ranked Guyan Valley at #11 with 12 pts and Harts at #14 with five points.


Wildcats brave
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Lucas to the hole in 2001 !!
HARTS, WEST VIRGINIA -- Guyan Valley picked up their ninth win of the season by defeating Harts 72-64 on "the Creek" Tuesday night. Guyan Valley's record now stands at 9-3 and Harts drops to 3-7.
A huge crowd made their way into the hot confines of the Lion's Den to watch two Lincoln County basketball programs slug it out Tuesday night.
Harts' legendary basketball guru, Harry Kirk is coaching in what he admits is his final season. Coach Duane Estep is in his second year as the Guyan Valley boys varsity basketball coach. Estep formerly coached the Harts Lady Lions basketball program for eight seasons, before returning to his home school to coach softball and basketball.
Both teams were primed for the showdown. Harts had beaten Guyan Valley earlier in the season at the CIT 69-60, ending Guyan Valley's undefeated 3-0 start.
"We were a determined team heading to Harts Tuesday night," noted Coach Duane Estep. "We wanted to get that monkey off our backs...you know 'can you guys ever beat Harts?' I think we answered that question."
Guyan Valley jumped out to an early lead behind the hot shooting of Brett Hudson, Zach Mullins, Thomas Watts, and Matt Lucas. GV led 15-10 at the end of the first quarter. Justin Dempsey led the way for the Lions, as usual with 4 points. The cats shot 7-for-12 in the first eight minutes.
The Lions came roaring back in the second period, outgunning the Cats 22-18. Guyan Valley led at the half 33-32. Scottie "Beam me up" Vance heated up from the three-point arch and led "the Creek's" charge. Joe Maynard aided the cause with two baskets.
"I felt good about the game at the Half," added Estep. "Harts was playing well, but so were we. We had survived the 2-2-1 half-court zone press Harry was throwing at us and I felt like our 1-3-1 zone had been very effective."
Harts outscored the Cats 22-19 in the third period to lead 54-52 on a Dempsey basket at the buzzer to end the third quarter. Thomas Watts' 7 points helped the Cats claw back from poor shooting quarter.
Both Hudson and Mullins were having a strong defensive game. Hudson was also leading the charge on offense.
The fourth quarter saw Harts open up an impressive 59-52 advantage, but the Cats would not be denied. Hudson continued to drive the lane versus the Lions, as did Mullins, Watts, and Vance. The Guyan Valley defense picked up as well, showing some press at times. Guyan Valley outscored the Lions 20-10 to pull back in front and win 72-64.
"Zach hit 6-for-8 from the foul line down the stretch," noted Estep. "Brett Dyer hit two clutch free throws late to increase our lead from 2 points to 4 points. Those were huge free throws."
Guyan Valley shot 14-for-17 from the charity stripe, while Harts shot 9-for-20.
Brett Hudson scored 22 points to lead the Cats, Zach Mullins hit for 20, Thomas Watts 18, Jason Vance 6, Matt Lucas 4, and Brett Dyer 2.
Harts scoring was paced by Justin Dempsey and Scottie Vance, both with 18, Joe Maynard with 15, Justin Harless 9, Dalton and Jake Maynard 2 each.
Guyan Valley improved to 9-3, while Harts drops to 3-7.
Watts led the Cats rebounding effort with 8, Hudson with 6, Vance 4, Mullins, Dyer, and Lucas 2 each.
The Cats totaled 15 steals and Mullins collected 7 of those.
"Brett Hudson, Zach, and Thomas played huge," said Estep. "Matt, Jason, Dyer, and Ryan (Davidson) stepped up as well. This was a great win for our program!"




9 point win over Lions improves Cats to 8-3
PLEASANT VIEW, WEST VIRGINIA -- Gilbert payed a visit to Lincoln County last night and came up short against the Guyan Valley Wildcats (8-3) 74-65.

Cats improve to 7-3 with 70-63 Buffalo win!!!
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Wildcats defeat Duval 66-54
PLEASANT VIEW, WEST VIRGINIA -- Guyan Valley played all twelve athletes enroute to a 12 point victory over the Duval Yellowjackets. Guyan Valley improved to 6-3.

Cats drop Matewan 62-38 in Mingo County
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Hamlin slips by Wildcats in final seconds 55-53
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Wildcats down fellow Hannan Wildcats 68-59
HANNAN, WEST VIRGINIA -- Despite two starters being on suspension for violation of team rules, the Wildcats overcame Hannan by nine points.
Thomas Watts led the team with 12 rebounds and Brett Hudson dished out 7 assists as the Cats played team ball and improved to 4-2.
Guyan Valley pushed to an early 16-13 lead following one period of play. Watts tossed in nine points, including a three-pointer.
The Cats led 30-26 at the intermission when they outgunned Hannan 14-13 in the second period. Watts added nine more points in that period.
The Cats continued to outscore Hannan in the third by a 19-14 span to lead 49-40 headed into the final eight minutes. Hudson nailed eight points in the third.
The final stanza was a cat-fight as both teams turned in 19 points. Five different Cats scored for GV in the final eight minutes of the contest.
"This contest tonight was a true reflection of team-ball," added GV Head Coach Duane Estep. "We played all 11 kids on the bench and they all contributed in one way or the other."
Rebounding for the Cats: Watts 12, Hudson 8, Z. Mullins 6, Davidson, Dyer, and McNeely 2 each, and Scottie Mullins 1.
Hudson had 7 assists, Z. Mullins 2, and Watts 1.
Steals for the Cats totaled 11. Ronald Dailey 5, Z. Mullins 3, Hudson 2, and Watts 1.
The Wildcats shot a dismal 4-for-19 from three-point range.


Poor first half and Cats fell 81-76 to the Tide
CHAPMANVILLE, WEST VIRGINIA -- A poor first half effort from the Guyan Valley Wildcats allowed the Sherman Tide (3-2) to pull away and defeat GV (3-2) 81-76.
"Our kids were still down from the Harts contest," noted Coach Duane Estep, GV head coach. "The loss to Harts really got our kids down. I told them we had better start thinking about Sherman, but I don't think they listened too well!"


Harts out hustles and out rebounds Cats wins 69-60
CHAPMANVILLE, WEST VIRGINIA -- The Harts Lions entered the first round of the CIT 1-2 and hungry for a win, Guyan Valley entered the contest 3-0 and looking for respect.
"I feel like we were just out hustled tonight," Coach Duane Estep, Guyan Valley head coach. "The stats will show that Harts killed us on the boards, at least 2-to-1. Harts simply wanted this game more than we did!"
The game was knotted at 27-27 at the intermission.


Cats conquer Civic Center improve to 3-0
CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA -- The Guyan Valley Wildcats won a tight game in the 2000 Hoops Classic Tuesday evening versus a tall and senior laden Sherman High team. Sherman entered the game 1-0 and Guyan Valley 2-0. Guyan Valley's offense surged at times as the Cats would push a lead and the Tide would rise and roll back into the contest.
"Our kids were so nervous before the contest," commented Coach Duane Estep. "I thought Zach (Mullins) was going to hyperventilate and pass out!"
A much improved Sherman team came into the Civic Center and stroked the three's early. The Tide hit five treys in the first quarter.
"Usually teams that play in the Civic Center have trouble shooting early in the contest," noted Estep. "But Sherman didn't have any problems adjusting."
The contest was knotted at 21-21 at the end of the first eight minutes.
Brett Hudson and Thomas Watts paced the Cat attack with 8 and 7 respectively for the quarter. Lucas, Mullins, and Davidson added 2 points each.
The Cats pushed a lead in the second period when they outscored the Tide 20-15 to lead 41-36 at the break.
Sophomore Jason Vance stroked a couple treys in the second to pace the Cats with six points. Balanced scoring helped the Wildcats with Hudson's 4, Dyer and Lucas 3 each, Watts 2, Mullins 1, and Davidson 1.
"We have quite a few kids that can score," added Estep. "We like to share the ball and try to get more than a couple people involved."
Sherman clawed back in the third period with a great defensive effort. GV scored only 13 points to Sherman's 17. Score 54-53 in favor of the Wildcats.
"Our defensive effort was lacking tonight," noted Estep. "I feel like we are a little out of shape right now. Don't worry we'll fix that!"
Hudson led the Cats with 7 points in the third stanza. Mullins turned in 4 and Dyer 2.
The fourth quarter was a barn-burner as both teams hustled and played hard. Guyan Valley outscored Sherman 26-25 to secure the 80-78 victory in the 2000 Hoops Classic.
Thomas Watts had a huge fourth quarter, stroking two three's at the critical juncture of the game. Watts had 7 points in that quarter, Hudson 7, Vance 4, Dyer 4, Mullins and Lucas 2 each.
"I can't say enough about our boys gutty play down the stretch," said Estep. "Jason Vance made a tough lay-up down the stretch and Thomas (Watts) just made two great three's when we needed them."
Guyan Valley improved to 3-0.
"It feels good to be 3-0, but the guys and I know that we have yet to play as good as we can. We have a lot of room for improvement. I'm not downing the kids, I'm pleased with our progress, but the kids themselves had said it as well, WE CAN IMPROVE!"
Hudson turned in 14 rebounds, Watts 8 boards, Mullins 7, Dyer 5, Vance 2, and Davidson 1.
Zach Mullins collected 7 steals, Lucas 3, Davidson 2, Hudson, Vance, and Watts 1 each.
Watts had four blocked shots.
Mullins and Hudson collected four assists each, Watts three, Dyer and Vance 1 each.
Guyan Valley shot 9-for-15 in the first period 60%; 3-for-10 in the second period 30%; 6-for-15 in the third period 40%; and 8-for-13 in the fourth period 62%. 26-for-53 the entire game for 49%.
Scoring for the contest -- Hudson 26, Watts 16, Vance 10, Mullins and Dyer 9, Lucas 7, Davidson 3.
Sherman - -Mills 17, Hudson 15, Pauley 15, N. Mills 9, Hill 5, Smith 5, Petry 4, Stover 4, Eplin and Smith 2.
"Sherman had that big guy who was 6'5 (David Hudson)," added Estep. "He was tough and he set up his teammates a lot. That gives Sherman an added attack that makes them tougher than last season."
Guyan Valley only shot 21-38 for 55%.
Brett Hudson was named GV's MVP for the contest.


Wildcats 2-0 headed to Civic Center Tuesday
BUFFALO, WEST VIRGINA -- The Guyan Valley Wildcat boys basketball program had not won at Buffalo in over ten years, but that was all to come to an end last night in Putnam County. Behind the gutty performance of the Cat defense Guyan Valley would rally and defeat the Bisons by a final score of 70-63. The boys will carry the momentum from this victory into the Charleston Civic Center Tuesday, December 19th when they face the Sherman Tide at 4:00pm in the Hoops Classic.

Wildcats open season with 50 point victory over Van
PLEASANT VIEW, WEST VIRGINIA -- Guyan Valley opened the 2000-2001 campaign with a 50 point victory over the visiting Bulldogs of Van High School. The Wildcats defensive effort early allowed the Cats to push a ten-point lead in the first quarter.
GV shot 8-for-18 in the opening period scoring 21 points to Van's 10. Four three-pointers paced the Cats offensive onslaught.
"We are trying to build the offense around good shot selection," said Coach Duane Estep. "We want to take the high percentage shot. Early in the game last night we were shooting way to many threes."
The second quarter tightened as the Cats only outscored the Bulldogs 13-10 to lead 34 to 20 at the intermission.
"We jacked up too many three-point attempts in that second quarter," noted Estep. "We hit three out of seven attempts from beyond the arch in that period, but we failed to look inside. Our shooting went cold hitting only 4-of-20 during that 2nd quarter."
The third quarter was more to Estep's liking as the Cats went inside heavily and did not shoot a single three attempt during the third period. The Cats scored 18 points in the paint out of the 28 points during that eight minute span.
Guyan Valley went 3-for-3 from the foul line in the first half. Van went 3-for-7.
The Wildcat defensive effort picked up in the third period, holding Van to only five points. GV led 62-25 heading into the final stanza.
The fourth quarter was another quarter that the Cats owned, outscoring Van 24-11 to set the final score at 86-36. Many of the GV junior varsity kids saw action in the fourth period. GV went 0-for-3 from three-point range in the final eight minutes.
In the second half, Guyan Valley shot 11-for-18 in the third and 5-for-23 in the fourth. In the game the Cats shot 28-for-79 totaling 37% and at the foul line 19-28 totaling 84%.
"It was good to win and still see room to improve," added Estep. "We looked sloppy at times and we need to work on our defense."
Guyan Valley committed 11 turnovers. Rebounding was led by Brett Dyer with 7, Thomas Watts had 5, as did Brett Hudson and Zach Mullins. Jason Vance 4, Matt Lucas, Ronald Dailey, and Scottie Mullins each had 3 rebounds.
The Cats totaled 21 steals for the contest. Zach Mullins led the team with 7 steals, Hudson and Lucas had 3, Ryan Davidson, Dailey, and Watts totaled 2 each, Erik Mullins and Vance had one each.
Thomas Watts had four blocked shots and Zach Mullins led the team in assists.
Scoring for the contest -- Van: Elijah Harper 11, Justin Vance 8, Steven Gray 7, Chris Cocheran 4, Nick Bias 3, David Moore 2, Eric Eversole 1.
GVHS: Brett Hudson 25, Zach Mullins 19, Thomas Watts 17, Matt Lucas 8, Jason Vance 6, Scottie Mullins 5, Brett Dyer 2, Ronald Dailey 2, and Gene Taylor 2.
Foul shooting for the Cats: Z. Mullins 1-for-1, Thomas Watts 1-for-1, Ronald Dailey 2-for-2, Matt Lucas 4-for-4, Jason Vance 2-for-3, Scottie Mullins 5-for-8, and Brett Hudson 4-for-9.
Guyan Valley improved to 1-0, while Van dropped to 0-1.


Man slips by GVHS Varsity in scrimmage 66-60
MAN, WEST VIRGINIA -- The Wildcat varsity squad played four tough quarters versus the Hillbillies of Man on their home floor. In their final scrimmage before the December 12th home opener versus Van, the Cats looked impressive at times. Man fans and coaching staff commented on the "scrappy play" of the Wildcats despite their size. Man fielded a tall team, but the Cats fought hard on the boards.
"Our kids played hard and looked better than a week ago," commented Coach Duane Estep. "We don't have a lot of size, but we are playing with heart, right now!"
Hudson led the GV scoring assault with Mullins, Watts, Vance, and Lucas firing in as well.
"Our 6th, 7th, and 8th men are starting to contribute and we need that," said Estep.
Man won the first quarter 19-12 as both teams played pressure man-to-man.
"We wanted to see how well we could stick man-to-man," Estep noted. "I felt that we held our own with a much bigger team. That big guy was playing above our heads!"
Both teams played well in the second quarter tying 21-21. Score at the half, Man 40 and GV 33.
The third quarter belonged to the Cats by the total of 16-14. Guyan Valley had closed the lead to 56-47. In the final quarter, Man slipped by the Cats 12-11 to set the final score of 66-60.
"We have quiet a few things to work on and we'll work hard before our home opener on December 12th," Estep ended.


Wildcats wallop Johnson Central scoring 93 points
INEZ, KENTUCKY -- Guyan Valley traveled to the bluegrass state last Saturday to take on Johnson Central, a Class A school that won 26 games a year ago on their way to final four in Kentucky.
The scrimmage game consisted of 30 minutes of playing time with all rules in effect.
The Cats ripped Johnson for 93 points.
"We won the scrimmage 93-83. A couple times we lead by as much as 17 or so. But every time I would try to play my bench, Johnson Central would come back with all starters and press our bench kids," commented Coach Estep.


GVHS basketball practice to begin November 13th
Coach Estep is busy with preseason work and the boys are getting their preseason forms and physicals out of the way.
A more experienced group of athletes return to lead the Cats in 2000-2001.
"We gained valuable experience last season," Estep noted. "We were young, but we gained that all important experience."
As of November 2, 2000 37 students have signed up to try out for this year's Wildcat basketball squad.


Gym Floor Contract Awarded - gym closed 11/24 to 12/1
Guyan Valley's gym floor will be professionally refurbished for the upcoming season by USA Graphics. A company that travels nationwide and refinishes gym floors on the pro, college, and high school level.
Check out their work at their website www.usagraphics.com


Brett Hudson and Zach Mullens named All-State
PLEASANT VIEW, WV -- Guyan Valley's point guard, Zach Mullens and shooting guard, Brett Hudson were selected to the 99-00 West Virginia All-State Team in Class A. Both athletes made Honorable Mention.
Hudson was a scoring machine for the Wildcats last season averaging 17.8 points per contest with a season high 29 points versus Harts at Harts and St. Joe at Milton in the Sectional Tournament.
Brett finished the season with a team-high 392 points. He averaged double figures in 18 out of 22 contests, scoring over 20 points in 6 contests.
"Brett is simply one of the best athletes that I have ever coached," noted GV head coach, Duane Estep. "He makes it look easy. But you know Brett is an all-around athlete. He can play excellent defense and can pass as well."
Hudson was only a freshman this past season.
Zach Mullens, junior point guard, was a scoring force for the Wildcats as well. Mullens hit for 306 points including a season-high 30 versus Hannan at Pleasant View.
Zach averaged double figures 16 out of 21 contests. He averaged 14.6 points per contest. He also scored over 20 points in 7 contests.
"Zach is a competitor," remarked Estep. "He can play super defense, utilizing his quickness and can burst to the basket and score tough baskets. Both Zach and Brett understand team ball and both have sacrificed for the team."
Other Lincoln County athletes included on the All-State Team were Harts senior, Adam Vance. Vance averaged 25.6 points and had a career total of 1338 points. He made first-team.
Second team honors went to Duval scoring ace, Josh McCoy.
Mike Dillon of Harts was the only other county athlete and he scored honorable mention.
We would like to congratulate all athletes that were honored this season!!!


Head Wildcat coach, Duane Estep wins award
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Coach Estep addresses the troops!
JUSTICE, WV -- May 5, 2000 at the Justonian Restaurant Coach Duane Estep of Guyan Valley High School was presented with the Twin Rivers Officials Board Boys Varsity Basketball Sportsmanship Award for the 1999-2000 season.
The Spring Sportsmanship Banquet honored coaches throughout the southern region of West Virginia. Jim Van Zant was the keynote speaker.
Coach Estep led the Wildcats throughout the 99-00 season and the team finished with an 8-14 record.
"I know our record wasn't the world's greatest," admitted Coach Estep. "But there is more to life than winning and losing. I feel like we set a good base for the upcoming season. I feel like some people forgot how young we were last season. I think that this award shows that we have the right attitude and the right system in place. People just need to learn that you have to work for your rewards, nothing comes easy."
The Guyan Valley Wildcats graduated only one athlete from their 99-00 squad. The Cats started two 9th graders most of the season.
Estep continued, "It is like Coach Rick Pitino said, 'Many people nowadays, in this age of instant gratification, don't have patience. They want everything to happen now. Instant this, instant that, instant success. They don't understand the value of patience, of waiting your turn, of being ready when the proper time comes.' I think Coach Pitino's words say alot about our society today."


Several Wildcat athletes listed in All-County
LINCOLN COUNTY, WV -- Four Guyan Valley Wildcat basketball athletes were named among those listed for either First or Second Team All-Lincoln County by the Lincoln Journal Newspaper.
Zach Mullens was selected as First-Team point guard. Mullens averaged just over 14 points a contest, totalled 31 steals and 70 rebounds on the season.
Freshman guard, Brett Hudson, was named as the Second-Team shooting guard.
Senior Shawn Smith was named Second-Team center, while sophomore, Lee Balser was named sixth-man on the Second-Team.
"I am very proud of our guys," said Coach Duane Estep. "I really felt like we deserved to get a few more athletes on first-team, but we are young."


Wildcats fall in Sectional opener 69-58
Huntington St. Joe ended Guyan Valley's season at Milton in the opening round of the Sectional Tournament.

GV hangs tough on the Creek finish 8-13
Guyan Valley hung tough with an experienced Lion squad, but came away with an 81-65 loss.

Cats run into a buzz-saw at Chapmanville
The Tigers showed little mercy in dismantling the young Cats 97-36. Guyan Valley dropped to 8-12.

GV knocks off senior laden Pioneers
Guyan Valley improved to 8-11 with an impressive 59-55 victory over the Wayne Pioneers.

Wildcat junior varsity finishes 4-11 in '99-'00
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Dyer - Center on the JV squad 1999-2000
PLEASANT VIEW, WV -- The Guyan Valley junior varsity basketball team dropped the final three games of the JV season finishing 4-11 on the season.
Wayne defeated the Cats 45-18; Chapmanville hit the Cats 59-27; and Harts held off a determined Wildcat JV 73-65.
Four Wildcat JV athletes scored double figures versus Harts at Harts -- Scottie Mullins 16; Brett Dyer 14; Greg Adkins 12; and Gordan Gallion 10.
"Our JV got in 15 games under their belts," said Estep. "That will surely help us in the future. JV is an important part of any successful varsity program. Sure the guys struggled at times, but that is part of the learning process."


Updates coming soon - Coach Estep prepares for 00-01
Please check the site in the near future, Coach Duane Estep is preparing to post the Wildcats 2000-2001 schedule and other details about next season's team.
Also, Coach Estep will update the last few games of last season's team. Thanks!!!!


GV drops close one at St. Joe, defeat Van !
HUNTINGTON, WEST VIRGINIA -- The Guyan Valley Wildcats traveled to St. Joseph Central Catholic in Huntington to take on the Irish. Guyan Valley carried a 6-10 mark while St. Joe entered the contest 4-11.
St. Joe got off to a fast start outscoring the Wildcats 18-10 over the first eight minutes of the game. Zach Mullins and Brett Hudson accounted for all ten of GV's first quarter points.
The Wildcats picked up the defensive pressure in the second quarter holding the Irish to just 8 points while scoring 16 points of their own to force a 26-26 half-time tie.
"We scored some buckets off our defense in that second quarter," noted Duane Estep, GV Head Coach.
Both team's defenses played extremely well in the third quarter with each team only tallying 8 points. Score 34-34 heading into the final quarter.
With the game tied at 50-50, Guyan Valley tired to score to win the game. Brett Hudson drove to the bucket and missed a short jumper and St. Joe gained control of the ball with 17 seconds remaining in the contest.
"Brett Had a real good look, but the ball rimmed in and out," observed Estep. "Hey, I'll take Brett (Hudson) on a five-foot jumper any day of the week. If he shoots that shot ten times, he'll make nine of them. That shot just rimmed out."
St. Joe called time with seven seconds remaining and went for the win. On the inbound St. Joe scored and was fouled with around 3 seconds remaining. Final score 53-50.
Wildcat scorers -- Hudson 18, Mullins 15, Jason Vance 10, and Shawn Smith 7.
Tuesday night, Guyan Valley hooked up with the Van Bulldogs (8-5) in a rematch.
Van entered the game off a nine-point loss to #1 ranked Charleston Catholic.
The Wildcats' offense was clicking early, but the Cat defense was sluggish. GV scored 21 points to Van's 19 in the opening quarter.
Zach Mullins led the way over the first eight minutes knocking down two three's and accounting for 8 points. Lee Balser, a sophomore forward, hit for five points. Brett Hudson added four, and teammates Shawn Smith and Jason Vance hit for two points each.
"We shot 50% in that opening quarter tonight, but our defense was terrible," Estep added. "We just stood around and played with our hands instead of our feet."
Both teams hit for 10 points in the second period.
Mullins hit two more three's while Hudson hit a two as did Thurmond Maynard.
Score at the half was Guyan Valley 31, Van 29.
"I really couldn't believe that we had the lead at the half," said Estep. "Our defense was just horrendous."
Jon Castle heated up in the third quarter leading a Van surge with two three's and 12 points.
Guyan Valley managed only 15 points to Van's 24. The Cats trailed 53-46.
The fourth quarter was a complete turn-around for the Wildcats as they regained some momentum. The key moment came late with 3:30 remaining and the Cats went to man-to-man defense.
"We made that late switch and it turned the tide," Estep noted. "We limited Van's shots as well with good rebounding late."
41 seconds remained in the contest when Zach Mullins connected on his sixth three-pointer of the game to tie the score at 67-67.
"Man, that was a deep three," Estep exclaimed. "I'm not real sure Zach even saw the rim. When he's on, he's on!"
The Wildcat defense held again and the Cats advanced the ball down the floor. Guyan Valley spread the floor in their stack offense and freshman Brett Hudson drop through the middle gap and hit a layup with 14 seconds remaining. Hudson was fouled in the act and hit the foul shot to complete the three-point play, score GV 70, Van 67.
"Brett is tough as any player in the state when he drives the middle like that," Estep said. "He read the defense well and made the right play. Like I said before, I'll take Brett in close with a late shot any day!"
Guyan Valley improved to 7-11 overall and 3-2 in Lincoln County. Van dropped to 8-6.
"We beat a good team tonight," Estep commented. "When I saw their score versus Catholic I knew it would be a battle. We just kept fighting, we didn't play our best, but we hung in there and got the win and that's all that counts."
Guyan Valley shot 7-11 from the charity stripe, while Van shot 6-11.
The Wildcats hit 10-of-17 shots in that crucial fourth period.
Wildcat scorers -- Mullins 24, Hudson 19, Lee Balser 9, Shawn Smith 7, Jason Vance 5, Thurmond Maynard 4, and Matt Lucas 2.


Junior Varsity Wildcats score fourth win !
HAMLIN, WEST VIRGINIA -- Guyan Valley won its fourth junior varsity contest of the season last week with a 56-47 victory over county rival Hamlin. The JV lost later on that week at Huntington St. Joe 76-57. The JV record dropped to 4-8 overall and 3-2 in Lincoln County.
Lee Balser, Ronald Dailey, and Greg Adkins led the way in the Hamlin contest scoring 14, 13, and 12 points respectively.
Greg Adkins led the way in the St. Joe game scoring 14 points.


Hannan splits with GV Wildcats, 78-71
The Hannan Wildcats basketball team split the season series with the Guyan Valley Wildcats with a 78-71 home win last night and picked up their sixth win of the season.
The seven point victory improved Hannan to 6-7 while Guyan Valley dropped to 6-10.
Guyan Valley led 16-15 at the end of the first quarter behind the strong shooting of junior point guard, Zach Mullins. Mullins hit for 11 points in that stanza. Brett Hudson added a three and Shawn Smith hit for two.
Hannan's balanced scoring in the first quarter included five different athletes which scored -- Korey Henry 5, Dustin Jordan 4, Rex Holley, Ryan Arrowood, and Josh Cordell all hit for 2.
"We were playing fairly well at this point in the contest," said GV Coach Duane Estep. "Everything seemed to be fine."
Guyan Valley pushed to a 24-17 lead and then the wheels came off. Hannan proceeded to outscore the Cats 19-7 to lead at the half 36-31.
Guyan Valley's offense saw five kids score in the second period -- Lee Balser 4, Jason Vance 4, Brett Hudson 3, Shawn Smith 2, and Zach Mullins 2.
Ryan Arrowood led Hannan in the second period with 7 points and teammate Korey Henry hit for 5. Hannan won the quarter 21-15.
"I felt like defense was a huge problem for us tonight as was rebounding," noted Estep. "Hannan killed us on the boards. I was afraid we might have a let down after such an emotional win over arch-rival Hamlin, but this was ridiculous!"
Hannan continued to outplay the Wildcats in the third period winning the quarter 14-11 to lead 50-42 heading down the final stretch.
Hannan increased their lead in the fourth quarter to 57-44 before the Wildcats pressed their way back to a 70-68 score around the 3:10 mark.
"We worked our press well during that stretch of the contest," observed Estep. "We had cut the lead to two points and then we fouled the Jordan kid. He missed the foul shot but they out-rebounded us and stuck back the shot to regain a four point advantage. Rebounding is a key element of the game."
Hannan went on to win the quarter 29-28 and the game 78-71.
"I don't know when we are going to learn that defense wins ballgames," said a frustrated Estep. "We won the Hamlin game on defense, not offense. You can't be concerned about the number of points you have in the book and win games. Until we get serious about defense we won't win many games on the road."
Guyan Valley committed 15 turnovers in the contest, while only totaling 22 rebounds.


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Shawn Smith, senior center, GVHS !

Guyan Valley drops Bobcats in OT 62-58
The Guyan Valley boys basketball team has been riding a rollercoaster for much of the past week. On Tuesday, the Cats defeated county rival Duval by a score of 57-47. Thursday, they lost to the Valley-Fayette Greyhounds, the #7 ranked team in West Virginia, 65-41. And Friday night, the Wildcats played big in a 62-58 over-time victory over arch-rival Hamlin and the game was played in Hamlin.
If you like exciting basketball just check out any game involving Lincoln County rivals. These games always provide excitement and intrigue.
Hamlin (1-14) leaped out of the gate establishing an early 11-3 first quarter advantage over Guyan Valley (5-9).
Senior Wildcat center Shawn Smith hit a bank-shot to move the score to 11-5.
Walt McGrady and Tackett led the Bobcat offensive assault in the first quarter trading baskets with Guyan Valley's Shawn Smith and Zach Mullens. Brett Hudson, GV guard, battled underneath to earn a trip to foul line as the first quarter came to a close. Hudson's foul shots closed the score to Hamlin 20, GVHS 16.
"With all the distractions surrounding the contest I wasn't surprised that we got off to a little bit of a slow start," noted Coach Duane Estep, GVHS Coach. "But we came roaring back. Our guys really layed it all on the line tonight!"
Brett Hudson hit two additional foul shots to kick off the scoring in the second quarter. Brandon Enochs responded for the Bobcats followed by a trading of baskets between Shawn Smith and Enochs once again.
Hamlin's Joe Wade then nailed a basket to pull the Bobcats ahead 27-20.
Wildcat junior Matt Lucas hit a jumper at the buzzer to bring the halftime score to 34-26 in favor of the home team, the Hamlin Bobcats.
"We figured at half-time to make some adjustments and concentrate on shutting down McGrady and Enochs," Estep added. "Those guys are great athletes and man can they shoot the ball."
Guyan Valley came out in the second half and took control of the contest outscoring Hamlin 14-10 and 11-7 forcing a 51-51 tie and over-time.
In the over-time period, Brandon Enochs stole the tip and drove in for an easy layup and a 53-51 lead.
"Brandon is tough," Estep observed. "He just won't quit. We kinda' fell asleep on the tip and gave up two."
Guyan Valley drove up the floor and Brett Hudson drove middle and dished to Smith for an easy two. Score 53-53.
"Brett drove middle and made a great assist on the play to Shawn," Estep said. "When we play team ball we are unstoppable."
The Wildcats fouled Jonathan Tackett on the next series and Tackett hit one-of-two for a Hamlin 54-53 lead.
Tackett then stole an errant pass and raced in for a layup and a 56-53 lead.
"I got a little worried at this point. It was a gut check for our guys - on the road in front of a hostile crowd. They could fold or they could rise to the ocassion. They played up to the challenge. They played great team basketball," Estep stated.
Guyan Valley's next possession was a good one. The Cats worked the ball around the perimeter checking inside and then Hudson squared to the basket and hit a huge three-pointer to tie the game at 56-56.
"That was a huge possession for our team," discussed Estep. "We just didn't come down and launch a three. We worked the ball around and checked our options."
Tackett was injured and Rodney Salmons entered the contest for the Bobcats. Salmons immediately stepped up and nailed a jumper to put Hamlin ahead 58-56.
Guyan Valley lost the ball as they advanced it up court and Hamlin was called for an offensive charge as they drove to the basket.
Guyan Valley brought the ball down the floor and worked the ball around until Jason Vance drove the lane and was fouled with 22.8 seconds remaining.
Vance, despite being a freshman, stepped to the line and calmly sank both foul shots to tie the game at 58-58.
Hamlin tried to advance the ball through the Wildcat press, but an errant pass sent Brett Hudson driving to bucket. Salmons tackled Hudson on his way to the bucket and an intentional foul was called.
"Hey, I knew that kid wasn't going to let Brett score that bucket easy," Estep noted. "In a game like this, there are no free-bees! But hey, Brett shook off the contact and hit both foul shots, that was awesome!"
With the Wildcats leading 60-58 and still pressing Hamlin again tried to advance the ball, but once again the Cats denied them. Jason Vance knocked the ball loose and Brett Hudson raced in for the uncontested layup. Guyan Valley wins the over-time contest 62-58.
"I feel like we played very good ball tonight," Coach Bill Elkins Hamlin Coach. "I would like to have won, but I'm proud of how hard we played."
Coach Estep felt the same about the effort, "Our guys played their hearts out tonight to come back. We played good team ball tonight and we kept coming back all night. I think our defense in the second half captured the game for us. We limited Hamlin's offense to just 17 points in the second half. This is a big Lincoln County win for us. Any time you can win on the road in the county it is a good win. Hamlin played hard and played with guts. I was real pleased with the sportsmanship that was displayed by both clubs after the game. It is really good to see young kids getting along so well following such an emotional contest. I take my hat off to my guys and the Hamlin guys for playing with such emotion and effort."
With the win Guyan Valley improves to 6-9, while Hamlin drops to 1-15.
"I'd like to thank my assistant coaches on the bench tonight -- Ernie Vance and Greg Lambert. Those guys had a lot of great ideas and suggestions. Thanks, guys!" Coach Duane Estep.


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Zach Mullens, junior point guard!

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Thurmond Maynard, junior forward!

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Brett Hudson, freshman guard at GVHS !!

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Jason Vance, GVHS freshman guard !!

Wildcats swat Yellowjackets 57-47
PLEASANT VIEW, WV -- The Guyan Valley Wildcats ended a five-game skid last night by soundly defeating the #15 state ranked Duval Yellowjackets.
Despite a poor first half performance the Cats turned on the after-burners in the second half and raced to a ten-point victory over the Jackets avenging an early season 71-67 loss at Griffithsville.
"We got off to a slow start, but our defense throughout the first half kept us in the game," said a jubilant Wildcat head coach, Duane Estep. "Duval really had a lot of size on the floor tonight with McCoy, Angel, and the German kid."
Both offenses struggled in the early going. Duval managed 10 points in the first quarter to the Cats 9.
Freshman, Brett Hudson paced the Cats with 4 points in the opening quarter, Zach Mullins hit a 2, Matt Lucas added 2, and Shawn Smith hit a foul shot.
Justin Cummings and Larry Angel hit for all of Duval's first quarter points. Cummings hit two three's and Angel hit inside for four points.
"We packed our defense back in a tight 2-3 zone trying to neutralize some of that size," noted Estep. "We gave up some good looks around the arc, but we didn't want the ball inside."
The second quarter was an offensive surge for the Jackets as senior Josh McCoy found the mark hitting for 9 points in the stanza. The Jackets outscored the Wildcats 17-9 in the period to lead 27-18 at the break.
Guyan Valley's senior center, Shawn Smith hit for 5 points and freshman, Jason Vance hit for four points in the period.
"At the half, we talked about taking away the baseline defensively," added Estep. "Also we wanted to press some in the second half. We purposely stayed away from the press in the first half so we would have some fouls to give in the second half. We also talked about our offensive sets and our rotation. I tell ya', when we run a good offensive set and look inside and play back to the outside we can play with any team."
The half-time adjustments worked and the Cats ripped apart the Duval defense for 21 points in the third quarter, while the Cats defense stepped to the forefront and held the Jackets to only 7 third quarter points.
McCoy accounting for 5 of Duval's 7 points in the quarter.
Mullins and Hudson hit for 6 each leading the Wildcat barrage. Teammates Shawn Smith, Jason Vance, and Thurmond Maynard added 4,3, and 2 respectively.
"We played really mature in that third quarter tonight," observed Estep. "All the kids played like seniors in that period. We ran our offense played good defense and showed patience."
The Wildcats continued the offensive barrage in the final period scoring 18 points led by freshman Brett Hudson's 9 points. Teammates Smith, Vance, Maynard, and Mullins scored 3, 2, 2, and 2 respectively.
The Wildcat defense held Duval to 13 points in that last 8 minutes. Craig Hughes hit for six on two three-pointers and Josh McCoy hit for 5 points.
"Brett Hudson played great team-ball tonight, as did the rest of the guys," Estep noted. "Brett, Jason, and Zach made some great post entry passes. And it was great to see Shawn (Smith) back in good form tonight. I think he has recovered from that ankle injury. Man, he played like a 'MAN' tonight!"
Hudson finished the contest with 19 points, Shawn Smith recorded a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds, Zach Mullins hit for 10 points, Jason Vance added 9, Thurmond Maynard 4, and Matt Lucas contributed 2.
Guyan Valley improved to 5-8 with the victory while Duval dropped to 7-6.
The Wildcats shot 7-for-33 in the first half and 9-for-35 in the second half. 16-for-68 in the entire game. The Cats went 14-for-31 from the foul line.
"Our shooting percentage tonight wasn't that great, but we scored inside a lot," added Estep. "We scored 22 points in the paint and got to the foul line a lot because of our inside play."
Matt Lucas added 6 rebounds. Zach Mullins recorded two steals.
"I'm just real proud of the guys. They deserved the win tonight. The defensive effort was there tonight," exclaimed Estep.
The Wildcats face a tough four-game road stretch traveling to Smithers Thursday night to take on the Valley-Fayette Greyhounds, to Hamlin Friday to face county rival Hamlin, to Hannan Tuesday to play the Wildcats, and to Huntington Friday, Feb. 11 to face St. Joe.
"This was a good, solid win against a good, solid opponent. A win we can build upon. We took some criticism during that five-game losing streak, unfair criticism I think. Heck, we were playing some really tough, senior-laden teams without our starting center. I'm just happy as heck for the boys, GREAT job guys," Estep exclaimed!


Creek washes out Guyan Valley 102-66
Pleasant View, WV -- Tracy Dempsey and Adam Vance combined for a startling 62 points here Tuesday night as the #5 state ranked Harts Lions topped the century mark defeating the Wildcats of Guyan Valley 102-66.
Dempsey, a 6'4 sophomore guard, hit for a career high 29 points. He hit for 12-of-13 inside the arc and went 5-for-5 from the free-throw line.
Adam Vance, the Lion's senior point guard, led the Harts assault with 33 points including a 4-of-5 three point performance. Vance shot 7-for-13 from two point range and hit 7-of-9 foul shots.
Harts outscored the Wildcats 22-15 in the opening period of play. The Lions' Tracy Dempsey scored 11 of his team's points in the period.
"We talked all week about trying to contain Adam Vance," GVHS Head Coach Duane Estep explained. "We were so worried about him that Dempsey just took over. He played a great game."
Freshman Wildcat point guard, Jason Vance hit for 5 in the quarter, Mullins hit for 4, Brett Hudson and Matt Lucas added 3 each.
"At the end of the first quarter it looked like we were headed for a good hard-fought game," Estep noted.
The second quarter was all Harts as Adam Vance heated up from the three-point arc hitting four in the quarter that enabled Harts to outscore the Cats 26-15 in the period. Dempsey continued his tear scoring 8.
Guyan Valley shot 2-for-15 in the second period. Zach Mullins led the way with six points, Matt Lucas, Shawn Smith, and Brett Hudson had 3 each.
"Our shooting in that second period was beyond horrible," observed Estep. "We missed 24 shots in the first half. I'm talking 24 shots within 5 feet of the bucket!"
Guyan Valley trailed 48-30 at the intermission.
Guyan Valley went on a run to open the seond half of play. The Wildcats had employed the triangle-and-two defense and were guarding Vance and Dempsey closely.
"We picked up the pressure on Adam and Tracy," Estep added.
The Cats went on a 10-7 run to close the score to 55-40 in favor of Harts.
Then Harts went on an 11-1 run led by Adam Vance. Vance hit for 12 points of his team's 18 points in the quarter.
"Adam just took his game to another level," Estep said. "He made some incredible shots. I mean he was dribbling to his left, fading away, and shooting back against his body and still nothing but net. He's tough."
Guyan Valley scored 11 points in the third period on 4-of-14 shooting. Mullins had 5, ?Vance 4, Hudson and Smith hit a foul shot each.
"Harts came in here tonight looking to shut down our perimeter players and they did a good job," noted Estep. "They held Brett (Hudson) without a fieldgoal for three quarters and that is pretty darn tough to do."
The final quarter belonged to the Lions who scored 36 points to the Wildcats 25. Isaac Duty scored 10 for the Lions in the period.
Brett Hudson hit for 9, Greg Adkins 6, Vance and Smith 4 each, Lucas and Ronald Dailey 1 each.
Harts improved to 8-3 while GVHS dropped to 4-8.
"We shot 16-for-68 tonight," Estep added. "Our post players only got to take 12 shot attempts for the entire contest. We've got to get the post involved in the game!"
Shawn Smith led the Cats in rebounding with 11, while Lucas added 6.
"Harts just took us out behind the woodshed, as they say, for a good 'ol fashion butt kickin'," Estep observed. "They simply have more varsity experience than we have and it showed. They have a great team this season."
Harts veteran coach Harry Kirk added, "It's good for the kids to enjoy a couple games like our last two. That's a lot of points to score!"
Harts, ranked #5 in Class A, shot 20-31 from the charity stripe, while GVHS shot 32-48.
"I said back in the summer that our team would have to learn some lessons this season," Estep explained. "Well this was a big one. You've got to play defense for 32 minutes and you've got to get the post involved in the game."
"We have Duval coming in here next Tuesday," Estep said. "We'll have a good tough week of practice before we see the Jackets."


Wildcats drop heartbreaker to St. Joe 72-70
Junior guard, Zach Mullin's rimmed a three-pointer at buzzer that would have won the game for the homestanding Wildcats (4-7). Instead, the Irish held on for a narrow 72-70 victory.
"We got the ball in the right guys hands, but we bobbled the ball as we came up the court," head Wildcat coach, Duane Estep. "We were going to play for the tie, but with the bobble we had to force the three. We had Greg (Adkins), Lee (Balser), and Jason (Vance) parked around the perimeter, but by the time we got the ball across half-court we had to take the shot. It wasn't a bad shot. It hit the front of the rim."
St. Joe started the game on-fire from the floor leading 26-15 at the end of the first quarter. Chris Evans, an Irish guard, nailed three three-point goals in that period.
Zach Mullins led the Cats with 7 points in the first quarter. Brett Hudson added 4 and Jason Vance hit a three. Thurmond Maynard added a foul shot.
"That first quarter was terrible for us," Estep observed. "We played horribly. We stood around and let St. Joe do what they wanted."
The second quarter belonged to the Wildcats. Hudson led the Cat surge with 8 points including a three-pointer, Maynard heated up for six points, Jason Vance and Brett Dyer added four each and Mullins hit another three. The Cats outscored St. Joe 25-19 and trailed St. Joe 45-40 at the half.
"I felt pretty good at the half," Estep noted. "We played a much better second quarter."
The third period was more Wildcats. Mullins led a 17 point stanza for the Cats with 8 points including a three-pointer. Brett Hudson also hit for 8 with a three-pointer, while teammate Maynard added another foul shot. St. Joe hit for 13 points in the quarter.
Guyan Valley trailed by one, 58-57.
The fourth quarter was a tight one. St. Joe scored 14 to GV's 13 points. Mullins hit two three-pointers in the period for the Cats and accounted for 7 points. Brett Hudson hit two foul shots before fouling out of the contest, Lee Balser hit a bucket, and Matt Lucas added 2 points.
"We shot 14-25 from the foul line," Estep added. "That hurts in a contest we only lost by two points."
Wildcat scorers -- Mullins 25, Hudson 22, Maynard 8, Vance 7, Dyer 4, Balser 2, and Lucas 2.
"We've had too many slow starts this season," Estep said. "We also miss the inside presence of Shawn Smith. But there aren't really any excuses. We just need to pick it up and play a complete game. Tonight we played three good quarters, but that first quarter when we played flat killed our chances."
Guyan Valley shot 23-for-65 in the contest from the floor. The Cats hit 8-of-20 three-point attempts.
Jason Vance led the team with 6 rebounds. Mullins and Maynard had five rebounds each. Matt Lucas added 4 rebounds.
Guyan Valley only turned the ball over six times, a season low.


Wildcat JV dropped last two games
The Guyan Valley Junior Varsity has dropped its last two contests -- 75-30 to the Wayne Pioneers and 71-41 to Huntington St. Joe.
Greg Adkins scored 8 points in the Pioneer contest to lead the Cats. Teammate Lee Balser added 7 and Brandon McNeely dropped in five points.
The Cats JV mark fell to 3-5 with a 30 point loss to the Irish of St. Joe. Joey Maynard led the Cats with 8 points, Lee Balser hit for 7, while Greg Adkins, Brett Dyer, and Erik Mullins added 6 each. Other Cat scorers included Scottie Mullins 4, John McNeely and Gordan Gallion's two each.


Smithless Wildcats travel to Wayne lose 78-64
Guyan Valley hit the road Saturday night without their only senior, Shawn Smith and came up short versus the Pioneers. Smith, a 6'4 center, fell victim to an ankle injury the night before at Buffalo.
"We're small enough as it is and to lose Shawn really hurts our team," noted Coach Duane Estep. "Thurmond and Dyer will have to step it up if we are to be successful."
Guyan Valley played tough with the Pioneers (6-3) in the first quarter trailing only 16-13. Zach Mullins led five different Cats to score with five points.
The second period was a solid quarter for the homestanding Pioneers. Wayne scored 24 points to the Cats' 18 to lead 40-31 at half-time.
"The first quarter we ran our offenses and stayed within the game plan, but in the second quarter we started to play that barnyard basketball and we fell back some," observed Estep.
The third quarter was more of the Pioneers was they outgunned the Cats 14-8.
The fourth quarter saw the Cats try to rally and outscore the Pioneers 25-24.
"Our guards begun to take the ball to the hole and draw fouls," added Estep. "We had Wayne in a lot of foul trouble. We even managed to foul out the Steele kid, you know the big transfer kid."
Scorers for Guyan Valley -- Brett Hudson 19, Zach Mullins 16, Jason Vance 16, Thurmond Maynard 6, Matt Lucas 5, and Brett Dyer 2.
"Jason Vance played like a senior tonight. He did everything we ask of him. Brett Dyer played like a real big man on defense tonight. Zach played his normal great game and Brett Hudson was nearly unstoppable as usual," Estep observed. "We are learning with each game. But it would be nice to win as we learn. The guys are getting better. To come over here and be this competitive without our senior and without much size was great, but we really need a win in the worst way."
Guyan Valley fell to 4-6, while Wayne improved to 7-3.


Cats lose Smith at Buffalo, Bison win 67-56
The Buffalo Bison picked up their first win of the season with an 11 point victory over Guyan Valley.
Guyan Valley lost more than just the contest when early in the game Shawn Smith went down with an ankle injury.
"Shawn hit the floor hard and I knew that he wasn't going to get up," noted Wildcat Coach Duane Estep. "We're not sure at this time how serious the injury is, time will tell. I thought it was broke at the time."
Guyan Valley trailed 18-15 at the end of one period. Zach Mullins scored 5 pointsin the opening period as teammates Matt Lucas and Brett Hudson hit for 4 points each.
The Bison continued to pull away outgunning the Cats 15-11 in the second stanza. Brett Hudson continued to score adding 6 for the Cats in that period.
Buffalo led 33-26 at the intermission.
"We were already in a lot of foul trouble by the half," Estep added. "The guys were wondering about their teammate (Smith). We tried to regroup and focus, but it was tough."
The third quarter was more Buffalo, the Bison hit for 18 points while the Cats managed 15 points of their own.
Hudson led the Cat charge in the third as well with six points.
The fourth quarter saw the Cats toughen but they still tied the quarter 15-15 to set the final score. Lee Balser led Wildcat scorers with five in the fourth.
"At times Hudson was the only starter we had on the floor," noted Estep. "Brett got introduced to the point guard position tonight."
Wildcats fell to 4-5, Buffalo improved to 1-5.
Cats scoring-- Hudson 16, Mullins 12, Thurmond Maynard 9, Lee Balser 6, Matt Lucas 6, Brett Dyer 3, Shawn Smith 2, and Jason Vance 2.


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Smith goes down with injury!

Glitch in MetroNews Computer costs Wildcats !
A computer glitch at the West Virginia Radio Corporation costs Wildcats valuable positions in the season's first MetroNews 2000 High School Basketball Power Index released January 12, 2000.
The Cats came out in the #82 slot, but the computer failed to enter one of Guyan Valley's wins. It recorded the Cats at 3-4 when the Cats are 4-4.
Harts came out at #34, Duval at #78, and Hamlin at 131.
Jeff Jenkins, director of the power index said he will correct the error by next week's poll.


Tigers' second half rally drops Cats 77-63
The Chapmanville Tigers turned a 6 point half-time deficit into a 13 point victory at Guyan Valley Tuesday night. The Tigers improved to 7-1, while the Wildcats dropped to 4-4.
Guyan Valley outscored the Tigers 23-22 in the opening period. Zach Mullins hit for 11 points in the quarter, including three three-point goals. Freshman Brett Hudson added 7 points in the quarter. Jason Vance hit a three and Shawn Smith added 2.
Both offenses cooled in the second period as the Cats scored 8 points to the Tigers 5. Thurmond Maynard hit for 4 points while Smith and Hudson added 2 points apiece. Half-time score was Guyan Valley 33, Chapmanville 27.
"We felt good at the break," noted Coach Duane Estep, Guyan Valley. "We talked about beginning the second half with better shot selection."
Guyan Valley's shooting cooled off however in the third quarter as the Wildcats shot 4-for-11 and were outscored 21-11 by the surging Tigers. Mullins accounted for 7 of the Cats 11 points in the period. Smith and Hudson added two points each.
The fourth quarter saw the Cats' offense get back on track scoring 19 points, but the Wildcats defense gave up 28 points. The closest Guyan Valley pushed was a 59-54 score.
Shawn Smith, Guyan Valley's center, played limited time in the fourth quarter due to foul problems. Smith still scored five points in that stanza. Brett Hudson hit two three's and Mullins added 3 and Jason Vance hit for two points. Matt Lucas added a three-point goal as well.
"We made some mental errors down the stretch," noted Estep. "We got away from our offenses a little too much. The guys hustled well, but it wasn't in the cards."
Shawn Smith led the Cats in rebounding with 8 boards, while Thurmond Maynard added 7 and Zach Mullins added 6 rebounds. Mullins contributed 5 steals and two assists. Jason Vance had three steals.
Guyan Valley shot 3-for-6 from the foul line while Chapmanville hit 16-of-25.
"Danny (Coach Godby) sure couldn't complain about the officiating tonight. I felt like we were the road team. We only shot one foul shot the whole fourth quarter. The Tigers played good defense, but there sure was a lot of contact on their part that officials let slide. I mean how many times in high school basketball do you see the home team only attempt six foul shots!"


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Brett drives for two !

Junior varsity blasted by Tigers 96-34
The Guyan Valley junior varsity squad picked up their second loss of the season falling by 62 points to the Chapmanville Tigers.
Greg Adkins led the Wildcats with 9 total points. Brett Dyer and John McNeely added 5 points each.
Guyan Valley's junior varsity record fell to 3-2.
Other Cat scorers: Dailey 2, Brandon McNeely 2, Maynard 2, and Sanders 8.


Guyan Valley junior varsity off to 3-1 start !
The Guyan Valley junior varsity Wildcats are off and running with three wins in four contests. The JV defeated Van 43-38 behind the 11 points of junior Ronald "Froggy" Dailey. Dailey hit three three-point goals in the contest.
The only loss of the season for the JV thus far was a 52-42 loss to Buffalo. Scottie Sanders and Scottie Mullins scored 12 and 10 points respectively.
Our JV boys bounced back at Duval scoring an impressive 57-52 come-from-behind victory over the Jackets. Ronald Dailey's 11 points led the charge. Dailey again hit three three-point goals.
And the Wildcats boys ran their JV record to 3-1 last week with a 6 point win over rival Hamlin 50-44. Greg Adkins 17 points led the way, while Ronald Dailey scored 13 points.


Guyan Valley sprints past Bobcats
The Guyan Valley Wildcats hosted the Hamlin Bobcats in a Lincoln County showdown. Hamlin came in looking for their first victory of the season. The Wildcats came into the contest riding a two-game winning streak.
The Wildcats jumped to an early 18-16 lead following the first quarter. Zach Mullins paced the Wildcats scoring 9 points in the period including a three-pointer. Shawn Smith pitched in 4 points, Brett Hudson hit for two, and Jason Vance hit a three in the stanza.
The second quarter belonged to the red hot Wildcats as they outgunned the Bobcats 27-15. Four different Wildcats scored in the quarter, but the period belonged to freshman Jason Vance. Vance hit for 13 points in the 2nd including three three-point goals.
"I had goose-bumps watching Jason play that second period. That was some great shooting and some great emotion," said Coach Duane Estep.
Guyan Valley shot 19-for-35 in the first half to lead 45-31.
"At that point the guys wanted to blow the game open," noted Estep. "I think that we tried a little too hard in the third to break open the game."
The third period belonged to Hamlin. The Bobcats outscored the Wildcats 18-11 and closed the lead to 56-49.
"We struggled horribly in that third period," added Estep. "Hamlin got hot and we let them take some close looks at the basket."
Brandon Enochs scored 13 points in the third, including three three-pointers.
"That Enochs (Brandon) kid got hot and shot the lightsout in that third period," explained Estep. "I put my arm around him following the game and told him what a great shooting night he had."
Both offenses were ice-cold in the final period as Hamlin again outscored the Wildcats 10-8 to set the final score at Guyan Valley 64, Hamlin 59.
"Hamlin was hungry for a win tonight, but our team was a little more hungry," Estep noted. "We played with lots of emotion tonight, maybe too much emotion at times."
Wildcat scorers: Zach Mullins 21, Jason Vance 18, Shawn Smith 8, Brett Hudson 8, Brett Dyer 4, Lee Balser 3, and Thurmond Maynard 2.
Maynard led the Wildcats in rebounding with 8, while Smith added 7. Mullins had 5 assist.
"I'm really excited with the win over Hamlin," an excited Estep exclaimed. "It wasn't the blowout everyone expected, but this was a county game. Heck, just throw the record out the window and fight for your life."
Guyan Valley improved to 4-3, while Hamlin fell to 0-7.


Wildcats light up Hannan for 95 points
The Guyan Valley Wildcats evened their record at 3-3 with an impressive 95-75 win over the Hannan Wildcats Tuesday night.
Zach Mullins paced the Cat attack with 30 points including four three-point goals and seven assists. Brett Hudson nailed 23 points while adding a team high 9 rebounds. Matt Lucas continued his fine play adding 11 points to the offensive effort. Jason Vance hit for 10 points on the night as well.
Guyan Valley led by as many as 17 in the first half but saw the lead drop to seven at the half.
"We played in spurts tonight, but I have to take my hat off to the guys. They hustled well and played with a purpose," added Coach Duane Estep.
Guyan Valley scorers also included Shawn Smith's 9 points, Thurmond Maynard and Ronald Dailey both hit for four points, and Lee Balser and Scottie Mullins hit two apiece.
"Shawn picked up two early fouls and I had him sit for a while. Hannan was making a run and I knew that I'd need Shawn in the second half," noted Estep. "Zach played his heart out tonight as did Brett Hudson. I'm just tickled to death with the progress the guys are making. We are improving as the season progresses."


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Zach penetrates!

Van bulldogs the Wildcats, 76-62
VAN, WV -- Guyan Valley traveled to Van to take on the Bulldogs in the season opening contest of the 1999-2000 campaign.
GV hit the first hoop of the night when freshman point guard Jason Vance hit a break away layup. Van followed that basket with a 17-0 run to lead 17-2.
Guyan Valley then pressed their way to a 16-0 run and an 18-17 advantage. Van hit the final basket of the first quarter to lead 19-17.
Van went on to lead 40-33 at the break and 53-44 after three quarters. The Cats again pressed their way back to a 57-57 tie when Brett Hudson hit a three pointer. But the Wildcats could not gain the lead.
Van went on to win the game 76-62.
Brett Hudson led all Wildcat scorers with 24 points, Shawn Smith added 9 points, Zach Mullens and Lee Balser both hit for eight points, Matt Lucas and Jason Vance each scored 4 points, Ronald Dailey hit for three and Brett Dyer added 2.
"I think we'll improve with each game," noted Coach Estep. "We learned a lot tonight."


The 1999-2000 Guyan Valley Boys Basketball Squad
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