[caption id="attachment_8969" align="aligncenter" width="600"]<a href="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2015\/06\/DSC_0028.jpg"><img src="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2015\/06\/DSC_0028.jpg" alt="Receiving the William Dilley Track Scholarship Award were Stephen Mick, left, and Cary Robertson, right. The award was presented by Mali Minter, center. S. Stewart photo" width="600" height="398" class="size-full wp-image-8969" \/><\/a> Receiving the William Dilley Track Scholarship Award were Stephen Mick, left, and Cary Robertson, right. The award was presented by Mali Minter, center. S. Stewart photo[\/caption]\r\n\r\nSuzanne Stewart\r\nStaff Writer\r\n\r\nIt takes a special kind of student to balance a full class schedule and a full athletic calendar. Those Pocahontas County High School students who are experts at the balancing act were honored at the annual Athletic Banquet Wednesday evening.\r\n\r\nAthletic Coordinator Kay Wiley and scholarship donor Mali Minter presented students with elite awards for their dedication, sportsmanship and pride in being a Warrior on the field, on the court, in the diamond or on the track.\r\n\r\nMinter presented the William Dilley Track Scholarship Award. The scholarship is in memory of Dilley, a 1978 graduate of Pocahontas County High School who passed away in 2008.\r\n\r\n\u201cThis scholarship not only honors the accomplishments in track but the kind of man William was,\u201d she said. \u201cThe three words we have engraved on the plaque are dedication, sportsmanship and teamwork. We feel these three words describe William, but not only in regards to track but with regards to his life.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe award was presented to Stephen Mick and Cary Robertson.\r\n\r\n\u201cBoth of these senior track members have been dedicated to giving their very best and have worked at it over the years,\u201d Minter said. \u201cThey demonstrate good sportsmanship to other athletes and have proven, over and over again, that they are truly team players. They both work at helping the younger athletes and their teammates throughout the season.\u201d\r\n\r\nWiley presented the following awards:\r\n\r\nCoalfield Conference Male Athlete of the Year \u2013\u00a0Cary Robertson; Coalfield Conference Female Athlete of the Year \u2013 Natalie Hartzell; Arch Wooddell Sportsmanship Award \u2013\u00a0Natalie Hartzell and Chad Burns; WVSSAC Sportsmanship State Award \u2013\u00a0Ally Dunbrack, Olivia Knisely and Stephen Mick; and WVSSAC Award of Excellence \u2013\u00a0Bruce McKean, statistician and dedicated supporter of the sports teams at PCHS.\r\n\r\nTrack coach and math teacher Laurel Dilley presented the June Riley Mathematics Award to Patrick Collins.\r\n\r\nCoaches shared memories, awards and a few jabs with the athletes as they recalled the 2014-2015 seasons.\r\n\r\nFootball coach Doug Burns began his speech with a dedication to former Marlinton High School and PCHS coach Elmer Friel, who passed away May 13.\r\n\r\n\u201cI was putting together a few remarks for tonight and I would be remiss if I didn\u2019t remember tonight a legendary football coach in Pocahontas County who we lost a couple weeks ago \u2013 coach Elmer Friel,\u201d Burns said. \u201cI went to his funeral and one of the things that really struck me was all the former players who came back to be there that day. Two of them spoke and they didn\u2019t call him Mr. Friel, they didn\u2019t call him Elmer, they called him \u2018Coach.\u2019 To me \u2013\u00a0and I know all these guys and ladies up here feel this \u2013\u00a0we have a big responsibility, and I don\u2019t take it lightly and I know they don\u2019t either. It means so much to be a part of the young people\u2019s lives and the lives that you touch.\u201d\r\n\r\nBurns recalled that in 1967, Coach Friel led the Marlinton High School Copperheads to the state football championship, where they won 26-0. That same year, Friel led the basketball team to the state championship where it came in second.\r\n\r\n\u201cTo be runner-up in basketball and state champ in football \u2013\u00a0my God, that\u2019s awesome,\u201d Burns said. \u201cI think the world of the man. What he did when he came to [PCHS] in 1970 when this was consolidated and he was able to take Marlinton, Green Bank and Hillsboro and put them all together and make a team, that is so tough to do, but yet, he did it and he coached here until 1982. He was a very good man and a great coach.\u201d\r\n\r\nBurns recognized the football team and announced honors several students received during the season.\r\nPotomac Valley All Conference Team: honorable mention, Nash Rose, defensive line; Brady Jones, defensive end; and Wyatt Workman, defensive back. Second team: Nash Rose, offensive line; and Dalton Irvine, running back. First team: Chad Burns, defensive line; and Cary Robertson, defensive back.\r\n\r\nCoalfield Conference second team, defense: Brady Jones and Cary Robertson; second team, offense: Dalton Irvine; first team, defense: Nash Rose; and first team, offense: Chad Burns.\r\n\r\nAll State: Dalton Irvine, honorable mention; and Chad Burns, first team offensive line.\r\n\r\nAssistant football coaches are: Damian Brock, Kendall Beverage and Mark Landis.\r\n\r\nThe PCHS football team: Michael Morrison, Christian Smith, Gus Foe, Logan Dilley, Shane Peacock, Mark Jordan, Briar Wilfong, Walker Shinaberry, Hunter Wilfong, Andy Sipe, Jake Gardner, Morgan Baldwin, Kyle Lester, Ryan Irvine, Wyatt Workman, Logan Davis, Drake Warder, Morgan Mason, Keith Harrah, Brady Jones, Danny Kimble, Justin Hendrick, Matthew Varner, Dalton Irvine, Cade Walker, Chase Erlewine, J.D. Hensler, Tyler Owens, Cary Robertson, Stephen Simmons, Chad Burns and Nash Rose.\r\n\r\nCheerleading coach Darlene Arbogast recognized the cheer squad which has the longest season of all sports, beginning in August and finishing up in March. The squad cheers for football, as well as boys and girls basketball \u2013 home and away games.\r\n\r\nMembers of the cheer squad are: Harley Francisco, Tristin Day, Olivia Knisely, Ally Dunbrack, Allie Plate, Brice Galloway, Faith Coleman, Michaela Everette, Tessa Jordan, Bryce Kranc, Lauren Shisler and Caitlin Keatley.\r\n\r\nArbogast also thanked her co-coach Melodi Knisely for a great season.\r\n\r\nThe girls soccer team had a good season with several players winning slots on the All State and Coalfield Conference teams, coach Shannon Arbogast said.\r\n\r\nAll State: honorable mention, Harley Fransisco.\r\n\r\nCoalfield Conference, honorable mention: Natalie Hartzell, Emily Boothe and Haley Duncan; second team: Heather Pritt; and first team: Harley Fransisco, Kayleigh \u201cPippy\u201d Arbogast and Brittany McMillion.\r\n\r\nThe girls soccer team is: Allie Burns, Tessa Jordan, Bryce Kranc, Lindsey Hartzell, Savanna Davis, Sidney Rose, Tiffany Hoover, Samantha Collins, Haley Duncan, Emily Boothe, Brittany McMillion, Kayleigh \u201cPippy\u201d Arbogast, Brice Galloway, Natalie Hartzell, Heather Pritt and Harley Fransisco.\r\n\r\nBoys soccer coach Cully McCurdy said the team finished the season 14-5-1 and were sectional champions. The team was 14 out of 41 in the Single A\/AA category for West Virginia and 26 over all out of 77 high school programs.\r\n\r\nAll State: second team, Phillip Green; honorable mention, Chad Friel and Brandon Cassell.\r\n\r\nWest Virginia Sports Writer Association named Phillip Green and Chad Friel honorable mention.\r\n\r\nCoalfield Conference, honorable mention: Shane Alderman, Logan Burks, Conlin Halterman and Patrick Collins; second team: Connor Pyles, Trey Walton and Austin Hubbert; and first team, Phillip Green, Kendel Ober, Chad Friel and Brandon Cassell.\r\n\r\nThe boys soccer team is: Matthew Pritt, Trey Payton, Joe Whalen, Logan Burks, Kevin Bennett, Conor Pyles, Kendel Ober, Chad Friel, Trey Walton, Austin Hubbert, Conlin Halterman, Phillip Green, Brandon Cassell, Shane Alderman and Patrick Collins.\r\n\r\nVolleyball coach Jessica Hays recognized several players for receiving honors this season.\r\n\r\nAll PVC: first team, Megan Galford.\r\n\r\nCoalfield Conference, second team: Tresten Taylor; and first team: Megan Galford and Tristin Day.\r\n\r\nThe volleyball team is: Tristin Day, Briana Mills, Megan Galford, Lylia Cottle, Kourtney Cohenour, Makayla Malcom, Makayla Marks, Sarah Lambert, Kristen Bennett, Tresten Taylor and Bobbie McNabb.\r\n\r\nThe golf team, led by coach Phillip Anderson, won at regionals and moved on to state this season.\r\n\r\nAll Tournament PVC: B.J. Wilfong, Stephen Mick and Matt Rao.\r\n\r\nThe team consists of: B.J. Wilfong, Stephen Mick, Matt Rao, Austin Sharp, Chase Alkire and Brandon Halterman.\r\n\r\nAt the end of the basketball season, the girls team, led by Mike Kane, and assistant coaches Mike Murphy and Phillip Anderson, was ranked fourth in the state.\r\n\r\nThe team won its 14th consecutive sectional and has been regional champs nine times.\r\n\r\nPVC Team: Melissa Murphy, Tristin Day and Bobbie McNabb.\r\n\r\nAll State: honorable mention, Bobbie McNabb and Sarah Ryder; and second team, Tristin Day.\r\n\r\nThe girls basketball team is: Lauren Shisler, Briana Mills, Catlyn Sparks, Haley Bennett, Kourtney Cohenour, Brittany Sharp, Lindsey Hartzell, Mary Kelley, Tiffany Hoover, Sarah Ryder, Melissa Murphy, Michelle Murphy, Kayleigh Arbogast, Olivia Knisely, Natalie Hartzell, Tristin Day and Bobbie McNabb.\r\n\r\nThe boys basketball team also had a successful year with a big win at the Webster County Christmas Tournament, coach Tim McClung said.\r\n\r\nPVC Team: Dalton Irvine and Cary Robertson.\r\n\r\nAll State: honorable mention, Cary Robertson.\r\n\r\nWebster County Christmas All Tournament Team: J.D. Hensler and Cary Robertson.\r\n\r\nThe team consists of: Jarrett Taylor, Morgan Baldwin, Levi Ryder, Mark Jordan, Brandon Wilfong, Briar Wilfong, Trey Payton, Brady Jones, Danny Kimble, Drake Warder, Ryan Brumfield, Brandon Halterman, J.D. Hensler, Dalton Irvine, Conlin Halterman, Braxton Rider, Chad Friel, Chase Erlewine, Cary Robertson, Adam Irvine and Stephen Mick.\r\n\r\nThe softball team had a great year, mainly because it finally has a home field. The team debuted the new field this year at its first \u201creal\u201d home game, coach Rick Hartzell said.\r\n\r\nHartzell thanked Interstate Hardwood, Glades Building Supply, Snowshoe Foundation, Frost Fire Department, volunteers, parents and assistant coach Steve Tritapoe for helping build the new field.\r\n\r\nThe team had an interesting season which included Lauren Shisler hitting a foul ball into the windshield of coach Hartzell\u2019s wife\u2019s car, and Sarah Lambert breaking her leg as she slid into home plate.\r\n\r\nThe softball team is: Harley Fransisco, Natalie Hartzell, Sarah Lambert, Bobbie McNabb, Kayleigh Arbogast, Emily Boothe, Makayla Marks, Lindsey Hartzell, Tiffany Hoover, Bryce Kranc, Savannah Arbogast, Adrienna Fuery, Briana Mills, Canessa Parker and Lauren Shisler.\r\n\r\nAlthough he has coached for six decades, Skeeter Workman stood at the podium as a baseball coach for the first time in his career. Workman and Toney Minter took the reins of the team mid-season to help the students finish what it started.\r\n\r\nFor awhile, the team went without coaches and continued to practice on their own. \r\n\r\nLogan Davis set a record this year by having six RBIs [Runs Batted In] in one inning. He hit two triples with bases loaded. Wyatt Workman pitched a no hitter against Tucker County, another impressive feat.\r\n\r\nTeam members presented Workman and Minter with team-signed baseballs and team photos to thank them for coaching this year.\r\n\r\nThe baseball team consists of: Austin Hubbert, Braxton Ryder, Conlin Halterman, Drake Warder, Brandall Carr, Austin Sharp, Logan Davis, Caleb Mullenax, Wyatt Workman, Morgan Mason, Cedric Wooddell, Christian Smith, Jake Gardener, Dewayne Lambert and Briar Wilfong.\r\n\r\nNew to the sporting world of Pocahontas County, archery coach Jody Spencer recognized members of the high school team.\r\n\r\nThe high school team ranked seventh at the state archery tournament and five individuals qualified for state: Carlie Ervine, Laura Leyzorek, Stephen Simmons, Jacob Pyne and Clayton Shinaberry.\r\n\r\nThe team is: Audrey Lore, Austin Sharp, Brandon Squires, Caitlin Barnes, Carlie Ervine, Clayton Shinaberry, Dalton Sharp, Hunter Tankersly, Jacob Pyne, Kailey Carpenter, Kyleen Alkire, Laura Leyzorek, Matthew Pritt, Michael Leyzorek, Stephen Simmons, Tresten Taylor, Zack Young and Catlyn Sparks.\r\n\r\nThe boys and girls track team had two new coaches \u2013\u00a0Laurel Dilley and Aaron Pugh \u2013\u00a0and a lot of high ranking athletes.\r\n\r\nTrack members with more than 100 points: Conner Pyles, Dalton Irvine, Melissa Murphy, Cade Walker, Stephen Mick, Stephen Simmons, Cary Robertson, Patrick Collins, Miles Goodall, Megan Galford, Michelle Murphy and Sarah Ryder.\r\n\r\nPVC Champs: first place 400 meter dash and 800 meter dash, Connor Pyles; first place 1600 meter run, Melissa Murphy; first place 100 meter dash and 300 meter hurdles, Stephen Simmons; first place boys 4x1 \u2013\u00a0Stephen Simmons, Kendel Ober, Stephen Mick and Dalton Irvine; first place boys 4x4 \u2013\u00a0Cary Robertson, Cade Walker, Dalton Irvine and Connor Pyles; first place 4x8 \u2013\u00a0Cary Robertson, Patrick Collins, Miles Goodall, Conner Pyles; and first place boys shuttle hurdle \u2013 Cade Walker, Stephen Mick, Dalton Irvine and Stephen Simmons.\r\n\r\nRegional Champions: first place high jump and 110 high hurdles, Dalton Irvine; first place 1600 meter run, Melissa Murphy; first place 300 meter hurdles, Stephen Simmons; first place girls 4x8 \u2013 Megan Galford, Michelle Murphy, Melissa Murphy and Brittany McMillion; first place boys shuttle relay\u00a0\u2013\u00a0Cade Walker, Stephen Mick, Dalton Irvine and Stephen Simmons.\r\n\r\nAlso qualifying for states: Cora Hedrick, Kendel Ober, Cary Robertson, Patrick Collins, Connor Pyles, Miles Goodall and Samantha Collins.\r\n\r\nThe coaches also recognized the winners at the state track meet.\r\n\r\nWiley thanked all the students, coaches, families and friends for attending the banquet and for their continued support of the PCHS teams.