Winning a high school state championship in anything is a huge achievement; it places an athlete in an elite class.
This past weekend, May 20-21, GCHS senior Nathan Stout entered the 2016 WVSSAC Track and Field Championship with three state championships to his name. He hoped to return home with two more. However, since he was already a member of that elite class, his goals were slightly larger than simply winning another state championship.
On Friday evening, Stout headed into the discus ring. He was the top ranked thrower in his class with an early season throw of 162-00 – a throw seven feet farther than his closest competitor. It looked like Stout would easily get another championship. Stout wanted another record.
The state record was a distance of 165-00. Stout would need to improve his personal best by almost three feet to dethrone the record holder.
EIGHT TITAN ATHLETES RECOGNIZED AT LKC BANQUET - GCHS was well represented at the Little Kanawha Conference on Sunday, May 22. Eight Gilmer Titan athletes were recognized for their First Team All-LKC distinction. Honorees included: (Front Row/L-R) Chandler Ferguson (Baseball), Haley Wanstreet (Softball), Bayley Wellings (Softball), and Kylie Shuff (Girls’ Basketball); (Back Row/L-R) Trey Shuff (Boys’ Basketball), Riley Fitzwater (Girls’ Basketball), Nathan Stout (Track and Field), and Karibee Steele (Golf). Congratulations to all 2015-2016 LKC honorees!
Huff and Stout 2016 Damon West Award Winners
On Wednesday, May 18, the 2016 Damon West Award Winners were announced during the GCHS Sports Banquet. MacKenzee Huff, who has been a multi-sport athlete throughout her high school career, was named the female winner while Nathan Stout, a standout Track and Field competitor, earned the male award. Huff was a senior member of the 2016 WVSSAC Class A Girls’ Basketball Champion Lady Titans. She also competed in the State Track Meet during every year of her HS career. Stout focused his attention on Track and Field. His dedication to shot put and discus allowed him to earn five WVSSAC State Tournament Championships as a Titan. While athletic involvement and achievement play a key role in the selection of these honorees, academics, school spirit, and citizenship are also taken into consideration. Congratulations, Huff and Stout, on earning this special honor!
CONGRATULATIONS! – The GCHS Titans swept the Wirt Tigers in two games late last week to claim the Sectional Championship. On Thursday, May 12, the Titans defeated the visiting Tigers, 5-4; the next night, the Titans would repeat their performance as another, 5-4, victory sealed the deal. The GCHS Titans are the 2016 Sectional Champs!
Wright ranked on top of the Girls’ Shot Put Competitive Field
On Thursday, May 12, the GCHS Track and Field Team competed against other talented runners, jumpers, and throwers in the region for a chance to advance to the State Tournament on Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21.
For some Nathan Stout, it was simply another warm-up in preparation for what will be his final State Tournament appearance. Stout has made quite a name for himself over the last four years with the Titan team. He has broke school records, LKC records, and even state records.
Last Thursday, his shot put distance, 59-06.00, was enough to easily secure top regional honors; moreso, it was more than six feet past the current state record, 53-05.00 - a record he set May a year ago.
In discus, Stout threw for 145-03.00. Another first place finish that advances him in his pursuit to repeat as State Champion.
The Glenville State Athletic Department is excited to announce the establishment of a new sport at GSC. After a year of consideration and planning, boxing will begin in the fall of 2016.
“I’ve always enjoyed boxing and now for it to be a part of GSC’s athletic family, I am truly excited,” stated GSC Athletic Director Marcal Lazenby.
Duane Chapman, who has been a part of the Boxing Club at GSC for several years now, will take over the coaching responsibilities. “I believe that Duane will do a great job; he has been around the sport for his entire life,” Lazenby said. Chapman is also an Associate Professor of Art at GSC where he has taught since 1997.