Seven White Falcons earn all-state honors

By Alex Hawley -

Wahama junior Philip Hoffman releases pitch during an April 1 TVC Hocking baseball contest against Southern at Star Mill Park in Racine, Ohio.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. —To the victors go the spoils.

The West Virginia Sports Writers Association has released the 2016 Class A all-state baseball team, featuring seven members of the state champion Wahama White Falcons.

The 22-11 White Falcons were represented on the all-state list by Philip Hoffman, Mason Hicks, Jared Nutter, Jared Oliver, Tyler Grimm, Dalton Kearns and Colton Arrington.

Hoffman — a junior at WHS — was named first team captain as a pitcher, after going 9-4 in 14 games on the mound. Hoffman finished 2016 with 162 strikeouts, 18 of which came in the state semifinal 3-0 victory over Man. Hoffman completed the year with a 0.44 earned run averaged, a .101 batting average against and just 27 hits allowed in a total of 79 innings pitched. The White Falcons’ ace — who was also a first team all-state pitcher as a sophomore — also got things done at the plate this spring, hitting .510 with 52 hits, 30 runs scored and 34 runs batted in.

Hicks — a senior who struck out six batters and earned the pitching victory in the state final — was named to the second team as a utility player. Hicks was 8-3 on the mound in his senior campaign, striking out 101 batters, while finishing with a 2.09 earned run average. At the plate, Hicks hit .322 with 28 hits, 18 runs scored and 24 RBI.

Nutter and Oliver were both named special honorable mention for the Bend Area team, while Grimm, Kearns and Arrington were each all-state honorable mentions. Nutter — a senior center fielder — batted .337 with 32 hits, 31 runs scored and 12 RBI, while Oliver — a junior first baseman — batted .372 with 29 hits, 27 runs scored and 12 RBI.

Grimm was Wahama’s senior catcher this spring and he hit .291 with 25 hits, 13 runs scored and 25 RBI, Kearns was a sophomore second baseman that batted .294 with 25 hits, 24 runs scored and 12 RBI, while Arrington hit .340 with 33 hits, 30 runs scored and 19 RBI as a leadoff hitter and sophomore outfielder. Oliver and Arrington each swiped 22 bases to lead the White Falcons this spring.

Tygarts Valley senior catcher P.J. Lanham was the second team captain. Lanham batted .419 with 32 RBI and 28 runs scored.

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WVSWA Class A all-state team

First team

P – Philip Hoffman, Wahama, Jr. (captain)

P – Nick Whittington, Buffalo, Sr.

P – Reece Westfall, Williamstown, Sr.

IF – Bryce Strawderman, East Hardy, Sr.

IF – Wil Mullins, Greater Beckley Christian, Jr.

IF – Logan Cooper, Pendleton County, Sr.

IF – Josh Baker, Notre Dame, Sr.

OF – Corey McDonald, East Hardy, Jr.

OF – Ian Riggleman, South Harrison, Sr.

OF – Wil Schoonover, Moorefield, Sr.

C – Isaac Rine, Wheeling Central, Jr.

UTIL – Tim Hevener, Pendleton County, Sr.

UTIL – Mason Adkins, Williamstown, So.

UTIL – Tanner Ray, Greater Beckley Christian, Sr.

UTIL – Jacob Barnett, Sherman, Sr.

Second team

P – Charlie White, Huntington St. Joe, So.

P – Jacob Montgomery, South Harrison, Sr.

P – Jake Adkins, Man, Sr.

IF – Michael Fox, St. Marys, Sr.

IF – Drew Lett, Doddridge County, Sr.

IF – Johne Stocklask, Bishop Donahue, Jr.

IF – Hunter Bevins, Greenbrier West, Jr.

OF – Chandler Ferguson, Gilmer County, Jr.

OF – Ty Flowers, St. Marys, Sr.

OF – Anthony Gentile, Wheeling Central, Sr.

C – P.J. Lanham, Tygarts Valley, Sr. (captain)

UTIL – Mason Hicks, Wahama, Sr.

UTIL -Jordan Baker, Tyler Consolidated, Sr.

UTIL – Nick Russo, Charleston Catholic, Sr.

UTIL – Brett Tharp, East Hardy, So.

Special Honorable Mention

Brian Campbell, Wheeling Central; Tyler Riedel, Wheeling Central; Andrew Rush, Bishop Donahue; Tyler Anderson, Magnolia; Derrick Blain, Magnolia; Luke Cooper, Paden City; Hayden Hizer, Paden City; Ryan Clutter, Cameron; Cole Clutter, Cameron; Colby Bucher, Valley Wetzel; Colby Lash, Tyler Consolidated; Trevor Barnes, Huntington St. Joe; Jared Nutter, Wahama; Noah Beter, Huntington St. Joe; Jared Oliver, Wahama; Hunter Whittington, Buffalo; Luke Cooper, Pendleton County; Trey Cooper, Pendleton County; Austin Whetzel, East Hardy; Holden Sions, Moorefield; Jestin Cosner, Moorefield; Rece Wamsley, Tygarts Valley; Caleb Riggleman, Tygarts Valley; Braeden Hurst, South Harrison; Jordan Miller, Notre Dame; Cary Casto, Parkersburg Catholic; Ethyn Miller, Calhoun County; Tyler Anderson, Magnolia; Landon Travis, Williamstown; Dalton Dempsey, Fayetteville; Jordan Dempsey, Fayetteville; Noah Miller, Greater Beckley Christian; Stephen Bjork, Greater Beckley Christian; Justin Harless, Greenbrier West; Logan Cox, Richwood; Ethan Lopetrone, Valley Fayette; Noah Jones, Trinity; Justin Fike, Tucker County, Cole Price, Van.

Honorable Mention

Trey Routt, Cameron; Jon Piaskowski, Huntington St. Joe; Dalton Kearns, Wahama; Tyler Grimm, Wahama; Colton Arrington, Wahama; Tyler Blair, Man; Brandon Combs, Charleston Catholic; John Thomas Keffer, Man; Kenny Jo Adkins, Man; Dominic Marsico, Charleston Catholic; Michael Martin, Charleston Catholic; Ian O’Donnell, Buffalo; Cameron Simpson, Man; Tanner Lett, Doddridge County; Allen Metheney, Calhoun County; Bryce Roberts, Gilmer County; Zach Seibel, Notre Dame; Nate Fernandez, South Harrison; Brock Herrod, South Harrison; Brett Green, Greater Beckley Christian; Cole Kipps, Greater Beckley Christian; Craig Casto, Montcalm; Jimmie Richmond, Meadow Bridge; Dillon Pride, Clay-Battelle; Will Fenton, Fayetteville; Hunter Adkins, Midland Trail; Phoenix Evans, Richwood, Logan Wells, Bishop Donahue, Braden Barnhart, St. Marys; Greg Lail, Van; Bailey Kirk, Sherman; Jesse Miller, East Hardy.

Wahama junior Philip Hoffman releases pitch during an April 1 TVC Hocking baseball contest against Southern at Star Mill Park in Racine, Ohio. junior Philip Hoffman releases pitch during an April 1 TVC Hocking baseball contest against Southern at Star Mill Park in Racine, Ohio. Bryan Walters/OVP Sports

By Alex Hawley