POINT PLEASANT — “We’re very proud of you…and come back next year,” Commissioner Miles Epling said to members of the Wahama High School Baseball Team who recently won back-to-back state championships in Class A.
The White Falcons, who were down 4-1 in the fourth inning of championship play last weekend, went on to defend their title by defeating Wheeling Central 5-4, ending their season with an impressive 22-11 record.
Long after their classmates received their diplomas and went on to enjoy their summers, the WHS baseball team kept busy in post-season play.
Mason County Commission President Tracy Doolittle noted the dedication and sportsmanship of the team and how continuing to display those specific qualities, will take those young men “a long way in life.”
Doolittle and Commissioner Rick Handley echoed Epling’s sentiments about how proud the county commission was of the team. Handley pointed out the commission recognizes state champions and read the resolution declaring Friday, June 10 as “Wahama White Falcons Baseball Championship Day” throughout Mason County.
“We, the Mason County Commissioners, are proud of the entire county for pulling together and supporting the White Falcons and their baseball team, we would like to express our appreciation to a team whose attitude, desire, toughness, talents and exemplary sportsmanship brought honor and a great sense of pride to its county by becoming state champs again this baseball season and we also wish to congratulate the students, all the support staff, and all the dedicated and wonderful fans of the Bend Area for a well-deserved state championship season.”
Handley went on to read: “This championship resolution would not be complete if it didn’t mention that this championship was won not only for the school, the team and its fans, but this championship also belongs to Mr. Wahama, the late Gary Clark, whose passion was following his beloved Wahama White Falcon’s sports teams.”
Handley then asked Mason Hicks, the winning pitcher in the state championship game, about the season, with Hicks giving credit to the coaches. He said the coaches brought in speakers to stress the community’s support of the team and to remind players of what they were playing for, including the memory of Clark, as well as trying to repeat as state champions to prove the naysayers wrong.
Doolittle then said the county commission would like to place a roadside sign in the Mason area denoting the back-to-back championship wins by the team. The motion to place the sign was unanimous.
The 2016 WHS Baseball Roster was as follows: 1 Philip Hoffman*, Jr., 5 Jared Nutter*, Sr., 8 Cooper Peters, Fr., 9 Ian Hook*, Sr., 11 Colton Arrington*, So., 12 Mason Hicks*, Sr., 14 Ryan Thomas*, Sr., 15 Antonio Serevicz, Fr., 16 Tyler Bumgarner, Fr., 17 Nyles Riggs*, Jr., 20 Ricky Kearns*, Sr., 21 Jacob Fisher, Fr., 23 Dalton Kearns*, So., 24 Anthony Ortiz, So., 25 Cass Kimes*, So., 26 Wyatt Edwards, Jr., 28 Jared Oliver*, Jr., 30 Tyler Grimm, Sr., 32 Jonathan Frye, Fr., 43 David Hendrick, Fr. (* — indicates varsity returnee for 2016 season).
Head Coach Tom Cullen is in his 12th season with a coaching staff that includes: Assistant coaches Phil Hoffman, Ron Bradley, Wes Bumgarner and statistician Marcia Ortiz.
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