By DAVE MORRISON
ESPN Radio 102.3 The Ticket
Fayetteville’s Will Fenton threw for over 1,000 yards on the football field the past two seasons, including this year, when Fayetteville went 12-0 en route to the Class A semfinals, falling to eventual state champion St. Mary’s.
On Tuesday night 1,000 was again associated with the 6-foot-5 senior, when he went over 1,000 points scoring for his career.
Fenton finished with 24 in the Pirates 83-44 victory over Valley.
He should be one of two 1,000-point scorers on the team by mid-season. Teammate Ricky Meadows is just 148 points from the milestone.
If he shoots like he did against Valley it won’t take long. Meadows had 31 points and seven 3 pointers in the game. He had 28 and all seven 3s in the first half.
The Pirates face a test Thursday when they travel to Shady Spring, a team that focuses on defense first under coach Ronnie Olson. In three games Shady has given up just 40.7 points in three games. Fenton and Meadows combined for 55 Tuesday.
It will also be Shady Spring’s first true test of the season. Fayetteville returns nearly intact a team that went to the state tournament last winter.
Jon Sawyers enters the game averaging a double-double, including 22.3 points and 11 rebounds per game.
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It’s hard to access a team after the first week of the season, maybe even the first few weeks of the season, given the holiday break.
But this we know.
The scoring is up this season, way up.
Already this year, two teams topped the 100-point plateau, both those coming Tuesday night. Wyoming East beat Liberty 105-46 and Mount View blew by man 100-70.
Keep in mind, high-powered Woodrow Wilson hasn’t even played yet.
Some interesting numbers came out of both those century mark scores.
In the preseason, Wyoming East coach Derek Brooks said he felt he had as many as six players who could score in double figures in a given night. Led by Corey McKinney’s career-high 22, six did score in double figures for the Warriors.
Here’s where it gets interesting. Neither was Dylan Brehm, who leads the team in scoring (14.0 ppg) nor Logan Mullins, who averaged double figures going into the game. Three different players have led Wyoming East in scoring in its 2-1 start and already eight have scored in double figures in three games.
If there was a knock on the Wyoming East team that went to the Class AA semifinals last season, and graduated a bulk of the key players from that team, it was free throw shooting. So far this season Wyoming East is 40 for 58 from the line (69 percent), which is way up from the 50 percent is was hovering around last year.
Tuesday night, Jon Sims added 15 (all 3s), Zach Cook had 13, Canada McQuade and Ethan England had 11 and Evan Preece had 10.
Already Wyoming East has 28 3s, 16 of them coming Tuesday night. The Warriors are averaging 80 points a game.
You expect a couple of 100-point games out of Wyoming East every season.
Maybe not Mount View.
It’s been at least six seasons since the Golden Knights hit in triple digits.
But they did on Tuesday night in the season-opener. Ellis Bryson led the way with 22, and he became the second player to open the season with a 12-for-12 showing at the free throw line. Seth Meadows of PikeView was the other in its opener last Friday against Westside.
All-state football player Jaquane Imes added 21. Last season’s leading scorer De’Moni Edwards had 17, Elijah Collier and Latrell Hairston had 10 points each.
Mount View dropped down to Class A this year, the same time Man, ironically, went up to Class AA. Nobody expects 100 points a night, but the Golden Knights showed that they have enough weapons to be a player for a spot in the Region 3 championship.
- Talk about shooting, another player hit 12 free throws on Tuesday. Independence’s Tyler Haga went 12 of 16 from the stripe in a 64-55 victory over James Monroe.
- Westside’s Morgan Thomas had her second triple-souble of the season with 25 points, 16 rebounds and 10 blocked shots in a victory over PikeView. The Renegades are off to a 5-0 start.
- Summers County’s Whittney Justice has the highest output of the season for an area girls player when he tallied 31 against Montcalm. Summers County is 3-1.
- In a scrimmage game in Beckley last night, Woodrow Wilson beat the Huntington Prep Blue team 104-46. Isaiah Francis had 24 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the Flying Eagles, who open the season Dec. 20 at Ripley. Cortney Walton had 22 points and 10 rebounds and Mikey Penn added 18, including 4 of 5 from 3-point range.