The Bobcats Have a New Coach in 2017

By James Cook:

The 2017 edition of the Summers County Bobcats will look a little different than in years past. The Bobcats welcome Chris Vicars as the new head coach this fall, as the former Independence football boss now commands the Bobcats. Nate Tanner, whom had very good success during his time in Hinton, moved on to neighboring Virginia to coach at Martinsville High School.summerscountyfootballhelmet

Tanner’s impact on the program was great and will be remembered as some of the most successful seasons in school history. The Bobcats made several playoff appearances in both Class AA and Class A in the last several years, they did not win a playoff game, but that’s not necessarily the point considering Summers County once struggled to win games in the fall. The Bobcats also hosted a playoff game for the first time in school history during Tanner’s tenure.

Mr.Vicars also turned Independence High School (Coal City, W.Va.) around while he was there as the Patriots saw playoff appearances in each of the last two seasons and boasted a very good running game with several different running backs in 2016. The Bobcats must replace Nathan Grimmett who was one of their workhorses the last few years as he now moves on to college. Summers County still has plenty of talent and will be on the radars of their 2017 opponents.

Vicars is a Hinton resident and was once an assistant coach for Summers County and also works in the county’s school system, so the hire seemed a fitting one for all those involved. We wish Coach Vicars well as he begins his tenure as Bobcats’ head football coach and we wish Coach Nate Tanner future success as he moves onto Martinsville to coach the Bulldogs.

The Summers County Bobcats begin preseason camp in early August and will battle PikeView on August 25th to begin the 2017 season.

A preview of the 2017 Bobcats will be coming out in August on this blog.

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Football and other Fall Sports Announced for the Bobcats

By James Cook:

The Summers County Bobcats football team is set to begin practice on July 31st. Tuesday and Thursday practices are from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. and Wednesday and Friday between 4 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Head Coach: Chris Vicars

Cheer leading Tryouts July 31st- August 4th between 8 a.m.-12 noon at the school gym.
Coach: Aleshia Lilly

Golf practice will begin July 31st from 10 a.m. – 12 noon at Willowwood Golf Course.
Coaches: Doug Trail and Jarod Ewing.

Girls Volleyball will begin practice on August 7th – August 8th and August 10th-August 11th at 8 a.m. -10 a.m. at the school gym.
Coach: Jason Massie

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Bobcats Season Over in Loss to Gilmer County

By James Cook:

Summers County finishes 8-3

The Summers County Bobcats fought hard , but fall versus Gilmer County Titans  34-20 on Saturday night at Glenville State College in the opening round of the 2016 Class A Playoffs. Gilmer County returned a 75 yard interception for a touchdown in the second quarter, but even then the Bobcats didn’t throw in the towel down 22-6.

Dillon Smith and Tucker Lilly each had touchdowns for the Bobcats, as Summers County got in a 16 point hole early on, but kept fighting on the night. Dacota Thomas also  scored for the Bobcats.

Overall a good year for the Bobcats and nothing to feel down about in 2016, not the way the Bobcats hoped to end the season, but still a very good year on the gridiron for Summers County.

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Bobcats Begin Class A Playoffs Saturday Night

By James Cook:

The Summers County Bobcats will the Class A playoffs Saturday night at Glenville State College as they are set to battle the Gilmer County Titans (10-0) in the first round.bobcat

The Bobcats were impressive in their last three games of the 2016 regular season in which they won all three to finish the season (8-2) overall. The Bobcats once again had a nice regular season and hope to begin a playoff run beginning Saturday night.

Best of luck to the Bobcat players, coaches, and fans as they travel north this weekend. We also wish safe travels to all involved.

(Editor’s Note)  If you’re going to the game, get off I-79 at the Burnsville/Glenville exit #79 and turn left toward Glenville.  When you get to Glenville and the stop sign (right past a McDonalds) turn left and go up the hill.  As you get to the top of the hill and it levels out you will need to take a sharp right at the sign pointing toward the stadium which will be on your left after following the road a short way.

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Summers County Finishes Regular Season 8-2

By James Cook

The Summers County Bobcats finished the 2016 regular season with a huge win over the Mount View Golden Knights 46-8 on senior night in Hinton. The Bobcats needed this win for any hopes of hosting a Class A playoff game next week, whether that happens or not still remains, but this was a big win regardless.summerscountyfootballhelmet

Nathan Grimmett didn’t disappoint on senior night as he threw for four touchdowns and ran for another versus the Golden Knights, as they the Bobcats jumped out to a quick 14-0 start and never looked back. Dacota Thomas caught two touchdown passes  on the night, as C.J. Shrewsbury and Tucker Lilly also grabbed catches for scores.

Mount View finishes 2016 (5-5) and will miss the playoffs, but the Golden Knights are miles ahead from where they once were and even better days are ahead in Welch. The Bobcats will most likely not get a home playoff game possibly finishing 9th or 10th in final polls, but can still do some damage in the Class A playoffs even though it may be away from Garten Stadium.

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Bobcats #9 in Latest Rankings

Bobcats need victory over Mount View to crack Top 8.

The Summers County Bobcats (8-1) are No.9 in Class A this week and need a victory over Mount View (5-4) to not only stay in playoff race, but try to grab a home playoff game as well. Mount View is ranked No. 18 in Class A this week. The Golden Knights need to upset the Bobcats and get some help to get them in the dance.

The Bobcats played well versus Richwood and Pocahontas County the last two Friday’s and needs to carry it over to this Friday. This will be senior night for the Bobcats and should be a good crowd at Garten Stadium as well.

Mount View which has had a resurgence of it’s own in 2016 and is in the playoff mix for the first time in several years. Summers County is looking to make the playoffs once again, as they have become a playoff regular under head coach Nate Tanner , but are still looking for the big signature playoff win.

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Summers County Unloads on Richwood

Hinton, W.Va.summerscountyfootballhelmet —  The Summers County Bobcats improve to (7-2) in 2016 as they take down the Richwood Lumberjacks 70-28 on homecoming night in Hinton.

The Bobcats No.8 in Class A this week jumped out to a big lead and didn’t look back versus the Lumberjacks (0-9). The Bobcats 70 points in a game, I need to check with a Summers County football historian to see if that is a school record or not, but either way an impressive feat.

Summers (7-2) hosts Mount View (5-4)  Friday night to end the regular season in Hinton as the Bobcats look to secure a home playoff game, but must take down Mount View to give themselves a chance to make it happen.

richwoodhelmetThe Golden Knights are very much improved from year’s past and will be a challenge for the Bobcats. The fans will get a good game in this one on Friday in Hinton, might as well say the playoffs for both teams start with this game.

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