Skyler’s return an inspiration for Logan

By Paul Adkins - [email protected]

Skyler Miller

Skyler Miller has been an inspiration to the entire Logan High School student body, the City of Logan and the entire state.

Miller, a member of the LHS football team, has been battling leukemia the last two years.

After more than two years of fighting for his life with treatments, Miller has beaten the disease.

Last week in the Wildcats’ 49-14 win at Shady Spring, Miller, a junior wide receiver, got into the game and scored a touchdown on a 10-yard pass play.

Miller spoke recently to the LHS student body at a Fellowship of Christian Athletes meeting.

Logan football coach Gary Mullins said he’s happy to have Miller back with the Cats this season after sitting out last fall.

“It was great to see Skyler in the end zone. He’s worked awfully hard to get to back to where he can play,” Mullins said. “What makes that special is that it’s not made up and it wasn’t one of those situations to where he didn’t earn it. He was playing against their varsity. He caught the pass and went in to score. He got nailed when he got right to the goal line.”

Mullins said he was thilled to see Miller score.

“It means a lot to see a guy work hard and come back from that and everything that he’s worked through,” Mullins said. “To get back out there and to get back shows that if you believe and have faith in God, He will take care of you and bring you back from anything because he was about as low at one point as a human could be. I’m sure on Friday night at the game that was about as high as he has felt in a while.”

Mullins said, without a doubt, that Miller will be able to help Logan’s receiving corps this season.

“As a freshman he caught some passes and scored some touchdowns for us,” Coach Mullins said. “He’s a good player. He’s getting better and stronger every week. We look for our offense to keep getting better and better and we hope our defense can keep getting better too. If we can keep doing that I think that we can be a good football team.”

Logan (1-1) plays at Lincoln County on Friday night.

Hannah plays for Cats

Hannah Runyon, a senior lineman and female member of the Logan High School football team, got into the game last week in the Wildcats’ win at Shady Spring.

Runyon has also seen action in Logan JV games this year.

“She played some there for us,” LHS coach Gary Mullins said. “She’s played both JV games and she played some in the fourth quarter in the Shady game.”

The Logan JV football team is 2-0 after beating Man twice by 30-26 and 22-14 scores.

Runyon wasn’t the only female on the field last week. On Shady’s team is kicker Abigail Gwinn, a member of the school’s girls’ soccer team. She kicked both of the Tigers’ PAT’s.

Balanced Billies

Senior wide receiver Ross Osborne is quickly becoming Man High School quarterback John Thomas Keffer’s favorite target

In last week’s 48-6 win at Mount View, Osborne reeled in seven passes for 178 yards and had TD grabs of 55 and 5 yards.

Keffer accounted for five of Man’s touchdowns, completing 10-for-18 passes for 229 yards and three touchdowns of tosses of 55, 5 and 21 and running for two more scores on runs of 1 and 5.

The Hillbillies racked up 462 yards of total offense and improved to 2-0 on the season. Man plays at Westside on Friday night.

“We had a good game offensively last week,” Man coach Harvey Arms said. “We were pretty balanced, too. We had some good yardage on the ground with Dustin McCoy and Jace Duba. John threw the ball really well. Ross had a great game. We thought our offense was pretty balanced and that makes it tougher on the defenses when you can run it and throw it both.”

CRHS Hall of Fame Game

Chapmanville will honor its newest Athletic Hall of Fame class on Friday night at Tiger Stadium before the Hall of Fame Game against Scott.

This year’s inductees include: Seth Amburgey, Lowell “Bo” Burwell, Mike Dingess and Cathleen Moxley.

Three others — Sam Garrett Jr., Robert Miller and Gary Thomas — are this year’s recipients of the Ralph May Community Service Award.

“We’re glad to see Sam, Robert and Gary get recognized. You see them at just about every Chapmanville athletic event,” CRHS football coach George Barker said. “They are all so humble. They didn’t want to have anything written about them. They are good guys and they are recognizable faces and I think it is great for the Hall of Fame committee to get them recognized.”


Week 3 Gazette-Mail

Football Poll

High school football poll, as voted on by statewide sportswriters, with first-place votes in parentheses, total points, record and next opponent. All games are Friday unless noted.


Rank/Team Pts. Record LW Next opponent

1. Capital (10) 100 2-0 1 Cabell Midland

2. South Charleston 81 1-1 2 at Spring Valley

3. Cabell Midland 78 2-0 T3 at Capital

4. Wheeling Park 65 0-0-1 T3 Taylor Allderdice, Pa.

5. Point Pleasant 62 2-0 7 at Wayne

6. Huntington 56 2-0 5 Parkersburg

7. Morgantown 33 2-0 9 at Parkersburg South

8. Jefferson 30 1-0 8 at Musselman

9. Parkersburg South 21 2-0 NR Morgantown

10. Martinsburg 11 0-2 6 at Princeton

Others receiving votes: Hurricane 8, George Washington 5.


Rank/Team Pts. Record LW Next opponent

1. Bridgeport (10) 100 1-0-1 1 at Lewis County

2. Bluefield 84 2-0 3 at Woodrow Wilson

3. Fairmont Senior 76 2-0 4 at Preston

4. Keyser 71 2-0 5 at Fort Hill, Md.

5. Tolsia 67 2-0 T8 at Fairland, Ohio

6. Nicholas County 37 2-0 6 Wyoming East

7. Mingo Central 36 1-1 2 Sissonville

8. Chapmanville 31 2-0 7 Scott

9. Wayne 18 1-1 T8 Point Pleasant

10. Robert C. Byrd 17 1-1 NR Frankfort

Others receiving votes: Grafton 5, Lincoln 4, Liberty (Raleigh) 3, Independence 2.


Rank/Team Pts. Record LW Next opponent

1. Magnolia (10) 100 2-0 T1 Greenbrier West

2. Moorefield 86 2-0 3 at Southern Garrett, Md.

3. Williamstown 79 1-1 T1 at Marietta, Ohio

4. Wheeling Central 58 2-0 5 at Madonna (Saturday)

5. Tug Valley 57 2-0 4 at Van

6. St. Marys 52 2-0 6 Parkersburg Catholic

7. Man 40 2-0 T8 at Westside

8. Buffalo 32 2-0 7 Poca

9. East Hardy 23 2-0 10 Pocahontas Co. (Sept. 18)

10. Clay-Battelle 7 1-1 T8 at Barnesville, Ohio

Others receiving votes: Bishop Donahue 5, South Harrison 5, Fayetteville 2, Valley (Wetzel) 2, Tyler Consolidated 1.

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By Paul Adkins

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