2/13/2018 2:49:00 PM Vikings celebrate TVC Title/Senior Night
The seven senior members of the 2017-18 TVC Ohio Champion Vinton County Vikings are (from left) Bailey Bartoe, Shawn McCarty, Jake Speakman, Camron Hamon, Noah Waddell, Naylan Yates and Bryce Damron. (Telegram Photos By Red Thompson, Jr.)
Vinton County boys’ varsity basketball head coach Matt Combs has directed his team to yet another TVC Ohio Title.
With the song "We are the Champions" playing over the speakers, the members of the Vinton County Vikings boys' varsity basketball team cut down the nets Friday night to celebrate at least a co-Tri-Valley Conference (TVC) Ohio Championship Title and a possible outright one.
The celebration came just after the Vikings defeated the Nelsonville-York Buckeyes as public address announcer Bruce Knox began spinning the tunes. The Vikings took time to celebrate Senior Night as well, as seven seniors were honored in both pre-and-postgame ceremonies. Additionally, Naylan Yates was acknowledged for scoring his 1000th career point in the third quarter. After accomplishing the feat, Yates went up in the stands to hand the ball to his mother Bobbi while a host a people celebrated around him.
The senior basketball players are Bailey Bartoe, Bryce Damron, Camron Hamon, Shawn McCarty, Jake Speakman, Naylan Yates and Noah Waddell. Each of these players had a chance to be interviewed on the post-game radio broadcast with WYRO broadcasters Bob Grillo and Jeff Thacker. The players explained the highlights of their seasons and careers, while also sharing some of their future plans.
The senior marching band members present were Brianna Campbell, Megan Comer, Cade Gray and Breanna Woodgeard. The band, under the direction of Kevin Niece, has been a big supporter of the Vikings as they perform at most of the team's games. Also helping to rev up the crown this season is the lone senior cheerleader Kaylee Yates. Both the band and cheerleaders have been a big part of the Vikings' post season runs. These seniors have gone deep in the tournament the last two seasons.
The Vikings are 13-7 overall and 9-2 in TVC Ohio Division play. The boys can wrap up an outright share of the title if they defeat Wellston Friday night, Feb. 16. The tip off for that game will be 7:30 p.m. with a radio broadcast on WYR0 (98.7 FM), and the Wellston broadcasting crew of Rick Perdue and Marc Thomas will be calling the action.