Moorefield squeaks by Warriors, 60-55
The Moorefield Yellowjackets beat the Warriors at home last week in the Warrior's final regular season game.
The Warriors were down on the scoreboard throughout the first two quarters, but outscored the Yellowjackets in the third and fourth quarters. Tensions rose between the two squads when Moorefield committed several flagrant fouls throughout the night. Unnecessary fouls, according to Warriors coach Bob Sheets.
Warrior Jed Sheets led the squad in scoring with 28 points. Sheets pulled in four rebounds, blocked a shot and stole the ball twice. Guard Steve Halterman scored 12 points for the Warriors, led the team with six rebounds, stole the ball three times and blocked a Yellowjacket shot. Forward Dillon Kelley scored six points and stole the ball once. Senior Skylar Knisely contributed five points, snagged three boards and one steal. Warrior center Jesse Taylor shot 100 percent from the foul line and put three points on the scoreboard. Taylor grabbed five rebounds, led the team with two blocked shots and stole the ball three times. Senior Matthew Arbogast sank a free throw and grabbed two rebounds for the Warriors.
The game against Moorefield last week marked veteran Warriors coach Bob Sheets' last regular season game before retirement. Former players and students came to say their farewells during a reception and cake-cutting, that took place after the game at the high school. Sheets said the gathering is one of the more memorable moments of his coaching career.
"We have a lot of alumni and former players that wanted to honor you," said Spanish teacher Mali Minter. "Former students and people that have come from many different states, and we just wanted to wish you the best because we knew this was your last official, regular season game at Pocahontas County High School."
Sheets briefly spoke about his love of the game and called out several former players in his speech.
"It's not often that I'm at a loss for words," joked Sheets to those gathered for the reception. "To see so many young people, and older people here tonight is really special. Basketball... I love this game. For all of those folks that are here, we share that passion, we share that interest. It's always been something special."
Sheets apologized to the crowd for the night's loss.
"Sorry about the outcome, as all my kids are, but I love them because they did what I asked them to do, and they played hard and that's all you can ask," he said to a round of applause.
Sheets was pleased to see all the older players and students that came out.
"It was great to see a lot of the former players come out and support us," said Sheets. "A lot of them have gone on to lead successful lives. Some of their outstanding characteristics were made apparent to me even back then. I've really enjoyed the trip with them."
Sheets has been the head coach for the Warriors basketball team for 30 years and coached the girls team for four years in the 1990s. Sheets coached more than 700 games during his career at PCHS.
He already has his plans set for retirement. He hopes to develop a weekend archeological tourism project at Fort Warwick in Green Bank in partnership with the Visitor's Bureau.
"That's one of the things I want to work on after I've left teaching and coaching," he said.
Sheets reflected on his storied career with the Warriors, but he's not finished yet.
"I really enjoyed it, but I'm looking for a longer run here in the tournament," he said.
The Warriors season record stands at 12-10. They're scheduled to play the Valley Greyhounds in their first sectional game at 7 p.m. February 28 at home. The Greyhounds' record stands at 7-15 going into the tournament.