Wrestling, Cross Country Coaches Taking Retirement

Two longtime Marshall County athletic head coaches — one from John Marshall and one from Cameron — submitted their retirement papers to the Marshall County Board of Education this past Tuesday.

John Marshall High School wrestling coach Ted Zervos is stepping down after coaching 32 years at Union Middle School, Moundsville Middle School and at JMHS, while David Evans has spent the past 29 years as head cross country coach. The latter had several years ago resigned as the CHS track coach after 17 years,

Both said they will continue to be involved, should their successors ask them.

The John Marshall wrestling program has had only four coaches in the school’s 50 years of existence, and the three previous coaches Bill Hinegardner, Ed Dugas and Ed West, continue to assist. In fact, West is the head wrestling coach at Moundsville Middle School.

Zervos, a 1982 graduate of JMHS, was planning to play basketball in the seventh grade, but one of his older brothers sold him on the idea of going out for wrestling, and he has never regretted it, as he became a two-year state wrestling champion, although he said probably his best performance in the state meet was as a sophomore when he gave up only one point in the tournament. His opponent in the semi-finals did him one better by not giving up a point.

Zervos points out that he was fortunate to have wrestled for and coached with four outstanding individuals: Hinegardner, Dugas, West and Larry Chamber, who was the longtime wrestling coach at Moundsville Middle School.

He said, “These four gentlemen are all in the West Virginia Wrestling Hall of Fame, an affiliate of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.”

Zervos soon after graduating from college (West Liberty University,1986) he was approached by Rick Schoene about working with him as assistant coach, and Zervos stayed there for two years before moving on to Moundsville Middle School for six years as an assistant coach with Chambers.

During the 1995-96 wrestling season, the number wrestling assistant coaches increased from one to two at John Marshall, with Zervos named to the new position. When Dugas retired following the 1999-2000 season, West took over as head coach, with Zervos his top assistant.

West, who would retire in the mid-2000s, was succeeded by Zervos, who has held the position until now.

Zervos said he had two goals when be became the JMHS head coach. One was to have a wrestling room of the team’s own, and the other was to have the two feeder schools and the Little League program to be on the “same page.”

Zervos is proud of both of these achievements, which have helped make the John Marshall program competitive on a consistent basis.

The outgoing head coach said he believes he is leaving the program in good shape, not only wrestlers in the program, but this year’s coaching staff. He added hopes to join Hinegardner, Dugas and West on the sidelines.

As to Evans’ retirement as CHS cross country, he is only the second coach since cross country began. Cross country at CHS was started by Mark Swiger.

Evans was responsible for the “Wild and Wet” Invitational event, which attracts 500 to 600 participants from different areas of West Virginia and nearby states. The runners in this event always looked forward to the creek portion of the race. He added that the coaches and parents of the visiting teams always enjoyed coming to Cameron, especially for the home-cooked food which was sold at the concession stand.

In addition to cross country, Evans coached track at CHS for 17 years.

Evans said he has been thinking about retiring as cross country coach for several years, but when asked by a runner to say another year, he would “give in” to the request.

Evans, a veteran educator, said, “I always enjoyed being around kids.”

He does keep busy during the football season, most recently being the scoreboard operator, along with other duties which the athletic director may have assigned him.

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In addition to the resignations of Zervos and Evans, the Marshall County Board of Education Tuesday accepted the resignations of five other employees, four of which were sports-related.

They were Tabetha Morgan as girls’s Lacrosse coach at John Marshall, Dennis Phillips, 8th grade coach at Moundsville Middle School; Ed West, 8th grade football coach at Moundsville Middle; Trey Zambito, 7th grade football coach at Moundsville Middle and Megan Pintus, National Technical Honor Society adviser at John Marshall.

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The 2019-20 school calendar for Marshall County Schools was approved by the board of education as follows:

The first day of school will be on Aug. 15, with the final day to be May 20, 2020.

The last day of the first semester will be Jan. 20.

The school holidays will be Sept. 2, Labor Day; Nov. 11, Veterans Day; Nov. 28, Thanksgiving Day; Dec. 25, Christmas Day; Jan. 1, New Year’s Day; Jan. 20, Martin Luther King’s Birthday; and May 25, Memorial Day. Also, May 12 will be a holiday as it will be primary election day.

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Geting back to board of education meeting, one person, Kaleigh Wiethe was employed as fifth grade teacher at Central Elementary, effective Aug. 12.

The board also received a grant approval for the appointment of Nannetta Hartley as the chief school business officer for the 2019-20 school year.

Also, coaching assignments approved for Moundsville Middle School for 2019-2020 were: Justin Hensley, assistant wrestling; Jaime Pettit, head cheer coach; and Rebecca Wilson, 6th grade girls’ basketball coach.

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Thanks to the Marshall County Commission, people who are trout fishers are able to put their line in the water at Dunkard Fork, located in Majorsville.

It was a year ago that the state Department of Natural Resources informed the commissioners that they would not be stocking Dunkard Fork.

The commissioners didn’t wait for a reply from the DNR this year. Instead, they went ahead and purchased some 1,600 pounds of trout, at a cost of some $5,000.

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The Marshall County commissioners on Tuesday approved several tabled issues and in turn approved four requests of outside agencies for funding.

These were:

Harmony House, $1,500; Make A Wish Foundation, $3,000; Helping Heroes, $2,500; and American Red Cross, $2,500.

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The Marshall County Co-Op will be the sponsor of this month’s Marshall County Business After Hours, the event to take place from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday. Advance tickets can be obtained at the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce.

I recently came across some data pertaining to the MCC-O, which states that the Marshall County Cooperative started in 1941.

The business started with a group of local farmers banding together to supply their needs.

The business joined Southern States, based in Richmond, Va., in the early 1950s.

The local Co-Op has over the years expanded in items, and recently purchased space on the 10th Street side.

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The 4th annual Appalachian Outreach “Spring Into Summer Craft and Vendor Fair” will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on April 27 at the Moundsville Center inside the former West Virginia Penitentiary (North Gate/Eighth Street).

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The Marshall County Historical Society will be selling Easter flowers on Good Friday, April 19, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., and on April 20 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., at the Cockayne Farmstead, 1105 Wheeling Ave., Glen Dale.

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The Opus Music Club’s Spring Concert will be held at 2 p.m. on May 5 at the First Christian Church, 1200 Third St., Moundsville. The theme will be, “We Gather To Sing.”

The concert will feature the chorus, along with several solos throughout the program.

There will be no charge of admission, but a free-will offering will be collected at the end of the concert to help provide scholarships for prospective music students in Marshall County.

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Crafts, treats and “Things With the Easter Bunny” will be taking place from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. today at Grand Vue Park.

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Gary Rider will present historical tidbits about Marshall County, inspiration for the archival collection the Moundsville/Marshall Public Library is establishing, at 3 p.m. on April 24, to which the public is invited.

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The Marshall County Board of Education will be meeting in reconvened session at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the board office in Moundsville for the purpose of laying the levies.

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