KEYSER - After showing improvement from last year in their opening game losses against Martinsburg, improvement gave way to two victories for the Keyser boys and girls against Petersburg last Tuesday night.

By Chapin Jewell

Tribune Correspondent

After showing improvement from last year in their opening game losses against Martinsburg, improvement gave way to two victories for the Keyser boys and girls against Petersburg last Tuesday night.
In girls’ action, the Lady Tornado earned the 6-1 victory.  Keyser barraged the Petersburg defense with 15 shots on goal while the Black and Gold defense held Petersburg to just four shots on goal.  
Keyser took a 4-0 lead into halftime and in the second frame outscored the Lady Vikings 2-1 to earn the 6-1 victory.  Rylee Staggs led the Keyser attack with two goals, Carlie Delsignore had one goal and one assist, and Morgan Pratt, Janiah Layton and Kylee McGann rounded out the scoring with one goal each.  While not scoring, Maddy Broadwater had an excellent match as well.
In boys’ action, Keyser bested Petersburg 15-0. In 2019,  Keyser took a 7-0 advantage into halftime and exploded for eight goals in the second half to claim the 15-0 victory.
Paul Knotts led the Keyser attack with five goals followed closely by Seth Earnest with four goals.  Alec Stanislawczyk scored two goals while Bryson Bush, Lonnie Pridemore, Noah Sprouse and Kaleb Kitzmiller netted a goal each.
In addition, Seth Earnest contributed four assists, Alec Stanislawczyk added two, and Noah Sprouse, Kaleb Kitzmiller and Noah Dawson added one assist each.
“Our offense has come a long way.  We worked on our defense for two to three years and props to our defense, they came out and held them to zero.  They did have some fast kids on Petersburg’s squad that if we weren’t playing the right way they could have got past us.  But our offense with Seth Earnest and Paul Knotts sitting up front has come a long way and they can put away some goals,” Keyser boys’ coach Chris Halbritter stated.
According to Halbritter, “Hopefully our guys will show that experience they have now.  Our guys, this year they’ve really picked up more knowledge of the game and hopefully now being older, what they’ve picked up pays off for us.”