HUNTINGTON — West Virginia State University athletic recruiters have made increasing inroads into the Tri-State in recent seasons and found many productive signees. Following is a look at how six performed last season:
> Austin Hensley, Hurricane H.S., football. Hensley, a 6-1, 203-pound junior, played in one game last season and completed 22 of 34 passes for 260 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception, against the University of Charleston.
> Jovaun Light, Cabell Midland H.S., men’s basketball. A 6-1, 190-pound guard, Light was redshirted as a freshman.
> Dylan Lucas, Buffalo H.S., football. A 5-8, 181-pound sophomore running back, Lucas carried 85 times for 483 yards and five touchdowns. Lucas gained a career-high 120 yards on 13 carries against the University of Virginia-Wise and also set a season-high for receiving, with three catches for 36 yards. Lucas scored three touchdowns against Urbana. For the season, he caught 10 passes for 49 yards and returned nine kickoffs for 211 yards.
> Paige Scruggs, Hurricane H.S., softball. A transfer from Morehead State University, the sophomore hit five home runs, drove in 32, and batted .413. Scruggs also stole 18 bases and posted a .961 fielding percentage in the outfield.
> Charity Shears, Boyd County H.S., women’s basketball. The 5-8 freshman guard started 23 of 30 games and averaged 11.4 points and two rebounds per game. She made 117 of 325 field goal attempts (36 percent), 65 of 211 3-point shots (30.8 percent) and 43 of 53 free throws (81.1 percent). She also averaged a steal and 1.1 assists per game. Spears scored a season-high 30 points against Elizabeth City State, making eight 3-pointers.
> Sierra Womack, Cabell Midland H.S., women’s basketball. The 5-6 freshman guard started 13 of 30 games and averaged 5.0She points per contest. She also averaged 2.9 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. Womack scored a season-best 16 points against Wheeling Jesuit. She made 46 of 127 shots (36.2 percent), 9 of 26 3-pointers (34.6 percent) and 48 of 68 free throws (70.6 percent).