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McLeod, Brown Share Player Of The Week Honors

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West Liberty’s Marissa Brown and Glenville State’s Paris McLeod share Mountain East Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honors after stellar individual efforts last week.

Brown, a junior from Columbus, Ohio, averaged 38.5 points and 17.5 rebounds in two games last week. After scoring 34 points against West Virginia Wesleyan, Brown went for 43 points and pulled down 25 rebounds against Glenville State. She was 20-of-24 from the field and was 3-for-3 from the free throw line to produce the most points in NCAA Division II women’s basketball this season. Her 20 field goals were also the most in a game by any player this season in any division.

McLeod, a senior from Belleville, Mich., averaged 33.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.0 steals as the Pioneers stretched their winning streak to 24 games. She scored 27 points and had 11 rebounds and five assists in a win over Wheeling Jesuit, and then scored 39 points in 29 minutes to help GSC get past West Liberty. She also had eight rebounds and came up with three steals in the win over the Hilltoppers.


Other Top Performances:

Mariah Callen (WJU) averaged 29.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in a 1-1 week for the Cardinals ... she hit the game-winner in the final seconds against West Virginia Wesleyan ...

Riley Fitzwater (CU) averaged 28.0 points and 13.5 rebounds in three games for the Mountain Lions ...

Marisa Finazzo (NDC) averaged 20.0 points, 5.0 assists in a pair of wins ...

Aurreeshae Hines (WVSU) had 37.0 points and 4.5 assists in a 1-1 week ...

Sierra Kotchman (FSU) averaged 19.5 points and set the MEC single season record for points as a freshman ...

Jazmyn Haley (UU) posted a double-double against Uva-Wise and averaged 15.0 points and 8.5 rebounds as the Blue Knights went 1-1.


2017-18 Player Of The Week Honorees

November 13: Brooke Kurucz (Fairmont State)

November 20: Kari Lankford (Shepherd)

November 27: Aurreshae Hines (West Virginia State)

December 04: Paris McLeod (Glenville State)

December 11: Madison May (Concord)

December 18: Sylvia Hudson (Urbana)

January 02: Paris McLeod (Glenville State)

January 08: Morgan Arden (Shepherd)/Chenelle Moore (Wheeling Jesuit)

January 15: Riley Fitzwater (Concord)

January 22: Chenelle Moore (Wheeling Jesuit)

January 29: Marissa Brown (West Liberty)

February 05: Paris McLeod (Glenville State)

February 12: Kelli Jo Harrison (Fairmont State)

February 19: Marissa Brown (West Liberty)/Paris McLeod (Glenville State)

GSC Boxing Brings Home Hardware

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The Glenville State College Boxing team had a fantastic showing in the Hometown Hero’s USA Boxing National Championship as they brought back two championship belts.

Francois “Frank” Scarboro Jr. beat Justin Magee of Lugo Boxing from Mariette, Georgia for the 141 pound Open Championship when the Referee called a halt to the bout in the third round after Scarboro had unleashed a flurry of combinations on Magee which had him dazed and confused.

Trae Stout left the tournament the 152 pound novice Champion after beating Daniel Howard of VMI on Friday, Antonio Pizzuti of Board’s Boxing on Saturday, and then his teammate Issac Hess on Sunday.

“It was a great weekend for GSC boxing with a lot of other teams and club congratulating us on our performances.“ “It was stressful for me to sit out the 152 pound championship allowing Herotown Hero’s coaching staff to handle my boxers in the championship.  I want to thank Hometown Hero’s coaching staff for stepping up and helping us out during that match up,“ Stated Coach Chapman.

For more on GSC Boxing visit www.gscpioneers.com .

GSC Baseball Splits Home Opener against Tigers

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The GSC Pioneer Baseball team split their home opening double-header against the Tigers of Salem University on Sunday afternoon at the Sue Morris Sports Complex.

Game one saw the Pioneers trailing the Tigers, 4-0 after three innings. However GSC then held Salem scoreless in the fourth inning. The Pioneers offense then exploded in the bottom of the fourth as the Tigers walked Jordan Braniff with the bases loaded scoring Logan Henderson as GSC made it, 4-1. Later in the inning Christian Hedinger hit a four run homerun, scoring Jordan Braniff, Zach Bacon, and Anthony Jarivs as the Pioneers scored five runs in the inning as they took a, 5-4 lead. 

Salem University tied it up at 5-5 in the top of the fifth but again GSC answered right back in the bottom of the inning as Bryan Bayliss scored on a inside the park homerun as the Pioneers went back up, 6-5.

The Pioneers added two more runs in the sixth inning as Trevon Smith hit a two run bomb over the right field fence as they Pioneers took the first game, 8-5.

Glenville State finished the game with six hits and committed two errors while Salem University had seven hits.

Christian Hedinger went 1-for-3 with four RBI’s while Trevon Smith finished 1-of-2 with two RBI’s. Bryan Bayliss and Jordan Braniff each recorded an RBI in the win.

Andrew Hughart picked up his second win of the season on the mound as he pitched 6.0 innings allowing seven hits, five runs, and struck out three batters. Jose Rodriguez earned the save for GSC as he pitched an inning allowing no hits, no runs, and had one strike out.

Salem University jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second game of the day as they scored three runs in the second inning and two runs in the third.

Glenville State’s first run came in the bottom of the fifth as Jordan Braniff hit a solo homerun over the left field fence as the Pioneers pulled within four, 5-1.

In the seventh GSC still trailed by four points however they would mount a comeback. Bryan Bayliss hit a single to right field as Jordan Braniff scored making it 5-2. Then later in the inning Logan Henderson doubled to center field as pinch runner Matt Ryan crossed the plate which made it, 5-3. The scoring was not over for GSC as the Tigers walked Zach Bacon with the bases loaded as Bryan Bayliss scored as they now trailed by one, 5-4.

Logan Henderson then tried to steal home plate on the next pitch for the Pioneers but was caught stealing as game two came to an end as GSC fell, 5-4.

The Pioneers tallied six hits and committed an error while the Tigers finished with four hits and two errors.

Jordan Braniff went 1-for-3 with an RBI while Bryan Bayliss, Logan Henderson, and Zach Bacon each recorded an RBI in the contest.

Brady Wilkinson fell to 0-2 on the year as he pitched 3.0 innings giving up two hits, five runs, and struck out three batters.

Glenville State (2-4) will return to action this coming weekend Saturday, February 24th and Sunday, February 25th as they travel to Winston-Salem State University for a three game series. 

GSC Track & Field Team Has Great Showing at Kent State Tune Up Meet

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The Glenville State Track & Field team had a great showing on Saturday at the Kent State Tune Up meet with several athletes recording personal records in their last indoor meet of the year.

For the Lady Pioneers, Heaven Maeshack finished 3rd overall in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.89 which was a personal best. Maeshack also finished 8th in the 200 meter event with a time of 25.85.

Victoria Lewis took 8th place in the long jump with a personal record of a 5.29 meter jump. Kyana Jones took 10th in the triple jump with a jump of 10.17 meters.

Megan Wilfong also had a personal best in the weigh throw as she took 8th with a throw of 14.11 meters.

On the men’s side, Damien White took 8th in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.22 for a personal record. White also finished in 25th in the 200 meter dash.

Divaughn Dixon finished 5th overall in the 60 meter hurdles with a personal best time of 8.33 which was just .09 off of the NCAA provisional time.

Kyle Stutler had a personal best in the 5000 meter event with a time of 16:54 as he took 25th overall.

Ryan Nimley took 9th in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.44 while fellow Pioneer Dustin Martin took 14th with a time of 8.75.

Shawn Arthur took 12th place in the high jump with a jump of 1.90 meters while Javon Butler finished in 14th in the long jump with a jump of 6.53 meters.

In the weight throw Brody Strawderman took 13th with a throw of 13.62 meters.

The GSC Track & Field team will return to action on Saturday, March 3rd in their first outdoor meet of the year at the Golden Eagle Classic in Charleston, West Virginia hosted by the University of Charleston.

MEC Men’s Basketball Roundup

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Concord 63, Urbana 60

Tommy Bolte scored 34 points, including the last eight for Concord, as the Mountain Lions edged Urbana, 63-60, on Saturday evening at the Carter Center.

Concord trailed 58-53 with under five minutes to play, but a dunk by Jafar Musa got the final push started. Bolte then hit a free throw and drained a three to put CU in front, 59-58, but AJ Washington answered for Urbana with a layup to put the Blue Knights back in front. Bolte then went 4-for-4 from the free throw line in the final 1:11 to seal the game for Concord.

Bolte finished with 34 points on 11-of-19 shooting and also had seven rebounds to lead the Mountain Lions (14-12, 10-10). BJ Hamlet added seven points.

Malik Jacobs poured in 21 points for Urbana (4-22, 3-17). Washington scored 14 points, and Ethan Snapp chipped in 10.

#5 West Liberty 105, Glenville State 66

Fifth-ranked West Liberty rolled to a 105-66 win over Glenville State on Saturday evening at the ASRC.

The win clinched the MEC regular season title and the top seed in the MEC Tournament for the Hilltoppers (24-1, 19-1).

Dan Monteroso paced WLU with 22 points and six rebounds. Tyler Primmer added 15 points, Jordan Watson scored 14 and Brandon Smith netted 11. West Liberty scored 57 points in the first half on its way to the win and shot 44 percent from the field.

Dwayne Chastain Jr. and Jon Dunmyer each scored 14 to lead Glenville State (6-20, 4-16).


Fairmont State 94, West Virginia State 81

Fairmont State raced out to a 22-point halftime lead and never looked back in a 94-81 win over West Virginia State on Saturday afternoon at Joe Retton Arena.

D’Ondre Stockman led the Fighting Falcons (19-7, 15-5) with 19 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. Jason Jolly added 15, Andrew Emrick scored 13, and Caleb Davis and RJ Hutcherson each tallied 11 points.

West Virginia State (12-13, 10-10) was led by 17 points from Jeremiah Moore. Pat Johnson-Agwu added 15 and Isaiah Noel contributed 13.


UVa-Wise 94, Notre Dame 84

UVa-Wise outscored Notre Dame 22-11 in the final five minutes to surge past the Falcons, 94-84, on Saturday afternoon at the Prior Center.

The Cavs (13-13, 10-10) trailed by two at 74-72 with just over five minutes to go, but a DeMarcus Edwards three sparked the final run for UVa-Wise. The game was close for most of the night seeing eight ties and 12 lead changes.

Taiwo Badmus put up big numbers once again for UVa-Wise with 31 points and 14 rebounds. Michal Seals scored 22 points and had four assists and four steals. Chance Sheffy chipped in 14 points.

Notre Dame (5-21, 3-17) was led by 28 points, six rebounds and four assists from KT Taylor. Drew Scarberry chipped in 20 more, and Angelo Cugini had 14 points and 11 rebounds.


Shepherd 75, Charleston 59

Shepherd roared back from a five-point halftime deficit to defeat Charleston, 75-59, on Saturday afternoon at the Butcher Center.

Shepherd improves to 16-10 overall and 12-8 in the MEC. Charleston dropped to 14-12 overall and 10-10 in the league.

UC led 33-28 at the break behind 17 points from Kier Anderson, but Shepherd came out of the locker room on a 22-6 run over the first 10 minutes to take control of the game.

Thomas Lang scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half to help lead the Rams, and Steffen Davis also finished with 16. Derek McKnight came off the bench to score 14, while Winston Burgess had eight points and 10 rebounds.

Anderson ended the game with 19 points to lead UC. Austin Howard scored 13, and Lamont McManus added 10.


Wheeling Jesuit 85, West Virginia Wesleyan 66

Wheeling Jesuit defeated West Virginia Wesleyan, 85-66, on Saturday evening at the McDonough Center.

The Cardinals (21-5, 16-4) shot a scorching 66 percent from the field in the win hitting 29-of-44 from the field. WJU’s starting five reached double figures led by a near triple-double from Haywood Highsmith with 13 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds. Drake Goddard had a team-high 18 points, Jeremiah Wilson netted 16 and Pat Moseh tallied 13.

West Virgnia Wesleyan (7-19, 7-13) was led by 14 points from Luke Layhew. Kam Cooper and Aaron Ariri each scored 12.

MEC Women’s Basketball Roundup

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Shepherd 58, Charleston 45

Shepherd got off to a quick start as it handled Charleston, 58-45, on Saturday afternoon at the Butcher Center.

The Rams (13-13, 9-11) started the game on an 8-2 run and never looked back in the victory. Sydney Clayton led the way with 16 points, while Kari Lankford scored 14 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Morgan Arden and Kayla Tibbs each added 10. Shepherd shot 48 percent from the field and out-rebounded Charleston, 38-30.

Octvaia Loll and Brittany Pannell each scored nine points for UC (11-14, 7-12). Abby Williams added eight.


Wheeling Jesuit 81, West Virginia Wesleyan 78

Mariah Callen’s driving layup in the final minute secured the 81-78 for Wheeling Jesuit on Saturday afternoon at the McDonough Center.

Wheeling Jesuit improved to 12-14 overall and 10-10 in the MEC. West Virginia Wesleyan slipped to 8-17 overall and 6-14 in conference play.

Trailing by a point, Callen drove to the right and was able to finish the layup in the paint. A WVWC jumper from the corner would not go down, and Burnes was able to make free throws on the other end to secure the win

Callen finished with 31 points on senior night going 11-for-19 from the field, including 4-of-9 from three, and also had nine rebounds and seven assists. Burns added 17 points in the winning effort, while Lauren Lipscomb tossed in 14.

Abi Gabauer netted 24 points for WVWC, and Mari Stewart added 21 points and eight rebounds.


Concord 75, Urbana 49

Concord overwhelmed Urbana in the third quarter and pulled away from the Blue Knights for a 75-49 win on Saturday afternoon at the Carter Center.

The Mountain Lions (12-14, 8-12) were able to snap a six-game losing streak with the win over Urbana (11-13, 9-11). Concord led by just eight at the break, but out-scored Urbana by a 24-7 margin in the third quarter to cruise to the win.

Riley Fitzwater notched the double-double with 22 points and 14 rebounds to lead Concord. Danielle Catron went for 17 points, Madison May scored 14 points and Andreanna Pool added 12.

Jazmyn Haley led Urbana with 12 points and six rebounds.


#8 Glenville State 106, West Liberty 103

Eighth-ranked Glenville State held off West Liberty, 106-103, on Saturday afternoon at the ASRC. The game saw West Liberty’s Marissa Brown score 43 points and Glenville State’s Paris McLeod score 39.

Glenville State (25-1, 20-0) led by as many as 16 points in the third quarter, but West Liberty battled back after that. In fact, the Hilltoppers managed to take their first lead of the game at 98-97 with 3:04 to go in the game after an Olivia Belknap jumper. Courtney Davis, though, answered with a three-pointer to take the lead. Davis would add a pair of free throws and a three from Bhrea Griffin made it 105-98 less than a minute later. The Hilltoppers were able to get to within one possession and had the ball back down by two, but the game-tying jumper would not go down and McLeod was able to make 1-of-2 from the line as the Pioneers held on.

McLeod went for 39 points and eight rebounds for Glenville State. Davis finished with 16 and Tayana Stewart chipped in 11.

Brown scored 43 points on 20-of-24 shooting and had 25 rebounds. Brown’s point total was the second-highest in MEC history, as was her rebound total. She also blocked five shots and had three steals. McKenna Shives scored 18 points and Audrey Tingle had 15 points, eight assists and four rebounds.


Notre Dame 65, UVa-Wise 57

Notre Dame pulled away from UVa-Wise in the second and third quarters on its way to a 65-57 win over the Cavaliers on Saturday afternoon at the Prior Center.

The Falcons (19-8, 15-5) led by just five at the half, but then surged further ahead in the third quarter and stretched its lead to 12. UVa-Wise (6-19, 5-15) was able to get to within four late, but Kim Cook’s bucket with 1:30 to go gave NDC control and allowed it the opportunity to win the game at the free throw line, which it did going 4-for-4 in the final minute.

Cook finished the game with a game-high 18 points for NDC. Marisa Finazzo contributed 12 points and six assists, and Abi Ortiz also chipped in 12.

UVa-Wise was led by 11 points from both Cynita Webb and Bianca Lockamy. Adalmaryz Gomez had 10 points and dished out nine assists.


West Virginia State 77, Fairmont State 71

West Virginia State stayed in front of Fairmont State for most of the night as the Yellow Jackets downed the Falcons, 77-71, on Saturday afternoon at Joe Retton Arena.

Aurreeshae Hines led WVSU (11-15, 10-10) with 24 points, seven assists and five steals. Alexandra Jackson scored 13 and Amari Grace tossed in 12. Jackson also had a team-best nine rebounds.

Sierra Kotchman tallied a game-high 24 points, and teammate Brooke Kurucz added 21 for Fairmont State (14-12, 9-11).

Pioneers Fall to Hilltoppers on the Road

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The Glenville State Pioneers fell on the road Saturday afternoon to the No. 5 Hilltoppers of West Liberty University, 105-66.

Glenville State (6-20, 4-16) hit just four three-pointers in the contest while No. 5 West Liberty (24-1, 19-1) didn’t shoot much better from deep but hit eight total three’s in the game.

The Pioneers fell behind early as West Liberty jumped out to an 11-5 lead with 15:44 in the first half. The Hilltoppers then went on a huge run outscoring GSC 22-9 as they took a 19 point lead, 33-14 with under 10 minutes to play.

Glenville State made a run of their own as they outscored West Liberty in the final 10 minutes of the half, 27-24, but the Hilltoppers held a 16 point lead at halftime, 57-41.

The Pioneers shot well in the first half as they shot 42 percent from the field and even better from deep shooting 50 percent. The Hilltoppers shot 45 percent from the floor and just 23 percent from deep.

West Liberty again got off to a hot start as they started the second half on an 11-4 run as they took a, 68-45 lead. The Pioneers tried to mount a comeback but the Hilltoppers proved to be too much as they went on to outscore GSC in the second half 48-25 as WLU won by 39 points, 105-66.

GSC finished the game shooting 31 percent from the field and 21 percent from deep while WLU shot 44 percent from the floor and 22 percent from deep.

The Hilltoppers won the rebounding battle by 26, 62-36.The Pioneers turned the ball over 22 times while West Liberty gave it away 13 times.

Glenville State’s bench scored 38 points in the contest while West Liberty’s bench scored 63 points. The Hilltoppers also scored 26 second chance points while the Pioneers scored just five.

The Pioneers had three players in double figures with Dwayne Chastain Jr. and Jon Dunmyer each scoring 14 points. Darhius Nunn chipped in with 10 points.

Also for GSC, Elisha Mayberry scored six points and had five rebounds while Jordan Jackson scored six points as well and had three rebounds.

Dan Monteroso led the way for West Liberty with a game-high 22 points and six rebounds. Tyler Primmer scored 15 points while Jordan Watson scored 14 points to go with five rebounds and four assists. Brandon Smith chipped in with 11 points.

Glenville State (6-20, 4-16) will return home next Wednesday, February 21st as they host Shepherd University at 7:30 p.m. for Senior Day.

McLeod Helps Lift No. 7/8 Glenville State Past West Liberty

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The No. 7/8 Glenville State Lady Pioneer basketball team outlasted the West Liberty Hilltoppers on the road Saturday as they stay undefeated in league play and won their 24th straight game, 106-103.

Glenville State (25-1, 20-0) got a big performance from Paris McLeod as she scored 39 points tying her career high while West Liberty (12-14, 11-9) saw Marissa Brown score a game-high 43 points.

The Lady Pioneers started the contest by scoring the first five points of the game. After the fast start by GSC, they then went on a run outscoring West Liberty 6-3 over the next minute as they held an 11-3 lead with 8:12 in the first quarter.

The Hilltoppers however bounced back and then ended the first by outscoring the Lady Pioneers, 17-14, but GSC held a five point lead after one, 25-20.

The second quarter is where GSC made separation as they started the quarter on an 11-6 run to take a 10 point lead, 36-26 with 5:31 to play till halftime. Glenville State ended up outscoring West Liberty by 10 points, 29-19, in the second quarter as they took a 15 point lead into halftime, 54-39.

GSC shot 47 percent from the floor in the first half and 37 percent from deep while WLU shot 41 percent from the field and 23 percent from behind the arc.

The Hilltoppers came out in the third and scored the first seven points as they cut the Lady Pioneers lead to single digits, eight points, at 54-46 with 8:57 on the clock. West Liberty continued their hot play as they went on a 7-3 run to pull with four points of GSC, 57-53 with 7:53 in the quarter.

West Liberty then went on a 13-9 run as they tied the game up at 66 all with 2:16 to play in the third. Despite GSC getting outscored by 10 points in the third quarter, 31-21 by the Hilltoppers the Lady Pioneers still held a five point lead entering the fourth quarter, 75-70.

In the fourth quarter, both teams would battle back and forth as we ended up tied at 92 all with 4:14 to play. West Liberty then went on a small 6-5 run as they took a 98-97 lead with 3:04 to play. However GSC would respond on the next possession as Courtney Davis drilled a three-pointer to retake the lead.

The Lady Pioneers then went on an 8-0 run as they went up 105-98 with 1:57 left. But the Hilltoppers made a run of their own, 5-0, as they pulled within two points, 105-103 with just 36 second left.

West Liberty had a shot to tie it up but it would come up short and force the Hilltoppers to foul as they sent Paris McLeod to the free-throw line. McLeod hit just 1-of-2 from the strip making it 106-103. West Liberty still had a shot at tying it up but Audrey Tingle’s jumper fell short as GSC held on to the 106-103 victory.

Glenville State finished the game shooting 45 percent from the field and 30 percent from deep while West Liberty shot 53 percent from the floor and 26 percent from behind the arc.

The Lady Pioneers defense forced the Hilltoppers into 24 turnovers and scored 26 points off of them. West Liberty had a big advantage on the inside outscoring GSC 62-46 in the paint.

Glenville State had three players in double figures with Paris McLeod leading the way with 39 points tying her career high as a Lady Pioneer. McLeod also grabbed eight rebounds. Courtney Davis scored 16 points and pulled down seven rebounds while Tayana Stewart chipped in with 11 points off the bench.

West Liberty had four players in double figures with Marissa Brown scoring a game-high 43 points and grabbing 25 rebounds as she recorded a double-double. McKenna Shives scored 18 points while Audrey Tingle scored 15 points and dished out eight assists. Johnie Olkosky chipped in with 11 points and also had eight assists.

Glenville State (25-1, 20-0) will return home to the Waco Center this Wednesday, February 21st as they host the Rams of Shepherd University at 5:30 p.m. on Senior Night.

10 Countries That Have Never Won a Winter Olympics Medal

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When you think “Winter Olympics,“ a country with the word “ice” as part of its name would seem to be a shoo-in for the event’s medal podium. Yet Iceland, which has been competing in the winter version of the Games since 1948, has yet to take home a bronze, silver, or gold, per NPR. The site digs through stats on the Sports Reference site to see which other countries have come up short in the cold-weather competition over the years. Here, 10 nations that have been disappointed, as well as the year they started competing:

  • Iceland (1948)
  • Lithuania (1928)
  • Mexico (1928)
  • Morocco (1968)
  • Turkey (1936)
  • Greece (1936)
  • India (1924)
  • Iran (1956)
  • Mongolia (1964)
  • Chile (1948)
See how all other nations fared HERE.

Germany has taken the lead in the Winter Olympics medal table

The 2018 Winter Olympics have now hit their full stride and 90 medals have been awarded in the first five days.

Below is the Winter Olympics medal table through Wednesday.

So far, 19 different nations have won medals. Germany has taken the lead with 12 medals overall, including 7 gold. The United States is tied for fifth with 7 medals.

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