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►  Want to clean up college athletics? Pay the players

The University of Louisville basketball program had just put Stripper-gate in the rearview mirror. Assistant Coach Andre McGee was fired; everyone agreed that the illicit sex parties in Billy Minardi Hall occurred without the knowledge of any higher-ups. Bullet dodged.

Then came the FBI’s bribery and fraud investigation. The inquiry, which led to the arrests of 10 people last week connected to the world of college basketball, identified Louisville as having paid $100,000 to Brian Bowen, an incoming recruit. Last Wednesday, Louisville effectively fired legendary coach Rick Pitino and placed Athletic Director Tom Jurich on paid leave. Indications are that these arrests may be the tip of the iceberg.

Given that both scandals emerged from attempts to work around the ban on paying players, and after decades of trying to police such behavior, will the NCAA finally conclude that only one step can truly clean up college athletics’ seedy underbelly? Paying players.

After all, the cause of paying players had been gaining steam even before the Louisville fallout. Articles and opinion pieces trumpeting the cause have been published by the dozens over the past few years.

Yet, that response would make the current scandal markedly different from countless past instances of illegal payments. In the 1980s, Southern Methodist University boosters illicitly paid dozens of football players. A University of Kentucky envelope mailed to the father of recruit Chris Mills in the late 1980s had $1,000 cash fall out in transit, sparking an NCAA investigation. The University of Colorado admitted in 2004 that it used sex and alcohol to lure prospective student athletes into signing with the school. Michigan’s Fab Five took under-the-table payments.

None of these scandals led to a change in the NCAA’s amateur model.

Instead, over the past century, protest against unpaid student athletes has been docile and inefficient, almost always a low-risk, low-commitment cause. Talk about compensation has rarely been accompanied by actual change, because a strange elixir exists in college athletics: a still-pervasive belief in amateurism by many university leaders is coupled with billions of dollars in annual revenue. This money pays the salaries of thousands of athletic coaches and administrators. Paying the college athletes who generate revenue (and most don’t) requires them to take money out of their own pockets - something that’s possible only if the movement for change is a lot less talk and a lot more action.

The idea of paying college athletes is really old. In 1905, Harper’s Magazine published an editorial (subsequently reprinted in newspapers nationwide) addressing the “Pay of College Athletes.“ Harper’s saw the issue as one of visible inequity. The popularity - and profitability - of college athletics made the problem of “how to make athletes work for nothing” - or to put it another way, “how to keep the athletes from drawing salaries” - increasingly difficult for university administrators to manage. Harper’s concluded that unless a more transparent and fair compensation system arose, college athletes would continue to be paid “surreptitious wages.“

In 1915, the University of Chicago Daily Maroon upended the college football community by pushing the matter further. Given that the editor of the college newspaper and the tuba player in the marching band received compensation from the university, the Maroon argued, why not the college athletes? “They work hard for the university organization known as the football team, which is a money making enterprise, the receipts from football being something like $20,000 [roughly $478,000 today] more than expenditures for the sport. Why not give the players a share of the profits accruing from their hard and faithful labors?“

The University of Chicago was only one year removed from a national championship in football; its voice on the subject mattered.

In 1929, Major W.H. McKellar of the University of the South (Sewanee) proposed that his school’s conference - the Southern Conference - embrace open, above-board payments to college athletes. Actually, the Major preferred universities doing away with charging admission to college football games. But recognizing that this was crazy talk, McKellar argued that “his proposal to openly pay college athletes in the Southern conference” was the only reasonable way forward.

Even the nation’s most beloved humorist at the time - Will Rogers - provided flyby support for the pay-for-play model. He was the John Oliver of his day, just pithier. “There is only one fair way to ever arrange amateur athletics in any line in the country,“ Rogers declared, “and that’s let the athletes work on commission of what they draw at the gate then make them pay their own schooling expenses.“

Every few years the compensation issue resurfaced, usually in response to some sort of scandal. Then it went away.

Which is not to say that there haven’t been any changes along the way. In 1956, the NCAA voted to allow full athletic scholarships. In 1972, Title IX began pushing some of that athletic scholarship revenue to young women. Beginning in 2015, a new cost of attendance provision added several thousand dollars to athletic awards. But direct compensation has remained out of reach. In each case, after the bluster of a pay the players episode died down, the same thing happened: nothing.

That’s because activism on the issue has always been about words - passionate editorials, enthusiastic speeches and well-constructed research projects - rather than actions. There has never been an ethos of change or else among critics of college athletics.

No one expects commentator Jay Bilas to quit his work for ESPN because of his strong objections to the NCAA structure that he is covering. Similarly, it is not uncommon for faculty members at major football or basketball universities to rage against the inequity of the NCAA (using social justice theory, Marx, the whole nine yards) - and then take full advantage of their discounted athletic tickets.

This activism hasn’t gone further because paying college athletes is a collective action problem, a situation where members of a group might benefit from or support a certain action, but the individual costs make it difficult for the crowd to band together toward that end. In essence, someone says, “I could forfeit going to college football games because student athletes should be paid, but that would just result in me sitting at home on Saturday afternoon while everyone else is at the game.“ What good would that do?

And of course there’s the money involved. CBS recently extended its contract to televise the annual NCAA March Madness tournament for $8.8 billion over eight years. Nick Saban makes $11 million annually coaching the University of Alabama football team. The Big Ten conference just awarded Jim Delany more than $20 million in bonuses for his leadership. The status quo is working quite well for many of the parties involved.

Given that financially significant collective action problems are notoriously difficult to solve, what’s next?

Allowing athletes to control and profit from their names, likenesses and athletic abilities seems reasonable. Even for YouTubing, cross-country studs. Allowing college athletes open access to agents would be a start. Perhaps the NCAA, as ESPN’s Jay Williams suggests, is about to crumble.

But I doubt major changes will occur anytime soon. History tells us that we’ll continue to talk about this problem. We’ll debate it. We’ll write about it. We’ll even argue and fight about it.

And then things will die down, and we’ll go back to the way it has always been.

Ryan Swanson is associate professor of history in the honors college at the University of New Mexico and author of “When Baseball Went White: Reconstruction, Reconciliation and Dreams of a National Pastime.“


►  Analysis: What’s the end game for NFL and protesting players? Right now, there isn’t an answer

The conversations are taking place all over the NFL, in various settings and between different combinations of players, coaches, owners and league leaders. On Sunday in Baltimore, it was Ravens Coach John Harbaugh talking to Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva and DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of the NFL Players Association, before the Ravens and Steelers played at M&T Bank Stadium.

“Coach Harbaugh has done a lot of things for the military. . . . It was just a very friendly conversation regarding all the events that have transpired and how we as sort of players, coaches and the union can make this right,“ Villanueva, the former Army Ranger who has been a high-profile figure in the recent national debate about patriotism, unity and protests by NFL players during the national anthem, said later Sunday.

The NFL spent much of last week trying to figure out how to move forward on the issue. Commissioner Roger Goodell met with a group of players and owners on Tuesday night in New York. But as the league attempts to orchestrate its end game to all of this, here’s the problem: There is no quick and easy solution, because the interests of the league and the players who are protesting are divergent.

“At this point, this whole kneeling [or] standing up is a much bigger issue than the things that we’re asking for as a league,“ Villanueva said Sunday. “We’re trying to be conscious of social issues. We’re also trying to be very respectful of the flag. And how it’s being demonstrated has taken a much larger stage than the actions on the field.“

The NFL just played its second Sunday of games since Trump intensified the controversy over players taking a knee during the anthem by using crass language to say that those who do so should be fired. This week, fewer players knelt.

On Sunday in Baltimore, Villanueva was joined by his Steelers teammates on the sideline, standing for the anthem. A week earlier in Chicago, the Steelers had decided not to be on the sideline for the anthem, although Villanueva stood at the front of a tunnel leading to the field, with his hand over his heart.

The Ravens seemed to seek a compromise solution Sunday, with their players taking a knee before the anthem. The crowd was asked to join the players and the Ravens organization in a prayer to embrace kindness, unity, equality and justice for all Americans. The Ravens then, like the Steelers across the field, stood for the anthem. The Ravens’ display drew boos, with some cheers mixed in, from the crowd.

“I’ve heard people say that my colleagues and I are un-American and unpatriotic,“ Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins wrote in a Washington Post opinion piece. “Well, we want to make America great. We want to help make our country safe and prosperous. We want a land of justice and equality. True patriotism is loving your country and countrymen enough to want to make it better.“

The Ravens’ gesture Sunday was in line with the Dallas Cowboys’ attempt last Monday night in Arizona to blend the interests of players who wanted to kneel for the anthem and those who wanted to stand for it. Owner Jerry Jones joined Cowboys players and coaches in locking arms and taking a knee on the field before the anthem. The Cowboys then stood and returned to their sideline and remained standing for the anthem.

It raises the question: Is a protest still a protest if it’s a compromise? Protest is, by definition, necessarily provocative. Some players have concerns that the original message of the movement started last season by quarterback Colin Kaepernick, then with the San Francisco 49ers, has been lost. Kaepernick took a knee to protest what he viewed as racial inequality in the U.S. and police brutality toward African Americans.

Those who took exception to the form of the players’ protests, including Trump, have made the national debate about patriotism. NFL owners reacted to Trump with statements of support for players and shows of unity in which some locked arms with players on the field. Players said they appreciated the support. But is it all about inequality, patriotism or unity?

“I think these conversations make people uncomfortable, and I think that’s a way for them to deflect from the issues that we really want to talk about and steer the narrative in a different direction,“ 49ers safety Eric Reid, who protested alongside Kaepernick last season, told ESPN last week.

The league has a business to run, and it must run that business while avoiding alienating fans on both sides of this polarizing, emotionally charged issue. At least for now, the league is drawing the ire of both those angry about the players’ protests, as well as those supportive of them and upset that Kaepernick remains without a job. The league is acutely aware of this.

The volume undoubtedly will be turned down at some point, though perhaps not soon. One former NFL general manager expressed wariness in recent days that any team contemplating signing Kaepernick must fret that Trump will return to the issue at some point and, the next time, that team would find itself bearing the brunt of the president’s scorn. But there is a country for Trump to run, after all. Surely the NFL won’t remain so prominent on Trump’s agenda forever.

The NFL, which dealt last season with sagging TV ratings, ultimately will be left to assess whether its business model has suffered lasting damage - and, if so, to what extent. Some players, meanwhile, have urged the league to become more involved in supporting their activism. And that, Jenkins argues, is the ultimate end game in all of this.

Jenkins wrote in The Post that he appreciated the support of a white teammate, Chris Long. He wrote about taking Long around Philadelphia to speak to police and community leaders, of going to bail hearings and talking to public defenders.

“This is where we need to point our attention now,“ Jenkins wrote. “Not to guys demonstrating but to the issues and work to be done in cities across the country.“


►  The MLB playoff bracket is set

The Colorado Rockies clinched the final playoff spot in Major League Baseball when the Milwaukee Brewers lost to the St. Louis Cardinals. With that result, we now know all the matchups when the Major League Baseball playoffs begin on Tuesday.

The Minnesota Twins will take on the New York Yankees in the Bronx on Tuesday in the 1-game American League Wild Card game. On Wednesday, the Rockies will take on the Diamondbacks in Arizona in the National League Wild Card game. The winners of those games will take on the top seeds in each league’s League Division Series, the Cleveland Indians and the Los Angeles Dodgers, respectively.

The other ALDS will begin on Thursday between the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros. The other NLDS will have the Chicago Cubs facing the Washington Nationals and will begin on Friday.

Here is the playoff bracket, via Major League Baseball:

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►  GSC Softball to Host Showcase Camp

Glenville State Head Softball Coach Kristen Tunno is pleased to announce that they will be hosting a Showcase Camp with several other college coaches on Sunday, October 1, 2017.

The location of the camp is in Danville, WV at 824 Lick Creek Road with a rainout location at 8181 Six Mike Road which is also located in Danville, WV

Middle and High schoolers are permitted to attend. Cost of the camp is $50 per person for a team of eight or more, $60 per person if pre-registered before September 20th, and $75 per person registering after September 20th.

The camp will feature quality instruction from active college coaches, evaluations provided by the coaching staff through the instructional process, and a discussion on college athletics for both players and parents. The first two hours will be skill and fundamental work while the second two hour session will be simulated games with a college coach in charge of each team. There are two fields at this location so the athletes will be broken up by grade level. The camp is open to all middle and high school athletes.

The camp will run from 12:00 p.m. till 5:00 p.m. and several college coaches will be on hand along with GSC Head Coach Kristen Tunno in, University of Charleston coach Kimberly Stiles, Davis & Elkins coach Jordan Olson, Wheeling Jesuit’s Sara Pelegreen, and Alderson Broaddus’s Rachael Mack.

All players will receive: Instruction from all coaches attending the event, opportunities to ask questions about their skills and get to know the college coaches, one-on-one and small group instruction, and an open discussion about the NCAA recruiting process, rules, and regulations (parents are encouraged to either stay or come back for this segment. Questions are encouraged as to help answer questions and bust myths about the recruiting process.)


►  GSC Golf Places Eighth at Malone University Fall Classic

The GSC men’s golf team finished in eighth place over the weekend at the Malone University Fall Classic.

The Pioneers shot a total of 665 in the tournament with the team shooting a 335 on day one and a 330 on day two.

Alex Lytle led GSC as he shot a 160 placing 34th overall while Dylan Montgomery finished 50th as he shot a 167.

Also for the Pioneers Colby Cunningham and Brandon Smith tied for 53rd with a score of 170 and Jacob Arden placed 57th with a score of 173.

The Pioneers will return to the course on Monday, September 25th in the Wally Edgell Collegiate Tournament hosted by Davis & Elkins College at Canaan Valley Resort in Davis, West Virginia.


►  WVSSAC playoff ratings

The WVSSAC playoff ratings are calculated using a points-based system, factoring in each team’s wins and strength of schedule.

Class AAA

Rank School Rating Won Lost Tied Scored Allowed Points Bonus
T-1 MUSSELMAN 12.33 3 0 0 113 31 33 4
T-1 UNIVERSITY 12.33 3 0 0 117 47 36 1
3 HUNTINGTON 11.67 3 0 0 94 51 33 2
4 MARTINSBURG 11 3 0 0 157 29 33 0
T-5 CAPITAL 9 2 1 0 104 66 24 3
T-5 RIVERSIDE 9 2 1 0 92 79 24 3
T-7 CABELL MIDLAND 8.33 2 1 0 131 87 24 1
T-7 RIPLEY 8.33 2 1 0 91 52 24 1
T-7 SPRING MILLS 8.33 2 1 0 76 78 24 1
T-7 WHEELING PARK 8.33 2 1 0 87 60 24 1
11 HEDGESVILLE 8 2 1 0 106 46 24 0
12 HURRICANE 6.67 2 1 0 69 69 15 5
T-13 BUCKHANNON-UPSHUR 6 1 1 0 27 54 12 0
T-13 HAMPSHIRE 6 1 1 0 45 54 12 0
T-13 PARKERSBURG 6 1 1 0 70 50 12 0
T-13 SPRING VALLEY 6 1 1 0 46 21 12 0
17 WOODROW WILSON 4.33 1 2 0 32 97 12 1
T-18 GREENBRIER EAST 4 1 2 0 64 76 12 0
T-18 JOHN MARSHALL 4 1 2 0 68 84 12 0
T-18 MORGANTOWN 4 1 2 0 37 83 12 0
T-18 SOUTH CHARLESTON 4 1 2 0 58 102 12 0
T-22 GEORGE WASHINGTON 3.33 1 2 0 43 55 9 1
T-22 ST. ALBANS 3.33 1 2 0 55 95 9 1
T-24 BROOKE 0 0 2 0 21 58 0 0
T-24 JEFFERSON 0 0 3 0 25 139 0 0
T-24 PARKERSBURG SOUTH 0 0 3 0 46 108 0 0
T-24 PRESTON 0 0 3 0 51 91 0 0
T-24 PRINCETON 0 0 2 0 19 82 0 0
T-24 WASHINGTON 0 0 3 0 50 143 0 0

Class AA

Rank School Rating Won Lost Tied Scored Allowed Points Bonus
1 BLUEFIELD 12 3 0 0 124 27 33 3
T-2 BRIDGEPORT 10.67 3 0 0 104 34 30 2
T-2 WEIR 10.67 3 0 0 128 32 30 2
4 FAIRMONT SENIOR 10.33 3 0 0 114 36 27 4
T-5 MINGO CENTRAL 10 3 0 0 148 84 27 3
T-5 SISSONVILLE 10 3 0 0 92 44 27 3
7 ELKINS 9.5 2 0 0 41 3 18 1
8 NICHOLAS COUNTY 8.67 3 0 0 116 36 24 2
9 LIBERTY (Harrison) 8.5 2 0 0 105 49 15 2
T-10 JAMES MONROE 7.67 2 1 0 102 61 21 2
T-10 OAK HILL 7.67 3 0 0 113 42 21 2
12 NORTH MARION 7 2 1 0 83 67 21 0
T-13 POINT PLEASANT 6.67 2 1 0 108 57 18 2
T-13 WINFIELD 6.67 2 1 0 114 53 18 2
T-15 GRAFTON 6.33 2 1 0 45 49 18 1
T-15 ROBERT C. BYRD 6.33 2 1 0 94 68 18 1
T-17 PHILIP BARBOUR 6 2 1 0 83 56 15 3
T-17 SCOTT 6 2 1 0 94 75 15 3
T-17 WESTSIDE 6 2 1 0 63 19 18 0
T-20 LINCOLN COUNTY 5.33 2 1 0 60 61 15 1
T-20 PIKEVIEW 5.33 2 1 0 60 26 15 1
T-22 BRAXTON COUNTY 5 1 1 0 46 48 9 1
T-22 CLAY COUNTY 5 2 1 0 70 52 15 0
T-22 PETERSBURG 5 2 1 0 80 64 15 0
25 KEYSER 4.5 1 1 0 49 59 9 0
26 WYOMING EAST 3.67 1 2 0 31 90 9 2
27 WAYNE 3.5 1 1 0 58 53 6 1
T-28 HERBERT HOOVER 3.33 1 2 0 40 98 9 1
T-28 INDEPENDENCE 3.33 1 2 0 21 65 9 1
T-28 LINCOLN 3.33 1 2 0 89 108 9 1
T-28 SHADY SPRING 3.33 1 2 0 68 58 9 1
T-32 CHAPMANVILLE 3 1 2 0 73 91 9 0
T-32 LOGAN 3 1 2 0 60 101 9 0
T-32 NITRO 3 1 2 0 39 74 9 0
T-32 OAK GLEN 3 1 2 0 56 136 9 0
T-36 FRANKFORT 2 1 2 0 74 80 6 0
T-36 POCA 2 1 2 0 59 70 6 0
T-38 BERKELEY SPRINGS 0 0 3 0 43 122 0 0
T-38 EAST FAIRMONT 0 0 3 0 23 73 0 0
T-38 LIBERTY (Raleigh) 0 0 3 0 21 101 0 0
T-38 LEWIS COUNTY 0 0 3 0 16 102 0 0
T-38 MAN 0 0 3 0 38 85 0 0
T-38 RIVER VIEW 0 0 2 0 40 66 0 0
T-38ROANE COUNTY0030147100

Class A

RankSchoolRatingWonLostTiedScoredAllowedPointsBonus
1FAYETTEVILLE7.6730010060212
2ST. MARYS7.5200936123
T-3EAST HARDY7.333009634211
T-3MIDLAND TRAIL7.333009022211
T-5SOUTH HARRISON7206812122
T-5WEBSTER COUNTY73009461183
T-7CAMERON6.52009022121
T-7CLAY-BATTELLE6.52009720121
T-7MADONNA6.52006212121
10POCAHONTAS COUNTY6.3330010933181
11MOUNT VIEW62107685180
12SUMMERS COUNTY5110453791
T-13TUG VALLEY4.672107836122
T-13VAN4.672108558122
T-15MAGNOLIA4.3321010644121
T-15MONTCALM4.332107068121
T-17SHERMAN42107724120
T-17WIRT COUNTY42107467120
19RAVENSWOOD3110344660
T-20TUCKER COUNTY2.33120547961
T-20TYLER CONSOLIDATED2.331209911561
T-20VALLEY (Wetzel)2.33120288061
T-20WILLIAMSTOWN2.331209812661
T-24DODDRIDGE COUNTY2120956160
T-24NOTRE DAME21208714260
T-24RICHWOOD21201107260
T-24RITCHIE COUNTY2120387660
T-24TOLSIA2120436960
T-24TYGARTS VALLEY2120648460
T-30BUFFALO0030129100
T-30CALHOUN COUNTY0030613800
T-30GILMER COUNTY00304012900
T-30GREENBRIER WEST0030298400
T-30HANNAN003069400
T-30HUNDRED00303016100
T-30MEADOW BRIDGE0030612400
T-30MOOREFIELD0030710900
T-30PADEN CITY0020309100
T-30PARKERSBURG CATHOLIC002007400
T-30PENDLETON COUNTY00307813300
T-30VALLEY (Fayette)0030388900
T-30WAHAMA0030338100
T-30WHEELING CENTRAL0020214500

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►  GSC Softball to Host Showcase Camp

Glenville State Head Softball Coach Kristen Tunno is pleased to announce that they will be hosting a Showcase Camp with several other college coaches on Sunday, October 01, 2017.

The location of the camp is in Danville, WV at 824 Lick Creek Road with a rainout location at 8181 Six Mike Road which is also located in Danville, WV.

Middle and High schoolers are permitted to attend. Cost of the camp is $50 per person for a team of eight or more, $60 per person if pre-registered before September 20th, and $75 per person registering after September 20th.

The camp will feature quality instruction from active college coaches, evaluations provided by the coaching staff through the instructional process, and a discussion on college athletics for both players and parents. The first two hours will be skill and fundamental work while the second two hour session will be simulated games with a college coach in charge of each team. There are two fields at this location so the athletes will be broken up by grade level. The camp is open to all middle and high school athletes.

The camp will run from 12:00 p.m. till 5:00 p.m. and several college coaches will be on hand along with GSC Head Coach Kristen Tunno in, University of Charleston coach Kimberly Stiles, Davis & Elkins coach Jordan Olson, Wheeling Jesuit’s Sara Pelegreen, and Alderson Broaddus’s Rachael Mack.

All players will receive: Instruction from all coaches attending the event, opportunities to ask questions about their skills and get to know the college coaches, one-on-one and small group instruction, and an open discussion about the NCAA recruiting process, rules, and regulations (parents are encouraged to either stay or come back for this segment. Questions are encouraged as to help answer questions and bust myths about the recruiting process.)

For more information on the camp please call Kristen Tunno at 304.462-.6229 or email her at .


►  GSC Golf Places Eighth at Malone University Fall Classic

The GSC men’s golf team finished in eighth place over the weekend at the Malone University Fall Classic.

The Pioneers shot a total of 665 in the tournament with the team shooting a 335 on day one and a 330 on day two.

Alex Lytle led GSC as he shot a 160 placing 34th overall while Dylan Montgomery finished 50th as he shot a 167.

Also for the Pioneers Colby Cunningham and Brandon Smith tied for 53rd with a score of 170 and Jacob Arden placed 57th with a score of 173.

The Pioneers will return to the course on Monday, September 25th in the Wally Edgell Collegiate Tournament hosted by Davis & Elkins College at Canaan Valley Resort in Davis, West Virginia.


►  GSC Volleyball Drops Two Games

The Glenville State Lady Pioneer Volleyball team dropped two games on Saturday at the Gannon/Mercyhurst Tournament.

In the first game of the day the Lady Pioneers took on the Lakers of Mercyhurst. The Lakers would take set one 25-14 as they had five more kills than GSC 10 to five. However the Lady Pioneers bounced back in the second set as they took it 25-22 as this time they had 10 kills to the Lakers five kills.

Despite Glenville State playing well Mercyhurst would go on to defeat the Lady Pioneers 25-14 in the third set and 25-13 in the fourth set as GSC fell 3-1.

Jazaray Clark-Casto led the team in kills with six and also had a block in the game. Madison Gargus racked up nine assists while Allison Parski finished with eight assists. Ai Miyazaki led the team in digs with 17.

In game two of the day GSC took on Hillsdale College, which was the second matchup between the schools this season.

Glenivlle State only committed four errors and had eight kills but fell in set one to Hillsdale, 25-15. Hillsdale then went on to take the second set 25-16 and the third set 25-10 as they defeated the Lady Pioneers, 3-0.

GSC finished the match with 22 kills and 22 errors while Hillsdale had 34 kills and 10 errors.

Bailey Brawner had six kills to lead GSC while Madison Gargus led the team in assists with 12 and Ai Miyazaki finished with 12 digs in the game.

Glenville State (0-7) will hit the road on Friday, September 22nd as they travel to take on Cavaliers of UVa-Wise at 7:00 p.m.

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►  13 teams are battling for the final 4 MLB playoff spots

There is still one month left in the MLB season, but there are already six playoff spots that appear to be locked up.

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If we use 95% chance to make the playoffs as the cut off, according to Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight, six teams are already locked into the playoffs, including the Dodgers, Nationals, Astros, Indians, Red Sox, and Diamondbacks.

Outside the top six, there are 13 teams with at least a 1% chance of grabbing one of the other four playoff spots. Of course, that’s if we include the Cubs, who at 92%, are a near-lock. Once the Cubs move up, that would leave 12 teams fighting for three spots.


►  West Virginia to start Big 12 men’s basketball slate on road

West Virginia will open the Big 12 men’s basketball season with a trip to Oklahoma State on December 29 and to Kansas State on New Year’s Day.

The conference released the Big 12 portion of the schedule Thursday.

The Mountaineers will play their conference home opener against Oklahoma on January 06 and face Baylor in Morgantown three days later.

Other home games include Kansas on January 15, Texas on January 20, Kansas State on February 03, Oklahoma State on February 10, TCU on February 12, Iowa State on February 24 and Texas Tech on February 26.

Other conference road games include Texas Tech on January 13, TCU on January 22, Iowa State on January 31, Oklahoma on February 05, Kansas on February 17, Baylor on February 20 and Texas on March 03.

2017 All-USA West Virginia High School Baseball Teams

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USA Today High School Sports has announced its 2017 All-USA West Virginia Baseball Team. The full list is below:

 

COACH OF THE YEAR

Robert Shields, Bridgeport
“The veteran coach guided the Indians (31-7) to their fourth consecutive Class AA title, making Bridgeport the first team in any class to notch a four-peat. The Indians finished off Shields’ 31st season with a 14-3 victory over Weir in the five-inning championship game.”

 

FIRST TEAM

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Drew HefnerC, Bridgeport, 5-10/165, Sr.
“An outstanding defender behind the plate, Hefner also led the Indians offense  with a .434 average, four home runs and 45 RBI.”

Michael Maiolo, P, Woodrow Wilson, 6-1/180, Jr.

Austin Cross, P, Jefferson, 6-2/175, Sr.

Garrett Gress, P, Hurricane, 5-11/170, Sr.

Anthony Jarvis, INF, Ripley, 6-0/205, Sr.

Chase Swain, INF, Ravenswood, 6-2/195, Jr.

Nick Loftis, INF, St. Albans, 5-11/180, So.

Dakota McCloud, INF, Wayne, 6-4/255, Sr.

Kirk Jennings, OF, Cabell Midland, 6-4/215, Sr.

Spencer DeLawder, OF, Washington, 6-0/185, Jr.

Trenton Begley, OF/P, Liberty (Raleigh), 6-2/200, Jr.

 

SECOND TEAM

Philip Hoffman, P, Wahama, 6-2/220, Sr.

Aaron Perry, P, Hurricane, 5-11/175, Sr.

Austin Crebs, P, Wheeling Central, 6-1/195, Sr.

Cameron Pine, C, Washington, 6-1/175, Jr.

Austin Bulman, INF, Jefferson, 6-1/175, Sr.

Brandon Combs, INF, Charleston Catholic, 6-0/225, Jr.

J.T. Harris, INF, Bridgeport, 5-6/140, Sr.

Grant Mohler, INF, James Monroe, 5-8/185, Jr.

Mason Adkins, OF, Williamstown, 5-9/175, Jr.

Adam Riggleman, OF, Elkins, 6-1/190, Sr.

Nathan Curtis, OF, Ravenswood, 5-11/185, Sr.

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►  Michael Phelps’ Next Opponent Has Never Heard of Him

Is he high>? Mashable reports Michael Phelps will race a great white shark for Discovery Channel’s inescapable Shark Week. The mechanics of the race are unclear—Mashable is concerned the shark won’t understand it’s supposed to race the Olympian, not eat him—and a press release for the special, Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White, states such a race has never before been attempted. Discovery is billing it as a battle between “one of the fastest and most efficient predators on the planet” and “our greatest champion to ever get in the water.“ And sure, Phelps has 23 Olympic gold medals and 39 world records, but a great white shark has approximately 300 teeth.

For the Win reports Phelps has already completed a week of filming in South Africa for Shark Week, so apparently they figured out that whole don’t-get-an-American-sport-hero-eaten-for-ratings thing. And Phelps seems to have had a pretty great time, saying: “Sharks are like my no. 1 favorite animal in the world; being able to see them face to face was pretty cool.” He added on Instagram that he’s “always wanted” to get “in a cage and dive with great white sharks.“ Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White airs July 23 on Discovery. A second special, Shark School with Michael Phelps, in which the Olympian gets real close to a hammerhead shark, will air July 30.


►  After 41 Years, McDonald’s Makes a Change

The year 2018 will mark the first time since 1976 that you won’t see the McDonald’s logo plastered across Olympic venues, reports USA Today. That’s because McDonald’s has negotiated an early end to its corporate sponsorship agreement with the International Olympic Committee, which was scheduled to run through the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Effective immediately, McDonald’s is no longer one of the IOC’s top sponsors, though it signed an eight-year sponsorship extension in 2012, per the AP. The company is believed to have paid about $25 million per year to call itself the Olympics food retail sponsor, reports Reuters.

It’s not cutting ties completely, however. Under the change announced Friday, McDonald’s will keep domestic marketing rights in South Korea for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, per a release. It will also keep restaurants in the Olympic Park and Olympic Village in 2018. Last year, McDonald’s announced it would review its Olympic sponsorship deal, citing a new advertising rule that allowed non-official sponsors to benefit. In a statement, the company says it will “focus on different priorities … as part of our global growth plan.“ The BBC notes Budweiser, Hilton, and AT&T have also ended Olympic partnerships recently.

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►  Baseball Team Will Let You Know if Father’s Day Is for You

A minor league baseball team in Florida has planned an unusual Father’s Day promotion, the AP reports. This week Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp have added a second promotion to the usual Thirsty Thursday celebration. They’re calling it the “You Might Be a Father” promotion, which comes with a free pregnancy test. The team’s website explains it like this: The test will let men know if they should return to the Father’s Day game on Sunday.

General Manager Harold Craw tells the Florida Times-Union the idea was pitched as a “tongue-in-cheek” promotion for the Thirsty Thursday crowd, which tends to be young professionals and college students. He says the tests are only handed to someone who wants one. Minor league baseball teams have a long history of unusual promotions.

2017 WVSSAC Class A High School Softball All-State Teams

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The 2017 Class A high school softball all-state teams, as selected by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.

 

FIRST TEAM

P — Marissa Garlitz, Wheeling Central, Jr. (captain)

P — Katie Gasvoda, Madonna, Jr.

P — Abbey Ammons, Clay-Battelle, Jr.

P — Kora Younts, Richwood, Sr.

IF — Hannah Rose, Wahama, Fr.

IF — Courtney Dotson, Williamstown, Sr.

IF — Bethany Smith, Moorefield, Sr.

IF — Skyler Mace, Ravenswood, Jr.

IF — Taylor Dickerson, Midland Trail, Jr.

OF — Kaitlyn Ferns, Wheeling Central, So.

OF — Sophia Recrosio, Madonna, So.

OF — Madison West, Tyler Consolidated, Sr.

C — Skylar Bogan, Wirt County, Jr.

C — Bayli Manns, Ravenswood, Sr.

UTIL — Vanessa Templeton, Tyler Consolidated, Sr.

UTIL — Autumn Thompson, Sherman, Fr.

UTIL — Caitlyn Kassay, Clay-Battelle, so.

UTIL — Rebekah Markwood, Moorefield, So.

 

SECOND TEAM

P — Ashley Fridley, Fayetteville, Jr.

P — Nellie King, Williamstown, Sr.

P — Ashley Tharp, Magnolia, So.

P — Riley Bennington, Wheeling Central, Jr.

IF — Katlyn Jenkins, Sherman, So.

IF — Brooke Persinger, Buffalo, Jr.

IF — Whittney Justice, Summers County, Sr.

IF — Courtney Swenskie, South Harrison, Sr.

IF — Carrie Taylor, Fayetteville, Jr.

OF — Claudia Cubides, Ravenswood, Sr.

OF — Brooklyn Hinzman, Doddridge County, So.

OF — Tiffani Cline, Summers County, Jr.

C — Maddy Van Matre, Wahama, So.

C — Ashley Mordan, Notre Dame, Sr.

UTIL — Kira Riffle, Notre Dame, So. (captain)

UTIL — Emma Baker, Moorefield, So.

UTIL — Maddie Menendez, Bishop Donahue, So.

UTIL — Jessi Lockart, Wirt County, Sr.

 

SPECIAL HONORABLE MENTION

Hannah Mozingo, Wheeling Central

Kylie Martin, Tyler Consolidated

Aubrey Neff, Paden City

Katlynn Rasnake, Buffalo

Lindsey Russell, Buffalo

Sydney Seagraves, Sherman

Kendall Bowen, Ravenswood

Bayley Wellings, Gilmer County

Kayla Randolph, Wirt County

Hannah Loy, Paden City

Brittney Justice, Summers County

Makenna Nickell, Midland Trail

Katie Mullins, Richwood

Sydney Lipscomb, South Harrison

Paige Metzgar, St. Joseph

 

HONORABLE MENTION

Karli Sutton, Madonna

Emilee Ondrik, Wheeling Central

Maria Murphy, Wheeling Central

Courtney Walker, Cameron

Breanna Pekula, Cameron

Maddie Adkins, Bishop Donahue

Josie Bonar, Bishop Donahue

Madison DeVaughn, Tyler Consolidated

Hannah Loy, Paden City

Jenna Ferrebee, Paden City

Kendra Pilant, Magnolia

Paige Brill, Magnolia

Maggie Bird, Buffalo

Olivia Corbett, Charleston Catholic

Kelly Kreitzer, Charleston Catholic

Jordan Fox, St. Marys

Haley Wanstreet, Gilmer County

Kylie Martin, Tyler Consolidated

Aubrey Neff, Paden City

Cassidy Roles, Fayetteville

Faith Norris, Fayetteville

Destiny Ball, Montcalm

Molly Wheeler, South Harrison

Katie Devericks, South Harrison

Emma McKeen, Notre Dame

Avery Korne, St. Joseph

2017 WVSSAC Class AAA High School Baseball All-State Teams

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The 2017 Class AAA high school baseball all-state teams, as selected by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.

 

FIRST TEAM

P — Garrett Gress, Hurricane, sr. (captain)

P — Austin Cross, Jefferson, sr.

P — Michael Maiolo, Woodrow Wilson, jr.

C — Cameron Pine, Washington, jr.

INF — Jordan Page, Morgantown, sr.

INF — Kirk Jennings, Cabell Midland, sr.

INF — Kyle Goodwin, Parkersburg, sr.

INF — Daylon Colley, Greenbrier East, sr.

OF — Patrick Wagner, Huntington, sr.

OF — Evan Dearing, Hurricane, sr.,

OF — Spencer Delawter, Washington, sr.

Utility —  Jake Carr, St. Albans, soph.

Utility — Colby Werry, Spring Mills, sr.

Utility — Anthony Jarvis, Ripley, sr.

Utility — Nick Loftis, St. Albans, soph.

 

SECOND TEAM

P — Jub Delbrugge, Wheeling Park, sr.

P — Jack Dubyak, Washington, sr., (captain)

P — Brennan Holmes, Cabell Midland, jr.

C — Aidan Johnson, George Washington, soph.

INF — Nate Dunham, Hurricane, jr.

INF — Cory Lanier, South Charleston, soph.

INF — Trahern White, Buckhannon-Upshur, sr.

INF — Hunter Martin, Martinsburg, sr.

OF — Chase Dewlater, Hedgesville, soph.

OF — Ben Menarchek, Parkersburg South, jr.

OF — Colin, Hlad, Wheling Park, sr.

Utility — Lane Casto, Ripley, sr.

Utility — Dalton Wiggins, Parkersburg South, sr.

Utility — Sam Aulick, Huntington, sr.

Utility — Grant Wells, George Washington, soph.

 

SPECIAL HONORABLE MENTION

Hunter Fansler, Woodrow Wilson

Tanner McCallister, Greenbrier East

Joey Powell, Greenbrier East

Jonathan Blackwell, George Washington

Jake Allen, Hurricane

Noah Birthisel, Hurricane

Aaron Perry, Hurricane

Anthony Carfagna, Riverside

Alex Jarrell, South Charleston

Noah Cummings, St. Albans

Hunter Coe, Hedgesville

Treyvon Stephenson, Martinsburg

Dalton Jamison, Jefferson

Dylan Carroll, Jefferson

Dalton Jackson, Washington

Zac Sacripanti, Brooke

Logan Grimm, John Marshall

Zach Hickman, Wheeling Park

Andrew Herrod, Parkersburg

Remy Boyce, Ripley

Daniel Brandon, Spring Valley

Tanner Brandon, Cabell Midland

Jonah Wellman, Spring Valley

Brett Christian, Huntington

Tanner Hamilton, Spring Valley

Ross Mulhall, University

Andrew Berry, Morgantown

Ethan Webb, Princeton

 

HONORABLE MENTION

Blake Colley, Greenbrier East

Andrew Sydenstricker, Capital

Ben Arthur, George Washington

Bo Adkins, Hurricane

Noah Short, Hurricane

Andrew Massey, Riverside

Connor Fizer, St. Albans

Alex Tennant, Jefferson

Austin Bulman, Jefferson

Hunter Munson, Spring Mills

Dylan Moss, Spring Mills

Brett Linton, Musselman

Hunter Burcker, Musselman

Eli Hott, Hampshire

Nathan Kerr, Washington

Nick Leonard, Brooke

Steven Bailey, John Marshall

Jacob Shia, Wheeling Park

JT Kemp, Ripley

Todd Burner, Parkersburg South

Chad Conner, Parkersburg

Madison Jeffrey, Cabell Midland

Austin Stambaugh, Spring Valley

Taylor Whitehair, Buckhannon-Upshur

Dalton Marple, Buckhannon-Upshur

Cam Stoldt, University

Michael DeFelice, Morgantown

Hunter Burnette, Princeton

2017 WVSSAC Class AAA High School Softball All-State Teams

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The 2017 Class AAA high school softball all-state teams, as selected by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.

 

FIRST TEAM

P — Lauren Garcia, John Marshall, Jr.

P — Harlie Vannatter, Hurricane, Fr.

P — Taylor Cenate, Washington, So.

P — Brianna McCown, George Washington, Fr.

IF — Jayme Bailey, Hurricane, Jr.

IF — Syd Sipple, Huntington, Sr.

IF — Emma Groe, George Washington, So.

IF — Gracie Donato, Riverside, Jr.

IF — Camryn Michallas, Huntington, Jr.

OF — Kiersten Landers, Hurricane, Jr.

OF — Katy Darnell, George Washington, So.

OF — Madison Cenate, Washington, Fr.

C — Kat Donzella, Wheeling Park, Sr.

C — Shayla Fry, Greenbrier East, Sr.

UTIL — Katie Adams, Hurricane, Sr. (captain)

UTIL — Olivia Canterbury, Cabell Midland, Jr.

UTIL — Bre Clark, Huntington, Sr.

UTIL — Carli Lightner, John Marshall, Jr.

 

SECOND TEAM

P — Haylee Shires, Greenbrier East, Sr.

P — Kinsey Hudson, St. Albans, Fr.

P — Kelsey Goots, Parkersburg, Sr.

P — Makenzie Amend, Wheeling Park, Sr.

IF — Haley Caldwell, Spring Valley, Sr. (captain)

IF — Kendal Marshall, Riverside, Sr.

IF — Karra Smith, Jefferson, Jr.

IF — Caiti Mathes, Hurricane, So.

IF — Kirya Kingery, Cabell Midland, So.

OF — Paige Scruggs, Hurricane, Sr.

OF — Kaylee Andersen, Morgantown, Sr.

OF — Hanna McClung, Buckhannon-Upshur, Jr.

C — Maddy Mayle, John Marshall, Jr.

C — Caitlin Myers, Washington, Jr.

UTIL — Kelley Bare, South Charleston, Sr.

UTIL — Erika Williams, Huntington, Jr.

UTIL — Rachel Rousseau, University, Sr.

UTIL — Lauren Pauley, Riverside, Jr.

 

SPECIAL HONORABLE MENTION

Ravyn Schultz, John Marshall

Grace Smith, George Washington

Taylor McCray, Hurricane

Morgan Larch, South Charleston

Kelsey Turben, Hedgesville

Isabella Forte, Hedgesville

Tori Hanes, Jefferson

Brianne Stocks, Musselman

Makayla Ambrose, Musselman

Ashley Burger, Spring Mills

Aurora Slusher, Parkersburg South

Sarah Huffman, Parkersburg South

Paige Swisher, Ripley

Cassidy Young, Ripley

McKinley Gaudet, Buckhannon-Upshur

Emilie McClellan, Huntington

 

HONORABLE MENTION

Laral Saunders, Wheeling Park

Sharise West, Wheeling Park

Lydia Knutsen, John Marshall

Anna Blake, John Marshall

Carolann Julio, Brooke

Zoey Dunlap, Hurricane

Haley Carroll, Riverside

Megan Walton, South Charleston

Jaden Wills, St. Albans

Julie Vancamp, St. Albans

Kacee Roberts, Parkersburg

Jaelyn Hunt, Ripley

Alyssa Gates, Parkersburg

McKenzie Little, Greenbrier East

Amanda Shumate, Princeton

Lauren Louk, Buckhannon-Upshur

Bailey Adkins, Spring Valley

Kyra Jones, Huntington

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