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IOGA Basketball Tournament

The Free Press WV

The Waco Center at Glenville State College will be the site of a boy’s and girl’s five-day high school basketball tournament this December. The Independent Oil & Gas Association (IOGA) Classic tournament is being hosted at GSC, Tuesday, December 11 through Saturday, December 15.

Schools slated to participate include AAA squads from Buckhannon, Parkersburg, and George Washington; AA teams from Nicholas County, Braxton County, Clay County, Roane County, and Bridgeport; and A teams from Tucker County, Gilmer County, St. Mary’s, Meadow Bridge, Van, Valley (Wetzel), and Doddridge County.

The student participants of the tournament are eligible to apply for a Glenville State College scholarship that is being funded by IOGA. The ten available scholarships will be awarded to qualified seniors who will attend GSC and pursue a degree in relation to the support and development of the oil and gas industry.

Tickets can be purchased at the door for a general admission price of $5 and a student price of $3 (with a valid school ID). Concessions and game apparel will be available as well.

For more information about the IOGA Classic, contact David Hutchison at 304.462.6381.


About GSC’s Waco Center:

Opened in 2013, Glenville State College’s Waco Center is a $25 million facility that houses the college’s Land Resources department, a 3,000 seat sports arena, other athletic facilities and offices, and a community healthcare center operated by Minnie Hamilton Health System. The Land Resources section includes classrooms, labs, a stunning library space, and faculty offices. The remainder of the building houses McPherson Court, where the tournament will be played, and other athletic spaces and offices. GSC student athletes in basketball, volleyball, acrobatics and tumbling, boxing, and others make use of the Waco Center for practice and competition. The Waco Center is located on Mineral Road just across from the Pioneer Village student housing complex.


About IOGA:

Formed in 1959, the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia, Inc., is a not-for-profit corporation representing companies engaged in the extraction and production of natural gas and oil in West Virginia, and the companies and individuals which support extraction activities. IOGAWV was formed to promote and protect a strong, competitive and capable independent natural gas and oil producing industry in West Virginia.

BACF Basketball Results

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Girls:  Ohio 101, West Virginia 91
Ohio 23 23 25 28 —101
WV 23 27 21 20 —91


OHIO

Charlie Endley (Cambridge) 1 0-0 3, Kate Liston (Warren) 2 5-9 9, Julia Griffith (Caldwell) 1 0-0 2, Taylar Wilson (Fairland) 1 0-0 2, Hannah Duff (Waterford) 0 0-0 0, Petyon Bowe (Warren) 0 0-0 0, Camy Wiggins (Meadowbrook)  1 0-2 3, Kylie Daugherty (Frontier) 3 0-0 7, Megan Ball (Waterford) 4 2-4 10, Ali Kearn (Waterford) 7 2-3 18, Hayley Duff (Waterford) 3 0-0 8, Emily Jackson (Warren) 8 2-3 19, Emily Chapman (Fairland) 6 4-4 20.  Totals 37 15-25 101.

3-Point Field Goals: Chapman 4, Duff 2, Kern 2, Daugherty 1, Endley 1, Jackson 1, Wiggins 1.


West Virginia

Jaden McDaniels (St. Albans) 6 8-10 20, Hanna McClung (Buckhannon-Upshur) 5 0-0 11, Bayley Wellings (Gilmer Co) 1 0-0 2, Lauren Bennett (Buckhannon-Upshur) 3 0-1 6, Cassie Tallman (Ritchie Co) 1 1-2 4, Amanda Reynolds (Tyler Consolidated) 3 2-2 9, Devin Hefner (Parkersburg South) 3 0-0 7, Lucille Westfall (Roane Co) 4 0-1 8, Bethany Wager (Williamstown) 4 5-6 14, Allyssa Wilson (Parkersburg South) 0 2-2 2, Allie Taylor (Parkersburg South) 1 2-4 4, Ali Westenhaver (Ravenswood) 2 0-0 4.  3-Point Field Goals: Hefner 1, McClung 1, Reynolds 1, Tallman 1, Wager 1.
Game MVP’s:  Ohio = Alli Kern (Waterford); WV = Jaden McDaniels (St. Albans).

BACF Girls Free-Throw Shooting:  1) Kylie Daugherty, Frontier = 14-15; 2) Kate Liston, Warren = 11-15; Devin Hefner, Parkersburg South = 8-10; Jaden McDaniels, St Albans = 6-10.

BACF Girls 3-Point Contest: 1) Bethany Wager, Williamstown = 19; 2) Emily Chapman, Fairland = 16; 3) Emily Jackson, Warren = 11; 4) Hanna McClung, Buckhannon-Upsher = 9.

Note:  West Virginia leads the all-time series 9-8.


Boys:  Ohio 114, West Virginia 108
Ohio 22 30 32 30 — 114
WV 24 22 30 32 — 108


OHIO

Anthony Avendano (Marietta) 3 1-2 8, Carlos Starlin (Miller) 2 0-0 4, Cody Hupp (River) 0 1-2 1, Ty Staten (Fairland) 2 0-0 4, Trey Singleton (Meadowbrook) 7 8-10 23, Lukas Isaly (River) 9 7-10 28, Jake Speakman (Vinton County) 3 3-6 9, Josh Huffman (Warren) 2 2-4 6, Randy Hixson (Trimble) 7 2-2 23, Troy Huck (Warren) 0 0-0 0, Travis Pottmeyer (Waterford) 3 0-0 8, Dalton Cozart (Athens) 0 0-0 0; TOTALS: 38 24-36 114; 3-point goals: Hixson 7, Isaly 3, Pottmeyer 2, Singleton, Avendano 1


WEST VIRGINIA

Chase Sulllivan (Ritchie) 1 3-4 6, Seth Dailey (PHS) 2 0-0 5, Trenton Burdette (Wirt) 0 0-0 0, Parker Miller (PHS) 3 0-0 6, Matthew Cook (George Washington) 6 0-2 13, Jayden Rhodes (Ravenswood) 3 0-0 6, Dylan Roberts (Tyler Consolidated) 0 0-0 0, Cole Plants (South) 5 2-2 12, Kerwyn Marshall (South) 5 0-0 12, Isaiah Morgan (Ravenswood) 9 5-5 24, Shane Snider (South) 6 0-0 15, Justin Phillips (George Washington) 1 0-0 2, Alex Cook (George Washington) 2 0-0 5, Trae Derenberger (Point Pleasant) 1 0-0 2; TOTALS: 44 10-13 108; 3-point goals: Snider 3, Marshall 2, Morgan, Cook, Cook, Dailey, Sullivan 1

Shooting: O 38-83 (45.8), W 44-111 (39.6%); 3-pointers: O 14-41 (34.1%), W 10-33 (30.3%); Rebounds: O 54 (Isaly 12, Singleton 9, Staten, Huffman 7, Hupp 5), W 62 (Morgan 12, M. Cook 10, Marshall 6, Rhodes, Plants 5); Assists: O 22 (Isaly 9, Staten 7), W 20 (Plants 4); Steals: O 8 (Isaly 3), W 12 (Plants 3, M. Cook, Phillips 2); Blocks: O 4 (4 with 1), W 5 (Marshall 3); Turnovers: O 17, W 14

Game MVP’s: Ohio – Lukas Isaly (River); WV – Isaiah Morgan (Ravenswood).

Dunk competition: Troy Huck (Warren) champion; Cole Plants (South) runner-up

3-point competition: Isaiah Morgan (Ravenswood) champion; Anthony Avendano (Marietta) runner-up

Note: WV leads the all-time series 12-5; Ohio has won the last three in the series

GCHS Jr. High Girls Basketball Results_180209

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Both Gilmer County Junior High Girls teams participated in the LKC Tournament hosted by Pleasants County.


1st Game Results:


Tuesday 02.06.18

Gilmer A -46

Doddridge A - 29


Gilmer Scoring: Taylor McHenry 19 pts., Katie Anderson 11 pts., Malaysia Morgan 7 pts., Emma Taylor 2 pts., Trinity Bancroft 2 pts.


Championship Game on 02.08.18 at Pleasants

Gilmer A - 39

Pleasants A - 35   In Overtime


Gilmer Scoring: Emma Taylor 20 pts., Taylor McHenry 12 pts., Carrah Ferguson 5 pts., 2 pts.


Gilmer A finished season with a record of 16-1 and LKC Champions.

Gilmer B lost in 1st round of LKC Tournament on Saturday February 03, 2018


Ritchie - 44

Gilmer B - 14


Gilmer Scoring:  Kiley Richards 7 pts. , Bayley Frashure 3 pts., Stevie Starsick 3 pts., Harlee McHenry 1 pt.


Gilmer B finished the season with a 2-9 record.

Gilmer Jr. High Girls Basketball Results

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January 10, 2018


Spencer vs. Gilmer B Team

Spencer - 22

Gilmer - 11

Gilmer B Record Now (1-3)

Gilmer B Scoring:  Cassie Drennen 4 pts., Ashlyn Bourn 3 pts., Kara Anderson 2 pts. , Bayley Frashure 2 pts.


Spencer vs. Gilmer A Team

Gilmer A - 47

Spencer - 27

Gilmer A Record (7-1)

Gilmer A Scoring:  Taylor McHenry 19 pts., Malaysia Morgon 11 pts., Emma Taylor 8 pts., Katie Anderson 5 pts, Carrah Ferguson 4 pts.


Next Game for both teams is @ Braxton on January 18, 2018

IOGA Classic Showcases High School Basketball at GSC

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Glenville State College’s Waco Center recently played host to the six-day Independent Oil & Gas Association (IOGA) Classic to close out 2017. The boy’s and girl’s high school basketball tournament brought together AAA squads from South Charleston, Riverside, Buckhannon Upshur, Cabell Midland, and Parkersburg High; AA teams from Nicholas County, Roane County, Braxton County, Robert C. Byrd, and Bridgeport; and A teams from Fayetteville, Tucker County, Gilmer County, and Doddridge County.

Students who participated in the tournament were eligible to apply for a Glenville State College scholarship that is being funded by IOGA. The six available scholarships will be awarded to qualified seniors who will attend GSC and pursue a degree in relation to the support and development of the oil and gas industry.

Winners of the tournament included: AAA Boy’s South Charleston, AAA Girl’s Buckhannon Upshur, AA Boy’s Bridgeport, AA Girl’s Bridgeport, A Boy’s Doddridge, and A Girl’s Tucker County. Over 300 students participated in the tournament throughout the week.

“The IOGA Basketball Tournament at the Waco Center in Glenville was a great experience! It was held in one of the best facilities around and the tournament directors and sponsors are top-notch. I look for this tournament to only grow bigger in the future and Doddridge County is proud to be the 2017 Class A Champions,” said Coach Paul Burnside.

“I wanted to say thank you from the Tucker County girls’ basketball team. We appreciated the great hospitality from the staff and the honor that came with playing in the great facilities at Glenville State College,” said Coach Dave Helmick.

IOGA Basketball Tournament Returning to Glenville State College December 11-16

The Free Press WV

The Waco Center at Glenville State College will be the site of a boy’s and girl’s six-day high school basketball tournament this December. The Independent Oil & Gas Association (IOGA) Classic tournament is being hosted at GSC, Monday, December 11 through Saturday, December 16.

Schools slated to participate include AAA squads from Buckhannon-Upshur, Parkersburg, Cabell Midland, Riverside, and South Charleston; AA teams from Nicholas County, Roane County, Braxton County, Robert C. Byrd, and Bridgeport; and A teams from Fayetteville, Tucker County, Gilmer County, and Doddridge County.

The student participants of the tournament are eligible to apply for a Glenville State College scholarship that is being funded by IOGA. The six available scholarships will be awarded to qualified seniors who will attend GSC and pursue a degree in relation to the support and development of the oil and gas industry.

Tickets can be purchased at the door for a general admission price of $5 and a student price of $3 (with a valid school ID). Concessions and game apparel will be available as well.

For more information about the IOGA Classic, contact 304.462.6381.


About GSC’s Waco Center:
Opened in 2013, Glenville State College’s Waco Center is a $25 million facility that houses the college’s Land Resources department, a 3,000 seat sports arena, other athletic facilities and offices, and a community healthcare center operated by Minnie Hamilton Health System. The Land Resources section includes classrooms, labs, a stunning library space, and faculty offices. The remainder of the building houses McPherson Court, where the tournament will be played, and other athletic spaces and offices. GSC student athletes in basketball, volleyball, acrobatics and tumbling, boxing, and others make use of the Waco Center for practice and competition. The Waco Center is located on Mineral Road just across from the Pioneer Village student housing complex.


About IOGA:
Formed in 1959, the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia, Inc., is a not-for-profit corporation representing companies engaged in the extraction and production of natural gas and oil in West Virginia, and the companies and individuals which support extraction activities. IOGAWV was formed to promote and protect a strong, competitive and capable independent natural gas and oil producing industry in West Virginia.

2017 Class AAA high school football all-state teams

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The Class AAA all-state football team as selected by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.

FIRST TEAM

Offense

QB – Tyson Bagent, Martinsburg, Sr.

QB – Cross Wilkinson, Wheeling Park, Sr.

RB – Jadon Hayes, Huntington, Sr. (captain)

RB – Ivan Vaughn, Cabell Midland, Jr.

RB – Jacob Northcraft, Musselman, Sr.

RB – Dereck Hess, John Marshall, Sr.

OL – Darnell Wright, Huntington, Jr.

OL – Doug Nester, Spring Valley, Jr.

OL – Trey Henry, Martinsburg, Sr.

OL – Ben Billanti, Riverside, Sr.

OL – Jordan King, Cabell Midland, Sr.

WR – Malakai Brown, Hedgesville, So.

WR – Amir Richardson, University, Jr.

UTIL – Kerry Martin, Capital, Jr.

K – Tim McCutchen, Hurricane, Jr.

Defense

DL – Jalen Hesen, Martinsburg, Sr. (captain)

DL – Jacob Cassidy, Spring Valley, Sr.

DL – Breece Hoff, Capital, Jr.

DL – Tavis Lee, Martinsburg, Sr.

LB – Dewayne Grantham, Martinsburg, Jr.

LB – Owen Porter, Spring Valley, Sr.

LB – Shymeik Burger, Huntington, Sr.

LB – Drew Joseph, South Charleston, Jr.

LB – Nick Coulter, John Marshall, Sr.

DB – Brenton Strange, Parkersburg, Jr.

DB – Nate Phillips, Wheeling Park, Sr.

DB – Grant Harman, Martinsburg, Jr.

UTIL – Anthony Pittman, Capital, Sr.

UTIL – Isaiah Duncan, Cabell Midland, Sr.

P – Grant Wells, George Washington, Jr.

 

SECOND TEAM

Offense

QB – Clay Bailey, University, Sr. (captain)

RB – Christian Hill, Hurricane, So.

RB – Tyler Moler, Parkersburg, Jr.

RB – Blake Hartman, Musselman, Fr.

OL – Will Gurtis, University, Sr.

OL – Jackson Zdziera, Spring Mills, Sr.

OL – Will Anderson, St. Albans, Sr.

OL – Ryan Creech, Parkersburg, Jr.

OL – Brier Elswick, Cabell Midland, Sr.

WR – Dakota Williams, Hurricane, Sr.

WR – Jarod Bowie, Martinsburg, So.

UTIL – Donnie Evans, Wheeling Park, Sr.

UTIL – Jason Plotner, Hedgesville, Sr.

UTIL – Derek Johnson, Spring Valley, Sr.

K – Ahmed Ali, Parkersburg South, Sr.

Defense

DL – Hayden Starcher, University, Sr.

DL – Hunter Temple, John Marshall, Jr.

DL – Zeiqui Lawton, South Charleston, Fr.

DL – Owen Tillis, George Washington, Sr.

LB – Tanner Williams, George Washington, Sr.

LB – Chase Goldsmith, Capital, Sr. (captain)

LB – Payton Lunsford, Hurricane, Sr.

LB – Spencer Delawder, Washington, Sr.

DB – N’yjere Smith, Hedgesville, Jr.

DB – Malik Grier, Huntington, Sr.

DB – Teddy Marshall, Martinsburg, So.

UTIL – Blake Miller, Preston, Sr.

UTIL – Tyee Gibson, Parkersburg South, Sr.

UTIL – Jayson Barrett, St. Albans, Sr.

P – Finnegan Hall, Hedgesville, Jr.

 

Special Honorable Mention

Griffin Adkins, Cabell Midland

Trevor Barnhart, University

RJ Barrett, Martinsburg

Michael Berlo, Martinsburg

Malik Brown, Huntington

Kalai Clark, Capital

Rennie Clark, Wheeling Park

Curon Cordon, Hurricane

Dakota Cosby, George Washington

Ronnie Durrah, John Marshall

Avery Eddy, Parkersburg South

Caden Easterling, Riverside

RJ Evans, Ripley

Ben Gribble, University

Isaac Howard, Spring Valley

John Hicks, Hampshire

Max Howell, Huntington

Mikey Jackson, Martinsburg

Jalen Jones, South Charleston

Sabri Juma, Morgantown

Josh Kay, Ripley

Jovaun Light, Cabell Midland

Nick Longerbeam, Jefferson

Graeson Malashevich, Spring Valley

Chas McCool, John Marshall

Dalton McDaniels, University

Colby Piner, Greenbrier East

David Robertson, Musselman

Mark Scites, Riverside

Ethan Secrist, Brooke

Jack Stakem, Wheeling Park

Andrew Spears, Huntington

Cole Streyle, Morgantown

Wyatt Strobl, Parkersubrg

Tyree Swafford, Woodrow Wilson

Dustin Swisher, Hampshire

 

Honorable Mention

Gage Abrect, Hedgesville

Tre Barnes, Morgantown

Jacob Biller, Jefferson

Tristen Bittner, Wheeling Park

Brocton Blair, Huntington

Sam Buford, St. Albans

Mason Caldwell, Spring Mills

Carliton Carter, South Charleston

JT Cooper, Hurricane

Lucas Duffy, Martinsburg

Ethan Faircloth, Hedgesville

Chris Fox, Musselman

Quisean Gray, Capital

JaQuan Hall, George Washington

Drew Heatherly, Buckhannon-Upshur

Shane Hercules, John Marshall

Dakota Holt, Preston

Fazon Hunter, Spring Mills

Parker Jackson, Washington

Jake Johnson, Parkersburg

Cayden Keeler, Ripley

JT Kemp, Ripley

Tucker Knisell, Preston

Ty Konchesky, Morgantown

Jevon Lang, Jefferson

Ricky Moreland, Hampshire

Tylik Norris, Martinsburg

Sebastian Oldham, Musselman

Logan Osborne, Cabell Midland

Evan Parow, University

Devin Persinger, Greenbrier East

Ian Pomeroy, Woodrow Wilson

J.J. Roberts, Cabell Midland

Alajuan Robinson, Morgantown

Robert Sanders, University

Steven Shine, Hurricane

Davon Sibley, Princeton

Andrew Simonton, John Marshall

Logan Spurlock, Capital

Aaron Stambaugh, Musselman

Michael Turner, Hedgesville

Jonathan Warner, Buckhannon-Upshur

Blake Wentz, Riverside

Zach Williamson, Spring Valley

Dylan Wood, Wheeling Park

Colton Wright, Woodrow Wilson

Nick Yoho, Parkersburg South

GCHS Gilmer County Jr. Girls Basketball Results

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Jr. High Girls were in a four team tournament at Mountaineer Middle School in Clarksburg.

The four teams included were host Mountaineer Middle, South Harrison, Taylor County, and us. 

On the Thursday November 30 our girls played host Mountaineer Middle in the first round. 

Gilmer won by a score of 40 to 16. 

Gilmer scoring went as follows:

  • Taylor McHenry 17 points (including a buzzer beater from just inside half court to end the first half)
  • Malaysia Morgan 9 pts.
  • Carrah Ferguson 4 pts.
  • Emma Taylor 4 pts.
  • Kaitlyn Anderson 2 pts.
  • Jailyn Mims 2 pts.
  • Kiley Richards 1 pt.
  • Ashlyn Bourn 1 pt.


On Saturday December 02, our girls traveled back to Mountaineer Middle to play Taylor County for the Championship. 

Gilmer won 40 to 18. 

Scoring went as follows: 

  • Taylor McHenry 15 pts.  (including another, for 2nd game in a row buzzer beater from well behind the 3 pt. line)
  • Malaysia Morgan 11 pts.
  • Carrah Ferguson 8 pts. (including a deep 3 pt. buzzer beater to end the third quarter)
  • Emma Taylor 4 pts.
  • Kaitlyn Anderson 2 pts.


The Jr. High Girls next game is on Thursday December 07 at home against Belington. 

The “B” team game will begin at 6:00 p.m., with the “A” team following it.

2017 WVSSAC North-South Basketball Classic Rosters, Coaches

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A look at the rosters for the 2017 North-South Basketball Classic, set for Friday, June 16 from the South Charleston Community Center.

The skills competition will begin at 6 p.m., with the game set for 7:30 p.m. MetroNews will broadcast the game statewide for the first time. Airtime is set for 7:06 p.m.

 

NORTH ROSTER

Coaches: Derek Basile (Musselman) and Tom Wamsley (Tygarts Valley)

Jarrod West, Notre Dame

Bobby Foggin, Parkersburg South

Trey Shuff, Gilmer County

Tavon Jeter, Madonna

Riley Heatherington, Ravenswood

Austin Upton, Philip Barbour

Dylan Irvin, Valley Wetzel

Caleb Riggleman, Tygarts Valley

Justin Lee, Fairmont Senior

Cam Stephens, Musselman

Karson Snyder, Parkersburg

Zane Cogan, Spring Mills

Thomas Hogan, Lewis County

Clayton Burdock, Union

 

SOUTH ROSTER

Coaches: Buster Large (Bluefield) and Joe McCoy (Valley Fayette)

Luke Frampton, Poca

Colten Jude, Tolsia

Hunter Neil, Chapmanville

Isaiah Francis, Woodrow Wilson

Dondre Davis, Valley Fayette

Tamon Scruggs, South Charleston

Leondre Rogers, Capital

Seth Brown, Greenbrier East

Jamison Hunt, Ripley

Tyler Haga, Independence

Chandler Stacy, Spring Valley

John Dawson, Huntington

Ryan Davis, Bluefield

DeAundra Murphy, St. Joseph Central

In Sports….

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►  North-South girls game continues to grow

Those in attendance at Sunday’s North-South Girls Basketball All-Star Classic at Glenville State College’s WACO Center witnessed a well-play, exciting matchup won by the South, 86-83.

Unfortunately, only somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 people were on hand to watch several of the best graduating girls hoopsters in the state.

That won’t deter game organizer East Fairmont coach James Beckman, who was upbeat while watching the thrilling contest.

“Honestly, we think the crowd is a little better than last year,” Beckman said while looking around the spacious arena. “We definitely have room to grow, but I’m hoping the girls who played last year and the ones playing in this game will help build excitement for future games.

“I know they are having fun and hopefully they’ll let others know about it was well.”

The game has a great deal going for it.

First, Glenville is centrally located in the state, making it easy for both North and South players and fans to attend.

Secondly, the WACO Center is the premier D-II basketball facility in the state. The arena is spacious and for certain, can seat more than 5,000 people. There is ample parking as well.

Third, GSC officials have been very receptive to the game.

“Tommy Ratliff has been a very gracious host for us,” Beckman said. “It’s a lot of hard work to get this all together, but having people like Tommy and several of the coaches around the area willing to help out, makes a big difference.

“And the guys who coach in the game have been great. They understand the approach we want for this game.”

While both rosters were stocked with outstanding talent, some players had to decline to play in the game.

“We had some girls whose graduation was this weekend,” Beckman said. “We had others who just didn’t want to play and we had one girl who was going to Hawaii. Can’t really beat Hawaii.

“And a few others were going on vacation, too. But I thought the ones that showed up gave us a really talented group of girls on both sides.”

The 2017 state player of the year, Huntington’s Jordyn Dawson showed up, as did South Charlston’s Aaliyah Dunham, both of who are headed to Division I Cincinnati Xavier.

Several other players from both squads had already signed with D-II schools.

In the pregame festivities, Calhoun County’s Makayla Smith won the free throw shooting contest, outlasting Buckhannon-Upshur’s Makayla Reynolds in a three-round event.

Reynolds, a 6-foot center heading for Bethany, surprised many, including herself by making it to the final round of the 3-point shooting contest.

She hit 10-of-20 in the first round to edge out Brittney Justice for the second spot, with St. Mary’s Jordan Fox hitting 11.

But in the next round, Fox connected on 14 shots to leave little doubt about the winner.

“I shoot around a lot with my point guard (Hanna McClung) in the gym, so when they ask I thought ‘why not? OK, sure,’” Reynolds said. “But I have to tell you I wasn’t expecting to make that many.

“We came here to have fun, and I had fun today.”

Reynolds, who had 15 points and nine rebounds, was selected as the North’s MVP.    ~~  Greg Talkington ~~


►  Soccer Stars Rally Around Girl, 8, Booted From Tourney

Some of the biggest names in US soccer are rallying around a little girl who was disqualified from her local soccer club’s tournament this weekend. Abby Wambach and Mia Hamm have both publicly supported 8-year-old Mili Hernandez after her story went viral, the AP reports. Hernandez plays for the Azzuri-Cachorros Chicas in Omaha, Neb., and her team was disqualified Sunday after playing in the earlier part of the Springfield Soccer Association girls’ tournament—because, her family claims to WOWT, organizers thought Hernandez, whose hair is short, was a boy. The family says they went so far as to show Hernandez’s insurance card, with her gender listed, to organizers, but they wouldn’t budge.

“Mili, don’t EVER let anyone tell you that you aren’t perfect just as you are.i won championships with short hair,“ Wambach wrote on Twitter Monday. Hamm weighed in with her own tweet the same day: “Hey Mili, we would love to host you at one of our camps @TeamFirstSA . Be you!“ Organizers later told WOWT that Hernandez’s hair wasn’t the issue; rather, they say, she was accidentally listed as a boy on the team roster. That didn’t change Wambach’s support for the girl: She posted on Instagram late Monday night that Hernandez is “my new hero. Her team was disqualified from a tourney cause they thought she was a boy because of a clerical error that wasn’t handled properly. Let’s meet soon sister.“


►  American Airlines Lost the Wrong Guy’s Bags

To compete in the qualifying rounds for the US Open, you sort of need your golf clubs—which is why one pro golfer is fuming at American Airlines for his now-squashed chances to make the cut. USA Today reports Michael Buttacavoli withdrew Monday from his last chance to play in the Open’s sectional qualifiers after the airline couldn’t track down a bag containing his clubs with priority tags. The 29-year-old, who’s on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica roster, had flown on a red-eye from Ecuador to Miami and was dismayed to find that even though he made it to his early-morning tee time at Florida’s Jupiter Hills Club, his clubs had gone missing, per Golf.com. “Thank u @AmericanAir,“ a frustrated Buttacavoli sarcastically tweeted just before 6am local time Monday, letting the airline know he had to pull out of the competition.

AA offered to help track the bag down in a responding tweet, but Buttacavoli noted that ship had sailed. “It’s too late,“ he retorted. “I already withdrew. You just needed to do your job in the first place.“ The airline tried to apologize, saying, “This wasn’t the experience we had planned for you,“ but Buttacavoli was having none of it. “Stop apologizing. Don’t need sympathy or u to be PC. Just do better,“ he tweeted. He added it was too late to rent a set by the time he realized his clubs weren’t going to show up, though Golf Digest, which reports that Buttacavoli has made it to the sectional qualifying rounds three times before (but never to the Open itself), notes Buttacavoli could have asked his brother, who was caddying for him, to bring his own set. “It’s a challenge enough to qualify with your own golf clubs,“ he says. American Airlines did eventually find his bag.


►  Weeks Before Olympic Win, She Had an Abortion

Weeks before she won gold at the 2008 Olympics, Sanya Richards-Ross had an abortion. The now-32-year-old reveals the story in her new memoir, Chasing Grace, People reports. She was engaged to Aaron Ross at the time (the two are now married), and the pregnancy was not planned. Her dream was to win Olympic gold as a sprinter, and that dream seemed within her grasp. “The culmination of a lifetime of work was right before me. In that moment, it seemed like no choice at all,“ she writes. “The veil of a child out of wedlock at the prime of my career seemed unbearable. What would my sponsors, my family, my church, and my fans think of me?“

But the decision ended up breaking her, she writes. She flew to Beijing the day after the procedure despite the fact that she was supposed to avoid exercise for two weeks; her confidence waned and she couldn’t sleep the night before her 300-meter race. She had expected to win, but instead came in third. She and her team, though, did win gold in the 4x400 relay later, and she bounced back in her career, having one of her best years as a runner in 2009. Even so, the now five-time Olympic medalist says she wore the abortion as “a scarlet letter” and that it took a toll on her relationship with Ross. She’s pregnant again now, calling it the couple’s “biggest blessing yet,“ and she tells ESPN she decided to share her story to help other young women, particularly female athletes, who experience something similar.

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