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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.

GSC Land Resources Department Planning Annual Golf Tournament

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Planning is underway for the 19th Annual Glenville State College Department of Land Resources Golf Tournament to be held on Friday, April 28 beginning at 1:00 p.m. Proceeds from the event, which will take place at the Bel Meadow Golf Club in Clarksburg, West Virginia, will again be used to enhance student learning within GSC’s Natural Resource Management programs.

Funds received from the golf tournament will help provide extra tools and equipment for students studying environmental, forestry, land surveying, land management, and other natural resource management programs at GSC.

Multiple prizes are available, including two hole-in-one prizes of $10,000 cash and a STIHL Homeowner’s Package (package consists of a MS170 Chainsaw with 16-inch bar, BG 86 Handheld Blower, and FS70R Trimmer) and a closest second shot prize of a STIHL MS251 Chainsaw. The top three teams will receive cash awards and trophies including $400 for first place, $300 for second place, and $200 for third place. Prizes also will be awarded for Closest to Pin, Log Driver Champion, Longest Putt, and Longest Drive.

Participants can enter the scramble golf outing for an entry fee of $80 per person or $320 per team of four. The entry fee includes green fees, cart rental, and lunch. Organizations and individuals are also welcome to sponsor a hole, starting at $100. Sponsors will be recognized in a GSC Department of Land Resources newsletter and will have the name of the person or organization displayed during the event. Checks can be made payable to GSC Land Resources Fundraiser and sent to Glenville State College Department of Land Resources, 200 High Street, Glenville, WV 26351.

For more information and to register, contact the Land Resources Department at 304.462.6370.

MEC Selected To Host Pair Of NCAA Championships

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The NCAA has selected the Mountain East Conference to serve as host for two national championships for the 2019-21 seasons. The MEC was chosen as the host the 2019 NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championship at The Resort at Glade Springs in Daniels, WV, and will be a co-host with the city of Salem, VA, to host the 2021 NCAA Division II Women’s Lacrosse Championship.

The MEC will complete its cycle of hosting six championships from 2014-17 this spring with the 2017 NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Atlantic/East Regional Tournament at Glade Springs and the 2017 NCAA Division II Softball NCAA Championship in Salem.

“It is a tremendous honor for the NCAA to have selected the Mountain East Conference as hosts for multiple NCAA Division II National Championship,“ said Commissioner Reid Amos.
“While these championships help strengthen our brand and exposure nationally, we are just as excited to bring great student-athletes and fans to this area of the country and showcase the beautiful venues at Glade Springs Resort and Kerr Stadium, “ Amos said. “We are certain that the student-athletes will have a great experience at these championships and create life-long memories.“

“We really want to thank everyone who put in a bid,” said Mark Lewis, NCAA executive vice president of championships and alliances. “The competitiveness of the bids made it extremely difficult for the sport committees to select sites as there just weren’t spots for all of the great bids we received. Ultimately the sites that were selected will provide our student-athletes, coaches and fans the best experience possible.”

The NCAA received more than 3,000 bid submissions from NCAA member schools, conferences, sports commissions and cities vying to host predetermined rounds for 84 of the NCAA’s 90 championships. A total of 613 sites were awarded for this cycle. The respective NCAA sports committees and the divisional championships cabinets/committees reviewed the bid proposals and selected the sites.

There were 43 states selected to host at least one round of an NCAA championship, with Pennsylvania leading the way with a total of 53. Florida was awarded the second most with 51, while Indiana totaled 41, the third highest.  Buoyed with a total of six fall championships for the 2018 Division II National Championships Festival, Pittsburgh was awarded 22 preliminary rounds and finals, the most of any city.

Criteria for selecting the host sites included creating what will be an exceptional experience for the student-athletes, along with adherence to NCAA bid specifications. Specifications can include, but are not limited to, providing optimal facilities; ease of travel to the location and ample lodging; and adherence to NCAA principles, which include providing an atmosphere that is safe and respects the dignity of all attendees.

Lady Pioneers Place Ninth at MEC Spring Classic, Fatool Named to All-MEC Honorable Mention Team

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Glenville, WV – The Glenville State women’s golf team finished ninth at the MEC Spring Classic with a team score of 521 at Edgewood Country Club on Tuesday.

Raven Fatool led the Lady Pioneers as she shot an 88 placing overall 28th at the MEC Spring Classic. Fatool, was also named to the All-MEC Honorable Mention team.

Abbie Wilfong finished 43rd overall as she shot a 133 while Allison Parski shot a 142 placing overall 45th and Bailey Rabel placed 46th as she shot a 158.

The women’s golf season now comes to an end.

2015-16 All-MEC First Team
Name School Cl. Hometown
Christi Bilas Notre Dame Sr. Youngstown, OH
Kazey Frazier Wheeling Jesuit Sr. Galloway, NJ
Bridget Lynn Wheeling Jesuit So. Lemont, IL
Kenaida Mills Wheeling Jesuit Fr. Califon, NJ
Michiko Smith Notre Dame Sr. Lahaina, HI
Courtney Tierney Urbana Sr. Wilder, KY
2015-16 All-MEC Second Team
Name School Cl. Hometown
Kaitlyn Bliss West Liberty Jr. Bridgeport, OH
Katie Casey WV Wesleyan Jr. North Canton, OH
Mackenzie Cluesman UVa-Wise Sr. Jonesville, VA
Kelli Garrett Charleston Sr. Chapmanville, WV
Brianna Stokes Notre Dame Jr. Bellevue, OH
Arleen Xayasone Concord Jr. Modesto, CA
2015-16 All-MEC Honorable Mention
Name School Cl. Hometown
Leah Baughman Wheeling Jesuit So. Zanesville, OH
Lauren Crause Charleston So. Glastonbury, CT
Raven Fatool Glenville State So. Sunbury, PA
Elsa Goodsen Notre Dame Jr. Coeur d’Alene, ID
Marci Schneider Wheeling Jesuit So. West Union, OH
Ashley Windsor Charleston Sr. Stevenson Ranch, CA
Player of the Year: Kasey Frazier (Wheeling Jesuit)
Freshman of the Year: Kenaida Mills (Wheeling Jesuit)
Coach of the Year: Will Johnson (Charleston)

GSC’s Covert Selected to All-MEC Second Team

The Free Press WV

BRIDGEPORT, WV —Shepherd’s Ryan Crabtree is the 2015-16 Mountain East Conference Men’s Golf Player of the Year, while Rams head coach Ed Dolan has been named the league’s Coach of the Year. Notre Dame’s Evan Schreck collected Freshman of the Year accolades. The individual awards were determined at the conclusion of the league’s third sanctioned event on Monday.

In addition to the individual award winners, the league also announced its All-MEC teams. Crabtree was joined on the first team by Charleston’s duo of Viktor Pustwo and Lewis Fenn, Notre Dame’s Brian Bir, West Liberty’s Matt Iceton and Wheeling Jesuit’s Nolan Tisch.

WLU had two players on the second team in Cory Hoshor and Alston Spears. Joe Burkinshaw (SU), Travis Covert (GSC) and Charleston’s Justin Westveer (UC) were also second team honorees, along with NDC’s Shreck.

The All-MEC teams, along with Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors, are determined by scoring average from seven rounds at select MEC events. The MEC Coach of the Year is determined by a vote of the league’s coaches.

2015-16 All-MEC First Team
Name School Cl. Hometown
Brian Bir Notre Dame Sr. Cleveland, Ohio
Ryan Crabtree Shepherd Jr. Williamsport, MD
Lewis Fenn Charleston So. Dunbar, Scotland
Matt Iceton West Liberty Jr. Whitby, Ontario
Viktor Pustwo Charleston Jr. Saint-Tropez, France
Nolan Tisch Wheeling Jesuit Jr. Smithville, Ohio
2015-16 All-MEC Second Team
Name School Cl. Hometown
Joe Burkinshaw Shepherd Jr. Germantown, MD
Travis Covert Glenville State Fr. Red House, WV
Cory Hoshor West Liberty So. Buffalo, WV
Evan Shreck Notre Dame Fr. Medina, Ohio
Alston Spears West Liberty So. Spencer, WV
Justin Westveer Charleston So. Charlotte, NC
2015-16 All-MEC Honorable Mention
Name School Cl. Hometown
Ryan Burson Wheeling Jesuit So. East Liverpool, Ohio
Brandon Dang Shepherd So. Berryville, VA
Eric Dargis Wheeling Jesuit So. Vineland, NJ
Cody Kotva Charleston Jr. Barrie, Ontario
Bailey Mohr Fairmont State So. Fairmont, WV
Brandon Weiss Urbana So. Vandalia, Ohio
Player of the Year: Ryan Crabtree (Shepherd)
Freshman of the Year: Evan Shreck (Notre Dame)
Coach of the Year: Ed Dolan (Shepherd)

Men’s Golf Places 15th at the Oglebay Resort Intercollegiate

The Free Press WV

Glenville, WV – The Glenville State men’s golf team came in 15th at the Oglebay Resort Intercollegiate hosted by West Liberty University this past weekend with a team score of 658.

Travis Covert led GSC as he finished the tournament with a two day score of 152 as he finished overall 21st. Dylan Montgomery finished 55th with a score of 161 while Alex Lytle came in 76th as he shot a 168.

Also for the Pioneers Nick Rice came in 87th with a score of 177 and Reed Ratliff shot a 187 as he placed 91st in the tournament.

Glenville State will return to action this weekend April 10th for the MEC Spring Championship at Stonewall Resort.

MEC Men’s Golf Preview

The Gilmer Free Press

BRIDGEPORT, WV—The University of Charleston has been selected by a vote of the league’s coaches to win the 2015 Mountain East Conference Men’s Golf championship. 

The Golden Eagles, who have advanced to the NCAA Championships in each of the last two seasons, finished with 116 points and had seven first-place votes. UC will be led by All-Atlantic Region players Thibault Carmingnano and Viktor Pustwo. 

West Liberty finished second in the poll with 111 points and was picked first on four ballots. The Hilltoppers also return a pair of all-region players in Matt Iceton and Cory Hoshor. Iceton was the 2014-15 MEC Player of the Year. 

Two-time defending champion Concord was tabbed third with 91 points and had the remaining first-place vote, narrowly edging out Shepherd with 90 points. Notre Dame was picked fifth (82), followed by Fairmont State (67), West Virginia Wesleyan (59), Wheeling Jesuit (53) and Urbana (51). Glenville State (32), UVa-Wise (29) and West Virginia State (11) completed the poll.

2015 MEC Men’s Golf Preseason Poll
1. Charleston (7) 116
2. West Liberty (4) 111
3. Concord (1) 91
4. Shepherd 90
5. Notre Dame 82
6. Fairmont State 67
7. West Virginia Wesleyan 59
8. Wheeling Jesuit 53
9. Urbana 51
10. Glenville State 32
11. UVa-Wise 29
12. West Virginia State 11
() Indicates first place votes * Coaches not able to vote for own team

Pioneers Golf Team Picked 10th in MEC Preseason Poll

The Gilmer Free Press

BRIDGEPORT, WV—The University of Charleston has been selected by a vote of the league’s coaches to win the 2015 Mountain East Conference Men’s Golf championship. 

The Golden Eagles, who have advanced to the NCAA Championships in each of the last two seasons, finished with 116 points and had seven first-place votes. UC will be led by All-Atlantic Region players Thibault Carmingnano and Viktor Pustwo. 

West Liberty finished second in the poll with 111 points and was picked first on four ballots. The Hilltoppers also return a pair of all-region players in Matt Iceton and Cory Hoshor. Iceton was the 2014-15 MEC Player of the Year. 

Two-time defending champion Concord was tabbed third with 91 points and had the remaining first-place vote, narrowly edging out Shepherd with 90 points. Notre Dame was picked fifth (82), followed by Fairmont State (67), West Virginia Wesleyan (59), Wheeling Jesuit (53) and Urbana (51). Glenville State (32), UVa-Wise (29) and West Virginia State (11) completed the poll.

2015 MEC Men’s Golf Preseason Poll
1. Charleston (7) 116
2. West Liberty (4) 111
3. Concord (1) 91
4. Shepherd 90
5. Notre Dame 82
6. Fairmont State 67
7. West Virginia Wesleyan 59
8. Wheeling Jesuit 53
9. Urbana 51
10. Glenville State 32
11. UVa-Wise 29
12. West Virginia State 11
() Indicates first place votes * Coaches not able to vote for own team
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