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2018: Area High School Football Scoreboard: Week 9

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Area High School Football Scoreboard
2018: Week 9 Games
Gilmer County (3-4)   Braxton County (0-7)  
Valley (Fayette) (0-8)   North Marion (3-4)  
Ravenswood (A) (2-5)   Lewis County (5-3)  
Roane County (2-5)   Philip Barbour (2-5)  
#15 Ritchie County (4-3)   #5 Doddridge County (7-0)  
Wirt County (1-7)   Valley (Wetzel) (2-5)  
Webster County (4-4)   #7 Parkersburg Catholic (8-0)  
Notre Dame (3-4)   #6 Williamstown (7-1)  
#15 Tyler Consolidated (4-3)   #4 Cameron (8-0)  
#13 Magnolia (5-3)   Beallsville, OH  
St. Marys (2-5)   Richwood (2-5)  
South Harrison (1-6)   #11 Van (6-1)  
Lincoln (3-4)   Clay County (5-2)  
Elkins (2-5)   #14 Shady Spring (5-2)  
#8 Robert C. Byrd (5-2)   #4 Bridgeport (7-1)  
Liberty Harrison (4-3)   #7 Keyser (6-1)  
#3 Nicholas County (8-0) #7 Parkersburg South (5-2)
Independence (3-5)   #14 Greenbrier East (4-3)  
Brooke (0-7)      
Buckhannon-Upshur (2-5)      
 

Pender Earns MEC Offensive Player of the Week for Second-Straight Week

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Mario Pender (Glenville State), Michael Porter (FSU) and Lyrics Klugh (FSU) have earned Mountain East Conference Player of the Week honors for their play in the seventh week of the season.

Pender, a senior from Cape Coral, Fla., is the Offensive Player of the Week for a second-straight week after helping the Pioneers to a 33-23 home win over West Liberty. Pender went over the 200 yards rushing in consecutive weeks racking up 228 yards on 23 carries with three touchdowns. He averaged 9.9 yards per carry and scored on runs of 60, 50 and 49 yards against the Hilltoppers.

Porter, a junior defensive back from Accokeek, Md., is the Defensive Player of the Week after helping a Fairmont State defensive unit hold Shepherd to just 17 points in a 38-17 win over the Rams. Porter had five solo tackles and broke up two passes, including a 36-yard interception return for a touchdown early in the third quarter that gave the Falcons a commanding 31-10 lead.

Klugh, a senior from Lyman, S.C., is the Special Teams Player of the Week for the third time this season after his performance against Shepherd. He returned a pair of punts 75 yards on Saturday against the Rams, including a long return of 59 that set up FSU’s first score of the day. He leads the country in punt returns averaging 30.1 yards per return on the season.


Other Top Performances

Offense: Calil Wilkins (WVSU) had 192 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns in a win for the Yellow Jackets ... Khalik Hamlin (FSU) scored three times and had 111 yards rushing to help the Falcons top Shepherd ... Chris Brimm (NDC) threw four TD passes and had 189 yards through the air in a win over Urbana ... Victor Mitchell (WISE) had a career-high 140 yards to go with three touchdowns ... Chad Swanson (UU) had his first career touchdown reception against Notre Dame ... Tywan Pearce (CU) caught five passes for a career-high 98 yards and two touchdowns against Glenville State.

Defense: Tre’von Slater (NDC) had two interceptions on the day in a win over Urbana, including one returned for a touchdown ... Dylan Giovine (WISE) had 2.5 sacks and a team-high seven tackles to lead the Cavs to a win over West Virginia Wesleyan ... Cody Rine (WLU) had nine tackles (six solo), with a sack, a fumble recovery and a blocked PAT ... JT NGangum (GSC) had seven tackles, including a pair of sacks, in a win for the Pioneers ... Chris Richardson (UU) had his third career interception on Saturday ... Zach Malone (CU) went over 300 career tackles with 14 stops on Saturday ... Ponce DeLeon (SU) had a game-high 15 tackles (10 solo) vs. Fairmont State.

Special Teams: Jamari Collins (UU) blocked his third kick of the season against Notre Dame ... Aaron Ball (WVSU) had 10 points for the Yellow Jackets on Saturday (1 FG, 7-for-7 PAT).


2018 MEC Players Of The Week


Offense

September 03: Jaleel McLaughlin (NDC)

September 10: Jaleel McLaughlin (NDC)

September 17: Tyson Bagent (SU)

September 24: Tyson Bagent (SU)

October 01: Jaleel McLauglin (NDC)

October 08: Mario Pender (GSC)

October 15: Mario Pender (GSC)


Defense

September 3: Guam Lee (NDC)

September 10: Stephen Turner (FSU)

September 17: Kahzin Daniels (UC)/Buster Henderson (WISE)

September 24: Cedric Amadi (UC)/Mikel Toliver (UU)

October 01: Bozton Sanders (UU)

October 08: Marquis Hamilton (WISE)

October 15: Michael Porter (FSU)


Special Teams

September 03: Kahliq Muhammad (UU)/Luke Walls (CU)

September 10: Lyrics Klugh (FSU)

September 17: Lyrics Klugh (FSU)

September 24: Owen Rozan (WLU)

October 01: Tanner Harding (NDC)

October 08: Carl Gorman (WVSU)

October 15: Lyrics Klugh (FSU)

MEC Men’s & Women’s Preseason Polls

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Women’s Basketball: Glenville State Tabbed As Preseason Favorite

Glenville State has been picked to win a third-straight Mountain East Conference title in women’s basketball in a vote conducted by the league’s coaches. The poll had five different teams receive first-place votes.

The Pioneers finished atop the poll with 110 points and six first-place votes. Glenville State, led by third-year head coach Kim Stephens, went 31-2 and became the first basketball program to go 22-0 in the MEC a season ago. The Pioneers lose two-time MEC Player of the Year Paris McLeod, but does return five players including Emily Stoller (10.1 ppg), Courtney Davis (9.0 ppg, 8.3 rbg) and Abby Stoller (4.9 ppg, 5.0 rbg).

Notre Dame was narrowly picked to finish second with 109 points and had one first-place vote. NDC returns a pair of all-conference honorees in their backcourt with first-team selection Seina Adachi (16.1 ppg) and second-team honoree Marisa Finazzo (11.3 ppg, 3.9 apg). Fairmont State, who also returns a strong backcourt in last year’s Freshman of the Year Sierra Kotchman (18.4 ppg) and Brooke Kurucz (14.0 ppg), was picked third with 98 points and three-first place votes.

All-American Marissa Brown and her 24 points and 11 rebounds will lead a West Liberty team that was picked to finish fourth in the poll with 92 points (one first-place vote). West Virginia State, picked to finish fifth with 79 points, welcomes back three starters from a team that went 13-9 in league play. Charleston, with

first-year head coach Becky Burke and four starters back, is picked sixth with 72 points, including one first-place vote.


Concord and its formidable frontcourt duo of Riley Fitzwater (13.9 ppg) and Madison May (11.8 rbg) was picked seventh with 62 points. Urbana was slotted eighth (48), followed by Wheeling Jesuit (43), Shepherd (40), West Virginia Wesleyan (20) and UVa-Wise (19).

The poll was released on Friday at the Mountain East Conference Media Day at The Courtyard by Marriott in Bridgeport, WV.


Men’s Basketball: West Liberty Selected As Preseason Favorite

West Liberty is the preseason favorite to win the 2019 Mountain East Conference men’s basketball championship after a vote conducted by the league’s coaches.

The Hilltoppers, the preseason No. 1 team in the country according to Street & Smith’s, had 116 points and six first-place votes, just narrowly ahead of Fairmont State with 114 points and five first-place votes. Charleston was in third in the poll with 102 points and had the remaining first place vote.

WLU is coming off a 26-4 record and MEC regular season championship a year ago. Ben Howlett begins his second season at the helm of the program. The Hilltoppers will be led by sophomore Dalton Bolon, a preseason All-America selection. Bolon averaged 16.7 points per game last season and hit 93 three-pointers last season. Fairmont State returns a pair of All-MEC honorees in Jason Jolly (15.4 ppg, 4.0 apg) and Vonte Montgomery (11.8 pts, 4.6 rbg). Lamont McManus helped get UC to the MEC Tournament final last season and is back to help lead the Golden Eagles.

Notre Dame was slotted fourth in the poll with 84 points, followed by Concord (75). The Falcons get a boost with the return Will Vorhees, who led the league in scoring with 26.8 points per game as a junior before missing last season with an injury. Concord’s Tommy Bolte took over the scoring title last year in the MEC and in all of NCAA Division II scoring after pouring in 31.8 points per game.

West Virginia State, led by first team All-MEC selection Pat Johnson-Agwu, is picked sixth with 72 points. Shepherd was seventh in the poll with 62 points, followed by Glenville State (47) and Wheeling Jesuit (43). The Pioneers and Cardinals will be led by first-year head coaches Justin Caldwell and John Peckinpaugh, respectively. West Virginia Wesleyan (30), UVa-Wise (26) and Urbana (21) rounded out the poll.

The poll was released on Friday at the Mountain East Conference Media Day at The Courtyard by Marriott in Bridgeport, WV.

MEC Football Roundup (October 13, 2018)

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Glenville State 33, West Liberty 23

Glenville State’s Mario Pender ran for 228 yards and scored three times to propel the Pioneers to a 33-23 win over West Liberty on Saturday at Morris Stadium.

West Liberty (3-4, 3-3) closed out the first quarter with a 38-yard field goal to take an early 3-0 lead.  After recovering a Hilltopper fumble, Glenville State (2-5, 2-5) answered with a score when Jaylen McNair found Gary Bacon on a 17-yard pass to push the Pioneers ahead with 8:04 left in the second quarter.  The Hilltoppers responded on the next drive after Brenton Colabella’s one-yard touchdown run capped a 10-play, 54-yard drive.

Down but not out, Glenville State scored on its next drive behind Pender’s 60-yard touchdown run.  Clinging to a 13-10 advantage with 3:59 on the clock in the third quarter, Pender came up big for the Pioneers again with a 49-yard touchdown run to leave the Hilltoppers trailing 19-10.

West Liberty refused to go away quietly, scoring on the ensuing drive after Zach Phillips found Michael McLean with a five-yard touchdown pass.

Glenville State opened the fourth quarter with an 11-play, 79-yard scoring drive.  McNair capped the drive with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Javon Butler.  With 7:58 left in the game, Pender tacked on a 50-yard touchdown run for the Pioneers, leaving West Liberty trailing 33-16.  The Hilltoppers would score once more behind Trevor Hoosier’s fumble recovery which he ran back 32 yards for the final margin.

McNair completed 14-of-21 pass attempts for 147 yards and two scores in the win for Glenville State.  In addition to Pender’s 228 yards on the ground, J’Quan Anderson tacked on 49 yards on 15 carries.  Butler hauled in five passes for 77 yards and a score with Bacon catching two passes for 28 yards and one touchdown in the win.

Charles Westbrook paced West Liberty on the ground with 23 carries for 91 yards.  Zach Phillips and Colabella combined for 145 yards on the day behind 21-of-46 passing. Darien Mitchell caught five passes for 44 yards with Shane Phillips adding 47 yards with four receptions.

Logan Deri and Clifford Clark both recorded 11 tackles for the West Liberty defense.  Cody Rine added nine stops, two tackles for loss (six yards), a sack and a fumble recovery.

Dom Cizauskas led the effort for Glenville State with eight tackles and three pass breakups.  The Pioneer defense recorded five sacks on the day (42 yards) and 13 total pass breakups.


Fairmont State 38, Shepherd 17

Fairmont State raced out to a 17-0 lead in the first half on its way to a 38-17 win over Shepherd on Saturday afternoon at Ram Stadium.

The Falcons (5-2, 5-2) scored on each of their first three possessions and Shepherd (4-2, 4-2) went three-and-out on its first three possessions to create the 17-0 deficit. The Rams finally came to life in the second quarter with 10 unanswered points, but Khalik Hamlin raced through the middle of the SU defense on a draw on third down for a 33-yard touchdown run just before halftime to give FSU back the momentum going into the half.

Fairmont State’s defense set the tone to start the second half forcing another three-and-out and then Michael Porter picked off a Tyson Bagent pass and went 36 yards to give FSU the commanding 31-10 lead.

Shepherd tried to rally later in the quarter as Ryan Feiss had a four-yard touchdown reception to get to within two scores, but Fairmont State put the game away in the fourth quarter as it marched 70 yards on 15 plays and chewed up over eight minutes of game time. Hamlin capped the drive with a three-yard touchdown plunge. Fairmont State was 4-for-4 on third downs on the drive.

Hamlin finished the day with 111 yards on 27 carries and three touchdowns. Takwan Crews-Naylor was 12-of-14 for 148 yards and one score.

The Fairmont State defense held Shepherd to just 56 yards rushing. Trevon Shorts had eight tackles and Josh Ballard had a pair of sacks for the Falcons.

For Shepherd, Bagent was 23-of-39 for 217 yards with two interceptions and a touchdown. Ponce DeLeon had a game-high 15 tackles to lead the Rams on defense.


#17 Notre Dame 45, Urbana 14

No. 17 Notre Dame overcame a slow start to pick up its seventh straight win in a 45-14 decision against Urbana.  The Falcons trailed the Blue Knights 7-3 early in the second quarter before Jaleel McLaughlin’s two-yard touchdown run capped a six-play, 34-yard drive and shifted the momentum in favor of Notre Dame.

The Falcons took advantage of 17 unanswered points to build a commanding 24-7 lead by the 10:46 mark in the third quarter.  Urbana would score once more before the end of the contest after Chris Richardson’s interception led to a scoring drive for the Blue Knights late in the third quarter, but the damage was done as the Falcons kept Urbana off the scoreboard in the fourth.  Chris Brimm found Marvell Ross on a four-yard touchdown pass for the final margin.

Notre Dame (7-0, 7-0) piled up 442 offensive yards in the win with 253 on the ground and 189 in the air. Brimm completed 11-of-24 pass attempts for 189 yards and four touchdowns and connected with six different receivers over the course of the contest.

Jaleel McLaughlin led the Falcons on the ground with 14 carries for 75 yards and a score.

Khalil Trotman was 10-of-17 for 123 yards for Urbana (4-3, 3-3).  He threw two touchdown passes in the loss.  Isaiah Young tallied 63 yards on 17 carries for the Blue Knights. 

Defensively, Curtis Collins led all players in the game with 13 tackles (five solo, eight assisted).  Sha’ha Williams and RJ Goodwin each had seven stops for Notre Dame with Williams recording a sack.

DeArmon Lewis and Duray Hall each tallied seven tackles for Urbana.


Findlay 35, Charleston 24

Findlay rallied from a 24-21 fourth quarter deficit and defeated Charleston, 35-24, on Saturday afternoon at UC Stadium.

Findlay (4-3) scored a touchdown with less than a minute left in the first half to take a 14-10 lead into the locker room. The Golden Eagles (4-3) got a 49-yard touchdown pass from Mason Olszewski to Michael Strachan early in the third quarter to get the lead back, but the Oilers answered with a touchdown pass of their own to take the lead going into the fourth quarter.

C.J. Bagwell picked off a pass for UC in the fourth quarter that set up a three-yard Jimmy Wheeler touchdown run to give the Golden Eagles the 24-21 lead. Findlay then marched seven plays and 67 yards capped by a 21-yard touchdown pass from Luke Stuffel to Adam Bertke move ahead, 28-24. The Oilers then blocked a punt on UC’s possession and needed to go just 12 yards for the TD score to ice the game.

UC had the edge in total offense, 369-264. The Golden Eagles turned the ball over five times, though.

Olszewski was 18-of-30 for 282 yards and two touchdowns with a pick. Strachan had 166 receiving yards and Wheeler finished with 75 yards on the ground. Bagwell led the way on defense with 12 tackles.

Findlay’s Bertke was 12-of-26 for 177 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Kyle Gibson had nine tackles, including 3.5 for a loss, to lead the Oilers on defense.


West Virginia State 52, Concord 24

West Virginia State ran away with a 52-24 win over Concord on Saturday afternoon.  The Yellow Jackets tallied 565 offensive yards over the course of the contest while holding to Concord to 273 on the afternoon.

West Virginia State’s (4-3, 3-3) Calil Wilkins and Carl Garmon combined for 308 of the team’s 451 yards on the ground.  Both notched 14 carries on the day.  Wilkins ran for 192 yards and two scores with Garmon tallying 116 yards and one touchdown in the win.  AJ Barrette added 76 yards with one touchdown run.

Faustino Saucedo was 7-of-14 on the day for 114 yards with three touchdowns in the win.  He found Tyrell Henderson three times for 63 yards and a touchdown, and Barrette and Garmon once each for a score on 22 and 21 yards passes, respectively.

The Mountain Lions held a 10-7 lead by the end of the first quarter before the Yellow Jackets responded with 17 unanswered points in the second quarter to take a 24-10 lead heading into halftime.  West Virginia State outscored Concord 28-7 in the third quarter to build a commanding 52-17 advantage entering into the final stanza. 

Concord’s (1-6, 1-6) Kris Copeland notched 86 yards on 11 carries and one touchdown in the loss.  Adam Fulton threw for 156 yards on 14-of-20 passing with two touchdown passes, both to Tywan Pearce.  Pearce hauled in five passes on the day for 98 yards.

Zach Malon led all players in the game with 14 tackles (seven solo, seven assisted).  Ke’Shawn Hall followed with eight stops on the day for Concord.

Joe Stoneman led West Virginia State with 11 tackles (five solo, six assisted) with two tackles for loss (12 yards) and one sack (11 yards).


UVa-Wise 35, West Virginia Wesleyan 14

UVa-Wise held West Virginia Wesleyan to 20 yards rushing and 130 total offensive yards on its way to a 35-14 win on Saturday afternoon.  The Cavaliers took a 14-0 lead into the halftime break and outscored the Bobcats 21-7 in the final stanza to earn their third win of the season.

Kaian Duverger caught a five-yard touchdown pass with 11:46 on the clock in the first quarter to give UVa-Wise (3-4, 3-4) the momentum early.  A six-yard touchdown run by Von Purvis midway through the second quarter left West Virginia Wesleyan (1-6, 1-5) looking to recover from an early deficit.

Jujuan Linzy’s 46-yard punt return gave the Bobcats their first score of the game with 13:33 left in the third quarter.  In the fourth quarter, a pair of short touchdown runs by Victor Mitchell pushed the Cavaliers ahead 28-7.  West Virginia Wesleyan used Matt Vinson’s 17-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Dewdney to cap a six-play, 42-yard drive with 5:38 left in the game before Mitchell came through with another score for the Cavaliers on a 33-yard run to secure the 35-14 win.

UVa-Wise compiled 232 yards on the ground behind Mitchell’s 141 yards on 21 carries.  He scored three times over the course of the contest.  Purvis added 38 yards on 10 carries with one score in the win.  Tanner Bernard completed 23-of-30 pass attempts for 244 yards.  He connected with eight different receivers including Duverger seven times for 63 yards and one touchdown.

Luke Casey and Matt Vinson combined to throw 110 yards on 11-of-34 passing for West Virginia Wesleyan.  Dewdney hauled in three passes for 60 yards with one touchdown on the day.  Devin Montgomery notched seven carries for 48 yards in the loss.

Defensively, Trey Lee led the way for West Virginia Wesleyan with 10 tackles (six solo, four assisted).  Zechariah Johnson, Anthony Hill, and Robby Huddleston all added nine tackles over the course of the contest.

Dylan Glovine paced the Cavaliers with seven stops, three tackles for loss (11 yards), three sacks (nine yards), and two quarterback hurries in the win.

College Football Rankings

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Associated Press Top 25

1. Alabama
2. Ohio State
3. Clemson
4. Notre Dame
5. LSU
6. Michigan
7. Texas
8. Georgia
9. Oklahoma
10. UCF
11. Florida
12. Oregon
13. West Virginia
14. Kentucky
15. Washington
16. NC State
17. Texas A&M
18. Penn State
19. Iowa
20. Cincinnati
21. South Florida
22. Mississippi State
23. Wisconsin
24. Michigan State
25. Washington State


Coaches Poll

1. Alabama
2. Ohio State
3. Clemson
4. Notre Dame
5. LSU
6. Georgia
7. Michigan
8. Texas
9. UCF
10. Oklahoma
11. Oregon
12. Florida
13. West Virginia
14. Washington
15. NC State
16. Penn State
17. Kentucky
18. Texas A&M
19. Wisconsin
20. South Florida
21. Cincinnati
22. Iowa
23. Washington State
24. Stanford
25. Colorado

2018: Area High School Football Scoreboard: Week 8

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Area High School Football Scoreboard
2018: Week 8 Games
Calhoun County (1-7) 12 #10 Grafton (5-1) 27
Gilmer County (3-4) 21 Braxton County (0-7) 2
#13 Ritchie County (4-3) 22 North Marion (3-4) 6
Webster County (4-4) 28 Lewis County (5-3) 23
Roane County (2-5) 6 Ravenswood (2-5) 0
Lincoln (3-4) 27 #4 Doddridge County (7-0) 38
Notre Dame (3-4) 28 #5 Cameron (8-0) 42
#6 Parkersburg Catholic (8-0) 35 #14 Clay-Battelle (4-3) 0
South Harrison (1-6) 0 Warren Local, OH 13
#10 Sherman (6-1) 62 #8 Williamstown (7-1) 33
Tyler Consolidated (4-3) 57 St. Marys (2-5) 7
#16 Tolsia (4-4) 32 #15 Magnolia (5-3) 41
Wirt County (1-7) 12 Valley (Wetzel) (2-5) 8
Tygarts Valley (4-3) 20 Frontier, OH 34
Liberty Harrison (4-3) 34 Richwood (2-5) 30
East Fairmont (0-7) Thursday 14 Greenbrier West (2-6) 36
Lincoln County (5-2) 18 Vincentian Acad., PA 35
Clay County (5-2) 6 Paden City (1-7) 8
Elkins (2-5) 0 Westside (1-7) 0
#5 Bridgeport (7-1) 35 #3 Nicholas County (8-0) 49
Buckhannon-Upshur (2-5) 19 #11 Parkersburg (5-3) 38
#13 University (4-4) 46 #13 Hurricane (3-5) 14
Morgantown (3-5) 7    
#8 Parkersburg South (5-2) 35    
 

UC Sweeps Men’s & Women’s Golf Titles

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Men’s Golf: Charleston Wins Second-Straight Title

Led by medalist Eoin Cunniffe, the University of Charleston took home its second-straight Mountain East Conference Men’s Golf Tournament championship.

Charleston shot 298 on the final day to hold off all challengers and win the title. In addition to a 1-under 71 from Cunniffe, Mitch Hoffman shot 74, Ritwik Jain scored 75 and Adam Jordan shot 78 for the Golden Eagles.

UC posted a three-day total of 906, besting runner-up West Liberty by six shots. The Hilltoppers closed with a 296 on the final day to move from fourth to second. Fairmont State finished third (915), followed by Concord (924), Shepherd (928) and UVa-Wise (940). Shepherd had the best round of the tournament on Wednesday with a 294.

Cunniffe entered the final day tied for the lead with West Liberty’s Sean Trapp, and fired a 1-under 71 to earn medalist honors and finish the three-day tournament at -1 (215). He had three birdies and two bogeys on his card on Wednesday. Trapp shot his third-straight 72 to finish in second. Trapp’s teammate Alex Easthom had a 71 on Wednesday to take third (222), and Urbana’s Luc Toupin was fourth after a 72 (224). Fairmont State’s Ben Knight and Wheeling Jesuit’s Gian Franco Morassutti tied for fifth with a three-day score of 225.


Women’s Golf: UC Holds Off Notre Dame

Charleston held off Notre Dame on the final day of play to take the 2018 Mountain East Conference Women’s Golf Tournament title on Wednesday afternoon at the Cobb Course at Glade Springs.

Charleston came into the final day with an 11-shot lead, and gave back just one stroke to the field on the final day of play. UC finished Wednesday with a score of 332 for a three-day total of 997. Elizabeth Karsten led UC on the final day with an 80, while Sarah Feizal added an 82. Alyssa Wrozier shot 84 and Aleigha Hodges rounded out hte scoring with an 86.

Notre Dame had the best round of the day with a 331 to finish securely in second with a score of 1,007. Wheeling Jesuit was third (1,092), followed by West Virginia Wesleyan (1,128), Concord (1,130) and Fairmont State (1,163).

Notre Dame’s Macie Hysell held off Karsten to take medalist honors. Hysell came into the third round with just a three-shot lead and had a pair of triple bogeys on her opening nine holes, but finished strong over the last nine with a 37 to shoot 81. Her three-day total of 239 was two shots better than Karsten (241). UVa-Wise’s Katie Pritchett took third after shooting the lowest round of the day (77) to finish with a thre-day score of 243. Sarah Feizal was fourth (245) and Notre Dame’s Armani Shepherd was fifth (245).

MEC Week 7 Football Preview - 2018

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Week seven in the Mountain East Conference will take place entirely on Saturday for the first time this season with six games.

Three games kick off at noon, including a key matchup between Fairmont State and Shepherd. The 17th-ranked Notre Dame Falcons welcome in-state rival Urbana and Findlay visits Charleston in a non-conference tilt in the other two games that kick at noon. Concord will try to snap its five-game losing streak on the road at West Virginia State at 1 p.m., and West Liberty travels to take on Glenville State at 1 p.m. The week wraps up at 2 p.m. with West Virginia Wesleyan looking for its second win in as many weeks at a UVa-Wise team that is fresh off a 17-0 shutout last week.


Notebook

• Mario Pender (Glenville State), Marquis Hamilton (UVa-Wise) and Carl Garmon (WVSU) have earned Mountain East Conference Player of the Week honors for their play in the sixth week of the season. (Full release)

• Road teams in conference play were 4-1 last week.

• Scoring 30 points could be the key figure in MEC play in 2018. Teams are 18-7 this year when reaching the 30-point mark in a game. West Virginia Wesleyan has lost three times when scoring 30 points, and West Virginia State has a pair of defeats despite getting to 30 points.

• Notre Dame owns the longest winning streak in the league at six. Shepherd is on a four-game winning streak.

• West Virginia State’s Carl Garmon provided the first kickoff return for a touchdown in the league this season. The GLIAC is the only conference without a kickoff return for a touchdown in 2018.

• Notre Dame has moved up to 17th in the country in the AFCA poll. This marks the highest ranking in school history. It is the third-straight week NDC has been ranked and it is just the fourth national ranking in the AFCA poll. The Falcons are ranked 20th in the D2Football.com poll—the second week the school been ranked in that poll.


SATURDAY, October 13


Fairmont State (4-2, 3-2) at Shepherd (4-1, 4-1) | Noon | Shepherdstown, WV (Rams Stadium)

Series: Shepherd has won 19 of the last 22 vs. Fairmont State ... FSU’s last win in the series came in 2008 at Rams Stadium.

Notes: Fairmont State averaged 41 points in its first three games (3-0), and is averaging 20.6 in its last three (1-2) ...the Falcons have had 28 penalties in their two losses this season ... Fairmont State is second in scoring defense (20.0) against a Shepherd team leading the MEC in scoring at 37.6 ... after giving up 35 points in the opener to Notre Dame, Shepherd is allowing just 16.5 points in its last four games ... QB Tyson Bagent has had multiple TD passes in each of his first five games ... Shepherd has had 25 TFLs in the last three games.


Urbana (4-2, 3-2) at #17 Notre Dame (6-0, 6-0) | Noon | South Euclid, Ohio (Mueller Field)

Series: NDC leads the all-time series, 4-3 ... the Falcons are 4-1 since both programs joined the MEC.

Notes: UU is tied for the NCAA lead with 10 fumbles recovered ... the Blue Knights are off to their best start since 2013 ... Mikal Toliver has 17.5 sacks in 16 career games for UU ... NDC has had to come back from a halftime deficit in each of its last three games ... the Falcons are 4-1 in Saturday games after a Thursday night the previous week ... Jaleel McLaughlin needs just 196 more yards to set the NDC single-season mark (1,457).


Findlay (3-3) at Charleston (4-2) | Noon | Charleston, WV (UC Stadium)

Notes: Tyreik McAllister’s 10 receptions last week were the second-most for a UC receiver since the program was reinstated in 2003 ... De’Andre Brooks is one catch shy of 100 for his career ... UC leads the league in total defense allowing 259.7 yards per game ... UC is a league-best 42.4 percent on third down conversions ... Findlay dispatched of Shepherd last year in the NCAA Playoffs ... the Oilers have scored 69, 58 and 70 points in their three wins this year.


Concord (1-5, 1-5) at WV State (3-3, 2-3) | 1 p.m. | Institute, WV (Lakin Field)

Series: WVSU has won the last two matchups and has scored 99 points in those two games ... CU is averaging 43.4 points in the last five games vs. West Virginia State.

Notes: Isaiah Bowman rushed for 100 yards for the first time in his career against Glenville State after only running for nine yards on three carries in the first six games of the season ... CU had two players record 100+ yards rushing in the same game for the first time since 2015 ... WVSU’s 61 points last week were the second-most in school history ... the Yellow Jackets had a kickoff return for a touchdown, but also allowed a kickoff and punt return for a TD ... Aaron Ball has made five of his last six field goal attempts, four of which have been over 40 yards ... WVSU allowed just 27 passing yards last week, its lowest total since joining the MEC.


West Liberty (2-4, 2-4) at Glenville State (2-4, 2-3) | 1 p.m. | Glenville, WV (I.L & Sue Morris Stadium)

Series: GSC has won two of the last three, including a 17-13 win last year ... it was the fewest points to win a game in the series since 2013 when West Liberty won 16-13.

Notes: WLU is looking to snap an eight-game road losing streak ... Cliff Clark is averaging 15.5 tackles in his last four games ... the Hilltoppers have committed fewer penalties then their opponent in each of their last nine games dating back to last season ... GSC is 2-1 when rushing for over 100 yards in a game this season ... the Pioneers were 6-for-6 in red zone scoring last week producing 34 points in a win over Concord ... GSC’s three picks last week vs. Concord were a season-high.


WV Wesleyan (1-5, 1-4) at UVa-Wise (2-4, 2-4) 2 p.m. Wise, Va. (Carl Smith Stadium)

Series: WVWC is 5-0 against UVa-Wise since the formation of the MEC ... the Bobcats scored 10 points in the first quarter which ended up being enough in a 10-7 victory ... it was the closest game in the series between the two schools.

Notes: The Bobcats won for the first time last week downing Charleston, 27-26 ... WVWC has played in four games this year that have been decided by three points or less ... ... QB Luke Casey had his third, three-touchdown game of the year last week vs. UC ... WVWC has been held to under 100 yards rushing in all but one game this year ... the Cavs forced a season-high five turnovers last week en route to the school’s first ever shut out of a NCAA Division II opponent ... a win Saturday would allow UVa-Wise to win back-to-back games for the first time since the start of the 2017 season.

MEC Men’s & Women’s Golf Championship Roundup (October 09, 2018)

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West Liberty’s Sean Trapp,

Men’s Golf: Golden Eagles Move To Top Of The Leaderboard

Charleston shot 302 to move to the top of the leaderboard after the second round of the MEC Men’s Golf Championship on Tuesday afternoon at The Resort at Glade Springs.

Eoin Cunniffe led UC on day two with a 73 and is at even after two rounds with 144. Ritwik Jain carded a 74 on the second day, and Robin Haesslich (77) and Mitch Hoffman (78) also posted scores for UC. Charleston’s two-day total sits at 608.

Fairmont State also shot 302 on day two to move into a tie for second place at with first round leader Concord at 614. West Liberty is just two strokes back in fourth after posting 307 on Tuesday. UVa-Wise (630) and Shepherd (634) also advanced to the final round by rounding out the top six.

Individually, Cunniffe shares the lead with West Liberty’s Sean Trapp who shot matching 72s in the first two rounds. Concord’s Jared Porter is in third (148), and Fairmont State’s Chase Voithofer shot 73 on Tuesday to move into fourth at 150. West Liberty’s Alex Easthom and Fairmont State’s Ben Knight are tied for fifth with 151.

Also advancing individually for the final round is Colby Cunningham of Glenville State, Luc Toupin of Urbana and Gian Franco Morassutti.

The final round concludes today.


Women’s Golf: Charleston Takes The Lead On Day Two

 

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Charleston’s Elizabeth Karsten


The University of Charleston fired the low round of the tournament to take an 11-shot lead after two rounds at the MEC Women’s Golf Championship at The Resort at Glade Springs.

UC got a pair of 77s from Elizabeth Karsten and Sarah Feizal to shoot 324 on Tuesday. Alyssa Wrozier added an 83, and McKenzie Dietz shot 87.

The Golden Eagles, looking for their second MEC women’s golf title, trailed by 11 after the first day, but now holds an 11-shot lead over Notre Dame, 665-676. Wheeling Jesuit (724), West Virginia Wesleyan (751), Concord (753) and Fairmont State (768) round out the top six and advance to the final round of competition at the Cobb Course.

Notre Dame’s Macie Hysell, who matched a tournament record 72 on the first day of play, remained in the lead despite shooting 86 on Tuesday. Her two-day total of 158 is three shots better than Karsten (161) and five better than Feizel (163). Katie Pritchett of UVa-Wise is fourth (166) and Wrozier and Notre Dame’s Armani Shepherd are tied for fifth at 167.

The final round of the championship begins this morning at the Cobb Course.

EC Men’s & Women’s Golf Round 1 Summaries

Men’s Golf: Concord Surges To Day 1 Lead

Concord had all four players score in the 70s to take the lead on the first day of the Mountain East Conference Men’s Golf Tournament.

The Mountain Lions posted a day one score of 302, four shots better than Charleston (306). West Liberty is in third with a score of 309, followed by Fairmont State (312), UVa-Wise (316) and Shepherd (316). Wheeling Jesuit (317) and West Virginia Wesleyan (318), Urbana (323) and Glenville State (324) are within six shots of the top six. The top six teams advance to the final day of competition after 36 holes.

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Concord’s Brett Laxton


UC’s Eoin Cunniffe was the lone player under par on the day carding a 1-under par 71. West Liberty’s Sean Trapp shot a 72 to stand in second after 18 holes, and teammate Alex Easthom is in a tie for third with Concord’s Jared Porter with a score of 73. Glenville State’s Colby Cunningham and Concord’s Noah Clark rounded out the top five after shooting 75 on day one.


Women’s Golf: Hysell Leads NDC To Day 1 Lead

Macie Hysell shot an even par 72 to help Notre Dame take the lead on the first day of play at the MEC Women’s Golf Tournament at The Resort at Glade Springs.

Hysell birdied both par 5s on the back nine to get back to even on the day. She leads the individual race by 12 shots over Charleston’s Elizabeth Karsten and Alyssa Wrozier who each shot 84. Carleigh Boyd (WVWC), Melinda Goda (CU), Amani Shepherd (NDC) and Katie Pritchett (WISE) all shot 85.

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Notre Dame’s Macie Hysell


Notre Dame finished with a first day total of 330, 11 shots better than Charleston (341) and 34 shots better than Wheeling Jesuit (365). Fairmont State (376), West Virginia Wesleyan (380) and Concord (382) round out the top six. The top six teams after two rounds advance to the final day of competition.

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