McLeod Named to D2CCA All-American Third Team

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Just one day after GSC’s senior guard Paris McLeod was named to the WBCA All-American Honorable Mention team she now has been named to the 2017-18 D2CCA All-American Third Team, released Tuesday afternoon.

This season she helped lead the Lady Pioneers to a 31-2 overall record while claiming the Mountain East Conference Regular and Tournament Championships as well as a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year.

“This is another great accomplishment for Paris, she deserves every bit of recognition she receives. She is a hall of fame type player for Glenville State College. The stats she was able to post this season in just 20 minutes per game are phenomenal,“ stated Lady Pioneer Head Coach Kim Stephens.

Paris, a native of Belleville, Michigan, led her team in scoring, averaging 21.1 points per contest while she was second in the country in steals with 118 on the season. For her efforts this season, McLeod was named the MEC Player of the Year for the second year in a row, while also being named the MEC Tournament MVP. This season she was named to the 2017-18 Division II Conference Commissioners Association All-Atlantic Region Women’s Basketball First Team on March 12 and the WBCA All-American Honorable Mention Team.

McLeod finishes sixth overall in GSC history in scoring with 1,623 points, second in steals with 316 in her career, and eighth in assists with 417.

“Paris’s career as a Pioneer has been nothing short of inspirational and her work ethic has been nothing short of motivational! A well-deserved honor, she should be proud,“ stated GSC’s Vice President for Student Life and Athletics Rusty Vineyard.

“We are very excited for the recognition Paris has received. Her work ethic, effort, and success is emblematic of the philosophy we attempt to instill in all athletes and students here at Glenville,“ added Glenville State College President Dr. Tracy Pellett.

Congratulations to Paris on another outstanding award.

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GSC Splits MEC Opener with Fairmont State

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On Sunday the Glenville State Pioneer Baseball team opened up MEC conference play as they spilt the two game series with the Fairmont State University Falcons.

Fairmont State took the first game of the day 7-1 as they racked up seven hits with one error. Glenville State finished the game with four hits.

The Falcons scored first in the top of the first off of a solo homerun as they took a 1-0 lead. FSU added three more runs in the third inning off of two hits as they went up 4-0.

Glenville State crossed the plate in the fifth as Jordan Braniff scored on a fielder’s choice as they pulled within three runs 4-1.

However FSU scored three runs in the seventh as they took the conference opener from GSC, 7-1.

Andrue Hughart pitched 6.0 innings giving up four runs on five hits and struck out four batters. 

Carter Boswell went 2-for-2 while Anthony Jarvis and Jordan Braniff each recorded a hit. Bryan Bayliss had the lone RBI for the Pioneers.

In game two it would be all Pioneers as they defeated the Falcons by 14 runs, 16-2.

Glenville State posted 15 hits in the game while committing two errors with Fairmont State finishing with five hits and two errors.

The Pioneers started their scoring in the first as John Peloro hit an RBI double to center field scoring Jordan Braniff and later Anthony Jarvis reached base on a FSU error as Peloro crossed the plate as they led 2-0.

Fairmont State scored one run in the second off of two hits in the inning as they made it 2-1. However GSC busted the game wide open in the third as they scored five runs on three hits taking a commanding 7-1 lead.

The Pioneers later scored six runs in the fourth, two runs in the fifth, and a run in the sixth as they went on to take the second game, 16-2.

Adam Riggleman earned the win as he improved to 1-2 this season on the mound. He pitched 5.2 innings allowing two runs on four hits and had 10 strike outs.

John Peloro went 4-for-4 with six RBI’s while Anthony Jarvis finished the game going 2-for-3 with three RBI’s and a homerun. Christian Hedinger went 2-for-4 with three RBI’s and a homerun.

Glenville State (4-11, 1-1) will host the Rams of Shepherd University this Monday, March 19th in a 1:00 p.m. double-header from the Sue Morris Sports Complex.

Softball Drops Road Contest at Fairmont State

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The GSC Lady Pioneer softball team dropped a double-header on the road Sunday at Fairmont State University falling 5-4 and 8-3.

Glenville State fell behind early as FSU scored two runs in the first and two runs in the second as they led 4-0.

The Lady Pioneers would score two runs in the fourth as Tori Ward homered to left center as Hayley Olson crossed the plate but GSC trailed 4-2. Glenville State then tied the game up at 4-4 in the seventh as Ally Brown hit a sacrifice fly scoring Cassidy Taylor while Kim Ellis scored on a wild pitch.

Fairmont State then scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh as they took game one, 5-4.

The Lady Pioneers tallied six hits with two errors while the Falcons also had six hits and two errors.

Ally Brown pitched 6.0 innings giving up five runs on six hits with three strike outs.

Kim Ellis went 2-for-4 while Tori Ward went 2-for-2 with two RBI’s.

In game two, FSU would take a big lead over GSC at 6-0 as they scored two runs in the first, three runs in the second, and a run in the third.

The Lady Pioneers got on the board in the fifth as they scored three runs off of five hits as they pulled within three, 6-3. However the Falcons went on to score two more runs in the sixth as they went on to defeat the Lady Pioneers, 8-3.

Kahla Von Bergen pitched 4.0 innings allowing three runs on eight hits with two strike outs.

Kim Ellis went 2-for-3 with two RBI’s while Catherine Pelfrey went 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Glenville State (9-11, 0-4) will return to action this coming Wednesday, March 21st as they host Alderson Broaddus University in a double-header starting at 3:00 p.m. from the Sue Morris Sports Complex.

GSC A&T Defeats Bobcats in Tri-Meet but Falls to Battlers

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The Glenville State Lady Pioneer Acrobatics & Tumbling team had another outstanding showing on Saturday in a tri-meet with the Bobcats of West Virginia Wesleyan and host, the Battlers of Alderson Broaddus.

Glenville State scored a 34.95 in the compulsory event however Alderson Broaddus took the event scoring a 35.50 while West Virginia Wesleyan scored a 32.20.

The Lady Pioneers took third in the acro event scoring a 26.95 while WVWC scored a 27.30 and AB scoring a 28.55.

Before halftime GSC scored a 29.15 in the pyramid event while again AB took the event with a score of 28.55 and WVWC scoring a 27.70. At halftime AB led the tri-meet with a running score of 93.25 while GSC had a score of 91.05, and WVWC with an 87.20.

Glenville State performed well in the toss event scoring a 28.00 however again the Battlers skimmed by and outscored GSC as they scored a 28.25 and the Bobcats finished the event with a score of 24.65.

The Lady Pioneers won the tumbling event with a score of 50.050 while AB scored a 49.175 and West Virginia Wesleyan finished with a 48.675 as we headed into the final event, the team event.

Glenville State took second in the team event with a score of 87.77 with Alderson Broaddus scoring an 87.46 and West Virginia Wesleyan won the event with a score of 89.52.

Alderson Broaddus ended up taking the tri-meet with a final score of 258.135 while Glenville State finished with a score of 256.870 and West Virginia Wesleyan finished with a score of 250.045.

Glenville State (3-2) will return to action on Wednesday, March 28th when they host the Bobcats of West Virginia Wesleyan at 7:00 p.m. from the Waco Center.

GSC Track & Field Has Outstanding Showing at 49er Classic

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Over the weekend the Glenville State College Pioneer Track & Field team had a great showing at the 49er Classic hosted by UNC Charlotte.

Victoria Lewis had a great meet on the women’s side as she took 32nd in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:08.90. She also took 53rd in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 16.09 with fellow teammate Elizabeth Messer placed 54th with a time of 16.18 and Kyana Jones took 62nd with a time of 16.51.

In the long jump, again Victoria Lewis had a nice showing placing 44th with a jump of 4.91 meter. In the triple jump Kyana Jones took 46th with a jump of 10.11 meters.

Heaven Maeshack had two top 60 finishes for GSC, as she took 34th in the 100 with a time of 12.42 and placed 58th in the 200 with a time of 25.85.

In shot put Megan Wilfong placed 35th with a throw of 11.31 meters.

On the men’s side, Shawn Arthur had a great meet as he took 11th in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 54.74. Shawn also placed 27th in the high jump with a jump of 1.85 meters.

In the 100 GSC had three runs place in the top 80 with Damien White taking 57th with a time of 11.22, Javon Butler took 66th with a time of 11.32, and Ryan Nimely placed 79th with a time of 11.75.

Javon Butler also placed 86th in the 200 with a time of 23.04 while he took 34th in the long jump with a jump of 6.33 meters.

In the 110 meter hurdles Divaughn Dixon led GSC as he finished 18th overall with a time of 14.98 while Ryan Nimely took 27th with a time of 15.30, and Dustin Martin placed 31st with a time of 15.47.

Dustin Martin finished with a time of 55.50 in the 400 meter hurdles as he finished overall 17th.

Brody Strawderman took 24th in the discus throw with a throw of 40.65 meters.

Glenville State’s next meet will take place on Friday, March 23rd when they travel to West Virginia Wesleyan.

Lady Pioneers Fall in Second Round of NCAA Tournament to IUP

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The Glenville State Lady Pioneers magical season has come to an end in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday as they fell to the Crimson Hawks of IUP, 88-68.

Glenville State (31-2) shot 29 percent from the field and 29 percent from deep as they hit 10-of-34 three-pointers while IUP (28-3) shot great from the field going 35-of-65 for 53 percent and 31 percent from deep.

The Crimson Hawks jumped out to an early 5-0 lead over GSC but Emily Stoller would drill a three-pointer as she put the Lady Pioneers on the board trailing by two, 5-3.

IUP continued to control the pace as they took a three point lead at the first media timeout of the first quarter, 9-6, with 4:58 to play. Glenville State then went on a 6-2 run as they took their first lead of the game 12-11, as Abby Stoller laid it in, with 3:06 in the quarter.

IUP came right back and knotted it up at 12-12. The Crimson Hawks then jumped to a 16-13 lead but Julie Bishop drilled a three-pointer tying it up at 16-16, the second tie of the game, at the 1:48 minute mark. IUP then outscored GSC in the last 1:48, 5-2, as they held a five point lead after one, 23-18.

The Crimson Hawks started the second on a 6-2 run as they built a nine point lead at 29-20. IUP then went on another run this time outscoring GSC, 13-10, as they held a 14 point lead with 2:59 till halftime.

However GSC made a run of their own outscoring IUP, 9-2, as they cut the Crimson Hawks lead to seven points, 46-39.

Glenville State shot 32 percent from the field in the first half and 41 percent from deep while IUP shot 54 percent from the field and 27 percent from deep.

In the third quarter, Glenville State scored the first four points as the Lady Pioneers pulled within two points at 46-44. However IUP made some separation as they went on a 12-6 run as the Crimson Hawks took a 12 point lead at 58-46 with under five minutes to play in the third.

GSC attempted to cut into IUP’s lead but the Crimson Hawks ended up outscoring the Lady Pioneers 13-11 to end the third. The Crimson Hawks held a 14 point lead with one quarter remaining.

In the fourth, the Lady Pioneers tried to mount a comeback but IUP outscored GSC 17-11 in the quarter. Glenville State would fall in the round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament 88-68. The loss also ends the Lady Pioneers 30 game win streak.

Glenville State forced IUP into 20 turnovers and scored 20 points off of them however the Lady Pioneers would turn it over 19 times. The Crimson Hawks had a big advantage on the inside as they outscored the Lady Pioneers 48 to 22 in the paint.

Paris McLeod scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Lady Pioneers while also pulling down six rebounds. Emily Stoller was the only other GSC player in double figures as she scored 19 points going 4-of-10 from deep and grabbing seven rebounds. Kristin DesRocher chipped in with nine points.

IUP was led by Megan Smith as she scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Carolyn Appleby scored 21 points while Lauren Wolosik chipped in with 11 points and six assists.

Softball Splits Last Day at Fastpitch Dreams Spring Classic

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The Glenville State Lady Pioneer softball team split the final day of competition on at the Fastpitch Dreams Spring Classic in Myrtle Beach, SC on Friday.

Game one, the Lady Pioneers defeated Walsh University 4-3. Glenville State registered just four hits in the contest and committed two errors while Walsh finished the game with nine hits and two errors.

Glenville State scored all four of their runs in the bottom of the third inning as they held on to the victory.

Paranda Uber went 1-for-3 for GSC with three RBI’s. Kim Ellis also went 1-for-3 with a stolen base and Hayley Olsen had the other RBI for the Lady Pioneers.

Tori Ward picked up the win on the mound as she pitched 6.0 innings allowing nine hits, three earned runs, and had three strike outs.  Celina Maberto earned the save as she pitched 1.0 inning with one strike out.

In game two of the day, Glenville State fell to Waldorf 4-3. The Lady Pioneers had seven hits but committed nine errors while Waldorf registered two hits and committed one error.

Glenville State took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third as Paranda Uber hit an RBI single which scored Kim Ellis and later in the inning Tori Ward hit an RBI single to left field which scored Ally Brown.

GSC added another run in the sixth as they took a 3-0 lead as Jerri Potter scored on a wild pitch.

Waldorf scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth as they pulled within one, 3-2. Waldorf then went on to score two more runs in the bottom of the seventh as they defeated the Lady Pioneers 4-3.

Catherine Pelfrey went 3-for-4 for GSC while Kim Ellis and Ally Brown each had an RBI.

Ally Brown pitched all 7.0 innings, giving up two hits, four runs, and had just one strike out.

Glenville State (7-7) will return to the diamond on Wednesday, March 14th when they host Davis & Elkins College in a double-header at 2:00 p.m. from the Sue Morris Sports Complex.

Glenville State Advances in NCAA Tournament with Victory Over West Chester

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The Glenville State Lady Pioneers, the No. 2 seed, won their 30th straight game on Friday afternoon as they defeated the No. 7 seed, Golden Rams of West Chester University, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, 118-87.

Glenville State (31-1) had all 14 players score and drilled 19 three-pointers while West Chester (23-6) had five players score in double figures but turned it over 19 times.

Paris McLeod started the scoring for Glenville State as she scored the game’s first eight points as the Lady Pioneers held a 10-0 lead early in the first quarter. West Chester answered back as they went on 9-4 run as the Golden Rams pulled within five points at 14-9 with 6:08 to play.

GSC then went on to outscore West Chester, 17-9 to end the first quarter as the Lady Pioneers held a 12 point lead at the end of one, 33-21.

In the second quarter, the onslaught would continue as GSC stretched their lead to 21 points at the 7:02 minute mark, 44-23. Glenville State eventually went on to outscore West Chester 32-11 in the second as they took a commanding 33 point lead at halftime, 65-32.

The Lady Pioneers drilled 10 three-pointers in the first half and forced West Chester into 13 turnovers.

West Chester started the third on a 9-2 run but GSC’s Julie Bishop would end the run as she nailed a three-pointer making it 71-41 at the 6:55 minute mark. Again GSC went on to outscore the Golden Rams in the third, 32-29 as they took a 36 point lead into the fourth.

In the fourth, West Chester would outscore Glenville State, 26-21, in the quarter but the deficit was too large as the Lady Pioneers defeated the Golden Rams, 118-87.

The win was the first NCAA Tournament win for GSC since 2012-13, which came against Shaw University when Kim Stephens was an assistant at Glenville. The 118 points scored by GSC is also the most points West Chester has ever given up.

Glenville State shot 47 percent from the field and shot 39 percent from deep as they drilled 19 three-pointers while West Chester shot 40 percent from the floor and 24 percent from deep.

The Lady Pioneers won the rebounding battle by one, 48-47 but the Golden Rams outscored GSC in the paint 50-36.

Glenville State’s defense forced 19 turnovers and scored 20 points off of them.

Paris McLeod scored a game-high 27 points to lead GSC while dishing out seven assists and grabbing six rebounds. Kristin DesRocher scored 20 points, netting five three-pointers, while dishing out four assists. Bhrea Griffin chipped in with 18 points while Tayana Stewart and Emily Stoller each added 10 points apiece.

West Chester was led by Mia Hopkins as she posted a double-double scoring 22 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. Camden Boehner chipped in with 14 points for WCU.

Glenville State (31-1) will now take on the No. 3 seed IUP Crimson Hawks tomorrow Saturday, March 10th. Tip-off is set for 5:00 p.m. from inside Barco-Stevens Hall on the campus of Virginia Union University.

Athlete Pulled From Bike, Attackers Slice Legs With Saw

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Assailants in South Africa attacked a top national triathlete who was cycling to a training session and cut into his legs with a blunt saw, causing severe injuries. Mhlengi Gwala, 27, was undergoing surgery after the attack which occurred before dawn on Tuesday in the coastal city of Durban, said Dennis Jackson, director of the elite athlete program for KwaZulu-Natal province. Several attackers pulled Gwala off his bicycle as he cycled up a steep hill and sawed into his right calf, damaging muscle, nerves, and bone, according to Jackson, who spoke by phone to the triathlete about the ordeal. They missed a main artery and surgeons are confident they can save the leg, Jackson said. South Africa’s deputy sports minister described the attack on the “star athlete” as “totally unacceptable” and said police are investigating.

The attackers also started sawing into Gwala’s left leg before fleeing, enabling the athlete to crawl to a road and flag down a passing car to take him to a hospital, reports the AP. The grisly attack has alarmed athletes in Durban who routinely get up in the early morning darkness to train when few people are on the roads, and there was no immediate explanation for why Gwala was targeted. The athlete had offered his cell phone, wallet, and bicycle to the assailants, who still went for his legs and were speaking in a language that Gwala could not understand, Jackson said. “I have never heard of any enemies that he may have,“ he said. “He is a wonderful ambassador for the sport.“

Glenville State Holds Off Notre Dame To Win MEC Women’s Tournament Title

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Glenville State 81, Notre Dame 77

Earlier this week Glenville State’s Paris McLeod was named the Mountain East Conference’s Player of the Year.

Sunday afternoon she showed why as she capped off a fantastic week capturing Most Valuable Player honors for the Mountain East Conference Tournament after leading top-seeded and regular-season champion Glenville State to the tourney title with an 81-77 victory over second-seeded Notre Dame here at the Charleston Civic Center.

The win was the 29th in a row for the Pioneers who improved to 30-1 and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional which will begin play Friday at a site to be determined late Sunday evening.

Notre Dame, meanwhile, dropped to 23-9 with the loss. The Falcons were ranked 10th in the latest Atlantic Regional Rankings and will wait and see if they accomplished enough this week to earn an at-large bid to the national tournament.

McLeod, who averaged a tournament-high 28.0 points a contest in GSC’s three victories, came up huge again for her team with the game on the line. She scored all six points herself on a quick 6-2 spurt by the Pioneers during a 1:14 span to give Glenville a 78-73 lead with just 1:05 to play that the Falcons couldn’t overcome.

“Give credit to my teammates,” said McLeod, a senior guard who finished with a game-high 23 points, nine rebounds, five assists and five steals. “They’re always picking me up and encouraging me. Even when I miss a shot they’ll tell me ‘You got this P.‘ They just give me a lot of confidence and I play off of that.

“This championship feels great. We’ve made some early exits the last few years so to get it done in my senior year is special.”

The MEC Tournament title is the second for the Pioneers, who won the league’s inaugural tournament in 2014. It’s the first for second-year coach Kim Stephens, who won a West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament championship as a player at Glenville State.

“Notre Dame is a great team,” Stephens said. “We were up by 13 early and they never once quit. They have what it takes to get back in the game. I have a lot of respect for that team and program.

“Am I happy with the way we played today? No. Do I need to let it go and enjoy the day? Yes. It’s done. This is special. What this team has accomplished is special. They’re a truly great group to have and hopefully we’ve got a few more ball games this season.”

Glenville came out on fire Sunday afternoon. The Pioneers used a barrage of 3-point field goals midway through the first quarter and early in the second to open a 31-18 lead with 8:36 left in the first half.
However, Notre Dame, which opened the game going 1-of-11 from 3-point range in the first 15:10, regrouped and began to attack Glenville inside with success in the second quarter. The result was a 16-2 run by the Falcons which wiped out the Pioneers’ 13-point lead and gave Notre Dame a 34-33 advantage with 3:10 left in the quarter.

“We’re a transition team and we weren’t going to stop playing that way, but we were settling and only getting one shot,” Notre Dame senior forward Kim Cook, who recorded her 12th double-double of the year finishing with 18 points and 10 rebounds, said. “We had to play defense basically the whole first quarter and early in the second, but then we started attacking them and we’re a team which feeds off of each other. Once we got that run and got back in it we knew we had to keep the pressure on them.”

McLeod, however, helped her team end the Falcons’ rally and finish the half on an 8-2 run itself to take a 41-36 lead at the break. She scored six of the Pioneers’ final eight points of the second quarter.

“She’s the heart of their team,” Notre Dame first-year coach Lauren Macer said. “Most basketball players feed off of one another. She’s the calming sense for them. She got herself to the line 17 times today and for her to do that and allow them to reset and adjust was huge. She also finished some hard shots late in the game that we contested. She’s just the central part of their team.”

Glenville only shot 36.1 percent from the field (26-of-72) in the win, including a 9-of-41 showing from 3-point range. The Pioneers also got out-rebounded, 51-47, but were able to offset that by forcing 23 Notre Dame turnovers that they turned into 31 points.

“This title means absolutely everything to us,” GSC senior guard Kristin DesRocher, who finished with 17 points and six rebounds, said. “We’ve worked incredibly hard this year. Coach Kim has pushed us to our limits every practice and it’s made us better as individuals and as a team overall. When you have eight seniors this is a perfect way for our year to end. I’m proud to be on this team and really happy I chose Glenville.”

The only other Pioneer to finish in double figures in scoring Sunday was junior guard/forward Courtney Davis, who ended up with 11 points and six rebounds.

In addition to Cook’s double-double outing, the Falcons got 17 points, six rebounds and four assists from Seina Adachi, 13 points and seven boards from Katie Karalic, 11 points and nine rebounds from Madison Snider and 10 points and nine rebounds from Abi Oriti.

“My team definitely played with heart against a very good Glenville team,” Macer said. “Glenville is a powerhouse in our league. We knew it was going to be a challenge for us because they play different than anyone we’ve faced. I’m just proud of my team for stepping up.”

The MEC All-Tournament Team included Glenville State’s McLeod and Emily Stoller, Notre Dame’s Cook and Adachi, Fairmont State’s Kelli Jo Harrison and Sierra Kotchman, Shepherd’s Morgan Arden and Concord’s Riley Fitzwater. Notre Dame’s Cook was presented with the Commissioner’s Heart and Hustle Award, while Fairmont State’s Harrison was honored with the tournament’s Sportsmanship Award.

MEC All-Tournament Team

Morgan Arden, Shepherd

Riley Fitzwater, Concord

Sierra Kotchman, Fairmont State

Kelli Jo Harrison, Fairmont State

Kim Cook, Notre Dame

Seina Adachi, Notre Dame

Emily Stoller, Glenville State

MVP-Paris McLeod, Glenville State

Highest Scoring Average: Paris McLeod, Glenville State (28.0)

Sportsmanship Award: Kelli Jo Harrison, Fairmont State

Commissioner’s Heart & Hustle Award: Kim Cook, Notre Dame

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