Strong Second Half Leads Glenville State Past Point Park

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The GSC Lady Pioneer basketball team went on the road Thursday night and picked up their eighth straight win as they defeated the Point Park Pioneers 91-78.
Glenville State (9-1) had three players score in double figures and forced Point Park (7-5) into 30 turnovers as they picked up the 13 point victory.
Point Park would score the first six points of the game as they took an early 6-0 lead over Glenville State. However the Lady Pioneers went on a 16-7 run lead by Kristin DesRocher with 12 points as GSC took their first lead of the game at the 3:55 minute mark of the first quarter 16-13.
The Pioneers of Point Park came right back and took a two point advantage after one quarter 21-19.
In the second quarter with the scored knotted up at 24 all Point Park went on an 11-0 run as they took a 35-24 lead with 5:35 to play till intermission.
But the Lady Pioneers made a run of their own as they outscored Point Park 19-8 in the last 5:35 and went into halftime tied at 43-43.
In the first half Glenville State shot just 35 percent from the floor going 17-of-48 while Point Park shot 46 percent as they hit 15-of-32 from the floor. GSC really struggled from deep early as they hit just 6-of-28 for 21 percent while Point Park went 6-of-10 for 60 percent.
In the third quarter GSC made some separation as they outscored Point Park, 27-18 in the quarter as they took a 70-61 lead.
In the fourth it was all Lady Pioneers as they outscored Point Park 21-17 as they won their eighth straight and improved to 4-1 on the road this season.
Glenville State finished the game shooting 35 percent from the floor (33-of-92) but shot just 25 from behind the arc (15-of-59) while Point Park shot 38 percent from the floor (24-of-62) and 36 percent from deep (7-of-19).
The Lady Pioneers defense forced 30 turnovers and scored 33 points off of them. However GSC gave it away themselves 19 times and allowed Point Park to score seven points off of them.
Glenville State won the battle on the boards out rebounding Point Park by 10 at 55 to 45.
Emily Stoller scored career high tonight as she poured in 26 points as she went 16-of-26 from the field. Stoller also had a game high four assists in the victory. Kristin DesRocher chipped in with 17 points, with 15 of them coming in the first half, and Erkia Toney scored 10 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as she posted her first double-double of the year and third of her career.
Point Park had three players in double figures with Kaitlyn Smith leading the way with 14 points and Michelle Burns scoring 13 points.

Glenville State (9-1, 6-0) will host Johnson C. Smith this Tuesday, December 19th at 1:00 p.m. from the Waco Center.

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about the IOGA Classic, contact 304.462.6381.

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

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

MEC Men’s Basketball Roundup (December 09, 2017)

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West Liberty 106, Fairmont State 100

West Liberty outlasted Fairmont State, 106-100, on Saturday night at the ASRC.

The game went back-and-forth for the first 10 minutes of the game, but the Hilltoppers (9-0, 6-0) used a 10-2 run to build a cushion. WLU would go on to close the first half with a 6-0 run to take a 62-50 lead going into the locker room.

The Hilltoppers would push their lead to 19 in the second half before the Fighting Falcons (6-3, 4-2) chippped away at the lead. Jason Jolly’s back-to-back three-pointers got the lead to just six with 5:17 to go, but West Liberty responded with the next four points to get it back to 10. FSU would get it to within six three more times, but could get no closer as West Liberty secured the win.

Dan Monteroso came up with 27 points and had six rebounds and four blocks. Eric Meininger had 18 points, and Dalton Bolon and Jordan Watson each had 15. WLU shot 51 percent from the field and out-rebounded Fairmont State, 50-41.

The Falcons, who only turned the ball over three times in the game, was led by 19 points, six assists and five rebounds from Jolly. Jolly was 5-of-10 from three-point range. Vonte Montgomery and Garrett Cook each had 17, while Cole VonHandorf and Kenzie Melko each contributed 14. 

West Virginia State 90, Urbana 83

West Virginia State pickd up a 90-83 road win over Urbana on Saturday afternoon at the Grimes Center.

The Yellow Jackets (6-4, 4-2) got 26 points and nine rebounds from Pat Johnson-Agwu. Ernest Jenkins hit four three-pointers on his way to 21 points, and Robert Fomby pulled down a game-high 17 rebounds and scored 14 points. Glen Abran added 11 points and Jahlen Greene came off the bench to add 10.

Malik Jacobs led Urbana (0-9, 0-6) with 26 points. Carlas Jackson scored 17, while Ethan Snapp and Chris Jackson each tossed in 11. Snapp also had six assists for the Blue Knights.

Wheeling Jesuit 67, Shepherd 62

Wheeling Jesuit bounced back from its first loss of the season by holding off Shepherd, 67-62, on Saturday at the McDonough Center.

Shepherd (3-6, 2-4) led for the majority of the game and led by as many as 12 points on two occasions early in the second half. However, WJU (8-1, 5-1) erased the 12-point deficit with a 12-0 run to tie the game with still 10 minutes left to play. The Rams continued to stay in front until a pair of free throws from Brent Pegram tied the game at 59-59, and Haywood Highsmith drilled a three-pointer to give the Cardinals the lead it would not relinquish with 4:35 to go. The Cardinals allowed just three points in the final five minutes of the game.

Highsmith had another double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Pegram finished with 20 off the bench for WJU. Drake Goddard netted 11 points and Preston Boswell had 10 points and four assists. Jeremiah Wilson pulled down 11 rebounds, scored six points and dished out four assists.

A.J. Carr led Shepherd with 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Thomas Lang contributed 17 points and Gavin McTavish finished with 12. 

Concord 80, West Virginia Wesleyan 69

Concord used a 10-2 run midway through the second half to notch the 80-69 win over West Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon at the Rockefeller Center.

Tommy Bolte continued his hot scoring streak going for 35 points while also dishing out seven assists and pulling down six rebounds for Concord (7-3, 5-1). Darian Peterson came off the bench to score 16 points, and Antonio Patterson had 10 points and seven rebounds.

West Virginia Wesleyan (1-9, 1-5) was paced by 23 points and nine rebounds from Aaron Ariri. Luke Layhew added 10 points and six boards, while Luka Petrovic had nine points, eight assists and six rebounds.

Charleston 103, Notre Dame 76

Charleston opened the game with a 20-3 run and never looked back in a 103-76 win over Notre Dame College on Saturday afternoon at Murphy Gymnasium.

Charleston (8-3, 4-2) shot 60 percent form the field in the game making 40-of-67. The Golden Eagles also held a significant 46-31 advantage on the glass. Six players reached double figures for UC led by Kier Anderson’s 24 points. Lamont McManus added 19 points, while Shaq Speights and Jordan Smith each scored 14. Jonathan Tshibury had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds, and Malik Young also added 10 points.

The Falcons (3-7, 1-5) got 30 points off the bench from Halil Parks. Angelo Cugini added 13 points.

UVa-Wise 82, Glenville State 65

UVa-Wise used a strong close to the first half to propel it to an 82-65 win over Glenville State on Saturday afternoon at the Waco Center.

The teams traded leads in the first half, but the Cavs (5-6, 4-2) closed the first half on a 13-4 run and scored the first five points of the second half to seize control of the game. The lead would swell to as many as 22 in the second half before settling for the final margin.

Michal Seals filled the stat sheet for UVa-Wise with 17 points, 10 assists and six rebounds. Taiwo Badmus had a game-high 24 points and also pulled down eight rebounds. Yesid Mosquera-Perea had 13 points and nine rebounds, while Tajh Eason chipped in 10 points.

Elisha Mayberry led Glenville State (0-9, 0-6) with 19 points and six rebounds. Darhius Nunn and Theo Brown each had 13 points.

MEC Women’s Basketball Roundup (December 09, 2017)

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Glenville State 107, UVa-Wise 77

Glenville State hit 15 three-pointers and forced 35 turnovers on its way to a 107-77 win over UVa-Wise on Saturday afternoon at the Waco Center.

The Pioneers (8-1, 6-0) had six players reach double figures led by 22 from Kristin Desrocher, who was 5-of-11 from three-point range. Paris McLeod had 19 points and picked up five steals, while Bhrea Griffin came off the bench to toss in 15 points. Taylor Parker chipped in 14 points, Emily Stoller scored 12 and had five assists, and Courtney Davis netted 10 points to go with nine rebounds.

Hanna Oliver led the Cavaliers (2-7, 1-5) with 17 points. UVa-Wise got 12 points off the bench from Dakota Turner and 10 more from Alle Moore.

West Virginia State 109, Urbana 99

West Virginia State went on a 10-9 run to close the third quarter and opened the fourth on a 9-2 run to help pull away from Urbana, 109-99, on Saturday afternoon at the Grimes Center.

Jasmine Davis hit three of her six three-pointers during that critical stretch for the Yellow Jackets (3-6, 3-3) to help spark the run. Aurreshae Hines scored a game-high 28 points and had six assists and two steals for WVSU. Amari Grace hit five from distance and finished the game with 19 points. Alexandra Jackson scored 12 and dished out a team-best seven assists.

Megan Beachy led Urbana (4-3, 4-2) with 23 points. Danie Shafer scored 21 to go with five assists and five rebounds. Stefanie Davis handed out 13 assists on the night while also scoring 12 points and pulling down five rebounds. Sylvia Hudson chipped in 17 points and Erin Morrow tossed in 16.

Wheeling Jesuit 63, Shepherd 56

Wheeling Jesuit earned its second-straight victory by holding off Shepherd, 63-56, on Saturday at the McDonough Center.

A Cassi Stein layup to open the second quarter gave the Cardinals (3-6, 2-4) a lead it would not relinquish. Monica Burns led the way for WJU with 17 points and Chenelle Moore scored 15. Mariah Callen added 10 points and five assists, and Stein finished with eight points and eight rebounds.

The Rams (5-5, 2-4) were led by 20 point from Morgan Arden. Kari Lankford had a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Kayla Tibbs chipped in 13 points.

Concord 88, West Virginia Wesleyan 68

Concord raced out to a 26-10 lead in the first quarter and never looked back on its way to an 88-68 win over West Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon at the Rockefeller Center.

Concord (4-5, 2-4) shot a scorching 59 percent from the field in the game and had 25 assists on its 34 field goals. Madison May poured in 30 points on 11-of-19 shooting and added 11 rebounds and six assists. Riley Fitzwater, Danielle Catron and Lindsey Overbey each had 15 points.

Mari Stewart had 15 points and nine rebounds to lead West Virginia Wesleyan (4-4, 3-3). Katie Demi and Abi Gabauer each added 11 points, and Kiara Rodriguez netted 10. Tara Goldman had a game-high seven assists.

Notre Dame 77, Charleston 57

Notre Dame took control of the game midway through the first quarter and went on to take a 77-57 win over Charleston on Saturday afternoon at Murphy Gymnasium.

The Falcons (8-3, 5-1) shot 56 percent from the field and had 29 points off of turnovers in the victory. Kim Cook led the way for NDC with 19 points and seven rebounds. Maggie King added 11 points and Seina Adachi netted 10 points.

Michelle Noel had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds off the bench to lead Charleston (5-4, 4-2). Marissa Koob also had 13 points off the bench for the Golden Eagles.

West Liberty 87, Fairmont State 79

West Liberty held off a Fairmont State rally in the second half and downed the Falcons 87-79 on Saturday night at the ASRC.

The Hilltoppers (4-6, 3-3) led wire-to-wire in the victory building its lead to as many as 21 points in the third quarter. Fairmont State (4-5, 1-5) was able to get the lead down to three with under five minutes to play at 73-70, but a 9-3 run over the next three minutes sealed the win for WLU. McKenna Shives hit a jumper and three-pointer in that span, and Brandi Beader also added a three to spark the run.

Shives finished with a team-high 27 points for West Liberty hitting on 5-of-8 from behind the arc. Marissa Brown had 22 points and 14 rebounds, and Beader also had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds to go with six assists.

Sierra Kotchman poured in a game-high 32 points for Fairmont State. Brooke Kurucz scored 18, while Kelli Jo Harrison had 10 points and 16 rebounds.

2017 Class AAA high school football all-state teams

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



QB – Tyson Bagent, Martinsburg, Sr.

QB – Cross Wilkinson, Wheeling Park, Sr.

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

RB – Ivan Vaughn, Cabell Midland, Jr.

RB – Jacob Northcraft, Musselman, Sr.

RB – Dereck Hess, John Marshall, Sr.

OL – Darnell Wright, Huntington, Jr.

OL – Doug Nester, Spring Valley, Jr.

OL – Trey Henry, Martinsburg, Sr.

OL – Ben Billanti, Riverside, Sr.

OL – Jordan King, Cabell Midland, Sr.

WR – Malakai Brown, Hedgesville, So.

WR – Amir Richardson, University, Jr.

UTIL – Kerry Martin, Capital, Jr.

K – Tim McCutchen, Hurricane, Jr.


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

DL – Jacob Cassidy, Spring Valley, Sr.

DL – Breece Hoff, Capital, Jr.

DL – Tavis Lee, Martinsburg, Sr.

LB – Dewayne Grantham, Martinsburg, Jr.

LB – Owen Porter, Spring Valley, Sr.

LB – Shymeik Burger, Huntington, Sr.

LB – Drew Joseph, South Charleston, Jr.

LB – Nick Coulter, John Marshall, Sr.

DB – Brenton Strange, Parkersburg, Jr.

DB – Nate Phillips, Wheeling Park, Sr.

DB – Grant Harman, Martinsburg, Jr.

UTIL – Anthony Pittman, Capital, Sr.

UTIL – Isaiah Duncan, Cabell Midland, Sr.

P – Grant Wells, George Washington, Jr.




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

RB – Christian Hill, Hurricane, So.

RB – Tyler Moler, Parkersburg, Jr.

RB – Blake Hartman, Musselman, Fr.

OL – Will Gurtis, University, Sr.

OL – Jackson Zdziera, Spring Mills, Sr.

OL – Will Anderson, St. Albans, Sr.

OL – Ryan Creech, Parkersburg, Jr.

OL – Brier Elswick, Cabell Midland, Sr.

WR – Dakota Williams, Hurricane, Sr.

WR – Jarod Bowie, Martinsburg, So.

UTIL – Donnie Evans, Wheeling Park, Sr.

UTIL – Jason Plotner, Hedgesville, Sr.

UTIL – Derek Johnson, Spring Valley, Sr.

K – Ahmed Ali, Parkersburg South, Sr.


DL – Hayden Starcher, University, Sr.

DL – Hunter Temple, John Marshall, Jr.

DL – Zeiqui Lawton, South Charleston, Fr.

DL – Owen Tillis, George Washington, Sr.

LB – Tanner Williams, George Washington, Sr.

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

LB – Payton Lunsford, Hurricane, Sr.

LB – Spencer Delawder, Washington, Sr.

DB – N’yjere Smith, Hedgesville, Jr.

DB – Malik Grier, Huntington, Sr.

DB – Teddy Marshall, Martinsburg, So.

UTIL – Blake Miller, Preston, Sr.

UTIL – Tyee Gibson, Parkersburg South, Sr.

UTIL – Jayson Barrett, St. Albans, Sr.

P – Finnegan Hall, Hedgesville, Jr.


Special Honorable Mention

Griffin Adkins, Cabell Midland

Trevor Barnhart, University

RJ Barrett, Martinsburg

Michael Berlo, Martinsburg

Malik Brown, Huntington

Kalai Clark, Capital

Rennie Clark, Wheeling Park

Curon Cordon, Hurricane

Dakota Cosby, George Washington

Ronnie Durrah, John Marshall

Avery Eddy, Parkersburg South

Caden Easterling, Riverside

RJ Evans, Ripley

Ben Gribble, University

Isaac Howard, Spring Valley

John Hicks, Hampshire

Max Howell, Huntington

Mikey Jackson, Martinsburg

Jalen Jones, South Charleston

Sabri Juma, Morgantown

Josh Kay, Ripley

Jovaun Light, Cabell Midland

Nick Longerbeam, Jefferson

Graeson Malashevich, Spring Valley

Chas McCool, John Marshall

Dalton McDaniels, University

Colby Piner, Greenbrier East

David Robertson, Musselman

Mark Scites, Riverside

Ethan Secrist, Brooke

Jack Stakem, Wheeling Park

Andrew Spears, Huntington

Cole Streyle, Morgantown

Wyatt Strobl, Parkersubrg

Tyree Swafford, Woodrow Wilson

Dustin Swisher, Hampshire


Honorable Mention

Gage Abrect, Hedgesville

Tre Barnes, Morgantown

Jacob Biller, Jefferson

Tristen Bittner, Wheeling Park

Brocton Blair, Huntington

Sam Buford, St. Albans

Mason Caldwell, Spring Mills

Carliton Carter, South Charleston

JT Cooper, Hurricane

Lucas Duffy, Martinsburg

Ethan Faircloth, Hedgesville

Chris Fox, Musselman

Quisean Gray, Capital

JaQuan Hall, George Washington

Drew Heatherly, Buckhannon-Upshur

Shane Hercules, John Marshall

Dakota Holt, Preston

Fazon Hunter, Spring Mills

Parker Jackson, Washington

Jake Johnson, Parkersburg

Cayden Keeler, Ripley

JT Kemp, Ripley

Tucker Knisell, Preston

Ty Konchesky, Morgantown

Jevon Lang, Jefferson

Ricky Moreland, Hampshire

Tylik Norris, Martinsburg

Sebastian Oldham, Musselman

Logan Osborne, Cabell Midland

Evan Parow, University

Devin Persinger, Greenbrier East

Ian Pomeroy, Woodrow Wilson

J.J. Roberts, Cabell Midland

Alajuan Robinson, Morgantown

Robert Sanders, University

Steven Shine, Hurricane

Davon Sibley, Princeton

Andrew Simonton, John Marshall

Logan Spurlock, Capital

Aaron Stambaugh, Musselman

Michael Turner, Hedgesville

Jonathan Warner, Buckhannon-Upshur

Blake Wentz, Riverside

Zach Williamson, Spring Valley

Dylan Wood, Wheeling Park

Colton Wright, Woodrow Wilson

Nick Yoho, Parkersburg South

MEC Women’s Basketball Roundup (December 06, 2017)

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Glenville State 127, Concord 82

Glenville State turned 42 Concord turnovers into 37 points and drained 18 three-pointers in a decisive 127-82 victory on Tuesday evening.  The Pioneers had 12 different players score in the win with five recording double-digit outings.

Emily Stoller led the effort with 18 points followed by Kristen DesRocher with 17.  Paris McLeod and Erika Toney each drained 15 for Glenville State (7-1, 5-0) while Julie Bishop chipped in 12.  Courtney Davis hauled in a team-high 10 rebounds.  The win marked the sixth straight for the Pioneers.

Concord (3-5, 1-4) had five players in double figures for the first time since last year’s home contest against the Pioneers. Madison May poured in 21 points with Danielle Catron adding 18 in the setback.  Emily Boothe and Heather Chapman both scored 12 followed by Riley Fiztwater with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Shepherd 79, West Liberty 72 (OT)

Shepherd trailed by as many as 13 points as late as the 9:03 mark in the fourth quarter but took advantage of a late shift in momentum to secure a 79-72 overtime win against West Liberty.

Marissa Brown hit a layup for the Hilltoppers with 18 seconds left in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime.  The Rams came out firing using a three-pointer by Kayla Tibbs in their first overtime possession and held West Liberty to just two points in the extra period to earn the win.

Morgan Arden drained a game-high 31 points for Shepherd (5-4, 2-3) while Tibbs and Kari Lankford tallied 12 points apiece in the win.  Sydney Clayton added 10 points and 14 rebounds for the Rams.

Marissa Brown paced West Liberty (3-6, 2-3) with 25 points and seven rebounds.  McKenna Shives added 18 points in the setback.

Notre Dame 84, West Virginia State 77

Notre Dame outscored West Virginia State 26-5 in the first quarter and held off a late West Virginia State run to secure an 84-77 victory on Wednesday. The Yellow Jackets outscored the Falcons in the second and third quarters but were unable to overcome the early deficit.  After trailing by as many as 21 points, West Virginia State (2-6, 2-3) worked to pull within four points (77-73) with 1:41 left to play before back-to-back layups by Notre Dame (7-3, 4-1) put the game away.

Seina Adachi led the effort for the Falcons with 21 points. Maggie King notched 15 points and nine rebounds while Kim Cook added 10 points and 11 boards.

Jasmine Davis scored 22 points for the Yellow Jackets in the loss followed by Jordan Miller with 12 points.  Michael Everhart and Kim Richburg both scored 11 while Aurreshae Hines rounded out the double-digit performers with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Fairmont State 55, Wheeling Jesuit 53

Rachel Laskody hit a layup for Fairmont State with two seconds left in the game to propel the Falcons to a 55-53 win over Wheeling Jesuit on Wednesday.  The Cardinals led for the entire contest but were held to just four points in the fourth quarter, allowing the Falcons to mount a comeback and pick up their first MEC win of the season. 

Sierra Kotchman scored 14 points for Fairmont State (4-4, 1-4) with Brooke Kurucz and Kelli Jo Harrison each netting 12 in the win.  Harrison grabbed 11 rebounds in the win.

Chenelle Moore led the effort for Wheeling Jesuit (2-6, 1-4) with 14 points and 12 rebounds.  Monica Burns chipped in 12 points in the loss.

UVa-Wise 54, West Virginia Wesleyan 47

UVa-Wise held West Virginia Wesleyan to eight points in the first quarter and outlasted six ties and six lead changes to earn its first MEC win of the season in a 54-47 decision.  With the score tied 45-45 and just 2:50 left to play, the Cavaliers closed out the game with a 9-2 run to secure the victory.

Hanna Oliver netted 12 points for UVa-Wise (2-6, 1-4) with Cynita Webb and Ada Stanley each scoring 10 points.  Webb hauled in 11 rebounds with Ashley Cullen grabbing nine boards in the win.

Mari Stewart paced West Virginia Wesleyan (4-3, 3-2) with 11 points and 10 boards.  Alexa Szelong chipped in 10 points in the setback.

Urbana 73, Charleston 57

Urbana grabbed an early lead and never looked back on its way to a commanding 73-57 win over Charleston on Wednesday.  The Blue Knights never trailed in the contest and held the Golden Eagles to a 32% shooting percentage on the evening while earning their fourth win in five outings. Urbana shot 45% from the floor and 83% from the free throw line in the win.

Megan Beachy scored 20 points for Urbana (4-2, 4-1) with Stefanie Davis and Sylvia Hudson adding 18 and 14 points, respectively.

Abby Watson paced Charleston (5-3, 4-1) with 17 points with Octavia Loll adding 11 and Ambrea Williams chipping in 10.  Michelle Noel hauled in 12 rebounds in the setback.

MEC Men’s Basketball Roundup (December 06, 2017)

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Concord 84, Glenville State 70

A 12-0 run midway through the first half allowed Concord University to overcome an early deficit in an 84-70 win against Glenville State on Tuesday evening.  Down 14-7 with 13:49 left in the first half, the Mountain Lions reeled off the next 12 points staring with back-to-back three-pointers by B.J. Hamlet.

Tommy Bolte scored 22 points for Concord (6-3, 4-1) while Darian Peterson chipped in 19.  Hamlet followed with 15 and Antonio Patterson scored 10 to aid the effort.

Darhius Nunn led Glenville State (0-8, 0-5) with 29 points with Brooks Ely chipping in 24 in the loss.  Marcus Schofield collected a team-high seven rebounds.

Fairmont State 78, #9 Wheeling Jesuit 74

Fairmont State turned 18 Wheeling Jesuit turnovers into 23 points and outlasted a late comeback effort by the Cardinals to secure a 78-74 win on Wednesday evening.  With the score tied 63-63 and 3:51 left in the game, Jason Jolly buried a three-pointer to give the Falcons the lead for good.

Jolly led all players in the game with 30 points for Fairmont State (6-2, 4-1) while Caleb Davis netted 14 points with 12 rebounds in the win.

Haywood Highsmith paced the Cardinals (7-1, 4-1) with 23 points and 15 boards.  Pat Moseh added 18 points in the setback with Preston Boswell and Jeremiah Wilson adding 14 and 10 points, respectively.

#7 West Liberty 99, Shepherd 80

West Liberty and Shepherd battled through a close first half but the Hilltoppers controlled the momentum in the second in a 99-80 win on Wednesday.  The Rams trailed by double-digit points for nearly the entire second stanza.

Dan Monteroso led the charge for West Liberty (8-0, 5-0) with 27 points in the win.  James Griffin added 23 with Dalton Bolon netting 19 for the Hilltoppers.  Evan French rounded out the list of double-digit performers with 11 points.

Winston Burgess netted 21 points for Shepherd (3-5, 2-3).  Steffen Davis scored 19 while Thomas Land and AJ Carr followed with 18 and 17 points, respectively.

West Virginia State 98, Notre Dame 88

West Virginia State scored 58 points in the paint and shot 55% from the floor in a 98-88 win over Notre Dame.  The Yellow Jackets led by as many as 24 points in the second half before securing the victory.

Five players scored double-digit points for West Virginia State (5-4, 3-2) led by Ernest Jenkins with 21 points.  Pat Johnson-Agwu netted 20 with Jeremiah Moore and Langston Cooke adding 15 and 12 points, respectively.  Isaiah Noel scored 10 points in the win and Robert Fomby tallied 12 rebounds.

Kyauta Taylor led the effort for Notre Dame (3-6, 1-4) with 25 points.  Halil Parks and Angelo Cugini each added 18 with Drew Scarberry scoring 13 points.  Oliver Megins notched a team-high seven rebounds.

Charleston 78, Urbana 67

Charleston trailed on just two occasions on its way to a 78-67 win over Urbana.  The Golden Eagles have won five of their last six games while leaving the Blue Knights in search of their first win on the young season.

Lamont McManus tallied 19 points and eight rebounds for Charleston (7-3, 3-2).  Keir Anderson netted 17 in the win with Ke’Andre Gibson and Austin Howard notching 14 and 11 points, respectively.

Ethan Snapp paced Urbana (0-8, 0-5) with 16 points.  Carlas Jackson chipped in 14 with Nick Detlev adding 10 points and nine rebounds.

West Virginia Wesleyan 71, UVa-Wise 70

After a closely contested first half battle, West Virginia Wesleyan built a commanding 13-point lead in the second half and fought off a late surge by UVa-Wise to take home a 71-70 win on Wednesday evening. The win marked the first of the season for the Bobcats.

Dusan Vicentic scored 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for West Virginia Wesleyan (1-8, 1-4).  Luke Layhew and Aaron Ariri both added 13 in the win while Luka Petrovic netted 12.  Ariri also notched 12 boards in the victory. The Bobcats shot 42% from the floor and held the Cavaliers to a 32% shooting percentage on the evening.

Michal Seals led UVa-Wise (4-6, 3-2) with 26 points.  Taiwo Badmus added 15 points and 17 rebounds while Chance Sheffey scored 12 in the setback.

McLeod Earns MEC Player of the Week Honors

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Glenville State’s Paris McLeod has been named the Mountain East Conference Player of the Week, announced Monday afternoon by the league’s office.

McLeod, a senior guard from Belleville, Michigan, helped the Lady Pioneers earn two victories this week with wins over Fairmont State University and Shepherd University. For the week Paris averaged 25.0 points, 4.0 assists, and 7.5 rebounds.

Against Fairmont State, Paris scored a game high 28 points while grabbing seven boards and dished out three assists as GSC defeated the Fighting Falcons, 99-70.

On Saturday at Shepherd she scored another game high 25 points, eight rebounds, and four assists in a 72 point win over the Rams, 133-61.

McLeod and Glenville State will travel to Concord University for a 5:30 p.m. tip this Tuesday with the Mountain Lions. 

GCHS Gilmer County Jr. Girls Basketball Results

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

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

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

Gilmer won by a score of 40 to 16. 

Gilmer scoring went as follows:

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

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

Gilmer won 40 to 18. 

Scoring went as follows: 

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

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

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

MEC Men’s Basketball Roundup (December 02)

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#7 West Liberty 103, Notre Dame 84

West Liberty scored 27 points off of 19 Notre Dame turnovers on its way to a 103-84 win on Saturday.  The Hilltoppers’ bench accounted for 42 points in comparison to five points scored by the Falcon reserves.

Dan Monteroso poured in 31 points for West Liberty (7-0, 4-0) with Jordan Watson scoring 18 in the win.  Eric Meininger and James Griffin rounded out the double-digit scorers for the Hilltoppers with 11 and 10 points, respectively.  Meininger grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.

Kyauta Taylor paced Notre Dame (3-5, 1-3) with 28 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.  Drew Scarberry added 17 with Levi Frankland recording 15 points.  Angelo Cugini chipped in 10 to aid the effort.

Charleston 78, UVa-Wise 75

Charleston survived eight ties and seven lead changes before securing a 78-75 road win over UVa-Wise on Saturday.  With the score tied 68-68 and 1:55 left to play, Jonathon Tshibuy hit two critical free throws to give Charleston the lead for good.

Kier Anderson drained a game-high 34 points with Tshibuy netting 12 points and 13 rebounds in the win for Charleston (6-3, 2-2). The Golden Eagles shot 44% from the floor and held UVa-Wise (4-5, 3-1) to a 36% shooting percentage over the course of the contest.

Taiwo Badmus and Michael Seals both scored 17 in the loss for the Cavaliers.  Yesid-Mosquera Perea added 14 with Chance Sheffey recording 10 points.

Fairmont State 83, West Virginia Wesleyan 77

Kenzie Melko-Marshall scored 22 points and tallied 10 rebounds to help Fairmont State outlast West Virginia Wesleyan 83-77 on Saturday in Joe Retton Arena.  The game featured eight ties and 23 lead changes before the Falcons outscored the Bobcats 10-4 in the final 2:33 to earn the victory.

Andrew Emrick chipped in 15 points for Fairmont State (5-2, 3-1) with Cole VonHandorf adding 12 in the win.  Caleb Davis chipped in 10 points to aid the effort.

Aaron Ariri netted 26 points and grabbed eight boards in the loss for West Virginia Wesleyan (0-8, 0-4). Dusan Vicentic scored 17 followed by Luke Petrovic and Luke Layhew with 15 and 10 points, respectively.

Both teams shot 50% from the floor.

#9 Wheeling Jesuit 93, Urbana 79

Wheeling Jesuit built an eight-point lead by the end of the first half and continued the momentum in a commanding 93-79 win over Urbana on Saturday.  Ethan Snapp’s three-pointer with 12:38 on the clock in the second half gave the Blue Knights their lone lead (59-58) but the Cards promptly answered with a 10-0 run before securing the victory.

Pat Moseh and Haywood Highsmith both drained 25 points in the win for Wheeling Jesuit (7-0, 4-0).  Highsmith also grabbed 11 rebounds.  Brent Pegram scored 15 with Jeremiah Wilson adding 12 for the Cardinals.  Wheeling Jesuit shot 62% from the floor.

Chris Jackson led the effort for Urbana (0-7, 0-4) with 16 points.  Malik Jacobs and Snapp both drained 14 with Roy Hatchett scoring 12.

Shepherd 85, Glenville State 68

Shepherd held a narrow 32-31 advantage at the halftime break and refused to back down in the second half in an 85-68 win over Glenville State on Saturday.  The Pioneers pulled within eight points (71-63) with 3:32 left to play but the Rams took off on a 14-5 run to secure the win.

Shepherd (3-4, 2-2) had five players score double-digit points in the win led by Steffen Davis and AJ Carr with 17 points apiece.  Derek McKnight added 14 points with Winston Burgess adding 11 and Gavin McTavish netting 10.  Carr also grabbed 17 rebounds in the win.

Brooks Ely led Glenville (0-7, 0-4) with 20 points in the loss with John Toutzahn scoring 13.  Darhius Nunn and Jon Dunmyer added 10 points apiece to aid the effort.

Concord 96, West Virginia State 87

Concord raced to a double-digit lead within the first five minutes of play and never looked back on its way to a 96-87 win over West Virginia State on Saturday in the Carter Center.

Tommy Bolte poured in 46 points in the win with Trey Shuff and BJ Hamlet adding 14 and 10 points, respectively.  Jyles Webster notched nine rebounds for Concord (5-3, 3-1).

Robert Fomby led the effort for West Virginia State (4-4, 2-2) with 19 points.  Jahlen Greene added 18 and Jeremiah Moore notched 10 for the Yellow Jackets in the setback.

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