NFL Power Rankings – Week 13

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Each week, national NFL writer Mark Maske will provide his ranking of the league’s 32 teams.

This week, the Patriots celebrate their eight-game winning streak with a return to top spot, immediately followed by the AFC’s other powerhouse, the Steelers, who will host New England in what could be a candidate for the game of the year a week from Sunday. Current NFC No. 1 seed Minnesota finds itself in the top three. Then, the Eagles, who had their nine-game winning streak snapped in Seattle Sunday night, and the Rams, who will host those Eagles this weekend, round out a competitive top five.

1. New England Patriots (10-2) — Last Week’s Rank: 2

The Patriots reclaim the No. 1 spot with their victory in Buffalo and the Eagles’ loss in Seattle. This is where the Patriots were supposed to spend the entire season, out in front with the rest of the NFL chasing them. It didn’t work out that way. But the Patriots have regained their front-runner status, even if they now are facing the prospect of being without TE Rob Gronkowski for a game. His one-game suspension by the NFL was fully justified for a late hit that was both egregious and extremely dangerous.

2. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-2) — Last Week’s Rank: 3

Concern over the injury suffered by Ryan Shazier took precedence over the outcome of the game Monday night in Cincinnati, won by the Steelers on a last-second field goal.

3. Minnesota Vikings (10-2) — Last Week’s Rank: 4

Case Keenum is for real. He’s not quite an MVP candidate but he’s not that far away from that. The Vikings are for real. The defense was terrific Sunday in Atlanta. Minnesota is as good as anyone in the NFC. That guarantees nothing come playoff time. But there’s a chance the Vikings could win a Super Bowl while playing all their postseason games at home.

4. Philadelphia Eagles (10-2) — Last Week’s Rank: 1

The Eagles are still a very good team, even after the defeat in Seattle. They still have a chance to secure the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs. But they might not be the conference’s Super Bowl favorite any longer. The Vikings have, at the very least, achieved co-favorite status.

5. Los Angeles Rams (9-3) — Last Week’s Rank: 5

Sean McVay had better get plenty of NFL coach of the year votes. The Rams haven’t faded away and get two more games against the NFC’s elite, the Eagles and then the Seahawks, up next on the schedule.

6. New Orleans Saints (9-3) — Last Week’s Rank: 7

The season sweep of the Panthers puts the Saints firmly in control of the NFC South race. But they still must face the Falcons twice, beginning with Thursday night’s game in Atlanta.

7. Seattle Seahawks (8-4) — Last Week’s Rank: 9

The Seahawks still are capable of beating anyone, as the triumph Sunday night over the Eagles demonstrated. Unfortunately for them, they haven’t looked like that consistently enough to believe with much conviction they can make a run through the entire NFC playoffs and reach another Super Bowl.

8. Carolina Panthers (8-4) — Last Week’s Rank: 6

The Panthers probably can forget about overtaking the Saints, but they remain in very good position to secure a wild-card spot. It is crucial that TE Greg Olsen’s surgically repaired foot is sound and that he returns to the lineup to give QB Cam Newton another reliable receiver.

9. Baltimore Ravens (7-5) — Last Week’s Rank: 10

The Ravens are playing much better, with three straight wins, and securing a wild-card spot is a realistic possibility. Their meeting with the Steelers on Sunday night in Pittsburgh will be difficult but the Browns and Colts are up next after that.

10. Los Angeles Chargers (6-6) — Last Week’s Rank: 11

The Chargers have given L.A. two contending NFL teams and they are, at the moment, the best team in the AFC West. Which isn’t saying very much at all.

11. Tennessee Titans (8-4) — Last Week’s Rank: 12

The Titans and Jaguars are stride for stride in the AFC South race as the season’s stretch run arrives. A crucial road trip comes next for the Titans, with games at Arizona and at San Francisco the next two Sundays.

12. Jacksonville Jaguars (8-4) — Last Week’s Rank: 13

While the Giants are about to move on to their second coach since Tom Coughlin’s exit - a less-than-voluntary departure, in Coughlin’s telling of it - he is enjoying great success as the front office architect of the Jaguars. If the best revenge is to live well, Coughlin is doing it.

13. Atlanta Falcons (7-5) — Last Week’s Rank: 8

The Falcons have hung tough and are having a pretty good season. But pretty good is not quite good enough in the NFC. The Falcons were exposed Sunday by an excellent Vikings team. Julio Jones disappeared from the offense and no one else stepped forward to be a difference-maker.

14. Oakland Raiders (6-6) — Last Week’s Rank: 18

The Raiders go from playing a team in the Giants that just had benched its starting QB for no good reason, to facing a team in the Chiefs that probably should be benching its starting QB but won’t.

15. New York Jets (5-7) — Last Week’s Rank: 23

The Jets are the very best NFL team in all of East Rutherford, N.J. That’s not exactly high praise at the moment. But it’s more than anyone had a right to expect from them this season.

16. Dallas Cowboys (6-6) — Last Week’s Rank: 24

The Cowboys took care of business Thursday night against the Redskins and get to play the Giants this Sunday. They’ve endured four of the six games of RB Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension. But time is running short and they’re simply too far behind some very good teams in the NFC playoff chase.

17. Green Bay Packers (6-6) — Last Week’s Rank: 25

By the time Aaron Rodgers is ready to play, the Packers probably won’t have realistic playoff hopes. The top-heavy NFC just has too many good teams ahead of them. There might not be any good reason for Rodgers to come back this season.

18. Cincinnati Bengals (5-7) — Last Week’s Rank: 14

The most meaningful issues arising from Monday night’s game in Cincinnati were concerns over the severity of the injury suffered by the Steelers’ Ryan Shazier and the alarm over the brutality of the illegal hits delivered by both teams. The competitive implications of the Bengals’ loss were far less significant, although their playoff chances were damaged.

19. Detroit Lions (6-6) — Last Week’s Rank: 15

The injuries are accumulating for QB Matthew Stafford and the Lions are becoming an afterthought in the NFC playoff chase.

20. Kansas City Chiefs (6-6) — Last Week’s Rank: 16

Was that really this season when the Chiefs were 5-0? It seems like several years ago right about now. Maybe Coach Andy Reid will snap to his senses at some point and figure out that a dramatic change or two must be made. Otherwise, there is no indication whatsoever that the Chiefs are going to find a way to reverse their downward spiral. And it might be too late now, anyway.

21. Washington Redskins (5-7) — Last Week’s Rank: 17

Whatever happens between now and the end of the season has absolutely nothing to do with whether QB Kirk Cousins remains in Washington. The Redskins have had plenty of time to know what they have in Cousins, and Cousins has had plenty of time to figure out what he thinks about the team. It comes down to financial considerations now. The negotiating history between both parties and the numbers involved for Cousins to be franchise-tagged again make it difficult to believe that he will be a Redskin next season.

22. Buffalo Bills (6-6) — Last Week’s Rank: 19

The Bills are on a 1-4 skid and their postseason hopes are slipping away.

23. Miami Dolphins (5-7) — Last Week’s Rank: 28

Being far better than the Broncos doesn’t prove all that much at this point.

24. Arizona Cardinals (5-7) — Last Week’s Rank: 20

Even a .500 season is a long shot now. It feels more and more like major changes could be in store in the offseason.

25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-8) | Last Week’s Rank: 21

Jameis Winston was sharp in his return to the lineup. It didn’t help. This has been a miserable season for the Buccaneers and it’s time for them to reassess whether they’re on the right path to being a contender.

26. Houston Texans (4-8) — Last Week’s Rank: 22

The Texans have clinched their first nonwinning season in four years with Bill O’Brien as their coach. It will become their first losing season under O’Brien unless they can run the table, and there seemingly is little chance of that.

27. Indianapolis Colts (3-9) — Last Week’s Rank: 26

The Colts are about as irrelevant as it gets. If they didn’t show up for any of their remaining games, would anyone notice?

28. San Francisco 49ers (2-10) — Last Week’s Rank: 31

The Jimmy Garoppolo era got off to a promising start with the win over the Bears. Garoppolo was pretty good even with a pared-down version of Coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense. He should only get better from this point forward.

29. Chicago Bears (3-9) — Last Week’s Rank: 27

Not much that Coach John Fox is doing is working. It would be an upset at this point if he makes it to the end of the season before the Bears dismiss him.

30. New York Giants (2-10) — Last Week’s Rank: 29

Memo to current and future NFL head coaches: Don’t ever use the line, “I’m going to coach this team as long as my key card works.” Ben McAdoo used it, then got fired the next day. Eli Manning presumably gets his starting job back and the Giants presumably avoid what could have been a very ugly scene at this Sunday’s home game against the Cowboys.

31. Denver Broncos (3-9) — Last Week’s Rank: 30

John Elway was being overly kind, as it turned out, when he called the Broncos soft.

32. Cleveland Browns (0-12) — Last Week’s Rank: 32

Josh Gordon looked pretty good in his return. The fact that he immediately became the focal point of the Browns’ offense was another sign of just how terrible this team is.

2017 Class A high school football all-state teams

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The 2017 Class A all-state football team as selected by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.




QB – Clay Skovron, East Hardy, Sr.

RB – Jaiden Smith, St. Marys, Sr.

RB – Freddy Canary, South Harrison, Sr.

RB – Thomas Ferris, Midland Trail, Sr.

RB – Donavan Kirby, Madonna, Jr.

OL – Nick Rush, South Harrison, Sr.

OL – Blake Neely, Williamstown, Sr.

OL – Timmy McCabe, Wheeling Central, So.

OL – Jeremy Smith, St. Marys, Sr.

OL – Nick Miller, East Hardy, Sr.

WR – Brett Tharp, East Hardy, Sr. (captain)

WR – Brooks Parsons, Magnolia, Sr.

UTIL – Jonathan Blankenship, Tug Valley, Sr.

UTIL – Mark Rucker, Tyler Consolidated, So.

K – Ryan Cunningham, Ravenswood, Sr.


DL – William Howell, Doddridge County, Sr.

DL – Dylan Richmond, Sherman, Sr.

DL – Dylan Gray, St. Marys, Sr.

DL – Vinny Mangino, Wheeling Central, Jr.

DL – Andrew Richmond, Summers County, Sr.

LB – Adam Murray, Wheeling Central, So. (captain)

LB – Luke Jackson, Ravenswood, Jr.

LB – Cam Barnette, South Harrison, Sr.

LB – Mark Jordan, Pocahontas County, Sr.

DB – Tucker Lilly, Summers County, Sr.

DB – Gunner Brummage, Clay-Battelle, Sr.

DB – Ryan LaAsmar, Notre Dame, Sr.

UTIL – Trey Scott, Cameron, Jr.

UTIL – Matt Eichhorn, St. Marys, Sr.

UTIL/P – Colby Brown, Cameron, Sr.




QB – Curtis McGhee, Wheeling Central, So.

QB – Kole Puffenberger, Pendleton County, Jr.

RB – Brady Grant, Van, Sr. (captain)

RB – Jordan Dempsey, Fayetteville, Jr.

RB – Jeremiah Johnston, Richwood, So.

OL – Aaron Peterman, Wirt County, Sr.

OL – Carson May, Tug Valley, Sr.

OL – Tucker Dalrymple, St. Marys, Sr.

OL – Ryan Anderson, South Harrison, Sr.

OL – Tanner Sears, Valley-Fayette, Sr.

WR – Travis Mickey, Cameron, Jr.

WR – Noah Minor, Midland Trail, Sr.

UTIL – Griffin Phillips, Tyler Consolidated, Jr.

UTIL – Travis Dille, Clay-Battelle, Sr.

K – Atikilt Tamiru, Moorefield, Fr.


DL – Ethan Mahan, Ravenswood, Sr.

DL – Jared Barrows, Magnolia, So.

DL – Hunter Darby, Midland Trail, Sr.

LB – Dawson Wear, Wheeling Central, Sr.

LB – Phillip Mullen, East Hardy, Sr.

LB – Shane Peacock, Pocahontas County, Sr.

LB – Elijah Barner, Mount View, Jr.

LB – Curtis James, Doddridge County, Sr.

LB – Luke Hardway, Webster County, Jr. (captain)

DB – Christian Pack, Summers County, Jr.

DB – Ethan Burgess, Buffalo, Sr.

DB – Aden Funkhouser, East Hardy, Jr.

UTIL – Bray Price, Wheeling Central, Jr.

UTIL – Ben Salmon, Sherman, Sr.

P – Tanner Lett, Doddridge County, Jr.


Special Honorable Mention

Hunter America, Doddridge County

Brent Barnette, South Harrison

Jakob Barrows, Magnolia

Tucker Bennett, Summers County

Elijah Benson, Ravenswood

Will Bragg, Richwood

Hayden Burdette, Richwood

Parker Brewer, Tug Valley

James Cava, Notre Dame

Elijah Collier, Mount View

Garrett Cook, Madonna

Max Cook, Doddridge County

Tristan Coots, Fayetteville

Ryan Cross, Paden City

Seth Davis, Doddridge County

Ryan Ekey, Madonna

Levi Hardway, Webster County

Carter Haynes, Williamstown

JT Hensley, Sherman

Antone Herring St. Marys

Critter Hesson, Wahama

Caleb Jantuah, Richwood

Matthew Jenkins, Moorefield

Hunter Jones, Midland Trail

Cordell Lesher, Midland Trail

Landon McFadden, South Harrison

Jeff Mills, East Hardy

Ben Neal, Summers County

Hunter Partridge, Magnolia

Chad Ramsey, Greenbrier West

Cole Rapp, Tucker County

Brett Reall, Tucker County

Caleb Richmond, Meadow Bridge

Andrew Ritchea, Cameron

Anthony Robbins, Wheeling Central

Dakoda Sager, East Hardy

Mike Shreves, Paden City

Levi Streets, Valley Wetzel

Joey Taylor, Tygarts Valley

Christian Thomas, Wahama

Tim Thorne, Pendleton County

Willie Walden, Tygarts Valley

Dakota Waldron, Mount View

Briar Wilfong, Pocahontas County

Wyatt Wingrove, Cameron


Honorable Mention

Nick Adams, Midland Trail

Hunter Amick, Richwood

Evan Amos, Williamstown

Colton Arrington, Wahama

Adam Baker, East Hardy

Johnnie Board, Wahama

Hunter Booth, Pendleton County

Stephen Booth, Buffalo

Hunter Bouldin, Montcalm

Ben Callaway, Tucker County

Layne Daniel, Sherman

John Dickens, Sherman

Colton Dorsey, Greenbrier West

Luke Duplaga, Wheeling Central

Logan Forquer, Clay-Battelle

Logan Frantz, Fayetteville

Daniel Gibson, Van

Logan Gogan, Doddridge County

Jake Greene, Ravenswood

Aaric Gross, Mount View

Gunnar Haley, Gilmer County

Jared Harman, Pendleton County

Jimmy Harper, Valley Fayette

C.W. Harton, Paden City

Will Hensley, Sherman

Max Hilton, Ravenswood

Chance Lemley, Madonna

David Joy, Paden City

Tyler Kocher, Valley Wetzel

Austin Lowe, Valley Wetzel

Noah Lucas, Tug Valley

Harley Martin, Meadow Bridge

Marcus McGuire, Summers County

Park Michaels, Buffalo

Tyler Morlachetta, Buffalo

Brayden Mullenix, Williamstown

Josh Newsome, Tug Valley

Reece Nutter, Webster County

Jarred Parnell, Montcalm

Cordell Parsons, Sherman

Aaron Pendry, Mount View

Garyn Pritt, Valley Fayette

Luke Poling, Tucker County

Owen Poling, Tucker County

Trent Pullens, Fayetteville

Mac Raymond, Madonna

Dakota Richards, Wirt County

Sam Romano, Notre Dame

Dillon Shinaberry, Pocahontas County

Braden Snyder, Richwood

Benji Steele, Clay-Battelle

Kyle Sturgell, Tug Valley

Jake Tackett, Tygarts Valley

Donathan Taylor, Williamstown

Zak Tokash, Madonna

Daniel White, Tygarts Valley

Dustin Williams, Webster County

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. 

College Football Playoff is an imperfect response to an unanswerable question

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Setting aside for a moment the commotion of Sunday, the childish stridency of Mack Brown on ESPN, the runaway nonsense of Randy Edsall on Twitter, and other balderdash, let’s glimpse at how an eight-team 2017 playoff would look today, in bracket order, with comments added:

- No. 1 Clemson (12-1) vs. No. 8 Southern California (11-2): A high-flying doozy of divergent regions, the very kind of bout that jazzes up college football. A masterpiece of scheduling luck.

- No. 4 Alabama (11-1) vs. No. 5 Ohio State (11-2): Large volume.

- No. 3 Georgia (12-1) vs. No. 6 Wisconsin (12-1): Large bruises.

- No. 2 Oklahoma (12-1) vs. No. 7 Auburn (10-3): It wouldn’t be an Auburn home game, so we wouldn’t have to worry about that eagle flying too close to Baker Mayfield.

Now, let’s view what would happen just after those pairings appeared: a certain fury. This fury would emanate from . . . wait . . . checking the map here . . . State College, Pennsylvania. Then this fury from the fans of No. 9 Penn State would widen, in concentric circles, covering at least parts, if not entireties, of all 67 counties in Pennsylvania. Then this fury would go beyond, to those outside Pennsylvania who might have lived or studied in Pennsylvania. It would fill airwaves, email inboxes, chats.

Here’s a fact of life: If Penn State fans suspect you have slighted their team, they do not mind advising you of this viewpoint.

So in this instance, Southern California would have hopped over Penn State, from No. 10 to No. 8, in the final rankings, and we would have a long discussion about how Notre Dame, before it got slaughtered in Miami, went through Southern California like a combine in a field, beating it by the approximate score of 127-0, while Penn State lost two games by four points on the road against top-16 teams, including one farcical weather delay. We might have discussed even whether Penn State’s omission constituted continuing bias from its early-decade scandal.

The eight-team solution might improve things, but it wouldn’t save us from our unsolvable puzzles in an uneven sport, such as the one last weekend between Alabama and Ohio State. Further, it would diminish things if it worked the way some envision it: Five conference champions, three at-large teams. Every once in a while in that scenario, you’d get a five-loss playoff team such as 2012 Big Ten champion Wisconsin (which ended up 8-6), or a four-loss playoff team such as 2008 Atlantic Coast Conference champion Virginia Tech (which ended up 10-4), or a three-loss playoff teams such as 2011 ACC champion Clemson (which ended up 10-4).

A five-loss playoff team would sully the Declaration of Independence.

Of course, everyone still values conference championships. Everyone just values them to different degrees. Some value them to such degree that when a conference champion such as an 11-2 Ohio State finishes behind a conference non-champion such as an 11-1 Alabama, they - and this is hard to believe - opt for shrillness.

Thus did Brown, that former lobbyist for his Texas team in 2008, when it beat Oklahoma but missed the BCS Championship Game because Oklahoma (uh-oh) won the conference, conduct this nutty huff Sunday afternoon, in protest: “Conference championships don’t matter. So let’s stop talking about them.“ This was out-and-out, to borrow a word from the late Molly Ivins, horsepucky.

Here’s some homework: The selection committees have chosen 16 teams in four years for the playoff. Fourteen of those 16 won conference championships. Often, as with Michigan State in 2015 or Washington in 2016, those conference championships mattered heavily when set among the other-team factors of that particular season. (As committee chairman Kirby Hocutt reminded, “I would say there’s no college football seasons that are ever identical.“ Yes.) Everyone still weighs conference championships, among all the factors. Everyone still talks about conference championships. Everyone still prints T-shirts for conference championships, although Alabama might have stopped because its stores have no room left.

On a Sunday bound for a certain dopiness, Brown held the dopiness lead until Edsall, the former Maryland coach nowadays at Connecticut, chimed in on Twitter: “Why do they even recognize conference champions when they can’t even get into a playoff for a National Championship!“

Here’s some homework: The selection committees have chosen 16 teams . . . and 14 of those 16 . . .

Not finished yet when finishing would have helped, Edsall supplied a hashtag with this nugget: #AllAboutTheMoney.

The state of Ohio, the nation’s seventh-most populous, has a population of 11.6 million. The state of Alabama, the nation’s 24th-most populous, has a population of 4.9 million. The program of Ohio State, Ohio’s giant, shares the state with a heap of impressive smaller-tier programs, but hogs all the Power Five adoration. The program of Alabama, one of Alabama’s two giants, shares the state with a heap of impressive smaller-tier programs, but also with a fellow Power Five behemoth, Auburn.

It’s always puzzling when an exercise that’s #AllAboutTheMoney chooses the lesser amount of money.

Could Ohio State’s exclusion from the playoff wind up fueling the drive toward eight, the way the Alabama-LSU Bowl Championship Series game of 2011-12 spurred momentum toward four? It might. For now, let’s hear that most reasonable voice make reasonable suggestions for the reasonable meantime.

“Let’s have everyone have the same number of conference games, the same number of non-conference games, and it would be great to have some continuity about scheduling, which is what a lot of us on the West Coast have been asking for,“ Stanford Coach David Shaw said, after the Cardinal accepted an Alamo Bowl bid. “Because if you’re going to compare us to all these other conferences, let’s play by the same rules.“

At present, the Atlantic Coast Conference and Southeastern Conference play eight conference games, while the Big Ten, the Big 12 and the Pacific-12 play nine. Let’s try to figure out how to listen to Shaw. After all, he’s the wise man who, despite his name being linked through the years to openings of seemingly half the NFL and the FBS, if not other acronyms, has remained at Stanford. If you have ever set eyes upon Stanford, you understand.

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.

College Football Rankings

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Associated Press Top 25
1. Clemson
2. Oklahoma
3. Georgia
4. Alabama
5. Ohio State
6. Wisconsin
7. Auburn
8. Southern California
9. Penn State
10. UCF
11. Miami (Fla.)
12. Washington
13. TCU
14. Notre Dame
15. Stanford
16. LSU
17. Oklahoma State
18. Michigan State
19. Memphis
20. Northwestern
21. Washington State
22. Virginia Tech
23. South Florida
24. Mississippi State
25. Boise State

Coaches Poll
1. Clemson
2. Oklahoma
3. Georgia
4. Alabama
5. Ohio State
6. Wisconsin
7. Southern California
8. Auburn
9. Penn State
10. UCF
11. Miami (Fla.)
12. Washington
13. TCU
14. LSU
15. Notre Dame
16. Stanford
17. Oklahoma State
18. Memphis
19. Michigan State
20. Northwestern
21. Washington State
22. Virginia Tech
23. Mississippi State
24. South Florida
25. Boise State

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.

MEC Women’s Basketball Roundup (December 02)

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West Liberty 98, Notre Dame 94

Trailing 43-42 at halftime, West Liberty opened the second half with a 12-2 run and outlasted several Notre Dame comeback efforts on its way to a 98-94 win on Saturday.

The Hilltoppers had five players score double-digit figures led by Marissa Brown with 26 points.  McKenna Shives chipped in 21 points followed by Brandi Beader with 19.  Olivia Belknap added 13 in the win with Johnie Olkosky rounding out the double-digit scorers with 10 points.  Brown hauled in a team-high 11 rebounds with Olkosky dishing out seven assists.  West Liberty (3-5,2-2) shot 50% from the floor.

Kim Cook led the effort for Notre Dame (6-3, 3-1) with 20 points.  Seina Adachi chipped in 19 with Marissa Finazzo and Mackenzie Meckes adding 17 and 14 points, respectively.  The Falcons shot 58% in the loss.

Concord 87, West Virginia State 76 (Overtime)

Concord overcame six ties and 11 lead changes, and outscored West Virginia State 15-4 in overtime before securing an 87-67 win on Saturday.  Madison May hit a layup for the Mountain Lions with 12 seconds on the clock to tie the score 72-72 and send the contest into overtime. 

Riley Fitzwater drained 26 points while grabbing 21 rebounds for Concord (3-4, 1-3) with May adding 21 and 15 boards.  Danielle Catron netted 19 points and 10 rebounds.  The win marked the first MEC victory of the season for the Mountain Lions. 

Aurreshae Hines notched 22 points for West Virginia State (2-5,2-2) with Denisha Bowman and Amari Grace adding nine each in the loss. 

West Virginia Wesleyan 79, Fairmont State 75

West Virginia Wesleyan picked up its second consecutive MEC win on Saturday in a 79-75 decision against Fairmont State.  The Bobcats led by as many as 12 points in the contest before the Fighting Falcons rallied to pull within one point on two occasions in the final quarter. Both teams exchanged free throws down the last stretch of the game with Brittany Stawovy hitting two for West Virginia Wesleyan (4-2, 3-1) for the final margin.

Tyra Hughes netted 22 points for the Bobcats with Stawovy adding 16 in the win.  Nicole Gilyard tallied 10 points to aid the effort.

Sierra Kotchman drained 24 points for Fairmont State (3-4, 0-4).  Kelli Jo Harrison score 12 with Molly Rinkevich adding 10 in the setback.

Wheeling Jesuit 76, Urbana 63

Wheeling Jesuit trailed just once in the contest and led by as many as 18 points in the fourth quarter before securing its first conference win on the season in a 76-63 decision over Urbana.

Monica Burns and Mariah Callen both drained 25 points in the win with Cassi Stein adding 11 points, 10 boards and four assists for Wheeling Jesuit (2-5, 1-3). Callen and Burns each hit five three-pointers on the day and combined to go 12-14 from the free throw line.  The Cards shot 35% from the floor in the win.

Sylvia Hudson paced Urbana (3-2, 3-1) with 14 points and 10 rebounds in the setback while Stephanie Davis tallied 11 points on the afternoon.

Charleston 54, UVa-Wise 41

Charleston maintains a perfect record in MEC play after taking home a 54-41 win over UVa-Wise on Saturday in the Prior Center.  The Golden Eagles shot 38% from the floor in the win while holding the Cavaliers to a 23% shooting percentage.

After trailing 11-9 at the end of the first quarter, Charleston (5-2, 4-0) held UVa-Wise (1-6, 0-4) to single-digit points in the second and led by as many as 13 in the third before securing the win.

Brooklyn Pannell paced the Golden Eagles with 16 points while Octavia Loll and Abby Watson added 13 each.  Ambrea Williams hauled in 11 rebounds.

Adalmaryz Gomez and Cynita Webb both scored 10 points for UVa-Wise in the setback.  Ale Moore tallied 11 rebounds for the Cavaliers.

Glenville State 133, Shepherd 61

Glenville State had seven players score double-digit points and shot 57% from the floor in a 133-61 win over Shepherd on Saturday in the Butcher Center.  The Pioneers never trailed in the contest and forced 35 turnovers.

Paris McLeod poured in a game-high 25 points with eight rebounds with Emily Stroller chipping in 23 points in the win.  Kristin DesRocher added 17 for Glenville State (6-1, 4-0) followed by Courtney Davis and Erika Toney adding 13 and 12, respectively.  Bhrea Griffin and Julie Bishop each netted 11 points to round out the double-digit scorers for the Pioneers.

Morgen Arden drained a team-high 22 points in the loss.  Sydney Clayton recorded eight points and eight rebounds for Shepherd (4-4, 1-3).

2017: WV High School Football Scoreboard: Super Six Championships

The Gilmer Free Press

Area High School Football Scoreboard
2017: Super Six Championships
#4 Spring Valley (11-3) 16 #4 Fairmont Senior (12-2) 26 #10 Wheeling Central (10-4) 40
#2 Martinsburg (14-0) 44 #2 Bluefield (14-0) 29 #5 St. Marys (11-2) 21

High court betting case pits states against sports leagues

The Free Press WV

With its spacious bar and banks of TVs tuned to all-sports stations, the lounge at New Jersey’s Monmouth Park Racetrack is a sports gamblers’ paradise-in-waiting. All that’s standing in its way: a 25-year-old federal law that bars betting on sports in most states.

An hour before Thursday night’s Washington-Dallas NFL game, only about half a dozen people sat at the bar, most of them workers at the horse-racing track or nearby residents. But a case the Supreme Court will take up Monday could change that, packing the bar and making wagering on sports widely available nationwide.

The high court is weighing whether a federal law that prevents states from authorizing sports betting is constitutional. New Jersey is leading the challenge against that law, with all four major U.S. professional sports leagues and the federal government on the other side.

If the Supreme Court strikes down the law, giving sports betting the go-ahead, dozens of states could quickly make it legal. Monmouth Park is gambling on a win for New Jersey and has already spent $1 million on its sports lounge, ready to turn it into a sports betting parlor in short order. British bookmaking company William Hill would run the operation.

“I don’t think it’s unfair to say if there is a broad ruling, you could be witnessing a reshaping of the global gambling industry around that ruling,” said Chris Grove, managing director of Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, a California-based research firm that believes 32 states would probably offer sports betting within five years if the Supreme Court makes that possible.

Daniel Wallach, a legal expert in sports and gambling, says the case could “transform how sporting events are consumed and watched in this country.”

Monday’s case pits New Jersey and other states against the four big sports leagues and the federal government. The stakes are high. The American Gaming Association estimates that Americans illegally wager about $150 billion on sports each year. In court, the NBA, NFL, NHL and Major League Baseball have fought New Jersey, arguing that expanding gambling would hurt the integrity of their games, though leaders of all but the NFL have shown varying degrees of openness to legalized sports gambling. More than a dozen states are supporting New Jersey.

Shawn Fluharty, a West Virginia lawmaker who has sponsored sports gambling legislation, says he believes his state would be one of the first to offer sports betting if the Supreme Court permits it. The Democrat says sports gambling is “a way to raise new revenue without raising taxes.”

New Jersey has spent years and millions of dollars in legal fees trying to legalize sports betting at its casinos and racetracks. In 2012, with voters’ support, state lawmakers passed a law authorizing sports betting there. The state’s action was a direct challenge to a federal law, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act.

The 1992 law bars state-authorized sports gambling with exceptions for Nevada, Montana, Oregon and Delaware, states that had some form of sports wagering before the law took effect. Nevada is the only state where a person can bet on a single game, though the law doesn’t cover wagering between friends. In passing the law, Congress gave New Jersey a yearlong window to authorize sports betting at its casinos but the state didn’t act in time.

Two decades later, when New Jersey decided to legalize sports betting, the four major professional sports leagues and the NCAA sued. New Jersey argued that Congress exceeded its authority when it prohibited states from authorizing sports betting, but it lost in court. In 2014, New Jersey tried a different approach, repealing laws prohibiting sports gambling at casinos and racetracks. Again, it lost in court.

Now that the Supreme Court has taken the case, the outcome could be sweeping but doesn’t have to be. If the court strikes down the 1992 law, it would be greenlighting the expansion of sports gambling nationwide. But the court could also rule narrowly, agreeing that the way New Jersey changed its laws to allow sports betting at racetracks and casinos in 2014 was permissible. Few states may be willing to follow that route and have no say in licensing or regulating sports gambling. The court could also uphold the law, keeping the status quo.

And even if the law is struck down, Congress could try to step in again.

Florida State University professor Ryan Rodenberg, in a filing with the court, urged justices not to rule broadly. And, in an interview, the sports law expert said he doesn’t think the justices’ ruling will ultimately be sweeping. The court’s conservatives are generally in favor of states’ rights and would be expected to rule for New Jersey, but they’re also generally against gambling, he said. The policy implications have to be in the back of the minds of the justices, he said.

Republican Gov. Chris Christie, who pushed his state’s sports betting legislation, says he is “cautiously optimistic” about the outcome.

New Jersey resident Vito Paolantonio, who was at Monmouth Park Racetrack’s bar Thursday, said he’d wager on sports if he could in the state.

“I’m a 52-year-old male who loves sports,” he said. “If we were here and I was watching a game, I would absolutely throw in a few dollars to make it more interesting. I think as a middle-class American, a lot of others would do the same.”

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