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Gilmer County Schools May/Summer 2016 Newsletter: Gilmer County High School

GCHS PROM!
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GCHS “A Sky Full of Stars” Prom was held on May 07 at the Morris Criminal Justice Center.

Selected by their peers, Junior Princess Tiffany Copeland, Junior Prince Lukas Sirbaugh, Queen Kassie Hickman, and King Ethan Burkhammer reigned as Prom Royalty for the evening.

A special thank you to the junior class head sponsor Tabby Beall, and sponsors Joe Brannon, Willard Wright and Brianna Blankenship for overseeing the event.


 

Market Day
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Mrs. Karen McClain, Grade 7 social studies teacher, explains how Market Day works in her classroom.

Gene Coulson, Ed.D. Executive Director, EntreEd, Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education, met with school, community, and business leaders to discuss entrepreneurship at Gilmer County High School.


 

“Earth’s Quilt: Common Threads, A Journey Across the Curriculum”
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The WV Dance Company performed “Earth’s Quilt: Common Threads, A Journey Across the Curriculum” to GCHS students on April 20. 

The performance was funded through the Arts Exposure Grant and through Extended Curriculum at GCHS . 


 

2016 GCHS baseball team
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The 2016 GCHS baseball team is having very productive post-season play.

The baseball team won the sectional title by defeating Wirt County, and defeated Williamstown in the semi-final round of regional play.

The baseball team traveled to Wahama to play in the finals of regional action on Wednesday, May 25 at 6 p.m.


 

2016 GCHS softball team
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The 2016 GCHS softball team completed the season 11-15 with a sectional title.

Seniors accepted the sectional plaque on behalf of the team, (l to r): Ayla Young, Emilie Jedamski, and Hannah Moore.

Moore has elected to play softball at the collegiate level next year at Glenville State College.

 

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GCHS STATE TRACK MEET
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Girls Events
4 x 200 Relay
    8th Gilmer County HS   1:56.41   1
    1) Huff, MacKenzee          
    2) Shuff, Kylie          
    3) Petty, Analysse          
    4) Wildman, Halee          
4 x 400 Relay
  9th Gilmer County HS  
4:35.51                        
    1) White, Ashlee          
    2) Shuff, Kylie          
    3) Petty, Analysse          
    4) Chapman, Lindsay  
       
High Jump
7th Petty, Analysse       4ft. 10 in.

Shot Put
4th Wright, Sada         32ft. 3 in.

Discus
3rd Wright, Sada         111 ft.  7in

Boys Events
800 Meter Run
5th White, Caleb     2:04.24

4 x 100 Meter Relay
13th Gilmer County HS       48.25  
    1) Haley, Gunar            
    2) Steele, Chase          
    3) Watkins, Kevin          
    4) Pritt, Jared

4 x 200 Meter Relay
7th Gilmer County HS       1:37.73  
    1) Pritt, Jared            
    2) White, Caleb          
    3) Haley, Gunar            
    4) Watkins, Kevin          

4 x 400 Meter Relay
10th Gilmer County HS     3:48.00   1
    1) Pritt, Jared 11          
    2) White, Caleb 11          
    3) Steele, Chase 9
    4) Skinner, Caleb 10

Shot Put
1st Stout, Nathan     59 ft. 8.25 in.
(State Meet Record—Pictured Left)

Discus
1st Stout, Nathan       167-00
(State Meet Record Pictured Left)

High Point -
5th Nathan Stout—20 points


 

GCHS Student Recognition
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The recipients of the Damon West Award for Excellence in Athletics are seniors Mackenzee Huff and Nathan Stout.

Mackenzee is a three year letterman in volleyball, four year letterman in basketball,  four-year letterman in track and one year in cross country.

She was 2nd team all LKC in basketball, the recipient of the LKC Scholar Athlete award and has qualified for the State Track meet three years.

Mackenzee received the Army Scholar Athlete Award at the Senior Assembly.

She is the daughter of Mrs. Marsha Tompkins and Mr. Phil Huff.

Nathan is a four year time All LKC performance in track, three time All State in track, as well as being named two-time All-American.

He is a three-time state champion in the shot put and set the State Record; he holds the state championship in discuss and set a new state record of throwing 167 feet on May 20, 2016.

Nathan is the son of Mrs. Connie O’Dell and Mr. James Stout.


 

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Youth Ambassador Leadership Summit  

Alyssa Langford

Harvard University - June 2016


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Representing GCHS at Governor’s Honors Academy: Janeeva Jenkins


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Girls State representatives from GCHS:

Madisyn Furr

Carly Somerville

Lydia Cottrill


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Representing GCHS at Boys State:

Lukas Sirbaugh

Caleb White

Lucas Tanner

Trey Shuff

Cole Haley

 

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GCHS BAND CONCERT
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GCHS music department held the Spring Music Concert on May 12, 2016.

The choir performed several songs.

The GCHS Brass Quintet Plus One was introduced; they play two pieces written specifically for brass ensembles.

The concert band performed several numbers, including the program for WVSSAC ratings where the band received a grade of 2.

Ms. Blankenship explained that the STEM to STEAM grant provided funds for a new tuba, a gong and cymbal.

 

... To Be Continued ...

Color Run/Walk Coming to GSC - April 15, 2015

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Members of Glenville State College’s Pioneers for a Cause group and Student Government Association are sponsoring a color run/walk 5K on the evening of Wednesday, April 15, 2015 starting at 6:00 PM.

The race will take place around the campus of Glenville State College.

Participants can register the day of the race in the lobby of Goodwin Hall beginning at 5:00 PM.

Entry fees are $20 for Non-GSC students and $10 for GSC students.

Participants are reminded that since the 5K is a color run/walk, tinted powders will be disbursed on them as they complete the race route.

Proceeds from the event will benefit autism research.

5K Pi Day Run/Walk - 03.14.15

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G-OB™: Gilmer County Schools Employment – Mini Titan Boys Track Coach - GCHS

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POSITION:
                                    Mini Titan Boys Track Coach
                                    Gilmer County High School

JOB DESCRIPTION:

FOR THE POSITION OF: Mini Titan Boys Track Coach

REPORTS TO: Principal/Athletic Director

JOB GOAL: To assist with participating student to achieve a high level of skill, an appreciation for the values of discipline and an increased level of self-esteem.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Professional and Interpersonal Relations,

1. cooperates with building principal,

2. cooperates with athletic director,

3. develops rapport with coaching staff within the school,

4. organizes coaching staff,

5. develops positive relationship with participants,

6. develops positive relationship with student body,

7. develops positive relationship with faculty,

8. develops positive relationship with parents and community,

9. develops positive relationship with game officials,

10. develops positive relationship with news media,

11. develops positive relationship with opponents,

12. employs appropriate conduct during games,

13. employs appropriate conduct during practices,

14. attends league, conference and WVSSAC meetings as required

15. participates in activities that foster professional growth and development,

16. motivates staff and players toward desired goals, and commands respect by example in appearance, manners, behavior and language.

Coaching and Related Areas,

17. develops high caliber and quality instruction,

18. teaches fundamental skills,

19. handles athletic injuries,

20. cares for equipment,

21. supervises participants and disciplines team appropriately,

22. designs quality organization of practice sessions,

23. designs pre-season planning,

24. supervises managers and other support personnel,

25. manages budget,

26. follows purchasing procedures,

27. initiates game organizational skills,

28. follows board of education, league, conference, and WVSSAC policies,

29. devotes time and energy to coaching duties,

30. follows end of season procedures,

31.  performs other duties as assigned by principal/athletic director.


EMPLOYMENT TERM: 2014-2015 season


QUALIFICATIONS:
                                                * Hold or qualify for West Virginia Certificate as required under State Board Policy 5202
                                                * Possess the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully carry out responsibilities of the position.


SALARY: County Supplement - $600.00


SUBMIT:

Application for employment; Copy of WV Coaching Certificate; Current employees submit Extra Curricular Bid Sheet (located on the county website)
Incomplete application packets will not be considered.


Send these documents to:
                                              Judith Stalnaker, Personnel Director
                                              Gilmer County Schools
                                              201 North Court Street
                                              Glenville, WV 26351

CLOSING DATE: Until Filled


As required by federal laws and regulations, the Gilmer County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, marital status, disability, age and national origin in employment and in the administration of any of its education programs or activities.  Inquires may be directed to Title IX Coordinator, Gilmer County Board of Education, 201 N. Court Street, Glenville, WV 26351, phone 304.462.7386; to the Elimination of Sex Discrimination Program Coordinator, 304.558.7864; or the US Department of Education’s Director of the Office of Civil Rights, 215.596.6795.

E15-501-14(a)
Posted: 01.13.15

G-OB™: Gilmer County Schools Employment – Mini Titan Boys Track Coach - GCHS

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POSITION:
                                    Mini Titan Boys Track Coach
                                    Gilmer County High School

JOB DESCRIPTION:

FOR THE POSITION OF: Mini Titan Boys Track Coach

REPORTS TO: Principal/Athletic Director

JOB GOAL: To assist with participating student to achieve a high level of skill, an appreciation for the values of discipline and an increased level of self-esteem.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Professional and Interpersonal Relations,

1. cooperates with building principal,

2. cooperates with athletic director,

3. develops rapport with coaching staff within the school,

4. organizes coaching staff,

5. develops positive relationship with participants,

6. develops positive relationship with student body,

7. develops positive relationship with faculty,

8. develops positive relationship with parents and community,

9. develops positive relationship with game officials,

10. develops positive relationship with news media,

11. develops positive relationship with opponents,

12. employs appropriate conduct during games,

13. employs appropriate conduct during practices,

14. attends league, conference and WVSSAC meetings as required

15. participates in activities that foster professional growth and development,

16. motivates staff and players toward desired goals, and commands respect by example in appearance, manners, behavior and language.

Coaching and Related Areas,

17. develops high caliber and quality instruction,

18. teaches fundamental skills,

19. handles athletic injuries,

20. cares for equipment,

21. supervises participants and disciplines team appropriately,

22. designs quality organization of practice sessions,

23. designs pre-season planning,

24. supervises managers and other support personnel,

25. manages budget,

26. follows purchasing procedures,

27. initiates game organizational skills,

28. follows board of education, league, conference, and WVSSAC policies,

29. devotes time and energy to coaching duties,

30. follows end of season procedures,

31.  performs other duties as assigned by principal/athletic director.


EMPLOYMENT TERM: 2014-2015 season


QUALIFICATIONS:
                                                * Hold or qualify for West Virginia Certificate as required under State Board Policy 5202
                                                * Possess the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully carry out responsibilities of the position.


SALARY: County Supplement - $600.00


SUBMIT:

Application for employment; Copy of WV Coaching Certificate; Current employees submit Extra Curricular Bid Sheet (located on the county website)
Incomplete application packets will not be considered.


Send these documents to:
                                              Judith Stalnaker, Personnel Director
                                              Gilmer County Schools
                                              201 North Court Street
                                              Glenville, WV 26351

CLOSING DATE: Until Filled


As required by federal laws and regulations, the Gilmer County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, marital status, disability, age and national origin in employment and in the administration of any of its education programs or activities.  Inquires may be directed to Title IX Coordinator, Gilmer County Board of Education, 201 N. Court Street, Glenville, WV 26351, phone 304.462.7386; to the Elimination of Sex Discrimination Program Coordinator, 304.558.7864; or the US Department of Education’s Director of the Office of Civil Rights, 215.596.6795.

E15-501-14(a)
Posted: 01.13.15

G-OB™: Gilmer County Schools Employment – Mini Titan Girls Track Coach - GCHS

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POSITION:
                                    Mini Titan Girls Track Coach
                                    Gilmer County High School

JOB DESCRIPTION:

FOR THE POSITION OF: Mini Titan Girls Track Coach

REPORTS TO: Principal/Athletic Director

JOB GOAL: To assist with participating student to achieve a high level of skill, an appreciation for the values of discipline and an increased level of self-esteem.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Professional and Interpersonal Relations,

1. cooperates with building principal,

2. cooperates with athletic director,

3. develops rapport with coaching staff within the school,

4. organizes coaching staff,

5. develops positive relationship with participants,

6. develops positive relationship with student body,

7. develops positive relationship with faculty,

8. develops positive relationship with parents and community,

9. develops positive relationship with game officials,

10. develops positive relationship with news media,

11. develops positive relationship with opponents,

12. employs appropriate conduct during games,

13. employs appropriate conduct during practices,

14. attends league, conference and WVSSAC meetings as required

15. participates in activities that foster professional growth and development,

16. motivates staff and players toward desired goals, and commands respect by example in appearance, manners, behavior and language.

Coaching and Related Areas,

17. develops high caliber and quality instruction,

18. teaches fundamental skills,

19. handles athletic injuries,

20. cares for equipment,

21. supervises participants and disciplines team appropriately,

22. designs quality organization of practice sessions,

23. designs pre-season planning,

24. supervises managers and other support personnel,

25. manages budget,

26. follows purchasing procedures,

27. initiates game organizational skills,

28. follows board of education, league, conference, and WVSSAC policies,

29. devotes time and energy to coaching duties,

30. follows end of season procedures,

31.  performs other duties as assigned by principal/athletic director.


EMPLOYMENT TERM: 2014-2015 season


QUALIFICATIONS:
                                                * Hold or qualify for West Virginia Certificate as required under State Board Policy 5202
                                                * Possess the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully carry out responsibilities of the position.


SALARY: County Supplement - $600.00


SUBMIT:

Application for employment; Copy of WV Coaching Certificate; Current employees submit Extra Curricular Bid Sheet (located on the county website)
Incomplete application packets will not be considered.


Send these documents to:
                                              Judith Stalnaker, Personnel Director
                                              Gilmer County Schools
                                              201 North Court Street
                                              Glenville, WV 26351

CLOSING DATE: Until Filled


As required by federal laws and regulations, the Gilmer County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, marital status, disability, age and national origin in employment and in the administration of any of its education programs or activities.  Inquires may be directed to Title IX Coordinator, Gilmer County Board of Education, 201 N. Court Street, Glenville, WV 26351, phone 304.462.7386; to the Elimination of Sex Discrimination Program Coordinator, 304.558.7864; or the US Department of Education’s Director of the Office of Civil Rights, 215.596.6795.

E15-501-15(a)
Posted: 01.13.15

An Early Christmas for A Couple of Gilmer County Elementary Students

1st Place Winner Tierra Law of Troy Elementary
with her new mountain bike and helmet

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(L-R) Mrs. Kim Freeland Principal, Mrs. Leslie Campbell teacher and classroom coordinator of
Walking Challenge III at Troy Elementary
Congratulations Tierra!



1st Place Winner Logan Canfield of Normantown Elementary
with his new mountain bike and helmet

The Gilmer Free Press
(L-R) Mrs. Faye Chambers Principal, Mrs. Miranda Canfield teacher and
classroom coordinator of Walking Challenge III at Normantown Elementary
Congratulations Logan!



Mountain Bikes compliments of Waco Oil & Gas


Director Gilmer County on the Move Jeff Campbell

G-OB™: Gilmer County Schools Employment – Mini Titan Girls Track Coach - GCHS

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POSITION:
                                    Mini Titan Girls Track Coach
                                    Gilmer County High School

JOB DESCRIPTION:

FOR THE POSITION OF: Mini Titan Girls Track Coach

REPORTS TO: Principal/Athletic Director

JOB GOAL: To assist with participating student to achieve a high level of skill, an appreciation for the values of discipline and an increased level of self-esteem.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Professional and Interpersonal Relations,

1. cooperates with building principal,

2. cooperates with athletic director,

3. develops rapport with coaching staff within the school,

4. organizes coaching staff,

5. develops positive relationship with participants,

6. develops positive relationship with student body,

7. develops positive relationship with faculty,

8. develops positive relationship with parents and community,

9. develops positive relationship with game officials,

10. develops positive relationship with news media,

11. develops positive relationship with opponents,

12. employs appropriate conduct during games,

13. employs appropriate conduct during practices,

14. attends league, conference and WVSSAC meetings as required

15. participates in activities that foster professional growth and development,

16. motivates staff and players toward desired goals, and commands respect by example in appearance, manners, behavior and language.

Coaching and Related Areas,

17. develops high caliber and quality instruction,

18. teaches fundamental skills,

19. handles athletic injuries,

20. cares for equipment,

21. supervises participants and disciplines team appropriately,

22. designs quality organization of practice sessions,

23. designs pre-season planning,

24. supervises managers and other support personnel,

25. manages budget,

26. follows purchasing procedures,

27. initiates game organizational skills,

28. follows board of education, league, conference, and WVSSAC policies,

29. devotes time and energy to coaching duties,

30. follows end of season procedures,

31.  performs other duties as assigned by principal/athletic director.


EMPLOYMENT TERM: 2014-2015 season


QUALIFICATIONS:
                                                * Hold or qualify for West Virginia Certificate as required under State Board Policy 5202
                                                * Possess the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully carry out responsibilities of the position.


SALARY: County Supplement - $600.00


SUBMIT:

Application for employment; Copy of WV Coaching Certificate; Current employees submit Extra Curricular Bid Sheet (located on the county website)
Incomplete application packets will not be considered.


Send these documents to:
                                              Judith Stalnaker, Personnel Director
                                              Gilmer County Schools
                                              201 North Court Street
                                              Glenville, WV 26351

CLOSING DATE: Friday, January 09, 2015 – 3:00 PM


As required by federal laws and regulations, the Gilmer County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, marital status, disability, age and national origin in employment and in the administration of any of its education programs or activities.  Inquires may be directed to Title IX Coordinator, Gilmer County Board of Education, 201 N. Court Street, Glenville, WV 26351, phone 304.462.7386; to the Elimination of Sex Discrimination Program Coordinator, 304.558.7864; or the US Department of Education’s Director of the Office of Civil Rights, 215.596.6795.

E15-501-15
Posted: 12.16.14

G-OB™: Gilmer County Schools Employment – Mini Titan Boys Track Coach - GCHS

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POSITION:
                                    Mini Titan Boys Track Coach
                                    Gilmer County High School

JOB DESCRIPTION:

FOR THE POSITION OF: Mini Titan Boys Track Coach

REPORTS TO: Principal/Athletic Director

JOB GOAL: To assist with participating student to achieve a high level of skill, an appreciation for the values of discipline and an increased level of self-esteem.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Professional and Interpersonal Relations,

1. cooperates with building principal,

2. cooperates with athletic director,

3. develops rapport with coaching staff within the school,

4. organizes coaching staff,

5. develops positive relationship with participants,

6. develops positive relationship with student body,

7. develops positive relationship with faculty,

8. develops positive relationship with parents and community,

9. develops positive relationship with game officials,

10. develops positive relationship with news media,

11. develops positive relationship with opponents,

12. employs appropriate conduct during games,

13. employs appropriate conduct during practices,

14. attends league, conference and WVSSAC meetings as required

15. participates in activities that foster professional growth and development,

16. motivates staff and players toward desired goals, and commands respect by example in appearance, manners, behavior and language.

Coaching and Related Areas,

17. develops high caliber and quality instruction,

18. teaches fundamental skills,

19. handles athletic injuries,

20. cares for equipment,

21. supervises participants and disciplines team appropriately,

22. designs quality organization of practice sessions,

23. designs pre-season planning,

24. supervises managers and other support personnel,

25. manages budget,

26. follows purchasing procedures,

27. initiates game organizational skills,

28. follows board of education, league, conference, and WVSSAC policies,

29. devotes time and energy to coaching duties,

30. follows end of season procedures,

31.  performs other duties as assigned by principal/athletic director.


EMPLOYMENT TERM: 2014-2015 season


QUALIFICATIONS:
                                                * Hold or qualify for West Virginia Certificate as required under State Board Policy 5202
                                                * Possess the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully carry out responsibilities of the position.


SALARY: County Supplement - $600.00


SUBMIT:

Application for employment; Copy of WV Coaching Certificate; Current employees submit Extra Curricular Bid Sheet (located on the county website)
Incomplete application packets will not be considered.


Send these documents to:
                                              Judith Stalnaker, Personnel Director
                                              Gilmer County Schools
                                              201 North Court Street
                                              Glenville, WV 26351

CLOSING DATE: Friday, January 09, 2015 – 3:00 PM


As required by federal laws and regulations, the Gilmer County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, marital status, disability, age and national origin in employment and in the administration of any of its education programs or activities.  Inquires may be directed to Title IX Coordinator, Gilmer County Board of Education, 201 N. Court Street, Glenville, WV 26351, phone 304.462.7386; to the Elimination of Sex Discrimination Program Coordinator, 304.558.7864; or the US Department of Education’s Director of the Office of Civil Rights, 215.596.6795.

E15-501-14
Posted: 12.16.14

Sports News   141204

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►  Holtz expecting defense from Herd’s first 11 games

Louisiana Tech coach Skip Holtz watched the Herd’s game against Western Kentucky last Friday and saw Marshall’s defense get carved up for by Hilltoppers’ quarterback Brandon Doughty. WKU rolled up 738 yards of total offense and Doughty threw eight touchdown passes.  But Holtz is not expecting Marshall’s defense to have another day like that anytime soon.

“They (WKU) had 49 points at halftime and I think they hit a couple of big play,” assessed Holtz. “There was not one thing that they did that said, ‘wow, they really exposed this.’ When I look at this defense, there is nothing to expose.”

Going into last week’s game Marshall’s defense was ranked first in Conference USA in total defense and scoring defense. Its still tops in C-USA allowing 20.7 points per game and second in total defense, right behind this week’s opponent, Louisiana Tech.

“There is not one area where we say, ‘alright, we are going to pick on this like their defensive line or their secondary.’ What [WKU] did was make some plays. They made some one-on-one jump balls and they threw the ball down the field. They executed, they hit some guys in dead stride that had to be perfect plays,” said Holtz.

While at times there were wide open receivers, WKU did make some outstanding plays throughout the game. There was at least one diving catch for a touchdown and credit Doughty for threading the needle and fitting passes in to some very tight windows.

That’s why Holtz is not coming to Huntington on Saturday expecting to put 65 points on the scoreboard. The body of evidence suggests that last Friday was an anomaly.

“They (WKU) could not do a lot wrong, but you come back and look at the end of regulation and they scored 10 points in the second half. They scored 49 in the first and 10 in the second and then scored a touchdown and went for two in overtime. They played really well in the first half, but then it seemed like Marshall came out in the second half and said enough of this. It was just a little too little too late to make up.”

Marshall gave up a little more than half as many yards in the second half as it did in the first half against WKU and limited to the Hilltoppers to 2-of-6 on third downs in the final two quarters.

“Marshall is not real complicated with what they do. They are fast, athletic and simple in what they do. They run to the ball and keep it in front of them. They got beat a couple of times deep, but they did not start changing their scheme. They did not start blitzing or changing coverages. They do what they do and they are very stern with what they do and give their players a chance to execute.”



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►  Sooners and Cowboys collide in Battle of Bedlam

The historic Battle of Bedlam is on tap for Saturday afternoon at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, as the 18th- ranked Oklahoma Sooners play host to the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the Big 12 Conference regular-season finale.

At just 5-6 overall (3-5 Big 12), Oklahoma State is in danger of missing out on bowl season for the first time since 2005. After an excellent 5-1 start to the season, the Cowboys have dropped five straight games, most recently falling at nationally-ranked Baylor on November 22, 49-28.

Despite his team’s struggles, coach Mike Gundy remains optimistic about his team’s progress.

“We’ve had a number of young players who have continued to improve,“ Gundy said. “Unfortunately, we probably played out best game we’ve played in six weeks last night against what could have very well been the best team on our schedule this year.“

Oklahoma had sky-high expectations coming into the season as the No. 4 team in the country, but it has fallen well short of its lofty goals by dropping out of the Big 12 race with three losses this season to all three teams ahead of it in the standings - TCU (37-33), Kansas State (31-30) and Baylor (48-14). Since their most recent setback the Sooners have righted the ship with two straight wins to get reintroduced to the polls, most recently downing Kansas at home on November 22, 44-7.

“(Oklahoma State is) one of the teams that are better than the record indicates,“ Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. “They always do a good job with balance, run and pass. Gundy’s teams are always that way.“

It’s been a one-sided all-time series, with Oklahoma holding to a 83-18-7 advantage, including a 39-9-2 showing in Norman.

Oklahoma State doesn’t fit in very well in the high-scoring Big 12, as it ranks in the bottom half of the league in terms of both scoring (26.5 ppg) and yardage (369.7 ypg).

Daxx Garman (.549 completions, 2,041 yards, 12 TDs, 12 INTs) missed the Baylor game with a concussion and is questionable to return on Saturday. In Garman’s absence the last time out, Mason Rudolph had an uneven performance, throwing for 281 yards and two touchdowns but on just 13-of-25 passing with a pair of interceptions.

The Cowboys have run more rushing plays this season (431) than passing (339), but they have only picked up 3.5 yards per carry for 137.5 ypg. Desmond Roland (579 yards, eight TDs) and Tyreek Hill (496 yards, TD) earn the most work.

David Glidden (39 receptions, 549 yards, two TDs) and Brandon Sheperd (27 yards, 483 yards, two TDs) anchor a modest receiving corps.

The Cowboys’ defense has not done a good job picking up the slack for an underachieving offense, as they allow 31.7 ppg and 438.5 ypg.

Emmanuel Ogbah is one of the best pass rushers in the league with 16.5 TFL and 11.0 sacks, while Josh Furman (12.0 TFL, 6.0 sacks) has found some success opposite him. Jordan Sterns and Ryan Simmons are tied for the team lead in tackles with 85. Ramon Richards has picked off three passes.

The Sooners possess a potent offense, as they rack up 39.3 ppg and 485.6 ypg, and the unit is riding high after a record-setting performance by its freshman tailback the last time out.

Just a week after Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon set a single-game FBS rushing record, Semaje Perine topped it with a historic performance of his own against Kansas by running for 427 yards and five touchdowns.

“The guy is just so exceptional in everything that he does,“ Stoops said. “We were thinking about resting him, and then someone said he only needs 35 more yards, and you know, that’s just too close not to do it, and there was too much time left in the game.“

Perine’s emergence late in the season has left him with 1,428 yards and 19 touchdowns on 214 carries (6.7 ypc).

Perine and the running game were leaned on heavily in the Kansas win with quarterback Trevor Knight (2,197 passing yards, 340 rushing yards, 19 TDs, nine INTs) out with a concussion. Even with a bye week in between, Knight will not be ready to play on Saturday, leaving another start for Cody Thomas, who’s completed just 20-of-49 passes this season for 222 yards, a touchdown and four picks, although his rushing numbers (149 yards, TD) have been stellar.

Thomas’ presence under center has hindered the production of the receivers, especially Sterling Shepard (59 receptions, 957 yards, five TDs), who’s bidding for an All-Conference selection at year’s end.

The Sooners’ defense has not lived up to the expectations of a Stoops-led unit, but they have nonetheless played admirably this season in allowing only 23.5 ppg while forcing 18 turnovers.

Zack Sanchez has a large say in the turnover battle with five interceptions. Dominique Alexander is the leading tackler with 93 stops and Eric Striker generates a strong pass rush with 13.5 TFL and 7.0 sacks.


►  Top-10 foes clash in Big 12 matchup

With the Big 12 Conference championship on the line, the No. 5 Baylor Bears welcome the No. 9 Kansas State Wildcats to McLane Stadium on Saturday night.

Heading into Saturday, Kansas State, Baylor and TCU are all tied atop the league standings with a 7-1 conference record. In the unlikely event that TCU losses at home to Iowa State, the survivor of this contest would win the league title outright. Otherwise, without a conference championship game, there will be co-champions, leaving the fate of winners in the hands of the College Football Playoff rankings.

Kansas State has exceeded expectations this season with an outstanding 9-2 record, with its only loss in league competition coming at TCU on November 8, 41-20. Since that setback, the Wildcats have reeled off two straight wins at West Virginia (26-20) and at home against Kansas (51-13) to set up this make- or-break contest.

“We want to win a Big 12 Championship and we have that ahead of us,“ Kansas State wide receiver Curry Sexton said. “We have struggled with Baylor over the past couple of years…I think we owe them one. It is a tough game and they are a really good football team. We are looking forward to the challenge and going to be (as) ready as possible.“

Since losing its only game of the season at West Virginia on October 18 (41-27), Baylor has pieced together a four-game winning streak to move to 10-1 overall, most recently edging out Texas Tech last Saturday, 48-46. The Bears have a lot going for them in this matchup, as they have won 15 in a row at home (the second-longest active streak in the nation) and they are 7-0 against Top-25 teams in the last three seasons.

“Baylor never won a Big 12 Championship until last year so making history is good, but it’s about winning football games now,“ Baylor coach Art Briles said. “(We’re) trying to create consistency in a program and trying to prove that we belong with the nation’s elite in college football and we can win on a consistent basis and it’s not easy to do.“

Kansas State has 7-4 lead in the all-time series with Baylor, but the Bears have won two of the last three matchups.

The Wildcats’ offense has been extremely effective this season with 36.6 ppg an 428.1 ypg, and they are coming off one of their best performances of the season in a 51-point, 505-yard effort over Kansas last week.

Jake Waters was nothing short of outstanding in the KU win, completing 21- of-27 passes for 294 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. He’s completing just shy of 65% of his passes this season for 2,863 yards with 18 touchdowns and five picks, and he’s thrown for at least 200 yards in every game. The quarterback is also a potent rushing threat with 440 yards and eight scores.

Waters is fortunate enough to have one of the nation’s best receiving duos on his side in Tyler Lockett (79 receptions, 1,193 yards, eight TDs) and Sexton (67 receptions, 940 yards, five TDs). The two combined for 18 catches, 260 yards and three scores last week.

The backfield workload is split evenly between Charles Jones (111 carries, 476 yards) and DeMarcus Robinson (101 carries, 410 yards), with Jones getting the call in the red zone and cashing in with 12 touchdowns.

Defensively, Kansas State has done a great job keeping the potent Big 12 offenses down, as it yields just 20.3 ppg and 341.0 ypg.

Jonathan Truman is one of the league’s best tacklers with 101 stops. Dante Barnett (65 tackles), Randall Evans (55 tackles) and Morgan Burns (46 tackles) all have three interceptions, while Ryan Mueller has 7.5 TFL and 4.5 sacks.

Under Briles, the Baylor offense has become the nation’s most lethal, as it ranks first in the FBS in both scoring (49.8 ppg) and yardage (581.1 ypg), and with a 48-point showing last week, it has put up 40 or more points in all but two games this season.

Bryce Petty was in the midst of a great game last week (18-of-25, 210 yards, two TDs) before getting knocked out in the third quarter with a head injury, but after passing all the concussion tests, he is expected to play on Saturday.

“He was feeling pretty good (at practice early in the week),“ Briles said of his quarterback. “He actually felt pretty good at the end of the game the other day.“

Petty is completing just 59.3% of his passes this season but he has thrown for 289.3 ypg, accounted for 29 touchdowns and tossed just five interceptions. In the unlikely event that Petty doesn’t play, the call will go to Seth Russell (804 passing yards, 11 total TDs, INT).

Petty has an arsenal of receiving weapons to rely on, as Corey Coleman, KD Cannon, Antwan Goodley and Jay Lee all have at least 539 yards and five touchdowns to their credit. Coleman (53 receptions, 928 yards, 10 TDs in just eight games) and Cannon (47 receptions, 800 yards, six TDs) are the stars of the unit.

The potent rushing attack picks up more than 240 yards per outing, with Shock Linwood earning the majority of the work with 1,135 yards and 15 touchdowns on 222 carries.

Baylor’s defense had a major hiccup last week in giving up 46 points and 712 yards to Texas Tech, but the unit has still performed well this season in allowing only 23.9 ppg and 364.5 ypg, while forcing 23 turnovers.

The Bears’ top defensive playmakers are Bryce Hager (89 tackles, 9.0 TFL, sack, INT, two FF), Orion Stewart (64 tackles, four INT), Shawn Oakman (17.5 TFL, 9.0 sacks, three FF) and Xavian Howard (39 tackles, three INTs, 14 passes defended).


►  TCU jumps FSU to No. 3 in CFP rankings

TCU returned to the top four in the College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday, moving up two spots to No. 3 ahead of reigning national champion Florida State.

Alabama was No. 1 for the third week in a row after beating Auburn in the highest-scoring Iron Bowl in history and Oregon was No. 2 for the fourth week running.

The Crimson Tide (11-1) will face Missouri in Saturday’s SEC championship game while the Ducks (11-1) are getting ready for Friday’s Pac-12 title game against Arizona, which is No. 7 in this week’s poll.

TCU, after routing Texas by 38 points for its sixth consecutive win, returned to the top four for the first time in three weeks with its highest ranking in the poll to date.

The Horned Frogs (10-1) face Iowa State on Saturday in their final regular season game.

After being ranked No. 3 for three weeks in a row, Florida State fell one spot in the poll despite being the only remaining unbeaten FBS team.

The Seminoles (12-0) play Georgia Tech on Saturday for the ACC championship.

Ohio State moved up one spot to No. 5 despite losing Heisman Trophy hopeful J.T. Barrett to a broken ankle during Saturday’s win over Michigan, and Baylor was ranked sixth this week.

Ohio State (11-1) faces Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday and Baylor (10-1), which beat TCU in October, plays Kansas State.

The selection committee will meet one more time this weekend before announcing the final standings on Sunday.

The top four teams in the final rankings will play in the national semifinals on January 01.

The winners of the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day will move on to the national championship game on January 12 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The playoff system replaced the oft-criticized BCS, which was in place from 1998 until last season.

Michigan State, Kansas State and former CFP No. 1 Mississippi rounded out the top 10 on Tuesday. Mississippi State tumbled six places from No. 4 last week after losing to Ole Miss.

Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, Wisconsin, Georgia, UCLA, Missouri, Arizona State, Clemson, Auburn, Oklahoma, Louisville, Boise State, Utah, LSU and USC rounded out the top 25.



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►  Herd meet Bulldogs for Conference USA crown

The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs made it out of the Conference USA West Division with a 7-1 mark in league play, and will travel this weekend to face the Marshall Thundering Herd in the conference’s championship clash at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

Louisiana Tech breezed through Conference USA competition during the regular season until an overtime loss against Old Dominion in the second-to-last week raised some concerns. But the Bulldogs squashed those feelings with an absolutely dominant 76-31 victory over defending C-USA champion Rice at home to earn a spot in the title game.

Marshall had already clinched its spot in the title contest after running through East Division play and earning an unblemished record up until the regular-season finale. Even though the Herd’s dreams of a perfect record were shattered by Western Kentucky last weekend in a 67-66 loss, the team is still a favorite to take the conference crown.

These two conference rivals have met just one time on the football field before this championship matchup - a 26-0 shutout by the Bulldogs back in the 1942 season in Ruston, Louisiana. It’s been 72 years since that clash, so this second matchup could be well worth the wait.

Louisiana Tech entered this season with high hopes, but it wasn’t until the team took the field that fans saw what the Bulldogs were capable of. The strong offense, which averages 38.8 ppg entering the title tilt with Marshall, is led by two of the strongest offensive stars in the league. Running back Kenneth Dixon had a stellar regular season, finishing the campaign with 1,080 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns on 220 carries. He led the team averaging 90.0 ypg, but also served as a primary target out of the backfield in the passing game. He caught five touchdown receptions and averaged another 25.5 ypg through the air during the season. Dixon is coming off a three-touchdown game against Rice.

Cody Sokol took the reins under center and ran with them this season. The signal caller passed for 3,117 yards (ranked 23rd in the FBS) with 29 touchdown tosses. He averaged 259.8 passing ypg in 12 contests, and comes into this game sporting a completion percentage just shy of 60%. As an offensive unit, the Bulldogs are gaining 415.2 ypg.

Dixon is certainly one of Sokol’s main weapons through the air, but Trent Taylor has made his mark more than anyone in the passing game. Taylor enters this weekend averaging 67.3 ypg receiving, having caught 61 passes this season for 808 yards and a team-best nine touchdowns. Dixon’s five receiving scores is second on the squad, while Paul Turner has proven his worth with 38 receptions for 466 yards and four scores through the air.

The team’s defense will have its hands full as it prepares for a Marshall offense that ranks second in the nation in scoring and total offense. But that hasn’t stopped the Bulldogs from doing plenty of damage this season, holding opponents to 349.6 offensive ypg and 25.2 ppg. The same Western Kentucky team that just posted 67 points on Marshall’s defense was held to a mere 10 points by Louisiana Tech back on the first day of November, which could be very telling.

Kentrell Brice leads the Bulldogs this season with 73 tackles, adding in three sacks, two interceptions and four forced fumbles. But Tony Johnson isn’t far behind Brice’s tackle total with 69 on the season, adding in six quarterback hurries. Linemen Houston Bates (nine tackles for loss, 10 quarterback hurries) and Vernon Butler (12.5 tackles for loss) are going to need to be very active in trying to get to Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato and slowing down a high- powered run game. The Bulldogs do lead the nation in takeaways with 36 (12 fumble recoveries, 24 interceptions).

“This football team is really special to me because I do not know that I have had a football team that has had to overcome so much, with the schedule, new faces, new coaches and everything to make this year work,“ coach Skip Holtz said. “This group of guys is really special. They will always have a special place in my heart.“

Marshall could be in for a real shock if running back Devon Johnson can’t go this weekend after suffering a shoulder injury in last weekend’s loss to WKU. The tailback carried the ball just three times before he was knocked out of the game and replaced by Steward Butler, who ran for 233 yards and a pair of scores in the relief effort. This season, Johnson has been a monster out of the backfield, gaining 1,602 yards with 16 rushing scores, averaging 145.6 rushing ypg. It’s unclear if he will be ready to go this weekend

“Devon, he’s not in real good shape right now,“ coach Doc Holliday said after the team’s loss to the Hilltoppers.

Fortunately for Marshall, Butler has rushed for 761 yards and seven touchdowns this season in the reserve role. Cato has been a capable runner as well, scoring six touchdowns with his feet. But the passing game is where Cato excels the most, throwing for 3,314 yards and 35 touchdowns against 12 interceptions (four of which came in last weekend’s loss). The senior signal caller did toss a school single-game record seven touchdowns in that contest, however. He’s the centerpiece of an offense that is averaging 46.7 ppg and 574.6 offensive ypg.

“The bottom line is we’ve got to put (the loss to WKU) behind us because we’re playing for a championship,“ Holliday said. “And the leadership on this football team has to do a tremendous job of putting this game behind us and moving on because the ultimate goal was to win a championship, and we’ve still got that out there for us.“

Defensively, the Herd have been dominant as well. The 67 points allowed to Western Kentucky raised the team’s scoring average significantly, and it’s still at a mere 20.7 ppg. It was the first time all season long that Marshall allowed more than 27 points to a challenger, and just the third time all season the Herd gave up more than 20 points or more in a single game.

Linebacker Neville Hewitt leads the team with 100 tackles this season, adding in 10.5 tackles for loss with 4.5 sacks. He and lineman Arnold Blackmon (13 tackles for loss, eight sacks, four forced fumbles) will be the two players the Herd turn to in order to slow down Dixon and Sokol. Darryl Roberts (15 pass breakups), Corey Tindal (11 pass breakups) and Taj Letman (four interceptions) will be tasked with keeping the strong Louisiana Tech pass game in check.



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►  Ryan’s actions tell the true story

NFL coaches can be a lot like politicians when it comes to word play.

That’s why when you really want to know what a mentor is thinking, you ignore the semantics—artful or not—and focus in on the actions.

Understand, unless your Jay Gruden, NFL coaches simply don’t put players on blast and that’s why you won’t see a Rex Ryan stepping to the podium and giving you his honest assessment of a player like Geno Smith.

Ryan’s handling of the second-year quarterback who ultimately will cost him his job in New York couldn’t have been more transparent on Monday night, however.

“It had zero to do with us not having faith in our quarterback,“ Ryan claimed after figuratively tying Smith up in a 16-13 loss to Miami. “It had everything to do with us trying to win the game.“

In one fell swoop Ryan lied to his constituency before rebounding and allowing a grain of truth to escape. Inject Ryan with sodium pentothal and that statement would have read “I have no faith in our quarterback and I was trying to win the game.“

With Ryan and his team limping toward the finish line, the Jets (read that GM John Idzik) turned back to Smith at quarterback against the playoff-hopeful Dolphins.

Ryan, who will be first in line to file his change of address form on “Black Monday,“ understands the only power he has left with this team is between the lines on game day and this contest served as his very own occupy movement, a protest against the GM who forced an ill-equipped QB on the coach.

The overmatched Smith threw a total of 13 times against Miami, five of which came after the Dolphins kicked what proved to be the game-winning field goal late in the fourth quarter.

Up until Caleb Sturgis converted that 26-yard chip shot, Ryan ordered his offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg to make Smith hand it off again and again and again ... and again.

The Jets’ run-to-pass ratio was a ridiculous 49-8 before necessity gave Smith a few meaningful throwing opportunities, a clear indication Ryan had absolutely no confidence in the signal caller.

And the coach’s lack of belief was only amplified by that fact that two of the Dolphins’ top three cornerbacks—Cortland Finnegan and Jamar Taylor—were injured and Miami was forced to play street free agent R.J. Stanford.

Granted the Jets were more than successful on the ground early, piling up 210 yards in the first half but when the Dolphins ultimately adjusted and stacked the box, New York still wouldn’t allow Smith take a shot against a corner who was busy getting his early Christmas shopping done the previous week.

“The game plan was to try to establish the run and when you have that kind of success running, that helps the football team and that’s why we stayed the course,“ Ryan said.

What Ryan left out was the fact that the course was originally plotted because he didn’t believe the quarterback could carry his own water.

“Well, I don’t know about that,“ Ryan said Tuesday when asked whether Smith gave him the best chance to win. “I have said all along that I feel good, that we could win with either Mike Vick at quarterback or Geno Smith and I have always said that. Geno Smith wouldn’t be in there if we didn’t think we had an opportunity to win. I can promise you that.“

Again, ignore the words and watch the actions.

The decision to take the ball out of the quarterbacks’s hands was ultimately Ryan’s definition of giving his team the best chance to win.

“If we can run for 300 yards again this week, I would love to sign up for it,“ Ryan said. “We are just trying to find a way to give us a chance to win the football game and I thought we did that, it’s just unfortunate (that) we came up short.“

And then the dam broke.

“Yep, absolutely, 100%,“ Ryan responded when asked if he was embarrassed by his team’s 2-10 record. “I’m embarrassed for myself absolutely. It is, it’s an embarrassment. It’s definitely embarrassing to me. I feel like I’ve let my owner down. I’ve let our fan base down.“

The absence of Idzik’s and Smith’s names in Ryan’s confession stood out as starkly as his game plan on Monday night.

WEEK 14 (All Times Eastern)

Dallas (8-4) (-3 1/2) at Chicago (5-7), Thursday, 8:25 PM - Week 14 of the NFL season kicks off on Thursday night when the Bears host the Cowboys at Soldier Field. Each team will try to rebound from lopsided divisional losses on Thanksgiving Day as Dallas laid a 33-10 egg against visiting Philadelphia, and the Bears suffered a 34-17 setback at Detroit. Dallas is a perfect 5-0 on the road this season, the best mark in the league as a visitor and relies on a strong running game, led by DeMarco Murray who tops the NFL with 1,427 rushing yards and has run for at least 100 yards in 10 of the team’s 12 games this year.


Bears 28, Cowboys 23

Pittsburgh (7-5) at Cincinnati (8-3-1) (-3), Sunday, 1 PM - The AFC North rivals clash at Paul Brown Stadium in the first of two meetings over the final four weeks. The Bengals, who have won five of six and are 13-1-1 in their last 15 at home, hold a 1 1/2-game lead over the other three teams in the division (Steelers, Baltimore and Cleveland). Pittsburgh receiver Antonio Brown enters the final month of the season leading the NFL with 96 catches and 1,258 yards.


Bengals 24, Steelers 21

Indianapolis (8-4) (-4) at Cleveland (7-5), Sunday, 1 PM - The Colts can be the first team to clinch a division title with a win and a Houston loss but they won’t be doing it against Johnny Manziel. The embattled Brian Hoyer will remain the starting quarterback for the Browns, at least for the time being.

“After thorough evaluation and talking to the staff, we feel Brian gives us the best opportunity to win on Sunday,“ said Cleveland coach Mike Pettine in a statement on the club’s website. “This is a football decision and those are always going to be based on what we think is best for our team.“

Last week, Indianapolis scored six touchdowns of at least 30 yards in a 49-27 win over Washington, becoming the first team to register at least six 30-plus yard touchdowns in a game since 1966 (Washington, November 27, 1966, 72-41 win vs. New York Giants).


Colts 33, Browns 17

Tampa Bay (2-10) at Detroit (8-4) (-9 1/2), Sunday, 1 PM - The ex-NFC Central inhabitants renew hostilities with the Lions being the only relevant participant. Detroit is one game behind Green Bay in the NFC North with a Week 17 matchup looming. Lions QB Matthew Stafford has averaged 301 passing yards and three TDs in two career meetings with the Bucs.


Lions 27, Buccaneers 17

Houston (6-6) (-5) at Jacksonville (2-10), Sunday, 1 PM - The J.J. Watt show invades Jacksonville as the presumptive NFL Defensive Player of the Year looks to build on his historic season. Watt is first player with three offensive TDs and two TDs on takeaways since Bill Golding in 1948. He also leads all AFC players with 48 sacks since entering the league in 2011.


Texans 24, Jaguars 14

Baltimore (7-5) at Miami (7-5) (-3), Sunday, 1 PM - The Ravens and Dolphins are two of five AFC teams at 7-5 and the loser of this one could be crippled in the conference playoff hunt. Baltimore QB Joe Flacco is 3-0 in his career against Miami with a 105.1 passer rating, a number which foreshadows success for the Ravens. Baltimore is 49-9 when Flacco crosses the 90.0 barrier.


Ravens 21, Dolphins 20

NY Jets (2-10) at Minnesota (5-7) (-6), Sunday, 1 PM - The Jets have won seven straight and are 8-1 all-time against Minnesota but Rex Ryan has checked out when it comes to Geno Smith while Vikings rookie signal caller Teddy Bridgewater is trending upward, compiling a career-high 120.7 passer rating against Carolina in Week 13.


Vikings 20, Jets 13

Carolina (3-8-1) at New Orleans (5-7) (-9 1/2), Sunday, 1 PM - The Saints have been uncharacteristically bad at the Superdome, losing three straight but Carolina has dropped six consecutive overall and Drew Brees has a 129.8 passer rating in his past three at home against the Panthers.


Saints 31, Panthers 14

NY Giants (3-9) at Tennessee (2-10) (pick ‘em), Sunday, 1 PM - Two dismal teams battle in Music City. The Giants have lost seven straight and failed to beat 2-10 Jacksonville last week after jumping out to a 21-0 lead. Titans rookie QB Zach Mettenberger is expected back under center this week after being knocked out against Houston with a shoulder injury. Tennessee has failed in six consecutive tests.


Giants 17, Titans 16

St. Louis (5-7) (-2 1/2) at Washington (3-9), Sunday, 1 PM - The Rams have remained very competitive thanks to their strong from on defense which includes star pass rusher Robert Quinn, who has nine sacks and four forced fumbles in his past seven games, and rookie DT Aaron Donald, who leads all freshman with six sacks. Washington is sticking with Colt McCoy at QB after a 392-yard, three-TD performance in a shootout loss to Indianapolis last weekend.


Rams 23, Redskins 21

Kansas City (7-5) at Arizona (9-3) (-1 1/2), Sunday, 4:05 PM - Two teams aiming to stop the bleeding after consecutive losses tangle in the desert. The Chiefs are now among five teams at 7-5 on the AFC side and can ill afford another setback, while Arizona’s 9-1 start has regressed to 9-3 and a slim, one-game edge on the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks in the NFC West. The Cards are 6-0 at home this season and have won 10 of their last 11 overall in Arizona.


Cardinals 20, Chiefs 17

Buffalo (7-5) at Denver (9-3) (-10), Sunday, 4:05 PM - Buffalo’s stout front will try to slow down the powerful Broncos. The Bills lead the NFL with 48 sacks and are the only team with three players who have nine-or-more sacks (Mario Williams, Marcell Dareus and Jerry Hughes). Williams has 6 1/2 sacks in his past four games while Dareus leads all interior lineman with 10 QB takedowns. Hughes, meanwhile, needs just one-half sack to record back-to-back 10-sack seasons. Denver QB Peyton Manning leads the NFL with 36 TD passes and has a TD pass in 51 consecutive games.


Broncos 27, Bills 20

San Francisco (7-5) (-8) at Oakland (1-11), Sunday, 4:25 PM - The Bay Area Bragging Rights Bowl shouldn’t be much of a contest as the 49ers are in desperation mode to keep their playoff hopes alive and the 1-11 Raiders are fresh off a 52-0 drubbing at the hands of the St. Louis Rams.


49ers 31, Raiders 10

Seattle (8-4) at Philadelphia (9-3) (-1), Sunday, 4:25 PM - The Seahawks and Eagles are both coming off big divisional Thanksgiving Day victories. Seattle won at San Francisco 19-3 while Philadelphia recorded a 33-10 win at Dallas. After two consecutive division wins - both by scores of 19-3—the Seahawks enter the final month in control in the NFC West. If Seattle wins out, which includes a Week 16 matchup against the 9-3 Cardinals, Seattle will take home the division crown for the second consecutive year. The Eagles have sole possession of first place in the NFC East and LeSean McCoy surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark (1,018) against the Cowboys while wide receiver Jeremy Maclin reached the 1,000-yard receiving mark (1,088).


Seahawks 23, Eagles 20

New England (9-3) (-3 1/2) at San Diego (8-4), Sunday 8:30 PM - Sunday’s action concludes with two teams in the thick of the AFC playoff race. At 9-3, the Patriots lead the AFC East and are in control for home-field advantage in the conference. The 8-4 Chargers are currently the top wild-card team and sit just one game behind Denver for the top spot in the AFC West. The Pats, who have won seven of eight, need one win to join the 1983-98 San Francisco 49ers as the only NFL teams with 10-plus wins in 14 consecutive seasons.


Patriots 27, Chargers 20

Atlanta (5-7) at Green Bay (9-3) (-12), Monday, 8:30 PM - Rarely is a division leader favored by double digits over another division leader but that’s the story here. The Falcons enter the final month tied with New Orleans for the top spot in the NFC South at 5-7. The powerful Packers are 6-0 at Lambeau Field this season, outscoring opponents 245-106 in those contests. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has thrown 360 consecutive passed and 31 touchdown passes at home since his last interception, both NFL records.

Packers 34, Falcons 20


►  Bears sign K Feely

With Robbie Gould nursing a quad injury, the Chicago Bears signed kicker Jay Feely on Wednesday.

Gould sat out practice on Tuesday and Wednesday and is listed as doubtful for Thursday’s game in Dallas.

Feely has connected on 329-of-398 field goal attempts (82.7 percent) over 13 seasons with Atlanta (2001-04), the New York Giants (2005-06), Miami (2007), the New York Jets (2008-09) and Arizona (2010-13). He has also hit 444-of-446 PATs for a total of 1,431 points.

To make room for Feely, the Bears waived injured wide receiver/kick returner Chris Williams.

Chicago also listed defensive end Cornelius Washington as doubtful for Thursday’s game. Wide receiver Chris Williams and linebacker Darryl Sharpton are out. Starting wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is questionable with a hamstring injury and starting tight end Martellus Bennett is probable with a foot ailment.


►  Jags place Pasztor on IR

The Jacksonville Jaguars placed tackle Austin Pasztor on injured reserve Wednesday.

Pasztor ruptured his hamstring during Sunday’s 25-24 win over the New York Giants, the Jags’ second victory of the season.

Pasztor missed the first four games of the year recovering from a broken right hand.

In addition, Jacksonville signed linebacker A.J. Edds.


►  Cowboys take playoff push to Chicago

Neither the Dallas Cowboys or the Chicago Bears had all that much to give thanks for last week.

Each team will try to rebound from lopsided divisional losses on Thanksgiving Day when they kick off Week 14 of the NFL season on Thursday night at Soldier Field.

The Cowboys laid a 33-10 egg against visiting Philadelphia on Turkey Day, and the Bears suffered a 34-17 setback at Detroit.

Dallas is now a game behind the Eagles in the NFC East with just four to play and the Bears are all but done in the NFC North at 5-7, three games south of the Lions and four behind division-leading Green Bay.

“No excuses,“ Cowboys defensive tackle Jeremy Mincey said. “We just gotta get better. Sometimes it’s good to get a good old fashioned butt-kicking to get you going again.“

The Eagles ended Tony Romo’s consecutive games streak with a touchdown pass at 38 in North Texas and held league rushing leader DeMarco Murray to under 100 yards.

Romo completed 18-of-29 passes for 199 yards and threw two interceptions as Dallas dropped its third straight home game.

“Today was an opportunity that we didn’t cash in on, but we have to learn from this game and move forward,“ Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said.

Murray failed to reach the century mark for only the second time in 2014, finishing with a season-low 73 yards on 20 carries against the Eagles.

The Cowboys will meet the Eagles again in Philadelphia on December 14, meaning this could serve as a bit of a trap game for Dallas, although the Bears haven’t scared many foes this season.

In the Motor City on Turkey Day, embattled QB Jay Cutler was 31-for-48 for 280 yards with a pair of touchdown passes to Alshon Jeffery along with two interceptions for Chicago, which had won its previous two coming into the contest. Jeffery had nine catches for 71 yards.

“We had a fast start which was good,“ Bears head coach Marc Trestman said. “Then they got on a roll and really made their money throwing the football and moving it around.“

The all-time series between the ‘Boys and the Bears is tied at 11 apiece but Garrett has yet to beat Chicago in his head-coaching career, losing three straight.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

Cutler has always seemed very comfortable against Dallas and has passed for 552 yards with five touchdowns and a gaudy 138.2 passer rating in his previous two starts against the Cowboys.

He has plenty of weapons offensively starting with lengthy wideouts Jeffery, who has seven touchdown catches this season, including four in the previous three games, and Brandon Marshall as well as 6-foot-6 tight end Martellus Bennett.

“We’ve got a big game in primetime this Thursday night,“ said Marshall, who has 22 catches for 432 yards and three touchdowns in four career games against Dallas. “We’ve definitely got to put our best game forward against the Cowboys.“

Meanwhile, running back Matt Forte has been nearly as productive as Murray this season with the two ranking first and second in the NFC, respectively, in scrimmage yards this season.

Forte (828 rushing, 650 receiving) is the only NFL player with at least 800 rushing yards and 650 receiving yards in 2014 and he tends to be even better at home where he 147.2 scrimmage yards per game with four touchdowns (three rushing, one receiving).

“(Forte is) almost half of their offense if you put it all together,“ Garrett said. “Very versatile, very productive, and they use him really well - similar to what Philly does in using their backs a lot of different ways.“

Despite all that skill-position talent, however, Chicago is just 21st in the league, averaging only 21.1 points per game.

“I think with the guys we have and character and integrity of the guys, I don’t think anybody’s going to quit,“ Cutler said. “I think the coaches won’t let us, they’re not going to quit on us.“

Dallas has been much better on the road this season than at home, piling up over 30 points per game and compiling a perfect 5-0 mark away from the Lone Star State.

“I think (it) turns me on a little bit - to come into someone’s house and hear the boos and all that,“ Murray said. “I think it’s a great thing. We’ve just got to focus, and have more patience, especially on the road, and not make many mistakes. I think we’ll be fine.“

Romo has been exceptional as the visitor, passing for 1,164 yards with 12 touchdowns and a league-best 122.0 passer rating when he is in unfamiliar surroundings. .

As a starter on Thursday games, Romo has led the Cowboys to a 7-2 record with a 103.1 passer rating. Of course, he is also coming off one of those losses.

The recipe for Dallas’ success this season has been getting Murray going and they need to get back to that default setting. The NFL’s leading rusher has at least 100 rushing yards in 10 of 12 games heading into Thursday, and has 1,427 yards this season.

In three career Thursday games, Murray has 343 scrimmage yards (114.3 per game) and four rushing touchdowns.

With all the focus on Cutler and the offense’s failings that has masked the bigger issue in Chicago, a poor defense which lacks playmakers.

Overall the Bears’ stop unit is 26th in a 32-team league and really doesn’t do anything all that well. It’s 10th against the run but that is more indicative of just how easy it has been to throw the ball against Chicago.

“We’re going to come out and play ball,“ said Bears defensive end Willie Young. “We’re going to stick to our game plan against Dallas. It should be a good game.“

OVERALL ANALYSIS

The Bears are technically still alive in the NFC playoff race but they would need to win out and get plenty of help. Dallas on the other hand is a legitimate player but one that could be heading for another late-season collapse if it can’t get things done here.

“I think it’s just about this week, this Thursday against the Chicago Bears,“ Romo said. “More than anything, it’s a time to start playing your best football and our football team needs to understand the sense of urgency is now. I think our guys understand what’s ahead of them if they can go on and play their best football.“

Romo and the offense isn’t the problem, though. The Cowboys defense, which allowed a season-high 464 yards against Philadelphia, is starting to leak oil and that figures to continue here.

Predicted outcome: Bears 28, Cowboys 23


►  Fitzpatrick among AFC’s best of the week

Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was among those selected as the AFC’s top players for Week 13 of the NFL season.

Joining Fitzpatrick on the honor roll were Indianapolis linebacker D’Qwell Jackson and Jacksonville kicker Josh Scobee.

Fitzpatrick threw for 358 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions in a 45-21 win over Tennessee last Sunday to capture the offensive award. His six TD passes set a single-game franchise record and his passer rating of 147.5 was the second-highest by a Houston quarterback, behind only the 147.7 set by Matt Schaub in 2011.

Jackson posted seven tackles and returned a fumble 35 yards for a touchdown in the Colts’ 49-27 win over Washington to earn the defensive honor. His 35-yard score was one of six touchdowns of at least 30 yards by Indianapolis during the game.

Scobee garnered the special teams nod after kicking the winning 43-yard field goal in Jacksonville’s 25-24 triumph over the New York Giants. His kick with 28 seconds remaining helped the Jaguars rally from a 21-0 deficit to secure the largest comeback win in franchise history.

Others considered for the offensive award were San Diego receiver Keenan Allen, who caught 11 passes for 121 yards with two touchdowns in a 34-33 win over Baltimore; Denver running back C.J. Anderson, who rushed for 168 yards on 32 carries and caught a touchdown pass in a 29-16 win over Kansas City; and Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, who threw for 370 yards with five touchdowns against the Redskins.

Defensive nominees included Miami linebacker Jelani Jenkins, who notched 16 tackles in a 16-13 victory over the Jets; and Houston’s J.J. Watt, who had three tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a touchdown reception against the Titans.

Buffalo’s Colton Schmidt was up for the special teams award after three of his five punts finished inside the 20-yard line in a 26-10 win over Cleveland.


►  Bears sign K Feely

With Robbie Gould nursing a quad injury, the Chicago Bears signed kicker Jay Feely on Wednesday.

Gould sat out practice on Tuesday and his status for Thursday’s game in Dallas is uncertain.

Feely has connected on 329-of-398 field goal attempts (82.7 percent) over 13 seasons with Atlanta (2001-04), the New York Giants (2005-06), Miami (2007), the New York Jets (2008-09) and Arizona (2010-13). He has also hit 444-of-446 PATs for a total of 1,431 points.

To make room for Feely, the Bears waived injured wide receiver/kick returner Chris Williams.


►  Brees highlights NFC Players of the Week

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees’ five-touchdown pass performance helped him garner NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors for Week 13.

Brees completed 19-of-27 passes for 257 yards with no interceptions for a 140.0 passer rating in the Saints’ 35-32 win at Pittsburgh. It marked his seventh career game with at least five touchdown passes and no interceptions, the most in NFL history.

Since joining the Saints in 2006, Brees has won 18 of his career 20 Player of the Week Awards, the most in franchise history. During that span, Brees’ 18 Player of the Week Awards are the most in the NFL.

Also named NFC Players of the Week were Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman and Minnesota special teamer Adam Thielen.

Sherman, the Defensive Player of the Week, had two interceptions and two tackles in the Seahawks’ 19-3 win at San Francisco. He recorded an opponent’s passer rating of 0.0 in throws targeted in his direction, allowing just one of six completions for six yards and intercepting two passes.

Thielen, the Special Teams Player of the Week, blocked a punt and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown in the Vikings’ 31-13 win over Carolina. He also added two tackles on special teams. He was part of a special teams unit that scored two touchdowns on blocked punts. The Vikings are the first team to accomplish the feat in one half since the 1975 Detroit Lions.


►  Browns place Austin on IR; sign Draughn

The Cleveland Browns have placed wide receiver Miles Austin on injured reserve because of a kidney issue.

Browns coach Mike Pettine said Austin was hospitalized after sustaining the injury during last Sunday’s game against Buffalo.

“Our thoughts are with him and we wish him a speedy recovery,“ said Pettine on Wednesday. “Miles is a guy who embodies what ‘Play like a Brown’ means and instills that in our receiving corps.“

Austin, signed as a free agent in May, was Cleveland’s second-leading receiver this season with 47 catches for 568 yards and two touchdowns.

The Browns signed running back Shaun Draughn to fill the roster spot.

Draughn will join his third team this season, having played two games for Chicago and four with San Diego. He had 19 yards on 10 carries for the Chargers.

The 26-year-old North Carolina product has also played for Kansas City and Baltimore since 2011 and saw his most extensive playing time in 2012 with the Chiefs when he ran for 233 yards and two touchdowns on 59 carries.


►  Titans waive DB Ghee

The Tennessee Titans waived cornerback Brandon Ghee on Wednesday.

Ghee appeared in six games this season with the Titans, recording four tackles and an interception.

In 29 career games, the four-year veteran has 21 tackles and one pick. Ghee played his first three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals.

To replace Ghee on the roster, the Titans signed defensive back Jemea Thomas off the St. Louis Rams’ practice squad.


►  Hoyer to remain starting QB

Brian Hoyer will reportedly remain the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, at least for the time being.

According to various reports, including NFL.com and FOX Sports, Browns coach Mike Pettine decided to keep Hoyer in the starter’s role over Johnny Manziel for Sunday’s game against Indianapolis.

Pettine will likely make it official Wednesday afternoon in a briefing with the media.

Hoyer was benched early in the fourth quarter of last Sunday’s 26-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills. Manziel stepped in and engineered an 8-play, 80-yard drive that he capped with a 10-yard touchdown scramble.

Manziel ended the game 5-of-8 for 63 yards, forcing the Browns into a critical decision about the team’s future of the quarterback position.

Hoyer completed just 18-of-30 passes for 192 yards and two interceptions before being benched. In the past three games, he has thrown only one touchdown pass and six interceptions.

The Browns are 7-5 heading into Sunday’s contest with the Colts and are tied with five other teams for the final AFC wild card spot.


►  Bills end Toronto Series agreement

The Buffalo Bills have ended their agreement to play home games in Toronto.

The Bills had an agreement with Rogers Media through 2017, and had moved a home game from Ralph Wilson Stadium to the Rogers Centre for six years from 2008 through 2013.

However, in March, the two sides announced a suspension of the agreement for the 2014 campaign and on Wednesday decided to terminate the remainder of the contract.

“We greatly appreciate the support we’ve received over the past seven years from all of the tremendous people at Rogers Communications,“ said Bills president Russ Brandon in a statement Wednesday. “We will continue to work hard to solidify our footprint in Southern Ontario. Our fan base in this region remains extremely important to our organization and their support has been well documented.“

The Bills began playing games in Toronto in 2008, matching up against the Steelers in the preseason and the Dolphins during the regular season. The 2013 regular-season game against Atlanta drew 38,969 fans for the Falcons’ 34-31 overtime win.



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►  The Big Push

One of my very favorite Vince Lombardi quotes goes something like this:

“Gentleman, we have our team now. We have the men we’re going with ... This is the beginning of the big push.“

Just like those Packers’ players under Lombardi, fantasy owners have been pushing all season just at a chance of making the playoffs. For those who have gotten there, the really big push begins right now.

From now through Week 17, my writing will concentrate on just fantasy football in attempt to breakdown every little detail to win owners that elusive fantasy title.

Unlike the Lombardi quote though, owners might not have all the “men” they’re going with particularly at defense.

When planning what defenses to use for the playoffs, owners have to look past the upcoming week and plan ahead. At this point in the season, it is acceptable to have defenses occupy two or three roster spots as long as owners will indeed use them in future weeks.

The Week 14 Defense rankings will appear on our site Thursday, but let’s take a look at the defensive options for Weeks 15, 16 and 17.

Minnesota Vikings

The defenses recommended in this article will be available in at least one- third of Yahoo Leagues. Minnesota is actually available in over half of them.

Three of the four matchups remaining for the Vikings are against teams that are in the top half of fantasy points allowed to defenses. The Jets at home this week is a very juicy matchup, and then the Vikings travel to Detroit and Miami. The Lions allow the 14th most fantasy points to defenses and the Dolphins are 20th.

Minnesota finishes the season at home against Chicago, who has the sixth most giveaways this season.

Green Bay Packers

Adding the Packers defense this week is a classic proactive move. They don’t have a very good matchup this week against the Falcons, which could be a shootout. Therefore, no one will be targeting the Green Bay defense to start them this week.

The next three weeks, however, the Packers have nice matchups against the Bills, Buccaneers and Lions. In particular, the Week 16 matchup, when most fantasy championships take place, is extra nice. The Packers are in Tampa Bay to face the Buccaneers, who allow the fourth most fantasy points to defenses.

As far as picking up defenses on the waiver wire goes, there won’t be a better matchup than that available for championship week.

Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens are available in about 43% of Yahoo leagues and are a middle-of-the-pack fantasy defense this season. The unit has scored double- digit fantasy points three times, but also has three weeks where they scored just one or two points.

Baltimore also has non-favorable matchups in three of the four remaining weeks, so readers may be wondering why even bring them up. Well, if owners can add the Vikings and Packers, the Ravens would work wonderfully in that platoon.

As discussed previously, Minnesota plays the New York Jets this week and Green Bay is going against Tampa Bay in Week 16. Neither one has a really, really juicy matchup in Week 15, and that’s where Baltimore would come into play.

The Ravens face the Jaguars in Week 15, who allows the most fantasy points to opposing defenses in the league. Jacksonville leads the NFL in sacks allowed, 50.0, which is 11.0 more than second place. The Jaguars also have 24 giveaways, which is fifth most in the league. Expect Baltimore’s veteran pass rush to eat rookie Blake Bortles alive.

To conclude, by no means am I recommending sitting the top fantasy ranked Eagles defense against the Redskins in Week 16 or the fourth-ranked Cardinals defense against the Rams in Week 15. As they say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

This list is for owners in the playoffs who have streamed defenses all season long.

As for one last recommendation for championship week: The Browns take on the Panthers in Week 16, who allow the sixth-most fantasy points to defenses. If the Packers aren’t available, the Browns are another great option. Cleveland is available in two-thirds of Yahoo leagues.

The combination of the Vikings, Ravens and then Packers/Browns defenses give owners streaming defenses the best opportunity for defensive production each playoff game.



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►  Top-25 Men’s College Basketball Game Results

(Wednesday, December 03)


Final Score: (4) Duke 80, (2) Wisconsin 70

Tyus Jones had 22 points, Rasheed Sulaimon scored 14 and fourth-ranked Duke beat No. 2 Wisconsin 80-70 in a marquee ACC/Big Ten Challenge game. Jahlil Okafor and Quinn Cook added 13 points each for the Blue Devils (8-0), who snapped Wisconsin’s regular-season winning streak over non-conference opponents at 23 games. Traevon Jackson led the Badgers (7-1) with 25 points and Frank Kaminsky scored 17. Duke has won each of its first eight games by double digits for the first time in 12 years. It was the first meeting between the teams since Wisconsin knocked off then-No. 6 Duke 73-69 in Madison on December 2, 2009—the Blue Devils’ first-ever loss in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.


Final Score: (7) Virginia 76, (21) Maryland 65

It’s nights like this that Maryland is probably glad it left the ACC. Malcolm Brogdon scored 18 points and seventh- ranked Virginia never trailed in handing the No. 21 Terrapins a 76-65 loss in Maryland’s first game of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge as a member of the opposite side. The Cavaliers completely dictated this meeting with their longtime ACC cohorts, which ended a 61-year association with the league to join the Big Ten at the conclusion of last season. Virginia shot 53.1% from the field, outrebounded the Terps by a 34-22 margin and led many as many as 18 points to deal newly ranked Maryland its first defeat of the season. Virginia (8-0) did lose leading scorer Justin Anderson to an apparent ankle injury with 9:24 left, the lone negative on an otherwise celebratory night for the Cavs. Anderson tallied 16 points and six rebounds before exiting, with Mike Tobey and Anthony Gill adding 14 and 11 points, respectively, to the victory. Maryland (7-1) struggled offensively all throughout, shooting just 40% and never sustaining any level of comfort against the Cavaliers’ tight defense. Star freshman Melo Trimble finished with 16 points, but most of that total came from the free throw line.


Final Score: (10) Villanova 84, La Salle 70

Darrun Hilliard and Dylan Ennis each scored 15 points as No. 10 Villanova remained unbeaten with an 84-70 win over rival La Salle on Wednesday in the Big 5 opener for both schools. Josh Hart and JayVaughn Pinkston had 12 points apiece with Daniel Ochefu adding 10 and eight rebounds for the Wildcats (7-0), who next face Saint Joseph’s on Saturday in the 2014 edition of the Holy War between the Catholic institutions. Jerrell Wright totaled a game-best 19 points for the Explorers (4-3), who play Temple in another rivalry game on Saturday. Khalid Lewis picked up 17 points and Jordan Price had 10 in La Salle’s third consecutive loss.


Final Score: Iowa 60, (12) North Carolina 55

Mike Gesell’s three-point play broke a tie with 1:16 remaining, and North Carolina missed a 3-pointer in the dying seconds, allowing the Iowa Hawkeyes to leave the Dean Smith Center with a 60-55 win over the 12th-ranked Tar Heels. Gesell made a short jumper after being fouled on a drive through the lane, then sank the free throw to put Iowa up 58-55. Marcus Paige was called for a charge on the next North Carolina possession. However, the Tar Heels still trailed by three when Jarrod Uthoff missed a shot with 13 seconds left. Paige looked to force overtime, but his game-tying 3-point attempt did not fall. Gesell sealed the win with two free throws and finished with 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Adam Woodbury scored 11 points with seven rebounds for Iowa (6-2), which has won four straight since dropping consecutive games to then-No. 10 Texas and then-No. 23 Syracuse on November 20-21 at Madison Square Garden. Kennedy Meeks posted a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Tar Heels (5-2), who returned home after going 2-1 at the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas last week.


Final Score: Notre Dame 79, (19) Michigan State 78 (OT)

Jerian Grant threw the ball away with just over a minute remaining in overtime, Notre Dame’s first turnover in nearly 26 minutes. Luckily for the Irish, it didn’t come back to haunt them. Grant had 27 points and six assists as Notre Dame defeated No. 19 Michigan State 79-78 on Wednesday night in this installment of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Grant miscue came after Denzel Valentine sunk 2-of-3 free throws after being fouled on a 3-pointer, pulling the Spartans with 76-73 with 1:33 remaining in the extra session. There was miscommunication between Grant and Steve Vasturia at the other end and Grant’s pass intended for him in the left corner went out of bounds. Travis Trice missed a desperation leaning triple from the left wing with the shot clock running down on the Spartans’ next trip down the floor and Pat Connaughton sunk a pair of foul shots for Notre Dame. Trice nailed a jumper with seven seconds on the clock, pulling MSU within 78-75, but Demetrius Jackson split a pair of bonus shots to put the game away. Notre Dame posted just four turnovers in the victory.


Final Score: (23) Butler 77, Indiana State 54

Roosevelt Jones and Kellen Dunham scored 14 points apiece and No. 23 Butler rolled to a 77-54 win over longtime rival Indiana State on Wednesday night. Kameron Woods added 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Bulldogs (6-1) and Kelan Martin scored 11. Devonte Brown had 16 points and Jake Kitchell scored 14 to lead the Sycamores (3-4), who were coming off consecutive losses to Illinois and Memphis. Butler was coming off a 64-58 win over Big East foe Georgetown on Friday in the third-place game of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament after losing to Oklahoma the day before.



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►  Pulse of the NBA

The New Orleans Pelicans snapped their three-game losing streak Tuesday with a 112-104 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Kevin Durant’s first game of the season.

The three-game skid for the Pelicans coincided with losing starting two guard Eric Gordon indefinitely due to a torn left labrum.

Gordon hasn’t exactly been lighting it up this season (9.5 ppg), but his presence has been sorely missed because the guys getting additional minutes with him sidelined have been awful for the most part.

Darius Miller got the start in the first game following Gordon’s injury, and was 0-for-3 from the floor and went scoreless in 14 minutes. That performance earned him a seat on the bench for the next two games, and then the Pelicans waived him on November 30.

Austin Rivers replaced Miller in the starting lineup, but that promotion lasted all of two games because of how poorly he played. In his first start, the third-year guard was 0-for-8 in 21 minutes and failed to get into the scoring column. The following game wasn’t much better as Rivers was 1-of-5 from the field and scored four points in 29 minutes.

Luke Babbitt moved into the starting lineup last night with Tyreke Evans sliding over to shooting guard, and produced six points in 15 minutes. But don’t expect too much from Babbitt, who is a very limited offensive player and a liability on defense.

Jimmer Fredette has also been of no help in the limited minutes he’s received since Gordon has been sidelined, going 1-for-7 from the field and scoring three points in 31 minutes.

John Salmons has also seen additional playing time with some mixed results, but can’t be counted on for consistent production at this stage of his career. The Pelicans put up just 89, 91, and 80 points respectively in the first three games following Gordon’s injury, but finally broke out offensively Tuesday night against the Thunder only because they got excellent production from their core players with Tyreke Evans scoring a season-high 30 points, while Anthony Davis had 25, Ryan Anderson 23 and Jrue Holiday 16.

The Pelicans are reportedly considering signing free agent forward Dante Cunningham, but he’s not a good offensive player and wouldn’t give the Pelicans a player like Gordon who can create his own shot.

I think New Orleans should sign point guard Sebastian Telfair, who was recently released by the Thunder and is rumored to be close to returning for a second stint in China.

If the Pelicans fail to add a player who can provide some scoring punch, I think they’ll continue to have their share of games where they struggle offensively, and it’ll also put a lot of pressure on their main guys to carry too much of the load.

One team which certainly doesn’t have to worry about where their points will come from is the Golden State Warriors.

Steve Kerr’s team is third in the league in points per game at 106.5 and boasts the highest scoring backcourt tandem with Stephen Curry (23.7 ppg) and Klay Thompson (20.9 ppg).

But you’d probably be shocked to find out that it’s another Warriors’ player that leads the NBA in scoring per 48 minutes.

That distinction belongs to Marreese Speights, who is having a career year. The six-year veteran is averaging 12.4 points and 4.9 rebounds in just 15.8 minutes per game, and is shooting 56.6% from the field.

Speights’ performance has even been a huge surprise to his coach.

“I figured he was a guy who could give us a spark off the bench every now and again, but I didn’t see him as our full-time backup center. ... but Mo has been way better than I expected,“ Kerr said.

Speights actually got very little playing time at the start of the season, averaging just over eight minutes per game in his first five games, which Kerr explained by saying “because I’m an idiot.“

The backup big man has had several huge games, including one in which he almost single handedly won in the fourth quarter. Speights scored the Warriors’ first 16 points of the final quarter last Friday as Golden State rallied to win in Charlotte.

“We were struggling to find a rhythm and he came in and dominated, took over the game,“ Curry said. “He basically won us the game. Without him tonight our team doesn’t even come close.“

“He saved us again,“ added Kerr. “It’s like the fourth time he’s saved us. He’s just having a terrific season.“

Speights knocked down 8-of-9 shots in that fourth quarter and finished with 27 points in just 24 minutes. It marked the third time this season he topped the 20-point mark, and on all three occasions, Speights’ point total was greater than the minutes he played. He had 28 points in 25 minutes in a win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, and he scored 24 points in 20 minutes in the Warriors’ rout of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Speights has even drew praise from the guy he backs up.

“Mo has been huge for us,“ said starting center Andrew Bogut. “He’s one of the most talented guys in this locker room. He’s very, very talented.“

Said Speights: “I think it shows we got a deep team.“


►  NBA Game Results

(Wednesday, December 03)


Final Score: Chicago 102, Charlotte 95

Pau Gasol amassed 19 points and 15 rebounds and the Chicago Bulls finished strong to record a 102-95 win over Charlotte, the Hornets’ 10th consecutive loss. Jimmy Butler and Derek Rose each scored 15 points for Chicago, which squandered a 13-point third- quarter lead before embarking on a 15-4 run in the fourth to put the scuffling Hornets away. Joakim Noah and Nikola Mirotic each posted double-doubles in the victory, with Noah compiling 14 points and 10 rebounds and Mirotic contributing 11 points and 12 boards off the bench. Charlotte received 23 points from Kemba Walker and 20 out of Lance Stephenson, but was badly outshot by the Bulls from the perimeter. The Hornets hit just 2-of-15 attempts from 3- point range, compared to a 12-of-28 mark for Chicago.


Final Score: Washington 111, LA Lakers 95

John Wall scored 17 points and handed out 15 assists to lead Washington to a 111-95 win over the Lakers on Wednesday. Wall was just 6-of-18 from the field, but he set up his teammates and ran the Wizards offense effectively as they picked up their third straight win. Bradley Beal led Washington with 27 points and collected seven assists himself. Marcin Gortat contributed 21 points and 11 boards, and Kris Humphries dominated the glass with 20 rebounds. Kobe Bryant led all scorers with 29 points, 15 of which came in the first quarter. Former Wizard Nick Young made 5-of-8 3-pointers on his way to 21 points for the Lakers, whose two- game winning streak was snapped.


Final Score: Boston 109, Detroit 102 (OT)

The Detroit Pistons and Boston Celtics both entered Wednesday night’s game riding lengthy losing streaks. Greg Monroe did his part to end Detroit’s slide, but Jared Sullinger was just as clutch to push Boston to a victory. Sullinger scored 10 of his 14 points in overtime to help the Celtics snap their five-game losing streak with a 109-102 win. Jeff Green supplied 32 points to pace Boston and Kelly Olynyk added 20 in a reserve role. Monroe was a force inside down the stretch, and his 29-point effort off the bench was a huge reason his team made a game of it late. His effort was all for naught, however, as Detroit lost its 10th straight game. Andre Drummond deposited 27 points with 14 rebounds and five blocks in the setback.


Final Score: Brooklyn 95, San Antonio 93 (OT)

Mirza Teletovic had 26 points and 15 rebounds as the Brooklyn Nets defeated the San Antonio Spurs 95-93 in overtime on Wednesday night. The Spurs didn’t record a field goal in the extra session until Danny Green hit a right corner 3-pointer with 1:38 left, pulling the defending champions within 95-93. Manu Ginobili, though, missed a pair of potentially go-ahead triples in the final 1:06, including one in the final five seconds to seal the outcome. Brook Lopez posted 16 points and 15 boards, Deron Williams recorded 17 points and nine assists and Bojan Bogdanovic added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Nets, who have won four of their last six games on the heels of a five-game losing streak.


Final Score: Atlanta 112, Miami 102

Jeff Teague had 27 points, six assists and three steals in the Atlanta Hawks’ 112-102 victory over the Miami Heat on Wednesday. Kyle Korver added 18 points, six rebounds and two steals for the Hawks, who have won four in a row. Dennis Schroder and Paul Millsap tallied 16 and 14 points, respectively. Dwyane Wade ended with 28 points, seven assists and two steals for the Heat, who have lost three of four. Chris Bosh had 27 points an
d 11 rebounds.

Final Score: Houston 105, Memphis 96

James Harden had 21 points and the Houston Rockets rolled to a 105-96 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night in a battle of Southwest Division powers. The Rockets led for the final 38 minutes of the game and by as many as 27 points in the second half. A 12-0 run at the end of the game made it look respectable for the Grizzlies, who entered play on a five-game winning streak and tied for the NBA’s best record at 15-2. Trevor Ariza and Jason Terry scored 16 points apiece for the 14-4 Rockets, who have won five of their last six, and Donatas Motiejunas scored most of his 15 points during a couple of key runs for Houston. Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 15 points and Jarnell Stokes scored 12 off the bench.


Final Score: Dallas 107, Milwaukee 105

Monta Ellis’ jumper as time expired lifted the Dallas Mavericks to a 107-105 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday. Ellis, whose season-high 38 points helped the Mavs to a grueling double- overtime victory over Chicago on Tuesday, supplied eight of the final nine points for Dallas to burn his former team. With the game tied after Brandon Knight’s jumper, Ellis drove down the right sideline out of a timeout, spun to his left to gain separation from O.J. Mayo and hit a tough fadeaway jumper as the buzzer sounded to give Dallas its fifth straight win. Ellis had 23 points with seven assists, Tyson Chandler dropped in 18 points with 20 rebounds and Chandler Parsons chipped in with 14 points. Knight paced the Bucks with 25 points and Khris Middleton registered 21 points off the bench. Milwaukee has lost three straight following a three-game winning streak.


Final Score: Philadelphia 85, Minnesota 77

The Philadelphia 76ers finally won a basketball game. It wasn’t pretty, but the Sixers beat the Minnesota Timberwolves, 85-77, to avoid tying the 2009-10 Nets for the worst start in NBA history. The victory means the 1-17 Sixers don’t have to put their name next to the Nets in the NBA record book of shame. The 2009-10 Nets began 0-18. Sixers forward Robert Covington was an unlikely hero, scoring nine of his 17 points in the fourth quarter. Michael Carter-Williams ended with 20 points, nine rebounds, nine assists and three steals. Minnesota forward Thaddeus Young ended with 16 points and six rebounds against his former team. Young played the first seven seasons of his career with the Sixers and was part of the three-team blockbuster trade that landed Kevin Love in Cleveland and Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett with the Timberwolves.


Final Score: Toronto 123, Utah 104

Kyle Lowry scored a career-high 39 points to lead Toronto to a 123-104 win over Utah on Wednesday. Lowry was 13- of-22 from the field and hit four shots from beyond the arc. Toronto as a team shot 57% from the field and made 12-of-21 3-point attempts. Lou Williams and Greivis Vasquez each scored 17 for Toronto, which went 2-1 on a three-game road trip. Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter led Utah with 19 points each. Kanter also pulled in a game-high nine rebounds. Gordon Hayward chipped in 16 points for the Jazz, who have lost seven games in a row.



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►  Pirates ink Richard to minor-league deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed left-handed pitcher Clayton Richard to a minor league contract with an invitation to big league camp on Wednesday.

Richard went a combined 1-2 with a 5.91 ERA in four starts last year between Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Reno in the Diamondbacks’ minor league system.

The 31-year-old veteran was originally selected by the White Sox in the eighth round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft. He made his big league debut in 2008 with Chicago before being traded to San Diego on July 31, 2009. In 2012, he established a career-high in innings pitched (218.2) while tying his career highs in both wins (14) and starts (33).

Since breaking into the big leagues in 2008, he has posted a career record of 46-47 with a 4.33 ERA in 147 appearances (129 starts).


►  Padres, Cabrera part ways

San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera is now a free agent after the team declined to offer him a contract for the 2014 season.

Cabrera only appeared in 90 games last season for the Padres and hit just .232 after making the All-Star Game in 2013. He, of course, was also suspended 50 games that season for his connection to the Biogenesis clinic accused of supplying performance-enhancing drugs

The 28-year-old also ran into some legal problems late last season when he was arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana. Cabrera faces a maximum penalty of one year in jail if convicted of the misdemeanor.

He is scheduled to be arraigned in San Diego on Monday.

Cabrera wasn’t the only former National League All-Star to hit the free agent market, as the Pittsburgh Pirates chose not offer a contract to first baseman Gaby Sanchez.

Also, infielders Gordon Beckham, Justin Smoak and Daniel Descalso, as well as outfielders Eric Young Jr., John Mayberry Jr., Andy Dirks and Kyle Blanks were not offered deals, as were left-hander Wade LeBlanc and righty Logan Ondrusek.


►  Rangers’ Ogando becomes free agent

Texas Rangers pitcher Alexi Ogando is a free agent after the team declined to offer him a contract for next season.

Ogando was an All-Star in 2011, but has been hampered by injuries the past two seasons and the Rangers did not want to offer him a contract that would have made him arbitration-eligible.

The 31-year-old right-hander made his debut in 2010 with a stellar 1.30 ERA in 44 games out of the bullpen, then was a 13-game winner for the Rangers in 2011 when he made 29 starts.

After a return to the bullpen in 2012, Ogando had three stints on the disabled list because of arm issues in 2013 and elbow problems forced him to miss the final four months of 2014. He was 2-3 with a 6.84 ERA in just 25 innings over 27 relief appearances last season.

First baseman Mitch Moreland and pitcher Neftali Feliz were tendered contracts before the deadline, while pitcher Michael Kirkman and infielder Adam Rosales were not tendered offers.


►  Mariners finalize deal with Seager

The Seattle Mariners have finalized a seven- year contract with third baseman Kyle Seager.

The deal runs through the 2021 season and includes a club option for 2022.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but reports last week indicated it to be worth $100 million.

“I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity that the Seattle Mariners have given me,“ said Seager in a statement. “This is an amazing honor for me and my family to remain with such a great organization for the foreseeable future.“

Seager led the Mariners with 25 home runs and 96 runs batted in last season. He batted .268 in 159 games and was named to the All-Star team for the first time while also earning his first Gold Glove.

“As one of our homegrown players it is nice to know that he will remain with us for at least seven more seasons,“ said Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik. “Kyle has taken a step forward each season since joining the organization in 2009, and has turned into one of the premier third baseman in the game. He has exhibited class both on and off the field and is someone we are all extremely proud of. We are very pleased to announce this joint commitment by the Seattle Mariners and Kyle Seager as we strive toward our goal of winning a world championship.“

Seager was selected in the third round of the 2009 draft and made his debut with the Mariners on July 7, 2011. He has appeared in 520 of the club’s last 540 games since August 2011.

The 27-year-old native of North Carolina has 67 home runs and 251 RBI with a .262 batting average since the start of the 2012 season, his first full year in the big leagues.


►  Yankees avoid arbitration with Rogers

The New York Yankees avoided arbitration with right-hander Esmil Rogers on Wednesday, signing the right-hander to a one-year deal.

The deal is believed to be worth $750,000, but he could earn up to $1.48 million.

Rogers was claimed off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays on July 31 and made 18 appearances (one start) for the Yankees, going 2-0 with a 4.68 ERA. He also posted a 23/10 K/BB ratio in 25 innings.

The 29-year-old hurler broke into the majors with Colorado in 2009 and is 18-21 lifetime with a 5.54 ERA in 192 games (43 starts) for the Rockies, Cleveland Indians and Yankees.



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►  NHL Game Results

(Wednesday, December 03)


Final Score: Minnesota 2, Montreal 1

Darcy Kuemper stopped 18 shots and Jason Pominville scored an unconventional game winner in the second period as Minnesota clipped Montreal, 2-1, at Xcel Energy Center. Jason Zucker provided a first-period tally for the Wild, who have won three of their last five. Alex Galchenyuk scored a late marker for the Canadiens, who have dropped four of their last five. Carey Price stopped 33 pucks in defeat.


Final Score: Chicago 4, St. Louis 1

Kris Versteeg scored and set up Patrick Kane for two goals, all in the first 5:19 of the third period, as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the St. Louis Blues 4-1 on Wednesday. Marcus Kruger had a first-period goal for the Blackhawks, who returned to United Center following a 5-1-0 road trip and won their fourth straight home game. Antti Raanta made 40 saves in his first start since a 3-2 loss at St. Louis on October 25. Raanta will see his workload increase with No. 1 goaltender Corey Crawford sidelined 2-to-3 weeks with a left foot injury he suffered when he missed a step leaving a recent concert. Ian Cole scored the lone goal for St. Louis, which fell to 1-1-0 halfway through its road trip. Jake Allen stopped 29-of-33 shots in defeat.


Final Score: Winnipeg 3, Edmonton 2 (OT)

Mathieu Perreault’s redirection goal came only 17 seconds into overtime and lifted Winnipeg to a 3-2 victory over hapless Edmonton at MTS Centre. The Jets controlled the puck following the faceoff to begin the extra session, and on the dump-in to the Edmonton zone, Evander Kane fished the puck away from the left-wing boards. He dished to the point for Jacob Trouba, whose wrister was tipped en route by Perreault to end the contest. Trouba finished with a goal and two assists, while Dustin Byfuglien supplied the other marker for the Jets, who improved to 2-2 in games decided by the five-minute overtime period. Ondrej Pavelec made 22 saves as Winnipeg has taken three of its last four outings. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Teddy Purcell lit the lamp for the Oilers, who remained winless against Western Conference competition this season. Ben Scrivens stopped 23 shots as Edmonton has dropped 11 straight games.



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►  Marshall to host 1st meet on indoor track

Marshall University is set to hold the first meet on its indoor track.

The women’s dual meet with Ohio University will be held Thursday night in the Chris Cline Athletic Complex in Huntington.

It will be the first meet hosted by Marshall since the last one was held in 2000 on its outdoor track, which was removed in 2006.

The 300-meter indoor track was dedicated in late October.

Two other women’s meets will be held in January and February.

The track is named after Marshall track and field coach Jeff Small, whose father, Richard, donated $1 million to the Marshall Vision Campaign for Athletics.

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References
ABC - American Broadcasting Company
CBS - Columbia Broadcast System
FOX - Fox Entertainment Group
NBC - National Broadcasting Company
JIP - Joined in Progress
DSS - DIRECTV
TSN - Sports Network (Canada)
SNET/SN - Rogers SportsNet (Canada)
RDS - Reseau des sports
MSG - Madison Square Garden Network
TNT - Turner Network Television
TBS - Turner Broadcasting System
SNY - SportsNet New York
CBSSN - CBS - College Sports Network
CSN - Comcast SportsNet
TCN - The Comcast Network
NBCSN - NBC Sports Network
NESN - New England Sports Network
MASN - Mid-Atlantic Sports Network
ROOT - Root Sports (Pittsburgh, Northwest, Rocky Mountain)
CST - Cox Sports Television
FCS - FOX College Sports
FS - FOX Sports Regional
RSN - Regional Sports Networks
CPTV - Connecticut Public Broadcasting
TVG - Horse Racing Channel
FS1 - FOX Sports 1
TWC - Time Warner Cable Sports Channel
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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 04, 2014


National Football League
Dallas at Chicago, 8:25 PM - NFL Network


National Basketball Association
Cleveland at New York, 8:00 PM - FS-Ohio, TNT
Indiana at Portland, 10:00 PM - FS-Indiana, CSN-Northwest, DSS
New Orleans at Golden State, 10:30 PM - TNT


National Hockey League
Vancouver at Pittsburgh, 7:00 PM - SNET-360, ROOT-Pittsburgh, DSS
Washington at Carolina, 7:00 PM - CSN-DC, FS-Carolina, DSS
Dallas at Detroit, 7:30 PM - FS-Southwest, Detroit, NHL Network, DSS
Columbus at Florida, 7:30 PM - FS-Ohio, Florida, DSS
Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7:30 PM - MSG-Buffalo, SunSports, DSS
NY Islanders at Ottawa, 7:30 PM - MSG+, TSN5, RDS, DSS
New Jersey at Toronto, 7:30 PM - MSG, TSN4, DSS
St. Louis at Nashville, 8:00 PM - FS-Midwest, Tennessee, DSS
Colorado at Calgary, 9:00 PM - TVA, Altitude, SNET-1, DSS
Los Angeles at Arizona, 9:00 PM - FS-West, Arizona, DSS
Boston at San Jose, 10:30 PM - NESN, CSN-California, DSS


College Basketball
NC A&T at USC Upstate, 7:00 PM - ESPN3.com
Baylor at Vanderbilt, 7:00 PM - ESPN U
LSU at West Virginia, 7:00 PM - ESPN 2
Morehead State at UAB, 8:00 PM - American Sports Network, MASN
Arkansas at Iowa State, 9:00 PM - ESPN 2
TCU at Ole Miss, 9:00 PM - ESPN U
San Diego at San Diego State, 11:00 PM - ESPN U


Women’s College Basketball
Iowa at Louisville, 7:00 PM - ESPN3.com
North Carolina at Rutgers, 7:00 PM - Big Ten Network
SE Louisiana at Auburn, 7:00 PM - SEC Network+
UT Martin at Alabama, 7:00 PM - SEC Network+
Georgia at Mercer, 7:00 PM - ESPN3.com
South Dakota State at Arkansas, 8:00 PM - SEC Network+
Charlotte at South Carolina, 8:00 PM - SEC Network


College Football
UCF at East Carolina, 7:30 PM - ESPN


International Soccer
Olympique Lyonnais vs. Stade Reims, 2:55 PM - beIN Sport


Golf
EUROPEAN - Nedbank Challenge, 6:00 AM - Golf Channel
PGA - Hero World Challenge, 2:00 PM - Golf Channel

Hours for Walking at Waco Center in Glenville

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Sutton: 5K Raises Over $1,000 for Charity

That Dam Race 5K raised $1,274 in proceeds this summer for the Braxton County BackPack program. Burton Spaur, of the Dam Race committee, presented the Mountaineer Food Bank with a check for $1,274 to be used as an available credit, from which the BackPack programs in Braxton County can draw funds.

The BackPack program helps to feed children in need on weekends when they might not otherwise have food outside of school.

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Accepting the check on behalf of the Mountaineer Food Bank was director of development, Chad Morrison.

That Dam Race 5K race has been held for six years at the Sutton Dam, in Sutton, WV.

The course of the race takes runners and walkers up a difficult hill to the top of the dam, across the dam, through the woods, in downtown Sutton, and finally back to the starts point below the dam.

The difficulty and beauty of the course has been a yearly destination to some of WV’s most competitive runners.

For more information on the event “Like” the races fan page on Facebook, by searching “that dam race 5k”.

The 5K organizers could not have raised this much money without the help of their generous sponsors:

•  Braxton County CVB

•  Go Mart

•  Grindo Law Offices

•  Vicky Murphy/State Farm

•  Amy Ostilin Photography

•  Finca la Despensa Coffee

•  U. S. Army Corps of Engineers

•  The Town of Sutton.

Gilmer County on the Move - Walking Group Challenge III

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Ten Miles of Fall Foliage Viewing at North Bend State Park - October 11, 2014

Take a hike on the North Bend Rail Trail October 11, 2014 and enjoy 10 miles of Ritchie County fall foliage.

“This is one of the best times of the year to experience the historic Pennsboro Railroad Depot, the small town charm of Pennsboro and Ellenboro, natural springs, and several tunnels and bridges that make up the beautiful North Bend Rail Trail,” said Ken Zebo, activities coordinator at North Bend State Park.

Hikers will meet at Picnic Shelter #3 at North Bend State Park and take a shuttle into Pennsboro, then hike the rail trail back.

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The shuttle departs at 8:30 AM.

Hikers must register in advance.

Hike leaders recommend that participants bring water, wear sturdy shoes or boots, bring snacks, dress for the weather, and bring a flashlight for trekking through the tunnels.

Large hiking groups can support this program by bringing a van and dropping off hikers.

For hike details, call North Bend State Park at 304.643.2931 or email .

Learn more about North Bend State Park and the North Bend Rail Trail at www.northbendsp.com.

Glenville State College Names Daytona Maher New Cross Country and Track Coach

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The Glenville State College Athletic Department would like to announce that Daytona Maher has been hired as the new Cross Country and Track & Field Coach.

Maher was born Annapolis, Maryland and graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a minor in Environmental Science.

While at West Virginia Wesleyan she was a sister of Alpha Xi Delta and a rose of Kappa Alpha Order Fraternity. Maher was also president of Wesleyans Green Club, as well as their GSA program. She was a member of the Women’s Track, Lacrosse, Soccer, and Cheerleading teams and was a member of Wesleyan’s Student Athletic Advisory Committee. When competing for Wesleyan, Maher was a multiple title conference champion in sprints and has been featured on their record boards since her freshman year in 2009.

Maher was mentored by Jesse Skiles, Head Cross-Country and Track & Field Coach of WV Wesleyan, for five years as his coaching assistant for both the men’s and women’s running programs. She also has served as a volunteer coach for her high school, Hampshire High, since graduating in 2008. Maher is a specialist in speed and agility, while also having a well-rounded knowledge in all things running. Her core values are hard work, dedication and loyalty. She comes to GSC looking to build a successful and competitive program, while instilling her theory of a team as a family dynamic.

“I am very honored and grateful to have been given this opportunity by Glenville State College. I am thrilled and excited to get things started,” stated Dayton Maher.

She resides in Glenville.

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The lipstick comment deserves special attention. The State’s testing results verifies that too many students are not proficient in science, reading, and math. WV remains in the lower 10th among the 50 states for those areas.

Google WVZOOM Dashboard and look at State assessment scores for the GCHS. According to reports a decision was made to hire one more math teacher over there to help improve future results.

Nothing is known about what is being done to help Gilmer’s HS students with reading and science. The new Board president must get detailed information out to the public.

Assurances that everything is OK won’t work anymore. There has been too much of that type of hokum. The public knows how to access achievement information from the Internet to impose increasing accountability for our school system.

By R. J. Myers on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Maybe it is a case of not seeing the forest for the trees. GSC is designated responsibility for serving seven counties in central WV.

SAT scores for students entering GSC are the lowest in the State with large numbers of students coming from the seven counties. This suggests that education needs to be upgraded in the counties.

Why not focus on using the College to train teachers for central WV and to do what is necessary to improve pre-K-12 education in the seven counties?

Looks to be a natural winner for GSC. What about it Dr. Pellett and GSC’s Board of Governors?

By Watching Alumni on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Thanks you for honest comments, Mr. Boggs.

Its a sad state when volunteers can be credited with a better job than paid WV employees.

No wonder we have financial, legislative, highway, issues at every turn in the road. 

And to think, that the governor has to burden the National Guard with administration of a flood recovery program? 

Obvious we have incompetent individuals in many positions throughout the state bureaucracy. Are there ever, ever any state employees actually fired, for unacceptable job performance or plain incompetence?

Look at route 5 west of I-79 for a wonderful example of DOH failure.  The DOH county office is a mile from the ‘rollercoaster’ ride. All those state employees have to ride it 10, maybe 20 times a week just doing their jobs.  How can they not see it?

This rollercoaster is the ‘welcome center’ to Braxton and Gilmer county.
Its been a mess for over 20 years.  The rough, bumpy railroad tracks too.

Yes, that’s what the Gilmer Federal Prison employees who commute deal with.  It’s a great welcome, great first look, for prospective Glenville State College students and staff as well.

By A failed state of the state report. on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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What a glowing report.

Just because you say or print something, doesn’t make it true.

With a report like this, you would think WV had moved up the list from 47th in outcomes.

A few people don’t have the wool down over their eyes.

By wasted lipstick on the pig. on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Wiseman’s suggestion is an opportunity for the new School Board officers, Mr. Cottril and Mr. Shakleford.

Both members campaigned on improvements they would make if elected. The most important improvement would be outstanding results with student learning outcomes in the County.

Quarterly progress reports from Mr. Cottril and Mr. Shackleford are requested.

By Voters For Accountability on 07.16.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Excellent meeting minutes I wish we could see more local news like this..  Where can I find information on the recent lawsuit between the Gilmer County Commission and Prosecutor Hough?  I understand Judge Alsop issued a decision?

By Reader on 07.14.2018

From the entry: 'GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES'.

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Praises go to Governor Justice, Dr. Paine, and the entire State Board for producing this outstanding report.

For the first time in memory comprehensive information is included in one source for the public and it is written in an understandable
style.

A request is made to the Gilmer County Board of Education and Superintendent Lowther to produce a similar report by this fall for the specific status of our school system.

We could celebrate achievements for which we excel and we could profit from our weak points as opportunities for corrective measures to take.

Forget about what other counties are doing—we are competing against ourselves.

The often cited excuse that we are just as good as other counties with WV ranking near bottom should no longer be tolerated.

By fall results of recent SAT testing would be available to Superintendent Lowther and the County Board to include in the report.

One advantage of the suggested County report and ones in successive years would be a basis for the public to use to judge effectiveness of Gilmer’s Board of Education and Superintendent Lowther.

The GFP is applauded for its role in being a leader in WV for making education news accessible on the Internet.

By Frank Wiseman on 07.14.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Dr. Pellett, you attacked accuracy of the NCHEMS report in your Gazette article today.

It would be informative for you to give an Internet link to the report to permit it to be read and for you to publish a detailed critique of errors in it with backup evidence as proof.

By GSC EMPLOYEE on 07.13.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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A basic truism for a highly successful start up business is to offer a new top quality product in high demand at a price consumers can afford.

Why do Dr. Pellett and GSC’s Board of Governors reject the concept? Specifically, as printed in the Democrat there is a proposal to establish a premiere five year teacher education program at the College with grads to receive a masters degree in teaching. A program of that type is desperately needed in WV and it is not offered elsewhere.

Word circulating is that Dr. Pellet, the Board of Governors, and dominant members of the County’s elite have summarily rejected the idea.

One excuse heard is that local power brokers do not want WVU involved with the College. Yet, in the Democrat Dr. Pellett is quoted saying that he is working on a new nursing program with WVU’s involvement.

Is the true reason of veto of the innovative teacher education program because Dr. Pellet and the Board of Governors were not originators of the idea to automatically cause its rejection?

Dr. Pellett is invited to explain to the public and concerned alumni why the program would not be in GSC’s long term best interests.

By Why Dr. Pellet and GSC BOG? on 07.13.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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The Glenville mayor is doing an excellent job and the town is lucky to have him on the job. Getting old houses torn down was a kept promise and the town looks much better at those places. Let’s have more of it.

By Citizen on 07.11.2018

From the entry: 'GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES'.

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Why is it that when tax dollars were spent on the higher education reorganization study by the Colorado NCHEMS group it is being keep secret from the public? Mr. Boggs how about helping out by informing voters how to get a copy of the report to read and decide for themselves?

By Voters Watching on 07.10.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Oops! Bay of Pigs not Figs. Shows that college profs are not immune to embarrassing gaffs.

By WVU Prof. on 07.09.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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There are two examples in Janis’ book regarding the Kennedy presidency. The first one deals with the group think Bay Of Figs disaster.

Those in Washington associated with invasion decisions considered themselves to be infallible world class thinkers. That mistake prevented critical and constructive review from anyone outside that tight group of political operatives.

The other example covers the Cuban Missile Crisis as an example of masterful diplomacy and planning to prevent a nuclear holocaust. President Kennedy deserved credit because he avoided group think traps from Bay Of Pigs lessons learned.

Higher education decisions in WV are made by individual tight knit Boards of Governors with excessive autonomy and no meaningful oversight.

Also, board members are there through political appointments at local levels. Governors traditionally rubber stamp the recommended appointments.

When serious group think mistakes occur at colleges and universities Boards are conditioned to assume that State bail outs will cover damages.

If private businesses are group think practitioners they never last unless they change strategies to avoid brutal market place penalties.

By WVU Political Scientist on 07.08.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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“Governance Changes Needed at GSC” is 100% correct.

Basically GSC Board of Governors and other leadership positions, have been a result of nepotism and crony friend choices.

Those two ‘tools’ rarely, if ever, give the best persons available to whatever the position requires.

Incest often produces less than desired outcomes as well.

By PAST Time for change @ GSC on 07.08.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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Advice for GSC’s president is to read Janis’book entitled Victims of Group Think.

The theme for the book is that alike thinkers of a group of elites in control can have colossal failures because they believe that their decision-making processes are unworthy of outside scrutiny.

Think about it. Did the airport to accommodate jet traffic at the mouth of Cedar Creek work out and did the federal prison result in economic prosperity with a hefty upsurge with GSC’s
enrollment?

What about the millions of dollars of new construction at GSC? Did it result in healthy enrollments as promised.

Some elites associated with GSC were strong advocates for the ill fated ventures.

GSC has been controlled too long by members of the same families. With the undeniable track record of declining conditions a few resignations would be a positive step.

The nagging governance problem affecting GSC has been shielding elite individuals from personal accountability without penalties for bad decisions.

By Governance Changes Needed At GSC on 07.06.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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Bigger is better? Rarely.

Everyone knows that school consolidation has resulted in failed outcomes.

This is laying the ground work, for an ego driven power grab.  The big institutions have no limit to their desire for money.

Stay small, and if failure occurs, fewer people are impacted.  Too large, and management of that soon turns into a problem.

By Its just planned failure. on 07.05.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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This information including details in the referenced full Report helps put GSC’s precarious standing in perspective. More information can be accessed at http://www.collegesimply.com.

That web site provides SAT student information for WV institutions of higher learning and GSC has the lowest scores.

Inferences from the scores and material in the report are that because GSC gets a large percentage of students from poor counties including Gilmer County, school systems there need improving.

Also, with employers becoming more sophisticated in hiring the best qualified graduates they access information of the type published on the web site given above.

The reason is that institutions with the best prepared students have more rigorous academic programs and they do not have to expend valuable time on remediation.

Provision of this comment is not intended to be a slam at GSC. The purpose is to encourage Dr. Pellett and the Board of Governors to devise a viable strategy for making the College a center of excellence to improve its standing in WV. It is that simple for guaranteed survival in the future.

By GSC GRAD on 07.05.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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We must be wary of how County K-12 achievement information is presented.

From the outset the new school board should focus on exactly how well our students are performing with mastering subjects, and not to fall victim to news unrelated to demonstrated student learning.

For one example the GCHS was awarded for its high graduation rate, but it ranked in the bottom 10% among WV high schools for college and career readiness of seniors.

This is not to say that graduation rates are unimportant, but they cannot be interpreted as fact of a direct relationship with how well students are prepared for college and careers.

For some schools an unusually high graduation rate could be a function of enforced “everyone passes” policy.

The point is that there is need for vigilance when student performance information is disclosed to the public so school board get all of it out so voters can decide where the County’s school system really stands.

By Give All Facts on 07.03.2018

From the entry: 'Governor Justice Announces Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education'.

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Word is that officers on the County’s school board have changed with Doug Cottrill becoming the new president and Shackleford the VP.

Voters request to know what the new board’s plans are for improving the County’s standing with the quality of K-12 education for math, reading, science, and other subjects, and correcting remaining problems at the new grade school contractors have not fixed.

Why not publishing monthly progress reports to cover the new board’s accomplishments? That job would be a good assignment for the new president.

By Voters Watching on 07.03.2018

From the entry: 'Governor Justice Announces Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education'.

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There is no mention of the facts Jumpin Jim defaulted on a 9 million dollar loan, poor record of paying taxes, nor the mess of the RISE flood funds handling. 

No wonder the poor score.  Anyone think it was ‘earned’?

By Jumpin Jim Nose Dives on 07.03.2018

From the entry: 'Low favorable marks for Manchin, Morrisey, Justice in latest PPP poll'.

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This news has great implications for GSC and Gilmer County. The College could form a partnership with the County’s school system to close the K-12 achievement gap.

For years while under State intervention it was denied that a gap existed, and the mantra was that the County was doing as well as the State as a whole.

That was like saying that we are OK with the State being ranked near the bottom for the quality of its K-12 education system and we should be content to wallow at the bottom too.

Ms. Patty Lowther, the new superintendent of schools, states that we must close the K-12 achievement gap and it is within the County’s capabilities.

She and her staff including Shelly Mason the new curriculum expert, principals, and the County’s teachers are actively involved with devising solutions to eliminate problems.

Regarding GSC, Dr. Pellett is on record with definite innovations to improve the College’s standing.

He has an unique opportunity to guide the College to contribute to Gilmer County having the best school system in WV as a model to emulate throughout the State and Appalachia.

In the past the typical Charleston trap has been to collect achievement data without expending successful efforts to interpret its meaning for use in solving under-achievement.

Dr. Pellett, Ms. Lowther, and Shelly Mason, with the help of other professionals in our schools can jettison that long standing road block to make Gilmer County a K-12 education standout.

Dr. Pellett in particular has an unparalleled opportunity to make his mark on guiding the College to improve K-12 education in the County and to let successes spread as examples throughout Appalachia.

There would not be a better way to justify the necessity of the College’s continuing existence for Gilmer County, central WV, and the entire State.

By Good News For WV on 06.29.2018

From the entry: 'Governor Justice Announces Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education'.

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If you can’t trust judges to do the right thing…. is there any reason to trust our whole system of government?  One has to wonder.

Now we are reading a judge likely to be impeached as well as the legislature is considering impeaching the governor?

Are the any honest people running for offices?

By crooks everywhere? on 06.27.2018

From the entry: 'Auditors Seek Answers on State Supreme Court Spending'.

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This does not rise to the level of impeachment. “Slick Willy” got a head job in the peoples oval office, and dripped semen on the peoples carpet then lied about it, and according to the democrats back then, that did not rise to the level of impeachment.

By The Silent Majority on 06.21.2018

From the entry: 'Senate and House Democratic Leaders Renew Call for Immediate Legislative Action on Justice Loughry'.

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Something happening is good.
That building has been empty far too long.

Now we shall see if it workable.
Hope for all involved, that their efforts work out for GC and GSC.

By Good on 06.21.2018

From the entry: 'GSC Bluegrass Music Education Center to hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremony'.

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Numbers of new businesses is not the important factor. It is how many new jobs were created for local employees. Politicians like to cite meaningless numbers to crow about and they get by with it too often. Empty store fronts on Main Street have not diminished in numbers. Where are the jobs and what do they pay?

By New Jobs? on 06.20.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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Similar to EDA if Gilmer’s SAT results were rosy the news would be out in banner headlines. Elites see to it to keep peasants at bay.

By SAT Checker on 06.19.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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Straddlin Joe had a chance to embrace conservatism and convert to Republican, as Governor Justice and much of the state has done. Politics in the state are no longer ruled by mine union bosses. It’s time we send him back to Marion County, as we did with Natalie Tennant.

By The Silent Majority on 06.18.2018

From the entry: 'Joe Manchin: Political games would cost West Virginians with pre-existing conditions'.

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If the so called business creation were true?
Wouldn’t the EDA be having all sorts of news releases?
You would think so.

EDA used to have monthly public meetings.
Now only four times a year?

Business things that slim nothing to discuss?
Or maybe secret meetings by the insiders?

By Gilmer EDA...private club ? on 06.15.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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If we can ask Jeff Campbell questions as a Gilmer County official why can’t we get timely information from other officials too?

For an example how did the County do with recent SAT testing?

Superintendents have the information so when is it going to be made public?

Hopefully the newly elected school board will take it on as a priority to get accurate student achievement information to the public with specific plans to make improvements where needed.

By End Public Information Embargo on 06.13.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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If true, this would be great news!

The Gilmer County Economic Development Association should be telling us in press releases who/what/where those new businesses are?

How about it GCEDA President Jeff Campbell?

Lets hear from you.

By reader6 on 06.11.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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Interesting chart.

But….it shows 4 new businesses in Gilmer…..in each of the past 3 months.
That…..is TWELVE new businesses!

BUT, BUT, where are they?

By Where are they? on 06.08.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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You will find most ticks down low on grass blades along well traveled trails, where the unfed adults and even larvae and eggs are brushed off by a passing varmint. Another myth is that ticks will jump on you, of the thousands of ticks I have picked off grass blades and dropped in a cup of gasoline, I have never had one jump at me.

By Trespasser Will on 06.08.2018

From the entry: 'Insect-related illnesses are trending up'.

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Ticks don’t go, they are carried there by host animals. They are best controlled by controlling the host varmints in your back yard. As bad as Lyme disease is, from personal experience, believe me you don’t want Rocky Mountain spotted fever either.

By Trespasser Will on 06.07.2018

From the entry: 'Insect-related illnesses are trending up'.

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NEWS FLASH !
Rural West Virginia is STILL WAITING for that high speed internet that these two have been promising for 20 years!

By Rural WV still waiting.... on 06.06.2018

From the entry: 'U.S. Senators Manchin, Capito announce funding for rural communities'.

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Dilapidated buildings seem to make the news on a regular basis.

Dilapidated buildings are nothing more than an great indicator of a ‘dilapidated’ economy.

By WV's dilapidated economy on 06.05.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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I don’t know how the state can say that, male bears have been known to attack for unknown reasons, and of course females will attack if they perceive their cub is in danger. The best thing to do is shut the #### up and don’t be posting on Facebook what you have done.

By Tresspasser Will on 06.03.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia man accused of wrongfully shooting bear'.

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Steve and John,
My deepest heartfelt sympathy to you at this most difficult time.
I will miss your mother, my best friend, immensely! We laughed hard together and we cried together, only as two close cousins could do! We spent many hours on the phone chatting either catching up or talking about cooking, any hour day or night,it never mattered to us.

Our words to each other every time we spoke, “I love you sweet cousin of mine”

God’s Speed until we meet again!💞💓
Rest In Peace for eternity💓

Love you dearly,

Cousin, Jo Ann xoxoxo

By Jo Ann Emrick on 06.01.2018

From the entry: 'Catherine Ann Umanetz'.

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The loss of money at Cedar Creek was only part of it. Money spent on Leading Creek, more money to fill the huge hole at GCES, money to fix land slide at GCES because of poor site design work, money spent to fix various other botches that should have been done right to begin with, uncalled for huge pay raises to select central office staff to buy them off, money for playground equipment when existing equipment could have been used, money for an unneeded payroll clerk at the central office, money for a principal at Troy when the individual did not do the work, and more to include building GCES too small and Leading Creek too large with public funds. Will anything be done about it? Of course not except to continue the cover-up. Money trail too hot to handle.

By Etched Memory on 05.31.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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Many kudos to both the PACF people as well as their supporters!

Hard to believe how much good they are doing for so many, in just a few short years!

Keep up the good works!

By many kudos ! on 05.31.2018

From the entry: 'Grants Support Area Charities (Little Kanawha Area)'.

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Minney was just another ‘enabler’ for the blatant, bold faced, incompetent, corruption during the West Virginia State Board of Education overthrow of the Gilmer County School System.

Thousands of dollars wasted.  Do not forget the Cedar Creek property chosen by State Appointed Superintendent Blankenship in coercion with the former, ousted, GSC President Simmons.  The money spent clearing forest, the money spent bulldozing a road, until it finally became clear, they were on a ‘fools errand’.

Then to get out of that mess, Blankenship and Simmons,  trade that property, so a school could be built in a flood plain?

‘Education’ and common sense do not always go hand in hand.

If only people were as smart as they think they are.

By Another black eye for state intervention ! on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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All this Minney stuff brings up at least 2 questions:

WHY did state appointed super Devano hire Minney?

Why did the Doddridge folks hire Minney when he doesn’t have the required financial ‘credentials’ to be a district treasurer?

Either poor hiring practices or someone pulling strings.

By questions but no answers ? on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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And to think that OUR own little Gilmer County Library ranks in the top ten of libraries in the whole state!

By WOW--WOW--WOW ! ! ! on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia Libraries Rock Out with Summer Reading Programs'.

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Didn’t Mr. Minney approve paying select employees on payroll, for the days they did not work without board or superintendent’s knowledge or approval? Fortunately, he got caught by the board.

By Ridiculous on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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If you follow the money, you can easily see where all the money went in construction of Gilmer Elementary, why the school has so many physical issues and why there have been problems to get them fixed. Thanks the board for choosing a different auditor.

By FTM on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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There were a lot of corruptions under state control and superintendent Devano. They mismanaged funds and paid off several employees to keep their mouth shut. When the local controlled board chose a different auditor from the norm, they got caught. I think the remaining paid off employees need to talk the facts, quit, or get prosecuted.

By They were bad on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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That was far from the first time Mr. DM had gotten into trouble with the auditors. In previous years, findings for mismanagement of funds were issued against him in connection with other work places leading to dismissal.
The audit which is available on state DOE site couldn’t find any justification of board approval for payments, and mismanagement of funds.

By Don LK on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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He got caught of mismanagement of public funds.

By Jeremy D on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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I hear Gilmer schools treasurer Dan Minney is leaving. Why?

By Just Curious on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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Good to see this program return after having it gone missing under the state appointed superintendent.

It was reported there was no place for it to take place.

Thank you Gilmer County Board of Education for making it happen.

By Some remember on 05.21.2018

From the entry: 'FREE breakfast and lunch this summer for Gilmer County Kids'.

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Pam,
Sorry to read of your mom’s passing. I remember may times spent in your home with your parents and brothers. Sending love and prayers to you and your brothers.
Sherry Broggi

By Sherry Straley Broggi and Rita Straley on 05.17.2018

From the entry: 'Lora Faye Tomblin'.

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Really cool project to all who volunteered and those helping financially as well!

Where’s DR? He never misses these events?

By Very nice project - great volunteers! on 05.17.2018

From the entry: 'CommunityImprovement™: Pavilion'.

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The GSC retention post must relate to those beginning in 2014 who planned for 4 year degrees and they dropped out. There probably were students who began in 2014 and they earned 2 year degrees before 2018 so they were not drop outs.

By GSC RETENTION? on 05.15.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Congratulations kids!  Setting up a scholarship fund is a GREAT idea! Where can we get information on who to contact and what local needs are?

By Reader on 05.14.2018

From the entry: 'Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center Celebrates Seniors'.

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How large was GSC’s graduating class of 2018 last week and what was its original size the fall of 2014?

Accurate information should be available to indicate retention. One news source reported that 100 graduated in the class of 2018.

By Alumni on 05.13.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Some interesting results.  Should shake the trees a little.

By Spring cleaning! on 05.09.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Local Election Results - May 2018'.

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So sorry for your loss.  Prayers.

By Betty Woofter on 05.07.2018

From the entry: 'Ina Mae (Foster) Clem'.

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Anyone interested in facts for graduation rates after four years of college can access information on WV’s Education Policy Commission web site.

The last time information was reported WV State was listed at 13.6% compared to WVU’s at 35.9%. GSC was at 25.1%.

Comments submitted so far flag a serious problem in WV. Student achievement information is scattered all over with it being reported by the State, the federal government, and testing organizations including ACT.

Because WV lacks an effective State clearing house to sort through the information and to interpret it for practical application in improving our pubic school systems, too much important quality control material is neglected.

When citizens take initiative to obtain the information and they cite it they are often berated to be a form of “attack the messenger”.

Then too there are the perennial apologists who say that everything is “just fine” to help confuse the issue even more to detract from school improvements.

By WVDE Career Employees on 05.06.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Too often students have to go an extra year or longer to graduate from college with under graduate degrees because they were not prepared when they got there to enable them to complete on time.

The 35% graduation rate includes incoming freshmen who do not finish in four years, and it is factual that some of our public colleges have worse records than others.

WVU does above average, but it has large numbers of-out-of state better prepared students.

By R. Page on 05.06.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Rex Page claims we have a college graduation rate of approximately 35%.

In essence that is a FAILURE rate of 65% !

Think of how many dollars are wasted, and how many students are burdened with student loans, that basically will do them little good in life.

Oh yes.  It does pump money into the flawed system.

By Wv Has a FLAWED educational system ! on 05.05.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Even with enrolling in colleges where acceptance is noncompetitive, meaning that all applicants with at least C averages are accepted, the graduation rate to get a degree is around 35%.

This fact is more evidence for WV’s failed public education system and solid proof that a major top to bottom over haul is needed.

If we accept the often cited excuse that there is a problem with kids and their families to cause under achievement in school that line of reasoning suggests that West Virginians are inherently flawed. This is untrue and the problem lies with WV’s under performing education system.

By Rex Page on 05.03.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Disgraceful that WV lacks a top quality education system to prepare more high school graduates to be eligible for acceptance into the best colleges where there is competition for acceptance.

The deficiency forces students to attend lower tier places where everyone is accepted.

Why does WV fail to make improvements? It is because education delivery in our State is designed to be void of meaningful accountability for administrators.

By WVDE Watcher on 05.03.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Little doubt the block schedule system at the high school gives GC lower scores.

This has been proven over and over in other school systems.

Its an out dated and antiquated system.  Our board of education needs to get rid of it.

Gilmer County Board of Education….are you up to the job?

By Block Schedule Supported By Blockheads on 05.02.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Hopefully this is the beginning of doing better with getting out school news to Gilmer. It is far better to read timely news than to have to go to the Cornerstone to get it.

We wish Mr. Shuff the best in improving learning results at the HS. If he tackles problems like he engaged in athletics the HS will be put on the map for academic excellence.

When he gets his school improvement plan together everyone in the County will pitch in to help him succeed. Thank you GCBOE.

By Pleased Parents on 05.02.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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Mr. Williams has it nailed down.  Solid.

America’s entire education system is a farce.
Education administrators worry about their job than worry about the children.

Youth is our future.
By creating dummies, do not expect much of a future.

The children are being short changed, robbed.
America is being short changed, robbed.

But the failed administrators keep their jobs.

By Time To Clean the Education House! on 05.01.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Is this article some sort of a joke ?
Certainly would seem so!

We are almost daily bombarded with chemical spraying from above.
We rarely actually have that clear, deep blue sky that God gave us.

If it happens we do get a clear(?) day, we will have the light blue, almost whispy white cloud sky.

Set a white bowl out in the rains.  Check to see what color the water is after a rain.  You will be
surprised.  Color will vary depending what is being sprayed on a given day.

If it were winter, I’d tell you to look at the snowflakes.  No more are all snowflakes different.  Watch what falls on your clothing, you will see 1,000’s of flakes all the same shape.  Again, depends what toxic material we are being blasted with.

Asthma attacks, ER visits are on the rise.
Do some web searching, plenty of websites report this travesty.  You tax dollars at ‘work’.

By WHERE ARE THE ENVIRONMENTALISTS ? ? on 05.01.2018

From the entry: 'Air Quality Awareness Week is April 30 – May 04'.

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Fraud is not only rampant in education, it consumes Gilmer County..  Those who Have want to keep it any and all costs, and those that don’t, want.  Gilmer needs a good house cleaning of court and legal ‘authorities’ as well if anything is Ever going to change.

By Spring cleaning! on 05.01.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Fraud is committed in Gilmer County when citizens are told that our high school grads are prepared to be highly competitive for entry into the modern world.

The misinformation conflicts with verification that our grads lag when it comes to being college and career ready.

By being disadvantaged academically too many students drop out of college when they cannot compete and they often must go an extra year at a greater expense to catch-up.

There is another type of fraud not pointed out in the posting. It relates to bragging about the “fine” ACT test scores made by students at the GCHS.

For the ACT the average GCHS score as touted by school officials is close to 20. This may be slightly higher than average State scores, but here is the rub.

Our kids could not get accepted into top quality colleges and universities with stringent academic requirements to include those for ACT scores higher than most made at the GCHS.

What do they do? They attend institutions with relaxed acceptance criteria with some not having any basic requirements for ACT or SAT scores.

As a parent with a son at the Career Center I know that there must be remedial instruction in math and English for success in chosen career fields. It is called embedded instruction.

Because teachers must be hired at the Center for the catch-up it means that tax payers are paying twice (more fraud) for instruction that should have been done at the GCHS!

What can we do? Gilmer County must determine what must be done in our schools to make necessary improvements for the better to enable our kids to be the best they can be after HS. Simple isn’t it?

By We Want Better Schools on 04.30.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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It is easy to see through the motive for avoiding application of the same assessment approach in all of WV’s school systems.

The powerful in control do not want to make achievement results available for voters to compare academic results among districts!

That way opportunities for more accountability in ways school systems are administered will be nipped in the bud.

Interesting isn’t it that for sports minute attention is paid to comparing performances of all kinds of teams throughout WV.

Unfortunately the strategy will be to keep voters keenly focused on sports so they will not ask questions about education spending and how children are doing in mastering subjects in our school systems.

By WVDOE Disgusted on 04.20.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: State might let counties switch standardized test from SAT to ACT'.

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The West Virginia State Board of Education has operated as a “pin the tail on the donkey” bureaucratic nightmare for over a generation.

Currently, it is hard to envision any positive change in their SOP?

Try this, try that.  Change this, change that.
Continual evidence that all is being run as an experiment?
The WVBOE has no real clue what to actually do, in order to fix anything.

Money wasted. Children cheated of a good education.
Parents and taxpayers cheated.  Opportunities missed.

This is the WVBOE legacy.

By State BOE - dysfunctional is an understatement? on 04.16.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: State might let counties switch standardized test from SAT to ACT'.

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Maybe Jimmy can pay some of his tax bills now?

By Justice, pay your tax bills! on 04.15.2018

From the entry: 'City to purchase club owned by the governor’s company'.

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Reread the article and see what a wonderful set of excuses have been set forward.

Taxpayers give the state the funds for education.  It is then properly squandered leaving students with substandard educations.

These people have the audacity to blame the teachers on top of it.

State BOE, suck it up, fix the problem you and your previous board members have created. 

Make President Truman’s desk saying your motto:  “The buck stops here.“

That is, if you are up to it.

By Kanawha Reader on 04.15.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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West Virginia made national news again with its spending per student to be in the top third among the 55 states.

We spend more than $11,000 on average per pupil in our public schools. For comparison Utah spends about $6,500 per pupil and it ranks in the top third for the quality of its education system.

It would be interesting to know how much Gilmer County spends per pupil counting total funding from all sources.

WV is certainly no way near the top third with getting students college, career, and jobs ready right out of high school. Where is all our money going? What could we learn from rural states similar to Utah?

The worst culprit seems to be too many high paid people on WV payrolls who are non-contributers to making better lives for our kids.

By Economist on 04.14.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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Those of us who keep close tabs on student achievement want to know reasons for unacceptable reading, science, and math scores in Gilmer County and what is being done to correct them. For something this important the problems and solutions surely have been looked into.

By R. A. Beasley on 04.14.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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HaHaHaHaHaHaHa!

By Don't bring them to Gilmer! on 04.13.2018

From the entry: 'NEW “ALMOST HEAVEN” CAMPAIGN'.

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No matter what is going on in the State our concern is Gilmer County. The State reports on Zoom that 10th graders at the GCHS perform at the 35.9% proficiency rate for science.

Proficiency for 11th graders is 37% in math and it is commendable that the rate for them for reading is 64%.

What is being done to make improvements for science and math when students are about ready to graduate from HS? We hope that scores for reading hold up and even improve.

Why do we fail to receive updates for plans for proficiency improvements in the County’s schools?

In other WV counties superintendents provide that type of information on a routine basis.

By GCHS Parents on 04.12.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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