The Marshall men's basketball team will kick off the season with its annual Thundering Herd Madness event on Oct. 12 at the Cam Henderson Center.The gates will open at 7 p.m. and player introductions will kick off the event at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $5 and benefit the Marshall Tip-Off Club, a division of the Big Green Scholarship Foundation. Tickets can be purchased by calling 800-THE-HERD.The night will consist of a two-ball competition, slam-dunk contest and a 20-minute scrimmage. Fans will have a chance to win prizes, including season tickets.nn
UC SOCCER: Rob Vincent netted three second-half goals, including converting a penalty kick in the 85th minute, as the University of Charleston men's team downed Bloomsburg (Pa.) Friday 4-1 at Schoenbaum Soccer Complex.Michael Hagarty also scored for the Golden Eagles (5-0-2) when he collected a rebound in front of the Bloomsburg goal and slid it past Huskies goalie Ramon Lobo in the 35th minute for the first goal of the game. Miguel Diaz kept UC goalie Sean Teepen from recording a shutout, scoring an unassisted goal in the 87th minute.nn
WVC BASEBALL: Shepherd University announced Friday that Matt McCarty has been elevated to interim head baseball coach for the Rams.Anthony Jackson has also been elevated from part-time assistant coach to interim full-time assistant coach. Both were players in the 2009 season when the Rams won the West Virginia Conference title and served as assistant coaches in 2012 when the team won the championship.nn
SOCCER TOURNAMENT: The West Virginia Soccer Association is accepting registrations for teams to compete in the Kohl's Cup Nov. 10-11 at the Barboursville Soccer Complex. Under-9 through under-14 boys, girls and coed recreation teams will be accepted. The cost is $225 per team. For more information, call (304) 932-4646 or visit www.wvsoccer.net
GAME REQUEST: The Wayne Middle School football team is looking for a game to fill an open spot on its schedule. The needed time frame is Oct. 15-20, with Oct. 18 preferred. Contact Brian Davis at (304) 272-3227.nn
PREP SOCCER: Steven Taylor scored twice to lead Winfield past Woodrow Wilson 2-1 Thursday in boys high school soccer at Beckley. Preston Sheldon added an assist for the Generals (11-1-1). Luke Rodriguez tallied for the Flying Eagles (4-7-2).