The West Virginia University women's basketball team was predicted to finish in a tie for second Wednesday in the Big 12 preseason poll.The Mountaineers received one first-place vote and tied with Oklahoma with 65 points. Baylor, the reigning national champion, was tabbed as the preseason favorite to win the conference for the fourth straight year, receiving nine first-place votes and 81 points.Kansas was fourth followed by Texas, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Kansas State and TCU. nn
WVU FOOTBALL: A limited number of single tickets, which means no two seats together, remain for the Kansas State matchup with WVU on Oct. 20 in Morgantown.Tickets may be purchased by calling 1-800-WVU-GAME or in person at the Mountaineer ticket office in the Coliseum. Tickets are not available online.nn
WVU SOCCER: WVU sophomore Kate Schwindel was selected the Disney Soccer-National Soccer Coaches Association of America national player of the week Wednesday.Schwindel scored the winning goal against Kansas State last week and had three assists in the Mountaineers' 3-2 win at Iowa State, tying the single-game school mark.nn
WVC TENNIS: West Virginia State's Brittany Franco was named the West Virginia Conference women's tennis player of the week Wednesday.Franco, a freshman from Deerfield Beach, Fla., posted a 4-0 mark last week.nn
WVU TECH ATHLETICS: Women's soccer player Carla Carvalho and men's cross country runner Adam Westrick were named the WVU Tech student-athletes of the week Wednesday.nn
WVU CLINIC: The West Virginia women's basketball Hoops 'n Heels group is hosting a clinic and tipoff luncheon Oct. 27 at the Coliseum.
Those participating will have a chance to sit in on a practice and a question-and-answer session with Mountaineers coach Mike Carey. In addition, there will be a behind-the-scenes tour of the newly opened practice facility. The clinic is free to those who signup by Oct. 17.For more information, call director of women's basketball operations Toni Oliverio at 304-293-9897 or e-mail Toni.Oliverio@mail.wvu.edu
YOUTH HOOPS CLINIC: The St. Francis Youth Group will hold a basketball clinic for boys and girls from kindergarten through eighth grade from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the St. Francis gym in St. Albans.The cost is $10 and registration will take place from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Adam Zimmerman will conduct the clinic with the help of local high school basketball players. For more information, call 304-727-5190.
COACHING CLASS: An ASEP coaching class will take place Nov. 3, 4 and 11 at Huntington High School for those interested in coaching a secondary school sport. To register, go to www.wvssac.org
.Boys soccerPARKERSBURG 3, CHAS. CATHOLIC 3: Parkersburg scored two goals in the final four minutes to forge a 3-3 draw with visiting AA No. 1 Charleston Catholic Tuesday in a matchup of state-ranked teams.
The Big Reds' Tyler Broadwater headed in Nick Payne's free kick with 55.5 seconds to go for the equalizer.Class AAA No. 7 Parkersburg (13-3-3) took a 1-0 lead in the first 10 minutes on Payne's goal before Catholic (17-0-2) answered with three straight scores from Adam Fox, Sam Revercomb and William Scriptunas. Garrett Kruger also scored for the Big Reds. Girls soccerGW 1, PARK. SOUTH 0: Stephanie Kelly had a first-half goal and George Washington made it stand up on Senior Night at Schoenbaum Soccer Stadium in Coonskin Park. Caroline Barber picked up the shutout for No. 6 GW (12-3-1).HURRICANE 3, RIVERSIDE 0: Abby Watson netted two goals for the visiting Redskins. Brittany Minor chipped in a goal for AAA No. 4 Hurricane (15-1-1) while Callie McClanahan had two assists and Hannah Thompson turned in three saves. Lauren Sparks had five stops for the Warriors (9-9-1).SA 5, SC 0: Hannah Myers had a hat-trick for host AAA No. 13 St. Albans (8-7-2) while Maddie Cogar and Mackenzie Albert had one goal apiece.