CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The high school volleyball sectional tournaments begin today around the state.In the Kanawha Valley, Capital, South Charleston, Riverside, Ripley and George Washington will battle in a double-elimination tournament at 5:30 p.m. today in Class AAA Region 3 Section 1 at Capital High School. In AAA Region 4 Section 1, Nitro and Point Pleasant open single-elimination play at 6 p.m. at St. Albans High School followed by Winfield, St. Albans and Hurricane getting underway Wednesday.In Class AA, Herbert Hoover, Poca, Sissonville, Clay County and Nicholas County start double-elimination matches at 5:30 p.m. today in Region 4 Section 1 at Herbert Hoover High School. In Class A Region 4 Section 1, Hannan, St. Joseph, Buffalo, Wahama and Charleston Catholic get underway in single-elimination format at 5 p.m. at Buffalo High School. (For pairings, see Page 2B.)
TECH BASKETBALL: The WVU Tech men's basketball team will play its second game of the season when it hosts Ohio Valley at 7 tonight at the Neal D. Baisi Athletic Center in Montgomery.The Golden Bears are coming off of a 93-74 win in their season opener over Salem International on Saturday. Senior point guard David Rawlinson led Tech with 24 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. nnMIDDLE SCHOOL SOCCER: The Kanawha County Middle School soccer championships were postponed Monday and today because of inclement weather.The semifinal matches in both the boys and girls divisions will take place Thursday at Schoenbaum Soccer Stadium.In the boys' bracket, top-seeded Andrew Jackson will take on No. 4 Charleston Catholic at 2 p.m. followed by No. 2 Sissonville squaring off with No. 3 John Adams at 3:30 p.m. On the girls side, No. 1 John Adams (No. 1) faces No. 4 DuPont at 5 p.m. and No. 2 Charleston Catholic plays No. 3 Sissonville at 6:45 p.m. The boys and girls championships are Saturday at Trace Fork with the girls at 10 a.m. followed by the boys at noon. nnWVU WOMEN: The WVU women's basketball television schedule was announced Monday with seven additional games added to the previous Fox Sports Net package.West Virginia PBS will air the Capital Classic against Marshall in Charleston on Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. Root Sports will televise four games - Dec. 20 Duquesne, Jan. 15 TCU, Jan. 26 Iowa State and Feb. 13 Oklahoma State.Road game additions to the Mountaineers' TV schedule include the Jan. 2 game at Oklahoma on the Sooner Sports Network and the March 5 game at Texas on the Longhorn Network. Every regular-season home game this season not aired live on television will stream live on WVUsports.com. The WVU women's basketball team tips off the season with an exhibition game against Alderson-Broaddus at 7 tonight at the Coliseum.
nnWVU SOCCER: West Virginia University women's coach Nikki Izzo-Brown was named the Big 12 coach of the year Monday and Mountaineers senior Bry McCarthy was chosen Big 12 defensive player of the year.McCarthy, Bri Rodriguez and Kate Schwindel were All-Big 12 selections while Frances Silva earned second-team honors. WVU also landed three players on the Big 12 all-newcomer team with Leah Emaus, Kara Blosser and Kelsie Maloney. The WVU men's match against Stony Brook scheduled for today has been canceled because of inclement weather. There are no plans to reschedule. nnMU CROSS COUNTRY: David Caldwell finish 12th and Celia Leonard 24th as the pair led their respective Marshall men's and women's cross country teams to fifth- and eighth-place finishes at the Conference USA championships this past weekend. Caldwell ran a team-best 8-kilometer time of 24 minutes, 56.40 seconds. Leonard paced the Herd with a personal-best 5K clocking of 17:56.4.
nnWVC SPORTS: The West Virginia Conference has made adjustments to the league's upcoming men's soccer tournament.On Thursday, third-seeded West Virginia Wesleyan will host No. 6 Seton Hill at Buckhannon Upshur High School at 7 p.m., while fourth-seeded Wheeling Jesuit hosts No. 5 Shepherd at 7 p.m.The first semifinal match on Saturday at noon will feature Charleston and the winner of the Wheeling Jesuit-Shepherd game. At 2:30 p.m., Davis & Elkins will take on the winner of the Seton Hill-West Virginia Wesleyan match. Both games will take place at Schoenbaum Soccer Stadium. Sunday's conference championship, which will also take place at Schoenbaum, will begin at 1 p.m. Charleston's Adam Hintz has been named the West Virginia Conference men's soccer player of the week. Hintz tallied three goals for the Golden Eagles on the week, guiding the squad to a 2-0 record and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. Due to inclement and impending weather, the West Virginia Conference made adjustments to the league's upcoming women's soccer tournament on Monday.With one first-round match slated to be played, Concord will face Davis & Elkins at 7 p.m. Thursday in Philippi.Alderson-Broaddus will host both semifinal matches on Saturday. The Battlers will tangle with Charleston in a 10 a.m. match for a spot in the championship. West Virginia Wesleyan will face the winner of the Concord-Davis & Elkins match at 12 p.m. Alderson-Broaddus will host the conference championship match at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The winner receives the league's automatic berth to the NCAA tournament. Wheeling Jesuit's Jenna Pew has earned conference volleyball player of the week honors, guiding the Cardinals to a 3-0 week. Pew recorded 31 kills, 55 assists and 20 digs. West Virginia Wesleyan's Lavaughn Hughes and Nate Montana along with Glenville State's Demetrius Quarles have been tabbed with conference football player of the week honors.Montana picked up the offensive award after completing 28 passes for 414 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-14 win at West Virginia State. Quarles secured defensive accolades by gathering three interceptions in the win over No. 25 Charleston. He also tallied seven tackles, five of which were solo stops.Hughes returned two punts for touchdowns, covering 89 and 79 yards, against State. nnTECH SOCCER: No. 2 seed WVU Tech will take on No. 7 Penn College at 1 p.m. Thursday in the opening round of the eight-team USCAA men's soccer national tournament in Asheville, N.C. The Golden Bears (16-1-1) held the top ranking in the coaches' poll until the last few weeks of the season. Penn College captured the Penn State University Athletic Conference title last week. nnCOLLEGE SIGNING: South Charleston standout Alli Burdette has committed to play softball with Elon University in North Carolina. Burdette will sign a national letter of intent on Nov. 16 at SCHS.