CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The remnants of Hurricane Sandy that brought significant snowfall to the state on Tuesday forced several postponements.All the high school volleyball sectional tournaments in the Kanawha Valley were affected. Class AAA Region 3 Section 1 featuring host Capital, George Washington, Ripley, Riverside and South Charleston was moved to today along with AAA Region 4 Section 1 with Hurricane, Nitro, Point Pleasant, host St. Albans and Winfield, and Class A Region 4 Section 1 featuring host Buffalo, Charleston Catholic, Hannan, St. Joseph and Wahama.Class AA Region 4 Section 1 with Clay County, host Herbert Hoover, Nicholas County, Poca and Sissonville will start Thursday. (See Page 2B for pairings and schedule.)Other postponements:
WVU Tech men's basketball game with Ohio Valley in Montgomery was postponed and will be made up at a later date. The West Virginia University women's basketball exhibition against Alderson-Broaddus was called off Tuesday because of hazardous road conditions. The two teams will play at 7 tonight at the Coliseum in Morgantown. The event is free and open to the public and fans are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes and trick-or-treat.The start times for the Kanawha County Middle School soccer tournament championships Saturday at Schoenbaum Soccer Stadium in Coonskin Park were changed again. The girls title game kicks off at 6 p.m. followed by the boys at 8 p.m. (See Page 2B for pairings and schedule.) nnUC SOCCER: The University of Charleston men's soccer team is fourth in the NCAA Division II poll and No. 1 in the Atlantic Region.The Golden Eagles (13-2) moved up a spot from the previous week in the national rankings. Davis & Elkins (13-3-1) was No. 20 in the national poll and third in the Atlantic Region while West Virginia Wesleyan was fifth regionally and Wheeling Jesuit eighth. nnWVU SPORTS: The WVU women's basketball team was No. 22 in the USA Today-ESPN Top 25 coaches preseason poll Tuesday. The Mountaineers were No. 17 in the Associated Press poll.Baylor, the defending national champion and Big 12 favorite, was No. 1 in both polls. Big 12 members Oklahoma (No. 14), Oklahoma State (No. 24) and Kansas (No. 25) were also ranked in the USA Today-ESPN Top 25 while Texas and Iowa State received votes. Three WVU wrestlers earned preseason rankings by InterMat. Mountaineer juniors Colin Johnston, who competes at the 133-pound weight class, was No. 17 while Nathan Pennesi (141) was ranked No. 19 and Lance Bryson (184) No. 20. WVU opens the season at 11 a.m. Sunday against Kutztown, host No. 15 Maryland and Johns Hopkins at the Terrapin Duals in College Park, Md. The WVU rifle team was No. 1 in the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association for the fourth straight week. TCU and Kentucky were second and third, respectively.
The top-seeded WVU (11-3-4) takes on No. 8 TCU (6-9-3) in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 women's soccer championships at 6:30 p.m. today in San Antonio. The Mountaineers, who own a 13-match unbeaten streak, defeated the Horned Frogs 2-1 during the regular season. The game will be streamed live by the Big 12 Digital Network on Big12Sports.com. WVU women's soccer player Frances Silva was among 99 student-athletes selected to the Academic All-Big 12 team. Silva was also only one of seven with a 4.0 grade-point average. Iowa State led all teams with 18 total honorees while Baylor had the most first-team picks with 14. WVU's Kara Blosser and Sara Keane were chosen Big 12 women's soccer newcomer and defensive player of the week, respectively. Blosser scored the winning goal at Texas Friday while Keane turned in seven saves. nnMU SOCCER: Marshall freshman forward Erin Simmons was named to the Conference USA All-Conference women's soccer third team and all-freshman squad Tuesday. The Gahanna, Ohio, resident shared the team lead with six goals.