Defending league champion West Liberty has been selected as the preseason favorite to win the West Virginia Conference men's basketball championship this season by the league's coaches.The Hilltoppers received 14 of the 15 possible first-place votes with last year's runner-up, Charleston, predicted to finish second again this season.Fairmont State, with an overhauled roster and rookie head coach in Jerrod Calhoun, was picked to finish third and received the other first-place vote.West Virginia State was tabbed to finish fourth, with Alderson-Broaddus, Shepherd, Wheeling Jesuit, Pitt-Johnstown, West Virginia Wesleyan, Concord, Seton Hill, Glenville State, Davis & Elkins, Bluefield State and Ohio Valley predicted to follow in that order.
Fairmont State was selected by WVC coaches as the preseason favorite to win the women's basketball championship.
The Falcons are led by former Sissonville star Kaitlin Snyder, who was a Division II second-team All-America selection last season while averaging 21.5 points and 4.4 assists.Glenville State, a finalist in the WVC tournament last year, was picked second, followed by West Liberty, Concord, defending champion West Virginia Wesleyan, Shepherd, Davis & Elkins, Pitt Johnstown, Seton Hill, Charleston, West Virginia State, Wheeling Jesuit, Alderson-Broaddus, Ohio Valley and Bluefield State.nn
WVC SOCCER: Sixth-seeded Concord upset No. 3 Davis & Elkins in the WVC women's soccer quarterfinals with a 93rd-minute goal by Alyanna James.The win puts Concord through to the semifinal round, where the Mountain Lions will play No. 2 West Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday.nn
HIGH SCHOOL HEISMAN: South Charleston's Austin Green has been selected as a state finalist for the 2012 Wendy's High School Heisman Award.Green is a senior on the Black Eagles' swim team and was a National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association All-American last year in the 100-meter breaststroke. He also recently received Scholastic All-American honors from USA Swimming. nn
WVU WRESTLING: Due to Kutztown's withdrawal, West Virginia's schedule for this weekend's Terrapin Duals at College Park, Md., has changed.
The Mountaineers were originally scheduled to face Kutztown at 11 a.m. Sunday but will instead compete against Johns Hopkins at that time. WVU will follow that contest with a match against Maryland later that day.