Tiffany Kellum poured in 25 points as Jackson State upended Marshall 67-63 in women's basketball Friday in the opening round of the EKU/Comfort Suites Invitational in Richmond, Ky.Beatrice Banks also chipped in 13 points for Jackson State (2-4). Shay Weaver led Marshall (3-3) with 17 points, while Olandria Williams and Veronica Ruiz added nine apiece.Ashley DeMoss and Gabrielle Marcum signed national letters of intent Friday to become part of Marshall's women's golf team. DeMoss, a Pittsburgh native, led Fox Chapel to the Pennsylvania Bi-State team championship, while Marcum, of Beavercreek, Ohio, won the Ohio girls junior championship.Marshall softball is offering hitting and pitching instructional clinics on Mondays and Tuesdays during December and January, conducted by the Thundering Herd's assistant coaches. Pitching instruction will be taught on Monday nights while hitting will takes place on Tuesday evenings. The clinics run from 5-7 p.m. during December with the times shifting to 6-8 p.m. in January. To register, contact Chelsey Barclay at (304) 696-3979 or Amanda Williams at (304) 696-3279.nn
WVU SPORTS: West Virginia University's swimming and diving team has signed seven student-athletes as part of the incoming recruiting class, including Charleston Catholic's Nate Carr and South Charleston's Austin Green.
Carr is two-year West Virginia state qualifier and four-time individual finalist, while Green is a three-year state qualifier and six-time finalist. Rounding out the class are Philip Fossee (Nashville, Tenn.), Nathan Howells (Round Rock, Texas), Max Spencer (Peoria, Ill.), Lindsay Morrow (Katy, Texas) and Emma Skelley (Manassas, Va.).Bry McCarthy of the WVU women's soccer team has earned a spot on the 2012 National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Continental Tire All-America third team. McCarthy, an outside back who was named to TopDrawerSoccer's Team of the Season earlier this week, was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.nn
LOCAL SOCCER: Huntington High School boys coach Sammy Boateng was selected as the Next Generation Coach contest winner from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, garnering free entry into the program hosted in conjunction with January's NSCAA convention in Indianapolis.The Next Generation Coach program is designed to equip budding coaches with the information needed to start their careers and will allow attendees to receive information specific to them and also attend the sessions taking place at the NSCAA convention.