Six different players scored in double figures, with four of those scoring 15 or more points, as No. 1 West Liberty tore through visiting West Virginia State 119-59 in men's basketball Tuesday night.Alex Faulk and Bubby Goodwin each finished with 17 points to lead the Hilltoppers (7-0, 3-0 West Virginia Conference) while Cedric Harris and Keene Cockburn each added 15. C.J. Hester had a double-double for West Liberty with 10 points and a team-high 10 rebounds.For State (4-4, 2-2), David Ford scored a game-high 20 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Anthony Hutchins and Juan Johnson each scored eight for the Yellow Jackets.West Liberty accounted for 32 assists and 10 turnovers as a team while State finished with just one assist and 26 turnovers.
nnSTATE WOMEN LOSE: West Liberty's Hillary Southworth scored a game-high 23 points to go with eight rebounds as the Hilltoppers handed the previously undefeated West Virginia State women's basketball team its first loss of the season 71-64 Tuesday.Jasmine Blanton led State (3-1, 3-1 West Virginia Conference) with 17 points. Jordan Brock and Janelle Williams each scored 15 for the Yellow Jackets, with Williams accounting for a team-high nine rebounds. For West Liberty (5-2, 3-0 WVC), Jenn Mohney scored 15 and Meghan Wiseman added 14. nnCHEER CHAMPIONSHIPS: The state cheerleading championship will take place beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Civic Center.Brooke, George Washington, Riverside, Jefferson, Lewis County, Logan, Wheeling Park and Winfield will compete in Class AAA. In AA, East Fairmont, Independence, Liberty Raleigh, Robert C. Byrd, Lincoln, Mingo Central, North Marion and Tolsia will participate. Wheeling Central, Fayetteville, Tug Valley, South Harrison, Moorefield, Williamstown, Tyler Consolidated and Wahama are in the Class A field.Brooke (AAA) is the only defending champion returning while Tug Valley (AA) and Clay-Battelle (A) failed to make it out of regionals.Nitro's Kathy Barr will be recognized as coach of the year during the competition. Cost is $8 for adults and $7 for students. nnWVU RIFLE: Following a three-week stay at No. 2, the West Virginia rifle team has reclaimed the No. 1 ranking in Tuesday's Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association poll.The Mountaineers' (9-0) ranking is based on their team average of 4716.0. TCU dropped to No. 2, while Kentucky held steady at No. 3. WVU, along with the Horned Frogs and the Wildcats, have combined to win the last four NCAA titles, with TCU claiming its second championship in three seasons in 2012.
nnWVSU SOFTBALL: West Virginia State University announced the signing of seven players, including St. Albans standout Ali Haynes and Point Pleasant's Megan Davis.Haynes, a first-team all-state pick, struck out 115 in 119 innings, posted a 1.18 earned run average and hit for a .368 average last season. Davis is an infielder-outfielder who hit .367 last season. nnHAYDEN DRAFTED: The Panama City (Fla.) Breeze of the newly formed American Basketball League has drafted former WVU Tech men's basketball standout Eddie Hayden.Hayden was the fourth pick in the second round of the draft. He led WVU Tech in rebounding (7.9 per game) and was second in scoring (14.7 per game) during the 2011-2012 season as the Golden Bears won the Mid-South Conference regular-season championship.