ATHENS, W.Va. -- The University of Charleston men's basketball team showed no signs of rust after several weeks off for the holidays, going on the road and beating Concord 66-50 Thursday.The Golden Eagles (8-2, 4-2 West Virginia Conference) were led by Terrell Lipkins' 23 points. Lipkins finished 10 of 14 from the floor and also chipped in with four rebounds and two assists. Alkesander Kesic was the only other UC player to score in double figures with 13 points and Xavier Humphrey led the team with six rebounds.For Concord (6-3, 2-3), Nick Ruffin led the Mountain Lions with 14 points while Damien Tunstalle and Thomas Brown each had 10.UC's next game is Saturday at West Virginia Wesleyan.nn
UC WOMEN: The University of Charleston women's basketball team opened the 2013 portion of its schedule with an 81-69 win Thursday at Concord.UC (6-4, 3-3 West Virginia Conference) was led by Chelsea Brumby with 17 points, including a perfect 5-of-5 effort from beyond the 3-point arc. LeAnne Ross finished with 14 points while Nichole Perry and Jessi Cowden each had 12 points for the Golden Eagles. Ross led UC with nine rebounds while Chrissy Keir had eight assists.For Concord (3-8, 2-3), Andrea Bertrand had a game-high 30 points to go with 11 rebounds.
WVC FOOTBALL: Glenville State's Mark Jackson has accepted an invitation to play in the 87th East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 21 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.Jackson, a three-year starter at offensive tackle for the Pioneers, was a three-time first-team All-West Virginia Conference selection and was named a first-team All-American by the AFCA Coaches and a second-team All-American by Beyond Sports Network.nn
YOUTH SOCCER: The West Virginia Soccer Association will host Olympic Development Program tryouts for its boys and girls 1996 through 2001 teams Sunday at the Fields at Trace Fork in Charleston.Age groups are determined by year of birth. Tryouts will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for girls and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for boys. All participating players are encouraged to register online at wvsoccer.net and provide a copy of their birth certificate and bring a clear copy of their insurance card. Cost is $50 ($60 if you do not register online before the tryout).nn
WVU WOMEN: The West Virginia University women's basketball team lost its Big 12 opener Wednesday, dropping a 71-68 decision at No. 17 Oklahoma.Junior guard Taylor Palmer led the Mountaineers (8-4, 0-1 Big 12) with 30 points, including 24 in the first half. Christal Caldwell added 16 points for West Virginia despite being relegated to the bench with foul trouble early in the contest.Aaryn Ellenberg led the Sooners (11-2, 1-0) with 19 points, including a 9-of-10 effort at the foul line.West Virginia returns home to play Kansas at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the WVU Coliseum.nn
YOUTH TRACK: The Capital City Striders youth track and field club will conduct signups and practice at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Martin Luther King Center on Donnally Street in Charleston. Workouts are open to public participation and all ages are welcome for indoor competition or winter training. For more information, contact Paul Gilmer at 304-389-1983 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
BOWLING: Galaxy Lanes has two leagues starting this weekend. Friday Fellowship, a four-person mixed league, begins today at 6:20 p.m. Friday while Saturday Youth (for ages 5 to 21) begins at 10 a.m. Saturday. There will also be a scratch singles tournament on Saturday at 12:45 p.m. Cost is $40. For more information, call 304-925-1156.