Fairmont State pushed its winning streak to five games with a 66-50 women's basketball win over visiting West Virginia State on Monday at Joe Retton Arena.The Falcons (10-3, 8-1 WVC) were led by 21 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals from Kaitlin Snyder. Hailey Garrett added a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.The Yellow Jackets (4-9, 4-6) were paced by 14 points from Jasmine Blanton. Kashauna Cook added 10 points and eight rebounds.nn
STATE MEN LOSE: Fairmont State's Isaac Thornton filled out the stat sheet with 26 points, six assists, six rebounds, and four steals as the host Falcons blew past West Virginia State 88-60 on Monday night.Isaiah Hill also scored 26 points on 11-for-14 shooting for Fairmont State (10-3 overall, 8-1 West Virginia conference). The Falcons shot 60 percent from the field and committed just 10 turnovers.Jalen Walker scored 15 points to lead the Yellow Jackets (6-9, 4-6), followed by Anton Hutchins with 12 and Raymon Austin with 11.nn
UC WOMEN FALL: Hilary Southworth erupted for 27 points as West Liberty downed the University of Charleston 78-59 in women's basketball Monday at Eddie King Gymnasium in Charleston.Emily Blevins recorded a double-double for the Hilltoppers (9-4, West Virginia Conference 7-2) with 22 points and 10 rebounds, while Emily Wiseman chipped in 13 points.Chrissy Keir and Tianni Kelly were the lone players in double figures for the Golden Eagles (7-7, WVC 4-6)) with 11 points apiece.nn
WVC HONORS: Fairmont State and former Sissonville standout Kaitlin Snyder along with Seton Hill's Katie Gattuso have been named co-West Virginia Conference women's basketball players of the week.Snyder led the Falcons to a 2-0 week with a one-point overtime victory over Seton Hill and a road win at Concord.In the victory over the Griffins, Snyder narrowly missed a double-double with 28 points and nine rebounds. On the road at Concord, Snyder earned her second career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Gattuso guided the Griffins to a 2-1 record with victories over West Liberty and Bluefield State, averaging 22 points and 13 rebounds.She has now amassed seven consecutive double-double performances and 11 on the season.West Virginia Wesleyan's Kelsey Williams has earned conference men's basketball honors, leading the Bobcats to a 2-0 week with wins at West Virginia State and at home over Pitt-Johnstown.
For the week, Williams averaged 25.5 points and 11 rebounds while shooting 58.3 percent from the floor.nn
WVU SPORTS: Following its season-opening win at Pitt on Jan. 11, the West Virginia gymnastics team jumped back in to the GymInfo poll at No. 22.
The Mountaineers (1-0) were ranked No. 24 in the preseason poll.nn
MU SPORTS: Marshall's baseball staff will conduct its High School Skills Camp on Jan. 27 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Gullickson Hall gymnasium and is open to any and all interested participants ages 14-18.Entry fee is $75 per camper. Questions regarding the camp can be directed to Tyler Gatrell at (304) 972-7670.Marshall's athletic ticket office has multiple ticket promotions for Saturday's 7 p.m. men's basketball game against East Carolina.
Any person who purchases an $18 general admission ticket to the ECU game will receive a complimentary general admission ticket for Marshall's next home game, Jan. 30 against SMU, but only if the Herd wins.The ticket can be redeemed for a free GA ticket for every home game until the Herd loses at home.Also, present your ticket to the ECU game at the Marshall Recreation Center and receive a free one-day guest pass - valid Jan. 20 through Feb. 3.To help celebrate the 20th season of Marshall softball, fans can select an All-Anniversary team through online voting.
The 12-person team will be voted for online through HerdZone.com.Voting will last for five days until Friday at 5 p.m. One catcher, four infielders, three outfielders, two utility/designated players and two pitchers will be selected.Those chosen will be announced at the Diamond Club Dinner on Jan. 25 at the Marshall Foundation Hall.nn
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Greenbrier East, Westside and St. Joseph remained atop their respective classes Monday in the state coaches association polls.Greenbrier East, the defending state champion, was No. 1 in Class AAA followed by University, John Marshall, Morgantown and Spring Valley.In AA, defending titlist Westside is No. 1 followed by Nicholas County, Bridgeport, Clay County and Summers County.St. Joseph, the four-time defending state champion, was No. 1 in Class A followed by Wheeling Central, St. Marys, Clay-Battelle and Parkersburg Catholic.nn
ALL-STAR BASKETBALL: The 12th Annual Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis All-Star Basketball Classic will be held April 5 beginning at 5:45 p.m. at Parkersburg South High School.The game pits senior boys and girls from the Mid-Ohio Valley in an Ohio vs. West Virginia game format.Anyone wishing to nominate a player to participate in the game can contact Bill Camp at (304) 483-8922.nn
SC BOOSTERS: The next meeting of the South Charleston High School Athletic Boosters will be Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the library at South Charleston High School.The Black Eagle Boosters organization seeks volunteers to help with organizing and conducting events that support the school's athletic programs and enhance the experiences of the school's student athletes.