No. 3 West Liberty used a 50-34 second half to down Charleston 95-77 in men's basketball Monday in West Liberty.Alex Falk netted 25 points and six rebounds for the Hilltoppers (23-1, 17-1 West Virginia Conference) while Chris Morrow chipped in 19.The Golden Eagles (15-7, 11-7), who handed West Liberty its only loss last month, were paced by Quincy Washington with 26 points and Terrell Lipkins with 20.nn
STATE MEN LOSE: Alderson-Broaddus cruised past West Virginia State for a 80-59 victory at Rex Pyles Arena in Phillipi. O'Dell Eargle netted 17 points and eight rebounds for the Battlers (16-6, 14-4 WVC). Raymon Austin scored a team-high 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Yellow Jackets (9-15, 6-12).nn
UC WOMEN LOSE: Hillary Southworth poured in 34 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead West Liberty to an 88-64 women's basketball win Monday over the University of Charleston.The Hilltoppers improved to 16-6 overall and 14-4 in the West Virginia Conference.Charleston (12-10, 9-9) was led by Jessi Cowden, who pitched in 19 points and seven rebounds for the visiting Golden Eagles.nn
STATE WOMEN LOSE: The Alderson-Broaddus women's basketball team used a strong first half to down visiting West Virginia State 52-49, snapping the Yellow Jackets' six-game winning streak.Amanda Peoples finished with a team-high 13 points for the Battlers (7-15, 6-12 WVC), while Nautica Davis and Cayla Rhodes each had 10. Kashauna Cook and Jasmine Blanton recorded 14 points apiece for the Yellow Jackets (10-12, 9-9).nn
WVC AWARDS: West Liberty's Hillary Southworth has been named the West Virginia Conference women's basketball player of the week after leading the Hilltoppers to a 2-0 mark last week.In a win over Ohio Valley, Southworth posted 27 points, five rebounds, two steals and a pair of assists. Against Alderson-Broaddus, she connected for 28 points, four rebounds, two steals, a block and an assist. Southworth is the second-leading scorer in Division II and has led the Hilltoppers in scoring 12 straight games.
Pitt Johnstown's Nick Novak has earned WVC men's basketball weekly accolades, helping the Mountain Cats to a 2-0 week with wins over Glenville State and Charleston.
For the week, Novak hit 65.7 percent of his shots from the field and made 88.8 percent of his free throws. He averaged 7.5 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.5 rebounds.Concord's Bret Blevins has been named the WVC baseball player of the week while the Mountain Lions' Ryan Weatherholtz has been named pitcher of the week.
Blevins leads Concord with a .500 batting average. In three games, Blevins has seven hits, including two doubles. He is slugging .643 and has an on-base percentage of .533.Weatherholtz nearly led the Mountain Lions to a win over No. 29 Armstrong Atlantic. He worked five innings in the game, giving up just two earned runs while striking out three and walking one.Concord's Becca Gleason has been named WVC softball player of the week while teammate Lacey McDougall has posted pitcher honors.
Gleason helped the Mountain Lions pick up four wins. She has five RBIs and two extra-base hits while leading Concord with a .458 average.McDougall has three wins, working 301/3 innings with 11 strikeouts. She has held opponents to a .279 batting average.nn
WVU SPORTS: The West Virginia men's soccer team has announced the addition of nine student-athletes for the 2013 season. The Mountaineers welcome Nick Anello (Freehold, N.J.), Brent Arnold (Landisville, Pa.), Christian Diaz (Houston), Mike Desiderio (Media, Pa.), Jack Driscoll (Virginia Beach, Va.), Thomas Farrell (West Keansburg, N.J.), Alex Ochoa (Pasadena, Texas), Kyle Richards (Loganville, Ga.) and Pitt transfer Lee Johnston (Newberry, Fla.).West Virginia rifle shooter Petra Zublasing has been named the WVU Varsity Sports Report athlete of the week. In a win over No. 11 Murray State last Saturday, Zublasing shot a winning score of 594 in smallbore.West Virginia gymnasts Jaida Lawrence and Beth Deal are nationally ranked in the latest GymInfo poll. Lawrence is ranked No. 48 on vault with a 9.845 season average, while Deal enters at No. 45 with a 9.8 season average.nn
LOCAL BOXING: Hometown Heroes Boxing will hold its annual West Virginia Championships March 1-2 at the Charleston Civic Center. The bouts will start at 7:30 both nights. General admission tickets are $12 in advance, $15 on the day of the event and children's general admission tickets are $10. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster or at the Civic Center box office.nn
CORRECTION: All of the boys East division teams will be at home in the Mountain State Athletic Conference place-winner games held on Friday - third place: Huntington at George Washington/Princeton, 7:30 p.m.; fourth place: Winfield at Princeton/Parkersburg, 7:30 p.m.; fifth place: Spring Valley at Capital, 7:30 p.m.; sixth place: Nitro at Riverside, 7:30 p.m.; seventh place: Cabell Midland at Ripley, 7 p.m.; eighth place: St. Albans at Charleston Catholic, 7:30 p.m.