Mike Hutchinson, a former Winfield High School player, will take over the reins from Gene Estel as the Poca High baseball coach after he was approved by the Putnam County Board of Education last week.Hutchinson has served as an assistant under Estel for the past two seasons and is also on the Winfield football staff under coach Craig Snyder. He was a player on Winfield's back-to-back Class AA state championship teams in 2001 and 2002. Estel recorded a mark of 76-82 in five seasons and cited family reasons for stepping away.nn
CROSS COUNTRY: Runners from across the region are gearing up for the Mountain State Athletic Conference (MSAC) Cross Country championships at 5 p.m. today at Cedar Lakes Conference Center in Ripley.Hurricane will look to defend its title in the girls division, while Cabell Midland is the defending champion in the boys division.nn
BIG BOXING MATCH: Bobby Thomas Jr., a pro boxer from Oak Hill, is set to compete in the co-feature bout Saturday at the Black Bear Casino near Duluth, Minn., against Al Sands in a cruiserweight battle.
Thomas (12-1-1, nine KOs) is a former two-time Toughman Champion and a two-time West Virginia state champ. Sands (10-1, 10 KOs) is a Minnesota state cruiserweight champ.nn
WVU WOMEN'S SOCCER: The West Virginia women's soccer team is ranked No. 6 in this week's Soccer America Top 25 Poll, the highest ranking of the season.Forward Kate Schwindel was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week and the TopDrawerSoccer.com Player of the Week.nn
PARKING LIMITED: The Fox College Saturday Tour's appearance in Morgantown will reduce parking for Friday's events at and around the Coliseum.Parking for Friday night's women's soccer match at 6:30 p.m. and men's basketball's Gold-Blue Debut scrimmage will be available after 5:30 p.m., in the Natatorium parking lots. Free parking for the Gold-Blue Debut will be available at the Chick-fil-A restaurant on Patteson Drive.
MEC GOLF: Wheeling Jesuit overcame a 10-stroke deficit in the third round to edge Notre Dame College for the first Mountain East Conference women's golf championship at The Resort at Glade Springs.Wheeling Jesuit's Kasey Frazier earned medalist honors after shooting a final-round 77. The University of Charleston finished fourth of the nine teams.Concord shot a final-round 301 to take the 2013 Mountain East Conference men's golf championship at Longaberger Golf Club in Nashport, Ohio.
The Mountain Lions' Evan Muscari carded a 70 in the final round and then won a playoff with Fairmont State's Jess Ferrell. Both shot a 225.nn
HERD SOCCER: Patrick Mullins netted a pair of goals as No. 4 Maryland blanked Marshall 5-0 at Ludwig Field in College Park, Md. Marshall's record now stands at 2-7-4.nn
WVU MEN'S SOCCER: Craig Stephens scored in the 78th minute as the West Virginia men's soccer team salvaged a 1-1 draw with High Point at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in Morgantown.Chris Ramsell gave the Panthers (5-6-2) the lead in the 75th minute on a 30-yard blast off of a Mountaineer turnover. WVU (4-6-2) outshot High Point 29-7.