West Virginia junior linebacker Wes Tonkery has been selected as the first recipient of the Curtis Jones Jr. Achievement Award.The award, named in honor of Curtis Jones Jr., who was an associate athletic director for academic support at WVU and passed away in September, will be presented annually to the Mountaineer football player who demonstrates excellence in all facets of his collegiate career, including academics, athletics and community service.nn
TECH WRESTLING: The WVU Tech wrestling team fell to visiting St. Andrews Presbyterian College 25-21 Friday at the Baisi Athletic Center.
St. Andrews stormed out to a commanding 18-3 lead, scoring back-to-back falls at 141 pounds and 149 pounds. The Golden Bears (9-4) rallied, using victories from Alfred Martinez (133), John Walters (149) and Tola Morakinyo (184). The Knights sealed the victory when Denzel Vaughn earned a major decision over Tech freshman Wyatt Norfolk in the heavyweight match.nn
WVU GYMNASTICS:West Virginia scored 193.7 and finished in third place in its season opener Friday night at No. 21 Kentucky, with No. 15 Penn State and Ball State also participating at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington, Ky.Kentucky (3-0) finished first with a 195.0 score, while the Nittany Lions (3-1) finished second with a 193.975 mark and the Cardinals (1-3) placed fourth with a 190.875 total. The Mountaineers scored a meet-best 48.95 on bars, anchored by freshman Alexa Goldberg's 9.925.nn
MARSHALL WOMEN LOSE: Marshall University's women's basketball team lost its Conference USA opener to Tulane 77-61 Thursday at the Cam Henderson Center.
The Green Wave (10-4, 1-0) went on a 28-14 run over the final nine minutes to pull out the victory. Tulane was led by Tiffany Dale's 18 points and 12 rebounds.The Thundering Herd (7-7, 0-1) was led by senior Suporia Dickens 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Leah Scott (19 points) and Norrisha Victrum (11) also scored in double-figures for Marshall.nn
AREA BOWLING: Galaxy Lanes will be holding singles/scratch bowling tournaments today, as well as Jan. 25 and Feb. 25, and a singles handicap tournaments on Jan. 18, Feb. 1 and Feb. 22.All tournaments will be three games and cut to top-half scores with an elimination roll-off.
Entry fee is $35 per tournament. For more information, contact Jerry Maxwell at 304-415-7467.nn
TECH SOFTBALL: WVU Tech softball coach Amber Affholter has announced plans to hold a two-day fast-pitch softball clinic Jan. 18-19 in the Baisi Athletic Center in Montgomery.The camp is open to beginners as well as advanced players and registration will remain open until camp begins. There will be a pitching and catching session from 9 to 11 a.m. each day and a hitting and fielding session from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.For more information, visit www.goldenbearathletics.com
or call Affholter at 304-981-6256.