After picking up a narrow 78-74 win over Charleston on Saturday, West Virginia State earned the Mountain East Conference men's basketball No. 8 seed and another game inside its new gym.The Yellow Jackets (13-13 overall, 9-13 MEC) will host No. 9 Notre Dame College (10-18, 8-14) at 7 tonight for the right to square off with No. 1 West Liberty (24-2, 20-2) in a quarterfinal game on Friday. That game will tip off at 6 p.m. at the Charleston Civic Center.State comes into tonight's game on a bit of a roll, having won five straight with all five victories coming by five points or less.Both games this season between Notre Dame and State were tight and high scoring with the Falcons taking a 103-99 win at home and the Yellow Jackets earning a 101-99 win in Institute as part of their current five-game streak.
No. 12 Urbana will visit No. 5 West Virginia Wesleyan and No. 11 Concord will travel to No. 6 Shepherd for 7 p.m. first-round games today as well. No. 10 Virginia Wise and No. 7 Wheeling Jesuit will also play today at 7:30 p.m.Chyress Lockhart of Charleston was tabbed the women's player of the week. The 5-6 junior from Euclid, Ohio, averaged 17 points and 6.0 assists as the Golden Eagles ran their winning streak to five games and secured a third-place finish in the MEC standings.nn
MEC AWARDS: West Liberty's Mike Reef was chosen the MEC baseball pitcher of the week. Reef pitched a complete-game one-hit shutout in the final game of the series to complete a sweep of Charleston last week. He struck out three and faced just two over the minimum to help the Hilltoppers improve to 6-1.nn
WVU RIFLE: The top- ranked WVU rifle team shot a two-day total of 4,700 and won its fifth straight Great American Rifle Conference Championships by a 28-point margin Sunday in Oxford, Miss.Junior Ziva Dvorsak shot a career-high 598 air rifle score in the open relay, pacing the Mountaineers in the discipline. WVU's Maren Prediger shot 593 in the open relay and 206.7 in the individual final for first place in air rifle overall.nn
YOUTH HOOPS: Maddy Oxley of St. Albans won the girls 11-year-old division of the Knights of Columbus annual free throw state championship Saturday at St. Patrick's School gym in Weston. She overcame two tie-breaker rounds and her results will be entered into the international competition. Boys and girls from across the state qualified by winning their district championships. nn
TECH WOMEN: The WVU Tech women's basketball game at Bluefield State on Monday was canceled because of snow. The Golden Bears compete in the AII Division I Tournament March 7-9 in Marietta, Ga.
YMCA TENNIS: The Charleston YMCA will hold its annual Junior Spring Open tournament this weekend. Entrants must register online using the identificantion number (856314514). The entry deadline is 8 a.m. Wednesday. For more information, call 304-340-3533.