www.wvgazettemail.com http://www.wvgazettemail.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2016, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: February 12, 2016 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160212/OBIT01/302129971 OBIT01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160212/OBIT01/302129971 Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:01:00 -0500 Abshire, Michael E. 5 p.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Arbogast, Vester 2 p.m., Simons

Ashworth, Wane C. 1 p.m., Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel, Barboursville.

Bell, Robert L. 11:30 a.m., Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Clark, Charles L. 1 p.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Dye, Rita F. 11 a.m., John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer.

Hazlett, Addison M. 2 p.m., Judson Baptist Church, Winfield.

Hendricks, Betty A. Noon, Freeman Funeral Home, Chapmanville.

Hightower, John V. 6 p.m., New First Missionary Baptist Church, Kanawha City.

McCoy, Anita B. 2 p.m., Nighbert Memorial United Methodist Church, Logan.

Owens, Donald C. 1 p.m., Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Garten.

Oxley, Theresa M. 1 p.m., St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Nitro.

Pickens, Erma L. 11 a.m., Oakwood Baptist Church, Charleston.

Proctor, Joseph 1 p.m., Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, Cedar Grove.

Salyers, Mendy 11 a.m., Church of Zion, Ikes Fork.

Walkup, Ella K. 2 p.m., Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery, Ramsey.

Evelyn C. Bradley http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160212/OBIT/302129977 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160212/OBIT/302129977 Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:01:00 -0500 Evelyn Clarice Jones Bradley, our dear Mother, 90, passed away Feb. 9, 2016.

She was the daughter of Virgil and Clarice Price Jones of Bald Knob. She was born Nov. 13, 1925 and was a longtime resident of Boone County.

Evelyn worked as a "Rosie the Riveter" during the World War II era. She always grew a bountiful garden, and canned much of the family's food. She was preceded in death by her husband, Boyce Merrill Bradley, Sr.; her son, Virgil Martin Bradley; and her brother, Dr. Carson Ramon Jones.

She is survived by her children: daughter, Dara Bradley McCarty (Luke), and sons, Van Bradley (Judy) and Boyce M. Bradley, Jr. (Jill). Also surviving are granddaughters, Lora Webb, Cynthia McCarty, Eva Marcum, Christina Miller, Faith Hall, Lisa Brown, Nathasha Thompson and Kristin Lambert, and grandsons, John Bradley, Benjamin Bradley and Matthew Bradley. Evelyn is also survived by 15 great-grandchildren, and dear nieces and nephews. Surviving siblings are beloved sisters, Emily Cornette of Silver Spring, Md., and Nancy Bacon of Alta Loma, Calif., and dear brother, James "Jimmy" Jones of Lexington, N.C.

Family members will celebrate Evelyn's life at a future time. Her burial will take place at Memory Gardens, Low Gap.

Our family would like to express our appreciation to Hospice for the love and care extended to our family.

Handley Funeral Home, Danville, will be serving the family in our time of grief.

You may express your condolences to the family at www.handleyfh.com.

Virginia "Gin" Bragg http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160212/OBIT/302129985 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160212/OBIT/302129985 Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:01:00 -0500 Virginia "Gin" Bragg, 90, passed on Feb. 3, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vodra Bragg; daughter, Patsy Ann; and two great-grandchildren, Gage and Zoey Ellison. She was also preceded in death by mother and father, Okey and Emma Mullins, and eight of her siblings, Alden, Oscar, Cecil, Buster, John, Faye, Nettie and Esther.

She is survived by a brother, Okey A. Mullins (Mary) of Boiling Springs, N.C.; by her daughters, Carolyn Ellison (Doug) and Bonnie Tibbals (Jim), both of Shallotte, N.C.; by her sons, Dana Bragg (Rose) of Crockett, Va., Dale Bragg (Joyce) of Blacksburg, S.C., and Dan Bragg (Dolly) of Craigsville; by her 15 grandchildren, Brian Ellison, Marie Cole, Pat Ellison, Mitch Tibbals, Gini Tibbals-Crim, Mike Bragg, April Kyer, Stephanie Hickman, Jennifer Holland, Tracy Wade, Chris Bragg, Andy Bragg, Donna Myers, Danial Bragg and Levi Bragg; 45 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. In addition, she leaves behind her extended family which includes a son, Lee Casteel of Shallotte, N.C., and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren and hundreds of other family members.

Gin was a giving, loving, caring soul. She never turned a hungry child from her door. She was a faithful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and devoted friend. During World War II, while Vodra was overseas, she worked in a munitions factory assembling hand grenades. She was a true "Rosie the Riveter." She was an avid square-dancer and loved to play cards. She was insurance agent, Realtor and worked at Beaver Elementary School. She was active in the Mullens-Mullins Family Reunion, and loved to cook for her family and friends.

Her viewing will be held at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, 12 Railroad Ave., Richwood, on Friday, Feb. 12, at 5 p.m. for family and from 6 to 8 p.m. for her dear friends.

Her funeral service will be at the First Baptist Church, 16664 Webster Road, Craigsville, on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 2 p.m. with Pastor Dave Sommerville officiating. She will be laid to rest beside her husband at West Virginia Memorial Gardens, Calvin, with her grandson Levi Bragg leading in prayer.

She is so loved because she loved so many.

Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, is in charge of all arrangements.

George D. Brewer Sr. http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160212/OBIT/302129974 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160212/OBIT/302129974 Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:01:00 -0500 George Daniel Brewer Sr., 62, of Crimora, Va., formerly of Bradley, died Feb. 10, 2016. Service will be noon Saturday, Feb. 20, at Waynesboro Church of Christ, Waynesboro, Va. Arrangements by Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville.

Mary Jo Chambers http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160212/OBIT/302129984 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160212/OBIT/302129984 Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:01:00 -0500 Mary Jo Chambers, 82, of Ravenswood, died Feb. 10, 2016. Graveside service will be noon Saturday, Feb. 13, at Ravenswood Cemetery. Arrangements by Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood.

Charles L. Clark http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160212/OBIT/302129998 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160212/OBIT/302129998 Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:01:00 -0500 Charles L. "Chuck" Clark of Charleston passed away Jan. 28, 2016.

He was a longtime employee of CASCI and was a very proud Veteran of the United States Navy. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Chuck was preceded in death by his father, LeRoy Charles Clark.

He survived by his mother, Mary Washburn of Colorado; children, Charlie Clark and wife, Laura, of North Carolina, Matt Clark and wife, Melissa, of North Carolina, Joel Clark of Virginia, along with their mother, Susan Clark of North Carolina; brothers, Jeff Clark and wife, Lisa, of Texas, Tim Clark and wife, Tracy, of Pennsylvania and Scott Clark of Pennsylvania; sisters, Debbie Reddy and husband, Kevin, of Wyoming and LeAnne Clark of Colorado; along with three grandchildren, Andrew, Emma and Piper.  

A service to honor Chuck's life will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at Keller Funeral Home, 1236 Myers Ave., Dunbar.

A fellowship gathering with refreshments will be held immediately following the service at Dunbar First Church of God, 1234 Payne Ave., Dunbar.

Audrey G. Cochran http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160212/OBIT/302129987 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160212/OBIT/302129987 Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:01:00 -0500 Audrey Gail Cochran, 58, of Leon, passed away Feb. 7, 2016. Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood, with visitation one hour prior.

David Cunningham http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160212/OBIT/302129980 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160212/OBIT/302129980 Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:01:00 -0500 David York Cunningham of St. Albans died Feb. 8, 2016. A tribute to his life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar. Harding Funeral Home, 514 50th St. SE, Kanawha City, is serving the family.

Rita Fae Dye http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160212/OBIT/302129989 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160212/OBIT/302129989 Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:01:00 -0500 Rita Fae Dye, 36, of Spencer, died Feb. 8, 2016. Service will be 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with visitation one hour prior.

Robert L. Foster http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160212/OBIT/302129993 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160212/OBIT/302129993 Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:01:00 -0500 Robert L. Foster, 85, of Charleston, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

Robert had a B.S. degree in chemical engineering and was retired from Union Carbide with 42 years of service.

After retirement, he served for several years as an environmental lobbyist for Charles Ryan and Associates.

Robert was a member of Charleston Baptist Temple and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, serving in the Chemical Corps.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Nelda Foster.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Hauser Foster; daughter, Katherine (Patrick) Leggett of Charleston; son, Mark (Leska) Foster of Culloden; and one grandchild, Andrew Foster.

Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, at the Charleston Baptist Temple Sanctuary with the Rev. Dean Davidson and the Rev. Archie Snedegar officiating. Inurnment will follow at the Baptist Temple Church Garden Columbarium.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations may be sent in memory of Robert to Charleston Baptist Temple, 209 Morris St., Charleston, WV 25301 and/or Kanawha Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com.

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Basketball roundup: South Charleston girls cruise against Winfield http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160212/GZ0203/160219821 GZ0203 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160212/GZ0203/160219821 Fri, 12 Feb 2016 02:34:33 -0500 South Charleston outscored Winfield by 15 points in the second quarter and pulled away for a 67-34 girls basketball win over the visiting Generals Thursday.

SC (15-2) had balanced scoring, with Aaliyah Dunham and Haley Baker each scoring 14 points and Rhea Smith and Taliah Cashwell adding 12 each. Emily Moore and Rachel Kraschnewski led the way for Winfield with 11 points each.

Herbert Hoover 48, Tolsia 45: The Huskies trailed after the third quarter but made enough plays down the stretch to earn the home victory.

Only three players scored for Hoover (6-13) but it was enough, led by Taylor Bailey's 21 points, 16 by Hannah Schoolcraft and Kari Harding with 11.

Tolsia (10-10) played without leading scorer Dena Jarrells. The Rebels hit 10 3-pointers and Michaela Messer led the way with 14 points.

Poca 63, Mingo Central 31: The host Dots held Mingo Central scoreless in the third quarter en route to the win.

Casey Skeens and Taylor Bonnett each had 16 points for Poca (10-9) and Aubrey Chandler tossed in 12.

Kylee Varney and Markah York each scored six points to pace the Miners.

Spring Valley 73, Nitro 25: Erica Mathis notched 16 points as the Timberwolves (12-8) won at home.

Alex Petry fired in 15 points and Karlee Alderman handed out 13 assists for Spring Valley.

For Nitro, Tori Porterfield scored 16 points.

Chapmanville 55, Scott 26: Chapmanville jumped out to a 20-1 lead after the first quarter and ran past host Scott.

Madison Webb led the Tigers (11-8) with 10 points. Amelia Setser paced the Skyhawks (0-18) with eight points.

Clay County 60, Nicholas County 48: Summer Alley posted 14 points and 13 rebounds as Clay County won at home.

Makayla Horrocks added 10 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks and MacKenzie Burford turned in 10 points for the Panthers (14-4).

Anna Hamilton led the Grizzlies with 12 points.

Richwood 47, Greenbrier West 30: Erica Lawrence pumped in 18 points to power the Lumberjacks past visiting Greenbrier West.

Katie Mullins added 14 points for Richwood. Myka Perry scored 11 to lead the Cavaliers.

Wood County Christian 45, Teays Valley Christian 27: Hannah Lord almost outscored the Lions by herself with 26 points, leading Wood County (18-5) to the road win.

Holly Edwards paced Teays Valley (10-9) with 13 points.

Doddridge County 60, Ravenswood 59: The Bulldogs trailed by nine entering the fourth quarter but rallied all the way back to earn the home win.

Haley Stephenson had 20 points for Doddridge County. Claudia Cubides scored a game-high 25 points to lead Ravenswood.

Parkersburg Catholic 61, Ravenswood 55: Alexis Saunders poured in 26 points as Parkersburg Catholic held off visiting Ravenswood.

Reily Sturm added 17 points for the Crusaders. Claudia Cubides paced the Red Devils with 18 points, while Taylor Love scored 12 and Ali Westenhaver added 11 points and 11 rebounds.


Herbert Hoover 47, Nicholas County 37: Junior Chase King dominated the inside for the Huskies, grabbing 20 rebounds to go along with 11 points in the road win.

Also for Hoover (11-4), Wesley Berry added 17 points, including five 3-pointers. Jacob Grose scored a game-high 21 points for Nicholas County.

Parkersburg South 101, Weir 60: The Patriots nailed 13 3-pointers and scored at least 24 points in every quarter in rolling to an easy home win.

Garrett Gilkeson led the way with 22 points, Cody Boggs and Cole Day each scored 16 and Seth Fallon contributed 12 on four 3-pointers for South (11-6).

JoJo West tallied 15 points for Weir.

C-USA notebook: Down year for league could cost UAB http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160212/GZ02/160219822 GZ02 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160212/GZ02/160219822 Fri, 12 Feb 2016 01:03:20 -0500 Doug Smock By Doug Smock With Conference USA play hitting the two-thirds mark this weekend, a few trends have emerged, including:

n The league is top-heavy;

n From a Rating Percentage Index standpoint, the league is down;

n Even league leader Alabama-Birmingham may not have the resume for an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, if the Blazers fall in the league tourney in their home city;

n And those Blazers have one of the toughest remaining schedules.

All teams are playing their 12th league game this weekend. Marshall (12-12 overall, 8-3 C-USA) and Western Kentucky (12-12, 4-7) tip off at 8 p.m. Saturday at Diddle Arena in Bowling Green.

The Blazers (21-4, 11-1), who won 80-77 in double overtime at Southern Mississippi (7-15, 4-7) on Thursday, have four of their last six on the road. That includes Saturday's game at Louisiana Tech (17-6, 6-4) and a trip to Middle Tennessee (17-6, 9-2) next week.

That's three of the other four teams above .500 in the C-USA standings. That's right - only five of the 14 teams are above .500, with Texas-El Paso (14-11, 6-6) climbing to break-even with an 84-74 win over Florida International (11-14, 5-7).

That isn't good for the league's RPI, which is ranked 21st of the 32 Division I conferences, down from 17th last year. That 21st ranks behind the Mid-American, Summit, Big West, Metro Atlantic and Southern, among others.

Oh, it gets worse. The five above-.500 teams - UAB, Middle Tennessee, Marshall, Louisiana Tech and Old Dominion (14-10, 7-4) - were in the top 150 in RPI on Thursday, but only MTSU was in the top 100, at 79th. UAB was 101st.

And then there were the six teams outside the top 250, with Texas-San Antonio (342) at the rear. With 351 Division I teams overall, the Roadrunners (4-21, 2-10) are inside the bottom 10.

Bracketologists are heaping more disrespect on the league, and on UAB. CBS' Jerry Palm has consistently slotted the Blazers as a 14th seed for the NCAA Tournament, and ESPN's Joe Lunardi has them as a 15th seed.

That would suggest that C-USA is projected to be a one-bid league no matter what, even if UAB wins out to the conference tournament finals and then loses to finish 29-5. It seems ridiculous, but the Blazers are just 1-0 against the RPI top 100 and 5-4 against 101-200 teams. Their strength of schedule ranked 300th.


The league does a better job of populating the National Invitational Tournament and the less established College Basketball Invitational and CollegeInsider.com Tournament.

Five C-USA teams have advanced to the NIT in the last two seasons, 12 since 2010. Ten have gone to the 6-year-old CIT, with East Carolina winning in 2013. Marshall played in the 2010 and 2011 tournaments, going 1-2.


A note on this year's C-USA tournament, which begins March 8: All teams will participate, minus NCAA-penalized Southern Miss.

There is a wrinkle: The Nos. 12 and 13 seeds will play on March 8 at Bartow Arena on the UAB campus, with the winner taking on the No. 5 seed the next day. The usual 11-vs.-6, 10-vs.-7 and 9-vs.-8 games also are played that day at Legacy Arena downtown, with the top four seeds getting the usual bye to the quarterfinals.

Here's the confusing part: That play-in game is being referred to as the first round, with the usual first round becoming the second round. The NCAA tournament discarded that strange practice this season.

Defense rules as UC tops visiting Wesleyan http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160212/GZ02/160219823 GZ02 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160212/GZ02/160219823 Fri, 12 Feb 2016 01:00:40 -0500 Derek Redd By Derek Redd In a battle of the top two men's basketball defenses in the Mountain East Conference, the University of Charleston's came out the stingiest.

The Golden Eagles held West Virginia Wesleyan to just 12 second-half points, besting the Bobcats 50-34 Thursday at the Charleston Catholic Athletic Center in the type of game rarely seen with the high-octane offenses of the MEC. It was the lowest point total the Golden Eagles have allowed this season.

For a defensive-minded coach like Charleston's Dwaine Osborne, a feat like that left him happy.

"It was satisfying," Osborne said. "I thought the kids played really hard. I thought they tried to do what we practiced and what we talked about. I felt like they knew the scouting report well and understood the blueprint we were trying to apply."

Avalanches of points aren't the style of either Charleston (13-10, 10-7 MEC) or WVWC (13-10, 8-9). The two teams not only sport the conference's toughest defenses - Wesleyan entered the game first in the MEC, allowing 69.2 points per game, UC second at 69.9 allowed - but also the bottom two offenses. Charleston is 11th in the 12-team conference at 73.4 points per game, Wesleyan last at 72.5 per game.

Neither team came close to those totals, but the Golden Eagles shut the door on the Bobcats in the second half. Wesleyan, which had won two of three entering Thursday night, could manage just five baskets on 17 attempts (29.4 percent) and missed all seven 3-point attempts in the final 20 minutes. The 12 points Charleston allowed Wesleyan in Thursday's second half was even better than the 16 points UC allowed the Bobcats in the first half of their first game on Jan. 16.

"I thought they played harder than us," Bobcats coach Gary Nottingham said. "Obviously, we missed a boatload of shots. We just played bad. It was just a bad performance from us, and I think their defense had a lot to do with it."

Charleston, which won its second straight game following a three-game losing streak, took the lead to stay following the game's only real offensive flurry. For a short while, it looked like Wesleyan would be the one holding UC to a tiny scoring total. The Bobcats took an 8-2 lead with Charleston making just 1 of its first 4 shots.

That changed quickly on the strength of a 14-0 Golden Eagles run. That streak included a pair of the five first-half 3-pointers UC hit, and Charleston built as much as a 12-point lead when Justin Coleman's layup with 2:05 left in the half gave UC a 32-20 lead. The Golden Eagles went into halftime up 32-22.

The Bobcats scored the opening basket of the second half on a Chris Dewberry jumper but could score just one more basket for the next nearly 6 minutes. The Golden Eagles smothered Wesleyan's top player, 6-foot-8, 250-pound forward Tanner McGrew, in the second half. McGrew led all scorers with 16 points but scored just five after halftime. And while McGrew led Division II with 12.7 rebounds per game, he pulled down just five Thursday, and none off the offensive glass.

Nottingham credited Charleston's defensive rotations for those problems. UC senior forward Aleksander Kesic said those rotations were a major point of emphasis in preparing to face WVWC.

"We worked on it a lot," he said. "The coaches had us in the mindset that we had to rotate and be aware of where the shooters are and when the ball goes into the post. The coaches did a tremendous job preparing us for this game."

Kesic led UC with 14 points, while Justin Coleman came off the bench for nine points and a game-high 10 rebounds. The Golden Eagles won the rebounding battle 32-25. UC's scoring also was much more balanced, with eight of nine players scoring at least one basket, as opposed to just four of 11 players for Wesleyan.

The Bobcats still came out of Thursday's game at No. 1 on the MEC defensive charts. WVWC holds a 71.52 points-against average to Charleston's 71.65, but Osborne is fine with that, considering he scored the season sweep over Wesleyan.

"I was really pleased with our effort," he said. "If we outrebound people and hold people to 36 percent [shooting], I don't care what the total point number is, we're going to win a lot of games."

Panthers notch 13th victory in OT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160212/GZ02/160219824 GZ02 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160212/GZ02/160219824 Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:58:30 -0500 Rick Ryan By Rick Ryan BUFFALO - In what's shaping up as its swan song in Class AAA, Lincoln County may be putting together a greatest hits compilation.

Jake Ashley sank two baskets in overtime Thursday night - including a 3-pointer - as the Panthers came away with a 58-52 victory over Buffalo, bringing them within two wins of their single-season school record.

Corey Rusk added 12 points and Brandon Holley 11 for the Panthers, who never trailed in OT. Nate Spencer also hit a big 3 in the extra period for LC.

Lincoln County (13-4), which opened in 2006, is threatening the program's high of 15 wins accomplished last season. The school has been AAA since its inception, but drops to AA next fall.

"We're getting in that ballpark,'' said Panthers coach Rodney Plumley of the record. "But the main thing is we're just trying to develop a winning culture.

"[The record] would be nice, and it's what we want to do, but we know we're not playing a triple-A schedule. Of course not being in a conference in this area kind of limits what games you can get, but it's one we put together where the kids had a chance to be successful - where it needed to be.''

Beating the Panthers would have been a season highlight for the Bison (6-12), and they nearly pulled it off, rallying to tie the game after trailing by six points late in the third quarter.

Neither side scored in the final 2:45 of regulation, with turnovers a thorny problem for each side (Buffalo had 26, LC 19).

"And all those [turnovers] came out of the same spot,'' said Buffalo coach Chuck Elkins. "We had eight out of that one short corner. We just kept throwing it away.

"But we haven't been in a situation like that all year. We're either winning or getting killed. We've never been in a one-possession game, and when it came down to it, we didn't handle it very well. But they come out and work hard every day, so what can you say?''

For the first time all season, the Bison placed four players in double-figure scoring. Tyler Morlachetta led with 12 points, followed by Devin Rich and Logan Hunt (11 each) and Ty Smith (10). Rich grabbed nine rebounds.

Another, more lofty, goal for Lincoln County is advancing to the regionals and playing for a spot in the state tournament, which the program has never done.

In years past, that might have been unthinkable, but the Panthers hold the second-best record by far among the Region 4 teams behind unbeaten and two-time defending champ Huntington (16-0).

The rest of the teams in Section 2 with the Panthers and Highlanders are Logan (7-9), Spring Valley (3-15) and Cabell Midland (1-16). No one in Section 1 has a winning mark among Winfield (7-10), Hurricane (7-11), St. Albans (6-10), Nitro (6-11) and Point Pleasant (2-16).

If the Panthers can avoid being seeded into the 4-5 game in Section 2 and not having to tangle with Huntington right off the bat, they might have a chance to advance to the sectional final and, with that, the co-regionals. They are 2-2 in Region 4 games this season, beating Midland and Point and losing to Nitro and Spring Valley.

"Obviously, a lot of it depends on seeding,'' Plumley said. "Logan has struggled a lot this year, but once they get everybody eligible and in sync, they're going to be a dangerous team. I'm hoping our body of work all season will help. The fourth and fifth seed winner will be playing Huntington, but if you can get that second or third seed ...

"We're not really happy with tonight. Once Buffalo got back in the game, they got excited and it was like we couldn't get anything right. We were fighting a team that was excited and confident and pumped up. It seemed like they were rolling downhill at us.''

Roundup: Morris, Glenville State beat WVSU men http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160212/GZ02/160219825 GZ02 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160212/GZ02/160219825 Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:57:34 -0500 From staff reports

Brett Morris knocked down seven 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 38 points as Glenville State handed the West Virginia State men's basketball team an 83-70 loss Thursday evening at the Waco Center in Glenville.

Morris converted 13 of 28 shots from the floor and grabbed 11 rebounds while handing out five assists to lead the Pioneers (9-14, 6-11 Mountain East Conference). Jalon Plummer added 22 points and 13 rebounds for Glenville.

The Yellow Jackets trailed 37-32 at the break, but the Pioneers opened the second half with a 16-4 run to pull away.

For State (6-16, 4-13), Markee Mazyck posted 20 points, Keith Harris scored 18 points and grabbed 10 boards and Frank Webb donated 11 points.

State hosts West Virginia Wesleyan Saturday at 4 p.m. for its final home game of the season.


TECH MEN FALL: Asbury shot 76 percent from the floor in the second half to down the WVU Tech men's basketball team 91-77 Thursday in Asbury, Kentucky.

Trenton Thompson made 10 of 13 from the field, including 7 of 8 3-pointers, for 35 points and Kyle Lamb scored 17 for the Eagles (14-15, 6-9 Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference).

Ryan Atkins registered a double-double with 30 points and 10 rebounds and Paul Stone notched 17 points to lead the Golden Bears (15-12, 7-7).


UC WOMEN LOSE: The University of Charleston women's basketball team was able to cut an 11-point lead late in the third quarter to just one in the fourth but could not overtake West Virginia Wesleyan, losing 56-50 Thursday at the Charleston Catholic Athletic Complex.

Wesleyan's largest lead of the game came with a minute left in the third, when Mari Stewart hit a 3-pointer for a 48-37 advantage. Charleston (8-15, 6-11 Mountain East Conference) rallied to score the game's next 10 points, and Chyress Lockhart's 3-pointer with 4:19 left cut the Bobcats' lead to 48-47. But UC could score just three more points the rest of the way.

Lockhart led UC with 19 points on 7-of-20 shooting, while Abby Watson added 10 points. Stewart led Wesleyan (6-15, 4-13) with 19 points and eight rebounds, and Adrian Cunningham added 16 points.


STATE WOMEN LOSE: Brittany Jackson drained seven 3-pointers on her way to 27 points as Glenville State cruised to a 108-80 victory over West Virginia State Thursday in Glenville.

Julie Bishop added 15 points, Paris McLeod and Tayana Stewart each scored 13 and Tyra Sinclair tacked on 10 for the Pioneers (16-7, 12-5 MEC), who made 22 of 43 3-pointers.

Rachel Ward canned 6 of 9 from behind the arc for 22 points to lead the Yellow Jackets (11-12, 8-10), while Alexus Hobbs and Brianna Hawkins each scored 12, Shealyn Shafer added 10 points and 10 rebounds and Laura Szorenyi donated 10 points.


TECH WOMEN LOSE: The Golden Bears only trailed by three points after the first quarter but were outscored by 12 in the second half in dropping a 88-62 decision at Asbury (Ky.) Thursday evening.

Former Nitro standout Savannah Shamblin poured in a game-high 22 points in a losing effort for Tech (9-16). Asbury (19-9) had balanced scoring with Savannah Taylor scoring 15 points, closely followed by Catie Fletcher with 14 and Brittany Warren 13.


PREP SOCCER: Morgantown's Addison Luck has been named the 2016-16 Gatorwade West Virginia boys high school soccer player of the year for the second straight season.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound senior midfielder scored 30 goals and passed for 20 assists this past season, leading the Mohigans (18-5-2) to the Class AAA state championship. Luck was named captain of the West Virginia Sports Writers Association Class AAA all-state team and was selected Class AAA Player of the Year by the West Virginia High School Soccer Coaches Association.

Off the field, Luck has maintained a 4.16 grade-point average in the classroom and volunteered locally on behalf of the Morgantown Hi-Y community service club and the Mountain Institute environmental conservation group.


TECH BASEBALL: WVU Tech's three-game series against St. Andrews scheduled for today and Saturday has been postponed. The teams will play a doubleheader April 19 in Laurinburg, North Carolina.

Big second half propels St. Albans past Cabell Midland http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160212/GZ02/160219826 GZ02 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160212/GZ02/160219826 Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:53:19 -0500 Ryan Pritt By Ryan Pritt ONA - St. Albans' season has had plenty of twists and turns, but on Thursday, facing some serious adversity on the road, the Red Dragons may have come up with their signature half of the season and accomplished one of their main goals in the process.

Leading scorers Jaden McDaniels and Alli Johnson combined for 33 second-half points after scoring three before the break as St. Albans (11-7) turned a 27-19 halftime deficit into an impressive 61-43 win at Cabell Midland.

With the victory, the Red Dragons clinched a spot in the Mountain State Athletic Conference Night of Champions. St. Albans will play Huntington tonight and will have to beat the Highlanders and get some help to land a spot the MSAC title game, but the Red Dragons will do no worse than play in the third-place game.

"That was a 25-point turnaround," SA coach Scott James said. "That's one of the better halves we've played this year and afterwards we talked about using that momentum going into [tonight] against No. 2 and undefeated Huntington."

SA weathered an early storm from Midland, which celebrated senior night by hitting 7 of its first 8 shots in the second quarter while building the eight-point halftime lead.

Johnson, who went scoreless in the first half, took over in the third quarter, scoring 11 of her 15 points as part of a 19-6 run to give the Red Dragons a 38-33 lead heading into the fourth.

Then it was McDaniels, who posted 15 of her game-high 21 points in the fourth quarter, including hitting 11 of 12 free throws in the period. She made 14 of 16 from the line as St. Albans made 28 of 32 foul shots in the game.

"We knew we weren't going to lose that game," McDaniels said. "The start of the season we've come out slow every half and it was just time to pick it up.

"Coach kept saying that tonight, 'Win tonight and you're guaranteed a spot [in the Night of Champions].' So we weren't losing this game."

While McDaniels and Johnson were second-half heroes, credit Haleigh Legg for sustaining the Red Dragons early, scoring 11 of her 15 points in the first half. And then there was Zoei Kirk, who scored just four points but snagged a game-best eight rebounds, had two assists and two steals, and was the beating heart of the Red Dragons all night, seemingly winning every 50-50 ball within her reach.

"Zoei does a good job for us, she's probably one of the most athletic girls I've ever had," James said. "The only thing that hurts her is her consistency, but buddy she rebounds, she attacks the boards extremely well. She had a couple of good steals. Zoei did a hell fo a job for us. She's kind of like an unsung hero, doesn't score a lot of points but does a lot of little things that help us win."

Haley Haggerty, one of three seniors honored for the Knights (12-7), led the team with 17 points with Faith Craddock adding 11.

But Midland mustered just 16 points in the second half and that wasn't nearly enough in the face of a frantic effort from the Red Dragons.

"I don't think we fizzled out," Midland coach Matt Adkins said. "They're a good team. He made some adjustments at halftime, our shots just didn't fall.

"Maybe they just woke up and we did a little different stuff - I guess they woke up and played."

Boys basketball standings, statistics - Feb. 11 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160212/GZ02/160219827 GZ02 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160212/GZ02/160219827 Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:53:01 -0500 Conference standings

Mountain State Athletic

Pos-School Conf All

1. Huntington 10-0 15-0

2. Capital 9-1 14-3

3. Woodrow Wilson 7-1 13-1

4. South Charleston 7-3 12-4

5. George Washington 7-4 9-7

5. Parkersburg 7-4 10-6

5. Ripley 7-4 13-5

5. Riverside 7-4 12-4

9. Winfield 4-7 7-10

10. Hurricane 4-8 7-11

11. St. Albans 2-8 6-9

12. Nitro 2-9 6-11

12. Spring Valley 2-10 3-15

14. Cabell Midland 0-12 1-16

NOTE: Some games between league teams have been designated as nonconference games.

Cardinal Conference

Pos-School Conf All

1. Poca 10-0 14-2

2. Herbert Hoover 6-2 10-4

3. Sissonville 6-4 10-6

4. Tolsia 5-5 11-7

4. Scott 6-6 7-11

6. Chapmanville 4-5 9-7

7. Mingo Central 2-9 2-15

7. Wayne 2-9 6-13

Other schools

Class AAA

School Rec Pct.

Lincoln County 12-4 .750

Greenbrier East 10-6 .625

Parkersburg South 10-6 .625

Logan 7-9 .437

Point Pleasant 2-16 .111

Class AA

Webster County 14-2 .875

Ravenswood 11-7 .611

Nicholas County 8-7 .533

Roane County 8-7 .533

Braxton County 5-10 .333

Clay County 0-13 .000

Class A

Van 15-3 .833

Tug Valley 12-3 .800

Man 13-4 .765

Charleston Catholic 8-8 .500

Wahama 7-9 .438

Buffalo 6-11 .353

Sherman 6-13 .316

Hannan 5-12 .294

Valley 3-8 .273

NOTE: Standings do not include Thursday's games.

Scoring leaders


Player, School G Pts Avg

Brandon Knapper, SC 16 423 26.4

T. Dunn-Martin, Hun. 15 318 21.2

Justin Phillips, GW 16 298 18.6

Chandler Stacy, SV 18 330 18.3

Chase Johnson, Ripley 18 309 17.2

Luke Layhew, Ripley 18 297 16.5

Austin Woodrum, Nit. 17 276 16.2

Nick Muto, Hurricane 18 286 15.9

Miguel Bays, Cap. 17 268 15.8

Isaiah Francis, WW 14 213 15.2

Tracy Conliffe, GW 16 237 14.8

Josh Carpenter, Riv. 16 235 14.7

Leondre' Rogers, Cap. 17 247 14.5

J.R. Howard, Hunt. 15 211 14.1

Peyton Moore, Win. 17 237 13.9

Braeden McGrew, Win. 17 234 13.8

Philip Hall, St. Albans 15 207 13.7

Zac Warden, River. 15 206 13.7

Tamon Scruggs, SC 16 212 13.3

Dujuan Dawson, SA 15 197 13.1

Braxton Dobert, Hur. 18 230 12.8

Mikal Dawson, Hun. 15 189 12.6

Jamison Hunt, Ripley 18 223 12.4

John Klassen, SA 15 186 12.4

Karson Snyder, Park. 16 191 11.9

Brenton Strange, Prk. 16 190 11.9

N. Carrington, WW 14 165 11.8

E.J. Phillips, SC 14 164 11.7

Kam White, Parkers. 16 186 11.6

Courtney Walton, WW 14 151 10.8

J. Pennington, Hunt. 15 161 10.7

Ty Walton, Woodrow 14 150 10.7

Henry Barron, River. 16 161 10.1

Neil Sallada, Nitro 13 131 10.1


Player, School G Pts Avg

Elijah Cuffee, Poca 16 342 21.4

Drew Williamson, Chap. 15 305 20.3

Matt Justice, Hoover 14 279 19.9

Luke Frampton, Poca 16 300 18.8

Tanner Bell, Scott 18 334 18.6

Chance Brown, Sis. 16 288 18.0

Colby Wickline, Way. 19 348 18.3

Coty Jude, Tolsia 18 288 16.0

Pat Underwood, Sct. 18 259 14.4

Nate Samples, Siss. 16 226 14.1

Kaden Meeks, Poca 16 217 13.6

Jordan Johnson, Tol. 18 243 13.5

Dalton Hatfield, MC 17 216 12.7

Wes Berry, Hoover 14 163 11.6

Dylan Smith, Chap. 16 177 11.1

Seth Bowlin, Sisson. 16 186 11.6

Andrew Day, Scott 16 172 10.8

Tyler Stroud, Tolsia 17 183 10.8

Zac McCutcheon, Sis. 15 157 10.5

Alan Johnson, Scott 16 160 10.0

Other schools

Player, School G Pts Avg

Dalton Gray, Web. 16 333 20.8

John Keffer, Man 17 346 20.4

Taylor Jarrell, Van 18 329 18.3

Robbie Cogar, Web. 12 218 18.2

Isaiah Burgess, Han. 16 284 17.8

Isaiah Morgan, Rav. 18 306 17.0

Garrett Gilkeson, PS 16 269 16.8

R. Heatherington, Rav. 10 162 16.2

Karim Ezzedine, GE 14 217 15.5

Jeremy Dillon, TV 15 230 15.3

Kenny Adkins, Man 17 254 14.9

Jacob Grose, Nich. 15 221 14.7

Philip Hoffman, Wah. 16 233 14.6

Cole Day, South 16 230 14.4

Kaleb Greathouse, RC 15 214 14.3

Seth Brown, GE 14 199 14.2

Caleb Ward, GE 16 225 14.1

Caleb Duncah, Sher. 16 224 14.0

Tyler May, Tug 15 208 13.9

Jake Adkins, Man 17 232 13.7

Spencer Dean, Valley 11 144 13.1

Tayton Stout, Braxton 10 130 13.0

Logan Jarrett, Ravens. 18 233 12.9

Tanner Williams, Nich. 14 174 12.4

Bradley Gibbs, Point 18 218 12.1

Travis Williams, Web. 16 185 11.6

Michael Martin, CC 16 184 11.5

Cody Boggs, South 16 180 11.3

Brandon Holley, LC 16 181 11.3

Ryan Parker, Nich. 15 169 11.3

C. Blankenship, Tug 15 168 11.2

Dalton Coleman, Han. 17 188 11.1

Hayden McCarty, CC 16 178 11.1

Doug Workman, PP 18 199 11.1

Jake Ashley, LC 16 172 10.8

Sam Jenkins, CC 16 168 10.5

Tyler Stewart, Van 18 186 10.3

Ryan Thomas, Wah. 16 162 10.1

Nate Spencer, LC 16 160 10.0

NOTE: Statistics do not include Thursday's games, and do not include Clay County and Logan, which have not provided complete reports. Stats can be emailed to rickryan@wvgazettemail.com, faxed to 304-348-1740 or left on voice mail at 304-348-5175.

Kanawha Valley leaders

3-point goals

52 - Mathew Justice, Hoover;

51 - Elijah Cuffee, Poca;

44 - Luke Frampton, Poca; Austin Woodrum, Nitro;

42 - Peyton Moore, Winfield;

40 - Dujuan Dawson, St. Albans; Braeden McGrew, Winfield;

39 - Kaden Meeks, Poca;

36 - Chance Brown, Sissonville;

34 - Miguel Bays, Capital; Brandon Knapper, SC; Michael Martin, Catholic;

Free-throw shooting

(Minimum 33 attempts)

Player, School FT-A Pct.

Braeden McGrew, Win. 40-45 .889

Austin Woodrum. Nitro 56-65 .862

Elijah Cuffee, Poca 37-43 .861

Wes Berry, Hoover 29-33 .849

E.J. Phillips, SC 50-60 .833

Brandon Knapper, SC 101-123 .821

Nick Muto, Hurricane 95-118 .805

Note: Includes only players from Kanawha and Putnam counties.

Sissonville girls hold off Wayne in Cardinal showdown http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160212/GZ02/160219828 GZ02 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160212/GZ02/160219828 Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:52:47 -0500 Derek Taylor By Derek Taylor On one hand, Sissonville's 57-51 home win over eighth-ranked Wayne on Thursday gave the defending Class AA state champions some opportunity to show they weren't a two-woman show.

On the other hand, the way in which the Indians (16-2) put a two-game difference between themselves and the Pioneers at the top of the Cardinal Conference standings was anything but a show of top-notch basketball.

"I don't know," Sissonville coach Rich Skeen said before even being asked a question after the Class AA No. 4 Indians blew a 20-point halftime lead and had to break a fourth-quarter tie in order to win their 13th consecutive game.

"I just don't know. We played terribly. I think we might have played 4 minutes of good basketball tonight," Skeen said. "There's a lot of rust there because of the days off but that's really no excuse."

Up 40-20 at halftime, Sissonville stagnantly watched as Wayne sophomore forward Aeriel Adkins led a 16-0 run to open the third quarter. Adkins, who picked up her third foul with 7:46 left in the second quarter and spent most of the first half on the bench with foul trouble, had all of her team-high 16 points after halftime. The Indians didn't get their first point of the second half until freshman forward Marleigh Bays hit a free throw with 1:22 left in the quarter.

Another bucket by Adkins and a steal and layup from her sister, freshman Lakyn Adkins, pulled the Pioneers (16-4) to within 41-40 before Sissonville senior guard Karli Pinkerton drained a 3-pointer just before the buzzer to give her team a four-point lead entering the fourth.

Wayne tied the score three times in the fourth, the final time when Aeriel Adkins scored to make it 49-49 with 4:30 left.

Sissonville senior center Brooke Reed gave the Indians the lead for good with a baseline jumper a minute later that made it 51-49, but it was a 3-pointer from sophomore Mikayla Long with 2:40 left that served as the dagger that effectively ended the threat.

"Long hit some big shots for them, especially that one right there in the fourth quarter," Wayne coach Jamie Smith said. "She had that one and she hit some big ones in the second quarter, too, and she wasn't that kind of offensive threat when we played them at our place [in a 52-40 Sissonville win on Feb. 2] and it's my fault for not having her better defended."

Long has spearheaded a 17-0 Sissonville run that ended the first half and seemingly put the game away before halftime. The sophomore hit 3-point shots on three consecutive Indians possessions that followed Lakyn Adkins picking up her third foul at the 3:19 mark of the second.

It was Long's hot hand - she had a game-high 19 points - and the early-game hustle of freshman forward Laila Arthur that proved to be the difference for Sissonville. Arthur had four of her game-high five steals in the first quarter before she also battled foul trouble the remainder of the game.

"Nobody really played well," Skeen said. "But Laila had a good first quarter and Mikayla knocked down some big shots for us when we really needed them. We've got three more games coming up that hopefully will shake the rust off of us."

The clutch play of Sissonville's underclassmen compensated for a dreadful shooting night for the defending champs. The Indians were 17 of 65 from the floor (26.1 percent) and their two leading scorers on the season - seniors Madison Jones and Pinkerton - were 3 of 18 and 4 of 14 from the field, respectively.

Skeen, like many area coaches, pinned some of the responsibility for his team's lack of cohesion on the Kanawha County Schools policy that prohibits practice and play on days when school is cancelled.

"It's ridiculous and it's not fair, when other teams can play and practice," he said. "We could have played Tuesday. They say they're concerned about the kids' safety and all that, but it's fine to have to play a bunch of games right in a row at the end of the season, and have the kids out at night every night of the week. It doesn't make sense."

Pinkerton managed to overcome her shooting woes to finish with 15 points while grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out a game-high six assists. Reed had seven blocked shots.

Things to do today: Feb. 12, 2016 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160212/GZ01/160219840 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160212/GZ01/160219840 Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:01:00 -0500 COUNTRY FRIED with STEPHANIE SPINKS: 7 to 10 p.m. Cover $5. Elk River Community Center, 1047 Main St., Elkview. Call 304-965-3722.

STAN MCDANIEL BAND: 6:30 p.m. Cover $5. West Side Jamboree, corner of Tennessee Ave. and Randolph St. Call 304-419-1902.


"MERCY": 8 p.m. Adults $15. Students and seniors $8. Musical based on the Salem witchcraft hysteria. By Mark Scarpelli and Dan Kehde. Presented by CYAC. Capitol Center Theater, 123 Summer St. Call 304-342-6522.

"MURDER AT THE BUNNY TAIL MANSION!": 7 p.m. Tickets $45 or $65 per couple. Reservations required. Interactive murder mystery. Tops Off Barber Shop & Salon, 229 Hale St. Call 304-342-8677.

CEE JAY JONES and JAMES HODGE: 8 p.m. Admission $10. The Comedy Zone, Holiday Inn, 400 Second Ave., South Charleston. Call 304-414-2386 or visit www.comedyzonecharleston.com

BALLROOM AND LATIN DANCE LESSONS: 7 to 8 p.m. Members $9. Non-members $11. Includes two hours of open dancing. Charleston Moose Lodge, 2805 Kanawh Blvd. Call 304-552-1456.

OPEN MIC: 7:30 p.m. (signups 7 p.m.) Adults $5. Seniors, kids, and performers $2. Hosted by Ron Sowell. Unity of Kanawha Valley, 804 Myrtle Road. Call 304-345-0021.

THE 47TH ANNUAL WEST VIRGINIA OUTDOOR SPORTS SHOW: 2 to 9 p.m., Charleston Civic Center Coliseum, Exhibit and Convention Hall. Cost: $7 per person, children 12 and under free. Features outdoor adventure zones for travel destinations, golfing, fly fishing, kayaking, biking, catch 'n release trout pond and much more. Valentine food special is Cajun chicken pasta, Caesar salad, soda and hot fudge brownie, $12 for one dinner, $20 for two dinners.

Tinder loving care: Super successes and phenomenal failures http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160212/GZ05/160219841 GZ05 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160212/GZ05/160219841 Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:01:00 -0500 Anna Patrick Leann RayLeann Ray By Anna Patrick Leann RayLeann Ray If you read the first installment of our Tinder series last week, you know why the two of us decided to try the online dating app.

But this week, we’re going to fill you in on how it’s been working out.

That’s right, we’re gonna dish.

But don’t worry, guys, our editors have put the fear of libel in us and all names have been changed.

I used to think I had a type.

He needed to be tall, at least taller than me. I liked long flowing locks — make that dark, flowing locks — and big eyes that I could swim in. The more he resembled Orlando Bloom, the better.

I wanted someone athletic — the kind of guy who could catch a football or crack a baseball to the back of left field. He didn’t need to be too fit, but fit. And if he could carry me over his back while sprinting from a bear, that would be good, too.

Then along came Tinder. And my brain exploded.

The flood gates opened to so many choices — the professional baseball player, the artist, a doctor.

Everyone uses Tinder.

Even in our little city, there’s a decently diverse group to choose from. Now, I’m not saying all the choices are great — sure, you’d have much better chances of snagging a hottie in Cincy or Pittsburgh — but you do have choices. And if you can overlook the camo and the awful car selfies, you’ll have even better luck.

The area that I’ve most excelled in is the out-of-town crew. We get a fair amount of smart, handsome men passing through. Yes ladies, there are hot, decent guys sleeping in hotels across this city. And if you’re quick, you can catch one.

As sad as it sounds, some of my favorite dates were with guys who don’t live here.

There’s a guy who was driving across the country with his two adorable puppy dogs. He set his Tinder destination to the city that he was planning to be in that night.

I don’t check Tinder every day, sometimes I’ll go weeks without looking at it. But for some reason I checked it when I woke up, and mister dog cutie was driving my way. Tinder told me that he shared a mutual Facebook friend, who helped assure me that he wasn’t a psycho.

He was so easy going. He said he’d be up for dinner or drinks. I told him that I had ultimate frisbee. He said he loved ultimate frisbee. I told him it would be cold. He came in the cold and brought his dogs to watch a stranger let out high-pitched squeals on the ultimate field. He went to dinner with me and my smelly team. He acted like a friend I hadn’t seen in years.

Another clue, check Tinder around the holidays. All of the cuties are coming back home, and if they’re smart, they’ll start swiping in your city a few days before they arrive.

I met an awesome guy over Thanksgiving that way. He’s from here, but has spent most of his time in recent years skiing off cliffs out west. He’s handsome, adventurous and kind. He even did yoga with me.

My favorite Tinder date — the one I spout off to friends when I get excited and start talking too much — happened not too long ago.

He was in town for two weeks, long enough to feel like I was dating a real person. We met for dinner the first night.

Naturally, I blazed across Capitol St. and tried to cutesy my way out of being late.

“Oh, I should have warned you, I’m notoriously late,” I tried.

“I’m always on time,” he said.

Great. That’s just great.

Thankfully, that was the only time I put my foot in my mouth. And we continued to spend time together. He just got better and better.

When he walked into my room for the first time and saw a large stuffed Eeyore on my bed, he shouted “Is that Eeyore?!”

Eeyore lover. Check.

Rather than go to the movies one night, we set up my TV (which like a true millennial only plays DVDs) in my living room. We situated it perfectly so that we could watch the Disney movie “Tangled” while working on a puzzle together with hot toddies in hand. We even sang along to some of the songs.

That’s the ticket, ladies. That’s all I want. I want a man who can put on comfy pants, and hunker down over a puzzle as Disney movies play in the background.

I love that Tinder helped meet these puzzle-loving, yoga-doing, ultimate-watching souls. I love that I know these guys. And that maybe we can meet again.

I’ve got date stories galore. In part, it’s thanks to Tinder. But it’s also thanks to my over-the-top extrovertedness.

As an example, I drove past a cute man standing on the sidewalk. I had to talk to him. It took me two circles around the block to stop my car, run over to him and ask what he was doing that night.

Done. That’s all it takes. Put yourself out there and things will start to happen.

But what you don’t know is that I’m fickle. For every date that I’ve landed, I’ve also found a way to run — literally run away — before it gets too serious.

Take one step too close, and I am out the door.

I think that’s why I love these out-of-towners the most.

There’s no pressure.

I can count the successes I’ve had on Tinder with less fingers than I have on one hand, so I’m not going to talk about that. I can’t afford to scare away anyone who actually gets how incredibly awesome I am.

Instead, I will talk about my many, many, many failures. Have I mentioned that I’m terrible at Tinder?

Around the time Anna and I decided to write this series, I thought it would be funny to start saving the last messages I sent before I stopped getting responses or the guy unmatched with me. My only regret is that I wasn’t doing this the whole time I’ve been using the app.

Here are some real gems:

n “So you like things other than football, right? Right!?”

n “What are your feelings on dinosaurs?”

n “What about you?”

n “I napped earlier too. Nap twins!”

n “Try to make a joke, and then I can’t even type.”

n “So you like sportsball, huh?”

n “You sit on a throne of lies!”

n “Jake! Hi!”

n “Charlie!”

n “Hello!”

n “Well, I guess that’s flattering.”

And the winner, by far:

n “Nope, not Amber. I mean, same number of letters and both do have an ‘e’ in them. And I’m good, thanks!”

Look, I’m a professional writer and editor. If I can’t win a man over with my beautiful prose, what hope do any of us have?

A few guys have given me their numbers, but I don’t like to give mine out. Especially after “the incident.”

See, around Thanksgiving, I was talking to this guy we’ll call Dreamboat Jim. Obviously, he was dreamy. He said we should hang out that weekend, and asked for my number. And why not? He was a heartthrob.

Well, he didn’t text me that night. Or the next. But then two days later I get a text from a number I didn’t recognize. Must be Dreamboat Jim!

Nope. Let’s call this guy Dwight. Who is Dwight? I don’t know.

The dude sends me his pictures — never seen him before. Tells me we talked on Tinder last week. I have a really good memory — I would have remembered Dwight. Then he says, “Well you told me you worked at a newspaper that you like to go out and see new things that you have an adventurous spirit.”

After cackling, I responded, “I’ve only given my number to one guy, and his name isn’t Dwight. And I would NEVER say I had an adventurous spirit.”

I asked him to screenshot our conversation, but oh no, he deleted the app last week since he rarely used it and decided to text me instead.

Honestly, I have no idea what happened here. Was Dwight using a fake profile? Did someone create a fake Leann profile? But how would they know my number? Well, good luck, fake Leann. Surely you’re having better luck than I am.

I will say this about Dwight though — while I was getting pretty testy, he stayed calm and didn’t say anything mean or vulgar to me.

I end up with a lot of Tinder pen pals. Basically, guys who wanna chitchat daily, but have no intention of ever meeting or hanging out.

Despite being a shy little lamb, I’ve learned that I need to be a woman of the ’90s, take initiative and be aggressive. B-E aggressive.

When I feel a connection and have been talking with a guy for several days and he hasn’t mentioned anything about hanging out, I bring it up.

“Hey, my friends and I are going to _______ tomorrow night, you should come out!”

See, no pressure. Friends are there to protect me from a possible kidnapping situation, and he is welcome to bring his friends to save him when he accidentally asks me my feelings on “Star Wars” and I go on and on and on about my theories on “The Force Awakens.”

But no. No one wants to hang out with ‘ol Leann. They can ask, “How are you single?” but they can’t ask, “Hey, you wanna go get a coffee?”

That’s why I’m single, because everyone is too busy asking how I’m single, and not taking up my offers to get their butts kicked at Dr. Mario.

Multiple dudes have acted like they want to hang out, then never followed through.

Oh, you don’t want to meet me at a public place because you have social anxiety? Well, my fear of a strange man dismembering me in his bathtub then throwing pieces of my body into the Kanawha River outweighs that.

Put on your big girl panties, and meet me where other people can watch and judge us as we awkwardly get to know each other.

You don’t even have to pay for me. Isn’t feminism great? (Side note: We’re going Dutch because I’m a single cat mom and can’t go buying dinners for just anybody.)

Needless to say, I don’t have a date for Valentine’s Day. But I’m not one of those people who gets sad about being alone on the holiday.

Darn, I don’t get to go to a crowded place and wait hours to be seated to have dinner because that’s what’s expected? Boo-hoo. No one is going to give me flowers that I’m just going to have to throw away in two days? Bummer.

I’m going to be burrito-d up in a blanket, wearing the comfiest pants I own, probably eating all of the cheese wontons since I don’t have to share them with anybody, and I’m going to watch the season six marathon of “The Walking Dead” all day until the season premiere.

Have fun braving the 20 degree weather for your fancy dinner, suckers.


Check back with us next Friday for our Tinder do’s and don’ts.