www.wvgazettemail.com http://www.wvgazettemail.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2017, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: January 17, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170117/OBIT01/301179967 OBIT01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170117/OBIT01/301179967 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Bragg, Donald 10 a.m., Alex Williams Cemetery, Camden on Gauley.

Davis, Jack 11 a.m., Crooked Creed Church of Christ, Peach Creek.

Godby, Ruth 11 a.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Harrah, Mikki 7 p.m., Bollinger Funeral Home, Charleston.

Moore, Paul "Lobo" 1 p.m., Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Mullins, Con "Tommy" 11 a.m., Mullins Cemetery at Buck Fork, Harts.

Newbell, Adell 5 p.m., First Missionary Baptist Church, Boomer.

Shamblen, Jackie Lee 1 p.m., Cunningham

Smith, Kenneth, Jr. 2 p.m., Riverside Baptist Church, Red House.

Sodaro, Vincent 10 a.m., Sacred Heart Co

Stricker, Charlotte Frances 2 p.m., Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview.

Van Horn, Mary Margaret Noon, Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Wolfe, Myna Ileta 11 a.m., Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

Anne Crawford Andrews http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170117/OBIT/301179986 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170117/OBIT/301179986 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Anne Crawford Andrews, 81, of Scott Depot, passed away December 22, 2016. Service will be 2 p.m., Saturday, January 21, at First Baptist Church, St. Albans. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service.

Clyde Casdorph http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170117/OBIT/301179988 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170117/OBIT/301179988 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Clyde Casdorph, 80, of St. Albans, passed away January 15, 2017. Service will be noon, Thursday, January 19, at Faith Freewill Baptist Church, St. Albans. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Juanita Clay http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170117/OBIT/301179993 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170117/OBIT/301179993 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Juanita Blake Clay of Burnsville passed away on January 14, 2017. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, January 18, at Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, at the funeral home.

Roselee M. Cobb http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170117/OBIT/301179996 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170117/OBIT/301179996 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:01:00 -0500 On Sunday, January 15, 2017, a little piece of sunshine, Roselee M. Spradling Cobb, went home to be with her sweetheart, Shirley, and her Lord and Savior surrounded by her loving family.

Born December 4, 1930, in Charleston, she was a daughter of the late Charles Henry and Cynthia Scott Spradling.

She was also preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Shirley "Shud" Cobb Sr.; his parents, Ivan and Sylvia Cobb' and grandson and his wife, Shonn and Abigail Cobb.

Roselee enjoyed her little farm on Bowles Ridge Road. From gardening and farming through sewing and quilting, she exhibited the true essence of a "Country Woman." She enjoyed her flowers, her crafts, fishing and camping, as well as her chickens, both in the yard and on the table. She was also known to be a very good shot.

She was a Christian and attended Bowles Ridge Church, where she was active in many church programs. She finished her course, and she kept her faith.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Chuck and Kathy Cobb of Bowles Ridge, Charlotte and John Hilton of Red House, Diana and Bob Withrow of Cross Lanes, David and Kathy Cobb of Creola, Ohio, and her "Baby-Baby" Jimmy and Reba Cobb of Millwood; her sister, Cynthia McClanahan of Sissonville; 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Her homegoing service will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, January 19, at Bowles Ridge Church, Paradise, with Rev. Delbert Hawley officiating. She will be laid to rest at the Cobb Family Cemetery, located on her farm. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. until service time at the church.

Visit her tribute page at ChapmanFuneralHomes.com to share memories with the family.

Special thanks goes to Chuck and Kathy for the love and care given to her over the years.

Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 12848 Winfield Road, Winfield, is honored to serve the Cobb family.

Eugene Robinson: The Obamas leave an image that will never fade http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170117/GZ0409/170119625 GZ0409 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170117/GZ0409/170119625 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:22:39 -0500 WASHINGTON - Hold on to one image from President Obama's farewell address: The president using his handkerchief to wipe a tear from his eye as he thanked Michelle Obama for her grace and forbearance.

The first lady was holding back tears, too, as was her daughter Malia. Politics aside, it was a touching moment in the life of a family we have come to know so well - one of countless such moments, and images, that have changed this nation forever.

The White House is really a glass house, and for eight years we have watched the Obamas live their lives in full public view. We've seen a president age, his hair graying and his once-unlined face developing a wrinkle here, a furrow there. We've seen a first lady change hairstyles and model an array of designer gowns. We've seen two little girls grow into young women.

We've seen it all before - except that we've never seen an African-American family in these roles. Images of the Obamas performing the duties of the first family are indelible, and I believe they will be one of the administration's most important and lasting legacies.

Visuals are uniquely powerful. They rearrange and reorient our thinking in ways that are difficult to describe or even comprehend. They penetrate to our deepest levels of consciousness without being attenuated by the filter of language; they retain their specificity, their emotional sharp edges. They can make us laugh, cry, rage and weep without quite knowing why.

For eight years we have had the privilege of seeing a black family living in the White House. I still find that hard to believe.

We watched as the president, the first lady, Malia and Sasha walked across the South Lawn to board Marine One. We watched the president playing with the family dog, Bo. We watched Michelle Obama working in her garden. Those who live in Washington might have glimpsed the girls stopping by McDonald's on their way home from school, or the president and first lady having a date night at one of their favorite restaurants.

We saw the Obamas host glittering state dinners. We saw them walk down the stairs of Air Force One onto red-carpeted tarmacs around the world. We saw President Obama channel the pride of the nation at moments of triumph, as when he announced the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. And we saw him become a conduit for our despair after the Newtown school massacre, the Charleston church killings and so many other senseless acts of gun violence.

Given this country's history of slavery and discrimination, the first black family to serve as first family had to be like a fortress, strong and unassailable. In that sense the Obamas were from central casting - so impeccable in education, elocution and etiquette that even the president's harshest political critics spoke of them as a family with genuine admiration.

We watched as Obama largely abandoned recreational basketball, the scourge of tendons and ligaments, for a more age-appropriate pastime. The golf course became, for him, the "third space" (besides home and family) that some men seem to need. According to a website that tries to keep track, Obama has played more than 300 rounds of golf during his tenure. Unlike other presidents, he almost never used these outings to butter up political adversaries or reward loyal allies. Instead, he stuck mostly to a tight group of regulars, with a few luminaries, mostly professional athletes, tossed in.

When he wasn't working - and, reportedly, sometimes when he was - the president watched ESPN.

As a rule, Obama went upstairs to the residence every evening so the family could have dinner together. Then he would go back to work for a while before bedtime.

As Obama noted Tuesday night, one of his wife's great accomplishments was opening the doors of the White House as wide as possible to the American people. Every December, she and the president put themselves through a Long March of holiday parties, including two for the media. At the end of the evening, having shaken hundreds of hands and posed for hundreds of smiling pictures, any normal human beings would have been homicidal, suicidal or both. But the Obamas were unfailingly sunny and gracious, making every single guest feel welcome in their home.

In their time in the White House, the Obama family expanded this nation's idea of what it can achieve. They gave us vivid images that will never fade. We owe them heartfelt thanks for being, at all times, the classiest of class acts.

Eugene Robinson is a columnist for The Washington Post.

Casto pleads no contest in shooting death http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170117/GZ0108/170119626 GZ0108 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170117/GZ0108/170119626 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:13:52 -0500 Ali Schmitz By Ali Schmitz A Putnam County man has pleaded no contest to a murder charge in circuit court Tuesday afternoon.

The Kennedy Plea means Philip Casto, 34, does not have to admit guilt or explain his role in the shooting death of Jennifer Evans, 27, who was found dead in her Hurricane-area home in September.

During an October preliminary hearing, prosecutors presented evidence to Magistrate Linda Hunt that documented the relationship between Casto and Evans. The evidence suggested that Evans had asked Casto to cease contact with her, Sorsaia said.

On the day of her death, surveillance footage captured a silver Honda Civic, similar to the one Casto owns, pull into the parking area near Evans' home at 4:38 p.m. and leave at 4:54 p.m. During the 16-minute interval, Evans sent a text message to her husband indicating that Casto had visited the home.

When Evans' husband returned home at 5:30 p.m., he discovered his wife's body, according to the criminal complaint.

Casto was pursued and captured by Massachusetts police in a shopping mall in Braintree, a suburb of Boston, the day after the shooting.

WVU's Jevon Carter named Naismith Trophy Player of the Week http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170117/GZ0201/170119627 GZ0201 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170117/GZ0201/170119627 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:09:46 -0500 Staff report By Staff report West Virginia University junior guard Jevon Carter has been named The Naismith Trophy Men's Basketball Player of the Week.

The Maywood, Illinois, native averaged 17 points, five assists, 3.5 rebounds and three steals in two wins last week. In a win over then-No. 1 Baylor, he scored 17 points with seven assists, five steals and three rebounds. In a win at Texas, he scored 17 points with four rebounds, three assists and a steal and went 5 of 6 from the free-throw line when the Mountaineers went 22 of 32 from the line as a team.

Carter and the No. 7 Mountaineers return to action Wednesday against Oklahoma at the WVU Coliseum. The game will tip at 7 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN2.

Gazette editorial: Don't undermine public schools http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170117/GZ0404/170119628 GZ0404 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170117/GZ0404/170119628 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:42:28 -0500 The 2017 Legislature met for organizing purposes last week, then recessed for a month until it officially starts on Feb. 8.

Under strong Republican control, it's likely to pursue a conservative agenda with heavy impact on West Virginia - as it did last year. Among various right-wing goals, here's one that should trouble everyone:

Several leaders say they want to expand "school choice," which usually means taking tax support away from public schools and giving it to private, often religious, schools. Parents could be given vouchers to spend public funds wherever they choose.

Education reporter Ryan Quinn related that West Virginia has 145 private schools - of which more than 100 are faith-based. Further, home-schooling has a strong evangelical factor, aided by fundamentalist online courses.

Federal estimates say around three-fourths of home-schooling is done by fundamentalist parents who dislike the secular values of public schools.

Quinn found that West Virginia pupils in private schools dropped from 13,000 to 10,000 over the past five years, while the number who are home-schooled rose from 7,000 to 11,000. Home-schooling now exceeds private schooling in this state.

Theoretically, it's unconstitutional to divert public tax funds to religion. It violates the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights, which mandates separation of church and state. But many conservative states nonetheless allow the practice.

Catholic schools tend to be superior, with strong academic programs. Their students have a nearly 100-percent college-going rate. But evangelical schools - and some home-schooling - produce less-satisfactory results, according to various studies.

A year ago, the president of Tyler County's school board removed her children from public schools because she objected to the teaching of evolution in biology classes. West Virginia's foremost evolution opponent, Karl Priest, launched a movement urging evangelicals to pull their children from public schools.

Amway heiress Betsy DeVos, who has spent decades advocating tax money for fundamentalist schools, has been appointed America's new education secretary. Incoming President Donald Trump wants $20 billion in tax money diverted to such schools.

When the Legislature returns Feb. 8, West Virginians will face the issue of whether tax money should subsidize church education.

If parents want to give their children a religious education, that is their business, even if they value religious education over academic rigor. But it is not acceptable to expect the public to pay for it, especially at the expense of a public school system charged with serving every student, of any religion, ability level or background.

Froma Harrop: When Trump goes low, media can go away (Gazette) http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170117/GZ0409/170119629 GZ0409 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170117/GZ0409/170119629 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:40:59 -0500 Dog trainers have long advised owners against reacting to their pets' attention-seeking antics - the barking, jumping and pushiness.

"Dog owners often inadvertently reinforce (reward) these behaviors by interacting with the dog," writes veterinary behaviorist Lisa Radosta. "Any attention can be regarded as a reward, even yelling."

Similar advice is doled to parents of whining, tantrum-throwing toddlers. Many in the media could use it, as well. All that sputtering over Donald Trump's personal taunts and stupid tweets is exactly what the president-elect seeks. Turn away. Turn away.

If Trump won't take questions from serious journalists at a news conference, it's not a news conference. Reporters are merely playing "straight man" on a reality TV show - complete with paid hecklers and promotions for Trump properties. They don't have to be there.

Their job is to cover what Trump does, which includes his appointments and ties to foreign adversaries. If Trump publicly insults U.S. or foreign leaders, that's still news. If he insults newspeople, so what?

But voices of high-minded journalism continue to pump up Trump as some all-powerful controller of American freedom of expression. For example, Leonard Downie Jr., former executive editor of The Washington Post, writes that Trump's attacks pose "a deep danger for legitimate, aggressive journalism."

They do no such thing. Trump has no control over what the professional media or anyone else says about him.

Perhaps the media should alter their own traditions in accordance with the changing times. They don't have to obsess over every dumb thing the president-elect says, especially because his saying dumb things is no longer news.

Better to start puncturing Trump's self-inflated titan-of-business balloon. The conservative Wall Street Journal made a fine start in reporting that Trump owed financial institutions $1.5 billion more than he listed on his disclosure forms. And it has thrown cold water on Trump's claim to economic genius, with such headlines as "The Market Has Already Started to Dump Trump."

Big media can stop playing defense against a man whose approval ratings are probing the earth's core. It was a nice gesture for Fox News to defend CNN after the recent "news conference" - as CNN had done for Fox in the past. But there's no need for a journalistic mutual defense pact. (Disclosure: I write occasional opinion pieces for CNN.)

When BuzzFeed posted the unverified stories of salacious conduct by Trump, Trump tried to blame CNN for their release. CNN explained that it did not air the nasty material, which was appended to an intelligence report on Russian interference in the recent election. CNN didn't even link to it. It just noted its existence.

Well done, but CNN and other members of the respectable media went overboard in scolding BuzzFeed for going public with the scandalous two pages. In the digital era, the only gates a news outlet can keep are its own.

The report had been floating around Washington. If BuzzFeed hadn't posted it, someone else would have. And if the dirty innuendo had centered on Hillary Clinton, Breitbart would have put it up in half a heartbeat.

The threat to throw reporters out of the White House press office is a recent effort to move the spotlight from Trump's sinking currency to a thin-skinned press corps. "I want 'em out of the building," a tough (but not tough enough to be identified) Trump official told Esquire. "We are taking back the press room."

Well, they can have it. The reporters should be out uncovering the seediness rather than responding to Trump's latest provocation. They are entering a golden age for American journalism and should know it.

Froma Harrop is a columnist for The Providence Journal.

Joseph Wyatt: 'Catastrophic?' Obama presidency far from it (Gazette) http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170117/GZ0405/170119630 GZ0405 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170117/GZ0405/170119630 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:30:20 -0500

This paper's Daily Mail side recently stamped Barack Obama's presidency as "catastrophic," an assessment that relied on all available data -- other than facts. Several follow.

While conservative Republicans pretend that climatologists don't know a rising temperature when they see one, Obama acknowledged the science of climate change. Similarly, he observed 30,000 gun deaths annually and concluded that something ought to be done, while conservatives resisted and fabricated an Obama-Hillary conspiracy to take away all three dozen of your guns.

He passed the Affordable Care Act. Now, 20 million more Americans have health insurance and your grown kids can stay on your insurance until age 26. And your insurance company can't cancel your coverage when you get sick, and can't write you a policy that excludes coverage of the illness you already have and can't limit the amount it will pay for a specific illness in your lifetime. In West Virginia the ACA has cut the uninsured rate from 17 percent to about 5 percent. While these changes made lives better, conservatives busied themselves with Herculean efforts to convince us that it was "catastrophic"

About 15 million Americans have found jobs since Obama took office. The jobless rate has been cut in half. Obama's steady hand led the nation out of the great recession, saved the U.S. auto industry, while Mitt Romney's "plan" was to let it go bankrupt. The Dow Jones average has nearly tripled, from 6,500 to 19,000. Obama reined in Wall Street following the 2008 crash and pushed for establishment of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau which, to no one's surprise, Republicans now work to abolish because the CFPB brought about slight inconveniences to millionaire hedge fund managers.

Obama got bin Laden, got us out of Iraq and reduced our troop numbers in Afghanistan. Minus two full scale wars a fiscally responsible reduction in military spending followed. He understood that we best fight terrorists with good police work rather than by waving the flag, chanting "USA" and invading nations.

He got rid of Don't Ask Don't Tell so that gays, who always have served, now do so openly. And although Obama didn't start his presidency on the right side of the gay marriage controversy, he ended it there. Conservatives' warned that these two decisions alone would bring about the end of civilization. But all that happened was...nothing.

Following almost a year of GOP foot dragging, Obama finally goaded senate Republicans into re-ratification of the U. S.-Russia strategic arms (START) treaty without which Moscow could shroud what it's up to with its nukes. He pushed for the deal with Iran which has reduced the Ayatollah's nuclear capability, a reality acknowledged by the Israeli defense minister, which is good enough for me but not good enough for the more than 30 GOP Senators who signed their traitorous don't-trust-America-to-abide-by-its-own-agreement letter to Iran.

The president revamped the student loan program so that the government no longer bails out private banks when students default. He pushed a $50 billion small business loan plan and a similar effort for upgrades of our roads, bridges and airports but, in their zeal to deny the President (and us) any success, Republicans filibustered his efforts, which added to the GOP's well-earned legacy as the party with no new ideas, the party that cultivated and traded on blind hatred of the first black president, the Party of No.

The Daily Mail might find something that actually looks catastrophic on the pages of Robert Draper's book "Do Not Ask What Good We Do..." Draper describes how, on the day of Barack Obama's first inauguration, 15 GOP luminaries met at the Caucus Room restaurant in Washington to plot a strategy against him, and against America. In that restaurant, the traitorous team swore to oppose Obama's every effort, whether it would have helped their constituents or not. Among the Republicans attendees that night in January 2009 were Reps. Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), Paul Ryan (Wisc.), Pete Sessions (Texas), Sens. Jon Kyle (Ariz.), Tom Coburn (Okla.) and Bob Corker (Tenn.). Draper recounts how their plan was summed up by McCarthy who said, "We've gotta challenge them on every single bill and challenge them on every single campaign."

Newt Gingrich was there. On the way out he said, "You will remember this day...as the day the seeds of 2012 were sown." Eight days later, the House GOP stalled the president's stimulus package (although it eventually passed). Later, Sen. Majority leader Mitch McConnell openly joined the turncoats by declaring that his party's primary goal was to make Obama a one-term president. The Republican Party of Dwight Eisenhower had sunk into the mire of a dark, power-mad ooze and it had done so on the new president's first day in office. That, was catastrophic.

There is much more that will place Obama among our greatest presidents. When conservatives wanted to pass laws to ban construction of mosques, Obama upheld the Constitution. Although he was erroneously accused of advocating open borders, the reality is that Obama deported more illegal immigrants than any president before him. He pushed for increased taxes on millionaires and had some success with that, which the GOP presently hopes to reverse.

He stood against the GOP's war on women when he signed the Lilly Ledbetter Equal Pay Act which "W" had vetoed, and by including contraception coverage in Obamacare. Moreover, he stood up for a woman's right to choose and opposed conservative attacks on Planned Parenthood. He stood for the Violence Against Women Act and did so against repeated Republican efforts (including negative votes by 22 of 24 House GOP women!) to water it down or destroy it. And he insisted that the FBI remove a requirement that a rape victim must have physically resisted the attacker in order for charges to be filed.

He pushed for the Dream Act which, had it not been killed by Republicans, would have set military service or college educations as criteria that would enable five million younger non-citizens with clean records to remain in the U.S. and work toward becoming citizens.

Much to his credit, Barack Obama faced three facts of economic importance to West Virginia: coal is not coming back, fossil fuels are the primary culprit in a looming global climate Armageddon and clean air and water are better for our children than are higher rates of asthma, emphysema, and streams in which the fish float upside down. Those who scapegoat Obama for coal's decline remain at a loss to explain how he initiated an industry's downfall starting when he was 12 and then shifted it into high gear during his sophomore year of college.

These accomplishments and initiatives alone might well cast Obama as one of history's great presidents, but I have yet to mention what I consider (and perhaps history will consider) to have been his foremost legacy -- he kept his head, and even moved the nation forward, in the face of the most determined, relentless, cynical attacks on any president in our lifetimes. He maintained both his and the presidency's dignity in the face of eight years of the GOP's obstructionism, filibusters, birtherism, racism, claims he was in league with the Muslim Brotherhood, accusations that he refused to put his hand over his heart during the national anthem, lies that he raised taxes on working people, goofy stories that he secretly was gay, fake GOP outrage that Obamacare was an utter failure, cries that he wasn't "nice" to Republicans in the Congress and the nutty claim by right wing crazies that he had a secret plan to bring down America.

In the face of all that and more, he maintained his bearing and he daily reminded himself to take the high road. This was Obama's greatest accomplishment. He did it without bragging, without scamming, without production of record numbers of pathological lies, without mustering adolescent attacks on those who said those awful things about him, with restraint and deliberation rather than with the impulse control of a nine-year-old. In short, Barack Obama conducted himself with class, something that money can't buy, as Donald Trump makes clear nearly every day.

Barack Obama conducted himself as a statesman, as a constitutional lawyer who did what he could to make America a better place. And he did so despite an un-American, unprecedented Republican plan to wreck his presidency, a plan by the GOP that also has stymied the nation's progress.

Thus, it comes to this. Far from a catastrophic presidency, Obama accomplished a great deal and he did it under circumstances that themselves were catastrophic for the people. All of it promulgated by conservative Republicans who put party before country and in doing so spit in the faces of the very folks who voted them into office. Only a final question remains: How much more might Obama have accomplished if only a gaggle of small-minded aginners had put their power-mad ambitions on hold long enough to work with him?

Joseph Wyatt is a Gazette-Mail contributing columnist and emeritus professor at Marshall University.

George Washington's Tessa Wyner named Gatorade West Virginia Volleyball Player of the Year http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170117/GZ0203/170119631 GZ0203 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170117/GZ0203/170119631 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:08:19 -0500 Staff report By Staff report George Washington High volleyball player Tessa Wyner once again has been named Gatorade West Virginia Player of the Year.

This is the second straight year the junior has earned the honor. Wyner finished this past season, where the Patriots reached the Class AAA state title game, with 483 kills, 65 aces, 37 total blocks (22 solo) and 274 digs.

Wyner was named the Class AAA All-State team captain, as well as the state player of the year by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association. GW coach Missy Smith said in November that one of Wyner's greatest strengths was her willingness to move out of her comfort zone.

"If she gets blocked a lot or dug a lot, she'll watch the film and, the next day in practice, she wants to be put in the situation in practice to be made better," Smith said. "She wants to be put in the worst situations in practice so she can excel on game day."

Wyner joins Gatorade West Virginia Volleyball Players of the Year Taylor Lord (2014-15 & 2013-14, Musselman High School), Hannah Shreve (2012-13, George Washington High School), Taylor Allen (2011-12, Musselman High School), Hannah Bailey (2010-11, Spring Valley High School), Lexy Kessel (2009-10, Ripley High School), Erica Manor (2008-09, Musselman High School) and Cameron Yoho (2007-08, Tyler Consolidated High School) among the state's list of former award winners.

Man shot in St. Albans, police say http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170117/GZ0118/170119632 GZ0118 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170117/GZ0118/170119632 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:20:06 -0500 Staff reports By Staff reports A man was shot in St. Albans about noon today, police say.

Kanawha County Metro 911 received a report of a man shot in the West Side area of St. Albans at about noon, according to a dispatcher. The dispatcher noted that the report was unconfirmed.

Detective Sean Snuffer of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office confirmed that a man was shot. He said the man was taken to a hospital and was in stable condition.

Around WV: Jan. 17, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170117/GZ0119/170119633 GZ0119 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170117/GZ0119/170119633 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:09:34 -0500 Erin Beck By Erin Beck In Around West Virginia: a Marion sheriff's deputy injured, a Princeton youth empowerment program, and films featured in Lewisburg during Black History Month.

n A Marion County sheriff's deputy was taken to the hospital after being struck by a vehicle on Interstate 79, MetroNews reports. Five other people were taken to the hospital.

The deputy, whose name has not been released, was placing flares near the 139 mile marker. A driver failed to slow down, struck another vehicle, then spun into the deputy. The officer was knocked about 40 feet from the road. He is listed in stable condition. The five people in the two other vehicles were also taken to hospitals.

n A Princeton-based youth empowerment program has been in place for seven years, the Princeton Times reports. Volunteers aim to prepare youth participants for life after high school. The website states that SPARKS focuses on "effects of peer pressure, teen pregnancy, drugs, alcohol and safety" as well as "dropout prevention, academic anxiety, college preparation such as ACT/SAT preparation, (and) financial aid preparation."

n The historic Lewis Theatre in downtown Lewisburg is showing several movies this month in recognition of Black History Month, according to the Mountain Messenger. The movie includes "Loving," the story of an interracial couple whose fight for their marriage ended at the Supreme Court; "Hidden Figures," which features a brilliant mathematician and West Virginia native who worked at NASA, Katherine Johnson; and "Moonlight," an indie drama.

Reach Erin Beck at erin.beck@wvgazettemail.com, 304-348-5163, Facebook.com/erinbeckwv, or follow @erinbeckwv on Twitter.

WVU Cancer Institute gets new director http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170117/GZ0115/170119634 GZ0115 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170117/GZ0115/170119634 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:02:01 -0500 The Associated Press By The Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Dr. Richard Goldberg, a gastrointestinal cancer expert, has been named the new director of the WVU Cancer Institute.

Goldberg comes from Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center, where he is the Klotz Family Professor of Cancer Research, physician-in-chief of the James Cancer Hospital and associate director of the Ohio State Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Albert Wright, president of the West Virginia University Health System, says the state's cancer burden is too high, and it's the responsibility of the state's flagship academic medical center to address that, and Goldberg has the leadership and experience to direct those efforts.

According to the institute, Goldberg's research has resulted in more than 300 peer-reviewed publications, and he has held multiple National Cancer Institute-funded grants.

Poll: Young Americans fear they will be worse off post-Trump http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170117/GZ0101/170119635 GZ0101 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170117/GZ0101/170119635 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:35:38 -0500 By JONATHAN LEMIRE and EMILY SWANSON The Associated Press By By JONATHAN LEMIRE and EMILY SWANSON The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) - As Donald Trump approaches his inauguration, young Americans have a deeply pessimistic view about his incoming administration, with young blacks, Latinos and Asian Americans particularly concerned about what's to come in the next four years.

That's according to a new GenForward poll of Americans aged 18 to 30, which found that the country's young adults are more likely to expect they'll be worse off at the end of Trump's first term than better off. Such young Americans are also far more likely to think Trump will divide the country than unite it, by a 60 percent to 19 percent margin.

Fifty-two percent of young whites, 72 percent of Latinos, 66 percent of Asian-Americans and 70 percent of blacks think Trump's presidency will lead to a more divided nation.

"Minority people are very afraid of all the rhetoric that he ran upon (in) his campaign," said Jada Selma, a 28-year-old African-American graduate school student living in Atlanta. "Anytime he mentioned black people, he would talk about poor people or inner city. He would think that all of us live in the inner city and that we're all poor."

"If you're not a straight white male, than I don't think he's looking out for you as an American," she said.

GenForward is a survey of adults age 18 to 30 by the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago with the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The first-of-its-kind poll pays special attention to the voices of young adults of color, highlighting how race and ethnicity shape the opinions of a new generation.

The poll found that 54 percent of young people overall say life for people of color will be worse with Trump as president. About two-thirds of young blacks, Asian-Americans and Latinos think things will get worse for people of color, and whites are also more likely to expect things to get worse than better for minorities, 46 percent to 21 percent.

Overall, 40 percent of young adults think they personally will be worse off four years from now, while just 23 percent expect to be better off. Young people of color are significantly more likely to think they will be worse off than better off, while young whites are more split in their personal expectations.

Kuinta Hayle, a 21-year-old African-American from Charlotte, said she is worried that Trump's selection for attorney general, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, could roll back civil rights. She said Trump's foray into "birtherism," during which he propagated the lie that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States, still bothered her.

"That was very meaningful. It still hurts," Hayle said. "He doesn't know anything about my life or the lives of people who aren't like him. I feel Donald Trump is only for rich people. Obama was for people who didn't have much."

Although he had a decisive win in the Electoral College, Trump lost the overall popular vote to opponent Hillary Clinton and has done little to reach out to those who didn't support him in November's election. He focused his post-election "Thank You" tour on states he won, settling scores on stage as he boasted about his surprising electoral victory.

Over the weekend, Trump tore into Georgia Rep. John Lewis, among the most revered leaders of the civil rights movement, for questioning the legitimacy of his victory and saying he would not attend Friday's inauguration.

As for Obama's presidency, young Americans are split on whether he has done more to unite or divide Americans, 38 percent to 35 percent, with 26 percent saying it did neither.

Young blacks (57 percent to 16 percent), Latinos (57 percent to 19 percent) and Asian Americans (46 percent to 27 percent) are far more likely to say Obama united than divided Americans. But young whites are more likely to say, by a 46 percent to 26 percent margin, that Obama's presidency was a dividing force.

Indeed, not all young Americans are pessimistic about the incoming president.

"He'll be good for the economy. He's a businessman and he'll bring more jobs back," said Francisco Barrera, 26, of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, who voted for Trump. "I think he's going to do good and he's going to end this political correctness. You can't even say 'God' in the schools no more. Trump will put him back."

A majority of young adults think Trump will go down in history as not a very good president or a poor one. Young people of color are particularly likely to think Trump's presidency will be not good or poor, but even young whites are more likely to expect that than to think it will be good or great, 48 percent to 27 percent.

Young Americans are divided as to whether Trump will accomplish his campaign promises. While most think he'll probably cut taxes for the rich and more than half of young people (59 percent) think Trump will deport millions of immigrants living in the country illegally, just 39 percent expect that he will be successful in building a wall along the Mexican border.

However, about half of young Hispanics think that Trump is likely to build a border wall. And more than 7 in 10 young people believe he will definitely or probably succeed at repealing the Affordable Care Act.

"He's not even been inaugurated yet and he's already alienating people," said Greg Davis, a white 28-year-old graduate student living in Columbus, Ohio. "He's still parroting the alt-right's messages. His policy ideas I think would be awful. His nominees for Cabinet positions are disastrous. He's nominating people who have the exactly the wrong ideas."

"I think it's going to be a disaster," Davis said.


The poll of 1,823 adults age 18-30 was conducted Dec. 9-12, 2016 using a sample drawn from the probability-based GenForward panel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. young adult population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 4 percentage points.

The survey was paid for by the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago, using grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Ford Foundation.

Respondents were first selected randomly using address-based sampling methods, and later interviewed online or by phone.



GenForward polls: http://www.genforwardsurvey.com/

Black Youth Project: http://blackyouthproject.com/

AP-NORC: http://www.apnorc.org/


AP Polling Editor Emily Swanson reported from Washington.

West Virginia woman charged with tossing dog from car window http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170117/GZ0118/170119636 GZ0118 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170117/GZ0118/170119636 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:29:42 -0500 The Associated Press By The Associated Press SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - A West Virginia woman is charged with animal cruelty after her sister said the woman tossed a puppy from a moving car near Spartanburg.

A sheriff's department report said 26-year-old Tracy Nicole Carr of Charleston, West Virginia, was charged with mistreatment of animals Sunday after her sister said a puppy was missing as she and her brother drove Carr home.

The woman said she asked Carr to keep the dog from climbing into the front seat. The woman said heard a thud after the window rolled down.

Carr told deputies the window accidentally rolled down and the dog jumped. She told deputies she hoped the dog died instantly.

The dog suffered a few cuts and a possible broken leg.

It was not known if Carr has an attorney.

West Virginia Wesleyan men hold off West Virginia State http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170117/GZ0208/170119637 GZ0208 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170117/GZ0208/170119637 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 02:31:12 -0500 Michael Carvelli By Michael Carvelli After falling behind by double digits early in the second half, West Virginia State rallied to find its way back into the game late but fell on Monday night to West Virginia Wesleyan, 78-73, at the Walker Convocation Center.

The loss was the sixth loss in a row for the Yellow Jackets, dropping them to 5-11 overall and 2-8 in Mountain East Conference play.

"I thought we battled and I was pleased with that, but I don't know what it is," West Virginia State coach Bryan Poore said. "It might be the grind of the season right now with these stretches of three games in five days and all that, but we have to make shots down the stretch if we want to win these games."

West Virginia State had chances to pull even late in the game, trailing by three points with the ball with 20 seconds to play. But it wasn't able to hit the shot it needed to down the stretch to have a chance to send the game into overtime.

It was a game of missed opportunities for the Yellow Jackets as they struggled to shoot the ball from the perimeter - where they usually excel and are one of the top 3-point shooting teams in the conference - and from the free throw line. WVSU made just 3-of-18 tries from beyond the arc and shot 42 percent from the foul line.

Meanwhile, West Virginia Wesleyan made close to 60 percent of its 3-pointers and went 8-for-8 from the free throw line in the final two minutes to keep West Virginia State from tying the game.

"You can't shoot 42 percent from the foul line in a close game and expect to win it," Poore said. "It came down to shot making, and we didn't make enough shots and they did."

The game was back-and-forth for much of the game. Neither team led by more than five points in the first half and West Virginia State came alive to outscore the Bobcats through the final 10 minutes of the game.

But the pivotal stretch of the contest came early in the second half when West Virginia Wesleyan opened with a 9-0 run that stretched its lead out to 11 points. From there, with the way the Bobcats played, it was difficult for the Yellow Jackets to bounce back as quickly as they needed to.

"They play a little bit faster now, but the thing with Wesleyan is that they are just so patient in the way they play," Poore said. "In those games, a 10-point lead really is almost like a 15-point lead, so you're not getting those quick possessions.

"We did a good job of getting it back down there where we had a chance to win though, so I'm proud of our guys for that."

When the Yellow Jackets were able to make a dent in the deficit, it was in large part thanks to the play of their forwards who were able to be physical and grab offensive rebounds that helped lead to second-chance opportunities at the rim.

West Virginia State out-rebounded West Virginia Wesleyan 46-31 and half of those rebounds came on the offensive end - resulting in 13 second-chance points.

"When you don't shoot the ball well, you better rebound the ball well and get it back," Poore said. "Our bigs really battled in there. They all did a nice job and that's really what kept us hanging around like we did."

Mo Berchie had his second big game in a row for West Virginia Wesleyan, leading the Bobcats with 24 points - including 17 in the first half. Kevin Kangni added 18 points while Clay Todd and Dusan Vicentic both scored 11.

Ernest Jenkins' 19 points led West Virginia State. Dequan Doyle and Terrance Jenkins both had double-doubles in the loss. Doyle had 14 points and 12 rebounds while Jenkins grabbed 11 boards to go with his 10 points. Jayson Hankins added 14 points for the Yellow Jackets.

Prep basketball roundup: Poca boys knock off No. 1 Fairmont Senior http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170117/GZ0203/170119638 GZ0203 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170117/GZ0203/170119638 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 02:18:14 -0500 From staff reports By From staff reports Luke Frampton filled out the stat sheet with 29 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists as Class AA No. 4 Poca (7-2) picked up a 66-63 road win over No. 1 Fairmont Senior on Monday in a boys basketball game.

Mitch Hoffman chipped in with 16 points for the Dots (7-2) and J.P. Phillips added 11. The Polar Bears knocked off Poca in last year's Class AA championship game.

Charleston Catholic 66, Webster County 63: Robby Williams and Michael Martin combined for 44 points in the narrow win for the Irish.

Martin scored a game high 24 points for Catholic (10-2) and Williams added 20 points. Dalton Gray scored 13 points for Webster County (6-5) and went over 1,000 career points.

Fayetteville 61, Pocahontas County 45: The Pirates closed each half strong in remaining unbeaten with the win.

Fayetteville (10-0) outscored Pocahontas County by seven in the second quarter and nine in the fourth. Will Fenton led the Pirates with 18 points.

Midland Trail 73, Wirt County 44: Noah Minor tallied 21 points to lead the Patriots to the win. Drew Adams had 14 points in losing effort for Wirt.

Woodrow Wilson 68, Riverside 40: Visiting Woodrow Wilson (4-3) started the game on a 19-6 run and never looked back. Isaiah Francis led all scorers with 22 points for Woodrow.

T.J. Wood had 12 points to pace the Warriors (1-8) and Jacob Clark chipped in 11.

Greater Beckley Christian 51, Buffalo 41: Austin Starcher was the lone double-figure scorer for the Bison (3-8), with a trio of 3-pointers among his 17 points. Orlando Potter led Greater Beckley Christian (4-6) with 16 points.

Winfield 61, Sissonville 52: Z.Z. Russell scored a team best 22 points, Mary Lawman added 15 points, eight rebounds and six assists and the host Class AA No. 2 Generals (13-1) picked up a home win. Emily Moore added 10 points and nine rebounds for Winfield.

Marleigh Bays led the Indians with 20.

Poca 55, Hurricane 25: The Dots hit 11 three-pointers and held the Redskins to just two first half points in earning the comfortable road victory.

Aubrey Chandler nailed five, three-pointers on her way to 19 points, and Casey Skeens hit a pair of treys to score 13 points for Poca (9-3). The Dots led 27-2 at halftime.

Nitro 42, Logan 23: The Wildcats road their defense to the road win, limiting Logan to just two points each in the first and fourth quarter.

Leslie Boley led Nitro (7-5) with 14 points, Nadia Legros added 12 points, and Torri Porterfield chipped in with 11. Ally Sipple scored a game high 18 points for Logan.

Huntington 58, Fairland 49: Jordyn Dawson had a triple double with 16 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 steals to lead the Highlanders to the home win.

Summers County 58, Gilmer County 52: Good balance led the Bobcats to the close road victory as three players combined to score 49 of the 58 points.

Hannah Taylor led Summers County (7-2) with 17 points with sisters Brittney and Whittney Justice both netting 16 points. Kylie Shuff tallied a game-high 20 points for Gilmer County (11-2) and Riley Fitzwater added 16 points.

Scott 46, Hannan 31: The Skyhawks led by just one at halftime but pulled away in the second half for the home win. Diane Birchfield led Scott (6-6) with 14 points.

River View 56, PikeView 49: Kiersten Roberts poured in 24 points to lead River View (11-1) to the home win. Laken McKinney led Pikeview (5-7) with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Sherman 57, Tug Valley 35: Dejah Busby scored 28 points and 16 rebounds as host Sherman got the win.

Prep basketball scores, box scores - Jan. 16 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170117/GZ0203/170119639 GZ0203 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170117/GZ0203/170119639 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 02:15:00 -0500


Hatfield-McCoy Shootout

At Williamson Field House

Friday, Jan. 20

3:30 p.m. - Ambassador Christian vs. Covenant Christian; 5 - Tolsia vs. Wesley Christian (Ky.); 6:30 - Scott vs. Sheldon Clark (Ky.); 8 - Mingo Central vs. Johnson Central (Ky.); 9:30 - Tug Valley vs. Christian County (Ky.)

Saturday, Jan. 21

10:30 a.m. - Covenant Christian vs. Shelby Valley (Ky.); Noon - Scott vs. Man; 1:30 p.m. - Tolsia vs. East Ridge (Ky.); 3 - Ambassador Christian vs. Sheldon Clark (Ky.); 4:30 - Wesley Christian vs. TNG Prep (Tenn).; 6 - South Charleston vs. Christian County (Ky.); 7:30 - Poca vs. Tug Valley; 9 - Mingo Central vs. Belfry (Ky.)

Hometown Invitational Tournament

Division 1

Pod play schedule

Friday's games

Clay-Battelle at Buffalo; Doddridge County at Valley Wetzel; South Harrison at East Hardy; Tygarts Valley at St. Marys

Jan. 25

Buffalo at Greenbrier West

Jan. 26

St. Marys at Calhoun County

Jan. 27

Greenbrier West at Clay-Battelle; Ritchie County at Doddridge County; East Hardy vs. Van (at South Harrison)

Jan. 28

Valley Wetzel at Ritchie County; Van at South Harrison; Calhoun County at Tygarts Valley

Pods (with seeds)

Pod A: 1. St. Marys, 8. Tygarts Valley, 12. Calhoun County; Pod B; 2. Doddridge County, 7. Valley Wetzel, 11. Ritchie County; Pod C; 3. South Harrison, 6. Van, 10. East Hardy; Pod D: 4. Clay-Battelle, 5. Greenbrier West, 9. Buffalo

Division 2

Teams play round-robin schedule

Hundred, Meadow Bridge, Paden City, Paw Paw, Union

The AP poll

The Associated Press high school boys basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses, total points and last week's rank:

Team Record Pts Prv

Class AAA

1. Capital (4) 6-2 89 1

2. University (5) 10-0 86 3

3. Musselman (1) 9-0 83 2

4. Huntington 6-1 67 5

5. George Washington 8-2 63 4

6. Martinsburg 8-1 54 7

7. Morgantown 7-2 42 6

8. Hedgesville 11-1 26 10

9. Parkersburg 6-2 15 NR

10. Greenbrier East 7-1 10 9

Others receiving votes: Woodrow Wilson 8, South Charleston 6, Parkersburg South 1.

Class AA

1. Fairmont Senior (8) 8-2 97 2

2. Bluefield (1) 8-1 89 3

3. Mingo Central 6-2 74 1

4. Poca 6-2 68 5

5. Philip Barbour 7-2 53 4

(tie)Chapmanville 8-3 53 8

7. North Marion (1) 8-3 31 NR

8. Sissonville 7-2 24 9

9. Logan 6-3 14 NR

10. James Monroe 7-2 10 10

Others receiving votes: Westside 9, Winfield 9, Point Pleasant 7, East Fairmont 6, River View 2, Independence 1, Roane County 1, PikeView 1, Wyoming East 1.

Class A

1. Wheeling Central (9) 11-2 99 1

2. Ravenswood 9-1 87 2

3. Fayetteville (1) 9-0 82 3

4. St. Marys 8-2 54 6

5. Notre Dame 5-4 53 5

6. Bishop Donahue 8-3 46 4

7. Parkersburg Catholic 8-3 41 8

8. Tug Valley 5-4 21 NR

9. Charleston Catholic 8-3 12 9

10. Pendleton County 8-2 10 NR

(tie) Madonna 6-4 10 NR

(tie) South Harrison 8-3 10 NR

Others receiving votes: Tucker County 6, Gilmer County 6, Williamstown 5, Pocahontas County 4, Mount View 2, Paw Paw 2.

Monday's statewide scores

Ashland Blazer, Ky. 61, Spring Valley 57

Charleston Catholic 66, Webster County 63

Brooke 61, Oak Glen 49

East Fairmont 56, Oakland Southern, Md. 31

Fayetteville 61, Pocahontas County 45

Linsly 46, Trinity 41

Moorefield 75, Strasburg, Va. 70

Morgantown 77, Musselman 70

Poca 66, Fairmont Senior 63

Valley Wetzel 67, Tygarts Valley 50

Woodrow Wilson 68, Riverside 40

MLK Jr. Showcase

River View 34, Mount View 28

Monday's boxscores

Greater Beckley Christian 51, Buffalo 41


Starcher 7 0-2 17, Hunt 3 0-0 7, Williams 0 0-2 0, Bailey 0 1-2 1, Morlachetta 3 1-3 7, Casto 4 1-1 9. Totals 17 3-10 41.


Moore 4 3-5 11, Clark 5 0-0 11, Potter 7 2-2 16, Fisher 2 0-0 6, Wolfe 1 0-0 3, Matherly 0 1-2 1, Dillinger 1 0-0 3. Totals 20 6-9 51.

Buffalo 11 10 15 5-41

Greater Beckley Christian 21 12 14 4-51

3-point goals - Buffalo 4 (Hunt, Starcher 3), Greater Beckley Christian 5 (Clark, Fisher 2, Wolfe, Dillinger).

Woodrow Wilson 68, Riverside 40

Woodrow Wilson (4-3)

Thomas 1 0-0 3, Mikey Penn 2 2-2 6, Isaiah Francis 8 4-8 22, Eddie Christian 1 0-0 3, Tarek Payne 2 0-3 5, Bryce Radford 4 0-0 11, Hunter Fansler 1 0-0 2, Dickey 1 0-0 3, Micah Hancock 1 0-0 2, Breland Walton 5 1-2 11. Totals 17 2s 9 3s 7-15 68.

Riverside (1-8)

Mark Scites 2 0-1 4, Dom Reed 2 3-4 8, Jacob Clark 3 4-9 11, T.J. Wood 5 2-5 12, Billanti 1 1-2 3, Josh Maddox 1 0-0 2. Totals 12 2s 2 3s 10-21 40.

Woodrow Wilson 19 17 16 16 -68

Riverside 6 12 14 8 -40

3-point goals - Woodrow 9 (Thomas 1, Francis 2, Christian 1, Payne 1, Radford 3, Dickey 1). Riverside 2 (Reed 1, Clark 1).

Poca 66, Fairmont Senior

Poca (7-2)

Frampton 10 5-6 29, Cottrill 2 0-0 4, J.P. Phillips 4 3-3 11, Dotson 3 0-2 6, Mitch Hoffman 6 2-2 16. Totals 19 2s 6 3s 10-13 66.

Fairmont (8-3)

Zyon Dobbs 5 3-3 13, Coco Horton 7 0-0 18, Bridges 3 0-1 7, Lee 2 0-0 4, Stills 4 1-3 9, Shields 1 0-0 2, Payne 1 0-0 2, Amos 3 1-3 8. 20 2s 6 3s 5-10 63.

Poca 13 12 20 21 -66

Fairmont Senior 12 15 14 22 -63

3-point goals - Poca 6 (Frampton 4, Hoffman 2), Fairmont 6 (Horton 4, Bridges 1, Amos 1).

Fayetteville 61, Pocahontas County 45

Fayetteville (10-0)

Fenton 18, Lively 9, D. Dempsey 5, McDowell 6, J. Dempsey 6, Vass 6, Mack 11. Totals 61.

Pocahontas county (9-3)

Shaffer 1, Halterman 10, Dilley 8, Wilfong 10, J. Jones 2, B. Jones 7, Taylor 7. Totals 45.

Fayetteville 19 15 13 14 -61

Pocahontas Co. 16 8 16 5 -45

Charleston Cath. 66, Webster County 63

Charleston Catholic (9-3)

Adkins 1 0-0 2, McKown 1 2-2 4, Williams 8 0-0 20, D. Martin 1 0-0 2, M. Martin 6 10-11 24, Jenkins 1 0-0 2, Imani 2 0-1 4, Ross 3 2-2 8. Totals 23 14-16 66.

Webster County (6-5)

Wilson 3 0-0 6, Williams 2 0-1 4, Groggs 6 2-5 17. D. Gray 6 1-2 13, Miller 3 2-2 9, Rose 3 0-0 9, T. Gray 2 0-0 5. Totals 26 5-10 63.

Charleston Catholic 6 23 19 18 -66

Webster County 11 21 16 15 -63

3-point goals: Catholic 6 (M. Martin 2, Williams 4). Webster 8 (Groggs 3, Miller, Rose 3, Gray).


The AP poll

The Associated Press high school girls basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses, total points and last week's rank:

Team Record Pts Prv

Class AAA

1. Huntington (7) 9-2 105 1

2. South Charleston (3) 9-2 81 4

3. Buckhannon-Upshur 9-2 80 2

4. Parkersburg South 11-3 55 5

5. Greenbrier East 12-2 53 3

6. Martinsburg 10-2 49 6

7. Morgantown 7-4 44 9

8. Parkersburg 9-2 41 7

9. Spring Valley 7-4 28 10

10. Preston 10-2 5 NR

(tie)St. Albans 6-5 5 8

Others receiving votes: Hampshire 2, George Washington 1, Wheeling Park 1.

Class AA

1. North Marion (7) 11-1 97 1

2. Winfield 12-1 82 4

3. Bluefield (1) 9-1 71 2

4. Fairmont Senior 9-3 65 3

(tie)Lincoln (1) 9-2 65 5

6. Westside 8-1 52 6

7. Wyoming East (1) 7-4 48 10

8. River View 10-1 33 9

9. Sissonville 7-2 15 8

10. Poca 8-3 12 NR

Others receiving votes: Frankfort 9, Nicholas County 1.

Class A

1. Gilmer County (5) 11-1 92 1

2. Wheeling Central (3) 11-1 89 3

3. Saint Joseph Central (1) 9-3 82 2

4. Tucker County (1) 10-2 74 4

5. Summers County 6-2 51 T6

(tie)Fayetteville 8-2 51 T6

7. Williamstown 9-2 37 8

8. Charleston Catholic 7-3 27 5

9. St. Marys 8-3 22 9

10. Valley Wetzel 9-2 14 10

Others receiving votes: Tolsia 11.

Monday's statewide scores

Bellaire, Ohio 63, Oak Glen 38

Bishop Walsh, Md. 64, Paw Paw 28

Buckhannon-Upshur 68, Capital 44

Huntington 58, Fairland, Ohio 39

Ironton, Ohio 77, Charleston Catholic 30

Nitro 42, Logan 23

Oakland Southern, Md. 60, Moorefield 46

Pendleton County 62, Tygarts Valley 38

Poca 55, Hurricane 25

Scott 46, Hannan 31

Sherman 57, Tug Valley 35

Wheeling Central 59, Notre Dame 31

Winfield 61, Sissonville 52

Wintersville Indian Creek, Ohio 55, Weir 34

East Fairmont Holiday Tournament

Bluefield 65, North Marion 62

East Fairmont 58, Clay County 48

Summers County 58, Gilmer County 52

Wyoming East 64, Fairmont Senior 47

MLK Classic

East Carter, Ky. 70, Saint Joseph Central 61

MLK Jr. Showcase

Greenbrier West 40, Mount View 36, OT

Montcalm 45, Mountain Mission, Va. 34

River View 56, PikeView 49

Monday's boxscores

Sherman 57, Tug Valley 35

Tug Valley

Emily Coalgrove 22, Spence 2, Thompson 3, Baisden 2, White 6.

Sherman (6-3)

Averson 4, Kendra Pannell 17, Dejah Busby 28, M. Toney 2, C. Toney 2, Wells 2, McDerment 2.

Tug Valley 7 7 9 12 -35

Sherman 13 23 10 11 -57

Winfield 61, Sissonville 52

Sissonville (7-3)

Montgomery 2 1-2 5, Campbell 2 3s 2-4 8, Long 1 2 1 3 1-2 6, Bays 8 4-7 20, McGhee 4 5-8 13. Totals 16 2s 3 3s 13-23 52.

Winfield (13-1)

L. Hudson 1 1-2 3, Lawman 6 3-9 15, S. Cavender 1 2-4 4, McGrew 2 2s 1 3 2-2 9, Russell 6 8-10 20, Moore 1 2 2 3s 2-2 10. Totals 17 2s, 3 3s 18-29.

Sissonville 19 16 12 7 -52

Winfield 17 15 18 11 -61

3-point goals - Sissonville 3 (Campbell 2, Long 1), Winfield 3 (McGrew 1, Moore 2).

Moore 9reb, Mary 8, 6 ast...

Nitro 42, Logan 23

Nitro (7-5)

Abbott 0 0-0 0, Porterfield 3 3-4 11, Hinkley 1 0-0 3, Collier 0 0-0 0, Coleman 0 0-0 0, Legros 4 4-10 12, Vogel 0 2-4 2, Boley 6 0-0 14, Entemann 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 9-18 42.


Welch 0 2-4 2, Carter 1 0-0 2, Sipple 6 0-5 18, Early 0 1-2 1. Totals 7 3-11 23.

Nitro 15 6 9 12 -42

Logan 2 10 9 2 -23

3-point goals: Nitro 5 (Porterfield 2, Hinkley, Boley 2), Logan 6 (Sipple 6).

Riverview 56, Pikeview 49

Pikeview (5-7)

Graham 2, Boggess 3, Craft 8, Justice 10, Robinson 2, Bailey 7, McKinney 17. Totals 49.

river view (11-1)

Roberts 24, Cooper 7, Blankenship 10, Dobbs 14. Totals 56.

Pikeview 9 12 10 17 -49

Riverview 13 13 19 11 -56

Poca 55, Hurricane 25

Poca (9-3)

Fisher 1 0-0 2, Skeens 3 5-7 13, Smith 0 1-2 1, Lawrence 1 0-0 2, Ord 2 0-0 6, Collins 3 0-0 8, Adkins 1 0-0 2, Chandler 7 0-0 19, Pontier 1 0-0 2. Totals 19 6-9 55


Westfall 1 0-0 2, Lucas 4 0-1 9, Bostic 2 0-0 4, Phifer 1 2-2 4, Yamaguchi 1 0-2 2, Schmitt 1 0-0 2, Kendleberry 1 0-0 2. Totals 11 2-7 25.

Poca 11 16 24 4 -55

Hurricane 2 0 11 12 -25

3-point goals: Poca 11 (Skeens 2, Ord 2, Collins 2, Chander 5), Hurricane 1 (Lucas).

Scott 46, Hannan 31


Skaggs 11, Duffer 1, Tolliver 8, Julie Frazier 11. Totals 31

scott (6-6)

Birchfield 14, Burns 9, Foley 6, Mayse 5, Matthews 5, Justice 7. Totals 46.

Hannan 4 14 3 10 -31

Scott 7 12 14 13 -46

Summers County 58, Gilmer County 52

summers county (7-2)

W. Justice 6 4-4 16, Taylor 7 3-6 17, Cline 2 0-0 6, MIller 3, B. Justice 16. Totals 58.

gilmer county (11-2)

Gwinn 6, Shuff 20, Somerville 10, Fitzwater 16. Totals 52.

Summers County 15 14 12 18 -58

Gilmer County 12 16 9 15 -52

Huntington 58, Fairland (OH) 39

Fairland (10-1)

Marshall 2, Wilson 8, Chapman 17, Warnock 4, McKinney 2, Simpson 3, Wagner 1. Totals 39.

Huntington (10-2)

Turner 10, Harmon 18, Sheffield 8, Dawson 16, A. Turner 2, Slash 4. Totals 58.

Fairland 14 4 7 14 -39

Huntington 21 10 9 18 -58



South Charleston 49, Horace Mann 43 (OT)

SC: Knapper 19. HM: Taylor 12, Crowder 12.


South Charleston 33, Horace Mann 25

SC - Terry 11. HM - Wilson 8.