Roundup: Ex-Huntington basketball standout Tavian Dunn-Martin will transfer to Duquesne

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The Huntington bench and fan section react to a 3-point basket by Huntington’s Tavian Dunn-Martin (11) in a 2016 game at South Charleston.

Former Huntington basketball standout Tavian Dunn-Martin announced he will transfer from Akron to Duquesne to follow former Zips’ coach Keith Dambrot to the Dukes’ program.

Dunn-Martin, the 2016 Bill Evans Award winner as the top high school boys basketball player in West Virginia, averaged 4 points per game in 36 appearances for Akron this season as a freshman.

News broke Monday evening that Dambrot would leave Akron. Dunn-Martin tweeted late Monday, “I would like to thank Akron for all their support and an amazing season, but I will be transferring to Duquesne with @CoachDambrot.”

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WVU BASKETBALL: West Virginia University senior Nathan Adrian was selected to play in the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division I men’s basketball Reese’s All-Star Game to be played at University of Phoenix Stadium on Friday.

The rosters are composed of 21 of the nation’s outstanding seniors in NCAA Division I and the game will be televised on CBS Sports Network. Adrian will play for the West All-Star team, coached by Tad Boyle of the University of Colorado. Josh Pastner of Georgia Tech will coach the East team.

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PREP FOOTBALL: J.L. Abbott, who led Fairmont Senior to last season’s Class AA state championship football game, has stepped down as coach.

The Polar Bears went 10-3 last season, falling to Mingo Central in the title game at Wheeling Island Stadium. Abbott also coached Fairmont Senior to the state semifinals in both 2015 and 2016.

n Mark Montgomery has been selected as football coach at Class AA Independence. He served as offensive coordinator last year at Princeton.

Montgomery, a veteran coach, also serves as the assistant game director of the North-South Football Classic.

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MARSHALL SOFTBALL: Jordan Dixon tossed her second career no-hitter as Marshall blanked Morehead State 8-0 in five innings Tuesday in Huntington. The Herd has won 16 straight and improved to 25-4.

Dixon struck out 10 and walked just three in five innings to pick up her 18th win of the season. The senior from Oklahoma has won 10 straight and is just 11 strikeouts away from 1,000 for her career.

At the plate, Eloise Tribolet went 2 for 2 with two RBIs and Morgan Zerkle, Taylor McCord and Shaelynn Braxton each drove in a run for the Herd.

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HERD BASEBALL: Eastern Kentucky scored six runs over the fifth and sixth innings to take down Marshall 6-3 Tuesday in Huntington.

Daniel McFarland went 2 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs to lead EKU (14-12), which pounded out 11 hits.

Starter Brad O’Connor took the loss for the Herd, allowing six runs (three earned) on eight hits and striking out five in 5 2/3 innings.

Shane Hanon went 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs and Tyler Ratliff knocked in a run for Marshall (11-11).

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TECH SOFTBALL: WVU Tech’s Genna Trippett has been named the River States Conference player of the week.

Trippett, a senior from Parkersburg, went 9 for 16 with a double, three home runs and seven RBIs to help the Golden Bears go 3-3 last week.

For the year, the first baseman is hitting .362 with six homers and nine RBIs in 25 games.

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HYCAT SWIMMING: The Huntington Y and Charleston Aquatic Team is hosting its last home meet of the fall-winter season this weekend at the University of Charleston natatorium.

HYCAT director/coach Greg Olson expects approximately 75 swimmers representing West Virginia and Kentucky. Admission is free to the public with starting times of 5:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 304-357-4825 or

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LITTLE LEAGUE: The Capital-Midwestern Little League will have opening-day ceremonies Saturday at Bigley Field in Charleston.

The event is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. For more information, contact league president Eric Wilson at 304-552-8020.

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BASKETBALL CLINIC: There will be a ball-handling and shooting clinic from 10 a.m. through 3 p.m. Saturday at the Sports City U Academy in Hurricane. Cost is $100 per player. For more information, call 304-562-2424.

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