Poca senior Luke Frampton has been named the 2016-17 Gatorade West Virginia Boys Basketball Player of the Year, as announced Monday morning.
Frampton, recently named the Kanawha Valley Player of the Year, led the Dots to a 19-6 record and the regional final this past season. Frampton averaged 23.6 points, 10 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.2 steals per game.
A First Team All-State selection and the Kanawha Valley Defensive Player of the Year as a junior, he is a three-time All-Conference honoree. Frampton also has assisted with social events for people with disabilities and has volunteered locally on behalf of a food bank and youth basketball programs.
As a Gatorade Player of the Year, Frampton will be able to select a national or local youth sports organization to receive a grant as part of the Gatorade Play It Forward program. Every Gatorade Player of the Year state winner receives a $1,000 grant to donate and will have the opportunity to enter for an additional $10,000 spotlight grant by writing a brief essay explaining why their selected organization deserves additional support. 12 spotlight grants — one for each sport — will be announced throughout the year.
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UC BASEBALL: The Golden Eagles split a doubleheader against Fairmont State Monday in Charleston, dropping the opener 4-0 and winning the nightcap 7-5.
In game one, Falcons (10-10, 3-1) scored two in the first when Johnny Kesling doubled to right, scoring Austin Norman and Ben Myers. The Falcons added two unearned runs in the fifth. Michael Stout allowed four Eagle hits over seven innings and struck out eight.
In game two, the Eagles (11-6, 1-3) scored three in the second on a Jesse Elliott single that drove in two and a Ethan Hunt double that knocked in Colby Johnson. They added three more in the third. Nick Wilson singled to score Tristan Fields, Will Lucas knocked in Steven Davis with a single an d Lucas scored on a wild pitch.
The Eagles take on WVU Tech today at 6 p.m. at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston.
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UC SOFTBALL: The Golden Eagles went on the road and split a doubleheader against UVA-Wise, losing the first game 8-6 and winning the second 6-3 in Wise, Va.
In the opener, Olivia Cleary hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning, putting UVA-Wise ahead for good. For the Eagles (10-8, 3-1), Haleigh Christopher went 2-4 with a home run and two RBIs. Bailey Gogia also hit a home run.
In the second game, the Eagles rallied from a 3-1 deficit, scoring three in the sixth to take the lead. Laura Ashlock knocked in two with a double, and Alyssa Stanley singled to drive in Logan Walkosz.
The Eagles return home to face Ohio Valley today in Charleston.
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FAIRMONT STATE BASKETBALL: Fairmont State men’s basketball standout Matt Bingaya garnered two first team All-American honors and head coach Jerrod Calhoun was named 2017 Basketball Times Coach of the Year on Monday.
Bingaya was named a first team All-American by the Division II Conference Commissioners Association and Basketball Times after leading the Falcons to a 32-2 record and their second NCAA Division II Elite Eight appearance in program history.
Calhoun earned Coach of the Year honors after leading the Falcons to their first regular season league championship since 1996 and first regional championship since 1998. The Falcons have also tied a program record with 32 wins this season.
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MOUNTAIN BIKE CHAMPIONSHIP: The 2017 West Virginia Mountain Bike Championships are March 26-27 beginning at 12 p.m. at Charles Fork Lake outside Spencer.
The Trail Advocacy Group, Friends of Charles Fork Lake and the city of Spencer are sponsoring the event, which is a qualifying race for the 2017 Mountain Bike National Championships on June 19-23 at Snowshoe Mountain Resort. For more information, contact go to spencertrails.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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BASKETBALL CLINIC: The Sports City U Basketball Academy will sponsor a ball handling and shooting clinic for boys and girls ages eight and up on April 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the facility in Hurricane.
The clinic, which costs $100 per player, also will cover offensive moves, transition form offense to defense, finishing at the rim and half-court offense and defense. Call (304) 562-2424 for more information.