The West Virginia University-Pittsburgh rivalry returns to the women’s basketball arena next season.
The two schools announced Thursday they will play a home-and-home series. The first game will take place on Dec. 7 at the WVU Coliseum. The second game will come at the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh on a date to be determined in the 2018-19 season.
West Virginia has won five of the last six meetings, including a 60-42 win over Pitt in the last meeting on Feb. 27, 2012. WVU owns a 26-19 all-time record against the Panthers in a series that began on Jan. 19, 1974.
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UC SOFTBALL: The University of Charleston swept a doubleheader from Glenville State Thursday in Charleston. The Golden Eagles blanked the Pioneers 2-0 in the first game before recording an 8-0 shutout in the nightcap.
In the first game, UC starter Alli Burdette allowed just two hits and struck out seven in a complete-game effort to move to 15-6 on the season. Bethany Williams and Ansley Warner each drove in a run for UC.
In the second game, Jessie Rowe recorded the win in the circle, giving up four hits and striking out two in six innings. Haleigh Christopher went 3 for 3 with two doubles and three RBIs and Laura Ashlock went 3 for 4 with a double and three RBIs for the Golden Eagles (31-12, 19-5 Mountain East Conference).
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WEST VIRGINIA STATE SOFTBALL: The Yellow Jackets dropped a doubleheader to West Virginia Wesleyan Thursday afternoon in Institute. The Bobcats won the first game 4-0 before prevailing 7-2 in the nightcap.
In the first game, Wesleyan starter Hannah Vet scattered just four hits and struck out four on her way to a shutout. Olivia Gore, Sara Scoone and Krista Waggoner each knocked in a run for the Bobcats. Mackenzie Dunlop, Brittany Allison, Cheyenne Herrera and Summer Sword each tallied a hit for State.
In the second game, WVWC scored four runs over the first two innings to take a 4-0 lead. State rallied for two runs in the bottom of the sixth, but the Bobcats tacked on three runs in the top of the seventh to seal the win. Dunlop and Allison each had an RBI for State (21-25, 7-17 MEC), while Brooklyn Waddell went 2 for 4 with a double, a triple and three RBIs for the Bobcats (34-6, 20-4).
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MEC TENNIS: The All-MEC men’s teams and awards were announced Thursday, with West Liberty’s Baptiste Perrin earning player of the year honors.
University of Charleston’s Ben Lakeman and Alec Foote each earned first-team honors, while West Virginia State’s Kaleb Ball and UC’s Jamie Gibson each made the second team.
West Virginia Wesleyan had three players named to the first team, and Fairmont State and West Liberty each landed two.
FSU’s Lucas Alves was tabbed as the freshman of the year and the Falcons’ Kyle Hoffman was named the coach of the year.
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NACA BASKETBALL: Corey Preece of Ambassador Christian Academy in Williamson has been selected to the third team of the National Association of Christian Athletics All-America boys basketball squad for Divisions 2 through 6.
Preece, a 6-foot-3 senior point guard and son of ACA coach Rick Preece, averaged 14 points, 9.5 rebounds and 7.5 assists. There are 52 teams competing nationally in NACA’s Divisions 2-6.
Also for ACA, 5-11 junior Raahkim Gray was selected to the six-player All-America defensive team, which covers all divisions and over 100 teams. Gray averaged 14.5 points, six rebounds and six steals.
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AUTO RACING: I-77 Speedway will hold a full evening of American Motor Racing Association points races Saturday evening at new times.
“Now that we are past early spring, our racing will begin a bit later at 8 instead of 6:30,” Todd Jones, president of MW Motorsports, said. “We will stay on the new schedule through the summer.”
Gates will open at 3 p.m. The drivers’ meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m., followed by Mini-Wedge heats at 6:45 p.m., qualifying at 7 p.m. and racing at 8 p.m. A pit pass costs $30, general admission is $15. Accompanied minors ages 10 and younger get free general admission. Accompanied children ages 5 and younger get into the pits for free.
I-77 Speedway is a three-eighths-mile clay oval stock car racetrack located south of Ripley. More information about the track and its racing schedule is available at www.I-77speedway.com.