The Times West Virginian

Sports

May 16, 2014

Field narrows at state tennis tourney

CHARLESTON — After day one of the Class AA state tennis tournament in Charleston, just four from Marion County remain.

All three of the singles competitors were eliminated Thursday, with Fairmont Senior’s No. 2 Blake Hoke advancing the furthest.

The freshman won his opening-round match with Nick Lawrence from Westside, 8-2, before falling in the quarterfinals to Ankur Makani from Petersburg, 8-6.

Hoke trailed 5-2 in the match and fought back to 7-6. With a chance to tie the match at 7-7, he hit two shots into the net that may have turned the match in his favor.

“He had it right in the palm of his hands,” said Fairmont Senior coach Mark Giorcelli. “You go home and you lay in bed and you can’t sleep because you  know you beat yourself. But by the same token you know the other guy wasn’t better than you. (Hoke) had him by the skin of his teeth.”

East Fairmont No. 2 Cara Laswell lost her opening-round match to Erika Kissel of Wyoming East, 8-3.

She trailed, 6-1, at one point and, like Hoke, rallied back but couldn’t come all the way.

“The positive is that she got to see how girls from the other parts of the state play,” East Fairmont coach Rodney Anselene said of the sophomore. “She sees what she needs to do to improve her game in the next 6-8 months.”

Rounding out the first day of competition was No. 1 Alissa Link of Fairmont Senior, who fell 8-2 to Molly Lovern of Bluefield.

Lovern is among the higher ranked players in Class AA and has committed to play tennis next season at Shepherd. Giorcelli said he was proud of how Link stood up to the tough competition.

“I believe on any give day Alissa could have beaten this girl,” he said. “It was just a day where this girl got the best of her. I’d like to see them play again.”

Play will resume tomorrow morning with doubles.

East Fairmont’s No. 2 team of Brittiany Brumage and Erica Gorman will square off with a team from Bluefield. Fairmont Senior’s No. 3 team of Eviana Barnes and Jasmine Johnson will also face a team from Bluefield.

 

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Return to Mountain State exciting for new sports writer

    When I packed my belongings out of my Morgantown apartment in May, fresh with a journalism degree from West Virginia University, I thought I had ended a chapter of my life and closed the book on my experience inside the great Mountain State forever.
    It wasn’t until I received a phone call back in my hometown of Canton, Ohio, from the Times West Virginian that the idea of a return to the area became a possibility. The opportunity to begin my professional career in an area that I’ve become comfortable with for the past several years was too good to pass by.

    July 29, 2014

  • Black Diamond.jpg Black Diamond Express looking to add elite players

     Travel sports are said to be the cream of the crop for young athletes.
    Generally, youth are selected to play on travel league teams based upon a heightened skill level or an ability that exceeds the everyday athlete.
    That’s what the Black Diamond Express softball team in Morgantown is looking for, along with a few new elite players.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Steelers’ Spence caps lengthy comeback

    The whistle blew and Sean Spence sprinted forward, each cathartic step distancing the linebacker from the horrific knee injury that threatened to end his NFL career before it even really began.

    July 28, 2014

  • All tickets claimed for LeBron’s homecoming show

    LeBron James’ Ohio hometown says fans quickly claimed the thousands of tickets available for the homecoming event expected to be his first public appearance in the state since announcing his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    July 28, 2014

  • FSU to hold Falcon Fantasy Camp

    Ever want to be a college football coach? Now you’ll have your chance thanks to Fairmont State University’s Falcon Fantasy Camp.

    July 28, 2014

  • Lawyer: Wife plotted to take over Sterling trust

    A lawyer argued Monday that the estranged wife of Donald Sterling plotted to strip his client from the family trust that owned the Los Angeles Clippers after the head of the NBA said she couldn’t negotiate a sale of the franchise unless she owned all the shares.

    July 28, 2014

  • Were Bowlsby’s fears about college athletics’ future justified?

    I have never met or even talked to Bob Bowlsby, commissioner of the Big 12 Conference.
    But I did read a lengthy story on his 45-minute address to reporters last week on Media Day in Dallas, Texas. Among other things, Bowlsby forecast a startling change threatening the existence of intercollegiate athletics as we have known for these many, many years.

    July 28, 2014

  • Steelers’ Wheaton eyeing chance after tough rookie year

    Markus Wheaton realizes the pressure is there, but he doesn’t mind.

    July 28, 2014

  • Post 17 #7 Post 2 #12 mw.JPG Post 17 falls short in Area II championship

    Sometimes getting a bad game out of your system is what a team needs.
    Post 17 Fairmont is hoping that they’ve now gotten all of its bad games out of the way, falling to Post 2 Morgantown, 10-0, via a 7th inning mercy rule, crowning Morgantown Area II American Legion champions.
    After playing 18 innings the night before, Fairmont couldn’t seem to get anything going at East Fairmont High School Sunday afternoon.
    As rain clouds loomed over the field, so, too, did one settle in over Post 17’s offense, Fairmont collecting just four hits the entire game.
    “Definitely not one of our better games as a team,” Fairmont’s Austin Norman said of his team’s performance. “We’ll come up tomorrow, hit and get on the same page.”

    July 28, 2014 7 Photos

  • Harrison’s 4 hits leads Pirates past Rockies, 7-5

    Josh Harrison had four hits, including a tiebreaking homer, to help the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Colorado Rockies 7-5 on Sunday.

    July 27, 2014

Featured Ads
NDN Sports
House Ads
NCAA Breaking News
NCAA Photos