What a difference a year makes.
This time last April, North Marion softball was trying to find its footing in a season where the Huskies finished an even .500 at 14-14.
North has to be among the more improved teams in the state during 2013’s early going, as the Huskies sit at 6-2 overall heading into today’s annual Diamond Dawg double-elimination tournament that gets under way this morning in Rachel.
New coach Brad Harker has brought the experience of past success when he was last in charge over a decade ago, and the young squad has brought in so far.
Even in Wednesday’s 5-4, nine-inning loss to University, the changes were easy to see. The Huskies took an early lead, only to lose it almost as quickly as they gained it, and went into the bottom of the seventh inning facing a do-or-die situation.
Freshman — yes, freshman — Shasta Pyles ripped a double in the gap to deadlock the game at 4-all and force extras. That University got two bunt singles in the ninth, even that the Hawks prevailed in the end, doesn’t really matter.
The Huskies sent a message: That they will keep fighting — and this fast start doesn’t look like a fluke.
Speaking of North, the Husky boys’ basketball program is bringing old and new together on Sunday afternoon.
At the high school at 1 p.m., North’s varsity team will play assorted alumni players from years past.
Like most anything, the Husky faithful does a great job of supporting its school, and this should be no different. Admission at the door is just $2.
If you hadn’t noticed, Fairmont State baseball is on a roll.
The Falcons have won seven of their last eight and improved their record to 11-13 overall and 7-7 in the WVIAC with a two-game sweep of Glenville State earlier this week.
A familiar name played a key role along the way, as Fairmont Senior grad Jamie Allard notched a complete game, two-hit shutout. The right-hander struck out five and walked none, and let one runner reach second base.
On the year, Allard is 3-2 with a 2.78 ERA over 35-plus innings.
Elsewhere, former Polar Bear standout Tyler Walter is off to a flying start at Hagerstown Community College (Md.).
The former all-state first baseman was leading the team with 31 RBIs and has added a 349 batting average.
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What a difference a year makes.
Aggressive Falcons roll past State, 107-89
Jerrod Calhoun had a simple message for his Fairmont State University team at halftime of its game with visiting West Virginia State here Saturday afternoon at the Joe Retton Arena.
“Coach got on us at halftime about playing timid and not being aggressive,” said backup point guard Shammgod Wells, who helped key a big second-half turnaround for the Falcons in their 107-89 blowout win over the Yellow Jackets.
Lady Falcons’ second-half rally falls short
A 17-point second-half deficit proved to be just a bit too much for Fairmont State’s Lady Falcons to overcome here Saturday afternoon at the Joe Retton Arena.
Visiting West Virginia State built a 55-38 lead just over 26 minutes into the contest and then held off a furious FSU comeback bid to record a 78-75 win.
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Marion County wrestlers begin season
All three Marion County teams kicked off the wrestling season Friday and Saturday at the Hedgesville Duals.
At the end of the competition, nine wrestlers remain undefeated.
Fairmont Senior swims to second
The Fairmont Senior boys’ swim team took second place Saturday in the Morgantown Invitational, finishing just four points behind Parkersburg South.
The Polar Bears were led by Tyler Campbell, who was named to the all-tournament team after finishing first in the 50 freestyle and second in the 100 fly.
Huggins implores Mountaineers to play to their strengths
Bob Huggins’ message to his West Virginia University team coming out of its disappointing 80-71 loss at Missouri that never really was as close as the final score indicates was a simple one – do what you do.
“We come out and we have too many guys playing out of character and doing things they can’t do instead of doing things they can do,” he said immediately after addressing his team on Thursday night in Columbia, Mo.
WVU women win seventh straight
Unlike the West Virginia University women’s basketball team she plays for, Asya Bussie draws a crowd every time she steps onto the Coliseum court.
The crowd, unfortunately, isn’t fellow WVU students or paying customers.
Martinsburg beats Huntington for fourth-straight AAA title
Malique Watkins threw a touchdown pass to lead Martinsburg to a 9-7 win over Huntington for the Bulldogs’ record fourth straight Class AAA championship Saturday.
Second-seeded Martinsburg (13-1) extended its playoff winning streak to 16 games.
Madonna beats Greenbrier West for Class A title
Ross Comis threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, leading Madonna to a 24-14 win over Greenbrier West in the Class A championship game Saturday night.
Top-seeded Madonna (14-0) won the third title in school history and atoned for an overtime loss to Wahama last year. The Blue Dons also were state champions in 2009 and 1987.
Polar Bears’ comeback falls short
They say it’s not about how you start. Rather, it’s how you finish that matters.
The Fairmont Senior girls’ basketball team was a prime example of this Friday night against Morgantown. Well. .. almost.
Through the first 10 minutes of the contest, the Polar Bears looked flustered, frustrated and flat-out overmatched against the Class AAA opponent.
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