By Nick Cammuso
Times West Virginian
While former East Fairmont standout Mason Bailey ended his career on college wrestling’s biggest stage last week at the NCAA Championships, he isn’t the only county athlete making high marks after high school.
His former Bee teammate, Hunter Wood, recently completed a successful wrestling season at Army. On top of that, numerous area basketball stars have taken their games to the next level — and sometimes out of state — to become big contributors.
Here’s a quick look at a few:
• Mariah Byard, Ohio — The former North Marion star and two-time state girls’ basketball player of the year just completed her sophomore campaign with Division I Ohio University.
In some ways, it surely wasn’t the year she had in mind, as the Bobcats finished 6-23 overall and 1-15 in the MAC. Head coach Semeka Randall’s contract was not renewed after the season.
As for Byard, like in her strong freshman season, she was a key player for Ohio off the bench. She played in 24 games, including six starts, and was among the team leaders in several categories.
Byard ranked second on the Bobcats in 3-pointers made (35) and assists (43), third among regulars in free throw percentage (.711) and fifth in points per game (6.5).
She hit her season-best in points earlier this month, scoring 14 in Ohio’s March 6 home finale versus Miami of Ohio.
• In Division 2, the Glenville State women’s basketball team had a season to remember. The Lady Pioneers went 27-4 and were ranked as high as 12th in the nation before losing an 81-79 heartbreaker to a powerful California (Pa.) squad in the second round of the NCAA women’s tournament.