An all-around superstar.
Former North Marion girls’ basketball standout Mariah Byard was a player who couldn’t be stopped in high school.
Now a sophomore starting shooting guard for the Ohio University Bobcats, Byard had a high school career that would produce a best-selling novel for sports fans across the nation.
In high school, Byard toyed with opponents during her senior season, averaging nearly a triple-double every game — 18.6 points per game, 10.3 assists per game and 9.3 rebounds per game.
In her final season with the Huskies, she helped guide the team to a 25-0 record, earning not just one state Player of the Year honor, but nabbing her second state Player of the Year award in 2011, which is a feat that only a few can say they accomplished.
She also capped her career with a state championship win over South Charleston that gave both her and her teammates three consecutive Class AAA state titles.
“I loved every minute of it,” Byard said. “The honors were OK, but the thing that I was most ecstatic about was the state championships. Also, I enjoyed the relationships that I made with my teammates and coaches, plus the community.”
Even though she had accolades that were through the roof during her junior and senior seasons, it was her sophomore year that put both North Marion girls’ basketball and Mariah Byard on the map.
In the state championship game against Huntington, Byard stepped back with a few seconds remaining on the clock and nailed a game-winner, giving North state title No. 1.
Byard reflects on outstanding career with Huskies
An all-around superstar.
Pirates’ slide continues in 2-1 loss to Cincinnati
The Pittsburgh Pirates are five games under .500 less than a month into the season but they insist there is no reason to panic.
Ryan Ludwick lined a two-run double after two Cincinnati batters were hit by pitches, lifting Tony Cingrani and the Reds over the Pirates 2-1 on Thursday.
Polar Bear tennis sweeps East: PHOTOS
Last week East Fairmont’s girls’ tennis team beat Fairmont Senior, 4-3.
Wednesday at Fairmont State University, the Polar Bears returned the favor with a 5-2 win over their cross-town rival.
Alissa Link won No. 1 singles, 8-4. Morgan Hoke won No. 3 singles, 9-7. And Avery Towns won No. 4 singles, 8-5, for the Polar Bears.
Falcons set for spring game
Football is back … well, kind of.
Today at 7 p.m., Fairmont State will hold its annual Maroon & White spring game at Duvall-Rosier Field. The scoreboard won’t mean a whole lot since it’s little more than a glorified scrimmage. Instead, here are five things to watch during today’s game.
HERTZEL COLUMN: NCAA football is thriving in the digital age
The other day Baylor football coach Art Briles walked into his graduate assistants’ office and had to laugh at what he saw.
“There’s five guys sitting in there — a couple of GA’s and some office personnel — and they all are within a foot and a half of each other and not a one of them is talking to each other,” Briles said, describing the scene “Every one of them is on the phone.”
Hillberry commits to Wesleyan
Last year Emma Harrison and Kaitlyn Conaway teamed up with Alexis Hillberry to win several relay medals at the state track meet.
Though the two West Virginia Wesleyan runners are now in college, they helped to pass the baton to Hillberry Wednesday when she signed her National Letter of Intent to join her former teammates on the Bobcats’ track team.
O’Brien leads WVU baseball past Marshall
Catcher Cam O’Brien made a bid at becoming only the second West Virginia University player to hit for the cycle as the Mountaineers jumped on Marshall early and routed their in-state rival, 10-3, behind strong pitching from Corey Walter and a pair of relievers.
North, East softball earn blowout wins
The North Marion softball team was at it again Wednesday night.
Mattie Polling tripled and singled, starting pitcher Chelsi Latocha doubled and gave up just one hit as the Huskies rolled to another 3-inning mercy-rule victory over Lewis County, 18-1.
Simon, Bruce lead Reds past Bucs, 5-2
Alfredo Simon pitched into the seventh inning despite erratic control, Jay Bruce drove in a run for a fifth consecutive game and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 Wednesday night.
Simon (3-1) worked 6 2-3 innings and allowed two runs on four hits and five walks while striking out four.
Pens squander lead, fall to Columbus
Brandon Dubinsky scored with 22.5 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and Nick Foligno’s wrist shot just inside the blue line 2:49 into the extra session gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night.
Cousins Sansalone, Craig lead Polar Bears past B-U: PHOTOS
They say you don’t mess with family. Buckhannon-Upshur found that one out the hard way.
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