From Barrackville to Chapel Hill.
Former North Marion standout and North Carolina University Tar Heel star Jessica Sell has had a basketball career that is tough to fathom.
At North Marion, Sell was a dynamic threat. She could make passes, drill needed baskets, penetrate the hole and play defense.
In basketball terms, Sell was a player who played with ice in her veins.
“At North Marion, I kind of did it all — I was a point guard to a forward,” Sell said. “At North Carolina, they used me more as a shooting guard. They let me handle the ball some early in my career, and after ankle surgery and a few other ailments, I was a specialty behind the three-point mark at North Carolina.”
Although she was a three-point specialist for the Tar Heels, at North she was able to do what nobody else had done — lead the team to a state championship opportunity.
Her legacy is what put Rachel on the map, and her play opened the doors for other female athletes to follow in her footsteps.
The legacy she wrote began and ended with greatness. She was named West Virginia Player of the Year; Gatorade State Player of the Year as a senior; McDonald’s Top 100 All-American nominee; WBCA All-America nominee; and owns her school’s scoring and rebounding records for male and female players.
Sell ranked 61st on the All-Star Girls Report list of prospects for the Class of 2002; First-Team All-State as a junior and senior; and was the Most Outstanding Player at the 2000-01 Beach Ball Classic Holiday Tournament in Myrtle Beach.
Although she had numerous awards and was also a National Honor Society 4.0 student, her fondest memory of her high school career is playing for a state championship.
Jessica Sell helped put North Marion basketball on the map
From Barrackville to Chapel Hill.
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Wednesday at Fairmont State University, the Polar Bears returned the favor with a 5-2 win over their cross-town rival.
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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.
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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.
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