A player, a coach and a true legend.
Former East Fairmont girls’ basketball sensation Darcie Vincent is creating a legacy as one of the best women’s college basketball coaches in America.
She began her quest to greatness at East Fairmont — there, she learned how to hone her skills and apply leadership qualities that would distinguish her among the rest.
While at East, Vincent paved the way for future athletes around the state. Her presence and knowledge of the game was above her time, and she took over during games and carried the Bees on her back.
During her senior year, she averaged close to 30 points per game, pushing the Bees deep into the state playoffs for the first time in school history. Not only was she a winner, but she was the first female to score 2,000 points in a high school career in the state of West Virginia and she was the Class AAA First Team All-State captain in her senior season.
“We made it to the regional semifinals and were defeated by Parkersburg,” said East Fairmont head coach Bill Malone. “After beating us, Parkersburg went all the way and won it.
“(Vincent) was a leader — she was a leader then like she is now. She could take charge, and by the time they were seniors, we had a group of really intelligent girls. We could do a lot of different things, but it mainly just came down to her leadership. She wasn’t really a ball hog. You can be a basketball player and be a good scorer, but that doesn’t mean that you can make the people around you better. She was the type of player who made other people better.”
Not only was Vincent a basketball star, but she could do other things — she was a standout on the tennis court and she played baseball.
Darcie Vincent ranks as elite basketball coach
A player, a coach and a true legend.
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.
Mascaro signs with FSU
Gabi Mascaro is staying in Fairmont.
After considering several out-of-state colleges, the Fairmont Senior soccer standout signed her National Letter of Intent Tuesday to continue her career at Fairmont State University, an upstart program which will play its first games in 2015.
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