Perfect six

North Marion’s Lucas Pammer (32) battles with Buckhannon goalie Zach Lewis during the Huskies’ 3-1 win over the Buccaneers Tuesday.

There wasn’t one moment that changed the North Marion boys’ soccer team.

Rather, as things often work in life, it was a culmination of things, in this case a string of losing seasons that wouldn’t seem to end.

This year, the Huskies, six seniors strong and with depth to spare, wanted to stop the bleeding.

“We decided we really want it this year; we really want it bad,” North senior midfielder Lucas Pammer said. “We haven’t had a winning record in years, and we’ve finally had enough of (the losing).”

“We’re tired of losing. We’re sick of it,” junior Preston Parker said.

And fed up enough to do something about it, beginning the season unbeaten and ranked third in the state in Class AAA. Tuesday night, North’s continued the trend, moving to 6-0 with a victory, 3-1, over visiting Buckhannon-Upshur.

Though hard to fathom given how the Huskies are playing, coach Josh Barker had relatively modest goals — a winning record, competitiveness in the North Central Athletic Conference — coming into the year.

“I be lying if I said I expected us to be 6-0,” he said. “I don’t want to say we’re better than anybody, but we definitely feel like we can play with anybody in the state right now. We’re just playing good soccer.”

On this night, North won in spite of a flu bug — “I think we all got it,” Pammer laughed — that affected more than half the team, but it barely showed in the first half.

The Huskies outshot the Bucs 15-3 in the first half and held a 21-5 edge for the contest, an aggressive offensive approach Barker has been preaching to his team all season.

“You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take,” Barker said. “We want to get a lot of shots and work that (goalkeeper). Sooner or later, you’re going to get one through, and that’s all we’re trying to do.”

It happened twice in the first half. Pammer knocked in his own rebound from close range at the 28th minute for the game’s first score.

Buckhannon-Upshur (0-5-1) briefly tied the game of Tyler Hall’s goal, but Preston Parker, in front of the net, shuffled a pass to Zech Hamrick for the Huskies’ second tally with two minutes left before the break.

Parker, a junior who missed all of last season after suffering a broken tibia in the first scrimmage, added a goal in the ninth minute of the second half, stealing a pass from about 15 feet out and gliding in for the breakaway.

“I sometimes just stand there in a daze watching him. He’s amazing,” Pammer said of Parker, the team’s leading scorer. “I don’t know how he does it. Each game he comes out and surprises me.

“Early on, we didn’t know how much of a team player he was. But I cannot say more about Preston Parker right now.”

Or his red-hot team, off to the best start in school history.

“We’ve really brought it together,” Pammer said, a big smile breaking across his face. “And we want to maintain it by playing hard, keeping our heads on straight and winning the game in front of us.”

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Prep Football

Evans results to be released Thursday

The West Fairmont football team will get word — finally — on the severity of Desmond Evans’ leg injury Thursday.

At 8:15 a.m. Tuesday morning at Fairmont General Hospital, the junior running back went in for an MRI but test results won’t be released until Thursday’s follow-up appointment.

No matter the outcome, Polar Bears coach J.L. Abbott said Evans will miss the next two games.

“We’re on pins and needles right now and are just looking for answers,” Abbott said. “We want to get this straightened out — either with Desmond back on the field soon or back long-term.”

Evans has 84 yards and three touchdowns so far this season.


Prep Soccer

West boys top UHS

Zach Garrett scored in the first half and Brooks Nucilli added a score in the second half as West Fairmont’s boys’ soccer team beat University, 2-0.

West head coach Jim DeNardi credited Dylan Leeson, Stephen Hendrixson and Louie Romano keeping the Hawks from taking too many shots on goal.

“It’s our third shutout in a row, but Corey (Cleavenger) didn’t have to make a lot of saves back there,” DeNardi said.

The Bears’ junior varsity team got its first win, 3-1.

Tyler Ewing scored a pair of goals and Stephen Cox had the other.


Prep Golf

EF wins NCAC match

East Fairmont defeated West Fairmont, North Marion and Buckhannon in a NCAC golf match Tuesday.

The Bees finished with a 152, West and Buckhannon tied with a 154 and North came in with a 167.

The Huskies’ Ryan Moore was co-medalist of the match with B-U’s Jeremy Rogers after shooting a 2-under 33.

East was led by Jess Ferrell (34), Tyler Hartzel (36), Jacob Helmick (39) and Evan Gorman (43).

West was paced by Allen Rickards (36), Steven Sinclair (38), Tyler Merrifield (39) and Beau Robinson (41).

Michael Toth (42) and Ruben Bland (46) and Lindsey Menas (46) led North Marion.

Toth was also the co-medalist in a match on Monday between the Huskies, Buckhannon and Elkins.

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