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Middle School Soccer Programs Begin Regular Season

by CHRISTIAN STULL


The Barbour County Middle School soccer teams began their regular season schedules this week against Taylor Middle. The girls tied 1-1 with Caylee Simmons finding the nets for the first Barbour County goal in history. The boys dropped a tough loss with Jake Davies making history with the first goal in program history. The following night the teams hosted Buckhannon-Upshur Middle with the girls dropping a 2-0 loss, while the boys tied 1-1. Luca Corley gets the credit for the goal for Barbour County. The teams will go on the road this week as they travel to Fairmont West on Wednesday with the girls starting at 5 p.m. and the boys at 6:30 p.m.

BMS And KMS Cross Country Compete At Taylor Middle
by CHRISTIAN STULL


The Belington Middle and Kasson Middle School cross country teams competed at Taylor County Middle School on Wednesday afternoon. The BMS Lady Hawks came home with the best finish as they placed 5th out of 14 teams, while the boys’ squad were 10th of 13 teams. The Lady Hawks were led by Megan Mitchell who turned in another medalist performance coming home in 10th place, while the boys were led by Camlin Teets in 44th. The KMS girls were led by Alexia Ferber in 68th place and Grant Harris brought home a 105th place finish as the top boy. The KMS team will compete this Saturday in the annual Indian Run at the Bridgeport Rec Center, while the BMS team returns to race on Tuesday, September 18 at West Fairmont.
BMS results –
Girls: Megan Mitchell, 10th, 13:58; Tessa Booth, 23rd, 14:39; Madisyn Simpson, 27th, 14:51; Cheyenne Kittle, 44th, 15:45; Phaedra Payne, 48th, 16:04; Autumn Ogden, 55th, 16:25; Lily Lasky, 59th, 16:34.
Boys: Camlin Teets, 44th, 15:28; Ethan White, 64th, 16:54; Jackson Watson, 76th, 18:23; Nathan Bennett, 77th, 18:28; Lucas Posey, 92nd, 20:58;
KMS results –
Girls: Alexia Ferber, 68th, 16:55; Hannah Welch, 99th, 19:39.
KMS boys: Grant Harris, 105th, 24:31; Jacob Gray 108th, 25:27.

PB Volleyball Opens Season With Seven Wins

by CHRISTIAN STULL


The Philip Barbour Lady Colts opened their 2018 season in defense of three consecutive state Class AA titles with seven wins in a very busy first week. The squad opened play with in a Big 10 quad match on the road taking wins over RCB (25-14, 25-23), East Fairmont (25-14, 25-18), and Grafton (25-17, 25-7). On Saturday, the team hosted a twelve team tournament at PB that saw the team defeat Hampshire 25-14, 25-17 and Herbert Hoover (25-6, 25-7) while tying Shady Spring (16-25, 25-19) in pool play, then falling in a tight three set match to regional rival Oak Glen (27-25, 21-25, 21-25) in knock-out play. The squad wrapped up the week in a tri-match at Preston County on Monday night where they dropped the host Lady Knights (25-11, 25-16), then overcame 5 set points against in the first set versus University High to prevail (28-26, 25-18). The Lady Colts begin the season with 7-1-1 record and 4-0 in Big 10 Conference play. The squad will host Liberty and North Marion on Wednesday night with the first serve set for 6 p.m. The team will likely not be traveling to Virginia Beach this weekend with the hurricane moving in on the East coast and other options are being looked at as of press time.

PB Boys’ XC Sixth At Mineral Wells
by CHRISTIAN STULL


The PB boys’ cross country team brought home an impressive finish from the annual Chik-Fil-A invitational held in Mineral Springs, placing 6th out of 27 teams. The yearly event is one of the biggest events of the early season and gives teams a good indication of where they are and where they want to be come late October at the state meet. The Colts were led by Noah Ward who placed 11th out of 218 runners with a time of 17:07.3. Head Coach Jim Seaton is still out on the recruiting trail and this week got the girls squad one closer to a full team with four runners on the course. Hopefully, he will find one more runner to round out the squad and allow them to compete for a chance at the state meet as a team. Olivia Frye paced the four girls in the race with a 28th place time of 21:17.2 against 194 total runners. The team will return to action this Saturday in Harrison County as they compete at the annual Indian Run Invitational held at the Bridgeport Rec Center.
Girls’ results – Olivia Frye, 28th, 21:17.2; Abigail Auvil, 121st, 24:54.3; Aliya Delp, 170th, 28:28.5; Jocelyn Price, 172nd, 28:35.8.
Boys’ results – Noah Ward, 11th, 17:07.3; Tyler Channell, 37th, 18:02.6; Gabe Arevalo, 42nd, 18:14.4; Austyn Fletcher, 72nd, 18:59.4; Seth Burner, 75th, 19:03.3;Daniel Williams, 97th, 19:44.6; Caleb Nuzum, 102nd, 19:52.6.

Battler Briefs

by CHRISTIAN STULL


Women’s Soccer – The Lady Battlers dropped a trio of G-MAC contests this week to fall to 0-5 on the year and 0-3 in conference play. The team began the week with a 4-0 loss at Ohio Valley. Thursday afternoon saw the team drop a 2-1 loss at home to Kentucky Wesleyan with Jihely Gomez netting the goal for ABU with an assists by Deven Jones on a corner kick. On Saturday afternoon the squad wrapped up the week with a 2-0 home loss to Trevecca Nazarene. The Lady Battlers will return to action on Saturday as they host Ohio Valley at 5 p.m.
Women’s Volleyball – The Lady Battlers went 1-3 this week in G-MAC home contests. The squad defeated Ohio Dominican 3-2 while dropping a 3-2 loss to Kentucky Wesleyan and 3-0 losses to Tiffin and Trevecca Nazarene. The team will travel to Malone University on Friday and Walsh University on Saturday for G-MAC Conference matches.
Men’s Soccer – The Battlers dropped a 6-0 loss to #2 nationally ranked Ohio Valley on Tuesday, but rebounded with a 4-0 win over Kentucky Wesleyan and a 6-0 victory over Trevecca Nazarene. The team is now 2-3 on the year and 2-1 in the G-MAC. The Battlers will host Ohio Valley on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.