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Barbour Chamber Offers Cash Prizes At Annual Golf Tournament

  The Barbour County Chamber of Commerce will deliver cash prizes to the winners of the Chamber’s Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, May 19, at the Bel Meadow Country Club.
  All proceeds from the annual Charity Golf Scramble goes for organizations and scholarships at Philip Barbour High School.
  The 2017 tournament kicks off with a shotgun start at 10:00 a.m. The team entry fee covers golf for four, two golf carts, lunch on the course, door prizes, and a chance to win $10,000 for a hole-in-one. In addition the tournament, which is open to the public, provides skills prizes and $1,000 in cash to the four winning teams.
  The tournament committee announces cash prizes, including $300 in cash for the lowest-scoring team, and $200 for the runners-up in each of Flights A and B. Skills prizes will be presented to golfers for the Longest Drive, Longest Putt, and Closest to the Pin. The committee will have Mulligans for sale and tickets for a 50/50 drawing.
Hole in one witnesses and assistance on the course will be provided by members of the Philip Barbour High School golf team and their adult sponsors, who also serve lunch contributed by Broaddus Hospital. Several of West Virginia’s public golf courses are donating complimentary golf certificates as prizes.  
  The public is invited to support the annual charity effort by entering a team, sending a door prize, or sponsoring a hole, for which recognition is given on hole signs and in the media.
  Registration is limited. Teams and hole sponsors should register with payment before May 12 with the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce, 101 College Hill Drive/ 2124, Philippi, 26416, or call 457-1958 for further information. 
PB Baseball Stops Skid, Defeats Preston And Tucker
by CHRISTIAN STULL

  The Philip Barbour baseball team ended a week-long losing streak defeating Preston High and then Tucker County. Strong pitching led the way for the Colts with Nathan Baldwin struck out 11 batters as PB downed Preston High 11-4. Will Knight then picked up eight strikeouts to lead the Colts to an 8-2 victory over Tucker County. Knight went seven innings allowing just three hits with no earned runs and only two walks. The Colts will wrap up the regular season this week hosting Pocahontas County on Wednesday night for a doubleheader followed by a senior game on Thursday hosting North Marion.
  The first win in several weeks came at the hands of Preston High. Nathan Baldwin threw 6 1/3 innings allowing just six hits with three walks and a season-high 11 strikeouts to lead the Colts to a very good 11-4 victory. Baldwin helped himself at the plate as well, going one-for-three with two RBIs and two runs scored. Hunter Mason led the attack at the plate, going three-for-four with three RBIs, while Joseph Collier was two-for-four with an RBI and two runs scored.
  In the second win of the week, Will Knight allowed just three hits in a seven-inning complete game 8-2 victory over Tucker County. Knight had eight strikeouts with just two walks and no earned runs in the win. Zac Short paced the offense, going three-for-three with two RBIs and three runs scored, followed by Joseph Collier, who went two-for-four with an RBI, and Hunter Mason, who batted two-for-three with an RBI.
Heser Named G-MAC Women's Golfer Of The Week

  Julia Heser has been named women's golfer of the week for her performance at the Ohio Valley Women's Invitational.
  Heser finished tied for third overall and as the top performer from the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. There were 37 individual golfers making up the tournament as she tied with Katie Casey of West Virginia Wesleyan.
  The women and men are both in day two of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.
PB Softball Tops Preston And Grafton To End Regular Season On Winning Streak
by CHRISTIAN STULL

  The Philip Barbour Lady Colts’ softball team played up to its ability this week and brought home two impressive wins to wrap up the regular season on a winning streak. The squad defeated Preston High 12-1 on the strength of a Sarah Jones’ grand slam and then topped Grafton 8-6 on the road on Saturday to end the regular season. The team travels to Berkeley Springs on Tuesday, May 2, for the opening round of the single elimination sectional tournament.
  The team picked up its first victory in several weeks with a 12-1 win at Preston High. PB put together 14 hits with none bigger than Sarah Jones’ grand slam in the top of the third that made it a 6-0 game. Savannah Webster picked up the win on the mound, going four complete innings allowing just one hit with one strikeout and one earned run. Jess Harris went three-for-three at the plate with two runs scored, while Sarah Jones was two-for-three with five RBIs and two runs scored, Jess Metheney went two-for-three with an RBI and a run scored, and Carmen Cline went two-for-three with an RBI and a run scored.
  On Saturday, the Lady Colts wrapped up the regular season with an impressive 8-6 victory at Grafton to avenge an early season loss at home. PB jumped out to a 6-0 lead with a run in the first, three in the second, and two in the third. Grafton attempted a comeback, plating four runs in the bottom of the fifth, but PB responded with two runs of its own in the top of the sixth to make it an 8-4 game.  
  Down to its last outs, Grafton plated two runs in the bottom of the seventh and was looking for more. With two outs and runners on base, Grafton hit a long fly ball to left center that looked like it would drop for a hit until PB’s Emma Kennedy came up with a great diving catch to end the game and seal the PB victory 8-6. Savannah Webster took the win on the mound, going seven complete innings and allowing five earned runs on nine hits with two strikeouts and two walks. Jess Metheney led the offense, going two-for-four with four RBIs, followed by Carmen Cline, who went two-for-four with an RBI and two runs scored, and Sarah Jones, who went two-for-four with a run scored.
Barbour County Youth Baseball League Opens Season

  Summer has started at the North Philippi baseball complex. Saturday was the official opening for the Tee Ball Division of the Barbour County Youth Baseball League. After a delay of an hour to get the field ready because of the overnight rain, the afternoon of baseball began. The teams were introduced and the National Anthem was sung by eight-year-old Slaton Harris. Slaton plays in the BCYBB league for the C-Ball Division Reds. He is the son of Sarah and Mark Harris, who are coaches in the league.
  The Tee Ball Division is for children four to seven years old who want to learn the fundamentals of baseball, hitting, fielding, and running the bases. The primary goal of Tee Ball is to have fun, to learn these fundamentals, and to experience the value of teamwork. No score is kept and every team member bats and plays the field every inning.   
   Some of the players are returning from last year’s experience and others are just learning that hitting and running go together and catching and throwing to the correct place are required.
  In the end, each player looks forward to the hand shake/high five showing off their sportsmanship at the end of the game.
PB Track Fourth At RCB Invite
by CHRISTIAN STULL

  The Philip Barbour track teams placed fourth at the Robert C. Byrd invite on Saturday. The girls’ team had a good day, finishing the event with a total of 64 points.
  The squad picked up three wins on the day with Jessica Melvin taking first in both the 1600 and 3200 runs and Kasey Neville took the win in the shot put. Other strong performances were Olivia Frye placing second in the 1600, Kierra Hodge who took fourth in the 1600 and second in the 3200, and Neville who also took second in the discus throw.  
  The boys’ team took its fourth place overall finish with a total of 91 points. The sprinters once again led the way for the boys with Tanner Faulkiner placing second in both the 100 and 200 dash with Nathan Riccio right behind in third in both events. The 4x100 and 4x110 shuttle hurdles relays also placed second with the shuttle hurdles’ team setting a new season-best time. In the distance events, Noah Ward led the way with a second place finish in the 1600.
  The teams will run their final meets of the regular season on Tuesday night, May 2, at Grafton, and then return to competition on Friday at North Marion for the Big 10 Conference Championships. 
This Week In Sports

Wednesday, May 3
PB Tennis at Regional Championships
PB Baseball vs. Pocahontas County 4:30 p.m. *doubleheader
ABU Women’s Lacrosse vs. Davis & Elkins College 6 p.m.
ABU Baseball at Glenville State College 5 p.m.

Thursday, May 4

PB Tennis at Regional Championships
PB Baseball vs. North Marion 4:30 p.m.

Friday, May 5

PB Track at Big 10 Championships *at North Marion
PB Tennis at Regional Championships

Saturday, May 6

PB Tennis at Regional Championships
ABU Women’s Lacrosse at G-MAC Championships TBD

Monday, May 7

PB Baseball Sectional Tournament begins TBD

PB Girls’ Tennis Sweeps Liberty And Notre Dame
by CHRISTIAN STULL

  The Philip Barbour tennis teams managed to get in two head-to-head matches this week on top of the Big 10 Conference tournament. The girls swept both Liberty and Notre Dame by 7-0 scores, while the boys fell 2-5 against Liberty and 1-6 versus Notre Dame. The girls’ number two doubles team of Sydney Wright and Mykala Starkey brought home a runner-up finish at the Big 10 tournament.
For the boys, Chris Dunlap picked up a victory at number one singles against Liberty, while the doubles team of Gage Poling and Ruston Seaman won at the number three position. Against Notre Dame Ruston Seaman picked up the lone PB win with an 8-6 victory at number four singles. The squads will begin regional play on Wednesday evening at RCB with the following rounds Thursday through Saturday at a variety of locations in Harrison County and Morgantown.