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PB Girls’ Soccer Goes Undefeated At Fairmont State Tournament
by CHRISTIAN STULL

  The Philip Barbour girls’ soccer team competed in its first tournament of the summer session this weekend at the annual Fairmont State seven-on-seven event. Despite going undefeated in pool play with a 2-0-1 record, the Lady Colts were held out of the championship bracket by what Head Coach Pete Ferguson termed “a clerical error”. The full team will be in action this weekend as the Lady Colts travel to Grafton for an all-day tournament on Saturday.
  The Lady Colts picked up an impressive 4-1 victory over Big 10 rival Fairmont Senior. Sara Reed, Braylynn Travis, Hayley Gribble, and Haleigh White each scored a goal in the win. In the second game of the day, the squad took a tough 1-0 win over Buckhannon-Upshur with Hayley Gribble getting the game-winning goal.  
  In the final game of pool play, the Lady Colts battled to a 1-1 draw with a very good Williamstown team. Brittany Gain scored the lone goal for PB in the tie. 
RiverJaxx Baseball Hosts Multi-County Baseball Event

  The Covered Bridge RiverJaxx, a 10u travel baseball team based out of Barbour County, hosted an all-day baseball event on Saturday, June 17, at the North Philippi City Park. The RiverJaxx welcomed in the Morgantown Bombers and the WV Warriors, a team based out of Upshur County, for a day of baseball, food, and fun.
  The day kicked off early at 10:00 a.m. with the RiverJaxx taking on the Bombers for the first game of the day. Then, the RiverJaxx rested while the Bombers and Warriors took to the field. Centerfielder for the RiverJaxx, Devin Tallman said, “This is so fun. I love to play baseball and this is awesome. I can’t wait to do this again!” After the morning games concluded, all three teams gathered together for a cookout.  
  Next, the fun really kicked in when all the players from all three teams took to the field for a home-run derby. Through three rounds of the derby, five players advanced to the final round, which included two players from the Bombers, one from the Warriors, and two from the RiverJaxx. The derby champion was Kale Wolfe, followed by runner-up Preston Sweet, both from the RiverJaxx.
  For the conclusion of the day, the RiverJaxx and Warriors got back on the diamond and played five more innings of baseball. The day ended with the Bombers going 2-0, the RiverJaxx going 1-1, and the Warriors going 0-2.
  Head coach of the RiverJaxx, Dean Herrod, commented on the day by saying, “We had a tremendous baseball event here on Saturday. You know you are doing something right when quality teams like the WV Warriors and Morgantown Bombers want to travel to come play here. The Jaxx players are developing rapidly because of it.”
  The RiverJaxx expressed appreciation to everyone that came out and supported the teams; they also hope to host a similar event in the fall.
Barracudas Open Summer Swimming Season
by CHRISTIAN STULL

  The Barbour County Barracudas’ swim team opened its summer of competitions this week, traveling to the VA pool in Clarksburg on Tuesday then hosting Elkins at home on Thursday. The team will host Lake Floyd and Elkins this Thursday night with warm-ups starting at 5:30 p.m. and the first race set for 6:30 p.m.
  See full results from both meets in this week's edition of The Sports Page.
PB Football Plays First Scrimmages Of The Summer
by CHRISTIAN STULL

  The Philip Barbour football team participated in its first scrimmages of the summer practice session on Friday night. The scrimmages where held at George Byrer Field at BCBank Park with Tygarts-Valley and Elkins high schools coming to Barbour County for the games.  
  The night of seven-on-seven competition with helmets only, no pads, began with Elkins facing off against Tygarts-Valley. The Colts then took the field for the first time under the direction of new Head Coach, Russ Collett. The Colts got off to a slow start with their receiving core having a tough time catching the ball even though no hitting was allowed in the two-hand touch game.
  In the end, Tygarts-Valley took an 18-0 victory, scoring touchdowns on three long passes where the receiver was able to get behind the PB defense.  
In the final game of the night, the Colts’ offense looked better as the receivers found their stride and caught two touchdowns to lead PB to a 12-0 victory.  
  Don’t read too much into the results from the first night of play as the offenses only ran passing plays with no linemen involved at all. The scrimmages will continue with the same three teams for the next two Friday nights at PB. The concession stand is open, so bring the family out for dinner and enjoy PB football in June.
PB Boys’ Soccer Tops Hurricane
by CHRISTIAN STULL

  The Philip Barbour boys’ soccer team opened up a busy summer schedule of games this weekend in a tournament at Preston High School. The Colts played six games on the first day of the summer season coming home with a 1-0 shutout victory over Hurricane while tying Brooke and Preston high schools. The squad dropped losses to rival Bridgeport along with Class AAA foes Hedgesville and Jefferson. The team will host Lewis County on Thursday night at PB with the opening kick-off set for 7 p.m.
  The Colts were led in goal by Cameron Whetzel and Ethan Knight, who split time throughout the day between the pipes. JT Ward hit the nets four times, scoring twice in the tie with Brooke and once in the Preston tie and once in the Hedgesville loss. Dakota Taylor picked up one goal in the Brooke tie and Noah Ward scored the lone goal in the 1-0 victory over Hurricane.
Lady Colts’ Volleyball Opens Summer At Tyler County
by CHRISTIAN STULL

  The PB Lady Colts’ volleyball team opened its summer session at a tournament in Tyler county on Saturday.  
  The squad went 2-1-1 in pool play then dropped a very tough three-set loss to Parkersburg in championship play, losing the third and decisive game 14-16. The team will travel to Parkersburg this Saturday for another tournament, then return home for its own PB Summer Spike-Out on Wednesday, June 28, with 15 of the best teams in the state coming to PB for the annual showcase that usually provides a good look at who fans will see in Charleston at the WV State Championships in November. The Lady Colts have been the top Class AA school in their own tournament the past two years and will be looking to continue the tradition this year.  
  In pool play at Tyler County, the squad defeated Parkersburg South and long-time rival Ritchie County. The team then split a pair of games against Class A powerhouse Williamstown before dropping its final match to Class AAA Hedgesville. The team then faced Parkersburg in the championship brackets where it fell in three tough sets.
This Week In Sports

Wednesday, June 21
PB Girls’ Soccer vs. Buckhannon-Upshur 5 p.m.

Thursday, June 22

PB Girls’ Soccer vs. Lewis County 5 p.m.
PB Softball vs. East Fairmont 5:15 p.m. *at RCB
Barbour County Barracuda’s Swimming vs. Lake Floyd/Elkins 6:30 p.m.
PB Boys’ Soccer vs. Lewis County 7 p.m.
PB Girls’ Softball vs. University High School 8:45 p.m.

Friday, June 23

PB Football vs. Tygarts-Valley 7 p.m.
PB Football vs. Elkins 8 p.m.

Saturday, June 24

PB Volleyball at Parkersburg Tournament
PB Boys’ Soccer Tournament at home
PB Girls’ Soccer at Grafton Tournament