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PB Baseball Opens Season With Two Wins


The Philip Barbour baseball team opened up the 2019 season with two impressive wins this week. The team opened the year with a solid 10-4 win at Berkeley Springs in a sectional matchup. The Colts followed up the next night in their home opener with a 13-3 mercy rule victory in five innings over Tygarts Valley. The Colts will travel to RCB on Wednesday for a make-up of Monday’s rained out game, followed by a trip to Fairmont Senior on Thursday night. The squad will return home on Friday night to host Trinity at 5 p.m.

PB sophomore Gage Bibey got the nod from Coach Carpenter to start the season on the mound for the Colts and came through with an impressive 8 strikeout performance at Berkeley Springs in a complete game seven inning victory. Bibey allowed 6 hits and just 4 walks in the 10-4 win. Leadoff hitter Tanner George paced the offense with a 3 for 5 outing at the plate with a double and 3 runs scored. Cleanup hitter Chase Collier went 2 for 3 with a run scored and 2 RBIs. Alex Wilson went 2 for 4 with 2 doubles and 3 RBIs while Nick Hamrick was 2 for 3 with 3 runs scored a stolen base and an RBI.

The following night the squad hosted Tygarts Valley in their home opener. Will Knight tossed a 5 inning complete game gem for the Colts, allowing just 3 hits while striking out 8, walking 2 and hitting 2 batters. Gage Bibey led the offense going 2-2 with 5 RBIs and a stolen base while Trent Tallman went 2-2 with a stolen base and 2 RBIs and Austyn Fletcher went 2 for 3 with an RBI.


Harper Tabbed G-MAC Defensive Player Of The Week

Alderson Broaddus women’s lacrosse defender Maryiah Harper was named the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Women’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week.

Harper was a force in the Battlers 18-11 victory over Mars Hill last week. She forced five turnovers and scooped up five ground balls.

On the season, Harper has tallied 18 caused turnovers and picked up 23 ground balls. She has also notched three draw controls.

"We are really proud of the work Mariyah has done to get back on the field this year," said head coach Angie Rudy. "She is very deserving of this recognition."

 AB Women’s Golf Finishes Second At Stith Invitational

The Alderson Broaddus women’s golf team turned in a second place finish at the Max & Susan Stith Invitational hosted by Randolph-Macon College Sunday & Monday.

The Battlers finished with a two day score of 690 lowering their opening round 351 by 12 shots to post a 339 in round two.

Isabelle Castro paced AB threatening the school scoring record but just missing. She shot an 83 to open the tournament and then shot a 79 in round two. Her 162 put her in fourth place.

Right behind Castro was Savannah Jackson with a score of 171. She scored an 89 in the opening round and then an 82 in round two to finish fifth. Taylor Ross shot an 89 and an 88 to tie for 11th.

Emily Isaacson added a 90 in round one and a score of 95 in round two. Erin Sexsmith shot a 102 in the opening round, but bounced back in round two to score a 90.

The Battlers are back in action on April 8 when they travel to the NC4K Classic hosted by Ohio Dominican at the Jefferson Country Club.

Lady Colts Take Two Wins To Open Season

            by CHRISTIAN STULL

The Philip Barbour Lady Colts’ softball team opened the 2019 campaign with a pair of victories this week. The squad began the year with an impressive 14-1 mercy rule victory at Liberty. The following day, the team traveled to Berkeley Springs and made the long trip pay off as they returned home with a good 6-3 win over their sectional opponent. The team will go on the road the rest of this week, beginning at Bridgeport on Wednesday, then at Fairmont Senior on Thursday and wrapping up at RCB on Friday night. The Lady Colts will return home on Monday, April 1 to host Liberty in a rematch of the season opener.

Sophomore Amanda Reed was given the opening day assignment on the mound by coach Robbie Simon and looked good allowing just 1 hit over 3 innings while walking one and striking out 4. Freshman Sara Simon led the offense with a 2-3 performance and a run scored while Erica Simon went 1 for 3 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI’s and Katey Gallo was 1-2 with 1 run scored and 2 RBI’s.

The following night the Lady Colts went out East to face sectional rival Berkeley Springs. After a slow start, the PB bats warmed up in the late innings as they overcame a 3-0 deficit. Two runs in the 5th got them back into the game and a 4 run outburst in the 6th put them into the lead for good in the 6-3 win. Freshman Lilley Criss took the win on the mound in a 5 inning relief performance where she allowed just 3 hits while waling only one. Emma Kennedy paced the offense going 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI while Sara Simon went 2 for 4 with a run scored.


AB Baseball Sweeps Series Opening With Ohio Dominican

The Alderson Broaddus baseball team swept the series opening doubleheader from host Ohio Dominican in contrasting styles Saturday afternoon.

In the opener, the Battlers belted 23 hits on their way to a 16-11 victory. In the night cap, AB made a three-run first inning stand up for a 3-2 win.

The Battlers found themselves trailing 2-0 after two innings in game one, but the bats came alive in the third. Taylor Cook started the inning with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and took third on a wild pitch. Vincenzo Rauso plated Cook. with a double down the line in left. Lane Casto knocked a two-out single to score Rauso. Tylyn James and Todd Sekowski each singled to load the bases ahead of a two-run single by Chasen Claus to put AB up 4-2.

AB opened up the lead in the fourth plating six runs keyed by a Sekowski grand slam to extend the lead to 10-2. The Battlers would tack on insurance runs in the fifth and sixth and they would need them as the Panthers would score one in the sixth and five in the seventh to close the gap to 12-8.

Four runs in the top of the eighth made it 16-8, but AB would have to hold off one more ODU push as the Panthers scored three times in eighth to set the final.

Rauso led the way at the plate, tying the G-MAC single-game hits record by going 6-for-6 with walk while scoring three runs and driving in two. Sekowski, Cook and Claus each tallied three hits.

Gordon Swiger picked up the win on the hill going six innings allowing three runs and striking out four.

In game two, the Battlers scored all three runs in the first inning. Aaron Saunders drew a one-out walk and moved to second on a Casto single. A fielder’s choice put runners at the corners before Sekowski connected on his second home run of the day.

Zach Salmon would make those three runs stand up going the full seven innings allowing two runs on eight hits while striking out seven.

The PB girl’s junior varsity squad dropped a 33-22 loss at home to Frankfort this week. The Lady Colts stayed close through the first half trailing by 2 at the end of the first quarter, and by a score of 16-12 at the half. Frankfort pulled away in the third quarter leading 29-15 and held on in a low scoring fourth to take the 11 point win. Kiana Bolyard led the team with 7 points. The squad will wrap up the season on Thursday night as they host Pocahontas County with tip off set for 5:15 p.m.

Philip Barbour Girls’ Tennis Move to 3-0


The Philip Barbour Lady Colts’ tennis team moved to 3-0 on the season with wins over regional foes Grafton and Moorefield. Kilea Payne and Cloie Mosesso remained undefeated in singles play, while all three doubles teams have not been beaten yet as well. On the boys’ side the team is still searching for their first win, and is being led by Dylan Wolfe who is 3-0 in singles competition. The teams will return to action on Wednesday night at the Barbour County Fairgrounds court as they host Braxton County in a rematch of their season opener last Monday. The first serves are set for 4:30 p.m.

Girls vs. Grafton- 6-1 Win


#1 Mikala Starkey 8-4 win

#2 Kilea Payne 8-0 Win

#3 Cloie Mosesso 8-1 Win

#4 Haleigh White 4-8 loss


#1 Starkey and Mosesso 8-1 Win

#2 White and Payne 8-1 Win

#3 forfeit Win

Girls vs. Moorefield- 5-2 Win


#1 Mikala Starkey 4-8 loss

#2 Kilea Payne 8-5 Win

#3 Cloie Mosesso 8-6 Win

#4 Haleigh White 2-8 loss


#1 Starkey and Mosesso 8-4 Win

#2 Payne and White Win

#3 Skylar Beohm and Taylor Mayle 8-3 Win

Boys vs. Grafton 3-4 loss


#1 Trenton Chevalier 0-8 loss

#2 Ruston Seamon 3-8 loss

#3 Dylan Wolfe 8-1 Win

#4 Cameron Whetzel 7-9 loss


#1Chevalier and Seaman 0-8 loss

#2 Wolfe and Whetzel 8-3 Win

#3 Ethan Kinght and Aiden Prater 8-3 Win

Boys vs. Moorefield 1-6 loss


#1 Trenton Chevalier 0-8 loss

#2 Ruston Seaman 3-8 loss

#3 Dylan Wolfe 8-2 Win

#4 Cameron Whetzel 2-8 loss


#1 Chevalier and Seaman 5-8 loss

#2 Wolfe and Whetzel 2-8 loss

#3 Ethan Knight and Aiden Prater 4-8 loss