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Colts Earn Second Straight Trip To States With Big Win Over North Marion

  The Philip Barbour Colts boys’ basketball team earned its second consecutive trip to the WV State tournament this week with a convincing 71-48 victory over North Marion in the regional championships. Cole Whited netted 25 points in perhaps his best career game for PB to lead the team over a Huskies’ squad with a center who is on his way to a Division 1 program next year.  PB enters the state tournament with a 21-3 record and will be the number four seed – their highest ever at states. The Colts will face the number five seeded squad from Bluefield that enters the tournament with a 19-4 record. Tip-off for the contest is set for 9 p.m. at the Charleston Civic Center.
  The Colts are searching for their first ever win in the state tournament and will be looking to erase the memory of a dismal game they played in the first round of last year’s tournament. If they can claim a historic first win in the tournament, they would then move on to likely play the undefeated and top seeded squad from Fairmont Senior on Friday afternoon.
PB hosted North Marion in the regional final for the second consecutive year on Thursday night.  Fans from both schools packed the PB gym to near capacity. The squads played evenly through the first quarter with the Colts holding a 14-12 advantage to start the second period. The Colts extended their advantage early in the second quarter with David Shriver hitting a big three-point shot in transition to put PB up 23-16 and force a Huskies’ timeout.
  With just under a minute to play, senior Cole Whited netted a jump shot, then forced a turnover, and made a layup to send the Colts to the locker room with a 41-26 lead. Whited had nine points in the second quarter and came up even bigger in the third quarter with 11 points as North Marion’s big man could not stop him. The PB defense was big in the third quarter as well, allowing the Huskies just eight points while the Colts offense netted 19 to extend the lead to 26 points and put the game away early. The PB bench played much of the fourth quarter as the Colts cruised home to the regional championship with a 71-48 victory and earned another trip to the state tournament. Cole Whited was the game’s top scorer with 25 points followed by David Shriver with 15 and Noah Price, who had one of his best scoring games of the season with 12. See y’all in Charleston on Wednesday night!
Sita Concludes Freshman Season With A Victory At NCAA Championships; Finishes 1-2 In Tournament

  On Friday at the 2018 NCAA Division II Championships, Gino Sita became the first wrestler in Alderson Broaddus school history to win a match at nationals as the Battler freshman finished 1-2 to conclude competition for the 2017-18 season.
After dropping a match to the No.2 seeded Nolan Kistler from California Baptist in the first round on a technical foul, Sita came back and wrestled in the opening round of consolations against Nathan Vandermeer from the University of Findlay.
Sita jumped out to a quick lead and stretched his lead to six, 8-2, early in third period. Down the stretch, Vandermeer added three points in the third but Sita held on to win his first match at the National Tournament.
  Later on Friday, Sita competed against Zach Stooden from Nebraska-Kearney. After Stooden jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a takedown in the first, Sita recorded a pair of escapes to even the match at 2-2. In the third, Stooden opened with the escape and eventually held on with a narrow 3-2 victory.
Sita joined Cody Spinks as the second wrestler in Alderson Broaddus school history to compete a the National Tournament. Following Friday's action, Sita concluded his freshman season with an overall record of 35-7.
Hooker Honored As NCBWA Midwest Region Player Of The Week

  Following his performance this past weekend, Alderson Broaddus University senior baseball player Chuck Hooker has been named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Midwest Region Player of the Week.
Hooker hit five home runs this past weekend and was 10-of-16 from the plate as AB split games with Lock Haven and Jefferson. He tallied 12 RBI's and scored nine runs. Hooker also received honors from the Great Midwest Athletic Conference on Monday as the South Division Player of the Week.
The Midwest Pitcher of the Week was Trevecca's Ryan Shultz who pitched a complete-game and struck out 10 in a 13-3 victory over Truman State.
Earning National Player of the Week honors was Andrew Taft from LeMoyne ,while Dan Wirchansky of Pace University was named the National Pitcher of the Week.
AB Men's Golf Finishes First, Women Place Second At Battle At The Beach Tournament

  The Alderson Broaddus men's and women's golf team competed in Battle at the Beach Friday and Saturday hosted by the Battlers.. The men's team finished in first place overall while the women's team finished in second place.
  On the men's side, Seth Vannoy finished in first place, shooting a 151 for the tournament. After shooting +7 in the opening 18 holes on Friday, Vannoy shot a +1 round of 73 on Saturday to hold on to win the two-day tournament.
Jarrett Fitzpatrick finished right behind his teammate in second place to lead AB as he finished +11 for the tournament. He finished with a round of 76 on Sunday. Rounding out the top-5 and finishing tied for fifth place for the Battlers was Kevin Martz.
  Elijah Riffe finished in 19th place followed by teammate Brandon Talaska tying for 20th place to round out AB's top-5. Also competing for the Battlers was Isaac Curtiss who placed 23rd while Travis Mayle placed 32nd and Lukas Freeman finished in 35th.
  On the women's side, Randee Seevers finished tied for sixth place with a total score of 174. AB's Emily Isaacson finished in 10th place with a score of 178 to finish in second for the Battlers followed by teammate Haleigh Myrick with a score of 179 in 11th place. Placing right behind Myrick was Brittanie Bolten finishing in 12th with a score of 180.
  Also for the Battlers, Skyler Kochan finished in 15th place followed by Savannah Jackson tied for 17th place. Finishing in 24th place for the Battlers was MiKayla Newman and teammate Ciara Bauman finished in 28th place to close out the tournament.
  The Battlers are back in action in Kentucky at the Saginaw Valley State Spring Invitational next Saturday and Sunday.
AB Baseball Falls On The Road At Bellarmine

  The Alderson Broaddus baseball team dropped a doubleheader at Bellarmine University on Sunday afternoon at Knights Field.
  Game 1: Bellarmine 12, AB 0
  Tyler Amedure, Todd Sekowski, Tylyn James, and Lane Casto each finished with base hits for the Battlers in the opener on Sunday. Zach Salmon took the loss on the hill and gave up five hits, six runs, and five earned, while striking out two.
  Hunter Spencer got the win for Bellarmine as he allowed just three hits in six innings of work while striking out three. The Knights finished with 10 hits as Drew Greenwood finished two-for-four with three runs scored in a walk to lead the way.
  Game 2: Bellarmine 9, AB 3
  In game two, the Knights (9-5) jumped out to a 3-0 lead after scoring two in the first and one in the second. In the top of the third, the Battlers (2-9) evened the game when Chuck Hooker hit his sixth home run of the season to tie the game at three.
  Later in the third, Bellarmine got the lead back when they scored five runs in the bottom half and then added one more in the sixth to take game two 9-3.
  Amedure finished two-for-four from the plate with a run scored while Hooker was one-for-three with three RBI's. Shane Mallon took the loss on the hill as he went two innings and allowed five hits, seven runs, five earned, and struck out one. In relief, Justin Smith pitched four innings and gave up five hits, one earned run, and struck out five.
This Week In Sports

Wednesday, March 14
PB Boys’ Basketball vs. Bluefield 9 p.m. *State Quarterfinals at Charleston Civic Center
ABU Baseball vs. Mercyhurst University 1 p.m. *at Washington, PA
ABU Softball at Seton Hill University 3 p.m. *doubleheader
ABU Women’s Lacrosse at Wheeling Jesuit University 6 p.m.
Friday, March 16
PB Boys’ Basketball at WV State Tournament 1 p.m. *State Semifinals TBD at Charleston
PB Baseball at South Harrison 5 p.m. *season opener
Saturday, March 17
PB Boys’ Basketball at WV State Tournament 12 noon *State Championship TBD at Charleston
ABU Women’s Golf at SVSU Spring Invitational
ABU Men’s Golf at SVSU Spring Invitational
ABU Softball vs. Tiffin University 12 noon *doubleheader
ABU Women’s Lacrosse vs. Davis & Elkins College 12 noon
ABU Men’s Lacrosse at Lake Erie College 12 noon
ABU Baseball at Hillsdale College 1 p.m. *doubleheader
ABU Men’s Volleyball at Coker College 2 p.m.
ABU Acrobatics vs. Glenville State College/WV Wesleyan College 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 18
ABU Softball vs. Tiffin University 11 a.m. *doubleheader
ABU Baseball at University of Findlay 12 noon *doubleheader
Tuesday, March 20
ABU Baseball at Salem University 4:30 p.m.
AB Women's Volleyball Announces Summer Camp Information

  The Alderson Broaddus women's volleyball team will hold their annual summer camps in Rex Pyles Arena from June 18th through the 21st this summer.
  The Battlers will host a team camp from the 18th through the 20th and will also hold individual libero, hitter, and setter camps.
  For more information, please contact Head Women's Volleyball coach Abby Stoner at 304-457-6473, or by email at stoneram@ab.edu.
Seasons End For Furbearer Trapping

  Trapping seasons for all furbearing animals, except beaver, have closed. The beaver trapping season continues until March 31.
  All beaver, bobcat, otter and fisher pelts are required to be checked within 30 days of the close of their respective season. Hunters and trappers can check game one of the following ways:
  Internet – www.wvhunt.com
  Stopping at any license agent (you will not have to bring the animal with you)
  Telephone – Call 1-844-WVCHECK (1-844-982-4325)
  It is illegal to set traps during the month of March for beaver unless those traps are in water. Trappers should be aware that it is illegal to set traps or leave traps set after noon on the last day of the season.
  Furs shipped out of West Virginia must have a fur shipping tag, which is available at DNR district offices. Anyone who plans to sell an otter or bobcat pelt outside of the state of West Virginia should obtain a CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) seal for each pelt. All otter and bobcat pelts, usually exported from the United States by licensed fur buyers, must have a CITES seal from the state where the animal was harvested.