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Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneer Basketball

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2019-20 Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneer basketball team -- First row: left to right: Wilbur Snyder, Ryan Hurst, Kaiden McDaniels (no longer on team), Tyler Sandreth, Cody Bailey, Sterlin Thropp, Harrison Walker, Felipe Montero and Shelton Thropp. Back row, left to right: Assistant coach Darrell Burgess, Oliver King, assistant coach Keith Wolverton, Ryan Strader, Lamar Hurst, Josh Loudin, Will McCauley, Euan Kettle, Noam Keith, Mason Hyre, Zach White and head coach Travis Foster.

Basketball Bucs ready to turn the corner this season By Duane Carpenter Sports Editor

TENNERTON – In his third year as head coach of the Buckhannon-Upshur boys’ basketball team, Travis Foster feels the pieces are in place for his Buccaneer basketball team to make some noise during the 2019-20 season. “We are starting to have a roster of players that we have developed now,” remarked Foster. “I think you going to see a different mentality from this team. A different way to win and working to win. We hope that their hard work in the off-season begins to pay off and turns into wins. The players deserve to see that light and the end of the tunnel.” It certainly paid off this past Saturday as Foster and his Bucs earned a signature win over No. 1 Meadville in Pennsylvania with a 66-53 victory during the Brooke Holiday Tournament.

That game was just one of the many tough games the Bucs will face this season. They opened the season on the road against a ranked Wheeling Park team and the schedule still features games against Morgantown, University, and Parkersburg. “We know we aren’t quite a state championship team yet, but let’s see if we can turn the corner coming out of these games with positives and possibly wins,” noted Foster. “We are going to be a team that fights and battles with more talent than from last year. I think it will be interesting to see where we are at in February come sectional time.” The Bucs are off to a 3-2 start to the season with wins over Preston, Brooke and Meadville. Foster and his team have also had to deal with not having a true home game yet this season. A leak in the gym roof has

forced the Bucs to play their first two home games at West Virginia Wesleyan College. They have been led by junior point guard Ryan Hurst thus far. Hurst is expected to play a lot of minutes as the Bucs ball-handler. He was just named the MVP of the Brooke Holiday Tournament scoring 39 points with 17 assists during their two games. Joining Hurst in the backcourt will be one of the Bucs two seniors – Tyler Sandreth. Underneath, the Bucs will have plenty of talent and depth. Senior Ryan Strader, juniors Zach White, Will McCauley, Josh Loudin and Noam Keith and sophomores Lamar Hurst and Mason Hyre will provide plenty of scoring and rebounding for the Bucs this season. It has been a busy pre-season and season for Foster as he is coaching all three teams, the freshmen, junior varsity and varsity teams.

With 11 freshmen coming out, the Bucs will have a freshman team for the first time in many seasons. “It has been stressful but you have to flip the switch for all three teams,” explained Foster. “You get here at 3:30 p.m. and leave at 11 p.m. with 4-5 hours of practice and giving them everything I have isn’t easy. I am here for the kids though and I was not going to not have a freshman team and deny them of playing games because of last-minute decisions. Coaching all three teams is just the right thing to do.” Joining Foster on the sidelines are assistant coaches Darrell Burgess and Keith Wolverton. “We are going to be exciting to watch this year,” concluded Foster. “The kids are really buying into what we are doing and believe in the program. That has been the biggest thing that the team is buying in.”

Varsity Roster No. Name Pos. Cl. 1 Ryan Hurst G Jr. 5 Will McCauley F Jr. 10 Mason Hyre F Soph. 12 Tyler Sandreth G Sr. 13 Lamar Hurst G Soph. 14 Harrison Walker G Soph. 15 Noam Keith F Jr. 22 Zach White F Jr. 23 Ryan Strader F Sr. 24 Josh Loudin F Jr.

Junior Varsity Roster No. Name Pos. Cl. 1 Cody Bailey G Soph. 4 Sterling Thropp G Soph. 11 Oliver King F Soph. 14 Euan Kettle F Jr. 20 Felipe Montero G Soph. 22 Shelton Thropp G Soph. 33 Wilbur Snyder F Soph.

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2019-20 Buckhannon-Upshur seniors with coaches —The two Buckhannon-Upshur senior basketball players are front row, left to right, Tyler Sandreth and Ryan Strader. With them are the coaching staff, back row let to right: assistant coach Keith Wolverton, head coach Travis Foster and assistant coach Darrell Burgess.

Varsity Schedule Dec. 14 at Wheeling Park L, 51-71 Dec. 18 Lincoln L, 43-47 Dec. 20 Preston W, 80-64 at Brooke Holiday Invitational Tournament Dec. 27 at Brooke W, 82-41 Dec. 28 vs. Meadville (Pa.) W, 66-53 Jan. 3 at Riverside 7:30 p.m. Jan. 6 at Lewis County 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8 at North Marion 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10 Grafton 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at Liberty 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 Fairmont Senior 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20 Elkins 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22 East Fairmont 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at Robert C. Byrd 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 Morgantown 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at Philip Barbour 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at Bridgeport 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 Lewis County 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at Elkins 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 Musselman 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 Parkersburg 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 University 7:30 p.m. (All JV games start at 5:45 p.m.)

Freshman Roster No. Name Pos. Cl. 4 Gage Raschella G Fr. 5 Zach Calef-Boring F Fr. 15 Wade Nesbitt G Fr. 20 Keyton Lanier G Fr. 22 Zade Woody G Fr. 24 Shawn Blandino F Fr. 25 Brayden Hamer F Fr. 32 Ely Cain F Fr. 34 Mark Hurst G Fr. 40 Ryan Snyder F Fr. 42 Josh Nesbitt F Fr.

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2019-20 Buccaneer Freshmen — The 2019-20 Buckhannon-Upshur freshmen Buccaneers are, first row, left to right: Zade Woody, Bryden Hamer, Zach Calef-Boring Keyton Lanier, Gage Raschella, Chad Spencer (no longer on team) and Wade Nesbitt. Back row, left to right: assistant coach Darrell Burgess, assistant coach Keith Wolverton, Josh Nesbitt, Ely Cain, Shawn Blandino, Mark Hurst, Ryan Snyder and head coach Travis Foster.


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Buckhannon-Upshur Lady Buc Basketball

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The 2019-20 Buckhannon-Upshur Lady Bucs – First row, left to right: Brooklyn Bryant, Justice Courtney, Alayna Nesbitt, Kassidy Wilfong, Brooklyn Maxwell, Leah Moore, Kennedy Samargo and McKenzie Reynolds. Middle row, left to right: head coach Rob Kittle, Shelby McDaniels, Amaia Ramirez, Catherine Neely, Kiara Woods, Kendal Currence, McKinley Bonnett, Olivia Ellis, and Lexi Kelley. Third row: left to right: assistant coach Chad Wilfong and assistant coach Ryan Webb.

Lady Bucs seeking a return trip to Charleston this season By Duane Carpenter Sports Editor

TENNERTON – Rob Kittle is entering his second year as head coach of the Buckhannon-Upshur Lady Buc basketball program and he hopes having that first year under his belt will lead to more success this season. The Lady Bucs finished 13-10 last year and fell short of their goal of a return trip to Charleston for the state tournament. “I think having that first season completed, the girls know a little more about what to expect, how practices will go and what I expect from them from an effort stand-point and game play. I think it makes it a little easier on them,” remarked Kittle. Kittle said the goal as always is to make it to Charleston. “We had a lot of injuries last year, but hopefully we can stay healthy this year and

get back to Charleston,” stated Kittle. “That is always our goal and that is where we want the program to stay at.” If the Lady Bucs want to return to Charleston, they are going to have to do it with a roster of currently 16 girls. Kittle is hopeful to maybe add a few more as the season goes along. “We have to stay healthy with only 16 on the roster if we want to be successful,” noted Kittle. The low numbers have already cost the Lady Bucs three games have been scrapped, one at the varsity level and two at the junior varsity level. The team had to postpone a trip to Parkersburg South and then the junior varsity contest was canceled this past Saturday at Lincoln due to illnesses. Still, Kittle has a nice nucleus of players coming back with two starters returning. Leading the way will be a pair of seniors in center Kassidy Wilfong and returning

starter guard/forward Brooklyn Maxwell. Shelby McDaniels returns as the second starter after starting last year as a freshman in the backcourt. Kennedy Samargo, saw action in 10 games returns as does Kiara Woods andAlayna Nesbitt who both saw limited time last season at the varsity level. Junior McKenzie Reynolds returns to the team after playing as a freshman and Kittle expects freshmen Kendal Currence and Lexi Kelley to contribute to the team. “We have a very young team and a lot of girls that really need to take the next step for us to be successful,” stated Kittle. “If we get to where I want us to be, we can still go nine or 10 deep. I want us to play at a faster tempo and get the ball up and down the court a little more. We have the athleticism to play that type of game. Baskets might be at a premium for us this year so we have to be

a lot more team oriented and get those easy baskets when we can. Hopefully we can run the court and finish shots in transition.” Kittle said he is challenging the team to step it up to get to a high level of play this season. “We are pushing them in practice,” said Kittle. “We are lining them up against each other and telling them they are playing for playing time and to see who wants to step up.” The Lady Bucs are off to a 3-2 start with win over Lewis County, Elkins and Lincoln. Kittle sees the Big 10 Conference as being pretty solid again this season. “Fairmont Senior, North Marion and Lincoln will all be very good,” noted Kittle. “Then our region with Morgantown, DUANE CARPENTER/The Record Delta University, Wheeling Park will be solid once again.” Lady Buc seniors — The two seniors on the 2019-20 BuckJoining Kittle on the bench hannon-Upshur Lady Buc basketball team are Kassidy this season once again will be Wilfong (24) and Brooklyn Maxwell (14). assistant coaches Ryan Webb and Chad Wilfong.”

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No. Name Pos. Cl. 1 Shelby McDaniels G Soph. 3 McKenzie Reynolds F Jr. 4 Leah Moore G Jr. 5 McKinley Bonnett G Fr. 10 Kennedy Samargo G Jr. 11 Brooklyn Bryant F Jr. 12 Lexi Kelley G Fr. 13 Olivia Ellis G Soph. 14 Brooklyn Maxwell G Sr. 15 Justice Courtney F Jr. 20 Kiara Woods F Soph. 22 Alayna Nesbitt G Jr. 23 Kendal Currence F Fr. 24 Kassidy Wilfong C Sr. 25 Amaia Ramirez F Soph. 34 Catherine Neely C Fr.

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Dec. 6 Lewis County Dec. 9 at Elkins Dec. 12 at Preston Dec. 14 at Spring Mills Dec. 20 at Parkersburg South Dec. 28 at Lincol n Jan. 2 Weir Jan. 7 North Marion Jan. 9 at Grafton Jan. 13 Morgantown Jan. 14 Liberty Jan. 16 at Fairmont Senior Jan. 21 at East Fairmont Jan. 23 Robert C. Byrd Jan. 25 at John Marshall Jan. 28 at University Jan. 30 Philip Barbour Feb. 4 Bridgeport Feb. 6 at Lewis County Feb. 10 at South Charleston Feb. 11 Elkins Feb. 14 Wheeling Park (All JV games start at 5:45 p.m. except and Wheeling Park)

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Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneer Wrestling

By Duane Carpenter Sports Editor

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The 2019-20 Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneer wrestling team — They are front row, left to right: Aidan Wilson, Nick Ray, Julius Hobbs, Nathan Cornett and Lakoda Lantz. Middle row, left to right: Tristin Moran, Trevur Randolph, Luke Bohnsack, Nathan Allen and Sheldon Zirkle. Back row, left to right: Lyndon Reinking,Todd Cutlip, Jacob Smithson, Corbin George, Joel Hershman, Breagan Pearson and manager Kaitlyn Lantz. Not pictured: Alex Bennett and Tucker Hurst.

Wrestling Buccaneers continue to build on success

By Duane Carpenter Sports Editor TENNERTON – The Buckhannon-Upshur wrestling roster shows 19 grapplers for the 2019-20 season, but the Bucs are still limited when it comes to filling out an entire weight class, especially for dual meets. That isn’t anything new for head coach Jacob Orr as he continues to stress getting better and individual progress over team scores. “The chances of our roster separating and filling those 14 weight classes is probably slim, but we take what we can get and we will go from there,” stated Orr. “I have always said though in wrestling, success isn’t always defined by wins

and losses, especially in dual meets. The end goal is to make the wrestlers the best versions of themselves that we can. We don’t dwell on the wins and the losses as much as their development.” Orr said seeing a wrestler’s development from the time they arrive in the preseason to the end of the year is one of the most satisfying things for him as a coach. “Anytime you can see a kid’s development, of how maybe they were stumbling over themselves at the start but to see them in March competing against people that may have beat them at the start of the season is a very satisfying feeling. Really though its more for them because they get to see it as well and live through

that growth. Getting to see that light bulb go on is the icing on the cake.” The roster is loaded with talent including seven grapplers that made the state tournament last season in Aidan Wilson Julius Hobbs, Breagan Pearson Todd Cutlip, Alex Bennett and Jacob Smithson. Smithson was the state’s runner-up last year at the state tournament in the 160-pound weight division. Hobbs finished the state meet in third place at 120 pounds while Pearson claimed sixth in the 145-pound division. Wilson and Hurst both earned wins at the state meet as well. Orr still has a very young team with just two seniors on it in Smithson and Cutlip. The roster features 12 un-

derclassman. Orr said hard work has been the key to their success over the years. “There is no magic to our success,” remarked Orr. “It’s just wrestling on the mat and keep grinding every day and get better each and every day.” The Bucs have been tested early at the Musselman Duals and the Wheeling Park Duals. “We got to see some outof-state teams at both duals,” explained Orr. “We have faced a lot of quality competition already.” Orr said the goals of the season never change for his team. “Just to continue to grow,” said Orr. “Grow as leaders, grow as athletes and grow as men. Just to watch them push themselves to be better each day.”

Wrestling Little Bucs have roster loaded with experience TENNERTON – Ten wrestlers return from the Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School Little Buccaneer team that finished fourth last season in the 18-team Mason-Dixon Conference Tournament. Back for the 2019-20 campaign are eighth graders Oscar Blonn, Nathan Cerullo, Kevin Bohnsack, Jeremiah Burkhammer, Liam Garcia, Ella Moss and Timothy Swift, and seventh graders John Moss, Andrew McDowell and Jeremiah Thompson. (Wrestlers’ weight classes were not yet determined.) Newcomers are eighth graders Michael Murphy, Brodee Kennedy, and Ryan Dowell; seventh graders Evan McDowell, Jack Heater, Daniel Hedrick and Logan Lynch, and sixth

graders Konner Reinking, Caleb Cannaday, Ranger Burgess, Maya Garcia, Freddy Payne, Colby Ball and Joel Smith. “We have a good mix of experienced and new wrestlers, and I am excited to see how they progress as a team,” remarked coach Zachary Fowler. “Our goal every season is to improve as individuals and as a program, especially in the Mason-Dixon Conference. “My message to the team is to be proud of what we have accomplished, but not to be satisfied. As a team, we have a great deal of potential and it will be interesting to see what we accomplish.” The Little Bucs will be hosts for the season-ending Mason-Dixon Conference Tournament Jan. 31-Feb. 1.

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B-UMS Wrestling Roster Oscar Blonn Jeremiah Burkhammer Kevin Bohnsack Nathan Cerullo Ryan Dowell Liam Garcia Brodee Kennedy Ella Moss Michael Murphy Timothy Swift Jack Heater Daniel Hedrick Logan Lynch Andrew McDowell Evan McDowell John Moss Jeremiah Thompson Colby Ball Ranger Burgess Caleb Cannady Maya Garcia Freddy Payne Konner Reinking Joel Smith

Eighth graders

Seventh graders

Sixth graders

B-UMS Wrestling Schedule Dec. 5 – at Robert L. Bland. Dec. 7 – at South Harrison, duals tournament. Dec. 14 – Home, duals tournament. Dec. 21 – at Warm Springs, duals tournament. Dec. 28 – at Braxton County, duals tournament. Jan. 4 – at East Fairmont,Quest in the Nest Duals Tournament. Jan. 11 – at Tyler Consolidatted, duals tournament. Jan. 14 – at Robert L. Bland, quadrangular. Jan. 15 – at Mountaineer (Morgantown), quadrangular. Jan 22 – Home, quadrangular. Jan 24-25 – at WSAZ’s, individual tournament. Jan. 31-Feb 1 – Mason-Dixon Conference Tournament at Buckhannon-Upshur High School. No team wrestling photo was available for the Little Bucs

Varsity Roster Nathan Allen — Junior Alex Bennett — Sophomore Luke Bohnsack— Sophomore Nathan Cornett — Freshman Todd Cutlip — Senior Corbin George — Freshman Jalynn Hines (manager) Joel Hersman — Freshman Julius Hobbs —Junior Tucker Hurst — Sophomore Kaitlyn Lantz (manager) Lakoda Lantz —Freshman Tristan Moran — Freshman Breagan Pearson —Junior Trevur Randolph —Sophomore Nick Ray –­ Freshman Jacob Smithson — Senior Dom Tenney —Sophmore Aidan Wilson — Sophomore Sheldon Zirkle — Freshman

Wrestling Schedule Dec. 5 – Lewis County Dec. 7 – at John Marshall Duals Dec. 14 – at Keyser Tournament Dec. 21 – at Musselman Duals Dec. 27-28 – at Wheeling Park Duals Jan. 3 – Home quad with Preston, University and Brooke Jan. 10-11 – at Winner’s Choice at Fairmont Jan. 16 – South Harrison Jan. 25 – at Brooke Classic Jan. 31-Feb. 1 – Big 10 Championships @ Lincoln Feb. 15 – Regionals, TBA Feb. 27-29 – West Virginia State Championships


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Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneer Swimming

The 2019-20 Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneer Swim Team — ­ They are, first row, left to right: Preston Bennett, Garrett Butler, Euan Kettle and Dane Ammons. Back row is, left to right: Sam Squires, Reis Leonard, Rhett Ammons and Owen Caynor.

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The 2019-20 Buckhannon-Upshur Lady Buc Swim Team — They are, left to right: Abby Loudin, Emma Reger, Cameron Zuliani, Merrody Malone, McKenzie Reynolds, Cadence Vincent, Beth O’Neill, Jenny Williams, Alayna Whitehair and Olivia Caynor.

B-U Swimming Roster BUCCANEERS Seniors Dane Ammons Garrett Butler Juniors Euan Kettle Sam Squires Sophomores Rhett Ammons Freshmen Preston Bennett Owen Caynor Ries Leonard

LADY BUCS Seniors Olivia Caynor Merrody Malone Emma Reger Jennifer Williams Juniors Beth O’ Neill McKenzie Reynolds Sophomores Abby Loudin Cameron Zuliani Freshmen Cadence Vincent Alayna Whitehair

Swimming Schedule Nov. 16 – at Marshall Invite Nov. 23 – Splash Williams Invitational Dec. 8 – at Mohawk Invite Dec. 11 – Home tri-meet with Robert C. Byrd and Grafton Dec. 17 – at Philip Barbour tri-meet with Philip Barbour and Grafton Dec. 27 – at Brooke Winter Invite Jan. 11 – at Penguin Invite @ Parkersburg YMCA Jan. 15 – at Dual Meet with Elkins @ Davis & Elkins Jan. 22 – Home Dual Meet with Bridgeport Jan. 25 – Faster Water Invite @ Parkersburg Boys & Girls Club Feb. 1 – Big 10 Conference Championships @ Harrison County YMCA Feb. 8 – Regional Championships @ West Virginia Wesleyan Feb 20-21 – West Virginia State Championships @Mylan Aquatic Center

B-U swim teams breaking records, off to solid start to 2019-20season

By Duane Carpenter Sports Editor

TENNERTON – The Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneer and Lady Buc swim teams have had a successful start to their 2019-20 season. They started the season in a loaded field at the Marshall Invite with the girls taking third and boys fourth. The girls then took fourth at their own home meet while the boys were fifth in the Splash

Williams Invitational. They then competed at the new Mylan Park Aquatic Center, home of the state championships this year with the girls taking fourth and the boys 10th. They followed that up with solid performances in tri meets at home and Philip Barbour. Records have falling this for both teams as freshmen Cadence Vincent broke a seven-year mark by Maggie Miller in the 50-yard freestyle

and then broke another record held by Miller in the 200-yard freestyle. On the boy side, freshmen Preston Bennett broke an eightyear old school mark in their season opener in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:12.79 and then during their second meet of the season, he broke his own record with a time of 2:12.12. The boys roster shows a total of eight swimmers, two seniors, two juniors, one sophomore and

three freshmen. The girls roster is slightly bigger with 10 swimmers – four seniors, two juniors, two sophomores and two freshmen. “We have had some really good swims meets,” remarked second-year Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Will Squires after a recent meet. “We have so many swimmers that are so close to their best times, but in comparison to last season at this point, we are looking much stronger.”


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Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School Basketball

The 2019-20 Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School varsity and junior varsity Little Lady Bucs

Little Lady Buc cagers hoping for good things this season

TENNERTON – With four returning players from last year’s 15-4 team and six up from the jayvee squad, coach Tiffany Board is anxious to get her Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School Little Lady Buc varsity team on the court for the 2019-20 basketball campaign. Her returning eighth-grade veterans are forward Kyndal Davis, and guards Hodge’nay Henderson, Kenna Maxwell and Gabby Parke. Maxwell averaged 8.21 points per game and bombed in 24 three-point goals last season; Davis tallied at a 2.31 average; Parke fired in 2.05 markers per night, and Henderson scored 0.71 per outing. The players coming up from the jayvee team are forwards Alyssa Abel, Jansen Kimble, Anna Grace Lantz, and Rosie Shacklford, and guards Callie Lantz and Miah Reger.

Abel is a seventh grader. see how this team performs in Shackleford saw limited game situations.” action with the varsity last year, Player Grade Position appearing in six games Alyssa Abel 7 F “The majority of the varsity Kyndal Davis 8 F players worked very hard in Hodge’nay Henderson 8 G the off-season,” Board said. Jansen Kimble 8 F 8 F “I believe it will show as Anna Grace Lantz Callie Lantz 8 G our season gets underway. Kenna Maxwell 8 G We will look to run a very Gabby Parke 8 G fast-paced, high intensity Miah Reger 8 G 8 F defense to try and create a lot Rosie Shackleford of turnovers for fast-break opportunities. “These girls work great together, see the floor quite Dec. 4-5 – B-U Kick-off Tournament well, and are ‘lights-out’ Dec. 12 – at Mountaineer (Morgantown) when it comes to shooting Dec. 17 – Philippi Dec. 19 – at Bridgeport the ball. Dec. 26-27 – Preston County Holiday Tournament, “My goal as a coach is Jan. 2 – at Lincoln, time to be announced. to continue to build a strong Jan. 8 – Robert L. Bland, 7:30 p.m. basketball program here at Jan. 9 – at Elkins, 7:30 p.m. the middle school in order Jan. 14 – Preston County, 6 p.m. Jan. 15 – Taylor County, 7:30 p.m. to prepare these girls for the Jan 16 – Mountaineer (Clarksburg), 7:30 p.m. high school to bring home that Jan. 21 – at Philippi. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 – at Preston County, 6 p.m. elusive ‘blue banner’. “I’m looking forward to Jan. 27 – Elkins, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30 – at Robert L. Bland, 7:30 p.m. getting the season started to Feb. 6 – Mountaineer (Morgantown), 7:30 p.m.

Little Lady Buc Roster

Little Lady Buc Schedule

Feb. 11 – at Mountaineer (Clarksburg), 7:30 p.m.

JV Little Lady Buc Roster Player Hailey Aegan Jaelyn Burch Rylee Carr Shaylee Hebb Aubrey Mavety Emma McGinnis Taylor Parke Lainy Rohr Olivia Shipley Brooklyn Smith Taylor Spratt Avi Travise

Grade Position 6 G 6 G 7 G 6 F 7 G 6 F 6 G 6 G 7 F 7 G 7 F 6 G

JV Little Lady Buc Schedule Dec. 9 – at Taylor County Dec. 12 – at Mountaineer (Morgantown) Dec. 17 – Philippi Dec. 19 – at Bridgeport Jan.8 – Robert L. Bland, 6 p.m. Jan. 9 – at Elkins, 6 p.m. Jan. 15 – Taylor County, 6 p.m. Jan. 16 – Mountaineer (Clarksburg), 6 p.m. Jan. 21 – at Philippi. 6 p.m. Jan. 27 – Elkins, 6 p.m. Jan. 30 – at Robert L. Bland, 6 p.m. Feb. 6 – Mountaineer (Morgantown), 6 p.m. Feb. 11 – at Mountaineer (Clarksburg), 6 p.m.

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The 2019-20 Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School varsity and junior varsity Little Bucs

Basketball Little Bucs expect wins this season

TENNERTON – “We want and will be successful this season.” That statement came from Jason Westfall, the new head coach of the Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School Little Buccaneers as he prepares them for the 2019-20 campaign. “We have a strong group and they have been working hard,” he said. “We have a good mix of returning and new players. Our varsity roster has size, quickness, skill and aptitude.” The returning players are up from the junior varsity. They

are guards Jacob Dodd, Bryson Johnston, Nathaniel Ringer, Ian Strader, Jaden Westfall and Luke Yardley. The newcomers are guard Elijah Mahaffey, centers Dom English and Ryan Kelley, and forwards Peyton Cutlip, Caden Lawson, Blake Runyon and Malaki Williams. “We are coaching similar concepts the boys will have at the high school level,” Westfall added. “They are learning and growing fast. Coach Jenny Lilly and I are extremely excited about the season.

Little Buc Schedule

Little Buc Roster No. Player 3 Jacob Dodd 4 Nathniel Ringer 23 Ian Strader 24 Bryson Johnston 25 Elijah Mahaffey 31 Malaki Williams 32 Jaden Westfall 34 Luke Yardley 42 Caden Lawson 43 Dom English 44 Blake Runyon 45 Payton Cutlip

Grade Position 8 G 8 G 8 G 8 G 8 G 8 F 8 G 8 F 8 F 8 C 8 F 8 F

Dec. 4-5 – B-U Kick-off Tournament Dec. 9 – Taylor County Dec. 12 – Mountaineer (Morgantown) Dec 17 – at Philippi Dec. 19 – Bridgeport Dec. 26-27 – Preston County Holiday Tournament, Jan. 2 – at Lincoln, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 7 – at Robert L. Bland, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9 – Elkins, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14 – Preston County, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15 – at Taylor County, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16 – at Mountaineer (Clarksburg), 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21 – Philippi, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 – at Preston County, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27 – at Elkins, 7:39 p.m.


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West Virginia Wesleyan winter athletics Bobcat Basketball Roster No. Name Pos. Class 2 Ross Young F R-Jr. 3 Clay Todd G R-Sr. 4 Cameron Ramage G Soph. 5 Kenny Lewis Jr. G Soph. 10 Luka Petrovic G Sr. 11 Daylin Lee G Soph. 12 Tommie Pope G Soph. 14 Braeden McGrew G Soph. 15 Anthony Garia G Soph. 20 Dusan Vicentic F Sr. 22 Jaylin Reed G Fr. 23 Marcus Larsson G Sr. 30 Marvel McGowan G R-Fr.

Bobcat Basketball Schedule DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME/RESULT 11/8/2019 at Indiana (Pa.) Indiana, Pa. L 52-75 11/9/2019 vs. Pitt-Johnstown Indiana, Pa. L 68-78 11/11/2019 Salem Buckhannon, W.Va. L 84-104 11/13/2019 Shepherd Buckhannon, W.Va. L 65-85 11/20/2019 at Alderson Broaddus Philippi, W.Va. L 79-83 11/23/2019 at Frostburg State Allegheny College W 85-73 11/26/2019 Fairmont State Buckhannon, W.Va. L 72-75 12/4/2019 at West Liberty West Liberty, W.Va. W 94-91 12/7/2019 Wheeling University Buckhannon, W.Va. L 70-84 12/11/2019 Urbana University Buckhannon, W.Va. W 73-65 12/14/2019 at Notre Dame College South Euclid, Ohio W 101-95 1/5/2020 at WVU Tech Beckley, W.Va. 4:00 P.M. 1/8/2020 at Charleston Charleston, W.Va. 7:30 P.M. 1/11/2020 West Virginia State Buckhannon, W.Va. 4:00 P.M. 1/15/2020 Concord University Buckhannon, W.Va. 7:30 P.M. 1/18/2020 at Glenville State Glenville, W.Va. 4:00 P.M. 1/22/2020 Frostburg State Buckhannon, W.Va. 7:30 P.M. 1/26/2020 at Davis & Elkins Elkins, W. Va. 4:00 P.M. 1/29/2020 at Wheeling University Wheeling, WV 7:30 P.M. 2/1/2020 West Liberty University Buckhannon, W.Va. 4:00 P.M. 2/5/2020 Notre Dame College Buckhannon, W.Va. 7:30 P.M. 2/8/2020 at Urbana University Urbana, Ohio 4:00 P.M. 2/12/2020 at West Virginia State Institute, W.Va. 7:30 P.M. 2/15/2020 Charleston Buckhannon, W.Va. 4:00 P.M. 2/19/2020 Glenville State College Buckhannon, W.Va. 7:30 P.M. 2/22/2020 at Concord University Athens, W.Va. 4:00 P.M. 2/26/2020 at Fairmont State Fairmont, W.Va. 7:30 P.M. 2/29/2020 Davis & Elkins Buckhannon, W.Va. 4:00 P.M.

Basketball teams will look for more consistency as the calendar turns

By Duane Carpenter Sports Editor BUCKHANNON – Both the West Virginia Wesleyan men’s and women’s basketball teams will look for more consistency as the calendar turns to January. For the men, they are trending in the right direction. Following an 0-5 start to the season, the ‘Cats have won four of their last six and own a 4-7 mark. More importantly, the ‘Cats are playing well within the Mountain East Conference and currently own a 4-2 league mark which has them in a fourway tie for second place. Their season was jump started back on Dec. 4 when they traveled to West Liberty and

defeated the nationally-ranked Hilltoppers by a 94-91 score. Senior forward Dusan Vicentic leads the Bobcats in scoring averaging with 15.3 points per contest over the first 11 games. Vicentic also leads the teams in rebounding and is fifth in the MEC with an 8.2 rebounding average. Senior guard Luka Petrovic paces the team in steals with five a game which puts him second in conference behind Fairmont State’s Dale Bonner. He leads the team in steals as well averaging 1.64 per game, 11th best in the MEC. For the women, they had a solid start to the season posting a 3-3 record but are now mired in a six-game losing streak dropping their record to 3-8.

They started the early season picking up wins over PSAC members Mansfield and Shippensburg and their MEC opener over Frostburg. They dropped a 94-60 decision to Fairmont State on Nov. 26 and haven’t won since. Part of their issues are they are dead last in scoring offense in the MEC averaging just 58 points per game and are last in field goal percentage shooting the ball at just 34 percent. Senior forward Nicole Gilyard leads them in scoring with 12.6 points per game and in rebounding averaging 6.5 rebounds per game. Both teams will be back in action Sunday, Jan. 5 at West Virginia University Tech and then remain on the road Wednesday to face Charleston.

Lady Bobcat Basketball Roster No. Name Pos. Class 2 Destiny White G Fr. 3 Imani Jackson G Fr. 5 Cydney Lapczynski G Soph. 10 Brittany Stawovy G Jr. 12 Summer Matlack G Jr. 15 Nicole Gilyard F Sr. 20 Cierra Tolbert C Fr. 21 Courtney Wilfong G Fr. 24 Abi Gabauer G Jr. 32 Malaika Kimmons F Soph. 33 Anastasiya Karainvanova C Sr. 35 Emily Carl F Soph.

Luka Petrovic

Lady Bobcat Basketball Schedule DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME/RESULT 11/9/2019 vs. Mansfield Indiana, Pa. W 71-61 11/10/2019 vs. Indiana (Pa.) Indiana, Pa. L 44-96 11/16/2019 Shippensburg Buckhannon, W.Va. W 67-64 11/20/2019 at Pitt-Johnstown Johnstown, Pa. L 42-87 11/23/2019 at Frostburg State Allegheny College W 51-49 11/26/2019 Fairmont State Buckhannon, W.Va. L 60-94 12/4/2019 at West Liberty West Liberty, W.Va. L 51-82 12/7/2019 Wheeling University Buckhannon, W.Va. L 58-67 12/11/2019 Urbana University Buckhannon, W.Va. L 80-82 12/14/2019 at Notre Dame College South Euclid, Ohio L 53-72 12/21/2019 at Alderson Broaddus Philippi, W.Va. L 61-66 1/4/2020 at WVU Tech Montgomery, W.Va. 2:00 P.M. 1/8/2020 at Charleston Buckhannon, W.Va. 2:00 P.M. 1/15/2020 Concord University Buckhannon, W.Va. 5:30 P.M. 1/18/2020 at Glenville State Glenville, W.Va. 2:00 P.M. 1/22/2020 Frostburg State Buckhannon, W.Va. 5:30 P.M. 1/25/2020 at Davis & Elkins Elkins, W.Va. 2:00 P.M. 1/29/2020 at Wheeling University Wheeling, W.Va. 5:30 P.M. 2/1/2020 West Liberty University Buckhannon, W.Va. 2:00 P.M. 2/5/2020 Notre Dame College Buckhannon, W.Va. 5:30 P.M. 2/8/2020 at Urbana University Urbana, Ohio 2:00 P.M. 2/12/2020 at West Virginia State Institute, W.Va. 5:30 P.M. 2/15/2020 University of Charleston Buckhannon, W.Va. 2:00 P.M. 2/19/2020 Glenville State Buckhannon, W.Va. 5:30 P.M. 2/22/2020 at Concord University Athens, W.Va. 2:00 P.M. 2/26/2020 at Fairmont State Fairmont, W.Va. 5:30 P.M. 2/29/2020 Davis & Elkins College Buckhannon, WV 2:00 P.M.

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Date Team Result/Time Men Women Oct. 26 – Alderson Broaddus W 134-4 W 154-16 Oct. 26 -- West Virginia Tech L 106-61 W 147-23 Nov. 1-2 – at West Virginia Games @WVU 5th place 4th place Nov. 9 -- Frostburg State W 121-83 140-53 Nov. 16 – at Malone Invite 3rd place 3rd place Nov. 23-24 – at Corbiere-Merion Invite 3rd place 2nd place Jan. 11 – at Davis & Elkins 1 p.m. Jan. 18 – Fairmont State 1 p.m. Jan. 25 -- at Salem University 1 p.m. Feb. 12-15 at MEC Championships TBA

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