PHILIPPI - Alderson-Broaddus fielded its first football team since 1930 last fall, playing against junior varsity and club teams.
The task will be tougher this season, however, as the Battlers face a 10-game varsity schedule.
Area fans can get a glimpse of the 2013 Battlers at noon today in a spring game. Admission is free and seating will be available on the hill between Rex Pyles Arena and the stadium.
A-B compiled a 9-2 record last season but head coach Dennis Creehan knows the competition will be tougher this fall.
"This time it's for real," Creehan said. "This the first real season because we're are going to play varsity games."
The Battlers' schedule includes five home games at the school's new Multi-Sport Performance Stadium, including a game against Pace University on Sept. 7 that will be televised locally.
A-B to induct 5 into Hall
PHILIPPI - The Alderson-Broaddus athletic department announced the 2013 Battler Hall of Fame Induction Class Friday as five new members will be inducted on Saturday, April 27, at a ceremony to be held at the Memorial Coliseum.
The five inductees are Ronald Gilmore, men's basketball; Patricia Harsh, women's volleyball; Jennifer Hefner, softball; J.D. Long, coach and baseball; and Theodore Stoev, men's soccer.
"I'm so excited for this class to be inducted into the Battler Hall of Fame," said Director of Development Annette Fetty. "I've had the privilege to watch some of them on the field and work alongside a couple of them. They are all outstanding alumni representatives of Alderson-Broaddus College and have left a lasting legacy for their particular sports. In addition, they are leaving a legacy for the world through their respective careers."
D&E tennis player honored
PRINCETON - Seven schools were represented with postseason tennis honors announced by the WVIAC office Friday.
Concord's Diogo Monteiro has been named the WVIAC Player of the Year. Davis & Elkins' Charles Brunel has been selected as the WVIAC Freshman of the Year, while Charleston's Matt Santen has garnered WVIAC Coach of the Year accolades.
Monteiro led the Mountain Lions to a strong spring season and helped the team to a fifth-place finish in the WVIAC. He registered an 8-0 record at the No. 1 spot in conference competition while boasting a 14-3 overall ledger in singles action. Monteiro also picked up nine doubles wins at the No. 1 position, four of which were against league foes. It marks the first time since 2003 that CU has had a Player of the Year.
Brunel paced the Senators as the No. 1 singles player during his stellar rookie campaign. He posted a 6-2 league mark in singles action and earned three wins as part of Davis & Elkins' No. 1 doubles team. Brunel notched a 12-5 overall singles record and tallied nine doubles victories. It is the second consecutive year that the Senators have had the league's Freshman of the Year.
Santen led Charleston to the No. 2 seed in the WVIAC Tournament. His squad is currently No. 2 in the Atlantic Region. The No. 2 spot in the regular season is the highest the Golden Eagles have finished under Santen while the Atlantic Region ranking is the highest ever for the team. It is also the first time since 1997 that UC has had the WVIAC Coach of the Year.
Charleston's Sam Humphrey and Bluefield State's Shikhar Kapur earned their fourth straight all-conference honor. Monteiro, Shepherd's Chris Pratt and the Golden Eagles' Matt Sherba are on the team for the third consecutive season while West Liberty's Ivan Irazabal and West Virginia Wesleyan's Javier Yim Kim made the squad for the second time.
Brunel and the Big Blues' duo of Jacob Carey and Vishwesh Sinha earned all-conference honors for the first time.