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B-U girls capture Big Ditch Lake Invitational

October 8, 2012
By Jesse Skiles - Sports correspondent , The Inter-Mountain

COWEN -Buckhannon-Upshur's girls captured the team title at Saturday morning's Big Ditch Lake Invitational hosted by Webster County High School.

The Lady Bucs of veteran head coach Jim Johnson won with a solid team score of 35 points, edging runner-up Nicholas County by 13 points.

Laura Dean led a tight Lady Buc pack, finishing in the runner-up spot in 22:21. Individual winner Breanna Mazzella of Richwood navigated the 5,000-meter layout around the lake in 22:13. There were 11 teams represented in the annual meet.

B-U placed six runners in the top 20 of the race. Alexa Bennett followed Dean by placing sixth in 22:46. She was followed closely by Gillian Ross (seventh, 23:27), Casey Thorpe (13th, 24:22), Samantha Pappas (19th, 25:18) and Sarah Pappas (20th, 25:20).

Nicholas County outpointed Braxton County, 48-53, for the runner-up spot. There were a total of 46 runners in the girls' field on a chilly, wet and windy morning in Cowen.

B-U competes in the Big 10 Conference Championships Thursday at Philip Barbour.

The B-U boys, meanwhile, placed third in the 11-team field. The Bucs tallied a team total of 84 points, outdistancing fourth place Wyoming East, which finished with a score of 104.

Host Webster County captured the team title, carding a team score 31, narrowly edging runner up Greenbrier East, which scored 34. Levi Snedagar of the Spartans won the individual title in 17:11, while Webster's Brettley Harris led the Highlander charge, placing second in 17:15.

The rolling 5,000-meter course around the lake was a challenge on the rainy day, especially with the high school races going after several earlier races had already been contested.

Preston Surface was the lone B-U finisher in the top 20, placing 19th in 20:33. The Bucs will be back in action this Thursday, participating in the Big 10 Conference Championships at Philip Barbour.

Middle school

cross country

COWEN - Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School placed second on each side at the Big Ditch Lake Invitational Saturday morning in Cowen.

Summersville captured the team title on each side, and also produced the individual winner in each race. Jackson Reed led the Bears, covering the 3,200-meter course around the lake in 14:24. Lindsay Brake led the Bear girls, covering the wet course in 15:48.

B-U placed three individuals in the top 10, two males and one female. Katie Orwig placed sixth for the B-UMS girls in 16:21. Jesse Skiles Jr. led the boys in eighth place in 15:25, while teammate Brian Kaubisch placed ninth in 15:53.

B-U closes its season Saturday at the Washington-Irving Last Call Invitational.

Men's college soccer

MILLERSVILLE, Pa. - Wesleyan stepped outside of conference play Saturday afternoon, lighting up the nets for a 6-2 road victory at Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference member Millersville.

Wesleyan held a 2-1 advantage at the half behind goals from Sam Turner and Jordan Halpern. Joe Ferraracci provided an assist on the Turner tally. Millersville's Jeramey Robbins scored to briefly tie the game at 1-1 off an assist from Andrew Dukes.

Ferraracci gave coach Gavin Donaldson's squad a two-goal lead early in the second half, lofting in a goal off a long entry pass from Thomas Ingall. Halpern extended the lead to 4-1 at the 71:34 mark off an assist from Alexandre Zidani.

William Taylor scored Millersville's second goal, cutting the deficit to 4-2, but Wesleyan powered in a pair late goals to win going away. Daniel Smee provided an unassisted goal at 86:31, and shortly afterward, Pavla Milicevic scored on Ferraracci second assist of the game at 88:34.

Wesleyan raises its overall record to 8-3 with the non-conference win. Millersville falls to 5-6. The Bobcats are back in action Tuesday night, hosting Ohio Valley.

College volleyball

BUCKHANNON - West Virginia Wesleyan's volleyball team managed to steal one set from the nationally-ranked Wheeling Jesuit squad Saturday afternoon, but the visiting Cardinals prevailed by scores of 25-16, 23-25, 25-14 25-19.

Coach Jackie Murphy's young Wesleyan team fought off two strong surges from the talented Cardinals to take the second set. Down 1-0 for the match, the Bobcats raced out to a 17-11 advantage midway through the day's second game. After Wheeling recorded six consecutive points to erase the deficit, the Bobcats answered to push lead back to 22-19. After Wheeling came back to cut the margin to one again, Wesleyan regrouped to close the match with the final two points.

At that point, Wheeling regrouped an posted a dominant effort in game three. In the day's final stanza, Wesleyan made a solid run in the middle of the game, but the Cardinals made the plays down the stretch to close the issue.

Erin Bond and Korin Wengryn led at the net, producing 15 and 11 kills respectively. Sarah Crowder added six kills.

Setter Casey Pattyn registered 36 assists, and led with a team high three service aces. Renata Comparini recorded 11 digs.

BUCKHANNON - Wesleyan scored five goals in the first half to earn a 5-0 West Virginia Conference win over Ohio Valley on Saturday.

Freshman Jocelyn Prescott led the offense, scoring a goal and recording two assists. Single goals were added in order by Megan McCoy, Cris Eddy, Aleisha Rees, ands Jade Smith. Additional assists were provided by Amber Wozny and Olivia Peduzzi.

Wesleyan goalkeeper duo of Lauren Duncan and Hillary DeWitt were able to record the shutout without needing to make a save

Wesleyan remains in the playoff hunt, raising its overall record to 6-4-3 and 4-2-1 in the WVC. Ohio Valley drops to 0-6 and 1-11.

The Lady Bobcats will travel to Shepherd on Sunday.



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