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Local Sports Briefs

March 17, 2012
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Staff reports

Crutchfield top District coach

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - West Liberty University head basketball coach Jim Crutchfield was named Atlantic District Coach of the Year and Hilltopper junior Alex Falk earned All-District honors on Friday when the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced its 2011-12 All-District Teams.

Selected in balloting by NABC members from coast to coast, the All-District teams mirror the NCAA Division II's regional setup with 11 players - six first-team and five second-team - honored in each of the nation's eight districts or regions.

Joining Falk on the second-team unit was senior Steve Catich of Wheeling Jesuit.

The leading scorer (17.7 ppg.) on the highest-scoring team in the nation, Falk also keyed the ball-hawking West Liberty defense with 83 steals - the most ever by a Hilltoppers junior.

All-Star hoops Media Night set

WHEELING - The OVAC All-Star Basketball Media Night will be held at 7 on Sunday night at Ohio University Eastern.

Team pictures will be taken, and officials ask that Ohio players wear their white uniforms and West Virginia players should wear dark uniforms. All players and coaches are expected to attend.

Walter has big game for WVU

MORGANTOWN - Right-hander Corey Walter recorded his second victory of the season as the WVU baseball team posted a 3-1 victory on Friday against Manhattan at Hawley Field.

Walter , a former Wheeling Park star, pitched 8.1 innings with just six hits allowed and two strikeouts. The lone run allowed was unearned via passed ball.

"I'm just trying to keep working hard every day and come to ballpark whichever day I start," Walter said.

"I try to keep pounding the strike zone and I have a nice defense behind me making pretty good plays."

Right-hander Ryan Tezak came on with one out in the ninth inning and recorded his second save in as many games, striking out Manhattan's final batter.

"Corey did a nice job for us," Van Zant said. "They had three of their first four hitters reach base and fortunately we have a guy like (Ryan) Tezak in the bullpen that can give the hitters a different look.

John Polonius hit his first career home run for WVU (8-10).

Spencer wins match play event

NEW MARTINSVILLE - Al Spencer broke into the victory column at Bruce Lanes on Thursday night with a 192-186 victory against Pat Fischerkeller in the weekly Ohio Valley Match Play event.

Spencer earned $75 compliments of weekly sponsor Action Gaming. He also was the two-game high qualifier with a 478.

Spencer defeated Katie Fischerkeller, 198-189, in one semifinal, while Pat Fischerkeller topped John Leek, 232-212.

Chet Richmond leads the points list with 710, while Chuck Fischerkeller (665), Sean Sawyers (575), Leek (525) and Dave Johnson (515) round out the top five.

The top 24 bowlers on the points list qualify for the Grand Finale, which features a $1,000 top prize guaranteed by Miller Lite and Buddy Light Accounting.

 
 

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