John Marshall Softball Roughs Up University, 15-0
GLEN DALE — Kadence Pettit blasted her second homer in two days, while adding a double and four RBI as John Marshall put it to visiting University, 15-0 in three innings on Wednesday.
Tessa Wise belted a homer and a double and Ava Blake smashed a home run, as well, to go along with a three RBI day.
Kiley Ward and Dori Kins each produced three hits in the win, while Ryleigh Morgan threw a two-hit shutout.
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WHEELING — Braeden Keen (No. 1) and Nick Trischler (No. 4) secured key singles wins to help Wheeling Park edge Buckhannon-Upshur.
Keen and Wyatt Andrews (No. 1), along with Gavin Goodrich and Ryan Quickel (No. 3) delivered clutch doubles victories to help seal the victory.
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WHEELING — Wheeling Park’s girls tennis team swept Buckhannon-Upshur behind singles wins by Merritt Delk (No. 1), Rachel Simon (No. 2), Towne Moore (No. 3) and Taylor Broadwater (No. 4).
3 Hilltoppers Named to
All-MEC Honor Roll
BRIDGEPORT – West Liberty senior forward Josh Yeaman earned a first-team All-Mountain East Conference selection while senior defender Mikel Ubeda collected second-team honors.
Midfielder Vitor Otsuka rounded out the WLU honor roll by earning one of the six Honorable Mention spots as a true freshman.
Yeaman ranked among the MEC’s top five in nearly every offensive category. The MEC’s Offensive Player of the Week for the week of April 12, Yeaman led the Hilltoppers in scoring with six goals and one assist with three of his net-splashers going into the books as game-winners.
Ubeda was a driving force behind a stingy Hilltopper back line.
The MEC’s Defensive Player of the Week for the week of March 29, Ubeda scored his only goal of the season in a win at Concord and assisted on another goal in a victory against Wheeling.
Otsuka was the team’s second-leading scorer with three goals and two assists in his first varsity season. He scored the game-winning goal at Concord and assisted on game-winners at Frostburg State and Wheeling.
Afolayanka earns All-MEC Honorable Mention laurels
BRIDGEPORT — Wheeling University men’s soccer freshman forward Richard Afolayanka was named to the All-Mountain East Conference (MEC) Honorable Mention list.
Afolayanka led the Cardinals with three goals and six points while starting all eight games during the abbreviated spring 2021 season.
All-MEC Honors for
West Liberty Women
BRIDGEPORT – Alyssa Rhinaman and Georgia Richardson were honorable mention All-MEC selections in the coaches’ balloting with Richardson also earning a spot on the MEC All-Freshman Team.
Rhinaman is a repeat honoree after being named to the 2019 MEC All-Freshman Team. She led the team in scoring for the second straight year with 3 goals, including back-to-back scores in a season-ending 3-0 shutout of Wheeling.
Richardson made an immediate impact on the WLU back line in her collegiate debut. She capped a solid freshman season with her first college goal in the season finale at Wheeling.
MEC names Hampton
BRIDGEPORT — Wheeling University women’s soccer freshman defender Zayna Hampton was tabbed as an All-Mountain East Conference (MEC) Honorable Mention selection.
In addition to earning all-conference status, Hampton was also selected to the MEC All-Freshman Team.
Hampton started all eight games for the Cardinals in the spring 2021 abbreviated season. She played in all 90 minutes of each match in the backfield for Wheeling.