The Premier Basketball League released the Charleston Gunners from the league last Thursday due to failures in following established rules and standard operating procedures set forth in the PBL Operations Manual, effectively ending their season. The league also released the Northwest Indiana Stars.
"We are watching teams closely and it became apparent that the league's criteria was not followed correctly," said PBL President and CEO Brij Desai. "Additionally, we discovered about allegations and problems with the ownership structure of these two teams and we had no choice by to release them."
Three Gunners players were selected in the PBL Dispersal Draft. Colby Batiste was selected by the Lake Michigan Admirals, while Vince Goldsberry was taken by the Sauk Valley Predators and Lionel Armstead was drafted by the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Steamers.
STATE SIGNINGS: Winfield place-kicker Andy Ellington will sign a national letter of intent today to play football at Concord. The signing will take place at the high school library at 1 p.m.
Ellington booted 14 field goals as a senior to break the West Virginia regular-season record. He was selected second-team Class AAA all-state. He also considered offers from Old Dominion, Sacred Heart, Coastal Carolina and Fairmont State, as well as invited walk-on status at Marshall.
PREP SOCCER: Hurricane senior Trevor Starcher will sign with Marshall to play men's soccer at 11:35 a.m. today in the high school's library.
Starcher scored 11 goals this past season in earning Class AAA first-team all-state honors as a midfield by the West Virginia Soccer Coaches Association. He helped the Redskins advance to the state tournament semifinals.