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Area roundup: Huntington's Tubbs, Seals win top MSAC football honors

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The All-Mountain State Athletic Conference football teams were announced Wednesday, with Nick Tubbs of Huntington winning Player of the Year honors and Huntington's Billy Seals being named Coach of the Year.

Tubbs and Seals led the Highlanders to the AAA title game, where they fell to state champion Martinsburg. Huntington landed five players on the All-MSAC first team, including senior defensive linemen Nigale Cabell and Arick Nicks.

Capital earned six All-MSAC first-team selections, including junior running back Kashuan Haley and senior defensive lineman James Walton.

Hurricane's Austin Hensley was named first-team quarterback and teammate Zach Pate earned first-team utility player honors. (See list, see Page 2B.)

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  • MARSHALL SPORTS: Marshall outside hitter Laura Der was named an honorable-mention selection on the American Volleyball Coaches Association's All-South region team. Der led the Herd with 350 kills and was second on the team in digs with 302.

  • The Marshall women's basketball game against Davis & Elkins has been rescheduled for 2 p.m. on Dec. 31 at the Cam Henderson Center. The game was originally set for Dec. 7 but was postponed due to a power outage.
  • The Marshall women's soccer team has earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America College Women's Team Academic Award. This is the 11th straight year the Herd has won this award.
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  • WVU SPORTS: West Virginia University women's soccer player Kadeisha Buchanan has been named the 2013 Canadian U-20 Player of the Year, as voted on by national team coaches and Canadian club coaches.   Buchanan helped lead the Mountaineers to their second straight Big 12 regular-season title and first Big 12 soccer championships.

  • WVU men's swim team member Bryce Bohman has been named the Big 12 men's swimmer of the week. Bohman recorded a first-place finish in the 100 backstroke at the Mizzou Invitational Nov. 21-23. His time of 46.40 set a school record.
  • The NCAA Championship Committee announced Wednesday that WVU will play host to the 2015 and 2017 NCAA Regional gymnastic championships at the WVU Coliseum. WVU last played host to the six-team meet in 2013, its eighth regional championship, and finished fifth.
  • All fans attending the WVU-Oklahoma State men's basketball game on Jan. 11 are encouraged to take part in the "Stripe the Coliseum." Fans are asked to wear either blue or gold depending on which section their seats are located. For more information, visit www.wvusports.com/stripethecoliseum.
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  • TECH WRESTLING: WVU Tech earned its first victory over Ohio Valley University 28-17 Tuesday. Senior captain John Walters (149 pounds), Colton Rowe (174) and freshman Tola Morakinyo (184) all recorded victories as Tech moved to 9-3 on the season.

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  • MEC SPORTS: Concord senior linebacker Jake Lilly was named an honorable mention All-American by the Beyond Sports Network Wednesday. Lilly led Concord in tackles for the third straight season, recording 118 stops on the year in addition to five forced fumbles and one interception.

  • Fairmont State volleyball player Bri Swann was named to the Capital One Academic All-America second team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Swann is the first Fairmont State volleyball player to earn this honor. She led the MEC in kills per set (4.48) and points per set (4.76). The Business Administration major carried a 3.69 grade-point average and will graduate later this month.
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