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Roundup: W.Va. State’s Hall named MEC’s top freshman

The All-Mountain East Conference baseball awards were announced Wednesday and West Virginia State’s starting pitcher Tyler Hall took home Freshman of the Year honors.

Hall, a freshman from Charleston, posted a 7-2 record with a 2.76 earned-run average in his first collegiate season for the Yellow Jackets — good for fourth-lowest in the MEC. Opponents hit .258 against him and he only allowed seven extra-base hits.

West Virginia State outfielder Jake Hudson and pitcher Joshua Falbo were named to the All-MEC first team, while catcher Tyler Payne, Hall and fellow pitcher Tyler Thompson earned second-team honors. Charleston’s Corey Lakatos was named to the second team.

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HERD SOFTBALL: WV CHAOS: PREP SPORTS: University of Rio Grande women’s basketball coach David Smalley has announced the signing of St. Marys High School standout Kendra Walker for the 2014-15 season.

Walker, a 6-foot-3 forward, averaged 18 points and 12 rebounds per game for the Blue Devils, who finished 24-2 after a loss to Huntington St. Josephs in the Class A state championship game. She was a Class A all-state first-team selection as a senior after earning second team honors as a junior, and was a state tournament all-tournament pick each of the past two seasons.

n Greenbrier East volleyball players Kaitie Shaver and Ellen Henthorn will continue their volleyball careers at the next level, the school announced Wednesday.

Shaver has signed to play at Bluefield College. A four-year starter and lettermen, she ended her career with 1,117 kills (only the second player in school history to pass 1,000 kills) and 133 match wins (tied for the most in school history). Shaver was also a Class AAA first team all-state selection this year after leading the Spartans to a state runner-up finish.

Henthorn has signed to play at Sewanee University. Also a four-year starter and lettermen, Henthorn ended her career with 1,123 digs (the fourth player in school history to reach 1,000 digs) and 339 aces (most in school history). She also finished her career with 703 kills and 133 match wins (tied for most in school history). Henthorn was a Class AAA second team all-state selection this year.

n The Bass Federation (TBF) and Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, have partnered to present the 2014 West Virginia State High School Fishing Championship on Saturday, May 18 on the Ohio River in St. Marys.

The West Virginia state championship is a two-person (team) event for students in grades nine-12. Registration for anglers and their coach, who will provide the boat they compete in, is online at www.HighSchoolFishing.org. Take-off will be at 6 a.m. and weigh-in, held at the marina, is scheduled for 3 p.m. All high school fishing take-offs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public. For more information about this event, contact the TBF National Youth Director Mark Gintert at 580-716-4251 or 330-993-0014.


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