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Gonzalez sparks Jefferson in 6-1 win at Bridgeport

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. — The way Jefferson’s Kamien Gonzalez pitched in relief Saturday, he didn’t need an abundance of run support.

Still, Gonzalez helped his own cause with a two-run home run in the seventh inning, adding insurance for the Cougars in a 6-1 victory over Bridgeport as part of the McDonald’s Classic.

Gonzalez pitched four scoreless innings after taking over for starter Daquon Shipe, who exited with Jefferson leading 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth.

“He does command the strike zone well and we’ve gone to him late in games when it’s been tight and today was a primary example of what he’s capable of doing,” said Jefferson coach John Lowery, who notched his 1,328th career win. “Going into today’s game, he hadn’t had a walk and he walked a couple today. That’s the longest he was going and you could see that he was starting to run out of gas at the end.

“But he’s such a competitor. He tries so hard and he’s a great kid. I’m happy for him that he was able to help us not only on the mound, but with his bat as well.”

When Gonzalez moved from shortstop to the mound, Bridgeport (15-3) had a pair of runners on with no outs. But Gonzalez retired the next three batters, inducing an inning-ending fly out to center off the bat of leadoff hitter Cam Cole with both runners in scoring position.

The Cougars (15-1) had a chance to add to their lead in the fifth after loading the bases with one out. But Shipe hit one back to Bridgeport pitcher Christopher Harbert, who threw home for the second out, before catcher JD Love fired to first trying to complete the double play. The throw to first hit off Shipe, who was ruled to be out of the baseline for what resulted in an inning-ending double play.

Frank Why’s leadoff walk in the home half of the fifth put the tying run on for the Tribe. Ryan Goff followed with a double to right field, but Why was thrown out at the plate for the first out of the inning.

“You make your own breaks in baseball,” BHS coach Robert Shields said. “We just didn’t capitalize on the opportunities that we had in certain situtations for us to gain an advantage on them.”

Still leading 2-1 in the seventh, JHS gave itself plenty of cushion with a four-run frame.

Regan Allinger’s sharp single up the middle scored Connor Bailey to make it 3-1, before Zac Rose’s single plated Kellen Kinsler for the Cougars’ fourth run.

Gonzalez followed with a long ball to left that gave Jefferson a 6-1 advantage.

“We finally got a big hit in the top of the seventh with not only the home run, but also the ball that Zac Rose hit into left-center,” Lowery said. “Overall, this was a good ball game for us.”

Jefferson’s Zac Rose leads off second base as Bridgeport shortstop Ryan Goff moves in behind him. Photo by Greg Carey/

BHS took its only lead in the second inning when Aiden Paulsen brought Drew Hogue home with a two-out infield single.

That 1-0 advantage held up until the fourth, when Jefferson scored a pair of runs to lead for good. Zac Rose drew a leadoff walk and Gonzalez followed with a single. After Shipe’s sacrifice bunt advanced both runners and a Sam Wabnitz infield single scored Rose to tie it at 1. Pinch-hitter Griffin Horowicz delivered a two-out single to left that scored Gonzalez for the go-ahead run.

Bridgeport squandered an opportunity to take a first-inning lead when Love bounced into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded. Like the double play Shipe hit into in the fifth inning, it came down to the umpire’s decision. Love hit a bouncer to third baseman Cullen Horowicz, who threw home to Allinger for an out. Before Allinger could throw to first in an effort to complete the double play, he was wiped out by Why, with interference being called.

“We had the break with the play at the plate, but of course they had the break on the play at first,” Lowery said. “There were a lot of interesting calls in the game and the umpires were right on top of them and decisive in making the calls and that’s what you want to see out of umpires.”

Gonzalez was 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs. He also surrendered just one hit, while striking out three and walking three.

Wabnitz had three of the 10 JHS hits.

Anthony Dixon got the start for Bridgeport and pitched one-plus inning. He issued consecutive walks to start the second and was removed with an injury for Harbert, who scattered nine hits and five runs on 5 2/3 innings.

Goff had two of Bridgeport’s six hits.

“When you’re not doing things the right way, taking the ball the right way and trying to pull outside pitches,” Shields said, “that doesn’t bode well to get a lot of hits.”

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Martinsburg authorities look back on record drug bust

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Police Chief George Swartwood is proud of the men and women of his force every day, but last month, they outdid themselves.

In the evening hours of April 27th. 2021, the Eastern Panhandle Drugs & Violent Crimes Task Force and the Martinsburg City Police Department Detective Unit and Uniformed Patrol Division, were involved in a combined effort investigation which resulted in a traffic stop of a vehicle on South Queen Street.

This investigation and a subsequent investigation produced a very large seizure of controlled substances and other items of evidentiary value, according to the Martinsburg Police Department.

Seized in this stop were 5 ounces of pure Fentanyl, 8 ounces of Crack Cocaine, 1 ounce of Heroin, 13 ounces of Heroin & Fentanyl mix, a 40-caliber handgun and $16,470 in U.S. currency. The investigation is ongoing at this time.

“It was a profound stop and seizure of extremely hard drugs that have plagued this area and others,” according to Martinsburg Police Chief George Swartwood.

He tells the Panhandle News Network it was a record-breaking seizure. “That is a huge amount of drugs. In my 37 years, that is the biggest stop and the biggest amount of drugs seized from a one-vehicle stop that I’ve ever seen.”

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St. Albans improves to 21-0 and wins MSAC title, 9-1 over Cabell Midland

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — St. Albans scored in every inning to claim the Mountain State Athletic Conference softball championship, 9-1 in five innings over Cabell Midland at Little Creek Park.

The No. 2 Knights (20-5) opened the scoring in the top of the first when Rielly Lucas doubled off the fence to score Jess Terry.

However, the No. 1 Red Dragons (21-0) answered with four runs in the bottom of the frame. Kendall Stoffel and Bailey Gilbert each delivered two-RBI hits to give St. Albans a 4-1 lead.

“Cabell Midland is a great team,” said St. Albans head coach Christian Watts. “They came out with great energy and jumped on us. It is so much easier on the pitchers when you can match whatever the other team is doing and then some. It allows them to settle in and that is exactly what happened.”

The Red Dragons added two runs in the second, one in the third and two more in the fourth to take a 9-1 lead.

Tayven Stephenson pitched a scoreless fifth inning to put the run rule into effect. She tossed a four-hitter, striking out seven batters.

“Knowing Tayven, we knew she would settle in. She came up big for us. Both of our pitchers came up big this weekend, so I am proud of them.”

Stoffel had four RBI to lead the Red Dragons while Jillian Holley went 3-for-3.

The Red Dragons defeated Parkersburg 14-0 in the quarterfinals Friday and George Washington 7-1 in the semifinals Saturday morning to advance to the championship game.

“This is the best conference in the state in most sports,” Watts said. “For us to come out here and go undefeated in the conference and win the tournament is huge. This gets you ready. Our plan is, God willing we will be back in June (for the state tournament) and hopefully bring home a couple different types of trophies.”

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Wayne County angler wins B.A.S.S. regional–but it wasn’t his biggest win

WAYNE, W.Va. — Willie “Doodle” Adkins of Wayne, W.Va. will represent West Virginia in this year’s B.A.S.S. Nation National Championship bass tournament. It’s an impressive opportunity. He earned the right to be there by winning the organization’s southeastern regional on Lake Hartwell in Georgia two weeks ago. The victory was equally impressive.

But neither of those accomplishments can match the battle he had to overcome just to be there. Were it not for an aggravating stroke of bad luck two years ago, he wouldn’t have been around to enjoy those accomplishments.

“The doctor told me I had six months,” said Adkins talking about his situation on West Virginia Outdoors this past Saturday.

The story actually began two years ago when Adkins was on his way to Nashville to fish a national event. Around Winchester, Kentucky he was struck broadside by a 19-year old driver.

“At the time I was aggravated and I wanted to go down their, but he saved my life is what he did. If it hadn’t of happened, I wouldn’t be here today,” Adkins said.

The accident broke Adkins’ left arm. That was definitely an aggravation for a left handed fisherman. However, doctors who treated him at the University of Kentucky Medical Center’s emergency department gave him a much more sobering piece of information.

“They said, we hate to tell you but you have stage 4 kidney cancer,” Adkins said.

He was blown away by the news and soon was undergoing surgery back home at Cabell-Huntington Hospital to remove one of his diseased kidneys and to repair his badly broken arm. The arm wouldn’t heal properly. Infection set in and there was even some consideration given to amputation. Willie wanted a second opinion and went to West Virginia University Hospital in Morgantown.

“The doctor there said he thought he could fix it,” Willie explained.

The doctors replaced the bone in his left arm and within a few months, he was casting a line again, effectively and with his left hand. What’s more, doctors started him on an experimental cancer treatment and his cancer went into remission where it has stayed for two years. He was well enough to travel to Lake Hartwell in April and smoke the competition.

Over three competition days, Adkins caught just shy of 35 pounds. It was the most consistent fishing he’s ever enjoyed. He found bedded fish when nobody else could and was able to keep them a secret even for the third day of the tournament. In Willie’s mind, it was meant to be.

“The very first fish I caught was a six pounder. It started off good and the whole tournament, it just played out,” he said.

On the final day of the tournament, Adkins had two small fish in his creel and happened to stumble on fish breaking the surface. He was able to cull both of those fish and upsize his stringer significantly that day.

“It started good and it ended up good, when you’re going to win it, it’s just meant to be,” he said.

Although sometimes when it doesn’t start good, like a 19 year old driver broadsides your truck and boat, it could also be meant to be.

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Active Covid cases continue to drop in W.Va.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Covid 19 case count in West Virginia went up Saturday with 307 new cases and one additional fatality blamed on the virus.

The most recent victim of the virus in West Virginia was a 78-year old Mineral County woman. Her death raised the total to 2,757 in the state.

The active case numbers on Saturday stood at 6,503, following a declining trend which has been happening over several days.

The day’s percent positivity rate was 3.6 percent.

Vaccination numbers as of Saturday morning. Officials say 38.6 percent of the state’s population is fully vaccinated. 46.2 percent of the population has received one dose. The vaccination of the state’s older population continued to accelerate with more than 80 percent of those over age 65 in West Virginia having received the first shot. The rate of full vaccination over age 65 in West Virginia for Saturday was 72 percent.

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Suspect charged in drug overdose case
James J.D. Thompson

MADISON, W.Va. — A Boone County man is behind bars after authorities say drugs he provided resulted in an overdose deaths.

James “J.D.” Thompson, 29, was arrested Friday and charged with drug delivery causing death and failure to render aid.

The overdose death occurred at a home in the Ridgeview community of Boone County back on Thursday.

Thompson is in the Southwestern Regional Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond.

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Morgantown, firefighters reach deal on differential pay

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The city of Morgantown and International Association of Firefighters Local 313 have reached an agreement regarding differential pay.

The dispute stems from changes made to the city’s differential pay policy, which caused a $2,000 pay reduction for 47 firefighters.

Firefighters will no longer be entitled to differential pay and salaries for affected firefighters will be increased to offset any loss caused by the policy change. Only firefighters in the afternoon and evening shifts called out for unscheduled assignments will qualify for differential pay in the future.

The city plans to use the salary study to clarify and enforce policies while also improving services to taxpayers.

The Morgantown City Council will vote on the resolution at its Tuesday meeting.

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List of Bill Evans Award Winners

Boys state player of year

Evans Award winners and colleges

1970—Charles Hickox, Parkersburg (West Virginia)

1971—Bill Lindsay, Charles Town (Fairmont State)

1972—Warren Baker, Greenbrier East (WVU)

1973—Denny Harris, Charleston (West Virginia State)

1974—Maurice “Mo’’ Robinson, Welch (WVU)

1975—Sam Brooks, Charleston (Louisville)

1976—Will Johnson, DuPont (Concord)

1977—Jeff Schneider, Clarksburg Washington Irving

1978—Jeff Schneider, Clarksburg Washington Irving (Virginia Tech)

1979—Earl Jones, Mount Hope (University of District of Columbia)

1980—David Daniel, Sherman (University of Charleston)

1981—Jim Miller, Princeton (Virginia)

1982—Gay Elmore, South Charleston (VMI)

1983—Mark Cline, Williamson (Wake Forest)

1984—Herbie Brooks, Mullens (WVU)

1985—Bimbo Coles, Greenbrier East (Virginia Tech)

1986—Greg Bell, DuPont (Tennessee)

1987—Tracy Shelton, Oak Hill (WVU)

1988—Anthony Strother, Williamson (Garden City, Kans.)

1989—P.G. Green, Oak Hill (WVU)

1990—Marsalis Basey, Martinsburg (WVU)

1991—Matt Gaudio, Brooke (Penn State)

1992—Jared Prickett, Fairmont Senior (Kentucky)

1993—Ryan Culicerto, Woodrow Wilson (James Madison)

1994—Randy Moss, DuPont (Marshall football); Anthony Scruggs, Woodrow Wilson (Fork Union, Va.)

1995—Randy Moss, DuPont (Marshall football)

1996—Cornelius Jackson, Oak Hill (Tennessee/Marshall)

1997—Rafael Cruz, Wheeling Park (Massachusetts)

1998—Tamar Slay, Woodrow Wilson (Marshall)

1999—Brett Nelson, St. Albans (Florida)

2000—Greg Davis, Tug Valley (University of Charleston/Pikeville, Ky.)

2001—Patrick O’Malley, George Washington (Richmond)

2002—Mark Patton, Cabell Midland (Marshall)

2003—Brandon Moore, Spring Valley (Eastern Kentucky/WVU Tech)

2004—Adam Williams, St. Albans (Kentucky/Marshall)

2005—Josh “Cookie’’ Miller, Capital (Nebraska)

2006—Patrick Patterson, Huntington (junior; Kentucky)

2007—O.J. Mayo, Huntington (Southern California)

2008—Bryant Irwin, Bridgeport (St. Joseph’s)

2009—Aaron Dobson, South Charleston (Marshall football)

2010—Noah Cottrill, Logan (West Virginia)

2011—Chase Fischer, Ripley (Wake Forest)

2012—Boo Lathon, Wheeling Park (West Liberty football)

2013—Donte Grantham, Martinsburg (Clemson)

2014—Jon Elmore, George Washington (VMI)

2015—Jacob Kilgore, Spring Valley (Marshall/walk-on)

2016—Tavian Dunn-Martin, Huntington (Akron/Duquesne)

2017—Jarrod West, Notre Dame (Marshall)

2018—Taevon Horton, Fairmont Senior (WVU/walk-on)

2019—Jalen Bridges, Fairmont Senior (WVU)

2020—Kaden Metheny, University (Bowling Green)

2021—Isaac McKneely, Poca (junior)

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Photo gallery: Williamstown & Ritchie claim team titles at Cline Stansberry Invitational

WEST UNION, W.Va. — Photo gallery from the annual Cline Stansberry Invitational at Doddridge County High School. The Williamstown girls and Ritchie County boys claimed team championships.

(Photo gallery by Teran Malone)

Girls 100 Meter Dash

  1 Foltz, Jocelyn            JR Tyler Cons.              13.26   10   

Girls 200 Meter Dash

  1 McMullen, Ella            JR Williamstown             26.94   10   

Girls 400 Meter Dash

  1 McMullen, Ella            JR Williamstown           1:01.53   10   

Girls 800 Meter Run

  1 Hesson, Ella              SR Williamstown           2:26.64   10   

Girls 1600 Meter Run

  1 Hesson, Ella              SR Williamstown           5:29.47   10   

Girls 3200 Meter Run

  1 Hesson, Ella              SR Williamstown          11:59.57   10   

Girls 100 Meter Hurdles

  1 Cress, Olivia             JR Ritchie Co.              16.49   10   

Girls 300 Meter Hurdles

  1 Cress, Olivia             JR Ritchie Co.              48.21   2  10   

Girls 4×100 Meter Relay

1 Williamstown HS  ‘A’                                  52.53   2  10   

     1) Reynolds, Brookelyn SO          2) Irvin, Camryn SR               

     3) Berman, Emma JR                 4) McMullen, Ella JR              

Girls 4×200 Meter Relay

1 Williamstown HS  ‘A’                                1:[email protected]  10   

     1) Reynolds, Brookelyn SO          2) Irvin, Camryn SR               

     3) Berman, Emma JR                 4) McMullen, Ella JR              

Girls 4×400 Meter Relay

1 Williamstown HS  ‘A’                                4:[email protected]  10   

     1) Reynolds, Brookelyn SO          2) Winsett, Brianna SO            

     3) Irvin, Camryn SR                4) Berman, Emma JR        

Girls 4×800 Meter Relay

1 Ritchie County HS  ‘A’                             11:06.10   10   

     1) Bee, Soffi SR                   2) Williams, Chesnee FR           

     3) Sullivan, Kaitlyn FR            4) Davis, Andrea FR               

Girls 4×102.5 Meter Shuttle Hurdle

1 Tygarts Valley High School  ‘A’                     1:11.86   2  10   

     1) Bell, Joie SO                   2) George, Alyvia SO              

     3) Shumate, Rommie FR              4) Lanham, Landrie JR             

Girls High Jump

1 Cress, Olivia             JR Ritchie Co.            5-02.00   10   

Girls Pole Vault

1 McDonough, Abby           SO Doddridge              9-00.00   10   

Girls Long Jump

1 Rohde, Jaci               JR Magnolia              [email protected]   10   

Girls Shot Put

1 Winters, Mady             SR Magnolia              [email protected]   10   

Girls Discus Throw

1 Winters, Mady             SR Magnolia                121-01    10   


Women – Team Rankings – 18 Events Scored


    1) Williamstown HS            126        2) Doddridge County HS       104   

    3) Ritchie County HS           89        4) Magnolia HS                59   

    5) South Harrison High School  49        6) Tygarts Valley High School 35   

    7) Tyler Consolidated High Sc  28        8) Union High School          26   

    9) Tucker Co. High School      15       10) Moorefield                 14   

   11) Wood County Christian       10                                           


Boys Results Cline Stansberry Invitational

Boys 100 Meter Dash

  1 Beisel, Jason             SR Magnolia                 11.38   10   

Boys 200 Meter Dash

  1 Beisel, Jason             SR Magnolia                 22.98   10   

Boys 400 Meter Dash

  1 Beisel, Jason             SR Magnolia                 50.81   10   

Boys 800 Meter Run

  1 Herrick, Gavin            SR Magnolia               2:11.59   10   

Boys 1600 Meter Run

  1 Cline, Michael            JR WC Christian           4:48.55   10   

Boys 3200 Meter Run

  1 Cline, Michael            JR WC Christian          10:23.60   10   

Boys 110 Meter Hurdles

  1 Morrison, Gus             11 Ritchie Co.              15.32   10   

Boys 300 Meter Hurdles

  1 Morrison, Gus             11 Ritchie Co.              41.16   10   

Boys 4×100 Meter Relay

1 Doddridge County HS  ‘A’                              45.86     10   

     1) Burnside, Reese 12              2) Galagar, Elisha 10             

     3) Ash, Jaycent 11                 4) Jenkins, Hunter 12             

Boys 4×200 Meter Relay

1 Doddridge County HS  ‘A’                            1:36.92   10   

     1) Galagar, Elisha 10              2) Richards, Seth 10              

     3) Ash, Jaycent 11                 4) Jenkins, Hunter 12             

Boys 4×400 Meter Relay

1 Magnolia HS  ‘A’                                    3:42.16   10   

     1) Renner, Brady JR                2) Zombotti, Sam SR               

     3) Collins, Allen SR               4) Beisel, Jason SR               

Boys 4×800 Meter Relay

1 Magnolia HS  ‘A’                                    8:44.71   10   

     1) Renner, Brady JR                2) Zombotti, Sam SR               

     3) Williamson, Trevor JR           4) Herrick, Gavin SR              

Boys 4×110 Meter Shuttle Hurdle

1 Ritchie County HS  ‘A’                              1:05.04   10   

     1) Knight, Creed 12                2) Moore, Marlon 11               

     3) Haught, Ethan 10                4) Moyer, Bruce 10                

Boys High Jump

  1 Brown, Hadyn              SR Tyler Cons.            6-00.00   10   

Boys Pole Vault

  1 Burnside, Reese           12 Doddridge             [email protected]  10   

Boys Long Jump

  1 Morrison, Gus             11 Ritchie Co.           [email protected]   10   

Boys Shot Put

  1 Cole, Kaleb               12 Ritchie Co.           46-03.00    10   

Boys Discus Throw

  1 Cole, Kaleb               12 Ritchie Co.             126-02    10   


                   Men – Team Rankings – 18 Events Scored


    1) Ritchie County HS          143        2) Doddridge County HS       120   

    3) Magnolia HS                100        4) Williamstown HS            56   

    5) Tygarts Valley High School  48        6) Tyler Consolidated High S  33   

    7) Wood County Christian       24        8) South Harrison             19   

    9) Moorefield                   7       10) Tucker Co. High School      4   

   11) Gilmer County HS             3                                           

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Roberts’ goal sends Marshall past North Carolina, into NCAA title game

— By Dave Walsh

CARY, N.C. — Marshall made the most of its only shot on goal and thus gets to play for college soccer’s national championship Monday night.

Jamil Roberts scored in the 60th minute and the Thundering Herd advanced to the NCAA College Cup title game with a 1-0 victory over North Carolina on Friday at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park.

Goalkeeper Oliver Semmle made five saves for the Thundering Herd (12-2-3), which will face Indiana in Monday’s championship match.

The Hoosiers (12-1-2) got past Pittsburgh 1-0 in the other national semifinal. Monday’s title match will begin at 8 p.m. and be shown on ESPN2.

Roberts’ goal was his fourth of the season.

On the goal, quick touches throughout the final third set up the play. Milo Josef made an entry pass to Vitor Dias, who set up Roberts in front of the goal and he sent a low shot by Tar Heels keeper Alec Smir.

“Going to be honest, I needed the flick (from Dias),” Roberts said. “Milo drove down the right-hand side and he looked up and he saw me. I think it was just a miscued pass, but Vitor has been doing it all season with a bit of magic in the box. He flicks it around the corner to me and it was up to me finish it and happily I did.”

Five minutes after Marshall’s goal, North Carolina’s Giovanni Montesdeoca hit the crossbar. In the 81st minute, Joe Pickering drilled a shot from 20 yards out that went just over the crossbar.

Carolina momentarily appeared to draw level on a Jonathan Jimenez rebound in the 88th minute before the official ruled that the ball went out on the corner kick leading up to his touch.

“We have started to get into a groove since midway through the season,” Roberts said. “We’ve got the best defense in the country, the best goalkeeper in the country, and that is why we never panic in those late game situations.”

The No. 16-ranked Tar Heels (9-5-4) outshot the Thundering Herd, 11-1.

This is the deepest run for the Herd in program history.

Marshall, ranked No. 10 nationally, eliminated top-seeded Clemson on penalty kicks and then downed Georgetown in the quarterfinals en route to its first semifinal appearance.

North Carolina was making its ninth overall appearance in the semifinals and won national titles in 2001 and 2011.

It was the first meeting between the two teams.

The Tar Heels played without freshman Akeim Clarke, who received two second-half yellow cards in UNC’s win over Wake Forest and had to sit out a game as a result.

This season, Marshall has outscored its opponents, 29-8. Semmle has now held 10 opponents scoreless, good for second-most in a season in program history.

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