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Marshall out to end six-game skid in regular season finale at Georgia State

— By Bill Cornwell

Basketball teams are supposed to be peaking at the end of a regular season.

That’s anything but the case right now for Marshall.

The Herd dropped a sixth straight game Wednesday, falling at Georgia Southern, 87-73. The loss dropped Marshall to 12-18 overall and 7-10 in the Sun Belt Conference.

The Herd’s last win came on February 3 against Coastal Carolina, and Marshall hopes to put a forgetful February behind it at 7 p.m. Friday when playing at Georgia State.

Tip-off time at the Georgia State Convocation Center is 7 p.m. for what marks the final regular season game for both squads.

With the opening of the Sun Belt Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament in Pensacola, Florida less than a week away, Marshall head coach Dan D’Antoni says time is running low for his team to reverse its negative momentum.

“A lot of work to do and a short time to do it,” D’Antoni said. “I don’t think we have a problem with confidence but, right now, we aren’t executing as well as we should. We’re playing hard enough, but we’ve got to find a way to win games.”

The Herd and Panthers met in Huntington on January 24 when Marshall secured a 77-68 victory. The Herd’s Obinna Anochili-Killen had a game-high 22 points in the contest.

Marshall is 3-0 against Georgia State in all-time matchups.

The Panthers lost at home to James Madison on Wednesday night, 84-78.

Georgia State features three players averaging double-figure scoring in Lucas Taylor (13.9 ppg), Toneari Lane (13 ppg) and Dwon Odom (12 ppg).

Jay’Den Turner is the Panthers’ top rebounder with an 8.6 average.

Marshall still features four double-figure scorers, led by Anochili-Killen’s 14.5 points per game. Nate Martin leads the Herd with an average of 10 rebounds.

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Three days after clinching the Sun Belt Conference regular season championship with a 97-69 home win over Georgia State, the Marshall women’s basketball team wraps up its regular season Friday night at home against Georgia Southern. 

The matchup at the Henderson Center starts at 6 p.m.

Marshall (22-6, 16-1) won at Georgia Southern 106-95 on January 27. 

The Eagles (14-16, 4-13) lost at Old Dominion on Tuesday, 61-54.

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Photo gallery: Logan defeats Lincoln County, 59-35 in sectional opener

LOGAN, W.Va. — Photo gallery from Logan’s 59-35 win over Lincoln County in the Class AAA Region IV Section 2 sectional semifinals.

(Photo gallery courtesy of Boothe Davis/Captured by the Moment Photography)

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2024 WVSSAC Girls Basketball State Tournament schedule

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — 32 teams have qualified for the WVSSAC Girls Basketball State Tournament. The five-day, 28-game event will begin on March 5 at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center. Radio broadcasts of all state tournament games will air on the MetroNews Radio Network and will be streamed at wvmetronews.com. MetroNews will also produce HD video broadcasts of the four championship games.

Tuesday, March 5

Game 1 – (Class AAA Quarterfinal): No. 3 Nitro vs. No. 6 Pikeview, 9:30 a.m.

Game 2 – (Class AAAA Quarterfinal): No. 4 Morgantown vs. No. 5 Greenbrier East, 11:15 a.m.

Game 3 – (Class AAA Quarterfinal): No. 2 Wayne vs. No. 7 Keyser, 1 p.m.

Game 4 – (Class AAA Quarterfinal): No. 1 East Fairmont vs. No. 8 Weir, 5:30 p.m.

Game 5 – (Class AAAA Quarterfinal): No. 1 George Washington vs. No. 8 Musselman, 7:15 p.m.

Game 6 – (Class AAA Quarterfinal): No. 4 Lewis County vs. No. 5 Philip Barbour, 9 p.m.

Wednesday, March 6

Game 7 – (Class A Quarterfinal): No. 3 Tucker County vs. No. 6 Tyler Consolidated, 9:30 a.m.

Game 8 – (Class AAAA Quarterfinal): No. 3 Spring Valley vs. No. 6 Huntington, 11:15 a.m.

Game 9 – (Class A Quarterfinal): No. 2 Gilmer County vs. No. 7 River View, 1 p.m.

Game 10 – (Class A Quarterfinal): No. 1 Cameron vs. No. 8 Pocahontas County, 5:30 p.m.

Game 11 – (Class AAAA Quarterfinal): No. 2 Wheeling Park vs. No. 7 Washington, 7:15 p.m.

Game 12 – (Class A Quarterfinal): No. 4 Huntington St. Joseph’s vs. No. 5 James Monroe, 9 p.m.

Thursday, March 7

Game 13 – (Class AA Quarterfinal): No. 3 Wheeling Central Catholic vs. No. 6 Trinity, 9:30 a.m.

Game 14 – (Class AAA Semifinal): Nitro/Pikeview winner vs. Wayne/Keyser winner, 11:15 a.m.

Game 15 – (Class AA Quarterfinal): No. 2 Williamstown vs. No. 7 Petersburg, 1 p.m.

Game 16 – (Class AA Quarterfinal): No. 1 Wyoming East vs. No. 8 Charleston Catholic, 5:30 p.m.

Game 17 – (Class AAA Semifinal): East Fairmont/Weir winner vs. Lewis County/Philip Barbour winner, 7:15 p.m.

Game 18 – (Class AA Quarterfinal): No. 4 Ravenswood vs. No. 5 Chapmanville, 9 p.m.

Friday, March 8

Game 19 – (Class AAAA Semifinal): Spring Valley/Huntington winner vs. Wheeling Park/Washington winner, 9:30 a.m.

Game 20 – (Class A Semifinal): Cameron/Pocahontas County winner vs. Huntington St. Joseph’s/James Monroe winner, 11:15 a.m.

Game 21 – (Class AAAA Semifinal): Morgantown/Greenbrier East winner vs. George Washington/Musselman winner, 1 p.m.

Game 22 – (Class AA Semifinal): Wyoming East/Charleston Catholic winner vs. Ravenswood/Chapmanville winner, 5:30 p.m.

Game 23 – (Class A Semifinal): Tucker County/Tyler Consolidated winner vs. Gilmer County/River View winner, 7:15 p.m.

Game 24 – (Class AA Semifinal): Wheeling Central Catholic/Trinity winner vs. Williamstown/Petersburg winner, 9 p.m.

Saturday, March 9

Game 25 – Class AAA final, 10 a.m.

Game 26 – Class AAAA final, 12:30 p.m.

Game 27 – Class A final, 5 p.m.

Game 28 – Class AA final, 7:30 p.m.

 

Regional Results:

Class AAAA (All games Thursday, February 29)

Region 1

Wheeling Park 91, Preston 18

Morgantown 59, University 42

Region II

Musselman 50, Martinsburg 36

Washington 70, Spring Mills 53

Region III

Greenbrier East 53, Riverside 30

George Washington 91, Princeton 33

Region IV

Huntington 67, Parkersburg 63

Spring Valley 52, St. Albans 38

 

Class AAA (All games Wednesday, February 28)

Region I

Weir 66, Hampshire 45

Keyser 61, North Marion 51

Region II

East Fairmont 69, Robert C. Byrd 38

Philip Barbour 42, Elkins 34

Region III

Lewis County 70, Westside 33

PikeView 36, Sissonville 34

Region IV

Wayne 64, Ripley 32

Nitro 50, Logan 32

 

Class AA (All games Wednesday, February 28)

Region I

Williamstown 51, St. Marys 48 (OT)

Wheeling Central Catholic 63, Parkersburg Catholic 49

Region II

Trinity 61, Frankfort 40

Petersburg 62, Braxton County 36

Region III

Wyoming East 71, Mingo Central 34

Chapmanville 62, Summers County 34

Region IV

Ravenswood 60, Buffalo 21

Charleston Catholic 50, Wirt County 20

 

Class A (All games Tuesday, February 27)

Region I

Tyler Consolidated 57, Valley Wetzel 45

Cameron 71, Doddridge County 40

Region II

Pocahontas County 70, East Hardy 37

Tucker County 77, Pendleton County 40

Region III

James Monroe 72, Meadow Bridge 24

River View 95, Greenbrier West 92

Region IV

Gilmer County 63, Tug Valley 33

Huntington St. Joseph’s 54, Tolsia 34

 

Sectional Results:

Class AAAA

Region I

Section 1

Tuesday, February 20

Wheeling Park 90, Brooke 18

Morgantown 63, John Marshall 38

Friday, February 23

Wheeling Park 73, Morgantown 53

Section 2

Wednesday, February 21

University 72, Buckhannon-Upshur 37

Preston 51, Bridgeport 47

Friday, February 23

University 60, Preston 29

Region II

Section 1

Tuesday, February 20

Spring Mills 45, Hedgesville 28

Thursday, February 22

Martinsburg 50, Spring Mills 35

Section 2

Tuesday, February 20

Musselman 49, Jefferson 34

Thursday, February 22

Washington 51, Musselman 41

Region III

Section 1

Wednesday, February 21

George Washington 96, Capital 19

Riverside 55, South Charleston 27

Friday, February 23

George Washington 68, Riverside 20

Section 2

Tuesday, February 20

Princeton 43, Oak Hill 22

Greenbrier East 70, Woodrow Wilson 58

Thursday, February 22

Greenbrier East 54, Princeton 48

Region IV

Section 1

Wednesday, February 21

Huntington 62, Cabell Midland 38

Friday, February 23

Spring Valley 59, Huntington 53

Section 2

Wednesday, February 21

Parkersburg 60, Hurricane 34

St. Albans 55, Parkersburg South 43

Friday, February 23

Parkersburg 56, St. Albans 43

 

Class AAA

Region I

Section 1

Tuesday, February 20

Weir 45, Oak Glen 32

Friday, February 23

Weir 77, North Marion 66

Section 2

Tuesday, February 20

Hampshire 40, Berkeley Springs 23

Friday, February 23

Keyser 44, Hampshire 32

Region II

Section 1

Wednesday, February 21

East Fairmont 79, Fairmont Senior 28

Philip Barbour 48, Grafton 43

Friday, February 23

East Fairmont 58, Philip Barbour 48

Section 2

Tuesday, February 20

Elkins def. Liberty Harrison (by forfeit)

Robert C. Byrd 53, Lincoln 46

Thursday, February 22

Elkins 34, Robert C. Byrd 32

Region III

Section 1

Monday, February 19

Midland Trail 52, Shady Spring 43

Wednesday, February 21

PikeView 62, Midland Trail 38

Westside 50, Independence 37

Friday, February 23

PikeView 51, Westside 40

Section 2

Wednesday, February 21

Lewis County 57, Herbert Hoover 31

Sissonville 71, Nicholas County 67

Friday, February 23

Lewis County 53, Sissonville 52 (F/OT)

Region IV

Section 1

Tuesday, February 20

Nitro 53, Point Pleasant 21

Ripley 46, Winfield 43 (OT)

Friday, February 23

Nitro 42, Ripley 32

Section 2

Tuesday, February 20

Wayne 61, Lincoln County 28

Wednesday, February 21

Logan 73, Scott 46

Friday, February 23

Wayne 68, Logan 30

 

Class AA

Region I

Section 1

(All games at Wheeling University)

Tuesday, February 20

St. Marys 84, Magnolia 12

Friday, February 23

Wheeling Central Catholic 50, St. Marys 46

Section 2

Tuesday, February 20

Parkersburg Catholic 46, Ritchie County 43 (OT)

Friday, February 23

Williamstown 62, Parkersburg Catholic 29

Region II

Section 1

Tuesday, February 20

Frankfort 50, Moorefield 34

Friday, February 23

Petersburg 52, Frankfort 33

Section 2

Tuesday, February 20

Braxton County 48, South Harrison 29

Friday, February 23

Trinity 59, Braxton County 41

Region III

Section 1

Tuesday, February 20

Summers County 54, Bluefield 20

Thursday, February 22

Wyoming East 55, Summers County 23

Section 2

Tuesday, February 20

Mingo Central 68, Liberty Raleigh 23

Friday, February 23

Chapmanville 59, Mingo Central 38

Region IV

Section 1

Wednesday, February 21

Charleston Catholic 50, Clay County 29

Buffalo 48, Poca 42

Friday, February 23

Charleston Catholic 41, Buffalo 28

Section 2

Wednesday, February 21

Wirt County 39, Roane County 29

Friday, February 23

Ravenswood 57, Wirt County 36

 

Class A

Region I

Section 1

Saturday, February 17

Hundred defeated Paden City

Tuesday, February 20

Cameron 78, Hundred 16

Valley Wetzel 40, Madonna 28

Friday, February 23

Cameron 59, Valley Wetzel 20

Section 2

Tuesday, February 20

Doddridge County 66, Wood County Christian 14

Tyler Consolidated 60, Clay-Battelle 32

Thursday, February 22

Tyler Consolidated 57, Doddridge County 48

Region II

Section 1

Tuesday, February 20

East Hardy 38, Union 29

Thursday, February 22

Tucker County 50, East Hardy 19 (Game played at Keyser H.S.)

Section 2

Monday, February 19

Notre Dame 55, Harman 5

Wednesday, February 21

Pendleton County 65, Notre Dame 47

Pocahontas County 66, Tygarts Valley 44

Friday, February 23

Pocahontas County 52, Pendleton County 49

Region III

Section 1

Monday, February 19

Mount View 38, Greater Beckley Christian 31

Tuesday, February 20

James Monroe 97, Mount View 30

River View 51, Montcalm 27

Thursday, February 22

James Monroe 80, River View 52

Section 2

Tuesday, February 20

Greenbrier West 64, Richwood 38

Meadow Bridge 48, Webster County 42

Friday, February 23

Greenbrier West 46, Meadow Bridge 31

Region IV

Section 1

Monday, February 19

Tolsia 64, Sherman 35

Tug Valley 50, Man 38

Thursday, February 22

Tug Valley 42, Tolsia 39

Section 2

Saturday, February 17

Calhoun County 81, Hannan 22

Tuesday, February 20

Gilmer County 77, Calhoun County 31

Huntington St. Joseph’s 71, Wahama 32

Friday, February 23

Huntington St. Joseph’s 50, Gilmer County 46

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Woman killed in Nicholas County fire

CRAIGSVILLE, W.Va. — The state Fire Marshal’s Office said Friday it’s working with state police in connection with a deadly fire in Nicholas County.

The blaze, which occurred Thursday morning at a residence on Cruiser Road in Craigsville, claimed the life of a 50-year-old woman.

Investigators with the Fire Marshal’s Office have ruled the cause of the blaze as undetermined but troopers are continuing to assist with the investigation.

The victim’s body is at the state Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy and identification.

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Baltimore man arrested for jewelry theft in Berkeley County

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Baltimore man was reportedly lying about his identity when he arranged to watch his fiancé’s mom’s house for a day and allegedly stole 85 thousand dollars’ worth of jewelry.

Berkeley County Sheriff’s Corporal J Shockey took the initial report at a home Thursday on Duckwoods Lane. The victim said jewelry had been stolen from her home while she and her daughter were out for the day.

The daughter’s fiancé, who told police his name was “Cooper Ross,” had volunteered to watch the home during the day.         

Deputies grew suspicious of the man while they spoke to him. They ran a check of his fingerprints, which revealed his true identity to be Igor Rosensteel, 33, of Baltimore.

He told deputies he had left the home for forty five minutes. Deputies allege he sold the stolen jewelry at a local pawn shop.
They recovered the money he allegedly made for the sale but are still looking for the jewelry, which they valued at $85,000.

The investigation revealed Rosensteel is on federal probation after he was convicted in 2018 of impersonating a Secret Service agent in a credit card fraud & identity theft scheme.

Sheriff Rob Blair is praising the detectives for their investigative work. “They took great initiative in this investigation which led to an arrest of a person already on Federal Probation for similar violations. This is just another example of the extraordinary work being conducted by our personnel at the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office,” he says.

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Kroger workers reject contract, authorize strike

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Union workers at nearly three dozen Kroger stores in West Virginia could be headed for the picket line after soundly rejecting the company’s contract offer and voting to authorize a strike.

Kroger workers in West Virginia (Photo/UCFW Local 400)

The United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Local 400 announced Friday Kroger’s three-year proposed deal was voted down by its members 1,347 to 229. Union spokesman Jonathan Williams told MetroNews it was no surprise.

“The proposals that we had on the table were not ones we could recommend for ratification and we couldn’t get members to vote for it if we wanted to,” Williams said. “It’s time for the company to get serious and give us a contract offer that we can actually recommend.”

Eighty-five percent of the union workers have authorized a strike. Williams said there’s no date set yet but one could be coming soon.

Williams added that talks with the company will continue in hopes of reaching a deal. Union members will continue to report to work in the meantime.

A series of rallies are planned to be held at select stores on March 11.

“We’ve reached out the company and we’re working with a federal mediator. We hope they (company officials) have come to their senses, but if not, we will be announcing next steps this (Friday) afternoon,” Williams said.

Kroger repeated again Friday afternoon that its offer was an “historical investment of $300 million in associate wages and healthcare in West Virginia.”

Loria Raya

“Our associates are the heart of Kroger, and we respect and value their hard work,” Kroger Mid-Atlantic President Lori Raya said in a statement. “Our proposal would put more money in every associate’s paycheck and preserve high-quality healthcare at 72% less than the average healthcare expense for West Virginia families. We remain dedicated to finding common ground and extend an open invitation to UFCW Local 400 for further dialogue.”

The company added its goal in every negotiation is “to reach a fair and balanced agreement that provides a comprehensive compensation package of wages and benefits for our dedicated associates.”

Williams said inflation has increased 18% in the last three years but the raises in the contract would amount to 12%. He added part-time workers at the bottom of the pay scale would be earning around $14 an hour at the end of the contract. He said workers also didn’t favor the proposal that would have allowed Kroger to raise out-of-pocket limits for health care following the second year of the contract.

“Members were not happy about the company trying to put money in one pocket and try and take it out of another with these health care costs,” Williams said.

UFCW Local 400 represents around 3,000 workers at 38 Kroger stores. Most of the stores are in West Virginia, with a handful in neighboring Kentucky and Ohio.

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Justice administration says February revenue collection miss is timing issue

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Acting State Revenue Secretary Larry Pack says a timing issue caused the state’s revenue collections for personal income taxes in February to be way off from the number originally predicted.

Larry Pack

Collections missed the mark in that category by some $63 million. Pack said it’s connected to last year’s tax cuts and credits passed by the legislature. He said one of those credits has to do with business partnerships and LLCs. Pack said the state thought most of those eligible for the credit would file and get their money back in November or December but most did in February which significantly impacted the numbers.

“Those refunds went out in February. In the month of December, we were over in personal income tax by $70 million but in February we are down by $60 million. It’s just a timing issue. We’re still on track,” Pack said during a Friday appearance on MetroNews “Talkline.”

Severance tax collections beat estimates by $7.4 million in February while collections for the consumer sales tax were below estimates by more than $2 million.

Overall, the state collected $283.3 million in tax revenue in February, falling below the estimate by $30.6 million. However, collections through eight months of the fiscal year are ahead of estimates by $428 million.

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Pack said the Justice administration projects revenue collections will out-distance estimates by $700 million by the end of June.

“West Virginia’s economy is strong. We now have a diverse economy so our revenues are not dependent on severance tax,” Pack said.

The state hasn’t yet felt the impact of two major employers closing their doors. Approximately 900 Cleveland Cliffs workers will lose their jobs when the tin mill in Weirton closes in early April and more than 600 workers are already out of work following the sudden shutdown last week of Allegheny Wood Products.

Some leading lawmakers have expressed concern about revenue numbers going forward. Pack said Gov. Jim Justice submitted a tight budget for next fiscal year that accounted for the $800 million in tax cuts from last year and an additional $50 million in tax cuts proposed for this year including the elimination of the remaining income taxes on Social Security.

“We are still very confident in the governor’s budget that we proposed. We are very confident in the estimates. We are very confident in the projections,” Pack said.

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MEC member Notre Dame College to cease operations

For the second time in less than a year, the Mountain East Conference is losing a member school. Notre Dame College has announced the school will end in-person instruction at the end of the 2024 spring semester.

“Throughout this long process, we evaluated every possible option to continue the mission of Notre Dame College, said Terri Bradford Eason, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Notre Dame College. “Our primary focus has been to ensure our students can successfully continue their education, graduate, and – in the tradition of the Sisters of Notre Dame – live a life of personal, professional and global responsibility.”

“On behalf of the Mountain East Conference, we are deeply saddened by today’s announcement that Notre Dame College will conclude in-person instruction at the end of the 2024 spring semester, bringing a more than century-old tradition of higher education to a close,” said MEC Commissioner Reid Amos.

“As a charter member of the league, we thank Notre Dame College for its steadfast membership and its numerous contributions that have enhanced the MEC over our first 11 years.”

The South Euclid, Ohio-based school joined the league when it was formed in 2013. Another Ohio school and MEC member, Urbana University, closed in 2020.

In August, Alderson Broaddus University ceased operations due to financial difficulties.

In January, the MEC extended an invitation to Point Park University in Pittsburgh to join the league. They will do so in July as they make a transition from Division III to Division II.

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Man dies after jumping off Charles Town bridge following police pursuit

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — A man is dead following a pursuit in the Eastern Panhandle.

Police in Charles Town say a 50-year-old man crashed his car near a bridge on state Route 115 and then fled on foot across the bridge and jumped off late Wednesday night.

EMS tried to revive the man, but he later died of his injuries at the hospital.

According to a press release from Charles Town Police, an officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop for an equipment and registration violation on U.S. Route 340, also known as Berryville Pike, at around 11:48 p.m. Wednesday. The officer then engaged his emergency lights and the vehicle sped off onto state Route 9 leading to a police pursuit. The vehicle came to a stop after crashing near the Bloomery Bridge.

The man exited the vehicle and fled across the bridge as he was being pursued by police on foot, the release said. The man then climbed over the wall barrier of the bridge, let go and fell to the road below which is Wilt Road.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, State Police and the Ranson Police Department also responded to the scene.

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