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Page 4A--The Gienville Democrat/Pathf'mder -- Thursday, Dec. 16, 2004 By Dave Corcoran, Acting Sports Editor 462-7309, Fax: 462-7300 I Ill I II ) A STELLAR PERFORMER -- In first half action, GSC's Larry Skinner (center, No. 30), a 6' junior guard from Chicago, sinks a three-pointer over the head of a West Liberty guard in Friday night's loss to the Hilltoppers, 108-92. A stellar performer, Skinner has averaged 19 points per game for the Pioneers this season. (staff photo by Debbie Huffman, GSC Business DepL Intern) More sports on page 7A ! GSC'S MEN WIN--The Pioneers' power forward, Justice Graham(center, No 44), scrambles forthe ball More and better trees on reclaimed coal mines in under the basket, gets trapped, but takes it up for a two-pointer. He also got fouied and sank the free throw t exte`ndGSC's ead e S ippery R ckUnive ityt 71-56with :34minutes eftinSaturday ighrsGS Appalachia are goal #the App lach n Regional tnera ros consolation game. uranam is GSC s leading scorer, with a 25.3 points per game average. The Pioneers went on to take the contest, 80-61, to extend their season's record to 4 wins-2 losses. (Staff photo by Dave Corcoran, St.) a pair m men By Dave Corcoran, Sr., Acting Sports Editor & GSC's Sports Information DepL After dropping the first game to a quick acting West Liberty State Col- lege team last Friday evening, Glenville State's Men's team roared back on Sat- urday to defeat Slippery Rock Univer- sity, 80-61, to take third place in their own Thera Pros Tourney in the Lilly Gym. Friday the Pioneers lost to West Lib- erty (WLS), 108-92, in one of the high- est scoring contests in the Lilly Gym in points twice: at 4:20 minutes left, 87- 77, and at 2:16 minutes, 90-80. But, they couldn't break that 10-point-bar- tier. GSC 80-SRU 61 Following a disappointing first day in the GSC /Thera-Pros men's basket- ball tournament at Glenville State Col- lege, the Pioneers regrouped to blitz Slippery Rock University, 80-6 I, in the consolation game of the tournament. The Pioneers, who fell to eventual tour- nament champion West Liberty State in the first round, committed to playing 2 overall on the season and 4-I in east regional play. The 4-2 start this season is the best start by a Glenville State men's basketball team since the 1993- 94 team started out 4-0 before dropping their next two contests, making them 4- 2 as well. As a team, the Pioneers converted 48% of their shots, including 41% from three point range, and 69% from the free throw line. They also outrebounded Slippery Rock 35-30. However, the ultimate difference in the contest came by way of the Pioneers' defense. The ef orestation Initiative Partners of the Appalachian Regional Reforestation The broad-based coalition will sign a Statement of Initiative (ARRI) will pledge to promote the planting of Mutual Intent (SMI) that describes the necessary steps to high-value hardwood trees on reclaimed coal mines develop the initiative and ensure its success. when they meet December 15 in Roanoke, West Vir- The ARRI is an initiative to promote the planting of ginia. high-value hardwood trees on reclaimed mine lands in Participants will include representatives of: the US Appalachia and to increase the survival and growth rates Office of Surface Mining; the states of Kentucky, Mary- of those trees. land, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West The signing is scheduled for December 15, 2004, 2:00 Virginia; the coal industry; environmental organiza- p.m. at the Stonewall Resort, Roanoke. tions; land companies; academia; local, State and Fed- For additional information, contact Linda Keene at eral government agencies; and local citizenry. 800-643-9748 ext. 472. presents Q recent memory, defensively and therefore, were able to Pioneers forced their opponent into 19 , ,/n an exclusive interview with this hand!e Slippery Rock with relativoea~e, tumovers and held them to 39% f'~eld ,,._ IS~pp S~l~ko Our ~ ~:~ :neWspaper after the victory Saturday ~e Piofieers trailed'on Jr c& S"5, goal shooting on the evening. ' I dight, GSC Head Coach Chad Hankin- early in the co[it est. They trailed fore Individually, the Pioneers were ledoFt your local basketball team y familyand enjoy a game, together,. son was thankful for the win, but sorry mere 32 seconds before point guard by senior Justice Graham, who tallied to have lost to WLS the night before. Josh Stallings hit a three pointer to 23 points, seven rebounds, six assists, 'TII have to give West Liberty credit, begin a 13-0 run by the host Pioneers. and two blocks. Graham converted because they were the aggressors and At the 7:08 mark, the Pioneers began eight of 16 shots on the evening, i nclud- we weren't," he said, lamenting, "Our another run, this time outscoring Slip- ing four of six from three point range 16 turnovers in the first half hurt us." pery Rock 10-2 over the next 2 minutes and three of four from the free throw As to the Saturday win over Slippery to take a 38-21 lead. They maintained line. Junior Larry Skinner contributed Rock University of Slippery Rock, PA, that lead until late in the half when 18 points and seven rebounds while Coach Hankinson observed, "We were Slippery Rock would close the half on a fellow junior Darius Howard added 13 much more the aggressors, and as we 7-0run to cut the Pioneer lead to 44-34 points. In all, the Pioneers had 10 getbetterasateam, we'lldobetterasthe at intermission, different players score in the contest. season progresses." Continuing, he adds, Early in the second half, the visitors At the conclusion of the tournament, "It was good to get a NCAA East Re- cut the lead to six on two different theall'turnamentteamwasannunced" gionai win here tonight and to be 4-2 in occasions, but the Pioneers always seem The Pioneers' Justice Graham was this young season." to have an answer. On both occasions, named to the all-tournament team. Also, after the opening night loss, it the Pioneers would push their lead back Upcoming game in KY. was good to get a win. "It is a morale up to double digits. Slippery Rock The Pioneers will play next at Ken- builder, and shows us that we have would make a final attempt to get back tucky Wesleyan College on December made progress in becoming more effi- into the contest as they cut the lead to 18, 2004 at 8:30pm. Kentucky Wes- cient, offensively and defensively," he seven points with 8:02 to play. How- leyan has participated in six of the last 9tints out, noting that the next game ever, Glenville State responded by seven NCAA 1I national championship will be GSC's most challenging one to- outscoring Slippery Rock over the final games and has won _eight national titles date--- at national small college power- eight minutes 21-9~providing the host in their storied men s basketball pro- house Kentucky Wesleyan in with an 80-61 victory, gram. Henderson, KY. Postscript on game 4 ore sports on page 7A Tourney overview The victory moves the Pioneers to - West Liberty won the tourney with a 99-91 win over Mars Hill College in DNR Calenda Wh'le Suppli Saturdayevening'schampionshipgame. Free rs l es Last Mars Hill, of Mars Hill, NC, had beaten Slippery Rock University, 80- Thethirdannual"RoadsidesinBIoom'" Harper of Seneca Rocks, Rebecca 67, on Friday evening to advance to the calendar, distributedbytheEnvironmen- Holmes of Cass, Darleen Westfall of championship match Saturday. Walt tal Resources Section of the West Vir- BridgeporLKayPrattofPrinceton, Diane BaxleyandJeremiahTinchledthewin- ginia Division of Natural Resources, is MillerofWilliamstown, Rindy Clayton ning Lions in scoring with 28 and 24 now available free of charge to the pub- ofLookout,LindaBraineofEIkins, Russ points, respectively. In the championship game, though, WLS prevailed, behind the outstanding performance of Shane Maynard, a 6'5" freshman from Beckley, who was named the "WVIAC Player of the Week." Maynard averaged 25 points, 5 re- bounds, and 2.5 assists per game for the week. The former Woodrow Wilson High School standout scored a career- high 29 points on Friday in the 108-92 victory over the Pioneers. He added a team high 21 points in Saturday's cham- pionship victory. Maynard hit on 17 of 34 field goals and 13 of 15 free throws in the Hilltoppers' victories, leading WLS to a 6-3 season's start after finishing with a disappointing 4-23 record last season. Glenville State's Justice Graham, a 6'6" senior power forward from Harlem, NY, also garnered WVIAC honors as a top performer for the week. In die two- day tourney, he averaged 23.5 points per game and added 7.5 rebounds per game. West Liberty 108-~SC 92 The Pioneers first game Friday didn't lack for action, as in the first quarter, lic. Tile calendar consists of photographs of wildflowers bl(x~ming along West Virginia back roads and highways. Pho- tographs appearing in tile calendar were taken by West Virginian photographet~. This year's winning photographs were taken by: Rita Simons of Adrian, Teresa FrazierofMorgantown, Patricia Pettit of Little Birch, Patricia Cart of Charleston, Jeff Runyon of Hurricane and Wanda Russell of Calvin. Anyone interested m obtaining a l~e calendar may call 1-800-322-5530. Re- quests are restricted to one calendar per person on a first come, first serve basis. Next Year's Hunting and Fishing License AvatIable lVo Gift Certificates, Wildlife Calendars Camo Clothing As Much As 50% Off New and Used Guns, Buck and Case Knives also Boker Tree brand. Hand Warmers, Toe Warmers Wc accc credit cards. STATE COLLEGE PIONEERS Sat., Dec. i8 - Kentucky Western, Away - 8:30 GLENVILLE STATE COLLEGE LADY PIONEERS Communit;Recorder Classic, Away (North Kentucky), Mort., Dec. 20 - GSC vs. Ft. Valley State - 5:30 Tues., Dec. 21 GSC vs Shaw or North Kentucky - 5:30 or 7 30 0 GCHS T./TANS Thur., Dec. 16 - Williamstown, Away - 6:00 /7:45 -- - /! Mon. & Tues., Dec. 20 & 21 -- Gilmer Co. Tnt - 6:00 / 8:00 ~~.. Playing- GCHS, Greater Beckley Christian, Wahama, Teays Valley Christian GCHS L_ADY T, TANS Wed., Dec. 15 - RoanI Co., Home-5:45 / 7:30 p.m. Fri" & Sat" Dec" 17 & 18- Ritchie C" BB Tnt g,a JGCHSFre men MinioTita;cS2Bys Elemental"-- ~ Calhoun Co., Away- 6:00 Thurs., Dec. 16, 4:30 Wed., Dec. 22 Sand Fork @ Troy Glenville, Black Team Walton, Away - 6:00 @ Normantown Mini- Titans Girls Wed., Dec. 15 Robert L. Bland, Away - 6:00 Fri., Dec 17, 4:30 Sand Fork@ Glenville, Red Team Mon., Dec. 20, 4:30 Troy @ Glenville, Black Team Normantown @ Sand Fork r~ (Edlto s Note: It ts only through enthusiastic and devoted fan support that our Gihner County basketball teams can ca;- ,L ....f _ . , 6 ,,, meaavantage. Ana, In a cIosegame, q.,,,,,.. ,,,,,,a,acttve and numerous fans mean .., _ .the difference between victo and de eat , ry ,f, . a t=rzdatnceatthe'i'r'Ja;/ s-; : cheenng them on to victory through your g trainer County, you can'tfindany more exciting entertainment than our home-grown basketball teams ) Sponsored by --- e Glenville 462-5779 GSC led the visiting Hilltoppers. With about eight minutes left in the half, however, WLC jumped into the lead, 30-23. They extended the margin at the half by 57-34 --- a 23 point lead. In the second half, the Pioneers whittled down the Toppers' lead to I0