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HeatTri-County Heat 8U travel team competed in the Shenandoah Valley Sportsnation’s Girls Rock’n It Tournament in Harrisonburg, Va. They won two games Saturday: Monsters 14-1 and Shenandoah Valley Swarm 13-12, and won one Sunday against Virginia Mayhew 18-8. They placed second in the championship when they lost 13-2 against Broadway Storm. Coaching were Megan and Dan DiBenedetto, Mike Moyers, Jay Kuykendall, Monica Kuykendall and Brian Armentrout (not pictured). Playing were: Kortni Thompson, Katie Rohrbaugh, Sissy Cole, Ryleigh Hall, Lacey Moyers, Bailey Kuykendall, Shyane Tawney, Rylie Armentrout, Kerigan Bergdall, Karlie DiBennedetto and Layleigh Tavenner.

Conference USA’s 14 head football coaches named five Marshall student-athletes to the league’s preseason team, the C-USA office announced.

That total stands second only to defending champion Florida Atlantic’s six.

Marshall center Levi Brown, wide receiver Tyre Brady, linebacker Chase Hancock, safety Malik Gant and long snapper Matt Beardall were all honored.

Brady, Hancock, Gant and Beardall were also selected to Athlon’s preseason list on its first team earlier this summer, along with defensive lineman Ryan Bee. Running back Tyler King, defensive back Chris Jackson and kick returner Keion Davis made the outlet’s second team, while offensive lineman Tarik Adams was announced on the fourth team.

The conference office released the C-USA Media Poll (predicted order of finish) last week.

By Joni Lehmann

West Virginia was selected to finish second in the Big 12 football pre-season poll, voted on by media representatives.

Oklahoma garnered 46 of the 52 first-place votes. West Virginia was chosen second with TCU, Texas and Oklahoma State rounding out the top five. The Mountaineers received two first-place nods while TCU and Texas had one each. Kansas State was predicted to finish sixth, claiming two first-place votes followed by Iowa State, Texas Tech, Baylor and Kansas. Over the last four years, West Virginia is the only team in the Big 12 to finish the season higher than its preseason prediction. The top two finishers in the league standings will compete in the Big 12 Football Championship Game on Saturday, December 1 to determine the conference title.

The 2017 season concluded with the Big 12 leading the nation with 80 percent of its teams selected to bowl games, highlighted by Oklahoma’s second appearance in three years in a CFP semifinal.

Head coaches and select student-athletes converged in Frisco, Texas on July 16-17 for the annual Big 12 Football Media Days to preview the 2018 season. Both days were be televised live from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. CT on FS2 and additional FOX Sports regional affiliates. Exclusive coverage was also available on the Big 12’s digital platforms -Big12Sports.com, Twitter and Instagram (@Big- 12Conference).

2018 Big 12 Football

Media Preseason Poll
1. Oklahoma (46) - 509
2. West Virginia (2) - 432
3. TCU (1) - 390
4. Texas (1) - 370
5. Oklahoma State - 300
6. Kansas State (2) - 283
7. Iowa State - 250
8. Texas Tech - 149
9. Baylor - 125
10. Kansas - 52

Girls Basketball Petersburg High School hosted their annual youth basketball camp last week.

The camp, which is open to students in the third through ninth grade, welcomed more than 70 students this year, an increase over previous years.

During the day, students were exposed to important basics and fundamental skills of the game such as shooting, foul shooting as well as offensive and defensive basics.

They also participated in daily games and friendly competition.

“It keeps interest in sports going over the summer,” said coach Mitch Webster.

At the end of the week, the players can win prizes in basic skill competitions and even take home a trophy.

Webster also said the camp offers young kids the oppurtunity to learn the game in a fun environment and welcomes students who have never played ball before.

“It’s just a good learning experience for them and the camp it- self is just a good thing,” Webster said. “What we tell them is we can’t make you a better basketball player in a single week but we can teach them the fundamentals to go on to practice at home and they will see a real improvement.”

The camp is held each year in July, during the first full week following the Fourth of July holiday.

The camp is led by local coaches, including PHS’ boys basketball coach Todd Heare and PHS’ girls basketball coach Jon Webster.

GC Girls Softball
WINNERS - Team members on the Grant County 10-12 girls softball team are: Rylan Crites, Jazzy Shook, Samantha Colaw, Khloe McAvoy, Addie Kitzmiller, Chloe Meadows, Kennedy Kaposy, Caitlyn Cooper, Maddy Crites, Braylee Corbin, Rhenn Hedrick and coaches Tony Corbin, Jason Kaposy and Eric Crites. Not pictured is Derek Cooper.

The Grant County 10-12 year old softball all-star team competed earlier this month in the West Virginis State Softball Tournament in Sophia, W.Va. at Affinity Park. The team came in second in the state, falling only to Barboursville, the eventual champions.

In pool play, Grant County beat Upper Kanawha Valley in the first game 1-0 but fell in the second game to Barboursville 13-3. However, while the team couldn’t grab the upper hand against Barboursville, they were the only team in the tournament to have scored on the team throughout both the state state and district tournaments.

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