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Flat start haunts Herd in 77-67 loss at Louisiana

— By David Walsh

Marshall learned a lesson Saturday night in its highly-anticipated battle against Louisiana for a share of first place in the Sun Belt Conference.

The Ragin’ Cajuns scored the first two points of the game and led from that point on and defeated the Thundering Herd, 77-67, on Senior Night in front of a season-high 5,351 fans at the Cajundome in Lafayette, La.

Louisiana keeps a share of the league lead with Southern Miss at 10-2. The Ragin’ Cajuns are 20-4 overall with their 10th straight league win. Marshall falls to 19-5, 8-4 in the Sun Belt.

“We didn’t come out ready to play like they did,” Marshall coach Dan D’Antoni said on postgame radio. “This was not a normal game. We let them take it to us.”

Jordan Brown, a 6-foot-11 senior and transfer from Arizona, led the Ragin’ Cajuns with 26 points and 20 rebounds for a double-double. Micah Handlogten, the Herd’s 7-1 freshman, started on Brown and got into foul trouble and eventually fouled out. Obinna Anochili-Killen also spent time guarding the big man.

Greg Williams Jr. added 20 points and Themus Fulks 12 as the Ragin’ Cajuns stretched their home win streak to 12.

For the Herd, Taevion Kinsey, the leading scorer in the league, led the way with 28 points. He was the only player in double figures as Anochili-Killen and guard Kamdyn Curfman netted nine each. Guard Andrew Taylor suffered through a tough evening with seven points. He began the night No. 2 in the league in scoring at 19.7 per game.

“We were not pressing them,” D’Antoni said. “We didn’t make it hard to get the ball to him (Brown). They got into Andy. He didn’t have his typical game. Give them credit. They jumped on him.”

Kinsey agreed with his coach about the missing early spark.

“It was us. We came out flat. It’s their Senior Night and you can’t come out flat like that,” Kinsey said. “It starts with me. I’m a leader and didn’t bring my best energy to pass to the team. I take full responsibility. The takeaway is we’ve got to bring it every single game.”

In the first half, Louisiana led by as much as 14 at 30-16. In the second half, Fulks hit a jumper to put the Ragin’ Cajuns up 18 at 51-33.

Marshall battled back and got within seven at 56-49 with 6:15 to play on a shot in the paint by Taylor. Then the Ragin’ Cajuns went on a 7-0 run to regain the upper hand at 63-49. Williams had a three-point play, Fulks made a layup and Williams sank two free throws in the surge.

“We had to fight too hard to come back,” D’Antoni said. “We have to be as aggressive as they were. We learned a big lesson. Bring it and bring it early.”

“We tried to turn it on in the second half,” Kinsey said. “You can’t do that. It’s a mental thing. You can’t pick and choose when you turn it on and off. They’re a great team. They executed their stuff. We tried in the second half. Sometimes it’s too little too late.”

D’Antoni watched Louisiana regain its composure once the Herd got to within seven.

“A couple of things we didn’t come through on,” D’Antoni said. “We had to be perfect. We didn’t play the way we have to at the start of a game. We’ll learn from it. We’ll keep grinding and see what happens.”

Marshall’s current four-game road trip continues Thursday with a contest against Coastal Carolina in Conway, S.C.  Start time is 7 p.m. The swing ends next Saturday against Georgia State in Atlanta. That tip is set for 2 p.m.

Louisiana also enjoyed the edge in several other categories. The Ragin’ Cajuns led in rebounds, 47-25 (16-8 on offense); second-chance points, 15-7; points in the paint, 48-30; and fastbreak points, 22-6.

The teams are tied 4-4 in the overall series. Louisiana is now 3-1 at home.

Veteran Louisiana coach Bob Marlin has ties to Marshall. He was an assistant on Dana Altman’s staff at Marshall in 1989-90.

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Defensive-minded Mingo Central knocks off Wyoming East, 45-39

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Wyoming East had been held under 40 points twice leading into Saturday’s matchup against Mingo Central. Both games resulted in losses, including once against the Miners a few weeks back.

Mingo Central’s physical defense made the difference Saturday in a 45-39 victory over regional foe Wyoming East, giving the Miners the girls title in the Battle for the Springhouse at The Greenbrier.  

It was the second victory this season for Mingo Central (18-1) in three games against the Warriors (14-3).

“We know Wyoming East and who they are,” said Mingo Central head coach Kim Davis-Smith. “They are a great program with great players and coaches. We knew it was going to be a battle. We had a particular game plan that we thought we could utilize, and we did it. We will probably face them again down the line.

“We have talked about withstanding the storm and not quitting and giving up. We are maturing as a team.”

Since its loss to Wyoming East back on December 22, the Miners have reeled off 10 consecutive victories, and defense has keyed the successful stretch.

“When you play people more, you pick up on more tendencies,” Davis-Smith noted. “We game prep, unlike other people. We do that a lot. It is not that others do not, but we do it more, it seems. It is important with outcomes in games.”

Mingo Central has been able to hold Wyoming East below its scoring average twice this season. The Miners turned the Warriors over 11 times, including seven in the first half.

“We have been able to do that a few times now, including when we played them at home,” Davis-Smith stated. “They can be prolific with their scoring. We felt like stopping transition points was important as well. I think it speaks for itself when discussing our defense.”

The Miners’ regular season will conclude next Saturday with games against Gilmer County in the Par Mar Shootout and then at Summers County.

While those are stern challenges, Davis-Smith winning at The Greenbrier should only help down the stretch.

“I think it is a confidence builder for our kids,” Davis-Smith said. “We had a few moments where we did not make good decisions, but I think people took ownership and scored at different times. People stepping up and being confident in themself gives our players confidence. Any time you beat a quality team like Wyoming East, it gives you confidence.”

Sophomore guard Addie Smith led all scorers with 17 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter. Smith made all four of her free throw attempts.

“She has to battle and she gets a lot of the physical play,” Davis-Smith said. “I am glad she made her second three because she would have been in trouble. Addie does have that instinct sometimes. She is a great player. Addie is the heart of our team regarding how we run certain things offensively.”

Davis-Smith also credits other people stepping up whenever Smith is not scoring how she’s capable of. Sophomore Delaney Grimmett also finished in double-figures with 10 points.

“Our people stepping up and doing their part takes our team to another level,” Davis-Smith noted. “We had other pieces of the puzzle with Addie getting to ball to other people with her court vision. We are a different team when that happens.”

Wyoming East’s Cadence Blackburn and Maddie Clark combined for 23 points. Blackburn led the team with 13 points, all but one of which came off of 3-pointers.

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Stevenson sizzles, Mountaineers handle Oklahoma, 93-61

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The significance of Saturday’s game against Oklahoma wasn’t lost on West Virginia, which had dropped seven straight to the Sooners and spoke in advance of needing a win to take another step toward securing a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Behind perhaps their most complete performance of the season, the Mountaineers did just that.

West Virginia outscored Oklahoma by 22 points over the final 7 minutes of the first half, and the Mountaineers got another memorable performance from guard Erik Stevenson, who scored a game-high 34 points in a 93-61 victory at the WVU Coliseum.

“We finally have realized what we need to do to win in this league,” WVU head coach Bob Huggins said. “Our practices were better. Guys were a lot more focused and they understand we have some work to do.”

The outcome was never in doubt after halftime as West Virginia (14-9, 3-7 Big 12) seized complete control of the contest over the final third of the opening half.

West Virginia used Stevenson’s sizzling shooting to get off to a strong start and led 25-14 less than 8 minutes into the matchup. 

The Sooners (12-11, 2-8) then rattled off eight unanswered points on the strength of two Grant Sherfield triples, and WVU was left with a 27-23 lead when OU’s Jacob Groves split two free throws 7:16 before halftime.

Stevenson, who scored 11 points before the first media timeout, made a pull-up jumper 7 minutes before halftime to up the Mountaineers’ lead to six.

Oklahoma would never recover.

“It’s everything,” Huggins said of Stevenson’s hot early start. “You go out and miss the first three or four, all of a sudden, you’re wondering.”

By the time the Sooners scored again, 5:17 remained in the half and their deficit was 36-25. The aforementioned pull-up jumper from Stevenson was the start of a 9-0 spurt that also featured five straight points from Kedrian Johnson on two free throws and a conventional three-point play and Mohamed Wague’s follow-up basket.

Sherfield’s jump shot stopped the Mountaineers’ momentum, but only for a moment.

With the advantage at 38-26, Stevenson made his fourth triple for a 15-point lead 4:20 before halftime. Seth Wilson followed with a trey and Johnson and Joe Toussaint each cashed in on tripe to the free-throw line, allowing WVU to lead 48-26 at the 3:05 mark.

The onslaught continued over the final few minutes of the half. Wilson hit another 3 for a 25-point margin, and Stevenson added a fifth first-half triple, as well as a layup, to give him 23 points and his team a 56-30 halftime lead.

“He works really hard without the ball,” OU head coach Porter Moser said of Stevenson. “He can shoot off the move. Some guys can’t shoot off the move. He is strong and has extreme confidence. We showed our guys the seven threes he hit against Auburn and how hard he worked on the flex action at TCU. It wasn’t for a lack of not showing our guys. Going in, he was a complete focus. You have to give him a lot of credit, too.”

The Sooners cut their deficit to 64-44 on Joe Bamisile’s dunk less than 7 minutes into the second half. OU then went nearly the next 7 minutes without a field goal, during which time WVU put to rest any thought of a rally by building its biggest lead at 80-46, before Bamisile’s basket with 6:21 remaining.

Bob Huggins postgame press conference 

“They played so hard defensively,” Moser said. “They’re older, physical guys, and we didn’t handle it well.” 

Stevenson made 13-of-23 shots and 6 of 11 from long range. It was his second consecutive 30-plus point performance on a Saturday, having scored 31 in last week’s win over Auburn.

“It’s the same answer I have to give you from Auburn — I have to credit my teammates,” Stevenson said. “They keep instilling confidence in me. It’s a different feeling when your teammates and coaches are telling you to get 40.”

Stevenson came within one point of tying former WVU guard Juwan Staten for the Mountaineers’ single-game scoring leader in Big 12 play. Staten scored 35 back in February 2014 against Kansas State.

“I’ll enjoy it, but I’m not where I want to be yet,” Stevenson said, “and we’re not where we need to be.”

Johnson added 16 points and made all eight of his free throws, keying the Mountaineers’ strong 24 for 31 effort on foul shots. WVU’s point guard had more room to penetrate with the Sooners devoting a bulk of their defensive attention to Stevenson.

“When a team has the hot hand, the opposing team’s main focus is to try and slow him down,” Johnson said. “That’s when other guys have the opportunity to score the ball.”

Having shown significant improvement over the last few weeks, James Okonkwo continued on that path for the Mountaineers and recorded his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

“I’m a lot more confident now and getting in the groove more and looking at those open spaces on the court,” Okonkwo said. “My positioning on the court is getting a little bit better.”

Sherfield led the Sooners with 16 points, all but two of which came in the first half.

Bamisile added 11 in defeat. Tanner Groves was limited to two points and held without a field goal in less than 12 minutes of action. Groves picked up two fouls before the game was 2 minutes old and was eventually disqualified with 8:03 remaining when he was whistled for his fifth foul. 

“You try to get their best players in foul trouble,” Huggins said. “We tried to put him in situations that were difficult.”

WVU players postgame press conference 

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Shady Spring storms past Parkersburg South 87-69 to win Battle for the Springhouse

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Ronnie Olson and his Shady Spring Tigers knew they would have their hands full against Parkersburg South.

The Tigers’ relentless defensive pressure caused problems for a Parkersburg South offense averaging 75 points this season. Shady Spring’s havoc allowed the Tigers to turn Parkersburg South over 17 times, while the Tigers hit on all cylinders offensively to run away with an 87-69 victory in the final of the  Battle for the Springhouse at The Greenbrier.

“That is a statement win against a great program,” said Shady Spring head coach Ronnie Olson. “To win it the way we did was phenomenal. They made a run on us in the second half, cutting our lead to three. However, we came back and used a big run. There was no letup in those guys today. They want to come back here next year.”

Despite the defeat, veteran Parkersburg South head coach Mike Fallon was encouraged by his team’s intensity.

“I thought we played well early. We were physical early, and then in the second quarter, Shady pushed us back on offense and farther out,” Fallon said. “We did not adjust much in the second quarter. Coming out of halftime, I thought we adjusted to everything and ran what we had. It seemed like when it went bad it really did not go in our favor. I do not care if it is single, double, triple, or quad-A, [Shady Spring] is as good as anyone in West Virginia.”

The Tigers pounced on the Patriots in the second quarter, posting a 25-point frame. 

Seniors Cam Manns and Braden Chapman combined for 16 of Shady’s 25 points.

“We stayed the course,” Olson stated. “Our adjustment was us playing less with our hands and more with our feet. We felt that they could not go around us. On the defensive end, I thought we were getting what we wanted. We know the defense is going to be there. We get a big lead when we go on that run, and we did tonight.”

Shady’s 25-point second quarter ledd to an 11-point advantage going into halftime at 44-33.

However, Parkersburg South came out of the break on an 8-0 run to trim the Tigers’ lead to three. Shady Spring responded with a 10-1 run, which stretched its lead back to double-figures at 54-42.

Olson is no stranger to seeing his team fight through adversity, and it was on display again Saturday seemingly every time Parkersburg South offered a response. 

“It shows maturity and resiliency,” Olson said. “We are a mature group. We have a lot of seniors with a few juniors. They built the lead the whole half, and then it was gone. Our guys have been through every situation. They have been to the state tournament the last two seasons and played for state championships. They are not worried about something like that.”

Olson was pleased with his team’s defensive intensity and holding the Patriots six points below their season average.

“That is who we are and that is who we will continue to be,” Olson stated. “The guys have bought in since day one. We will continue to compete at a high level if they continue buying in on the defensive end. That has been a staple of our program. If you can play defense, then you can be in any game.”

Chapman, a West Virginia Tech commit, led all scorers with 27 points, including 16 in the first half. He converted on 11-of-15 free throws.

“He is a grade-A competitor,” Olson said. “The better the competition he plays, the more dog that comes out of him. That kid plays with a chip on his shoulder when he practices and plays. We will see him make some big baskets come postseason play.”

Manns finished the game with 25 points and showed his versatility on the perimeter by making three 3-pointers. The senior also connected on all six of his free throws. 

“Cam has been steady,” Olson said. “He has accepted his role. Cam has been rebounding like an animal. If you leave him open, you will pay, and he has not been shooting off balance. He has come out of his shell as well.”

Parkersburg South seniors Aiden Blake and Cyrus Traugh combined for 36 of the Patriots’ 69 points. 

“I thought the second half of the Dover [Ohio] game and you could see the difference in his game last night. You could see the competitiveness come back,” Fallon said of Traugh. “He was banged up early, and it took a toll on him until the last two weeks to come back into that flow. When we start this run, he will be ready.”

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Morgantown improves to 17-1 with win over Spring Mills

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Highlights from Morgantown’s 71-45 win over Spring Mills.

(Highlights by Teran Malone)

Morgantown (17-1):

  • Izzy Everett – 14 points
  • Garrison Kisner – 14 points
  • Brody Davis – 12 points
  • Jonathon Shrewsberrry – 10 points

Spring Mills (13-4):

  • Caleb Thomas – 16 points

 

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Barr’s basket with three seconds left lifts Clay-Battelle over East Hardy, 76-74

LOST CREEK, W.Va. — Junior Colby Barr’s 26th and 27th points of the game with 3.4 seconds left propelled Clay-Battelle past East Hardy, 76-74 in the West Virginia Hometown Invitation Tournament Shootout at South Harrison High School.

Barr scored off a post feed from Preston Luzader and his layup gave the Cee-Bees the winning margin in one of their best victories of the season.

“Colby does well around the rim for us. We have a couple different inbounds plays designed for him in particular. There’s one or two, I bet he has fifty or sixty points off of the last two years,” said Clay-Battelle head coach Josh Kisner. “They came together in the end and did what they were supposed to do.”

East Hardy needed just five minutes in the first quarter to build a 23-11 lead. Senior guard Ashton Haslacker connected on four three-pointers in the opening frame. He ended the game with seven triples and a team-best 25 points. Clay-Battelle used a 12-2 run late in the first quarter to creep within three points at 28-25.

“We started out in a zone and I felt like they couldn’t miss. They had nine 3’s in the first half. We had to jump into a man and try to get on their shooters a little bit. When one shooter for them cooled off, someone else picked it up.”

The Cee-Bees briefly took a 37-35 lead in the second quarter before the Cougars answered with a 7-0 run. East Hardy led 45-43 at halftime.

Clay-Battelle began to work the ball inside to Barr and Preston Luzader with regularity in the third quarter. The Cee-Bees led 62-58 going into the final frame.

“We’re a big team and those guys do a great job around the rim. Trying to get the ball inside is always one of our go-to plays.”

East Hardy regained the lead [63-62] with seven minutes to play courtesy of a three-pointer from Jordan Teets. Clay-Battelle scored the next six points to take a 68-63 lead with 4:30 remaining.

With 90 seconds left, Haslacker delivered his seventh and final triple of the game, giving the Cougars a 73-72 lead. The teams exchanged free throws on their next possessions to tie the game at 74 and setting the stage for Barr’s winning basket.

East Hardy turned the ball over with 0.6 seconds left on their final possession.

Kohlton St. Clair scored 20 points for the Cee-Bees (11-6) and Luzader added 17 points.

“They’re a great team and a well-coached team. This is a quality win for us,” Kisner said.

East Hardy (13-5) saw their nine-game win streak come to an end. J.W. Teets scored 21 points for the Cougars and Jordan Teets added 12.

Schedule note: The final game of the Shootout between South Harrison and Tygarts Valley has been postponed. Efforts will be made to reschedule the game later in the season.

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Employees rally to save power plant and their jobs

ST. MARYS, W.Va. — Employees of the Pleasants Power Station are making their best pitch to save the plant and their jobs. The present owner of the plant intends to close it at the end of May after they were unsuccessful in trying to sell the coal fired facility.

Craig Straight has worked at the plant for more than 23 years and is a third generation employee. Speaking on Friday’s MetroNews Talkline, he said they don’t believe the attempt to sell the facility came at the right time. He said the attempt to sell came as Covid created chaos in the business world and soon afterward Russia invaded Ukraine and wrecked the market for natural gas in Europe. Both events caused the sudden inflation of coal prices on the spot market and killed any hopes of selling the plant for the time being.

 

But Straight said things have now changed and the prices of coal has eased a bit.

“What we’re hoping for is one of the previous suitors will find a coal contract and negotiate and purchase the plant,” Straight told MetroNews.

Workers have another plan they are also hoping will hold up. They want to use a case before the West Virginia Public Service Commision in which the Consumer Advocate’s analysis indicated the plant was a valuable resource to keep power to West Virginia customers available and affordable.

“The consumer advocate, whose sole purposes is to protect the rate payers of West Virginia, testified they believed it was in the best interest of the rate payers for Mon Power and Potomac Edison which serve the eastern panhandle and northern part of the state to purchase the Pleasants Power Station to add to their generation. We’re concentrating now on pursuing that PSC case,” he explained.

But the aging coal fired facility gets a lot of grief as companies attempt to turn away from traditional fossil fuels and look toward alternatives for the future. The trend toward green energy has weighed hard on facilities like Pleasants. It’s the reason the present owner wants to shed the asset, but Straight said the nation isn’t ready to run solely on wind and solar–or even natural gas at this point.

“You only have to go back to the bomb cyclone of the Christmas holiday weekend to see what’s happening to our country. PJM, the grid operator for this region, at one point was 2,000 megawatts shy of what they needed to meet peak load that day. If Pleasants was already closed, they would have been an additional 1,300 megawatts shy,” he said.

Straight said the plant is capable of powering more than one Million homes. The facility is also equipped with the Selective Catalytic Restriction System or “SCR” commonly called a “scrubber” to clean pollutants from emissions as they are released. Other plans are forced to buy credits for such pollution while Pleasants’ SCR system is capable of actually creating those credits. He said they are encouraging Mon Power’s purchase would enable the company to keep the reliability and capacity of not only the Pleasants Power Station, but also their Fort Martin Power Station. Also a coal fired facility, Fort Martin does not have the SCR technology and must currently buy the credits.

The Pleasants Power Station, according to the workers provides 154 jobs to the region. It’s Pleasants County’s single-largest tax payer with $1.7 Million annual contribution to the local school system. Straight said the plant generates $460 Million in economic development to the state and creates more than 700 coal jobs for West Virginia by annually burning three Million tons of West Virginia coal.

But even with those stats, Straight said the bigger worry is the plant represents the fabric of the community which they don’t want to lose.

“We’re not just taxes and jobs or concrete and steel. This plant means something to our community. It’s woven into the fabric of our community. It’s more than just a power station,” he explained.

Straight said they have created a Save Pleasants Power Facebook page in hopes of rallying support to sell and save the plant.

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Herd set to battle Louisiana in Sun Belt showdown

— By Bill Cornwell

Marshall looks to return to the top of the Sun Belt Conference standings Saturday night when the Thundering Herd visits the Ragin’ Cajuns of Louisiana. UL is in a first place tie with Southern Miss in the Sun Belt, while Marshall is alone in third place, one game behind the Golden Eagles and Ragin’ Cajuns.

The game tips off at 8 p.m. at the Cajundome in Lafayette, Louisiana. It can be viewed on ESPN+.

While Marshall (19-5, 8-3) picked up a 66-58 win at Appalachian State Thursday night, Louisiana (19-4, 9-2) won its ninth straight game with an 82-63 home victory over Texas State.

Bob Marlin is in his 13th season as head coach at Louisiana and has a 240-171 record, including a 136-93 mark in Sun Belt Conference games.

Marshall head coach Dan D’Antoni says his team is looking forward to challenge Saturday night.

“People want to see good basketball,” D’Antoni said. “They know we’re coming to win and you’re going to get a good game and the game is meaningful. We played them pretty good last year and they basically have the same team this year.”

The Thundering Herd and Ragin’ Cajuns met in Huntington last season, with Marshall earning a 93-79 victory. The teams have met seven previous times and the Herd has a 4-3 series advantage.

The Ragin’ Cajuns have been consistent all season, with non-conference victories over teams such as Louisiana Tech, East Tennessee State, Samford and McNeese State. Louisiana suffered non-conference setbacks at Texas and Drake. 

The Ragin’ Cajuns have been perfect in Sun Belt play since dropping their first two league games at Coastal Carolina and Old Dominion.

Louisiana has three players averaging double-figure scoring in junior forward Jordan Brown (19.6 points), senior guard Greg Williams Jr. (14.5) and senior forward Terence Lewis (11.9). Lewis and Brown lead in rebounding with eight and 7.7, respectively.

Redshirt sophomore guard Themus Fulks provides the Ragin’ Cajuns a big boost as a playmaker and has amassed 150 assists this season.

Louisiana nearly matches Marshall in scoring (80.39 points per game as compared with MU’s 82.08). The Ragin’ Cajuns out-rebound opponents by six boards per game.

After Saturday’s contest, Marshall’s four-game road trip continues next week with games at Coastal Carolina on February 9 and Georgia State a week from Saturday. The Herd defeated both schools at the Henderson Center in earlier meetings this season.

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South Charleston angler wins Hoodoo Sports grand prize

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A remote fishing trip into northern Canada proved to be a productive vacation for a South Charleston angler. Matthew Pfohl of South Charleston was announced on this past Saturday’s West Virginia Outdoors as the grand prize winner in the Hoodoo Sports Trophy Photo Contest.

Matthew submitted a picture of a smallmouth bass he caught on a trip to northern Ontario in May 2022.

“We had booked a fly-in fishing trip on Lake Eric in northern Ontario and then covid hit. We had to wait two years to even taken this trip,” Matthew said on the show.

He and two other individuals finally made it there and it was worth the wait.

“We flew in with Gateway North Outfitters and they dropped us off with a generator and a cabin all by ourselves. We fished for smallmouth, walleye, and northern pike. That was about a six-and-a-half or seven pound smallmouth, said Pfohl.

He caught the the fish while fishing alone during one day of the trip and had the difficult task of trying to get the huge fish into the frame of a selfie.

“I knew it was a big fish and my brother wouldn’t believe me when I got back to the cabin if I didn’t take a picture,” he laughed.

 

The computer randomly selected Pfohl’s picture from the 366 entries received in the contest from October 1st through January 31st. He wins a Hoodoo Sports Element 100s 10′ sit-on-top kayak, paddle, dry bag, fishing rod holder.

Ironically, Pfohl was contacted and came on the show live from a cruise ship returning to Port Canaveral, Florida after a Caribbean Cruise.  He admitted he never dreamed the picture he took on a remote Canadian lake of a massive smallmouth bass during a trip which was delayed by two years would result in news on a Caribbean vacation that he had won a kayak.   Most probably wouldn’t have had that square on their bingo card.

According to Pfohl, he currently floats the Greenbrier and New Rivers with inflatable pontoons.  That will be changing this spring.

“I’d been considering getting a kayak, now I guess I won’t have to. Thanks to you guys and thanks to Hoodoo Sports,” he said.

 

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MEC This Week – Episode 20

Today will feature big-time games with important wins on the line.

Travis Jones and Taylor Kennedy are back for another edition of MEC This Week. The two discuss the important matchups and storylines for the weekend.

Justin Caldwell, the Glenville State men’s head basketball coach, stop by to discuss the Pioneers’ impressive season so far. What has worked well for them? What has changed lately that was not working earlier this season? What has Jordan Turbo Smith meant to this year’s team?

Mickayla Perdue, a Glenville State Lady Pioneers guard, discusses her season. What led her to choose Glenville State? How much of an impact did head coach Kim Stephens play into her decision?

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