WVWC Womens Soccer
Natalie Prater scored her sixth game-winning goal of the season at Fairmont State on Wednesday. (File photo)

Prater’s golden goal gives Lady Cats OT win

BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan College women’s soccer team won an overtime thriller 1-0 at Fairmont State on Wednesday to leave little doubt who the Mountain East’s top seed is heading into next week’s conference tournament.

The Lady Bobcats had already clinched to number one spot in the south division and a first-round bye when they traveled to Fairmont to play one of the north’s tournament-bound squads. The game was tight throughout, and the Falcons nearly took the lead late on a goal that was disallowed for goalie interference.

Senior Natalie Prater notched the golden goal in the second overtime – her sixth game-winning goal of the year – as the LBC extended their unbeaten streak to 14 games. The vaunted Wesleyan defense has allowed just three goals all year.

But this season the Lady Bobcats are also converting at the other end of the field and have scored a whopping 47 goals (although 20 of those came against upstart Glenville State). Nationally, they have the 10th-ranked scoring offense at 3.21 goals per game and are second defensively in goals-against average at just .205.

Wesleyan will conclude the regular season at home on Sunday when they host Shepherd University for a 3:30 p.m. game. They’ll then await the winner of the West Liberty/Fairmont State game in the MEC tournament semifinals.



New Buckhannon Parks and Rec Board wants to create more informative signs for local parks

BUCKHANNON – The new City of Buckhannon Parks and Recreation Board wants to make the city’s parks a little more user-friendly as one of its first official orders of business. Mayor Robbie Skinner presented drafts of potential signage during the […]

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Student public art project back to the drawing board after tests reveal possible issues

BUCKHANNON – The Consolidated Public Works Board voted against approving the placement of a student art project on the sidewalks along the Strawberry Festival parade route after testing the materials involved. Buckhannon-Upshur Middle art teacher Alyssa Murphy previously attended the […]

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Upshur County Sports Calendar

MONDAY (Feb. 6) Basketball TUESDAY (Feb. 7) Basketball Swimming WEDNESDAY (Feb. 8) Basketball Swimming THURSDAY (Feb. 9) Basketball Swimming FRIDAY (Feb. 10) Swimming Wrestling SATURDAY (Feb. 11) Acrobatics and Tumbling Basketball Wrestling SUNDAY (Feb. 12)

WVWC Tennis

Wesleyan men’s tennis opens spring season at UC Invite

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Wesleyan men’s tennis team saw three doubles wins and five singles wins against defending MEC Champion Charleston in the two-day UC Invite. Day 1 WinnersKevin Lin and Camillo Salvi

Poor second half costs ‘Cats in 73-50 setback to Battlers

PHILIPPI, W.Va. – The West Virginia Wesleyan men’s basketball team were defeated by Alderson Broaddus on the road on Saturday evening 73-50. The Battlers shot 46% from the field and knocked down eight three-pointers in

Lady ‘Cats drop 63-57 road decision to Alderson Broaddus

PHILIPPI, W.Va. – The West Virginia Wesleyan women’s basketball team dropped a crucial MEC matchup on the road to Alderson Broaddus 63-57 on Saturday afternoon. The Lady Bobcats shot 42% from the field but fell



Nearly $400,000 in Historic Preservation Development Grants available

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Applications are now available for matching historic preservation Development Grants through the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) of the Department of Arts, Culture and History. Eligible projects include the restoration, rehabilitation or

This Week in West Virginia History

Charleston, WV – The following events happened on these dates in West Virginia history. To read more, go to e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia at www.wvencyclopedia.org. Feb. 5, 1889: Fiddler and self-taught physician James Franklin