Friday, December 31, 2010
The Hawk now stand at 4-5 on the year with the next game a 1pm tipoff against Eastern Gateway on Jan. 8.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Maybe the Bobcats should have taken the time to come and play at WVU-Parkersburg. The Riverhawks played two games against the West Virginia Wesleyan College Bobcats back-to-back in Buckhannon, WV on December 5.
The Bobcats won the first game in overtime 114-108. The Riverhawks took home the second win with a score of 93-89.
Even though the Bobcats won the first game, the Riverhawks made the Bobcats fight for their win taking them into overtime. “We aren’t playing that great, but we are still in the game,” said #21 Anthony Caplinger. The Riverhawks had the lead 101-100 with 13 seconds left in the game and also had the ball. The game seemed to be over if the Riverhawks could have just kept the ball. Number 31 Keith Penn was called for double dribbling right after crossing half court, allowing the Bobcats to take the ball. Number 23 Rodney Shaver then fouled #12 from Wesleyan who received two foul shots but missed one making the game go into overtime. “We should have never went into overtime,” Coach Roy said.
Shaver, #45 Cameron Lancaster and #34 Mitchell Parsons, had all fouled out before overtime. Penn took the lead at the beginning of halftime, but the Riverhawks couldn’t maintain their lead. With 2:28 left in overtime, the Riverhawks called a timeout with the Bobcats leading 108-105, but continued to stay behind finishing with the Bobcats ahead.
Only having a 10-minute rest in between games, the Riverhawks avenged their loss in the second game. Shaver was the player who proceeded to make a shot that would tie up the game. When the score was 31-29, Shaver shot a 3-pointer to take the lead. In the last second of the first half when the score was 40- 37, Shaver shota two-pointer making the Riverhawks only down by one at the half. When the Riverhawks returned from halftime, Shaver scored again taking the lead 41-40.
Lancaster fouled out again during this game with 5:08 left. On his last foul that took him out of the game, Lancaster acquired a bloody mouth. Number 43 Chris Betler fouled out shortly after Lancaster.
With only 3.2 seconds left in the second game, Caplinger was fouled and made his two shots, bringing the score to 89-93. The Bobcats called a timeout with one second left hoping that they will be fouled and be able to tie up the game. However, the Riverhawks knew better and let the time run out to win the game.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
The Wheeling Jesuit Cardinals won the tip off against WVU-Parkersburg’s Riverhawks and took the ball down the court for two points. Number 45 Camaron Lancaster saved the ball from almost going out of bounds and then passed it to #40 Alex Tracewell who put the ball up for two points making the score 15-11 Cardinals.
However, the Cardinals didn’t stay in the lead for long. Tracewell passed to #21 Anthongy Caplinger who scored a three and then doubled right back with another three. The Riverhawks took control of the game with a score of 15-19, not letting the Cardinals take back the lead for the rest of the game.
The final score of the game was 69-91 Riverhawks. Scoring thirty of those points was #31 Keith Penn. Two of Penn’s points came from grabbing Tracewell’s rebound from a foul shot and putting it right back up into the net. Penn also stole the ball from the Cardinals #21 Andre Harris and took the ball down the court to score two points.
The next high scorer was Sean Michael with 20 points who in the first half stole the ball from the Cardinals #21. He didn’t have a chance to shoot because he was fouled but received two foul shots and made both.
Number 23 Rodney Shawver wasn’t quite on his game. He went up against his same number for the Cardinals #23 Recardo Gaddy almost the whole game. Shawver had some difficulties with Gaddy losing the ball and accidently passing the ball straight into the hands of Gaddy instead of another Riverhawks player.
The Riverhawks next game will be Dec. 4th against the Marietta Pioneers at Marietta at 12:30 p.m. The Pioneers killed the Cardinals 138-47, so the Riverhawks will need to step up their game. “We played better than the last game against Wheeling, but we still have the little things to work on before Saturday’s game,” Coach Roy said.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
The Riverhawks won their first game of their season against Rio Grande 76-87. Rio Grande had not lost a game in their season until this loss to the Riverhawks.
Number 45 Cameron Lancaster won the tip off and then Sophomore Anthony Caplinger scored with a three-point shot to start off the game. Not even 20 seconds later, number 41 Sean Michael scored another three-point shot making the score 6-0 Riverhawks.
However, at half time, Rio Grande had the lead 42-40 by scoring the last two points three seconds before the buzzer went off to end the first half. “We need to shutdown their inside passing,” said Coach Louis Roy after coming out of the locker room. He also stated that the players needed to “move the ball around more.”
The game intensified in the second half. Number 31 Keith Penn received his fourth foul but signed to Coach Roy that he wanted to stay in the game. “I knew I was not going to make my last foul,” said Penn. He explained that when most players know they can’t foul again they play smarter and less aggressive which Penn actually thinks helped him to play better.
Number 43 Alex Tracewell was fouled In the fourth quarter with the referee explaining clearly to the Rio Grande players, “You can’t touch people.” A fan member shouted out “nice fake” because hardly anyone from Rio Grande believed that Tracewell was truly fouled. Fans were wishing that the referees would just “let them (the players) play ball.”
But Tracewell wasn’t the only source of disagreement for the Rio Grande fans and players. Penn was fouled in the fourth quarter, also, and stepped up to the line to shoot four shots. The first two were because of a regular one and one. The second two were added because of a technical against #52 for Rio Grande, and then the Rio Grande coach himself. It wasn’t made quite clear if Penn should have received four shots. One of the fan members for Rio Grande was screaming “Can I shoot one? Why doesn’t everyone just get a shot?”
The next game for the Riverhawks will be Nov. 17th, against Ohio University at their Zanesville campus.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
by Abbie Sweeney
Sophomore Anthony Caplinger (jersey number 21) started his basketball career in fifth grade at Fairplains Elementary School. He then transferred his skills to Edison Junior High School. In his ninth grade year he decided to play for a recreational league at Jefferson Elementary School. When it was time to move on to high school, Caplinger attended Parkersburg South where he chose to play basketball all three years.
His senior year was the time when Caplinger’s skills seemed to be given the most credit. He was MVP at the Ground Hog Tournament, he was third team all state, he won athlete of the week, and he also won many player of the week awards.
Caplinger took a break from basketball his freshman year of college, but then decided to play for WVU Parkersburg this year. “I was already coming to this school and I love basketball so I decided to play because we have an awesome group of guys here and its actually pretty fun to play here,” Caplinger said.
The team consists of 14 traveling players and 22 overall players. “We have an excellent team this year” Coach Louis Roy said. According to Roy, the Riverhawks have a better schedule this year and had more practice time before their first game.
Even though this is Caplinger’s first year playing basketball for the Riverhawks, he has taken on the role of a captain along with his teammate Rodeny Shawver. “My role as captain is to just be the leader of my team and keep our attitudes right and keep the team focused,” Caplinger said.
Throughout his basketball profession, Caplinger’s family has tried to support his as much as possible. “They come to my games and help me raise money that I need to for certain things,” Caplinger said.
Next year he plans on playing for the Riverhawks. As for his educational pursuits, he might transfer in a couple years or he may graduate from WVU Parkersburg. He is unsure of his major right now, but plans on doing something with psychology.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Number 22 Emry Shears and #13 Susie Gunnels had spikes that were so powerful that the blocks by the Wheeling Jesuit players were not enough to keep the Riverhawks from scoring. “It always feels good to get to hit because I’m usually a setter on our team, so I was especially pumped that I killed it,” said Shears about the Oct. 18th volleyball game against Wheeling Jesuit.
All the girls agreed that their first match is normally their worst. However, this time the first match turned out to be their best even though Wheeling Jesuit won 25-16. Number 16, Laura Bibbie, had four consecutive serves while the last one hit the top of the net and fell over, something for which Wheeling Jesuit was not prepared.
During the second match the girls were “drifting off,” said coach Phil. Wheeling Jesuit’s first server scored the first point of the match without a Riverhawk player even touching the ball. Number four, Bethany Maze, received a straight shot to the throat, but continued to play in the match. The final score for the match was 25-5 Wheeling Jesuit.
The last match had the score of 25-14 Wheeling Jesuit. The players had an extra distraction for the first time during this match as the Wheeling Jesuit fans were chanting, trying to affect the Riverhawks.
At the end of this game Coach Phil McClung felt that that next year there should not be just one head coach, but just a total of five coaches overall. Coach McClug said that by having more coaches, it will be easier to deal with issues on the team then just having one coach be in charge of everything. The plan is for the coaches to take turns next season on taking the girls to away games to play the role of “head coach.”
The last game, a tri, for the Riverhawks will be played on Oct. 24th at WVU Parkersburg at Two separate teams consisting of WVU Parkersburg players will be included in the Tri-game. The club team, Net Ninjas, will be the third team playing. This game will provide an opportunity for volleyball players who have not played much in the season this year.