Class AA and A tournament regulars in Wyoming East

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St. Marys’ freshman Zoe Davis wrestles away control of the ball from Parkersburg Catholic’s Leslie Huffman during a 2019 20 regular season matchup. Davis played well in limited time and factors in as a valuable returning piece for Blue Devils’ head coach Howie Meeks.After a four year absence from the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center for the final games of the season and with mere hours left on the clock until the Blue Devils returned to the Class A state tournament stage on March 13, the opportunity for a triumphant end to a four year rebuild vanished via two big decisions.Coronavirus alarming spread first had already once paused all sports proceedings earlier in the day of their opening round game against top seeded Huntington St. Joe. Governor Jim Justice announcement was followed by West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission decision to cancel all winter and spring sports on April 21.St.task in front of them was a pretty big mountain. But at least they would have had a chance to climb that mountain, said a disappointed for his girls St. Marys head coach Howie Meeks on if the tournament had resumed. Among the topics of discussion sprouted the saplings for what the head man believes will be a very good start to a jump to Class AA next season.girls weren talking about themselves but they were talking about the positives of the season and enjoying the moment. They had learned to come together this season and had become more resilient through some of the trials we experienced as a team, said Meeks.Though little changes in terms of familiarity in their new Class AA Region I home, who they face if they advance to the state tournament next season does. Class AA and A tournament regulars in Wyoming East, Frankfort, Bluefield and Summers County awaiting the Blue Devils makes continued improvement priority No. 1.Fortunately for Meeks, the Blue Devils return a large and experienced group. Kylie Wright, Lara Fetty, Olivia DeWeese, Zoe Davis, Josie Moore, Millie Kehrer and Mackenzie Smith form the backbone of just how far the Blue Devils can go. Wright and Fetty especially displayed their full capabilities over the course of the 2019 20 season.Wright developing into more than just a shooter and earning Class A All State third team honors are accomplishments Meeks hopes pushes her even more over the summer. These improvements along with Fetty to see the vision I have for her, are big. The junior, earning an all state special honorable mention, providing a dynamic postseason run aided greatly in the Blue Devils snapping their state tournament drought.Together, the duo gives the Blue Devils a dynamic one two offensive punch only bolstered after the continued emergence of Davis, Moore and DeWeese.Moore 19 points against Cameron in a regional co final showed more along the lines of what Meeks would like to see from his point guard. They also could be the key to giving St. Marys a versatile big three in scoring ability. has to take it (the ball) and deliver it herself and be more than just a mail person, he said.DeWeese and Davis picked up on more of the action this season as well, according to the head man. Meeks planning to push Kehrer and Smith for more scoring down on the block now that they have learned the defense adds two more threats.think for us it is going to be a feeling out process. Not much changes in the regional alignment until you get further down the road. When you pull the room together it shows what we can do and how we can step up. It isn going to be easy. Magnolia brings back two 6 footers. Ritchie leading scorer was a freshman and then the reward for winning the section is Parkersburg Catholic or Williamstown. Those are two strong LKC teams in the section, but while the path doesn get any easier, I don think it is impossible at all with what we have coming back, said Meeks.

“This group now is often the group that did the pre

## ## Leicester Tigers prop Greg Bateman says players are all champing at the bit for first

Tigers prop Greg Bateman says there is more competition for places this season. Picture Harry Trump/Getty ImagesSign up to FREE email alerts from LeicestershireLive DailySubscribeWhen you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. OurPrivacy Noticeexplains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time.Thank you for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meSee ourprivacy noticeCompetition for places at Leicester Tigers is coming into its own this season, according to prop Greg Bateman.The European Challenge Cup campaign, in which Tigers won five of their six pool matches to reach the last eight, saw many of the wider squad given opportunities in first team.Read Moreare a different side now, says Leicester Tigers forward Harry WellsAnd front rower Bateman says the competition for places has seen an improvement in the squad’s overall quality.”I think that’s the only way that you can keep a good performance environment if you’ve got lads chomping at the bit for your space and you’re chomping at the bit for somebody else’s,” hesaid.”True competition is what breeds that performance environment and the quality of the squad we’ve got has got better over the last couple of years so I think we’re in a pretty good spot.”Tigers England contingent are now away on Six Nations duty, and Wales Jonah Holmes has also been called up by his country. That means the rest of the squad will have to step up.Read MoreWhat head coach Geordan Murphy said after Leicester Tigers defeat against BathBateman sees no problems there and says a tough pre season means the squad has become a lot tighter which helps them on the pitch.”This group now is often the group that did the pre season together,” he said. ” The England boys were away, and we did the Army camp together and the Portugal camp together.”We’ve been through that tough, gritty grind together and it’s not like these are lads we haven’t trained with every day just because the England lads are here. Those lads are going to want to put their hands up and want to get involved.”allMost ReadMost RecentLeicester City FCNew Leicester City training ground drone footage shows 100m complex taking shapeWork has continued at the 185 acre site in Seagrave during the pandemic, with the Leicester City squad scheduled to move into the new facility ahead of next season

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