The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Latest Sports

February 6, 2013

Liberty downs No. 8 Webster County

BECKLEY — The Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center has hosted many battles over the years, from pro wrestling to boxing. Wednesday night’s battle between Liberty and Webster County may have left just as many people black and blue.

Liberty (10-5) and No. 8 Webster County (11-3) did battle in a physical contest, but in the end it was the Raiders who were victorious, 75-58.

“That’s what we need. That’s what we’re going to see when we get into the sectionals. We’re going to see teams like this and physical like this,” Liberty coach Aaron Pauley said.

“It was a physical game, the refs let us play, and I like that way better than just calling ticky-tacky fouls,” Liberty’s 6-foot-10 Levi Cook said. Cook had 19 points and 14 rebounds on the night.

“I didn’t really score a lot tonight, they triple-teamed me. I played a quarterback role and helped direct passes. When someone’s hot, you’ve got to get them the ball,” Cook said.

One of those hot players was Matt Klucarich, who came off the bench with 16 points.

“That was big, coming off the bench, playing like that. He was hittin’, and whenever Levi is getting pushed around we’ve got to have our guards step up,” Pauley said.

“We just did a good job finding the open man, I got good open looks. Some nights I’m feeling it and some nights not so much. I was feeling it tonight,” Klucarich said.

Klucarich knocked down a pair of 3-pointers that helped the Raiders open up the score, and hit four big free throws down the stretch to help protect the lead and ultimately lead the Raiders to the victory.

Webster County’s Brett Morris led the Highlanders with 28 points.

Pauley feels his team is in the right place with the sectional tournament starting up soon and felt playing at the BRCCC helped his team prepare.

“We want to get a game here every year,” Pauley said. “Unfortunately we don’t play in the Big Atlantic Classic or any other game at the Armory, so we wanted to come in here and play.  You don’t want to come in here and play a team you’re going to beat by 30, but play a good team. That’s exactly what Webster County is.”

The Raiders won’t have too much time to heal their bruises. They’ll travel to Summers County tonight and will play at Webster County on Saturday.

“It’s going to be a rough one, man,” Pauley said.

Text Only
Latest Sports
  • Herd lands ‘Other D’Antoni’

    Danny D’Antoni hasn’t been a West Virginia resident in nearly 40 years. That will soon change, and his family could not be happier.
    D’Antoni will be introduced as Marshall’s new head men’s basketball coach at a press conference at 2 p.m. today. Athletic director Mike Hamrick announced the hiring via Twitter Thursday afternoon.

    April 24, 2014

  • 042514 thompson Shady’s Thompson clearing hurdles with ease

    A fall while running hurdles can be a dangerous thing.
    Unless you’re Shady Spring’s Lyndsey Thompson.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • It’s time for spring cleaning inside my crowded cranium

    My head has been filled with more thoughts than a Hallmark store and more nuggets than a McDonald’s freezer in recent days, so I decided it was time to clear them out and get at least some of them in print.
    Here goes.

    April 24, 2014

  • Treadway Memorial wooden bat tournament begins today

    It’s time to break out the sticks in Coal City.
    The Jeff Treadway Memorial Wooden Bat Tournament will be held tonight and Saturday when the host team Independence, welcomes visitors Bluefield, Greenbrier West and James Monroe to Joe Goddard Field.

    April 24, 2014

  • Dan D’Antoni will be next Marshall men's basketball coach

    Dan D’Antoni will be named the new head men’s basketball coach at Marshall, a source with direct knowledge of the hiring confirmed to The Register-Herald on Thursday.

    April 24, 2014

  • Hamrick deserves praise for pursuit of D’Antoni

    Sometimes gambles don’t pay off, but some risks simply have to be taken.

    April 23, 2014

  • Gettin’ ready for gobbler season: Step 5 — safety

    My brothers in camo, I could not do this series on preparing for gobbler season without talking to you about the aspects of turkey hunting safety. If you haven’t picked up on it yet, I have trouble calling myself an expert on anything. Unfortunately, however, I do have a lot of experience in this area.

    April 23, 2014

  • 042414 woodrow 2 Woodrow hangs on to knock off No. 5 Patriots

    What was supposed to be a pitchers duel turned into anything but Wednesday at Woodrow Wilson High School, but there was not shortage of drama in the Class AAA baseball showdown between No. 8 Woodrow Wilson and No. 5 George Washington.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • WVU post-spring depth chart filled with few surprises

    Although the contents brought about as much of a surprise as a over the hill balloon at a 40th birthday party, there were a few interesting nuggets in the post-spring depth chart that West Virginia University sent out Wednesday morning.

    April 23, 2014

  • Herd staffer completes Boston Marathon

    As Travis Epling watched the events of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings as they were unfolding, he couldn’t help feeling a connection.

    April 23, 2014