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Sports briefs: Former WVU running back Gwaltney arrested

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Former WVU running back accused of burglary

HUNTINGTON, N.Y. - A former West Virginia University football player is accused with four other men of burglarizing a home at gunpoint.

Jason Gwaltney, a highly touted recruit whose playing career at WVU lasted six games, and the others were charged with burglary and criminal possession of a weapon.

Police say they broke into a Huntington, N.Y., house through an unlocked door early Tuesday.

Police didn't specify Gwaltney's alleged role. They said three of the suspects were armed and demanded cash from the five residents while two other suspects waited in a getaway car.

Gwaltney, of Brentwood, played football for North Babylon High School. He was Suffolk County's only two-time Hansen Award winner and a three-time All-Long Island selection.

He went to WVU on a football scholarship in 2005, but lasted just one season. Rated a 5-star recruit by Scout.com, Gwaltney ranked fifth on the team with 186 rushing yards as a freshman. He carried 45 times and scored three touchdowns before injury shortened his first collegiate season.

Gwaltney exhausted his eligibility at Division II C.W. Post in 2008 and Division III Kean University in 2009 and '10. He rushed for a school-record 1,412 yards during his senior season at Kean, including four consecutive 200-yard games.

Wesleyan softball team picked to win WVC

PRINCETON - The West Virginia Conference softball coaches have selected West Virginia Wesleyan as the preseason favorite to win its sixth consecutive WVC championship.

The Bobcats received 10 of the 14 first-place votes to amass 190 points in the annual preseason voting by the league coaches. West Virginia State, which dropped a 3-2 decision to Wesleyan in the 2012 WVC Tournament championship game, picked up three first-place votes and was No. 2 in the poll with 182 points.

Charleston was No. 3 with the lone remaining first-place vote with Shepherd and Fairmont State rounding out the top five. Seton Hill edged Alderson-Broaddus for No. 6 by a single point in the balloting and Ohio Valley was No. 8 followed by Concord, Glenville State, West Liberty, Davis & Elkins, Wheeling Jesuit and Bluefield State.

Herd's Valle named preseason All-Conference USA

IRVING, Texas - Marshall softball third baseman Jazmine Valle has been named to the All-Conference USA Preseason Team, the conference office announced Wednesday.

In 2012, Valle batted .280 while posting team-highs with 44 runs batted in and 10 home runs. Her 44 RBI were also a career-high and the eighth best total in Thundering Herd history.

The Lake Elsinore, Calif. native was named to last season's C-USA second team. This is her second appearance on a C-USA Preseason Team. She appeared on the squad in 2011 after a stellar freshman campaign.

Coaches named for North-South game

Jodi Mote of St. Marys and Joe Dean of Midland Trail will serve as the head coaches for the North and South, respectively, in the North-South All-Star Football Classic June 15 at University of Charleston Stadium.

Mote will be joined on the North coaching staff by Morgantown Coach John Bowers, Keyser Coach Sean Biser and St. Marys assistant coach Steve Barnhart. Greenbrier West Coach Lewis McClung will serve on the South coaching staff along with Beckley assistant coach Jim Martin and Midland Trail assistant Randy Halsey.


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