OVP Sports Briefs

Mason County youth wrestling signups

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Mason County Youth Wrestling signups will be held on three different dates from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Hartley Wrestling Building behind Point Pleasant Junior-Senior High School.

Signups will be held on Thursday, Jan. 7, Monday, Jan. 11, and Thursday, Jan. 21. The cost is $50 per kid or $65 per family. For more information, contact John Bonecutter at 304-593-1562.

KIAC recognizes Rio’s Joiner

FLORENCE, Ky. — The University of Rio Grande guard D.D. Joiner had a huge week to earn Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week accolades from Dec. 28 to Jan. 3.

Joiner, a 6-foot-4 senior guard from Columbus, Ohio, averaged 27 points, 10 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game in two victories for Rio Grande. He shot 54 percent from the field and made 10 of 17 3-pointers for 58 percent.

Joiner scored 35 points with a career-high nine 3-pointers to lead a 117-114 win over Point Park on Jan. 3. He added 13 rebounds and four assists in that game. His nine treys came in 15 attempts.

Joiner’s week started with 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists in an 86-78 win at Ohio Christian, the KIAC opener for Rio Grande.

Baines named KIAC Player of the Week

FLORENCE, Ky. — Sharday Baines of the University of Rio Grande averaged 17.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game in two games last week to earn Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honors from Dec. 28-Jan. 3.

A 5-foot-6 junior from East Cleveland, Ohio, Baines had career highs of 23 points and nine rebounds in a 69-51 win at Ohio Christian. She was 6-for-11 from the field and 10-of-11 from the foul line in that game.

Baines then tallied 11 points and six assists in a 74-65 loss to Point Park.

For the year, Baines is second on the Rio Grande team with 10.2 ppg. She is tied for fourth in the KIAC with 3.9 assists per game, which is 29th in NAIA Division II.