Excitement brewing on GSC campus

It’s been quite the busy spring already and lots more is happening throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley.

One place which is going to be bustling this month is Glenville State College.

I talked with GSC men’s basketball coach Stephen Dye and he wanted to make sure the public is aware of the Pioneers’ banquet which will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 14 at the Alan B. Mollohan Campus Community Center Ballroom.

“We are trying to get everything organized and it’s only $20 per ticket,” said the coach, whose team finished 18-11 this year and reached the NCAA Division II tournament for the first time in school history before losing to West Liberty, 88-72, at East Stroudsburg in the opening round of the Atlantic Regional.

“That’s the best finish in GSC men’s history since becoming Division II in 1992. We’re going to have a (casual) dinner and I’ll be giving out awards to honor the team and the young men for the good season they had.”

Dye was very appreciative for the level of support the G-men received, even though the area had some rough winter weather.

“The community and all the Pioneer fans continued to truly be a vital part of the success this team achieved,” he added.

“I just want to personally thank the fans in Parkersburg, Gilmer County and the surrounding areas for the support they gave us during the year.”

With a senior laden roster, it will be interesting to see what kind of year the Pioneers can have next season.

Coach Dye said senior big man Lamar Mallory will “have an opportunity to play overseas, I’m sure. He hasn’t signed with an agent yet. There have been plenty of phone calls for him and I’m sure he’ll make it.”

Mallory is expected to head this summer to the European league tryouts. One will be held in Chicago and another will be in Las Vegas.

As far as the G-men being picked eighth in the Mountain East Conference preseason poll, there’s little doubt that proved as serious motivation for the Pioneers.

It just goes to show that preseason polls, which I personally have a major disdain for in every sport on all levels of play, actually mean relatively nothing.

“We lost to the team (West Liberty) who eventually made it to the national championship game,” Dye added.

“It was a good season and when they picked us eighth we knew all along we were better than that. This season was exciting for this group of kids.”

Currently, the GSC football team of head coach David Hutchison is going through spring drills. The Pioneers will conclude their work this month with the annual Blue versus White spring game. That is scheduled for Thursday, April 24.

The following day, on Friday, the Waco Center at GSC is set to have its grand opening ceremony.

As if that were not enough, on Saturday, April 26 the annual Rumble on the Hill will take place with a plethora of exciting fight action.

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com