Adrian named TRAC Player of the Year
Bramer honored as top swimming coach
The Dominion Post
Morgantown High boys’ basketball player Nathan Adrian and girls’ swimming coach Karl Bramer were honored as the best in their sports by the Two Rivers Athletic Conference on Monday.
After leading the Mohigans to an 18-7 record and a trip to the Region 1 finals, Adrian was named the TRAC Player of the Year in boys’ basketball.
Adrian, a junior, led MHS in scoring at 19.4 points per game. He scored 18 in the Mohigans’ loss to Fairmont Senior in the regional finals.
The junior is verbally committed to play his college basketball at WVU.
After guiding the MHS to its second straight state championship, Bramer was named the TRAC Coach of the Year in girls’ swimming.
The Mohigans’ earned 170 points to edge out George Washington (164) to win state last month at the WVU Natatorium. MHS also won the Region 1 title under Bramer’s guidance. Morgantown won the state team title without having a single swimmer or relay team earn an individual championship. Bramer credited the success to a complete team effort.
The TRAC, a subdivision of the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference, is in its first year of competition. It consists of six schools — Morgantown, University, Wheeling Park, Brooke, John Marshall and Parkersburg South.
The conference’s coaches voted on the honors.
Below are the area athletes who earned all-TRAC honors:
Boys’ basketball
Adrian was joined on the first team by teammate Dean Marshall, who averaged 9.5 points per game.
Rounding out the first team were John Marshall center Justin Wade, Parkersburg South forward Wes Mitchem and guard Doug Dennis, and Wheeling Park forward Boo Lathan and guard Errin Baynes.
Parkersburg South coach Mike Fallon was named the league’s Coach of the Year.
MHS also placed junior guard Nick Colasante on the second team and Austin Agnew on the honorable mention team. Colasante averaged 5.8 points per game, while Agnew averaged 4.9 points.
University High placed Travis Tomer and Tim Dixon on the league’s second team. Tomer scored 11.2 points, while Dixon averaged 8.6.
University’s Deion Cunningham made honorable mention after leading the Hawks in scoring at 11.8 points per game.
Girls’ basketball
Morgantown’s Bri Nuzum joined University’s Mariah Callen and Sami Gaspar as members of the first team. Callen, a sophomore, led area scorers with an average of 16 points per game, while Gaspar averaged 12.1 points per game for the Hawks. Nuzum, a senior center for MHS, averaged 9.3 points and shot 64.3 percent from the free throw line.
Morgantown junior Leah Taylor (10.3 ppg, 36 threepointers) was a second-team selection. MHS junior Emily Sabatino (26 three-pointers, 67.3 percent free throw) and UHS senior Tori Boling (7.2 ppg) were both honorable mention members.
Girls’ swimming
In addition to Bramer’s award, Morgantown junior Rachael Adams earned firstteam honors in the 100-yard butterfly, while junior Ileana Ille received recognition in the 100-yard backstroke. Adams placed second in her event at the regional competition (1:03.86) and ninth at the state meet (1:04.02). Ille won the regional meet (1:03.61) and placed fourth at state (1:02.62).
Morgantown’s 200-yard freestyle relay of Ille, Olivia Holehouse, Jenna Pierce and Katie Murto placed on the first-team after winning the regional competition (1:45.62) and placing second at the state meet (1:42.25).
The Mohigans’ 400-yard freestyle relay team of Pierce, Holehouse, Adams and Murto also took first-team TRAC honors after winning the regional meet (3:51.81) and earning second in the state meet (3:45.19).
Boys’ swimming
University sophomore Heston Smith earned firstteam honors in the 200- yard individual medley and the 100-yard butterfly.
Smith placed fifth (55.84) in the 100 butterfly at the state meet. He also finished seventh (2:12.15) in the 200 individual medley.
In the regional competition, Smith won the 200 individual medley (2:14.47) and the 100 butterfly (58.72). He also helped the 400 free relay team finish second, along with Brett Atkinson, Daniel Jones and Ross Koch.

   Two Rivers All-Conference teams

   Boys’ basketball COACH OF THE YEAR Mike Fallon — Parkersburg South HS PLAYER OF THE YEAR NathanAdrian-JR—Forward—MorgantownHS FIRST TEAM Justin Wade - SR — Center — John Marshall HS NathanAdrian-JR—Forward—MorgantownHS Dean Marshall - JR - Guard — Morgantown HS Wes Mitchem - JR - Forward — Parkersburg S. HS Doug Dennis - JR - Guard — Parkersburg South HS Boo Lathon — SR — Forward — Wheeling Park HS Errin Baynes — SR — Guard — Wheeling Park HS SECOND TEAM Nick Breen — SR - Forward — Brooke HS Nicholas Colasante — JR — Guard — Morgantown HS Travis Tomer - JR - Forward — University HS Tim “Curl” Dixon — JR - Guard — University HS Vondel Bell — SR — Guard — Wheeling Park HS HONORABLE MENTION Eric Johnson — JR — Guard — Brooke HS Aaron Fonner — SR — Guard - John Marshall HS Austin Agnew — JR — Center — Morgantown HS Logan Cox — JR — Forward - Parkersburg S. HS DeionCunningham—JR—Guard—UniversityHS Emil Popicg — SR — Guard — Wheeling Park HS

   Girls’ basketball COACH OF THE YEAR Meredith Dailer — Wheeling Park HS PLAYER OF THE YEAR Emily Puskarich — JR — Guard — Wheeling Park HS FIRST TEAM Alexis Montes - SR — Forward — John Marshall HS Kylie Howard — JR — Guard — John Marshall HS Brianna Nuzum - SR — Center — Morgantown HS Jenna McAtee - SR — Guard — Parkersburg S. HS Mariah Callen - SO - Guard — University HS Sami Gaspar — SR - Forward — University HS Emily Puskarich — JR — Guard — Wheeling Park HS SECOND TEAM Angela Staffalino — FR - Center — Brooke HS Leah Taylor — JR — Guard — Morgantown HS Marissa Golden — SR — Guard — University HS Haley Robb — JR — Guard — Wheeling Park HS Krista Crawshaw — SR — Forward — Wheeling Park HS HONORABLE MENTION Kelsey Welsh — SR — Forward — Brooke HS Jenna Stephens — SR — Center — John Marshall HS Emily Sabatino — JR — Guard — Morgantown HS Keya Barlett - FR- Guard - Parkersburg South HS Tori Boling — SR — Center — University HS Marissa Tucker — SO — Guard — Wheeling Park HS