Ginny Thrasher of the West Virginia rifle team and Bianca St. Georges of the WVU women's soccer team have been nominated for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year award. Both Mountaineers concluded their incredible WVU careers this past year.
Thrasher made a name for herself as an Olympic Gold Medalist with Team USA in 2016, but she also had an amazing career at WVU. During her career, she led the Mountaineers to two NCAA Championships and collected 12 All-American honors along the way. Thrasher also led WVU to four Great American Rifle Conference Championships and was named the conference’s Shooter of the Year and Outstanding Senior during her final season as a Mountaineer.
St. Georges positively impacted the WVU women’s soccer defense since she arrived in Morgantown. At the conclusion of her freshman season, she was named Co-Big 12 Newcomer/Freshman of the Year and earned Second Team and All-Freshman team honors in the conference. During her WVU career, St. Georges scored nine goals and had 13 assists. She was also a part of the Mountaineer team that made it to the 2016 NCAA National Championship.
The winner of the NCAA Woman of the Year award will be announced in October.
West Virginia football’s season opener now has a kickoff time. The Mountaineers’ season and home opener against FCS opponent James Madison will start at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 31. JMU finished last season with a solid 9-4 record. The game will be televised on AT&T SportsNet.
West Virginia baseball coach Randy Mazey has been named the American Baseball Coaches Association East Region Coach of the Year. This is the second year that Mazey has earned this honor. He was also named the Big 12 Coach of the Year this season, after coaching the Mountaineers in what was an exciting, historic, and record breaking season for WVU.
After losing many big-name players to the NFL, the Mountaineers are heading into the 2019 season without any players who seem like they will stand out on the national stage. The only Mountaineers that are currently projected to be earn All-Big 12 honors are offensive linemen Colton McKivitz and Josh Sills, wide receiver T.J. Simmons, kicker Evan Staley, running backs Kennedy McKoy and Martell Pettaway, defensive lineman Dante Stills, and defensive back Josh Norwood.
That’s it for today. Have any tips, suggestions or requests for what you want to see in Mountaineer Links? Don’t hesitate to leave a comment below or contact us on social media.