Abbie Backenstoe, WBOY 12News

Abbie Backenstoe

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Morgantown, WV, United States

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Past articles by Abbie:

Fairmont Senior downs BU for third-straight state lacrosse championship

ELKINS, W.Va. – Fairmont Seinor completes the three-peat with a 17-4 win over Buckhannon-Upshur to claim the WVSLA girls lacrosse state championship. The Polar Bears get off to a fast start with an early three-goal lead to start the game. BU gets on the board as Reese Hutson finds the back of the net to […] → Read More

Former CBHS pitcher earns PAC accolades at Waynesburg, leads Yellow Jackets to NCAA tournament

WAYNESBURG, Pa. – Former Clay-Battelle High School athlete, Sydney Wilson, is having quite the freshman softball season at Waynesburg University. Wilson was recently named the President Athletic Conference (PAC) Pitcher of the Year and Newcomer of the Year. The former CeeBees All-State pitcher started in 20 games for the Yellow Jackets and appeared in 26 […] → Read More

Riggs, Edwards set new WV all-time best performances at Mountaineer Showcase

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Morgantown and University High School athletes demonstrated top-notch running yet again this past weekend at the Mountaineer Showcase track and field meet. Morgantown’s Irene Riggs not only set the new record at the Mylan Park track, including high school and collegiate times, but she set a new state record in the 3200 […] → Read More

Maier, Ilderton excited to bring local talent to Marshall women’s hoops

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – The Marshall women’s basketball roster currently has zero players from the State of West Virginia- that changes with the incoming recruiting class. Earlier this year, Fairmont Senior first team All-State selection, Meredith Maier, signed with the Thundering Herd. Yesterday a familiar face decided to join her. Peyton Ilderton out of Logan High […] → Read More

Fairmont State acro and tumbling punches ticket to NCATA nationals after MEC championship

FAIRMONT, W.Va. – An impressive season for the Fairmont State acrobatics and tumbling program continues on a much larger stage. The Falcons qualified for the NCATA national championship tournament in Eugene, Oregon. It all started with a 9-1 regular season and finishing with an undefeated record in Mountain East Conference competition that led to the […] → Read More

Lauren’s Wish: nonprofit to help people struggling with substance use disorder

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – University High School and West Virginia University alumna Lauren Cole died in 2020 due to substance abuse. After her death, her father Michael Cole started Lauren’s Wish, a nonprofit aimed at helping people struggling with substance use disorder. On Tuesday evening, Michael Cole spoke before the University girls’ lacrosse game about Lauren’s […] → Read More

Mylan Park and Pro Performance partner up to hold kids summer camps

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Mylan Park and Pro Performance teamed up to create multiple kids summer camps utilizing the state of the art facilities and competent staff members. The camps include sport-specific, instructional camps and also pro-active kids camps to push activity and nutrition. “There is such a big need in this community for summer camps. […] → Read More

Glenville State honors National Champions with parade, meet and greet

GLENVILLE, W.Va. – The first basketball National Championship was brought back to the mountain state thanks to the Glenville State women’s basketball team. Just a few weeks ago, Glenville State defeated Western Washington to claim the Division II women’s basketball national title. “It’s amazing. it’s hard to believe at first. I didn’t believe it but […] → Read More

Elkins’ Cory Harper the only West Virginian to compete in Steph Curry’s ‘Underrated Tour’

ELKINS, W.Va. – The junior All-State basketball selection out of Elkins High School, Cory Harper, come off of a successful sectional title-winning season with the Tigers this Winter and was able to represent the Mountain State in the Golden State this past weekend. Harper was one of just eight boys basketball players to be selected […] → Read More

Bridgeport girls, Elkins boys take home Big 10 conference swim titles

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. – The Big 10 Conference swim championships wrapped up at the Bridge Sports Complex on Saturday with the Elkins boys and Bridgeport girls capturing Big 10 team titles. The Bridgeport girls had another successful meet. Marra Johnson broke the meet record in the 200 IM with a time of 2:20.60 and won the […] → Read More

RCB’s Wyatt Minor set to compete in East Coast All-American Bowl next week

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – It may be cold and snowy here in North Central West Virginia but Robert C. Byrd’s Wyatt Minor will be in the sunshine state next week. “It’s an honor. I’m just blessed I got this gift from God and I’m just blessed to go down there and represent our hometown and Harrison […] → Read More

Fairmont Senior girls hoops team holds “Bear Toss” for WVU Medicine Children’s

FAIRMONT, W.Va. – With the month of February coming up, the Fairmont Senior Polar Bears are spreading the love to kids going through a tough time. The Fairmont Senior girls basketball team is teaming up with WVU Medicine Children’s. Fairmont Senior is holding a “bear toss” where the team will be collecting and donating stuffed […] → Read More

Preston’s Allie Martin signs with Ohio University XC and T&F

KINGWOOD, W.Va. – Preston’s Allie Martin signed to continue her cross country and track and field career at the Division I level at Ohio University. Martin, one of the most decorated Preston High runners, has earned All-State cross country honors in all four years- most recently finishing as runner up at the state cross country […] → Read More

University’s Cunningham earns Fulton Walker Award

By Matthew Peaslee – The Dominion Post MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – For the first time since its inception in 2014, a football player from the Morgantown area has earned the Fulton Walker Award, given to the state’s top special teams player, by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association. University’s speedy senior return specialist Daminn Cunningham earns the honor […] → Read More

Sixteen-seeded Fairmont Senior downs Independence for AA State Championship

WHEELING, W.Va. – Class Double-A No. 16 Fairmont Senior likely raised a lot of eyebrows this season. Specifically, this postseason. After finishing the regular season 5-4, just making the playoffs, the team then continued to beat three teams ranked higher than them in order to land a spot in the state championship game. Not only […] → Read More

(1) Fairmont Senior ends (1) Herbert Hoover’s undefeated season

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Fairmont Senior shocked Class Double-A on Saturday with an upset win over top seeded Herbert Hoover. Fairmont Senior and Hoover battled it out in a back and forth game. A late safety put the Polar Bears up by two and that would win the game. Fairmont Senior beat Herbert Hoover 30-28 and […] → Read More

Morgantown downs Park, brings home Section Championship

WHEELING, W.Va. – Morgantown pulled out a big victory on the road taking down Wheeling Park for the Class Triple-A Region I, Section 1 Title. The Mohigans and Patriots were tied 1-1 at the halftime break. Park then took the lead after Tresz McLeod finished for his second goal of the night. Morgantown answered with […] → Read More

Lincoln star pitcher Delaney Haller commits to Fairmont State Softball Program

SHINNSTON, W.Va. – Lincoln High School’s star pitcher Delaney Haller announced her commitment to the Fairmont State Softball program. “Fairmont just felt like home. I’ve known the coaches since I was nine years old. When I went to their first camp, he asked me if I knew how to spell Fairmont because he [Fairmont State […] → Read More

Falcons’ media day doubles as team bonding experience

FAIRMONT, W.Va. – The Fairmont State Football team was all suited up in full uniform on Duvall-Rosier Field on Sunday. It’s not quite game time yet but the program hosted a media day. Players’ and coaches’ joined together for a team photo as well as individual head shots for the Fairmont State Athletics website. But […] → Read More

Polar Bears return leadership and experience, look to build on that during preseason

FAIRMONT, W.Va. – The Fairmont Senior boys soccer team completed its first week of the three week period and is set to be a top contender in Class Double-A yet again. The defending AA state champions of two consecutive years return several key players, specifically on the offense. Polar Bears head coach Darrin Paul said […] → Read More