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Derek Redd

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UC’s Hughes striking better balance of athleticism, technique


As a child, there was no tree Jevonte Hughes wouldn’t climb and no branch on a tree that was too high.

Charleston snaps losing streak, beats Urbana


University of Charleston men’s basketball coach Dwaine Osborne demanded three things from his Golden Eagles before they took the court Saturday afternoon against Urbana. They were the three things he didn’t...

UC men’s volleyball going big right off the bat


When the University of Charleston’s men’s volleyball team concludes its two-game home stand with Princeton University at 4 p.m. today at the Charleston Catholic Athletic Complex, it will have hosted its sec...

UC men fall at Civic Center to Notre Dame College


As he evaluated his team’s loss to Notre Dame on Thursday night at the Civic Center, the disappointment University of Charleston men’s basketball coach Dwaine Osborne felt did not simply come from his team ...

Neighboring states boost UC, WVSU on signing day


The Mid-Atlantic region was very, very good to West Virginia State’s football team on National Signing Day. Ditto the Buckeye State when it came to the University of Charleston.

UC signing class boasts depth, Division I experience


After qualifying for the Division II playoffs for the first time in program history, the University of Charleston football coaching staff set out in search of players who could help the Golden Eagles get even further int...

Yellow Jackets signees expected to compete immediately


The West Virginia State football team entered the offseason with a cupboard far from bare. Of the 22 starters in the Yellow Jackets’ final game of 2015, all but six return. Thirty-seven of the 48 players who saw a...

Facilities play big part in Division II recruiting


Among the arms races that most influence college football recruiting, the quest to build the newest and the swankiest facilities has become one of the most crucial. Like anyone else, student-athletes seek comfort, and co...

No. 8 West Liberty men pull away from WVSU


A few days before Saturday’s game versus No. 8 West Liberty, West Virginia State coach Bryan Poore said it wasn’t wise to get into a shooting contest with the Hilltoppers, who led the Mountain East and rank...

WVU Tech trying to fill gaps left by injured Kincaid


WVU Tech men’s basketball coach Bob Williams can tell there’s something — or, rather, someone — missing from his lineup. Williams knows where to find that someone. He’s sitting on the b...

UC student-athletes honored for saving crash victim’s life


As Conor Branson, Jordan Lavender and Elle Martin worked feverishly to help free a truck driver’s leg from under a pile of telephone poles, the trio of University of Charleston student-athletes could hear the engi...

West Virginia State falls to No. 5 Wheeling Jesuit


West Virginia State’s men’s basketball team remains coach Bryan Poore’s chemistry project.

There were bright spots Thursday night. The Yellow Jackets were able to stake a lead over No. 5 Wheeli...

WVSU, UC prepare for league powers West Liberty, Wheeling Jesuit


If there are any new faces on either the University of Charleston or West Virginia State men’s basketball teams who didn’t believe coaches when they described what playing West Liberty and Wheeling Jesuit w...

WVU Tech falls to Rio Grande


MONTGOMERY — After watching WVU Tech’s men’s basketball team snatch a win on its home floor, Rio Grande University decided to return the favor.

The Golden Bears sen...

UC’s Hinton adjusts to major minutes


Jaylen Hinton has never logged as many minutes on a college basketball court as he has this season. He’s tripled his old average.

Of course, he’s ecstatic that University of Charleston men’s ba...

WVU Tech’s Atkins offers immediate explosiveness on offense


Ryan Atkins knows plenty of ways to score on the basketball court.

The WVU Tech sophomore guard thrives in the mid-range game, is skilled at driving to the hoop, has made more free throws (137) than any other play...

University of Charleston overcomes cold shooting to edge West Virginia State 70-68


The University of Charleston men’s basketball team’s shooting night Thursday versus West Virginia State was nothing like the red-hot performance it put together Monday against Glenville State. Yet colder ha...

Reeling WVSU men set to host surging Charleston


One team looks like it’s back on the upswing. The other is still trying to find the right lineup among the hundreds that are mathematically possible.

When the University of Charleston men’s basketbal...

Charleston women will be shorthanded against WVSU


West Virginia State women’s basketball coach David Smith knows exactly the position University of Charleston women’s coach Adam Collins and his Golden Eagles find themselves in right now. He remembers days ...

IU East rallies past WVU Tech


MONTGOMERY — The magic the WVU Tech men’s basketball team was able to conjure in a three-game undefeated road trip last week didn’t come along on the trip back home to th...

WVSU dismisses Fomby from men’s hoops team


The West Virginia State men’s basketball career of Robert Fomby lasted a total of eight games, and now the Yellow Jackets will be without their top rebounder entering Thursday’s game against the University ...

UC men sink Glenville State from long distance


For the first time this season, the nomadic University of Charleston men’s basketball team played at the Charleston Catholic Athletic Complex, one of two sites the Golden Eagles will call home this season as they ...

WVU Tech set to host division leader IU East


Among the slogans for the WVU Tech men’s basketball team this season is, “Don’t find an excuse, find a way.” There were plenty of areas the Golden Bears could have looked for excuses last week...

MEC basketball: State, UC trying to build off positives


Both the University of Charleston and West Virginia State men’s basketball teams enter their games today hoping they can build upon the positives they saw in their last performances.

For the Golden Eagles, w...

WVSU’s Morris grows in stature on Jackets’ roster


West Virginia State men’s basketball coach Bryan Poore literally didn’t know what he had with Cody Morris on campus because he didn’t know Morris was even on...

Shorthanded Yellow Jackets fall to No. 3 Fairmont State 98-90


Of all the nights the West Virginia State men’s basketball team could be severely shorthanded, Tuesday was not one of them.

No. 3 Fairmont State was on the other side of the Walker Convocation Center court, ...

Fairmont State’s Mazzulla grows quickly in coaching ranks


One of the toughest stretches in Joe Mazzulla’s life set him on his current career path, one that his current boss feels is on a rapid ascent.

As he sat the 2008-09 season as a point guard for West Virginia ...

Late 3 gives No. 5 Fairmont State victory over UC


The University of Charleston men’s basketball team held No. 5 Fairmont State, one of the most prolific 3-point shooting teams in the Mountain East Conference, without a made 3 for 19 minutes and 56 seconds of Sund...

UC, W.Va. State men look to bounce back


As they prepare for the week’s upcoming slate of games, both the University of Charleston and West Virginia State men’s basketball teams will try to shore up different facets of their respective games. The ...

Burton excited for opportunity as West Virginia State’s interim AD


Nate Burton remembers walking into the Civic Center to watch the West Virginia Conference basketball tournament as a child. He remembers playing baseball as a youth in front of longtime West Virginia State baseball coach...

West Virginia State AD Loyd steps down to focus on baseball team


Since 2014, Sean Loyd has worn the hats of both West Virginia State head baseball coach and athletic director. The baseball cap won out.

Loyd — who has won a pair of Mountain East Conference titles as baseba...

No. 1 West Liberty holds off UC 78-63


The University of Charleston men’s basketball team’s game Wednesday night versus No. 1 West Liberty went pretty much the way most of their games in the two previous seasons went. The Golden Eagles were able...

UC’s stout defense faces No. 1 West Liberty’s red-hot offense


The West Liberty men’s basketball team is an almost automatic triple digits.

Since the Hilltoppers’ 2009-10 campaign, there has been only one season where the team didn’t average at least 100 p...

Wheeling Jesuit pulls away to beat UC men


The Mountain East Conference-leading defense was on display for the University of Charleston men’s basketball team Monday night. The renewed offense the Golden Eagles found in December? That stayed on holiday.


W.Va. State, UC start new year with tough foes


The schedule-makers of the Mountain East Conference sure didn’t allow the University of Charleston and West Virginia State men’s basketball teams to ease their way out of the holiday break.

The Golden...

Sportspersons of the Year — Reid Amos and the Mountain East Conference


Of all the conundrums one faces in life, the one set before Mountain East Conference commissioner Reid Amos earlier this month was one of the best to have.

Amos, as a member of the NCAA Division II national footbal...

W.Va. State’s Webb starting fast for Yellow Jackets


As it is with many young men handed the keys to a shiny, new, fast car, West Virginia State freshman point guard Frank Webb is learning that the gas pedal doesn’t always have to be jammed to the floor.


Stone quickly becoming integral part of WVU Tech’s success


Paul Stone had waited a long time, since 2013, to get back on the basketball court. And for a while, he and the WVU Tech men’s basketball team thought he might have to wait a couple months longer.

Yet Stone ...

MEC champ Shepherd prepares for D-II football title game


When Shepherd University football coach Monte Cater scanned the field on the first day of practice this season, taking in all that he had for the 2015 campaign, one thing that didn’t enter his mind was a vision of...

Kesic a steady force for University of Charleston basketball


When University of Charleston men’s basketball coach Dwaine Osborne took the job back in 2013, he found a fantastic player-coach match in forward Aleksander Kesic.

“He’s not a real rah-rah, al...

Bauer rebounds from injury to play big role for WVSU


It was the last way Brent Bauer wanted to start his college basketball career — wondering if that start would have to be put on hold.

That was his fear as he sat on the court, clutching his right knee and fe...

Yellow Jackets trudge into break with loss to Bowie State


West Virginia State men’s basketball coach Bryan Poore sent his team into the holiday break with one main directive — run, and don’t let the layoff rob them of their wind.

“My big chall...

No. 19 WVU Tech hangs on to beat Bethel 77-72


The WVU Tech men’s basketball team, known for its suffocating defense, watched that defense stumble in the second half of Saturday night’s game against Bethel (Tennessee). Yet the Golden Bears were able to ...

Pack-line defense keeping WVU Tech hoops strong


WVU Tech men’s basketball coach Bob Williams hasn’t been afraid to evolve. He hasn’t let what is comfortable prohibit him from growing. That lack of fear has led to some good times on the court for t...

UC men lean on defense while adjusting to new offense


Learning a new offense is never easy in college basketball, especially one so different from the previous system. The University of Charleston men’s basketball team is going through those growing pains right now, ...

Elliott’s hot hand has him rising in State rotation


Tyrie Elliott has grown quite adept at making the most out of the opportunities he’s afforded. It’s his biggest gift — a deadly keen shooting eye — that has allowed those opportunities to grow...

UC faces top-ranked Pfeiffer in Division II soccer semifinals


If there was any nervousness within the University of Charleston men’s soccer team as it prepared for its second straight NCAA Division II national semifinal, it didn’t show. Any nerves were smothered by th...

Defense important in UC’s run to NCAA soccer semifinals


The saying “defense wins championships,” at least in the University of Charleston soccer team’s case, reaches across sports.

It’s a phrase most commonly associated with American football...

Melting-pot roster leads to massive success for UC men’s soccer


Soccer is universal. That is seen anytime one turns on a television and watches the teeming, screaming thousands at an English Premier League match, a La Liga match in Spain or a Bundesliga match in Germany. Countries fr...

UC’s Roberts among nation’s best goal scorers


Will Roberts enters the NCAA Division II men’s soccer national semifinals as one of the nation’s premier goal scorers. The University of Charleston forward is tied for second in the country with 20 goals. <...