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Derek Redd

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UC to host Atlantic Regional softball bracket

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There was a sour taste in the mouths of the University of Charleston softball players Monday morning as they learned their postseason future during the NCAA regional selection show. The Golden Eagles had entered this pas...

Big bats a big reason for UC softball’s success

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University of Charleston softball coach Ray Loeser believes effective hitting comes from repetition. The more a player swings her bat, the better she gets at doing so.

Pirates GM Huntington likes Power’s progress

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Neal Huntington’s trip to Appalachian Power Park started out soggy Tuesday night. The Pittsburgh Pirates general manager only got to see 2½ innings between the Rome Braves and the Pirates’ low-Class A ...

Yellow Jackets pleased with spring football intensity

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In a competition that lasted the entire spring season, the West Virginia State football team’s offense and defense were locked in a dead heat entering Saturday’s spring game at Lakin Field. WVSU head coach ...

WVSU’s Szorenyi to transfer

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In new West Virginia State women’s basketball coach Charles Marshall’s attempt to bring in his high-scoring offensive scheme, he’ll do so without the Yellow Jackets’ leading scorer from last s...

WVSU running backs trying to beef up ground game

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If there was a silver lining wrapped around the cloud that was West Virginia State’s running back injuries in 2015, it was that plenty of runners got a chance to be the featured ball-carrier.

WVSU pitching staff aims high by throwing low

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The West Virginia State University baseball team’s pitching staff lives by one hard, fast, short rule: Live low.

UC softball sweeps WVSU to extend record win streak

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With every victory the University of Charleston softball team tacks onto the now-18 straight it has collected, it makes a program record that tougher to break. The old record of 12 consecutive wins disappeared this past ...

Better attendance leads to better spring practices for WVSU football

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This spring for the West Virginia State football team, quantity and quality go hand in hand.

WVU Tech’s Weaver enjoys career year at the plate

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Before the 2016 season began, WVU Tech baseball coach Lawrence Nesselrodt praised senior pitcher/third baseman Tommy Weaver’s knack with a glove. Not much was said about his bat, usually the case for a player whos...

Power rallies for 10-inning win over Lexington

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After the Lexington Legends dinged the West Virginia Power’s tiny team earned run average Friday night, the Power pulled out one of its best offensive games of the season for its fourth straight win.

Olszewski stands out during UC’s spring football game

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University of Charleston quarterback Mason Olszewski knows there’s a difference between having control of an offense and having command of an offense. He feels he’s had control of the Golden Eagles’ ...

New UC WR Brown returns to familiar surroundings

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In searching for a new football program to call home, University of Charleston wide receiver Cedric Brown ultimately decided, in a sense, to come home.

WVSU secondary has some big holes to fill

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The West Virginia State secondary will lose two starters from its group for the 2016 season. And what a two they were.

Summer lessons give Tech pitcher Southcott a boost

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Sometimes the best lessons are learned in the toughest spots, as WVU Tech pitcher Austin Southcott learned this past summer.

Herd error allows WVU to escape with win

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It was a baseball game packed with gaffes, coming from the hands of both West Virginia University and Marshall, but one of the Thundering Herd’s blunders ended up giving the Mountaineers a comeback win.

UC softball standout Burdette enjoying comforts of home

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Alli Burdette is finding out how nice it is to come back home.

UC’s Olszewski takes experience, athleticism into QB race

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Take Mason Olszewski’s word for it. Behind his usual calm demeanor, the rising redshirt sophomore quarterback is excited for his possibilities with the University of Charleston football team.

Vets on the mend should fortify UC football secondary

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When a college football team loses the players to graduation that the University of Charleston did in corners Torie Wagner and Trei Kelly and safety John Knox, there’s usually real cause for concern. The trio made...

Boys state tournament: Fairmont Senior slips past Bridgeport in AA semis

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The Fairmont Senior boys basketball team’s path back to the Class AA championship game included a hefty roadblock — a Bridgeport team in Friday’s semifinals that the Polar Bears had not yet beaten th...

State basketball tournament: Tug Valley swarms Tucker County to reach Class A semis

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Since its last loss on Feb. 2, Tug Valley hasn’t faced much in the form of close games.

Boys state tournament: Fairmont Senior pulls away from Bluefield to make Class AA semis

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Fairmont Senior took Bluefield’s best punch in the first half of their Class AA state tournament quarterfinal Wednesday morning at the Charleston Civic Center.

Marshall named new WVSU women’s basketball coach

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West Virginia State interim athletic director Nate Burton was given a luxury not every AD gets in a search for a new women’s basketball coach. He got to watch his top choice coach against West Virginia State less ...

Girls tournament: Gilmer County punches ticket to Class A title game

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The Gilmer County girls basketball team’s free throws weren’t falling. Notre Dame’s 3-pointers finally were.

Girls state tournament: Notre Dame thumps Tucker County in Class A quarters

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The shot left Rachel Rogers’ hands out of necessity. The Notre Dame High School senior knew time was running out in the first half. Halfcourt heaves have never been her forte, even when messing around during pract...

Girls state tournament: Grafton knocks off Lincoln in AA quarterfinals

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The Grafton girls basketball team got it right the fourth time around.

Concord holds off Notre Dame for MEC tournament crown

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As the Concord University men's basketball team entered this weekend's Mountain East Conference tournament, coach Kent McBride offered his Mountain Lions some advice — to be at their best when things were at their ...

Concord stuns No. 1 West Liberty in 2OT

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As the basketball left Rob Reed’s hand with less than a second left in the second overtime Saturday between Concord and No. 1 West Liberty, the Mountain Lions senior guard said it felt as good as an off-balance, o...

Flowers leads West Liberty women to MEC title game

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With more than 2,000 points in her West Liberty women’s basketball career, senior guard Liz Flowers obviously knows how to score. The Hilltoppers needed — and got — that talent Saturday afternoon.

Concord overpowers Charleston to reach Mountain East semifinals

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The Concord men’s basketball team’s performance Friday on the Charleston Civic Center floor against the University of Charleston was much different than the one it gave last week. That was a welcome sight f...

Smith out as WVSU women’s basketball coach

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After four seasons at the helm of the West Virginia State women’s basketball program, David Smith was out of that role Friday.

Wheeling Jesuit cruises past Wesleyan in Mountain East quarterfinals

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It was a long wait for the Wheeling Jesuit men’s basketball team to erase the sting of a regular season-ending loss to West Liberty. It only took about five minutes for the Cardinals to heal that wound Friday afte...

UC women fall to Wheeling Jesuit in MEC quarterfinals

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Entering Thursday’s Mountain East Conference women’s basketball tournament quarterfinals, University of Charleston coach Adam Collins predicted at least one lower seed would pull off an upset.

No. 17 West Liberty cruises past UVa-Wise in MEC women’s tourney

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West Liberty women’s basketball coach Lynn Ullom wasn’t looking for anything flashy in his Hilltoppers’ Mountain East Conference tournament quarterfinal matchup against the University of Virginia Col...

MEC basketball tournament a star-studded affair

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Jarrod Calhoun oversees the No. 5 men’s basketball team in the NCAA’s Division II. The only three losses on Fairmont State’s schedule this season came at the hands of teams seated higher than the Fal...

UC men get past Urbana to reach MEC quarters; State ousted

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The University of Charleston men’s basketball team got a taste of the unpredictability of the Mountain East Conference tournament Tuesday night.

UC women top Shepherd, advance to MEC quarterfinals

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The University of Charleston women’s basketball team’s seasons of ups, downs, bumps, bruises, injury and adversity still led to a spot in the Mountain East Conference quarterfinals.

Yellow Jackets begin defense of MEC baseball title

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West Virginia State baseball coach Sean Loyd has been able to consolidate the hats he has worn in Institute down to one, that of the Yellow Jackets’ skipper.

MEC tournament’s first round tips off today

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The University of Charleston men’s basketball team is marching into today’s first round of the Mountain East Conference tournament. West Virginia State’s gait has a noticeable limp.

MEC tourney gives teams new lease on life

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As good or bad as the 2015-16 season has gone for the Mountain East Conference’s men’s and women’s basketball teams, the chance to wipe the slate clean begins Tuesday.

UC men blow by West Virginia State

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In terms of momentum, the University of Charleston men’s basketball team is swimming in it entering the upcoming Mountain East Conference tournament, while West Virginia State’s is trying to find any at all...

UC women end regular season with win over WVSU

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Neither the University of Charleston nor West Virginia State women’s basketball teams shot anywhere close to well to start Saturday afternoon’s game. Both the Golden Eagles and Yellow Jackets got better, bu...

Work ethic turns DiTrapano into crucial member of UC hoops team

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When he’s first asked what motivates him to pour all of his energy into college basketball, University of Charleston senior guard Tino DiTrapano isn’t sure of the answer.

UC’s Lockhart keeps faith through tough season

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Chyress Lockhart was reminded at the start of the University of Charleston’s women’s basketball season that sometimes when you pray, you don’t really realize what you’re praying for.

Szorenyi makes immediate impact for WVSU women’s hoops

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Laura Szorenyi went from her Hungarian home town that housed more than 1.7 million people to a state whose entire population is only slightly larger than that.

WVSU’s Mazyck balances scoring with mentor role

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Markee Mazyck has enjoyed a close relationship with the bottom of a basketball net since high school.

Gordon leads WVU Tech into KIAC tournament

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As he entered his senior year, WVU Tech men’s basketball guard Eddie Gordon was ready for any role head coach Bob Williams wanted to give him. And Williams had an important one in mind — captain.

WVSU, UC hoops still with plenty to play for

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The men’s and women’s basketball teams at the University of Charleston and West Virginia State all know one thing for certain in terms of the upcoming Mountain East Conference tournament. The path for all f...

Golden Bears trying to maintain balance as baseball season begins

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The WVU Tech baseball team can forget about the element of surprise in its inaugural season in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Of the six KIAC teams who played last season — Cincinnati Christian ...

Wright takes over reins of UC baseball team

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Andrew Wright knew he was entering a good situation when he accepted the University of Charleston head baseball coaching job in June. But settling into the job has gone beyond even his expectations.