It’s been an up and down roller-coaster ride this week for former Herbert Hoover and Marshall baseball player Corey Bird.
For many of us, this is a sad time in college football. At the age of 91, former WVU and Florida State head football coach, Bobby Bowden, is in the final stages of a battle with pancreatic cancer.
I’ve become acquainted with many of our state’s most prominent sports figures over the years, but there are many local legends and hometown heroes I never had a chance to meet. Here are some of the names that I wish I had.
For me, as a child of the southern coalfields of West Virginia, Memorial Day weekend is a time to remember a childhood hero who went to war but did not come home.
As I watched the amazing story of Marshall winning the NCAA men’s soccer championship, I could not help but flash back to a hilarious story about the program’s humble beginnings.
Fifty years ago, in the spring of 1971, it was an incredibly exciting time for baseball fans in Charleston.
It is not easy being a college coach. Gone are the days when a coach can stay in one place for a long period of time. Unless you are Nick Saban of Alabama football and win seven national championships, your fans get tired of hearing your voice.
Some of the Kanawha Valley’s best high school football teams were the Charleston High teams of 1968, ‘69 and ‘70, which won three consecutive Class AAA state titles. Frank Vincent was the head coach and among his assistants were Keith Pritt, Lou Romano and Jim Jarrett.
The deaths this week of former WVU basketball player Chris Brooks and former Temple coaching legend John Chaney brought back memories of the Mountaineers’ days in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
How well do you know college basketball history? I am guessing that even the most avid college hoops fans did not remember that Jan. 20 was the 53rd anniversary of the game that forever changed college basketball on television.
This week, I came across a newspaper clipping of a Charleston newspaper’s preseason All-Kanawha basketball team for 1972-73. The team members were Dennis Harris, Mike Jones and Charles “Dickie” Russell from Charleston High, Joey Holland and Billy Williams from George Washington, Joey Caruthe…