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Rousing completion of Beilein’s final season at WVU

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- What had been a much-applauded beginning to WVU's 2006-2007 basketball seemed to fizzle out, when the John Beilein-coached Mountaineers lost in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament. A 13-1 record at one time, it had been dimmed to 22-9 by the time Louisville dunked ...

Still making ‘3’s’: Former WVU guard Ruoff plays on at age 34

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- One of the most intelligent basketball players ever to play at West Virginia, 34-year-old Alex Ruoff is still throwing in three-point field goals in a professional league in Germany. Ruoff played for two seasons, when Coach John Beilein was leading the Mountaineer fortunes; ...

Makle and his record scoring helped Shepherd run to 20-win seasons

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- Antoine Makle teamed with fellow Shepherd scorer Mark Palmer to give the free-flowing Rams offense a combustible scoring twosome that still holds some of the all-time records at the school, and in the now-gone West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Makle glided his ...

Hagerstown Suns, Frederick Keys become part of history

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- Fervent fan clubs adored the now-gone Hagerstown Suns and Frederick Keys. The young players who slogged through the rigors of Minor League Baseball had help from those who backed them with their voices, helped in finding the necessary methods to make it through a Minor League ...

WVU claims Liberty Bowl win with late surge

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- Going into a still-muddled off-season with more questions than solid answers about what the COVID-19 Pandemic has in mind for college athletics, West Virginia's football team can smile about its fourth-quarter, 24-21, win over Army in the just-completed Liberty Bowl. The ...

Six-man football at Shepherdstown High School

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- The country was intently watching Europe and the progress of World War II in Sept. 1941, when the Shepherdstown Cardinals under the direction of football coach Harry Lothes readied for the coming season of six-man football. Lothes, a native of Elkins, had also coached the ...

Remembering Shepherd football’s six past NFL players

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- For many years, Shepherd football could point to halfback Wayne Wilson as its beacon light in the NFL. Wilson played for the Rams in 1975-1978 era when the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference was the home of the mostly-winning Rams. In the 1979 NFL player draft, ...

It’s off to Memphis for Mountaineers

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- Bowl game experiences are supposed to be muted this year, and without many of the normal perks gifted to their players. Normally there are lavish dinners with surf and turf, filet mignon platters and thick steaks seared according to the players' individual tastes. Other ...

Chilly weather, leather-lunged crowd greeted Miami in 1993 showdown

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- West Virginia was undefeated after eluding several upset bids from Big East teams. Miami had fallen only once and was still a much-noticed scourge on the college football radar screen. It was on Nov. 20, 1993 the menacing Hurricanes trooped north to face West Virginia in ...