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Lazy summer day of watching nature on the Potomac

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- Our neighbor, the Potomac River, has made a remarkable recovery from the years it had to struggle with pollution that limited its viability as both a source of game fishing and water sports for people trying to enjoy swimming or picnicking on its shoreline.Back in the late ...

Bald eagles take flight near Shepherdstown

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- Shade your eyes. Crane your neck and look up high into a tree at a very large bird nest constructed of sticks, branches and pieces of wood. You can't see the inside of the nest, but it is lined with softer materials such as moss or tree leaves.At this time of year, the earlier ...

When cow pasture baseball carried the day

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- The bats had been repaired with tar tape and nails. Those bats weren't made by Louisville Slugger or Adirondack, but were bought at a hardware store instead. They were scarred and chipped and looked more like billy clubs than baseball weaponry.The two baseballs were stained a ...

Familiar teams chase more state titles

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- St. Albans, Hurricane and Wheeling Park return to Charleston again in search of baseball immortality. All three teams were there at last year's state tournament and only Hedgesville is a new face and different from 2018 field.The Class AA ranks will have multi-year champion ...

10th Annual Harpers Ferry Half Marathon held Saturday

HARPERS FERRY -- Runners participated on Saturday in the 10th Annual Harpers Ferry Half Marathon, completing the course that included a path from River Riders, through School House Ridge, the Murphy Farm and into and around Bolivar and Harpers Ferry. Runners shown are headed from Bolivar down ...

Defensive letdown, only one run lose first Regional game

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION - After five innings, there were no runs by either team. Only 55 minutes had elapsed and Jefferson and Hedgesville were locked in a 0-0 pitcher's duel.And then it was over.The top of the sixth inning became a surreal scene as Hedgesville was able to count three runs and ...

After two wins, Shepherd falters in league tournament

BECKLEY - Shepherd had used multi-run innings to defeat both Virginia-Wise and Concord, in its first two games in the double-elimination Mountain East Conference baseball tournament staged in Beckley, last weekend.But with a 2-0 tournament record, the Rams lost to Charleston, 10-2, in a game ...

Cards win AAA boys Regional track and field meet

SPRING MILLS -- Hosting the Class AAA, Region 2 track and field meet made it easier to arrange a proper celebration for Spring Mills, once it officially edged Hedgesville, 132-117 in the scoring on the boy's side.The seven-school event was held under a thick cover of gray clouds, with the ...

Doyle has both refined and raw talent needed to be drafted

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- Major League baseball has leaped headlong into an age where it uses computer-generated information the same as its players once used sunflower seeds, Mail Pouch chewing tobacco and power drinks.Fact-laced numbers and analytics keep General Managers in their cushy offices. But ...