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Uncertainty, virus wipe out Valley League season

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- Well-organized. Historically relevant. Loyalty up and down the I-81 corridor. A significant summer baseball league that was begun in 1897.But not in 2020.No collegiate baseball this summer in the Valley Baseball League of Virginia, an NCAA-sanctioned and Major League ...

All’s quiet on every front, not just the western

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- Robins bob along, after their worms and mostly undisturbed by people chasing spring.Infields are not manicured, or outfields mowed or bleachers filled with banter, laughter and young people having fun in the warming temperatures.Familiar sounds of baseballs thumping into ...

Hagerstown’s ‘Shrinking Suns’ in limbo

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- Professional baseball is skating along, worried about any playing dates as the coronavirus controls sports, and still posing the question of what will happen to the 42 minor league franchises now scheduled to be shuttered following the 2020 season.Will the Major League season ...

Baseball stoppage keeps Brenton Doyle on sidelines

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- When last seen in the late summer of the 2019 season in Grand Junction, Colorado, one-time Shepherd outfielder Brenton Doyle was scalding hot and fast approaching the .400 mark with his bat.But Grand Junction was eliminated from the Pioneer League playoffs, and Doyle's first ...

Kentucky Derby now first Saturday in September

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- Changes. Changes. Changes.There have been entire sports schedules canceled. Other sports are hanging on to hope that the suspended schedules they now have in place will not have to be changed again.As of now, the much-anointed Kentucky Derby will be staged on the First Saturday ...

What could be worse than no spring football?

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- There might be no run on grits at the Piggly Wiggly or Harris-Teeter supermarkets. You can probably still get okra, hominy and black-eyes peas. Storied Southern delicacies can still be found in Starkville, Tuscaloosa and College Station.But what about "Spring Football?"A ...

Tiz the Law states his case for Kentucky Derby consideration

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- Any thoroughbred racing fan who saw Tiznow virtually will his way to his second Breeders Cup Classic win would be tempted to chance a few bob on one of his younger relatives.Tiznow was the cornerstone of what WinStar stables was accomplishing about a decade ago. Not only did he ...

Mountaineers see Kansas State’s spoilers again

MORGANTOWN -- What will Derek Culver and Oscar Tshiebwe do when West Virginia sees Kansas State tomorrow?This is the Kansas State team that carried a clouded 7-9 record against the Mountaineers when the Big 12 teams recently met in Manhattan on the home court of the Wildcats. This is the Kansas ...

WVU loses to Texas, 31-42

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- The mascots get together before the WVU/Texas nationally televised game on Saturday. WVU lost to Texas, 31-42.

In sports or life, enthusiasm can be contagious

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- Now less than two months shy of his 90th birthday, former West Virginia University and Florida State University football coach Bobby Bowden still enjoys talking about the sport and waxing on what playing football means to college-age athletes.Bowden, who already had a ...