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Doyle wins Pioneer League batting title with .383 average

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- The summer of 2019 turned out to be an on-fire success for former Shepherd outfielder Brenton Doyle.After being selected in June in the fourth round of the amateur draft by the Colorado Rockies, Doyle signed his first professional contract after accepting a $500,000 bonus.He ...

Jerry West receives Medal of Freedom at White House

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- The favorite son of West Virginia sports, Jerry West, was honored last week by being presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a ceremony at the White House in Washington, D.C.The Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest civilian honor that can be bestowed upon an ...

Thoroughbred Code of Honor moves forward

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- For a thoroughbred with a "last-to-first" tactical style, Code of Honor doesn't fit the usual mold of such race horses.He is not broad-chested or have a wide and muscular backside that can be used for bruising his way through traffic to reach the front end of his races.He is ...

Computers, sabermetrics, analytics won’t find all the needed ball players

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- Launch angle. Exit speed from the bat. Base hits with a 1-2 count. Wins above replacement. Walks with two men on base in scoring position and two outs.And still Baltimore, Miami, Detroit, Toronto, Colorado, Kansas City and Pittsburgh can't win nearly enough games to join the ...

Rams to see an offensive-minded Ohio Dominican

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- This summer has been a learning experience for the Shepherd followers waiting to see what the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference will have to offer.But when the food and beverages are being joyfully consumed on Sept. 7 at the tailgate gatherings and under the shade-throwing ...

Following Ruffian’s breakdown, match races are mostly gone

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- Thoroughbred racing was once a sport that held the public's attention like Santa Claus, summer vacations and chocolate milkshakes.No longer do the chestnuts, dark bays and grays get much attention from the sporting world.Once the crowds of tie-wearing gentlemen and scruffy ...

Following facial injury, Doyle back to playing again

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- Cleared to play baseball again after sustaining a freak injury, former Shepherd outfielder Brenton Doyle has rejoined the Grand Junction (Colorado) Rockies of the Rookie Pioneer League.Doyle had begun his professional baseball career in early June after being drafted in the ...

NFL camps open with Sullivan, Brown back again

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- When last seen in the 2018 NFL playoffs, Philadelphia safety Tre Sullivan was making plays and giving the Eagles a chance to advance on as the defending world champions.Sullivan was employed as a safety, and was credited with four solo tackles in a 16-15 win over the Chicago ...

Don Nehlen coached unbeaten WVU teams in 1988 and 1993

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- Don Nehlen was WVU's head football coach for more years than anybody in the school's history.He came from Michigan where he had been an assistant under Bo Schembechler, and took the reins in 1980 after Frank Cignetti was let go after his four straight losing seasons.Nehlen was ...

Is WVU waiting to ambush its colleagues in the Big 12?

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- Bring on the big egos. Paint Arlington, Texas red. Tantalize the media with beverage, food and off-season football at AT&T Stadium, the billion-dollar playhouse of Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys.It was the Big 12 Conference football media days . . . with boasts, ...