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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 ...

Time ran out 61 years ago in Louisville

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- When West Virginia had an 11-game winning streak going into the 1959 NCAA national championship basketball game, it had some closer-than-close wins.The winning streak began just after a two-point loss to New York University (NYU) at Madison Square Garden.It was in Richmond at ...

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 ...

Basketball/baseball Division I college athletes are no more

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- Before being troubled by the coronavirus, major college basketball seasons began in mid-October and were completed by the first weekend in April. College baseball seasons showed the first games in early February and were completed in the College World Series in mid-June.The ...

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 ...

This spring comes a little early on the Appalachian Trail

SHEPHERDSTOWN - Spring is here. The greenery is welcome, and the plants producing flowers and colors have come back a little earlier on the calendar than in most years. Pink Lady Slippers, the white of Trillium and the dainty blue bells are proving to be a respite from the uncertainty and ...

Rose, Walsh give Jefferson some pitching experience

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- Wet grounds, a steady rain, numbing nightime temperatures and a weather prediction that says be ready for falling weather are all causes for baseball games to be postponed or even cancelled.Now comes the coronavirus spreading out of China, and no team has a tarpaulin or wind ...

A different kind of ‘Silent Spring’

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- Robins bob along on the infield grass listening for worms. Dandelions in the outfield are safe from the shuffling feet of the seven-year-olds.There are no loud reports from the starting pistols of coaches sending off their sprinters in 100-meter dashes. Major League baseball ...

WVSSAC calls for four basketball classifications

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- The West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission (WVSSAC) will put in place a four-classification basketball system when the sport commences anew in the 2020-2021 school year.All the schools in both Berkeley and Jefferson counties will be placed in the newly ...