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Boyd, Hanna were early Shepherd athletic leaders

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- There was very little recruiting because Shepherd University athletics had little funds for such an activity. Shepherd teams had players from mostly nearby communities and crossroads areas not far removed from Shepherdstown. Athletes were more interested in becoming graduate ...

‘Cat’ takes his ‘small ball’ into retirement

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- From his high school days at Montevideo High in Virginia to his unrequited last season at Waynesboro High in Pennsylvania, baseball coach Greg Chandler was as much perpetual motion as he was strategist.Always a man in motion and with energy spilling out of his uniform, Chandler ...

Mountaineers are still free

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- Nostradamus said it? No. It must have been Rich Rodriguez. No again? Then who was it that said, "There is nothing new under the sun?"They couldn't have predicted there would be no football at The Ohio State University. Or at The Pennsylvania State University. Or that Ole Notre ...

Diminutive Wallace not short in football record book

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- Shepherd has lifted gifted athletes from southern Maryland like crabbers have snatched those delicious sea critters from the Chesapeake Bay.For one year it appeared as if the Rams had missed out on a shifty, make-'em-miss running back from smalltown Lusby.At 5-foot-7, 175 ...

Casteel returns to WVU football staff

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- Mention the 3-3-5 defense and many football fans in the state of West Virginia will jump to their feet and shout out "Jeff Casteel!"Casteel was a defensive coach at Shepherd from 1988 through 1999, when the Rams won six WVIAC championships. He was the school's defensive ...

Palamar entertained teammates, his students and colleagues

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- Tom Palamar appeared to be about as uncomplicated as a joyous, first-year golfer is after scoring a hole-in-one.Coming to Shepherd College after graduating from Rahway (New Jersey) High School in 1953, the athletic Palamar began his long service of making those around him ...

Another cancellation: WVU vs. Florida State is axed

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- You can still traipse on down to Jacksonville, Fla. to spend your Labor Day weekend, if you please. But don't go to the West Virginia vs. Florida State football game that was to open the season for both schools.After first seeing the Big 10 drop all its non-conference games -- ...

Wilson set standard for Rams moving into the NFL

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- From Howard High School, in Maryland, to Shepherd College to the National Football League.That's the straight-line route running back Wayne Wilson took just before he spent nine seasons in the NFL.The rangy 6-foot-2 athlete was successfully recruited to Shepherd by then-coach ...

Early September Kentucky Derby gets attention

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- Reconfigured as it is, this year's Kentucky Derby remains thoroughbred racing's most anticipated and most glamorous event.Instead of being run through the pink or white blossoms of springtime dogwood trees on the first Saturday in May, it will come on Sept. 5, the first ...

Jefferson grad Witt signs with Nationals

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- Paul Witt was a four-year starter with Jefferson High School's baseball team. In both his junior and senior seasons, the Cougars were crowned state champions with wins over Nitro in Charleston at Appalachian Power Park. After his senior season in 2016, Witt was named the best ...