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Still making ‘3’s’: Former WVU guard Ruoff plays on at age 34

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- One of the most intelligent basketball players ever to play at West Virginia, 34-year-old Alex Ruoff is still throwing in three-point field goals in a professional league in Germany. Ruoff played for two seasons, when Coach John Beilein was leading the Mountaineer fortunes; ...

Makle and his record scoring helped Shepherd run to 20-win seasons

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- Antoine Makle teamed with fellow Shepherd scorer Mark Palmer to give the free-flowing Rams offense a combustible scoring twosome that still holds some of the all-time records at the school, and in the now-gone West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Makle glided his ...

WVU claims Liberty Bowl win with late surge

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- Going into a still-muddled off-season with more questions than solid answers about what the COVID-19 Pandemic has in mind for college athletics, West Virginia's football team can smile about its fourth-quarter, 24-21, win over Army in the just-completed Liberty Bowl. The ...

Remembering Shepherd football’s six past NFL players

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- For many years, Shepherd football could point to halfback Wayne Wilson as its beacon light in the NFL. Wilson played for the Rams in 1975-1978 era when the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference was the home of the mostly-winning Rams. In the 1979 NFL player draft, ...

It’s off to Memphis for Mountaineers

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- Bowl game experiences are supposed to be muted this year, and without many of the normal perks gifted to their players. Normally there are lavish dinners with surf and turf, filet mignon platters and thick steaks seared according to the players' individual tastes. Other ...

Chilly weather, leather-lunged crowd greeted Miami in 1993 showdown

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- West Virginia was undefeated after eluding several upset bids from Big East teams. Miami had fallen only once and was still a much-noticed scourge on the college football radar screen. It was on Nov. 20, 1993 the menacing Hurricanes trooped north to face West Virginia in ...

Long winning streak captured the state’s interest in 1988-89

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- The steel gray clouds hung low over Morgantown, as the month of December set up camp alongside the turgid Monongahela River. West Virginia had just lost two of its first three games in the 1988-89 basketball season. And both losses were in the Coliseum to Robert Morris and ...

Lee Patton was a highly successful coach at WVU

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- One of the most tragic days in the long history of West Virginia University sports came on Valentine's Day in 1950. The basketball team was traveling along the two-lane roads between Morgantown and State College, Pa. for a game against Penn State scheduled for Feb. 15, when the ...

West Virginia’ s one time as No. 1 in the polls

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- Some with bowed heads, some with a faraway look in their squinted eyes and others spouting remembrances of a game and its incidents like it was yesterday. Decades ago it ended with some sadness, but with more "what might have been's." West Virginia was acclaimed as the No. 1 ...