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February 18, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Offensive tackle Ryan Bates of Archbishop Wood, who helped lead his team to the state PIAA Class AAA championship last fall, was one of three players who gave oral commitments to Penn State coach James Franklin after participating in the Nittany Lions' "Junior Day" on campus. The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Bates was joined in Penn State's prospective Class of 2015 by 6-4, 230-pound defensive end Kamonte Carter of Gaithersburg, Md., and 6-2, 185-pound safety Jarvis Miller of Suffield, Conn.
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February 18, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
At first, Albie Crosby said, his football players would get excited. "If I said, 'Miami is coming tomorrow,' they would say, 'No way, they're not,' " the Imhotep Charter coach said. And as more and more coaches came to the school - including, yes, Miami - Crosby said the visits became "second nature" for the players. "Now they ask me, 'Well, when's Florida coming? When's South Carolina coming?' " Crosby said. Those schools came, too, and they continue to as Crosby has built the Northwest Philadelphia school into one of the area's premier stops for college coaches since he took over in 2012.
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February 12, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Remi Dibo scored a career-high 20 points to lead host West Virginia to a 102-77 victory over No. 11 Iowa State on Monday night in the Cyclones' most lopsided loss of the season. Juwan Staten added 19 points for the Mountaineers (15-10, 7-5 Big 12). The Cyclones (18-5, 6-5) trailed by as many as 32. Cabrini 103, Cairn 96 - In Langhorne, the Cavaliers' high-powered offense was on display in a shootout with the Highlanders (2-20 2-13 Colonial States). Junior Vinny Walls (Camden)
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February 7, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before opening up Wednesday's national-signing-day news conference to reporters' questions, Illinois football coach Tim Beckman said he had a story to tell. It was about Jihad Ward, a former football standout at now-closed Bok Tech, who took a long trip before signing a letter of intent with the Illini. After leaving Bok, Ward played two seasons at Globe Institute of Technology, a junior college in New York City. Beckman said Ward traveled more than an hour each day by train from his house outside the city to Globe's Manhattan campus.
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February 7, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
DONTAE ANGUS walked around the gymnasium at Martin Luther King High before the school's signing-day ceremony yesterday with a not-so-subtle hat stuffed underneath his black sweatshirt with turquoise lettering. After orally committing to the University of Florida months earlier, the reason behind the clandestine cap was unclear, until he announced his pledge to West Virginia University. When the Gators fired offensive coordinator Brent Pease and offensive-line coach Tim Davis in December, Angus said he lost contact with the school.
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February 7, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Everything changed, Martin Luther King offensive tackle Dontae Angus said, when the University of Florida fired offensive-line coach and area recruiting coordinator Tim Davis at the end of last season's 4-8 showing. "I had my heart set on Florida, but I lost all contact with them after that happened," said the 6-foot-6, 328-pound senior, who committed to the Gators in July. "I never heard from them again. " Forced to switch gears late in the recruitment process, Angus visited West Virginia last weekend and committed to the Mountaineers on Wednesday, national signing day. "The people at West Virginia really welcomed me and my mom [Jounieta Williams]
BUSINESS
January 20, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
All businesses are at the mercy of their supply chain. Few are as vulnerable as a water utility. Witness West Virginia Water, a subsidiary of American Water Works Co. of Voorhees. On Jan. 9, a sweet licorice odor was noticed in the air around the Elk River as it wound its way south through Charleston, the state capital. The source was identified as 7,500 gallons of a chemical known as MCHM that had leaked from a 35,000-gallon tank belonging to Freedom Industries. The spill occurred less than a mile upstream from West Virginia Water's intake facilities.
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December 13, 2013 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
THERE ARE only four Division II teams still playing football. West Chester (13-1) is one of them, for only the second time ever and first in 9 years. The other time the Golden Rams made it this far, they lost at eventual national champion Valdosta State (Ga.), 45-21. Realistically, they didn't have much of a chance. That's the way it often works at that level, once you get to a certain point. But this time, well, maybe things are a little different. "Right now, we're going to approach it like we're going there to win," said coach Bill Zwaan, whose team will be at 12-1 Lenoir-Rhyne (Hickory, N.C.)
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December 8, 2013 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
The details of Dalton Pepper's last time playing at the Wells Fargo Center don't come back to him easily. The memory is fogged by the nearly four years that have passed, and there isn't much to tell. Then a freshman at West Virginia, Pepper scored three points and played eight minutes in an overtime win over Villanova. Odds are, his trip to the big arena Saturday won't be so easily forgotten. Now a senior, Pepper plays a key role for Temple (4-3), which rides a three-game winning streak into a noon meeting with similarly young Texas squad at the Wells Fargo Center.
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November 13, 2013
St. Joseph's received its third oral basketball commitment when 6-foot-10, 228-pound senior Obi Romeo of Greenbriar East High in West Virginia chose the Hawks. Originally from Nigeria, Romeo has been in the country for about three years. His adoptive father, Rick Romeo, said that St. Joseph's was the first school to contact him. Rick Romeo said that Florida Gulf Coast, East Tennessee State, Georgia Southern and Longwood were among the others that were in the picture. Romeo joins two high school players from North Carolina as Hawks recruits: 6-7 power forward Markell Lodge and 6-6 wing player James Demery.
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