December 8, 2013 |
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.
November 13, 2013 |
SAINT JOSEPH'S now has practically a whole team of commitments for its Class of 2014. First, it was a point guard from New York, followed by a power forward and wing from North Carolina and now, a center from West Virginia by way of Nigeria. The latest to commit is 6-10 Obi Romeo, from Greenbriar East High in Lewisburg, W.Va. According to Rick Romeo, who has adopted Obi, his son was first spotted at an American-style basketball camp in Nigeria. He came to America 2 years ago to go to a school that was forming.
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.
September 5, 2013 |
Police in West Virginia believe alcohol was a factor, and they have charged two out-of-state gas workers with murder, but what set off the weekend confrontation that led to the death of a college student from Bucks County remained a mystery Tuesday. The attack occurred early Saturday off the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University as the victim, senior Kevin Figaniak, 21, of Perkasie, and an identified companion were walking home from a bar. "Everybody we have talked to, the one remaining victim and the two men arrested, have not been able to definitely give us what was said, what those words were," said Sgt. Gregg McKenzie of the Wheeling Police Department.
August 23, 2013 |
NICK APOSTOLU thought his eyes were betraying him. There before him, amid the squalor, lived a family in a squat, gutted home. It looked as if someone dropped a bomb on the place. There was no electricity. No running water. None of the most minimal essentials we take for granted daily. It's when Apostolu, a human 6-5 1/2, 305-pound bulldozer, went to work. Most Division I-caliber football players spend their summers building themselves up to attract heavier interest from major schools.
August 2, 2013 |
Third in a series of profiles of New Jersey's U.S. Senate candidates. Flanked by three scientists and joined by a former Energy Department secretary via webcam at a town-hall meeting Tuesday in West Windsor, N.J., called "Geek Out Live," the campaign message was clear: Rush Holt is an unabashed geek. The signs are everywhere: from the campaign bumper stickers proclaiming "My Congressman IS a Rocket Scientist" to his frequent reminder to voters that he beat the IBM computer Watson on Jeopardy!
July 20, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Senate plugged two more vacancies in President Obama's second-term leadership team on Thursday, confirming Thomas Perez as labor secretary and Gina McCarthy as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. After months of Democratic complaints that Republicans were stalling Obama's efforts to staff his administration and the federal courts, the spurt of movement followed a bipartisan deal reached Tuesday. Republicans agreed to allow votes on seven nominations, and Democrats in return shelved efforts to change Senate rules to weaken the minority GOP's powers.
July 17, 2013 |
BOB HUGGINS is the king of second chances. The West Virginia basketball coach believes that with tough love, he can find a way to get through to almost any player. Aaric Murray was always going to be one of Huggins' most difficult projects. After two seasons at La Salle that included moments of brilliance followed by days of dysfunction, Murray transferred to WVU in 2011. He sat out one season, played last season, went to school and graduated. Huggins, however, announced yesterday that, by mutual agreement, Murray will not be using his last season of eligibility at WVU. Murray is free to play anywhere else this season and be immediately eligible.
July 12, 2013 |
MENIFEE, Calif. - Terry Dewayne Smith Jr. had been living with his mother for two years in Southern California when, a few months ago, the 11-year-old boy with sandy blond hair called his father in West Virginia and asked to come home. So when the boy's mother called from California on Sunday, Terry Dewayne Smith Sr. assumed it was about a plane ticket - until his ex-wife started asking some worrisome questions. "She asked me if I was in California and I said, 'No, I'm still in West Virginia.