February 7, 2014 |
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.
February 7, 2014 |
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.
February 7, 2014 |
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]
January 20, 2014 |
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.
December 13, 2013 |
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.)
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
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.
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.
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.