COAL GROVE, Ohio — Ben Compliment draws many flattering remarks from coaches, recruiters and opponents.
Friday, August 14, 2020
The Baltimore Orioles selected the contract of former Lawrence County High School right-hander Chandler Shepherd and optioned righty David Hess to their alternate training site Friday.
HUNTINGTON — Former Spring Valley High School football star Riley Locklear’s opinion on COVID-19 and its effect on college football comes from personal experience with both.
ONA — Thomas Bailey remained unbeaten for the season at Ona Speedway Saturday, Aug. 8, when he won the 20-lap Crazy Compact feature on Geer Brothers Body Shop Night.
HUNTINGTON - After his tenure at UT-Martin, Marshall linebackers coach Jordon Hankins knew Huntington would be a new experience. Hankins has embraced the new - and the COVID-19 craziness - to build bonds with his linebackers.
HUNTINGTON — On Friday, Marshall Athletic Director Mike Hamrick confirmed that the Herd's much-anticipated contest at East Carolina has been rescheduled for Sept. 12.
CHARLESTON — For those who want to see the prep sports calendar go off without a hitch, green and yellow have become their new favorite colors.
LEWISBURG, W.Va. — Jesus Perdew hit a two-run home run to cap off the scoring for the Mineral County All-Stars in the sixth inning of the West Virginia Little League Special Games Tournament championship, then he struck out the side on 10 pitches in the bottom of the frame to capture the sta…
Thursday, August 13, 2020
Thursday, August 13, 2020
HUNTINGTON - Despite a lack of experience at quarterback on a veteran offense, Marshall offensive coordinator Tim Cramsey said the new starter behind center has to command the entire offense and lead the team.
A few weeks ago, when several neighboring states began to push back the start of their football seasons or move them to the spring due to COVID-19, the likelihood of West Virginia opening preseason practice as scheduled on Aug. 17 seemed remote.
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
HUNTINGTON - On Wednesday evening, Conference USA's presidents and athletic directors heard from medical experts on concerns related to COVID-19 and how it may impact a fall 2020 football season.
CHARLESTON — Attendance at West Virginia high school athletics contests this fall will be determined by the state’s upcoming metric that will evaluate the safety level for schools to be open in each of the 55 counties regarding the spread of COVID-19.
A day after the Big 12 presidents decided that the league would move forward with football in the 2020 fall season, the conference released the road map.
Marshall senior offensive lineman Cain Madden put his free time during the COVID-19 pandemic to use, learning to cook healthy meals and using a creative training regimen, which helped him go from 338 pounds to 313 when camp opened.
On Tuesday night, reports surfaced that Big 12 Conference Presidents elected to move forward with its season as scheduled, aligning the league with the Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference in attempting to complete a modified 2020 season in fall.
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
ROME TOWNSHIP, Ohio — All eyes will be on Fairland and River Valley now that the Dragons and Raiders have broken the seal on the 2020 high school volleyball season.
HUNTINGTON — The Ohio High School Athletic Association’s announcement Friday of a plan for a six-game regular season and expanded the playoffs caught the state’s coaches association off guard.
HUNTINGTON - There was a drastic difference in the college football landscape from the time Marshall's football team took the field for Tuesday's practice to when it left Joan C. Edwards Stadium.
CHARLESTON — The last time Jim Hamric took a look at one of those color-coded maps that list the number of COVID-19 cases in each of West Virginia’s counties, he about did a double-take.
The Big Ten Conference has postponed the 2020 football season because of safety concerns stemming from the novel coronavirus pandemic, the league announced Tuesday. The Big Ten is the first of college football's elite Power Five conferences to decide against playing football this fall.
Monday, August 10, 2020
HUNTINGTON - Marshall sophomore defensive back Micah Abraham feels right at home with his move from safety to cornerback - a position his father, Donnie, played for years in the NFL.
HUNTINGTON - On Monday morning, Old Dominion University announced it was canceling fall sports for 2020, becoming the first Conference USA school to do so.
Sunday, August 09, 2020
COLUMBUS — With the health and safety of everyone involved as the top concern and due to the large size of the event, the Ohio High School Athletic Association Early Season Cross Country Invitational, scheduled for Saturday at Fortress Obetz (Ohio) and Memorial Park, has been canceled.
HUNTINGTON - Marshall University has not had any players opt out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns as of yet, but head coach Doc Holliday said he would support those who make that decision.
Saturday, August 08, 2020
DALLAS — The Conference USA Board of Directors has approved the league’s timeline and scheduling format for football competition for the 2020 season, as well as operational protocols for return to play.
HUNTINGTON - Charleston native Grant Wells and Huntington native Luke Zban are a pair of Marshall quarterbacks who have the same dream: become the Herd's first in-state quarterback to start a game for the Herd since Zban's father, Mark, started against Georgia Southern in 1995.
HUNTINGTON - On Saturday morning, the Mid-American Conference announced that all fall sports were canceled for the 2020-21 school year, which terminates Marshall's scheduled Sept. 19 contest at Ohio University.
Friday, August 07, 2020
HUNTINGTON - Marshall's 2020 contest at East Carolina will not happen on Aug. 29, athletic director Mike Hamrick and head coach Doc Holliday said on Friday evening.
HUNTINGTON — The Ohio High School Athletic Association on Friday announced the 2020 football season will be shortened to six games and all teams will make the playoffs.
Thursday, August 06, 2020
It’s that time of year again and I’m thinking about making it an annual column — The Top 10 Boat Names for the year according to Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS).
HUNTINGTON -Marshall University women's basketball coach Tony Kemper is from his team this week.
That's pretty bizarre, considering his team started voluntary workouts last week.
However, it's all part of enhanced COVID-19 restrictions placed by Marshall University's safety protocol.
Kemper attended the Bart Andrews Memorial Golf Scramble on Monday - the signature annual fundraising event for Marshall's women's team.
He was able to attend the event, but it came at a cost - Kemper had to self-isolate for seven days following his attendance at the public event.
It is a safety precaution being taken to keep Marshall student-athletes isolated from potential risks from the community that could derail any chance of athletics this fall.
"Yeah, it's a little bit different, but we have to do it," Kemper said with a smile while at the Bart Andrews Memorial Golf Scramble on Monday. "The team will remain conditioning and working out with other coaches this week, but I won't be there. I have to self-isolate."
In years past, the event would have featured many different people within Marshall's athletic department. There would have been coaches, players, administrators and those from the Big Green
College sports as a whole has been decimated financially by COVID-19 complications that have eliminated contests from the schedule.
However, there is another aspect of college athletics that have taken a drastic change which has hindered the budgets as well.
The world of collegiate fundraising is a big boost to athletic department budgets, scholarships and projects.
Many of those events, however, have also fallen victim to the COVID-19 pandemic with restrictions on patrons allowed in a place at one time.
Some recurring events, such as the Big Green Coaches Tour, were forced to cancel for the 2020 year, which took money away from the coffers over the overall budget.
Then, the individual programs also had their summer camp series go away