A day that ended in disaster.
For my former colleague and good friend Nicole Lemal, she witnessed the unthinkable on Monday afternoon in Boston.
“I never would have expected that would have happened in a million years,” Lemal said. “It’s a place where dreams come true and people celebrate together with their accomplishments.”
The race that she is referring to, of course, is the Boston Marathon — a race that hosts more than 20,000 runners every year — a race that is supposed to be both fun but also competitive.
On Monday, as everyone already knows, there were bombs that detonated, causing chaos and anguish to the runners.
The bombs threatened many, while harming more than 100 innocent civilians. The catastrophe also took the lives of three people who were living strong and healthy lives — one of which was an 8-year-old boy named Martin Richard.
“At 7 (yesterday) morning, WBOY showed a picture of the boy who died,” Lemal said. “It was such a tragedy. I believe that the picture was taken that day. He had a big, toothy grin. ... He was with his mother and sister, who are now in the hospital and are being treated with severe injuries.
“I also think about what could have been for the other people who lost their lives or lost limbs. I thank God nothing happened to me or my mom. It breaks my heart that so many people risked their lives unwillingly to participate in the Boston Marathon, an event that should be joy and celebration. But, that’s all changed after (Monday).”
Although the terrorist act resulted in so many life changes, Lemal is unscathed from the event. The only thing that will linger is the scar that is in her mind.
A day that ended in disaster.
Aggressive Falcons roll past State, 107-89
Jerrod Calhoun had a simple message for his Fairmont State University team at halftime of its game with visiting West Virginia State here Saturday afternoon at the Joe Retton Arena.
“Coach got on us at halftime about playing timid and not being aggressive,” said backup point guard Shammgod Wells, who helped key a big second-half turnaround for the Falcons in their 107-89 blowout win over the Yellow Jackets.
Lady Falcons’ second-half rally falls short
A 17-point second-half deficit proved to be just a bit too much for Fairmont State’s Lady Falcons to overcome here Saturday afternoon at the Joe Retton Arena.
Visiting West Virginia State built a 55-38 lead just over 26 minutes into the contest and then held off a furious FSU comeback bid to record a 78-75 win.
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Marion County wrestlers begin season
All three Marion County teams kicked off the wrestling season Friday and Saturday at the Hedgesville Duals.
At the end of the competition, nine wrestlers remain undefeated.
Fairmont Senior swims to second
The Fairmont Senior boys’ swim team took second place Saturday in the Morgantown Invitational, finishing just four points behind Parkersburg South.
The Polar Bears were led by Tyler Campbell, who was named to the all-tournament team after finishing first in the 50 freestyle and second in the 100 fly.
Huggins implores Mountaineers to play to their strengths
Bob Huggins’ message to his West Virginia University team coming out of its disappointing 80-71 loss at Missouri that never really was as close as the final score indicates was a simple one – do what you do.
“We come out and we have too many guys playing out of character and doing things they can’t do instead of doing things they can do,” he said immediately after addressing his team on Thursday night in Columbia, Mo.
WVU women win seventh straight
Unlike the West Virginia University women’s basketball team she plays for, Asya Bussie draws a crowd every time she steps onto the Coliseum court.
The crowd, unfortunately, isn’t fellow WVU students or paying customers.
Martinsburg beats Huntington for fourth-straight AAA title
Malique Watkins threw a touchdown pass to lead Martinsburg to a 9-7 win over Huntington for the Bulldogs’ record fourth straight Class AAA championship Saturday.
Second-seeded Martinsburg (13-1) extended its playoff winning streak to 16 games.
Madonna beats Greenbrier West for Class A title
Ross Comis threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, leading Madonna to a 24-14 win over Greenbrier West in the Class A championship game Saturday night.
Top-seeded Madonna (14-0) won the third title in school history and atoned for an overtime loss to Wahama last year. The Blue Dons also were state champions in 2009 and 1987.
Polar Bears’ comeback falls short
They say it’s not about how you start. Rather, it’s how you finish that matters.
The Fairmont Senior girls’ basketball team was a prime example of this Friday night against Morgantown. Well. .. almost.
Through the first 10 minutes of the contest, the Polar Bears looked flustered, frustrated and flat-out overmatched against the Class AAA opponent.
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