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.
Jones uses his attitude to lead Polar Bears
When you look around the football field come August, you’ll see plenty of new faces for the Fairmont Senior Polar Bears. But there will be at least one very familiar face.
TJ Jones is one of just a handful of seniors on this year’s Fairmont Senior team, and he’s hoping to go out on top.
WVU, N.C. State to meet in football
Following a trend of creating non-conference games against regional opponents, West Virginia University has reached agreement with North Carolina State to play a home-and-home football series in 2018 and 2019.
The Mountaineers are scheduled to play N.C. State in Raleigh on Sept. 15, 2018, and then play host to the Wolfpack on Sept. 14, 2019.
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When Bob Bowlsby, the outspoken commissioner of the Big 12, presented his opening-day picture of the future of college sports in Dallas for the annual media day gathering, his bleak comments were not unexpected.
FSU football season tickets available
Season ticket packages and VIP parking for the 2014 Fairmont State University football season are now available for purchase.
Several options are available, including the opportunity to purchase a piece of Fairmont State history.
Pirates jump on Haren early, top Dodgers, 6-1
Josh Harrison had two hits with two RBIs and the Pittsburgh Pirates jumped on Dan Haren early in a 6-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night.
Harrison’s two-run double down the left field line capped a four-run outburst in the first against Haren (8-8).
Berner, Hess lead W.Va. Open
Threatening weather did not strike Wednesday, and it was a cool, breezy start to the 81st West Virginia Open played on the Cobb Course at The Resort at Glade Springs.
WVU, Tennessee finalize 2018 meeting
West Virginia University and Tennessee have finalized their season-opening, Sept. 1, 2018, meeting in Charlotte, N.C., at Bank of America Stadium.
Both teams will receive $2.5 million for the game and have a chance to earn up to $3.2 million with ticket incentives.
Each team will buy 12,500 tickets and set aside 2,000 of its allotment for students.
The game, played on the home field of the Carolina Panthers of the NFL, is being put on by the Charlotte Sports Federation.
Holgorsen’s program hits turning point
You can almost sense, as you watch West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen sit before the gathered Big 12 media contingent answering questions in the Omni Hotel in Arlington, Texas, that he senses his program has reached a turning point.
WVU’s Fleming signs contract with Yankees
Second baseman Billy Fleming of the West Virginia University baseball team has signed a professional contract with the New York Yankees, foregoing his upcoming senior season.
“Ever since I was a little kid, it’s been my dream to play professional baseball,” Fleming said. “It is still surreal that I get to chase my dream, but I am ready to get after it. I loved my three years at WVU and want to thank all the coaches that made it possible for me to achieve my dream.”
Trickett’s play key factor for Mountaineers’ success
In the end, it comes down to the quarterback.
Always has with Dana Holgorsen, always will.
Quarterback is the offense with the West Virginia University coach. When he does well, the team wins – almost always.
When he does poorly, the team doesn’t stand much of a chance.
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