The Times West Virginian


July 9, 2014

FURFARI COLUMN: San Diego Padres’ Gyorko remains on disabled list

MORGANTOWN — Stringing together some odds and ends that may interest you:

• Jedd Gyorko still is not active with the San Diego Padres. The former West Virginia University standout has been on the baseball’s disabled list for just over a month and hopes to return soon.

Gyorko was struggling with a .162 batting average before his injury.

In case you’re interested, the Padres entered play Tuesday at 40-49 and in third place and 10 games behind the leader in the National League West Division. …

• Bob Hileman tells me that the Bruceton High School gymnasium building is finally being torn down. It was built in the 1930s and had been the site of countless athletic memories in basketball and other sports before consolidation of Preston County schools.

In that connection, John Spiker and wife Sabra are natives of that Bruceton Mills community.

The well-known Morgantown couple has been here since 1975. Mr. Spiker remains an administrative coordinator in athletic matters at WVU and formerly spent full time with the football program until last year.

He’s also president of Morgantown Health Works. …

• The recent renewal of amateur boxing in the local area rang a bell in this writer’s memory bank.

Many, many years ago, the late John Zan promoted boxing shows weekly at what’s now called Sunset Beach.

Some of West Virginia’s finest boxers were featured. Richard “Dick” Capelli, who now lives in Morgantown, was a lightweight amateur who grew up in Pt. Marion, Pennsylvania.

It was fun covering fight cards at Sunset Beach outdoors in those early years. …

• Being invited to the prestigious LeBron James Skills Academy was tall tribute to WVU basketball star Juwan Staten.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound guard is spending most of this week at that camp in Las Vegas. He’s one of just 30 top collegiate standouts from around the country selected for this competition.

Eighty top high school stars are there also.

Staten, who’s a senior, will have four days of developing competitive skills during workouts and in 5-on-5 team games.

“I’m pleased and thankful to have this opportunity to represent West Virginia University,” he said. “I hope to improve my skills to help me for my senior season.”

Staten is hopeful this will enable him to perform even better as a Mountaineer this year and at the next level he aims to reach (the NBA).

As a junior, Staten was the Big 12 Conference top scorer in 2013-14 with an average of 18.1 points per game. He also was named to the all-conference first team and its all-defensive team. …

• John Brautigan of Morgantown is assistant golf pro at the famous Oakmont and Seminole Golf Course in the Pittsburgh area.

He is a 2005 graduate of Morgantown High School. John is the son of Jack and Carol Brautigan, who remain local residents.

John, who’s now 28, has golf associate pro experience in Chicago as well as Florida-area courses.

Father Jack served athletic trainer stints at both WVU and Virginia Tech. He’s now vice president of the Health Works here. …

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  • Mountaineers open practice with different feel

    West Virginia football coach Dana Holgorsen was happy with his team’s first practice of the 2014 season.

    July 31, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN: Social media adds another thing to watch for coaches

    As someone who has gotten himself in enough hot water with a misplaced Tweet, when West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett hit the send button on July 17 sending out to the cyberworld that should have remained there with him on the couch on which he was sitting, I could feel his pain.

    July 31, 2014

  • FURFARI COLUMN: Bobby Bowden won the bad-and-good battle with rival Lou Holtz

    The recent announcement that West Virginia University is resuming a football relationship with North Carolina State triggered a most memorable bad-news, good-news battle.

    July 31, 2014

  • Post 17 stays alive in American Legion state tournament

    After a rather sloppy Area tournament, Post 17 Fairmont managed to turn things around Thursday afternoon at Hawley Filed in Morgantown, staying alive with a 4-2 win over Elkins in the American Legion state baseball tournament.

    July 31, 2014

  • WVU men’s basketball non-conference schedule announced

    West Virginia University Director of Athletics Oliver Luck has announced the 2014-15 men’s basketball non-conference schedule.

    July 31, 2014

  • Post 17 #18-Post 1 #2  run copy.jpg Wheeling holds off Post 17 rally in state tournament opener: PHOTOS

    Wheeling Post 1 pitcher Mo Felt nearly went the distance in a 7-6 victory over Fairmont Post 17 on Tuesday afternoon at the West Virginia American Legion Baseball State Tournament at Hawley Field.
    Felt struck out seven in 8.1 innings of work in the team’s first-round victory over Fairmont.

    July 31, 2014 9 Photos

  • HERTZEL COLUMN: Must WVU defense carry offense in ’14?

    The other day the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ran a story under the following headline:
    “In a year of change, must the Steelers’ offense carry the defense this year?”
    Reading that turned on a light.

    July 31, 2014

  • WVU takes first step today

    Perhaps the most used — and least factual — cliché in sports is as follows:
    “There’s no tomorrow.”
    Around these parts, however, tomorrow is what they are clinging to, while putting a new twist on the cliché, turning it to, “There’s no yesterday.”

    July 31, 2014

  • Pirates’ gaffe on bases proves costly

    Clint Hurdle says he and a pal often marvel over how there’s always something new to see at a baseball game.
    Too bad for Hurdle, what we watched Wednesday wrecked the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 7-5 loss.
    A timely, heads-up glance by reliever Jean Machi helped San Francisco take advantage of a gaffe on the bases by Pittsburgh, and the Giants tagged out of two runners who wandered away on the same play grab momentum and end a six-game losing streak.

    July 31, 2014

  • Speedy Shazier making quick impression

    Ryan Shazier grew up the football equivalent of a Rorschach test.
    Some coaches looked at Shazier’s 6-foot-1 frame with plenty of room to grow and saw a defensive end. Others focused on his blazing speed and saw a safety.
    Not Shazier.

    July 31, 2014

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