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June 18, 2013

Local lineman commits to WVU

MORGANTOWN — Morgantown High offensive lineman Amanii Brown has committed to West Virginia’s 2014 recruiting class.

Brown grew up in Clarksburg before moving to Morgantown during his sophomore year of high school.

He is the third player to commit to the Mountaineers’ 2014 class, joining quarterback William Crest of Dunbar High (Md.) and receiver Ricky Rogers of Gateway High in Pittsburgh.

Brown stands 6-5 and weighs 264.

WVU was at the top of his wish list.

“Ever since I could watch sports, I have always wanted to be a Mountaineer,” he told a local media outlet.

A day earlier, a Morgantown teammate also committed to WVU, not in 2014 but as the first player in the Class of 2015.

Stone Wolfley, son of former WVU offensive lineman Dale Wolfley, who now serves as coordinator of player relations for the Mountaineers, and nephew of former fullback Ron Wolfley, gave the team a verbal commitment.

He’s a tight end/defensive end who will play his junior year at MHS at about 238 but may grow a good bit larger.

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West Virginia is in the market for a new women’s tennis coach.

Tina Samara, who spent three seasons at the school and ushered it into a new era of tennis in the Big 12, has resigned to become head coach at Wisconsin.

In an open letter to friends and family, she called it “an opportunity that I truly could not pass up because of the special place that Wisconsin holds in my heart.”

“As a student-athlete at the University of Georgia, I won three national titles, with two being won at Nielsen Tennis Center in Madison, Wis.,” she said. “Those are memories that I have forever held near and dear to my heart, and memories that drew me toward Wisconsin.

“To coach for the Badgers’ program, which is a program that has continually been ranked in the ITA Top 75, has sent nearly 20 individuals to the NCAA Championship, boasts nine All-America honors from six different players and is home to one of the premier tennis facilities in the country is an opportunity that would not have presented itself had it not been for my time spent in Morgantown.”

The Mountaineers finished 8-14 in her first year, then 4-16 and 4-17 the past two spring seasons.

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