So are all of the expected West Virginia University football recruits.
The same cannot be said for basketball.
On Tuesday, freshman Darrien Howard, a beast of a linebacker at 6-2 and 250 pounds out of Dayton, Ohio’s, Chaminade-Julienne High, showed up in the student directory, which would indicate he had obtained clearance to enroll in school.
Howard was the last football recruit expected to enroll, meaning coach Dana Holgorsen landed every one of the members of this year’s recruiting class.
Howard is expected to leave his Dayton home Thursday.
“It’s a big relief. It feels so good to get this over with. The weight was really killing me. Now I actually get a chance to go down there, and it’s a great feeling,” he told WVSports.com
Basketball coach Bob Huggins, however, has two recruits who are not included in the student directory.
It doesn’t mean they won’t be by Friday, which is the final day they can enroll, so they still may be awaiting clearance.
But as of Wednesday afternoon, neither Elijah Macon nor Jonathan Holton was listed as part of the student body.
Macon is becoming basketball’s Tevita Finau, a football player who three times was supposed to enroll at WVU and never did, winding up eventually at Utah and then as a teammate of Geno Smith on the New York Jets.
Macon, a 6-4, 250-pound forward, was originally in Huggins’ 2012 recruiting class but did not qualify, forcing him back to prep school.
At the time he said he would honor the commitment this year and did, but has not yet enrolled.
Holton is the former Rhode Island star who was arrested for posting sex tapes online and then arrested again on a charge of stealing a laptop.
According to the Providence Journal, Holton pleaded no contest to one count of video voyeurism and the robbery charge was thrown out. He was placed on two years probation.
A talented player, Holton led Rhode Island in rebounding as a freshman.
West Virginia University women’s soccer forward Frances Silva has been named one of 30 candidates for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award.
The award recognizes student-athletes that have excelled in four areas - classroom, character, community and competition.
“When you have an athlete represent our university and our women’s soccer program with an award that recognizes excellence in the classroom and on the field, the only thing that comes to mind is how proud I am,” said coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “It is a huge reflection of Frances’ character, excelling both in the classroom and on the playing field. All her hard work has paid off, and it is a tremendous award for her to be nominated for.”
Silva graduated in three years with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism, while maintaining a 3.97 cumulative grade-point average. In 2013, she received the Jerry P. Wilkins Scholarship and was the Dr. Gerald Lage Award winner, the highest academic honor given by the Big 12 Conference. Silva is currently a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in sport management.
In the community, Silva has been involved in numerous youth camps and clinics to help teach the game of soccer. She also has been active, along with her teammates, in raising money to fund research for a cure for breast cancer. The women’s soccer program has raised more than $100,000 for the cause.
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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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So you wake up on a Monday morning and it’s cold outside; a couple of inches of snow have fallen. That’s bad enough, but then as you roll out of bed and put your feet on the cold floor, you realize you head is aching and your back hurts and you’ve got the sniffles and then …
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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