The Times West Virginian

Sports

August 22, 2013

FURFARI COLUMN- Was Loring last local QB at WVU?

MORGANTOWN — It’s probably pleasing, if not also exciting, that Morgantown native Clint Trickett is on West Virginia University’s 2013 football team.

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound transfer from Florida State may succeed record-setting Geno Smith as the school’s starting quarterback this season.

He’s battling junior Paul Millard and redshirt freshman Ford Childress for the job.

Trickett, who joined the team in May, has a degree from FSU, but is eligible for two more years of football competition.

Trickett attended Morgantown High as a freshman. His arrival as a recruited quarterback on scholarship raised a trivia question. That is, who was the last home-grown QB from either MHS or University High to be a starter for West Virginia?

Well, I’ve done some researching in the matter, and available listings indicate that the answer is Richard “Dick” Loring, a UHS graduate way back there in the late 1940s.

He’s listed in the WVU football media guide as having lettered as a local quarterback. He earned letters in 1949-50.

While born in Morgantown, Loring moved with his family to suburban Cassville at age 3, graduated from University High where he started as a QB, then moved to Westover after getting married.

Then he was signed to become a Mountaineer in 1947. That was Bill Kerr’s last year as head coach.

Loring, now 83 and living in New Jersey, spent 36 years as a football coach and history teacher at Moorestown (N.J.) High School. Six of those years were as the head coach.

Loring has been retired from coaching since 1983.

Before settling in New Jersey, he served one year as head football coach and teacher at Bridgeport High School. He succeeded John Murphy, a former Mountaineer halfback who left to join the FBI staff.

Loring, who retired as a teacher in 1991, graduated from WVU in 1953. He earned letters in 1949-50 after playing three years in varsity action — one for Dudley DeGroat and two for Art “Pappy” Lewis.

“I’ve traveled a great deal since I retired, and I still play golf twice a week,” Loring said. “But I find it harder to keep my score in the 80s like I used to do.”

Dick and wife Velma, who were high school sweethearts, had been married 39 years when she died in 1990.

They had three children: Cindy May, 56, Cathy Manning, 53, and Richard Jr., 44.

“We had two undefeated seasons at UHS, and Homer Fizer was the head coach,” Loring remembered. “We didn’t lose a game in my junior and senior years (1946-47).”

Loring, who lettered as a Mountaineer in 1949-50, broke his leg as a junior, and did not earn a letter as a senior in 1951. He explained, “I broke my leg in the third game of my junior season against George Washington there.”

And that ended Dick Loring’s career as starting quarterback.

“I’m pretty sure that I was the last quarterback from Morgantown or University High to letter at WVU,” Loring commented.

“That’s certainly a long time ago, more than 60 years. I may be the school’s oldest living quarterback.”

Why did he settle in New Jersey? Loring replied, “Economics! I got a heck of a lot more money.”

One of his biggest thrills was being recognized at the recent induction of one of his former high school protégés being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Tori Postlewait front.jpg East’s Postlewait, North’s Latocha toss no-hitters

    Tori Postlewait made a deal with her great-uncle, Kenny Carpenter, before her freshman season.
    If the Bees’ pitcher tossed a no-hitter, Carpenter promised to give her $20.
    Well, it took four years, but it’s finally time for Postlewait’s great-uncle to pay up.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • East tennis splits with Polar Bears

    Fairmont Senior and East Fairmont split a pair of tennis matches Thursday, with Fairmont Senior winning the boys’ match and East Fairmont taking the girls’ competition.
    In the Bees’ 6-1 girls’ victory, Cara Laswell took second singles, 8-2. Erica Gorman won third singles, 8-1. And Carrington Reese won fourth singles, 8-3.

    April 18, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN: Under pressure, NCAA decides to change rules

    At first glance, it appears that they do not go hand-in-hand, a pair of rules changes the NCAA’s Legislative Council approved this week, sending them off for what seems to be smooth sailing toward becoming rules.

    April 18, 2014

  • McCutchen, Alvarez lead Pirates over Brewers

    Andrew McCutchen hit his first homer of the season and drove in three runs, Pedro Alvarez had a three-run shot and pinch-hitter Josh Harrison broke a tie with a long ball in the seventh inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates handed the Milwaukee Brewers their first road loss, 11-2 on Thursday night.

    April 18, 2014

  • Means, WVU baseball shut out Oklahoma

    Junior left-hander John Means of the WVU baseball team threw eight shutout innings and the Mountaineers had a five-run first inning en route to a 7-0 victory over Oklahoma on Thursday evening at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
    The Mountaineers (18-15, 3-6 Big 12) broke a six-game Big 12 losing streak after being swept by TCU and Oklahoma State in back-to-back weekends. WVU had 16 hits and did not make an error for the second-straight game.

    April 18, 2014

  • FURFARI COLUMN: Dr. Graber disagrees with Gee’s stance on Turnbull firing

    Dr. Stephen Graber, an associate professor at the West Virginia University School of Medicine, is among the latest WVU teachers to deplore Oliver Luck’s firing of veteran wrestling coach Craig Turnbull.
    He raised some significant questions about that issue last Monday in a meeting of the WVU Faculty Senate.

    April 18, 2014

  • University hands Huskies first loss; East edges Elkins

    The mercy rule has been a familiar part of North Marion’s softball season.
    Through the first seven games, the Huskies regularly pounded their opponents with stingy defense, sharp pitching and timely hitting. Rarely did a game go all seven innings for the previously undefeated team.

    April 17, 2014

  • Huggins signs junior college guard

    Coach Bob Huggins completed his 2014-15 West Virginia University recruiting class on Wednesday and deemed it a success after receiving a signed letter of intent from junior college guard Tarik Phillip.
    Phillip joins Jevon Carter of Maywood, Ill., and Daxter Miles of Baltimore’s Dunbar High and out of Notre Dame Prep in Massachusetts in the 2014-15 recruiting class.

    April 17, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU gymnast hopes to stick her final landing

    The reaction, one suspects, was the same as most people who see either a picture of West Virginia University gymnast Hope Sloanhoffer or meet her for the first time in person — a quick double take, maybe even stumbling over the first few words of an introduction.

    April 17, 2014

  • Pirates shut out by Reds’ Cueto, 4-0

    Johnny Cueto was on his game, and the only thing that the Pirates could do was watch.
    Cueto pitched his third career shutout against the team that beat him in the NL wild card game, and Joey Votto hit a two-run homer that led the Cincinnati Reds over the Pirates 4-0 Wednesday for their first winning series this season.

    April 17, 2014

Featured Ads
NDN Sports
House Ads
NCAA Breaking News
NCAA Photos