The university that captured our beloved Rich Rodriguez and John Beilein. A team that is the same colors as the West Virginia Mountaineers (blue and gold).
But a team that isn’t very well liked in our neck of the woods.
One thing the Wolverines did well other than steal our coaches? Create the linebacker position.
The linebacker position was originally founded by Fielding Yost of the University of Michigan. He expanded the defensive front, collapsing three defensive ends behind the exterior of the defensive line, calling it a linebacker.
Linebackers generally align themselves before the ball is snapped by standing upright in a “two-point stance” as opposed to the defensive linemen, who put one or two hands on the ground for a “three-point stance” or “four-point stance” before the ball is snapped.
The goal of the linebacker is to provide either extra run protection or extra pass protection based on the particular defensive play being run.
But for Fairmont Senior’s Luke Hrapchak, playing linebacker is a position where he can put the fear of God in his opponents.
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Polar Bear tennis sweeps East: PHOTOS
Wednesday at Fairmont State University, the Polar Bears returned the favor with a 5-2 win over their cross-town rival.
Alissa Link won No. 1 singles, 8-4. Morgan Hoke won No. 3 singles, 9-7. And Avery Towns won No. 4 singles, 8-5, for the Polar Bears.
Hillberry commits to Wesleyan
Last year Emma Harrison and Kaitlyn Conaway teamed up with Alexis Hillberry to win several relay medals at the state track meet.
Though the two West Virginia Wesleyan runners are now in college, they helped to pass the baton to Hillberry Wednesday when she signed her National Letter of Intent to join her former teammates on the Bobcats’ track team.
North, East softball earn blowout wins
The North Marion softball team was at it again Wednesday night.
Mattie Polling tripled and singled, starting pitcher Chelsi Latocha doubled and gave up just one hit as the Huskies rolled to another 3-inning mercy-rule victory over Lewis County, 18-1.
Cousins Sansalone, Craig lead Polar Bears past B-U: PHOTOS
They say you don’t mess with family. Buckhannon-Upshur found that one out the hard way.
Mascaro signs with FSU
After considering several out-of-state colleges, the Fairmont Senior soccer standout signed her National Letter of Intent Tuesday to continue her career at Fairmont State University, an upstart program which will play its first games in 2015.
Slow start spoils Bees’ upset bid: PHOTOS
Fresh off a fairly successful trip to Myrtle Beach, the East Fairmont baseball team was looking to gain some respect in its own state by toppling No. 4 Bridgeport on the road. Instead, the Bees came home with an 8-3 loss after a slow start spoiled their upset bid.
Brooks’ one-hitter powers Huskies past Cougars
North Marion’s Skyler Brooks threw a one-hitter, Travis Smith hit a 3-run home run and the Huskies downed Lincoln, 13-1, Monday night.
Latocha dominant in circle for North
It’s common knowledge that you don’t talk about a no-hitter while it’s in progress or you might jynx the pitcher.
Pitching pushes North past Monarchs in game two of doubleheader: PHOTOS
North Marion coach Vic Seccuro wanted to send a message to his team, telling them to focus, bear down and grit out a victory.
After falling 13-8 to Braxton County in game one of a Saturday doubleheader, the Huskies bounced back to beat John Marshall, 4-2, Saturday at North Marion High School.
Bees split with Oak Glen on Senior Day: PHOTOS
Twice on Saturday the East Fairmont softball team found itself leading Oak Glen 3-1 in the seventh inning.
The situation was the same in both games of the doubleheader. The way the Bees’ handled it, though, was quiet different.
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