The Times West Virginian

WVU Sports

May 1, 2014

FURFARI COLUMN: Jerry West’s sister passes away at 89

MORGANTOWN — The legendary Jerry West has lost his oldest sister.

Patricia Nole died peacefully on Tuesday night in a Charleston assisted-living nursing home. She would have been 90 in August.

Bill Nole, her son, said his mother had been in relatively good health until recently. He noted that Jerry West would arrive today from the West Coast.

Nole, a longtime West Virginia University athletics supporter and fan, was a participant in a Charleston sports talk show for at least 12 years.

Funeral services for Bill’s mother will be held on Friday.

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Stringing together some odds and ends which may interest you:

• If I had to make a prediction on how West Virginia’s football team will fare this fall, I’d have to guess that it’ll be fortunate to finish 6-6.

Naturally, as a WVU graduate, I hope I’m wrong – that the Mountaineers at least will end the 2014 campaign with a winning record.

But keep in mind that they were 4-8 last season – one of the worst marks in school football history.

Coach Dana Holgorsen’s team has won just six of its last 20 games. ...

• My most memorable coverage of a three-game baseball series at Hawley Field in Morgantown was in the postseason of 1955.

West Virginia, then coached by Hall of Famer Steve Harrick, battled Wake Forest in a three-game NCAA playoff for a trip to the College World Series at Omaha, Neb.

If memory serves, the Mountaineers split the first two games but barely lost the third by a run or two.

Wake Forest was so good that it went on to capture the national championship that year. It was the closest a WVU baseball team ever has come to reaching the so-called Big Dance. …

•  Bill Hawley, who comes back this weekend to witness the closing of the ballpark named in his late father’s memory, recalls that Roy M. “Legs” Hawley once owned the state’s basketball scoring record.

The legendary center tallied an absolutely amazing 66 points for Bluefield High School in a game against Williamson High way back there in 1921.

That record stood for many, many years until it was broken by a shooter who hit 100 points in a game. …

• Did you know that Rod Thorn had one of only four triple doubles in WVU’s basketball history?

The current NBA president of basketball operations turned that rare feat with 28 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists against St. Bonaventure.

It couldn’t have come in a more significant setting. The Mountaineers were beating the Bonnies 94-82 on Dec. 28, 1962, in the semifinals of the Holiday Festival at Madison Square Garden.

Thorn, a member of both state Halls of Fame, ranks fourth all-time with a career scoring average of 21.8 points per game.

Jerry West is No. 1 at 24.8 ppg, followed by Wil Robinson at 24.7 and Hot Rod Hundley third at 24.5. ...

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