Times West Virginian
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.
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.
Eight West Virginia University student-athletes earned a spot on the 2013 Academic All-Big 12 At-Large Team, the conference office announced Monday.
The squad recognizes the academic accomplishments of student-athletes at conference institutions that participate in sports outside Big 12 competition. Six shooters from the WVU National Champion rifle team and two men’s soccer players were named to the first team.
Graduate Petra Zublasing, rising seniors Chance Cover and Daniel Sojka, and rising juniors Meelis Kiisk, Thomas Kyanko and Maren Prediger were recognized from the rifle team, while rising senior Craig Stephens and rising junior Andy Bevin represented the men’s soccer team.
Of the WVU student-athletes honored, Zublasing, Prediger and Bevin registered a grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 in the spring semester.
A combined 25 student-athletes from the WVU rifle and men’s soccer teams earned a 3.0 GPA or higher in the spring semester; all six shooters from the rifle team were placed on the Academic All-Big 12 At-Large Team.
The 19 men’s soccer student-athletes include: Kevin Armstrong, Haydon Bennett, Bevin, Ivo Cabral, Ryan Cain, Zack Claudio, Patrick Eavenson, Paul Ehrenworth, Francio Henry, Lee Johnston, Zak Leedom, Griffin Libhart, Jamie Merriam, Majed Osman, Nick Raskasky, Christopher Spates, Stephens, Kyle Underwood and Jay Williams. Bennett and Johnson each registered a 4.0 GPA in the spring semester.