Two East Fairmont High School graduates have been in the news recently. Track standout Tyler DeVault, running at Tennessee because WVU shut down its track program, placed third in the NCAA Midwest Regionals last week. That qualified him for the NCAA championship track and field meet to be held in Sacramento this weekend. ...

A total of 28 runners from colleges around the country qualified in the 1500-meter event (that’s about 11 yards short of a mile). Two qualifying heats will be run on Thursday and the top 12 runners will advance to the finals that will be shown on CBS at 5 p.m. Saturday. That 3:34 time translates to about a 4:02 mile. ...

Tennessee’s track program is rated No. 9 in the country and five Southeastern Conference teams are ranked in the Top 10. That’s a tough conference for track. ... Zack Sabatino of Charleston, who was also caught in the WVU shutdown of its track program, is also running at Tennessee. He qualified for the NCAA finals at Sacramento in the steeple-chase event. ...

East graduate David Carpenter will be keeping a close eye on the major league baseball draft this week with hopes of being drafted fairly high. The WVU catcher, who batted .319 this past season that ended with the Big East Tournament in Clearwater, Fla., has another year of eligibility with the Mountaineers, but reportedly will sign with a major league team if the price is right. Dave did a great job behind the plate and with the bat during the past season to boost his stock for the major league draft. ...

We liked what President Bush said to the Pittsburgh Steelers when the Super Bowl champs visited the White House last week, “They may have some interesting characters on the team, but one thing the Pittsburgh Steelers learned to do was play as a unit, and that’s why you’re standing right here,” Bush said. “About halfway through the season, some people were counting the Steelers out. They said you didn’t have a chance,” Bush deadpanned. “I kind of know the feeling.”

Pirates general manager David Littlefield said on Sunday that Freddy Sanchez would remain the team’s regular third baseman despite Joe Randa’s impending return to the active list. Randa is being paid $4 million or so and Sanchez is drawing around $450,000 but Sanchez has been among the top two or three batters in the league and Randa was hitting .206 when he was injured. ... “If Freddy’s going to hit ,350,” Littlefield said, “I think he should be playing third base.” Wonder why there was no comment from manager Jim Tracy. ...

Fairmont native Tony Morosco, who was recently inducted into the PGA Hall of Fame, recently had surgery on his knee and told me he’s been off the golf course for a few weeks. But he did coach the Notre Dame Academy in Hingham, Mass., not to far from Boston, to a Massachusetts state golf championship recently. One of the chapters in Marion County Sports History Part II is dedicated to Tony, who spends his summers in Massachusetts and his winters in Florida. ...

Remember Joe Beimel, a member of the Pirates pitching staff several years ago out of Duquesne University? He’s now with the Dodgers and suffered his first loss in relief Sunday after two wins (2-1).

E-mail John Veasey at jcveasey@timeswv.com.

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