Dana Holgorsen and his connection to the state of West Virginia

By: Autumn Collins

Whether you loved him or hated him, were happy or sad to see him go, it’s nearly impossible to deny the impact Dana Holgorsen had during his time at West Virginia.

Taking football out of the equation, the connection he had to the state offers a more in-depth and sincere look at the man behind the visor and Red Bull can.

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Six possible places Will Grier could end up

NCAA Football: Kansas at West Virginia
Oct 6, 2018; Morgantown, WV, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Will Grier (7) warms up prior to their game against the Kansas Jayhawks at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

By: Anthony Tate   

     Former WVU standout quarterback, Will Grier is one of the most sought over quarterbacks in the 2019 NFL Draft. After putting up stellar pro day numbers, Grier is expected to be a late second round steal but don’t be surprised if a team in the first round isn’t willing to let him hang around for that long. Here is a look at six teams that Grier possibly could end up calling his new home.Read More »

Legacy of WVU rifle

By Chandler Stumler

The legacy of 19 national titles for the WVU rifle team has a long history.  WVU Head coach Jon Hammond played a role of in building the  legacy at WVU in his younger days.

“There has been a lot of great moments,” Hammond said.

The legacy started with a score of 6,166. Moments were born in 1983 that would spur more moments in the years to come.

“I started as a kid back in Scotland,”said  Hammond. “I ended up coming over to the US on a scholarship to compete on the team here.”

Many championships were won for the Mountaineers. The number of championship is bordering on half of the 40 championships that have occurred. The Mountaineers join an elite business of the most titles won by a sport, finishing T-11 all time for most titles won by a single sport.

“Anytime you win a championship is awesome,” said Hammond.

The Mountaineers won the national title five straight years from 2013-2017. Of recent years, the Mountaineers have been runner-ups to Kentucky and TCU. Hammond stated that they want to work harder than all the other teams every time they practice. The culture of getting back to winning titles again starts with the culture the rifle team has.

“Creating a great environment for them to flourish,” said Hammond.

The Mountaineers will be without 2016 gold medalist Ginny Thrasher next season. Hammond will look to make it his seventh title next season as the WVU coach.

 

WVU baseball; a diamond in the rough

By: Matthew Beik

Screen Shot 2019-04-25 at 8.40.16 AM.pngOne of the latest home baseball teams drew little crowd to the stadium, except for a few die-hard supporters. Photo courtesy of All Pro Photography/David Sparks

 

For a lot of students who call West Virginia University home, there are many reasons why they love it as much as they do. Some come for the social scene, some come for the academic departments which are a step above many. But some students come for the sole reason of being at a school that has a large D1 presence in many different sports.

 

The main ones are obvious, like football or basketball. But there are also sports that are often overlooked when most students come here, and some don’t even learn about their existence until after they have gone to school at WVU for years. One of those sports is baseball, or as some call it, America’s pastime.Read More »

50 years of Mountaineer hockey

by Cassandra McPhail

What was life like in 1968? Gas cost 34 cents per gallon, the minimum wage was $1.60 an hour and movie tickets cost $1.50.  Mountaineer hockey was in year one. Their mark on college hockey was just beginning.

Today, 50 years later Mountaineer hockey still stands. There may be new facilities and new faces, but the integral part of the game is the same. Win as many games as they can and bring home a trophy to the Mountaineer fans.

Coach Shane Buckley is the new coach in town. He was an assistant coach during the 2018-19 season but now has taken over the reins and looks forward to next year’s season.

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WVU’s men’s soccer team hopes to continue their programs success this upcoming Fall.

By Te’a DiNapoli

West Virginia University’s Men soccer team has just finished their spring season. Finishing strong this Spring, Head coach Marlon Leblanc and Assistant coach Andy Wright are excited to see what the Fall season will bring.

In early February, coach Leblanc announced that nine student-athletes have committed to the team for the 2019 season. The roster will feature Joseph Biafora, Brian Bond, Kyle Lehnert , Ethan Malinoski, Dominic Miller, Samuel Morgan, Rodrigo Robles, Coen Wilson, and Connor Wilson. Leblanc says he is excited to see what they will bring to the program.    The group includes three forwards, three midfielders, two defenders and one goalkeeper.

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“They all have their own individual characteristics which is why we brought them here. But, um, i think from a coaching perspective we just want them to be themselves, be ready to do from a psychical standpoint, but mostly bring their own intangibles to the group and compliment the group.”

The Fall preseason starts August 12th and the team starts their expedition games a day later. Assistant coach Andy Wright is looking forward to keeping the teams success going this upcoming season.

“We are all thrilled with what we did last year. But we want that to be the norm, we want that to be expected year in and year out so we are hopeful and optimistic that this seasons going to be the same and even better than last year.”

The WVU men’s soccer teams first game  is at Mammoth on Friday, August 30th. For more information on the Mountaineers, follow @WVUMensSoccer on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.