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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The National Academy of Inventors is recognizing a West Virginia University professor for his academic work.
Greg Thompson is an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering. He is the recipient of multiple awards and holds nine patents that have been licensed to three companies.
Thompson’s work has involved emissions as well as a patent for a rotary engine.
“Our initial research provided a building block for commercial systems to measure emissions from mobile systems and ultimately led to the systems utilized to discover the high emitting Volkswagen diesel vehicles,” he said.
Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors hold more than 41,500 patents which have generated more than 11,000 licensed technologies and created more than six million jobs.
Thompson will be formally inducted in April.
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WHEELING, W.Va. — Top seed Martinsburg won its fourth consecutive Class AAA title Saturday, defeating No. 2 Cabell Midland, 49-21. The Bulldogs have now won 56 straight games and eight of the last 10 state championships.
(Photos by William Wotring)
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Take a look at the ‘Top Plays’ from the 2019 season in Class A football.
WHEELING, W.Va. — Greg Carey and Joe Brocato provide instant analysis of Martinsburg’s 49-21 win over Cabell Midland in the Class AAA championship.
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WHEELING, W.Va. — Highlights from Martinsburg’s 49-21 win over Cabell Midland in the Class AAA state championship game.
(Highlights produced by Pikewood Sports)
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In a game marked by the familiar physicality of Big East basketball, everything came down to the flimsiest of calls in West Virginia’s 70-68 loss to St. John’s at Madison Square Garden.
West Virginia’s Derek Culver was called for a foul with 5 seconds left, allowing the Red Storm’s Rasheed Dunn to head to the line for a pair of free throws that provided the winning margin.
St. John’s finished the game 22 of 27 (81 percent) from the free-throw line. The Red Storm came in shooting just 65 percent from the charity stripe.
Dunn was already slipping on MSG’s slick floor — the world’s most famous arena is also shared by the NHL’s New York Rangers — when Culver hit Dunn’s face with the back of his hand.
While the contact was undeniable, whether or not it was a foul was certainly open to interpretation. West Virginia coach Bob Huggins felt it was a case of the aggressor earning the spoils.
“They took the ball to the basket and got a call,” Huggins said. “They were given a call. Let’s take the ball to the basket and make them make a call for us.”
That was the directive Huggins gave freshman guard Miles McBride in the huddle following Dunn’s free throws, but McBride pulled up for a contested jumper that was off the mark as the buzzer sounded. McBride finished 1-for-10 from the field.
“The first and last thing I said in the huddle was ‘We have to get to the rim,'” Huggins said.
The Mountaineers never got close to the rim. A wide-open Emmitt Matthews was crashing in for a potential putback on the play, but McBride released his long jump shot too late for a second-chance opportunity.
“He came down and took a shot he didn’t need to take,” Huggins said. “Maybe I shouldn’t have put a freshman there. But he was, I thought, our best option to be able to execute that. We wanted to attack the rim. The last time we won here, it was the same thing, only when I told Joe Mazzulla to attack the rim, he attacked the rim.”
The Mountaineers (7-1) lost for the first time despite holding St. John’s (8-2) without a field goal for the final 4:28.
“Our execution sucked,” Huggins said. “Defensively, we were really bad. Offensively, we were worse.”
The issue was that West Virginia found itself in a hole for the majority of the second half before finally closing the gap with a 9-0 run to tie the game at 68, capping the rally off with Sean McNeil’s three-pointer with 1:13 to play. McNeil came off the bench to give the Mountaineers a team-high 13 points.
McNeil’s defensive rebound on the following St. John’s possession gave West Virginia a chance to take the lead in the final minute.
But guard Taz Sherman, who had drained a three in the rally, was thrown off when St. John’s forward LJ Figueroa leaped at him all the way from the paint as he pulled up for a potential go-ahead three. Sherman instead drove and pulled up for a 12-foot jumper that was off the mark. Culver grabbed the offensive board, but was stripped by Dunn after leaving the ball unprotected down by his waist.
After the steal, St. John’s coach Mike Anderson used his final timeout with 16.5 seconds left to set up his team’s final possession.
Turnovers were the primary problem for the Mountaineers throughout the entire game. The Red Storm’s unrelenting press forced West Virginia into a season-high 22 turnovers, and St. John’s turned those mistakes into 22 points.
“We’ve got a lot of young guys and we’re coming off handling some success, and we didn’t handle it very well,” Huggins said. “Mike’s a really good coach. He’s going to have his guys ready to play and prepared. We just didn’t do a very good job.”
The game, part of the inaugural Big 12-Big East Battle, was an authentic throwback to West Virginia’s many years in the Big East. The teams combined for 42 fouls, and it is possible that about half that many left on the floor uncalled.
By the numbers
Derek Culver had an unusual stat line, finishing with 12 points, 18 rebounds and five turnovers before fouling out… West Virginia shot 35.3 percent from the field in the second half… The Mountaineers won the very active rebounding battle 49-47… Starting point guard Jordan McCabe played only 12 minutes. He had four assists and no points… St. John’s was 2 of 17 from three-point range… Figueora led all scorers with 17 points… West Virginia is now 36-53 all-time at Madison Square Garden, with the most recent win coming against North Carolina State in 2014.
West Virginia hosts Austin Peay of the Ohio Valley Conference at WVU Coliseum on Thursday night.
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WHEELING, W.Va. — Over the last decade, Martinsburg has established itself as the premier high school football program in West Virginia.
In the last few minutes of the second quarter during Saturday’s Class AAA final against Cabell Midland, the Bulldogs showed exactly why.
No. 1 Martinsburg scored 35 unanswered points in the final 3:16 of the first half to break a 14-all tie and cruise to a 49-21 win over the Knights at Wheeling Island Stadium.
“We noticed we had them athlete for athlete so we started throwing the ball,” Martinsburg senior quarterback Elijah Banks said. “I just delivered the ball to the athletes.”
The win extends Martinsburg’s state-record win streak to 56 games and gives the Bulldogs a fourth consecutive Class AAA crown and eighth in 10 years.
“I’m really happy for our seniors, school and community,” MHS head coach David Walker said. “These kids put in a lot of work and really care about each other. I know everybody says that and everybody’s kids do because they spend a lot of time together. But these guys are really talented, they worked hard and it paid off for them.”
The Bulldogs (14-0) took the lead for good at 21-14 on Kevon Warren’s 8-yard TD run with 3:16 to play in the opening half.
After forcing a three-and-out, Martinsburg capitalized on good field position and doubled its lead when Banks connected with Malakai Brown for a 33-yard touchdown pass.
“The play-calling from coach (Britt) Sherman was amazing,” Banks said. “He put me in situations to where I had to make the right decision.”
The Knights (13-1) lost a fumble on the first play of their ensuing sequence, allowing the Bulldogs to score another TD with 1:05 remaining when Banks found Jarod Bowie on a 25-yard pass.
Cabell Midland lost a fumble on its next two kickoff returns, enabling the Bulldogs to score twice more in the opening half — first on Banks’ 25-yard pass to Teddy Marshall and again on Banks’ 20-yard pass to Bowie.
“It’s tough. You can’t do that against anybody, especially against a good football team,” Cabell Midland head coach Luke Salmons said. “We didn’t execute there. We’re going to kick ourselves over some of that stuff, but I’m proud of the kids’ effort.”
Banks threw for 180 of his 187 yards in the first half and five touchdowns, while Bowie had all 73 of his receiving yards and three TDs over the first two quarters.
“We were able to get some guys out in space and Elijah threw the ball really well,” Walker said. “Our guys made some plays. It’s a great combination to have. I know we’d go as Elijah went and he played well.”
Bowie’s 77-yard return on the opening kickoff set up Naieem Kearney’s 9-yard touchdown run 20 seconds into the contest for a 7-0 MHS lead.
Cabell Midland then mistakenly let the Bulldogs’ first kickoff fall into the field of play, and it was recovered by Martinsburg’s Anthony Smith at the Knights’ 14.
“It’s a third of the game,” Walker said of special teams. “We spend a good bit of time on it.”
Banks found Bowie to cover the 14 yards and give Martinsburg a 14-0 lead a mere 26 seconds into the contest.
Cabell Midland settled in nicely over the next 20 minutes of action.
The Knights got a 2-yard TD run from J.J. Roberts to finish off a 32-yard drive and cut their deficit in half with 3 seconds remaining in the opening quarter.
Cabell Midland followed with a 92-yard drive on its next sequence and got even at 14 when Roberts scored on a run on fourth-and-goal from the 1 with 4:45 to play in the half.
But it was all Bulldogs for the remainder of the opening half and by the time the Knights received the second half kickoff, they faced a five-touchdown deficit.
“I was telling the team we had to step the tempo up and we had to turn it up on them,” Banks said. “We had the tempo and we kept going from there.”
Roberts’ 36-yard touchdown run with 2:19 to play marked the lone score of the second half.
Roberts rushed for all three of his team’s scores and 106 yards in the loss, while teammate Jakob Caudill led the Knights with 164 rushing yards.
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A plan to put 15 families into 15 homes for the holidays is taking shape in Morgantown.
According to Monongalia County Commission President Tom Bloom, interviews of potential families are moving forward.
“We put our first two households into apartments, we have two more signing leases today, and we have six more households that are in the process,” Bloom said.
Bloom credited the work of Rachel Coen and the West Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness for the effort, adding the entire community has come together to make this happen.
“It’s been a really great event,” Bloom said. “I want the community to know it can work. It’s a big change for these individuals (and) a big change for the community, and if you work together to come up with legitimate solutions and not academic reasoning, I really believe this can work and it is succeeding.”
Bloom said they have learned valuable lessons from landlords, service providers and others that will be important in the future.
The families selected as part of the program will have a year of counseling and life-coaching designed at helping them be independent.
Bloom noted the program will continue as long as results are satisfactory.
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West Virginia returns to one of its most frequent road haunts with a trip to Madison Square Garden, where the Mountaineers face host St. John’s at noon Saturday in the Big East-Big 12 Challenge.
“I think they’re excited about it,” said West Virginia coach Bob Huggins. “I don’t know if it’s what it once was, but still, it’s the place. Like the old song, if you make it there, you can make it anywhere.”
West Virginia’s history at MSG predates the current version of the venue, which was built in 1968. WVU has played 88 games at Madison Square Garden and its predecessor since its first trip in 1942, when it won the NIT.
The Mountaineers have 36 wins at MSG. The only place they have won more games outside of West Virginia is the old Richmond Arena, where they went 37-5 in dominating the Southern Conference from 1955-69.
All that history is of little import to this year’s Mountaineers, who are seeking the program’s first 8-0 start since 2009-10.
The Red Storm (7-2) are in their first year under former Arkansas and Missouri coach Mike Anderson. A disciple of former Razorbacks head coach Nolan Richardson, Anderson’s teams take Huggins’ old “Press Virginia” concept up several notches.
“They play the way Mike’s always played,” Huggins said. “They’re going to press multiple ways. Diamond. Box-press. Man-to-man. They’ll run and jump us. Things Mike has done for a long time.”
St. John’s does not dally with the basketball. With an average possession length of 14.2 seconds, the Red Storm play at the sixth-quickest pace in the country.
“They want to lead the country in possessions,” Huggins said. “Their thinking is they can outscore people with more possessions.”
Fortunately for West Virginia, Huggins has not been shy about getting his whole bench involved this season. In theory, the Mountaineers should have the legs to keep pace.
Memorable Mountaineer moments at MSG
West Virginia 47, Western Kentucky 45 — March 25, 1942
West Virginia was the last team in the eight-team NIT field, but made the most of it.
After upsetting Long Island and Toledo in the first two games, the Mountaineers downed the Hilltoppers for their first tournament title.
In front of a sellout crowd of 18,251, Roger Hicks sank two free throws with 20 seconds left to put West Virginia in front. Tournament MVP Rudy Baric led the Mountaineers with 17 points, and Dick Kesling added 14. West Virginia rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit, which was no small feat in the era predating the shot clock.
NYU 72, West Virginia 70 (OT) — Feb. 12, 1959
It was a previous incarnation of the Garden, but this was still a pretty big game. The Violets snapped the No. 9 Mountaineers 11-game winning streak in overtime after neither team could score in the final 3:30 of regulation.
Cal Ramsey had 30 points and 15 rebounds for NYU, including the last bucket of regulation. Bob Smith scored 29 for WVU, and the New York Times correctly observed that Jerry West was “limited” to 20 points.
The Mountaineers bounced back just fine, eventually reaching the national championship game.
Tulsa 89, West Virginia 87 — March 23, 1981
West Virginia’s deepest postseason run since the 1959 Final Four came to an end in the NIT semifinals.
Tulsa’s Paul Pressey had 20 points, nine assists and an NIT-record seven steals to help erase a seven-point WVU lead in the second half.
Guard Diego McCoy led the Mountaineers with 30 points on 12 of 15 shooting, but West Virginia could not overcome 29 turnovers against the pressing defense of then-unknown first-year Tulsa coach Nolan Richardson.
A key contributor to the win for the Golden Hurricane? Mike Anderson, who had 17 points and seven assists. Anderson is now coaching St. John’s with Pressey as his top assistant.
Tulsa went on to beat Syracuse in the NIT title game, while WVU lost to Purdue in the third-place game.
Louisville 82, West Virginia 71 (2 OT) — March 8, 2007
Why the long gap? From 1962-2004, West Virginia went a ghastly 1-20 at Madison Square Garden. That fortune began to change in the latter half of the 2000s.
With a win over the 12th-ranked Cardinals in the Big East tournament quarterfinals, the Mountaineers likely would have punched their ticket to the NCAA tournament.
West Virginia charged all the way back from a 17-point second half deficit with an 18-0 run and stood on the verge of the upset before Edgar Sosa drove coast-to-coast for a buzzer-beating layup to send the game to overtime.
Louisville put the game away at the free-throw line in the second overtime, and WVU was left on the wrong side of the bubble.
West Virginia 63, Mississippi State 62 — March 27, 2007
It didn’t take long for the Mountaineers to earn their redemption at MSG.
West Virginia erased a 14-point deficit, and Darris Nichols drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the Mountaineers to the NIT championship game. Nichols scored 17 points to lead WVU past the Bulldogs.
West Virginia 78, Clemson 73 — March 29, 2007
Frank Young scored 24 points to lead West Virginia to its first NIT title since 1942, earning tournament Most Outstanding Player recognition in the process.
Da’Sean Butler added 20 points off the bench. West Virginia sizzled from three-point range, hitting 12 of 20 three-pointers in John Beilein’s final game as the Mountaineers’ coach.
The postgame celebration was notable for another reason — the word “Virginia” was misspelled on West Virginia’s championship t-shirts.
West Virginia 74, Pitt 60 — March 12, 2009
The Panthers were ranked second in the country when the Mountaineers made them eat it on the big stage in the Big East quarterfinals.
Devin Ebanks scored a career-high 20 points and Alex Ruoff chipped in 18 to set the pace. Bob Huggins’ fingerprints were all over the dominant defensive showing. WVU was the first team all season to hold Pitt without a three-pointer.
WVU’s Big East run ended the next night when Syracuse — fresh off of its epic six-overtime win over UConn — defeated the Mountaineers 74-69 in a mere one overtime. A 50-foot Eric Devendorf shot before the halftime buzzer ended up being significant for the Orange in that win.
West Virginia 54, Cincinnati 51 — March 11, 2010
Da’Sean Butler banked in a three at the buzzer to lift WVU over Huggins’ old team in the Big East quarterfinals.
Future NBA irritant Lance Stephenson tied the game on a three of his own with 42 seconds left. WVU committed a shot-clock violation on the following possession, but Butler hounded Cincy’s Dion Dixon into dribbling out of bounds with 3.2 seconds left to set up his own heroics on a Devin Ebanks inbounds pass.
West Virginia 53, Notre Dame 51 — March 12, 2010
Tory Jackson’s last-second three was off the mark, enabling West Virginia to advance its second-ever Big East championship game.
Butler was once again at the top of his game, scoring a game-high 24 points.
Ironically, it was the second time Ben Hansborough suffered an agonizing loss at the hands of West Virginia at the Garden. Hansborough was a freshman on the Mississippi State team that lost to WVU in the NIT before he transferred to Notre Dame.
West Virginia 60, Georgetown 58 — March 13, 2010
West Virginia won its first and only Big East tournament title over the Hoyas.
Once again Butler was the hero, scoring the game-winning shot with 4.2 seconds left to provide the final margin. He was tournament MVP with another 20-point performance.
The Mountaineers made the most of the momentum created from this MSG run, winning four more games in the NCAA tournament to reach the Final Four for the first time since 1959.
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