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Jim Antonini, an occupational health science researcher, fields a ball at shortstop for Chico's Bail Bonds. As team captain, Antonini is in charge of the always-entertaining game write-ups that recap the misery suffered by the Morgantown softball team.
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As we head into the final weeks of summer, this week on Inside Appalachia we explore the impact of baseball throughout the region. We’ll learn about the history of early baseball in the coal camp towns of southern West Virginia, and go inside the legendary baseball bat factory — the Louisville Sluggers. And we’ll meet a man who went from living in an isolated timber town in Pocahontas County, West Virginia to being a professional umpire for the Cincinnati Reds.

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Purdue and West Virginia just missed out on the NCAA Tournament.

The two schools will still be playing in the postseason as they headline the WNIT field that was announced Monday night.

West Virginia forward Esa Ahmad (23) goes to the basket against Notre Dame guard Rex Pflueger (0) and guard Matt Farrell (5) during the first half of a second-round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Buffalo
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West Virginia University and Marshall University basketball fans who may be traveling to first-round men's NCAA Tournament games in San Diego are being urged to use care in ticket purchases.

State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said in a news release that fans should purchase tickets from the universities or known ticket vendors to ensure their tickets are legitimate.

West Virginia's Daxter Miles Jr., left, and Jevon Carter (2) pressure Texas Tech's Zach Smith during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Big 12 men's tournament Friday, March 9, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo.
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West Virginia has made a habit of reaching the Big 12 Tournament title game lately.

Now, the Mountaineers will try to end the habit of losing it.

Monte Cater (left) is retiring as head football coach in spring 2018. Ernie McCook (right) has been named to replace him.
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Monte Cater is retiring as Shepherd University’s head football coach after 31 seasons. Shepherd became an NCAA Division II school in the mid-90s, not long after Cater began his career at the school in 1987.

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A concussion expert featured in a 2015 movie will speak on brain injury next week at Marshall University.

Neurosurgeon Julian E. Bailes, who was portrayed by actor Alec Baldwin in the film "Concussion," will present a program on understanding and preventing brain injury in sports.

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West Virginia has earned its first trip to the NCAA baseball tournament since 1996.

The Mountaineers (34-24) are seeded second in the regional in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and will play third-seeded Maryland (37-21) on Friday. The tournament field was announced Monday.

West Virginia's Kevin Pittsnogle, center, is defended by St. John's Phil Missere, right, and Cedric Jackson, left, in the second half of their Big East Conference college basketball game in New York, Sunday, January 29, 2006.
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Former basketball standout Kevin Pittsnogle is among eight people selected for induction into the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame.

WVU athletic director Shane Lyons announced the class of 2017 on Sunday, May 28.

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What happens to a community as coal jobs go away? Here are some things you might expect: many people leave, schools empty, local businesses struggle to keep their lights on. But here’s something that may not come to mind: extra curricular sports go away.

That’s what happened to children in McDowell County over 25 years ago. They lost their local soccer league. And while the thousands of lost coal jobs may not come back, thanks to a 4-H project, and about a dozen volunteers, soccer is making a comeback in McDowell County.

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West Virginia University has won its fourth straight NCAA rifle championship.

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West Virginia University will have a new mascot Wednesday evening. The selection process includes an application, interview and cheer off.  One of the - now four - finalists is Wyoming County native, Savannah Lusk. She's a coal miner's daughter and the first in her family to go to college. Lusk would be the third woman Mountaineer if she’s chosen.

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WVU Sophomore Kadeisha Buchanan was awarded the 2015 Hyundai Young Player Award at the Women's World Cup.

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Both Marshall and Concord Universities head into the weekend with big games before them. Marshall will take on Louisiana Tech in the Conference USA Championship in Huntington and Concord will meet Bloomsberg for the Super Region One Championship in Athens.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller gave his farewell speech on the U.S. Senate floor Thursday, thanking his family, staff and fellow West Virginians for allowing him to serve.

This episode also include the Mountain Stage Song of the Week "Whatch'a Gonna Do" by Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn.

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A new agreement will keep the Mountain East Conference's annual basketball tournaments in Charleston through 2017.

The agreement between the City of Charleston, the Charleston Convention and Visitor's Bureau and the Charleston Civics Center will keep both the men's and women's basketball tournaments in the capital city for the next three years.

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The Outdoor Channel features a show titled, Fly Rod Chronicles with Curtis Fleming. It makes stops across the country to feature different places to fly fish. Last week, the show stopped at Cabins, West Virginia in Grant County to hold an event to push for kids to go outside and fly fish. Among the participants, were two students from the Chestnut Mountain Ranch School in Morgantown. It’s a Christian school that serves troubled boys. One of the students talked about the qualities of fly fishing that might help him and others like him in his therapy.

Are W. Va. Hospitals Prepared for Ebola?

Oct 16, 2014
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On West Virginia Morning, the health officer of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department joins Beth Vorhees to talk about hospital preparations to handle contagious diseases.  And part 2 of Roxy Todd’s report about a special heirloom cornmeal that one chef uses for his Italian polenta.  A report from the kitchen.

The Important Game That Was Played 60 Years Ago

Sep 26, 2014
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On West Virginia Morning, Sarah Lowther Hensley reports on a football game that was played in Marion County 60 years ago this week.  It was the first time an all black team played an all white team.  And Rosanne Cash performs our Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

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A judge has denied a motion by West Virginia Radio Corp. to toss the media rights contract between West Virginia University and IMG College.

Monongalia County circuit judge Thomas Evans on Thursday set aside the motion for summary judgment against WVU and others.
 

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has revoked the trademark of the NFL's Washington Redskins, after ruling in a case brought by five Native Americans who say the name disparages them. While the decision could have wide repercussions, it does not require the team to change its name. It is also subject to appeal, which the team has confirmed it will pursue.

The West Liberty Hilltoppers will play for an NCAA Division II men's basketball championship for the first time in school history.  The Hilltoppers knocked off South Carolina-Aiken 86-83 in Thursday night's national semifinals.

West Liberty isi now 31-3 overall.  WTOV-TV reports the 7th ranked Hilltoppers will face 20th ranked Central Missouri in the championship game Saturday at 3:00 p.m. in Evansville,   Indiana. 

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Last year, state legislators passed a bill requiring the Secondary School Activities Commission to draft rules aimed at preventing youth concussions. The legislation came as the national spotlight was shed on long term head injuries NFL players were suffering.

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West Virginia’s men’s team is coming off of a season last year where they only won 13 games. It was the worst season in a decade for the program, and one of Coach Bob Huggins’ worst as a head coach.

One problem the team endured  was an exhaustive travel schedule, traveling  more than 30,000 air miles, since many of the Big 12 schools are in Texas. Huggins says an adjusted travel schedule this year, which allows for the team to stay in that state for two games instead of flying back and forth, has helped.

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The Martinsburg High football team made West Virginia high school sports history Saturday by beating Huntington High 9-7 to win the state AAA championship in Wheeling, W.Va.

It’s the first time in West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission history an AAA ranked school has won four state football championships in a row.

Martinsburg (13-1) was ranked number two during the season and Huntington (13-1) was ranked number one.

“Anytime you have number one versus number two it should be a tight ballgame and it was today,” Martinsburg Coach  Davis Walker said.

Marshall's football team will wear the number 75 on its helmets at its next game in memory of the victims of the 1970 team's plane crash. Marshall (6-3, 4-1 Conference USA) plays at Tulsa (2-7, 1-4) on Thursday night. Thursday is the anniversary of the Nov. 14, 1970 crash just short of Tri-State Airport near Huntington. The crash killed 75 people.

State legislators concerned with head injuries

Oct 24, 2013
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There’s been a lot of attention on how head injuries are affecting football players, and athletes, on all levels—including when they are very young. Stakeholders concerned about this issue hope new protocols will sufficiently prevent serious injuries.

Marshall Men's basketball began practice this week for the 2013-2014 season.

  After finishing last season with a 13-19 record, there were not many positives to look forward to this season for Marshall Basketball. But the Herd is a team of newcomers mixed with just a few returnees. Counting graduations and departures Marshall only returns six players from last season and mixes them with nine newcomers. Marshall Head Coach Tom Herrion said he likes the mix of guys he has.