|The teams we follow...||
As stated on the Welcome Page, we follow the West Virginia University Mountaineers. Nancy and Jay both graduated from West Virginia University many moons ago. Jason, in his younger days was a little fickled but he's come around to being a Mountaineer fan himself. We told you that he'd get wise soon!
Nothing beats a Saturday afternoon at a Mountaineer ballgame! We've been to many great games over the years. If you look hard in the picture of Mountaineer Field you can see us in Row AA on the pressbox side. Bob Euchre gave us his seats that day!!
WVU is an All Sports member of the Big East Conference. The Mountaineer football team finished the 1997 season with an 7-5 record and "lost another bowl game". They have been ranked in many preseason polls as high as number 5 but generally in the 10-15 range of other polls. In the initial ESPN/USA Today poll they were ranked number 12 and in the AP poll they were ranked number 11. This should be an exciting year as they return some solid veterans including Heisman candidate Amos Zereoue at running back and several All-Americans. For the latest information on the Mountaineers, as well as weekly previews and recaps of the game, check out our WVU This Week section.
What a wonderful year the 1997 basketball team had! They finished the year 24-9 including an appearance in the Sweet 16 where they lost to national runner-up Utah. Their success was largely due to all the seniors on the squad and has left the proverbial cupboard bare. Gone are Damian Owens, Brent Solheim, Adrian Pledger, Brian Lewin, Greg Jones....and some guy named Jarrod West. Oh, will Mountaineer fans EVER FORGET his desparation shot that won the Cincinnati game?? FANTASTIC!! By the way, five of those six seniors were starters with Greg Jones getting plenty of playing time.
The Mountaineer basketball team returns just one player with starting experience in Junior Marcus Goree. He'll be joined by sophomore Jarett Kearse, who saw considerable time as a true freshman; sophomore Brooks Berry, juniors Elton Scott and Jason D'Alesio and senior Tom Beynon. Senior Carl Williams was being counted on to give some help but he did not return to school. Now there's some decent freshman talent coming in but it's not going to be enough. Here's a little inside information...don't look for the Mountaineers to repeat their trip to the Sweet 16 this year!
We follow the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates and Penguins. The Steelers and Penguins are always "in the hunt" while the Pirates are facing another year of "being the hunted". Jay is also an old Cleveland Indians fan dating back to the 50's. It sure would be great to see the Tribe back to their 1995 form....only this time WIN the World Series.
Locally, we follow the Wheeling Nailers (formerly called the Thunderbirds) ECHL hockey team. The Nailers have been very successful in their 6 years in Wheeling and appeared to be back on track last year until the wheels fell of in the semi-finals. The club was purchased in 1997 by local investors and appears to have a "permanent" future in Wheeling. But the big news of last year was the tie-in between the Nailers and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Fred Traynor, who spent the last 6 years in the Penguins front office, takes over the reigns as General Manager while Chris Jensen will serve as head coach and replaces Peter Laviolette who accepted the head coaching position with the AHL's Providence Bruins.
Great news for Nailers fans is the signing of popular player Darren Swartz who was with the original Wheeling Thunderbird team of 1992 and played in Wheeling for several seasons before returning to his home in Saskatcewan to coach Junior Hockey. The Nailers open their season on October 15 when the Huntington Blizzard come to town.
We've also included some links to high school sports. High school teams in this area are members of the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference (OVAC), the largest high school conference in the US, which is composed of schools in the northern panhandle of West Virginia and the bordering counties in Ohio. And speaking of high school sports, we've had several bright spots in the valley in recent years with John Marshall winning the West Virginia Class AAA state football and golf championships in 1996, Wheeling Park girls winning the Class AAA championship and the boys being runner up in Class AAA basketball in 1996, Valley High School making the Class A football championship games....again, Wheeling Central girls winning the Class A softball championship, and Oak Glen gaining 3 state titles in wrestling, volleyball and softball! On the Ohio side there is always a tough Bellaire High School program that has played in the last three Class 3-A championship games for football. Way to go guys!!
The purpose of this website is give the user a central place to come to get the latest information on their favorite sport or sports team. Make it a bookmark and be sure to check back often as information will be continually updated.
Thanks for stopping by and we hope you find something useful. Please sign our guestbook. If you have any comments we're just an email away.