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Conference USA hopes to be part of new Arizona Bowl


The new bowls keep a-comin’, and Conference USA is primed to land another spot in the postseason.

ESPN reports that officials in Tucson, Arizona, will apply for a new game that will pit teams from C-USA and ...

Taylor elevating his game for Herd


Michael Taylor’s pitching talent hasn’t been in question since he arrived in the Marshall baseball program. The goal now is to refine his craft.

So far, not bad. After what he calls his best effort ev...

Marshall football notebook: Terp transfer could start at LB for Herd


HUNTINGTON — When Marshall roared back to beat Maryland in the 2013 Military Bowl, it didn’t just win a big trophy.

As it turns out, it won the services of a possible ...

Prep baseball: Big inning carries South Charleston over Winfield


WINFIELD — South Charleston faced a one-run deficit Friday, with two outs in the third with none on against a pitcher who had struck out six in his first eight outs.

And what did...

Marshall football: Goebbel finds his way back to Thundering Herd


The coaching carousel works in strange ways — just ask Marshall tight ends coach Todd Goebbel.

Technically, Goebbel is the newest member of coach Doc Holliday’s staff. But he’s not exactly new ...

Slumping Herd baseball making season’s first visit to APP


Entering its 10th season at its second home, life gets no easier for the Marshall baseball team.

The Thundering Herd brings a 7-16 record into its three-game Conference USA weekend series against Florida Internatio...

Marshall begins spring football practice today


Today it begins: Spring practice after a near-perfect Marshall football season.

As is the case every spring, there are a number of imperfections to be addressed. You can take your pick of position, but the obvious ...

CLASS A: Harler rallies Wheeling Central past Williamstown


For the better part of three quarters in the Class A semifinals Friday, Wheeling Central was physically outplayed by Williamstown, and the scoreboard reflected it.

But in the fourth quarter, Chase Harler and the Ma...

CLASS AAA: Woodrow squeaks past Martinsburg 60-59


When Martinsburg and Woodrow Wilson get together, something special is likely to happen, and their collision Thursday was no different.

This time, the Flying Eagles used a strong putback by Noah Hancock and a timel...

AAA: No. 1 Parkersburg South eases past Musselman


Considering how the game started, it was stunning to see Parkersburg South with just a three-point lead over unheralded Musselman in the third quarter Wednesday night.

By the end of the third quarter, it was the Ap...

Girls state tournament notebook: No holding back Sissonville’s Pinkerton


Class AA champion Sissonville is loaded with players who coach Rich Skeen has to run out of the gym, but Karli Pinkerton may be a different breed altogether.

Pinkerton fractured her ankle in softball last spring an...

D’Antoni, Herd not hanging their heads after 20-loss season


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Marshall just finished its second 20-loss basketball season in a row, but there is no moping about it.

You don’t get that from coach Dan D’...

Western Kentucky too much for shorthanded Herd at C-USA tournament


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Perhaps it was appropriate that Marshall’s season ended on an aesthetically unpleasing note, but the Thundering Herd still hung around for 30 minutes We...

C-USA tournament notebook: Henry’s Charlotte career ends on sour note


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — For somebody who became known as a “stat-sheet stuffer,” Pierria’ Henry finished his Charlotte career with the wrong stat — a turno...

Herd faces Western Kentucky tonight in C-USA tourney


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Short one player and short in victories on unfamiliar hardcourts, Marshall cannot come into the Conference USA tournament short on confidence.

Marshall c...

C-USA notebook: Hilltoppers stinging over loss to ODU


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Western Kentucky comes into tonight’s game with Marshall smarting over losses on two fronts.

For one thing, the Hilltoppers are 1-2 against MU ove...

Herd’s Taylor secures third-team All-CUSA spot


HUNTINGTON — Ryan Taylor isn’t just being honored by Conference USA for his play this season; he’s being honored for his perseverance.

The sophomore from Indianapol...

Herd will be without Edmonds


He was the most improved player down the stretch on a Marshall team that rose up and won six straight games at home, but Justin Edmonds will miss the Conference USA tournament with a knee injury.

He suffered the in...

Top-seeded West Liberty women rally past Notre Dame for MEC title


Top-seeded West Liberty was outplayed and bullied a bit for much of the first half. But when the second half came around, so did the Hilltoppers.

The result was an easy-looking 76-55 win over Notre Dame in the seco...

Glenville State men complete surprising run with MEC tournament title


Glenville State capped off a sterling week at the second Mountain East Conference tournament, pulling away late to defeat No. 2 seed Fairmont State 65-58 Sunday.

The Pioneers of coach Stephen Dye were hoping to ris...

MEC men’s semifinal — Glenville knocks off top seed WL


For a bit of perspective, Glenville State held the uber-scoring West Liberty team to 28 points in the first half of the first Mountain East Conference semifinal Saturday night at the Civic Center.

And 39 points in ...

MEC men: Morales, Glenville State eliminate UC


Glenville State took a 32-25 halftime lead, ran away in the second half and almost hid in a 73-62 win over the University of Charleston in the last Mountain East quarterfinal Friday night.

The Pioneers (20-10) adva...

Lopsided win sends WVU Tech to AII men’s title game


MONTGOMERY — After two difficult regular-season games against Washington Adventist, one resulting in a loss, WVU Tech sapped the suspense out of the rubber match.

The Golden Bear...

Charlotte’s struggles not Henry’s fault


Pierria’ Henry did not expect to play his Senior Night far down in the Conference USA standings, so low his Charlotte team is trying to climb over Marshall to get out of 12th place.

But that’s where t...

WVU Tech men, women jump into AII tourney play today


All schools made it to WVU Tech for the tournament of NAIA independents and are hooping away at the Baisi Center in Montgomery. Today, the host teams swing into action.

The Golden Bears men and women take to the fl...

Herd hoping for better showing vs. ODU


Marshall’s road game tonight’s could serve as a barometer of how far the Thundering Herd has come in the last two months — or the past two weeks, for that matter.

How fair a barometer is up for...

Herd pulls away from FAU 79-63


HUNTINGTON — Marshall didn’t just close out the game Saturday night, it smacked Florida Atlantic with the door.

By the time the Thundering Herd finished its 79-63 victory,...

Humphreys survives, returns to wrestling finals


HUNTINGTON — It’s not a heavyweight match in the literal sense, but Winfield’s Bryce Humphreys and Ripley’s Lucas Simpkins could have, pound for pound, the biggest...

Herd seeking another solid defensive effort against FAU


HUNTINGTON — Dan D’Antoni doesn’t necessarily want to see opposing centers score at will in the post, but he does have a way to combat that if it happens.


Players, coaches share memories of hot times in Eddie King Gym


Of those who have spent hours of their hardest and most rewarding work at Eddie King Gym, the building’s eccentricities couldn’t easily be overlooked.

“It would get loud and hot. And hot,ȁ...

Hot-shooting Herd cruises by FIU


HUNTINGTON — Marshall won its fifth home game in a row, shooting an even 50 percent in pounding Florida International 87-69 Thursday night at Cam Henderson Center.

Austin Loop le...

Herd seniors sense renewed enthusiasm


Make no mistake about it: This long, often hard Marshall basketball season has been the most cruel to Shawn Smith.

The California native is approaching the end of his senior season, with home games remaining tonigh...

Green’s big buckets help Charleston hold off Notre Dame College


With nine lead changes already in the books, the University of Charleston needed a blue-collar basket to force a 10th and finally put Notre Dame College away.

That’s what the Golden Eagles got out of Octaviu...

Herd hopes to bounce back vs. UAB


The last thing Dan D’Antoni wants is for his Marshall team to keep lapsing into a “here we go again” feeling on the road.

It happened Thursday night in the Thundering Herd’s 90-51 nightm...

Herd, MTSU battling for position


Middle Tennessee has slipped into the middle of the Conference USA pack from its 2013-14 perch as regular-season quad-champion.

Or farther down than the middle — the Blue Raiders are in eighth place, a half...

Herd freshman Nikolic mastering language of point guard


HUNTINGTON — For college players hailing from foreign lands, the language barrier often poses tricky problems. For a point guard such as Marshall freshman Aleksa Nikolic, a native of P...

Marshall upsets WKU for 5th win in last 6


HUNTINGTON — The statement was delivered Saturday evening, at times emphatically: Marshall is a much, much better basketball team that it was a month ago.

Western Kentucky is the...

Rogoszewski rescues Hurricane down stretch


HURRICANE — After suffering a brain-cramped fourth quarter against Huntington’s cat-quick defense, J.T. Rogoszewski ultimately scored the single point Hurricane needed for a 66-...

WKU up next for rolling Herd


HUNTINGTON — If indeed Marshall is a better team than it was six weeks ago, the time has come to show it.

The Thundering Herd hasn’t fared badly in the past few weeks. It ...

Herd’s Kambola big contributor on offensive boards


HUNTINGTON — Of Marshall’s seven remaining regular-season games, five are rematches of earlier Conference USA contests.

That includes the Thundering Herd’s next bou...

Marshall baseball opens at Florida A&M


Don’t fret about Marshall’s baseball team as it begins its season today — the weather forecast is much better for its weekend series at Florida A&M.

It’s what February is all about i...

WKU brings hoops heritage to C-USA


Its latest results notwithstanding, Western Kentucky has shown itself to be a worthy final invitee to the modern-day Conference USA roundball dance.

When the Hilltoppers entered the league last July 1 as the final ...

Streaking Herd picks up edgy win over Mean Green


HUNTINGTON — During Saturday night’s bout between Marshall and North Texas, everybody was on edge.

That started early in the game, when the Mean Green’s Jeremy Comb...

Up-and-down North Texas visits Marshall tonight


HUNTINGTON — If you’re going to face a Jekyll-and-Hyde bunch such as North Texas, you might as well play consistently.

In other words, like Marshall played Thursday in its...

Defense carries Herd to 3rd win in 4 games


HUNTINGTON — Marshall’s quick, decisive throttling of Rice on Thursday night was even more impressive if you remember the Owls led much of the first half.

Eventually, the ...

Herd again taps Fla. pipeline


If indeed today’s football prospects “buy with their eyes,” Marshall had much to show them in this recruiting cycle, a lot more than even a year ago.

“Prior this past year, all we had wa...

Herd has chance to climb up C-USA standings


HUNTINGTON — If Marshall’s basketball team wants to hurdle a few teams and rise from its 12th-place shelf in the Conference USA standings, this is the week to make its move.


Herd hits south Florida hard again


Marshall has turned the spigot back on to its south Florida talent pipeline, and it kept gushing on the eve of national signing day.

Thundering Herd coaches already had a number of commitments from the Palm Beach/B...

Big 10’s 1st football visit to Huntington: Purdue on Sept. 5


It’s official: Marshall football season commences in 214 days, and Purdue will indeed be coming to town on Sept. 5.

That was scheduled well in advance, as well as the rest of the September non-conference sch...

Short-handed Jackets can’t complete rally


The small but loud crowd at the Walker Convention Center will never know if Markee Mazyck and Dimitros Jelen-Joy could have finished shooting host West Virginia State past Wheeling Jesuit.

Both were watching the en...