Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Sports column

May 29, 2014

Four topics talking about sports matters

MORGANTOWN — I’ve put together in a package about four topics that may interest you:

It is sad that West Virginia University’s baseball team barely missed qualifying for a spot in the 64-team NCAA tournament this year.

In revealing the selections on Monday afternoon, ESPN announcers noted that WVU was one of the last four teams under consideration that missed out and didn’t make it.

The Mountaineers, who finished 28-26 under second-year head coach Randy Mazey slumped at a terrible time. They lost 9 of their last 10 games.

That had to hurt as the NCAA selection committee picked its field, or so one would think.

Thus, the search goes on for what would be WVU’s first trip since 1996 to the NCAA playoffs.

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Speaking of baseball, have you noticed that Jedd Gyorko has struggled since signing a new six-year contract extension with the San Diego Padres for a cool $36 million?

The Morgantown native, in his second season as a second/third baseman in the Major Leagues, obviously impressed that organization greatly to make such a lucrative deal.

So don’t give up on the former West Virginia University star. Hopefully, he’ll bounce back steadily after his skid recently.

As of May 26, Gyorko has 182 at-bats, 31 hits, .170 batting average, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 5 home runs, 15 runs, and 23 RBIs this year. He went 1-for-4 vs. Arizona at last report.

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Mike Montero, WVU director of football communications, is also noted highly as an official collegiate baseball scorer.

He spent most of last week at Hattiesburg, Miss., serving as official scorekeeper for the Conference USA Baseball Tournament at the Southern Mississippi University campus.

“I’ve done this four of the past six years,” Montero said of this obvious honor. “As you know, I had a death in my family and that interrupted doing this, which I enjoy doing.”

Rice won that tournament and Montero is back resuming his duties at work.

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I received the following e-mail inquiry from a journalist named Corey Hutchins:

“Hey, Mickey, I was wondering if you had any resolution with WVU regarding the Freedom of Information Act request issue?

“I’ve been following West Virginia’s problems in FOIA recently for Columbia Journalist Reviews United States Project.”

Well, I discussed my FOIA issue on the phone with Mr. Hutchins the next day (May 21).

In short, I told him WVU had yet to provide me the number of public documents on the academic situation of its wrestling program.

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