WEST VIRGINIA'S BIRTHDAY.
The Mountain State is celebrating its 148th this week. Now that's a senior citizen!
With all the local, and statewide, hoopla it might be timely to offer a W.Va. Sports Trivia - Ohio Valley Branch to help honor the occasion.
Here's 10 W.Va. Sports Trivia questions, with Ohio Valley answers listed at the bottom. Consider yourself an "expert" if you can answer five.
(1) A state high school association commissioner once scored more than 50 points in a college basketball game. Name him and his college and high school alma mater?
(2) Old Wheeling High School had numerous products play major college football but only one earned first team All-America honors. Name him and his college?
(3) The U.S. Marine used as a model for the recruiting banner photo displayed at post offices across the land was a Co-MVP in the Ohio-West Virginia All-Star Football Game. Name him and his high school?
(4) The winningest pitcher in Pittsburgh Pirates' history is a product of the Ohio Valley. Name him and where he was born?
(5) The girls basketball coach who won more state Class AAA titles than any other mentor is an OV product. Name the school, coach and his alma mater?
(6) Name the only high school athlete from the Ohio Valley to be named W.Va. Amateur Athlete of the Year while competing on the prep level?
(7) Two Ohio Valley high schools went unbeaten and won state boys' basketball titles but didn't capture OVAC crowns. Name them and the years?
(8) Two OV high school products earned All-America football recognition at the University of Notre Dame. Name them and their high school alma maters?
(9) Earning three first team all-state honors in boys' basketball is a rare feat. Name the first three players in state history, and their high schools, to be so honored?
(10) Name the only OV coach to win more than 850 games in two sports and ranks among the top five in W.Va. all-sports history.
Here's the answers:
(1) CLAIR MUSCARO, who served as commissioner of the Ohio High School Athletic Association, scored 50 points in a game for W.Va. Tech. He's a Weir High graduate and an inductee into the National High School Sports Hall of Fame for his OHSAA work.
(2) LELAND DEVORE earned first team All-America honors in 1911 for the U.S. Military Academy. The last A-A selection from Wheeling High was West Virginia University center GERRY SCHULTZE, a third team choice by The Associated Press in 1972.
(3) Cameron High's NELSON WHIPKEY, the co-MVP of the 1961 W.Va.-Ohio All-Star Football Game, was the U.S. Marine model pictured on banners at post offices across the country.
(4) WILBUR COOPER, who won 202 games with the Pirates, was born in Bearsville, W.Va., in Tyler County.
(5) Recently retired Morgantown High girls' basketball coach ALLAN COLLINS guided the Mohigans to a record five state crowns and 482 victories, second most in state history. He's an Oak Glen graduate.
(6) Weir High's HAROLD (DOC) DAUGHERTY was the W.Va. Amateur Athlete of the Year for 1945.
(7) The unbeaten, state boys' basketball championship teams that didn't win OVAC titles were the 1950 Wheeling High squad and the 1987 Paden City team. Wheeling High, in fact, was second in OVAC and City standings to Wheeling Central in 1950.
(8) Moundsville High's JOHN LAUTAR was a first team All-America choice for Notre Dame in 1936. Chester High's HERB COLEMAN was a second team A-A honoree in 1943. Both were linemen.
(9) The first two three-time, first team all-state basketball selections were brothers from Wheeling High - BERNIE MEHEN (1936-38) and DICK MEHEN (1938-40). The third such honoree was Wheeling Central's DICK MILLER (1950-52).
(10) Current Magnolia High baseball coach DAVE CISAR has won more than 700 baseball games. As the Blue Eagles' football mentor from 1975-98, Cisar's teams won 158 games.
Enjoy the weekend.