WHEELING - B.J. Depew is a person who takes immense pride in how his team performs on the football field.
But in all the conversations I've had with the successful Linsly coach, he gets a bigger thrill talking about how his players have succeeded off the field.
Signing days are big for him. Even a 10-0 season can't compare to watching his players, not only further their playing careers collegiately, but do so at some of the finest learning institutions the nation has to offer.
This fall, Linsly alums are scattered throughout the eastern half of the country doing just that.
Three of those players are in the Patriot League - Mark Dodd at Lafayette and Demetrius Youngblood and Ryan Riethmiller at Bucknell.
DeMarr Moulton is suiting up for the Cornell Big Red, while Akil Blount is a freshman at Florida A&M.
Locally, Chris Kiedaisch and Kane Boroski are playing at West Liberty, while Phil Acrie, Kyle Pytlak, Anthony Thompson, are on Tim Weaver's roster at Bethany.
Also, C.J. Goodwin is at Fairmont State.
Cardinals to Wear Pink
Coach Carrie Hanna's Wheeling Jesuit women's soccer team will be trading their normal uniforms for pink ones Saturday.
In support of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, WJU will sport the garb for Saturday's 7 p.m. West Virginia Conference contest against West Liberty.
All area girls' soccer players are invited to attend. In fact, the team will be presenting the girls with pink hair ties made by members of the WJU squad. Before the match, the girls will be part of the international walkout, where the squads will take the field and participate in pregame ceremonies.
At halftime, the FC Wheeling United U13 and U14 teams will play an exhibition.
The event is part of NCAA Division II's Week of Wishes. The soccer team will be accepting donations in exchange for program apparel with all proceeds benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
During Tuesday's women's volleyball match between WJU and California (Pa.), members of the women's basketball team sold ice cream. More than 100 ice cream cones were sold resulting in $400 for Make-A-Wish.
Yeager Guides Illini
Wheeling Park graduate Courtney Yaeger led Illinois to a fifth-place finish at last week's Notre Dame Invitational.
Yaeger, the reigning Big Ten Co-Athlete of the Week, clocked a personal-best 16:48. It was the second straight week Yaeger set a personal-best.