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Cogdell stays with WVU

MORGANTOWN — Damon Cogdell of Miami has been a huge help to West Virginia University’s football program as both a player and coach. Cogdell was a two-year starting linebacker for the Mountaineers in 1997-98, then he developed quarterback Geno Smith and sent him on to WVU four years ago. This will be his 11th year as the head football coach at Miramar High School. And he’s a leader in WVU’s Florida connection. Cogdell was a schoolboy standout at Miramar, graduated, then decided to attend Chaffey in California. After spending two years there, he was contacted by both the University of Miami and West Virginia. “I heard a lot of good things about coach Don Nehlen,” Cogdell said. “So I decided to go there.” Cogdell was redshirted as a transfer in 1996, then was a standout linebacker in 199798. Cogdell, who was 6-foot-2 and weighed 235 pounds, played in only eight games before requiring hip surgery as a junior. But he didn’t miss a game his senior year. For his two seasons, Cogdell recorded 107 tackles, including 76 solos, one interception, one forced fumble, one recovery, two sacks and two pass break-ups. His career-high total tackles was 13 in a win against Virginia Tech. At the time, Nehlen was quoted in the media guide that Cogdell demonstrated perhaps the most-determined work ethic during rehab of any player during the coach’s years 21 years at WVU. After spending two years in Georgia as an assistant coach, he got the head job at Miramar. His 10-year record there is a most impressive 50-11. Last year’s team went 14-1 and finished as Florida state runner-up. Cogdell said, “I certainly love coaching. That’s what I really enjoy doing.” Asked why he chose WVU over Miami as a player, he replied: “When I was going through the recruiting process, I decided that it was great playing for Don Nehlen. I thought he was a great guy and a great coach. “He also had a great program. He had a great family, and the Mountaineer fans were wonderful. Those are great people up there.” Nehlen had this to say about Cogdell in a recent interview: “He wasn’t a naturally gifted football player. But he had enough that he became a pretty solid linebacker.” Cogdell graduated with a degree in coaching and physical education. Nehlen is not surprised Cogdell has been so successful coaching at one of the best Class 8-A schools in Florida. “He is one of the most respected high school coaches in the country right now.” Nehlen thinks having Cogdell at Miramar is great for WVU. “He obviously had a wonderful experience at WVU, and he’s sending us some outstanding recruits,” the Hall of Fame retiree said. Nehlen said he sat down and had a nice chat with his former player when the two met here last spring. Cogdell is married and has three children — a son and two daughters. “I enjoyed my years playing football at West Virginia,” Cogdell concluded. “I’m also enjoying coaching down here.”

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Hurricane blows through Eagles CLASS AAA STATE SOCCER TOURNAMENT



CAHRLESTON — It didn’t take Felipe Thompson to make his case. Just under three minutes to be exact. The Hurricane senior exchange student scored a quick goal, and it was all the Redskins would need to beat Hedgesville (14-71) in the semifinals of the Class AAA state soccer tournament at Schoenbaum Stadium. Not that it was the only goal Hurricane (21-0-1) would score. Three more to be exact in a 4-0 win that sends Hurricane to the state championship for the first time during a four-year run that includes two undefeated regular seasons and three Region III championships. It was Thompson’s 47th goal of the season and came when Hedgesville keeper Ethan Waters collided with teammate Josh Taggert. “It was just miscommunication between Josh and I,” said Waters, who left the game momentarily after the collision but returned. “Felipe slipped the ball by me. I was basically trying to be big and trying to make the



goal small.” “Getting off to a quick start was key for us,” Hurricane coach Jim Dagostine said. “I want to congratulate Hedgesville. They had a great season. I was proud of our kids for coming out fast and taking care of business.” That would be the only goal the Rio Grande-bound Thompson would score. The high-scoring Redskins were not done. Just five minutes later Daniel McKnight was centered the ball in front of the net from about 16 yards out. He dribbled, wound up and found the back of the neck. AP photo Alex White added another goal with 17:21 remaining in the first half, and Trevor Felipe Thompson of Hurricane, right, makes a move on

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Hedgesville’s Josh Taggart during the state soccer tourna-

Sister, sister

Ferrettis going to state tourney on different teams



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Ashley Ferretti, left, of Hedgesville and Kaitlin Ferretti of Musselman are sisters who are playing in the state volleyball tournament on different teams.

They both have the same last name. They both wear the No. 4. They both live in the same household. They both will play in the state volleyball tournament this weekend in Charleston. They are the Ferretti sisters: Ashley and Kaitlin. They share almost everything in life, including a close sisterly bond. What they don’t share is a volleyball team. Ashley Ferretti, a senior, plays for Hedgesville, and Kaitlin Ferretti, a sophomore, plays for Musselman. That came as a result of the two switching to public school after attending St. Joseph School for nine years. Both got to choose where they went to school, and Ashley chose Hedgesville, while Kaitlin chose Musselman — mainly because of teammates with whom they had played volleyball throughout their youth years. That has created a unique rivalry, of sorts, in the Ferretti household, somewhat similar to the rivalry between the Applemen and Eagles. The only exception is that the rivalry between the two talented sisters is muted at home. In fact, what happens on the court rarely comes home with them. “We don’t really bring it home with us,” Ashley Ferretti said. “There’s no trash talking,” Kaitlin Ferretti said. There’s just a little back-and-forth banter between sisters, who, so close in age, consider themselves to be best friends. However, when Musselman and Hedgesville play each other, the sister connection goes out the window for a few hours. “It’s all business,” Kaitlin said. “I’m aware of it, but it’s a sport, you have a job to do,” Ashley said. “I don’t really think about it during the match.” There are, however, times when the intensity between the two does come out during the match. “Last year, during a match, I hit a ball that


Sugar Bowl to host Big 12-SEC game

NEW YORK (AP) — New Orleans will be the site of the new marquee bowl game between the Southeastern Conference and Big 12. The conferences made the announcement Tuesday. The game will still be called the Sugar Bowl and will be played in the Superdome. The agreement between the leagues and the bowl is for 12 years. The SEC has a long history with the Sugar Bowl. Seventy-one times an SEC team has played in the game, far more than any other league. The very first Sugar Bowl in 1935 matched Tulane, then of the SEC, against Temple. “New Orleans and the Sugar Bowl are synonymous with post-season college football. For many years, fans have enjoyed the color and pageantry that New Orleans offers,” SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said in a statement. “We look forward to competing against the Big 12 as a new championship tradition begins on

“This gives us the chance to extend the Sugar Bowl’s long-standing relationship with the Southeastern Conference and to develop a new relationship with the Big 12 Conference.” Paul Hoolahan, Sugar Bowl chief executive officer

New Year’s Day.” The story was first reported by Several sites were vying to host the game, including Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Atlanta, Houston and San Antonio also submitted bids to host the game, but it came down to Arlington and New Orleans. “From the moment this game was announced, there has been tremendous excitement associated with the collaboration between these two conferences. That excitement is reflected in the bids received to host this game.

There were great cities, attractive destinations, and impressive venues to consider,” Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said. “Now Big 12 fans can look forward to a New Year’s tradition and coming to New Orleans to support their team. We are thrilled about our long-term association with our SEC colleagues and to be in partnership with the Allstate Sugar Bowl.” The new college football playoff begins after the 2014 season and the first Sugar Bowl in the new format will be played Jan. 1, 2015. It will

match the champions from the SEC and Big 12, unless those teams are selected to the national semifinals. In that case, two other highly rated teams from those conferences will be paired up. “We’re pleased to have been selected to host this great game,” Sugar Bowl Chief Executive Officer Paul Hoolahan said. “This gives us the chance to extend the Sugar Bowl’s long-standing relationship with the Southeastern Conference and to develop a new relationship with the Big 12 Conference.” The game will be part of the semifinal rotation for the new playoff system, along with the Rose Bowl and the Orange Bowl. At least three more sites need to be picked, with the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz., and Arlington and Atlanta the leading candidates. How often each site will host a semifinal has yet to be determined by officials.

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