MADISON — Scott High School boys basketball second-year head coach Shawn Ballard said he believes the three-week, WVSSAC-sanctioned conditioning period his student-athletes just completed was a good way for them to get moving again after a long time off provided courtesy of COVID-19 guidelines.

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CHARLESTON — West Virginia Power’s 2020 season has been shelved as a result of Major League Baseball’s decision to not provide players to any affiliated Minor League teams this year. No games from the 2020 season will be made up in any capacity.

HUNTINGTON - On Friday, Marshall football's 2021 recruiting class added some bang to its commitment list when Treasure Coast (Florida) tight end Keegan Davis chose the Herd over Georgia Southern and Florida Atlantic.

While searching the outdoor news this week, I found several great examples of responsible recreation that puts into practice safe, social distances procedures. For those of us who choose the outdoor-lifestyle, practicing social distancing is not uncommon in our recreation. But for others, fi…

HUNTINGTON — The Cincinnati Reds assigned 57 players to their 60-man roster for preseason camp in preparation for the start of the Major League Baseball season on July 23.

HUNTINGTON - With COVID-19 cases spiking nationally, the limbo of college football in 2020 continues. However, Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick confirmed Wednesday that the Herd's mandatory summer access starts Monday, as scheduled.

HUNTINGTON — Former Marshall University basketball star and coach Greg White paid Thundering Herd legend Charlie Slack the ultimate compliment.

I really like to fish. I know that’s a profound statement from an outdoor columnist, but it’s true.

HUNTINGTON — The Cincinnati Reds not only signed their No. 1 draft choice, they inked him in an under-slot deal.

West Virginia University football assistant coach Vic Koenning apologized to defensive back Kerry Martin Jr. and the rest of the team Wednesday night, saying he never intended to offend through his words or actions. He also said he would cooperate fully with the independent investigation of …

HUNTINGTON - Former Marshall guard and Logan native Stevie Browning hopes the TBT matchup between 'Herd That' and 'Best Virginia' rekindles rivalry renewal talks between Marshall and West Virginia for men's basketball.

HUNTINGTON - Just as the NCAA Division I Council was finalizing a plan for college football's preseason on Wednesday, the Council also voted on measures to get men's and women's basketball back underway with summer activities.

Access to public and wild lands and waters has been important to the people of this country for a very long time. During this time of responsible recreation, wide open spaces may be even more important today than ever.

HUNTINGTON - As Kermit's Davey Jude prepares for the 87th W.Va. Open, there is a different feel without his father, David Jude, beside him on the journey. It is a motivating factor as Jude gets set to challenge The Cobb Course at Glade Springs next week.

HUNTINGTON - Marshall's football team had eight players honored as All-Conference USA selections by Athlon Magazine, which released its 2020 preseason teams this week.

HUNTINGTON — If the Cincinnati Reds’ 2020 draft had a theme song it might be Jean Knight’s 1971 hit “Mr. Big Stuff.”

On Tuesday evening, Marshall's football program rekindled its past while looking to its future when the Herd offered Massachusetts two-way standout Jermaine Wiggins Jr., the son of former Marshall and NFL tight end Jermaine Wiggins.

HUNTINGTON - On Thursday, Columbus was announced as the host city for 'The Basketball Tournament' - a 24-team event with a $1 million, winner-take-all purse. Marshall and West Virginia each have teams registered for the event. 

While several sports are in the early processes of starting up after the coronavirus pandemic put nearly everything on hold, the West Virginia Golf Association is already in the swing of things and then some.

HUNTINGTON - Marshall and East Carolina could potentially play in the first college football game of the post-COVID-19 era after Notre Dame and Navy shifted their contest from Aug. 29 to Sept. 5 or 6 earlier this week.

SETH — Graduating senior Autumn Thompson was the recipient of a $500 non-academic scholarship that she applied for via an essay selection process where the judges did not know the identity of the writer.

HUNTINGTON - The name-image-likeness debate has been an on-going issue within NCAA sports. Marshall men's basketball coach Dan D'Antoni maintains that in all aspects of sports, if it is good for the players, it is good for programs as well.

HUNTINGTON - On Wednesday night, the NCAA Division I Council Coordination Committee voted to extend the recruiting dead period for all sports through the end of July.

Many of us consider Memorial Day to be the unofficial start of summer. After winter and a very wet spring, the thoughts of the summer sun and lazy days full of warmth might be just the cure for what ails you.

HUNTINGTON - Conference USA announced its football bowl tie-ins for the 2020-25 seasons with potential destinations ranging from Hawaii to Boston to Florida while involving 16 different bowls.

HUNTINGTON - Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick said Saturday that stadium social distancing plans are being assessed for a potential 2020 football season and season ticket holders will have priority should capacity decrease for social distancing purposes due to COVID-19.

HUNTINGTON - On Wednesday, the NCAA denied a proposal on the one-time transfer waiver, instead deciding to move forward with developing transfer rule legislation for the future.

Welcome back to Phil for the Game, your glimpse into the sports community of Boone County. With the 2020 prep football season just about two months away, it remains unclear what state guidelines will help influence what the WVSSAC decides in regards to how the schedules will play out — if at all.