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22 Apr

Kaitlyn Lopez,

• Men’s basketball beating #1 Kansas: Maniacs braved the snow storm and even abandoned their cars to watch the Mountaineers take down Kansas. As soon as the clock hit 0.0, students rushed the court in record time to celebrate a huge win with the team.
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• Several Mountaineers will be competing in the 2016 Olympics: Kadeisha Buchanan and Ashley Lawrence from the Women’s soccer team and Ginny Thrasher from the rifle team will be representing their countries at the world’s greatest sporting event.
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• Cactus Bowl Champions: The football team took home the Cactus Bowl trophy after defeating Arizona State 43-42.
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• The rifle team took home their fourth consecutive NCAA Title: Once again, the Mountaineers out shot their opponents and brought their 18th national title back to Morgantown.
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• Women’s soccer took home another Big 12 Conference title: The girls won their fourth consecutive Big 12 Conference Title this season after beating Oklahoma State.
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• Brad Paisley surprised Mountaineer fans with a performance of “Country Roads” before a football game against Maryland: Brad Paisley performs Country Roads

• The Gymnastics team made it to the NCAA Regional Championship in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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• The Men’s basketball team made it to the Big 12 Tournament Finals for the first time since joining the conference: A buzzer beater basket by Buddy Hield that did not count sent WVU to the championship game against Kansas.
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WVU Athletics announced that the Backyard Brawl would return in 2022: WVU will face our favorite rival, Pitt, again with a four-game series lasting from 2022-2025: The Backyard Brawl Returns
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• Our favorite Mountaineer memory from the 2015-16 school year would have to be being honored as one of the best student section in the nation: ESPN calls the Maniacs the most intelligent student section in the country! Can we put that on our resume?
ESPN says Maniacs are one of the best student sections!

19 Apr

Kaitlyn Lopez,

• The WVU Men’s Basketball team earned their 500th win at the Coliseum against Northern Kentucky, winning 107-61.
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• Women’s Basketball coach, Mike Carey, became the leading coach in all-time wins for WVU Women’s basketball with over 600 wins.
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• Senior Bria Holmes became the third Mountaineer to earn 2,000 career points at WVU.
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• Junior Devin Williams earned his 1,000th point against TCU, becoming the 50th Mountaineer to do so.
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WVU Men’s basketball beat number one ranked Kansas 74-63.
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• Overall, both basketball teams finished the season with high rankings. The Women’s team finished 25th in the Coaches Poll, while the Men’s team finished the season ranked 14th.

15 Apr

Executive Board Application 2016-2017

Jason | April 15th, 2016

Good Afternoon Maniacs,

We’re excited to announce that Executive Board applications for the 2016-2017 school year are now available. Several of the goals we have are to improve Olympic Sports attendance, enhance our social media presence, and to continue to grow the great brand that is the Mountaineer Maniacs. We have some big plans and are very excited to start working on them!

The Executive Board helps plan football and basketball trips, watch parties, participates in community service activities, creates plans to increase attendance and sportsmanship, among other initiatives. This is a great way to get involved with an organization that is passionate about Mountaineer athletics!

Attached you will find the application, please fill it out and email it back to Maniacs@mail.wvu.edu

In addition to the application, please send an updated resume. The deadline for applications is FRIDAY, APRIL 22nd at 6:00pm. All returning WVU students are encouraged to apply!

After reviewing applications we will hold interviews throughout the following two weeks.

Good luck to all applicants and LETS GO MOUNTAINEERS!

Mountaineer Maniacs Executive Board Application 2016-2017
15 Mar

The WVU baseball team has a 30-game home schedule this season and a free shuttle service for WVU students will be offered for each home game. Students must have a valid WVU student ID to utilize this shuttle. Two shuttles will be provided for each game, with locations being at the Mountainlair 90 minutes and 30 minutes prior to first pitch and also at Towers 80 minutes and 20 minutes before first pitch.

Here’s the schedule:

Shuttle 1: Pregame pickup schedule
• Mountainlair – 90 minutes prior to first pitch
• Towers under canopy – 80 minutes prior to first pitch

Shuttle 2: Pregame pickup schedule
• Mountainlair – 30 minutes prior to first pitch
• Towers under canopy – 20 minutes prior to first pitch

A return service from the ballpark back to the Mountainlair and Towers will begin after the game and will make as many trips as needed.

Here is our home schedule:

  • Tuesday, March 29th: Canisius at 6:30pm
  • Wednesday, March 30th: Canisius at 3:00pm
  • Friday, April 1st: Oklahoma State at 6:30pm
  • Saturday, April 2nd: Oklahoma State at 4:00pm
  • Sunday, April 3rd: Oklahoma State at 1:00pm
  • Wednesday, April 6th: Eastern Michigan at 6:30pm
  • Friday, April 8th: Furman at 6:30pm
  • Saturday, April 9th: Furman at 4:00pm
  • Sunday, April 10th: Furman at 1:00pm
  • Tuesday, April 12th: Pitt at 6:30pm
  • Friday, April 15th: Kansas State at 6:30pm
  • Saturday, April 16th: Kansas State at 4:00pm
  • Sunday, April 17th: Kansas State at 1:00pm
  • Tuesday, April 19th: Youngstown State at 6:30pm
  • Tuesday, April 26th: Marshall at 6:30pm
  • Friday, April 29th: Baylor at 6:30pm
  • Saturday, April 30th: Baylor at 4:00pm
  • Sunday, May 1st: Baylor at 1:00pm
  • Tuesday, May 3rd: Virginia Tech at 6:30pm
  • Friday, May 6th: Texas at 6:30pm
  • Saturday, May 7th: Texas at 4:00pm
  • Sunday, May 8th: Texas at 1:00pm
  • Tuesday, May 10th: Maryland at 6:30pm
  • Friday, May 13th: William & Mary at 4:00pm and 7:00pm
  • Sunday, May 15th: William & Mary at 1:00pm
15 Mar

Kaitlyn Lopez,

It is time once again for Ryan’s Rally! The 4th annual 5K Walk and Run will be held on Saturday, April 9th at 10:00 AM at the WVU Student Recreation Center. The event is in support of Ryan Diviney who was a WVU student and was seriously injured in an altercation.

Professor Daniel Brewster spoke up on Ryan’s behalf and decided to raise awareness throughout the Mountaineer community. He held two successful fundraisers with the help of some of Ryan’s friends. Professor Brewster mentioned that the crime really brought attention to the culture change that was needed at West Virginia University. “I found myself responsible for being a voice for someone who could not champion themselves,” Brewster stated.

After two years, the Mountaineer Maniacs came up with the idea of holding a 5K. Ever since, Professor Brewster and the Maniacs have come together to show their support for Ryan and his family.

Mountaineer Maniacs Executive Director, Jason Olen, has been involved with Ryan’s Rally for since the beginning. “Hosting the 5k has really brought different members and groups of the community and student body together,” Olen mentioned. “We always get a great turnout from different student groups and ultimately members of the Morgantown community as this event has greatly affected many lives.”

As we continue the tradition, the Mountaineer Maniacs are looking forward to seeing new faces, as well as returners to come out to support such an important cause.

Registration is $15 and all proceeds to go Ryan’s foundation which helps to pay for his medical expenses. Along with your registration you will receive a Ryan’s Rally T-shirt at the event. You can register at: http://www.active.com/morgantown-wv/running/distance-running-races/ryan-s-rally-5k-run-walk-2016?int=

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7 Mar

Interview with Heartland College Sports

Jason | March 7th, 2016

Our Executive Director, Jason Olen, was recently interviewed by the Big 12 blog “Heartland College Sports” regarding what the Mountaineer Maniacs are all about and what goals the organization has for this current school year. The Maniacs caught the attention of the blog after the feature during the ESPN Big Monday Men’s Basketball vs Iowa State earlier in the year. Take a listen to the interview at the following link: http://www.heartlandcollegesports.com/mountaineer-maniacs-jason-olen-interview/

25 Nov

Takeaways From Home Football Games

Jason | November 25th, 2015

Alyssa Cantisani,

Hello Maniacs,

As we quickly approach our last home football game of the year we decided to come up with some takeaways from home football games. If you’re going to be back in town come out to the game this Saturday as it’s your last opportunity to spend time with friends and family, tailgating, and seeing all the different things that make being at Milan Puskar Stadium a very special experience. We’re always sad when football seasons winds down but we like to look back and remember all the great memories football season gave us. Here are some takeaways and things to consider heading into the last home game of the season:

1. You need plenty of WVU gear – you need high socks, WVU temporary tattoos and an awesome shirt (if you’re a Maniac then definitely your awesome maniac shirt)

2. There’s nothing like tailgating for the game – start early and get all your friends together. It’s amazing to see all the students together who are about to cheer on our team.

3. Get your chants down – you have to know the first and third down chants or you just wont fit in (don’t forget to bring your keys)

4. You need to learn country roads and you need to stick around to sing it because you know were going to win

5. It’s helpful to find transportation to the game- the best way is to hop in the bed of a truck; you’ll find some outside the lair.

6. Find fans to show you the ropes of tailgating – especially if you’re a freshman. You have to learn how to tailgate like a Mountaineer.

7. Make it in early to see the band form the state line- our band is amazing so you do not want to miss it.

8. Make sure to stop at the stadium concessions and get some chicken nuggets with nacho cheese (you wont regret it).

9. You only have four years of this (for some of you less) so make the best of it. Lose your voice, cheer until you can’t cheer anymore, make friends you’ll never want to lose, tailgate for hours and most importantly, have the time of your life.

11 Nov

Maniacs Press Against Cancer

Jason | November 11th, 2015

Alyssa Cantisani,

The Mountaineer Maniacs are very excited to announce a fundraising campaign appropriately titled “Maniacs Press Against Cancer.” We are hoping that this campaign will turn into a campus wide initiative to raise money for cancer research and we need student support to make it as big as possible. We will be promoting the overall message that The Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research promotes, “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up!”. This message will be the primary theme for our initiative culminating with the Jimmy V Classic Basketball game on December 8th, 2015 that our very own WVU Men’s Basketball team will be participating in.

The Maniacs will be taking a trip to the December 8th game in New York City. We will leave at 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, the 8th and will be returning to Morgantown on Wednesday the 9th.

To encourage participation we have decided to challenge students, student groups, and student organizations to go out on their own and raise money for the cause. The 5 biggest fundraisers will receive an all-expenses paid trip to go to the game in New York City. They will also receive lower bowl tickets for the game that evening. Along with these great rewards, The Maniacs will be matching the biggest fundraiser. Getting your student organization and friends involved in this will be an incredible way to raise money and awareness for such a great cause.

On Monday, November 16th we will be hosting a catered “Kickoff Event” in the Mountainlair Ballrooms. This event will begin at 6:00 p.m. We will start by showing the famous Jimmy V speech, talk about Jimmy V’s messages and our event specifically and following all of that, we will be hosting a watch party for our Men’s Basketball away game vs JMU which will begin at 7:00 p.m. We hope to see you all there!

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14 Oct

Alyssa Cantisani,

As part of Mountaineer Week 2015, The Bob Huggins 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament is slowly creeping up on us. Signups will begin on Monday, October 19th and close Friday, October 30th. Each team is required to pay a small cost of $15. There will be a mandatory captains meeting on Sunday, November 1st at 6:00 P.M. at the Rec Center, which is where you will pay the $15 fee. Each participant will also receive a free Tournament t-shirt! All proceeds from this event will go to the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Fund and the Maniacs will also be contributing to that donation.

The tournament games will be on Monday, November 2nd through Thursday, November 5th from 7:00-11:00 P.M. at the Rec Center. The championship game will be played at halftime Friday, November 7th at the Men’s Basketball exhibition vs Glenville State at 7:00 P.M. All of these games will be officiated by Club Basketball. The GRAND PRIZE for the winning team will be a tour of the Basketball Practice Facility!

The Rec Center is offering onsite trainers and will also be providing a schedule along with a promotion tables at the Rec.

Visit IMleagues.com to sign up to be apart of the Bob Huggins 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament.

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13 Oct

Maniacs Wear Pink!

Jason | October 13th, 2015

Kaitlyn Lopez,

Now that October has rolled around, it is time for our annual “Maniacs Wear Pink” T-shirt sale. The shirts are for breast cancer awareness month and all proceeds will go directly to the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center at Ruby Memorial Hospital. Shirts are only $10 and can be bought with cash, check, or credit card. The shirts will be sold in the Maniacs office located in the Mountainlair’s Student Organization Wing Monday through Friday, 10am-2pm. Come pick up a shirt and show your support for a worthy cause!

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