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The Poll
Compiled by Richard Deitsch
September 22, 2003
West Virginians weigh in on sports*
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September 22, 2003

The Poll

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2 Rich Braham
The Bengals' longtime lineman played his college ball in his hometown of Morgantown, where he was the Mountaineers' MVP and an All-America in 1993.

3 Vicky Bullett
The former WNBA All-Star center, who retired last month, was a U.S. Olympian in 1988 and '92. She grew up in Martinsburg and is the alltime leading scorer at the University of Maryland.

4 Upper Gauley River
With its ferocious drops and gut-busting Class V+ (highest category) rapids, this rafting mecca is often cited as one of the top 10 white-water rivers in the world. It descends more than 335 feet in less than nine miles.

5 White Sulphur Springs
Home to Oakhurst Links, which claims to be America's first organized golf club (1884) and was reopened in 1994 after more than 80 years of abandonment. Players are required to use replica hickory-shafted clubs and gutta-percha balls.

6 Bimbo Coles
The 13-year NBA guard from Lewisburg is Virginia Tech's career scoring leader.

7 Rod Thorn
The Nets G.M. and former league executive played eight NBA seasons. When the Princeton native was a hotly recruited high schooler, the state legislature declared him a "natural resource" of the state to encourage him to stay at home; he became an All-America for the Mountaineers.

8 Christy Martin
Nicknamed the Coal Miner's Daughter, the Mullens native was a pioneer in women's boxing; in 1996 she became the first female boxer to grace the cover of SI.

9 Curt Warner
The running back from Pineville set 41 school records at Penn State and ranks second on the Seahawks' career rushing list.

10 Gino Marchetti
Named the top defensive end of the NFL's first 50 years, the 11-time Pro Bowler for the Baltimore Colts was born in Smithers. During World War II, his family was moved to a California detention camp because his father was an Italian immigrant.

11 Jason Williams
The Grizzlies' point guard and former Marshall and Florida star hails from Belle and played basketball with Randy Moss at DuPont High.

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