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Fueled by past hardships, SC’s Pitts has found escape — and success — on the field
KENNY KEMP | Sunday Gazette-Mail
Fueled by past hardships, SC’s Pitts has found escape — and success — on the field

It’s blisteringly hot Thursday morning and Derrek Pitts Jr. sits on the bleachers at South Charleston High School, watching his teammates run the track and stairs as part of the last open workout before football practice officially starts this...

Fueled by past hardships, SC’s Pitts has found escape — and success — on the field
Fueled by past hardships, SC’s Pitts has found escape — and success — on the field

It’s blisteringly hot Thursday morning and Derrek Pitts Jr. sits on the bleachers at South Charleston High School, watching his teammates run the track and stairs as part of the last open workout before football practice officially starts this...

Capital, SC remain in Class AAA football spotlight
Capital, SC remain in Class AAA football spotlight

The second All-Kanawha County state championship game since 2008 to determine the state’s Class AAA titlist saw Capital win its first crown since 1995, yet might also have been a preview of what the 2015 season will lead to.

The Cougars...

Rick Ryan: Numbers show no disadvantage so far for Kanawha

This marks the third year that Kanawha County schools has employed an earlier start date for classes, with students reporting on Aug. 10.

When that trend began in 2013, football coaches around the state’s most populous county grumbled...

Bridgeport has taken ownership of Class AA
Bridgeport has taken ownership of Class AA

In December of 2011, Bridgeport football coach Josh Nicewarner bemoaned the results of recently released school classifications that saw the Indians make a move from Class AAA to Class AA for the 2012-15 school years.

Triple-A football was big-...

Class A football preview: Traditional powers better suited for title runs

The 2014 Class A football season opened with a rush of hope for teams unaccustomed to making deep playoff runs, but the end result was one seen frequently in the last 20 years.

Williamstown claimed its second Class A state championship in a...

Nitro’s Casto expected to be ready for practice

Bryce Casto, Nitro’s first-year football coach, is expected to be ready for the opening of preseason practice on Monday after being hospitalized on July 21 with blood clots in his lungs.

Casto, 55, was released on July 24 and attended a...

2014 prep football playoff results

Class AAA

First round

No. 1 Capital 70, No. 16 Parkersburg South 0

No. 2 Cabell Midland 45, No. 15 Parkersburg 42

No. 3 University 28, No. 14 Woodrow Wilson 6

No. 4 Martinsburg 52, No. 13 Buckhannon-Upshur 3

No. 5...

8th Annual Gazette-Mail Preseason All-State Team

First Team

Offense

QB – Kentre Grier South Charleston 6-3 175 Sr.

QB – Tyrhee Pratt Capital 6-3 200 Sr.

RB – Savion Johnson Wheeling Park 6-0 215 Sr.

RB – Cody Mitchell Point...

Prep football: returning stats leaders

Class AAA

Rushing

Name, school Att. Yards Avg. TD

Cody Mitchell, Point Pleasant 132 1,343 10.2 26

Caperton Humphrey, Cabell Midland 186 1,341 7.2 13

Chase Gump, John Marshall 231 1,291 5.6 10

Deonte Scruggs,...

2015 Gazette-Mail playoff projections

Class AAA

1. Capital

2. Martinsburg

3. Wheeling Park

4. Cabell Midland

5. South Charleston

6. Huntington

7. Point Pleasant

8. Parkersburg

9. Morgantown

10....

Roundup: MSAC sets Grid-o-rama schedule at Laidley

Capital, the defending Class AAA football champion, will meet Winfield during the Mountain State Athletic Conference Grid-o-rama the weekend of Aug. 21-22 at Laidley Field.

All 14 of the league's teams will participate in the set of preseason...

Dolan learning the SSAC ropes from Ray
Dolan learning the SSAC ropes from Ray

These days, when Gary Ray is on the job, Bernie Dolan is quite often right beside him, and vice versa.

Ray, the outgoing executive director of the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission, and Dolan, the SSAC’s incoming...

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