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Whitman, Kanawha County’s winningest prep football coach, dies
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Whitman, Kanawha County’s winningest prep football coach, dies

Dick Whitman, the all-time wins leader in Kanawha County high school football history, died Sunday morning. He was 69.

Whitman coached for 24 seasons — 16 at DuPont (1983-98) and eight at Riverside (1999-2006) — before retiring...

Whitman, Kanawha County’s winningest prep football coach, dies
Whitman, Kanawha County’s winningest prep football coach, dies

Dick Whitman, the all-time wins leader in Kanawha County high school football history, died Sunday morning. He was 69.

Whitman coached for 24 seasons — 16 at DuPont (1983-98) and eight at Riverside (1999-2006) — before retiring...

Nutrition the focus more than ever in prep sports
Nutrition the focus more than ever in prep sports

In an age of the biggest fitness phenomenon in human history, coaches and athletes of all calibers are recognizing and emphasizing the importance of the biggest ingredient of training regimens: fuel.

Nutrition among West Virginia high school...

Prominent and dominant — Buffalo’s Lucas excited about expanded role
Prominent and dominant — Buffalo’s Lucas excited about expanded role

Buffalo’s Dylan Lucas had a pretty full athletic slate last season.

The then 5-foot-8, 156-pound Lucas led the Bison football team in receiving (22 receptions, 372 yards, two touchdowns), while compiling just under 1,000 all-purpose yards,...

New faces abound as prep football practices begin

While several high school football programs set the start time on their 2015 seasons at 12:01 a.m. this morning, the coach of the reigning Class AAA state champion has set his agenda to include significantly less fanfare and pomp....

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...

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