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Doddridge girls climbing back to the top in Class A track

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If the Gazette-Mail/Friends of Coal Relays are a dress rehearsal for the state track and field meet, the 2016 Class A girls competition might be a renaissance of sorts.

South Charleston routs Ripley 13-3 for MSAC softball title

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South Charleston’s first Mountain State Athletic Conference softball championship was sealed with an exclamation point Thursday, as the Black Eagles topped Ripley 13-3 in 5 2/3 innings at South Charleston H...

Buffalo’s Harrison takes aim at repeat state title

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WINFIELD – Hayden Harrison’s winning time in the boys 3,200-meter run Friday at Winfield’s Dick Dunlap Invitational wasn’t a personal record, but the Buffalo senio...

Prep softball: McDonald dominates in South Charleston win

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It looks like Amanda McDonald might finally have established herself as the top pitcher in the Kanawha Valley.

Herbert Hoover softball is down but far from out

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Sissonville is the defending Class AA softball state champion.

South Charleston rallies late to beat Cabell Midland

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If South Charleston needed some momentum in order to clinch its first Mountain State Athletic Conference baseball playoff appearance in the 11-year coaching reign of Ken Samms, Monday night gave the Black Eagles just wan...

Prep track: Can football players help end Capital’s track slump?

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Once upon a time, Capital High School was dominant in all three prep sports seasons.

Winfield’s Hinkle enters GW event fresh off school-record jump

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WINFIELD — It took time for Winfield’s track program to develop the kind of depth it needed to compete for championships at the Class AAA level.

Hurricane girls look to maintain spring momentum

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HURRICANE — The spring prep sports season has become the domain of the Hurricane Redskins in recent years.

George Washington’s Goldsmith wins Doug Huff Award

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Capital senior tight end Bryce Goldsmith caught seven passes for 65 yards and a touchdown in the Cougars’ 10-3 season in 2015 that ended with a runner-up finish to state champ Wheeling Park.

North-South All-Star girls basketball game revived, set for June 5 at Glenville

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The continued growth in strength and popularity of high school girls basketball in West Virginia has begged a significant question in the last decade.

Hoover rallies from 7-run deficit to beat Catholic 11-10

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By the top of the fifth inning Thursday night, Herbert Hoover was looking at the very real possibility of a 10-run loss to visiting Charleston Catholic in Falling Rock.

SC fulfilling powerhouse expectations under Olenchick

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Eyebrows raised across the Kanawha Valley when Annette Olenchick was announced as South Charleston’s new softball coach in 2014.

State champ Morgantown lands two on AAA girls all-state first team

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After winning consecutive Class AAA girls basketball state championships in 2014 and 2015, there were those who thought perhaps Morgantown would take a half-step backward to rebuild.

Softball: Hurricane aims to keep momentum going in 2016

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The most successful four-year run of prep softball in Hurricane history came to a fitting conclusion last May with the Redskins’ second Class AAA state championship in three years.

Boys state tournament: St. Joe wins Class A title in OT

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Jarrod West? Check.

Preston Boswell? Check.

Chase Harler? Check.

Boys state tournament: Morrison leads St. Joe past Magnolia into Class A title game

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Preston Boswell’s drive into West Virginia prep basketball history took an unforeseen and sour turn Friday night, and he can thank an unknown junior reserve from St. Joseph named John Morrison for it.

Boys state tournament: St. Joseph picks up first state tourney win

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The last time St. Joseph was in the state tournament, the Irish were joined in the 1989 field by Class A schools such as Burch, Pineville, Franklin and Oakvale.

Boys state tournament: Folden scores 30, leads Wyoming East past Robert C. Byrd

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Few teams were scouting R.J. Folden coming into the Class AA state tournament.

Small school softball preview: Sissonville gears up for another run

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If it were in any other region, defending Class AA state champion Sissonville would be sitting pretty and confident entering the 2016 prep softball season.

Morgantown’s bench provided plenty of support

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Jason White had confidence and concerns about his team’s ability to win a third consecutive Class AAA girls basketball state championship.

Gilmer girls end St. Joe’s Class A title run

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A funny thing happened on the way to Northfork.

While there were plenty of jaded eyes rolling when Gilmer County’s student section began the Class A girls basketball championship game with a chant of “...

Girls tournament: Morgantown picks apart Parkersburg South, goes to AAA finals

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Morgantown’s dominance of Parkersburg South in the state’s premier girls basketball rivalry continued Friday night, albeit with a twist not seen by most of the state in the past few years.

Girls tournament: Wyoming East defeats Sissonville, advances to title game

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Sissonville’s history of living dangerously in the Class AA state tournament finally caught up to the Indians on Friday, and as a result top-seeded Wyoming East will play for its first girls basketball state champ...

Girls tournament: Banks gets 27 points, 19 boards in GW’s upset win

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George Washington girls basketball coach Jamie LaMaster said that his team’s 18-point loss to South Charleston in sectional play was the most embarrassing moment of his coaching career.

Girls state tournament: Parkersburg South rolls to set up semifinal clash

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Parkersburg South senior forward Katelyn Byrd picked up her third foul with 5:37 left in the first half Thursday in the Patriots’ Class AAA state tournament quarterfinal against No. 5 seed Martinsburg.

Girls state tournament: Jones’ jumper sends Sissonville to semifinal

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Madison Jones put the misses behind her, and as a result, defending Class AA state champion Sissonville moved one step closer to a repeat on Wednesday night at the Charleston Civic Center.

Huntington storms back to states

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HUNTINGTON – Winfield took nearly 90 seconds off the clock during its first possession before it put up a shot Tuesday night at Huntington High School.

Girls state tournament: Defending AA champ Sissonivlle takes on tough field

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It’s no secret that defending Class AA state champion Sissonville is a bit put off by its No. 4 seeding in the girls baketball state tournament that begins Wednesday at the Charleston Civic Center.

SC’s Dunham headlines All-Kanawha Valley girls hoops team

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It didn’t look good for South Charleston when senior guard Taliah Cashwell fell to the floor in the MSAC championship game on Feb. 20 at the South Charleston Community Center.

Tolsia girls top Poca to reach state tournament

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GLENHAYES — Tolsia coach Ric Morrone has led his girls basketball teams to the state tournament 12 times, but the Rebels’ trip this year not only ranks as his most unlikel...

Sissonville girls punch ticket to state tournament

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There’s much more to Sissonville than all-state guard Karli Pinkerton and Indians all-time scoring leader Madison Jones, and those with an eye on next week’s Class AA state tournament are going to get to se...

Winfield boys knock off St. Albans

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The third time, and the 3, were the charm for Winfield on Wednesday night in the Generals’ Class AAA Region 4 Section 1 semifinal contest at second-seeded St. Albans.

St. Albans girls fall in regional for fourth consecutive season

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Tuesday night in St. Albans looked awfully familiar to Karlee Aldermann.

State berths on the line tonight in AAA girls basketball regionals

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Class AAA George Washington hopes to clinch its first trip to the girls basketball state tournmament since 2012 tonight when the Patriots (15-8) travel to face Greenbrier East (19-3) in a Region 3 co-final in Lewisburg.<...

Jones’ hunt is complete GW senior wins 160 title, Most Outstanding Wrestler honor

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HUNTINGTON — George Washington senior Hunter Jones has been on the losing end enough times in the West Virginia state wrestling meet, he was bound and determined to make his last match...

Girls sectionals: Dunham leads the way as SC drills GW in title game

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South Charleston’s Aaliyah Dunham had just four points in the second half Friday night, but it was more than enough for the Black Eagles to claim a 48-30 win over George Washington in the Class AAA Region 3 Sectio...

Parkersburg South, Independence zoom out to big leads at state wrestling tournament

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HUNTINGTON — Defending champions Parkersburg South (Class AAA) and Independence (Class AA-A) brought both quality and quantity to the first day of the state wrestling tournament Thursd...

Hot start carries George Washington girls to sectional win

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Shi Banks got George Washington an early lead Wednesday night, but it was the rest of coach Jamie LaMaster’s unheralded team that made sure the Patriots would reach regional play this season.

Twenty years after shifting from fall to winter, girls basketball in WV ‘a lot better than it was’

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They said there wouldn’t be enough officials.

They said there wouldn’t be enough gym time to go around.

SC girls avenge loss to Huntington, snag MSAC title

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Leave the debate whether the teams’ first meeting was the anomaly or the second. For now and the next 12 months, South Charleston is the Mountain State Athletic Conference girls basketball champion.

MSAC girls: SC, Huntington meet again at Night of Champions

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There’s little need to research the result of the 2015 Mountain State Athletic Conference girls basketball championship game.

Tinsley joins St. Albans football staff

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Welcome home, Scott Tinsley.

The former St. Albans quarterback and 1980 graduate, who became better known in the 1990s as a guru of high-powered offenses while coaching at rival Nitro, was approved by the Kanawha C...

Unbeaten Highlanders smack Black Eagles

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HUNTINGTON — South Charleston’s second meeting with a top-ranked team in less than a week didn’t go nearly as well as it did in the Black Eagles’ first try.

Girls notebook: Wayne emerges as regional, state threat

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It’s not easy for Wayne High School to be recognized as a girls basketball hot spot.

Sissonville girls hold off Wayne in Cardinal showdown

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On one hand, Sissonville’s 57-51 home win over eighth-ranked Wayne on Thursday gave the defending Class AA state champions some opportunity to show they weren’t a two-woman show.

Derek Taylor: Hold off on coronation of Morgantown girls

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At 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, the general consensus in West Virginia was that Morgantown was destined to cruise to its third consecutive Class AAA girls basketball state championship.

Capital’s Goldsmith to play football at Davidson

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Bryce Goldsmith is a living testament to the fact that All-State teams are not based on a player’s potential to play in college.

Banks dominates as GW girls take out Redskins

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The effect Shi Banks can have on a girls basketball game is gradually becoming a hallmark of the 2015-16 season, and if it continues George Washington might find itself back in the Mountain State Athletic Conference Nigh...

Moorefield’s Schoonover likes homey feel at Glenville State

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Wil Schoonover spent the better part of his last two football seasons at Moorefield High School doing what many star West Virginia high school football players do.