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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.

St. Albans girls hold off Hurricane

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St. Albans suffered its breakdown in the second quarter Monday night against Hurricane.

The Redskins, in turn, paid back the Red Dragons in the second half, as SA used its frontcourt srength to power its way to a 4...

Girls notes: Improved Banks leads GW girls into clash with St. Albans

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A girls basketball rivalry that has roots in the earliest days of the sport in West Virginia has been relatively quiet for at least a decade.

But when Class AAA No. 10 George Washington (9-6) got a 42-34 win at St....

Jones, Pinkerton lead Sissonville girls past Tolsia

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As the Class AA state tournament field learned the hard way in 2015, Sissonville’s 1-2 point guard punch is an awfully big headache to deal with.

Seniors Madison Jones and Karli Pinkerton accounted for 55 po...

Sissonville schedule gets more hectic with postponements

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The schedule for Class AA defending state champion Sissonville isn’t going to normalize any time soon.

The No. 6 Indians (9-2) had gone through a stop-and-start-and-stop again gauntlet already in the 2015-16...

Huntington boys hold off Riverside to stay unbeaten

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HUNTINGTON — Top-ranked and two-time defending state champion Huntington seemingly had upstart Riverside right where the Highlanders wanted them Tuesday night.

The Warriors, howe...

Girls notebook: Reed makes return for Sissonville

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Brooke Reed returned to the Sissonville girls basketball lineup earlier than anticipated last week, scoring four points in helping the Indians get a key 57-45 road win at Clay County.

Reed, a 5-foot-8 senior who av...

Cougars’ rally comes up short Unbeaten Highlanders improve to 11-0

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Tavian Dunn-Martin looked like he put Huntington’s 11th win of the season in the books when he hit back-to-back 3-pointers late in the first quarter Friday night at Capital.

As it turned out, it was Highland...

Sissonville’s Jones has hot hand in win over Herbert Hoover

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Sissonville senior point guard Madison Jones looked sharp in pregame warmups at Herbert Hoover on Tuesday.

She was even more impressive once the teams tipped off.

Jones made eight of her first 12 shots from ...

No. 10 St. Albans slowly finding itself

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St. Albans is still under .500, but the Red Dragons’ convincing 63-48 win over Parkersburg last Friday night helped coach Scott James’ team remain in the Class AAA poll at No. 10 this week.

The Big Re...

Fitzwater lifts Gilmer girls past Charleston Catholic

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There aren’t many girls basketball teams in West Virginia that could successfully defend Gilmer County junior center Riley Fitzwater.

Once the Class A No. 4 Titans remembered that themselves on Saturday nigh...

South Charleston girls outlast St. Albans 54-44

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In the end, St. Albans missed Jaden McDaniels more than South Charleston missed Rhea Smith, and the Class AAA No. 4 Black Eagles won a war of attrition Wednesday night to get a 54-44 win at home.

McDaniels, the nin...

Parkersburg South’s McCutcheon leaves team, moves to Michigan

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There will be a new Ostrowski Award winner in 2016.

The award, which goes to the top girls basketball player in West Virginia each year, was won by Parkersburg South’s Taryn McCutcheon in 2015, but the Michi...

Parkersburg South’s McCutcheon leaves team, moves to Michigan

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There will be a new Ostrowski Award winner in 2016.

The award, which goes to the top girls basketball player in West Virginia each year, was won by Parkersburg South’s Taryn McCutcheon in 2015, but the Michi...

Girls basketball notebook: Saunders adds inside presence for Wyoming East

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The impressive season enjoyed by Wyoming East in 2014-15 ended a game short of the Warriors’ plans.

Instead of winning the school’s first girls basketball state championship, East fell in overtime to ...

Lincoln gets foul-plagued win vs. Sissonville

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It’s not too common that a prep basketball team gets whistled for 27 fouls, commits 23 turnovers and gets a win.

Thankfully for Lincoln, the Big 10-Cardinal Conference Challenge isn’t a common event. ...

Girls basketball — Wyoming East beats SC 73-66 to remain unbeaten

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If it weren’t for a few first-quarter hiccups, Wyoming East’s 73-66 win over South Charleston on Friday night in the FCA Hoops Classic at West Virginia State University might have been an old-fashioned rout...

Bailey continues Hurricane’s wave of college-bound softball players

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The number of college softball players produced by the program at Hurricane High School continues to grow.

Sophomore center fielder Jayme Bailey, the Kanawha Valley Rookie of the Year in 2015, announced Monday that...

Girls notebook: St. Albans regroups after early losses

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St. Albans entered the 2015-16 girls basketball season ranked fifth in the Associated Press Class AAA poll, and immediately lost its first two games of the year.

“I don’t think we handled our ranking ...

Capital’s Pratt wins House Award as state’s top QB

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The 2015 prep football season saw most of the eye-opening statistics posted by quarterbacks come from the ranks of Class AA.

When it came time for the West Virginia Sports Writers Association to decide who was goin...

Capital Classic: Mountaineers’ Seggie returns to site of 2 state titles

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It’s a long way to March, but the Charleston Civic Center will have a decidedly late-winter feel to it today for the Capital Classic between the women’s basketball teams at Marshall and West Virginia.

New talent blends in well as Riverside boys thump Nitro 74-51

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What Henry Barron-Houchins couldn’t do in 10 games with the Riverside football team, he got done in one with the Warriors basketball squad.

Barron-Houchins, who along with Zack Warden transferred to Riversid...

St. Albans girls get first win in convincing fashion over Riverside

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The first week of the 2015-16 girls basketball season showed St. Albans where it stood in its continued push for a return to statewide prominence.

The second week showed just how far ahead they are of some.

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Moorefield’s Schoonover, East Hardy’s Cassell picked as Class A All-State football captains

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From 2012-14, high school football fans in West Virginia got to know the name Wil Schoonover as one of the best defenders in Class A, if not the entire state.

The Moorefield standout earned his reputation as a hard...

Magnolia wasted no time solving East Hardy attack

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WHEELING — Magnolia figured out East Hardy’s backyard offense quickly in the Class A state championship game Saturday night at Wheeling Island Stadium.

The Cougars’...

East Hardy, Magnolia clash tonight for Class A championship

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East Hardy’s run to its first Class A championship game appearance can be explained in part by one of sports’ oldest adages.

“Offense sells tickets, but defense wins championships.”

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Bridgeport’s defense most dominant in AA Super Six history

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WHEELING — Bridgeport coach Josh Nicewarner had expressed concern over how his team would slow down Tolsia’s offense in the Class AA state championship game Friday night at Whee...

All-Kanawha Valley team: Capital’s Pratt named Player of the Year

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Jon Carpenter is usually the guy making someone else laugh.

This time it’s Carpenter doing the laughing.

“He ain’t never won anything,” the Capital football coach said after being ...

Bridgeport prepares for “hard-nosed” Tolsia in Class AA title game

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PARKERSBURG — To hear Bridgeport football coach Josh Nicewarner tell it, the Indians’ matchup with Tolsia on Friday night for the Class AA state championship might provide the two-time defending champs with...

No. 1 Blue Eagles win physical battle

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NEW MARTINSVILLE — The depth of Class AAA schools might not have been on display at Alumni Field where Magnolia and Moorefield tangled in a playoff semifinal on Saturday, but the physi...

A semifinals: Moorefield looks to slow down balanced Magnolia

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Moorefield football coach Josh See got his first look at top-seeded Magnolia last week.

See crossed the state to scout the Blue Eagles’ Class A playoff quarterfinal win against Williamstown in New Martinsvil...

Capital prepares for Midland rematch

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In the end, Jon Carpenter kept his eyes on the prize.

Being in position to pick a playoff time and date for the first time since the 2014 Class AAA semifinals, Carpenter and coaching staff at No. 4 seed Capital (9-...

No. 1 Cabell Midland pulls away from Brooke in 30-7 quarterfinal win

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ONA — For 36 minutes Brooke held its own with Class AAA top seed Cabell Midland on Saturday night.

Those final 8 minutes, however, were nearly brutal for the Bruins. Midland, wh...

Saturday’s playoff previews: Early wake-up call for Brooke vs. Cabell Midland

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Brooke second-year football coach Mac McLean isn’t sure his team is ready for a Saturday afternoon game, but he’ll come a lot closer to finding out if the ninth-seeded Bruins survive to see Sunday.

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SSAC releases new school classifications

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The West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission released its new classification alignment Thursday, a move that will create a significantly altered landscape for high school sports into the next decade.

Th...

SSAC releases new school classifications

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission released its new enrollment and classifications for the next four school years on Thursday.

The new classifications being in the ...

Playoff previews: Point Pleasant hopes this isn’t last game in AAA

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Point Pleasant likely didn’t need motivation, but Thursday’s announcement from the Secondary School Activities Commission that the Class AAA No. 2 seed Big Blacks (11-0) will play in Class AA next year will...

Class A notebook: Magnolia looking for finishing touch

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PARKERSBURG — Magnolia has had a top-four playoff seed nine times since the high school football playoffs expanded to eight teams in 1978.

The Blue Eagles have one state champion...

AA notebook: Big 10, Cardinal Conference dominate remaining field

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PARKERSBURG — The Class AA football playoffs have swiftly turned into what looks largely like the Big 10-Cardinal Conference Challenge.

The basketball event, which heads into its fourth year in Decemeber, pi...

Point Pleasant draws comparisons to top-ranked Cabell Midland

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PARKERSBURG — Class AAA No. 2 seed Point Pleasant isn’t a member of the Mountain State Athletic Conference or any league, for that matter.

But as seventh-seeded Huntington (9-2) gets ready to visit th...

Playoff notes: Familiarity abounds in quarterfinal matchups

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PARKERSBURG — A theme of commonality will dominate the prep football playoff quarterfinal round this week.

Although one-third of the 12 games set to be played Friday and Saturday...

Class AA: Herbert Hoover wins 55-40 shootout over James Monroe

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LINDSIDE — Herbert Hoover stood up through trading punches throughout a wild second quarter at James Monroe on Friday night, and Huskies quarterback Triston Hager proved to be the diff...

Playoff previews: Playmakers take center stage for South Charleston, Jefferson

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South Charleston took a No. 6 seed and ran all the way to the Class AAA state championship game in 2014, the first time a seed that low had reached the Super Six since No. 8 Brooke got the state supreme court to hand it ...

Capital embraces underdog role, begins title defense

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This wasn’t how 2015 was supposed to go, in Jon Carpenter’s eyes.

“It’s probably my fault. Sometimes I think I can’t make my mind up whether I want to be a social activist or a fo...

AA combatants Hoover, James Monroe end playoff drought

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Herbert Hoover’s trip to Lindside to face James Monroe in the first round of the Class AA football playoffs tonight is somewhat of an oddity.

Neither No. 11 seed Hoover (7-3) nor the sixth-seeded Mavericks (...

More at stake since GW, Huntington last met

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By now, about all the August matchup between George Washington and Huntington in the Mountain State Athletic Conference Grid-o-Rama is good for is a starting point, marking the first time MSAC fans got a look at GW quart...