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SSAC releases new school classifications


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 ...

State champ Fairmont Senior boys put four on AA-A soccer all-state


West Virginia Sports Writers Association

Class AA-A boys soccer all-state

First team

F — Joey Trupo, senior, Charleston Catholic

F — Tanner Furbee, senior, Bridgeport

F ...

Fairmont Senior boys edge Charleston Catholic in AA-A title game


BECKLEY — To knock off defending state champion and perennial West Virginia boys high school soccer power Charleston Catholic in Saturday’s Class AA-A state championship game, i...

Charleston Catholic girls cruise to AA-A soccer championship


BECKLEY — When Charleston Catholic wins a girls soccer state championship, it leaves little doubt to the outcome.

Last season, the Irish erased the bad memory of a lopsided loss ...

State soccer tournament: Charleston Catholic girls advance to AA-A title game


BECKLEY — When 80 minutes was not enough to separate Charleston Catholic and Robert C. Byrd in Friday’s Class AA-A girls soccer state semifinal match, two golden-goal overtime p...

State soccer tournament: Charleston Catholic boys back in AA-A final


BECKLEY — Charleston Catholic’s seniors have played in six state tournament games during their four years of high school. Today, they’ll play their seventh with a chance ...

State soccer tournament: Charleston Catholic looks to continue dominance


In West Virginia prep soccer, it is no secret that there are certain schools that consistently produce state tournament and state championship teams. Since the sport split into two classifications prior to the 2008 seaso...

All-Kanawha Valley boys soccer: Charleston Catholic’s Trupo honored


Firsts are hard to come by at this point in Joey Trupo’s prep soccer career.

Trupo, a senior at Charleston Catholic, has been to the state tournament four times with the Irish and won two Class AA-A state ti...

WVU’s Kadeisha Buchanan named to Ballon d’Or shortlist


After a year that has included a standout performance at the FIFA Women’s World Cup and a Best Young Player award at the tournament, the accolades continue to come in for West Virginia University junior defender K...

Boys soccer: Cross Lanes’ Kyle Davis fueled by adversity


Kyle Davis has overcome a lot — both injury and perception — to put together the most prolific prep soccer career in Cross Lanes Christian School history.

Davis, a senior, recently broke Jason Buckley...

Soccer notebook: Charleston Catholic boys in hunt for unbeaten season


Charleston Catholic’s boys soccer team cruised through the postseason in 2014 on its way to a Class AA/A state championship. This season, as the established favorites to win another title, the Irish might be even ...

Prep soccer: Winfield girls blank George Washington 2-0


In a match between two of the state’s preeminent girls soccer programs, Winfield showed yet again why it is the team all others have been chasing in recent seasons.

The Generals, winners of the last three Cl...

BlueClaws edge Power 6-4


The West Virginia Power stumbled a bit Thursday on its way to a potential South Atlantic League Northern Division second-half title.

Starting pitcher Stephen Tarpley gave up a three-run home run to Lakewood’...

Prominent & Dominant: Highlander featured in Hurricane’s updated defense


In his first season with the Hurricane High football team, Ethan Highlander made an immediate impact.

Saints, Patriots keep it civil in combined Greenbrier practice (gallery)


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — In recent combined practice sessions at NFL training camps, fights have been a problem. On Tuesday, the Dallas Cowboys and St. Louis Rams scuffled, and last wee...

Charleston Catholic girls loaded in bid for another state soccer title


The Charleston Catholic girls soccer team spent last season as the hunters. In 2015, the Irish will play the role of the hunted.

Catholic won its fourth Class AA-A girls soccer state championship in program history...

Charleston Catholic’s goal, as always, is another state soccer title


A certain level of success is expected with the Charleston Catholic boys soccer team. For the Irish, anything less than a state championship is a letdown.

Catholic has won five of the last six Class AA-A boys socce...

Nitro boys soccer team motivated after last year’s tough sectional loss


In his first season as coach of the Nitro boys soccer team, Ryne Eich helped guide the Wildcats to a winning record and a sectional championship game.

That game ended in a loss on penalty kicks to Winfield, which w...

Winfield reloads in bid for 4th consecutive girls state soccer title


For most girls soccer teams, replacing a senior class that included multiple all-state players and the two-time state player of the year would be a near impossible task.

Winfield, however, is not like most girls so...

7th-inning homer the difference as Greenville edges Power 3-2


The Greenville Drive has its fair share of highly drafted and/or expensive prospects, but it was an undrafted international free agent that provided the pivotal play Tuesday.

Catcher David Sopilka, signed by the R...

Coley sets Power record with 13th victory of season


Winning streaks have been a somewhat common theme this season for the West Virginia Power, while losing streaks have been few and far between.

Monday, the Power saw to it that trend would continue.

West Virgi...

Power win streak comes to an end


The West Virginia Power’s five-game winning streak came to an end as the visiting Lakewood BlueClaws got out of Appalachian Power Park with a 5-3 win on Sunday afternoon.

The Power (62-43 overall, 25-11 seco...

Saints’ Brees wants to bounce back from tough year


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Drew Brees has been a quarterback in the National Football League for a long time — 14 seasons to be exact. In that time he has seen and done just about ...

Power, Lakewood clash in divisional showdown


The West Virginia Power returns home today to open a four-game series against the Lakewood BlueClaws in a battle between the South Atlantic League Northern Division’s top two teams.

The Power (59-42 overall,...

Twitter battle with Pitt coach highlights Holgorsen visit


West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen made an appearance in the Kanawha Valley on Tuesday evening, speaking to fans at Grumpy's Waterfront Grille in Jefferson as a guest of Charleston Gazette-Mail sports...

Power pitcher Tarpley dealing well with new faces, new strategies


Lefty is now 6-2 on season with a 2.38 ERA and 46 Ks

Power teenager quickly learning the ropes


Tucker batting .282 and has .956 fielding percentage at shortstop

Haley closes prep career at home in North-South football game


Kennedy Award winner leads South against North on Saturday at University of Charleston Stadium

New prep football coaches ready to go as summer practice begins


Riverside, Nitro, Sissonville prepare for new eras with first-year coaches

Cleghorn, Bridgeport shut down Chapmanville


Class AA baseball state tournament championship: Bridgeport 5, Chapmanville 0

Bridgeport tops PikeView for return trip to AA title game


Prep baseball state tournament: Bridgeport 17, PikeView 7

W.Va. Chaos aims to keep pace with PDL league leaders


West Virginia Chaos host South Carolina United Bantams at Schoenbaum Soccer Stadium on Saturday