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Chris Wade

Sports Writer

Nitro, Poca among teams to start girls hoops season today


High school girls basketball teams throughout the state begin their season this week in search of making it to the Charleston Civic Center for the state tournament in March.

Several area schools start their journey...

UC soccer wins to retrun to NCAA semifinals


It wasn’t easy on several fronts, but the University of Charleston men’s soccer team is back in the NCAA Division II Final Four.

The Golden Eagles battled a tough opponent and nasty playing conditions...

GW, Philip Barbour, Wirt County claim volleyball state titles


Two of the premier volleyball programs in the state, George Washington and Musselman, dominated their competition all season long in reaching the Class AAA championship Saturday.

Musselman was looking for its third...

State volleyball tournament: GW reaches Class AAA title game


At least one local team was guaranteed a spot in the high school volleyball state tournament championship game.

A pair of Kanawha Valley teams, Winfield and George Washington, faced off in the Class AAA semifinals ...

State volleyball tournament: Four Kanawha Valley teams eye titles


Four Kanawha Valley teams will compete in the state volleyball tournament, which begins today at 8:30 a.m. at the Charleston Civic Center.

George Washington, Winfield and Capital will compete in the Class AAA draw,...

West Virginia State women’s hoops team limps into season


West Virginia State women’s basketball coach can’t make transactions to account for injuries, and the setbacks are piling up.

The Yellow Jackets open their season Friday against Clarion, and Smith wis...

Charleston men capture seventh consecutive conference soccer title


The dynasty continues for the University of Charleston men’s soccer team.

The Golden Eagles defeated Notre Dame College 2-0 in the Mountain East Conference tournament championship game Sunday afternoon at th...

Women’s basketball: Healthy Chyress Lockhart key for Charleston


Injuries play a big role in sports, and the University of Charleston women’s basketball team knows all about that.

The Golden Eagles lost their top player, Chyress Lockhart, to a season-ending knee injury pr...

Spring Valley picks up emotional win over Riverside


Spring Valley made the best ending of what was a truly trying week.

Timberwolves freshman Bryce Lewis passed away last weekend, with the funeral services being held on Thursday.

Ranked 15th in the Class AAA ...

Men’s basketball: WVU Tech tops Davis & Elkins 75-64


MONTGOMERY — Some coaches like to ease into their schedule, and some like to jump right in headfirst.

For West Virginia University Tech men’s basketball coach Bob Williams...

Prep volleyball: Kanawha Valley teams gearing up for sectionals


High school volleyball teams enter postseason play this week, and nothing is being taken for granted.

George Washington has been one of the top teams in the state, compiling a 57-1-1 record. The Patriots’ on...

Men’s basketball: WV State holds off WVU Tech 84-81


MONTGOMERY — Even though the matchup between WVU Tech and West Virginia State only counted in the standings for one team, the intensity was at an extremely high level for both teams th...

Perkins, Grier key balanced attack as South Charleston beats Riverside


The South Charleston offense is hard enough to stop with Kentre Grier leading the Black Eagles’ passing game.

On Friday night, SC received huge contributions from the ground game, especially from C.J. Perkin...

Charleston Catholic, Sissonville renew rivalry in regional final


The regional championship is significant enough, but it carries extra meaning for the girls soccer teams at Charleston Catholic and Sissonville.

The Class AA-A programs have met in the past two Region 4 finals, and...

Ripley’s Ranson carries the load, Vikings extend Riverside’s losing skid


With just three games remaining in the season, Ripley appeared to be the best chance Riverside had at ending its 21-game losing streak.

The Warriors had numerous opportunities, especially in the first half, but the...

Prep soccer: Hurricane girls shake off slow start, oust Nitro 4-0


The Hurricane girls soccer team might have been looking a little ahead in anticipation of a matchup against rival Winfield in the sectional final.

The Redskins started slowly against underdog Nitro and were in a s...

Girls soccer sectionals: Reeves has 3 goals, 2 assists in Capital’s win over Ripley


Capital standout Ally Reeves was determined that Tuesday would not be her last high school girls soccer game.

Reeves played a role in all of Capital’s goals in the Cougars’ 5-0 shutout victory over Ri...

SC boys knock off Riverside in soccer sectionals


The matchup between No. 4 seed South Charleston and No. 5 seed Riverside looked to be equal coming into their boys soccer Class AAA Region 3, Section 1 match Monday night at the Trace Fork Soccer Complex, and that’...

Charleston holds on, downs Fairmont State


The University of Charleston looked like it was going to celebrate homecoming in grand fashion, leading Fairmont State by 24 points in the third quarter.

The Falcons made a furious comeback, though, and the Golden ...

Balanced Buffalo shuts out Valley 47-0


OAK HILL — Buffalo coach Mike Sawyer was hoping to get a little more balanced on offense, and that’s exactly what the Bison did Friday night.

Buffalo was effective both th...

Winfield aims for return trip to volleyball state tournament


The Winfield volleyball seniors indicated one of their best moments was making it to the state tournament last season.

With the postseason looming in a few weeks, the Generals are hoping to make more memories.


MSAC girls soccer final: Parkersburg ends Winfield’s winning streak


PARKERSBURG — The streak is over.

After not losing for over two years, the Winfield girls soccer team finally was defeated, dropping a 2-0 decision to Parkersburg Saturday aftern...

MSAC boys soccer final: George Washington outlasts Parkersburg 2-1


PARKERSBURG — Regulation wasn’t enough to decide the Mountain State Athletic Conference boys soccer championship between George Washington and Parkersburg, who for 88 minutes we...

Defense helps South Charleston put away Ripley


RIPLEY — Even with South Charleston ravaged by injuries, especially to its wide receivers, the Black Eagles still have a healthy and effective Kentre Grier.

Grier used his arm an...

MSAC soccer: Winfield girls, George Washington boys vie for titles


The Winfield girls soccer team has had its fair share of championships of late.

The Generals (17-0) have won the past three state titles in Class AAA and are strong contenders to win another.

While Winfield w...

GW sweeps Capital in soccer doubleheader


The Capital goalkeeping situation was a little shaky early, and George Washington took full advantage.

GW scored two quick goals in the first four minutes and cruised from there, earning a 5-0 girls victory over th...

Ripley breaks into win column, blanks Nitro


Despite the first chilly night of the football season, Ripley coach Eddie Smolder was still doused with a Gatorade bucket after his Vikings’ 34-0 shutout victory over Nitro on Friday night.

After a difficult...

GW hosting 12-team volleyball tournament


Twelve high school volleyball teams will be coming to George Washington High School today in hopes of becoming the “Queen of the Hill.”

The Patriots have been royalty all season with an undefeated re...

Scott controls ball with ground game, routs Poca 54-15


MADISON — Scott controlled the clock and the game in its 54-15 rout of Poca Friday night.

The Skyhawks ran 45 total plays in the first half to just 11 for Poca and outgained the ...

GW remains unbeaten as Volleyball Showcase concludes


The Volleyball Showcase at the Charleston Civic Center concluded with a bang Thursday evening, featuring some of the Kanawha Valley’s best teams — George Washington, Winfield and Herbert Hoover.

The P...

Prep Volleyball Showcase gives teams a taste of the Civic Center


Over a three-night span, 35 different high school volleyball teams will make their way to town to participate in the 11th annual Volleyball Showcase at the Charleston Civic Center

For some teams, it’s an opp...

Nitro boys soccer program takes next step with young talent


At Nitro’s previous home boys soccer game, the Wildcats had a pajama theme with the student section dressed up in their nighttime attire.

The way Nitro is playing this season, no one is sleeping on the Wildc...

Presley leads Tolsia past Herbert Hoover


TOLSIA — Luke Presley had quite the all-around night for Tolsia in leading the Rebels to a 32-7 home victory over Herbert Hoover Friday night to improve to 4-0 on the season.


Schoolcraft shines as Hoover girls soccer rebuilds


After losing seven seniors to graduation, Herbert Hoover senior striker Hannah Schoolcraft described this season as a rebuilding one for the Huskies.

Schoolcraft’s play this season, though, would suggest oth...

Winfield wins volleyball tourney despite ACT absences

- The Buffalo volleyball tournament on Saturday featured nine teams, including several of the top squads throughout the state, but the ACT wreaked havoc for some of them.

Winfield routs Ripley behind Huff’s five TD passes


WINFIELD — Winfield might be a program with a penchant for running the ball, but Friday’s performance showed something different.

Generals quarterback Andrew Huff took to ...

GW volleyball team off to fast start


Although no Kanawha Valley teams won high school volleyball championships iin 2014, it was still a successful season with five area teams making it to the state tournament.

George Washington, South Charleston and W...

Late FG lifts Chapmanville over Hoover


Herbert Hoover and Chapmanville went back and forth in the second half, seemingly headed in the direction of whoever had the ball last might win.

That is exactly what happened as Chapmanville’s Tanner...

Boys soccer: Shaffer keys Capital rout of SC


Tyler Shaffer isn’t the most recognizable name on the defending state champion Capital football team.

Shaffer, though, is the one that stands out the most on the Cougar soccer team, and is one of the top pla...

Power win home finale, look ahead to playoffs


For most teams, the regular-season home finale is filled with fan-appreciation events and one last chance to see the players on the field until the following season.

The West Virginia Power’s final home game...

Charleston Catholic boys top Huntington


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Charleston Catholic boys soccer team has been no stranger to deficits so far this season.

The Irish have trailed in each of their last two games, but both times Catholic responded, ra...

Big plays carry Chapmanville past Sissonville 30-6


CHAPMANVILLE — It was a game of firsts for Sissonville and Chapmanville.

Not only was Friday the opening night of the season for both teams, but it also marked the first game for...

GW girls soccer improves to 2-0 under Sadeghian


Ali Sadeghian had a successful coaching stint with the Sissonville girls soccer program, including winning a state title two seasons ago.

Sadeghian, now in his first year coaching the George Washington girls, is ho...

Ex-Sissonville girls soccer star has Indians off to a strong start


Former Sissonville soccer standout Rebekah Kendall Messer, one of the most prolific goal scorers in Kanawha Valley history, returned to the Indians sideline this season as the team’s first-year coach.


Prominent & Dominant: Hammond stands tall as Mingo Central’s QB


At just 5-foot-7, Mingo Central’s Stevie Hammond isn’t the most intimidating presence on the football field, especially at the quarterback position.

However, Hammond’s less-than-ideal height ha...

Versatile Dillon ready for encore at Tug Valley


Tug Valley’s Jeremy Dillon plays football with a specially designed metal rod that was inserted into his femur. The rod was placed into the 16-year-old’s leg two years ago after an all-terrain vehicle crash...

Slusarciuc returns to women’s open draw, vies for another title


Ex-West Virginia State standout meets former teammate in Thursday’s semifinals

WVSU standout Franco enjoying first Public Courts experience


Public Courts newcomer has helped guide West Virginia State to multiple conference titles

Former local youth star returns to tennis at Public Courts


Charleston native Ellis was nationally ranked junior player in 1970s

Suchy helps Power past Delmarva, 5-2


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