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Chris Wade

Sports Writer



HUNTINGTON — Records are meant to be broken, and that’s what happened to three of them in the Region 4 swim meet Saturday at Marshall University inside the Frederick A. Fitch Na...

Fast start carries Herbert Hoover boys past Sherman 67-39


Herbert Hoover standout Matthew Justice knew seemingly right away that it was going to be a good night for his Huskies.

Hughes leads UC men past Wise, 78-58


The last time Virginia-Wise went on the road to play the University of Charleston, the Cavaliers shocked the Golden Eagles for their only conference win last season.

UC certainly remembered, and made sure things we...

Dunham sets early pace as SC girls defeat Parkersburg 58-43


South Charleston standout Aaliyah Dunham carried the Black Eagles in the first half and almost single-handedly kept them in the game.

Her teammates picked up the slack in the second half, and a strong defensive eff...

Cavender leads Winfield girls past Capital


Winfield only played one subsitute in its road game at Capital on Monday, but one was all the Generals needed.

Meagan Cavender came off the Generals bench to score a team high 16 points and added six rebounds in he...

SC connection helps WVU Tech pick up win


MONTGOMERY — With WVU Tech’s second-leading scorer Paul Stone out due to a groin injury, the Golden Bears needed others to step up.

Former South Charleston standouts Eddie...

Patriots get team win against Knights


The George Washington girls basketball team has leaned on junior post-player Shi Banks a lot this season, but on Monday night the Patriots showed they are much more than just a one-player team.

GW received plenty o...

Girls basketball: Wayne muscles past Charleston Catholic


The diminutive Charleston Catholic girls basketball team goes into nearly every game with a significant size disadvantage.

That was on full display Wednesday evening when the Irish suffered a 44-32 setback to Wayne...

Riverside boys hold off Charleston Catholic


MONTGOMERY — The Riverside boys basketball team had gone untested on its way to winning its first three games of the season. That changed on Tuesday.

The Warriors were challenged...

Spring Valley girls win despite huge night from Banks


George Washington post player Shi Banks had a monster game Tuesday night, grabbing 33 rebounds, scoring 18 points and blocking eight shots.

However, despite the junior’s solid all-around game, it wasn’...

Speas leads Robert C. Byrd past Mingo Central 60-34


Robert C Byrd’s Dante’ Speas came off the bench last season, but since the Eagles lost four starters to graduation, the senior has stepped into a more expanded role.

Speas is taking full advantage of ...

North Marion girls knock off Sissonville 61-48


The matchup between Class AA girls basketball powers North Marion and Sissonville figured to be the headliner of the day in the Big 10-Cardinal Conference Challenge on Friday.

North Marion, though, dominated the fi...

South Charleston girls edge George Washington 62-57 in overtime


Despite being in just the third week of the high school girls basketball season, the matchup between rivals South Charleston and George Washington Tuesday night had a postseason feel to it.

Regulation wasn’t...

WVU Tech comes up short in Baisi Classic


The West Virginia University Tech men’s basketball team has picked up several big victories this season and was hoping to add another to its resume Sunday afternoon in Montgomery.

The Golden Bears had their ...

Nitro visits Winfield in boys basketball season opener


Winfield and Nitro are the first teams in the area to begin the boys high school basketball season when the Wildcats visit the Generals tonight, and both are looking to continue building their respective programs.


Nitro, Poca among teams to start girls hoops season Tuesday


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.