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Rick Ryan

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Capital, South Charleston set to go another round


Not much has changed since Capital and South Charleston met for the Class AAA title nine months ago.

Both programs are still regarded among the best in the state, and as having some of the best athletes in West Vir...

Lucas leads Buffalo to win over Parkersburg Catholic


PARKERSBURG — Buffalo rode the running of all-state tailback Jordan Tucker to lofty heights last season. It looks like the Bison may have found a pretty good replacement for him this s...

Grier, SC pull away from St. Albans


South Charleston coach Donnie Mays saw some things from his team he didn’t like in the first half Friday night, and saw some things from St. Albans that he didn’t expect.

But when the second half roll...

Capital runs away from Riverside 50-0 in opener (video, gallery)


Capital coach Jon Carpenter talked to his team during the offseason about avoiding the approach of defending its Class AAA title. Rather, he wanted the Cougars to simply be in the fight for another one, and make their ow...

Capital concocts new motivation after title run


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Capital’s current crop of seniors has never lacked for motivation. There was always the previous...

MSAC Grid-o-rama: Riverside, Nitro coaches give thumbs up


Perhaps it’s fitting that Riverside and Nitro were paired up during Saturday’s concluding day of the Mountain State Athletic Conference Grid-o-rama at Laidley Field.

Both the Warriors and Wildcats hav...

Buffalo football leans on contrasting captains


BUFFALO — In some ways, Jacob Easton and Caleb Tucker are similar. In other ways, they’re quite different.

The senior captains provide a lot of the same things for their B...

From 0-10 to 9-3: What can Buffalo do for an encore?


BUFFALO — When Buffalo pulled off the unthinkable last year, going from 0-10 to nine wins and a spot in the Class A playoff quarterfinals, the Bison players felt energized, excited, ev...

Prep football notebook: Poca keeping tough company


One big obstacle looms for first-year Poca coach Seth Ramsey as his program attempts to make some gains following 0-10 and 1-9 seasons — that being his schedule.

Four of the Dots’ seven Cardinal Confe...

Wilson sees positives in Sissonville’s performance at Cardinal Conference Grid-o-rama


MADISON — When you get the kind of effort that Sissonville got in its scrimmage against state power Mingo Central on Saturday, you’re happy.

But when you can also score mo...

Brown, Ellis laid foundation for Capital’s football success


Most people assume the path to Capital’s Class AAA state championship last year started with a competitive loss at mighty Martinsburg in the 2013 playoff semifinals.

Giving those Bulldogs — who eventu...

Hoover looks to develop depth in Cardinal Grid-o-rama


Like almost all football coaches in West Virginia at this time of year, Herbert Hoover’s Tim Meyer is looking for a few good men.

When the Huskies participate in today’s Cardinal Conference Grid-o-ram...

Prep football notes: Nitro coaches have had an unfair share of health scares


Bryce Casto’s trip to the hospital three weeks ago with pulmonary embolisms in both lungs marked the third major health scare for a Nitro football coach since 2004.

Casto, the team’s first-year coach,...

Valley starts season with no coach, no home, star missing


SMITHERS — Every high school football team deals with uncertainty as it starts another season, whether it’s making up for the loss of experienced players to graduation or the in...

SC Post 94 stays alive behind Hill’s pitching


Post 94 manager Dave Potter said he wasn’t panicked following Wednesday’s first-round loss in the American Legion Baseball state tournament because he felt his team had enough pitching to bounce back.

Fairmont drops South Charleston Post 94 12-7 in state Legion tournament


If South Charleston Post 94 is going to play in another American Legion baseball state championship game, it’s going to have to do it the hard way.

Post 94 picked a bad time for its worst game of the season,...

West Virginia Open notebook: Up-and-down day for former South standouts


A pair of former teammates on Parkersburg South’s 2005 Class AAA state championship team wound up with matching top-10 finishes in the 82nd West Virginia Open, but took vastly different paths getting there Friday....

Grier, Pratt head up Kennedy Award candidates


Last season proved to be a banner year for Kanawha Valley football.

The Valley provided not only both teams for the Class AAA championship game at the Super Six in Wheeling, it also produced the top two vote-getter...

Power outslugs Legends 10-6


Besides being a game of performance, baseball can also be a game of perseverance.

Just ask the Power’s Trace Tam Sing and Cole Tucker.

Tam Sing gave the Power the lead for good with a clutch two-run do...