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Chapmanville boys break out, beat Charleston Catholic


Over the years, plenty of good-shooting teams have come into the Civic Center and thrown up brick after brick. For Chapmanville Regional, the Civic Center backdrop had a different effect Tuesday night.

Shootout at the Big House brings state’s top teams to Civic Center


The Little General Shootout at the Big House has really outdone itself this year.

South Charleston gets some revenge on rival George Washington


Yes, there was some desperation in the air Saturday night with the sectionals still three weeks away, as neither South Charleston nor George Washington wants to sink to the bottom two seeds of their section, necessitatin...

Rick Ryan: More logic needed on Kanawha’s no-class, no-play policy


Some things I just can’t believe or perhaps I just don’t want to believe:

Capital coasts to Big Atlantic boys victory


BECKLEY — Capital got to double its pleasure Friday afternoon at the Big Atlantic Classic.

Warden’s free throws win wild one for Warriors


Riverside coach Ryan Carter agreed that his team didn’t play exceptionally well Thursday night, but that it did play exceptionally hard. Ultimately, that might have made the difference.

Capital’s Pratt will not sign with WVU


Capital senior quarterback TyRhee Pratt won’t be signing with West Virginia University’s football program Wednesday.

Boys notebook: Ravenswood’s Morgan shines at the line


Things haven’t been falling the right way for Ravenswood very much this season, but they certainly have been falling for Isaiah Morgan at the free-throw line.

Leap of faith: Ripley’s Fischer resurrects career at BYU


Chase Fischer took Horace Greeley at his word, albeit about 150 years late.

The former state player of the year in boys basketball from Ripley, Fischer certainly took the circuitous route to success in the “...

Buckley, Hines capture McCoy track athlete awards


Their senior seasons couldn’t have gone much better for Christian Buckley of Poca and Anacia Hines of St. Albans, as they included both state meet glory and all-time state track records.

For those accomplish...

Knapper, Scruggs help SC boys beat Musselman


Isiah Hodges likes to hang around corners and hoist a few — 3-pointers, that is.

Hodges, a junior forward, came off the bench to hit four 3s Saturday night — two in crucial situations in the fourth qu...

Ripley boys break through against George Washington


Ripley wasn’t looking for a signature win — it already got that two weeks ago when it beat South Charleston. No, this time the Vikings managed to win a game in which they were usually written off.


Boys basketball notebook: Webster County running, gunning to 10-0 start


Webster County isn’t long on height or, for that matter, media attention around the state.

But that hasn’t stopped the Highlanders from running out to a 10-0 start and the No. 4 ranking in Class AA.

Court in the storm Another year, more weather troubles


Two years ago, a combination of snowy weather and a contaminated water crisis socked Kanawha Valley basketball teams, prompting dozens of missed games and practices through the month of January.

Well, here we go ag...

What might have been: Valley athletes find success elsewhere


Less than two years ago at the state basketball tournament, Valley wasn’t sitting on top of the world, but it wasn’t far from the summit, either.

The Greyhounds from Fayette County, appearing in the b...

Bays leads Capital boys past Maple Heights


FAIRMONT — Capital seemed primed to give the game away, and Maple Heights nearly took the Cougars up on the offer.

Senior guard Miguel “Crunchy’’ Bays poured...

Morgantown too much for George Washington boys


FAIRMONT — Its globe-trotting ways finally caught up with George Washington.

Kenzie Melko and Steven Solomon each tallied 18 points Monday afternoon and unbeaten Morgantown metho...

Hatfield-McCoy shootout: GW needs overtime to put away Tug Valley 75-67


WILLIAMSON — Justin Phillips had a bummer of a first half Saturday night, but didn’t let it get him down.

Phillips scored eight of his 24 points in overtime as George Wash...

Riverside fends off hard-luck Hurricane 50-47


It’s funny how perceptions can change in such a short time.

Riverside used to be the scrappy team that often played better than its record but couldn’t find a way to win, and Hurricane for the last fe...

Huntington’s Dunn-Martin looks small, stands tall


When you first sneak a glance at Tavian Dunn-Martin, it’s easy to think small.

After all, how much impact can a guy 5-foot-8 and 135 pounds carry in a land of giants?

Well, after you watch Dunn-Martin ...

No. 1 Huntington holds off GW in OT


With standout guard and Division I recruit Tavian Dunn-Martin writhing on the floor in agony from a double dose of leg cramps late in the game, Huntington needed someone else to take over.

Turns out that everyone e...

Boys hoops notebook: Big Ten dominates Class AA rankings


One look at the Class AA state rankings will tell you it’s a banner season in basketball in North Central West Virginia.

Five of the top eight teams hail from the Big Ten Conference, a conglomeration of 13 A...

Boys hoop notes: Kanawha Valley filling Hatfield-McCoy field


Some of the Kanawha Valley’s top teams invade the historic Williamson Field House Saturday to compete in the Hatfield-McCoy Shootout, a daylong basketball showcase featuring teams from West Virginia and Kentucky.<...

Bays, Capital boys muddle to 5th straight win


WINFIELD — Not much was going right for state-ranked Capital Saturday evening, a lot of it stemming from foul problems for point guard Leondre Rogers.

But two things the Cougars ...

Meeks pours in 36 as Poca boys roll past Chapmanville 93-43


CHAPMANVILLE — With Division I prospects Elijah Cuffee and Luke Frampton grabbing most of the attention, Kaden Meeks is seldom in the spotlight for Poca.

Friday night, however, w...

Rogers, Cougars rout No. 2 South Charleston boys 76-52


If there was any doubt Capital could again be a major player in Class AAA this season, it lasted all of about one quarter Thursday evening.

Leondre Rogers poured in 26 points with four assists and the Cougars nearl...

Scruggs shines, SC wins battle of unbeatens


There’s no doubt that Riverside now belongs in the conversation about Class AAA contenders from the Kanawha Valley.

But there’s no question that South Charleston probably still sits atop that list.

Boys basketball notes: Riverside rolling in 5-0 start


It’s been a while since Riverside was relevant in Class AAA basketball, but that might all be changing.

The Warriors are off to a 5-0 start for the first time since the 1999-2000 season and could be contendi...

GW boys hold off motivated Hurricane


HURRICANE — After an unscheduled Meet the Team day broke out in Hurricane, George Washington found itself swimming upstream against a wave of emotion from the Redskins.

The Patri...

Boys basketball: Another second-half surge lifts SC to victory


It’s fast becoming a trend for South Charleston. Start a game slowly and clamp down on defense in the second half.

For a second straight night, that was the formula for the Black Eagles, who broke open a tig...

SC rallies, advances to tourney finals


South Charleston had problems in the first half Tuesday night handling the athleticism of Brooke Point, Virginia, and was tied at halftime.

But in the third quarter, things started to kick into gear for the Black E...

Capital’s Pratt caps stellar career with Kennedy Award


Not much has ever seemed to come easily for TyRhee Pratt.

Not from the first day he joined the football program at Capital as a touted freshman, all the way to his final high school game earlier this month in the S...

Boys notebook: Poca keeps rolling along


The new basketball season has gone pretty much like the old one for Poca, the defending Class AA champion that has stretched its two-year winning streak to 31 games.

The Dots (4-0) prevailed in an early-season show...

Late flurry carries George Washington girls to victory


As the third quarter was winding down Thursday night, it was very much a game between Winfield and host George Washington.

Displaying a lot of energy, the Generals sliced their game-long deficit to 28-23 and seemed...

Muto sparks surprising Hurricane past Ripley 64-52


HURRICANE — This year’s Hurricane basketball team doesn’t have much experience — heck, the Redskins graduated 93 percent of the points from a team that made the Cl...

Dawson’s jumper leads St. Albans boys past Winfield in overtime


WINFIELD — In a game chock full of big shots, Dujuan Dawson had the final say.

Dawson hit a pull-up jumper from just beyond the foul line with less than a second to play Tuesday ...

Nitro, Winfield, Logan added to Cardinal Conference for 2016-17


The Cardinal Conference has decided to add three schools and become a 10-team league for the 2016-17 school year.

The Class AA league held a meeting at Scott High School Thursday and voted to add Nitro, Winfield an...

Patriots’ day Wheeling Park dethrones Capital


WHEELING — Since opening its doors in 1976, Wheeling Park has been known around the state as a basketball school. It might be time to rethink that theory.

The Patriots stormed in...

Magnolia puts it all together in title game


WHEELING — All year, things seemed to come with great difficulty for Magnolia. But not on Saturday night, because the Blue Eagles were finally at their devastating best.

Chase St...

‘Focused’ Capital collides with dynamic Park


WHEELING — It’s not often that the turning point of a team’s season follows a loss, especially to one of its arch rivals, but that appears to be the case with Capital.

Bridgeport leaves no doubt, beats Tolsia 39-0 for 3rd straight AA title


WHEELING — Friday’s game was just the latest affirmation. Because when it comes to Class AA football in West Virginia, Bridgeport is at a whole ’nother level.


Super Six AAA notebook: This time, a real local flavor at Island Stadium


One of the most festive atmospheres to ever grace the Wheeling Super Six came in 1996, when John Marshall edged Capital 29-22 for the Class AAA title.

It marked the first time that the event had a real local rootin...

Tolsia takes a shot at No. 1 Bridgeport


The Class AAA final, pitting 1991 combatants Capital and Wheeling Park, isn’t the only Super Six game this weekend to have a similar storyline from the past.

And Tolsia, for one, hopes that those who didn&#x...

Like father, like son? “Back To The Future’’ scenario as Park, Capital collide again


Savion Johnson has heard all the old stories from his father.

How his dad’s Wheeling Park team suffered an agonizing 15-14 overtime loss to Capital in the 1991 Class AAA title game at Laidley Field in Charl...

Ripley to leave Mountain State Athletic Conference


The Mountain State Athletic Conference, which loses two members next school year when Nitro and Winfield drop into the Class AA division, will be losing another in the near future.

During a league meeting on Monday...

Prep football playoffs: Capital fortified by adversity


The only team in this week’s Super Six with more than one loss is the only team whose coach is basically calling himself a knucklehead.

Capital (10-2) made it back to Wheeling Island Stadium for another shot...

Pratt propels Cougars back to state finals


ONA — As the regular season wound down, Capital’s status as reigning Class AAA champion was starting to seem tenuous.

A pair of disheartening losses, combined with injurie...

Wheeling Park pummels Point Pleasant to reach AAA title game


POINT PLEASANT — For 21 years, they’ve been holding the state championships on Wheeling Park’s home field. For the first time next weekend, the Patriots’ presence ...

AAA semifinals: Capital, Cabell Midland look to finish the job


For both Capital and Cabell Midland, the theme is the same — finish the job.

As the two teams line up for today’s 1:30 p.m. Class AAA semifinal in Ona, each has a nagging task hanging over its head.

QBs could be X factors for Point Pleasant, Wheeling Park


Perhaps the two best running backs in Class AAA will be on display tonight when Wheeling Park comes calling on Point Pleasant in the state semifinals.

Park’s Savion Brown and Point’s Cody Mitchell tot...