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MSAC moves kickoffs up to 7

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Teams in the Mountain State Athletic Conference have decided to join growing portions of the state and move up kickoffs of their home football games to 7 p.m.

AAA state title contenders set to square off at Gazette-Mail/Friends of Coal Relays

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If there was ever a dry run for the state’s big-school track titles, it will take place this weekend at University of Charleston Stadium.

Multi-sport standout Bowen closes out prep odyssey with GW

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You could say Druw Bowen’s high school athletic career has come full circle.

Whittington has family ties to Buffalo’s success

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In June, Buffalo celebrates the 10th anniversary of its only Class A baseball championship. Six years prior to that, in 2000, the Bison also reached the state finals, at the time its first such advance in 20 years.

Ripley’s Jordan a hit at plate, on mound

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Ripley coach Shane Casto enjoys filling out his lineup card and penciling in Christopher Jordan’s name as his shortstop.

Whittington, Bison thunder past Greater Beckley

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BUFFALO — Nick Whittington weathered a rain delay better than his mound counterpart Friday evening, enabling Buffalo to storm off with another win over a state-ranked opponent.

Prep baseball: Landis, Sissonville set down Charleston Catholic

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After the second inning, the offense slowed to a crawl for Sissonville. But no worries for the Indians, not with the way Josh Landis was pitching.

Small-ball Ripley avenges loss to Hurricane

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HURRICANE — Ripley has won a lot of games the past three seasons by pounding the ball all over the park.

Perry, Hurricane rally past Ripley 6-5 for Ed Carter Memorial title

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For nearly five innings Saturday evening, Hurricane looked like the greenhorn team that started the season with little experience, falling behind Ripley 5-0.

Prep baseball: Hurricane, Ripley in Ed Carter finals

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A warning to other teams in the Kanawha Valley and Class AAA schools around the state: Nitro might be hitting its stride and Hurricane hasn’t fallen off as much as some anticipated.

Abbott, Lanier spark South Charleston to fourth straight win

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Tyler Abbott and Cole Lanier, South Charleston’s senior battery, handle their respective pitching and catching chores pretty well most nights.

Birthisel’s RBI hit rescues Redskins

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HURRICANE — For almost six innings, Hurricane wasted one scoring opportunity after another and was paying the price, trailing Huntington 1-0 in a tight pitchers duel.

How do prep coaches know when it’s time to walk away?

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Of all the reasons why someone can leave coaching, Nick Cook’s ranks among the most admirable.

Prep baseball notes: New pitching rules throw coaches for a loss

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At age 66, Buffalo coach Jimmy Tribble has seen a lot of changes during his many years in baseball. But he admits the new high school pitching regulations in West Virginia have thrown him for a loop.

Russo, Charleston shut down Buffalo 11-0

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A dream beginning for Charleston Catholic was only the continuation of a nightmarish week for Buffalo.

New leaders emerge as Hurricane keeps winning

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Hurricane had a one-of-a-kind roster last season, at least by West Virginia high school baseball standards.

Seventh-inning rally lifts St. Joe past Buffalo

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BUFFALO — St. Joseph is tired of being the “whipping boy,” and is doing something about it.

Haynes, Thomas key Capital’s late comeback

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Perhaps things are finally taking a turn for the better for Capital’s baseball program.

Poca baseball fends off Scott

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POCA — Owing to the school’s basketball program making the Class AA finals and playing until March 19, Poca didn’t open its baseball season until Monday evening.

Prep baseball: Lanier’s late hit rescues South Charleston

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For a second straight night, South Charleston waited until its final at-bat to put the hammer down.

Prep baseball: Justice hits, hurls Herbert Hoover to win

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Matt Justice and his Herbert Hoover teammates were hoping to charge into the state basketball tournament in downtown Charleston during the month of March, but they settled for winning a baseball game across town at Appal...

Big school baseball preview: Nitro has new coach, familiar roster

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There was perhaps more makeover in the dugout than on the field as Nitro opened its season this week.

Baseball: Nitro’s Bradley strikes out 14 in win against Cabell Midland

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It was just the season opener, but Jacob Bradley put on a prime-time performance.

Prep baseball: George Washington, Capital keep up building process

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City rivals George Washington and Capital each began the new baseball season with master plans, and each felt it was able to take a step in the right direction during Tuesday’s game.

Boys tourney wrapup: Poca could turn loss into motivation

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Perhaps Poca can now use the same mindset that Fairmont Senior employed in returning to the state championship game, and closing the deal.

Morgantown caps unbeaten season with win over Huntington

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Morgantown was poised to make history on a couple of accounts Saturday evening, so a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter to the two-time defending state champion wasn’t going to get in the way.

Boys state tournament: Fairmont Senior beats Poca for AA title

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This time, there was no comeback. This time, Fairmont Senior left no doubt. Darhius Nunn made sure of it.

Boys state tournament: Huntington sets up AAA title showdown with Morgantown

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Huntington is back in the finals. And to make the Highlanders feel even more comfortable, they’re back in the familiar role of underdogs.

Boys state tournament: Poca rolls to AA title game

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All it took was one fantastic quarter to wash away some of the angst for Poca, and to get the Dots feeling good about themselves again.

Boys state tournament: Parkersburg South trips Capital in OT 87-86

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Before Parkersburg South could outlast Capital in two overtimes in one of the wildest, back-and-forth state tournament games in recent years, it first had to overcome its penchant for giving the ball away.

Boys state tournament: Frampton’s last-second rebound bucket wins it for Poca

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As state tournament upsets go, it would have been monumental. But Luke Frampton wasn’t in the mood to make history Wednesday night.

Boys state tournament: Stacked AAA field highlights diverse tourney

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The 103rd boys basketball state tournament, which tips off Wednesday at the Charleston Civic Center, features a little something for everybody.

South Charleston’s Knapper leads Gazette-Mail All-Kanawha Valley team

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For the second straight year, South Charleston was one and done in postseason play, but Brandon Knapper still managed to leave Kanawha Valley basketball fans with a lasting impression.

Boys basketball notebook: Capital’s bench has plenty in reserve

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One of Capital coach Matt Greene’s mantras all season has been that his team’s depth is its No. 1 strength.

Girls state tournament: St. Joseph averts collapse, gets shot at record title

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St. Joseph’s date with the ghost of Northfork and all those impressive streaks? They had to wait Friday night while the Irish were taken to the limit by St. Marys.

Chapmanville fends off Sissonville’s big comeback

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CHAPMANVILLE — It was looking like one of the biggest moments ever for the Sissonville boys basketball program.

Crusaders halt Irish boys state tourney run

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PARKERSBURG — The state tournament streak is over for Charleston Catholic, courtesy of a team that does it a little differently than most.

Boys hoops notes: Catholic’s Jenkins playing over his head

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If Charleston Catholic is going to keep alive its streak of playing in 11 straight state tournaments, the Irish are going to need Sam Jenkins to keep playing at a high level.

Capital finally fends off East, returns to boys state tourney

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The Cougars had trouble for three quarters with hot-shooting Greenbrier East Tuesday night, but forced 19 turnovers and came away with a 79-65 victory in a Class AAA Region 3 co-final at Capital High School.

Football: Tinsley approved as new St. Albans head coach

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It turned out to be a happy 53rd birthday for Scott Tinsley on Monday.

Boys hoops regional preview: State tourney spots on the line this week

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It’s a foregone certainty. A team with a losing record will be playing in next week’s boys Class AAA state tournament, and most likely will be stuck with the No. 8 seed.

Murphy, Clemons help quell rally

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BUFFALO — The girls basketball team at St. Joseph certainly knows its way to the state tournament, owing to its seven straight state titles.

Williams dunk seals title win for Cougars

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In a way, it was a game Capital had to win twice. And Neil Williams did so in emphatic fashion.

Capital takes on Ripley; Hurricane hosts Winfield

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No one will be eliminated, but area boys basketball teams can make their postseason paths easier Friday when they compete in their respective sectional finals.

Ripley trio erases No. 7 South Charleston

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RIPLEY — Ripley’s Big Three outnumbered South Charleston’s Great Big One.

Sissonville boys knock off Herbert Hoover in sectional

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It wasn’t the most productive end to the regular season for Sissonville’s Nate Samples. Perhaps he was saving it for the postseason.

Boys basketball notebook: Life at the point is Rogers’ neighborhood

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The instructions from the sideline are different at Capital this season, owing to the presence of first-year coach Matt Greene and his staff.

Bombs-away GW erases Riverside

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Of all the things George Washington felt like it needed to do in Monday’s sectional opener against Riverside, hitting 13 shots from 3-point range likely wasn’t one of them.

Knapper, South Charleston outlast Wheeling Park in 3OTs

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Last week, South Charleston lost a big game in which Brandon Knapper racked up 48 points. On Saturday night, the Black Eagles won a wild marathon contest in which Knapper served as a decoy for more than three quarters.

Boys basketball sectional preview

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It’s the 12th season in which seeds have been used for prep basketball sectionals in West Virginia, and perhaps they’ve never been more necessary than this year.