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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.
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.
You could say Druw Bowen’s high school athletic career has come full circle.
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 coach Shane Casto enjoys filling out his lineup card and penciling in Christopher Jordan’s name as his shortstop.
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.
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.
HURRICANE — Ripley has won a lot of games the past three seasons by pounding the ball all over the park.
For nearly five innings Saturday evening, Hurricane looked like the greenhorn team that started the season with little experience, falling behind Ripley 5-0.
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.
Tyler Abbott and Cole Lanier, South Charleston’s senior battery, handle their respective pitching and catching chores pretty well most nights.
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.
Of all the reasons why someone can leave coaching, Nick Cook’s ranks among the most admirable.
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.
A dream beginning for Charleston Catholic was only the continuation of a nightmarish week for Buffalo.
Hurricane had a one-of-a-kind roster last season, at least by West Virginia high school baseball standards.
BUFFALO — St. Joseph is tired of being the “whipping boy,” and is doing something about it.
Perhaps things are finally taking a turn for the better for Capital’s baseball program.
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.
For a second straight night, South Charleston waited until its final at-bat to put the hammer down.
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...
There was perhaps more makeover in the dugout than on the field as Nitro opened its season this week.
It was just the season opener, but Jacob Bradley put on a prime-time performance.
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.
Perhaps Poca can now use the same mindset that Fairmont Senior employed in returning to the state championship game, and closing the deal.
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.
This time, there was no comeback. This time, Fairmont Senior left no doubt. Darhius Nunn made sure of it.
Huntington is back in the finals. And to make the Highlanders feel even more comfortable, they’re back in the familiar role of underdogs.
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.
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.
As state tournament upsets go, it would have been monumental. But Luke Frampton wasn’t in the mood to make history Wednesday night.
The 103rd boys basketball state tournament, which tips off Wednesday at the Charleston Civic Center, features a little something for everybody.
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.
One of Capital coach Matt Greene’s mantras all season has been that his team’s depth is its No. 1 strength.
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 — It was looking like one of the biggest moments ever for the Sissonville boys basketball program.
PARKERSBURG — The state tournament streak is over for Charleston Catholic, courtesy of a team that does it a little differently than most.
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.
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.
It turned out to be a happy 53rd birthday for Scott Tinsley on Monday.
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.
BUFFALO — The girls basketball team at St. Joseph certainly knows its way to the state tournament, owing to its seven straight state titles.
In a way, it was a game Capital had to win twice. And Neil Williams did so in emphatic fashion.
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 — Ripley’s Big Three outnumbered South Charleston’s Great Big One.
It wasn’t the most productive end to the regular season for Sissonville’s Nate Samples. Perhaps he was saving it for the postseason.
The instructions from the sideline are different at Capital this season, owing to the presence of first-year coach Matt Greene and his staff.
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.
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.
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.