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Rick Ryan

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Pratt has left lasting mark on Capital program, community


A lot has happened in the Capital football program the last four years. And Tyrhee Pratt has seen it all.

From the Cougars winning their first state championship since 1995, to seeing teammate Kashuan Haley become ...

Patriots ‘Cross’ up SC, roll to 41-0 win


WHEELING — South Charleston was ready for Savion Johnson, and Wheeling Park’s all-state running back really didn’t hurt the Black Eagles early.

But SC didn’t...

MSAC, Cardinal shakeup coming after SSAC reclassification


The SSAC’s release of its new reclassification figures for the next four years started another round of shuffling on Thursday, this time among high school athletic conferences.

With several schools moving do...

Defenses could decide South Charleston-Wheeling Park clash


It’s hard to tell what kind of game it’s going to be when Class AAA powers South Charleston and Wheeling Park collide tonight in the playoff quarterfinals at Wheeling Island Stadium.

Everyone knows th...

Knapper, Harler lead Gazette-Mail preseason boys basketball team


Though located at opposite ends of the state, Chase Harler of Wheeling Central and Brandon Knapper of South Charleston are bound by several ties.

Both senior guards pack a variety of skills, Harler with his confide...

Capital cruises Cougars’ romp over Spring Mills sets up rematch vs. Martinsburg


Capital made sure Spring Mills’ first playoff game was a forgettable experience, all the while assuring itself what promises to be another memorable matchup with Martinsburg.

Tyrhee Pratt threw for 241 yards...

Mitchell leads Point Pleasant past Musselman


POINT PLEASANT — Seldom has a team with so much success had so much to prove.

Point Pleasant embarked on what it hopes is a long, prosperous playoff run Friday night, erasing No....

Buffalo has tough draw, hosts St. Marys in first round of playoffs


Once the euphoria of completing a 10-0 regular season and earning a home playoff date wore off, Buffalo took a good, hard look at its first-round opponent:

St. Marys. As in last year’s No. 1 seed in Class A ...

Nazario grows into role as Capital’s feature back


Well before the season started, Capital was doing everything it could to get junior running back Silas Nazario ready for the task at hand.

The task? Filling the shoes of Kashuan Haley, the Kennedy Award-winning run...

Football success makes GW’s Bowen rethink baseball plan


When Druw Bowen arrived at George Washington and went out for football, many people felt it was just something for him to pass the time between baseball seasons.

After all, Bowen was already a two-time Class A all-...

Playoff wait’s over for Meyer, Herbert Hoover


When Tim Meyer took over as coach at Herbert Hoover in 2009 and qualified for the Class AA playoffs his first two seasons, he probably thought he had it made.

Little did he know the Huskies would then go through a ...

Lucas, Buffalo wallop Wahama 66-27


BUFFALO — The evening couldn’t have gone much better for Buffalo’s football program.

Running back Dylan Lucas zigged and zagged his way for 300 yards from scrimmage...

Previews: Buffalo shoots for 10-0 vs. Wahama


Further proof that what goes around, comes around:

Three straight times in recent years (2010-12), Wahama entered its regular-season finale against Buffalo with a chance to polish off a 10-0 record — and suc...

Class AAA notes: Hurricane, Princeton facing long odds for playoffs


Hurricane and Princeton face the same daunting challenge Friday — tackle unbeaten teams with their playoff hopes hanging in the balance.

The Redskins and Tigers, both 5-4, meet the two remaining unbeaten tea...

Bluefield thumps James Monroe in coalfields showdown


BLUEFIELD — Once Bluefield stopped playing trick-or-treat with the ball, it was all over for James Monroe.

Carlos Reed ran for 156 yards and scored three touchdowns and the Beave...

Gazette-Mail Poll game of the week: Bluefield, James Monroe tangle for bragging rights


James Monroe coach John Mustain almost chuckled when asked if speed is the No. 1 worry when playing Bluefield.

“I don’t see how it could be anything else,’’ Mustain said.

The Beave...

Buffalo focused on completing turnaround


BUFFALO — Football teams have made the monumental climb from 0-10 to 10-0 in southern West Virginia many times before.

Heck, Huntington just did it recently, going from 0-10 in c...

Prep soccer: Winfield girls win, continue quest for 4 in a row


POINT PLEASANT — No matter how often or by how many, winning never gets old for Winfield.

OT win sends Winfield boys to state soccer tourney


POINT PLEASANT — One moment, dejection. The next, elation. Such are the regional finals.

Winfield scored in the final two minutes of regulation to reach overtime, and then freshm...

Capital grinds it out Cougars eschew pass, run past Wolves 21-7


HUNTINGTON — Robbed of one of its best offensive weapons, the deep-ball passing game, Capital ripped a few pages out of Spring Valley’s playbook Friday night.

Silas Nazari...

Prep football previews: Wolves want to slow down prolific Capital


Spring Valley doesn’t have to look far for a game plan in tonight’s tussle with Capital, an athletic team that likes to play fast-break football.

It would be the same strategy that allowed the Timberw...

Offensive line sets tone for high-scoring Patriots


After missing out on the playoffs for the first time in eight years, George Washington began this season with big plans. Ambitious plans, you might say, for a team coming off a 5-5 season.

Not only did the Patriots...

Prep football, Class AAA notes: Brooke taking hard road to playoffs


If Brooke gains entry into the Class AAA playoffs, the moment won’t be too much for the Bruins to handle. You can count on it.

They’ll be as prepared as any team could be for the postseason after tack...

George Washington proves its mettle, shrugs off Capital


Turns out that all those points and yards George Washington was cranking out weren’t just a mirage. They’re for real, and so are the Patriots.

NuNu Miller broke loose for 264 yards and a pair of touch...

Capital takes aim at GW’s dynamic offense


Capital coach Jon Carpenter realizes it’s going to be difficult to hold down a George Washington team that cranks out more than 50 points and 514 yards per game.

But he also knows that it’s tougher to...

Nitro banking on junior tailback Banks


When Bryce Casto took over the rebuilding project at Nitro several months ago, his initial thought was to start the foundation with a solid running game.

One of the first bricks he handed out was to junior tailback...

AA-A prep football notes: Veteran players have Chapmanville on a tear


Chapmanville Regional’s senior class has definitely saved its best performance for its last.

The Tigers, who haven’t been to the Class AA playoffs since reaching the semifinals in 2011, might have alr...

No. 1 Cabell Midland earns measure of revenge vs. Huntington


HUNTINGTON — It wasn’t the fearsome, dominant performance that Cabell Midland fans have come to know this season, but it was good enough.

And coming on a day when the Knig...

Miller, George Washington break away late, halt Hurricane


Throughout the entire second quarter, George Washington threatened to break an early tie, but lost its way every time it got close to the Hurricane goal line.

But in the second half, NuNu Miller took things in his ...

Hurricane, George Washington ready for latest clash


Just like last year, George Washington and Hurricane come into tonight’s game with respective records of 4-1 and 3-2.

And just like last year, each has tremendous challenges left on its schedule, making this...

Friday’s prep football previews: Hoover, Sissonville seek momentum


One team’s offense is humming, the other’s is struggling. But the opportunity to make a push for the playoffs is there for both.

Cardinal Conference and Kanawha County rivals Herbert Hoover and Sisson...

SC’s ‘new’ set of receivers catching on


When South Charleston began the season, its receiving corps was a focal point for coach Donnie Mays.

Yes, the Black Eagles returned first-team all-stater Fred Crozier, but lost the rest of their top four receivers ...

AA-A notes: Hoover, Sissonville facing must-win game


At the outset of this season, both of Kanawha County’s two Cardinal Conference teams had designs on making the Class AA playoff field.

Well, come Friday night, one of those teams’ designs are going to...

Buffalo stays perfect without shutout of Tug Valley


NAUGATUCK — Buffalo had waited 11 months to get another shot at Tug Valley, and it wasn’t going to let a little mud get in its way. Well, OK, a lot of mud.

Dylan Lucas ran...

Prep previews: Buffalo, Tug Valley collide in top-10 matchup


Buffalo gets the chance to avenge a season-ending loss from last year when it travels to Tug Valley tonight for a matchup of teams in the top 10 of the Class A playoff ratings.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. between ...

Point Pleasant’s Mitchell, Safford setting groundbreaking pace


POINT PLEASANT — Most football teams in West Virginia would be satisfied having one running back with the production of Cody Mitchell or Grant Safford.

But that tandem has folks ...

Small-school notes — Roane QB May stacking up big numbers


Roane County coach Paul Burdette knew quarterback Tyler May was going to be his featured back this year.

But with numbers like this? Hey, it’s almost a double feature.

May has been piling up yards and ...

Burst carries Capital past Hurricane 49-28


When Capital hits that hidden gear, there aren’t too many teams who can hang around. That’s pretty much what happened Friday night.

The Cougars blitzed Hurricane with five consecutive touchdowns to st...

Friday’s previews: Pratt key as Capital hosts Hurricane


In Jeremy Taylor’s first season as Hurricane’s head coach, his squad polished off a coveted 23-20 victory over Capital — the second of back-to-back wins for the Redskins against the Cougars.


Big games dot AA-A schedules Friday


Every week, a handful of games capture the attention of high school football fans around the state.

Usually, they’re Class AAA matchups, like this week’s menu of Morgantown at Martinsburg and Cabell M...

Two-QB systems working at GW, Hoover


There’s an old football adage that says, roughly, teams that use two quarterbacks don’t really have even one quarterback.

Teams in Kanawha County, especially George Washington and Herbert Hoover, woul...

Poca’s Cuffee commits to Liberty


Elijah Cuffee, a 6-foot-3 guard-forward who last winter helped Poca capture its first Class AA state basketball title since 1997, has committed to Liberty University.

Cuffee and family members were in the Lynchburg...

GW piles up yards, points against Riverside


Riverside’s improvement under first-year coach Zach Davis can be measured in leaps and bounds. But the Warriors never had a chance Friday night against the point-a-minute machine from George Washington.


Tonight’s prep previews: Riverside tangles with explosive GW


Riverside, which has shown a great deal of improvement the past two weeks under first-year coach Zach Davis, gets a big test tonight at George Washington.

The Warriors (0-3) fell two weeks ago to St. Albans 26-24 w...

Winless Sissonville hopes to rally again


The good news for Sissonville is that its record reflects just about the same kind of start as last season, a year when the Indians again made the Class AA playoffs.

The bad news is that the Indians have lost three...

Cabell Midland knocks off No. 1 Capital with late TD


Cabell Midland stared straight into the jaws of the giant and didn’t flinch.

Devin Stapleton broke off a 42-yard touchdown run with 44 seconds remaining Friday night and the Knights came away with a 21-14 vi...

Another tight Capital-Midland showdown?


Of all the games during Capital’s unbeaten march to state championship glory last year, perhaps the one most in doubt occurred Oct. 10 in Ona.

The game was tied twice in the second half before the Cougars sc...

Do-it-all Humphrey fills many roles for Cabell Midland


One of the best things about Cabell Midland fullback Caperton Humphrey is that he’s good at a lot of things.

Humphrey, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound senior, has been compared to an NFL-style fullback in that he can ...

AA/A notebook: Tolsia takes state by surprise with early wins


Probably the biggest surprise team in the state so far is Tolsia. How can the Rebels not be?

All they’ve done in the season’s first two weeks is knock off two opponents who were ranked in the top five...

Former boxing champ Thomas brings storied past to Valley


When a former state champion boxer comes to town, it’s a special occasion. And it was even more so for John Messinger, who operates the Holley Strength System gym in South Charleston.

Paying a visit this wee...