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SC Post 94 wallops Beckley, faces Wheeling today for state Legion title


Baseball players are creatures of habit.

When favored South Charleston Post 94 lost its opening game of the American Legion state tournament earlier this week, there was no rush to judgment to make wholesale change...

Shears makes it two State Women’s Amateur titles in a row


HURRICANE — Adeena Shears put her stamp Thursday on the 92nd West Virginia Women’s Amateur.

The senior-to-be at Parkersburg South High School shot a sizzling 3-under-par 6...

Thailand native competing in first State Amateur


HURRICANE — Pimrawee Huang’s journey to her first West Virginia Women’s Amateur covered a couple of continents and two Division I schools.

The native of Thailand, w...

Annual Sports Legends dinner tonight in Beckley


Tex Williams has spent a lifetime in sports.

First as a star basketball player at Marshall, then coaching stints in the Kanawha Valley with St. Albans High School, the University of Charleston and the now-defunct C...

Ross, 63, shoots his age to claim first-round lead at West Virginia Open


Father Time chased John Ross around Berry Hill Country Club’s course Wednesday, but the old man just couldn’t keep up.

Ross, a senior professional golfer from Freeman, shot his age at the 82nd West Vi...

Public Courts: Home is where the tennis is


Tennis has always brought Ryan Pulliam home.

Whether he was playing for his club team at West Virginia University, working at a tennis center or coaching at Fairmont State, when July rolled around he would feel the...

Suns lefty shuts down Power


Hagerstown starting pitcher Connor Bach composed a symphony Thursday night that was anything but music to the West Virginia Power’s ears.

The 6-foot-6, 230-pound left-hander surrendered just two hits in seve...

Public Courts: Coach tries tennis to quench competitive thirst


Pat McGinnis spent last week preparing for the 56th Public Courts tennis tournament.

No, the former Winfield High School boys basketball coach wasn’t working countless hours honing his serve or backhand. He ...

Kent, Walker top solid men’s field at Public Courts tennis


The 56th Public Courts tennis tournament will have the same name players who are accustomed to dueling in the men’s open division, but the women’s side should make for intriguing competition.

The annu...

Hageboeck siblings benefit from City Meet


Emily, Katie and Robbie Hageboeck have been swimming during the summer ever since they can remember, perfecting skills that have helped propel them to athletic success.

WVFC Premier girls open with win at Region 1 Championships


BARBOURSVILLE — The West Virginia Futbol Club Premier under-17 girls have been building for the moment when the U.S. Youth Soccer Region 1 Championships returned to the Mountain State....

Power open second half with win


West Virginia Power manager Brian Esposito’s job is not to worry about wins and losses or even advancing to the playoffs, but nudging and nurturing his players in the right direction.

The Power seem to be he...

Chaos begins push for playoffs


The West Virginia Chaos has been on its heels a bit, but now the team is ready for a counterattack.

The 13th-year Premier Development League soccer squad has weathered a mid-season coaching change and injuries to s...

Greenbrier East’s Walker ‘ready to hit’ in North-South game


Greenbrier East coach Jim Justice remarked during the boys basketball season that Ty Walker has “the best hands on the planet.’’

The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Walker will now use those soft mitts to ...

Casto tackles task of turning Nitro football around


When Bryce Casto was getting the program going at South Charleston in the early 1990s, he couldn’t work with his players until August.

Now, the new Nitro football coach is taking full advantage of the three-...

High school practice period starts Monday


The school year just ended, but it’s back to work for athletes.

The three-week practice period gets into full swing this week as coaches have a chance to come together with their teams to iron out problem ar...

George Washington wins AAA GEISA for 5th time in 6 years


George Washington’s quest for the Class AAA Gazette Excellence In Sports Award didn’t begin when the 2014-15 school year started.

The Patriots’ student-athletes are a dedicated bunch, honing th...

Improved field conditions await teams at Region 1 soccer championships


While one of the world’s biggest sports spectacles — the women’s World Cup — is underway north of the border in Canada, West Virginia is gearing up for its own soccer extravaganza.

The U...

Charleston Catholic edges Williamstown for another Class A GEISA


Charleston Catholic, just like most small Class A schools, relies heavily on its athletes playing pivotal roles in an array of disciplines.

The Fighting Irish’s student body stood strong again during the 20...

State baseball tournament — Chapmanville hangs on vs. Oak Glen in AA semis


Chapmanville’s Tristan Thompson was thankful for the win in Friday’s Class AA semifinals, but he doesn’t want to go through that again.

The senior right-hander had a no-hitter through five inni...

Chapmanville advances in state baseball tournament


Tristan Thompson threw a no-hitter through five innings and Chapmanville built a comfortable lead in taking an 8-5 victory over Oak Glen in Friday’s Class AA semifinals at Appalachian Power Park.

The Tigers ...

Chapmanville, Oak Glen differ in state tournament experience


When Chapmanville and Oak Glen match up in Friday’s Class AA semifinals, they will do so from opposite ends of the spectrum.

The Tigers (29-5) won it all in 2011 and bowed out in last year’s opening r...