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Ripley edges Huntington for MSAC wrestling title

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After leading for a big portion of the day, Ripley saw its advantage over Huntington disappear just before the start of championship matches.

South Charleston girls roll past Spring Valley

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In its previous game earlier this week against Class AAA No. 2 Huntington, No. 7 Spring Valley gave up 35 points and 12 rebounds to the Highlanders’ Jordyn Dawson in a loss.

Woodrow Wilson uses strong second half to surge past George Washington

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BECKLEY — Woodrow Wilson coach Ron Kidd praised his team’s defensive prowess at the conclusion of Tuesday’s win over George Washington on Tuesday night.

Capital cruises past short-handed Riverside

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Riding a 10-2 start, Riverside came into Saturday’s game at Capital looking for a signature win.

Instead, Capital added another to an already solid resume.

The Class AAA No. 5 Cougars opened on a 7-0...

No. 1 Poca uses late flurry to finish Hoover

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POCA — Poca was well on its way already, carrying a 16-point lead into the fourth quarter on Friday night.

But the Dots’ two star players decided to put quite an exclamat...

Hurricane girls rally, turn the tables on Winfield for 44-37 win

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WINFIELD — Hurricane coach Austin Lowe said Thursday’s game against Winfield was a date his team had circled on its calendar after the Generals defeated the Redskins in the team...

WV Duals offers premier prep wrestling field after WSAZ cancellation

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Last weekend’s blizzard wiped out the WSAZ Invitational, arguably the premier prep wrestling event in the state during the regular season.

The aftermath left coaches around the state scrambling for matches ...

Prep wrestling: Riverside shows progress entering WSAZ Invitational

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Though Riverside may have slid a couple of spots to No. 10 in last week’s wvmat.com Class AAA team rankings, the Warriors more than proved themselves with a fifth-place finish out of 29 schools at the Winnerȁ...

Banks records triple-double as GW girls top St. Albans

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George Washington’s Shi Banks put up quite a stat line against St. Albans on Saturday night, scoring 14 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and blocking 13 shots.

It’s hard to tell what she may have done wi...

Prep wrestling notes: Former GW coach Harper now guiding Herbert Hoover

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Coach Richard Harper may have traded in a maroon shirt for a blue and red one, but his presence on the Kanawha Valley prep wrestling scene is still alive and well.

After guiding George Washington for 10 years, Har...

St. Albans wrestlers making presence felt throughout state

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St. Albans has been a wrestling program on the rise over the past couple of seasons, and on Thursday it continued its rapid rise up the wvmat.com Class AAA team rankings.

The Red Dragons were No. 7 in the first po...

Samples scores 26, leads Indians to road victory

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HAMLIN — No pun intended, but in a small sample size, Nate Samples has proven to be quite the addition for Sissonville through six games.

The sophomore transfer from Poca was al...

Sissonville girls hold off Poca 50-37

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POCA — Defending Class AA state champion Sissonville had an odd start to its season, playing seven games across nearly a month, with three of those contests played out of state, making...

Marshall opens C-USA play against Western Kentucky

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HUNTINGTON — With a tough nonconference slate now complete, the Marshall men’s basketball team can turn its attention to conference play and, in its own way, a new season to beg...

Morgantown girls prove too much for St. Albans

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St. Albans had already faced two-time defending Class AAA champion Morgantown earlier this season, giving the Mohigans their toughest challenge yet before losing by eight.

But in the rematch played on the Red Drag...

Sissonville girls rout visiting Capital

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Due to some scheduling quirks and a postponement last week, Sissonville had only played two games heading into Wednesday’s battle with Class AAA Capital.

And while signs of rust were visible for the defendi...

Boys basketball: Matt Greene gets first coaching win as Capital beats Greenbrier East 78-70

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Coach Matt Greene started his career at Capital against the same team that ended the Cougars’ season last year.

Only this time around, albeit on a smaller stage and with lesser consequences, Capital was able...

GW relying on trio of seniors for successful season

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POINT PLEASANT — George Washington wrestling coach Justin Rollyson fully admitted that his Patriots can’t replace two-time state champion David Smith in the 285-pound division. ...

Poca dumps Nitro 76-50 in season opener

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POCA — Poca began its defense of a Class AA state championship on Friday night at home, and like any team’s opening game there were plenty of positives and negatives for coach A...

Girls basketball: Experienced Charleston Catholic picks up first win

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The Charleston Catholic girls basketball team lost its season opener Saturday to Lucasville Valley, Ohio, in a tournament at the University of Rio Grande.

Yet the Irish, which returns four starters from last year&...

Huntington girls cruise past Capital 69-33

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HUNTINGTON – Huntington’s furious, opportunistic defense showed up from the beginning on Tuesday. When the offense arrived in the second quarter, there was no stopping the Highl...

Capital-Wheeling Park a ‘well-matched game’

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When it comes to breaking down Saturday’s Class AAA championship game between No. 4 Capital and No. 3 Wheeling Park, a couple of coaches in the area have a special perspective and, along with it, especially valid ...

McDonald leads East Hardy to win

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BAKER — Corey McDonald had as much a part in helping his own passing game as he did negating his opponents.

The East Hardy quarterback threw for 402 yards and five touchdowns an...

No. 1 Bridgeport outlasts Fairmont Senior in AA semifinals

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BRIDGEPORT — To earn its shot at a three-peat, Bridgeport needed two defensive scores and one crazy, busted offensive play.

The No. 1 Indians were finally tested in a big way o...

A semifinals: St. Marys on doorstep of return to Wheeling

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A year after a heartbreaking overtime loss to Williamstown in the Class A championship game, maybe few expected much from a St. Marys squad returning only three starters on offense and two on defense from 2014.

Co...

Bridgeport, Fairmont Senior renew rivalry

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Familiarity has become a theme for Bridgeport’s quest to get back to Wheeling Island in 2015.

A week after dispatching rival Robert C. Byrd 41-13 in the Class AA quarterfinals, the No. 1 Indians welcome in ...

Trio of backs help drive Midland offense

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Cabell Midland coach Luke Salmons said that in his wing-T, triple-option offensive scheme, his best three players usually line up in the backfield.

It’d be really tough to argue with him this season.

Capital, Martinsburg to collide in postseason yet again

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These days, it just wouldn’t be the Class AAA playoffs unless Capital and Martinsburg battled somewhere.

The teams will meet in the postseason for the third straight year, this time in the quarterfinals as ...

George Washington has 3 first-team picks on AAA girls all-state soccer team

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Winfield kept its dynasty rolling in Class AAA, scoring a fourth straight state tournament title with a 3-1 win over Parkersburg.

But neither of those teams had the most representatives on the West Virginia Sports...

Class AAA: No. 1 Cabell Midland rolls past Princeton 55-7

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ONA — To say the least, Ripley’s claim to fame as far as ultimate playoff underdogs are concerned is safe for another year.

Princeton was vying to join the Vikings as the...

Playoff previews: No. 1 Midland begins playoff march with Princeton

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Being the Class AAA No. 1 seed isn’t anything new to Cabell Midland, which also earned that distinction back in 2012.

But the Knights are hoping this time they can cash in on that high seed.

Midland ...

Class A playoff notebook: Man, Tug Valley meet yet again

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Of all first-round high school football playoff matchups in any class, there’s one that has been proven to be an even matchup time and again in recent history.

No. 5 Man will host No. 12 Tug Valley at 7:30 ...

Prep football playoffs, AA notebook: No. 15 Weir poses big threat to No. 2 Bluefield

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After being upset in the first round of the playoffs last year by No. 14 seed Ravenswood, No. 2 Bluefield may be hosting an even more dangerous opponent this time.

No. 15 Weir (7-3) will make the long trek from th...

Morgantown boys repeat as Class AAA state soccer champs

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BECKLEY – In trailing 1-0 to George Washington at halftime in one of the Class AAA semifinals on Friday, a slow start put Morgantown in a hole from which it was just able to crawl out....

Winfield girls win fourth straight AAA soccer title

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BECKLEY — In the media room after the game, Winfield senior midfielder Jordan Pauley reached into a cooler of ice and grabbed a cold Dr. Pepper, clutching it with as much joy as she ha...

State soccer tournament: GW, Winfield boys ousted in semifinals

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BECKLEY — Coming into Friday’s Class AAA semifinals, half of the remaining boys teams were from the Kanawha County.

But by the time the dust cleared on the morning sessio...

State soccer tournament: Winfield girls reach Class AAA title game

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BECKLEY — Winfield’s 2-0 loss to Parkersburg in the Mountain State Athletic Conference championship game, its only loss of the season, has come to represent so much to the Gener...

State soccer tournament: Winfield girls seeking fourth straight title

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Coach Marshall Hoff and Winfield have won three straight Class AAA girls state soccer titles by being prepared.

So when Hoff said he wouldn’t be available for an interview until 11 p.m. Monday, it was all j...

All-Kanawha Valley girls soccer: Winfield’s Pauley named top player

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This year’s run to the state tournament has been a bit different for Winfield than the last three that ended with Class AAA state championships, but there has been at least one common denominator on each of those ...

Cross country: University girls, Cabell Midland boys win Class AAA state titles

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ONA — Sometimes a year really doesn’t make much of a difference after all.

The podiums at the state cross country meet at Cabell Midland High School Saturday looked a lot...

Winfield uses defense to hold off St. Albans

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Regardless of records, a budding rivalry in the Kanawha Valley keeps churning out dramatic finishes.

For the second straight season, the Winfield-St. Albans matchup was decided by a single point, but this time the...

Charleston Catholic boys shake off Williamstown, earn state soccer berth

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RIPLEY — With a little over 21 minutes remaining in a surprisingly scoreless game, Charleston Catholic senior forward Joey Trupo had seen just about enough of his squad’s sputte...

Charleston Catholic girls beat Sissonville 3-1, advance to state soccer tournament

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RIPLEY — Since the start of the postseason, Charleston Catholic girls soccer coach Amy Mullen has credited her senior class, one that brought the Irish their first Class AA-A state cha...

Prep soccer: Greenbrier East girls defeat GW in OT

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LEWISBURG — In the second overtime period, Greenbrier East had George Washington goalie Alexa Carper crossed up and she vacated the net, giving the Spartans a wide-open look at a goal.<...

Prep soccer: GW boys go to penalty kicks to oust Woodrow

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LEWISBURG — The George Washington defense, led by goalkeeper Cooper Zent, was outstanding through 80 minutes of regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods.

Four area Class AAA squads play for regional soccer titles Tuesday

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Exacting revenge for regular-season beatdowns would provide much more than redemption for a handful of teams playing in tonight’s Class AAA regional championship games.

Because a dish of revenge would be se...

Hager’s big first half gets Hoover past Roane

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After last week’s 251-yard performance in a win over Wayne, Herbert Hoover fullback Brody Thomas was the focal point of the Roane County defense early.

And boy, did quarterback Triston Hager take advantage....

Winfield’s Hoff wins Region 4 girls cross country meet

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ONA — Freshman Savannah Hoff will try and help the Winfield girls soccer team win a sectional title on Saturday, but she’s already a regional champion.

Hoff turned in a p...

Winfield knocks off Hurricane 2-0 in boys soccer sectional semifinal

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WINFIELD — For nearly 38 intense minutes in the second half, Winfield wondered if it would ever cash in on countless opportunities to add an insurance goal.

Finally with 2:01 re...

Sissonville advances, Herbert Hoover bows out in girls soccer sectional semifinals

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A pair of Class AA-A Kanawha Valley teams took solid regular-season records into the postseason on Tuesday with hopes of building on already successful seasons.

But by the end of two games in the Region 4 Section ...