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Balance carries Cabell Midland to Class AAA golf title


WHEELING — Wheeling Park’s Dylan Wojcik made wizard-like recoveries on approach shots on 17 and 18, with the one on 18 giving him enough to win Class AAA medalist honors for the...

Charleston Catholic wins fifth straight Class A golf title


WHEELING — It may have come in tighter fashion this time around, but when push came to push and putt came to putt, Charleston Catholic still had enough to remain on top of the Class A ...

Prep golf state tourney: Catholic in position after first round


WHEELING — After the first round of the state golf tournament on Tuesday at Oglebay Park, Charleston Catholic finds itself in a dogfight in its bid to claim a fifth consecutive Class A...

Teams challenging, protecting win streaks in state golf tourney


Two area teams will try to end dynasties while a third will look to continue one as the state golf tournament begins today at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling.

AAA notes: Wing-T, Payne hidden weapons for Point Pleasant


When Point Pleasant finally found its power-pistol offense being met with resistance Friday at Parkersburg South, coach David Darst went back to his roots.

It wasn’t the first time he had inserted freshman ...

Point passes first test, holds off South 27-20


PARKERSBURG — It doesn’t happen often and hadn’t yet in 2015, but Point Pleasant finally found itself being tested on Friday night.

This time at least, the Big Bla...

Stakes are high for Parkersburg South, Point Pleasant


For Point Pleasant, today’s trip to Parkersburg South may be the team’s last chance at a signature win before closing out with four games the Big Blacks should win, at least on paper.

But for the hom...

Hamrick leads Poca back to golf state tourney


When Poca’s Alex Hamrick stuck his tee shot within a couple feet of the pin on the 200-plus yard par-3 third, which played as the last hole on Monday at Big Bend Golf Course in Tornado, he knew he had just won ind...

Martinsburg blocks kick, holds off Morgantown and Holgorsen 17-16


MARTINSBURG — Leading up to Friday’s showdown at Martinsburg, Morgantown coach John Bowers preached the importance of winning on special teams.

He had no idea how prophet...

Girls soccer: Integration of young players helps Winfield march on


The Winfield girls soccer team is off to an 11-0 start, rolling again in its pursuit of a fourth straight state championship.

And while the Generals will graduate eight seniors off their roster, don’t expec...

Cross country: Buffalo’s Harrison, Ripley’s Longanacre win at GW Invitational


The boys race at the George Washington Invitational cross country meet held at Meadowood Park in Tornado was just the latest triumph for Buffalo’s Hayden Harrison, a senior determined to turn in his best season ye...

Martinsburg welcomes unbeaten Morgantown in Class AAA showdown


No matter what happens under the lights at Coburn Field tonight in Martinsburg, the Class AAA field should become a little clearer.

That’s the site that will see undefeated Morgantown come calling on a Bull...

Belcher learning and improving for Hoover girls soccer


If there was ever a team that needed a bounce-back effort, or in particular, a unit that needed one, it was Herbert Hoover’s defense entering Thursday.

The Huskies yielded seven goals in falling 7-1 at home...

Tonkery, Bonamico carry Bridgeport past rival Byrd


CLARKSBURG — It’s easy to say that running backs Dylan Tonkery and Dante Bonamico are the difference-makers for Bridgeport when looking at their yardage-gorging statistics.


Bridgeport, RCB to face off in Class AA top 10 showdown


After a lackluster first half in its season opener at Fairmont Senior, Robert C. Byrd has really gotten things rolling.

But if the Class AA No. 9 Eagles (2-1) are to keep that going, they’re going to have t...

Pauley out of limelight but center stage for Winfield


It’s hard to call a first-team all-state selection overlooked, but as a midfielder on the state’s best Class AAA roster surrounded by prolific goal scorers, it can often seem that way.

But make no mi...

Wayne tries to pick up pieces after Point Pleasant loss


A narrow, season-opening loss to in-county rival Tolsia was one thing, but after Friday’s 64-8 beating at the hands of Point Pleasant, Wayne and coach Tom Harmon are in a position the program is not used to being ...

Point Pleasant rolls past Wayne 64-8


WAYNE — The bright red “P” on the side of Point Pleasant’s black helmets represents the school and town for which the football team represents.

It also repr...

Power’s Tarpley, Garcia lined up to start Games 2 and 3 in Hickory


Wednesday’s 4-2 victory over Hickory in the first game of the South Atlantic League Northern Division playoff series has the West Virginia Power knocking on the door of the championship series with perhaps its bes...

Power knocks off Hickory 4-2, takes 1-0 series lead


Wednesday night’s playoff game at Appalachian Power Park was the perfect representation of how the home team got there in the first place — a blast, some grit, a dash of opportunism and solid pitching throu...

Magnolia edges Williamstown in battle of No. 1s


WILLIAMSTOWN — In terms of the Gazette-Mail Class A poll, nothing separated co-No. 1s Williamstown and Magnolia heading into their showdown Friday night.

What separated the squa...

Boys soccer: GW pulls away from Nitro for 4-0 win


In winning each of its first three games, Nitro made it clear that it was preparing to take a big step forward this season.

On Thursday night at Trace Fork Soccer Complex, the Wildcats got a good look at how much ...

Riverside to honor Whitman at Friday’s home opener


There will be much more buzz than usual for a home opener tonight at Riverside.

Former players, coaches and the community will have an opportunity to say one final goodbye to Dick Whitman, a man who made so many g...

Joe’s walk-off leads Power to 3-2 win over Lexington


The playoff-bound West Virginia Power may prove itself even more on the rare nights the team isn’t on top of its game, especially when it is able to win anyway.

Such was the case on Tuesday when a late cost...

Fairmont Senior rides defense past RCB


FAIRMONT — For a half at least, Robert C. Byrd may have been better off running its offense against the stone walls surrounding East-West Stadium on Friday night — at least the ...

Bridgeport romps past Buckhannon-Upshur 50-13


BUCKHANNON — In winning the last two Class AA state championships, Bridgeport hasn’t had to make amends for many mistakes.

But when senior quarterback Zack Spurlock made ...

Depth leads GW to MSAC golf title


For a program that has graduated three of its top four players in each of the past two seasons, it wouldn’t figure that depth would be a strength for the George Washington golf team.

But that’s exact...

Power rallies for 7-4 win over Lakewood


The Lakewood BlueClaws had quite a counterpunch in store on Friday night as back-to-back home runs erased a four-run deficit and gave the squad a 4-3 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth inning.

As it turned...

Nitro baseball coach Pritchard resigns


After 14 years, two Class AAA state championships and five title game appearances, Steve Pritchard has resigned as the head baseball coach at Nitro High School.

Pritchard said he will continue his duties as the sch...

Wagner looks to lead young UC defense


The University of Charleston has hung its hat on two things in the four years under coach Pat Kirkland — the running game and defense.

While a change in the former — strengthening the passing attack ...

Kinnick and company maturing under Pennington’s guidance


New offensive coordinator John Pennington has certainly brought a new energy and attitude to West Virginia State.

His players all say it, and it was on display during the course of a spirited practice on Saturday ...

Positives and negatives emerge from Saints scrimmage


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Friday’s team scrimmage at The Greenbrier went a lot like last year’s 7-9 campaign for the New Orleans Saints — there was plenty of bad to ...

Fueled by past hardships, SC’s Pitts has found escape — and success — on the field


It’s blisteringly hot Thursday morning and Derrek Pitts Jr. sits on the bleachers at South Charleston High School, watching his teammates run the track and stairs as part of the last open workout before football p...

Garcia leads Power to fourth win in a row


West Virginia Power starter Yeudy Garcia watched from the bench as his offense failed to take advantage of a couple of early opportunities to blow open Friday night’s game against Lakewood.

But while the Po...

Dignitaries come out in full force for Sports Legends Banquet


BECKLEY — When the love of sports is first being groomed in a young person, it’s often high school coaches and athletes that can become the first icons in a person’s life...

West Virginia State football assistant Jackson helps US to gold medal


West Virginia State and linebackers coach Isaiah Jackson have yet to win any hardware in the Mountain East Conference.

In fact, the turnaround of the Yellow Jackets is still an ongoing project, although last year ...

Trio of WVU golfers make State Open cut, prepare for college season


Anyone wondering what the reincarnation of West Virginia men’s golf team would look like could’ve gotten a pretty good idea at Berry Hills Country Club this week.

The only three West Virginia natives ...

O’Dell looks to best tough field for Amateur/Open sweep


It has already been a whirlwind summer on the links for Hurricane’s Sam O’Dell, and 2015 could become even better by the end of this week.

O’Dell won his second West Virginia Amateur in three ...

West Virginia Open week begins with pro-am Monday at Berry Hills


It may have taken a little longer than expected, but the field for the 82nd West Virginia Open was finally completed as the last qualifier was held on Friday at Edgewood Country Club.

That qualifier had originally...

Final 24 State Open spots filled at Edgewood


If Jay Woodward fails to shake hands with fellow competitors next week, don’t hold it against him.

A nagging right wrist injury has limited what the former Bridgeport and Penn State golfer is able to do wit...

Contingency plans in place for Edgewood this week


Rain or shine, someway, somehow, it’s going to be a big week of qualifying at Edgewood Country Club.

There hasn’t been a whole lot of shine in the forecast in quite awhile in the Kanawha Valley, and ...

Coaches sound off on school board ruling


The West Virginia Board of Education may have passed on a vote regarding year-round coaching in high school athletics on Thursda...

Barry, Will Evans highlight W.Va. Open media day at Berry Hills


The last time the West Virginia Open came to Berry Hills Country Club in 2008, club pro Barry Evans rode some solid play and home course advantage to his only Open title.

But this time around, he’s not the ...

Power wins, loses; maintains division lead


After showing the home fans the kind of baseball that has gotten West Virginia off to a red-hot start in the season’s second half, the odds finally caught up with the Power.

In a game suspended from Sunday ...

City swim meet to begin Wednesday


There was a changing of the guard last year at the HYCAT City Swim Meet and after 27 years of dominance by Cross Lanes, South Hills is looking to start a dynasty of its own.

South Hills finally ended Cross Lanes&#...

Greenbrier Classic: Tournament a boost to Wagner’s spirits


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Few have suffered a rougher blow in the six-year history of the Greenbrier Classic than Johnson Wagner, whose 3-over 73 on the final day of the 2013 tournament ...

Greenbrier Classic: McNealy latest Haskins winner to make splash


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Maverick McNealy already carried on one tradition this week at the Greenbrier Classic and with a 2-under-par 68 on Saturday, he’s ready to set his sights...

Vegas, Langley share lead at Greenbrier Classic


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — About the only thing more crowded than the umbrella stand at the Greenbrier Classic on Friday was the top of the leaderboard.

A total of 25 players are w...

Greenbrier Classic: Watson painting over General Lee


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Part-time Greenbrier Sporting Club resident Bubba Watson staunchly defends the “Dukes of Hazzard,” but says the Confederate flag on the General Le...

Greenbrier Classic: Bradshaw, O’Dell turn in solid showings


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Though David Bradshaw fell short of making the cut in his first Greenbrier Classic, the Bakerton native nearly delivered in the biggest way possible for his hom...