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No. 1 Bridgeport outlasts Fairmont Senior in AA semifinals


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


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.


Bridgeport, Fairmont Senior renew rivalry


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 ...

Short-handed Wayne now has back against the wall


One team’s tragedy is another’s triumph, so as Herbert Hoover celebrated a 36-8 win against Wayne on Friday night, one didn’t have to look very far to see the opposite end of the emotional spectrum o...

Thomas keys Herbert Hoover to 1st win over Wayne since 2002


As the final horn sounded, Herbert Hoover players sprinted onto the field, jumping up and down and celebrating the end of a string of 12 straight losses to visiting Wayne.

Boys soccer: Charleston Catholic, George Washington play to draw


Charleston Catholic hadn’t dropped a match since losing last year to George Washington, which ended a bid for a perfect season.

The Irish were determined not to let history repeat itself, and even though Ca...

Herbert Hoover looks to end 12-year skid vs. Wayne


Herbert Hoover’s 37-20 win over Sissonville last week not only kept the Huskies in prime shape concerning the Class AA playoff picture, but ended a three-game losing to a Cardinal Conference rival.

This wee...

MSAC cross country: Cabell Midland boys, Hurricane girls win titles


RIPLEY — The Mountain State Athletic Conference cross country meet provided teams with one more chance to size up competition before regionals next week.

A fairly clear picture ...

Bridgeport uses big plays, defense in 38-0 shutout of Keyser


BRIDGEPORT — A relaxed Josh Nicewarner sat behind his desk after the game and admitted he was pleased with his Bridgeport squad in all three phases of the game.

The way the Indi...

Keyser visits Bridgeport looking to rebound from loss


On the surface, maybe Keyser’s loss to winless Class AAA Hampshire last week took some luster of this week’s Class AA showdown at Bridgeport.

Then again, the Golden Tornado, ranked No. 8 in this week...

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...