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Ryan Pritt

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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...

Lee prepares to finish decorated career with Glenville State


Glenville State’s Rahmann Lee has always gone his own way and whatever that way is, it’s usually fast.

The Pioneers senior running back/track star has established himself as arguably the best athlete...

Power looks to take another step in second half


Although the West Virginia Power fell 7 1/2 games short of a Northern Division title and a coinciding berth into the South Atlantic League postseason in the first half, there are plenty of positives to take from t...

Trevino formally introduced as Greenbrier pro emeritus


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — The announcement of Lee Trevino as The Greenbrier’s new pro emeritus had already been made, but his official introduction highlighted media day Monday at...

Cleghorn pitches Bridgeport to second straight Class AA title


After a chaotic and at times ugly 17-7 win over PikeView in the semifinals on Friday, Bridgeport coach Robert Shields wanted to see a better performance from his squad on Saturday.

As they proved all tournament lo...

Bridgeport dumps PikeView 17-7 in six innings


The two things that carried PikeView into the state tournament, pitching and defense, let the Panthers down in a big way on Friday.

And like a championship team, Bridgeport was ready to take full advantage.

Jefferson rallies past Greenbrier East 6-4 in Class AAA semifinal


In a staff full of aces, sophomore Austin Cross tends to get lost in the shuffle of Jefferson’s loaded deck of pitchers.

But he sure pitched like a king when the Cougars needed him most.

Cross took o...

State tournament: Bridgeport looks to defend title starting with PikeView


Despite a lack of state tournament experience, PikeView coach Josh Wyatt believes his team shines brightest in pressure situations.

The Panthers will get a chance to prove him right or wrong against one of the pre...