Yogi Kinder of reigning Class AA state champion Mingo Central has been selected to coach the South for the upcoming WCHS-TV Fox 11 North-South All-Star Football Classic.
Chris Daugherty of Wheeling Park was picked to coach the North for the June 17 game at University of Charleston Stadium.
Kinder, a longtime Mingo County coach, led the Miners to a 14-0 record and the consolidated school’s first state title on Dec. 2 with a 32-7 win against Fairmont Senior at Wheeling Island Stadium. He stepped down following the season.
Daugherty directed Park to the 2015 Class AAA championship, which was also the first football crown in the history of his school.
Rosters for the teams will be released at a later date.
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PREP WRESTLING: Following a head-to-head dual win last week, East Fairmont jumped Independence for the top spot in this week’s West Virginia Coaches Association/wvmat.com Class AA-A prep wrestling team poll.
The Bees move up one spot while the Patriots fall to No. 2. Herbert Hoover is the Kanawha Valley’s lone representative in the AA-A poll, coming in tied for No. 10 with Wirt County. (See poll, Page 2B.)
In Class AAA, all 10 rankings from last week held with Parkersburg South, Parkersburg and Huntington occupying the top three. Ripley is at No. 4 with St. Albans representing the Kanawha Valley at No. 8.
Hoover’s Peyton Carey took this week’s top AA-A individual ranking in the 285-pound weight class. In AAA, St. Albans’ Brandon Holt (106) and Josh Humphreys (145) hold No. 1 rankings along with Riverside’s Brice Pomeroy (220).
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MARSHALL WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Former Logan standout Shayne Gore had a team-high 25 points but it wasn’t enough as the Herd dropped a 72-63 home decision to Middle Tennessee State in a Conference USA contest.
Middle Tennessee (9-6) received 49 points from the duo of Ty Petty (game-high 26 points) and Alex Johnson (23 points) in earning the win to remain unbeaten in conference play at 4-0.
Marshall dropped its third straight game to fall to 10-6 and 2-3. Khadaijia Brooks had a double-double for the Herd with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
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SOUTH CHARLESTON LITTLE LEAGUE: Registration for baseball, softball and teeball begins Saturday at the South Charleston Community Center. The following are the sign-up times: Jan. 14, 21 and 28, Feb. 4 and 11, all from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Jan. 22 and 29 and Feb. 5 and 12, all from 1-4 p.m. Early bird rates (before Feb. 4) are $65 for one player, $90 for two players and $125 for three or more. Regular rates are $80 for one player, $100 for two and $140 for three or more. Tryouts are Feb. 25 and 26. For more information, call 304-543-0082 or 304-590-0599.
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WVU WOMEN’S SOCCER: WVU signed California midfielder Malia Kaleiohi, the younger sister of current WVU junior Heather Kaleiohi. The San Diego native has enrolled at WVU for the spring semester.
WVU coach Nikki Izzo-Brown, who coached the team to the national championship game in December, praised Kaleiohi’s speed, competitiveness and versatility. A member of the Albion Soccer Club, Kaleiohi helped lead the team to the 2015 United States Youth Soccer National Championship semifinals, where she was named to the Best XI Team. Additionally, she was a Puma V Elite Player selection in 2015.