EDITOR’S NOTE: Sixth in a series. Staff writer Rick Ryan has seen a lot come and go in his newspaper career. Following are recollections from his days at the Wheeling Intelligencer (1978-90), Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times (1990-94) and Charleston Gazette-Mail (1994-2020).

EDITOR’S NOTE: Fourth in a series. Staff writer Rick Ryan has seen a lot come and go in his newspaper career. Following are recollections from his days at the Wheeling Intelligencer (1978-90), Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times (1990-94) and Charleston Gazette-Mail (1994-2020).

EDITOR’S NOTE: Third in a series. Staff writer Rick Ryan has seen a lot come and go in his newspaper career. Following are recollections from his days at the Wheeling Intelligencer (1978-90), Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times (1990-94) and Charleston Gazette-Mail (1994-2020).

EDITOR’S NOTE: Second in a series. Staff writer Rick Ryan has seen a lot come and go in his newspaper career. Following are recollections from his days at the Wheeling Intelligencer (1978-90), Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times (1990-94) and Charleston Gazette-Mail (1994-2020).

In all the years I’ve covered high school football in West Virginia (hint: it goes back to the 1970s), I can’t recall a season quite like this one when it comes to the Kennedy Award.

The balance of power in Mountain State Athletic Conference football used to reside squarely in Kanawha County, with Capital, George Washington and South Charleston leading the way.

I started following Gonzaga basketball about 20 years ago when I drew the Zags out of a hat in our NCAA office pool two straight seasons, right about the time their program started taking off.