It may be too soon to make decisions on contingency plans for high school football games in West Virginia this season, but it’s certainly not too early to talk about them.
After going three months without seeing their players face to face due to the coronavirus pandemic, prep football coaches in West Virginia were rewarded with seven full weeks to get their players ready for preseason workouts in August.
Joey Fields hasn’t been able to get much done since he was approved as the new football coach at Herbert Hoover.
HURRICANE — No pass routes were being run, no linemen were colliding. Heck, there wasn’t even a football to be found anywhere.
Sometimes in West Virginia high school athletics, things don’t change much in 10 years. Sometimes, there are seismic shifts in certain sports.
After not having direct access to their athletes for nearly three months due to the coronavirus pandemic, West Virginia prep football coaches might think they’ve hit the jackpot.
In a way, Britt Sherman has been following Dave Walker all his life. So it only made sense for Sherman to be the one to succeed Walker, the record-setting football coach who left Martinsburg to take over at Concord University.
The coronavirus pandemic has shut down high school athletic facilities in the Kanawha Valley for more than two months, but progress is being made on another front this summer.
The North-South football game, scheduled for noon on Friday, July 10 at South Charleston, was canceled on Wednesday due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.
ONA — Eddie Smolder and Luke Salmons have been teammates in Little League, middle school and college, so they figured why not add high school to the list.
Now that there’s a three-week summer practice period in place for prep sports, here comes the real game plan for Putnam County football coaches: How do you maintain the semblance of workouts while also continuing to follow possible social distancing and health guidelines due to the coronavirus?
As if Kanawha Valley athletic programs didn’t have enough bad news stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, now some of them are worried about getting their reconditioned football equipment back in time for practice.
Certainly, some people were disappointed when the Friday Night Rivals North-South All-Star Football Classic announced Wednesday that it had to postpone the 67th installment of its game until July 10, pending approval from state and local authorities because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Friday Night Rivals North-South Football Classic has postponed its projected playing date, but remains hopeful of holding the game despite coronavirus concerns.
Blake Brooks, the first player from South Charleston to win the Hunt Award as the state’s top lineman in high school football and later a three-year regular at Marshall from 2012-14, died Friday. He was 29.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Eighth 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).
Like most football coaches right about now, Donnie Mays doesn’t get to see his players, but it’s not “out of sight, out of mind.’’
Now that the Secondary School Activities Commission has canceled spring sports, along with what was left of basketball season, the focus becomes whether or not West Virginia high school athletics can return in time for fall sports, with football being the prime concern.
Just like the other 71 players selected to compete in the 67th Friday Night Rivals All-Star Football Classic, Tay Calloway is “excited’’ to be invited and looks forward to the June 13 game at South Charleston High School.
Thirteen Kanawha Valley athletes have been selected to play in the Friday Night Rivals North-South All-Star Football Classic set for noon on Saturday, June 13 at South Charleston High School.
Daran Hays of North Marion and Ray Lee of Greenbrier East have been selected as head coaches for the West Virginia Athletic Coaches Association’s Friday Night Rivals North-South Football Classic.
The West Virginia University football team and coach Neal Brown landed one of the top prizes in the country as far as recruiting is concerned, and they didn’t have to travel very far to do it.
Joey Fields has been part of some of the most successful prep football programs in West Virginia. Now he’ll take the lessons learned and successes achieved there and apply them to Herbert Hoover High’s program.
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