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Rick Ryan

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Schools vary in out-of-class approach


There are lots of reasons why West Virginia Class AAA high schools schedule games against teams in smaller classifications.

Often, opponents are closer, which means less travel. And perhaps a better rivalry, which ...

Rain short-circuits Power hit parade


The Power has been searching for a spark to right its second-half malaise and nearly got it Thursday night, winding up one strike short.

Cody Dickson worked 4 2/3 strong innings and the Power ripped seven hi...

Greenbrier notebook: Cabrera charges to within 2 strokes


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Angel Cabrera has never won a tournament other than a major on U.S. soil. The Argentine is in great position to change that after tying for Saturday’s lo...

61 pulls Matteson into contention


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — There’s something to be said for consistency. It just took awhile for Troy Matteson to see the results.

Matteson, one of only six golfers to m...

Greenbrier notebook: Bubba brings star power to the leaderboard


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — The Greenbrier Classic can always use a name player near the top of the leaderboard, and Bubba Watson is doing just that for the fifth annual event, standing fo...

Slater’s stock keeps soaring


If Tristan Slater wants to keep soaring to new heights, first he needs the right approach. And that seems to be exactly what he’s doing.

Slater, a two-time state pole vault champion for Capital, has been cri...

MSAC celebrates 20th anniversary in style


The MSAC celebrated its 20th anniversary in style.

This past season was a rousing success for the Mountain State Athletic Conference, which captured 11 of the 19 state championships in the SSAC’s Class AAA o...

Highlights, lowlights of Greenbrier Classic’s first 4 years


It sure seems like the PGA Greenbrier Classic has been around longer.

For an event entering just its fifth year, the Classic has already chipped in its share of indelible moments and lingering memories to the state...

Twist of fate joined Tom Watson to Greenbrier


Tom Watson’s love affair with The Greenbrier began 35 years ago and continues to this day, but if not for a twist of fate, it might not have happened at all.

The Greenbrier’s golf professional emeritu...

GW’s Greene, Edwards on the dean’s list


If you’re looking for the deans of basketball and football coaches in the sprawling Mountain State Athletic Conference, you only need to stop at one place — George Washington.

The South Hills high sch...

Summer practice benefits new hoops coaches


The three-week summer practice period comes at a good time for the Kanawha Valley’s two new boys basketball coaches.

Bryan England, who takes over at Winfield, and Matt Morrison, the first-year coach at Char...

South breaks loose late, wins 46-26


The South was looking to extend its recent scoring explosions at Saturday night’s North-South Classic — which it ultimately did, thanks to a big assist from its defense and special teams.

Nick Tubbs c...

Elmore sparks South to 104-88 hoops win


Most people thought the South had the better team for Friday’s North-South Basketball Classic, and it turned out that most people were right.

State player of the year Jon Elmore dropped in 25 points during h...

Can offenses keep rolling in North-South football?


Following recent scores of 9-7, 7-3 and 14-12 in the North-South All-Star Football Classic, the offenses finally broke out of their lethargy the past two years.

The South cranked out the yards and points in victori...

Elmore ‘lucky’ to get North-South hoops invite


It’s not every year that the best player in the state shows up for the North-South All-Star Basketball Classic. In fact, over the last seven years, four did not play for various reasons.

But don’t cou...

North-South: 2nd shot at respect for Greenbrier duo


Competing at opposite ends of Greenbrier County, Malik Boatwright and Isaiah Kinder also ride at opposite ends of the recognizability scale.

While Boatwright of Greenbrier West is hailed as one of the most successf...

Hurricane’s patience pays off


If patience is a virtue, then persistence has to rank up there pretty highly, too.

Hurricane stayed the course this season and it finally paid off with a Class AAA championship, courtesy of a 9-2 victory against Ri...

Hurricane wraps up elusive baseball crown


The wait is over. The weight is finally off Hurricane’s shoulders.

Austin Hensley shrugged off a rocky start to fire a four-hitter and was backed by strong offensive support up and down the lineup Saturday a...

Redskins scratch out semifinal win


Hurricane has big plans for the weekend. But to get there, the Redskins first had to think small. As in small ball.

Not normally a team that manufactures a few scores via station-to-station play, Hurricane scratche...

Griffin leads Man past St. Marys 3-1


With a little help from his friends — wait, make that a lot of help — Braden Griffin pitched Man back into the Class A title game Thursday night.

Griffin worked 6 1/3 strong innings and got a b...

Skins face Patriots’ ace Silva


Over the previous five seasons, three different teams have logged the long trip from the Eastern Panhandle to Power Park and carried away the Class AAA championship trophy.

Washington would like to make it four.

Riverside-Wheeling Park unlikely matchup in AAA semifinal


One semifinal of the Class AAA state tournament holds the matchup that many expected to see — No. 1 Hurricane against Washington, the top team from the talent-rich Eastern Panhandle.

The other semifinal, mea...

Plenty of new faces at state baseball tournament


The state tournament is getting to be a one-and-done deal.

For the third straight season, no defending champion has made it back to Appalachian Power Park, which makes you think this parity thing may just have some...

Riverside took rocky road to first state baseball tournament


That Riverside has finally broken through to the state tournament after years of losing is a remarkable story in itself.

However, that the Warriors have managed to do it this season — in which they’re...

Cardinal rules? Chapmanville latest to Power Park


Chapmanville totes a strong tradition into this week’s state baseball tournament when it carries the banner of the Cardinal Conference.

Consider the following run of success for the southern West Virginia le...

State baseball tournament — Second chance for ’Skins


After seeing their program reach the state baseball tournament for the first time in 12 years, Hurricane’s players are living a dream.

But for three of the Redskins’ starters, it’s even more th...

Hurricane storms into state tourney


HURRICANE With a chance to end its agonizing wait to get back to the state tournament,...

Thompson, Chapmanville erase Dots


CHAPMANVILLE — Tristan Thompson has been known to get a bit excitable during games, enough to catch a worrisome glance or two from Chapmanville Regional coach Eric Ellis.

Well, T...

Nitro, Hurricane battle for state berth


An interesting contrast takes place tonight when Nitro and Hurricane square off in the Class AAA Region 4 finals.

First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. at Lola Meeks Memo...

Hurricane rides magic past Midland


ONA — Hurricane had it all going on Tuesday evening.

A tougher-than-it-looked pitching gem. A daring dash from first base all the way to home plate. A fine flash of glovework for...

Dots take aim at 27-6 Tigers


Poca is living proof that things aren’t always logical when it comes to the sport of baseball.

Last year, the Dots carried a 23-7 record and a state ranking i...

Poca rallies past No. 1 Hoover


POCA — Any doubt that Poca could actually beat No. 1 Herbert Hoover was wiped away early Monday evening as the upstart Dots vaulted into a 5-0 lead by the third inning.

As it tur...