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Sissonville powers past Chapmanville


For openers, it’s so far, so good for Sissonville.

Austin Burford and Jared Wilkinson keyed a pulverizing ground game that rolled up 356 yards Friday night as the Indians debuted with a 42-14 victory over C...

Grier, South Charleston overpower George Washington 56-14


If it’s possible to look both overpowering and somewhat sloppy in the same game, you have South Charleston’s opener in a nutshell.

Junior quarterback Kentre Grier ran for 223 yards and three touchdown...

Hurricane debuts with Tinsley offense tonight vs. Huntington


Hurricane may have the element of surprise working in its favor tonight as it opens the season at Huntington.

However, if the Highlanders still play defense like they did last year, does it really matter?


Friday’s previews: Sissonville ready to roll again


Sissonville got the ball rolling on a great season last year with a 40-22 opening victory at Chapmanville, a game in which it dominated the line of scrimmage.

By season’s end, the Indians had staged their fi...

South Charleston looks to put pressure on George Washington defense


In its recent run to glory, which now includes playoff berths in seven straight seasons, George Washington has more often than not won flashing superior offense.

Featuring breakaway running backs like Felix Mollett...

Rivalry game comes early for George Washington, South Charleston


For a fourth straight year, neighboring rivals and Class AAA contenders George Washington and South Charleston kick off their seasons against each other when they collide at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at SC.

Certainly, it&...

Capital counting on Davis to do it all


Every football team needs a guy who can do a little bit of everything.

Run the ball. Catch it. Throw it, if necessary. And most especially, defend against other guys doing the same things.

For Capital, that g...

Boys soccer: New-look GW wins 5-0


George Washington sported a lot of new faces in new places, but the end result was the same old success for the Patriots.

Jonah Cosby scored twice as the defending state champions opened their season with a 5-0 vic...

Tinsley totes trail of success to Hurricane


When Scott Tinsley recently joined the Hurricane staff as offensive coordinator, it quickly became the Kanawha Valley’s most noteworthy assistant coaching hire since 1995.

That would have been the year when ...

Charleston Distance Run field could get a boost this year


The 42nd Charleston Distance Run figures to get an assist from the state’s two major-college football programs this year.

For the first time since 2005, West Virginia University doesn’t open its footb...

MSAC teams collide in scrimmages


Seven Class AAA playoff teams from last season will be on display at Laidley Field this weekend for the 10th Mountain State Athletic Conference Grid-o-rama.

The two-day event kicks off tonight with a trio of two-qu...

Hurricane builds from ground up


HURRICANE — Too bad the show “Extreme Makeover’’ isn’t on television anymore. It could have done an episode on the Hurricane football program.

The Red...

Herbert Hoover determined to make it work


MADISON — Some people look at all the talented returning players on Herbert Hoover’s roster and wonder how the team managed just a 3-7 record last year.

Sometimes coach Ti...

Prep football notes: Prolific South Charleston likes to gamble


What is it with coaches of high-powered offenses gambling so much on fourth down?

Think Mike Leach when he was coaching at Texas Tech, or Hal Mumme while at Kentucky or, locally, Scott Tinsley when he coached at Ni...

Nitro seeks to recapture past glory


Everyone recalls the glory days at Nitro — those stretches in the 1990s and early 2000s when the Wildcats seemed to not only make the playoffs every year, but make them in grand style.

Whether it was J.R. Ho...

South Charleston focused on return to the top


Some might see it as a natural progression for the South Charleston football program, but coach Donnie Mays sees it as a natural dislike for losing.

After dominating Class AAA football with back-to-back Class AAA t...

Sissonville has experience, depth on offensive line


Sissonville hopes some of last year’s bad breaks turn into good fortune this season.

The Indians posted their first Class AA playoff victory since 1994 last year, but had to do it the hard way when starters ...

Pratt to carry heavier ground load for Capital


Capital’s revival season ultimately came to an end on a chilly day in Martinsburg last November, but the Cougars grew up in a lot of ways that afternoon.

Especially at quarterback.

Tyrhee Pratt, then j...

Prep football notes: SA may modify spread


In St. Albans’ most recent run to glory, it utilized a ground-and-pound offense that seldom threw the ball.

When the Red Dragons powered their way into the 2007 Class AAA championship game under former coach...

Capital resumes title quest


Ask Capital’s players and coaches what they learned from last year’s run to the Class AAA playoff semifinals and the responses vary.

Senior running back Kashuan Haley talked about holding onto the bal...

St. Albans ready to ‘take another step forward’


The numbers might not have reflected it, but St. Albans coach Steve Stoffel Jr. feels like his football program improved in 2013.

The Red Dragons went 2-8 in Stoffel’s second season — the same record ...

Bounce-back year for Buffalo?


BUFFALO — No team should have to go through what Buffalo went through last season.

The Bison lost their best player, running back Laythen Good, a possible first-team all-stater, ...

George Washington looks to fill holes left by graduation


Over the past few years, George Washington has built a fairly impressive program, making the Class AAA playoffs seven straight times and twice playing in the Super Six state finals.

Well, the Patriots may have to p...

Central’s Harler commits to WVU


Chase Harler, a sophomore guard who led Wheeling Central to the Class A state basketball title in March, has committed to West Virginia University.

Harler cast his lot with the Mountaineers on Sunday — the s...

Returning Quarterbacks


It makes things so much easier for a team when its quarterback returns. After all, he's the guy who initiates every play and instructs every player where to go.

MEC football: Starting points differ for UC, State


It won’t be long before West Virginia State and the University of Charleston report for preseason football practice, with the Yellow Jackets starting workouts on Aug. 11 and the Golden Eagles Aug. 13.

The pe...

Ryan’s D could spark promotion


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Some people around the NFL can’t believe Rob Ryan’s still a defensive coordinator with the Saints.

But if Ryan’s defense puts up the ...

Saints’ Ingram eyes big numbers in contract year


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — If ever there was a square peg in the NFL being forced into a round hole, it would be Saints running back Mark Ingram.

Ingram, a slashing, between-the-tac...

Saints notebook: Bailey still feels he can be a Champ


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — The Saints have done this kind of thing before, acquire a veteran defensive back in hopes of making their secondary more opportunistic and cash in more big play...

Saints QB Brees showing no signs of slowing down


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — When it comes time to excel in the NFL, Drew Brees has been there and done that.

n He led the New Orleans Saints, formerly ...

Saints like slice of Almost Heaven


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — It was business as usual Friday morning as the New Orleans Saints kicked off their preseason training camp.

Usual, that is, if you call uprooting and relo...

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...