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St. Joe boys storm past Buffalo 74-58

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BUFFALO — About halfway into the third quarter, St. Joseph and Buffalo were waging a fast-paced, entertaining shootout that kept flipping back and forth.

Then the bottom fell out...

Charleston Catholic holds off Parkersburg Catholic 36-30

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Charleston Catholic didn’t always do a good job of protecting its lead Thursday evening, but at least the Irish had a lead to protect.

After opening the season with losses to two teams in higher classes, the...

Super Six wrapup: Capital goes out with a bang

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WHEELING — All season long, it was about a return to glory for Capital.

And it all finally came together on one glorious afternoon for the Cougars at Wheeling Island Stadium as t...

Class A: Watson keys Williamstown comeback

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WHEELING — Down 20-0 in the first quarter of a championship game would be the end of most teams. But most teams don’t have a player like Dakota Watson.

Watson, making a he...

AAA: Kinney MVP as Capital drubs South Charleston for title

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WHEELING — With all the play-makers Capital can crowd onto the football field at one time, Jordan Kinney often gets overlooked.

But not on Saturday afternoon. Not with the whole ...

AAA: Kinney MVP as Capital drubs South Charleston for title

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WHEELING — With all the play-makers Capital can crowd onto the football field at one time, Jordan Kinney often gets overlooked.

But not on Saturday afternoon. Not with the whole ...

Super Six notes: Flags flying all day in AAA game

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WHEELING — The National Federation of High Schools won’t be using footage from Saturday’s Class AAA title game as a how-to on good sportsmanship any time soon.

Nine...

Capital, South Charleston clash in big-school championship

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WHEELING — Capital’s not only the No. 1 team in Class AAA and the last remaining unbeaten, it’s also led the state in oohs and aahs much of the way.

That’s w...

AA: Tonkery sparks Bridgeport to repeat title

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WHEELING — Doesn’t matter if it’s snow or pouring rain, Bridgeport delivers titles in December’s worst weather.

Dylan Tonkery broke a Super Six Class AA reco...

Bridgeport goes for repeat title in AA

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In its last game, Frankfort faced one of the state’s most singled-minded teams in the Class AA semifinals — Westside, which ran virtually everything through versatile quarterback Justin Cogar.

Tonight...

Super Six notebook: Capital, South Charleston look to mark anniversaries

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Both teams in Saturday’s Class AAA championship game get the opportunity to celebrate anniversaries of past titles.

Capital won its first state crown in 1989, the year the consolidated school opened, while S...

Super Six notebook: Frankfort fixing to make some noise

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Tucked into a corner of Mineral County, a few miles from the Maryland border and far from any large in-state media outlets, Frankfort hasn’t gotten a lot of attention this season.

But that’s been chan...

Super Six notebook — Big plays: Boon or bust for Capital?

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Take a moment to scan Capital’s stat sheet, and you see that it tells a tale. A very quick one, in fact. It’s virtually littered with big-play touchdowns.

n Running back...

Neighboring rivals gear up for AAA title game

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Thanksgiving is well in the rear-view mirror by now, but both teams have a lot to be thankful for in the Class AAA championship game set for noon Saturday at 10,000-seat Wheeling Island Stadium.

Kanawha County riva...

Stakes higher as Capital, SC meet again

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For the second time in seven years, two Kanawha Valley teams get to square off in the showcase event of the Super Six in Wheeling.

Unbeaten Capital and neighboring rival South Charleston lock up at noon Saturday at...

CLASS AAA: No. 1 Capital blasts Martinsburg, 35-7

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. ­— It was the kind of outcome Capital had dreamed about, but it came in a manner no one could have imagined.

Silas Nazario and Kashuan Haley each scored two touchdowns — includi...

Class A: Watson leads Williamstown past Tug Valley 42-28

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RED JACKET — Seemingly, all the talk this season centered around how new faces kept popping up among Class A playoff contenders.

Well, the first team to secure a spot in the Supe...

Capital hosts Martinsburg in semifinal rematch

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Different teams have used different strategies this season when defending Capital, the state’s highest-scoring squad.

Some opt to focus on Kashuan Haley, the Cougars’ breakaway threat at tailback. Oth...

South Charleston gets third chance to solve Huntington

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South Charleston has spent much of the past two seasons dazzling teams around the state with its free-wheeling offense.

Everybody, that is, except Huntington High.

The Highlanders have managed to slow the hig...

AAA: After slow start, it’s the same old Martinsburg

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Martinsburg, a program that has ruled high school football longer than any team in Class AAA history, was looking a bit vulnerable back in September.

The Bulldogs managed to win three of their first four games, but...

South Charleston, Huntington have surmounted injuries

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Hard to believe that a couple of weeks ago, South Charleston and Huntington were both scrambling to fill a void caused by a season-ending injury to perhaps their most indispensable player.

Now look at them. Each is...

AAA playoff notes: More defensive doings at Huntington

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Huntington’s defense last year was indeed one for the ages.

The Highlanders ended the regular season allowing the fewest points of any team in the state (93) and gave up just 20 total touchdowns in 14 games....

Back in semis, upstart SC hosts Huntington

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South Charleston keeps losing key players on offense and just keeps rolling along.

The Black Eagles forged their way into the Class AAA semifinals for the first time since 2010 in Morgantown Friday night, beating U...

Class AAA: Late score lifts South Charleston into semifinals

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va — Franco Harris, move on over. You’ve got company when it comes to Immaculate Receptions.

Fred Crozier caught a disputed 5-yard touchdown pass from Kentre Grier with 33 seconds left F...

Steady Wheeling Park takes on high-scoring Capital

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Not many people gave Wheeling Park much of a chance to repeat its success of a year ago when stud running back Savion Johnson suffered a season-ending knee injury in early August.

But the Patriots are just one step...

University hopes to slow SC’s potent offense

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University coach John Kelley isn’t going to shy away from using every angle at his disposal when his team runs into offensive powerhouse South Charleston tonight in the Class AAA playoff quarterfinals.

Kicko...

25 years later, Capital out to repeat ’89 title

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Capital’s football team has done more than just wake up the echoes around Laidley Field this season. In some respects, it’s matched them holler for holler.

This season marks both the 25th anniversary ...

University, SC took different paths

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The seasons for South Charleston and University have been about as dissimilar as you can get.

The Hawks seem to play nothing but close games. Most Black Eagles’ games are runaways.

University thrives w...

Playoff notes: Passing fad? Wayne now likes to chuck it

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Wayne has been a mainstay in the Class AA playoffs since the calendar flipped to 2000, reaching the state finals seven times and capturing three titles in that stretch.

A big majority of the Pioneers’ work d...

Points plentiful during opening round of playoffs

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Was this the first round of the state football playoffs or the first round of the state basketball tournament?

Check out some of the following scores from last weekend’s opening round of postseason play:

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Class AAA: Huntington shuts down Hurricane again

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HUNTINGTON — Hurricane managed a little more offense this time, but still couldn’t outscore Huntington’s defense and special teams.

Dionne Jackson returned an inter...

Class AAA: No. 6 South Charleston pulls away from No. 11 Spring Valley

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. ­— Chrisjamar Perkins hasn’t been stuck in pressure situations very often during his short tenure as the lead running back for South Charleston, but he’s apparently warming to ...

Saturday playoff previews: Midland tackles Parkersburg again

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Cabell Midland hit Parkersburg with a triple whammy during the regular season — three backs with over 100 yards rushing in a 42-21 Knights victory on Sept. 12.

Midland rolled up more than 450 yards on the gr...

Capital collides with up-and-down Parkersburg South

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Capital has to wonder which Parkersburg South shows up tonight when the teams collide in a Class AAA first-round playoff game at Laidley Field.

Will it be the Patriots squad that traveled to Morgantown and won earl...

Brown, Spring Valley ready for rematch with SC

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Spring Valley’s Tyler Brown gets a second chance to show South Charleston what he’s all about.

Brown, a senior quarterback considered one of the state’s best players at his position, leads the ...

Hurricane baseball trio signing Friday

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Three members of Hurricane’s Class AAA state champion baseball team will be signing with Division I programs Friday.

Pitcher-first baseman J.T. Rogoszewski is bound for North Carolina, shortstop Trey Dawson ...

Versatile Watts doing it all for Hurricane

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If you’re scanning the list of MSAC rushing leaders this season, you probably won’t find Conner Watts’ name.

Likewise, if you glance at the league’s top receivers, you might not see the ...

Nitro, Riverside football coaches resign

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Kanawha County has not one, but two football coaching positions to fill.

Nitro’s Derek Midkiff and Riverside’s Steven Freeman both recently stepped down following disappointing seasons. Midkiff had be...

Mitchell, Yates spark Point Pleasant’s potent offense

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If Point Pleasant is going to make any noise in the upcoming Class AAA playoffs, Cody Mitchell and Aden Yates will probably be the ones making the biggest racket.

Mitchell, a junior running back, and Yates, a senio...

South Charleston turns to Perkins for production

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As South Charleston embarks on its latest playoff run, a couple of nagging questions follow the Black Eagles.

First, can they make up for the loss of senior linebacker-running back and team leader A.D. Cunningham, ...

Rematches dot first-round football playoff matchups

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As is often the case, the first round of the state high school football playoffs has turned into the Re-Match Game.

Three of the five Kanawha Valley teams qualifying for the postseason have earned second matchups a...

Haley shines as Capital cruises against George Washington

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Half the job is complete for Capital. Now comes the hard part.

The Cougars wrapped up their first unbeaten regular season in 23 years Friday night, rolling to a 42-13 victory over crosstown rival George Washington ...

GW needs win vs. unbeaten Capital — or else

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George Washington began the season with a lopsided loss to neighboring rival South Charleston. Tonight in their regular-season finale, the Patriots hope to avoid a bookend defeat to crosstown rival Capital.

Their p...

Friday’s prep football previews: Spring Valley, Hurricane have plenty to play for

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Each side has plenty of motivation tonight as Spring Valley wraps up the regular season at Hurricane. Kickoff is set for 7:30.

For the Timberwolves (7-2), it’s getting a home game in the first round of next ...

Hoover needs win, help to make AA playoffs

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Rare is the season when 15 of the 16 available playoff spots are locked up with one week left in the regular season.

But that’s the case this year in Class AA, as just one position remains to be decided on F...

No. 1 seed within Capital’s grasp

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It’s all laid out for Capital.

Win their final regular-season game Friday at home against George Washington and the Cougars tote the No. 1 seed into the Class AAA playoffs the following weekend.

That m...

Pratt, Capital pound Hurricane 68-14

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HURRICANE, W.Va. — This wasn’t supposed to be one of those lopsided games where the outcome is decided by halftime. But you get the feeling that anything is possible with this Capital team.

Tyrhee Pra...

Explosive Capital visits streaking Hurricane

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In preparation for tonight’s game against Capital, Hurricane coach Jeremy Taylor was watching video of the Cougars’ earlier contest against Cabell Midland.

What he saw made him start and stop the repl...

Friday’s previews: South Charleston, Huntington try to overcome injuries

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Whichever team can adapt better on the fly may hold the upper hand for tonight’s important Class AAA game pitting Huntington against South Charleston.

Both the Black Eagles (8-1, No. 6) and the Highlanders (...

South Charleston’s Cunningham lost for season

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South Charleston’s goal of getting back to the Class AAA championship game just took a blind-side hit.

A.D. Cunningham, a senior running back-linebacker and potential Division I player, has been ruled out fo...