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Poca’s Osborne earns coach of year honor for rare unbeaten season

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Over the past 25 years, plenty of dynamic basketball teams have flashed their talents at the Charleston Civic Center during the boys state tournament.

But none of them did what Poca managed to pull off last month &...

Hurricane force: Redskins field three D-1 recruits

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HURRICANE — Perhaps in a place like California or Florida, having three Division I recruits on one high school baseball team isn’t such a rarity. But in West Virginia, it sure i...

Magical 7th carries South Charleston to win

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For 6 1/2 innings, South Charleston was admittedly flat and being flat-out dominated by Huntington starter Jack Brunetti. Then came the bottom of the seventh and a Black Eagles tidal wave.

Antonio Brown slap...

Dawson, Brock spark Hurricane victory over Riverside

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HURRICANE — With all-stater and pitching ace J.T. Rogoszewski sidelined by a wrist injury, Hurricane’s two other Division I recruits came to the fore Thursday night.

Trey ...

Jordan’s 10th-inning double wins it for Ripley

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Kip Brewer wriggled out of two late-inning jams against Ripley Tuesday night. The third time, however, was the harm for Brewer and Nitro.

Christopher Jordan smacked a run-scoring double with two out in the top of t...

Kanawha Valley teams use Ed Carter Memorial as learning experience

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A month into the season, Hurricane coach Brian Sutphin is starting to learn a few things about his team.

That happens when you face the kind of pitching the Redskins saw over the weekend in the Ed Carter Memorial h...

Ed Carter Memorial: Park’s Grove in the groove vs. Hurricane

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Whenever you can put a pitcher like Michael Grove on the mound, the opponent, the location or the circumstances don’t really matter. You’re still going to be in the game.

And so it was for Wheeling Pa...

Boggess fans 11 as Sissonville cruises

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BUFFALO — Zac Boggess only used two pitches against Buffalo — fastball and change-up. And he didn’t even throw the change-up all that much.

But when you’re t...

WVU’s Lyons getting feel for job

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Shane Lyons hasn’t been on the job very long — a little more than three months — but already he’s gotten a good feel for some of the hot-button issues that come with being the athletic directo...

Former South Charleston football coach opens training gym

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When John Messinger stepped down as South Charleston football coach following the 2012 season, you knew he wouldn’t sit still for long. And he hasn’t.

Baseball: Nitro’s Steve Pritchard seeks improvement

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A lot of baseball teams are wary of being ranked No. 1. But not Nitro.

St. Albans’ Hines ready for new challenges

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Anacia Hines isn’t ready to rest on her accomplishments.

St. Albans’ senior sprinter spent three years chasing a state championship and finally broke through last spring, capturing the 100-meter hurdl...

Prep baseball: No. 1 Nitro survives litany of problems

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HUNTINGTON — Nitro coach Steve Pritchard must feel like his team had to beat three opponents Thursday night.

First and foremost, the Wildcats — ranked No. 1 in the Class A...

Prep baseball: Abbott, Brown spark South Charleston’s signature win over Ripley

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RIPLEY — South Charleston has turned a few heads this year with its solid start. And those heads certainly snapped to attention after Tuesday night’s game.

GW strikes late, blanks Hoover 10-0

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Heading into the bottom of the fourth inning Thursday, a youthful Herbert Hoover team was standing toe-to-toe with Class AAA power George Washington.

The Huskies made a handful of nice defensive plays and trailed o...

Charleston Catholic squanders lead, rallies to win in 8th

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Thad Jameson’s hustle prevented Charleston Catholic from suffering a deflating loss. Then one inning later, he provided the clutch hit that brought the Irish all the way home.

Jameson lined a two-out single ...

Late rally rescues George Washington in win over Woodrow Wilson

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George Washington’s first-year coach, Louie Cassis, might wonder just what he’s gotten himself into.

One minute, his Patriots are flying high with an 8-0 lead and threatening to mercy-rule visiting Wo...

Prep baseball: SC stays hot, puts chill on Brighton

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The weather may have stayed frigid, but South Charleston remained hot.

Michael Lore and Cole Lanier each ripped two-run hits during a first-inning uprising as the Black Eagles jumped in front and cruised to an 11-6...

Hurricane shivers way past Midland

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HURRICANE — Hurricane coach Brian Sutphin may have summed up the evening best after his team had retreated to the warmth of the dressing room.

“It’s hard to learn a...

Prep baseball: Sissonville starts fast, stumps Charleston Catholic

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The early bird not only gets the worm, but also picks up early-season baseball wins.

Sissonville struck for five runs in the bottom of the first inning Thursday evening and rode that momentum to a 9-3 victory over ...

Tournament wrapup: Pressures helped Poca prevail

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We wondered all season long if Poca could manage to win a close game, since it had precious few challenges during the regular season.

Well, here’s what we should have been asking all along: Can the unbeaten ...

Perfect finish gives Poca Class AA crown

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It wasn’t enough for Poca to simply capture its first state basketball title in nearly a generation, or become the first unbeaten state champion since 1987.

No, these Dots had to add to their degree of diffi...

AAA: Huntington clamps down on Parkersburg South, repeats title

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You want to run and gun and play a game with the score in the 80s? Huntington High’s ready to roll.

Or do you want to bump and grind and play a defensive game in the 50s? The Highlanders are ready for that, ...

AAA: Huntington clamps down on Parkersburg South, repeats title

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You want to run and gun and play a game with the score in the 80s? Huntington High’s ready to roll.

Or do you want to bump and grind and play a defensive game in the 50s? The Highlanders are ready for that, ...

AAA: Huntington clamps down on Parkersburg South, repeats title

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You want to run and gun and play a game with the score in the 80s? Huntington High’s ready to roll.

Or do you want to bump and grind and play a defensive game in the 50s? The Highlanders are ready for that, ...

Class AAA: Huntington rolls past Hurricane

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With all the attention being heaped on teams like South Charleston and Capital during the regular season, and top-seeded Parkersburg South and Hurricane in this week’s state tournament, a lot of people seemed to f...

CLASS AAA: South buries Woodrow under barrage of 3s

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Parkersburg South is back in the Class AAA finals under a barrage of 3-pointers and a tough-to-handle full-court pressure defense.

Ty Dobson poured in 30 points, including eight of his team’s 12 3-point fiel...

Class AA: Fox’s free throw rescues Westside

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Will Fox had just made the play of the game. Now came the hard part. Making the free throw for the win.

Fox hit 1 of 2 foul shots with 1.5 seconds left Thursday night, giving Westside a 58-57 victory over Robert C....

CLASS AA: No. 1 Poca clamps down, ousts Ravenswood

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For one quarter, Ravenswood played Poca about as well as anyone’s tested the top-ranked Dots all season.

But the rest of the game was a nightmare for the Red Devils.

Poca took off on a 23-0 run between...

AAA: Dawson’s trey seals win for Hurricane

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There’s something about this Hurricane basketball team and drama. They can’t seem to shake each other.

Trey Dawson knocked down a 3-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer Wednesday afternoon to...

CLASS A: Charleston Catholic just misses KO of No. 1 Wheeling Central

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Something about Wheeling Central brings out the best in Charleston Catholic. But unfortunately for the Irish, their best again fell an agonizing bit short.

Trenton Smith sank six 3-pointers and scored nine of his g...

Class AA: Ravenswood’s reward? No. 1 Poca

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No one knows better than Mick Price that nothing’s guaranteed when it comes to the state tournament.

In last year’s regional co-final at Fairmont Senior, Price’s Ravenswood team hit a layup wit...

Boys state tourney: Big Reds get second shot at red-hot Redskins

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Normally, a game in early January has little or no bearing by the time it comes to the state tournament. But for Hurricane and Parkersburg, it has meant everything.

And so the Mountain State Athletic Conference riv...

Variety in play as tourney tips off today

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There should be a little something for everybody when the 102nd boys basketball state tournament opens play today at the Charleston Civic Center.

All four Class A quarterfinal games will be held today, as well as g...

Boys AAA tournament: East ends drought vs. defending champ

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Since its last trip to the boys state tournament in 2002, Greenbrier East has often been pretty good — just not good enough.

But the Spartans finally broke through the other side last week, winning a Region ...

Putnam power: Hurricane, Poca to the rescue

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For the first time in nearly 50 years, there are no Kanawha County teams playing in this week’s Class AAA state basketball tournament.

And if not for an 11th-hour charge by Charleston Catholic to get to the ...

Boys state tournament lookahead: Some glaring absences, and a little history

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The 102nd boys basketball state tournament, which tips off Wednesday at the Charleston Civic Center, promises to be packed with interest and perhaps even history.

For starters, you can basically break down the fiel...

Girls state tournament: Morgantown fends off Huntington pressure

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When you play with tenacious defensive pressure and offensive rebounding like Huntington does, you’re never out of a game.

But when you play with the resolve and balance that Morgantown has, you seldom lose...

Hurricane gets No. 2 seed in boys AAA tourney

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Hurricane has been awarded the No. 2 seed and will play No. 7 Parkersburg in the opening round of the boys Class AAA state basketball tournament next Wednesday.

The Redskins and Big Reds will tangle at 11:15 a.m. o...

Ortiz, Greenbrier East shock No. 1 Capital

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Christian Ortiz didn’t care about Greenbrier East’s graveyard of past trips to the Class AAA regionals. All he knows is how to win, and the Spartans senior point guard saved perhaps his biggest for Tuesday ...

4 Valley AAA boys teams gun for state tourney berths

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If getting to the state tournament is a team’s biggest goal each season, then the biggest game is the one that gets you there.

That game comes tonight for four Kanawha Valley teams as Class AAA regional co-f...

Boys basketball: Some teams weathered delays better

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The recent ravages of winter weather blanketed all parts of southern West Virginia, but the delays and setbacks they caused seemed to affect some basketball teams more than others.

Some teams like Poca kept right o...

Boys sectionals: Burdette drives Charleston Catholic past Buffalo

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Roger Burdette missed Charleston Catholic’s last game because of an injured ankle. He returned Saturday, and this time Buffalo felt his pain.

Burdette netted 16 points as the Irish slogged their way to a 58-...

Capital wins, stays home for regionals

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Capital has picked up some nice souvenirs along the way this season — the Mountain State Athletic Conference title, the No. 1 ranking in the final state poll — but the Cougars got something they really want...

Cosby, GW knock off No. 3 South Charleston

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Jonah Cosby felt quite comfortable upon his return to South Charleston High School. By the time the fourth quarter rolled around, so did the rest of his George Washington teammates.

Cosby tossed in 22 points and gr...

Prep sectional schedules continue to be juggled

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As if recent rain, snow, flooding and power outages weren’t enough to hinder prep basketball postseason games around the state, now comes a deadline.

The SSAC manual mandates that all boys sectional games be...

State finals a double play for Dawson, Rogoszewski

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HURRICANE — Some high school athletes toil for four years and never come close to playing for a state championship.

But J.T. Rogoszewski and Trey Dawson aren’t your typica...

AAA boys: Redskins remain on a roll

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HURRICANE — The Hurricane team that began the season bears little resemblance to the one the Redskins are putting on the court nowadays.

The team that started out stumbling aroun...

Sissonville holds on down stretch, takes aim at Poca

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In a game where neither team reached 50 points and neither side got within sniffing range of 40-percent shooting, you’d figure defense would be key. And it was.

Sissonville had the game’s final stop o...

Boys sectionals: Capital, Poca provide big targets

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Things have really been going Capital’s way the past few weeks.

The Cougars have ripped off 11 straight victories to end the regular season, and in the process captured the Mountain State Athletic Conference...