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Cabell Midland storms past George Washington


Cabell Midland played a sloppy game in the first half Friday night, but George Washington couldn’t turn most of the miscues into points.

However, when GW started dropping the ball in the second half, the Kni...

Prep football previews: Hoover hoping to make run at Wayne


When senior running back Shaun Dotson is off and running, good things generally happen for Herbert Hoover. But when he’s not ... well, the Huskies have been known to struggle.


Midland, GW try to bounce back


It may boil down to which team can shake off its hangover quicker.

Cabell Midland and George Washington, a pair of Class AAA playoff hopefuls, look to bounce back from last week’s losses when they tangle at ...

Dazzling numbers adding up for Point


Point Pleasant has been getting its point across.

No team in West Virginia has been putting up the numbers like the Big Blacks have through the first seven weeks of the season.

Point not only sports the state...

Nine’s enough for Point (games, that is)


So far, Point Pleasant experienced more trouble putting together its football schedule for this season than it’s actually had playing that schedule.

The Big Blacks (7-0), one of two remaining unbeaten teams ...

Notebook: Cabell Midland, George Washington seek rebound


Call it the Bounce-Back Bowl at Steve Edwards Sr. Field on Friday.

Cabell Midland and George Washington, top-10 teams in the Class AAA playoff ratings who suffered disheartening losses last week, collide Friday nig...

Capital tops Cabell Midland in a thriller


ONA, W.Va. — Cabell Midland probably thought it had Capital right where it wanted.

The Knights, though, probably didn’t count on Kashuan Haley popping yet another big play.

With the Cougars back...

Capital visits Midland in 1 vs. 2 showdown


For the third straight week, Capital finds itself in a tough test to keep its unbeaten start alive.

Tonight, it’s nothing less than No. 2 Cabell Midland (6-0) awaiting the No. 1 Cougars (5-0) in Ona. Kickoff...

Friday’s previews: GW’s run game, Hurricane’s pass attack clash


If nothing else, it shouldn’t be 60-54 again.

That was the score the last time George Washington played Hurricane — with the Patriots surviving to take a shootout win last year — but don’...

Ravenswood marks 100 years of football Saturday


History will be saluted and perhaps history will be made Saturday night when Ravenswood celebrates its football centennial during the school’s homecoming game against Braxton County.

A crowd of about 5,000 t...

State golf: Catholic clings to 3-shot lead


Charleston Catholic stands in a familiar position at the state golf tournament, though its margin for error has been trimmed considerably.

The three-time defending state champion Irish lead Madonna by three strokes...

GW-Hurricane could be playoff elimination game


When the season began, there were plenty of questions surrounding the Class AAA playoff chances of George Washington and Hurricane.

The Patriots and Redskins have advanced to the postseason seven and four straight ...

George Washington beats Princeton


Following George Washington’s 42-point loss to South Charleston in its opener, a lot of people went to sleep on the Patriots.

Well, they reached the midpoint of their regular-season schedule Friday night, an...

Capital gets another crack at Huntington


The low point for Capital last year, undoubtedly, was a 24-10 loss at Huntington.

Even though the Cougars saw their season end with a playoff semifinal loss at Martinsburg about two months later, that regular-seaso...

Friday’s previews: Buffalo seeks 5th victory


Last year at midseason, Buffalo coach Mike Sawyer probably had to wonder: 1) If his team was going to win a game; and 2) If he’d have enough players to finish the season.

The Bison suffered through an 0-10 r...

Intrigue surrounds Morgantown-Wayne


Just as intriguing as the prospect of having Morgantown and Wayne collide in a regular-season game is the way it all came about.

Well, at least in theory it seemed intriguing.

“No one will play us, and...

Conliffe sparks Valley past Crusaders


PARKERSBURG — The bad news for Valley: It picked up just one first down in the second half Saturday, that coming with about 2 1/2 minutes left.

The good news? It really di...

Rick Ryan: Capital-SC showdown turned into a beatdown


It wasn’t supposed to be like this. It wasn’t supposed to be this easy for Capital.

Well, welcome to the showdown that turned into just plain showing off by the Cougars.

Friday night’s 45...

Resiliency the key for South Charleston-Capital clash


If there’s one thing both coaches are drumming into their players for tonight’s South Charleston-Capital showdown at Laidley Field, you can be sure it has to do with being resilient.

Because if there&...

Friday’s previews: Revived Hurricane runs into Cabell Midland


Following an opening-week beatdown from Huntington, Hurricane got its mojo back, ripping off a three-game win streak. But that run gets a severe test tonight.

The Redskins (3-1) host No. 3 Cabell Midland (4-0), whi...

Going to Capital-SC? Come early


If you’re going to Friday’s meetin’ of the unbeaten between Capital and South Charleston at Laidley Field, words of warning from someone who should know: Get there early.

Doug Carte, manager of...

QB showcase in South Charleston-Capital clash


They’ve spent their last two meetings upstaging each other, but on Friday the stage is set for either Tyrhee Pratt or Kentre Grier to pick up perhaps the most significant win of his career.

Capital’s ...

Unbeaten Kanawha Valley rivals Capital, South Charleston meet in key AAA showdown


They don’t have to duck questions about it any more. It’s time for South Charleston and Capital to tee it up.

Friday’s clash won’t only be a key game in the Kanawha Valley this season, b...

South Charleston’s Knapper commits to WVU for basketball


Brandon Knapper, the South Charleston junior point guard and one of the state’s top basketball players, headed to Morgantown this weekend to make an unofficial visit to West Virginia University.

But he didn&...

Haley, Capital keep rolling with win against Parkersburg


What was largely thought about Capital coming into the season is turning out to be true: The Cougars are one talented and explosive team.

Senior Kashuan Haley racked up 259 yards and four more touchdowns Friday nig...

Pauley’s three goals spark Winfield


WINFIELD — Winfield tuned up for some tough future matches Thursday night by blanking Huntington 8-0 in girls soccer, getting three goals from junior Jordan Pauley.

Sophomore Mar...

Buffalo gets another shot at Greenbrier West


During a season in which Greenbrier West reached the Super Six state finals, Buffalo’s Jordan Tucker left a little calling card with the Cavaliers last year.

The Bison hopes for much more tonight in the retu...

Friday’s previews: Parkersburg invades explosive Capital


The schedule hasn’t done any favors for a rebuilding Parkersburg team.

Last week, the Big Reds ran into No. 5 Cabell Midland and absorbed a 42-21 loss. Tonight, it’s No. 4 Capital on the docket in a 7...

Bottom’s up


That sure didn’t take long for Buffalo.

The Bison suffered through an extraordinary amount of injuries and bad luck last season, and wound up 0-10. But they didn’t stay down for long.

South Charleston runs over shorthanded Spring Valley


Staff writer

Spring Valley had a pretty good idea what was coming, but still couldn’t stop it.

Junior quarterback Kentre Grier ran for three touchdowns and threw for two more Friday night as host South...

Balanced South Charleston, Spring Valley square off tonight


Both South Charleston and Spring Valley have changed their stripes somewhat this season. Ultimately, it’s made each that much tougher to defend. Just ask their first two opponents.

The Black Eagles, running ...

Tonight’s previews: Capital treks to dangerous Princeton


Princeton gave Capital fits last year, falling 29-28 in overtime at Laidley Field, a loss that likely kept the Tigers out of the Class AAA playoffs.

So they should probably carry a good bit of confidence into their...

South Charleston changes gears for showdown vs. Spring Valley


It was letterman’s night around the Kanawha Valley on Friday.

Plenty of backup players earned their varsity letters with final scores like: Capital 60, Riverside 12; South Charleston 56, St. Albans 16; and H...

Late heroics lift George Washington past Paul Blazer


Staff writer

George Washington surmounted plenty of adversity Friday night to stick close to Kentucky power Ashland Paul Blazer but with 46 seconds left, all that effort looked like it was going for naught.


Sissonville seeks revenge against Wayne


In its recent renaissance, Sissonville hasn’t lost very many games — just two, as a matter of fact — both to Class AA power Wayne.

The Indians get a chance to avenge those setbacks when their ...

Prep previews: Tinsley back in Nitro with new team


Scott Tinsley was part of many special moments at Underwood Field in his 13 seasons as either an offensive coordinator or head coach at Nitro.

Tonight, however, Tinsley looks to make things tough on the home folks ...

Monday recap: South Charleston, Sissonville out to prove they belong


At this point of the season, it’s all about belonging.

Teams want to prove that they belong — either among the playoff contenders in their respective classes or, for the more advanced, that they belon...

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...