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Prep baseball: SC stays hot, puts chill on Brighton


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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...

Winfield’s Humphreys takes title in dramatic fashion


HUNTINGTON — Bryce Humphreys sat in the middle of the mat by himself, a look of concern and exhaustion on his face.

Winfield’s senior wrestler had just scored a beat-the-b...

Point Pleasant finding life tougher in AAA wrestling


HUNTINGTON — John Bonecutter has a pretty good feel for the chasm that separates Class AAA and AA-A wrestling in West Virginia.

Bonecutter is now in his sixth season as coach at ...

Perfect Poca surges into sectionals


POCA — Poca put the finishing touches on an accomplishment its proud basketball program had never done before — namely, an unbeaten regular season. Now, the Dots take aim at som...

Kinney’s big night leads Capital past Logan 72-63


LOGAN — Venerable Willie Akers Arena has always seemed to have a little magic hanging in its rafters. Fortunately for Capital, it had a little Magic of its own in Jordan Kinney.


Lawson, Riverside finally close one out


Riverside coach Craig Albright must feel like he’s hit the lottery.

His Warriors wasted several strong games against good teams this season because they failed to close it out in the final minutes. Not on T...

Boys basketball notes: Who’s No. 1 now in Class AAA?


So now what?

We’ve spent most of the season believing South Charleston is the state’s top team in Class AAA, then the Black Eagles get thrashed by Capital 67-38 in the MSAC title game Saturday night b...

Worth the wait: Capital wallops SC boys in MSAC final


For a lot of reasons, it was a game people had seemingly waited and waited for. But when it finally arrived, it was almost over in a flash.

Junior guard Miguel Bays poured in a career-high 26 points Saturday night,...

Hurricane rallies by Huntington in MSAC boys 3rd-place game


About halfway through the season, Hurricane coach Lance Sutherland inserted Noah Fenerty into the starting lineup and said he’d remain there “until he screwed up.’’

Well, with the postse...

MSAC: No surprises as SC, Capital collide again


The last time South Charleston and Capital hooked up on Jan. 8, a surprise awaited SC coach Vic Herbert.

Capital, an avowed man-to-man defensive team, opened the game in a zone, which seemed to fluster the Black Ea...

Boys coaches concerned about conditioning


When boys basketball teams in southern West Virginia return to the court following their snow-induced holiday, they’ll only have about a week to get ready for sectional play.

Already, coaches are warning not...

Weather woes: Shows must go on?


Even a week or so ago, the high school winter sports seasons were flying by with few hitches. Certainly, it was nothing like last year, when foul weather and fouled water combined to make January and February a schedulin...

Kilgore, Carpenter locked in MSAC scoring battle


The recent list of scoring champions in the Class AAA Mountain State Athletic Conference reads like a who’s who in southern West Virginia basketball.

Names like Jon Elmore (now at Marshall), Luke Eddy (Elon)...

Weather bedevils MSAC Night of Champions


Seldom has the Mountain State Athletic Conference’s biggest day of the year been in such a state of flux. This week’s brutal winter weather pattern could possibly toss the MSAC Night of Champions up for gra...

Snow, water, gym issues face WVU Tech, Valley


With the regular season winding down, a pair of successful area teams have a lot more than basketball to worry about in the coming days.

In fact, Valley High School and WVU Tech aren’t quite sure when they&#...

Boys basketball notes: Capital gets second chance vs. SC


Capital has come a long way since its Jan. 8 loss to top-ranked South Charleston.

The Cougars have won 11 of their 12 games since then, losing only in overtime at Huntington exactly a month ago.

Now 15-3, the...

South Charleston’s Poe doesn’t think he holds advantage at state swim meet


South Charleston’s Adam Poe mulled the question thoughtfully. Does he have an advantage over some of his competitors at this week’s state swim meet?

While several of the other top individuals in the s...

Harler, No. 1 Wheeling Central escape with win vs. Charleston Catholic


With as much attention as Chase Harler draws, it’s sort of difficult to lose track of the Wheeling Central junior guard.

But that’s exactly what Charleston Catholic did twice down the stretch Friday n...