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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...

Slater’s stock keeps soaring


If Tristan Slater wants to keep soaring to new heights, first he needs the right approach. And that seems to be exactly what he’s doing.

Slater, a two-time state pole vault champion for Capital, has been cri...

MSAC celebrates 20th anniversary in style


The MSAC celebrated its 20th anniversary in style.

This past season was a rousing success for the Mountain State Athletic Conference, which captured 11 of the 19 state championships in the SSAC’s Class AAA o...

Highlights, lowlights of Greenbrier Classic’s first 4 years


It sure seems like the PGA Greenbrier Classic has been around longer.

For an event entering just its fifth year, the Classic has already chipped in its share of indelible moments and lingering memories to the state...

Twist of fate joined Tom Watson to Greenbrier


Tom Watson’s love affair with The Greenbrier began 35 years ago and continues to this day, but if not for a twist of fate, it might not have happened at all.

The Greenbrier’s golf professional emeritu...

GW’s Greene, Edwards on the dean’s list


If you’re looking for the deans of basketball and football coaches in the sprawling Mountain State Athletic Conference, you only need to stop at one place — George Washington.

The South Hills high sch...

Summer practice benefits new hoops coaches


The three-week summer practice period comes at a good time for the Kanawha Valley’s two new boys basketball coaches.

Bryan England, who takes over at Winfield, and Matt Morrison, the first-year coach at Char...