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Knapper’s buzzer-beater lifts South Charleston over Huntington


HUNTINGTON — Huntington didn’t make many mistakes in the final minute against South Charleston Wednesday night, but a big one for the Highlanders was leaving six seconds on the ...

Hoover boys defy odds, chop down Chapmanville


Not many people would have given Herbert Hoover much of a chance in Tuesday night’s game against Chapmanville.

The Huskies were without 6-foot-7 senior Brad Grose, the top scorer in the Cardinal Conference, ...

Boys hoops notes: Plenty of new faces, but no dropoff at GW


Even some George Washington fans probably thought their team had no business entertaining thoughts about state rankings and state tournament berths this season.

The Patriots, after all, lost six of their top seven ...

Boys hoop notes: Tight games could benefit SC


South Charleston got something last week it didn’t necessarily want, but probably needed. A couple of close games.

The Black Eagles, ranked No. 1 in Class AAA, had been sailing along through the first month ...

Bays boosts Capital boys past hard-luck Riverside


“Crunchy’’ is getting pretty good at crunch time.

Miguel “Crunchy’’ Bays put in a career-high 24 points Saturday night as state-ranked Capital held off another valiant effo...

Notre Dame’s pressure too much for Charleston Catholic


Since Charleston Catholic opened its Hillcrest Drive athletic facility 10 years ago, it’s run its fair share of opponents out of the gym.

On Saturday, however, the Irish were the ones experiencing that run-d...

WSAZ wrestling: GW looks to stay strong


HUNTINGTON — George Washington broke down a lot of barriers last year, including a fourth-place finish at the Class AAA state tournament, the Patriots’ highest team finish since...

Rogoszewski basket knocks off No. 1 South Charleston


HURRICANE — As it turns out, there wasn’t so much wrong with Hurricane that a game against South Charleston couldn’t fix.

J.T. Rogoszewski hit a driving basket with...

George Washington flurry fends off Hurricane


You can make the argument that George Washington housed two of the state’s best players the past two seasons in Jon Elmore and Luke Eddy, who now toil at Division I programs.

So the Patriots began this seaso...

Boys hoop notes: Treacherous road ahead for SC


The road started getting a lot tougher for South Charleston over the weekend.

The unbeaten Black Eagles (10-0), ranked No. 1 in Class AAA, began a stretch of five straight games away from home, surviving a late sca...

South Charleston boys hold on for Hatfield-McCoy win


WILLIAMSON — South Charleston got maybe a little more than it bargained for Saturday night.

The Black Eagles appeared to be closing in on a comfortable win against Wesley Christi...

Valley falls to Sheldon Clark


WILLIAMSON — Sheldon Clark’s twin talents of Chase Parsley and Dylan James turned out to be double trouble for Valley.

Parsley and James, considered two of the top players...

Poca downs Mingo Central again


POCA — Mingo Central had gained so much ground since its last game against Poca, a 62-40 loss to the Dots back on Dec. 16.

The Miners won seven in a row at one point, knocked off...

South Charleston boys take No. 1 ranking on road


South Charleston takes its unbeaten record and No. 1 ranking in Class AAA on the road today when it competes in the 12th Hatfield-McCoy Shootout at the historic Williamson Field House.

The Black Eagles (9-0) battle...

Balanced Woodrow Wilson boys fend off Winfield


WINFIELD — Winfield probably felt pretty good about its chances late in the third quarter Thursday against unbeaten and No. 2-ranked Woodrow Wilson.

The Generals had shaved their...

Defense, rebounding rescue Sissonville boys


So just how do you win a basketball game when shooting 26 percent?

If you’re Sissonville, it’s equal parts defense, rebounding, foul shooting and, oh yes, a timely break.

All of the above contri...

Dixson cousins attracting plenty of attention at Mingo Central


MADISON — Last year, there was a buzz around the Cardinal Conference when transfer student Dikembe Dixson became eligible to play at Mingo Central at midseason.

The 6-foot-7 Dixs...

Fashion statement: Scott players take shot at rivals with warmup shirts


Perhaps the initial in Corridor G stands for gamesmanship.

The high schools hailing from the towns that line the southern part of the Corridor G expressway have long held heated rivalries with each other, but this ...

Mingo Central knocks off No. 5 Scott


MADISON — Mingo Central hopes good things keep coming in threes.

The Miners, who feature three of the top scorers in the Cardinal Conference, earned their second victory over a s...

Knapper, No. 1 South Charleston stave off Capital


All in all, it was a rather strange evening at the South Charleston Community Center.

Capital, long known for its pressure man-to-man defense, started its showdown against No. 1 South Charleston in a zone.


Capital boys swipe showdown with Spring Valley


Jordan Kinney got a late start on his senior season in basketball because of Capital’s run to the Class AAA championship in football. His return was interrupted further last week by an illness.

But that didn...

Boys hoop notes: Dots turn to Cuffee as stopper


Poca has been leaning a little more on sophomore Elijah Cuffee, and Cuffee has held up just fine so far.

The unbeaten Dots (5-0), considered a top contender in Class AA, have featured a balanced lineup the last two...

Not exactly revenge, but SC boys win big


It might not have been a revenge game for most of South Charleston’s players, but they sure played like it was.

Brandon Knapper hit 11 of 16 shots and scored 24 points and Tamon Scruggs donated a double-doub...

South Charleston girls knock off No. 1 Parkersburg South


South Charleston sure looked like one of the best Class AAA girls basketball teams in the state Saturday afternoon, but coach Gary Greene doesn’t want his players to get ahead of themselves.

Talia Cashwell k...

Poca boys outgun Hurricane 72-57


POCA — After a stirring run to the Class AAA title game last season, Hurricane’s main goal is to develop a third scoring option behind returning senior standouts Trey Dawson and...

Boys basketball notes: Dots get right back at it


Last year, Poca didn’t measure up in its showdown against Robert C. Byrd in the FCA Hoops Classic, and suffered a disappointing loss.

Coach Allen Osborne apparently used that setback as a learning tool, as t...

Hoops Classic: Poca clouts No. 1 RCB


Poca was ready for the Challenge this time.

Four starters reached double-figure scoring Saturday night as the Dots knocked off No. 1 Robert C. Byrd 62-35 in the featured game of the Big 10-Cardinal Conference Chall...

Hoops Classic: Wheeling Park holds off Riverside, South Charleston drubs Oak Hill


It might not have been the shock heard ’round West Virginia, but it would have been pretty surprising nonetheless.

Phil Bledsoe scored eight of his 24 points in the fourth quarter Friday night, helping Wheel...

Riverside recommends Davis as football coach


The last time Riverside filled its football coaching position, it went outside Kanawha County. This time, it appears as if the Warriors are going out of state.

The Gazette-Mail has learned that Zach Davis, the 28-y...

Hoops Classic: Poca-RCB one of top matchups


Anyone looking to get a sneak preview of the boys Class AA state tournament should hang around West Virginia State’s Walker Convocation Center on Saturday.

The second day of the 16th Fellowship of Christian ...

Woodrow boys roll past Nitro


BECKLEY — Tradition is a hard thing to create. It can also be hard to beat.

Nitro knows that all too well. Plenty of the names have changed for Woodrow Wilson, but the level of p...

St. Joe boys storm past Buffalo 74-58


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


Capital, South Charleston clash in big-school championship


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


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


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.


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


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


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?


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


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...