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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...

St. Marys, Cameron to clash Saturday for HIT championship


The Hometown Invitational Tournament, which concludes this weekend at the Summersville Arena and Conference Center, can keep alive an interesting streak.

The Class A public-school-only basketball tournament, now in...

MSAC votes down early exit request


Looks like there might not be any changes in the Mountain State Athletic Conference lineup after all — at least not for the foreseeable future.

The Class AAA league voted Wednesday to turn down the request o...

Late surge carries Robert C. Byrd past Wyoming East


For nearly three quarters, it looked like Wyoming East finally had a chance of getting over the hump and picking up that win against a ranked team that had eluded the Warriors all season.

But East never got a secon...

Streaking Parkersburg South boys drub Logan


Two of the state’s more pleasant surprises in Class AAA — Parkersburg South and Logan — met in one of the spotlight games of Tuesday’s card during the Little General Shootout at the Big House....

GW sweeps crowns; Carr, Poe set marks


HUNTINGTON — Despite changes at the top, the beat goes on for George Washington’s swimming program.

The Patriots, who have captured the last four boys state championships ...

Boys basketball notes: New-look SC still on a roll


South Charleston has played at such a high level for the past decade or so that it’s becoming easy to take the Black Eagles’ accomplishments for granted.

But in roaring out to a 17-1 start and again h...

GW sweeps regional swim crowns; Carr, Poe set marks


HUNTINGTON — Despite changes at the top, the beat goes on for George Washington’s swimming program.

The Patriots, who have captured the last four boys state championships ...

Mingo’s Dixsons dunk slow-starting Sissonville


It’s not the first time Mingo Central’s tall towers have intimidated an opponent, and certainly won’t be the last.

Riding the tandem of 6-foot-7 Dikembe Dixson and 6-6 Montrell Dixson, a pair o...

Four schools ask to leave MSAC


The makeup of the Mountain State Athletic Conference may look very different next fall.

Four schools have submitted correspondence to commissioner Fred Aldridge about leaving the MSAC, considered perhaps the strong...

Flying Eagles get off deck, rally past Patriots


In truth, Woodrow Wilson probably needed the game a little more, owing to a recent slump that had seen the Flying Eagles lose three of four and drop from second to eighth in the state rankings.

And when it came dow...

Area athletes: Cunningham, Smith set to sign today


Despite an ACL tear that derailed his senior football season, A.D. Cunningham’s commitment to Charlotte never wavered, and Charlotte’s faith in Cunningham also remained strong.

Thus, South Charleston&...

Boys hoop notes: SC gaining on Night of Champions spot


Before the season ever started, South Charleston coach Vic Herbert looked at the middle portion of his schedule and saw a mountain his team had to climb.

Five consecutive games away from home — including thr...

Ford’s free throw hands OT win to Hurricane


WINFIELD — Hurricane has spent the better part of its season searching for a consistent third scorer to complement the play of returning standouts J.T. Rogoszewski and Trey Dawson.


SSAC’s Ray will retire next January


The state Secondary School Activities Commission is looking for another leader.

Gary Ray, the executive director of the state’s governing body for high school and middle school sports, has decided to step do...

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...