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Conliffe sparks Valley past Crusaders

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

D...

Sissonville seeks revenge against Wayne

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

The...

Friday’s previews: Sissonville ready to roll again

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...

Hurricane builds from ground up

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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’

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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?

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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

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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

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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...