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Tommy Atkinson

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WVFC Premier girls open with win at Region 1 Championships


BARBOURSVILLE — The West Virginia Futbol Club Premier under-17 girls have been building for the moment when the U.S. Youth Soccer Region 1 Championships returned to the Mountain State....

Power open second half with win


West Virginia Power manager Brian Esposito’s job is not to worry about wins and losses or even advancing to the playoffs, but nudging and nurturing his players in the right direction.

The Power seem to be he...

Chaos begins push for playoffs


The West Virginia Chaos has been on its heels a bit, but now the team is ready for a counterattack.

The 13th-year Premier Development League soccer squad has weathered a mid-season coaching change and injuries to s...

Greenbrier East’s Walker ‘ready to hit’ in North-South game


Greenbrier East coach Jim Justice remarked during the boys basketball season that Ty Walker has “the best hands on the planet.’’

The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Walker will now use those soft mitts to ...

Casto tackles task of turning Nitro football around


When Bryce Casto was getting the program going at South Charleston in the early 1990s, he couldn’t work with his players until August.

Now, the new Nitro football coach is taking full advantage of the three-...

High school practice period starts Monday


The school year just ended, but it’s back to work for athletes.

The three-week practice period gets into full swing this week as coaches have a chance to come together with their teams to iron out problem ar...

George Washington wins AAA GEISA for 5th time in 6 years


George Washington’s quest for the Class AAA Gazette Excellence In Sports Award didn’t begin when the 2014-15 school year started.

The Patriots’ student-athletes are a dedicated bunch, honing th...

Improved field conditions await teams at Region 1 soccer championships


While one of the world’s biggest sports spectacles — the women’s World Cup — is underway north of the border in Canada, West Virginia is gearing up for its own soccer extravaganza.

The U...

Charleston Catholic edges Williamstown for another Class A GEISA


Charleston Catholic, just like most small Class A schools, relies heavily on its athletes playing pivotal roles in an array of disciplines.

The Fighting Irish’s student body stood strong again during the 20...

State baseball tournament — Chapmanville hangs on vs. Oak Glen in AA semis


Chapmanville’s Tristan Thompson was thankful for the win in Friday’s Class AA semifinals, but he doesn’t want to go through that again.

The senior right-hander had a no-hitter through five inni...

Chapmanville advances in state baseball tournament


Tristan Thompson threw a no-hitter through five innings and Chapmanville built a comfortable lead in taking an 8-5 victory over Oak Glen in Friday’s Class AA semifinals at Appalachian Power Park.

The Tigers ...

Chapmanville, Oak Glen differ in state tournament experience


When Chapmanville and Oak Glen match up in Friday’s Class AA semifinals, they will do so from opposite ends of the spectrum.

The Tigers (29-5) won it all in 2011 and bowed out in last year’s opening r...

Kanawha Valley schools dominated at state softball tournament


VIENNA – Kanawha and Putnam County schools made quite a statement at Jackson Park this week, one that echoed all the way down the Kanawha Valley.

Hurricane (Class AAA), Sissonvil...

Hurricane slugs to AAA softball title


VIENNA — There was no way Hurricane’s seniors were leaving Jackson Park without the Class AAA championship.

The Redskins bashed their way to the title, scoring 26 runs on ...

Sissonville sweeps to AA softball title


VIENNA — Sissonville made the state tournament look easy.

The Indians finished off a perfect three-game run to the Class AA state championship Thursday afternoon as freshman Kend...

Buffalo beats Central for Class A softball championship


VIENNA — A few cracks may have appeared in Buffalo’s Class A softball dynasty this week.

The Bison trailed a couple of times in the top of the first inning and committed s...

State softball tournament: Hurricane, Sissonville, Buffalo reach title games


VIENNA — Three out of four isn’t bad, especially when the Kanawha Valley put three teams in their respective championship games Wednesday at the high school state softball tourn...

State softball: Hard road for some championship contenders


VIENNA — A couple of contenders had will have to do it the hard way after the first day of the high school state softball tournament Wednesday at Jackson Park.


Ship righted, South Charleston softball sails into states


South Charleston's season started out like a ride on a boat tossed about the sea, but once the Black Eagles found calm waters it has been smooth sailing.

Softball: South Charleston, Hurricane square off early in state tournament


The 35th high school softball state tournament should be quite a ride for fans and players.

Sissonville gets its shot at state softball tourney


CHAPMANVILLE — Now, it’s Sissonville’s turn.

The Indians have watched as Chapmanville, Herbert Hoover and Wayne have come out of Region 4 to capture Class AA sate c...

West Virginia Amateur tees off today


The 96th edition of the West Virginia Amateur Championship will be wide open as a new champion will be crowned.

The event begins its four-day run today at The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs.


Hurricane players focused on capturing softball title that eluded them last season


HURRICANE — Nothing could take away Hurricane’s sting last season of failing to defend its Class AAA state championship from 2013.

The Redskins were put out on their keist...

Legg’s home run helps Sissonville land state softball berth


CHAPMANVILLE — Sissonville’s Taylor Legg wasn’t sure her shot to left field had enough power to get out of the park. After all, the senior hadn’t hit a home run al...

Win over Logan sends Hurricane back to state softball tourney


HURRICANE — When Logan took an unexpected lead in the top of the first inning Thursday, Hurricane’s Madison Casto just remembered what she told her teammates before the Class AA...

Benefit event set in memory of GW’s Hopper


Kenneth Hopper does a lot of thinking while running.

Mostly about his father, Tom Hopper, the longtime George Washington boys soccer coach who died last fall after a short battle with cancer, who was also an avid ...

Kanawha Valley teams vie for softball state berths today


Hurricane has pounded its way to the regional finals.

The Redskins hope the hits keep coming as they take on Logan at 6 p.m. today in the Class AAA Region 4 final with a berth to the state tournament on the line. S...

Nitro completes comeback, secures sectional title


Nitro had its back against the wall from the start of the Class AAA Region 4 Section 2 tournament, but it busted through Tuesday evening.

Junior Eddie Flores kept Logan’s damage to a minimum in the top of th...

Marler’s gem, Wright’s defense lead South Charleston over George Washington


In a short three-game series, winning the first one sets the tone, and South Charleston’s Jacob Marler gave the Black Eagles a leg up Monday evening.

The starting pitcher surrendered just two hits and struck...

Hoover’s Justice notches win in postseason debut


Herbert Hoover pitcher Matt Justice understandably had some nerves Friday evening. After all, he was taking the mound for his first postseason start.

The host Huskies scored six runs in the top of the first inning ...

Softball regional: Sissonville turns tables on Herbert Hoover


Sissonville wasn’t going to be denied Thursday evening, especially with everything on the line.

Alexee Haynes’ two-run triple snapped a tie in the fifth inning and she also tossed four innings of effe...

Buffalo coach has built softball program recognized across state


BUFFALO — When Darrell Moore reached 500 career wins nearly two weeks ago, it caught him off guard much like a slow roller down the third-base line.

The Buffalo coach, who now ha...

Hoover-Sissonville repeat tops regional softball schedule


The more things change the more they stay the same.

Classes come and go, but Herbert Hoover and Sissonville still remain the constant in the postseason.

The Huskies, the defending state champions, visit the I...

Prep track regionals start today


Laidley Field will be the hub of track and field this week.

Four regionals in three classes will be contested beginning today with qualifying spots up for grabs for the state meet, which will takes place May 22-23,...

GW hurdler Walker peaking at the right time


George Washington’s Will Walker found out exactly where he stands after last weekend’s Gazette/Friends of Coal Relays, and he likes the view heading down the home stretch of the high school track season.

Softball sectionals: Ripley pushes Riverside to the brink


Riverside finds itself in a hole, but at least now it knows it has the ability to climb out.

The Warriors led through the first three innings Thursday before Ripley stormed back to take a 6-4 victory in the Class A...