Get Connected
  • facebook
  • twitter
  • Sign In
  • Classifieds
  • Sections

Tommy Atkinson

Staff writer
  • Phone 304-348-4811
  • Email Send Mail
  • Dep Sports

Charleston pays tribute to ‘Hot Rod’ Hundley


Rod Hundley added one final credit to a life that has played out like a Hollywood movie.

He essentially grew up at the YMCA, which was then located in downtown Charleston at Davis Square, because of an unsettled fa...

YMCA to rename gym in Hundley’s honor Saturday


Nemo Nearman remembers the first time he took the basketball court with Rod Hundley at the YMCA in Charleston.

The college players in the area would gather at the downtown Davis Square location on Saturday mornings...

Back home, Grose carries Hoover past Nicholas


Who says you can’t go home again?

Herbert Hoover’s Brad Grose transferred from Capital to his original school district for his senior season and gave the Huskies quite a lift Wednesday night with 23 p...

High hopes for South Charleston, Hurricane, Poca as boys season opens


Several schools in the Kanawha Valley begin the season today with high expectations.

South Charleston and Hurricane were ranked second and third, respectively, in Monday’s Associated Press Class AAA boys hig...

Hurricane closes out Charleston Catholic


HURRICANE — The last couple of seasons, Abby Watson has watched her Hurricane squad drop close games, wilting under the pressure in the end.

The 5-foot-9 senior guard and her tea...

Girls preview: Tourney teams primed for another run


Charleston Catholic, Sissonville and South Charleston were the only schools from the Kanawha Valley to make appearances at last season’s state tournament.

The Fighting Irish advanced as a fifth seed to the C...

Shamblin paces Nitro win in girls basketball opener


The pressure will be ratcheted up on Nitro’s Savannah Shamblin this season with the loss of two senior starters.

If Tuesday night was any indication, the 5-foot-4 senior point guard is up for the challenge,...

High expectations for SC, Sissonville, Charleston Catholic girls basketball


Several Kanawha Valley schools will open the season ranked in the Associated Press preseason girls high school basketball poll.

South Charleston, which advanced to last year’s state tournament quarterfinals ...

WVU basketball: Mountaineers 7-0 after 86-57 rout of Charleston


MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University’s Jonathan Holton is beginning to realize the potential that coach Bob Huggins had envisioned.

The 6-foot-7, 220-pound junior forward...

Class AA: No. 1 Bridgeport rolls past No. 5 Wayne


BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. ­— Coming out of the tunnel Saturday afternoon, Bridgeport’s players burst through a banner reading “Roll Tribe.’’

That’s exactly what the No. 1 and ...

Herd basketball: Cleveland State downs Marshall 68-59


HUNTINGTON — Marshall coach Dan D’Antoni is starting to see the makings of a basketball team.

The Thundering Herd, though, still has a ways to go after falling 68-59 to C...

Wayne, Bridgeport in reprise of 2013 AA title game


Wayne has a score to settle with Bridgeport.

There’s no better venue for that than the Class AA semifinals, where the No. 5 Pioneers (10-2) visit the No. 1 Indians (11-1) at 1:30 p.m. today at Wayne Jamison ...

MSAC rivals Huntington, Cabell Midland lock up again


There’s nothing like an old-fashioned rivalry during the postseason.

That’s exactly what it will be when No. 7 Huntington (8-3) visits No. 2 Cabell Midland (10-1) in a Cabell County clash at 1:30 p.m....

Winfield’s Lawman repeats as girls soccer player of year


The common thread that runs through Winfield’s three straight Class AAA state championships is Jayne Lawman.

The senior has been the heart and soul of the Generals’ recent dominance, helping them fini...

1-0 win sends UC to soccer quarterfinals


The University of Charleston kept rolling Thursday, right into the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II national tournament.

Kevin Feucht scored in the 25th minute and the Golden Eagles’ defense made it sta...

Baggage or no, UC plays in soccer Sweet 16 today


When the University of Charleston men’s soccer team arrived Tuesday in North Andover, Massachusetts for the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional, the team’s luggage didn’t make the trip.


PREP SOCCER: Winfield’s Lawman headlines All-State Class AAA girls


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Winfield has dominated Class AAA girls high school soccer the past three seasons.

The Generals captured their third straight championship two weeks ago, and then claimed four of the 13 sp...

Winfield lands 4 on AAA girls soccer all-state first team


Winfield has dominated Class AAA girls high school soccer the past three seasons.

The Generals captured their third straight championship two weeks ago, then claimed four of the 13 spots Tuesday on the all-state fi...

James Monroe outlasts Clay for AA volleyball crown


Clay County took a giant leap at this week’s state volleyball tournament.

The Panthers advanced to the Class AA championship game for the first time but couldn’t shake the determination James Monroe d...

Musselman successfully defends AAA volleyball title


There appeared to be a chink in Musselman’s armor Saturday afternoon.

After the defending state champion Applemen dropped their first set to a school from West Virginia this season in the Class AAA state cha...

Williamstown reclaims Class A volleyball title


Williamstown wore the phrase ‘‘Unfinished Business’’ on the back of its warmup jerseys the last two days at the state volleyball tournament.

The Yellowjackets took care of business Satur...

Class AA: No. 4 Mingo Central storms past No. 13 Sissonville


RED JACKET, W.Va. — Sissonville finally ran out of steam Friday night.

Fourth-seeded Mingo Central used an array of running backs to churn out 369 yards on the ground in rushing to a 35-13 victory over No. 1...

Sissonville, Mingo Central meet again


It’s Round 3 between Sissonville and Mingo Central.

The Cardinal Conference foes wage a heavyweight slugfest for the third time in a year when the No. 13 Indians (7-3) visit the No. 4 Miners (9-1) in the ope...

AAA soccer: Winfield girls edge Washington 2-1 for 3rd straight title


BECKLEY — Winfield is turning a program into a dynasty.

Generals freshman Sydney Cavender and senior Josee Erlandson scored goals and senior goalkeeper Haley Evans and the defens...

Charleston Catholic boys reclaim soccer state title


BECKLEY — This group of Charleston Catholic players didn’t want to be remembered as the one that ended a run of four straight Class AA-A state championships.

Juniors Antho...

Charleston Catholic girls rout Bridgeport for state title


BECKLEY — Charleston Catholic left little doubt Saturday afternoon which team was the best in the state in Class AA-A girls high school soccer.

Junior Caroline Dundervill scored ...

GW’s emotional year ends in loss to Mohigans


BECKLEY — It may have been too much to ask George Washington to defend its Class AAA state championship during a season that was turned on its head.

The Patriots never showed any...

AAA soccer: Winfield girls, GW boys advance to state finals


BECKLEY — The Winfield girls have a chance to join an exclusive group at the Class AAA state high school soccer tournament while the George Washington boys get a shot at leaving behind...

AA-A soccer: Charleston Catholic boys, girls advance to finals


BECKLEY — The Charleston Catholic boys and girls soccer teams got back on track Friday afternoon at the state high school soccer tournament.

Junior Joey Trupo had a hand in all t...

Winfield girls hungry for more at state soccer tournament


WINFIELD Even back-to-back Class AAA state championships haven’t satisfied Winfield.

The Generals are like the Energizer bunny, always looki...

GW, Winfield, Catholic aiming for state soccer titles


The state high school soccer tournament has a Kanawha Valley flavor when it begins its two-day run today at the YMCA Youth Soccer Complex in Beckley.

George Washington is the defending state champion in Class AAA b...

GW girls work to atone for last year’s loss in state tourney


The George Washington girls soccer team has an edge this season.

Patriots coach Megan Johnson felt the team needed to get tougher — mentally and physically — after last year’s loss in the Class...

State soccer: Catholic ready for anything


There weren’t too many instances this season when Charleston Catholic wasn’t on top of its game.

The Fighting Irish learned the hard way last year with a loss in the Class AA-A boys high school soccer...

Charleston Catholic has many scoring options


Charleston Catholic is no longer a one-trick pony.

The Fighting Irish have learned to use all of their offensive weapons this season and it’s carried them back to the state tournament.

Catholic carrie...

GW boys still drawing inspiration from Hopper


It’s often said that a team reflects its coach’s personality.

That couldn’t be more true of George Washington’s approach this season. The Patriots were bombarded with question marks and ...

University sweeps AAA cross country titles


ONA — Capital’s Peyton Panger concluded her stellar four-year cross country career with the top prize eluding her yet again Saturday while University swept the boys and girls Cl...

Bridgeport boys, Berkeley Springs girls claim AA-A cross country championships


ONA — It wasn’t the type of race Buffalo’s Hayden Harrison envisioned Saturday at the state cross country meet as Bridgeport’s boys and Berkeley Springs’ gi...

GW shakes off slow start, tops Ripley


RIPLEY, W.Va. — On Halloween, Ripley’s Trevor Tucker and Jake Martin were a nightmare for George Washington in the opening half on Friday night.

The Patriots finally exorcized their early demons after...

GW boys defeat Woodrow 3-1 for state berth


George Washington was in need of a fast start Thursday night.

Junior Ryan Mears and senior Jeff Hodge provided that spark with two first-half goals to send the defending state champion Patriots past Woodrow Wilson ...

GW girls return to state soccer tournament


George Washington has the regional finals down pat.

Hannah Ellis had a hand in setting up both of the Patriots’ goals Thursday evening in a 2-0 decision over Woodrow Wilson in the Class AAA Region 3 finals. ...

GW, Winfield seek AAA state soccer berths


It’s been a rough season both on and off the field for the George Washington boys soccer team.

The Patriots lost their longtime coach Tom Hopper, who died last month. In addition, GW has had to carry the bur...

Charleston Catholic girls knock out Sissonville 1-0 in regional


RIPLEY — Charleston Catholic unloaded some baggage Tuesday night.

Junior Payton Mullen scored a goal late in the opening half and the Fighting Irish defense made it stand up for ...

Charleston Catholic boys return to soccer states with 9-1 romp


RIPLEY — Charleston Catholic shots and goals were as plentiful Tuesday evening against St. Marys as the rain drops that fell during a brief shower in the opening half.

Senior Rog...

Soccer regionals: Sissonville, Catholic renew regional rivalry


There may not be a more intense October rivalry during high school soccer regionals than Charleston Catholic and Sissonville clashing with everything on the line.

The meeting today will be ratcheted up even more wi...

Switch helps Winfield girls advance


WINFIELD — A subtle change to Winfield’s formation Saturday evening led to a scoring binge in the second half.

Mary Lawman scored two goals in the last eight minutes to li...

Winfield boys top Nitro on PKs


WINFIELD — Winfield earned its second straight trip to regionals the hard way Saturday afternoon.

Senior C.T. Douglas made a diving stop during the penalty-kick shootout to send ...

Sissonville girls advance to soccer regional


RAVENSWOOD — The first goal is always the hardest during the postseason.

Once Sissonville got on the board Thursday evening, though, there was no stopping the Indians, who rolled...

Trupo hits milestones in Charleston Catholic sectional win


Charleston Catholic’s Joey Trupo had the best of both worlds Tuesday night.

The junior scored five goals, including the 100th of his career and setting the school mark for career goals, in leading No. 3 Char...

Boys soccer: St. Joe trips Hoover


Christian Yablonsky had one of those games Monday evening that players dream about, coming up clutch with the season hanging in the balance.

The junior scored three goals to pace St. Joseph to a 4-1 victory over He...

Three Kanawha Valley soccer teams begin quest for repeat titles


Three Kanawha Valley high school soccer teams will begin their quest for state championship repeats when sectional tournament play opens this week.

George Washington (Class AAA boys), Sissonville (AA-A girls) and W...