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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...

Prep softball: Hurricane sweeps into regional


HURRICANE — As the temperatures begin to rise in May, so has Hurricane’s confidence.

Senior pitcher Emily Davis fired a three-hit shutout and the host Redskins pounded out...

Hurricane hitting stride as softball sectionals begin


Hurricane got one monkey off its back and now will address the 1,000-pound gorilla in the room this week.

The Redskins captured the Mountain State Athletic Conference tournament title last week with a 12-4 win over...

Dawson, Hurricane knock around GW for 13-2 win at APP


There was no doubt that Hurricane’s Trey Dawson was having a ball Saturday afternoon at sun-splashed Appalachian Power Park.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound senior, who was covered from head to toe in dirt when the ...

Hurricane’s Rogoszewski returns with shutout win over SC


Hurricane’s J.T. Rogoszewski takes a licking but keeps on pitching.

The senior right-hander, who was making his first start in two weeks since getting hit on the pitching hand, then took another shot Thursda...

Hurricane cruises to MSAC softball title


HURRICANE — Hurricane couldn’t have imagined a worst start to Wednesday night’s Mountain State Athletic Conference championship game nor could it have dreamed up how it woul...

Power GM has big plans for prep baseball Showcase


When Tim Mueller became the West Virginia Power general manager four years ago, he had a vision for high school baseball at Appalachian Power Park.

That’s finally become a reality with this weekend’s ...

College baseball: Marshall defeats WVU 3-2


It’s been a long journey for Marshall’s Josh King to earn his first victory of the season.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound senior, who was making only his second start after Tommy John elbow surgery, picked o...

Softball: Sissonville bounces back vs. Buffalo


Sissonville needed to turn the page quickly after last week’s rough ride.

Senior Taylor Legg and juniors Alexee Haynes and Taylor Casto provided the run support and freshman pitcher Kendal Parkins was nearly...

Nitro softball seniors go out in style


Nitro’s Nichole Brown and Katee Jones have been on the diamond together ever since they can remember.

They were teammates for the first time at 5 years old, moving through the youth ranks in tandem, and Thur...

Prep baseball: Grayam leads Herbert Hoover past Charleston Catholic 7-4


Herbert Hoover’s Jake Grayam seized the opportunity Wednesday night.

The 6-foot-1, 225-pound junior third baseman, who was making only his second start of the season, walloped a home run and a double and kno...

MEC men’s tennis tourney starts today


The University of Charleston has a shot at a measure of revenge this weekend when the Mountain East Conference men’s tennis tournament hits town.

The six-team tournament will take place at Schoenbaum Courts ...

Softball: McDonald settles in, leads South Charleston past Riverside


South Charleston starting pitcher Amanda McDonald and her teammates were flummoxed from the start Monday evening.

Sand Gnats defeat Power 11-4


Baseball’s long and winding season lends itself to a cornucopia of emotions.

The West Virginia Power, after the franchise’s first 2-0 start in its 11-year history, experienced its inaugural low point ...

Prep softball: Spring Valley stifles South Charleston 5-1


South Charleston coach Annette Olenchick is still searching for that winning lineup that separates contenders from pretenders.

Spring Valley freshman starting pitcher Bailey Adkins fired five scoreless innings, and...

WVU falls short vs. UCLA in WNIT final


It seemed West Virginia University made every clutch play during its four-week run to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament championship game.

The Mountaineers, though, had a momentary lapse in the fina...