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Hopper, GW’s three-time title coach, dies

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Tom Hopper, the longtime George Washington boys soccer coach who took a medical leave of absence this season, died Sunday from complications of cancer. He was 68. (See obituary on Page 10A).

Hopper, who became the ...

St. Albans girls celebrate after win over Nitro

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A scene unfolded Saturday morning after St. Albans dispatched No. 20 Nitro for a 2-0 victory that the Red Dragons seldom saw last year.

SA’s players celebrated senior Audrey Goode’s 18th birthday aft...

Scott stays unbeaten, drops Sissonville

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Scott made a believer out of Sissonville on Friday.

The Skyhawks stymied the host Indians at every turn in remaining undefeated with a 21-7 victory. A homecoming crowd of about 1,000 attended the Class AA Cardinal ...

No. 3 Winfield battles No. 1 Parkersburg to 2-all tie

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WINFIELD — Winfield wasn’t sure just how good of a team it could be until Tuesday evening.

The No. 3 Generals took the lead late in the opening half against No. 1 Parkersb...

Nitro boys blank Riverside 4-0

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Nitro has already achieved one of its goals and the regular season isn’t even a month old.

Senior Chase Kirk scored twice to lead the Wildcats past Riverside 4-0 Saturday afternoon as they equaled last year&...

Winfield falls to Ripley, drops to 0-3

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RIPLEY — Winfield had a touchdown called back on the first possession of the game Friday and the frustration continued well into the night.

Ripley scored 17 unanswered points in the second half en route to i...

MEC football: State seeks first 2-0 start since 2008

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West Virginia State will look to do something it hasn’t accomplished in six seasons today.

After snapping their 17-game losing streak last week, the Yellow Jackets seek their first 2-0 start since 2008 when...

State looks ahead after snapping 17-game slide

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When West Virginia State began practice this week it was the same drills and plays the Yellow Jackets had been perfecting for nearly two seasons.

The only difference was the perception from the outside. The Yellow ...

Schoolcraft’s 3 goals help keep Herbert Hoover perfect

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POCA — Herbert Hoover turned in a record-setting season last year and now the Huskies are working on a special one.

Junior forward Hannah Schoolcraft scored three goals as Hoover...

Boys soccer: Catholic blanks St. Joe for title

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Charleston Catholic coach Domenic Cipollone could only think about the missed opportunities Monday night.

Sure, senior Roger Burdette scored three goals en route to Catholic’s 5-0 victory over St. Joseph in ...

Catholic girls cruise to Bishop’s Cup crown

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The Bishop’s Cup provided the perfect spot on the schedule for Charleston Catholic coach Amy Mullen to tinker with her lineup.

The results were promising as the Fighting Irish received goals from six differe...

Dotson’s big night leads Herbert Hoover past Chapmanville

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CHAPMANVILLE — Herbert Hoover needed every one of Shaun Dotson’s 348 yards rushing and three touchdowns Friday night.

The Huskies rode the 5-foot-6, 180-pound senior to their first victory of the seas...

Weiss passes test, wins Charleston Distance Run

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Jeff Weiss needed to test his ailing foot and the 42nd annual Charleston Distance Run provided the perfect venue.

After all, the event billed as “America’s only 15-mile race’’ is just a...

Woodrow Wilson blanks Winfield

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BECKLEY — The difference between Woodrow Wilson and Winfield was striking Friday night.

The Generals were breaking in a first-year starter at quarterback while the Flying Eagles had an experienced leader und...

Charleston Distance Run to showcase state, regional runners

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The 42nd running of the Charleston Distance Run today will have some local flavor as it winds its way through downtown streets, hillside neighborhoods and along the Kanawha River.

The Kenyans who dominated last yea...

Catholic boys open with 14-0 rout

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After a disappointing close to last season, Charleston Catholic got the 2014 campaign offer to a rousing start.

Senior Roger Burdette and junior Joey Trupo scored four goals apiece to lead the Fighting Irish to a 1...

State hoops great Bob Wilson dies at 88

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Robert “Bob’’ Wilson, a native of Clarksburg who was the co-captain of West Virginia State’s undefeated men’s basketball team in 1947-48 and an African-American pioneer in professional ...

Hurricane girls kick off season with romp over Park

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HURRICANE — Once Hurricane got the ball rolling in its season opener Friday night, there was no stopping the Redskins.

Seniors Abby Watson and Audrey Barber tallied two goals api...

Prep soccer season opens today across the state

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The chase begins today as three Kanawha Valley teams start gunning for more championship hardware as the season kicks off around the state.

George Washington is the reigning Class AAA boys state titlist while Winfi...

Prep soccer: GW boys coach Hopper sidelined

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Longtime George Washington boys soccer coach Tom Hopper is taking a leave of absence, according to GW athletic director Shawn Wheeler.

Kevin Cushing, who is in his eighth year as an assistant coach under Hopper, ha...

Power’s McGuire having fun, continuing to learn

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Baseball is an every-day grind, but especially so during the dog days of August when your team is no longer in playoff contention and the wear and tear of a long season begins to mount.

For the West Virginia Power&...

Jones homers spark Power Sweep

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JaCoby Jones’ pursuit of the West Virginia Power’s single-season home run record heated up Wednesday evening.

Jones did what he does best in the opener of the doubleheader, drilling two home runs, the...

Father-son soccer coaching combo working together at Nitro

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Ryne Eich couldn’t have been happier when Nitro High School opened practice this week.

Sure, the first-year boys soccer coach is staring at a rebuilding job after the Wildcats turned in a four-win season las...

Meadows leads Power to win

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Austin Meadows is feeling pretty good these days.

The highly touted 19-year-old belted a solo home run and drove in two more runs with a single to lead the West Virginia Power past the Hagerstown Suns 7-2 Wednesday...

Veteran Colston adjusting to new role as elder statesman of Saints receiving corps

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Marques Colston is playing an unfamiliar role with the New Orleans Saints this season.

The 6-foot-4, 225-pound wide receiver who’s entering his nin...

Gymnast recovers from injury, invited to walk on at WVU

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Amanda Bowman is back in the saddle and riding off into a new dawn instead of a sunset.

The recent Capital High School graduate, whose gymnastics career seemed in jeopardy a year ago because of a foot injury, place...

Public Courts tournament celebrates its champions with dinner

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The Public Courts tennis tournament celebrated another successful summer — it’s 55th to be exact — Tuesday evening.

All the winners and the scholarship recipients were feted at the Champions Di...