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Catholic boys open with 14-0 rout


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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...

Brand wins West Virginia Open with final-round 66


DANIELS — One of the best moments for Christian Brand on the Tour is before the tournament even begins.

“I love when they say that on the first tee,” he sai...

66 puts Will Evans in West Virginia Open lead


DANIELS — Will Evans turned in one of those rounds you dream about Thursday, but Craig Berner’s steady hand kept him in the hunt at the 81st West Virginia Open.

Evans, a f...

GW bowler has professional aspirations


Michael Atkinson is admittedly on a roll and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

The 18-year-old bowler finished 109th out of 1,100 competitors at the Junior Gold tournament last week in Buffalo, N.Y. Th...

Public Courts: Walker collects seventh men’s open crown


School was in session Saturday morning during the men’s open singles final at the 55th annual Charleston Public Courts tennis tournament.

Patrick Walker, an instructor at the Charleston Tennis Club, fell beh...

Public Courts: Swann outlasts Gillis to win women’s open title


Fifteen-year-old Katie Swann picked up a few pointers this week competing in the women’s open singles division of the 55th annual Charleston Public Courts tennis tournament.

“[I learned] to not give u...

Jones’ 16th homer sets up walk-off walk for Power


JaCoby Jones lit the fuse on fireworks night for the West Virginia Power.

The shortstop belted a two-run home run in the rain to tie it in the bottom of the ninth inning and Danny Collins coaxed a bases-loaded walk...

Public Courts: Bud Vredeveld back in tourney after long absence


It’s as if time has stood still for Bud Vredeveld at the Charleston Public Courts tennis tournament.

The 52-year-old finds himself in yet another final at the 55th annual event, using his trademark precision...

South Hills stops Cross Lanes’ run of 26 straight swimming titles


Members of the South Hills swim team had a different air about them heading into this week’s Greater Kanawha Valley Summer Swimming Championships.

“They wanted to win this year,’’ said t...

Opportunity knocks for wheelchair athlete


When Pat Donaghey attended the Charleston Public Courts tennis tournament for the first time last year, he saw an opportunity.

The New York transplant, who has been wheelchair-bound for more than 20 years, thought ...

Tennis positive influence for former lawyer


Dante diTrapano is making the long climb back up the ladder of life and tennis.

The former Charleston attorney is playing in a tougher division at this year’s 55th Charleston Public Courts tennis tournament,...

Pitcher returning to APP after scary injury


To some, Ramon Del Orbe may be tempting fate, but the 22-year-old Miami Marlins prospect doesn’t see it that way.

Climbing a mound of dirt and throwing 90-plus mph comes naturally to the Greensboro (N.C.) Gr...

Greenbrier notebook: Cabrera charges to within 2 strokes


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Angel Cabrera has never won a tournament other than a major on U.S. soil. The Argentine is in great position to change that after tying for Saturday’s lo...

Tom Watson hanging with the youngsters


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Tom Watson continues to defy age.

The Greenbrier pro emeritus again held his own against the PGA Tour’s young guns during Saturday’s third r...