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Tommy Atkinson

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Nitro softball seniors go out in style

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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

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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

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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

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

Sand Gnats defeat Power 11-4

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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

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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

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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...

WVU, UCLA meet for WNIT title today at Civic Center

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West Virginia University’s seniors will get a rare opportunity today — a chance to close out their careers and season with a national championship.

The Mountaineers (23-14) will square off against UCL...

After up-and-down season, UCLA women peaking at right time

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The Women’s National Invitation Tournament has been an incubator for UCLA’s young talent, nurturing the Bruins on the finer points of March basketball.

UCLA has grown by leaps and bounds, winning five...

Prep softball: South Charleston blanks St. Albans 11-0

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It seemed as if someone at some point was going to let St. Albans in on the April Fools’ Day joke Wednesday evening.

That never happened as South Charleston senior pitcher Amanda McDonald fired a no-hitter a...

Basketball legend ‘Hot Rod’ Hundley dies

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Rod “Hot Rod’’ Hundley, a Charleston native and West Virginia University men’s basketball icon, died Friday night. Hundley, who turned 80 in October, was battling Alzheimer’s disease. <...

CLASS AA: Late run pushes Fairmont Senior past Bridgeport

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Bridgeport was right where it wanted to be until Fairmont Senior’s Bryson Gilbert entered Friday morning’s Class AA semifinal.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound freshman canned back-to-back 3-pointers at the en...

CLASS AAA: Huntington beats Greenbrier East, gets Hurricane in semifinals

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Greenbrier East threw everything but the kitchen sink at Huntington on Thursday night, but the Highlanders couldn’t be slowed down.

Third-seeded Huntington knocked down better than 50 percent of its shots, i...

CLASS A: Williamstown caps day of comebacks

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It was a day of comebacks during Wednesday’s opening of the boys high school state basketball tournament, and Williamstown added its chapter.

The fifth-seeded Yellowjackets overcame a 15-point deficit in the...

Class AA: Mingo county makes tourney debut vs. Fairmont Senior

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Mingo Central and Fairmont Senior are on the opposite ends of the Class AA spectrum.

The sixth-seeded Miners (16-8) will be making their first state tournament appearance, taking on No. 3 Fairmont Senior (21-2), wh...

Girls basketball state champs in good hands moving forward

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So what did we learn from last week’s girls high school basketball state tournament at the Charleston Civic Center?

For starters, Sissonville was the most determined and grittiest team in Class AA — m...

Girls state tournament: Sissonville captures AA crown

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The baskets were hard to come by in Saturday afternoon’s Class AA state championship game, but that’s when Sissonville thrives.

Junior Karli Pinkerton, a 5-foot-5 shooting guard, scored a game-high 26...

Girls state tournament: Morgantown defense clamps down on South for repeat title

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Morgantown’s defense put on an historic performance Saturday.

The top-seeded Mohigans smothered No. 2 Parkersburg South all night in taking a 48-31 victory in the Class AAA state championship at the Charlest...

Girls state tournament: Late run lifts Sissonville over No. 1 Warriors

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Sissonville still had some leftover magic from last year’s state tournament run.

Freshman guard Mikayla Long canned a 3-pointer with 42.1 seconds left that capped a frenetic comeback in the waning seconds of...

Girls state tournament: St. Joseph thumps Charleston Catholic, returns to finals

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It was bombs away for St. Joseph on Friday afternoon.

Top-seeded St. Joe slogged through the first three minutes of the opening half before drilling seven 3-pointers in running out to a double-digit lead and dispat...

Girls state tournament: Sissonville turns tables on Clay County

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Sissonville didn’t have any more strikes left against Clay County.

The fourth-seeded Indians used a 16-5 run spanning the third and fourth quarters to finally get past the No. 5 Panthers for a 44-32 victory ...

Girls state tournament: Sandy scores 30 in Wyoming East win

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Wyoming East had gotten away from what it does best in the opening quarter Thursday evening in the Class AA state tournament.

The top-seeded Warriors then began driving to the basket in the second quarter and, as i...

Girls state tournament: Charleston Catholic wins, gets St. Joe next

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Charleston Catholic continued its march through March.

The fifth-seeded Fighting Irish used their trademark pressure defense to wreak havoc on No. 5 Pocahontas County in the opening half en route to a 57-28 win Wed...

Girls state tournament: St. Joseph rolls past Tug Valley

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The points came often and from up and down the roster Wednesday evening for St. Joseph.

The top-seeded Fighting Irish received points from eight different players in the first 16 minutes in easing past No. 8 Tug Va...

Top girls basketball teams come to town seeking titles

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Every team — 24 to be exact — coming to Charleston this week will be trying to catch lightning in a bottle.

The journey gets underway with third-seeded Tucker County and No. 6 St. Marys tipping off th...

SC girls feel more prepared for Civic Center

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South Charleston’s learning curve was steep at last year’s state tournament.

It seemed the stage was too big for the young Black Eagles, who lost by 20 points to Martinsburg in the opening round.

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Unfinished business for Bandak, Irish girls

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WILLIAMSTOWN — If Charleston Catholic had T-shirts printed up for this season, it might go with the slogan, “Unfinished Business.’’

The Fighting Irish marche...

Pressure lifts Catholic girls to state tourney

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WILLIAMSTOWN — Don’t let Charleston Catholic’s record fool you. The Fighting Irish have taken on most of the top teams in all three classes, and it showed Saturday aftern...

Pressure defense lifts Charleston Catholic girls to state tourney

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WILLIAMSTOWN — Don’t let Charleston Catholic’s record fool you. The Fighting Irish have taken on most of the top teams in all three classes, and it showed Saturday aftern...

No. 1 Cougars soar into sectional finals

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Capital did what it does best Friday.

The host and top-seeded Cougars pressured Riverside relentlessly in taking a 65-51 victory in the Class AAA Region 3 Section 1 semifinals.

Capital (18-3), which finished...

St. Albans holds off Winfield 62-56

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WINFIELD — How good was St. Albans on Wednesday night in its Class AAA Region 4 Section 1 opener?

The best the Red Dragons have been all season, according to SA coach Brian Fabe...

Girls regional preview: Catholic in familiar territory against Williamstown

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If nothing else, Charleston Catholic will be in familiar territory tonight.

The Fighting Irish (9-11), who finished eighth in the final Associated Press poll, will visit No. 6 Williamstown (18-5) for the third stra...

Another heartbreak for Red Dragons girls

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Three years in a row St. Albans has earned a home game in the regionals with a chance to punch its ticket to the state tournament, but each and every time the Red Dragons have walked off the court with heartache.

T...

Sissonville girls need road win for state berth

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Sissonville hopes to take a different path to the state tournament this season.

The Indians (20-3) trek to Mingo Central (13-8) at 7 tonight for the Class AA Region 4 co-final. In the other Region 4 co-final, Clay ...

SA girls meet Huntington for state tourney berth

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It’s been a banner season for St. Albans, but it won’t mean much if the Red Dragons again fail to make it to the state tournament.

SA (19-5), which finished sixth in last week’s Associated Pre...

St. Albans rides momentum to girls sectional title

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Momentum is sometimes an elusive quality, but once St. Albans found it Friday night the Red Dragons weren’t going to let it go.

Sophomore guard Alli Johnson scored a game-high 19 points, including a 3-pointe...