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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...

Hand wins State Junior Amateur title in playoff vs. Bowles


HURRICANE — Cole Hand was lacking some confidence when play began Tuesday in the West Virginia Junior Amateur.

But after redeemin...

GEISA: Sense of community drives Bridgeport to succeed


Bridgeport is like so many idyllic small towns that dot West Virginia’s hills and valleys.

You can bet on Memorial Day and the Fourth of July that American flags line main street, and high school sports is k...

Catholic continues dominance in Class A GEISA


Winning never gets old.

Charleston Catholic captured its sixth straight Class A Gazette Excellence in Sports Award, which signifies West Virginia’s top overall high school athletic sports programs in the cla...

Bridgeport advances to AA finals


Tyler Skidmore’s complete-game effort for Bridgeport didn’t come easy Friday evening.

The 6-foot, 200-pound senior kept Chapmanville off balance with mainly one pitch, and the Indians’ offense ...

Big innings carry Notre Dame past Gilmer County 15-6


Notre Dame wears T-shirts that say “finish” on the back.

The Fighting Irish are through looking behind themselves with the Class A state championship game now in front of them.

Notre Dame bashe...

Bridgeport, Chapmanville come in on a roll


Bridgeport and Chapmanville are streaking into the state tournament.

The Indians (30-6), who have won seven of their last 10, and the Tigers (29-6), who have taken 12 of their final 13, are on a collision course at...