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Tommy Atkinson

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Basketball legend ‘Hot Rod’ Hundley dies


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


Unfinished business for Bandak, Irish girls


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


Sissonville girls need road win for state berth


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


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


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...

Long’s 20 points lead Sissonville past Hoover in girls sectionals


Sissonville’s Mikayla Long was cool as a cucumber in her first postseason game Wednesday night.

The 5-foot-6 freshman scored a season-high 20 points, including 13 in the opening half, as the host Indians rod...

Nicholas girls erase Dots 35-28


POCA — Poca’s shooting touch picked a fine time to take a seat on the bench Monday night.

The Dots failed to score in the final 3:40 and Nicholas County made enough plays ...

Girls sectional tournaments heat up this week


The road to the state tournament will be clogged with traffic as sectionals tipoff this week around the state.

Several sectionals got underway this weekend, but the majority get going today. Sectional winners and l...

Huntington tops South Charleston in MSAC girls title game


Huntington couldn’t have simulated a practice quite like Saturday’s Mountain State Athletic Conference Night of Champions.

The Highlanders pulled away early in the fourth quarter, using a 9-0 run in t...

Cooper’s clutch steal leads SA girls to win


St. Albans’ Lexie Cooper had come too far in the last four years to let this opportunity slip away.

The senior came up clutch with a steal that led to the go-ahead basket with 30.8 seconds to go en route to...

GW boys win 5th straight state swim title


Several of George Washington’s seniors received phone calls just before the state high school swimming championships.

“A couple of the seniors from last year called us and said ‘You need to bri...

GW girls win 3rd straight state swimming title


George Washington needed every point Friday at the girls state high school swimming championships and got it.

The Patriots only produced one individual state champion but sported scoring depth in nearly every race ...

GW swimmers poised to capture more crowns


George Washington is poised to carry on its championship legacy at the state high school swimming championships.

The Patriots boys, four-time defending titlists, advanced all 10 of their individuals and relays Thur...

GW captures fifth straight Kanawha County wrestling championship


It’s a badge that George Washington wears with pride.

The Patriots produced eight individual champions in claiming their fifth straight team title Saturday in the Kanawha County championships at St. Albans H...

St. Albans girls overcome key loss to forge promising season


St. Albans took a hit before the season began, but the Red Dragons punched right back.

Torri Wilson, the starting point guard last year who earned Class AAA all-state third-team honors as a sophomore, moved out of ...

Sissonville girls run win streak to 8


POCA — Sissonville’s shot wasn’t quite there Thursday night, but its defense definitely showed up.

The Indians didn’t allow host Poca to score in double digi...

GW pulls away for victory


George Washington took a few steps forward Tuesday night.

The Patriots were in a tug of war with Perry Central (Ky.) but pulled away down the stretch for a 57-51 win in the Little General Shootout at the Big House ...

Parkersburg South girls sprint past Logan


Parkersburg South was running up and down the Civic Center floor like the Energizer Bunny on Tuesday evening.

The Patriots jumped out to a 17-3 lead in the opening quarter in coasting to a 72-48 victory over Logan ...

Magnolia escapes with OT win vs. Valley boys


Valley went as far as Henry Barron-Houchins could carry it Monday night, but he and the Greyhounds finally ran out of steam.

The Greyhounds junior point guard scored a game-high 26 points on nifty moves through the...

Watson sparks ‘Skins past GW girls


Hurricane’s Abby Watson could get used to being on the Civic Center floor.

The 5-foot-8 senior guard scored a game-high 29 points and made all the plays down the stretch to send the Redskins past George Wash...

Reed leads Sissonville girls to win over Mingo Central


Brooke Reed and her Sissonville teammates are like most teenagers. They enjoy going fast.

The 5-foot-8 junior forward was in overdrive Thursday evening, scoring a season-high 18 points as the Indians’ up-tem...

Valley boys pull away from Paden City


SMITHERS — Valley applied just the right amount of pressure and Paden City finally cracked.

The second-seeded Greyhounds used a 19-7 run over the last 5:43 of the third quarter f...

Parkersburg runs past Riverside 71-53


Sure, Parkersburg guard Ja’Darien Wade turned in another dazzling performance Tuesday night, but it was his supporting cast that finally put the Big Reds over the hump.

Wade, a 6-foot-4 senior, poured in 29 ...

St. Albans girls record 8th consecutive win


HURRICANE — It wasn’t too long ago that a close game for St. Albans in the fourth quarter was a recipe for disaster.

The Red Dragons have grown the last couple of seasons ...

Determined Gore still chasing title


LOGAN — Shayna Gore is no longer driven by accolades or records.

The Logan senior point guard, who has already received affirmation of her four-year career after signing with Mar...

St. Albans girls win Big Atlantic Classic bracket title


BECKLEY — St. Albans left the 25th annual Big Atlantic Classic with a good feeling Saturday night.

The Red Dragons used a 13-0 run midway through the second quarter to gain contr...