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Gazette/Friends of Coal Relays notebook: George Washington’s Smith, Peyatte again 1-2 in shot put


When it comes to the shot put, George Washington amounts to double trouble for teams in the boys Class AAA division.

The Patriots sport the two top athletes from all across the state in that event in seniors Nick P...

Charleston native brings past to life


Charleston native Terry Kimble has made a post-retirement living by reconstructing pieces of old memorabilia and bringing memories to life.

But it’s when he looks back and tells his own story that the passi...

Allen guides Buffalo out of trouble, past Man


After just three pitches in the home half of the first inning on Friday, Buffalo had a run in and two more on base.

Those two would score later in the frame, and though the Bison offense would slow down a bit movi...

Kelly, Nitro cruise past Winfield


It says a lot about Nitro freshman pitcher Levi Kelly that even when he doesn’t have his best stuff he can still rack up 10 strikeouts in five innings.

Then again, Kelly isn’t a typical freshman.

State looking for offensive improvement as spring game nears


West Virginia State coach Jon Anderson added former WVU wide receiver John Pennington to his staff as an offensive coordinator in hopes that the Yellow Jackets’ offense can catch up to a defense that made great st...

Wesleyan drops UC, faces West Liberty in MEC men’s tennis finals


University of Charleston men’s tennis coach Matt Santen believes his team may just live to fight another day.

Unfortunately for the Golden Eagles, that day won’t be today, and it won’t come in ...

Panger aiming to break through in senior season


After years of clicking off fast times in the shadows, a certain Capital distance runner hopes to finally turn Laidley Field into “Peyton’s place” at this year’s state meet.

It certainl...

UC defense grows up during Maroon-White game


Perhaps the key to the University of Charleston’s upcoming football season will be how fast its young defense can grow and respond to adversity.

The unit couldn’t have done a much better job of both ...

Pitching pushes Power past Savannah


Just two games into the season, the West Virginia Power has displayed the ability to win games in a variety of ways.

After an extra-inning thriller in the opener on Thursday, in which the Power rolled up 12 hits a...

Chapmanville cruises on, dumps Sissonville 11-0


Those in attendance at Sissonville High School Thursday got to see three teams play three games with absolutely no drama.

After the Indians and Chapmanville each picked up five-inning mercy-rule wins over Magnolia...

Sissonville picks up ugly needed win over Magnolia


After scoring 19 combined runs in the season’s first two games, both wins, Sissonville’s offense had mustered just eight tallies in the four game since, going 1-3 over that stretch.

On Thursday, the ...

Prep baseball: Chapmanville continues fast start with pummeling of Poca


POCA — After falling 3-1 in the state semifinals to eventual champion Bridgeport last season, Chapmanville coach Eric Ellis said this year’s team, led by six seniors, is the hun...

MEC Softball: Charleston continues fast start with two wins over State


The Charleston softball team got off to a quick start offensively in the first game of a doubleheader against West Virginia State on a beautiful Wednesday afternoon in Kanawha City.

Magnolia beats Wheeling Central 51-46 for Class A title


Falling into an early, big hole could’ve been alarming to some teams in a state championship game.

But Magnolia had already dug out of a bigger, later deficit just two days prior.

Needless to say, th...

CLASS AA: Cuffee leads 26-0 Poca to title game vs. Fairmont Senior


It was always a valid question: How would Poca fare in a truly close game?

The answer came on the shoulders of sophomore Elijah Cuffee.

With many of the Dots struggling, Cuffee put his team on his back, rack...

CLASS AA: Bridgeport ousts two-time defending champ Bluefield 70-56


Two-time defending Class AA champion Bluefield rolled into its quarterfinal game with No. 2 Bridgeport riding an 11-game win streak and seemingly peaking at the right time.

The Beavers then got off to a 12-2 start...

South tries to exorcise tourney demons against Musselman


So how much does tournament experience really help in postseason basketball?

The 7:15 tipoff tonight at the Charleston Civic Center will provide yet another case study in the ongoing examination.

Class AAA N...

Girls state tournament: St. Joseph holds on, wins seventh Class A title in a row


There were a lot of new faces on St. Joseph’s squad this season, but after a hard-fought battle on Saturday, they were grinning just like so many of the ones that came before them.

It was a lot more difficu...

Girls state tournament: South gets it going, rolls over SC


When facing most teams, a coach can game-plan for certain things ahead of time.

But Parkersburg South’s attack is so lethally multidimensional, it’s often a matter of picking your poison when the Pat...

Girls state tournament: South Charleston wins, meets South in semifinals


It was the epitome of a clash of styles in the final Class AAA quarterfinal on Thursday, with South Charleston’s up-tempo defense causing just enough problems to overcome Greenbrier East’s post play and 3-p...

MEC men’s semifinal: Fairmont State goes deep into arsenal


One thing that Fairmont State coach Jerrod Calhoun has repeatedly talked about is the balance of his team, pointing out that points could come from anywhere in his lineup.

That point rang true Saturday night as se...

Notre Dame, West Liberty reach MEC women’s finals


You could look at Martha Nagbe’s accumulative statistics on Saturday — they were certainly noteworthy.

She finished with 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals.


MEC men: No. 1 Hilltoppers cruise past Shepherd 89-75


West Liberty coach Jim Crutchfield has received plenty of attention over the past few years for the system he incorporates, and deservedly so, as the Hilltoppers have emerged as the dominant force in the Mountain East Co...