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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...

Hot-shooting Jesuit downs Fairmont State 85-76


Even in the aftermath of a brutal winter storm, there was no cooling off Wheeling Jesuit on Thursday.

The No. 4 Cardinals played like a team that had been waiting to take the floor all day, shooting 65.4 percent i...

MEC women: No. 1 West Liberty survives 2-OT thriller vs. Wise


No. 1 seed West Liberty made sure that the Mountain East Tournament’s top two seeds didn’t both get eliminated, but it took two white-knuckle overtime periods to get it done.

For the third time this ...

UC closes out Eddie King Gym with win over State


Senior forward Octavius Green made sure the University of Charleston dignitaries didn’t sit anywhere close to the edge of their seats on Saturday.

Green hit his first five shots from the field, four of them...

Defense leads SC past Capital to section title


Capital is one of the few teams that South Charleston plays that is athletic enough to keep up with the Black Eagles’ torrid pace of play.

But once SC hit that extra gear on Friday night, the Cougars may ha...

State visits UC in Eddie King Gym finale


Charleston is looking to repay a big favor to West Virginia State.

The Golden Eagles will play their last game in Eddie King Gymnasium at 4 p.m. today against the Yellow Jackets in both teams’ regular-seaso...

132-pound weight class one to watch


HUNTINGTON — With three state champions and a combined six championships competing against one another, there’s no doubt which weight class will be the one to watch over the nex...

UC to use postponement time to heal


With another impending winter storm bearing down on the state today, another rash of postponements hit the local college basketball scene.

As of Friday afternoon, Charleston’s scheduled men’s and wom...

Amid chaos, Tech prepares for game at Barber-Scotia


One of the biggest intangibles that have propelled WVU Tech to its current 19-7 mark is its resilience.

The Golden Bears have had to flash that both on and off the court as of late.

After dropping two strai...

Virginia-Wise shocks UC 77-75


What was supposed to be a Valentine’s Day massacre for one side turned into a Valentine’s Day miracle for the other.

Virginia-Wise hit 7 of 9 foul shots in the final minute and shot 50.9 percent from...

Frampton guides Dots through shooting woes, past Sissonville


POCA — Senior Noah Frampton says he is leaning toward going to Marshall to try and continue his basketball career after this season.

On Friday night, the Dots guard gave the Thu...

No. 5 SC girls hold off No. 3 Logan at Shootout


On Jan. 27, Logan handed South Charleston an 81-61 defeat with Black Eagles point guard Aaliyah Dunham out with an illness.

In a rematch at the Shootout at the Big House on Monday at the Civic Center, Dunham prove...

Frampton, Cuffee continue to play beyond their years for Poca


It’s not just that Poca is carving up opponents by a little over 26 points per game, but it really is a beautiful brand of basketball to watch.

With the Class AA No. 1 Dots, passes are thrown not to where t...

Capital forces 29 turnovers in beating GW 78-68


Capital’s unrelenting pressure defense, fueled by the squad’s tremendous depth, is already tough enough over the course of a game.

When a team is trying to stare down that heat without its one of its...

No. 1 Poca uses big run to bury Wayne


WAYNE — Poca’s bus ran into some issues on the way to Wayne on Friday evening, delaying the start of the junior varsity game and eventually the varsity game by more than 30 minu...

No. 1 South Charleston holds off Spring Valley


It wasn’t that South Charleston shut down Spring Valley’s Jacob Kilgore, who entered Thursday as the Mountain State Athletic Conference’s leading scorer at 25.5 points per game.

In fact, Kilgo...

WVU Tech falls to Rio Grande at Huntington Invitational


HUNTINGTON — Even at a neutral site, WVU Tech couldn’t quite shake what happened on its home floor earlier in the week.

The Golden Bears were uncharacteristically ineffec...