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West Virginia State closing in on anticipated season opener

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At this time one year ago, West Virginia State was preparing for its first game against Lock Haven, bringing with it a new coaching staff and a ton of uncertainty.

While its opening 31-13 loss to the Eagles set th...

Payne family to run with heavy hearts at Charleston Distance Run

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There will be plenty of participants running with heavy legs by the end of the Charleston Distance Run on Saturday, but for Kathy Payne, her sons Tommy and Michael, and friends of the family also in the race, it will be ...

Riverside shakes off bad start, looks to opener

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Year two of the Steven Freeman regime has Riverside looking for a big improvement on its 1-9 campaign of last season.

While it’s still a relatively young team with only eight seniors, Freeman believes his s...

UC’s do-it-all junior Knox poised for another big year

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When it comes to utility player John Knox, perhaps Charleston offensive coordinator Tate Gregory blurted out the perfect headline Thursday at practice.

“He’s the ultimate offensive weapon,” Gr...

State safety faced uncertain times before becoming leader

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If West Virginia State safety Will Merritt played a bit like a man possessed last season, it’s because he had already faced the possibility of not playing at all.

The junior out of Cincinnati played as a fr...

A lot of local flavor in W.Va. State’s freshman class

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Upon taking over a fledgling West Virginia State program a year ago, coach Jon Anderson said from the outset that one of his main priorities in beginning a turnaround was recruiting well in his own backyard.

So fa...

Experienced defensive front leads UC into season

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As position battles start sorting themselves out with the season fast approaching, Charleston coach Pat Kirkland doesn’t have to put too much thought into who is going to fill out his defensive front.

That&...

New coach hopes to restore football pride in Poca

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Teddy Stewart has years of assistant coaching experience under his belt, but the dawn of a new high school football season has also brought the dawn of a new phase in his career and what he hopes is quite a turnaround at...

Comeback complete for Winfield’s Hinkle

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Winfield’s Carly Hinkle picked up a silver medal in the high jump at the USATF Junior Olympics in both 2012 and 2014 while competing for the Capital City Striders.

For the year in between, simply striding w...

Henrich transfers from GW to Poca

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Junior Austin Henrich enrolled at Poca High School on Wednesday, officially completing his transfer from George Washington.

The baseball and basketball player lives in the Poca school district and decided to cut h...

Saints head out for preseason opener vs. Rams

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The New Orleans Saints will be marching out of White Sulphur Springs for the first time since training camp began but they will march right back, at least for a little while.

The Saints will play their first prese...

Power matches 1st-half win total

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Wins and losses aren’t always the most important things in minor league baseball, but there was no doubt that Saturday’s victory was a bit of a landmark for the West Virginia Power.

Erich Weiss doubl...

Power blanked 4-0

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For a while, West Virginia starter Luis Heredia showed the kind of stuff that has made him one of Pittsburgh’s most highly-touted prospects.

But he was matched 0 for 0 on Friday and when Heredia showed the ...

West, Akers highlight opening of Tex Williams’ labor of love

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ARTIE — You won’t find many dots on the map smaller than the town of Artie in Raleigh County, but after the Artie Museum’s opening on Monday, the town packs enough histor...

West, Akers highlight opening of Tex Williams’ labor of love

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ARTIE — You won’t find many dots on the map smaller than the town of Artie in Raleigh County, but after the Artie Museum’s opening on Monday, the town packs enough histor...

West Virginia Open: Berner leads Davis, Bartlett after opening round

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DANIELS — The old gang is back together atop the leaderboard after the first round of the 81st West Virginia Open.

Craig Berner, the 2005 champion, returned after a year absence...

WV Open notebook: Davis has birdie binge right off the bat

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DANIELS — While 2001 and 2012 West Virginia Open champion Jonathan Clark got off to a bit of a slow start before turning it around on his second nine to finish at 2 under par, he got t...

Anania looks to build on huge year at Open

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At this week’s 81st West Virginia Open Championship, Brian Anania will be facing a much more daunting field than the one he conquered in winning the West Virginia Amateur title in mid-June, but after playing in th...

Toughest field ever for West Virginia Open?

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DANIELS — The West Virginia Open has always been a competition among the who’s who of in-state golfers, but when the 81st Open gets fired up July 21-25 at the Cobb Course at The...

Power falls 3-2, returns home tonight

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The West Virginia Power scored a run in the first and second innings but was stymied thereafter as the team dropped a second-straight 3-2 decision Wednesday at Delmarva.

Chris Diaz scored on a wild pitch in the to...

Greenbrier notebook: Strong start has Stricker thinking British

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — On Wednesday, Steve Stricker said he would need to do some big things at the Greenbrier Classic and next week’s John Deere Classic before he would commit...

Steady Kirk fires 65 with no bogeys

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Chris Kirk has come a long way since missing the cut at 9 over par in the 2012 Greenbrier Classic, and on Thursday, he showed it.

Kirk fired a bogey-free...

Steve Stricker ready for ‘good test’ at Greenbrier Classic

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Even with a limited schedule, Steve Stricker is making his second Greenbrier Classic appearance in three years and, just like the first time, his wife Nicki wil...

NASCAR’s Hamlin feels at home at The Greenbrier

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Slowing down is something NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Denny Hamlin isn’t necessarily used to doing, but he looked at home chasing a white ball instead of a ...

Greenbrier notebook: Faldo eager to take his cuts

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — It’s not often that Sir Nick Faldo, a nine-time PGA Tour winner and six-time major champion, climbs out of the CBS television booth to play an event.

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