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GW holds off St. Albans 57-48


George Washington freshman Justin Phillips earned himself a second-half start after playing some key minutes off the bench in the second quarter.

After Friday’s second half, Phillips made a strong case for ...

Capital boys rally past Hurricane


After winning a state championship in football, many of Capital’s players are still trying to round into basketball shape and knock off the rust.

It took the Cougars one half of game time to do just that on...

State gearing up for hoops trip to Puerto Rico


True, a trip to warm and sunny Puerto Rico won’t be the cure-all for what has been a rough start to the season for the West Virginia State basketball team.

But it sure couldn’t hurt.

After a l...

Rogoszewski pushes Hurricane girls past Cougars


HURRICANE — On the surface, Hurricane’s 63-49 conquest of Capital on Friday night just looks like a 14-point win in the Mountain State Athletic Conference.

But within the...

Bellomy’s 34 points lead Winfield past Nitro


There was a lot of uncertainty surrounding the boys basketball opener between Winfield and Nitro on Tuesday, with each squad breaking in a new coach.

One thing is for certain afterward: The Generals’ Bear B...

Reinforcements could be on the way for State


Despite a 1-6 start, West Virginia State coach Bryan Poore isn’t quite panicking yet, and there are several reasons for that.

Sure, it’s been a rough go so far for the Yellow Jackets, who are 1-2 in ...

Morgan, Fairmont pull away from W.Va. State


One of West Virginia State’s biggest problems so far this season has been finding a way to beat zone defenses.

Thanks to sharp-shooting Chase Morgan, Fairmont State didn’t have the same troubles agai...

Freshman Chandler leads Poca to blowout win over Buffalo


BUFFALO — Former Buffalo standout Chelsey Parkins had her No. 23 jersey retired at halftime on Friday and, boy, could the Bison have used her for one more game.

Buffalo lost thr...

Class AAA: Grier leads South Charleston to semifinal win against Huntington


CHARLESTON, W.Va. ­ — Kentre Grier’s ability to keep plays alive resulted in the death of Huntington’s run at a second straight Class AAA title game appearance.

Grier threw for 317 yards,...

Mountaineers host College of Charleston tonight


It has been a while since West Virginia has played a game at home in the Coliseum, and there’s a lot more buzz surrounding the squad now than there was then.

Since beating Lafayette on Nov. 16 in Morgantown...

Frankfort tries to slow Cogar, Westside


If Frankfort gets to its first Class AA title game, it will have had to deal with two vastly different offenses in back-to-back weeks.

The No. 2 Falcons (12-0) had enough to get by the power running attack of Nich...

WVU sets school turnover record, pounds VMI 103-72


West Virginia flashed a new team and a new philosophy to the country in winning the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Classic which culminated with a victory over Connecticut on Sunday.

On Wednesday, a road-weary Mountaineers t...

AAA: Martinsburg overcomes Yates, Point Pleasant


MARTINSBURG — About the only thing tougher for Point Pleasant than quarterback Aden Yates was trying to stop Martinsburg’s big-play offense.

In the end, Yates’ gut...

Point looks to survive biggest test at Martinsburg


Even with a 9-0 regular season, Point Pleasant was held back a little bit by its schedule this season in settling for the Class AAA No. 5 seed.

Now, in the week leading up to their biggest game to date at No. 4 Ma...

Howard, Mountaineers can’t quite complete comeback


MORGANTOWN — In one aspect of the game, West Virginia was as good as it has been all season on Thursday night.

Unfortunately for the Mountaineers, they were bad enough in other ...

Local college basketball: Schedule tough early for State, UC; Tech to host Baisi Classic


The opening of the Mountain East Conference schedule sure isn’t doing any favors for West Virginia State or the University of Charleston.

The teams will each play their first two league games Saturday again...

UC’s Avery named MEC defensive player of the year


After completing an undefeated season and earning the top seed in the Super Region 1 field, Concord players filled out a large portion of the All-Mountain East Conference teams as the league’s postseason honors we...

Tech off to balanced, fast start


Among local college basketball teams, one is off to a red-hot start.

WVU Tech has earned wins in each of its first five games, including a 97-76 win over Ohio State Newark on Saturday.

In addition to three ...

Class AA: No. 7 Nicholas County tops No. 10 Scott in 2 OTs


SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. — In a playoff game in cold, icy conditions, turnovers can end up being a major part of the story.

On Friday night in Summersville, they were the beginning, middle and eventually the end...

MEC football: UC hopes for strong finish today vs. Urbana


It’s most likely too little too late in terms of a Division II playoff berth, but the University of Charleston really seems to be hitting its stride as the season comes to an end.

The Golden Eagles (7-3 ove...

Hurricane gets 2nd shot at Huntington


Hurricane has the perfect opportunity today to prove just how much it has improved from the beginning of the season.

The No. 10 Redskins (7-3) travel to No. 7 Huntington (7-3) for a Class AAA first-round playoff g...

UC, State enter basketball season with plenty of new faces


Turnovers on the court can drive coaches crazy, but going through turnover off the court may be even tougher to deal with.

That’s exactly what West Virginia State coach Bryan Poore and Charleston coach Dwai...

Scenarios, championships on line as Shepherd hosts Concord


From the first week, it seemed as if Concord and Shepherd were on a collision course for Mountain East Conference supremacy.

When the nation’s No. 9 total offense (Concord) meets the nation’s No. 2 d...

Hoover tops Nitro, falls short of playoffs


Herbert Hoover picked up as empty a win as imaginable on Friday night.

That’s because as the Huskies were winning the battle at home on senior night, taking care of Nitro 49-21, they had already lost the wa...

No. 21 Shepherd hopes to keep title hopes alive at State


Hosting Shepherd while riding a four-game losing streak isn’t exactly what the doctor ordered, but it’s what West Virginia State and coach Jon Anderson will have to do today.

The No. 21 Rams (7-1 ove...

UC rolls into MEC finals with 2-0 win


HUNTINGTON — The nation’s No. 1 team took one big step toward a sixth straight conference title on Thursday night.

Charleston got an early goal from Conor Branson, a late ...

No. 1 UC soccer team aiming higher


A No. 1 ranking is great and all, but Charleston and coach Chris Grassie have even loftier aspirations.

Those begin today as UC will take on West Virginia Wesleyan in a Mountain East Conference semifinal match at ...

MEC notes: Defense, run game keep Concord on track


Concord has continued to win over the past few weeks, but it has been anything but business as usual.

Quarterback Brian Novak got off to a red-hot start this season, but lately it has been the running game and def...

Tech survives, wins opener over D&E in OT


MONTGOMERY — If the rest of the season goes anything like Saturday’s opener, WVU Tech coach Bob Williams may age 30 years.

Point guard Ra’Shaud Kincaid hit a conte...

Hammond leads Mingo Central past Herbert Hoover


RED JACKET, W.Va. — The Fog rolled in on Halloween, but Jamie Lee Curtis wasn’t the star on Friday night, it was Mingo Central quarterback Stevie Hammond.

The Miners surged behind Hammond, who accoun...

MEC football: State begins rough finishing stretch at NDC


Its gut-check time in Institute.

West Virginia State suffered its toughest defeat of the season last week in dropping a 16-13 decision at home to then-winless Virginia-Wise, and now the Yellow Jackets face perhaps...

UC runs past West Liberty 42-13


Charleston and running back Marvin Elam finally got back to their old tricks in terms of running the ball on Thursday night, and in doing so they gave the home crowd quite a treat.

The Golden Eagles (6-3 overall, ...

Hurricane’s Ford driving Redskins passing game


Hurricane’s Brandon Ford just started playing wide receiver before last year and is working with his second quarterback under a new offensive coordinator in as many seasons.

But you could never tell that fr...

MEC football: Lee leading resurgent Glenville


It was just another Saturday for the cardiac kids of the Mountain East Conference.

By the time Glenville State came out on top with a 41-38 win over Notre Dame on Saturday, the Pioneers (4-4, 4-4) had completed th...

Soccer sectionals: GW girls blitz Capital 6-0


RIPLEY — George Washington coach Megan Johnson said the biggest difference between this year’s Patriots squad and the ones that have fallen a bit short at the state tournament i...

Soccer sectionals: George Washington boys advance past South Charleston 3-0


RIPLEY — After losing 10 of 11 starters from last year’s state title team and after enduring the death of longtime coach Tom Hopper this season, George Washington has shown the ...

Parkersburg edges GW in triple OT


For as stout as George Washington’s defense was playing, its mistakes allowed Parkersburg to hang around for one possession too long on Friday night.

After Parkersburg had netted one first down in the secon...

MEC: UC tries to tame Concord’s potent offense


If there’s one offense in the Mountain East Conference a coach wouldn’t mind having a day or two extra for preparation, it’s Concord’s.

Thus is the situation in which Charleston coach P...

Miller, Harrison win individual titles at cross country regional


Ravenswood’s Hailey Miller took a big step forward, winning the Class AA-A Region 4 meet at Camp Virgil Tate Thursday after finishing second in the event last year.

But there were many moments in between wh...