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Capital LB Etheridge snags WVU scholarship offer

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Etheridge becomes second Cougar with scholarship offer from Mountaineers

South Charleston boys clip Huntington on Knapper’s buzzer-beater

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South Charleston 67, Huntington 66

Sissonville girls coach feels team is putting it together

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Girls basketball notebook

Sissonville pulls away from Wheeling Central, 61-39

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Girls basketball

Parkersburg girls win at Winfield

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Big Reds get past Generals in foul, turnover filled contest

Parkersburg South girls rout South Charleston

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Parkersburg South 70, South Charleston 28

Charleston Catholic girls won-loss record is deceiving

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Girls basketball notebook

Bays’ timely free-throw shooting lifts Capital past GW

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Boys Basketball

GW boys take down Huntington in double overtime

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George Washington 57, Huntington 55 2OT

Coach says No. 2 SC girls can be better

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Girls basketball notebook

BOYS BASKETBALL: No. 1 South Charleston knocks off Capital

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Black Eagles hold off Cougars for win against county, conference rival

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Wilson leads Parkersburg to win against Hurricane

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Girls basketball

GIRLS BASKETBALL: McDaniels lifts St. Albans past Greenbrier East

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St. Albans 47, Greenbrier East 42

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Loss a ‘measuring stick’ for Sissonville

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Girls basketball notebook

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Top-ranked Fairmont Senior edges Sissonville

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SISSONVILLE, W.Va. — Sometimes it’s better to be good at following directions than it is to be supremely gifted, and Fairmont Senior senior Kaden Whaley proved as much in the Class AA No. 1 Polar Bears ...

Capital’s Haley wins Kennedy Award

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With as much of an impact on West Virginia high school football as Capital High School had in its earliest years of existence, there is one thing that had eluded the program until its 26th season.

“I never...

Derek Taylor: A simple list of wants for people in W.Va. sports

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Derek Taylor column

South Charleston’s Grier wins House Award as state’s top prep QB

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In 2009 and 2010, South Charleston quarterback Tyler Harris set a statistical standard for Black Eagles quarterbacks that appeared unlikely to be soon surpassed.

That lasted all of four seasons. Midway through the ...

Capital’s Haley selected as Warner Award winner

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By now, many high school football fans in West Virginia might think they have a good impression of Capital senior Kashuan Haley.

Loud, confident and intimidating are words that come to mind when describing the runn...

Capital’s Haley wins Warner Award as state’s top running back

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. —By now, many high school football fans in West Virginia might think they have a good impression of Capital senior Kashuan Haley.

Loud, confident and intimidating are words that come to min...

BOYS BASKETBALL: Capital storms back to defeat Hurricane

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Boys basketball

State champ Capital places four on Class AAA All-State first team

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Capital’s unbeaten run to its first Class AAA football state championship since 1995 continued to produce dividends for the program Sunday, as four Cougars were named to the Class AAA All-State team as selected by...

PREP BASKETBALL: Former Sissonville girls’ star helping Indians

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Welcome home, Kaitlin Snyder.

The 2012 West Virginia Conference women’s basketball Player of the Year and Fairmont State star is working out in prep gyms once again, as the 2009 Si...

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Bandak leads Charleston Catholic past Parkersburg Catholic

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Charleston Catholic 36, Parkersburg Catholic 30

BOYS BASKETBALL: Bellomy lifts Winfield to win over Nitro

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Boys basketball

Watson, Pratt captains of Class A all-state football team

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When the Class A state championship was on the line in Saturday night in Wheeling, its outcome came down to two multi-talented football players.

On one hand, there was Williamstown senior quarterback/defensive back...

Derek Taylor: New individual awards created to honor W.Va. prep players

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In the early days of the 2014 high school football season, South Charleston coach Donnie Mays floated an idea my way in a conversation he and I had in the Black Eagles’ press box.

Mays wanted to know the pos...

Capital/SC title game marred by flags

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WHEELING — Capital’s first Class AAA state championship in football came with its fair share of drama, even if the Cougars (13-0) ran away from South Charleston (11-3) in a 55-15 rout.

“I can&#...

Williamstown’s Watson guts it out for a title

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WHEELING — Dakota Watson stole St. Marys fairy-tale ending, and was willing to pay a physical price for doing so.

Watson, Williamstown’s senio...

Haley gave Capital defense a boost

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WHEELING — Almost no one saw this coming.

Well, except maybe for Kashuan Haley.

Haley, Capital’s senior running back and Kennedy Award contender as the state’...

Bridgeport’s Holmes feels at home on the Island

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WHEELING — Mackenzie Holmes must love Wheeling Island Stadium.

The Bridgeport sophomore linebacker shined Friday night in the Indians’ 43-7 win over Frankfort in the Class...

Capital’s Haley named Kanawha Valley Player of the Year

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Once he leaves high school, Kashuan Haley has three career possibilities that Capital coach Jon Carpenter foresees as possible success stories.

“He’s either going to be like...

SUPER SIX PREVIEW: Title games feature two rematches from regular season

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State title games feature two rematches from regular season

Bridgeport coach wants Frankfort’s best shot

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — Though he does not plan to count on it, Bridgeport football coach Josh Nicewarner has seen what a first trip to Wheeling Island Stadium can do to a team.

“I want Frankfort to be a...

GIRLS BASKETBALL: St. Albans must replace Wilson

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Girls basketball preview