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Tom Bragg

Sportswriter

Charleston Catholic’s Trupo state soccer player of year

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When Charleston Catholic needed Joey Trupo the most, the junior forward answered the call.

Trupo converted a penalty kick late in the Class AA-A state championship game against Weir that proved to be the difference...

PREP FOOTBALL PODCAST: PLAYOFF EDITION

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Charleston Daily Mail sportswriters Tom Bragg and Derek Taylor break down all the West Virginia high school football playoff action.

Chafin, Trupo top picks for boys AA-A all-state soccer

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For most high school soccer players, scoring three goals in a game is a once-in-a-lifetime accomplishment.

Notre Dame’s Phil Chafin, however, is not most high school soccer players.

Chafin, a senior, l...

WEEK 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Cabell Midland RB Caperton Humphrey

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Cabell Midland rolled up 454 rushing yards as a team in the No. 2 Knights’ 45-42 win against No. 15 Parkersburg in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs. It was a team effort, for su...

Class AAA: Strong start carries Point Pleasant to quarterfinals

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POINT PLEASANT — No. 5 Point Pleasant raced out to what appeared to be a comfortable lead Saturday against visiting No. 12 Jefferson in the first round of the Class AAA state playoffs,...

DAILY MAIL POLL: 11/9/14

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WEEK 11 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Buffalo RB Jordan Tucker

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From the first play of Friday’s game, Buffalo senior running back Jordan Tucker made sure the Bison closed the regular season on a high note.

Tucker took the opening play 75 yards for a touchdown against Wah...

PREP SOCCER: Catholic girls, boys get redemption with titles

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BECKLEY, W.Va. — Redemption was a common theme among both the Charleston Catholic boys and girls soccer teams at this season’s state tournament at the YMCA Soccer Complex in Beckley.

The Irish girls c...

PREP SOCCER: Three Kanawha Valley teams claim state titles

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BECKLEY, W.Va. ­— Kanawha Valley teams won three of the four prep soccer state championships handed out Saturday in Beckley, with a fourth finishing as runner-up.

Charleston Catholic swept the Class AA/...

PREP SOCCER: Four Kanawha Valley teams advance to state title games

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Prep soccer state tournament notebook

PREP SOCCER: Trupo, Lawman, Jones take Daily Mail soccer honors

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Since soccer started gaining ground as a sanctioned sport in West Virginia in the late 1980s, the Kanawha Valley has been a hotbed for not just great teams, but great individual players.

The 2014 season was no diff...

PREP SOCCER: State tournament gets under way Friday

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — When the 2014 West Virginia high school soccer state tournament gets started Friday morning it will be with a field full of traditional and emerging powers.

On the boys side there are 11 ...

PREP FOOTBALL PODCAST

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WVHuddle.com Prep Football Podcast

PREP SOCCER: ‘Worst memory’ motivates Winfield girls back to states

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Generals return to Beckley for fifth consecutive season

WEEK 10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Capital QB Tyrhee Pratt

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As odd as it may seem, the quarterback on the No. 1 team in Class AAA has not been in the spotlight too often during the 2014 high school football season.

That all changed Friday.

Capital junior quarterback ...

PREP SOCCER: Winfield girls, Spring Valley boys headed to states

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ONA, W.Va. — The Winfield girls soccer team will be back in Beckley to defend its consecutive Class AAA state championships.

For the fifth straight season the Generals captured the Region 4 championship, thi...

DAILY MAIL POLL: WEEK 10

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WEEK 9 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Wayne RB Cody Stiltner

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Wayne junior Cody Stiltner certainly made the most of his opportunities this week against visiting Poca.

Stiltner caught just five passes, but turned four of them into touchdowns as the Pioneers routed the Dots 44-...

PREP SOCCER: Nitro boys rout Hurricane 6-0

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Hurricane had control of its Class AAA boys Region 4, Section 1 semifinal soccer game at Nitro City Park on Wednesday for the first 30 minutes, but once Nitro found the back of the net it did not let up in a 6-0 win agai...

PREP FOOTBALL PODCAST

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Week 9 episode

PREP SOCCER: Confidence high for GW girls as postseason begins

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The George Washington girls soccer team knows two-time defending Class AAA state champion Winfield looms large over the rest of the state as tournament play begins, but second-year GW coach Meg...

WEEK 8 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: South Charleston QB Kentre Grier

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South Charleston quarterback Kentre Grier continued his assault on Mountain State Athletic Conference defenses Friday.

The Black Eagles’ record-setting junior complete 18 of his 21 pass attempts for 263 yard...

Prep Football Podcast

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Charleston Daily Mail sportswriters Tom Bragg and Derek Taylor host the WVHuddle.com Prep Football Podcast.

WEEK 7 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Capital RB Kashuan Haley

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Capital senior running back Kashuan Haley missed a large chunk of the South Charleston game two weeks ago and all of the Huntington game last week, but that didn’t stop him from bouncing...

George Washington’s Smith commits to Kent State

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Patriots’ lineman headed to the Mid-American Conference

PREP FOOTBALL PODCAST

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Charleston Daily Mail sportswriters Tom Bragg and Derek Taylor look back at all of last week's prep football action while also keeping an eye on what's to come for teams and players around the state.

WEEK 6 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Herbert Hoover RB Shaun Dotson

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Herbert Hoover was seemingly able to do whatever it wanted against Poca last week as the Huskies blasted the visiting Dots 68-3 in Falling Rock.

Hoover senior running back Shaun Dotson played a big part in the win,...

Prep Football Podcast

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Charleston Daily Mail sportswriters Tom Bragg and Derek Taylor recap Capital's big win against South Charleston and the rest of what is going on in high school football all around West Virginia.

WEEK 5 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Buffalo RB Jordan Tucker

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Buffalo’s Jordan Tucker had a big game Friday for Buffalo, and the Bison needed everything he gave them.

Tucker, a senior, carried the ball 21 times for 317 yards and five touchdowns as Buffalo (4-1) topped ...

AREA PREVIEW: Hurricane looks to solve Cabell Midland

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Knights have won last three in series against Redskins