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Tom Bragg


CAPITAL CLASSIC: D’Antoni wants alternating sites for WVU-Marshall game


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Dan D’Antoni waited a long time to get his first shot at West Virginia University.

The Mullens native and former Thundering Herd standout never got the chance to take on the Mounta...



Charleston Daily Mail sportswriters Tom Bragg and Derek Taylor look ahead to the three West Virginia prep football state championship games taking place this weekend in Wheeling.

PREP WRESTLING: Independence’s youth getting tested


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Independence cruised to the Class AA/A state wrestling team championship last season, topping second-place Oak Glen by 63 points in the standings. This season, the Patriots return the bulk of t...

PREP WRESTLING: George Washington hopes success carries over to this season


Class AAA prep wrestling preview

WEEK 14 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Bridgeport RB Dylan Tonkery


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Not many players have done what Bridgeport junior Dylan Tonkery did Saturday against Wayne, but then again not many teams have done what the Indians did to the Pioneers.

Tonkery rushed fo...

WEEK 13 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: South Charleston WR/RB Derrek Pitts


WVHuddle/Recovery Sports Grill Player of the Week

AAA semis will have Kanawha County flavor


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Saturday at 1:30 p.m., about eight miles apart, the Class AAA semifinals will be played in the Mountain State capital’s backyard.

Top-seed Capital (11-0) will host four-time defend...

Charleston Catholic’s Trupo state soccer player of year


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...



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


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


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


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,...



WEEK 11 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Buffalo RB Jordan Tucker


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


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


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


Prep soccer state tournament notebook

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


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


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 ...


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


Generals return to Beckley for fifth consecutive season

WEEK 10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Capital QB Tyrhee Pratt


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


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...