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High School Football Preview: Grafton

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Since winning a state title in 2008, Grafton football has struggled at times. Head coach Rich Bord thinks things will be different this season.  "It's been a while since we've had this many skilled kids, receivers and running backs," said Bord. "We'd probably have to go back to the championship year in '08. We have speed for the first time."  That speed comes from the hard work these players put in during the offseason.  "We had a bunch ...

North Marion Huskies Look To Pull The Sled Further In 2017 Video included

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Under the leadership of head coach Daran Hays, North Marion made it back to the playoffs a season ago. The Huskies are out for more this season. 

New Coach, Same Family For Elkins Football Team

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The Elkins Tigers will have new leadership this season, but they're keeping it in the family. Evan Hott will be taking over in his first season as head coach after his father, Greg, who stepped down after almost 30 years. Coach Evan Hott has been a volunteer assistant for the past decade and said that he is proud to carry the Hott family tradition into a new era of Tiger football. "It's really cool because I have always been here, and it didn't matter if I w...

Black Bears Players Take Part In Miracle League Fantasy Camp Video included

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"For one they are my favorite team, and I grew up liking the Pirates, so its great," said Miracle League Participant, Samuel Lee. Mr. Clutch, himself, wasn't the only one smiling this morning at the Monongalia County Ballpark.  the West Virginia Black Bears split up into stations and played ball with members of their Miracle League Fantasy organization. Since 2000, the Miracle League has helped children with special needs play the game of baseball. "Especia...

High School Football Preview: Buckhannon-Upshur Video included

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The Bucs made the playoffs last season, but this year, they're beginning the season with the goal of obtaining their first playoff win since 1998. 

High School Football Preview: Liberty Video included

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The Mountaineers think they’re ready to battle for a playoff berth for the second straight season. They’ll return about a dozen starters and a senior class of eight players.  As fourth year head coach A.J. Harman says, the Mountaineers have the right attitude.

Tancas Takes Black Bears Past State College Video included

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With his second homer in as many days, outfielder Lucas Tancas lifted the Black Bears to a 3-0 victory over State College. Tancas homered in the fifth inning, after doubling in the second and scoring the first run of the game. 

High School Football Preview: Lincoln Video included

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In their nine-win season last fall, players like Chase Riley, Dustin Marks and Anthony Kellar helped the Cougars make school history. But those players were all seniors, and now, Rob Hawkins and the Cougars must replace 11 starters as they prepare to make another playoff run. 

High School Football Preview: Philip Barbour Video included

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Bad fortunes have fallen upon Philip Barbour football over the past two seasons, but this year, a new head coach hopes to change the team's luck. 

Bears Return From Break With 5-1 Win Video included

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The Black Bears extended their Pinckney Division lead to 2.5 games after a 5-1 victory over State College Wednesday. Sandy Santos and Lucas Tancas each homered, helping pitcher Scooter Hightower to his third win of the season, and propelling the Black Bears to a win to open their six-game homestand. 

High School Football Preview: Clay-Battelle Video included

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While the playoffs may be the ultimate goal for the Clay-Battelle Cee Bees, they know they have a full schedule to get through first, and they’re ready to improve starting with the defense.  

High School Football Preview: Lewis County Video included

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In two seasons under head coach Dustin Cogar, the Minutemen have narrowly missed out on the playoffs. 

High School Football Preview: Notre Dame Video included

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Some say seven is a lucky number, but when it shows up in the loss column at the end of the season, it's not a reason to celebrate. The seven losses Notre Dame suffered in 2016 are driving the Irish to change their fortunes this season. 

High School Football Preview: South Harrison Video included

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Many Class A schools struggle with depth, but for 19th year Hawks head coach Brad Jett, having only 30 players on a roster is unusual. So to get the most from his small but talented squad, Jett is emphasizing conditioning in camp, pushing his team harder than ever before. 

Ritchie County Unfolds For Fresh Start Video included

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The Ritchie County Rebels have their, "eyes on the prize." But first, they have Saint Mary's, the defending state champs to open the season with. Head Coach, Caleb Lawrence says, "that game is always a big rivarly, so we are geared up ready to go. We are not looking ahead, just taking one day at  a time and trying to stay healthy." The Rebels have depth and new leadership that will carry over from last season, the team is confident overall in what t...

New Beginning Is Brewing In The Valley Video included

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The dogs have been let out of the pound. The Tygarts Valley Bulldogs are putting in a whole new system this year, so they will have to do a lot of focus again, with all the work we have to do to get in shape and now is the time to get the momentum going. Rodney Bright, in his first season as Head Coach of Tygarts Valley is no stranger to the system. Bright has been coaching in the Valley for ten years, he started at the youth level and moved up from the middle school team this year. ...

Highlanders Hopeful For Historic Season Video included

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High School Football Preview Schedule

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Beginning Aug. 9, WBOY will air feature stories on every high school football team in North Central West Virginia. You'll find your favorite team on this schedule: 

Gilmer County Seeking Another Historic Season Video included

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Sticking to the script is what first year as Gilmer County Head Coach, Thomas Cogar plans to do. Seems like a good idea to me, especially, when your football team had its first undefeated season in school history, along with its first playoff win. Although the Titans have some gaps to fill, they have both their leading receivers, hunter self and Gunnar Haley coming back as well as the anchor for their offensive line, Jordan Brown. With these strong seniors, this team is in good h...

Fairmont State Football Ready to Take Next Step Video included

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Fairmont State put together one of the best seasons in program history last fall, but after a 62-13 loss to Indiana (Pa.) in their first ever NCAA Division II playoff game, the Falcons were left feeling empty. 

Clay-Battelle Lends Hand to Hundred Football After Flooding

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As people continue to come together and help after all of the destruction from recent flooding, one community stands out.  Clay-Battelle High School is letting the Hundred Hornets use its football field to hold team practices.  

Former Black Bear Kevin Newman Promoted to Triple-A

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Shortstop Kevin Newman is climbing the ladder quickly in the Pirates' farm system. 

WVWC's Del Smith Emphasizes "Finishing" in Second Year Video included

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Del Smith summed it up best this week at Mountain East Conference Media Day. A season ago, 20 conference games were decided by seven points or fewer. The 4-7 Bobcats played in six of those games, and lost four of them. Smith learned quickly just how competitive the MEC is in his first season as head coach. In his second season, he wants to make sure his team finishes games. 

Big Ben: "Never an Issue" with Martavis Bryant Video included

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While the Steelers continue training camp, Martavis Bryant remains on the sidelines. He's still waiting to be reinstated by the NFL after serving a year-long suspension last season. 

Black Bears Split Doubleheader with State College Video included

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The Black Bears entered their Wednesday night doubleheader with State College trailing Mahoning Valley by a half-game in the Pinckney Division standings. A pair of wins in that twin bill would guarantee the Bears at least a share of the division lead before the end of the night. West Virginia didn't sweep the doubleheader, but it did get its share of first place in the division. 

GSC's Smith Seeks "Culture Change" in First Year as Head Coach Video included

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He coached with Rich Rodriguez at WVU and Michigan before becoming the offensive coordinator at Glenville State in 2011. Now as head coach, Eric Smith is leading a “culture change” in his seventh season with the Pioneers.  ...

Falcons Picked Third in MEC, Pioneers & Bobcats Poll in Bottom Half Video included

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After a breakout season in 2016, Fairmont State is again regarded as one of the top football teams in the Mountain East Conference. The Falcons rank third in the conference's annual preseason poll behind two-time reigning champion Shepherd and Notre Dame. FSU received one first-place vote in the poll. 

Amid Changes, Football Season Begins at Bridgeport Video included

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As the Indians began their first practice of the 2017 season Monday at Wayne Jameson Field, a new man was in charge of things. Interim head coach John Cole led Bridgeport through its first day of practice as Josh Nicewarner remains suspended. 

Diana Native Wins Fifth U.S. Lumberjack Championship

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A Webster County native continues to dominate the world of competitive lumberjacking. Diana native Matt Cogar finished first at the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS U.S. Championship Saturday, marking his fifth-consecutive national title. 

Williams Takes Over RCB Boys' Soccer

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As fall sports teams began their first day of practice Monday, Robert C. Byrd boys' soccer was led by a new head coach. Ron Williams takes over for T.J. Hill in that role, a year after Hill led the Eagles to a berth in the Class AA/A state championship game. Williams, a long-time coach in the area, coached many current RCB players in middle school or before. 

American Legion State Tournament Schedule Video included

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The schedule for the American Legion state baseball tournament in Bridgeport: 

Conner Honored to Join Steelers Video included

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While Le'Veon Bell was absent from the first day of practice at Steelers training camp, his likely backup donned the Black and Gold for the first time. James Conner participated in his first practice as a Steeler Friday after missing OTAs with a hamstring injury.

Gray's Heroics Allow Black Bears to Extend Win Streak

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Tristan Gray's ninth inning RBI double boosted West Virginia to a 2-1 victory over Auburn Thursday night, boosting the Black Bear's league-leading winning streak to six games. Bligh Madris scored the winning run after reaching base on an error in the ninth. 

On The Steelers: Bell Absent as Camp Begins Video included

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In the lead up to the start of Steelers’ training camp in Latrobe, Pa., many speculated Le’Veon Bell would not report. That was the case Thursday, and it didn’t shock his teammates. 

Black Bears Plate Club Record 14 Runs in Win Video included

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The Black Bears have now won a season-best five straight games following their 14-4 victory over Batavia. 

Comeback Gives Black Bears 3-2 Win Over Batavia

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The West Virginia Black Bears defeated the Batavia Muckdogs 3-2 Monday evening, earning their fourth consecutive victory. Black Bears starter Scooter Hightower pitched a solid game going six innings with seven strike outs and only allowed two runs. After falling behind 2-0, the Black Bears used a late eighth inning rally to win. Dylan Busby knocked in a run by laying down a bunt and reached on a throwing error. Tristan Gray tied the game with an RBI single to left field, then Bl...

Paying It Forward: Black Bears Visit WVU Children's Video included

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Friday morning, Black Bears Shane Kemp and John Schwind found themselves at WVU Children's Hospital.  They weren’t talking baseball – they were there to have fun, sign autographs and even try a few card tricks with patients. 

Extra Inning Heroics Lift Bears to 4-3 Win Video included

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Another Black Bears' win over State College Friday night was propelled by another clutch hitting performance from Bligh Madris. After stringing together three homers in two nights, Madris continued his hot streak by driving home Jared Oliva in the 12th inning, giving the Black Bears a 4-3, walk-off win over the Spikes.  

Madris Powers Black Bears Past State College, 8-2 Video included

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Black Bears' outfielder Bligh Madris is heating up at the dish. The Nevada native crushed two homers in West Virginia's 8-2 victory Thursday night over State College, a day after hitting his first professional homerun against Auburn. The Black Bears (18-12) also hung five first inning runs on the Spikes (17-13), en route to a convincing victory in a game between two teams that, at the beginning of the night, were pitted in a three-way tie for first place in the New York-Penn League ...

Youth Character Basketball Elite Camp Video included

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The Youth Character Basketball Elite Camp, founded by Carl Watkins, is a non-profit organization in Fairmont that holds skill clinics and camps throughout the year. Watkins, a former Salem International basketball player, who then played overseas in Germany teamed up with former mountaineer great, Da'Sean Butler. 

High School Offseason Update: University Boys' Soccer Video included

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University boys' soccer has some unfinished business to tend to this fall. After coming up empty in their first-ever trip to the Class AAA state championship game last year, the Hawks are already working toward their goal for 2017. 

Steelers' Bell to Play Under Franchise Tag in 2017

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The NFL's franchise tag deadline has passed, and the Steelers couldn't reach terms on an extension with star running back Le'Veon Bell.  That means Bell will make $12.1 million during the 2017 season under the exclusive franchise tag placed on him in February. 

Black Bears Drop First Series Since June

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FISHKILL, NY – The West Virginia Black Bears lost the rubber match in their three-game series with the Hudson Valley Renegades 2-1 Thursday night. The Renegades held a 1-0 lead until the top of the sixth inning when Lucas Tancas drove in Michael De La Cruz to tie the game. Hudson Valley answered that run to take a 2-1 lead in the bottom half of the inning with an RBI triple. Beau Sulser picked up his first loss of the season in the series finale with Hudson Valley. The Bl...

Former Professional Pitcher to Hold Recruiting Seminar in Harrison County Video included

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American Legion baseball and other summer leagues help athletes improve their game, but that doesn’t always mean they get noticed by college scouts. A local baseball expert who pitched in the Texas Rangers farm system will hold a seminar next week to help those athletes and their families. 

High School Offseason Update: East Fairmont Boys' Soccer Video included

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Tristan Wierbonski has a tall task ahead of him.  After coaching in Marion County since 2009, he takes over Mark Harvath's place as the boys' soccer coach at East Fairmont, a team training to defend a championship. The Morgantown native is well aware of the challenge at hand.

Wesleyan Softball's Barnett Recognized for Academics

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The NCAA social media launched its fourth annual Elite 90 Fan Favorite Contest Tuesday, and a West Virginia Wesleyan softball player is one of the finalists.. The goal of this two-week initiative is to celebrate the student-athletes that have achieved both in the classroom and in their sport. 

High School Offseason Update: Fairmont Sr. Boys' Soccer Video included

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In 20 years as head boys' soccer coach at Fairmont Senior, Jim DeNardi has placed emphasis on defense. That mentality led the Polar Bears to a state title two years ago, but after last year's playoff exit in the sectional round, he realized they got away from that style of play.

Black Bears Hold Division Lead on Off Day Video included

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More than a quarter of the way through the season, the Black Bears hold one of the best records in the New York-Penn League.  West Virginia (13-7) holds a two-game lead in the Pinckney Division through 20 games. 

Gray's Homer Lifts Bears to Win at Mahoning Valley Video included

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Tristan Gray ensured a Black Bears victory with a three-run homer in the first inning, as West Virginia cruised to a 5-0 victory over Mahoning Valley. Starting pitcher Ike Schlabach fanned four batters in six shutout innings, helping the Bears earn another series win over the Scrappers. West Virginia (11-6) is alone once again at the top of the New York-Penn League's Pinckney Division after earning its second shutout victory of the season. 

Swedish Cyclist Returns to Alma Mater During Cross-Country Tour Video included

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Some people fly when they want to explore the world. Swedish cyclist Johannes Mattisson prefers his bicycle.

Ngoepe Joins Black Bears for Rehab Assignment Video included

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The first African-born player to reach the majors has joined the Black Bears on a rehab assignment. Infielder Gift Ngoepe started at shortstop for West Virginia in its 8-5 extra-inning victory over Mahoning Valley Tuesday night. Ngoepe went 0-3 with a strikeout. Ngoepe made his big league debut with the Pirates earlier this season, and was reassigned to Class AAA Indianapolis in early June. He's currently recovering from a hamstring injury. 

Black Bears Come From Behind Again Video included

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For the second night in a row, the Black Bears eliminated a three-run deficit on the way to a win. This time, Mahoning Valley was the victim of another Black Bears' comeback, as West Virginia wins an Independence Day showdown, 8-5 in 12 innings. Yoel Gonzalez collected five hits in the victory, and Jose Barraza picked up a crucial RBI in a four-run 12th inning to decide the contest. The win over the Scrappers means West Virginia (10-5) takes sole possession of first place in the Ne...

Bats Come Alive in Black Bears' Win Over Williamsport Video included

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Sunday, Jose Barraza said the Black Bears were close to turning a corner at the plate. Monday, he looked like a prophet. Barraza homered for one of West Virginia's 11 hits in an 11-6 win over Williamsport, setting a new season-high for runs scored in a game. 

Big Innings Boost Black Bears to Win Over Mahoning Valley Video included

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When Apple created Siri for the iPhone, it probably didn't intend for it to come up big in baseball games. Yet a different Siri made two impact plays in the 5th inning of West Virginia's win over Mahoning Valley to ensure the Black Bears stayed in front.  

High School Offseason Update: Buckhannon-Upshur Girls' Basketball Video included

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A new banner hangs in the Buckhannon-Upshur gym. It's the girls' basketball team's prize from last year's run to the state championship game.  As the team practices during the three-week window, it reminds returning players how much they achieved last year, but it also motivates players like all-state guard Hanna McClung to make sure this year, the Bucs reach the top. 

High School Offseason Update: Philip Barbour Girls' Volleyball Video included

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The two-time defending state champions girls volleyball team in the Philip Barbour are already preparing for a three-peat. The Philip Barbour ladies captured the state title with 21 wins, 3 losses and 4 ties, while remaining unbeaten in the last 14 matches. 

Mazzulla Comes Full Circle at Annual FSU Basketball Camp Video included

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Before Joe Mazzulla left Fairmont State to coach in the NBA Development League, he led the Falcons' annual summer basketball camp. Now back as head coach, Mazzulla will once again spend the last week of June teaching fundamentals to the next generation of basketball players.

Muckdogs Down Black Bears in Extras

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For the first time this season, the Black Bears have lost back-to-back games. West Virginia fell 1-0 to Batavia in 10 innings Monday night. 

New Black Bears Manager Esposito Leads Through Experience Video included

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In a way, Brian Esposito is back where it all began. The former big-league catcher played his first professional ball in the New York Penn League, after the Red Sox drafted him in the fifth round of the 200 MLB Draft. 

Hightower Powers Black Bears to Second Road Win

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Scooter Hightower is pitching like he has something to prove. 

Bridgeport's McKenna Smith Named Gatorade Girls' Track Athlete of the Year

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McKenna Smith has collected one more honor to end her illustrious high school track and field career. 

West Virginia Wesleyan's Vet Named MEC Female Athlete of the Year

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Just days after the man at the helm of West Virginia Wesleyan softball was named coach of the year by the Mountain East, the Bobcats' star pitcher receives a top honor from the league.

Black Bears Beat Crosscutters to Open Road Trip

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Matt Diorio's three-RBI triple sparked a four-run eighth inning for West Virginia, giving the Black Bears some insurance and propelling them to a 7-2 win over Williamsport in their first road game of the year. The Black Bears led the entire contest, and pulled ahead early after the Crosscutters committed three errors in the early innings.  West Virginia and Williamsport continue a three game set Thursday night at 7:05 p.m.

High School Offseason Updates: Lincoln Boys' Basketball Video included

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Like many basketball coaches, Lincoln head coach Jordan Toth says there's no place he'd rather be in June than in the gym.

Fairmont State's Calhoun, Wesleyan's Warner Earn MEC Coach of the Year Awards Video included

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The two local Division II coaches who brought their athletic programs into the national spotlight were recognized this week by the Mountain East Conference. 

Black Bears Split Opening Series With Scrappers Video included

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After holding Mahoning Valley scoreless for the first 10 innings of the season, the Scrappers solved the Black Bears' pitching in the second inning Tuesday night. 

Local Ties Connect U.S. Open Champ to West Virginia

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By now, most golf fans know the name Brooks Koepka. Sunday, Koepka conquered the course at the U.S. Open to win his first major.  Around here, some West Virginians were familiar with that name long before a record-tying performance at Erin Hills. Koepka's father, Bob, is a Bridgeport native. Bob played two sports at Bridgeport High School before heading to college at West Virginia Wesleyan.  It was not until after college that Bob Koepka became an avid golfer. H...

Black Bears Win Rain-Soaked Opener Video included

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After Sid Bream threw the ceremonial first pitch to kick off the Black Bears' third season, the stage was set for a pitcher's dual on opening day. Even through a rain delay that stretched more than an hour, the Bears' pitching staff prevailed in the battle, as five pitchers combined for 17 strikeouts in a 3-0 shutout of Mahoning Valley. 

Black Bears Announce Opening Day Roster; Several Returners Listed

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When the Black Bears take the field Monday against Mahoning Valley, new manager Brian Esposito will lead a team with a good bit of experience. 

Results From 41st Annual High Point National

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Results from Saturday's Lucas Oil Pro Motocross events High Point Raceway.

Friends of Bridgeport Football Holds Annual Golf Outing Video included

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Football fans in Bridgeport continued a 20-year-old effort Thursday to raise money for future college students. 

New Track Design Unveiled at High Point Raceway Video included

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Pro motocross racing will return to the area Friday and Saturday, and when it does, things will look different at High Point Raceway.

Bridgeport Places Three on Class AA All-State First Team

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After claiming a historic fourth-straight state baseball title, Bridgeport is well-represented on the Class AA all-state roster. Thirty players from local schools made the list, which was published Thursday. 

Athlete of the Week: Bridgeport Indians Baseball Video included

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As head coach Robert Shields delivered a pre-game speech before the Class AA state championship game, the Indians knew what was on the line: Bridgeport could become the first team in WVSSAC history to win four-consecutive state baseball titles.

Bridgeport Places Five on Class AA Softball All-State Team Video included

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Fifteen local athletes in Class AA earned softball all-state honors Wednesday.

Class A All-State Baseball Team Released Video included

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A total of 19 local athletes made the Class A baseball all-state roster. The full list is below, with local names in bold: FIRST TEAM Austin Crebs, Wheeling Central Sr. Chase Swain, Ravenswood, Jr. (captain) Brandon Combs, Charleston Catholic, Jr. Luke Cooper, Pendleton County, Sr. Rece Wamsley, Tygarts Valley, Sr. Austin Whetzel, East Hardy, Sr. Trae Swisher, Charleston Catholic, Sr. Hayden Hizer, Paden City, Sr. Nathan Curtis, Ravenswood, Sr. Doug Clark, Bishop ...

Local Athletes Named to Class A All-State Softball Team

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A dozen local athletes are named on the Class A All-State softball roster. Below is the entire list, with the names of local athletes in bold: FIRST TEAM Marissa Garlitz, Wheeling Central, Jr.  Katie Gasvoda, Madonna, Jr. Abbey Ammons, Clay-Battelle, Jr. Kora Younts, Richwood, Sr. Hannah Rose, Wahama, Fr. Courtney Dotson, Williamstown, Sr. Bethany Smith, Moorefield, Sr. Skyler Mace, Ravenswood, Jr. Taylor Dickerson, Midland Trail, Jr. Kaitlyn Ferns, Wheeling Central, S...

Honda Athletes of the Week: Tygarts Valley Baseball Video included

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The last time Tygarts Valley made it to the state tournament, the Bulldogs were a premier team in Class AA. They won back-to-back state titles in 1978-and-79, going undefeated each season. Now a Class A program, the Bulldogs will return to states for the first time since 1979, after taking the toughest possible road through sectionals and regionals.

Five Bobcats Named To D2CCA All-Atlantic Softball Team Video included

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Five members of the West Virginia Wesleyan Softball team were named to the D2CCA All-Atlantic Region Softball Team. 

Eyes on the Prize: Bridgeport Seeks Record Fourth-Straight State Baseball Title Video included

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May is winding down, and in Bridgeport, that means two things: summer is almost here, and the Indians are playing for another state baseball title.  

Bridgeport's Hefner Named Gatorade West Virginia Player of the Year

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As the Indians prepare for their sixth straight appearance at the state baseball tournament, one of their senior leaders received a major statewide honor. 

Field Set for Baseball State Tournament Video included

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Action at the state baseball tournament begins Thursday at Appalachian Power Park, and three local teams will be there to compete. 

Local Baseball Teams Eye History at State Tournament

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Three-time reigning champion Bridgeport has an opportunity to achieve something no other WVSSAC program has in the 77-year history of the state baseball tournament.  

Updated: Scores from Local High School Baseball Regionals

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Three local teams are still alive as the regional round of the high school baseball playoffs begins Tuesday. Each team will play in a best-of-three series for a trip to the state tournament in Charleston.  Class A - Region II Tuesday: East Hardy at Tygarts Valley (6:30 p.m.) Wednesday: Tygarts Valley at East Hardy Thursday: East Hardy at Tygarts Valley (if necessary) Class AA - Region II Tuesday: Braxton Co. at Bridgeport (5 p.m.) Wednesday: Bridgeport at Braxton Co. ...

Two From Wesleyan Softball Earn All-America Status

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On the eve of the softball College World Series, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association made its All-America selections. 

Honda Athlete of the Week: Bridgeport's McKenna Smith Video included

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There may never be a high school sprinter like McKenna Smith again in West Virginia. Smith set four state records a year ago as a junior, giving her a tough act to follow as a senior. 

First Round Match-up Set for West Virginia Wesleyan at College World Series

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West Virginia Wesleyan is the No. 4 seed at the Division II softball College World Series. Thursday, the Bobcats will play their first-ever game in that competition against Molloy College. 

Fairmont State Announces 2017 Football Schedule

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After appearing in the NCAA Division II football playoffs for the first time in program history, Fairmont State will look for more success in 2017. The Falcons now know their schedule for the upcoming season. 

West Virginia Wesleyan Softball Earns First-Ever College World Series Berth

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West Virginia Wesleyan softball just made history.

Baseball Regional Match-ups Finalized

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The regional round of the WVSSAC baseball postseason begins next Tuesday, and three local teams will host series openers. 

West Virginia State Football Feature: Part I Video included

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Institute, W.Va. - Four former WVU Football teammates, now coaches on the West Virginia State Football team are defying the odds.

Fairmont Senior's Justin Lee Signs With Salem Video included

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A two-time state champ at Fairmont Sr., Justin Lee hopes he's not done winning. 

Dates Announced for West Virginia Wesleyan Softball Super Regional

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After advancing from the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region 2 bracket, West Virginia Wesleyan's next test is found north of the state border. 

Fairmont State's Bingaya Signs Pro Deal in Belgium Video included

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Matt Bingaya's basketball career didn't end in Sioux Falls, South Dakota when Fairmont State lost in the Division II national championship game. 

3 Athletes Sign at Morgantown High School Video included

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Three former state champions from Morgantown High School signed letters of intent Friday.

Doddridge County's Smith Signs Letter of Intent Video included

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After recovering from a knee injury, Jeremiah Smith didn't know when he'd return to the track. When he looks back on his ACL tear a year later, he realizes he's come a long way, and much more quickly than expected. 

Notre Dame's Mullooly Signs with West Virginia Wesleyan Video included

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A starter and key contributor on Notre Dame's state championship basketball team signed his letter of intent Friday. 

Honda Athlete of the Week: South Harrison's Charlee Barb Video included

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Charlee Barb might have made the biggest play of her softball career Monday.

West Virginia Wesleyan Softball to Host NCAA Regional

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After locking up the Mountain East Conference tournament title for the second year in a row, West Virginia Wesleyan softball will host an NCAA regional.  

Bridgeport's Hess to Join FSU Swim Team Video included

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Another Bridgeport athlete made his college choice known Friday.

No. 7 West Virginia Wesleyan Softball Ready For MEC Tournament Video included

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Buckhannon, WV - With MEC Softball postseason action in full swing, the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats are coming off of historic regular season, where they won 15 in a row and its the first time in program history that the ladies are ranked seventh heading into the Mountain East Conference Tournament. 

Rosters Released for Annual North-South Football Game

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Nine athletes from North Central West Virginia were named to the North-South all-star roster, which was released Thursday evening. 

Liberty's Michael Turner Signs with Salem Swim

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Another letter of intent signing Wednesday: Liberty’s Michael Turner will join the swim team at Salem International. 

Family Reunion: Trey Shuff to Join Sister Kylie at Concord Video included

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Trey Shuff's illustrious career at Gilmer County is coming to an end, but he's not done playing basketball yet. 

Honda Athlete of the Week: Lincoln's Chase Riley Video included

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Third-year Lincoln baseball coach Mark Starkey knows athletes like Chase Riley don't come around often. If they did, Starkey's job would be a breeze. 

Three Ink at North Marion Video included

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Two track and field athletes at North Marion signed with Division II programs Tuesday. 

Four Sign at Tucker Co. Video included

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Eddie Kachmerek made a verbal commitment to a Division I football program before his senior season at Tucker County. Tuesday, he formalized his decision.

Weather Alters Softball Sectional Schedule at Numerous Local Fields Video included

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Local sectional competition in softball was scheduled to begin Monday, but Mother Nature had other plans. 

Former Fairmont State Football Coach Wally Hood Dies at 82

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Hood coached the Falcons from 1984-1991.

Pairings Announced for Mountain East Softball Tournament

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West Virginia Wesleyan is the only local Mountain East school qualified for the MEC softball tournament, which begins Friday in Salem, Va. 

Bridgeport's Taylor Smith Commits to FSU Video included

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Bridgeport’s Taylor Smith inked with Fairmont State to play softball on Friday.

College Spotlight: Glenville State Boxing Video included

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If you ask Duane Chapman what he thinks of boxing, he'll tell you it's on the rise again. 

Honda Athlete of the Week: Notre Dame's Noah Yokum Video included

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Notre Dame senior pitcher and third baseman Noah Yokum is making a name for himself.

Five Polar Bears Sign with WV Wesleyan

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Tanner Amos and DeAndre Payne each won a state soccer title and two state basketball titles at Fairmont Sr. They're hoping to repeat that type of success at West Virginia Wesleyan.

Tygarts Valley Teammates Sign with Fairmont State Baseball Video included

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Caleb Riggleman and Rece Wamsley are sticking together. 

North Marion's Rinehart to Join Alderson Broaddus Golf Video included

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Some people find the game of golf aggravating and frustrating. Brittany Rinehart is not one of them. 

Boles Signs with FSU Acro & Tumbling Video included

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Notre Dame's Tamara Boles is excited for a new challenge. 

Neverauskas Becomes First Black Bear to Reach MLB

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In a blowout loss to the Cubs Monday night, Dovydas Neverauskas made history. 

Two Sign at Doddridge Co. Video included

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Two athletes from Doddridge Co. signed letters of intent. 

NFL Releases Steelers 2017 Schedule

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The Steelers will play five prime time games, including four consecutively, during the 2017 season.  The NFL released the team's new schedule Thursday. The Steelers open with the Browns Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. in Cleveland. Their home opener is sept. 17 at 1 p.m. against the Vikings. The Steelers have a bye in Week 9. Games against Cleveland bookend the 16-game schedule. 

Six Sign LOIs at Buckhannon-Upshur Video included

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At a signing ceremony Thursday at Buckhannon-Upshur, six athletes inked letters of intent. 

Lincoln's Stoper, Buckhannon Ink with FSU Video included

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Two Lincoln athletes signed letters of intent Thursday with Fairmont State.

Leading the Way: WVWC Football Team Volunteers in Upshur County Video included

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At West Virginia Wesleyan, Del Smith is leading the Bobcats in spring football practices ahead of their annual Orange and Black Spring Game Friday night. Off the field, Smith's athletes are finding ways to lead.

Sponaugle Signs with Charleston Video included

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Noah Sponaugle's father taught him to throw discus in middle school. Since that time, it's been his goal to throw in college. 

Honda Athlete of the Week: Harrison County's Ryan LaAsmar Video included

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Fifth-year Harrison Co. lacrosse coach Jeff Strange has been around the sport since his youth, and he's seen a lot of wild plays.   What he saw from one of his players over the weekend surprised him.

3 Sign LOIs at Liberty Video included

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Corey Bunch will run track at Charleston next year.

Doddridge County's Plaugher Signs with Davis & Elkins Video included

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Bulldogs track standout Rosa Plaugher will continue her athletic career at the Division II level. 

Offense Shines in FSU Spring Game Video included

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In the annual Maroon & White game at Fairmont State, the offense rolled to a 44-17 victory over the defense. 

12 Sports Scores: April 12, 2017 Video included

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High school baseball and softball scores from around the area.

3 Lady Huskies Sign LOIs Video included

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Three athletes from North Marion announced Wednesday that they'll continue their playing careers in college. 

Honda Athlete Of The Week: Preston's Ethan Haskiell Video included

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Our latest Honda Athlete of the Week has an inspirational story. 

12 Sports Scores: April 11, 2017 Video included

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Baseball and softball scores from area high school and college games. 

Dumire, Stanley Sign with Glenville State Football Video included

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Two Tygarts Valley football teammates are heading to Glenville State to share the gridiron again. 

Wesleyan Softball Splits Doubleheader with Charleston Video included

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Division II softball scores. 

Optimistic Pirates Win Home Opener vs. Braves Video included

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Behind a 3-for-4 performance from Andrew McCutchen and back-to-back homers in the 5th innings, the Pirates picked up their first win of the season, 5-4 over the Braves.

Honda Athlete of the Week: Bridgeport's Gordon Swiger Video included

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Bridgeport senior Gordon Swiger came up short of his goal of winning a state football championship, but now he's focused on a new goal.

Liberty Hosts Inaugural Track Meet Video included

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Tuesday marked a first at Liberty High School.  

East Fairmont Soccer Coach Mark Harvath Retires Video included

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Mark Harvath is going out on top.

12 Sports Scores: April 3, 2017 Video included

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High school baseball and softball scores from around the area. 

Marion Co. School Board Approves Resignations by Abbott, Geary Video included

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Searches for new head football coaches at Fairmont Sr. and East Fairmont are now officially underway. 

12 Sports Scores: March 30, 2017 Video included

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High school baseball and softball scores from around the area. 

Glenville State's Stephens Recognized by WBCA Video included

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After winning a Mountain East Conference regular season title and earning an NCAA Tournament berth, Glenville State women's basketball coach Kim Stephens made the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Thirty Under 30 List.  

Honda Athlete of the Week: Fairmont Sr. Boys' Basketball Video included

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For the second year in a row, David Retton and the Polar Bears are boys basketball state champs.

"Great to be Home:" Mazzulla Begins Stint as Fairmont State Head Coach Video included

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Joe Mazzulla has found success on the hardwood here in North Central West Virginia. Now, he’s back for more.  

J.L. Abbott to Step Down as Fairmont Sr. Football Coach Video included

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Another coaching change is imminent in the Friendly City. 

Calhoun Introduced at Youngstown State Video included

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With his family at his side, Jerrod Calhoun’s tenure as Youngstown State men’s basketball coach formally began Tuesday. 

12 Sports Scores: March 27, 2017 Video included

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High school baseball and softball scores from around the area.

Jerrod Calhoun Named Youngstown State Coach After Deep Fairmont State NCAA Run Video included

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Through a release on its website, Youngstown State University announced Monday that it had hired Jerrod Calhoun as its new men's basketball coach.  

Fairmont State Falls in National Final

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Fairmont State’s unprecedented run in men’s basketball came up one win short. The top-seeded Falcons fell 71-61 to two-seed Northwest Missouri State Saturday afternoon in the Division II national championship game in Sioux Falls, S.D.  The Falcons trailed the Bearcats by eight points or more throughout the second half, and never led in the contest.  Fairmont State ends the season with a program-record 34 wins. The Falcons made their deepest postseason run...

Buckhannon-Upshur Places Three on All-State Roster Video included

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The Class AAA girls' basketball All-State team, with local names in bold: 

One More: Fairmont State Men's Basketball on the Cusp of History Video included

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During his very first day on the job, Fairmont State men's basketball coach Jerrod Calhoun said he dreamed of winning a national championship. Five years later, that dream could come true. Calhoun and the top-seeded Falcons will play two-seed Northwest Missouri State Saturday at 3 p.m. 

Local Names Dominate Boys' Class AA All-State List Video included

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The Class AA boys' basketball All-State roster, with local names in bold: FIRST TEAM: Luke Frampton, Poca (Sr., Captain) Jeremy Dillon, Mingo Central (Jr.) Mookie Collier, Bluefield (Jr.) Drew Williamson, Chapmanville (Jr.) Taevon Horton, Fairmont Sr. (Jr.) Zyon Dobbs, Fairmont Sr. (So.) Austin Upton, Philip Barbour (Sr.) Chase Riley, Lincoln (Sr.) SECOND TEAM Jude Akabueze, North Marion (So., Captain) Michael Gaskill, East Fairmont&...

Fairmont St. Advances to First-Ever Division II Championship Game Video included

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All season long, fifth-year head coach Jerrod Calhoun has said the Falcons' depth makes them on of the best teams in the country. Saturday, they'll have a chance to prove they are the undisputed best team when they play in the National Championship game.  

Honda Athlete of the Week: Notre Dame Boys' Basketball Video included

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It was determination that drove the Irish to a Class A boys’ basketball championship last week. 

Bowles Captains Class AA Girl's All-State Team Video included

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The Class AA girls' basketball All-State team, with local athletes' names in bold: 

ND's West Headlines All-State Roster in Class A

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The Class A boys' basketball all-state roster, with local athletes in bold: 

Jim Crutchfield Resigns as West Liberty Head Coach Video included

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He won 359 games in 13 seasons 

How To Watch Fairmont State vs. Rollins Video included

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If you didn't make the trip to South Dakota with the Falcons, don't worry -- you can still catch every minute of Fairmont State's Elite Eight clash with Rollins on your computer or mobile device. 

South Harrison's Barnette Wins Loria Award Video included

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After leading the area in rushing in 2016, Cam Barnette was recognized as the Frank Loria Player of the Year. 

Class A Girls' Basketball All-State Squad Announced

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Members of the 2016-17 Class A girls' basketball all-state roster.

FSU's Bingaya Among Finalists for National Award

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Fairmont State star Matt Bingaya is already the Mountain East Conference and Atlantic Region player of the year. Before Fairmont's season ends, he might collect a bit more hardware. 

Fairmont St. Earns Top Seed in D2 Elite Eight

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Fairmont State is No. 1 again. 

Dewalt to Replace Campbell as AB Head Football Coach

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For the second time in a matter of months, Alderson Broaddus has a new head football coach. 

Game Times Set for NCAA Regional at Fairmont State

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Tickets go on sale Wednesday for NCAA Division II Tournament games in the Atlantic Region, hosted by Fairmont State. 

Matt Bingaya Named MEC Men's Player of the Year

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BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. -- Fairmont State's Matt Bingaya has been selected as the Mountain East Conference Player of the Year, while West Virginia Wesleyan's Luke Layhew was tabbed as the league's Freshman of the Year. 

Glenville State's McLeod Named MEC Player of the Year Video included

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BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. -- Glenville State's Paris McLeod has been selected as the 2017 Mountain East Conference Player of the Year.

Athletes of the Week: Fairmont Sr. State Swim Team Video included

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It was quite a showing from the Polar Bears at the WVU Natatorium last Friday: the Fairmont Sr. girls’ swim team finished as the runner-up at the state swim meet, producing the school’s first two individual state swimming champions in the process. 

Latest AP Boys' & Girls' Basketball Poll - Feb. 20 Video included

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The Associated Press high school boys' and girls' basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses and total points: 

State Swim Meet, Boys' and Girls' Results

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Team results from Day 2 of the state swimming championships: 

Pairings Announced for Class AAA Region 1 Girls' Tournament

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Seeds and schedule for Class AAA girls' Region 1, Section 2: 

Latest AP Boys' & Girls' Basketball Polls - Feb. 13

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The Associated Press high school boys' and girls' basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses and total points: 

College Spotlight: Glenville State's High Scoring Offense Video included

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Kim Stephens swears she isn't doing anything differently. 

Latest AP Boys' and Girls' Basketball Polls - Feb. 6

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The Associated Press high school boys’ and girls’ basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses and total points:      Class AAA - Boys     1. Capital (6)    13-3    96    1     2. University (4)    16-1    93    3     3. Morgantown    13-3    70    ...

Athlete of the Week: East Fairmont's Michael Gaskill Video included

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Michael Gaskill is three-sport star at East Fairmont who has a shot to win state championships in three different seasons. 

Latest AP Boys' and Girls' Basketball Polls - Jan. 23

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The Associated Press high school boys’ and girls’ basketball polls with first-place votes in parentheses and total points:      

Athlete of the Week: University's Oliver Reed Video included

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He usually doesn't see much playing time, but after University's win over Buckhannon-Upshur, junior Oliver Reed became a star. 

Latest AP Boys' and Girls' Basketball Polls - Jan. 16

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The Associated Press high school boys' and girls' basketball polls with first-place votes in parentheses, total points and last week's rank:   

College Spotlight: Darhius Nunn

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He did it on the biggest stage in high school. Now as the starting point guard at Glenville State, Darhius Nunn is continuing to star.  

Athlete of the Week: North Marion's Micah Parrish Video included

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Micah Parrish has played varsity basketball at North Marion since his freshman year, and has been a part of three-straight losing seasons. But if he has his way, this year will be a different story.  

AP High School Basketball Poll - Jan. 9 Video included

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The Associated Press high school boys' and girls' basketball polls.

Athletes of the Week: Cam Barnette and Freddy Canary Video included

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It’s no secret that a Brad Jett South Harrison team loves to run the football.  But after racking up more than 500 yards rushing in a week three win over Grafton, Jett’s junior running back tandem of Cam Barnette and Freddy Canary is drawing comparisons to a similar tandem that took South Harrison all the way to the state championship game 43 years ago. 

Winter Weather Forces Postponements Around the Area Video included

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Several high school basketball games were rescheduled because of snow Thursday night. 

Athlete of the Week: Philip Barbour's Austin Upton and Spencer Hudkins Video included

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Spencer Hudkins is lighting up the scoreboard. He's helped Philip Barbour to a 6-0 start. But he's only been the co-star in this impressive start to the season. That's the way he wants it. 

Annual Big 10/Cardinal Challenge Heads to North Central West Virginia

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This Friday and Saturday, our area will become the epicenter of high school hoops action during the fourth-annual Big 10/Cardinal Challenge. 

Seven Local Athletes Make Class AAA All-State Team

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The following local football players earned All-State honors in Class AAA.

Local Names Dominate Class AA All-State Football Roster Video included

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Ten local athletes earned first-team honors. 

Pirates CARE-A-Van Returns to SteppingStones for Christmas Celebration Video included

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At a Christmas party Tuesday night at SteppingStones, Santa Claus wasn't the focal point. John Jaso was. 

Class A All-State Football Roster Features 30 Local Athletes

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Six area athletes appear on the Class-A First Team All-State roster, which was released Tuesday.

12 Sports Scores: Tuesday, Dec. 6

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Boys' and girls' basketball scores from around the area.

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