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No. 1 Gonzaga rallies past Mountaineers

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Joel Ayayi matched his career high with 21 points and Andrew Nembhard and Corey Kispert each had, and No. 1 Gonzaga rallied to beat No. 11 West Virginia 87-82 on Wednesday night in the Jimmy V Classic. The Bulldogs (3-0) struggled to get in sync early and again after ...

WVU battles No. 1 Gonzaga tonight in Indy

MORGANTOWN — During the downtime of last week’s Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic, West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins pounced on an opportunity to challenge his team early. Tennessee had dropped out of the Jimmy V Classic, leaving No. 1 Gonzaga without an opponent. Never one to ...

Game on? Steelers, Ravens set to finally meet today

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Tomlin isn’t into hypotheticals. The longtime Pittsburgh Steelers coach prefers to deal with what is happening, not what might happen. This season, however, has challenged that approach. The unbeaten Steelers (10-0) are scheduled to host some semblance of the ...

WVU moves to 11th in poll

(AP) — The first Associated Press men’s college basketball poll of the regular season remained steady at the top. The rest, predictably, was filled with change as teams exceeded or failed to live up to preseason expectations. Gonzaga and Baylor remained Nos. 1-2 in the poll released ...

Black Bears part of new MLB league

GRANVILLE — The West Virginia Black Bears announced Monday that they are one of the five teams selected by Major League Baseball to be a founding member of the new “Major League Baseball Draft League.” This new league will be sanctioned by MLB and operated by Prep Baseball Report (PBR), ...

No football title games as winners declared

CHARLESTON (AP) — The governing body for high school sports in West Virginia has canceled the state football championship games due to the coronavirus pandemic and instead declared winners in each class. The Secondary School Activities Commission made the announcement Saturday night ...

B-U’s Reynolds named to second team

PARKERSBURG — The talent level in Class AAA was anything but lacking. Greenbrier East’s Chylyn Pate, one of six players to earn repeat first team all-state status, was honored as captain by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association. The senior setter had 262 aces with 86 kills, 690 ...

WVU wins Crossover Classic

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — West Virginia rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit against Western Kentucky and had to hold off a frenzied rally down the stretch to win the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic, 70-64. The 15th-ranked Mountaineers (3-0) led 66-57 with just under three ...

Super Six moves to Charleston for 2020 season

WHEELING — The Super Six — the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission’s three state football championships, which have been a staple at Wheeling Island Stadium since 1994 — will move back to its former home in Charleston for the 2020 season. WVSSAC Executive Director ...

PB’s Hill named captain of Class AA squad

CLARKSBURG —Shady Spring and Philip Barbour played a five-set thriller for the Class AA volleyball title two weeks ago. That’s a scenario that could play out again next season and possibly for two more seasons, as both teams featured youthful key players this past season. With that ...

Culver powers No. 15 West Virginia past VCU in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Derek Culver had 23 points and 15 rebounds to help No. 15 West Virginia beat VCU 78-66 on Thursday in the Bad Boys Mowers Crossover Classic semifinals. West Virginia (2-0) will face Western Kentucky in the final Friday. Culver rebounded from a seven-point game ...

Well-rested WVU set for matchup against Sooners

MORGANTOWN — As the college football season winds down for West Virginia University, arguably the toughest two conference opponents remain on the Mountaineers’ schedule. This week, the Mountaineers (5-3, 4-3 Big 12) will take on the Oklahoma Sooners (6-2, 5-2) — the second-best team in ...

Wirt County’s Wyer headlines Class A all-state squad

PARKERSBURG — In a year like no other in Mountain State history, the Wirt County volleyball team of first-year head coach Katie Frazier finished 15-4 and repeated as Class A state volleyball champions. Only five programs were afforded the opportunity to compete in the state ...

Tigers’ historic season ends with loss to RCB

CLARKSBURG — An unpredictable and historic season came to a conclusion for Elkins Sunday in Class AA quarterfinal playoff action. Jeremiah King scored four touchdowns, including a game-changing 64-yard touchdown reception late in the first half, as No. 8 Robert C. Byrd claimed a 33-6 win ...

Bulldogs fall to Pendleton

FRANKLIN — Dalton Dunkle run for 219 yards and scored six touchdowns as Pendleton County advanced the semifinals of the Class A state playoffs with a 42-17 win over Tygarts Valley Sunday in quarterfinal action. With the victory the Wildcats improved to 7-2 on the year and will travel to ...

Bulldogs, ’Cats hope to finally meet

FRANKLIN — Tygarts Valley and Pendleton County were scheduled to play back in October. But in a season filled with COVID-19 turmoil, that contest was canceled. Now the squads are slated to meet at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Franklin in Class A quarterfinal action, pending Randolph County not ...

Tigers set for rematch against Eagles

ELKINS — After picking up the school’s first-ever playoff win over Sissonville last week, 16th-rated Elkins (6-3) will look to move into the Class AA state semifinals Sunday afternoon against eighth-rated Robert C. Byrd (7-2). The game — tentatively set for 3 p.m. at Robert C. Byrd ...

State playoffs continue tonight

ELKINS — Three Big 10 Conference teams will be in action tonight in quarterfinal action of the state football playoffs. While sixth-rated Fairmont Senior (8-2) entertains No. 14 Independence (5-2) at historic East-West Stadium, Bridgeport and North Marion face stern road tests. The ...

Mountaineers’ home opener gets postponed

MORGANTOWN — The home opener for the West Virginia University men’s basketball team against Youngstown State on Wednesday, Dec. 2, has been postponed due to the Penguins pausing team activities related to COVID-19. The two schools are hoping to reschedule the game with a mutually ...