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Smolder leaving Sissonville to take over at Ripley
Smolder leaving Sissonville to take over at Ripley

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Eddie Smolder, who revived the Sissonville High School football program from a winless season one year before his arrival (2010) to back-to-back playoff appearances (2013-14), has accepted the head coaching job at Ripley...

Capital’s Haley wins Kennedy Award
Capital’s Haley wins Kennedy Award

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 figure we’d win a...

Chuck McGill: Capital football coach, wife, discover true meaning of family through adoption
Chuck McGill: Capital football coach, wife, discover true meaning of family through adoption

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Coaches in any sport are known for their victories and their defeats.

Jon Carpenter, a state championship football coach at Capital High School, can tell you about true loss.

“Next time you have a bad day...

Martinsburg linebacker gets Huff Award

Isaiah Honesty picked up an onside kick and ran for a touchdown to start Martinsburg’s game against once-beaten Virginia 5A state runner-up Tuscarora.

The Martinsburg senior linebacker also returned an interception for a short touchdown...

Spring Valley’s Stacy wins Hunt Award
Spring Valley’s Stacy wins Hunt Award

HUNTINGTON — When a player is 6-foot-5, 290 pounds, it can almost be guaranteed that the player will be a big part of a team’s football success.

As Spring Valley coach Brad Dingess said, though, even...

Buckhannon-Upshur’s Lofton named defensive back of the year
Buckhannon-Upshur’s Lofton named defensive back of the year

BUCKHANNON — With his school’s single-season interception record tied heading into Buckhannon-Upshur’s regular-season finale against arch-rival Elkins, the odds were against Marcus Lofton in his quest...

Riverside recommends Davis as football coach
Riverside recommends Davis as football coach

The last time Riverside filled its football coaching position, it went outside Kanawha County. This time, it appears as if the Warriors are going out of state.

The Gazette-Mail has learned that Zach Davis, the 28-year-old defensive coordinator...

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

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 2012 season a freshman, Kentre...

Jefferson’s Johnson wins inaugural Moss Award as state’s top prep receiver
Jefferson’s Johnson wins inaugural Moss Award as state’s top prep receiver

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION — James Jett left quite a legacy at Jefferson.

State high school sprint records, an Olympic gold medal in track, a football scholarship to West Virginia University and a nine-year career...

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

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 mind when describing the running...

Capital’s Haley selected as Warner Award winner
Capital’s Haley selected as Warner Award winner

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 running back. Capital coach Jon...

Martinsburg’s Honesty earns Howley Award
Martinsburg’s Honesty earns Howley Award

MARTINSBURG — Isaiah Honesty grew up as a youth football star. He grew into a troublemaker.

Ultimately, the Martinsburg senior grew into a defender who caused lots of trouble for opposing offenses.

In...