Three games in four days is not unusual at the state high school basketball tournament. The same situation to start the regular season is very unusual. Read more

Last wrestling season, Brent Sams and several other wrestling gurus organized the first West Virginia Girls High School State Tournament in Parkersburg. The tournament was endorsed by the Coaches Rules Committee and sanctioned by the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission. Alth… Read more

Liberty wrestling coach Nick Hylton usually goes into a season looking to get his team into as many dual matches as possible. The more duals, the more matches, which increases experience. Read more

The most important week of the season thus far for WVU’s young wrestling Mountaineers starts today. The team is in Stillwater, Okla., ready to participate in Oklahoma State’s Cowboy Challenge. Along with the 23rd-ranked Mountaineers and host Oklahoma State (No. 6) will be Missouri (No. 4), W… Read more

Independence will begin its season in a quad that will include the two-time reigning state champion, a reigning regional champion and the team that set the record for consecutive state championships. A week later, it's off to the WSAZ Invitational, which will have significantly fewer teams t… Read more

FAIRMONT — From the moment then-sophomore forward Bubby Towns cracked a golden goal that gave Fairmont Senior a 2-1 victory over Robert C. Byrd in the 2019 Class AA-A state title game, the Polar Bears started gearing up for a potential back-to-back run in 2020. Read more

When the emergence of high school wrestling in West Virginia happened in the late 1940s and early 1950s, only a handful of schools had teams. None of the Black schools wrestled and even after the Brown vs. Board of Education ruling in 1954 (stating segregation of schools was unlawful), integ… Read more

The phenomenal success that Independence High School’s wrestling program had in the past eight years has also been very visible at the college level. The Patriots have consistently fed collegiate programs throughout the eastern United States. Right now, I can think of seven former Patriots w… Read more

When recalling names of local heavyweight wrestlers, I could never forget Donald “Bull” Parker. Don was a three-sport letterman at Woodrow Wilson and one of the nicest guys you would ever meet. Don could sing, too. If you ever attended one of the Big Atlantic Classic dinners you heard Don’s … Read more

When I think of an athlete who was determined, persistent or displayed perseverance throughout his career, my thoughts always return to Aaron Barnette, a 2002 graduate of Independence High School. Read more


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