Accustomed to giving support and encouragement, several local cheerleading squads will seek some reciprocal backing from the crowd this Saturday, Dec. 11.

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Independence coach John H. Lilly was succinct about his preparations for the Patriots Class AA championship game with Fairmont Senior Friday night at Wheeling Island Stadium. Read more

When Sonny Harrah of Shady Spring signed up for wrestling at age 7, he went to the first practice expecting to see a ring and turnbuckles like the WWE matches had on television. He was a little disappointed at the onset, but eventually fell in love with the folkstyle of youth and high school… Read more

Any time you get a chance to participate In the Super Six, it’s a special thing, whether you are a perennial like Martinsburg or Fairmont, or a newbie like Independence or Ritchie County. Read more

The way John Lilly sees it, Fairmont Senior, his opponent in Friday’s Class AA state championship game at Wheeling Island Stadium, is one of the main reasons the Patriots are playing for their first championship. Read more

NEW RICHMOND — For the longest time Tuesday in defending state champion Wyoming East’s 53-41 victory over Shady Spring, it looked like the same old story with a different cast. Read more

Southern West Virginia has always been blessed with good high school heavyweight wrestlers. You can go all the way back to West Virginia’s first wrestling state tournament in 1948 when Beckley’s Zernie Wickline won the initial heavyweight title. Donnie Ray won the Class AA-A heavyweight titl… Read more

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Marshall's Obinna Anochili-Killen (25) battles for position on a rebound attempt against Campbell's Milos Stajcic (10) during an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, at the Cam Henderson Center in Huntington, W.Va. (Sholten Singer/The Herald-Dispatch via AP) Read more

The goal of winning a state championship will never change for Woodrow Wilson boys basketball. It always helps when the players who are part of that charge have also tasted recent success in other sports. Read more

CHARLESTON — The Williamstown volleyball team knew it would take a superb defensive effort to win the Class A state championship as the No. 2 seed against rival and top-seeded Ritchie County. Read more

Two drives, two separate games at Nicholas County, but both figure in what Roane County coach Paul Burdette is hoping to make a trend when his Raiders travel to Coal City to meet No. 2 Independence (9-0) Friday night for a Class AA quarterfinal game at George D. Covey Field. Read more

You can glean a good bit by looking at Independence’s season statistics, major among those the fact the Patriots have outscored the opposition by an average of 60-11.3. In the last seven games, once the team got past some Covid shutdowns and into a steady routine, which cost the Patriots a g… Read more


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