Welcome to “Second Guess” Tuesday.
Monday, May 29, 2023
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Jack Michael did just enough to stay a step — or stroke — ahead of the field in the second round of the 104th West Virginia Amateur golf championship.
Cabell Midland throwers have no need to shoot their shot, as they can just fling it.
“It’s the Pitts” took on a new, positive meaning in Mountain State Athletic Conference softball this season.
Dave Wheeler said he truly enjoyed Boyd County’s softball stretch run this season.
GRANVILLE, W.Va. — The West Virginia baseball team is heading to Kentucky to start the NCAA Tournament.
Saturday, May 27, 2023
HUNTINGTON — A large video board is only the beginning of the planned transformation at a handful of sports facilities on Marshall’s campus, athletic director Christian Spears said.
HEATH, Ohio — Coal Grove’s girls track and field team and Rock Hill’s boys squad each picked up top-five team finishes in the OHSAA Division III Region 11 championship meet on Friday.
CHARLESTON — Huntington’s Ciera Thacker and Jefferson’s Lorelei Bangit ended the 2023 track and field season as rivals and will begin the next one as teammates.
The line stretched out the door of the Soda Shop and onto the sidewalk on Buckhannon’s East Main Street next to the courthouse. Most of the patrons awaiting their sweet treats were fans, players, coaches, officials and sportswriters in town for the annual West Virginia state high school bask…
Friday, May 26, 2023
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — For the second time in three seasons, the Wheelersburg Pirates are Division III district champions.
HUNTINGTON — After his first season at the helm of the Marshall baseball program, Greg Beals said he feels like he’s only in his first week.
HURRICANE, W.Va. — Last year’s runner-up wasn’t settling for second.
HUNTINGTON — A move some might say is long overdue finally happened Friday afternoon.
Thursday, May 25, 2023
SOUTH CHARLESTON — A teary-eyed Ed West stood on the first-base line Thursday moments after John Marshall had secured the Class AAA softball title with a 6-2 win over Cabell Midland.
SOUTH CHARLESTON — Wahama won its third straight Class A state softball championship on Thursday afternoon at Little Creek Park with a 3-1 victory over St. Marys.
SOUTH CHARLESTON — Winfield found itself on the doorstep of a Class AA state championship last season, but couldn’t wrap it up on the final day. So given a second chance, the Generals — and ace pitcher Maci Boggess — weren’t going to be denied.
SOUTH CHARLESTON — That no one thought Stacy Hobbs and the George Washington softball team would make it to the state tournament, he said, provided a small bit of consolation for seeing his first season at the helm come to a close.
The West Virginia baseball team received an early exit from the Big 12 Tournament.
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — A rivalry game for a district championship.
Wednesday, May 24, 2023
SOUTH CHARLESTON — From the on-deck circle, Ava Blake encouraged teammate Paytyn Tucker to relax because John Marshall was in the driver’s seat.
SOUTH CHARLESTON — Wahama moved to within one win of its third straight Class A state championship as the White Falcons rolled past Petersburg to a 17-0 win in five innings in the winner’s bracket of the state softball tournament on Wednesday evening at Little Creek Park.
SOUTH CHARLESTON — Wahama is going for a three-peat in the state softball tournament.
SOUTH CHARLESTON — There weren’t many times in a 3-1 victory over Jefferson that Cabell Midland found itself in a do-or-die situation.
SOUTH CHARLESTON — With John Marshall and Cabell Midland tied in the top of the seventh inning, the Monarchs sent a runner home from third base on a ground ball to shortstop. The throw was on time and the home plate umpire initially ruled the runner out.
SOUTH CHARLESTON — The fourth time still wasn’t the charm for St. Marys softball on Wednesday morning.
Tuesday, May 23, 2023
LICKING RIVER, Ky. — Raceland became the 16th Region Tournament champion on Tuesday when the Rams defeated East Carter 10-3.
ONA — After playing give and take through five innings and deadlocked with Hurricane at 3-3, Cabell Midland’s attack generated seven hits and eight runs in the sixth inning, and after the Knights put down a slight run by the visitors in their last at-bat, resulted in a convincing win, 11-6, …
BUFFALO, W.Va. — Wahama finally figured out Buffalo’s pitching. But before the game ended Tuesday, the White Falcons had major issues with the Bison’s hitting.
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — Portsmouth needed just an hour and 25 minutes.
The only sport to garner a Sun Belt champion at Marshall University in the 2022-23 academic year now has a chance to make an even bigger splash on a national scale.
Monday, May 22, 2023
LICKING RIVER, Ky. – Connor Thacker got on his horse.
PRESTONSBURG, Ky. — The Lawrence County Bulldogs punched their ticket into the 15th Region Tournament softball final with a 5-1 win over Belfry in the semifinals on Monday night at StoneCrest Park.
ROME TOWNSHIP, Ohio — When Cooper Cummings showed up unexpectedly at Fairland High School as a sophomore, Dragons baseball coach Michael Hill said he thought the kid looked like a catcher.
Cabell Midland High School’s softball team is excelling in the postseason, and so is one of the Knights’ former stars.
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — Portsmouth West made a two-spot stand up.
HURRICANE — In a four-run loss, five of the runs that the Hurricane baseball team allowed to Cabell Midland were unearned.
Sunday, May 21, 2023
VANCEBURG, Ky. – Ashland’s softball team traditionally picks a theme of dress before every 16th Region Tournament, coach Scott Ingram said, which led him to an outfit he termed “Hawaiian Cowboy” before and after the region quarterfinals at Lewis County on Sunday.
Saturday, May 20, 2023
CONWAY, S.C. — Marshall was this close to ending a lost season with a special moment.
When your sports heroes pass away, a small piece of yourself dies with them.
CHARLESTON — The WVSSAC state track and field meet attracts thousands of people to University of Charleston Stadium every spring.
The 2023 regular season didn’t end the way the No. 6 West Virginia baseball team had hoped, though it came with at least a share of some hardware.
CHARLESTON — Huntington needed every point it could get on Saturday.
NELSONVILLE, Ohio — Coal Grove’s girls and Rock Hill’s boys won Division III, Region 11, Southeast District track and field titles Friday at Nelsonville-York High School.
Friday, May 19, 2023
After trailing 2-1 in the fourth inning, No. 8 Coastal Carolina scored eight of the last nine runs in the game to take the series opener over Marshall.
MOREHEAD, Ky. — The final step before the state’s biggest stage begins Saturday for 16th Region teams.
CHARLESTON — Ava Ethridge certainly didn’t look like a freshman during the first day of the WVSSAC state track and field meet.
ONA — Little did Quinn Ballengee realize when she fell injured she was knocking over dominoes that would lead to Cabell Midland making the state softball tournament.
The Sun Belt Conference baseball regular season crown is up for grabs, and Marshall has a chance to play spoiler.
MAN, W.Va. — For the third straight year, Wahama softball swept Man in the Class A, Region IV finals and is going back to the state high school softball tournament.
Thursday, May 18, 2023
ONA — A man in the press box uttered, “Man, she’s due,” when Maria Arreola came to bat.
HUNTINGTON — When better to release Marshall’s 2023 men’s soccer schedule than May 17 — exactly two years from when the team won the program’s first national championship?
SOUTH POINT, Ohio — Fly to right field, catch and game over? Not so fast.
ROME TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Fairland baseball coach Michael Hill was worried that a week off would translate to a sluggish start for his team in the Ohio District III Sectional 1 baseball championship, but he couldn’t have been more wrong.
Former Huntington Blizzard hockey star Jim Bermingham died Wednesday. He was 51.