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Dolan learning the SSAC ropes from Ray
Dolan learning the SSAC ropes from Ray

These days, when Gary Ray is on the job, Bernie Dolan is quite often right beside him, and vice versa.

Ray, the outgoing executive director of the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission, and Dolan, the SSAC’s incoming...

Dolan learning the SSAC ropes from Ray
Dolan learning the SSAC ropes from Ray

These days, when Gary Ray is on the job, Bernie Dolan is quite often right beside him, and vice versa.

Ray, the outgoing executive director of the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission, and Dolan, the SSAC’s incoming...

Rick Ryan: Reed: May football practice could kill spring sports

The topic of year-round coaching in West Virginia high schools and middle schools has been kicked around a lot more in recent months, and could be gaining momentum.

Football coaches, especially, practically salivate at the thought of the SSAC...

Statewide prep football schedule coming Monday

On Monday, the Gazette-Mail will publish the statewide high school football schedule for the coming season.

The full-page clip-and-save feature includes the schedule for each of the regular season’s 11 weeks.

Football practice...

Grier, Pratt head up Kennedy Award candidates
Grier, Pratt head up Kennedy Award candidates

Last season proved to be a banner year for Kanawha Valley football.

The Valley provided not only both teams for the Class AAA championship game at the Super Six in Wheeling, it also produced the top two vote-getters for the Kennedy Award as the...

Nitro football coach Casto hospitalized

Nitro football coach Bryce Casto was hospitalized Tuesday evening with a blood clot in his lung, according to multiple sources.

Casto, 55, took over the head coaching position with the Wildcats in the offseason after serving as an assistant...

Rick Ryan: Riverside’s Davis familiar with extended coaching period

When the State Board of Education earlier this month decided not to vote on the year’s most-publicized proposal for high school and middle school athletics, it effectively turned a 30-day comment period into a year-long comment period....

Coaches sound off on school board ruling

The West Virginia Board of Education may have passed on a vote regarding year-round coaching in high school athletics on Thursday, but several coaches in the...

Rick Ryan: Princeton lands on its feet after leaving MSAC

When Princeton dropped out of the Mountain State Athletic Conference in February and accepted the subsequent scheduling “death penalty,’’ a lot of people wondered how quickly the Tigers could get a football schedule together and...

Rick Ryan: 10 questions with SSAC’s Bernie Dolan
Rick Ryan: 10 questions with SSAC’s Bernie Dolan

On wednesday, Bernie Dolan leaves Ohio County schools and joins the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission as incoming executive director.

The 54-year-old Dolan, a Wheeling native, succeeds the retiring Gary Ray, who stays on the...

Rick Ryan: Riverside’s revolving door: Does it slam shut on success?
Rick Ryan: Riverside’s revolving door: Does it slam shut on success?

When DuPont and East Bank came together to form Riverside High School in the fall of 1999, you could feel the anticipation building.

At the time, each of those schools had enjoyed recent success in the higher-profile sports, especially football, ...

Capital playing 9-game schedule in football

Last year, it was unintentional. This year, it’s just unfortunate.

For the second straight year, it looks like Capital will be playing just a nine-game regular season football schedule. The defending Class AAA champion Cougars were not...

Riverside, Davis take leap of faith
Riverside, Davis take leap of faith

After its football program posted the two worst records since the school opened in 1999, Riverside officials decided to think outside the box. And went outside the state in their coaching search.

They ended up hiring Zach Davis, a Florida native ...

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