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LOGAN - The West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission's new four-class pilot program beginning in the 2020-21 season would put Logan County's three high schools into three different classes for basketball.

LOGAN - David Early has played his last game as a Logan Wildcat it seems.

Early is foregoing his senior season at Logan High School and is joining the ranks of Beckley Prep. He will reportedly be playing for the Swarm during the upcoming 2019-20 season.

The Mid-American Conference seems to like Chapmanville Regional High School's Obinna Anochili-Killen.

Three MAC schools have now offered the 6-foot-9 senior a basketball scholarship.

The West Virginia Board of Education voted 7-2 on Wednesday to accept a two-year pilot program from the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission that splits boys and girls basketball into four classes instead of the three it had been. Debra Sullivan and Dr. Daniel Snavely were the two board members voting against.

HUNTINGTON - Some of Marshall University's football players were back in pads on Thursday evening.

No, it isn't quite practice time, but it is fast approaching with camp set to open on Aug. 2.

HUNTINGTON - When Marshall University's football television package came out in late May, there was not a contest being broadcast on the NFL Network.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series made its annual pilgrimage to the Commonwealth of Kentucky over the weekend for the running of the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway and it didn't disappoint as it produced one of the most thrilling finishes of the season. It came down to a last lap shoot-out between the Busch brothers that was set up with a late race caution triggered by a blown right rear tire by Bubba Wallace.

CHAPMANVILLE - The three week June practice period is what you make of it.

The Chapmanville Regional High School football team entered the practice period with a few question marks, especially in its skilled positions, following the graduations of many of its top running backs and wide receivers.

PINEVILLE - It's been a good week so far for the Man 10-12-year-old All-Stars, which have gone 2-0 in the District 2 Tournament at Pineville's Mike Cooper Memorial Complex.

HUNTINGTON - For the first time in its history, Charlotte's football team is experiencing a head coaching change.

Will Healy takes over at the helm of the 49ers, replacing Brad Lambert, who led the program from its infancy and was surprisingly let go after a year in which Charlotte had its most Conference USA wins in team history, including a season-ending win over Florida Atlantic that kept the Owls from bowl eligibility.

HUNTINGTON - Last season, FIU was on the cusp of taking the East Division crown.

It wasn't until a close loss to Marshall in the regular-season finale that the Panthers fell out of first place, which gave Middle Tennessee the crown.

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MORGANTOWN - The West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has released its 2019 football home game promotional schedule.

CHAPMANVILLE - In the classic 1983 movie Trading Places, Eddie Murphy plays Billy Ray Valentine, a down-on-his-luck homeless man who gets an opportunity of a lifetime: a chance to switch places with wealthy upper-class commodities broker Louis Winthorpe III, played by Dan Aykroyd.

NASSAU, Bahamas - It took years but I finally took Ted Ellis' advice.

Years ago at a basketball game I had talked to Ellis, the legendary former Chapmanville High School baseball coach and member of the Coaches Hall of Fame, upon his return from a cruise to Jamaica.

It's the Fourth of July holiday weekend and if you are a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series fan you don't have to look at the schedule to know that the series will be making the return trip to Daytona International Speedway for the running of the Coke Zero 400. It is one of the traditional dates on the schedule that fans have been planning their summer beach vacation around for years.

High School Football

2019 Southern West Virginia High School Football Master Schedule

Thursday, Aug. 29

Chapmanville vs. Sissonville at Charleston's Laidley Field, 7:30 p.m.

High School Football

2019 Cardinal Conference Football Master Schedule

Thursday, Aug. 29

*Chapmanville vs. Sissonville at Charleston's Laidley Field, 7:30 p.m.

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The Man All-Stars captured the District 2 Major League softball crown over the weekend by beating Pineville two games to one in the best-of-three series which was held in Pineville and Mullens.

The West Virginia Dream team did it.

They got over the hump.

A year after finishing as national runner-ups in their AAU division, the southern West Virginia-based Dream team went all the way this time, winning the NTBA National Championship with a 7-0 showing in the national tournament which was held at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina over the weekend.

Let's establish a pair of premises.

First, Chapmanville's Obinna Anochili-Killen is the best high school boys basketball player in West Virginia as well as the top college prospect in 2019-20.

NEW RICHMOND - Wyoming East pitcher Holly Brehm added one more title to her long and decorated legacy: All-American. Brehm was named to the USA Today second-team All-American list.

HUNTINGTON - The 2018 season was a 'good news, bad news' scenario for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.

The offense was not nearly as potent as it had been in recent years, but the defense took a step forward, which kept Louisiana Tech in line with the consistency it has normally experienced under head coach Skip Holtz during his tenure.

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CINCINNATI - The National League's reigning MVP sure knows how to perform an encore.

Christian Yelich singled with the bases loaded and hit his major league-leading 30th homer Monday night, helping the Milwaukee Brewers rally for their sixth straight victory at Great American Ball Park, 8-6 over the Cincinnati Reds.

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MADISON - With Madison bringing back Senior League Baseball last summer thanks to the efforts of Boone County Circuit Judge William Thompson and a host of parents volunteering resources and time, Madison and Chapmanville fielded teams on Saturday at Scott High School with one game ending in a tie and the other resulting in a Chapmanville victory.

MORGANTOWN - Summer provides some time for college football players to get away from the game, but in the case of those on the West Virginia University roster, this summer has not been much of a break.

It seems that no matter what outdoor sales flyer you pick up there is always an abundance of black guns littering the pages. Not so long-ago camouflage guns were all the rage.