Josh Sills to make impact on WVU O-line in 2017

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MORGANTOWN — As a two-year starter for head coach Jeff Twiddy at Meadowbrook High School, Josh Sills’ impact was felt on all sides of the football. An Associated Press All-Ohio Division IV first teamer in 2015, Sills helped the team to a 9-2 mark and a berth in the state playoffs. His ...

Pickering takes over Yellowjacket girls’ soccer

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WILLIAMSTOWN — Dave Pickering never played soccer at his prep alma mater Fort Frye, because the Beverly-based school never fielded a team. “I’d never seen this funny looking ball,” smiled the 49-year-old Williamstown doctor during a break at Waybright Youth Soccer Fields in ...

Parkersburg South coach Mike Eddy speaks to his team during the team’s three-week flex period. Photo by Joe Albright.

South’s three-week period successful

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PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg South football is enjoying a successful three-week flex period despite not being able to hold true gridiron practices. “Let’s be honest this isn’t really football,” said Patriot head man Mike Eddy. “This time has given us the opportunity to evaluate new ...

Roane County’s Tyler May signed as a preferred walk-on for the West Virginia University football program earlier this year. Pictured in the front row from left to right: father Greg May, Tyler, mother Penny May; back row (L to R): Roane County head coach Paul Burdette and May’s brother Cody.

Roane’s May signs with WVU

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SPENCER — Roane County football player Tyler May fulfilled a lifelong dream when he signed on the dotted line as a preferred walk-on for the West Virginia University gridiron program earlier this year. However, his commitment took longer than expected. Then-WVU offensive line coach Ron ...

Chase Fieler enjoying life

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When it comes down to it, things are going about as good as they could be for 2010 Parkersburg South first-team Class AAA all-state basketball player Chase Fieler. The Florida Gulf Coast University graduate, who was part of the famed “Dunk City” 2013 squad which became the first NCAA ...

Gilmer County’s Cole Haley, pictured here giving a stiff arm to Calhoun County’s Caden Hicks, will continue his career on the gridiron at Concord University. Photo by Joe Albright.

Gilmer’s Cole Haley headed to Concord

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GLENVILLE — A special senior season for Gilmer County first-team Class A all-state linebacker Cole Haley is something he’s never going to forget, but the now ex-Titan will have the chance to make plenty of new memories as he opted to continue his gridiron career for Division II Mountain ...

Mountaineer players mum on team’s opener with Virginia Tech

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MORGANTOWN — If coaches, players or fans of the Virginia Tech football team are expecting to hear anything from longtime rival West Virginia that they can use as ‘bulletin board material’, they should think again. “I really don’t want to talk about Virginia Tech,” senior ...

Belpre basketball welcomes Tyler Leasure

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BELPRE — Former Belpre High School basketball player Tyler Leasure is the new head varsity coach for Golden Eagles boys basketball, as of May 15 when he was hired by the Belpre City Schools Board of Education. Leasure, 25, takes over the reins from Chad Williams, another ex-Belpre cager ...

New way for the NBA 

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Eyes of fans from all 30 National Basketball Association teams collectively turn to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York later today as witnesses to the next wave of potential superstar players being drafted into the league. The Philadelphia 76ers own pick No. 1 after trading spots with ...

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First-year Parkersburg High School head football coach Mike Byus watches a play during practice Wednesday morning at Stadium Field.

The Mike Byus era is underway at PHS

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PARKERSBURG — Mike Byus hasn’t been a Big Red for very long, but the first-year Parkersburg High School head football coach has hit the ground running during the three-week summer period. The new leader of the red and white comes to PHS following a 12-year stint at East Lincoln High ...

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Instructors Jenn Castle and Scott Williamson chat at the 24th annual Cincinnati Reds Legends Youth Baseball/Softball Clinic at Jackson Park in Vienna.

Softball a hit at Reds Legends Clinic

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VIENNA — Girls just want to have fun on the diamond. And, pitching instructor Jenn Castle made sure they did Wednesday during the last session of the 24th annual Cincinnati Reds Legends Youth Baseball/Softball Clinic at the Vienna Recreation Sports Complex at Jackson Park. “There’s so ...

Reds Legends clinic director Mike Wagner tests the pitching speed of youngsters during a drill Tuesday at Jackson Park in Vienna. Photo by Jordan Holland.

Reds Legends invade Vienna

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VIENNA — Despite a new location, the annual Cincinnati Reds Legends Youth Baseball/Softball Clinic is still producing a good crowd. About 170 kids attended Day 2 of the camp Tuesday at Jackson Park, the new home for the clinic after 25 years in Marietta. “I’m a traditional guy,” ...

Ritchie County’s Samantha Kirk, pictured here going over the final 300 meter hurdle during the Class A state track meet where she established an all-time best mark of 45.15, will continue her track career for Davis & Elkins College. Photo by Jordan Holland.

Rebels’ Kirk to run track for D&E

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ELLENBORO — Ritchie County graduate Samantha Kirk, who finished third academically in her class, has decided to continue her track career for the Senators of Davis & Elkins College. During her final state track meet, which was in Class A for the Rebels this spring, Kirk established a ...

Beverly/Lowell catcher Logan Isner gets ready to tag Tuscarawas’s Seth Johnson out at the plate during first-game action at Fort Frye Sunday afternoon. Photo by Ron Johnston.

BevLow to play in South Carolina this weekend

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BEVERLY — Beverly/Lowell Post 389/750 will be seeking a taste of both the Atlantic Ocean and victory this weekend. With bags and equipment packed, the B/L American Legion baseball team headed southeast to Sumter and Florence, S.C., today (Wednesday) to compete in the sixth annual Palmetto ...

Members of the Mid-Ohio Valley Tennis Association’s Ohio Valley Cup team celebrate after winning the small city division of the event Sunday at Parkersburg’s City Park. Pictured in the front row from left to right: Lucy Holland, Alli Barber, Katie Athey, Ashley Casto, Bairavi Sundaram; in the back row (L to R): Eric Carney, Ethan Weaver, Shayan Ghodsi, Nash Morris, and Andrew Gnegy.  Photo by Joe Albright.

MOV team wins Ohio Valley Cup

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PARKERSBURG — A highly successful youth tennis season in the Mid-Ohio Valley added another notch to the belt after play concluded at the Ohio Valley Cup Sunday afternoon at City Park. A team consisting of local players and coached by Parkersburg South assistant coach Lucy Holland captured ...

Parkersburg Post 15’s Wade Garrett pitches during an American Legion baseball game Saturday against Athens Post 21. Photo by Steve Hemmelgarn.

Post 15 pitchers, bats key sweep

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THE PLAINS — Wade Garrett twirled a three-hitter on a sultry afternoon and Parkersburg Post 15 scored in all but two innings here Saturday to post a 9-1 American Legion baseball victory over host Athens Post 21 in the first game of a doubleheader at Athens High School. The contest, though, ...

Cincinnati Reds clinic kicks off

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VIENNA — The 24th Annual Cincinnati Reds Legends Baseball Clinic is set to kick off Monday morning at a brand new location but with some very familiar faces. Former Cincinnati Reds players Leo “Chico” Cardenas, Ron Oester, Todd Benzinger, Scott Willamson, Herm Winningham and Stephen ...