Parkersburg South’s Ian Irizarry, top, and Parkersburg’s Hunter Ackerman will begin their run in the Class AAA 113-pound weight class starting tonight at the West Virginia state wrestling tournament held inside Huntington’s Big Sandy Superstore Arena. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Locals ready for AAA mat

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PARKERSBURG — When the state wrestling tournament in Huntington gets underway this evening, the 32 area grapplers who qualified through last Saturday’s Class AAA, Region IV gauntlet will be out to give it their all on the mats. The one certainty about this year’s state tournament is ...

Wrestling not getting any easier

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One thing which always holds true in the sport of wrestling is there really aren’t any shortcuts to success. Barring a rare egregious call by a referee, when the match is over the wrestler knows the effort they’ve put forth and they have to live with the result attained. Just like in ...

Parkersburg South’s Makenna Winans plans her next move against Ripley’s Maggy Criser Wednesday during the Patriots’ 48-45 Class AAA, Region IV, Section 1 sectional semifinal win over the Vikings. Photo by Joe Albright.

South holds on, defeats Ripley

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PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg South’s Allie Taylor and Makenna Winans stepped up when head coach Ed Davis needed them the most and helped keep the Patriots’ season alive in a 48-45 win over Ripley in the Region IV, Section 1 semifinal Wednesday night at the Rod Oldham Athletic Center. ...

Williamstown’s Josh Folwell, right, looks to pass as Calhoun County’s Hayden Richards defends during a high school boys basketball game Wednesday night. Photo by Steve Hemmelgarn.

’Jackets cruise past Red Devil boys, 60-39

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WILLIAMSTOWN — A 22-4 run in the first half for host Williamstown propelled it into a 27-9 lead and the Yellowjackets never looked back in registering a 60-39 regular season-ending boys basketball win over Calhoun County Wednesday night. Both teams will now play in the same sectional ...

Belpre’s Mythius Houghton (21) makes a move with the ball as South Gallia’s Caleb Henry looks on during a sectional semifinal boys basketball game Wednesday night in Pomeroy, Ohio. Photo by Ron Johnston.

Golden Eagles advance past South Gallia

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POMEROY, Ohio — Chad Williams tweaked Belpre High’s line-up a little bit. The third-year BHS boys’ basketball coach inserted 6-foot-4 sophomore Jerimiah Stitt into the starting five and the move paid off dividends as the Golden Eagles defeated South Gallia, 59-45, in a Division IV ...

Wednesday’s high school basketball roundup

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BOYS BASKETBALL Ravenswood 92, Magnolia 56 RAVENSWOOD — Third-ranked Class A Ravenswood finished off a 20-2 regular season on Wednesday night by blowing out visiting Magnolia, 92-56. Tyler Williamson canned seven 3s en route to a game-high 33 points, but it wasn’t nearly enough for ...

Wirt County’s Aaron Life, right, controls Nathan Warden of Independence during the 160-pound finals earlier this season at the Bob Zide Rumble. Life and his teammates are hoping to lead the Tigers to the Class A state title this weekend at Huntington’s Big Sandy Superstore Arena. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Wirt eyes Single-A mat title

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ELIZABETH — While nearly four dozen grapplers from the Mid-Ohio Valley will be competing at this week’s Class AA/A West Virginia state wrestling championships which begin Thursday evening inside Huntington’s Big Sandy Superstore Arena, it appears only one area squad has a chance to bring ...

Williamstown’s Brooke Stewart concentrates while trying to get a shot off surrounded by Calhoun County player’s during the Yellowjackets’ 96-51 win over the Red Devils Tuesday. Photo by Joe Albright.

Williamstown girls down Devils, cruise into sectional final, 96-51

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WILLIAMSTOWN — Williamstown came up four points short of cracking triple-digits, four Yellowjackets threw up double-digit point totals, and the maroon and gold cruised to a 96-51 win over Calhoun County Tuesday night to advance to the Class A, Region IV sectional final. Ashley Morris and ...

Ravenswood’s Claudia Cubides drives past Parkersburg Catholic’s Madeline Huffman during a high school basketball game Tuesday in Parkersburg. Photo by Steve Hemmelgarn.

Ravenswood Devils dance past Crusaderettes, 46-43

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PARKERSBURG — Ravenswood belied the old axiom, third time’s the charm, Tuesday night as the visiting Red Devilettes clipped Parkersburg Catholic 46-43 in the semifinals of the Class A Region IV, Section 1 girls basketball tournament, keyed mightily by 6-0 junior center Ali Westenhaver’s ...

Tuesday’s high school basketball roundup with stats

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BOYS BASKETBALL Parkersburg South 77, George Washington 76 CHARLESTON — Cole Plants stole a halfcourt inbound pass with 4.4 seconds to play and made his first foul shot with 1.2 ticks remaining as Parkersburg South stunned No. 3 George Washington here Tuesday evening, 77-76. After ...

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Parkersburg’s Easton Martin works against Mussleman’s Latrell Warr during the Applemen’s 57-56 win over the Big Reds Monday night inside PHS Memorial Fieldhouse.

Big Reds drop tough game to Musselman on Senior Night, 57-56

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PARKERSBURG — Eight seniors were honored in a pre-game ceremony before a top-10 matchup between No. 10 Parkersburg and No. 7 Musselman Monday night inside PHS Memorial Fieldhouse. Unfortunately for the honorees, the visiting Applemen were able to hang on and spoil Senior Night with a 57-56 ...

WVU topples Texas

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — After West Virginia coach Bob Huggins dropped to his knees and clutched his chest in a scary moment shortly before halftime, Jevon Carter finished with 24 points to lead the 12th-ranked Mountaineers to a 77-62 win over Texas on Monday night. Lamont West had a ...

This week in MOV sports

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One of my favorite times of the year is finally upon us for the Mid-Ohio Valley prep sports scene with the beginning of postseason play upon us. High school swim teams from around the Mountain State battled for the first of five state titles available from a full season of winter ...

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Parkersburg South 195-pounder Justin Allman, left, scored a 3-0 decision against Spring Valley’s Cody Stanley during Saturday’s Class AAA, Region IV tournament at the Rod Oldham Athletic Center. Allman became just the third Patriot to capture four regional crowns.

South wrestlers looking to three-peat in Huntington

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PARKERSBURG — The journey for Parkersburg South to win a third straight state title took a solid step in the right direction here Saturday inside the Rod Oldham Athletic Center as head coach Shaun Smith’s Patriots dominated the Class AAA, Region IV championships and qualified a dozen ...

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Ravenswood's Lakin Tucker (25) looks to pass as Gilmer County's Lukas Sirbaugh (32) defends during the Little Kanawha Conference Night of Champions final Saturday at the Waco Center in Glenville. Ravenswood won, 69-59.

Ravenswood boys capture Little Kanawha Conference championship

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GLENVILLE — If there’s a better basketball player in the Little Kanawha Conference than Ravenswood’s Riley Heatherington, Red Devils head coach Mick Price has yet to see it. Heatherington posted game-highs of 25 points and 14 rebounds in a 69-59 win over Gilmer County Saturday in the ...

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Belpre’s Kyna Waderker and Southern’s Faith Teaford look to collect a rebound during the Golden Eagles’ 42-34 win over the Tornadoes Saturday.

Belpre girls claim second straight sectional championship

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POMEROY, Ohio — It wasn’t a technical masterpiece, but Belpre downed Southern 42-34 to capture a second straight Division IV girls basketball sectional tournament championship Saturday afternoon at Meigs High School. There were just 19 baskets total, 13 by the winning Golden Eagles and six ...

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Warren’s Katie Rauch celebrates after the Warriors defeated Fairfield Union 52-42 Saturday to win an Ohio Division II sectional title.

Warren girls claim second straight sectional crown

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LOGAN, Ohio — Warren saved it’s very best for last in its Division II sectional final against Fairfield Union Saturday inside the Jim Myers Gymnasium at Logan High School. The Warriors entered the final period leading the Falcons by a single point, before dominating the final eight ...

Pioneer men claim regular-season OAC title in win

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MARIETTA — Jack Thome felt right at home. The 6-foot-6 senior post players scored a career-high 25 points as nationally ninth-ranked Marietta College downed Ohio Northern University, 100-85, to claim its third consecutive Ohio Athletic Conference regular-season men’s basketball ...

WVU’s Macon sizzles

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MORGANTOWN — After sustaining its third overtime loss of the season at No. 3 Kansas on Monday, Bob Huggins’ No. 13 West Virginia Mountaineers began the tough road to “Macon” it’s way back into the Big 12 race with a hard fought, 83-74, win over Texas Tech Saturday at the ...