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Every year I have worked on the football tab (three years now), I have learned something new about completing one of our most important sports sections. My first year in charge of filling in the pages taught me photos can be your best friend for blank space. Next season, I learned how ...

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Belpre’s Hannah McDaniel (5) spikes the ball during a high school volleyball match against Fort Frye Monday in Beverly.

Belpre netters fall to Fort Frye

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BEVERLY — The start of the 2017 season could not have gone much better for the Fort Frye volleyball team. The Cadets entertained Belpre Monday evening and came away with a three-set sweep by scores of 25-10, 25-9 and 25-13. “It’s always good to start the season with a win,” said ...

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One of the Tiny Trot races gets underway Sunday at PHS Stadium Field.

Local children show off speed at PHS Stadium Field

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PARKERSBURG — Chase Anderson had to rally to win his race at Stadium Field on Sunday . Early on in the age 10-11 junior boys’ race, the 11-year-old Edison Middle School runner trailed Carter Mclain, but at the finish, he had a kick, surged, and won. Mclain placed third, while Brody ...

JT Kemp amped for senior year

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Less than a week away from the start of the prep gridiron season, Ripley’s JT Kemp is more than a little anxious. The Parkersburg South transfer, who arrived in Jackson County this past December, already has paid dividends for the Vikings. During baseball season, he played first base and ...

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Marietta High’s Lexie Mullen (27) races Warren’s Sommer Saboley for the ball during a high school girls soccer match Saturday at Jerry Brock Field in Devola, Ohio. Marietta won, 2-0.

Marietta girls blank Warren, 2-0, in opener

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VINCENT — Piper Halliday will no doubt always have fond memories of her very first Marietta High varsity soccer match. The freshman midfielder’s second-half goal snapped a scoreless tie and helped the visiting Tigers blank arch-rival Warren High, 2-0, in season-opening girls’ pitch ...

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Julius Kogo breaks the tape during the 31st running of The News and Sentinel Half Marathon Saturday in Parkersburg. Kogo won his seventh race in eight years with a winning time of 1:03.09.

Lucky Number Seven

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PARKERSBURG — Three and a half months ago, Kenyan Julius Kogo was beaten by one second in the Pittsburgh Half Marathon by fellow countryman Cyrus Korir. Going into Saturday’s 31st running of The News and Sentinel Half Marathon, many felt it would be a two-man race. As it turned out, ...

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Matt Liano was the first American to cross the finish line during Saturday’s race.

Ex-Richmond Spider Matt Liano is top American

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PARKERSBURG — Seventh overall, 29-year-old Matt Liano of Flagstaff, Arizona was more than stoked to earn $1,000 for finishing as the top American male in the 31st running of The News and Sentinel Half Marathon on Saturday morning. “Yeah, it definitely helps offset the costs and I’ll go ...

Sarah Pease had the honor of being the first American female across the finish line during the 13.1-mile running portion of the race. 
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Indiana’s Sarah Pease leads U.S. women across the finish line

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PARKERSBURG — Hailing from Elizabeth, Indiana, Sarah Pease claimed first place among U.S. female runners at her first Parkersburg News and Sentinel Half Marathon race Saturday. The 29-year-old Pease dithered between groups as she trekked the challenging 13-mile course across Parkersburg, a ...

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Kent State runner and Warren graduate Sam Goodman broke the tape in the male’s 2-mile run for the third year in a row. He ran the course in 9:49, his first sub-10 minute time in the even, almost 40 seconds better than his closest competitor.

Sam Goodman wins third straight two-miler

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PARKERSBURG — Sam Goodman looked like he was on cruise control. Racing toward the finish line on Market Street, the Kent State runner threw up his arms in triumph - the next closest competitor nearly 20 seconds behind. Goodman crossed the finish line in 9:49 for his third consecutive ...

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Susie Fullerton prepares to cross the finish line after leading all women in the two-mile walk competition.

Susie Fullerton wins women’s walk on her first try

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PARKERSBURG — A first try here Saturday morning turned into a women’s race walk win for Susie Fullerton in the Parkersburg News and Sentinel Half Marathon. “I just decided Wednesday to register, come down and race here,” said Fullerton. “I’m from Wheeling, so I do the Ogden ...

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Half Marathon walker David Torbett celebrates while breaking the tape in the News and Sentinel Half Marathon walk race.

David Torbett wins men’s walk again

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PARKERSBURG — Twice in a row. That’s what David Torbett, a professor at Marietta College, accomplished Saturday morning, taking home the Parkersburg News and Sentinel Half Marathon men’s race walk title on a mostly cloudy, but humid day. Torbett, 52, covered the 13.1-mile course in ...

Parkersburg South senior captains Bradley Stump, left, and Ethan Nedeff return as the catalysts on the pitch for the Patriots of second-year head coach Eric Stump Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

South soccer opens today

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PARKERSBURG — Simply put, everyone associated with the Parkersburg South boys soccer program has put last year behind them. Eric Stump, now in year two at the helm of the Patriots, is expecting a lot more than three victories this season. “Opening day we had 14 players, which for an 11 ...

Participants of the half marathon enjoy pasta at the St. Xavier Parish Center Friday evening before this morning’s race. Photo by Steve Hemmelgarn.

Pre-Half Marathon pasta dinner at St. Xavier always a success

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PARKERSBURG — As always, the pre-race pasta dinner Friday evening is one of the first hospitalities afforded the participants in today’s annual Parkersburg News and Sentinel Half Marathon. And again as usual, the food was hot and good, as the runners and their families or friends, ate and ...

Parkersburg South's Samantha Martin, right, dribbles by Parkersburg High's Jordan Balog, left, during girls soccer action Friday night at the Erickson All-Sports Facility. South won 5-1. Photo by Ron Johnston.

South drills PHS, 5-1, on the pitch

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PARKERSBURG — Jordan Huffman had to be assisted off the pitch with about 15 minutes left in the match. But the Parkersburg South junior was all smiles at the end after scoring two goals to help the Patriots defeat crosstown rival PHS, 5-1, in a season-opening soccer match Friday night at ...

The Parkersburg high school girls soccer team opens its season at 7:30 p.m. today against rival Parkersburg South at the Erickson All-Sports Facility. Photo by Joe Albright.

PHS girls soccer seeks improvement

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PARKERSBURG — Last season was Eric McCoy’s first year with the Parkersburg High School girls soccer team — and as head coach — after coming over from Don Fosselman’s staff with the Big Red boys. McCoy’s second PHS girls squad opens its 2017 season at 7:30 p.m. today versus city ...

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Williamstown goalkeeper Joseph James goes through a drill during a practice session Tuesday in Williamstown.

’Jackets soccer in rebuild mode

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WILLIAMSTOWN — Williamstown High will be featuring a junior-oriented boys’ soccer team on the pitch this upcoming season. Last fall, the Yellowjacket booters had 10 seniors on the roster, and of course they all graduated this past spring. “We have no seniors on the roster this ...

South girls soccer ready for next step

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PARKERSBURG — The 2017 version of the Parkersburg South girls soccer team has the same goal as the year before — reach the Class AAA state tournament in Beckley. Head coach Ron Bucholtz’ Patriots nearly did just that last fall, but came up short in the regional to Cabell Midland and ...