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This week in MOV athletics

Three huge baseball games and a giant softball game highlight the upcoming seven days in the Mid-Ohio Valley Prep Sports’ scene. Fans will have to wait out the week to get to the biggest baseball game at 7:30 p.m. Friday night at Wheeling’s I-470 stadium. Top-seeded Wheeling Park and ...

Rewind The Clock

Time goes by and doesn’t stop for anyone. It’s hard to believe how horrid this spring has been, but everyone on the local sports scene just has to push on and hope for warmer and drier days ahead. I’m unsure if anyone reading this ever has watched the 2016 movie titled “Bleed for ...

This week in MOV athletics

Predictions of rain mixed with sun make for another on-again, off-again week in the world of local high school sports. Sectional tournament time quickly approaches as does league title competition. Speaking of sectionals, keep an eye on the Parkersburg South baseball team. The Patriots ...

Big Reds’ Ian Domenick just felt like running

Ian Domenick without a doubt stands as one of the most talented cross country and long-distance track performers to ever come out of Parkersburg High School. The Big Reds senior possesses an edge in competition you can’t help but admire. PHS head track coach Rod O’Donnell called him ...

This week in MOV athletics

Mother Nature hasn’t been the most cooperative so far this spring sports season, but the prep campaign powers on regardless of delays and cancellations. PHS and South baseball try again for the first meeting of the season at 7 p.m. today after the Patriots field wasn’t ready last week. ...

Buckeyes fill holes in spring

With Ohio State already two-thirds of the way through spring football practice, there are still holes to fill for the upcoming season as there usually are yet in the spring. Of course, the No. 1 question on offense is who will take over at quarterback for J.T. Barrett, with apparently just ...

This week in MOV athletics

The completion of the spring tab means a return to a somewhat normal schedule for yours’ truly. In additon, I can finally turn my full attention to the spring athletic slate which means I once again bring you the sporting events to keep an eye on in the area. Several local baseball ...

Pride of the Devil

One of the best things about working in sports are the relationships one builds over time. That goes for myself personally, but also for a plethora of coaches. In the case of veteran Ravenswood head boys basketball coach Mick Price, things are definitely going to be different next ...

Waterford’s Kenzie Dietz leads Washington County in state tourney trips

After this week, Waterford High senior Kenzie Dietz is expected to exchange her basketball shoes for a pair of golf ones. Y’see, the 18-year Dietz is a pretty fair country golfer and a member of three state tournament Wildcat teams in the fall. Add that to her four consecutive state hoops ...

Crusader tennis player Nash Morris not resting on his laurels

Any person who was around Parkersburg Catholic No. 1 singles’ tennis player Nash Morris after his Class AA/A state finals matchup against Ravenswood’s Maximus Hilton could see the jubilation on his face. Charleston Catholic’s Andrew Jones wasn’t going to take anything away from Nash ...

Big Reds’ Aleea Crites raised up her game

Expectation-changing freshmen classes don’t come along very often for high school sports programs. Talented incoming groups can be broken up before they collectively step foot on campus by a number of factors from transfers, injuries or sometimes parents. Parkersburg High School girls’ ...

Madeline Huffman makes PC go, go, go!

Sports teams are a lot like sports cars. Each requires a number of pieces working in combination with each other to work toward one goal .... Moving. However, if you don’t have a strong engine you aren’t going anywhere. Parkersburg Catholic’s girls’ basketball team has about as ...

Wirt County’s Hunter Moore got his

Wirt County captured the first Class A state wrestling championship last winter. This past weekend, the Tigers finished as the state runner-up to Madonna, but head coach Danny Life watched 170-pound senior Hunter Moore capture a thrilling 3-2 triple-overtime decision against Nitro’s Vinny ...

’Jackets’ Wager a total leader

Williamstown girls’ basketball coach Fred Sauro knew last spring he was only going to have one senior on the 2017-18 version of his Yellowjackets team. Bethany Wager was going to be asked to do a lot to help a young team trying to find its way after losing six seniors from last year’s ...

South mat not going anywhere

I suppose one could use a plethora of words to describe Parkersburg South’s state mat performance this past weekend in Huntington, but pure utter dominance comes to my mind first. Of course, in order to achieve goals and break school and state records, a lot of work has to take place behind ...

This week in MOV athletics

Basketball now takes center stage for the rest of the winter sports campaign after the completion of a fairly smooth state wrestling tournament Saturday in Huntington. Mountain State hoops fans will have a complete picture of who is playing in the girls’ state tournament and what the ...

A special day for the Patriots’ wrestling team

Parkersburg High School casts a towering, sometimes inescapable shadow over the other schools in the area, especially when it comes to sports. The School of Champions isn’t just a nickname, it is a way of life all Big Reds take pride in. PHS teams have accumulated enough state championships ...

Yellowjackets’ Bethany Arnold is a glass cleaner

Hanging on one of the walls inside Williamstown High School’s gymnasium is a banner with a single name printed on the material. Though hundreds of girls have passed through the Yellowjackets’ girls basketball program, Molly Kiger remains the only player to collect 1,000 career rebounds. ...

Big Reds’ Stephen Carder fine being top dog

Stephen Carder wasn’t favored to a win a state title last year, but things are different this time around. The Parkersburg Big Red 145-pound grappler enters his final state wrestling tournament with a target on his back. That’s quite all right with him. “Honestly, it makes me feel ...

This week in MOV athletics

Two teams and one motivated individual have chances at history when the W.Va. State Wrestling Championships kick off Thursday inside Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington. Parkersburg South’s grappling team can complete a four-peat as the team title winner. I say “can” but it is ...