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Ravenswood drops regional championship contest

BUFFALO — Buffalo was able to force a third game in the Class A Region IV championship series by rallying from an early deficit to beat Ravenswood 7-4 on Friday. The two teams will meet one last time in Ravenswood at 2 p.m. Saturday to decide who will represent the region at the state ...

Wheeling Central claimed its second straight state softball title and 11th overall Thursday at Jackson Park in Vienna. Photo by Joe Albright.

Wheeling Central ­claims 2nd straight title

VIENNA — With a three-run lead and a second straight championship within their grasp, Wheeling Central went to its “closer.” Arguably the best pitcher in Class A, Riley Bennington hasn’t been able to pitch much this season because of an injury. When she told the team she was good to ...

Ripley’s Anthony Jarvis calls for a timeout prior to a pitch against Parkersburg South in sectional baseball action earlier this month. The Vikings and fellow area programs Ravenswood and Tyler Consolidated begin their quest of making the state baseball tournament this evening in the new best-of-three regional format. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Area baseball teams seek out state berths

PARKERSBURG — Three Mid-Ohio Valley programs are still alive with their eye set on making the state baseball tournament at Appalachian Power Park. Beginning today throughout the Mountain State, game one of the best-of-three regional series will get underway as Ripley, Ravenswood and Tyler ...

This week in MOV athletics

West Virginia High School softball and baseball grab the spotlight for the last three weeks of the 2016-17 scholastic sports calendar. Vienna plays host to the state softball tournament Wednesday and Thursday. Unfortunately, no Mid-Ohio Valley teams qualified for the event. Williamstown came ...

The boys from St. Marys High School won the Class A state championship on Saturday at the University of Charleston Stadium. It was the first title for the Blue Devils since they won it all back in 1982 in the Class AA/A division. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

St. Marys gets redemption over Yellowjackets

CHARLESTON — Sweet, sweet redemption for St. Marys. The Blue Devils out-pointed Williamstown 105-99 to claim the Class A state track championship Saturday at University of Charleston Stadium. St. Marys went into the final event of the meet with a 95-93 lead, with the Yellowjackets right ...

Ripley’s Allison Fields posted a winning time of 25.68 in the Class AAA 200 to edge out Morgantown’s Jahmia Bridges-Butler’s runner-up effort of 25.81.

Vikings make school history at state track meet

PARKERSBURG — Here Saturday at the state track and field meet inside the University of Charleston Stadium, the Ripley girls nearly brought home a Class AAA championship back to Jackson County while Roane County senior Josie Raines went out with a bang for the Raiders. The Vikings of head ...

Roane County’s Haden Coon clears the bar during Class AA state pole vault action Saturday at University of Charleston Stadium. Coon finished with a top mark of 13 feet, 6 inches to become a state champion. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

PHS boys take third at state meet

CHARLESTON — Haden Coon was pretty confident he could hold his own in Saturday’s Class AA state pole vault finals, but the Roane County junior didn’t want to get too far ahead of himself. “Kind of, then kind of not at the same time,” Coon said of whether he expected to win a a state ...

Parkersburg High’s Hannah Carroll prepares to shoot during a regular-season game earlier this year. Carroll, a senior, committed to Muskingum College to continue her academic basketball career.

Big Reds’ Carroll inks with Muskingum

PARKERSBURG — Playing collegiate basketball never left Parkersburg High senior Hannah Carroll’s mind during her journey to find the best-fitting next-step educational institution. The only thing left for the Big Red senior to decide on was whether or not she would travel several hours ...

Catholic’s Collins chooses Concord

PARKERSBURG — A.J. Collins may be only 5-foot-7, but the Parkersburg Catholic High School point guard is headed to NCAA Division II Concord University in Athens, W.Va. to play basketball in college for the Mountain Lions. Collins became a mainstay for head coach Rob Strcula’s Crusader ...

The Doddridge County girls track team were runners-up at the West Virginia State track tournament Saturday in Charleston. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Doddridge girls come up short at state meet

CHARLESTON — Going into the Class A girls state track and field meet, everyone knew it was going to be a tight race. When the last event of the season — the 4x400 — finally ended early Saturday evening inside the University of Charleston Stadium, it was Wheeling Central which took gold ...

Photo by Jay W. Bennett
Parkersburg High defensive coordinator Mike Dawson talks to defensive back Ethan Airhart during a preseason practice. Dawson is one of eight who have applied for the vacant PHS football head coaching position.

Eight apply to be next Parkersburg High football coach

PARKERSBURG — Eight applicants showed interest in the vacant Parkersburg High School football head coaching job earlier this week. The complete list was presented to The Parkersburg News and Sentinel courtesy of the Wood County Board of Education’s Director of Personnel Sean Francisco ...

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Parkersburg High swimmer Nathan Burd, flanked by his parents Leone (Ohnoutka) Burd (left) and Charlie Burd (right), signs on the dotted line Wednesday to swim for West Virginia University the next four years inside PHS Memorial Fieldhouse.

Big Red swimmer Nathan Burd chooses Mountaineers

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia University’s Natatorium has been a second aquatic home for Parkersburg High swimmer Nathan Burd when he isn’t in his home pool at the YMCA the past four seasons. The Big Red senior made four trips to the high school state tournament in Morgantown and swam ...

Little decided after first day of West Virginia High School state track meet

CHARLESTON — Mother Nature didn’t rear her ugly head here Friday during the opening day of the West Virginia state track and field meet at the University of Charleston Stadium and the Mid-Ohio Valley had plenty of early success. Defending Class A state girls champion Magnolia held a 32-23 ...

St. Marys boys’ track and field team captures state title on final event

CHARLESTON -- One year after a heartbreaking state championship snatch-away win by Williamstown in the final event at the West Virginia Class A state track tournament, the St. Marys' boys made sure the Yellowjackets didn't steal their thunder this season. The Blue Devils' 4x400 team of Will ...

Photo by Jay W. Bennett
Ripley High School’s Ridge Dalrymple is expected to compete for Class AAA high-point scoring honors at the state track meet, which begins this afternoon at the University of Charleston Stadium.

Ready for AAA meet

PARKERSBURG — While Parkersburg High is striving to finish in the Class AAA top-five team standings in both boys and girls at the state track meet at Laidley Field today and Saturday, Parkersburg South too will be contending at state to see how well the Patriots can fare against the Mountain ...

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Williamstown’s Tim Wickham competes in a hurdles event during the Marietta Night Relays earlier this season at Don Drumm Stadium.

’Jackets senior places emphasis on team

WILLIAMSTOWN — After Saturday, Tim Wickham realizes he will never compete for Williamstown High School ever again. While it could be a sad day as it sinks in that it’s over, the senior is taking a rather pragmatic approach. “I won’t be sad because I’ll know I did my best and ...