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Parkersburg’s Matt Runyon narrowly escaped a ball to the head which was deflected by George Washington’s Chance Anderson during Thursday night’s showdown at Stadium Field. The top-ranked and Class AAA defending state champion Patriots were upended by the host and sixth-ranked Big Reds, 2-1, which snapped a 38-match unbeaten streak for GWHS.

Big reds tackle unbeaten GW

PARKERSBURG — Big Red keeper Jacob McKnight lost his shutout bid following a Solomon Clark penalty kick in the 80th minute here Thursday evening at Stadium Field, but it wasn’t enough for defending Class AAA state champion and top-ranked George Washington as host Parkersburg dealt the ...

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South’s Jessie Life (left) fights for control of the ball against University’s Kara Lobban during the Hawks’ 4-0 win over the Patriots Thursday.

Patriot girls fall to Hawks

PARKERSBURG — Defending Class AAA state champion University tallied a goal in the last minute of the first half and another 2:30 into the second half to break open a close scoreless girls soccer game and the Hawks went on to post a 4-0 win over host Parkersburg South Thursday night at the ...

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Marietta wide receiver Tanner Stack turns up field, while pursued by St. Marys’ Anthony Wince during the teams’ Week 4 matchup. Stack and company face Parkersburg High School at 7:30 p.m. tonight at PHS Stadium Field.

Home cooking for Wood County teams in Week 5

PARKERSBURG — Football fans of six different teams take over Wood County tonight as three local squads have home games. Parkersburg High (1-2) and Marietta (3-1) meet for the 114th time at 7:30 p.m. this evening on the turf inside PHS Stadium Field. Both the Tigers and Big Reds enter the ...

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Parkersburg South's Ben Haught controls the ball during Thursday's match at Brooke Memorial Stadium.

Patriot boys win

WELLSBURG—The opportunities were there for Brooke but the goals weren’t on Thursday evening at Brooke Memorial Stadium. The Bruins delivered 23 shots in the match but came away empty handed every time as Parkersburg South earned a narrow 1-0 road victory. Seniors Konner Govey and Gage ...

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Marietta High’s Ryan Mannix (12) watches as Athens’ Bradley Ridpath (14) makes a move with the ball during a high school boys soccer match Thursday evening at Jerry Brock Field in Devola, Ohio. Marietta won, 4-1.

Marietta’s Jake Craven a nightmare for Athens

DEVOLA, Ohio — Jake Craven was all over the pitch for Marietta High Thursday evening. Craven had a goal and two assists, one on a corner kick and the other on an impressive cross, to lead the Tigers (6-2-1) to a 4-1 win against visiting Athens at Jerry Brock Field. MHS fell into a 1-0 hole ...

Marietta College’s Noah Laliberty (20) and Alex Gruss (29) defend as Bethany College’s Baboucar Sallah-Mohammed (14) tries to make a move with the ball. MC won 1-0 in 2 overtime  Photo by Ron Johnston.

Pioneer men win in double OT

MARIETTA — Andy Rolfes got the golden goal. With less than 50 seconds remaining in the second overtime period, the Marietta College junior winger tucked a point-blank shot just inside the right post as the Pioneers beat visiting Bethany (W.Va.) College, 1-0, in non-conference men’s soccer ...

Heading into fall

It’s hard to believe summer is almost over and October is right around the corner. Football Friday night this week marks the beginning of fall, which means golf season is quickly winding down. In fact, all of our Mid-Ohio Valley golf programs will be in action on Monday with hopes of ...

Week 4 Mid-Ohio Valley Prep Football Statistical Leaders

RUSHING Player, School Att Yds Avg TD Nick Miller, Shen. 86 825 9.6 13 Hunter Partridge, Mag. 86 630 7.3 6 Jaiden Smith, SM 38 609 16.0 10 Braden Bellville, Wford 76 594 7.8 8 Dominic Vanfossen, Mtty 80 582 7.3 7 JT Kemp, Ripley 70 443 6.3 8 Tyler Fisher, F. Frye 48 429 8.9 ...

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Brady Gorrell of St. Marys, left, and Parkersburg’s Madison Trippett, right, eye the finish line during Tuesday’s Mid-Ohio Valley Challenge in Mineral Wells. The Blue Devil Gorrell finished in 16:35 to top the field and the Big Red Trippett posted a winning effort of 18:58.

PHS teams sweep Mid-Ohio Valley Cross Country Challenge

MINERAL WELLS — Parkersburg High School swept the cross country team titles here Tuesday evening at the Mid-Ohio Valley Challenge as Big Red Madison Trippett won the girls race and Brady Gorrell of St. Marys topped the boys field. Trippett’s time of 18 minutes and 58 seconds bested ...

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Parkersburg High’s Alexa Kotarski (23) battles for the ball with a Capital player Tuesday night at Stadium Field during a girls soccer game. The host Big Reds won, 3-1

PHS girl booters grab victory over Capital

PARKERSBURG — Freshman forward Madison Spears was instrumental in all three Parkersburg High goals Tuesday night as the Big Red girls posted a 3-1 soccer victory over visiting Capital at Stadium Field. For PHS, now 5-5-1 after winning five of its last eight outings, Spears assisted on one ...

Waterford’s Allex Teters (6) hits the ball as Fort Frye’s Kasey Buchanan (31) and Maddie Webb (2) try to block it during a high school volleyball match Tuesday at Harry Cooper Gym. 
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Wildcat netters down Cadets

WATERFORD — As one can expect with any competition between Fort Frye and Waterford, Tuesday’s volleyball match was full of twists and turns. In the end, it was the Wildcats who prevailed in a five-set thriller over the Cadets. Waterford took the first set, 25-20, dropped the next two 25-20 ...

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Warren’s Joel Chevalier handles the ball during a high school boys soccer match against Marietta Tuesday in Vincent.

Warren blanks Marietta

VINCENT — Ethan Yost had a highlight film goal. The Warren senior striker angled a difficut, left-side, direct kick just inside the far right post to help the Warriors blank visiting Marietta High, 4-0, in boys soccer action Tuesday night. “I heard the coach (Ekrem Eksi) yelling me to ...

PHS girls grab victory over Capital

PARKERSBURG — Freshman forward Madison Spears was instrumental in all three Parkersburg High goals Tuesday night as the Big Red girls posted a 3-1 soccer victory over visiting Capital at Stadium Field. For PHS, now 5-5-1 after winning five of its last eight outings, Spears assisted on one ...

Parkersburg Catholic’s Brice Ferrell putts during the Little Kanawha Conference Championships Monday at the Golf Club of West Virginia. Ferrell carded a 76 to earn LKC Player of the Year honors. Photo by Jordan Holland.

Ravenswood takes the LKC title

WAVERLY — Three players scored below 80 for Ravenswood as the Red Devils cruised to Monday’s Little Kanawha Conference Championship at the Golf Club of West Virginia. As a team Ravenswood scored a 316, 26 strokes ahead of second place Parkersburg Catholic (342). Though the team title was ...

Parkersburg Catholic’s Olivia Ullman serves during a high school volleyball game Monday at the Sutton Gym in Marietta. Photo by Ron Johnston.

Marietta defeats Catholic, Williamstown in tri-match

MARIETTA — Marietta High owned the whiphand in a volleyball tri-match at Sutton Gym Monday night. After sweeping Williamstown High, 25-9 and 25-11, the Tigers did the same to Parkersburg Catholic High, 25-14 and 25-18. "Our girls are getting better," said MHS coach Ron Kidder, whose ...

Week 4 prep grid takeaways

The emergence of a legitimate Class A Kennedy Award candidate, two AA schools on win streaks, and three down-to-the wire finishes highlight last week in high school football. St. Marys and Marietta (Ohio) kicked off the gridiron action last week on Thursday. The reigning Class AA champions ...

West Virginia wide receiver Gary Jennings (12) catches a touchdown pass as Delaware State defensive back Keyjuan Selby (20) defends during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson)

WVU shows good, bad and ugly in 59-16 win over Delaware State

MORGANTOWN — Even Clint Eastwood would have to admit that Saturday’s 59-16 victory over MEAC member Delaware State had some good, some bad and a lot of ugly. “There’s some challenges (to playing a Delaware State),” veteran WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen admitted following the game. ...

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Parkersburg South’s Ellie Foggin and Hurricane’s Abigail Fowler fight for the ball during Saturday morning’s match inside the Erickson All-Sports Facility. The Redskins defeated the host Patriots, 1-0.

South girls fall to Redskins

PARKERSBURG — Sophia Miller played stellar between the pipes for Parkersburg South here Saturday morning at the Erickson All-Sports Facility, but the host Patriots had a defensive lapse and couldn’t muster any offense as Hurricane left town with its third straight win following a 1-0 ...

Marietta College falls to Mount Union, 69-3

MARIETTA — Marietta College had a rough, tough game against the No. 2 team in NCAA Division III football. The Pioneers (1-1 overall, 0-1 OAC) committed six turnovers in their Ohio Athletic Conference opener versus the University of Mount Union (2-0, 1-0), and as a result suffered a 69-3 ...

Larry Butcher/For The Herald-Dispatch Parkersburg's Jake Johnson (10) finds a running lane against Huntington during a West Virginia high school football game Friday, Setp. 15, 2017 at Bob Sang Field, at Huntington High School.

PHS falls to Huntington

HUNTINGTON — If just looking at Huntington High’s football game Friday night, there would be plenty of reasons for Highlanders head coach Billy Seals to be happy. The Highlanders had two rushers with more than 160 yards each and a quarterback that threw for 210 yards. And defensively, the ...