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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

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

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

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

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 ...

Photo by Joe Albright 
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

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 ...

Marietta College in Ohio Athletic Conference tourney doubleheader tonight

Marietta College is the place to be tonight for local basketball fans. The Pioneers, both the men’s and women’s teams, open up Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament action at 6 p.m. at Ban Johnson Arena. The women entertain Capital at 6 followed by the men taking on Heidelberg at 8. Both ...

WVU topples Texas

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 ...

Photos by Jay W. Bennett
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

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

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 ...

Photo by Steve Hemmelgarn
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

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

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

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

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 ...

High School Basketball Roundup

GIRLS BASKETBALL Mountain State Athletic Conference Championship Game Huntington 67, Parkersburg 61 SOUTH CHARLESTON - A 14-8 Huntington advantage in the second quarter proved to be the difference in Parkersburg’s 67-61 loss to the Highlanders Saturday night in the Mountain State ...

Local College Basketball Roundup

COLLEGE WOMEN Glenville State 100, West Liberty 74 WEST LIBERTY — The Glenville State Pioneers used a 36-17 second quarter to pull away from home team West Liberty and claim their 22nd win of the season, 100-74, Saturday. Glenville State (22-4, 16-4) had five players score in double ...

The Parkersburg boys swimming team finished in 2nd place at the WVSSAC State Swimming championship Friday at the WVU Natatorium in Morgantown. Photo by Joe Albright.

PHS claims a silver finish at state meet

MORGANTOWN — Parkersburg High and Parkersburg South’s boys swim teams’ bids to bring a state title back to Parkersburg for the second year in a row fell shor tin the Friday morning session of the West Virginia high sSchool state swim meet inside the WVU Natatorium. First-place finisher ...

West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins talks with West Virginia guard Jevon Carter, left, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas in Lawrence, Kan., Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. Kansas defeated West Virginia 84-80 in overtime (AP Photo).

Texas Tech looks for sweep over WVU

MORGANTOWN — Ask any hunter about the perils faced when dealing with a wounded animal that has been cornered and he will entertain you for hours with stories of heroic exploits one could only expect to witness on the ‘big screen.’ As odd as it might sound unranked Texas Tech (17-9, 5-8 ...

Parkersburg Catholic’s Logan Plummer (14) tries to drive against the defense of Ravenswood’s Riley Heatherington (12), Jayden Rhodes (10) and Stephen Dawson (23) in a game earlier this year. The third-ranked Class A Red Devils take on No. 5 Gilmer County at 8 p.m. today inside Glenville State College’s Waco Center in the Little Kanawha Conference’s Night of Champions title game. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Skillful players abound for Gilmer, Ravenswood LKC championship game

GLENVILLE — With the Gilmer County girls basketball team’s 55-51 win over Williamstown in last weekend’s Little Kanawha Conference Night of Champions, the stage is set for the Titans to sweep the LKC title picture with the boys team tonight inside Glenville State College’s Waco ...

Parkersburg’s Alex Delozier shoots a 3-pointer while Big Red teammate Shay-Lee Kirby looks on during a game earlier this season. The Big Reds will take on Huntington tonight at the South Charleston Community Center in the Mountain State Athletic Conference championship game. Tip is scheduled for 6 p.m. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Big Red girls play for MSAC crown today

PARKERSBURG — Break their pressure. That, according to Parkersburg High head girls basketball coach Kenny DeMoss, is what the fourth-ranked Big Reds (17-4) specifically need to do today versus No. 1 Huntington (18-3) in the 6 p.m. MSAC championship game at the South Charleston Community ...

Belpre’s Cheyenne Barker defends against a Southern player during a basketball game earlier this season. Photo by Steve Hemmelgarn.

Belpre girls after 2nd sectional title

BELPRE — Out to notch a second straight Division IV sectional championship today, Belpre’s girls basketball team will face a TVC foe that it already has two wins over this season in Southern at 2:45 p.m. at Meigs High School in Pomeroy. The Golden Eagles own a 15-7 record and third seed ...