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Parkersburg South’s Aurora Slusher brings her bat around to connect with a pitch from Williamstown’s Nellie King during the Patriots’ 8-0 five inning win over the Yellowjackets Monday at Godbey Field. Photo by Joe Albright.

South snags win over ’Jackets

By JOE ALBRIGHT jalbright@newsandsentinel.com PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg South softball and head coach Cindi Taylor wasted little time picking up their second win of the season Monday at Godbey Field. The Patriots jumped on top of Williamstown ace Nellie King in the very first inning ...

Marietta High’s Brandon Neville delivers a pitch during a high school baseball game against Fort Frye Monday evening at Legion Field in Marietta. Marietta won, 9-2. Photo by Jordan Holland.

Tigers best Fort Frye in county final

MARIETTA — For the second straight season, Marietta High has earned the title of “Washington County Champions.” The Tigers improved to 3-0 after defeating visiting Fort Frye 9-2 in the Washington County Tournament Championship game Monday at Legion Field. That’s now back-to-back ...

In defense of the ref

The concept of fouls are integral to basketball, being written in James Naismith's original rules in 1891. Only one of his original definitions is still in use in modern basketball, "shouldering, holding, pushing, striking or tripping in any way of an opponent." But basketball is a contact ...

Parkersburg's Shay-Lee Kirby plots her next move against Spring Valley during the Big Reds' Class AAA Region IV co-final victory over the Timberwolves during the 2016-17 postseason. Photo by Joe Albright.

Locals honored on All-MSAC squads

PARKERSBURG — Both Parkersburg High teams were well represented on the 2016-17 All-Mountain State Athletic Conference teams as voted on by the MSAC basketball coaches. Big Red girls' head man Kenny DeMoss was voted coach of the year after he helped the Big Reds to a 19-6 record and their ...

Ravenswood senior Riley Heatherington, pictured here during the Class A state championship game against Notre Dame, was named the Little Kanawha Conference’s Player of the Year. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Ravenswood’s Riley Heatherington named LKC Player of the Year

PARKERSBURG — Little Kanawha Conference boys basketball champion Ravenswood High School landed the Player of the Year in University of Charleston-bound Riley Heatherington. Heatherington, who is the eighth LKC POY for the Red Devils, helped the Jackson County program reach the Class A state ...

Parkersburg’s Abby Tanner, left, takes the baton from teammate Alexa Kotarski during Saturday’s 4x100 at the Kim Nutter Classic. The duo joined lead leg Samantha Williams and second leg Megan Kupfner to finish with a winning time of 53.50. Photo by Jay W. Bennett

PHS boys win Kim Nutter Classic

PARKERSBURG — Perfect weather conditions for Saturday’s Kim Nutter Classic at Stadium Field provided plenty of opportunities for great results and the thinclads didn’t disappoint. On a day where Ripley High School’s girls won the team title and the Vikings swept high-point honors, the ...

Ripley senior point guard Jamison Hunt, who averaged 23.3 points, 7.2 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 2.9 steals, was honored by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association as a Class AAA all-state first teamer. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Ripley’s Hunt makes Class AAA all-state

HUNTINGTON — Capital point guard Leondre Rogers was known as the closer for the Cougars during the 2016-17 season. In a close late-game situation, Rogers was the one who was counted on to make plays down the stretch that led Capital to avoiding any team’s upset bid. Rogers’ cool head ...

Independence wrestler Noah Adams is all smiles as he reacts to fans and family in the stands after winning a state championship in the 220-pound weight class against Wirt's Mike Burns at the 70th Annual WVSSAC State Wrestling Tournament Saturday night at the Big Sandy Arena in Huntington. Photo courtesy of Brad Davis, The Register-Herald.

Dutton Award goes to Independence’s Adams

BECKLEY — It was far from the defining moment of Noah Adams’ high school career. But in his mind and in the mind of his coach, it just might have been the turning point. By now all state wrestling fans know the story. Once thought of as a sure-fire four-time state champion, Adams instead ...

Jordyn Dawson earns Ostrowski Award

HUNTINGTON — Last year, Huntington High’s Jordyn Dawson earned nearly every individual accolade available in West Virginia girls basketball. However, she would’ve traded them all to hoist a championship trophy. In 2016-17, Dawson made sure she didn’t have to make that choice or leave ...

Wirt County senior Cori Hughes, pictured here in a game against Roane County this past season, has decided to continue her basketball career for the Bethany College Bison. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Wirt’s Hughes off to Bethany for hoops

ELIZABETH — Wirt County guard Cori Hughes has decided to go from the Tigers’ orange and black to the green and white of the Bethany College Bison, who compete in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference as an NCAA Division III member. A four-year starter for the Tigers, Hughes averaged ...

Notre Dame’s Jarrod West, pictured here being guarded by Ravenswood’s Jayden Rhodes in the Class A state championship game, was honored with the Bill Evans Award, which is given annually by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association to the Mountain State’s top boys basketball player. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Notre Dame’s West named for Evans Award

CLARKSBURG — Before his high school athletic journey began, Jarrod West had a set of lofty goals written on a piece of paper in his bedroom. He spent the better part of his senior season at Notre Dame, crossing them off the list. The first was reached in November when he signed his ...

Marietta's Travis Moore had the best individual high jump at 6-feet-2 inches to help the Tigers win the event and the overall points title at Saturday's Fair Weather Relays at Warren High School. Photo by Tom Perry.

Marietta wins Fair Weather Relays

VINCENT — Moments after missing his third and final attempt at 6-feet-3 in the high jump, Marietta senior Travis Moore looked like he wanted one more shot. “Getting 6-2 is all right, but I’d like to get a couple of inches higher,” Moore said. “But this is a nice place to get a ...

Parkersburg High's Ashley Casto returns a shot during a doubles match with her partner Alex Olson during the Big Reds' 8-3 win over Hurricane's Lauren Graham and Rebecca Osborne Friday at City Park tennis complex. Photo by Joe Albright.

Parkersburg tennis nets victory

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg High’s tennis team upped its season mark to 3-0 on a sunny Friday afternoon at City Park tennis courts with a win over Hurricane. The red and white clad girls scored a 5-2 mark over the Redskins, while the boys took care of business in all seven of their ...

Williamstown’s Tim Wickham will compete in his final Ryan Jobes Spring Special today at the Jack Jones Track and Field Facility. Last spring, the junior took second in the 110 high hurdles and third in the 300 hurdles in this meet. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Nutter, Jobes track meets set for today

PARKERSBURG — A pair of local track meets set for today will give area programs an early look at how things might stack up this spring in the Mountain State. Beginning at 10 a.m. today with the field events, the annual Kim Nutter Invitational will take place at Parkersburg High School with ...

Parkersburg High’s Chad Conner (13) leads off of first base as George Washington first baseman Paul Boddy gets into fielding position during a high school baseball game Friday at Bennett Stump Field. Photo by Steve Hemmelgarn.

PHS Big Reds fall to George Washington

PARKERSBURG — Visiting George Washington tallied 12 runs combined in the fifth through seveth innings Friday night to break open a 2-2 game and post a 14-6 baseball win over Parkersburg High at Bennett Stump Field in City Park. The loss evened the Big Reds’ record to 1-1 heading into a 7 ...

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Parkersburg High’s Madi Mace (35) defends during a game this season at PHS Memorial Fieldhouse.

Local girls earn first team all-state prowess

CHARLESTON — After four years of pursuit, senior Jordyn Dawson was able to cap off a stellar prep career in the perfect way, with a Class AAA state championship. But even after receiving state championship and all-tournament trophies, the honors aren’t done coming in. Dawson, the 2016 ...

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Parkersburg’s Hayden Morris slides in safely to third base before John Marshall’s Steven Bailey can apply the tag during the Big Reds’ 6-5 walk-off season-opening win against the Monarchs Thursday evening at Bennett Stump Field.

PHS overcomes walks, defeats John Marshall, 6-5

PARKERSBURG — Kyle Goodwin’s web gem to end John Marshall’s threat in the top of the seventh allowed host Parkersburg to win its season opener 6-5 here Thursday evening at Bennett Stump Field via a walk-off wild pitch. Big Red relief pitcher Blaine Thornburg, who recorded the last eight ...

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Ripley’s Dane Petersen delivers home during a high school baseball game against Parkersburg South Thursday.

Ripley knocks off South baseball

PARKERSBURG — Visiting Ripley scored the last 10 runs of the game after Parkersburg South had taken a 5-4 lead in the fourth inning as the Vikings downed the Patriots 14-5 in their season opener Thursday night at Hank Greenburg Field. Ripley, now 2-1, took an early 3-0 lead with a run in ...

Marietta College’s Kordell Antill pitches during the team’s home opener against Denison University. Marietta College lost, 6-2. Photo courtesy of France Moise.

Pioneers drop home opener to Denison, 6-2

MARIETTA — Marietta College struggled against a sidewinder. The right-handed-thowing Perley Provost pitched a nine-inning complete game as Denison Univeristy downed the Pioneers, 6-2, in MC’s home opener at Don Schaly Stadium Wednesday. “He just moved the ball around a lot,” said ...

Roane County junior Lucille Westfall, pictured here during the Raiders' season-opening win at Wirt County, became just the second player in school history and the first since Shandi White in 2004-05 to earn first-team Class AA all-state honors by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.

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Roane’s Westfall named 1st team all-state

FAIRMONT — Never one to turn the spotlight on herself, Fairmont Senior guard Erica Bowles has still managed to shine over the last four years as a member of the Lady Polar Bears. Despite the humble attitude of a player who would rather her teammates receive the glory, Bowles’ performance ...