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Belpre’s Abbey LaFatch, center, looks to pass as Eastern’s Kelsey Casto, left, and Jess Parker, right, defend during a high school girls basketball game Saturday.

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Belpre ends 12-year drought vs. Eastern

BELPRE — Twelve years can be a long time, but the last time Belpre defeated Eastern in girls basketball was that lengthy — until Saturday afternoon. That’s when the drought came to an end for the Golden Eagles, who overcame a slow start to outscore Eastern 51-34 in the last three ...

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Huntington High running back Jadon Hayes (1) breaks up field on a cary past South Charleston's Zeiquil Lawton (33) in a Class AAA football first-round playoff game on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at Bob Sang Stadium in Huntington.

Huntington back wins Warner Award

HUNTINGTON — Throughout the 2017 season, Huntington High running back Jadon Hayes carried the load for the Highlanders, who went through the regular season undefeated and carried a No. 1 ranking into the Class AAA playoffs. Opposing teams knew that Hayes was getting the football, and they ...

Prep sports roundup (Dec. 17)

WRESTLING South dominates Tony Farrace Duals JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — Parkersburg South head coach Shaun Smith’s squad went 5-0 here Saturday at Science Hill High School and won the Tony Farrace Duals after dispatching the hosts, 52-16, in the championship match. Earlier in the day, the ...

Parkersburg’s Brenton Strange powers to the bucket for a field goal against the defense of Huntington’s Bryce Damous during Friday night’s game inside Memorial Fieldhouse. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Huntington bests Big Reds, 74-47

PARKERSBURG — Huntington High displayed Friday night why its has won three of the last four Class AAA state basketball championships. Led by Mikal Dawson’s game-high 25 points, the Highlanders opened their 2017-18 season with a 74-47 victory over host Parkersburg High at Memorial ...

Fort Frye’s Tyler Bradford (10) looks to pass as Shenandoah’s Tanner Brown defends during a high school boys basketball game Friday night in Beverly. Photo by Jordan Holland.

Fort Frye beats Zeps in key PVC matchup

BEVERLY — Just when it seemed Shenandoah was taking control, Fort Frye took it right back. Friday night’s Pioneer Valley Conference matchup went back and forth for two-and-a-half quarters until a pair of free throws by Nick Miller and a 3-pointer by Colby Farmer gave the Zeps (5-1) a ...

Waterford’s Bryce Hilvering brings the ball down the court during a high school boys basketball game against Eastern Friday night at the Harry Cooper Annex. Photo by Ron Johnston.

Wildcats down Eastern, 60-42

WATERFORD — Waterford High protected the lead. The Wildcats never trailed en route to a 60-42 triumph over visiting Eastern High in a Tri-Valley Conference-Hocking Division boys’ basketball game at the Cooper Annex Friday night. “We lost one game (to Miller on Tuesday night) in the ...

High school basketball roundup with stats

BOYS BASKETBALL Parkersburg South 85, Musselman 61 INSTITUTE, W.Va. — In a battle of Class AAA preseason ranked programs, No. 9 Parkersburg South dominated No. 10 Musselman, 85-61, here Friday night at the Hoops Classic at W.Va. State. Brayden Mooney led the 1-0 Patriots with 18 points ...

Big Red girls in the spotlight

No. 1 vs. No. 2. Top dog against second banana. Great taking on really, really good. Any way you wish to call a matchup like this there is no denying it is going to be special. While a contest of this caliber usually would come toward the end of the year during state tournament time, ...

PHS boys have a big game tonight

The 2017-18 hardwood season may be a few days old, however this fact doesn’t mean teams are scheduling easy opponents to give them a chance to warm up. Parkersburg High School’s boys basketball program already has been hard at work against a number of tough foes. Through the first three ...

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Parkersburg Catholic’s Mikayla Alkire (34) and Madeline Huffman (31) defend St. Marys’ Natalie Payton during the Crusaderettes’ 71-39 win over the Blue Devils Thursday evening.

Crusaderettes cruise

PARKERSBURG — A 37-11 run in a span of 12:27 to close the first half propelled host Parkersburg Catholic into a commanding 44-16 margin en route to a 71-39 girls basketball victory over St. Marys Thursday night. The win pushed PCHS out to a 4-0 record, while the loss left the visiting Blue ...

Wildcats rout Rebels

WATERFORD — Waterford High’s starters rested in the fourth quarter. The Wildcats never trailed en route to a 70-15 triumph over visiting South Gallia in a Tri-Valley Conference-Hocking Division girls’ basketball game at the Cooper Annex Thursday night. “I love it when everyone gets ...

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Hedgesville's Malakai Brown (2) runs with the ball as Musselman defender Jacob Northcraft (44)  pursues during the 1st quarter Friday night at Hedgesville. See more photos on CU.journal-news.net. (Journal Photo by Ron Agnir)

Hedgesville’s Malakai Brown is Moss Award winner

HEDGESVILLE — Malakai Brown produced some dizzying offensive numbers as a wide receiver at Hedgesville during his sophomore season and has been named the winner of the Randy Moss Award for being the Mountain State’s top wideout as selected by the West Virginia Sports Writers ...

The joy of basketball

I suppose, like any sport, the reason one plays something is because they like or love the activity. As we quickly approach winter, that means my favorite sport will be heating up on the hardwood. I’ve already been able to take in several different basketball games in the early going, but ...

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Parkersburg’s Parker Miller tries to avoid a trap by Morgantown’s Andrew Selders (10) and Garrett Haines during the Big Reds’ 60-56 victory Wednesday night against the Mohigans inside Memorial Fieldhouse.

Big Reds take a close one

PARKERSBURG — Morgantown got off to a slow start here Wednesday night inside Memorial Fieldhouse and the Mohigans didn’t have quite enough in the end as host Parkersburg held on for a 60-56 triumph to win its home opener. Parker Miller led PHS with game-highs of 21 points and 12 ...

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Parkersburg South’s Sierra Hays (left), Warren’s Peyton Bowe (center) and Parkersburg South’s Allie Taylor fight to collect a first-half rebound during the Patriots’ 48-42 comeback win over the Warriors.

South girls grab come-from-behind road win

VINCENT — To say Parkersburg South senior guard Devin Hefner took over Wednesday evening’s clash against Warren would be a little bit of an understatement. With her team trailing by six points with four and a half minutes to play in the game, Hefner scored 12 consecutive points to turn a ...

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Spring Valley's Owen Porter celebrates a play as the Wolves take on Martinsburg in the Class AAA Super Six State Championship on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at Wheeling Island Stadium.

Spring Valley’s Owen Porter wins Howley Award

HUNTINGTON — Toughness. Grit. Selflessness. Those are all words which have been used to describe Spring Valley senior linebacker Owen Porter. In a day where football has become more about athleticism and speed, Porter combines those new-age aspects with a throwback mentality of being the ...

Tickets available for WVU’s bowl game

MORGANTOWN — Fans of West Virginia University football in need of tickets for the Mountaineers’ postseason appearance in the Xaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl can stop worrying as nearly 5,000 remain unsold according to Senior Associate Athletic Director/External Affairs’ Matt Wells ...

Williamstown’s Breanna Lowe, center, is defended by Wirt County’s Taylor Anderson, left, and Shelby Simonton, right, during a high school girls basketball game Tuesday. Photo by Ron Johnston.

Williamstown Yellowjackets down Wirt County by 60

WILLIAMSTOWN — Everyone on the Williamstown High roster got playing time and scored. The Yellowjackets exploded for 43 first-quarter points en route to an 81-21 triumph over visiting Wirt County in Little Kanawha Conference basketball action Tuesday night. “I think we have 10 or 12 kids ...

Belpre’s Cole Knotts (3) guards Wahama’s Brady Bumgarner (23) during the host Golden Eagles’ 69-63 over the White Falcons Tuesday night.

Belpre bests Wahama, 69-63, for initial win

BELPRE — First-year Belpre head boys basketball coach Tyler Leasure gave a lot of the credit for the Golden Eagles’ 69-63 win over visiting Wahama Tuesday night to the talking-to at halftime to the team by some of its seniors without the coaches present. After that, Belpre, down 38-33 at ...