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State title memorable for Doddridge County’s Craig Kellar

Near misses, especially when any championship is involved, can be haunting, ever-present demons chained to any team, weighing them down. The opportunity could have been the only chance for a certain team to win a title. The lucky breaks and other good fortunes that have to happen one year ...

Ripley girls claim Class AAA team title, high point

CHARLESTON — Head coach Krystle Cunningham and her Ripley Vikings didn’t come up short this time around during the Class AAA state track meet at the University of Charleston Stadium’s Laidley Field. Viking All-American Tori Starcher was the high-point winner (32.5) and needed a little ...

Bulldog ladies top Class A field

CHARLESTON — Doddridge County sophomore Jonna Ferrell won four events, set a meet record, tied another and helped the Bulldogs of head coach Craig Kellar claim the girls Class A state track title as the squad from West Union topped runner-up Williamstown, 89-68, here Saturday inside the ...

BACF football game undergoes changes

PARKERSBURG —- The BACF All-Star Football Classic, which has gone back and forth between West Virginia and Ohio venues almost each year of its existence, now will be played starting this June at St. Marys High School’s Bill Hanlin Stadium in a more permanent site for the game for the ...

Day one of state track meet in books

CHARLESTON — The Doddridge County boys of head coach Bobby Burnside have the lead following Friday’s opening day of the state track meet taking place at Laidley Field, but the Bulldogs and a plethora of fans from around the Mountain State are carrying heavy hearts. The Bulldogs, who lead ...

WVU hoops coach Huggins discusses Rice Commission

MORGANTOWN — When the FBI and the 12-member commission headed by former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice released its findings surrounding the state of affairs in collegiate sports, fans of every major university in the country began to look at their own institutions to see if their ...

Magnolia boys’ group takes first

CHARLESTON — Brooks Parsons has grown accustomed to winning state championships in his time at Magnolia High, but that didn’t make this latest one any less sweet. Parsons has been a member of state title winning football and basketball teams as a Blue Eagle and, for good measure, helped ...

Roane’s Coon wins three events

CHARLESTON — Haden Coon thrives on competition. The Roane County senior proved it Saturday at the West Virginia state track meet at Laidley Field, winning Class AA state titles in the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles by the slimmest of margins. He also won the pole vault crown for the second ...

Class A track is competitive

PARKERSBURG — Suffice it to say, when the state track meet gets underway at 2 p.m. today inside the University of Charleston Stadium at Laidley Field the competition is going to be fierce, especially when it comes to Class A. Although it appears defending single-A boys state champion St. ...

Magnolia ousts Tyler Consolidated

KIDWELL — Two teams. One game. One spot in the regional tournament. In a win or go home Class A, Region I, Section 2 championship, every player in Magnolia’s lineup recorded a hit as the Blue Eagles defeated host Tyler Consolidated by a 17-11 count to claim the sectional title and advance ...

State track meet nears

PARKERSBURG — Mid-Ohio Valley big school programs should factor in quite nicely during the two-day state track meet, which gets underway Friday at the University of Charleston’s Laidley Field. The girls from Ripley High School will be out to avenge last year’s narrow miss on bringing ...

St. Marys softball ousted by Central

WHEELING — Wheeling Central is headed to Vienna looking for the three-peat. The Maroon Knights punched their fifth straight ticket to the W.Va. State Softball Tournament with an 8-0 victory against St. Marys in Game 2 of their Best-of-3 Region One championship series on Ben’s Field at the ...

Bulldogs’ Jonna Ferrell is on fire

Doddridge County sprinter Jonna Ferrell is a bilingual athlete in an unconventional sense. She speaks English, but also is well versed in the language of speed. The Bulldogs’ sophomore always has been fast. During her time at Doddridge County Middle School, she would race the boys in gym ...

Tigers advance seven to regional track meet

MARIETTA — Torrance Nonnenmacher was a two-event winner in Thursday night’s Ohio Division I District track & field meet at Don Drumm Stadium. The Marietta High junior thinclad was first in both the long jump and the 100 meter dash. She also finished fourth in the 200 meter dash to ...

University of Charleston’s Hunter Riffle making his name known

The phrase “wasting time” doesn’t exist in the vernacular of University of Charleston distance runner Hunter Riffle. He quickly introduced himself to the rest of the Little Kanawha Conference with his blend of talent, athleticism and speed as a freshman at Doddridge County High ...

Big Reds’ softball silenced

VIENNA — For the second straight day, Hurricane sophomore pitcher Harlie Vannater was nothing short of brilliant in the circle as Redskins traveled to take on the Big Reds in the second game of the Class AAA Regional Finals. After tossing a perfect game Monday night, Vannater struck out 10 ...

Belpre track and field prepared for districts

BELPRE — After claiming high-point honors in the Tri-Valley Conference championship track meet, Belpre’s Tojzae Reams and Sydney Spencer are both looking to this week’s district track meet to further their accomplishments and hopefully eventually advance to the state meet. On May 3, ...

Belpre baseball finished

CHILLICOTHE — Control issues on the mound doomed Belpre in a 12-3 loss to Whiteoak, the top-ranked team in Division IV, in a district semifinal Tuesday at VA Memorial Stadium. Senior right-hander Bailey Sprague got the start for the Golden Eagles, who finished the 2018 season 13-13. Sprague ...

St. Marys-Central softball suspended due to weather

ST. MARYS — Wheeling Central has its eyes set on a third straight Class A state softball championship and the Maroon Knights can punch their ticket to Vienna tonight. In the opening game of Tuesday’s Class A, Region I, best-of-three series, Maroon Knight senior right-hander Riley ...

’Skins cruise past PHS

HURRICANE — On Monday evening, it was 85 degrees, there was a slight breeze and the sky was blue. It was a great day to have a Harley — or, if you are Hurricane, a Harlie. Hurricane sophomore pitcher Harlie Vannatter threw a perfect game, striking out 13 of 15 batters she faced, while ...