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Hurricane takes Game 1 from Parkersburg South

HURRICANE — Jonathan Blackwell pitched like six-time Major League All-Star Ewell Blackwell Monday night. The younger Blackwell, a senior left-hander, exhibited exquisite command and control in a dominating performance as Hurricane defeated Parkersburg South 10-0 in a Class AAA, Region IV ...

Patriots bested by Hurricane in regionals

PARKERSBURG — A two-out, three-run top of the fourth gave Joel Gardner all the support he needed here Tuesday evening at Hank Greenburg Field in the Class AAA, Region IV tournament. The Hurricane sophomore right-hander had 11 strikeouts in a complete game three-hitter to help lift the ...

Rebels top Central in game 2, will play in decisive game 3 today

ELLENBORO — Losing 10-0 to Wheeling Central in Monday’s opening game of the best-of-three regional tournament, Ritchie County rode behind the arms of starter Avery Taylor and Dylan Taylor in game two Tuesday. The two Rebels allowed no runs into the bottom the seventh, winning 3-2 versus ...

Catholic’s Cade Ullman to play for Marietta Pioneers

PARKERSBURG — Class A first team all-state captain Cade Ullman of Parkersburg Catholic made his roundball choice official on Tuesday as the Crusaders’ all-time career leading scorer is set to play for Division III power Marietta College and head coach Jon VanderWal. Ullman, who carries a ...

State softball coaches unfazed by changes to tournament slate

VIENNA —On the eve of the 2019 state softball championships, competing teams from across the state gathered around to celebrate their collective efforts this season. The celebration took place Tuesday at the community building on 34th street in Vienna, and it served as the calm before the ...

Central dominates Ritchie in opener

By BUBBA KAPRAL Executive Sports Editor ELM GROVE — Charleston wasn’t on the Wheeling Central radar back in March. But fast forward two months and the state tournament is clearly in focus for the Maroon Knights. Coach Bo McConnaughy’s ever-improving charges pocketed a 10-0 ...

Warren advances to district title game

ATHENS — Warren won in dramatic fashion — again. The eighth-seeded Warriors rallied in the bottom of the seventh inning on Noah Edgell’s two-out, running-scoring single to defeat the second-seeded Circleville Tigers, 2-1, in a Division II district semifinal baseball game Monday night at ...

Believe it or not: Starcher, Ripley girls repeat as Class AAA champions

CHARLESTON — The Class AAA defending state track champion Ripley girls of head coach Krystle Cunningham know all about losing a state title by two points. That was the case in 2017 when the Vikings came up just short to Morgantown, 82-80. Going into Saturday’s final event — the 4x400 ...

’Jacket ladies crush rest of the Class A field

CHARLESTON — Ella Hesson took home high-point honors and the Williamstown girls of head man Zach Hall rolled to the Class A girls state championship here Saturday as the Yellowjackets scored 108.5 points to easily outdistance runner-up Ritchie County (52) and third-place Wheeling Central ...

Doddridge boys build on dynasty

CHARLESTON — After three straight years in third place, the Doddridge County boys are back on top. The Bobby Burnside-coached Bulldogs edged runner-up Magnolia, 84.33-82, to win the Class A state track championship Saturday at UC Stadium. Doddridge went on a run of five straight state titles ...

South’s Haden McConnell emerges as city’s only AAA state champion

CHARLESTON —The two biggest schools in Parkersburg were well-represented at the West Virginia Class AAA Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Laidley Field. Athletes from both sides of the river delivered points to their teams, but all eyes were on South’s Haden McConnell during the ...

Roane County’s Jordan Coon finishes as Class AA high-point runner-up

CHARLESTON — Roane County’s Jordan Coon could taste Class AA high-point honors following a third place finish in the 100 at Saturday’s state track meet at UC Stadium. He was sitting at 26 points at that point after winning state titles in the long jump and 300 hurdles. However, Coon ...

’Jacket girls, Rebel boys 4×8 teams win state

CHARLESTON —The big winner on Friday at the West Virginia state track and field championships held inside UC Stadium at Laidley Field turned out to be the weather. Due to multiple delays from Mother Nature, all of today’s scheduled events have been pushed back by one hour. Also, the girls ...

Waterford to face Notre Dame for district title

RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Despite being a young team, Waterford softball belongs right where it is — playing for a district championship. The Wildcats, now 19-5 overall, are scheduled to play the 21-1 Notre Dame Titans at 1 p.m. at the University of Rio Grande Saturday in a Division IV district ...

Class A boys’ state track field wide open

PARKERSBURG — When the state track and field championships finish late Saturday afternoon in Charleston, the Class A boys team race is expected to be a tight one. Defending champ Magnolia, Little Kanawha Conference victor Ritchie County as well Ravenswood and Doddridge County are all firmly ...

Warriors’ Thomas Miller keeps second shot fair in sectional final victory

VINCENT — Thomas Miller’s walkoff home run in the bottom of the seventh gave the Warren Warriors a thrilling 5-4 win over the Marietta Tigers Thursday evening in a Division II sectional championship contest at Warren High School. Marietta rallied from four runs down to tie the game in the ...

Wheeling Central nips Ritchie, 2-1, in regional

ELLENBORO — Anticipating a changeup on the 2-2 count with two outs, no runners on base and a tied game at one-all in the top of the fourth inning, Wheeling Central third baseman Ally Davidson timed her swing and was rewarded with a floater over the left-field fence. That one run was what ...

PHS girls shuttles team unbeaten this season

PARKERSBURG — The state track and field championships are underway on Friday and Saturday, and several teams across the area are gearing up for the challenges they are sure to face. The Parkersburg Big Reds are one of those teams, as the girls’ shuttle hurdles team is bringing an ...