Crusaders club Silver Knights

PARKERSBURG – Class A No. 2-rated Parkersburg Catholic bounced back Saturday afternoon from a loss at top-ranked Charleston Catholic Friday night with a dominating performance in thrashing visiting Tyler Consolidated 69-33 in an LKC North boys basketball game

PC’s Jake Ullman tallied 25 points to lead all scorers Saturday, but the starting guard got tossed from the game late in the third quarter after being whistled for a double-technical and will miss the Crusaders’ next two games, beginning Monday night at No. 7 Clarksburg Notre Dame.

Catholic, now 2-1 overall and 2-0 in the LKC North, led 5-0 before the Silver Knights’ Jace Reed canned a trey at 4:22 of the first quarter to pull Tyler within 5-3. But the Crusaders scored 14 of the final 20 points – eight by Ullman -in the period to surge out to a 19-7 lead at the quarter break.

The second stanza saw PC go on a 12-3 spurt – again led by Ullman with five points, but also Brady Kurucz with four and Joe Padden with three -after Tyler pulled within 10 twice, the last time at 22-12, to grab a 34-15 advantage at halftime.

Then the Crusaders really got rolling in the third quarter, piling up 29 points in the period to just 10 for the Silver Knights to build a commanding 63-25 lead heading to the fourth quarter.

But with 43.6 seconds left in the third, Ullman -who netted 10 points in the period -was called for two technicals by two different refs and ejected from the game.

“Jake had a warning in the first half about his language,” related Catholic head coach Rob Strcula after the game. “He got the first technical for pushing a kid and the second for his language.” Ullman will sit out Monday versus Notre Dame as well as the opening game at the Greenbrier East tournament Friday.

Padden finished with 14 points for PC, while Carson Weyer and Kurucz had six each.

For Tyler (2-4, 1-2 LKC North), Reed led with 10 points, followed by Dylan Reynolds with five.

Belpre 61, Paden City 51

MARIETTA – A 23-13 edge in the third quarter proved decisive Saturday as Belpre topped Paden City, 61-51, at the Ohio River Classic.

The Golden Eagles (4-3) knocked down 11 triples. Logan Plummer drained eight and led all scorers with 24 points. Nick Therriault, who grabbed eight rebounds, joined Belpre teammate Deijon Bedgood in posting 10 points apiece.

Paden City (3-2) canned eight treys, led by six from Zach Heasley, who tallied 18 points. The Wildcats were led by Kenney Cain’s 21-point effort. Craig Allen contributed 10 markers in the setback.

Martin Luther King Jr. 91,

Magnolia 81, 3 OTs

MARIETTA -After playing at the Charleston Civic Center on Friday night, Magnolia found its way to the Ban Johnson Arena at Marietta College on Saturday afternoon, where it played a three overtime thriller against Martin Luther King Jr. High School of Cleveland before dropping a 91-81 decision.

The Crusaders (5-1) got 28 points from Stanley Green, 22 from Ruben Goddis and 17 by Maliek Maddox.

Magnolia (0-3) got 31 points from Zach Willhoite, 22 from Preston Boswell and 18 from Spencer Campbell.

The Blue Eagles are off until next Friday night when Tyler Consolidated visits New Martinsville.

Wahama 70, Hannan 58

MASON – Hunter Rose scored 30 points, including going 14-of-21 at the foul line, to pace Wahama to a 70-58 victory over visiting Hannan Saturday night.

The host White Falcons, now 1-3, took over control of the game from a 25-20 halftime lead with a 21-13 third quarter.

Hannan (0-2) was topped in point-production by Tyler Burns with 22.


Waterford 68, Belpre 36

WATERFORD, Ohio -There’s no place like home for the holidays.

And with a plethora of family – including a pair of sisters who scored 1,000 points in Waterford green – home for the occasion, Waterford sophomore Dani Drayer found herself feeling a little like she was in the spotlight.

Spotlight or not, Drayer and the Wildcats delivered.

Drayer recorded 28 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals to lead a Waterford team that dominated from the game’s first minute to its last as the Wildcats took a 68-36 win over the visiting Belpre Golden Eagles Saturday night.

The loss was just the second of the year for Belpre, with its other defeat coming at the hands of Eastern. Together, Waterford and Belpre have combined for 14 wins as the Christmas break nears.

In point of fact, all 10 girls that saw the court for Waterford made their way into the scorebook offensively, and defensively were part of an aggressive force that held the Golden Eagles to just 14-of-54 shooting from the field.

Fort Frye 51,

Northland 39

MARIETTA-Brooke Borich poured in 22 points to lead the Fort Frye Cadets to a 51-39 win over Columbus Northland in the Ohio River Classic at Ban Johnson Arena Saturday afternoon.

Borich connected on five triples in the game as the Cadets pulled away late to claim their seventh straight victory over the previously undefeated Vikings.

The Cadets led by a single point at 32-31 early in the final period but used a 13-1 run to lead by 13, 45-32, with less than two minutes to play.

Borich got the Fort run started with a triple and junior Megan Liedtke followed with an old fashioned three-point play to make it 38-31.

A field goal by Alexis Enochs increased the lead to nine and the Cadets (7-1) converted on four-of-five free throw attempts to close things out.

Fort Frye made 24-of-31 free throw attempts in the game (77.4 percent), while outrebounding Northland by a healthy 30-18 margin.

Megan Liedtke joined Borich in double figures as she scored 13 points while grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds, while Enochs chipped in with eight.

Northland (8-1) was paced by Brooklyn Peterson and Carli Codner Pinto with 12 and 10 points respectively.

Head coach Dan Liedtke and his Cadets will get a little breather before playing host to River on Jan. 6.

Marietta 37,

New Philadelphia 32

MARIETTA – New Philadelphia had played seven games on the season entering Saturday afternoon’s East Central Ohio League matinee with Marietta and all seven games had been decided by seven points or less, with five of them settled by less than two possessions.

Host Marietta found a way to add to those numbers as the Tigers scored a 37-32 win versus the Quakers at Sutton Gymnasium.

MHS found a way to win on a day where they shot just 28 percent from the field by doubling up on New Philly in the final quarter by a 12-6 margin.

Taylor Smith opened up the final quarter with a triple to give the Tigers a 28-26 lead only to have the Quakers tie things up on a pair of free throws by Jaida Carter.

The orange and black regained the lead for good on a Starr Johnson inside score and after each team took turns missing free throw after free throw, Lauren Martin finally connected on a pair to give the Tigers a five point lead.

Tori Moreland banked in a last minute triple for New Philly to trim the Tiger lead to two but the Tigers made four-of-six freebies down the stretch to pull out the victory.

Lain Weppler led MHS (5-3) in scoring with 14 points while Moore added eight and Johnson seven.

Carter and Moreland both finished with 10 points apiece to pace the Quakers (4-4).

The Tigers return to action Monday night when Morgan comes to town.

Williamstown 89,

Valley Fayette 46

MONTGOMERY -Williamstown recorded its third straight win here Saturday afternoon, blasting Valley Fayette, 89-46.

Samantha Dedrick led the Yellowjackets (3-4) with 16 points while Aubrey Yeager added 14, Allie Robinson 13 and Cami Mossor 12 for coach Fred Sauro’s squad.

Valley Fayette got a game-high 36 points from Alex Buchan.

The Williamstown JVs rolled to a 56-22 win over Roane County behind 17 points by Yeager.

The Yellowjackets are off until next Saturday when they travel to Ellenboro for a 2 p.m. contest against Ritchie County.

Trinity Christian 47,

Parkersburg Catholic 28

PARKERSBURG -Parkersburg Catholic scored just 11 points in the second half Saturday, dropping a 47-28 decision to visiting Trinity Christian.

The Crusaderettes (1-6) were led by Alex Schaffer with 11 points and Reily Sturm with nine.

Trinity (3-2) got 18 points from McKenzie Hill.

Catholic returns to action on Thursday for the Mary O Crusaderette Classic. Herbert Hoover meets Buffalo in the 6 p.m. opener followed by Parkersburg Catholic versus Wirt County.


PHS’ Hays named MOW

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. – Parkersburg’s finished a solid weekend of wrestling at the Smoky Mountain Duals by going 6-1 as a team and having 152-pounder Trapper Hays earn most outstanding wrestler honors.

Hays was the only Big Red to finish the two-day event with a 7-0 record. Parkersburg 145-pounder Dylan Richards went 6-1 as did red and white 106-pounder Jared Donahue.

Five other Big Reds collected five mat wins apiece – Austin Spears (113), Codie Barrows (160), Drew Murphy (182), Max Chefren (195) and heavyweight Charlie Conley.