Local Sports Notebook
Hays, Donahue win crowns
SOLON, Ohio – Parkersburg 152-pounder Trapper Hays and 106-pound teammate Jared Donahue both won individual weight class championships at the Solon Comet Classic on Saturday night.
PHS compiled 140 points to finish third behind champion Nordonia (179.5) and runner-up Clay (168).
Austin Spears (113) and Codie Barrows (160) finished fifth for the red and white.
PARKERSBURG -Parkersburg Christian claimed the championship of its invitational tournament on Saturday, beating North Pleasants in an opening round game, then defeating the same title in the title contest.
PC opened the tourney with a 43-27 win that saw Korben Wright score 16 points and also grab a game-high 12 rebounds.
North Plesants then battled back to earn a berth opposite Parkersburg in the title game and it resulted in a 55-43 victory for the home team with Wright scoring 14 and Harlan Bower 10 for Parkersburg (3-4). Austin Martin had 26 for North Pleasants.
Bowswer and Evan Schoolcraft made the all-tournament team and Wright was the MVP.
Wood County Christian
Wins Paden City Classic
PADEN CITY -Wood County Christian blasted host Paden City, 68-30, here Saturday night in the title game of the Paden City Christmas Classic. The Lord sisters -Hannah with 25 points and Heather with 21 -led the visitors to a 60-22 lead after 24 minutes of play.
Meanwhile, Adria Herridge, who set a Wood County school record on Friday night with eight blocked shots, had nine in the game to break the mark she had set just 24 hours previously.
Both Lords and Herridge were named to the all-tournament team along with Cydney Blatt and Myah Charkawi of Paden City.
In the consolation game, Tyler Consolidated blasted Valley Wetzel, 80-43, behind 28 points from Sydney Reed and 18 from Sophie Kinnard.
Parkersburg 64, Elkins 33
LKINS -Parkersburg High made an impressive debut here Saturday, blasting Elkins, 64-33, behind 23 points from Haley Ackerman, who drilled five 3-point goals for PHS (1-0).
Brooke Kurucz added 10 points and Kameron Snyder nine as the Big Reds rolled to a 35-15 halftime lead and never looked back.
PHS will travel to Wheeling Park on Wednesday.
Ohio Valley Christian 54,
Parkersburg Christian 35
PARKERSBURG – Playing its third game of the day, host Parkersburg Christian had to settle for the runner-up trophy at its own tournament after the Knights were defeated by Ohio Valley Christian, 54-35, in the title game.
Angel Danh led the Knights (3-4) with eight points.
OVC, which won every quarter, got a game-high 17 points from Rachel Sargent. Emily Carman and Sarah Schoonover chipped in 10 points apiece.
Local Sports Notebook
Echard beats Hanshaw, now 8-0
CHESTER, W.Va. – Parkersburg South graduate Dustin Echard continued his winning ways here Saturday night at the Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort as “The Clean Coal Assassin” won via majority decision versus Tom Hanshaw, Jr.
Echard (8-0-0, 5 KOs) scored a 38-38, 39-37, 39-37 victory versus Hanshaw (2-2-0, 2 KOs) in a four-rounder.
“Icing the old hand down now,” Echard said moments after the fight, which was actually above light heavyweight (175) and was fought at the catch-weight of 182.
“I feel pretty good. I was in a tough war tonight. I was in a battle. I’m a little tired. I’m happy I got the win.”
Neither boxer went down during the bout, but Echard was glad to fight on a big stage and score a win against Hanshaw.
“I fought a guy that had 100 amateur fights and is from a boxing family,” Echard added. “I thought it should’ve been a unanimous decision. I kept pretty busy and he kept pretty busy at times.
“He used some combinations and it probably looked a little better. I hit him so hard I seen the snot fly a couple times. I knew I was hitting him pretty hard.”
Echard isn’t 100 percent sure on his next fight, but it looks like it very well could be for the vacant West Virginia light heavyweight crown against Eric Watkins come late January in Morgantown.
“That’s what we are thinking right now,” Echard added. “I’m going to take some time off, get healed up and rest up. That’s probably what’s in line right now.”
South boys swim team record is 5-0
WELLSBURG -Parkersburg South’s boys swimming team ran its record to 5-0 here Saturday afternoon as the Patriots swept a quadrangular meet versus Morgantown, John Marshall and host Brooke.
Both senior captain Joe Miller and sophomore standout Garrett Fink had a pair of individual titles as South amassed 117 points compared to 82 for runnerup Morgantown. Brooke was third with 58 and John Marshall fourth with 50.
Miller captured both the 200 and 500 freestyle races while Fink took the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly titles. Senior captain Garrett DePergola had a pair of seconds, in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke. Matching his effort was sophomore Kinzie Bailey, the runnerup to Miller in both the 200 and 500 freestyle. Junior Lane Burton captured the 100 backstroke and placed third in the 200 individual medley.
South’s girls placed third. Morgantown came out on top with 130 points, followed by Brooke with 81, South with 58 and John Marshall with 50.
Sophomore Emily Gersper had a pair of seconds for South, in the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke. Senior captain Anna Pasternak was second in the 100 freestyle and sophomore Rachel Kirk third in the 100 backstroke.
Belpre girls defeat Caldwell, 52-39
MARIETTA-The Belpre Golden Eagles turned a three- point lead into a 13-point lead with a 12-2 run in the final three minutes of the first half and then went on to defeat the Caldwell Redskins 52-39 Saturday afternoon at Ban Johnson Arena.
Junior guard Sierra Barker tossed in 22 points and Katelyn Hughes added 10 as the Eagles won their second consecutive game to open the 2013-2014 season.
Belpre led 16-9 after one period before Caldwell strung together a 10-6 run to cut the deficit to 22-19 five minutes into the second quarter.
Barker’s three ball and a rebound and score by Rachel Packard increased the Eagle lead to eight and after a Megan Devol field goal made it a 27-21 game, a three-pointer by Kenzie Reed and back-to-back buckets by Sierra and Cheyenne Barker gave Belpre the comfortable 34-21 lead at intermission.
Caldwell head coach Ashley Dailey felt the final three minutes of the half proved to be the difference for her Redskins.
“We played well at times but we just had a couple of big let downs that really cost us,” said Dailey in her third year as Caldwell head coach. “We do some really good things on the court, but we just are making too many mistakes at the same time.”
Sierra Barker picked up in the second half much the way she ended the first as she drilled a pair of triples and scored another basket after coming up with a steal to push the Eagle lead to a game-high 19 points at 42-23.
“She (Barker) got a couple of fouls early on in our opener and had to sit out most of the first half,” said Belpre head coach Scott Miller of Barker. “I was very pleased with the way she was able to run the floor and she is capable of scoring at any time.”
The ‘Skins attempted to chip away at the Belpre lead as a Tiffany Yerian basket late in the third quarter trimmed the lead to 14 but they were unable to pose a real threat against Belpre in the final quarter.