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South, Big Red boys to battle tonight

PARKERSBURG — An early-season challenge awaits Parkersburg and Parkersburg South at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Rod Oldham Athletic Center. The rivals are set do battle in each team’s final game before Christmas, and both head coaches know it will be a tough test. “The thing with South is ...

Parkersburg South tops best of Class AA/A competition

PARKERSBURG — Although it took nearly five hours to complete, wrestling fans definitely got what they paid for here Thursday night inside the Rod Oldham Athletic Center as Class AAA defending state champion Parkersburg South and the top two programs in Class AA/A varsity wrestling squared off ...

Waterford girls roll Belpre, 64-18

BELPRE — Waterford’s girls basketball team has been the best in Washington County for four years now. Others might say they’ve been the best in the Mid-Ohio Valley, but the Wildcats coach Jerry Close isn’t so sure that’s true this year. “I like the way this team is maturing. We ...

Cadets’ Liedtke wins 600th game

BEVERLY — Head coach Dan Liedtke got an early Christmas present with Fort Frye High’s 40-33 triumph over visiting Hannibal River High in a girls’ basketball game Thursday night. The victory was a career milestone 600 (both boys and girls) for the longtime Cadet boss. “It never ...

Notre Dame tops Catholic boys, 74-57

PARKERSBURG — Defending Class A state champion Clarksburg Notre Dame claimed a 74-57 boys basketball win over host Parkersburg Catholic Thursday night as the Crusaders’ record dropped to 3-2. Both squads had a pair of double-digit point-producers on the night as Robert Griffith netted 21 ...

South drops 1st decision of season in tourney finale

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg South is “probably not going to play another team with two 6-10 guys” again this season, stated Patriot boys head basketball coach Mike Fallon after his team’s first loss of the season Wednesday night. But the Patriots did have to Wednesday in the ...

Parkersburg swim team tops Marietta

PARKERSBURG — Wednesday’s dual swim meet between Marietta High School and the host Big Reds of Parkersburg at the YMCA was more about continued improvement than the final results. While the Big Reds of head coach Terry Nisewarner swept the meet with a 104-61 win for the girls and a 123-31 ...

Mountaineers ink 18 during early signing period

MORGANTOWN — National Letter of Intent Signing Day actually came two weeks early for veteran head coach Dana Holgorsen and his West Virginia University Mountaineers when seniors-to-be Will Grier and David Sills V announced their intentions to return to campus for their final years of ...

Huntington’s Darnell Wright wins the Stydahar Award

HUNTINGTON — For years, there has been an image of offensive and defensive linemen that they are just big guys who like to bully each other along the line of scrimmage in the nasty area called the trenches. While part of that is true, Huntington High junior two-way standout Darnell Wright is ...

Capital Victory!

PARKERSBURG — Fans were able to take in a pair of action-packed games here Tuesday evening inside the Rod Oldham Athletic Center during the Parkersburg South Holiday Tournament. Sasha Sukhanov and Anderson Mirambeaux each had big games to help lift Teays Valley Christian past First Love ...

Warren boys roll by rival Belpre, 80-42

BELPRE — Outmanned Belpre stayed with visiting Warren for most of the first half before the Warriors ran away from the Golden Eagles to record a 80-42 boys basketball win Tuesday night. Senior Josh Huffman was a mighty man in the middle for Warren on the night, piling up 29 points to pace ...

Big Reds respond: PHS girls dismantle George Washington

PARKERSBURG — Visiting George Washington held a 17-15 advantage after one period of play against host Parkersburg Monday night inside PHS Memorial Fieldhouse. However, the momentum swayed in the blink of an eye. The Big Reds went on a 13-0 run in the opening two minutes of the second ...

Yellowjackets win big over St. Marys

WILLIAMSTOWN — It’s easy to see that coach Scott Sauro is taking a different approach with his young Williamstown squad. If a player turns the ball over, Sauro pops up and offers encouragement. Make a bad cut; he’s out in front making a suggestion. “It’s coaching,” Sauro said. ...

This week in MOV athletics

Now the Winter Tab and schedule book are done and in reader’s hands, I can turn my attention to the action on the court, in the water and on the mats. Last year, I started a column to keep high school sports fans up-to-date with the happenings each week in the Mid-Ohio Valley prep sports ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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 ...