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Prine in middle of ‘best year’ on the links

VIENNA — It’s been quite a summer for Isaac Prine so far swinging his golf clubs. To start off, Prine, a Parkersburg High School golfer who just turned age 17 and will be a senior this fall, qualified for and played in the West Virginia Amateur for the first time ever. In one of ...

Mountaineers’ summer in three words

MORGANTOWN — Just three little words, but they mean so much. Especially to fans of the West Virginia University football team. No. Those would not be ‘I love you’, but rather ‘bigger, stronger, faster’. Ask senior running back Justin Crawford what he has been working on most since ...

Ellis steps down as Wildcats’ cage boss

WILLIAMSTOWN — Dan Ellis already has one grandchild with another on the way. “Wade, my son, has a little girl and my daughter Danelle is expecting a baby in August,” said the longtime Wood County Christian School boys’ basketball coach before the start of the Total Package Basketball ...

Brothers to play hoops together at OVU

McCONNELSVILLE, Ohio — Help is on the way. Ohio Valley University, 2-23 overall on the hardwood last winter, may have improved its team outlook with the addition of two Morgan High basketball players, who also happen to be brothers. In a signing ceremony in the MHS lobby Friday night, Dre ...

Buckeyes, Bobcats, and football

Well, it’s the first of July, so college football is — really, honestly — not that far away. The 2017 preview magazines are on the newstands, led by the reappearance of the legendary Street & Smith’s, which I always bought as a kid — both the college and pro football ...

Gilmer County football hoping for continued success

GLENVILLE — A season for the ages is what the Gilmer County football team lived through in 2016. Along with the first undefeated campaign in school history, the Titans finished 11-1 and captured the school’s only postseason victory against Summers County. Fast forward to this year, the ...

Tim Phillips qualifies for world championships in Budapest, Hungary

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Parkersburg native Tim Phillips qualified for his second FINA World Championships here Thursday evening during the USA Swimming Nationals. The former Ohio State All-American finished the 100 butterfly in 51.30, which was good enough for a runner-up effort behind ...

Better days coming for Calhoun football

Football, in its most basic form, is a simple game — score more points than your opponent and win. That’s something Calhoun County didn’t do too much of last year as evidenced by its 52 points scored. Only Hundred, which played nine games, amassed fewer points (50) in all of Class ...

West Virginia’s Perry to sign with Red Sox

PARKERSBURG — A childhood dream transforms into real life for Hurricane High graduate Aaron Perry as soon as he signs on the dotted line to become one of the newest pitchers in the Boston Red Sox organization Saturday. “This is breathtaking,” said Perry. “To have the opportunity to ...

Bradford pitches gem for Beverly/Lowell

BEVERLY — Beverly/Lowell Post 389/750 head coach Todd Engle was a little concerned his team might come out a little sluggish Wednesday night against St. Clairsville Post 159 one day after making the long trip back home after a weekend full of baseball in South Carolina. Turns out the ...

Kids have fun at Pioneer hoops camp

MARIETTA — Fun was the watchword at Marietta College’s Ban Johnson Arena and Dyson Baudo Recreation Center Tuesday morning, the second day of the Pioneer Basketball Camp. A little over 150 boys and girls were on the courts to learn more about the game of basketball. “We’ve got quite ...

Post 64 wins wild game over Athens, 13-12

MARIETTA — Marietta Post 64 head coach Brian Brewer summed up Tuesday’s game against Athens Post 21 nicely. “Survival of the fittest?” Brewer joked after his team’s wild 13-12 victory at Don Schaly Stadium. Post 64, which improved to 7-3, trailed 6-1 early, but came back to tie the ...

Josh Sills to make impact on WVU O-line in 2017

MORGANTOWN — As a two-year starter for head coach Jeff Twiddy at Meadowbrook High School, Josh Sills’ impact was felt on all sides of the football. An Associated Press All-Ohio Division IV first teamer in 2015, Sills helped the team to a 9-2 mark and a berth in the state playoffs. His ...

Pickering takes over Yellowjacket girls’ soccer

WILLIAMSTOWN — Dave Pickering never played soccer at his prep alma mater Fort Frye, because the Beverly-based school never fielded a team. “I’d never seen this funny looking ball,” smiled the 49-year-old Williamstown doctor during a break at Waybright Youth Soccer Fields in ...

South’s three-week period successful

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg South football is enjoying a successful three-week flex period despite not being able to hold true gridiron practices. “Let’s be honest this isn’t really football,” said Patriot head man Mike Eddy. “This time has given us the opportunity to evaluate new ...

Roane’s May signs with WVU

SPENCER — Roane County football player Tyler May fulfilled a lifelong dream when he signed on the dotted line as a preferred walk-on for the West Virginia University gridiron program earlier this year. However, his commitment took longer than expected. Then-WVU offensive line coach Ron ...

Gilmer’s Cole Haley headed to Concord

GLENVILLE — A special senior season for Gilmer County first-team Class A all-state linebacker Cole Haley is something he’s never going to forget, but the now ex-Titan will have the chance to make plenty of new memories as he opted to continue his gridiron career for Division II Mountain ...

Mountaineer players mum on team’s opener with Virginia Tech

MORGANTOWN — If coaches, players or fans of the Virginia Tech football team are expecting to hear anything from longtime rival West Virginia that they can use as ‘bulletin board material’, they should think again. “I really don’t want to talk about Virginia Tech,” senior ...

Belpre basketball welcomes Tyler Leasure

BELPRE — Former Belpre High School basketball player Tyler Leasure is the new head varsity coach for Golden Eagles boys basketball, as of May 15 when he was hired by the Belpre City Schools Board of Education. Leasure, 25, takes over the reins from Chad Williams, another ex-Belpre cager ...