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Parkersburg South’s Megan Ellis delivers home during a high school softball game against John Marshall Tuesday. The Patriots lost, 12-0.

South softball falls in season opener

PARKERSBURG — In its softball season opener Tuesday afternoon, host Parkersburg South managed one hit in five innings and got blanked 12-0 by John Marshall at Godbey Field in the first game of a doubleheader. The Patriots’ lone hit for first-year head coach Cindi Taylor was a one-out ...

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Ravenswood senior Riley Heatherington, left, and teammate Isaiah Morgan attempt to block a shot by Madonna’s Tavon Jeter during the Class A state semfinals. Heatherington was named first-team all-state by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association while Morgan was honored as the captain of the second team.

Heatherington and Shuff named first team all-state

CLARKSBURG — One of the many things Jarrod West has brought to the table as a high school basketball player is his desire to make everybody on the court with him better. That’s the type of outlook fitting of a leader. West, a senior for state champion Notre Dame who will continue his ...

Waterford’s Welch named to first-team All-Ohio squad

COLUMBUS — Many young basketball players grow up wanting to be like Mike, as in Michael Jordan. Jordan Welch wanted to be like Evan French. Welch, who was named first team All-Ohio in Division IV Monday, was a fan of French coming into high school and wanted to emulate his game after the ...

Williamstown's Ashley Morris (10) looks to pass to an open teammate, while defended by Tucker County's Sydney Moore (22) during a 2016-17 W.Va. Class A girls basketball state quarterfinal. Morris was named captain of the W.Va. Class A All-State first team as named by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association. Photo by Joe Albright.

Williamstown’s Morris named first team all-state captain

PARKERSBURG — Class A’s eight schools at the 2016-17 girls basketball state tournament were well represented on the all-state first team as selected by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association. Seven of the eight honorees were selected from one of the deepest Class A fields ever. ...

Calhoun County graduate Andrew Satterfield, right, reacts after taking a punch from Clarksburg’s Brandon Perkins during their amateur kickboxing match Saturday at Fieldhouse Fight Night 6 inside Parkersburg High School. Satterfield defeated his opponent via unanimous decision. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Messer wins first W.Va. MMA pro fight

PARKERSBURG — Maria Messer registered a split decision versus Amanda Miller to win the first women’s professional mixed martial arts fight in the Mountain State while local favorite Donnie Miller was upended in his quest for a boxing title late Saturday at Fieldhouse Fight Night 6 inside ...

Gilmer County’s Riley Fitzwater goes up for a shot against Lincoln earlier this year. Photo by Joe Albright.

Fitzwater named LKC Player of the Year

PARKERSBURG — Gilmer County senior pivot Riley Fitzwater was honored as the Little Kanawha Conference’s Player of the Year. The Titans, who won the 2016 Class A state championship and advanced to the state quarterfinals this year, knocked off rival Williamstown for the conference ...

Ravenswood High School, which won the Little Kanawha Conference championship for head coach Mick Price, poses with the Class A state runner-up trophy following Saturday’s championship game loss to Notre Dame inside the Charleston Civic Center. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Ravenswood falls to Notre Dame

CHARLESTON — Notre Dame was unconscious from the field in the first half during the Class A state championship game and Ravenswood battled from behind all afternoon here Saturday inside the Charleston Civic Center before eventually falling to the Irish, 63-55. State Player of the Year ...

Waterford head coach Jerry Close speaks with media following a 61-41 loss to Hiland in the Division IV girls basketball state championship game Saturday at the Jerome Schottenstein Center in Columbus. Photo by Jordan Holland.

Waterford loses to No. 1 Berlin Hiland

COLUMBUS — Berlin Hiland lived up to its No. 1 ranking in Ohio Division IV. The Hawks claimed the school’s fifth girls state basketball crown with a 61-41 triumph over defending state champion Waterford High at Value City Arena Saturday. Hiland (29-1) and No. 4 Waterford (25-4) were ...

Waterford’s Megan Ball (24) goes in for a layup during Thursday’s Ohio Division IV state semifinal contest against Jackson Center at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Waterford won, 37-35. Photo by Ron Johnston.

Duff’s buzzer-beating drive lifts Waterford

COLUMBUS — Hayley Duff came to the rescue. The 5-foot-8 junior’s buzzer-beating drive and layup helped Waterford High defeat Jackson Center, 37-35, in an Ohio Division IV girls’ basketball semifinal at Value City Arena Thursday night. “Quite honestly, I had no clue how much time was ...

Parkersburg’s Donnie Miller, pictured here at the Dawghouse Gym, will square off against fellow 154-pounder Eric Palmer of Pennsylvania on Saturday evening in a scheduled six-rounder for the Appalachian Boxing Association’s Northwest title during Fieldhouse Fight Night 6 at Parkersburg High School. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Veteran boxer Miller anxious for Fight Night

PARKERSBURG — Professional veteran boxer Donnie Miller is more than a little amped to get back inside a boxing ring come Saturday evening at Parkersburg High School in one of the bouts on the Fieldhouse Fight Night 6 card. Nearly a dozen and a half fights are scheduled, which includes ...

Ravenswood's Stephen Dawson (23) attempts to get a bucket as St. Joseph Central's Gabe Giampalo (40) tries to block it during Wednesday's Class A state quarterfinal matchup at the Charleston Civic Center. Photo by Jordan Holland.

Ravenswood lights up the Civic Center

CHARLESTON — Ravenswood was not going to go one-and-done in the state tournament again. The Red Devils were just about at their best in a 62-41 win over St. Joseph Central in Wednesday’s Class A state quarterfinals at the Charleston Civic Center. After getting bounced in the first ...

Parkersburg South's Cole Plants (13) guards Capital's Kerry Martin (3) during Wednesday's Class AAA state quarterfinal matchup at the Charleston Civic Center. Photo by Jordan Hollannd.

South falls in rematch with Capital, 85-65

CHARLESTON — Parkersburg South’s double-overtime victory over Capital in the Class AAA state quarterfinals last season is one of the most memorable games in recent West Virginia high school basketball history. In a rematch Wednesday at this year’s tournament at the Charleston Civic ...

Gilmer County's Noah Aviles, left, and Trey Shuff, right, try to trap Notre Dame's Jaret Mullooly during Wednesday's Class A state quarterfinal at the Charleston Civic Center. Photo by Jordan Holland.

Notre Dame sinks Titans

CHARLESTON — Gilmer County trailed Notre Dame 27-26 at the 6:13 mark in the third quarter and seemed ready to strike. Then, everything fell apart. The Irish scored 17 of the game’s next 19 points en route to pulling away for a 66-45 win over the Titans in Wednesday’s Class A state ...

Parkersburg South’s Bobby Foggin, pictured here in a game against Morgantown earlier this year, will join his Patriot teammates for tonight’s Class AAA state quarterfinal tilt against top-seeded Capital in Charleston. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

South boys face No. 1 Capital today at state

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg South embarks today on its fifth straight trip to the state boys basketball tournament in Charleston, and takes on a formidable foe right from the start. Mike Fallon’s 14-11 Patriots, seeded eighth out of the eight-team state-tourney field, is matched up with No. ...

Gilmer County’s Noah Aviles converts a runner between Ravenswood’s Jayden Rhodes (10) and Blake Bennett (4) during the Little Kanawha Conference championship game last month at Glenville State College’s Waco Center. The Titans and Red Devils begin their Class A state tournament run today in the quarterfinals at the Charleston Civic Center. Photo by Jordan Holland.

Ravenswood, Gilmer County ready to make title run

PARKERSBURG — Basketball players always dream about cutting down the nets and being part of the last team left standing and getting that championship hardware. With the start of today’s West Virginia state boys basketball tournament, a pair of Class A programs — Ravenswood and Gilmer ...

Waterford's Jordan Welch goes up for a basket during a high school boys basketball game against Wellington Tuesday in Athens, Ohio. Photo by Mike Morrison.

Waterford ousted in regional semi

ATHENS — For three and a half quarters, Waterford gave lengthy Columbus-Wellington all they wanted and then some despite a definite size disadvantage. In the end the Jaguars proved to be too much for the Wildcats as they pulled away down the stretch to score a 50-43 victory Tuesday night in ...

Waterford’s Riley Burns goes up for a shot attempt in a regular season game for the Wildcats. 
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Waterford boys face Wellington tonight in regional semifinal matchup

WATERFORD — Waterford High has multiple go-to guys on offense. The eighth-ranked Wildcats (20-4) are hoping their balanced scoring will help propel them past Wellington High (19-7) when the two teams get together at 6:15 p.m. today in an Ohio Division IV regional boys’ basketball semifinal ...

Williams-town’s Courtney Dotson, left, drives with the ball during Saturday’s Class A state final aginst Saint Joseph Central at the Charles-ton Civic Center.

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Williamstown falls in state title game

CHARLESTON — One year after a Little Kanawha Conference team (Gilmer County) sent Huntington St. Joe to its first Class A state title game loss in eight years (42-41), the Irish made it back to the final contest of the year to face another LKC team in Williamstown Saturday inside the ...