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Parkersburg Post 15 right fielder Hayden Morris makes the play on a sinking liner earlier this season against Beckley Post 32. Post 15 is scheduled for three consecutive doubleheaders, starting today at Beckley Post 32, before entering American Legion Area 3 play on Wednesday.

Legion season down to nitty-gritty for Post 15

PARKERSBURG — It’s all down to the nitty-gritty now for the Parkersburg American Legion Post 15 baseball team. Today, Sunday and Monday, Post 15 plays its last six regular-season games, including four key Area 3 contests to find out where it will be seeded starting Wednesday in the area ...

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Marietta Post 64’s Trent Dawson, right, dives back to first base as Cambridge Post 84’s Steve McPeek fields a pickoff throw during an American Legion Region 8, District 11 tournament baseball game Friday at Don Coss Field in Cambridge.

Post 64 opens tourney with win over Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE — Marietta Post 64’s southpaw pitchers gave Cambridge Post 84 batters fits. Starter Brandon Schamp gave up three hits and reliever Turner Hill none as the Mariettans downed the Guernsey Countians, 7-3, in American Legion district tournament opening round baseball action Friday ...

Wrestlers headed to nationals

Every summer when the calendar hits the middle of July, that means one thing for wrestling fans — the Fargo Nationals. Seven area grapplers are leaving today to make the trek to the Fargodome to compete in the U.S. Marine Corps Junior and Cadet Nationals and that includes Parkersburg South ...

Belpre Youth Football players, left to right, Braden Green, Willis Starcher, and Thomas Green, pose for a photo at the Belpre High School practice field Tuesday. Photo by Ron Johnston.

Belpre Youth Football seeking growth

BELPRE — Tessi Davis enjoys a challenge, whether it’s in the Toughman Contest ring or as a first-year Belpre Youth Football co-commisioner. Last year, the former Parkersburg Big Red was a Toughman champion twice in the women’s light-heavyweight division, once in Parkersburg and the ...

Pirates at the deadline

The Pittsburgh Pirates are in an interesting position at the approach of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Owners of a 42-47 record at the break and in fourth place of the surprisingly mediocre National League Central and seven games behind the first place Milwaukee Brewers would be ...

Beverly/Lowell falls to Hebron

BEVERLY — Logan Isner slugged a home run and had a double. He was hot, but Beverly/Lowell Post 389/750 was not as it dropped a 4-3 decision to visiting Hebron Post 285 in American Legion baseball action at Fort Frye High Tuesday night. “We’re just not getting it done at the plate ...

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Warren’s Chase Weihl delivers a pitch to an awaiting Parkersburg South batter during a 2017 regular season game earlier this year. Weihl committed to Potomac State early Tuesday afternoon.

Warren’s Chase Weihl commits to Potomac State baseball team

VINCENT — Chase Weihl was both a baseball and basketball standout at Warren High. Not surprisingly, the 17-year-old student/athlete was being recruited to play at the college level. On Monday in the WHS lobby, Weihl made his decision to play baseball and committed to Potomac State ...

Beverly/Lowell’s Drew Huffman slides safely across homeplate as Parkersburg Post 15 pitcher Ben Mack attempts to tag him during American Legion Game 2 actionSunday  at Fort Frye. Photo by Ron Johnston.

Bev-Low Post 389/750 sweeps Post 15

BEVERLY — Beverly/Lowell enjoyed another broomfest. Post 389/750 extended its winning streak to nine games with a pair of 5-3 triumphs over visiting Parkersburg Post 15 in American Legion baseball action Sunday at Fort Frye High. Earlier this season, Bev-Low swept the Parkersburg legion ...

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Erwin DeGraef, left, and daughter Demi DeGraef will be running in their third Parkersburg News and Sentinel Half Marathon together in August.

Half marathon a DeGraef family affair

PARKERSBURG — As Erwin DeGraef and his daughter, Demi, prepare to run their third Parkersburg News and Sentinel Half Marathon together this August, they looked back at the first time they ran it together a few years ago. Demi, a standout sprinter in high school at Parkersburg South and ...

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Marietta’s Eli Vessels, left, is tagged out at the plate by Worthington Wildcats catcher Charlie Williams during 8U All-Star Tournament baseball action at the Worthington Ball Fields in Parkersburg Saturday.

Worthington rallies to defeat Bantam all-stars

PARKERSBURG — Marietta only trailed once in the game — at the end. The Tiger 8U Bantam League all-stars came out swinging in the opening inning but then faded fast and dropped an 8-7 decision to the Worthington C Wildcats in tournament action at Worthington Ball Fields Saturday. “We ...

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Marietta resident Glynn Goodwin placed third at a Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Open event last weekend.

Local man hooks 3rd place at Bassmaster event

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Glynn Goodwin had a good finish on Oneida Lake at last Saturday’s Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Open No. 1. But the angler right behind the 35-year-old Mariettan after Day 2 of the three-day event in upstate New York was just a tad better with a winning ...

Marietta Post 64’s Isaac Huffman slides safely into home plate as Lancaster catcher Logan Fyffe attempts to apply the tag during an American Legion baseball game against Lancaster Saturday at Don Schaly Stadium.

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Post 64 earns two wins vs. Lancaster

MARIETTA — Visiting Lancaster Post 11 came into Saturday afternoon’s doubleheader at Don Schaly Stadium against Marietta Post 64 sporting more wins than Marietta had games played. It took Post 64 just ten innings to dispose of the visitors as they rolled to an 11-1 five inning win in the ...

Belpre football hopes to bounce back

BELPRE — For Greg Adams, who played football at Belpre under Ralph Holder, 2017 will be his eighth season at the Golden Eagles’ grid helm The first few years were a struggle for Adams and his staff, but eventually they turned things around, culminating in back-to-back state playoff berths ...

Parkersburg’s Tim Phillips is hungry for Hungary

Parkersburg native Tim Phillips came close to declaring his retirement from the sport of swimming after the 2016 Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb. Thankfully, the former Ohio State All-American held off on the decision and his patience was rewarded with a trip to the 17thFINA World Championships ...

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WVU basketball players (from left) Nathan Adrian and James Long pose with Trey, Trevor and Raegan Myer before a youth clinic Wednesday at Parkersburg South.

Pair of WVU cagers spice up youth clinic

PARKERSBURG — Former WVU basketball players Nathan Adrian and James Long brought along their court experience and knowledge to impart how to improve their game on the grade 1-9 boys and girls who turned out for a youth basketball clinic Wednesday at Parkersburg South. However, a more ...

MLB halfway awards

Sunday’s game for many teams marked the official halfway point of the 2017 Major League Baseball season. With the passing of the 82nd game of the season, one of my favorite times of the years arrives. What is it you ask? It is when media members and sports websites hand out their ...

Sarah Pugh, a regular News and Sentinel Half Marathon runner since 2013, has made several bonds with other local runners that have lasted for years. She will be competing at the event again in August. Photo by Jordan Holland.

Pugh shares bonds with other runners

PARKERSBURG — Some people think of running as a lonely sport. Not the way Sara Pugh does it. The Parkersburg resident, who moved to the area from Martinsville, Ind., with her husband in 2002, ran her first News and Sentinel Half Marathon in 2013, and has been back every year since. ...

Williamstown’s Carter Haynes runs downfield during a high school football game against Buffalo last year. Photo courtesy of Michael Uhl.

Williamstown eyes return to playoffs

WILLIAMSTOWN — One thing which has become synonymous with Class A football is Williamstown High School being in the postseason. It doesn’t look like that’s going to change anytime soon as 14th-year Yellowjacket head coach Terry Smith should have a solid squad in 2017. Despite ...

Mid-Ohio Valley local Marie Discini competed in the 2017 Midwest Closed Championships G-16 this past weekend in Indianapolis, Ind. Discini made it to the consolation second round of the event. She picked up a consolation first-round win over Columbus, Ohio’s Paige Kompa 6-2, 5-7, 6-0.

Discini has successful trip to Indy

PARKERSBURG — A lot of talented participants went winless in the 128-player field of the 2017 USTA Midwest Level 1 Closed Championships — Girls 16 this past week in Indianapolis, Ind. Mid-Ohio Valley local Marie Discini was not among them. Victory did not come immediately, however, as ...

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 ...