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Trouble at the corners for Mountaineers

MORGANTOWN — It may only be week three of the 2017 season, but it’s not too soon for veteran WVU defensive coordinator Tony Gibson to be concerned over the performance of his unit in the Mountaineers’ first two games. “We are not happy right now,” Gibson lamented during ...

Delaware State seeking first 2017 win

DOVER, Del. — Let’s face it. Hornets can be pesky at times. That won’t be the case, however, at noon on Saturday when the Hornets from Delaware State University pay their first ever visit to Milan Puskar Stadium. Head coach Kenny Carter’s third DSU squad is coming off of a winless ...

St. Marys’ Jaiden Smith (21) carries the ball as Marietta’s Kail Hill (3) tries to tackle him during a high school football game Thursday night in St. Marys. Photo by Jordan Holland.

Blue Devils defeat Marietta, 63-19

ST. MARYS — If Thursday’s game against Marietta was St. Marys’ first true test of the season, then the Blue Devils passed with flying colors. St. Marys (3-0) forced Marietta into turnovers on its first two possessions, scoring on the next play each time, to take a quick 14-0 lead en ...

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Marietta High’s Meredith Coil prepares to serve during a high school tennis match against Athens Wednesday at Glendale Courts in Marietta.

Marietta’s Meredith Coil still unbeaten in No. 1 singles

MARIETTA — Meredith Coil won not only her No. 1 singles match but also beat the rain — barely — in the process. Just minutes after the Marietta Tiger tennis standout swept Athens’ Veda Conjeevaram, 6-0, 6-0, at the Glendale Courts Wednesday, Mother Nature intervened, and the rest of ...

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Parkersburg High's Tyler Moler carries with him St. Albans' defenders during the Big Reds' 49-10 Week 1 win over the Red Dragons.

Big Reds back on the road against Highlanders

PARKERSBURG — No. 2 Huntington (3-0) will be out to win its seventh straight game against visiting No. 13 Parkersburg (1-1) here Friday night when the Big Reds take on the Highlanders in a Mountain State Athletic Conference showdown. A year ago, head coach Billy Seals’ Highlanders left ...

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Parkersburg South's Tyee Gibson runs by the outstretched arm of Morgantown's Luke Milne in a Week 2 showdown between the Patriots and Mohigans.

Patriots face off against Tigers’ triple-option attack

PARKERSBURG — Someone will pick up their first win of the season when Parkersburg South (0-3) travels for a 7 p.m. road matchup against Princeton (0-2) Friday night. Obviously, Patriot head coach Mike Eddy hopes it is his team grabbing victory No. 1. “We’re not in that must-win ...

Mistakes haunting Yellowjackets, Maroon Knights

WHEELING — In becoming two of West Virginia’s perennial Class A football powers over the years, both Williamstown and Wheeling Central have prided themselves on playing good fundamental football with few mistakes. However, early in the 2017 campaign both the Yellowjackets and Maroon ...

Parkersburg High captured the Parkersburg City Cup back from Parkersburg South, 4.5 points to 3.5 points, Tuesday at the Parkersburg Country Club in Vienna. Pictured with the City Cup from left to right in the front row: Jackson DeVol, Isaac Prine, Nicole Lincicome, Dylan Shaver; back row (L to R): Trey Rossana, Garrett Ballway, Carter Stone and Daniel Wharton.

PHS wins back the City Cup

PARKERSBURG — The annual match-play tournament known as the City Cup between Parkersburg and Parkersburg South came down to a freshman vs. freshman matchup to decide the final outcome here Tuesday at the Parkersburg Country Club. Down one point and requiring one point to win, all eyes were ...

Marietta High’s Austyn Chen, left, controls the ball as Parkersburg High’s Caden Rogers keeps pace during a high school boys soccer match Tuesday at Stadium Field. Photo by Ron Johnston.

Big Red boys hand Marietta its first defeat

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg High pinned Marietta High with its first soccer setback of the season. The W.Va. Class AAA, ninth-ranked Big Reds scored four second-half goals en route to a 5-0 triumph over the Tigers Tuesday night at Stadium Field. “I didn’t expect that,” said PHS head ...

Week 3 prep grid takeaways

There can never be enough football talk this time of year. One of the most watched sports in the Mountain State is in full-swing and with it comes me catching up on all the action around the state from the previous night, which kicks off an always busy Saturday for me afterwards. Here are a ...

West Virginia quarterback Will Grier (7) attempts a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against East Carolina, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson)

Mountaineers QB leads team past East Carolina

MORGANTOWN — Coming into the 2017 season it was a well-known fact that West Virginia (1-1) and veteran head coach Dana Holgorsen would have a lot of weapons on offense to surround University of Florida transfer Will Grier. Fans of the Old Gold and Blue saw some of those weapons in the ...

Parkersburg’s Shelby Roberts (13) and Grace West (16) go up for a double block during Saturday’s second annual Carl Harnish Snowball Invitational inside Memorial Fieldhouse. 

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Jay W. Bennett

Hurricane tops Spring Valley at Snowball Invite

PARKERSBURG — Hurricane didn’t do it the easy way, but the Redskins of head coach Allie Pennington got it done when they needed to by knocking off Spring Valley 27-29, 25-14 and 15-10 to win the second annual Carl Harnish Snowball Invitational here Saturday night inside Memorial ...

Ripley’s Tori Starcher is the first girl to cross the finish line at Saturday’s Chick-fil-A Invitational in Mineral Wells. 

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Big Red boys 1st at Chick-fil-A Invitational race

MINERAL WELLS — Parkersburg High’s varsity harriers enjoyed a productive Saturday on the 5K race course. The Big Red boys claimed the team title with 78 points, while the red and white girls were runners-up in their run at the Chick-fil-A Invitational cross country meet at the Wood County ...

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Parkersburg’s Sarah Moise and Parkersburg South’s Riley Pigott battle for control of the ball during the Patriots’ 2-0 win over the Big Reds Saturday at PHS Stadium Field.

South girls fight off PHS for 2-0 victory

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg South netted one goal per half and keeper Sophia Miller pitched a shutout during the Patriots’ 2-0 win over crosstown rival PHS on Saturday at PHS Stadium Field. Ron Bucholtz’ team improved to 2-0 against Eric McCoy’s Big Reds in a matchup just as physical ...

West Virginia wide receiver Gary Jennings celebrates his touchdown in the second half of an NCAA college football game Sunday against Virginia Tech in Landover, Md. (AP Photo)

Mountaineers face off against ECU Pirates

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia (0-1) and East Carolina (0-1) enter Saturday’s noon showdown at Milan Puskar Stadium with one goal in mind – the running game. “James Madison (who beat ECU 34-14) is a very good opponent,” offensive coordinator Jake Spavital said. “If you watch their ...

Ritchie County’s Brianna Jones, pictured here setting the ball earlier this season, will join her Rebel teammates at today’s second annual Carl Harnish Snowball Invitational. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Snowball Invite pool play begins

PARKERSBURG — A loaded field will be on hand when the second annual Carl Harnish Snowball Invitational gets underway at 9 a.m. today inside Memorial Fieldhouse. While every coach wants to win their own tournament, Big Red boss Erin Thorpe knows that task is never easy. Last year, the Big ...

Ritchie County’s Brianna Jones, pictured here setting the ball earlier this season, will join her Rebel teammates at today’s second annual Carl Harnish Snowball Invitational. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Tigers score hefty win over ’Jackets

MARIETTA — Marietta High football coach Jason Schob and his staff gameplanned all week to run the football early and often against Williamstown Friday at Don Drumm Stadium. After all, the Yellowjackets allowed 360 yards to Hunter Partridge in a 45-30 loss to Magnolis last week. However, it ...

Parkersburg South’s Tyee Gibson battles with Morgantown’s Ben Turner during the Mohigans’ 31-10 win over the Patriots Friday night at Erickson All-Sports Facility. Photo by Joe Albright.

Mohigans top Patriots, 31-10

PARKERSBURG — Morgantown scored the only points of the second half to turn a 17-10 halftime lead into a 31-10 win over host Parkersburg South Friday night at the Erickson All-Sports to drop the Patriots to 0-3 on the season. For the now 1-2 Mohigans, Ty Kochesky rambled for 228 yards on 22 ...

Parkersburg’s Nathaniel Steed catches a pass from QB Jake Johnson as Capital’s KJ Figures tries to tip it away. Photo by Chris Dorst, Charleston Gazette-Mail.

Capital claims victory over PHS

CHARLESTON — After jumping into a big lead early, Capital needed a couple of fourth-quarter touchdowns to pick up a 40-21 victory against Parkersburg on Friday night at University of Charleston Stadium. The Cougars (2-1) had a 27-0 lead in the second quarter before the Big Reds were able to ...

Wirt County’s Aaron Peterman, left, gets help from fellow Tiger Casey Stanley to bring down Gilmer County’s Joey Frame for a loss Friday night at Wilson-Eismon Field during the orange and black’s 36-28 homecoming triumph. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Wirt outlasts Gilmer for homecoming win

ELIZABETH — Gilmer County fought tooth and nail all evening long here Friday night at Wilson-Eismon Field, but host Wirt County managed to outlast the Titans for a 36-28 homecoming victory. It appeared the orange and black would roll to an easy triumph after leading 20-6 after one and 36-6 ...