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Sheppard hanging up gloves

Following more than 100 professional bouts, promoter Mike Sheppard officially has decided to hang things up and retire as a fighter. “I’m just not going to compete anymore. I’m 43 and I’m tired,” admitted Sheppard, who noted his 40th show will take place on Saturday, July 28 at the ...

MOV Sports Hall of Fame adds 10 to its rolls

VIENNA — At its 21st annual induction banquet Saturday evening, the Mid-Ohio Valley Sports Hall of Fame added 10 new enshrinees to its rolls as the Class of 2018 was taken into the hall. The inductees were Jack Clark and Mark Eliopulos from Washington County; Linda Moyer Burdette-Good, Jack ...

Hedgesville’s DeLauter named player of year

HEDGESVILLE — High school baseball players regularly double up as pitchers and regular position players on the field. Limited roster numbers force many players into multiple- or double-position players. Sometimes, it works out like a double play: they serve two positions well. Other times, ...

Jackson Middle School wins all-sports trophy

PARKERSBURG — Jackson Middle School edged out out Edison by half a point to claim its first Wood County Middle School All-Sports trophy in a decade. The Generals finished with 100 points while Edison tallied 99.5, the closest margin of victory in competition history. Third place ...

Marietta High’s Lexie Mullen commits to West Liberty women’s soccer

MARIETTA — When the Marietta High girls’ soccer season kicks off in earnest in August, Lexie Mullen will have at least one item checked off on her senior to-do list. The high-scoring Tiger striker recently announced where she’s planning to attend college, and...envelope, please. It’s ...

Doddridge County Burnside’s honor obvious

Allegiances as a sports journalist don’t last long once you secure a job. Some writers may begin their career with preferences, but this shouldn’t last long. Staying focused on one team, especially when coverage can span across a large area like the Mid-Ohio Valley, leaves one uneducated ...

Marietta Post 64 sweeps Cambridge

MARIETTA — Zach Cunningham was one of the leaders of the Marietta Post 64 hit parade. The former Frontier High baseball standout stroked three hits, including a double, to help the Marietta team defeat Cambridge Post 84, 11-6, in the opening game of a doubleheader at Legion Field Thursday ...

Rally by the River a local hit

VIENNA — For the 51st straight time in Parkersburg Thursday evening, Marshall University made its annual trip to the Mid-Ohio Valley another success as Thundering Herd former players, current head coaches, athletic director and cheerleaders highlighted the Rally by the River at Buzzie Dils ...

Beverly/Lowell grasps 7-6 win over St. Clairsville Post 159

BEVERLY — Tanner Neal’s clutch two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning proved to be the game-winner as Beverly/Lowell Post 389/750 rallied for a 7-6 win over St. Clairsville Post 159 Thursday evening at Fort Frye High School. Neal’s base-hit took his evening from bad ...

Class AAA players selected

CHARLESTON — Since its formation in 1993, the Mountain State Athletic Conference has been one of the dominant forces in West Virginia Class AAA baseball, with its schools producing 14 state championships and 10 of the last 17 state players of the year. The MSAC adds to that tradition this ...

Swain pitches Parkersburg Post 15 past Athens Post 21

PARKERSBURG — Chase Swain hurled a five-hit complete game and host Parkersburg Post 15 scored the first six runs en route to a 6-2 American Legion baseball win over Athens Post 21 in the first game of a doubleheader Wednesday evening at City Park. The win gave Post 15 a 3-2 record going into ...

Wiggins set for summer

Dalton Wiggins sure hopes his new gig lasts all summer long. The recent Parkersburg South graduate, who earned second team Class AAA all-state honors in 2017, just completed his freshman season as a pitcher for Marietta College and head coach Brian Brewer. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound righty was ...

Rick Haught new leader of Ritchie County gridiron squad

ELLENBORO — The task at hand in terms of attaining wins and avoiding losses might not be easy, but expect the Ritchie County football program to do its best on the gridiron this fall. Rick Haught, the boys track coach at Ritchie County, has taken over the helm of the Rebels and he’s ...

Indians’ pitcher Brayden Lesher leads Class AA All-State baseball top group

BRIDGEPORT - Brayden Lesher capped off his senior season at Bridgeport High with a pitching performance he never could have imagined in Saturday’s Class AA title game against Wayne. Despite lasting five innings, Lesher surrendered 12 runs on 13 hits, with the Pioneers scoring six runs alone ...

WVU’s Madeline Gardner faces the best during NCAAs this week

MORGANTOWN — Redshirt senior Amy Cashin and redshirt junior Madelin Gardner of the West Virginia University track and field team travel to the 2018 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships, from June 6-9, in Eugene, Oregon. Cashin is set to compete in the women’s 3,000-meter ...

Red Devils’ Swain captains first team

PARKERSBURG — For the second year in a row, Ravenswood High’s baseball team made a trip to the state tournament. Two constants from both groups were the bat and arm of Chase Swain. Leading his team in hitting and second in pitching, he helped the Red Devils advance to the 2017 title game ...

Kids Classic raises $191K

VIENNA — On Monday a total of 140 golfers participated in the kids golf classic at the Parkersburg Country Club. The fundraiser, sponsored in part with United Bank, raised $191,000 for the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg. “United Bank has done a wonderful job over the last 20 years ...

Meadows waiting for a ring

Former Williamstown football standout and ex-West Virginia University long snapper Nick Meadows is in a pretty good place at the moment. The 5-11, 225-pounder not only played 26 games for the Mountaineers, but he also was a two-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree. Currently, he’s working ...

Four Warriors earn All-Ohio track honors

COLUMBUS — After helping the 4x800 relay team claim a runner-up finish in the state track meet Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Warren junior Trent Sayre came back Saturday and placed third in the 1600 to earn a spot on the podium once again. Sayre was one of four Warriors to earn ...

Hill breaks Pike Street series record

PARKERSBURG — Wood County resident Amber Hill is affectionately known as the “7-PIN KID” but she now has a new moniker as the queen of Pike Street Lanes. Last month during the West Virginia women’s state tournament, the claims adjuster for Highmark bested the 2012 house series record ...