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Catholic’s Gracie Lowers off to Shepherd

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg Catholic four-year starting libero Gracie Lowers made it official on Wednesday that she will continue her career as a student-athlete for Shepherd University. “It’s the furthest I can get while still being instate,” quipped the Class A all-state netter, who is ...

Belpre’s Kyna Waderker selects Otterbein University

BELPRE — Kyna Waderker is expected to reach a prep career basketball milestone this upcoming season. “I think I’m only about 110 points away from 1,000,” said the Belpre High senior standout. “I should get it some time this year.” Achieving that goal will look good on ...

GAMEDAY: Golden Eagles out to ground the Patriots

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg South Patriots (9-1) are back in the Class AAA football playoffs as the No. 4 seed, and this time, they’re gearing up for a run with some of the biggest expectations they’ve had in over a decade. When first-year head coach Nate Tanner arrived on the scene on ...

GAMEDAY: Upset-minded Big Reds set to visit Musselman

INWOOD — The regular season didn’t end the way he wanted it to, but Parkersburg head coach Mike Byus and his squad are moving forward. The Big Reds lost 49-14 to rival Parkersburg South last Friday, but still finished with a 5-5 overall record and earned the 12th seed in the Class AAA ...

GAMEDAY: Madonna gets first crack at Class A No. 1 Doddridge County

WEST UNION — Darrin Hicks’ question was simple but to the point Sunday morning at the WVSSAC office in Parkersburg. The Madonna head coach’s query steered away from the usual time or location asks of his team’s first round matchup against Doddridge County. “I just wanted to know if ...

GAMEDAY: St. Marys makes return to playoffs

ST. MARYS—Having a rare losing season and snapping sixth straight seasons going to the postseason, the No.6 St. Marys Blue Devils will be making a return to the Class A playoffs when the No.11 Cameron Dragons come into Bill Hanlin Stadium looking for the first round upset Friday night. ...

GAMEDAY:Williamstown welcomes seven-win Tug Valley

WILLIAMSTOWN — The first round of the state football playoffs are almost upon us, as the dust has finally cleared in Class A. The result of a tight race for top seeding sees the Williamstown Yellowjackets (8-2) enter the postseason as the No. 5 seed with Tug Valley coming to town at 7:30 p.m. ...

GAMEDAY: Ritchie County sees a familiar foe in first round

ELLENSBORO—Opening up as the second-seeded team in the Class-A playoffs, the Ritchie County Rebels will be hosting a familiar team when the No. 14 South Harrison Hawks will try to once again leave Chuck Schofield Memorial Stadium with a victory in the first round Friday night. Locking up ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Football Leaders

FINAL Mid-Ohio Valley Football Leaders SCORING Name, school TD FG 2 1 PTS Mark Rucker, Tyler 33 0 18 0 234 Jeb Boice, Catholic 22 0 4 0 140 Reece Nutter, Webster 21 0 7 0 140 Logan Vance, Clay 21 0 5 0 136 Dawson Tharp, Webster 20 0 4 1 129 Tyler Fisher, Ft. Frye 21 0 1 0 128 Hunter ...

Marietta High boys soccer duo named All-Ohio

MARIETTA — Co-captain Jake Craven was hoping to finish his Marietta High soccer career on the pitch — preferably in the state finals at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus. Instead, the talented MHS senior midfielder/playmaker was in a hospital in Columbus and scheduled for heart surgery the week ...

ALBRIGHT: Forget about Ravenswood’s Annie Hunt? Oops.

This certainly wasn’t the plan. Annie Hunt earned better. Of this, there is no doubt. The Ravenswood point guard completed a freshman season full of promise and potential in 2017. Toe stepping wasn’t on her agenda. But, her genetic gifts and hoops’ IQ still emerged inside the ...

Ready for next step: Catholic netters open play Friday

PARKERSBURG — A year after reaching the Class A state semifinals, Parkersburg Catholic is back in the field for this week’s state volleyball tournament in Charleston. Head coach Amanda Weatherwax’s squad will open play at 1:30 p.m. Friday as the No. 2 seed against No. 7 seed East Hardy, ...

ALBRIGHT: What a long, crazy ride it has been, Don Fosselman!

Don Fosselman is hanging it up. No, I cannot believe it either. Father Time usually always makes the final save. Fosselman laid out the plan to feed him an easy shot, too. “I always said when my youngest grandson reached his senior year I was going to walk away,” he said. But, his ...

JOHNSTON: Fort Frye football and food for thought

BEVERLY — Fort Frye’s Braden Medley pounced on the Dalton fumble at the 2-yard line like it was a sirloin steak. Ah, the sweet taste of Fort Frye victory. Then, Cadet running back Tyler Fisher took an Ian Ellis hand-off and raced, like he was late for Mindy’s supper, 98 yards to the ...

MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: WVU loss not good for sleep

Those among you who attend WVU home football games may have noticed that for some reason the return trip from Morgantown across Route 50 seems to become longer and longer. That is what happens after three consecutive home losses, this one an embarrassing blowout to a Texas Tech team with a ...

Parkersburg Catholic tops Wirt for regional title

RAVENSWOOD — Aaliyah Brunny’s 21st and final kill sealed match point here Saturday afternoon in the Class A, Region IV tournament as Little Kanawha Conference champ Parkersburg Catholic topped Wirt County 25-23, 25-20, 24-26 and 25-22. Brunny was supported at the net by a baker’s dozen ...

Big Reds reach regional finals, headed back to state

PARKERSBURG — For the first time in three years, the Parkersburg Big Red netters (34-11-5) are moving on to the Class AAA state volleyball tournament. It took four sets to claim the clinching victory against Cabell Midland on Saturday night from PHS’s Memorial Fieldhouse. With each point ...

Paden City defeats Ritchie County, claims first ever state berth

KIDWELL — The time has come. For the first time in program history, the Paden City volleyball team is heading to the state tournament. The Wildcats punched their ticket on Saturday morning at Tyler Consolidated by sweeping Madonna 25-10, 25-18 and 26-4 in a Class A, Region I semifinal. ...

Glenville State upsets No. 6 Notre Dame

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio — Javon Butler threw for a touchdown and caught two more, including the game-winning 25-yarder from Jaylen McNair in overtime here Saturday afternoon, as Glenville State shocked No. 6 Notre Dame, 23-20, snapping the Falcons’ 20-game regular-season winning streak. Butler ...

Blocked FG propels Pioneers past Cardinals

MARIETTA — A blocked field attempt in the third quarter proved to be pivotal. Tay Pryor got a hand on Nate Strong’s 23-yard bid for 3, and the loose ball was collected by James Knox, who raced 84 yards down the left side line to the end zone. That touchdown and ensuing extra-point kick ...