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Belpre’s Curstin Giffin drives past Miller’s Lacey Alexander (14) during the Falcons’ 59-19 victory over the Golden Eagles in a Ohio Division IV sectional final.

Belpre can’t get going in a defeat

POMEROY, Ohio — Belpre never really got going here Saturday afternoon in falling hard to Miller by 40 points, 59-19, in a girls basketball Division IV sectional final at Meigs High School. The lopsided loss that ended the Golden Eagles’ season at 13-11 was in Miller’s favor right off ...

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The Parkersburg High girls swim team won the W.Va. state championship Friday at the West Virginia University Natatorium.

Big Reds are state champs

MORGANTOWN — Parkersburg High swimmer Kate Snider said she wanted to end her senior year strong during an interview about the West Virginia State Swim Meet last week. Well, how about a state championship Kate? The Big Red girls claimed their first state title since 2002 after another ...

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Parkersburg Catholic’s Patrick Copen, left, is checked by Ravenswood’s Stephen Dawson on the perimeter during a game earlier this season. Both teams will be in action at Glenville State College’s Waco Center for the Little Kanawha Conference Night of Champions. Ravenswood takes on Braxton County at 8:05 p.m. today for the championship while the Crusaders face Webster County at 6 p.m. in the consolation tilt.

Ravenswood, Braxton battle for LKC crown

PARKERSBURG — Top-ranked Class A Ravenswood will put its 18-1 record on the line against No. 10 double-A Braxton County in today’s Little Kanawha Conference Night of Champions title game, which is set to get underway at 8:05 p.m. inside Glenville State College’s Waco Center. The Red ...

High School Basketball Roundup

BOYS Cross Lanes Christian 61, Wood County Christian 52 SUMMERSVILLE — Wood County Christian couldn’t overcome 23 turnovers in a 61-52 loss to Cross Lanes Christian in the West Virginia Christian Athletic Tournament Friday at the National Guard Armory. The Wildcats (10-15) will ...

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Parkersburg High School freshman Jaden Welsh competes in the 100 yard breaststroke during Thursday's preliminary round of the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission state swim championships in Morgantown. Welsh qualified first in the event with a time of 1:07.5 and is among a Big Red contingent in the running for the girls' state swim title.

Day 1 of state swim meet in the books

MORGANTOWN — The Parkersburg High girls are in position to contend for the Class AAA state swimming championship. The Big Reds shattered school records in six events in Friday’s preliminaries at the WVU Natatorium and will be competing for state titles in 10 events today. Jaden Welsh ...

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Parkersburg South’s Seth Fallon (2) passes to Ben Menarchek (3) as Brayden Mooney looks on during Thursday’s game against George Washington at Rod Oldham Athletic Center.

South streak snapped: Patriots fall to GW, 66-58

PARKERSBURG — The Patriots won Thursday night, but the Patriots lost too. That’s because in a Class AAA boys basketball duel between the visiting No. 3 George Washington Patriots and the No. 1 Parkersburg South Patriots, GW prevailed, knocking off top-ranked South 66-58 at the Rod Oldham ...

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Warren’s Molly McCutcheon (34) drives on Jackson’s Jordan Banks (00) during Thursday’s Division II sectional semifinal in Logan, Ohio.

Warren routs Jackson, 58-27, to open tourney

LOGAN, Ohio — Warren High had an inauspicious start. But things got better after the first quarter, and the second-seeded Warriors went on to defeat seventh-seeded Jackson High, 58-27, in an Ohio Division II sectional semifinal girls’ basketball game at Jim’s Gym at Logan High Thursday ...

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Waterford’s Morgan Lang (42) and Symmes Valley’s Hailee Littlejohn (30) battle for a loose ball during Thursday’s Division IV sectional final at Meigs High School in Pomeroy, Ohio.

Waterford rolls in sectional final

POMEROY, Ohio — No.1 ranked Waterford began its quest for a fourth straight trip to Columbus in grand fashion. The Wildcats scored 30 points in the opening quarter en route to a dominating 81-18 win over Symmes Valley to clinch a Division IV sectional championship Thursday night at Meigs ...

High School Basketball Roundup

BOYS BASKETBALL Calhoun County 67, St. Marys 63 ST. MARYS — Ben Frederick double-doubled and visiting Calhoun County shot 50 percent from the field Thursday night as the visiting Red Devils knocked off St. Marys, 67-63, to capture 11th place in the Little Kanawha Conference. St. Marys, ...

Parkersburg Catholic sophomore point guard Madeline Huffman currently leads the Mid-Ohio Valley with an average of eight assists per game for the second-ranked Class A Crusaderettes.

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Mid-Ohio Valley Prep Basketball Statistical Leaders

GIRLS SCORING 24.3 - Lucille Westfall (Roane) 20.2 - Kylie Daugherty (Frontier) 17.5 - Devin Hefner (South) 16.6 - Cassie Tallman (Ritchie) 16.5 - Mady Winters (Magnolia) 16.3 - Olivia Ullman (Catholic) 16.2 - Madi Mace (PHS) 15.9 - Madeline Huffman (Catholic) 15.8 - Kyndra ...

Big Reds’ swimming Sniders want more hardware

A century of PHS athletics have seen 1,000s of athletes pass through the Big Reds’ ranks. Sometimes multiple athletes from the same family test their mettle in the same sport. Recently the Lindamoods were a clan standing out on the football field. Golf saw eight years of the Prine family. ...

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Huntington’s LaTahia Jackson tries to avoid a trap by Parkersburg South’s Sierra Hays (15) and Devin Hefner (14) during Wednesday’s game at the Rod Oldham Athletic Center. Hefner scored her game-high 25 points all in the first half as the No. 2 Patriots blitzed the Highlanders, 75-51.

On a high note

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg South senior Devin Hefner, who was honored before Wednesday’s game inside the Rod Oldham Athletic Center as a McDonald’s All-American nominee, played a big role in helping the second-ranked Patriots blitz Huntington, 75-51. Hefner, who tallied a game-high 25 ...

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Williamstown’s Bethany Arnold (44) and Izzy Erb (22) pester Belpre’s Kyanna Ray during the Yellowjackets’ 81-38 win over the Golden Eagles Wednesday.

Yellowjackets down Belpre

WILLIAMSTOWN — Using its unrelenting fast-paced up-and-down offensive blitz, host Williamstown took advantage of an injury-shortened Belpre roster Wednesday night to roll to an 81-38 win over Golden Eagles in both girls basketball teams’ final regular-season game. Belpre, now 13-10, will ...

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Waterford’s Megan Ball presses Fort Frye’s Kelsey Adkins during the Wildcats’ 48-18 road win over the Cadets Wednesday night.

Waterford senior class picks up historic victory

BEVERLY — It was almost too perfect, that even Waterford senior Megan Ball couldn’t believe the timing. Sitting at 99 career victories, the Wildcats’ seniors had a shot at No. 100 against long-time rival Fort Frye Wednesday night. Waterford didn’t disappoint the large contingent of ...

State swim meet begins today

PARKERSBURG — It is said that if you want to win a state championship in some sports like swimming, how you fare in the regional which is the final step to state is of the utmost. So today and Friday in Morgantown at the WVU Natatorium, both PHS and Parkersburg South should carry their ...

Parkersburg Catholic’s Julia Ambrozy applies defensive pressure to Charleston Catholic guard Katie Nester during the Crusaderettes’ 54-25 win Tuesday evening versus the Irish. Ambrozy, Olivia Ullman and Mikayla Alkire were honored on senior night.
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Crusaderettes improve to 21-0

PARKERSBURG — No. 2 Parkersburg Catholic held visiting Charleston Catholic to just six field goals while forcing 21 turnovers through the first three quarters here Tuesday on senior night as the Crusaderettes finished their first unbeaten regular season since 1995 following a dominant 54-25 ...

Parkersburg South’s Dominic Collins a fast learner

Swimming easily stands as one of the most technical sports in the wide world of athletics. Those who wish to make waves are encouraged to start young with swimming lessons at their local YMCA or wherever else possible. Obviously, good technique early is a necessity if someone endeavors to ...

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Parkersburg South’s Brayden Mooney, right, guards Indian Creek’s Austin Yaich during Tuesday’s game at Rod Oldham Athletic Center.

Parkersburg South wins OVAC semifinal game

PARKERSBURG — Host Parkersburg South raced out to a 20-2 lead after just 5:17 of play Tuesday night and the Patriots never looked back after their sizzling start to down Indian Creek 77-43 in an OVAC 5A semifinal game at the Rod Oldham Athletic Center. Now 18-1 South will tangle with ...

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Williamstown’s Eli Inman, center, makes a move with the ball as Calhoun County’s Adam Walker (21) and Adam Parsons defend during Tuesday’s game.

Cutright’s 25 leads ’Jackets past Calhoun County, 74-52

WILLIAMSTOWN — Cullen Cutright had a pretty good idea he would play a big part in Williamstown’s offense Tuesday night. “In practice we worked a lot on our post-entry passes,” said the Williamstown center. “My teammates did a great job of getting me the ball and I made some ...