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Parkersburg South senior Aiyana Lauderman was named to the Class AAA all-state first team by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

South’s Lauderman named to first team all-state for AAA

BECKLEY — What determines a great high school soccer player? Plenty of goals and assists? Smart, confident play? Rising to the occasion, such as scoring all three goals in the state tournament to help her team win the state title? Emilie Charles has them all covered. The forward ...

Parkersburg High School junior Shay-Lee Kirby, pictured here spiking the ball in a match earlier this year inside Memorial Fieldhouse, was selected first team all-Mountain State Athletic Conference. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Parkersburg Big Red Kirby snags pick for all-MSAC

PARKERSBURG — Big Red junior Shay-Lee Kirby of Parkersburg was the only local player to earn first-team all-Mountain State Athletic Conference volleyball honors. PHS, which lost senior spiker Amayah Lauer (second team all-MSAC) to a knee injury prior to sectionals, failed to advance to last ...

Fort Frye’s Tate Engle (12) fakes a handoff to teammate Tyler Bradford (10) during a high school football playoff game against Northmor earlier this season in Beverly. Engle and Bradford were two of the Cadets’ 11 All-East District honorees Tuesday. Photo by Jordan Holland.

Cadets land 11 district honorees

BEVERLY — Tate Engle has been Fort Frye High’s starting quarterback since he was a freshman. Now a junior, the 5-foot-10, 160-pound signal caller has been instrumental in helping the Eric Huck-coached Cadets make the Ohio Division VI playoffs three straight years. During that time, the ...

Waterford’s Braden Bellville and company battle for yardage during a high school football game against Wahama earlier this season.

7 Wildcats and head coach earn all-district in DVII

“I’m glad Braden’s on our team.” That’s what Waterford High head football coach Eric McCutcheon said after junior running back Braden Bellville rushed for 176 yards on 15 carries and three touchdown runs of 32, 10, and 14 yards, and caught an 84 TD pass from quarterback Peyten ...

Winfield's Sydney Cavender drives the ball down the field as GW's Destiny Jackson attempts to stop her during the Winfield Lady Generals-George Washington Lady Patriots soccer game earlier this season at Winfield High School. Photo courtesy of Craig Hudson.

Cavender headlines Class AAA all-state

WHEELING — When Sydney Cavender walked onto the pitch at Winfield, there was already a history of winning. Two straight state championships in Class AAA were already in the trophy case. She came in as a defender, but Coach Marshall Hoff saw something else in her. He moved her to striker and ...

Another draining contest

It was a draining afternoon for West Virginia football fans for a sixth consecutive week, but the Mountaineer defense for the second straight time saved the day to preserve a 28-23 win over Kansas State on Saturday. The WVU offense did manage to tally 28 first half points with quick scoring ...

OVU men’s soccer advance to Sweet 16 after win

CHARLESTON — Ohio Valley University men’s soccer team’s historic season will continue after a heroic effort in a shootout victory over NCAA Divison II Midwest Region fourth-seed Davis & Elkins Saturday afternoon at Schoenbaum Stadium in Charleston. The big moment didn’t prove too ...

Above: Wirt County captured its 11th overall state volleyball championship on Saturday morning inside the Charleston Civic Center by sweeping fellow Little Kanawha Conference program Ritchie County. 
Photo by Jay W. Bennett

Journey complete: Tigers best Ritchie for Class A state title

CHARLESTON — Tears of joy flowed freely on the Civic Center floor here Saturday morning as Wirt County’s six seniors got more than just a little help from their teammates during the Tigers’ 25-12, 25-13 and 25-21 Class A state championship sweep of Ritchie County, which secured the ...

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St. Marys’ running back Jaiden Smith keeps his balance after juking Doddridge County’s Logan Gogan during the Blue Devils’ 44-14 win over the Bulldogs in a Class A first-round playoff game Saturday inside Bill Hanlin Stadium.

St. Marys moves on to second round

ST. MARYS — West Virginia’s Class A high school football playoff matchup between No. 12 Doddridge County and No. 5 St. Marys was close for a half before the final outcome was decided. Tied 6-6 coming out of the locker room, the defending state champion Blue Devils exploded for 38 ...

One wild weekend for Wirt

Mrs. November was at it again this weekend. Veteran Wirt County volleyball head coach Janet Frazier, who affectionately picked up the aforementioned tag following the Tigers’ 10th net crown in 2015, added another state championship to the school’s trophy case on Saturday. Obviously, the ...

West Virginia wide receiver David Sills V (13) is tackled in the end zone by Kansas State defensive back D.J. Reed (2) after scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Mountaineers hold on to beat KSU

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Will Grier scrambled to his right and then retreated to his left, time ticking off the clock in the first half and No. 23 West Virginia seemingly content to take a one-point lead over Kansas State into halftime. Then Grier unloaded a pass toward the end ...

Ritchie County’s Kenda Osborne (14) spikes the ball during a state volleyball match against Williamstown Friday in Charleston. Ritchie won in five sets. Photo by Michael Uhl

Ritchie, Wirt to play for Class A title

CHARLESTON — Little Kanawha Conference programs Ritchie County and Wirt County will collide at 9:30 a.m. today inside the Charleston Civic Center with the victor earning the Class A state volleyball championship. The Rebels ousted defending state champ East Hardy in the semifinals — 25-22, ...

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John Marshall’s Nick Coulter (15) carries the ball as Parkersburg’s Zion Atkinson (1) tries to bring him down during Friday’s Class AAA playoff football game at Stadium Field in Parkersburg.

John Marshall outlasts Parkersburg, 42-35

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg High let loose with its passing game in the second half, but could never quite overtake visiting John Marshall in falling 42-35 in a first-round Class AAA football playoff game Friday night at Stadium Field to end its season. The No. 7-ranked Big Reds finished at ...

High school football playoff roundup

Class AAA Martinsburg 61, Morgantown 0 MARTINSBURG — Dewayne Grantham ran for three touchdowns, Travis Bagent threw three touchdown passes and ran for a fourth as defending Class AAA champion Martinsburg rolled to a 61-0 victory over Morgantown. The Bulldogs posted their fourth playoff ...

Wirt County senior Mahala Greenleaf, who has 77 aces this season, prepares to serve the ball during a match earlier this year. The Tigers are attempting to reach the Class A state finals for a third straight year and face off against Tyler Consolidated at 1:30 p.m. today in the state quarterfinals at the Charleston Civic Center. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Old rivals Wirt, Tyler clash today at state

PARKERSBURG — A decade ago at the West Virginia state volleyball tournament, which gets underway this morning inside the Charleston Civic Center, Tyler Consolidated captured the Class AA title while Wirt County was in the midst of winning its third straight single-A crown en route to a ...

Ritchie advances in state volleyball tourney

CHARLESTON - Ritchie County High School defeated Williamstown, 3-2, in the opening round of the West Virginia High School Volleyball Tournament at the Charleston Civic Center Colesium. The scores were (Ritchie listed first): 19-25, 25-15, 25-19, 17-25, 15-11. Wirt County in the afternoon ...

Williamstown’s Kayla Bauman, left, tries to tip the ball past the block of Wirt County’s Emma Wyer during Class A regional action last Saturday in Elizabeth. The Yellowjackets of head coach Rachelle Cole square off against Ritchie County at 8:30 a.m. Friday in the state quarterfinals inside the Charleston Civic Center. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Williamstown and Ritchie open state volleyball tournament Friday

WILLIAMSTOWN — There was a chance Little Kanawha Conference volleyball programs Wirt County, Ritchie County, Williamstown and Tyler Consolidated could meet in the Class A state semifinals on Friday evening inside the Charleston Civic Center. As it turned out, such wasn't the case as ...

St. Marys’ Eric Illar rears for a pass during a high school football game earlier this season against South Harrison.

St. Marys begins quest to repeat

ST. MARYS — Opportunities to make history don’t present themselves every day in the realm of sports. St. Marys High School’s football team received one of those rare chances last season when it brought home the first gridiron state championship in the 106-year history of the school after ...

PHS, John Marshall set for playoff clash Friday

PARKERSBURG — First-year Parkersburg High head football coach Mike Byus lost his car keys before he went home after practice Monday night. He scoured the field for two hours, but to no avail until finally finding them locked in his car and was able to have them retrieved. Byus hopes that ...

Williamstown’s Preston Mayer looks for running room during a high school football game against Buffalo earlier this season. Williamstown defeated Buffalo, 41-0.

’Jackets face top-seeded East Hardy Friday

BAKER — Williamstown isn’t talking about payback, but the Yellowjackets could get some Friday night. No. 16 WHS travels to Baker to take on top-ranked East Hardy (10-0) in the opening round of the Class A football playoffs. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. The Cougars ended the ...