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Leslie Molinaro-Craven returns to running the Half Marathon

PARKERSBURG — Leslie Molinaro-Craven is constantly on the go. If the 41-year-old runner isn’t helping her husband Shawn at Anytime Fitness in Vienna, she’s transporting her 14- and 10-year-old sons to baseball games and being a soccer mom to her 7-year-old daughter. “I’m very busy ...

Brayden Roberts gearing up

PARKERSBURG — After becoming only the second wrestler from the state of West Virginia to be crowned a Greco national champion at the USMC Cadet and Junior Nationals in Fargo, N.D. last year, Parkersburg South senior to be and the second ranked wrestler at 145 pounds in the nation according ...

Summer Smackdown coming

PARKERSBURG — Summer Smackdown 2 is coming back to the Gough Hazard and Dawghouse Promotions’ Mike Sheppard once again has put together a more than solid fight card. After great success last summer, Sheppard currently has 16 bouts lined up for area fight fans with gates opening at 6:30 ...

Bev/Low avoids K in victory

BEVERLY —Beverly/Lowell Post 389/750 avoided the K at the plate. No BevLow batter struck out en route to a 9-3 triumph over Marietta Post 64 in American Legion baseball action Saturday at Fort Frye High. “We’re starting to hit better,” said Beverly/Lowell skipper Todd Engle. ...

Shears Holds On

ROANOKE, W.Va. — Charleston’s Torren Kalaskey, a Marshall University golfer, birdied five of her final seven holes here Friday at the 96th West Virginia Women’s Amateur at Stonewall Resort, but her furious finish wasn’t quite enough to catch Adeena Shears, who won the event for the ...

Soccer stars, President could help each other

Many years ago, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the Los Angeles Lakers were invited to the White House. And, according to Jeff Pearlman, the author of “Showtime,” the 7-foot-2 Laker center before leaving shook hands with President Ronald Reagan and informed the Leader of the Free World that he ...

PHS Football Is Youthful

PARKERSBURG —The Parkersburg Big Reds are finishing up their three-week workout stint and are coming off a 2018 season which saw them win in an opening round playoff clash against Wheeling Park. That team had 26 seniors, as this three-week period goes a long way to deciding who will step up ...

Catholic boys are retooling

PARKERSBURG — The three-week summer period is over for the Parkersburg Catholic boys basketball team of head man Rob Strcula. The Crusaders’ coaching staff has been evaluating their roster, which suffered some big graduation losses that included all-time leading scorer Cade Ullman as well ...

Shears in control at W.Va. Women’s Amateur

ROANOKE, W.Va. — Ohio State University’s Adeena Shears is just 18 holes away from capturing her fifth West Virginia Women’s Amateur championship. After winning her second straight crown last summer at Parkersburg Country Club, Shears will go after her three-peat this morning as she ...

Adjusting well

PARKERSBURG — Much like how change is coming to the Erickson All-Sports Facility with a new head man on the sideline, the basketball teams at Parkersburg South welcome new head coaches to the Rod Oldham Athletic Center. Yes, basketball season isn’t here yet. However, that only means it’s ...

Sauros making some noise on the hardwood

WILLIAMSTOWN — The father and son tandem of Fred and Scott Sauro are enjoying the summer three-week coaching period guiding the girls and boys basketball squads at Williamstown High School. “We wrap up our summer league tournament at home Thursday,” said ‘Jacket boys head coach Scott ...

Post 64 rallies to beat Post 15

MARIETTA — Marietta Post 64 grinded one out for a win. Sparked by Derek Duckworth, the Marietta American Legion baseball team rallied from a six-run deficit in the fifth inning to defeat defending West Virginia state champion Parkersburg Post 15, 13-11, Tuesday night at Legion Field. ...

South football working hard on gridiron

PARKERSBURG — A new season of Parkersburg South football is still a few months away, but the team is still hard at work over the summer. Out steps Mike Eddy, and in steps Nathan Tanner as head coach. That’s a change that ushers in a new era of football on the Southside. While he hasn’t ...

PARKERSBURG HIGH GIRLS’ BASKETBALL: Excitement flowing at PHS

PARKERSBURG —There is a buzz surrounding the Parkersburg High School girls’ basketball program during the three-week period. Excitement emanates from head coach Scott Cozzens and goes all the way down to freshmen Brilynn Florence and Sierra Mason. Mason and Florence haven’t earned any ...

Jason Henthorn to run in first Half Marathon

VIENNA — Jason Henthorn had an epiphany. “I just woke up one day and decided I needed to better my health,” said the 42-year-old Parkersburg resident. “I saw people running a lot and I thought ‘Hey, I can do that.’ “So, I got into it, and I’ve been running ever since. I’ve ...

Doddridge County’s Cole James is always hungry

WEST UNION — Doddridge County Bulldog rising senior Cole James stands out instantly with a 6-foot-3, 340-pound frame. His healthy appetite for success keeps him in the spotlight. James is a big man with big goals going as far back as the sixth grade, when he realized his enjoyment for ...

Marietta Post 64 falls to Elkins Post 29

MARIETTA — Marietta Post 64 hit a bump in the road at home. The Marietta American Legion baseball team had a 6-game winning streak snapped when it dropped a 12-3 decision to Elkins Post 29 Sunday afternoon at Legion Field at the Fairgrounds. “We had a good run in West Virginia at the ...

BENNETT: Enjoyed covering the Open

Just speaking from personal experience, two of the best things about a golf course are playing it and perhaps having an adult beverage. However, when one is covering a golf tournament the scribe can’t do either one. Being able to cover the final two days of the 86th West Virginia Open ...

PHS netters host a 7-on-7

PARKERSBURG — Taking advantage of the three-week summer period, several area volleyball programs converged Saturday inside Memorial Fieldhouse for the Big Reds’ tournament. Unfortunately for the host Big Reds of head coach Erin Thorpe, they went out in a tough semifinal setback to ...

Bradshaw conquers PCC for 11th title

VIENNA — The 86th West Virginia Open concluded Friday afternoon at Parkersburg Country Club and for a record-breaking fourth consecutive year it was David Bradshaw besting the field. Bradshaw followed up back-to-back 66s on Wednesday and Thursday with a 3-under par 70 on Friday to finish at ...