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Williamstown’s Trevor Hoosier competes in the high jump earlier this season. Hoosier will be an integral part in the Yellowjackets’ quest for a second straight Class A track and field state title when action starts Friday. 
Photo by Jay W. 
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Local Class A thinclads ready for state tournament

PARKERSBURG — Things could get pretty interesting before the dust settles on the Class A state track and field meet, which gets underway Friday at the University of Charleston Stadium. Five teams are in contention for the single-A girls crown, while Little Kanawha Conference rivals ...

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Warren's Tanner Neal delivers a pitch to an Athens batter during the second inning of Wednesday's Division II district final baseball game at Ohio University's Bob Wren Stadium in Athens.

Athens baseball eliminates Warren from district tournament

ATHENS — After knocking off a pair of tough pitchers to open tournament play, Warren High had its sights set on taking down the best hurler the district has to offer — Athens’ Brendan Sano. The Warriors battled, but in the end Sano and the Bulldogs claimed a 6-1 win and a Division II ...

Hurricane’s Jayme Bailey rounds second base after hitting a game-ending home run in an 11-1 Class AAA regional victory over Parkersburg Tuesday. Parkersburg’s Maddi Leggett (12) looks on. Photo courtesy of Chris Dorst, The Gazette-Mail.

Big Reds fall to defending champion Hurricane, 11-1

HURRICANE — Parkersburg struck for its first run of the Class AAA Region IV championship series in the first inning in the second game on Tuesday, taking a 1-0 lead over two-time defending champion Hurricane right out of the gate. On the surface, getting a little momentum early was a good ...

Frontier’s Sammi Morris pitches during Tuesday’s high school softball district semifinal against Strasburg-Franklin at Meadowbrook High School in Byesville. Frontier lost, 11-0. Photo by Mike Morrison.

Frontier girls fall out of tournament

BYESVILLE — Just like the Frontier boys baseball team did the night before them, the Frontier Cougars made a trip up 1-77 Tuesday evening to take on Strasburg-Franklin in a Division IV district semifinal. Although the sites of the games were different as the boys played in Cambridge and the ...

Ellie Gardner of Williamstown High School

Gardner seeks 3-peat at state

Ellie Gardner Williamstown Year: Senior Age: 18 GPA: 4.2 Sports: track and field, soccer College: West Virginia University-Morgantown Major: Aerospace engineering Family: Jeff and Lisa Gardner (father and mother); older sister Madelin Question: How difficult is it to pole ...

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Hurricane’s Kiersten Landers touches second base with her cleat just before Parkersburg shortstop Rylee Boggess can apply the tag during the third inning of Monday’s Class AAA, Region IV best-of-three tournament game at Godbey Field. The Redskins defeated the Big Reds in six innings, 14-0.

Parkersburg softball drops Class AAA, Region IV tournament opener 14-0

PARKERSBURG — Senior Paige Scruggs had her first career two-homer game, Kiersten Landers went 4 for 4 and freshman Harlie Vannatter pitched a two-hitter as Hurricane blitzed host Parkersburg here Monday evening at Godbey Field by a score of 14-0 in six innings during game one of the ...

Williamstown first baseman Keely Alsup makes a stab at a grounder hit down the first-base line during the Yellowjackets’ 2-0 loss over Sherman Monday in teh Class A, Region IV tournament. 
Photo by Steve Hemmelgarn

Williamstown can’t score in regional loss to Sherman

WILLIAMSTOWN — Too many missed scoring opportunities plagued host Williamstown in a 2-0 loss to Sherman Monday afternoon in the first game of a best-of-three Class A Region IV softball tournament, putting the Yellowjackets in the predicament of now having to win two straight games against the ...

Magnolia mercy-ruled in opener versus Wheeling Central

ELM GROVE — With the new best-of-three series in the West Virginia regional softball tournaments, winning a state championship just got that much more difficult. Especially if you are a defending state champion already painted with a bullseye on your back. At the same time, if you go out ...

This week in MOV athletics

Multiple tennis state championships were decided after play was completed last weekend in Charleston. Track and field is next in line when all regional winners converge on the running surface at Laidley Field later this week. Mid-Ohio Valley schools aren’t lacking in representation when ...

Parkersburg Catholic’s top four boys singles players and No.1 girls singles player party after capturing individual state championships Saturday at the Charleston YMCA. Pictured from left to right: Aidan Roberts, Noah Chidester, Marie Discini, Nash Morris, and Brendan Smith. Photo provided.

Parkersburg Catholic boys run away with the team title

CHARLESTON — One day after securing the first Class AA/A high school boys tennis state championship since 1999, Parkersburg Catholic swept all four singles titles Saturday and took home gold in the No. 2 doubles. Jason Discini’s squad ran away and hid from runner-up Ravenswood, 19-11. ...

Parkersburg High School celebrates after taking home second place in both Class AAA boys and girls tennis Saturday inside Kanawha City's Tennis Indoor Center. Pictured in the front row from left to right: Alex Olson, Ashley Casto, Bre Offenberger, Zoe Pingley, Bairavi Sundaram, Lauren Kruger; back row: co-head coach Heidi Asbury, Eric Carney, Andrew Gnegy, Neema Saadevandi, Zarion Jones, Ethan Weaver, Seena Saadevandi and co-head coach Jeff Olson. Photo provided.

PHS crowns 4 state champs

CHARLESTON — A pair of state runner-up team trophies weren’t the only pieces of hardware Parkersburg High School took home after all the play was said and done in the Class AAA state tournament Saturday inside Kanawha City’s Tennis Indoor Center. PHS crowned four state champions, while ...

Duane Smith established a new United States Bowling Congress Parkersburg city record when he rolled an 878 series at Pike Street Lanes. Photo provided.

Smith reflects on record 878 series

PARKERSBURG — Perhaps it was the Spring Equinox that helped align everything just right for Duane Smith, who back on March 20 broke the United States Bowling Congress Parkersburg city record for high scratch series with an 878. Smith, one of the four owners at Pike Street Lanes, was bowling ...

Warren’s Liam Kellar finished first in the boys pole vault, clearning the bar at 11 feet, at the SEOAL track and field championships Saturday at WHS. Photo by Ron Johnston.

Warren competes in last SEOAL track meet

VINCENT — Preston Rowland-Demster ran the 800-meter race as if someone was right on his heels. “I could’ve sworn I could’ve heard someone right on me, so I picked it up,” said the Warren freshman thinclad. “I got scared there that someone was going to pass me. So, I just tried to ...

BACF announces initial football rosters at Don Drumm

PARKERSBURG — The initial rosters have been announced for 24th annual BACF (Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis) Ohio vs. West Virginia Football Classic Friday, June 9 at Don Drumm Stadium in Marietta. Headed by this year’s coaches Mike Eddy of Parkersburg South for West Virginia and Jason ...

Parkersburg High’s Seena Saadevandi hits a shot during a rally in his No. 1 doubles state quarterfinal match with partner Zarion Jones during the Big Reds’ 9-7 win over Washington’s top pair Friday at the Class AAA tennis state tournament. Photo by Joe Albright.

Parkersburg tennis well represented in finals

CHARLESTON — Sixteen of the 28 tennis state finals matches will have a distinctly Parkersburg flavor when they begin at 8 a.m. today. Parkersburg High staked its claim to more than the majority of Class AAA finals spots available after several semifinal victories Friday inside Kanawha ...

Warren’s Drew Huffman, left, dives into first base as Marietta’s Will Eschbaugh fields a pick-off throw during Friday’s high school baseball game in Vincent. Marietta won, 7-2. Photo by Jordan Holland.

Tigers sweep Warren, 7-2

VINCENT — It wasn’t the hardest, or the furthest ball Isaac Danford has hit in his high school career, but Marietta’s senior shortstop yanked a Bryce Gandee pitch over the short left field fence Friday at Warren to jumpstart the Tigers to a 7-2 victory. Listed at 285 feet to left field, ...

Crew teams prepare shells along Dillon Lake Friday for this weekend’s competition involving more than 46 crew teams. Parkersburg, Parkersburg South and Marietta will be competing. Photo courtesy of Justin Womack.

South crew gears up for Midwest Scholastic Rowing Championship

NASHPORT, Ohio — The Parkersburg South boys and girls crew teams are feeling the pressure as the annual Midwest Scholastic Rowing Championship kicks off at Dillon Lake. Stemming onward from a successful 2016 season, the Patriot boys and girls rowers are returning to Nashport, Ohio, to ...

Ripley first baseman JT Kemp stretches as far as he can to get the throw from shortstop Lance Casto just in time to get Parkersburg South’s Drew Yanok on a slow roller during the second inning of Thursday’s Class AAA, Region IV, Section 1 championship game. The Vikings held off the Patriots, 8-5. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

South rally falls short in Region IV, Section 1 championship game

RIPLEY — Dane Petersen pitched into the seventh inning, leadoff hitter Remy Boyce had three hits and JT Kemp knocked in two runs as host Ripley held off Parkersburg South here Thursday evening to win the Class AAA, Region IV, Section I championship by an 8-5 score. The Vikings (18-10) of ...

Belpre’s Katie Osburn pitches in the Golden Eagles’ 13-3, five-inning Ohio Division IV sectional-championship win over South Webster Thursday afternoon at Civitan Park. Photo by Steve Hemmelgarn.

Belpre belts Jeeps for sectional crown

BELPRE — A 11-run second inning put the softball game early in Belpre’s favor and the host Golden Eagles went on to post a 13-3 win in five innings over South Webster and claim an Ohio Division IV sectional-tournament championship Thursday afternoon at Civitan Park. Now Belpre — ...

Marietta's Turner Hill slides safely into third base as Meigs' Tyler Johnson awaits a throw after Hill's bases-clearing triple in the fifth inning of a high school baseball sectional final Thursday at Legion Field. Marietta won, 10-0. Photo by Jordan Holland.

Tigers beat Meigs, move on to district

MARIETTA — Talk about opening tournament play in style. Nearly everything went Marietta’s way in its 10-0 Division II sectional final victory over Meigs Thursday at Legion Field. Starting pitcher Brandon Schamp threw a five-inning no-hitter while the Tigers’ lineup struck for 13 hits ...