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South Charleston’s Aaliyah Dunham is guarded by Parkersburg’s Shay-Lee Kirby during a December game won by the Black Eagles, 66-60, inside Memorial Fieldhouse. The two teams will meet at 11:15 a.m. today in the Class AAA state quarterfinals at the Charleston Civic Center. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Parkersburg Big Red girls ready to make title run

PARKERSBURG — It’s been two decades since Parkersburg High School reached the Class AAA state tournament. At 11:15 a.m. today, the Big Reds of retiring head coach Kenny DeMoss will put their 19-5 record on the line as the No. 5 seed against a familiar opponent in fourth-seeded South ...

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Parkersburg South’s Bobby Foggin (20) drives the lane as Hurricane’s Nick Muto (21) defends during Tuesday’s Class AAA, Region IV co-final against Hurricane at Rod Oldham Athletic Center.

Parkersburg Patriots defeat Hurricane, 59-51, headed to state

PARKERSBURG — Visiting Hurricane played its game of a deliberate offense in the first half Tuesday night at the Rod Oldham Athletic Center. But when Parkersburg South finally got its fast-paced offense in gear in the second half, there was no stopping the Patriots as they rallied back to post ...

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Parkersburg High’s Karson Snyder (30) drives with the ball during Tuesday’s Class AAA, Region IV co-final at Huntington High School.

Parkersburg High falls short against Huntington

HUNTINGTON — Huntington began the season as a collection of talented individuals and will enter the state tournament as a team. The Highlanders (19-5) defeated Parkersburg 68-60 Tuesday night in a heated Class AAA, Region IV co-final at the Lucas-Archer Gym to earn its fifth consecutive ...

Gilmer County’s Riley Fitzwater, right, attempts a jumper during a high school girls basketball game against Doddridge County earlier this season in West Union. 

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Gilmer to face St. Joe’s in state finals rematch

PARKERSBURG — 42-41, Gilmer County. The results of the 2016 Class A girls basketball state title matchup between Gilmer and Huntington St. Joe sent shockwaves through the Mountain State after the underdog Titans ended the Irish’s seven-year reign atop the classification with their first ...

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Williamstown’s Samantha Dedrick, right, defends during a game against Tyler Consolidated earlier this season.

’Jackets open state tournament vs. Tucker County

PARKERSBURG — Williamstown point guard Ashley Morris had just about done everything a basketball player can do during her time in a Yellowjackets’ uniform. The 5-foot-1 senior scored her 1,000th point earlier in the year, gained possession of both the steals and assists records at the ...

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Waterford’s Bryce Hilverding, left, drives with the ball as Fairfield’s Jesse Current defends during a high school boys district semifinal basketball game Tuesday at the Convocation Center in Athens.

Waterford defeats Fairfield in district semi

ATHENS, Ohio — Waterford High enjoyed good balance on offense. Jordan Welch, Isaac Huffman, and Tyler McCutcheon combined to score 46 points as the top-seeded and eighth-ranked Wildcats defeated Fairfield, 63-52, in an Ohio Division IV SE District Semifinal boys’ basketball game at the ...

Parkersburg South’s Cole Plants attempts to get by Parkersburg High’s Karson Snyder in a 2016-17 regular season matchup won by PHS. Plants and the Patriots host Hurricane in a Class AAA, Region IV co-final tonight at the Rod Oldham Athletic Center. Photo by Joe Albright.

South Patriots one win away from state

By JOE ALBRIGHT jalbright@newsandsentinel.com PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg South boys basketball claimed much more than an unexpected third straight Class AAA Region IV sectional title after the squad’s 67-64 upset of Parkersburg High School Friday night at PHS Memorial Fieldhouse. ...

Pittsburgh Penguins' Jake Guentzel (59) deflects the puck past Buffalo Sabres goalie Anders Nilsson (31) for a goal in the third period of an NHL hockey game Sunday in Pittsburgh (AP Photo).

Guentzel caps rally as Pens edge Sabres, 4-3

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jake Guentzel and Conor Sheary scored 50 seconds apart late in the third period to cap a furious rally by the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 4-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday. The Sabres led by three after the first period, but Pittsburgh ramped up the pressure to win ...

Ritchie County head girls basketball coach Dave McCullough cuts down the last of the net following Thursday night’s 47-42 victory against Cameron in a Class A Region I co-final, which punched the Rebels’ ticket to this week’s state tournament in Charleston. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Hard work pays off for Ritchie County

ELLENBORO — A lot of people didn’t expect much from the Ritchie County girls basketball team this year. Odds are, those same folks probably aren’t giving head coach Dave McCullough’s squad much of a chance come 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Class A state quarterfinals when the No. 7 seeded ...

Marietta College’s Keith Richardson (11) goes up for a basket as Guilford’s Carson Long (14) defends during an NCAA Division III men’s basketball tournament game Saturday at Ban Johnson Arena. Richardson finished with 19 points as the Pioneers won, 88-64. Photo by Jordan Holland.

Marietta men win, advance to ‘Sweet 16’

MARIETTA — For the third time in school history, the Marietta College men’s basketball team is one of only 16 teams standing in the NCAA Division III tournament. The No. 7 nationally-ranked Pioneers rolled past No. 23 Guilford, 88-64, Saturday night at Ban Johnson Arena and are now four ...

Roane County senior catcher Hunter Thompson, pictured here during a game last spring at Parkersburg’s Bennett Stump Field, will continue his career on the diamond at WVU Tech. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Roane’s Hunter Thompson inks with WVU Tech

SPENCER — Roane County’s Hunter Thompson, a two-time first-team all-Little Kanawha Conference honoree, has decided to continue his career on the diamond by signing with WVU Tech to play baseball for the Golden Bears of skipper Lawrence Nesselrodt. A catcher and pitcher for the Raiders, ...

Head coaches confirmed for BACF Classic

PARKERSBURG — The head coaches have been named for the 16th annual Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis (BACF) Ohio vs. West Virginia Basketball Classic on Friday, April 7 at Parkersburg South High School. The event will include a high school girls contest at 5:30 p.m. followed by a prep boys ...

Parkersburg’s Kam White (3) defends Parkersburg South’s Brayden Mooney (32) during a high school basketball sectional final Friday at the Memorial Fieldhouse. Photo by Steve Hemmelgarn.

Parkersburg falls to South in sectional final, 67-64

PARKERSBURG — It was the kind of game you get when Parkersburg South and Parkersburg play to their utmost when they play each other. After a 32-point second quarter for South Friday night and PHS battling back in the third to climb right back in the Class AAA Region IV, Section 1 ...

Ravenswood’s Stephen Dawson, right, goes up for a basket as Parkersburg Catholic’s Austin Sweeney defends during Friday’s Class A, Region IV, Section 1 championship game at The Pit in Ravenswood. Ravenswood won, 54-48. Photo by Jordan Holland.

Ravenswood holds on for sectional title over Catholic

RAVENSWOOD — Parkersburg Catholic made things as tough as possible for host Ravenswood in a Class A, Region IV, Section 1 final Friday at The Pit, but in the end the Red Devils persevered. Despite 15 turnovers, Ravenswood led start to finish, but never by more than 11, en route to ...

Marietta College’s Keith Richardson (11) shoots during a college basketball game against Calvin College Friday at  Ban Johnson Arena. Photo courtesy of Nate Knobel.

Pioneers defeat Calvin College­

MARIETTA — Calvin College was big, but Marietta College was better. The nationally-ranked Pioneers extended their winning streak to 16 with an 83-66 triumph over the Knights of Grand Rapids, Mi., in an NCAA D3 opening-round men’s basketball game at sold-out Ban Johnson Arena Friday ...

Union’s Jarrod West (23) attempts a jumper as Gilmer County’s Lukas Sirbaugh (20) and Noah Aviles (5) defend during a high school boys basketball game Friday night. Photo courtesy of Joe Signorelli.

Gilmer County boys fall to No. 4 Notre Dame

CLARKSBURG — Class A No. 4 Notre Dame could never put No. 6 Gilmer County away in Friday’s Class A Region II, Section 1 title game at Angelo Basile Court. Despite enduring some late-game struggles, the Irish, thanks in large part to a strong start to both halves, did enough to earn a ...

Fort Frye’s Justin Anderson, left, defends during Friday’s sectional final boys basketball game against Union Local in Beverly. Photo by Mike Morrison.

Cadets knocked out of tournament

BEVERLY — Fort Frye shot the lights out in the first half in Friday night’s Division III sectional championship game. Unfortunately for the Cadets it would be visiting Union Local who had the hot hand in the second half when it mattered the most as the Jets used a big final quarter to ...

The Gilmer County girls basketball team defeated Union, 70-31, in a Class A regional co-final Thursday night in Glenville. The Titans clinched a berth in next week’s state tournament in Charleston. Photo by Joseph P. Albright.

Gilmer dominates Union, heads back to state tourney

GLENVILLE — The possibility for a repeat champion in Class A will be in the cards when the eight regional champions assemble for the state tournament next week at the Charleston Civic Center. Riley Fitzwater poured in 16 points and collected 14 boards, three other Titans scored in ...

Ritchie County’s Cassie Tallman (13) knocks down a runner while teammate Stephanie Kirk (20) looks on during the Rebels’ 47-42 win Thursday night in Ellenboro against Cameron during a Class A Region I co-final. The Rebels advanced to the state tournament for the first time in a decade. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Defense leads Ritchie County past Cameron

ELLENBORO — The Rebels of Ritchie County head man Dave McCullough didn’t make it easy on their fans Thursday night. But in the end, the hosts turned back Cameron, 47-42, to win a Class A Region I co-final and advance to the state tournament for the first time in a decade. Expected to be ...