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Hurricane 220-pounder Payton Lunsford braces himself as Parkersburg South’s Braxton Amos throws him to the mat during Tuesday’s quad at the Rod Oldham Athletic Center. Amos won via a 20-5 technical fall.
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South wrestlers don’t lose a single point in home quad

PARKERSBURG — If 81-0 wasn’t good enough the first time for Parkersburg South wrestling fans, the Patriot faithful got that exact same score twice more here Tuesday evening inside the Rod Oldham Athletic Center as head coach Shaun Smith’s squad dominated a home quadrangular. The ...

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Marietta’s Dominic Vanfossen (32) goes up for a basket as Meadowbrook’s Dylan Webster (2) defends during a high school boys basketball game Tuesday at Sutton Gymnasium. Meadowbrook won, 86-65.

Marietta boys fall to Meadowbrook

MARIETTA — Marietta High has had a challenging start to the 2017-18 season. After falling to Dover in their season opener last week, the Tigers fell to Meadowbrook 86-65 Tuesday night at Sutton Gymnasium. Off to an 0-2 start, MHS will travel to New Philadelphia Friday in search of its first ...

Magnolia’s Brooks Parsons checks with a side judge to make sure he is lined up on the line of scrimmage before a play in a regular season game against St. Marys. Parsons nabbed one of the two Class A All-State First-Team receiver slots. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Class A All-State football teams released

PARKERSBURG — Wheeling Central Head Coach Mike Young had a feeling if his team could just get into the playoffs it could make some noise. At the same time, St. Marys’ leader Jodi Mote knew if his squad could get healthy they had a chance to return to Wheeling. Each head man turned out to ...

South’s Kenzie Johnson tails Fort Frye’s Morgan Borich during a high school basketball game Monday night.

South Patriots best Fort Frye, 63-39

BEVERLY — A very young Fort Frye Cadet team knew they would have to play their very best basketball if they were to have any chance at all at competing against a very deep and experienced Parkersburg South squad. What the Cadets didn't need was for South to be at their very ...

West Virginia guard Jevon Carter (2) celebrates after an NCAA college basketball championship game against Missouri at the AdvoCare Invitational tournament earlier this season in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

No. 18 WVU welcomes No. 15 Virginia

MORGANTOWN — Fans attending tonight’s 7 p.m. showdown between No. 15 Virginia (8-0) and No. 18 West Virginia (7-1) will get to see something that hasn’t happened in more than four decades. A Cavaliers’ team playing inside the Coliseum. Virginia makes its first visit to Morgantown ...

WVU heading back to Texas

MORGANTOWN — Once again it would appear as if the Big 12 Conference will ask West Virginia fans to spend a lot of money if they want to see their Mountaineers play in the postseason as Iowa State was selected to take on No. 20 Memphis in the Autozone Liberty Bowl in Memphis, ...

Martinsburg quarterback Tyson Bagent surveys his running path near the goal line Saturday during the Bulldogs’ 44-16 Class AAA state championship game win over Spring Valley. Bagent and the Bulldogs won their second straight championship at Wheeling Island Stadium. Photo by Joe Albright.

Martinsburg takes off with with AAA title

WHEELING — It turned out to be a super sixth for Martinsburg. The Bulldogs just had to shake off their sluggish first half and change a stellar effort by Spring Valley during the opening 24 minutes. Taking total control in the second half, Martinsburg scored all 31 points points and held ...

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St. Marys’ Jaiden Smith tries to fight off the tackle of Wheeling Central’s Adam Murray during a running play Saturday night in the first half of the Class A state championship game inside Wheeling Island Stadium. Murray and the Maroon Knights took down Smith and the Blue Devils 40-21.

St. Marys unable to overcome Wheeling Central

WHEELING —Two comebacks in one game proved too much to ask of defending state champion St. Marys Saturday night in the Class A state title game. The Blue Devils trailed by 14 early and 12 late in a 40-21 loss to Wheeling Central. Two fumbled snaps inside the 5-yard line on two drives that ...

Parkersburg’s Madi Mace (35) makes a move with the ball as Waterford’s Rachael Adams (14) defends during a high school girls basketball game Saturday night at Parkersburg Memorial Fieldhouse. ­­­Photo by Jordan Holland.

Parkersburg girls hold off Waterford Wildcats, 56-52

PARKERSBURG — Ohio Division IV power Waterford gave host Parkersburg all it wanted Saturday night inside Memorial Fieldhouse, but the Big Reds of first-year head coach Scott Cozzens survived the Wildcats’ comeback bid and held on for a 56-52 triumph in the season opener for both ...

Marietta College’s Dillon Young (1) makes a move with the ball during a college men’s basketball game against Baldwin Wallace Saturday at Ban Johnson Arena. Photo courtesy of Nate Knobel.

Baldwin Wallace upsets Marietta College on buzzer beater

MARIETTA — Marietta College had the game all but won. But with time running out, sophomore Michael Quiring banked home a long, buzzer-beating three to give Baldwin Wallace Univeristy a dramatic 73-72 triumph over the nationally-ranked Pioneers in an Ohio Athletic Conference men's basketball ...

St. Marys’ Matt Eichhorn (20) sacks Doddridge County’s Seth Davis (28) during a Class A quarterfinal game earlier this season. Photo by Joe Albright.

St. Marys, Wheeling Central meet in Class A title game

WHEELING — Since the year 2000, Wheeling Central and St. Marys have participated in the West Virginia Class A State Championship a combined 10 times, just not against each other. That will change at 7 p.m. on Saturday night at Wheeling Island Stadium as the two collide in the Super Six for ...

Bluefield’s Mookie Collier breaks out for a big run against Fairmont Senior’s defense during the Class AA state title game Friday night inside Wheeling Island Stadium. Collier and the Beavers won a 29-26 thriller over the Polar Bears. Photo by Joe Albright.

Bluefield tops Fairmont Senior for Class AA title

WHEELING — The Super Six for the 2017 season could not have gotten off to a more exciting start as Bluefield and Fairmont Senior met at Wheeling Island Stadium Friday night for the Class AA state championship game. The meeting was everything a championship game is supposed to be about as ...

Exciting time for sports

Mid-Ohio Valley prep sports fan sure have a plethora of options today, especially if they like to travel. Class AAA defending state wrestling champion Parkersburg South hits the road to Lakewood St. Edward in Ohio while the Big Reds of Parkersburg High also head to the Buckeye State with a ...

Wirt County’s Taylor Anderson gets tied up with Addie Furr of St. Marys during Thursday night’s season opener for both teams in Elizabeth. The Blue Devils used a big fourth quarter to leave town with a 54-26 triumph. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Blue Devils’ Furr goes for 21 in St. Marys’ win over Wirt

ELIZABETH — Host Wirt County and its gang of eight kept within striking distance through three quarters here Thursday evening, but preseason No. 7 St. Marys was too much in the end as the Blue Devils ran past the Tigers, 54-26, in the opener for both Little Kanawha Conference programs. Addie ...

Warren’s Emily Jackson (43) drives the lane as Eastern’s Jessica Parker (2), Maddison Williams (12) and Elizabeth Collins defend during a high school girls basketball game Thursday in Vincent. Warren won, 61-42. Photo by Jordan Holland.

Warren claims 61-42 victory over Eastern

VINCENT — Pressure was the name of the game Thursday night in a high school girls basketball game between Warren and Eastern. The Warriors forced the visiting Eagles into 24 turnovers en route to a 61-42 non-conference victory. Back home Monday against Meigs, Warren improved to 3-0 with the ...

West Virginia guard Jevon Carter (2) passes the ball while defended by NJIT forward Abdul Lewis, left, and guard Zach Cooks (4) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday in Morgantown.

No. 19 WVU thumps NJIT, 102-69

MORGANTOWN — Like a fine wine, WVU senior guard Jevon Carter gets better with time. The Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year overcame a sluggish start to lead No. 19 West Virginia to an 102-69 victory over visiting NJIT Thursday night at the Coliseum. On an evening when the Illinois native ...

Super Six is here at last

Here we go folks! One of the most exciting times of the W.Va. prep sports season is here once again! After 689 games over three classes the last 14 weeks (yes, I counted), we finally have our six competitors for three gridiron state championships today and tomorrow inside Wheeling Island ...

Talking Time: Kennedy Award

About eight days ago, I began to wonder when my Harrison H. Kennedy Award ballot would make an appearance in my email. Super Six week and the all-state meeting were drawing near and I knew we (the West Virginia Sports Writers Association) usually had the prize for the top football player in the ...

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St. Marys’ defensive lineman Antone Herring battles with East Hardy’s Ryan Rogers during the Blue Devils’ 27-21 win over the Cougars in the Class A playoff semifinals. East Hardy was just one game on the long journey to get back to Wheeling for Herring and the rest of the Blue Devils.

The road back to Wheeling

ST. MARYS — For the third time in four years, the city of St. Marys will empty and head to Wheeling Island Stadium to cheer on their Blue Devils in the state title game against Wheeling Central at 7 p.m. Saturday. In the blur of emotions of the last three weeks, overlooking how Jodi Mote’s ...

Parkersburg South’s Makenna Winans, who poured in a career-high 38 points during the Patriots’ 74-41 season-opening victory Tuesday night against John Marshall inside the Rod Oldham Athletic Center, stops the drive of Monarch guard Grace Frohnapfel. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Winans scores 38; South blows out John Marshall

PARKERSBURG — Sophomore Makenna Winans knocked down 15 of 17 field goals en route to a career-high 38 points here Tuesday evening inside the Rod Oldham Athletic Center to help host Parkersburg South run past John Marshall, 74-41, in the season opener for both teams. Winans, who knocked down ...