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Waterford’s Jordan Welch tries to block an attempted spinning lay-in by Southern’s Crenson Rogers during the Wildcats’ 63-50 win Tuesday night inside the Harry Cooper Annex. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Welch leads Waterford past Southern

WATERFORD — Southern had no answer for Jordan Welch here Tuesday inside the Harry Cooper Annex during Waterford’s senior night and the Wildcats cruised to an easy 63-50 Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division victory. Ranked 10th in Ohio Division IV, the Wildcats took the lead for good ...

Fort Frye’s Jacob Prichard (24) attempts to shoot as Buckeye Trail’s Jacob Doudna (34) defends during a high school basketball game Tuesday. Photo by Tom Perry.

Trail tops Fort Frye in OT, 68-66

BEVERLY — Fort Frye will be playing in the Wheeling Hospital OVAC Championships later this week - just not in the preferred Class 3A title game. Instead, the Cadets (16-5) will face the loser of Martins Ferry-Linsley on Friday at Ohio University-Eastern following a 68-66 overtime loss to ...

Parkersburg’s Madi Mace (35) and Bre Wilson (33) defend Parkersburg South’s Allie Taylor (44) on her way to the bucket Monday night during the Big Reds’ 66-63 victory over the Patriots. Mace and Wilson combined for 40 points for PHS.

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Big Reds edge Patriots, 66-63, in rivalry classic

PARKERSBURG — Birthday girl Madi Mace scored a career-high 28 points and Shay-Lee Kirby made a connection from downtown off a steal with 47 seconds left in regulation to lead the Parkersburg High to a 66-63 victory over crosstown rival Parkersburg South Monday night inside Memorial ...

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Parkersburg Catholic’s Cade Ullman, left, dribbles behind the back as Charleston Catholic’s Robbie Williams defends during a high school boys basketball game Monday.

Crusaders clip Charleston Catholic

PARKERSBURG — It took every ounce of effort — and a rushed shot at the end — for Parkersburg Catholic to hold on for a 64-61 victory over Charleston Catholic Monday night. “We have to close out games better,” said Parkersburg Catholic coach Rob Strcula. “We made some mistakes at ...

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Frontier’s Caleb McLeish, left, makes a move with the ball as St. Marys’ Jacob Bills defends during a high school boys basketball game Monday in New Matamoras.

Frontier upsets St. Marys in OT

NEW MATAMORAS — Frontier High enjoyed a memorable Senior Night. The Cougars staged a second-half rally to upset and stun state-ranked St. Marys of Pleasants County, W.Va., 69-65, in non-conference boys’ basketball action Monday evening. “This was a big win for us,” said FHS head ...

Parkersburg South’s Jordan Johnson, left, tries to dribble past Wheeling Park’s Josie Daugherty during Ohio Valley Athletic Conference 5A championship basketball action Saturday in St. Clairsville, Ohio. Photo by Josh Strope.

South falls in OVAC final

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio — Wheeling Park looks to have found its groove and it is coming at the perfect time. Saturday at Ohio University Eastern, Wheeling Park exorcised another demon — Parkersburg South — to win the OVAC Class 5A championship with an impressive 68-54 victory. It is the ...

West Virginia forward Sagaba Konate (50) dunks the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas State, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, in Morgantown, W.Va. West Virginia won 85-66 (AP Photo).

WVU men knock off Kansas St.

MORGANTOWN — It’s becoming more and more evident that if this West Virginia team (20-5, 8-4 Big 12) is going to go anywhere in the postseason it is going to have to count on the play of its bench. Especially, its freshmen. “It’s situational,” head coach Bob Huggins said following ...

The Gilmer County girls basketball team poses for a picture after defeating Williamstown in the Little Kanawha Conference Night of Champions final Saturday at the Waco Center in Glenville. Photo by Joe Albright.

Titans reign over LKC

GLENVILLE — After being held to just eight points in Gilmer County’s matchup against Williamstown 10 days ago, Riley Fitzwater exploded for 19 points and 20 rebounds to lead the Titans to their first Little Kanawha Conference crown since 1984 Saturday night inside Glenville State’s Waco ...

Calhoun County seniors Zack Yanero and Makayla Smith are trying to make the most of their final basketball season for the Red Devils. Photo submitted.

Seniors shining for Calhoun hoops teams

MT. ZION — Playing sports in a rural community for Calhoun County point guard Makayla Smith and pivot Zack Yanero is second nature and neither Red Devil senior would have it any other way. “I think living here makes it harder to be as good because we don’t have as many ...

Frontier’s Lexi Brookover, left, handles the ball as Valley’s Jenna Dallison defends during a high school girls Ohio Valley Athletic Conference 1A championship game Saturday in St. Clairsville. Photo by Mike Morrison.

Frontier wins OVAC 1A championship

BELMONT, Ohio — The Frontier Lady Cougars may want to call Ohio University Eastern their home away from home. Frontier made their fourth straight appearance in an Ohio Valley Athletic Conference tournament and for the third time the Lady Cougars came away with the title after downing the ...

Warren’s Kyler Dennis, left, looks to pass as Waterford’s Isaac Huffman defends during a high school boys basketball game Saturday at the Harry Cooper Annex. Photo by Ron Johnston.

Warren hands Waterford 60-50 loss

WATERFORD — Josh Huffman was almost perfect. The 6-foot-3 junior forward was 10 of 11 from the floor as Warren downed Waterford, 60-50, in non-conference boys’ basketball action at the Cooper Annex Saturday night. “Most of it was just them letting me go isolation against the guy ...

Marietta College’s Alexis Enochs makes a move with the ball during a college women’s basketball game against Wilmington Saturday at Ban Johnson Arena. Photo courtesy of Evan Odom.

Pioneer women turn tables on Wilmington

MARIETTA — What a difference almost two months can make. Back on Dec. 17, the Marietta College women’s basketball team was done in 90-60 at Wilmington. But Saturday afternoon in Marietta, the Pioneer women turned things around on the visiting Quakers to the tune of 57-42 to help fortify ...

Parkersburg Catholic’s Cade Ullman gets double blocked by Ravenswood’s Chase Swain (32) and Lakin Tucker (25) at the end of the first half of Friday night’s game. Ullman made both of his free throws following a foul call, but Ravenswood won the tilt and punched its ticket to next Saturday’s LKC championship game against Gilmer County at the Waco Center. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Red Devils punch ticket to LKC NOC

RAVENSWOOD — Despite playing another game without point guard Hayden Mandrake, host Ravenswood picked up a key 64-55 Little Kanawha Conference West Division victory here Friday night against Parkersburg Catholic in a battle of ranked Class A programs. No. 2 Ravenswood, which had a ...

Jackson’s Carson Spohn (5) handles the ball as Warren’s Kyler Dennis defends during a high school boys basketball game Friday night in Vincent. Photo by Jordan Holland.

Hot start lifts Warren Warriors past Jackson

VINCENT — Warren put the pedal to the metal early on. Even though visiting Jackson hung with the Warriors the rest of the game, a hot first quarter from the hosts was enough to lift them to a 62-51 Senior Night victory Friday night. Warren, which got a game-high 22 points from Kyler ...

Waterford’s Tyler McCutcheon, center, drives with the ball during a high school boys basketball game against Eastern Friday night at the Harry Cooper Annex. Photo by Tom Perry.

Waterford dominates Eastern boys, 76-37

WATERFORD — Waterford’s Tri-Valley Conference game with Eastern Friday night was sort of a tune up for the Wildcats. Coach Tom Simms’ squad took control of this contest early and rolled to a 76-37 victory to improve to 14-3 and 13-0 in the TVC. “We got our rotation going and that ...

Cadets cruise past Cougars, 66-38

NEW MATAMORAS — Make no mistake about it, the Fort Frye Cadets are a very unselfish basketball team. Friday night, eight different players combined for 19 assists as the Pioneer Valley Conference champion Cadets rolled to a 66-38 win over the Frontier Cougars at Hank Morus ...

LKC girls’ title game commences tonight

PARKERSBURG — For the second time in as many seasons, the Little Kanawha Conference girls basketball championship will come down to a matchup between Gilmer County and Williamstown at 8:05 p.m. today inside Glenville State’s WACO Center. In last year’s championship matchup, ...

Ripley’s Luke Miller, who was seeking a second Wood County Middle School wrestling championship, lifts Blennerhassett’s Devin Easton high into the air during their 102-pound championship match on Thursday inside Parkersburg’s Memorial Fieldhouse. Miller recorded the first takedown, but Easton won via a third period pin. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Edison nips Blennerhassett for county title

PARKERSBURG — Ethan Prather of Edison didn’t need a pin in the final match of Thursday’s 56th Wood County Middle School wrestling championships to seal the Eagles’ five-peat, but he got one anyway. The Eagles of head coach Tammy Koreski trailed 204-199 entering the heavyweight ...

Parkersburg Catholic’s Madeline Huffman (31) shoots against Calhoun County’s Kaylea Bennett during a high school basketball game Thursday. Photo by Steve Hemmelgarn.

Freshmen pace LKC win for PCHS Crusaderettes

PARKERSBURG — Freshman point guard Madeline Huffman scored 20 points and two more frosh, Emma Gardner and Emma Pfeiffer, were a presence inside as Parkersburg Catholic downed visiting Calhoun County 61-46 Thursday night to claim 9th place in the LKC this season. Victorious PCHS, now 12-10, ...

Parkesburg South’s Cassie Whitlatch dribbles the ball down the field against Wheeling Park offensive players during a 2016 regular season game with the Patriots. Whitlatch signed on the dotted line to play soccer at Fairmont State for the next four years Thursday. Photo by Joe Albright.

South’s Whitlatch inks with Fairmont State

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg South soccer player Cassie Whitlatch got to commemorate two occassions Thursday inside South’s main office conference room. Not only did the Patriot senior celebrate her 18th birthday among friends and family, but she also signed her national letter of intent to ...