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Parkersburg Post 15 first baseman Wade Garrett sprints home following his triple to score on teammate Josh Stephens’ sacrifice fly RBI in the fourth inning while Athens Post 21 catcher Kaleb Hill looks on. Athens won the first game of Wednesday’s twinbill 4-1. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Post 15 splits with Athens Post 21

PARKERSBURG — Visiting Athens Post 21 made a tie-breaking three-run fifth inning stand up to post a 4-1 American Legion baseball victory over Parkersburg Post 15 in the opener of a doubleheader Wednesday evening at City Park. But in the nightcap, Post 15 scored the game’s final five runs ...

Parkersburg South coach Mike Eddy speaks to his players during a high school football game last season.

Eddy familiar with all-star football games

PARKERSBURG — Although Friday night’s BACF Ohio vs. West Virginia Football Classic is Mike Eddy’s first head coaching position in an all-star game, the fifth-year head man at Parkersburg South has coached in these type of games before. In fact, he actually served as a BACF assistant ...

Bridgeport’s Hefner captains all-state AA team

BRIDGEPORT — At the outset of the 2017 baseball season, Bridgeport was tasked with replacing perhaps the most successful senior class in school history from a year ago if it had realistic aspirations of claiming a fourth consecutive Class AA state championship. Much of that responsibility ...

Ritchie’s Spencer inks with AB

ELLENBORO — Ritchie County 5-foot-9 guard Shawn Spencer just wanted a chance to play the game he loves at the next level. On Wednesday, the Rebel senior inked his national letter of intent to play basketball for Great Midwest Athletic Conference Division II member Alderson Broaddus ...

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Parkersburg’s Alyssa Gates tosses a pitch during a Big Reds’ regional matchup against Hurricane earlier this year. Gates recently committed to pitch for Ohio Valley University.

PHS’ Alyssa Gates off to Ohio Valley University for softball

PARKERSBURG — Alyssa Gates was one of eight seniors — and also one of six that started — who were integral parts in the Parkersburg High softball team’s successful season this spring. For her efforts, Gates, mostly a pitcher for the Big Reds, but also an outfielder, second baseman and ...

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Roane County’s Olivia Mace earned her second consecutive Class AA all-state first-team nod.

Roane’s Olivia Mace honored on Class AA softball all-state first team

BECKLEY — It didn’t matter much that Oak Glen’s softball team was very young this season The Bears had quite the senior leader in pitcher Hannah Clunk, who carried them to the Class AA state tournament. Clunk, who struck out 242 opponents with a wide variety of pitches, captains the ...

Ravenswood’s Chase Swain delivers a pitch to an awaiting Tygarts Valley hitter during a 2017 Class A baseball state semifinal earlier this season. Swain was named captain of the Class A all-state first team as voted on by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association Tuesday. 
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Ravenswood’s Chase Swain captains Class A All-State first team

CHARLESTON — The Irish from Charleston Catholic claimed the state baseball championship thanks to an 8-2 triumph against Ravenswood, but Red Devil junior Chase Swain was honored as the captain of the Class A all-state team, as selected by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association. A Class ...

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A check for $190,000 is presented to the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg following the 21st annual Kids Golf Classic Monday at the Parkersburg Country Club.

Les Matherly’s ace highlights Kids Golf Classic

PARKERSBURG — An eventful 21st annual Kids Golf Classic Monday at the Parkersburg Country Club was highlighted by a hole-in-one. Les Matherly, a golfer with more than 30 years under his belt, knocked in the first ace of his life on hole No. 2, and he couldn’t have picked a better spot. ...

Wirt County’s Skylar Bogan catches a pitch during one of the Tigers’ regular season meetings against Williamstown. Bogan was named one of two catchers on the West Virginia High School softball Class A first team as voted on by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association Monday.

Six locals voted on to W.Va. Class A Softball first team

WHEELING — It is no secret that Wheeling Central has one solid Class A pitching tandem. Last season, the duo of Marissa Garlitz and Riley Bennington led the Maroon Knights to a perfect 33-0 record and a state title. Both were first team all-staters. With a bullseye on their back, a tough ...

Ravenswood junior Chase Swain, pictured here at the Class A state baseball tournament, was named the Little Kanawha Conference’s co-player of the year along with Braxton County’s Braden Poling. Photo by Joe Albright.

Swain gets Little Kanawha Conference co-POY

PARKERSBURG — Champion Braxton County landed both the Little Kanawha Conference’s baseball coach of the year in head man Jacob Wolfe and the co-player of the year in Braden Poling, who shared the top honor with Ravenswood junior Chase Swain. The Eagles won the LKC crown with a 9-5 victory ...

Ravenswood shortstop Nic Taylor shadows Charleston Catholic's Trae Swisher at second base in preparation of a pick-off attempt during the Irish's 8-2 Class A state championship game win over the Red Devils Saturday at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston. Photo by Joe Albright.

Bumpy opening innings haunt Ravenswood in title game

CHARLESTON — Ravenswood spotted Charleston Catholic a big lead early, but unlike against Tygarts Valley Thursday in the semifinal couldn’t come back from the deficit in the Class A state championship game Saturday. The third-seeded Irish jumped on top of Red Devil starter Chase Swain for ...

Marietta High's Travis Moore clears a hurdle during the 300 hurdles finals at Saturday's state meet at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. Moore finished in 38.80 to place seventh in Division I. Photo by Jordan Holland.

Reams, Moore hurdle to All-Ohio track honors

COLUMBUS — Travis Moore and Tojzae Reams have been tough to beat in the 300 meter hurdles this year. The two seniors closed out their prep careers in style Saturday, with Belpre’s Reams placing eighth in Division III (40.77) and Marietta’s Moore finishing seventh in Division I ...

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West Virginia’s Kyle Davis watches a home run ball during a college baseball against Maryland Friday in Winston-Salem, N.C. West Virginia won, 9-1.

WVU routs Terps in 1st NCAA game since 1996

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The No. 2-seed West Virginia University baseball team hit six home runs to open the 2017 NCAA Baseball Tournament with a 9-1 victory over third-seeded Maryland on Friday afternoon in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Making their 12th NCAA Regional appearance in program ...

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Former St. Marys quarterback Will Billeter, left, takes a snap during BACF practice Friday in Parkersburg. Wirt County’s Josh Ellison looks on.

Small W.Va. BACF team starts practice

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia started practice Friday for the 2017 BACF Football Classic versus Ohio next Friday, June 9 at Don Drumm Stadium in Marietta. The only catch for Parkersburg South’s Mike Eddy, the W.Va. BACF head coach, was that despite 63.6 percent of his players showing up, ...

Reams, Moore advance at state

COLUMBUS — Belpre’s Tojzae Reams and Marietta’s Travis Moore keep their All-Ohio hopes alive at Friday’s state track meet at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Reams, a regional runner-up in the 300 hurdles with a time of 40.20, ran the race in 40.26 Friday to place seventh in the ...

Ravenswood's Chase Swain delivers a pitch to an awaiting Tygarts Valley batter. Photo by Joe Albright.

Ravenswood heads into state championship final

CHARLESTON — Nic Taylor's two-out double in the bottom of the eighth inning sent Ciah Kennedy from first base into a headfirst slide safe at home plate and Ravenswood into the state championship game after a 5-4 extra-innings win over Tygarts Valley Thursday at Appalachian Power Park. "I ...

Post 15 opens season Sunday

PARKERSBURG — With eight returners from last year as well an abundance of 10 pitchers, first-time head coach Mike Goodwin feels well equipped to field an American Legion baseball team this summer for Parkersburg Post 15 that his dad Jim would like and be proud of. Jim Goodwin was the Post 15 ...

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Ravenswood’s Nathan Curtis delivers a pitch to an awaiting Buffalo batter during the Red Devils’ 5-1 win over the Bison in the Class A, Region IV championship game. Curtis and company take the field in a state semifinal matchup against Tygarts Valley at 4:30 p.m. today inside Appalachian Power Park at Charleston.

Ravenswood baseball thought 2017 could be a special season

RAVENSWOOD — When Ravenswood baseball takes the field against Tygarts Valley at 4:30 p.m. today at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, the occasion marks just the sixth time a Red Devil team participates in the state tournament. This will be the first time any of the players have played ...

Belpre’s Tojzae Reams competes against Parkersburg High’s Logan Wooddell earlier in the year at the Erickson Invitational. Reams runs this weekend in the Ohio High School state track meet. 
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Belpre thinclads Tojzae Reams, Logan Racy bound for state meet

BELPRE — Belpre’s two state track qualifiers, junior 300-meter hurdler Tojzae Reams and senior discus thrower Logan Racy, are both hoping to wind up their best seasons as state placers this weekend in Columbus. Reams has gone to the state meet at Ohio State University every year in ...

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Mike Byus next Parkersburg High football head coach

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg High School football program has its next head coach pending Board of Education approval at the June 13 meeting. Michael A. Byus was selected by a committee composed of former PHS athletic director Jim Hamric, former head of the West Virginia Secondary Schools ...