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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 ...

Photo by Joe Albright 
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 ...

St. Marys’ rare chance

A great opportunity awaits St. Marys head coach Jodi Mote and his Blue Devils when they take the field against Wheeling Central in the W.Va. Class A state championship game at 7 p.m. Saturday inside Wheeling Island Stadium. An elusive feat all but 43 other football squads in the 195 state ...

Fort Frye stays true to tradition, defeats Belpre, 38-27

BEVERLY - The ability to play great team defense has long been a staple for a Fort Frye girls basketball program that continues to be one of the most successful in the area. In Monday evenings season opener against Belpre, a very young Cadet team showed they have every intention of carrying ...

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Sprague, Smith, Bellville gain 1st-team All-Ohio status

BELPRE - Bailey Sprague's strong right leg has served him well on the gridiron. This past Sunday, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound Belpre High senior was honored as a Division VI OPSWA (Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association) All-Ohio first-team punter on offense. "Right now, Bailey's on cloud nine," ...

WVU creative in loss

When Oklahoma scores a touchdown playing at home, a covered wagon emerges from the tunnel and runs around the field. They call it the “Sooner Schooner”. It is led by two ponies, named “Boomer” and “Sooner”. By halftime Saturday animal rights activists may have been concerned. The ...

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Marietta College’s Brooke Borich goes in for a layup during Turkey Shoot Tournament action at the BanJo Sunday afternoon. Borich was named the tourney MVP after the Pioneers beat Wittenberg, 88-76.

Pioneer women net big victory

MARIETTA — Like mother, like daughter. Brooke Borich was the recipient of the Lisa Wagner MVP award after the Marietta College women’s basketball team downed Wittenberg University, 88-76, Sunday in the 33rd Annual Jim Meagle Turkey Shoot at Ban Johnson Arena sponsored by BSN ...

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Island bound: St. Marys returning to Wheeling to defend state title

BAKER — A chance for a repeat state champion in Class A is alive and very well after St. Marys downed East Hardy here Friday night. In a rematch of last year’s state title game, the fifth-seeded Blue Devils ended the three-year home winning streak of the top-seeded Cougars with a 27-21 ...

GW’s Wyner repeats as volleyball POY

CHARLESTON — The joy of a won point is obvious on Tessa Wyner's face in any photo taken of the George Washington senior volleyball player — a beaming smile, fist pump or leap for joy frozen in time. And they're not always about the points she has won for the Patriots, though she has won ...

PHS gets two on 2nd AAA all-state team

GW's Wyner lands all-state captain By ERIC JONES Special to The News and Sentinel MARTINSBURG — Musselman and George Washington were the top two volleyball teams in the state all season long. At season’s end, the Applemen finished as the top team outright after winning their second ...

St. Marys defeats East Hardy, 27-21

BAKER — St. Marys is going back to Wheeling to defend its Class A state football championship next weekend. The Bue Devils ended the state’s longest home winning streak with a 27-21 semifinal-round victory over top-seeded East Hardy with a 27-21 win Friday night. Jaiden Smith paced SM ...

St. Marys’ Jaiden Smith (21) scrambles by Doddridge County’s Logan Gogan (4) during the Blue Devils’ 44-14 win over Doddridge County in W.Va. Class A first-round playoff action. Photo by Joe Albright.

St. Marys, East Hardy meet again

ST. MARYS — East Hardy vs. St. Marys. This matchup is becoming a common sight in the W.Va. Class A football playoffs. After meeting in the semifinals in 2015 and the state championship game last season, the third straight contest (and fourth in the last five years) comes in a semifinal ...

Bobcats seeking finale win

AMHERST, N.Y. — Ohio's dream season came crashing down last week, but the Bobcats are trying to focus on their final regular-season game on Friday. Frank Solich's squad travels to Buffalo (5-6, 3-4) for a Mid-American Conference game at 1 p.m. at UB Stadium in Amherst, N.Y. “All we care ...

St. Marys junior defensive back Isaak Mooney tries to chase down Magnolia signal-caller Pat Mirandy in a game earlier this year at Bill Hanlin Stadium. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Blue Devils face top-seed East Hardy Friday night

ST. MARYS — In Greek mythology Heracles (or Hercules as he is better known) had 12 labors assigned to him by the gods, tasks they deemed impossible. His first task, assigned to him by King Eurytheus, was to slay the Nemean Lion, a beast impervious to any weapons. Class A’s fifth-seed ...

Philip Barbour junior McKenzie Carpenter, pictured here during a match at Williamstown earlier this year, helped the Colts to their third consecutive Class AA state volleyball crown and for her efforts she was honored as captain of the all-state first-team. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Carpenter captains AA all-state netters

CLARKSBURG — For sisters McKenzie and Maddi Carpenter, it’s been quite a journey the past three volleyball seasons, as they have been key cogs in Philip Barbour’s three-straight Class AA volleyball titles. This season, they were more than just key cogs, they were the engine thrusters to ...

WVU takes on Marist at AdvoCare Invite

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — No. 23 West Virginia (3-1) will look for two things when it takes on a winless Marist (0-3) team at 8:30 p.m. today in a quarterfinal matchup in the AdvoCare Invitationa — a fourth straight win and consistency. “We still aren’t getting consistent play from ...

Pioneers to host Turkey Shoot this weekend

MARIETTA — While the Marietta College women’s basketball season is just two games old, Alexis Enochs has yet to start. But the 6-foot-1 sophomore — this season’s first Ohio Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week — has been instant offense off the pine, averaging ...