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St. Marys’ Will Billeter signs on the dotted line to play football for West Virginia University as a preferred walk-on next season. Seated next to the signee is mother Jill Billeter, at left, and father Brad Billeter on the right. Photo by Joe Albright.

St. Marys’ Billeter inks with WVU

ST. MARYS — Blue Devil Will Billeter’s already eventful senior year became a little fuller after a brief gathering at 2:45 Thursday afternoon inside the St. Marys’ High School auditorium. The SMHS athlete signed on the dotted line as a West Virginia University preferred football walk-on ...

Ravenswood, Braxton to face off for LKC title

SPENCER — Ravenswood and Braxton County will meet at 7 p.m. today to decide the Little Kanawha Conference softball champion. During Thursday’s semifinals at Roane County High School, the Red Devils defeated Gilmer County, 13-5, while Braxton County topped Wirt County, 11-6. The Tigers, ...

Parkersburg’s Nate Erhard, who pitched two innings of relief to earn the mound triumph in the Big Reds’ 4-3 eight-inning victory Thursday night at Bennett Stump Field against Robert C. Byrd, gets brushed back by Eagle starting pitcher JT Sandy. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

PHS slips past RCB, 4-3, in eight innings

PARKERSBURG — Sophomore Hayden Morris hit his first varsity home run and host Parkersburg took advantage of three Robert C. Byrd errors here Thursday evening at Bennett Stump Field to post a 4-3 victory in eight-innings. Big Red starter T.J. McIntosh scattered 11 hits and allowed three ...

Who needs home-field advantage?

It’s definitely not been the worst spring in recent memory when it comes to the wrath of Mother Nature. However, it’s also not been the best. For Wirt County sixth-year head softball coach Aaron Hill, Tuesday’s game at Williamstown was supposed to be played in Elizabeth, but the ...

South slips past PHS, 12-11, in 11 innings

PARKERSBURG — Drew Yanok ended a four-hour, 11-inning marathon of a ding-dong dilly of a donnybrook with a game-winning one-out single up middle to score Hunter Delong from third base and lift host Parkersburg South to an 12-11 victory over Parkersburg High just 35 minutes before midnight ...

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Belpre hurler Foster Brand prepares to deliver a pitch to an awaiting Waterford batter during the Golden Eagles’ 15-6 loss to the Wildcats Wednesday.

Golden Eagles fall to Waterford, 15-6

BELPRE — The Wateford Wildcats just keep right on rolling through the Tri-Valley Cenference Hocking Division. Wednesday night it was the Belpre Golden Eagles’ turn to feel the wrath of Wildcats as the green and white rolled to a 15-6 victory to remain perfect in conference play. Senior ...

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Parkersburg South’s Lexi Moore (12) looks for an open teammate, while defended by Parkersburg High’s Madi Mace (35) in a 2016-17 postseason game. Moore committed with Marietta College Tuesday.

Parkersburg South’s Lexi Moore commits to Marietta College

PARKERSBURG — “My first visit I absolutely fell in love with the college and campus. I had an overnight stay and played hoops with the team in an open gym.” One of the harder decisions for any high school student is the selection of where they wish to continue their academic career and ...

Don Reeves stepped down as Parkersburg High School’s head football coach Wednesday.

Don Reeves steps down as PHS head football coach

Don Reeves stepped down as Parkersburg High School’s head football coach earlier today. Wood County Schools Superintendent John Flint confirmed Reeves had resigned his position as PHS football coach and said no hearing would be scheduled for Monday. The community had speculated an ...

The St. Marys football team handed out their 2016 Class A state championship rings during a ceremony Sunday at the St. Marys High School auditorium. The Blue Devils polished off an undefeated 14-0 season with a 23-8 win over East Hardy Dec. 3, 2016 at Wheeling Island Stadium. Members of the team (from left to right) celebrate with the state championship trophy - Antone Herring, Elijah Hearn, Matt Eichhorn, Dalton Houser, Dylan Gray, Jaiden Smith, Tucker Dalrymple, Jeremy Smith, Aaron Pinkerton, Zac Long and Jonathan Davis.

’Jackets pick up twelfth straight win

DAVISVILLE — Williamstown notched its 12th straight baseball victory Tuesday afternoon, scoring a total of 14 runs in the fourth and fifth innings to overwhelm host Parkersburg Catholic 18-2 in five frames at Marshall Field. The Yellowjackets’ Mason Adkins slugged a two-run homer, tripled ...

Parkersburg High’s Alyssa Gates watches a pitch zoom past her while at bat during the Big Reds’ 6-1 Senior Day win over South Charleston. Photo by Joe Albright.

PHS grabs win on Senior Day

PARKERSBURG — A four-run fifth inning gave the seven graduating seniors on the PHS softball team a win on senior day Monday at Jackson Park. Parkersburg High outscored visiting South Charleston, 6-1, and upped its record to 17-9 on the season. Parkersburg overcame a slow start at the plate ...

Parkersburg South catcher Nick Yoho attempts to spot a foul ball during a high school baseball game against Warren Monday at Hank Greenburg Field in Parkersburg. Photo by Mike Morrison.

South falls to Warren, 1-0

PARKERSBURG — There’s an old saying in the grand old game of baseball that walks will come back to haunt you. Parkersburg South ace pitcher Dalton Wiggins allowed just one walk in seven strong innings of work in Monday night’s Ohio Valley Athletic Conference semi-final against Warren at ...

Marietta High first baseman Will Eschbaugh, left, receives a throw to retire Dover’s Brandon Troyer during a high school baseball game Monday at Legion Field in Marietta. Marietta won, 5-1. Photo by Jordan Holland.

Tigers get rare win over Dover

MARIETTA — A visit to the mound by head coach Jim Thrash was just what the doctor ordered for Marietta pitcher Trent Dawson. Monday at Legion Field, Dawson cruised through the first three innings against Dover before allowing a hit and a four-pitch walk to begin the fourth. Thrash walked to ...

Wood County Christian School's Hannah Riggs, center sitting, signs a National Letter of Intent to continue her education and play volleyball at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Pa. Left to right, sitting: Taffy Riggs (mother), Hannah, and Jason Riggs (father). Standing is WCCS volleyball coach Mike Conaway. Photo by Ron Johnston.

Riggs to play volleyball at Carlow University

WILLIAMSTOWN — Hannah Riggs was fearless on the volleyball court as Wood County Christian’s libero. “The libero is in charge of getting things set up in the back row,” said the 17-year-old Riggs before signing a National Letter of Intent in the WCCS gym Friday to continue her ...

Marietta College’s Michael Barnabei slides in to home plate during the team’s doubleheader  sweep Sunday against Wilmington College in Marietta. Photo courtesy of France Moise.

Pioneers sweep Wilmington on Community Day

MARIETTA — Marietta College had its Community Day hitting clothes on. The Pioneers rapped out a combined 31 hits in a 9-4 and 13-1 sweep of Wilmington College in Ohio Athletic Conference baseball action at Don Schaly Stadium Sunday. “I think our bats have gotten better in the last week ...

Parkersburg High School’s Logan Wooddell will continue his track and field career at the University of Charleston for Golden Eagle head coach Nick Bias. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Wooddell to run at Charleston

PARKERSBURG — Logan Wooddell isn’t ready for his track career at Parkersburg High School to be over with just yet, but the Big Red senior knows where he’s going to be spending the next four years as the sprinter inked with the University of Charleston Golden Eagles to run for head coach ...

Wiltsey, Sams claim top spots

VIENNA — One hundred and forty-four runners and walkers gathered for the 21st edition of the Vienna River Road Race at 8 a.m. Saturday morning at Jackson Middle School’s football stadium. “Everything was really good today” said race director Lou Molinaro. “The numbers were a little ...

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From left to right, Parkersburg’s Will LeMaster, Warren’s Trent Sayre, Caldwell’s Levi’s Pemberton, and Parkersburg’s Benjamin Lake compete in the 3200 meter run at Friday night’s Erickson Invitational.

PHS teams sweep Erickson Invitational

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg High looked right at home Friday at the Erickson All-Sports Invitational. The Big Reds claimed a dominating win on the boys side, while the girls edged out Ripley 101-99 to claim first place. Head coach Lia Fleek’s PHS girls held a 93-89 lead going into the ...

Gary Wolfe (left) and Dave McNemar (right) will clash in the Wolfe vs. McNemar II main event of “A Battle of the Ages” boxing card Saturday night at PHS Memorial Fieldhouse. The two Parkersburg fighters will square off in a rematch of their battle for the state light-heavyweight championship 20 years ago at PHS. Photos by Steve Hemmelgarn.

Wolfe vs. McNemar II showdown set Saturday at PHS

PARKERSBURG — The stage is set, whatever tickets are left are going fast, and the combatants are ready for Wolfe vs. McNemar II Saturday night at PHS Memorial Fieldhouse. Twenty years ago on April 19, Gary Wolfe and Dave McNemar — both Parkersburg boys — stepped into a boxing ring at ...

Parkersburg South leadoff hitter Aurora Slusher looks back for the call moments after Williamstown shortstop Courtney Dotson applied the tag for a caught stealing during the third inning of Thursday’s game in Williamstown. The host Yellowjackets were upended by the Patriots, 3-0. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Stanley, South blank Yellowjackets

WILLIAMSTOWN — Jordan Stanley retired the first 10 batters she faced and finished with a four-hit shutout here Thursday evening as visiting Parkersburg South handed Williamstown a 3-0 setback. The Patriots, who improved to 10-10 and play host at 4:30 p.m. today for a twinbill at Godbey ...