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Big Reds’ Trippett tops 34-year-old track record

PARKERSBURG — Records are made to be broken. Sometimes it takes one, two, three decades or more coupled with a lot of hard work for the hallowed marks to fall. When it comes to the Parkersburg High girls’ track record time in the 800 meter run, 34 years of blood, sweat, and tears ...

Parkersburg High School third baseman Katie Hudkins scoops up a grounder hit by Parkersburg South’s Alexis Feick during Wednesday’s game at Godbey Field. PHS won 12-4 in five innings. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

PHS mercy rules rival South, 12-4

PARKERSBURG — Sarah Huffman and Allie Taylor homered here Wednesday at Godbey Field for host Parkersburg South, but it wasn’t nearly enough as rival Parkersburg pounded out 16 hits en route to a five-inning 12-4 victory in the first game of the season series. PHS, which improved to 5-4 ...

Parkersburg Catholic's Nash Morris serves during the No. 1 doubles match with teammate Noah Chidester against the Williamstown duo of Rayne Somerville and Ricardo Gasquet Wednesday at Williamstown High School. Photo by Joe Albright.

Crusaders, Yellowjackets split victories

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Parkersburg Catholic and Williamstown tennis teams earned a split decision here Wednesday afternoon. The Crusader boys had few bumps in the road against a Yellowjacket team in its first competitive match of the season. PCHS head man Jason Discini’s squad won, ...

The Ohio Valley Hidden Gems 14U basketball team won the Parkersburg Elite G&W tournament earlier this month. In the front row, from left to right, are Joel Chevalier, Mark Duckworth, Nic Hart and Tony Munos. In the back row, from left to right, are coach Michael Hall, Jake Baumguard, Conner Baker, Makiah Merritt, coach Mark Tate II and coach Mark Tate.

Local 14U hoops squad aims for titles

MARIETTA — Connor Baker loves facing tough competition. For the next 2 1-2 months, the Belpre eighth grader, along with eight other area basketball players who make up the AAU team Ohio Valley Hidden Gems, will be traveling around Ohio and West Virginia playing some of the top Under-14 boys ...

Parkersburg South’s Aurora Slusher brings her bat around to connect with a pitch from Williamstown’s Nellie King during the Patriots’ 8-0 five inning win over the Yellowjackets Monday at Godbey Field. Photo by Joe Albright.

South snags win over ’Jackets

By JOE ALBRIGHT jalbright@newsandsentinel.com PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg South softball and head coach Cindi Taylor wasted little time picking up their second win of the season Monday at Godbey Field. The Patriots jumped on top of Williamstown ace Nellie King in the very first inning ...

Marietta High’s Brandon Neville delivers a pitch during a high school baseball game against Fort Frye Monday evening at Legion Field in Marietta. Marietta won, 9-2. Photo by Jordan Holland.

Tigers best Fort Frye in county final

MARIETTA — For the second straight season, Marietta High has earned the title of “Washington County Champions.” The Tigers improved to 3-0 after defeating visiting Fort Frye 9-2 in the Washington County Tournament Championship game Monday at Legion Field. That’s now back-to-back ...

In defense of the ref

The concept of fouls are integral to basketball, being written in James Naismith's original rules in 1891. Only one of his original definitions is still in use in modern basketball, "shouldering, holding, pushing, striking or tripping in any way of an opponent." But basketball is a contact ...

Parkersburg's Shay-Lee Kirby plots her next move against Spring Valley during the Big Reds' Class AAA Region IV co-final victory over the Timberwolves during the 2016-17 postseason. Photo by Joe Albright.

Locals honored on All-MSAC squads

PARKERSBURG — Both Parkersburg High teams were well represented on the 2016-17 All-Mountain State Athletic Conference teams as voted on by the MSAC basketball coaches. Big Red girls' head man Kenny DeMoss was voted coach of the year after he helped the Big Reds to a 19-6 record and their ...

Ravenswood senior Riley Heatherington, pictured here during the Class A state championship game against Notre Dame, was named the Little Kanawha Conference’s Player of the Year. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Ravenswood’s Riley Heatherington named LKC Player of the Year

PARKERSBURG — Little Kanawha Conference boys basketball champion Ravenswood High School landed the Player of the Year in University of Charleston-bound Riley Heatherington. Heatherington, who is the eighth LKC POY for the Red Devils, helped the Jackson County program reach the Class A state ...

Parkersburg’s Abby Tanner, left, takes the baton from teammate Alexa Kotarski during Saturday’s 4x100 at the Kim Nutter Classic. The duo joined lead leg Samantha Williams and second leg Megan Kupfner to finish with a winning time of 53.50. Photo by Jay W. Bennett

PHS boys win Kim Nutter Classic

PARKERSBURG — Perfect weather conditions for Saturday’s Kim Nutter Classic at Stadium Field provided plenty of opportunities for great results and the thinclads didn’t disappoint. On a day where Ripley High School’s girls won the team title and the Vikings swept high-point honors, the ...

Ripley senior point guard Jamison Hunt, who averaged 23.3 points, 7.2 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 2.9 steals, was honored by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association as a Class AAA all-state first teamer. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Ripley’s Hunt makes Class AAA all-state

HUNTINGTON — Capital point guard Leondre Rogers was known as the closer for the Cougars during the 2016-17 season. In a close late-game situation, Rogers was the one who was counted on to make plays down the stretch that led Capital to avoiding any team’s upset bid. Rogers’ cool head ...

Independence wrestler Noah Adams is all smiles as he reacts to fans and family in the stands after winning a state championship in the 220-pound weight class against Wirt's Mike Burns at the 70th Annual WVSSAC State Wrestling Tournament Saturday night at the Big Sandy Arena in Huntington. Photo courtesy of Brad Davis, The Register-Herald.

Dutton Award goes to Independence’s Adams

BECKLEY — It was far from the defining moment of Noah Adams’ high school career. But in his mind and in the mind of his coach, it just might have been the turning point. By now all state wrestling fans know the story. Once thought of as a sure-fire four-time state champion, Adams instead ...

Jordyn Dawson earns Ostrowski Award

HUNTINGTON — Last year, Huntington High’s Jordyn Dawson earned nearly every individual accolade available in West Virginia girls basketball. However, she would’ve traded them all to hoist a championship trophy. In 2016-17, Dawson made sure she didn’t have to make that choice or leave ...

Wirt County senior Cori Hughes, pictured here in a game against Roane County this past season, has decided to continue her basketball career for the Bethany College Bison. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Wirt’s Hughes off to Bethany for hoops

ELIZABETH — Wirt County guard Cori Hughes has decided to go from the Tigers’ orange and black to the green and white of the Bethany College Bison, who compete in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference as an NCAA Division III member. A four-year starter for the Tigers, Hughes averaged ...

Notre Dame’s Jarrod West, pictured here being guarded by Ravenswood’s Jayden Rhodes in the Class A state championship game, was honored with the Bill Evans Award, which is given annually by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association to the Mountain State’s top boys basketball player. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Notre Dame’s West named for Evans Award

CLARKSBURG — Before his high school athletic journey began, Jarrod West had a set of lofty goals written on a piece of paper in his bedroom. He spent the better part of his senior season at Notre Dame, crossing them off the list. The first was reached in November when he signed his ...

Marietta's Travis Moore had the best individual high jump at 6-feet-2 inches to help the Tigers win the event and the overall points title at Saturday's Fair Weather Relays at Warren High School. Photo by Tom Perry.

Marietta wins Fair Weather Relays

VINCENT — Moments after missing his third and final attempt at 6-feet-3 in the high jump, Marietta senior Travis Moore looked like he wanted one more shot. “Getting 6-2 is all right, but I’d like to get a couple of inches higher,” Moore said. “But this is a nice place to get a ...

Parkersburg High's Ashley Casto returns a shot during a doubles match with her partner Alex Olson during the Big Reds' 8-3 win over Hurricane's Lauren Graham and Rebecca Osborne Friday at City Park tennis complex. Photo by Joe Albright.

Parkersburg tennis nets victory

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg High’s tennis team upped its season mark to 3-0 on a sunny Friday afternoon at City Park tennis courts with a win over Hurricane. The red and white clad girls scored a 5-2 mark over the Redskins, while the boys took care of business in all seven of their ...

Williamstown’s Tim Wickham will compete in his final Ryan Jobes Spring Special today at the Jack Jones Track and Field Facility. Last spring, the junior took second in the 110 high hurdles and third in the 300 hurdles in this meet. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Nutter, Jobes track meets set for today

PARKERSBURG — A pair of local track meets set for today will give area programs an early look at how things might stack up this spring in the Mountain State. Beginning at 10 a.m. today with the field events, the annual Kim Nutter Invitational will take place at Parkersburg High School with ...

Parkersburg High’s Chad Conner (13) leads off of first base as George Washington first baseman Paul Boddy gets into fielding position during a high school baseball game Friday at Bennett Stump Field. Photo by Steve Hemmelgarn.

PHS Big Reds fall to George Washington

PARKERSBURG — Visiting George Washington tallied 12 runs combined in the fifth through seveth innings Friday night to break open a 2-2 game and post a 14-6 baseball win over Parkersburg High at Bennett Stump Field in City Park. The loss evened the Big Reds’ record to 1-1 heading into a 7 ...

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Parkersburg High’s Madi Mace (35) defends during a game this season at PHS Memorial Fieldhouse.

Local girls earn first team all-state prowess

CHARLESTON — After four years of pursuit, senior Jordyn Dawson was able to cap off a stellar prep career in the perfect way, with a Class AAA state championship. But even after receiving state championship and all-tournament trophies, the honors aren’t done coming in. Dawson, the 2016 ...