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West Virginia forward Sagaba Konate (50) grabs a rebound from Morgan State guard LaPri McCray-Pace (1) during the first half of an NCAA basketball game Saturday in Morgantown.

West Virginia men run past Morgan State

MORGANTOWN — Wheeling Central Catholic graduate Chase Harler was known more for his scoring than his passing during his playing days with the Maroon Knights. Saturday night, it was the passing skills of the sophomore that kept him on the Coliseum floor as Harler established a new career ...

West Virginia running back Kennedy McKoy (4) is tackled by Texas defensive backs Davante Davis (18) and Brandon Jones (19) during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday in Morgantown. Texas defeated West Virginia 28-14.

WVU loses Grier, game

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Sam Ehlinger helped Texas get that elusive win over a ranked opponent. Ehlinger threw two touchdown passes and the Longhorns became bowl eligible under first-year coach Tom Herman with a 28-14 win over No. 24 West Virginia on Saturday in a game in which the ...

Weight loss and wrestling

WHEELING — After the deaths of three collegiate wrestlers in the 1990s due to extreme Yo! Yo! Dieting, the NCAA and the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS) made it their mission to drastically improve their weight management programs to eliminate all unhealthy dietary ...

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St. Marys' running back Jaiden Smith (21) sizes up a Tug Valley defender before making a move during the Blue Devils' 47-0 win over the Panthers in a W.Va. high school football Class A playoff matchup Friday night in Naugatuck.

St. Marys romps way to semifinals

NAUGATUCK — This time of year is when you want to be playing your best football, which is something St. Marys did Friday night. Oh! The fifth-seeded Blue Devils also showed what they can do when they are healthy after a dominating 47-0 win over fourth-seeded Tug Valley in a West Virginia ...

No. 13 Marietta dominates Flying Dutch, 102-71

Marietta College hit the century mark on the scoreboard for the third straight year in its season- and home-opener. The Pioneer men got off to a slow start but once they got a double-digit lead, they never relinquished it as they defeated Hope College, 102-71, in the nightcap of the Great ...

Parkersburg High School head coach Don Fosselman’s Big Reds landed a trio of players on the Class AAA all-state first team. Earning top nods in the Mountain State were Parker Miller (3, above), Matt Runyon (11, below) and Ian Domenick (5, bottom).

PHS lands three first teamers for all-state

CHARLESTON — No matter the year, no matter how many players graduate, no matter how many new players find themselves starting, George Washington always fields one of the strongest defensive units in boys soccer. That was no different this year, as the Patriots yielded only nine goals until ...

The St. Marys squad rushes the field during a high school football game earlier this season. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

St. Marys, Tug Valley face off in playoff matchup

ST. MARYS —There will be plenty on the line when No. 5 St. Marys (9-1) and No. 4 Tug Valley (10-1) get together for a quarterfinal playoff matchup at Tug Valley High School in Naugatuck. Two more wins are the only obstacles remaining for a Blue Devils football team looking to return to ...

OVU men defeated in ‘Sweet 16’

PHILIPPI — Ohio Valley University’s historic men’s soccer season has come to a close. The Fighting Scots fell to Rockhurst, 1-0, Thursday in a Division II “Sweet 16” match. OVU finished the season 17-2-4. Michael Panarisi’s golden goal in the 104th minute lifted Rockhurst ...

Wirt County senior Katie Frazier, pictured here getting ready to serve the ball during a match earlier this year at Williamstown, was honored by league coaches as the Little Kanawha Conference’s Player of the Year. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Wirt County’s Frazier named LKC Player of the Year

PARKERSBURG — Wirt County senior setter Katie Frazier was honored by league coaches as the Little Kanawha Conference’s Player of the Year. The Tigers not only won the LKC crown, but captured their second Class A state championship in the past three seasons. “Katie is a great ...

Wirt County High School catcher Skylar Bogan, pictured here during a game last year at Williamstown, signed her national letter of intent on Wednesday afternoon in Elizabeth to continue her softball career at West Liberty University. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Wirt’s Bogan signs with West Liberty

ELIZABETH — Taking advantage of the early signing period here Wednesday afternoon, two-time first-team Class A all-state catcher Skylar Bogan of Wirt County inked her national letter of intent to continue her softball career for the Hilltoppers of West Liberty University head coach Herb ...

Dalton Houser (18) of St. Marys tackles Doddridge County’s Curtis James as Blue Devil Matt Eichhorn (20) prepares to help during last week’s Class A playoff game at Bill Hanlin Stadium. Photo by Joe Albright.

Tug Valley, St. Marys still alive

ST. MARYS — Thanksgiving may still be a few days away, but the football coaches for Tug Valley and St. Marys high schools have a lot to be thankful for a little early heading into their Class A quarterfinal-round playoff game Friday night at Tug Valley. Mistakes both the Panthers’ Tony ...

Parkersburg South senior Aiyana Lauderman was named to the Class AAA all-state first team by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

South’s Lauderman named to first team all-state for AAA

BECKLEY — What determines a great high school soccer player? Plenty of goals and assists? Smart, confident play? Rising to the occasion, such as scoring all three goals in the state tournament to help her team win the state title? Emilie Charles has them all covered. The forward ...

Parkersburg High School junior Shay-Lee Kirby, pictured here spiking the ball in a match earlier this year inside Memorial Fieldhouse, was selected first team all-Mountain State Athletic Conference. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Parkersburg Big Red Kirby snags pick for all-MSAC

PARKERSBURG — Big Red junior Shay-Lee Kirby of Parkersburg was the only local player to earn first-team all-Mountain State Athletic Conference volleyball honors. PHS, which lost senior spiker Amayah Lauer (second team all-MSAC) to a knee injury prior to sectionals, failed to advance to last ...

Fort Frye’s Tate Engle (12) fakes a handoff to teammate Tyler Bradford (10) during a high school football playoff game against Northmor earlier this season in Beverly. Engle and Bradford were two of the Cadets’ 11 All-East District honorees Tuesday. Photo by Jordan Holland.

Cadets land 11 district honorees

BEVERLY — Tate Engle has been Fort Frye High’s starting quarterback since he was a freshman. Now a junior, the 5-foot-10, 160-pound signal caller has been instrumental in helping the Eric Huck-coached Cadets make the Ohio Division VI playoffs three straight years. During that time, the ...

Waterford’s Braden Bellville and company battle for yardage during a high school football game against Wahama earlier this season.

7 Wildcats and head coach earn all-district in DVII

“I’m glad Braden’s on our team.” That’s what Waterford High head football coach Eric McCutcheon said after junior running back Braden Bellville rushed for 176 yards on 15 carries and three touchdown runs of 32, 10, and 14 yards, and caught an 84 TD pass from quarterback Peyten ...

Winfield's Sydney Cavender drives the ball down the field as GW's Destiny Jackson attempts to stop her during the Winfield Lady Generals-George Washington Lady Patriots soccer game earlier this season at Winfield High School. Photo courtesy of Craig Hudson.

Cavender headlines Class AAA all-state

WHEELING — When Sydney Cavender walked onto the pitch at Winfield, there was already a history of winning. Two straight state championships in Class AAA were already in the trophy case. She came in as a defender, but Coach Marshall Hoff saw something else in her. He moved her to striker and ...

Another draining contest

It was a draining afternoon for West Virginia football fans for a sixth consecutive week, but the Mountaineer defense for the second straight time saved the day to preserve a 28-23 win over Kansas State on Saturday. The WVU offense did manage to tally 28 first half points with quick scoring ...

OVU men’s soccer advance to Sweet 16 after win

CHARLESTON — Ohio Valley University men’s soccer team’s historic season will continue after a heroic effort in a shootout victory over NCAA Divison II Midwest Region fourth-seed Davis & Elkins Saturday afternoon at Schoenbaum Stadium in Charleston. The big moment didn’t prove too ...

Above: Wirt County captured its 11th overall state volleyball championship on Saturday morning inside the Charleston Civic Center by sweeping fellow Little Kanawha Conference program Ritchie County. 
Photo by Jay W. Bennett

Journey complete: Tigers best Ritchie for Class A state title

CHARLESTON — Tears of joy flowed freely on the Civic Center floor here Saturday morning as Wirt County’s six seniors got more than just a little help from their teammates during the Tigers’ 25-12, 25-13 and 25-21 Class A state championship sweep of Ritchie County, which secured the ...

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St. Marys’ running back Jaiden Smith keeps his balance after juking Doddridge County’s Logan Gogan during the Blue Devils’ 44-14 win over the Bulldogs in a Class A first-round playoff game Saturday inside Bill Hanlin Stadium.

St. Marys moves on to second round

ST. MARYS — West Virginia’s Class A high school football playoff matchup between No. 12 Doddridge County and No. 5 St. Marys was close for a half before the final outcome was decided. Tied 6-6 coming out of the locker room, the defending state champion Blue Devils exploded for 38 ...