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Gilmer County’s Carly Somerville flies through the air shooting the basketball while guarded by Lincoln County’s Alli Farmer (34) and Rachel Pennington (21) during the Titans’ 53-31 win over the Panthers Tuesday at the Little General Shootout at the Big House inside the Charleston Civic Center. Photo by Joe Albright.

Both Gilmer teams pick up wins at Little General Shootout

CHARLESTON — The Gilmer County boys and girls basketball teams got to play hoops under the brightest of lights during the Little General Shootout at the Big House at the Charleston Civic Center here Tuesday. The Gilmer girls were first on the hardwood with a matchup against Class AA Lincoln ...

Parkersburg High’s Bre Wilson (33) reacts after getting a shot off while guarded by Spring Valley’s Madison Berry (34) during the Big Reds’ 54-51 win over the Timberwolves Tuesday during the Little General Shootout at the Big House. Photo by Joe Albright.

Delozier’s triple lifts PHS Big Red girls to win

CHARLESTON — Alex Delozier’s 3-point shot attempt with 14 seconds left in a tie game between Parkersburg High and Spring Valley was not the play drawn up in the huddle by head coach Kenny DeMoss during a 30-second time out. Yet, it is hard to argue with the result of the downtown ...

Parkersburg South’s Bobby Foggin attempts to shoot during a high school basketball game Tuesday against Warren. Photo by Mike Morrison.

South Patriots defeat Warren cagers, 66-63

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg South came out on fire and then held off a second rally to score a 66-63 win over the visiting Warren Warriors Tuesday night. Shane Snider led three Patriots in double figures with 19 points in a game that saw each team connect on no less than 10 3-point ...

Belpre’s Tojzae Reams passes during a high school basketball game against Trimble in Belpre. Photo by Steve Hemmelgarn.

Belpre bests Trimble boys, 66-52

BELPRE — Mythius Houghton and Deijon Bedgood were all over the floor Tuesday night, combining for 50 points as host Belpre knocked off TVC rival Trimble in boys basketball for the first time in six years with a 66-52 triumph over the Tomcats, The win made the Golden Eagles 6-13, while ...

Parkersburg High School senior D’Shawn Curry, pictured here during a practice session, has decided to continue his football career for Great Midwest Athletic Conference champion Alderson Broaddus. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Curry to continue gridiron career at Alderson Broaddus

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg High School’s D’Shawn Curry has always loved football. The 6-foot-2, 265-pound Big Red, who will graduate this spring, is one of more than four dozen student-athletes who signed their national letter of intent to play for the Battlers of Alderson Broaddus ...

Parkersburg High School’s Jaden Lacaria, pictured here last season running the ball for Parkersburg Catholic against St. Marys, has decided to continue his career as a student-athlete for the Hocking College Hawks of the National Junior College Athletic Association. Photo by Jordan Holland.

Lacaria to play for Hocking College

PARKERSBURG — Jaden Lacaria just wanted a chance to play football at the next level and the soon-to-be Parkersburg High School graduate has opted to go the junior college route. Lacaria, who was at Belpre as a freshman and then spent two years with the Big Reds before playing football for ...

Parkersburg South’s Lauren Hanna (41) battles Beaver’s Madison Ours for position during an Ohio Valley Athletic Conference tournament game Monday at Rod Oldham Athletic Center. 

Photo by 
Joe Albright

Patriots best Beaver in OVAC semi

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg South overcame a sluggish opening quarter and an energetic Beaver Local team for a 73-43 win in an Ohio Valley Athletic Conference 5A semifinal game Monday at Rod Oldham Athletic Center. Allie Taylor and Devin Hefner tallied 15 points apiece to help the Patriots ...

Photo by Tom Perry
Parkersburg’s Tyler Lawrentz (34) and Kionte Peacock (22) defend Riverside’s TJ Wood during a high school boys basketball game Monday night at Memorial Fieldhouse.

Big Red boys roll

PARKERSBURG —Kionte Peacock isn’t planning on letting Monday night’s game be his best. The Parkersburg sophomore scored a career-best 18 points as the Class AAA fourth-ranked Big Reds cruised to an 87-59 victory over Riverside at Memorial Fieldhouse. “I’m not going to let this be ...

Photo by Ron Johnston
Waterford’s Alli Kern, right, guards Belpre’s Cheyenne Barker during a high school girls basketball game Monday night. Waterford won, 63-23.

Waterford girls breeze by Belpre

BELPRE — Waterford High was at the top of its game. The defending Division IV champion Wildcats limited host Belpre High to four single-digit quarters en route to a 63-23 triumph in Tri-Valley Conference-Hocking Division girls’ basketball action Monday night. “We played really well as ...

High School Basketball Roundup

GIRLS BASKETBALL Little General Shootout at the Big House Williamstown 80, Notre Dame 38 CHARLESTON — Ten players scored for Williamstown in an 80-38 victory over Notre Dame Monday in the Little General Shootout at the Charleston Civic Center. Samantha Dedrick paced the Yellowjackets ...

Parkerbsurg Nathan Burd swims in a relay during the Region I meet Saturday in Wheeling. Burd won gold in the 100 and second in the 50 freestyle. Photo submitted.

Big Red boys capture Region I swimming title

WELLSBURG — While it had first place locked up, the Parkersburg boys team put the cherry on top during the final event of the Region I swim meet here Saturday. In second place on the last leg of the 400 freestyle relay, Big Red senior Nathan Burd took off. Gaining ground with every ...

Williamstown’s Ethan Beck will compete in the Down Under Sports Tournament on the Gold Coast of Australia this summer after his freshman running season. Photo provided.

Local runner looks to compete Down Under

WILLIAMSTOWN — A local runner from Williamstown is aiming to make waves Down Under against international competitors. Ethan Beck, a Williamstown freshman and running prodigy, will be taking a trip this summer to compete in the 29th Down Under Sports Tournament hosted on the Gold Coast of ...

The Parkersburg High School wrestling team won Saturday’s Mountain State Athletic Conference tournament held in St. Albans. It was the first MSAC for PHS since 2014. Photo submitted.

Saturday’s high school sports roundup

BOYS BASKETBALL at Big Atlantic Classic Class AAA Championship Game Parkersburg 92, Greenbrier East 58 BECKLEY —Thirteen Big Reds recorded a tick in the scoring column during Parkersburg High’s 92-58 win over Greenbrier East in the Class AAA championship game of the Big Atlantic ...

MLB hitting coach offers tips

PARKERSBURG — A man with experience working with Major League Baseball players is coming back to the area to share his knowledge of the game. Ryan Ellis is a hitting coordinator in the New York Mets organization and, for the third straight year, will make an appearance in the Mid-Ohio ...

South’s Bobby Foggin defends during a high school basketball game against Wheeling Park Friday night in Wheeling. South defeated Wheeling Park, 64-57. Photo courtesy of Wheeling Intelligencer.

South topples Wheeling Park

WHEELING — When Wheeling Park traveled to Parkersburg South on Jan. 14, it left with an embarrassing 80-38 loss. It has only been a little more than two weeks since that game, but Wheeling Park coach Michael Jebbia has seen a lot of improvement since then. The only problem is the ...

By RON JOHNSTON
rjohnston@mariettatimes.com
ST. MARYS — St. Marys High silenced the Rebel yell on Pack The Gym Night.
Avenging a late January setback in Ellenboro, the Blue Devils defeated visiting Ritchie County, 60-45, in Little Kanawha Conference action Friday evening.
“We came out with a different defense this time,” said SMHS senior guard Jordan Fox. “We knew that we had to stop (Stephanie) Kirk and not let her get in the middle. We executed that really well, and we blocked out the shooters, and there wasn’t much they could do.” 
Fox paced the Devils, who never trailed in the contest, with a game-high 27 points, including three triples and 12 freebies. Jenna Nichols added 13 points, including three treys,  seven assists and five steals, while Kylee Buzzard netted eight points and grabbed 16 rebounds. Samantha Maidens chipped in with eight boards.
“It’s really good that my teammates came out and hit the shots,” Fox said. “We played with our heart, and we all came together. It’s really nice that we got a good win.”
St. Marys, which lost to RCHS, 70-46, on Jan. 24, improved its record to 14-5, now will play in the LKC Night of Champions third-place game at a time and place to be announced.
“I give all the credit to the seniors,” said SMHS head coach Howie Meeks. “They wanted to get back to the Night of Champions. It’s all about them.
“This will be my eighth time in 10 years playing in the Night of Champions.”
Ritchie fell to 13-7 on the season. The Rebels were led by Cassie Tallman, who tallied 17 points, 14 after the break. Stephanie Kirk added 12 markers, and twin sister Samantha had seven.
“They (St. Marys) came our with a good game plan,” said RCHS boss Dave McCullough. “We had to make adjustments. I had to use up all five timeouts in the third quarter. 
“I mean, we just struggled. We didn’t make shots, and they were making shots – and that was the difference.”
Fox and Nichols each knocked down two 3s, and Ciara Bennett had one as St. Marys staked itself to a 19-9 first-quarter advantage.
“They came out and hit a lot of shots from the perimeter early,” McCullough said. “That got us down quick.
“They got out to a lead, and we started out a little bit slow. We’ve got to figure out how to get out quicker and not get behind. We’ve done that now in the last three games. We’ve just got to make some shots and be ready for anything.”
In the second quarter, the Devils maintained the lead, and owned a 30-17 advantage at halftime.
Fox, Nichols and Buzzard combined to score 17 points in the third period as SMHS stretched its lead to 48-28. With about two minutes left in the stanza, the Devils’ advantage bulged to 25 points, 47-22.
But in the fourth quarter, Ritchie came roaring back, thanks to the hustle and shooting of Tallman, and reduced the deficit to single digits, 54-45, near the two minute mark.
At crunch time, though, the Rebels had to foul, and when they did, Fox usually had the ball. Down the stretch, the Blue Devils standout converted six of seven from the charity stripe.
St. Marys is scheduled to play Summers County at the WVHIT championship today at Doddridge County.

PCHS girls claim 3rd straight win

PARKERSBURG — When this week began, the Parkersburg Catholic girls basketball Crusaderettes were mired in a funk — on a five-game losing streak to fall below the .500 mark at 8-9. But after posting three consecutive wins in five days, capped by a 53-28 victory Friday night over ...

St. Marys’ Amanda Cox, right, tries to get around Ritchie County’s Andrea Kirk during a high school girls basketball game Friday. Photo by Ron Johnston.

Fox’s 27 leads St. Marys past Ritchie County

ST. MARYS — St. Marys High silenced the Rebel yell on Pack The Gym Night. Avenging a late January setback in Ellenboro, the Blue Devils defeated visiting Ritchie County, 60-45, in Little Kanawha Conference action Friday evening. “We came out with a different defense this time,” ...

Parkersburg’s Brady Colvin will join the Big Reds at the regional swim meet today at Brooke High School. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

PHS ready for regional swim meet

PARKERSBURG — The road to the state tournament at the West Virginia University Natatorium will begin for both Parkersburg High swim teams at 10:30 a.m. today during the Region I championships at Brooke High School. Big Red head man Terry Nisewarner’s squads come in to regional action hot ...

Parkersburg South’s Reece Fletcher will join his teammates at the regional swim meet today at Brooke High School. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Patriot swimmers look to lead meet

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg South Patriot swim team is looking to make another splash at the regional meet today at Brooke High School. Head coach Steve Lutz’s team has been setting benchmarks all season, including the Patriots’ fifth OVAC title after narrowly defeating Wheeling Park ...

Ravenswood 126-pounder Clay Tanner, top, pictured here against Bridgeport’s Joshua Wojciechowicz during the Bob Zide Rumble, has a No. 3 seed at today’s Little Kanawha Conference wrestling tournament in Clay County. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

LKC, MSAC wrestling championships today

PARKERSBURG — Wrestling fans willing to travel today can choose between the 54th annual Little Kanawha Conference championships in Clay County or the annual Mountain State Athletic Conference tournament taking place at St. Albans High School. Calhoun County senior Allen Metheney, who is ...