Local Sports

Photo by Tom Perry
Williamstown senior Isaac Brown plays tough defense as Wirt County's TJ Conley looks for someone to pass to during the Yellowjackets’ 79-48 victory over the Tigers in a Class A Region IV, Section 1 opening round game Monday inside Williamstown High School.

Williamstown rolls Wirt County in a sectional matchup

WILLIAMSTOWN — They haven’t forgotten. Williamstown can’t shake that feeling it had after beating Parkersburg Catholic twice during the regular season before losing to its rival in the postseason in 2016. Now the Yellowjackets (15-8) have a chance to return the favor when they ...

Ex-Pioneer Marty Davis to host baseball clinic in area

Former Marietta College baseball pitcher Marty Davis has been through the college recruiting process a pair of times in his life, once as a player and later on as a father. Now the Clarksburg native is looking to make the entire recruiting process easier for both prep players and their ...

WVU men crack late at Baylor

WACO, Texas (AP) — Johnathan Motley scored 19 of his 23 points after halftime and 11th-ranked Baylor won its home finale 71-62 over 10th-ranked West Virginia on Monday night. The Bears (24-6, 11-6 Big 12) avenged a 21-point loss at West Virginia on Jan. 10, which came after Baylor had won ...

Photo by Jay W. Bennett
Parkersburg South junior Luke Martin, right, won his second career Class AAA individual state championship Saturday night via a 15-5 decision against Riverside’s Steven Slack in the 126-pound finals.

West Virginia prep wrestlers ready to put a wrap on state tournament

HUNTINGTON — The Sunday after the 70th West Virginia state wrestling tournament was like no other since three triple-A weight classes still have to compete next month in Fairmont. Of course, none of that changes the fact Parkersburg South “earned” its 21st overall state mat crown, which ...

WVU, Baylor men’s basketball teams set for rematch today

WACO, Texas — Veteran West Virginia University head men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins understands winning on the road in the Big 12 is never a ‘walk in the park’. So when his No. 12 Mountaineers (23-6, 11-5 Big 12) held on for a one-point, 61-60, victory over TCU (17-12, 6-10 Big ...

The Wirt County High School wrestling team celebrates after winning the first Class A state championship in West Virginia history during the 70th annual event Saturday night inside Huntington’s Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

Patriots claim 21st state title; Tigers win first Class A championship

HUNTINGTON — The Mid-Ohio Valley crowned six individual state champions Saturday evening at the 70th West Virginia state wrestling tournament, Wirt County won the first Class A title ever and Parkersburg South head coach Shaun Smith’s team three-peated in Class AAA, but it’s not ...

Marietta College's Keith Richardson goes in for a layup during an OAC tournament match against Baldwin Wallace Saturday at the Ban Johnson Arena.

MC men win OAC tourney

MARIETTA — A.J. Edwards owned the paint The Marietta College senior All-American brushed off the Baldwin Wallace defenders with a game-high 28 points and eight rebounds as the top-seeded Pioneers won 83-74 in an Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament men’s basketball final at sold-out Ban ...

Parkersburg South sophomore Mikey Shamblin (top) gets near fall points in the third period against Ripley's Hunter Burdette Friday at the state wrestling tournament in Huntington. The Patriot advanced to tonight's 132-pound Class AAA finals by handing Burdette a 9-4 setback. 
Photo by Jay W. Bennett

South holds commanding lead in Class AAA state wrestling tournament

HUNTINGTON — Two-time defending Class AAA state champion Parkersburg South went 6-3 during Friday night’s semifinals at the 70th West Virginia state wrestling tournament and has virtually locked up the school’s 21st state crown. Of course, that trophy presentation will not take place ...

Photo by Joe Albright
Parkersburg’s Bre Wilson takes a hard cut down the lane to the basket against Parkersburg South during the Big Reds’ 51-49 Region IV, Section 1 championship win over the Patriots Friday night inside PHS Memorial Fieldhouse.

Parkersburg Big Reds win sectional over Parkersburg South

PARKERSBURG — If PHS fans thought the Big Red girls’ basketball team cut things close in its first victory over Parkersburg South this season, then in the words of Bachman Turner Overdrive, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Bre Wilson’s 3-ball with 14 seconds remaining sealed the first ...

Williams-town’s Ashley Morris (10) goes up for a basket during a high school girls basketball game against Ravens-wood Friday night.

Photo by Tom Perry

Williamstown girls defeat Ravenswood to win sectional

WILLIAMSTOWN — Ashley Morris knew she was having a nice game — she just didn’t know how good. As she stepped to the foul line with less than 10 seconds to play, the Williamstown senior glanced at the scoreboard and the reality hit her. “That’s when I realized it,” said Morris, ...

Parkersburg South’s Brayden Mooney (32) guards Woodrow Wilson’s Eddie Christian (30) during a high school boys basketball game Thursday night at the Rod Oldham Athletic Center. Woodrow Wilson won, 97-64. Photo by Jordan Holland.

Flying Eagles soar past Patriots

PARKERSBURG — Woodrow Wilson’s shots fell, and Parkersburg South’s didn’t. That was pretty much the story Thursday night at the Rod Oldham Athletic Center, where the Class AAA No. 5-ranked Flying Eagles defeated the Patriots, 97-64, on South’s “Senior Night.” Woodrow Wilson ...

VanDevender’s Daniel Wharton drives past Blennerhassett’s Jyles Johnson during the middle school basketball tournament’s 7th/8th grade game Thursday at the Memoiral Fieldhouse. Photo by Steve Hemmelgarn.

Top seeds win middle school hoops tourney title

PARKERSBURG — Both top seeds captured Wood County middle school boys basketball tournament trophies Thursday night at PHS Memorial Fieldhouse. But the best finish of the night was saved for last in the 7th-8th grade championship contest as No. 1 seed Blennerhassett staged a dramatic ...

W. Va. state wrestling tournament resumes today

HUNTINGTON — Two-time defending Class AAA state champion Parkersburg South held the team lead following day one of the 70th West Virginia state wrestling tournament being held inside the Big Sandy Superstore Arena while Wirt County had the team lead among single-A programs in the Class AA/A ...

Fort Frye’s Makayla Liedtke (35) goes up for a jumper during a sectional girls basketball game against Shadyside Thursday in Beverly. Photo by Mike Morrison.

Fort Frye advances in sectional

BEVERLY — Until Thursday night, Fort Frye freshman Kirsten Kesselring had started one game this season. “It didn’t go so well, either,” said Cadets coach Dan Liedtke. “That’s why it’s so good for this to happen for her tonight. It was nice to see her play with such ...

Frontier’s Lexi Brookover holds the ball during a sectional girls basketball game against Shenandoah Thursday night in New Matamoras. Photo by Ron Johnston.

Frontier advances in sectional

NEW MATAMORAS — Good things usually happened when Kylie Daugherty attacked the basket. The 5-foot-10 junior scored a game-high 20 points to help Frontier High defeat visiting Shenandoah High, 48-36, in an Ohio Division IV girls’ basketball sectional opener Thursday night. “We pushed ...

Marietta College men defeat Mount Union in OAC semi-final

MARIETTA — Marietta College found itself in need of a spark in Thursday nights Ohio Athletic Conference semi-final against Mount Union at Ban Johnson Arena. Trailing the Purple Raiders by 15 points late in the first half, the reigning OAC regular season champs got the spark they were ...

Parkersburg’s Madi Mace (35) attempts to block a shot by Parkersburg South’s Allie Taylor during a high school basketball game earlier this season. Photo by Joe Albright.

PHS, South meets for sectional

PARKERSBURG — More than just city bragging rights will be on the line when the Parkersburg and Parkersburg South basketball teams get together for the third time this season at 7 p.m. today inside PHS Memorial Fieldhouse. The Class AAA Region IV, Section 1 title as well as the right to host ...

Parkersburg South’s Ian Irizarry, top, and Parkersburg’s Hunter Ackerman will begin their run in the Class AAA 113-pound weight class starting tonight at the West Virginia state wrestling tournament held inside Huntington’s Big Sandy Superstore Arena. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Locals ready for AAA mat

PARKERSBURG — When the state wrestling tournament in Huntington gets underway this evening, the 32 area grapplers who qualified through last Saturday’s Class AAA, Region IV gauntlet will be out to give it their all on the mats. The one certainty about this year’s state tournament is ...

Parkersburg South’s Makenna Winans plans her next move against Ripley’s Maggy Criser Wednesday during the Patriots’ 48-45 Class AAA, Region IV, Section 1 sectional semifinal win over the Vikings. Photo by Joe Albright.

South holds on, defeats Ripley

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg South’s Allie Taylor and Makenna Winans stepped up when head coach Ed Davis needed them the most and helped keep the Patriots’ season alive in a 48-45 win over Ripley in the Region IV, Section 1 semifinal Wednesday night at the Rod Oldham Athletic Center. ...

Williamstown’s Josh Folwell, right, looks to pass as Calhoun County’s Hayden Richards defends during a high school boys basketball game Wednesday night. Photo by Steve Hemmelgarn.

’Jackets cruise past Red Devil boys, 60-39

WILLIAMSTOWN — A 22-4 run in the first half for host Williamstown propelled it into a 27-9 lead and the Yellowjackets never looked back in registering a 60-39 regular season-ending boys basketball win over Calhoun County Wednesday night. Both teams will now play in the same sectional ...