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St. Marys’ Jordan Fox (11) splits the defense of Parkersburg Catholic’s Madeline Huffman (3) and Alexis Saunders (13) in the fourth quarter during her team’s 81-60 win over the Crusaderettes Friday at SMHS. Photo by Joe Albright.

Crusaderettes tripped by Blue Devils, 81-6­0

ST. MARYS — Jordan Fox had to be assisted off the court in the final seconds of the game. “I had a really bad calf cramp,” said the 5-foot-7 senior St. Marys guard, who was walking OK after the final buzzer. “It hurt really bad.” Thing is, before leaving, there was nothing wrong ...

Huntington’s Will Jeffers led 9-4 early in the third against Parkersburg’s Jared Donahue in their 138-pound match Thursday night inside Memorial Fieldhouse, but the Big Red rallied for a pin in 4:32 to emerge victorious. This was a rematch of last year’s Class AAA 132-pound state championship which Donahue won 10-4. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

PHS Big Red grapplers roll past Huntington

PARKERSBURG — Alumni night turned out just fine here Thursday evening inside Parkersburg’s Memorial Fieldhouse as the host and second-ranked Big Reds took the lead for good on Jalen King’s technical fall and sealed an eventual 50-20 domination of No. 3 Huntington following Bo Moler’s ...

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Martinsburg's Tavis Lee (8) and Josh Goode (55) sack Hedgesville QB Jason Plotner (10) during the 2nd quarter action. See more photos on (Journal Photo by Ron Agnir)

Martinsburg’s Lee receives Huff Award

MARTINSBURG — Just when Martinsburg solved an alignment issue, someone jumped offside. So instead of trying to kick a field goal as Spring Valley initially intended, the Timberwolves took the penalty yardage and were able to score a touchdown during the early going of the Class AAA state ...

Marietta’s Amber Brooks looks to pass during a high school basketball game Wednesday against Meadowbrook. Photo by Ron Johnston.

Marietta Tigers feast on Meadowbrook

MARIETTA — Marietta High was hungry for its first win of the season — and got it. The Tigers feasted on the Meadowbrook Colts, claiming a 65-33 decision in East Central Ohio League girls’ basketball action Wednesday night at Sutton Gym. “I’m really happy we won,” said Marietta ...

Huntington quarterback Luke Zban (17) is brought down by Spring Valley’s Riley Locklear (75) during West Virginia high school football on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, at Spring Valley High School. Locklear, a University of Tennessee commit, was the recipient of the 2016 Stydahar Award, given to the state’s top interior lineman by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association. Photo by Larry Butcher, The Herald-Dispatch.

Spring Valley’s Locklear wins Stydahar Award

HUNTINGTON — On Thursday, Spring Valley offensive lineman Riley Locklear will take the field at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas, for the Blue-Grey All-American Game, which matches him against the nation’s best players. When Locklear enters the home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys ...

High school basketball roundup

GIRLS BASKETBALL No. 10 PHS 64, No. 5 George Washington 60 CHARLESTON — Visiting No. 10-ranked Parkersburg High sank 13 of 18 free throws in the fourth quarter to topple No. 5 George Washington 64-60 in a Class AAA duel Wednesday night. PHS (4-1) got 18 points from Bre Wilson and 13 ...

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Belpre’s Deijon Bedgood (22) goes up for a basket during a high school boys basketball game against Eastern Tuesday night. Belpre won, 74-58. Bedgood finished with 30 points.

Belpre boys victorious

BELPRE — Deijon Bedgood may have enjoyed his best offensive game this season, but he was more impressed with Belpre’s defense Tuesday night. The senior has a good point. The Golden Eagles (2-3, 2-2) harassed Eastern from the opening tip off as Belpre rolled to a 74-58 victory in the ...

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Parkersburg South’s Cole Plants (13) passes to a teammate during a high school basketball game against John Marshall Tuesday at the Rod Oldham Athletic Center.

Patriots earn win over John Marshall

PARKERSBURG — Host Parkersburg South turned only a six-point halftime lead into a convincing 93-57 win with a 51-21 second-half advantage to take down John Marshall as the Patriots triumphed in their home opener Tuesday night. It was South’s second straight 93-point effort in hiking its ...

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Parkersburg Catholic’s Logan Plummer (14) defends Wirt County’s Josh Ellison (20) during a game Tuesday.

Catholic boys defeat Wirt County

PARKERSBURG — Just about everyone in the building aside from Parkersburg Catholic’s Logan Plummer knew how many points away from 1,000 he was when the Crusaders played host to Wirt County on Tuesday night. The outcome of the affair for PCHS head coach Rob Strcula’s club was never in ...

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Parkersburg Catholic's Madeline Huffman (31) splits Notre Dame's Taylor Martino (23) and Clare Cistaro (1) on her way to the basket during the Crusaderettes' 64-55 win over the Fighting Irish Monday.

Catholic triumphs over Irish

PARKERSBURG — Undefeated Parkersburg Catholic faced an early season test against Clarksburg Notre Dame here Monday night and was up to the challenge. Alexis Saunders scored 21 points and Maddie Huffman chipped in 16 as the Crusaderettes improved to 4-0 on the year with a 64-55 win over the ...

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Williamstown’s Isaac Brown, left, looks to make a move with the ball as St. Marys’ Noah VanZile defends during a high school basketball game Monday.

Devils defeat ’Jackets in OT

WILLIAMSTOWN — Williamstown had its opportunities to put visiting St. Marys away in Monday night’s Little Kanawha Conference battle but the pesky Blue Devils just kept hanging around. That persistence paid huge dividends as St. Marys rallied from an eight-point fourth quarter deficit to ...

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Huntington’s Cason Kessinger attempts a field goal kick during a high school football game this season.

Huntington’s Kessinger earns Walker Award

HUNTINGTON — Often times, special teams is an afterthought for many at the high school level of football. As Huntington High specialist Cason Kessinger proved, though, special teams can have as big – if not bigger – impact on a game’s outcome as offense or defense. Whether offseason ...

West Virginia’s Jacob A. Smith grapples with Virginia Tech’s Jared Haught during a college wrestling match Sunday at the PHS Field House. Photo by Michael Uhl.

No. 6 Virginia Tech cruises past WVU, 36-4

PARKERSBURG — It didn’t take long for fans of West Virginia University’s wrestling team to fill up Memorial Fieldhouse on Sunday as the first, of what was expected to be a sellout crowd, began finding their seats 45 minutes before the doors were scheduled to open for the ...

Warren Warriors defeat Belpre, 88-49

VINCENT — It may have taken the Warren Warriors a little while to get going in Saturday night’s home opener against Belpre but once the Warriors got going they did so in a big way as they scored a convincing 88-49 win over the Golden Eagles. Warren led by just a pair (10-8) after the ...

Gilmer County’s Trey Shuff (3) battles for a rebound with Wheeling Central’s John Burkhalter (33) during the Maroon Knights’ 58-44 victory over the Titans in the Class A finals of the I.O.G.A. Classic Saturday at Glenville State’s WACO Center. Shuff finished with a team-high 15 points for Gilmer County. Photo by Joe Albright.

Strong fourth pushes Wheeling Central ahead of Gilmer

GLENVILLE — Gilmer County head coach Steve Shuff was very pleased with what he saw through the first three quarters of play against No. 3 Wheeling Central Saturday in the Class A finals of the I.O.G.A. Classic at the Waco Center. Unfortunately, the Maroon Knights took over in the final ...

Roane County’s Danielle Godbey looks for a lane to the basket against Nicholas County during the Grizzlies’ 59-39 victory over the Raiders in the Class AA finals of the I.O.G.A. Classic Saturday at Glenville State’s WACO Center. Photo by Joe Albright.

Bad second half dooms Roane County

GLENVILLE — Everything was going swimmingly for the Roane County girls basketball team in the opening half of its matchup against Nicholas County in the Class AA finals of the I.O.G.A. Classic Saturday at Glenville State’s WACO Center. The Raiders and head man Frank Farrar were playing ...

Parkersburg South's Cole Plants (13) passes around Ripley's Elijah Riffle (23) during the Patriots' 93-66 win over the Vikings Saturday in the Class AAA I.O.G.A. title game at Glenville State's WACO Center. Photo by Joe Albright.

South Patriots win IOGA Championship

GLENVILLE — Sharpshooting, especially from three-point land, helped the Parkersburg South boys basketball team to a 93-66 Class AAA  IOGA championship game win over Ripley late Saturday at Glenville State's WACO Center. Mike Fallon's squad poured in a school-record 18 triples on the ...

Pioneers rout Quakers, 104-77

MARIETTA — A.J. Edwards had a monster game. The 6-foot-5 senior pivot player scored 31 points and grabbed 17 rebounds as Marietta College downed Wilmington College, 104-77, in Ohio Athletic Conference men’s basketball action Saturday at Ban Johnson Arena. “Coach (Jon VanderWal) told ...

High school winter sports roundup

BOYS BASKETBALL Parkersburg South 93, Ripley 66 GLENVILLE — Parkersburg South set a school record with 18 made 3-pointers here late Saturday night inside the Waco Center as the Patriots blasted Ripley, 93-66, to win the Class AAA title at the I.O.G.A. Classic. PSHS, now 2-0 with a home ...

Capital's Leondre' Rogers goes up to the basket against Parkersburg's Karson Snyder (30) and Parker Miller (5). Photo by Chris Dorst, The Gazette-Mail.

PHS falls to Capital

CHARLESTON — Anthony Pittman tried to be diplomatic. When asked which of his flash plays he liked better in Capital’s 69-54 opening victory against Parkersburg Friday night - an alley-oop slam dunk or an I-meant-that banked-in 3-pointer - Pittman managed a sly smile. “I liked them ...