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Crusader signs to become rugby player

PARKERSBURG — When Parkersburg Catholic’s Aidan Stotts took a trip to the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University, he was under the impression he would be signing with the football team. The two-sport athlete was familiar with the ebbs and flows of being on coach Rob Strcula’s basketball ...

Marietta College plays Maryville in NCAA opener

MARIETTA — For the fifth straight year, the Marietta College Pioneers are in the NCAA Division III Tournament. At this point, though, the program isn’t satisfied with just making the tournament. Head coach Jon VanderWal and his players expect to do some damage, and it all starts at 8 p.m. ...

Fort Frye girls rally to beat River in district semifinal

BYESVILLE, Ohio — With the threat of elimination staring them right in the face in the closing minutes of Wedneday night’s Division IV district semifinal against River, the Fort Frye Cadets found a way. Trailing by nine points midway through the final period, Fort Frye went on a 15-2 run ...

Big win for Big Reds

PARKERSBURG — Class AAA’s reigning champions became the defending champions following a win Tuesday night inside the PHS Memorial Fieldhouse. Top-ranked Parkersburg earned the opportunity to repeat as state titlists following an 80-46 Class AAA Region IV co-final win over Cabell Midland. ...

Short-handed South falls in regional

HUNTINGTON — When Huntington High received an opportunity to return to the state tournament, the Highlanders ran with it. HHS (15-10) used a strong transition game to defeat Parkersburg South 55-45 Tuesday night in the girls Class AAA, Region IV co-championship at the Lucas-Archer ...

Catholic boys start hot, rout Ravenswood

PARKERSBURG — After scoring wins by 24 and 17 points against Ravenswood in the regular season, Parkersburg Catholic had a pretty good idea it was the better team heading into Tuesday evening’s Class A sectional semifinal against the Red Devils. If there were any questions about that at ...

’Jackets cruise past Wirt

WILLIAMSTOWN — In order to move on to the Class A, Region IV, Section 1 championship game, Williamstown had one last obstacle to pass in order to make it. They dispatched of the Wirt County Tigers in a 70-41 victory on Tuesday night. Thanks to a team effort led by Cullen Cutright’s 24 ...

Fort Frye boys blank Union Local in 4th, win 50-35

BEVERLY — Fort Frye hung a goose egg on Belmont Union Local in the fourth quarter. Trailing by four, the fifth-seeded Cadets outpointed the visiting and ninth-seeded Jets 19-0 in the final eight minutes of play to earn a 50-35 come-from-behind win Tuesday night in an Ohio Division III ...

ALBRIGHT: Keep on dreaming Harper

Manny Machado’s monster 10-year, $300 million deal from the San Diego Padres erased one of the two biggest names from the Major League Baseball Free Agency list last Monday. His move possibly setting in motion the falling dominoes triggering the eventual commitment of remaining big fish ...

Pioneer men receive NCAA tourney at-large bid

MARIETTA — Marietta College anticipated getting an at-large bid to this weekend’s NCAA Division III men’s basketball tournament and was on the practice floor this past Friday and Saturday. Yes, even after third-seeded MC dropped an 82-79 decision to underdog John Carroll University in ...

WVU hosts TCU tonight

MORGANTOWN — Finding a starting five when West Virginia’s opening day starting lineup included the names of Beetle Bolden, Sagaba Konate, Esa Ahmad and Wesley Harris – the first two missing multiple games while recovering from injuries while the latter two were dismissed from the team – ...

South’s unquestionable leader

PARKERSBURG — Just like student-athletes, no matter the sport, there are always going to be ups and downs in competition. That also includes coaches and nowhere was it more evident than Saturday night in Huntington during the 72nd annual West Virginia state wrestling tournament as ...

Big Reds’ lone titlist John Martin Best earns his keep

PARKERSBURG — State wrestling championships aren’t just handed out, they’re earned. No one knows better than Parkersburg High School 152-pounder John Martin Best. The junior nabbed his second career title on Saturday night in the state finals thanks to a 16-0 technical fall against ...

ALBRIGHT: Another trip into the record book for South wrestling

History again. One year after becoming the first team to pass rival PHS for most state team titles, Parkersburg South’s wrestling bunch put its mark on the sport once more Saturday inside Huntington’s Big Sandy Superstore Arena. Coach Shaun Smith’s group became the first Class AAA ...

Wirt County claims runner-up spot in single-A

HUNTINGTON — For the second consecutive campaign, head coach Danny Life’s Tigers from Wirt County finished as the Class A state runner-up. When championship Saturday concluded inside the Big Sandy Superstore Arena at the 72nd annual West Virginia state wrestling tournament, the Mid-Ohio ...

Peebles knocks Belpre girls out in district semifinal

JACKSON, Ohio — Try as they may, Belpre couldn’t recover from the rough start it got off to in Saturday’s Division IV, district semifinal against the number two seeded Peebles Indians. The number three seeded Eagles turned the ball over nine times in the opening quarter as they fell ...

Tigers fall to Fairfield Union

LOGAN, Ohio— The seventh-seeded Marietta Tigers came out the gates fast with a strong first half but were unable to keep the momentum going, falling to the second-seeded Fairfield Union Falcons 48-33 in an Ohio Division II sectional final Saturday at Logan High School. Holding a ...

Fort Frye claims 10th straight sectional crown

BEVERLY — Fort Frye High enjoyed another steamroller job on the hardwood. The third-seeded Cadets were never tested en route to a 63-16 triumph over visiting and ninth-seeded Shenandoah High Saturday in an OHSAA Division IV girls basketball sectional final. In a semi Thurday, FFHS drilled ...