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South’s Tanner pleased with early returns

PARKERSBURG — A little more than a month into his tenure as the new Parkersburg South head football coach, Nathan Tanner is quite pleased with the direction of the program. “It’s been great,” Tanner said. “The past three weeks I haven’t been able to be at home as much as I like ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Prep Softball and Baseball Leaders

MID-OHIO VALLEY PREP SOFTBALL LEADERS AVERAGE .639 - Allie Mace (Roane) .571 - Rylin Tabor (Rwood) .537 - Ashlyn Spears (Roane) .515 - Jillian Middleton (Marietta) .500 - Autumn Law (Gilmer), Libby Hall (Rwood), Taylor Hatcher (Rwood) .489 - Ashlee Ellison (South) .482 - ...

Parkersburg High’s Jordan Balog headed to Marshall

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg High School senior Jordan Balog is more than excited about her future. A three-year soccer letterman for the Big Reds and a four-year letterman in track, Balog recently signed her national letter-of-intent to compete for the Thundering Herd of Marshall University ...

CLINE STANSBERRY INVITATIONAL: ’Jacket girls, Bulldog boys victorious

WEST UNION — The final Cline Stansberry Invitational at the old football field finished up late Friday evening and the host Doddridge County boys nipped Ritchie County (109.5 to 104.5) for the team crown while the Williamstown girls continued their dominant spring. Head coach Zach Hall’s ...

Warren boys track on a roll

VINCENT — The Warren boys track team has lofty goals and isn’t going to shy away from them. “We have a lot of guys that are hopefully going to qualify for state,” said Warriors head coach Tyler Schaad. “It’s a serious team effort. It’s been a really exciting year. Everything’s ...

Stiff competition

PARKERSBURG — The 20th annual Erickson Invitational had a little bit of everything on Thursday night and that included eight new meet records. Led by high-point freshman Allie Germann (32 points), Winfield’s girls rolled to the team title with 169.5 points. The Generals topped host ...

Parkersburg pummels John Marshall, 11-2

PARKERSBURG — Fresh off an 18-hit outing in a road win over Cabell Midland Wednesday, Parkersburg softball launched more offensive fireworks in a home win over John Marshall Thursday evening. Big Reds’ hitters pounded out 13 hits in an 11-2 six-inning, mercy-rule win over the Monarchs. ...

Eric Illar commits to WV State

ST MARYS— Being around a family-like atmosphere was a big deal during the recruiting process for St. Marys senior pitcher Eric Illar. So when it came down to visiting the campus of West Virginia State University and sitting down with baseball coach Sean Loyd, Illar knew it would be the ...

Waterford breaks out bats vs. Tornadoes, 14-4

WATERFORD — The Southern Tornadoes seemingly were in a very giving mood Thursday night in Tri Valley Conference softball action at Waterford Elementary. The Waterford Wildcats took full advantage as they combined 12 base hits along with nine Southern errors en route to a 14-4, six-inning ...

Rebels win pitcher’s duel

ELLENBORO — Attendees intent on offensive fireworks as Ritchie County faced fellow Little Kanawha Conference West team St. Marys Wednesday evening left disappointed. Rebel ace Chloe Elliott and Blue Devils' ace Mahayla Nichols dueled back and forth late into the game. Seven hits were all ...

Catholic moves past Blue Devils

DAVISVILLE — A four-run fifth inning lifted Parkersburg Catholic past St. Marys in a pivotal Wednesday evening Little Kanawha Conference West battle, 5-2. The Crusader faithful at Marshall Field went home happy, and a game that was a pitchers' duel in the early going got away from the ...

South falls to Fort Frye, 6-4

BEVERLY - A win by either host Fort Frye or visiting Parkersburg South would all but punch their ticket to the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference tournament that begins this weekend in their respective divisions. The Cadets made the most of just three basehits as they used a five-run fourth ...

ALBRIGHT: Patriots’ Mike Fallon more than a coach

Mike Fallon dealt with an array of topics as the head coach of the Parkersburg South boys’ basketball program this past season. He struggled with the loss of his brother James and friend Keith Barker, battled with his team to a state-tournament first round exit, and dealt with changes in ...

Catholic bats ignite

WILLIAMSTOWN — Trailing 4-0 for most of the game, the Parkersburg Catholic Crusaders were able to take the lead for the first time in the top of the sixth. However, the Williamstown Yellowjackets regained the lead in the bottom of the sixth, only to have PC’s Peyton Amrine deliver a ...

Patriots suffer Big Red sweep

By JOSH HUGHES PARKERSBURG —Coming off a 9-7 loss to Steubenville in the first game of a Tuesday evening doubleheader at Godbey Field, the Parkersburg South Patriots looked to bounce back by splitting the twin bill. A late surge in game one fell short, and Ashlee Ellison took the mound after ...

Tigers get hard fought win over Warren

MARIETTA — Tuesday was a perfect example of what can be expected when Marietta and Warren square off on the baseball diamond. In a game that had four lead changes, it was the host Tigers who came away with a 5-4 victory over the Warriors in a rivalry showdown at Legion Field. With two ...

Middleton lifts Marietta past Warren, 7-1

MARIETTA — Marietta pitcher Jillian Middleton had one of those games that she will likely remember for a long, long time. The Tiger junior fired a complete-game three-hitter while fanning 10 and also slammed a three-run home run as Marietta downed the Warren Warriors 7-1 Tuesday night at ...

Crusaders roll

PARKERSBURG — The undefeated Parkersburg Catholic boys and girls sides took care of the visiting Ripley Vikings, winning 7-0 for the boys and 5-2 for the girls Monday evening at Jackson Park. “Both our boys and girls are undefeated throughout the season, so everyone is doing well and they ...

Belpre topples TVC conference rival Trimble

BELPRE —On a cold Monday afternoon at Civitan Park, the Belpre Golden Eagles were anything but frigid. They quickly dispatched of conference rival Trimble in five innings with an 11-0 shutout win. Nick Godfrey pitched effectively for the Eagles, as he allowed two hits in those five innings ...

Warren’s Erin Bogard a fearless fighter

VINCENT — With a bag of ice in her right hand, Erin Bogard was nursing a broken nose and sitting “Native American style” on the ground not far from the pole vault pit at Warren High field. It was late Saturday afternoon, and the annual Warrior Track and Field Invitational was in the ...