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Smith reflects on record 878 series

PARKERSBURG — Perhaps it was the Spring Equinox that helped align everything just right for Duane Smith, who back on March 20 broke the United States Bowling Congress Parkersburg city record for high scratch series with an 878. Smith, one of the four owners at Pike Street Lanes, was bowling ...

Warren competes in last SEOAL track meet

VINCENT — Preston Rowland-Demster ran the 800-meter race as if someone was right on his heels. “I could’ve sworn I could’ve heard someone right on me, so I picked it up,” said the Warren freshman thinclad. “I got scared there that someone was going to pass me. So, I just tried to ...

BACF announces initial football rosters at Don Drumm

PARKERSBURG — The initial rosters have been announced for 24th annual BACF (Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis) Ohio vs. West Virginia Football Classic Friday, June 9 at Don Drumm Stadium in Marietta. Headed by this year’s coaches Mike Eddy of Parkersburg South for West Virginia and Jason ...

Parkersburg tennis well represented in finals

CHARLESTON — Sixteen of the 28 tennis state finals matches will have a distinctly Parkersburg flavor when they begin at 8 a.m. today. Parkersburg High staked its claim to more than the majority of Class AAA finals spots available after several semifinal victories Friday inside Kanawha ...

Tigers sweep Warren, 7-2

VINCENT — It wasn’t the hardest, or the furthest ball Isaac Danford has hit in his high school career, but Marietta’s senior shortstop yanked a Bryce Gandee pitch over the short left field fence Friday at Warren to jumpstart the Tigers to a 7-2 victory. Listed at 285 feet to left field, ...

South crew gears up for Midwest Scholastic Rowing Championship

NASHPORT, Ohio — The Parkersburg South boys and girls crew teams are feeling the pressure as the annual Midwest Scholastic Rowing Championship kicks off at Dillon Lake. Stemming onward from a successful 2016 season, the Patriot boys and girls rowers are returning to Nashport, Ohio, to ...

South rally falls short in Region IV, Section 1 championship game

RIPLEY — Dane Petersen pitched into the seventh inning, leadoff hitter Remy Boyce had three hits and JT Kemp knocked in two runs as host Ripley held off Parkersburg South here Thursday evening to win the Class AAA, Region IV, Section I championship by an 8-5 score. The Vikings (18-10) of ...

Belpre belts Jeeps for sectional crown

BELPRE — A 11-run second inning put the softball game early in Belpre’s favor and the host Golden Eagles went on to post a 13-3 win in five innings over South Webster and claim an Ohio Division IV sectional-tournament championship Thursday afternoon at Civitan Park. Now Belpre — ...

Tigers beat Meigs, move on to district

MARIETTA — Talk about opening tournament play in style. Nearly everything went Marietta’s way in its 10-0 Division II sectional final victory over Meigs Thursday at Legion Field. Starting pitcher Brandon Schamp threw a five-inning no-hitter while the Tigers’ lineup struck for 13 hits ...

Waterford softball bows out of tournament

WATERFORD — Waterford High was hurt by the longball. Visiting Southern slugged three home runs en route to a 6-0 triumph over the third-seeded Wildcats in Ohio Division IV sectional final softball action Thursday. “(Paige) VanMeter’s a good hitter, and there’s no secret about ...

Warren Warriors defeat Waverly 1-0 for sectional win

VINCENT — The past two seasons have come to an end in heart breaking fashion for Warren head coach Ryan Lemley and his Warriors. Thursday evening it would be the boys in the white and blue dishing out the heart break as the Warriors scored a walk-off 1-0 win over the visiting Waverly Tigers ...

Big Reds receive favorable draws for state tennis tournament today

PARKERSBURG — Smiles abounded during Parkersburg High tennis’ last practice before the state tournament Tuesday at City Park tennis courts. The reason for the high number of grins? The WVSSAC released the player draws for the championship event earlier in the day. “They give us a ...

Hunter DeLong hurls Patriots past Big Reds in sectional action

PARKERSBURG — A three-run first inning was all Parkersburg South needed Wednesday night as senior right-hander Hunter DeLong hurled an efficient three-hit shutout as the host Patriots posted a 3-0 victory over Parkersburg High at Hank Greenburg Field to eliminate the Big Reds from the Class ...

Parkersburg Catholic netters chat about state opponents

VIENNA — “The draws are the draws.” Parkersburg Catholic head coach Jason Discini was quite succinct when asked about his Crusader players’ placement for the Class AA/A tennis state tournament. “We are going to take everybody seriously and respect everybody,” said Discini. ...

Williamstown dominates Class A, Region IV track meet

PARKERSBURG — Alexis Saunders of Parkersburg Catholic stole the show here Wednesday at Stadium Field during the Class A, Region IV track meet, but Williamstown put on a dominating performance en route to sweeping the team titles. The defending Class A state champion Yellowjacket boys ...

Wirt County’s Mike Sheppard ready for James “Lights Out” Toney fight

Wirt County fighter Mike Sheppard is leaving today to head to Ypsilanti and the Convocation Center of Eastern Michigan University where he will fight Saturday night for the vacant World Boxing Foundation (WBF) heavyweight title against James “Lights Out” Toney. The event, which is set for ...

Big Reds suffer sectional setback to Ripley Vikings

RIPLEY — Kyle Goodwin allowed a run that shouldn’t have been as well as an unearned tally here Tuesday evening in the Class AAA, Region IV, Section 1 tournament, but his effort on the mound wasn’t enough as Lane Casto pitched host Ripley past Parkersburg, 2-1. With the victory, the ...

Hayes carries Waterford in no-hitter, 5-0

WATERFORD — Early on in Tuesday evening’s Division IV sectional championship game at Waterford, it was quite evident that Wildcat starting pitcher Clay Hayes had outstanding stuff. The big right-hander seemingly got better and better as the game went on as he tossed a no-hitter to lead ...

Frontier, West blank Saints in sectional final

NEW MATAMORAS — Frontier High’s Brent West outdueled Tuscarawas Central Catholic’s Dean Green. The right-handed junior pitched a five-hitter as the Cougars repeated as Ohio Division IV sectional baseball champions with a 1-0 triumph over the visiting Saints Tuesday. “The biggest ...

Big Reds take round 1

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg High took the lead early then held on late for a 4-3 win over Parkersburg South in the opening game of the Class AAA, Region IV, Section 1 championship Monday night at Hank Greenburg Field. Alan Burns’ Big Reds scored the first four runs of the contest before ...