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I don’t wanna grow up

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While the title of this column may not lend itself to being worthy of the sports pages, I ask you to keep reading for a deeper meaning. Toys ‘R’ Us stores around the world closed their doors for the final time late last week. Reaction among millennials, including myself, was shock as ...

South’s Fletcher signs with W.Va. Wesleyan

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PARKERSBURG — Reece Fletcher, an athlete who has represented Parkersburg South’s colors in various sports, has decided to take his baseball game to next level by signing with West Virginia Wesleyan College. “I always knew I wanted to play after high school.” and “Wesleyan was always ...

Welch can run forever

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PARKERSBURG — When Mary Beth Welch has that “Wheeling Feeling” in a road race, she’s very competitive. A little over a year ago, the 1997 Parkersburg South graduate was the third woman to finish in the Ogden Half Marathon Classic in Wheeling in a clocking of 1 hour, 40.43 ...

Class AAA champs have a successful spring session

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PARKERSBURG — If there was one thing immediately striking to Parkersburg High School girls’ basketball coach Scott Cozzens and his staff upon completion of the summer three-week period it was this - One ball isn’t going to be enough for his team during the 2018-19 season. With the ...

Devils’ Morgan moving on

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RAVENSWOOD — Bryan Canterbury decided early Saturday afternoon to pop into The Pit at Ravenswood High School to get a little cross country work done. Humid, hot and super nasty, Canterbury — a longtime assistant for the Red Devils boys basketball program of head man Mick Price — settled ...

Carpenter keeps on swinging away

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MARIETTA — Carl Carpenter will be celebrating his 66th birthday this August, and he shows no signs of slowing down, especially on the softball field. “I’m playing in two leagues, now, the Marietta Old Timers and Church,” said the Devola resident. Carpenter played in two Old Timer ...

St. Marys’ Hashman signs up with West Liberty University

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ST. MARYS — Track and cross country. That was Walker Hashman’s domain at St. Marys High School, especially in the second half of his time there. A track speedster and two-time all-state cross-country performer, Hashman signed on the dotted line April 19 to attend West Liberty University ...

Ravenswood’s Dawson to pitch for Ohio Valley

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RAVENSWOOD — One thing any baseball coach likes is potential. Ohio Valley University skipper Chad Porter has just that in recent signee Stephen Dawson, a 6-foot-5 graduate of Ravenswood High School. The ex-Red Devil helped his team to consecutive Class A state tournament appearances. As a ...

PHS’ Roberts off to compete at Otterbein

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PARKERSBURG — Otterbein University, a member of the Ohio Athletic Conference, definitely got a solid talent for the softball diamond when Parkersburg Big Red shortstop Kacee Roberts opted to play for the Cardinals. Although Alyson Shaw is the senior-to-be shortstop for Otterbein, Roberts is ...

Rutherfords have a lot of fun running

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PARKERSBURG — Eddie and Tonnie Rutherford are as close as any married couple can be — except on the race course. At the finish line, the husband is always first while the wife lags behind. “I will never be as fast as him,” said Tonnie, laughing. The Rutherfords — who are ...

Ravenswood’s Blake Bennett decides on Glenville State

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PARKERSURG — Ravenswood infielder Blake Bennett is bound for Glenville State College to continue to play baseball on the next level. Bennett, a second-team Class A all-state selection as a senior, helped the Red Devils to the state semifinals this year as Ravenswood went 24-11 after ...

Marietta College men’s booters ready to make some noise

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MARIETTA — Marietta College has posted two straight 11-win seasons on the men’s soccer pitch. With several booters expected back and the addition of a couple of overseas players, the Pioneers are hoping to make a lot of noise on its new, blue artificial surface and in the ...

Learning to play Wood County Christian School hoops

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WILLIAMSTOWN — Sam Cremeans figures to be one of Wood County Christian School’s go-to guys on the boys’ hardwood next season. Only 15 years of age, the 6-foot-3 southpaw guard is a shooting instructor at The Total Package Basketball Camp at the Wildcat gym this week. “I was kind of ...

Marietta College women’s soccer team working hard

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MARIETTA — Marietta College will be seeking its first winning campaign on the women’s soccer pitch since 2006. Last season, the Tracy Blasius-coached Pioneers posted a 6-10-2 overall record and were 2-7-0 in the Ohio Athletic Conference. “This year should be better than last ...

Anna Hayton’s life stays eventful

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Former Parkersburg South center Anna Hayton has had an eventful two years while a member of the University of Charleston women’s basketball program. Dull moments have been hard to come by as she has dealt with everything from injuries and culture shock to an increased school workload and ...

Binegar’s boys ready to get some wins this year

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PARKERSBURG — After going through sort of an unusual high school football season last year, Parkersburg Catholic head coach Lance Binegar is obviously looking for a better outcome this fall than what happened to the Crusaders en route to an 0-8 record in 2017. And that hope began for PCHS ...

Chase Swain bound to GSC for baseball

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RAVENSWOOD — Chase Swain, a two-time captain of the Class A all-state baseball team, has elected to take his talents that helped propel Ravenswood High School to back-to-back state-tournament appearances not far down the road to Glenville State to further his skills on the college ...

PSHS’ Burner to play for Wesleyan College

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PARKERSBURG — Todd Burner, a baseball player from Parkersburg South High School, has signed on to compete for West Virginia Wesleyan College’s baseball team. “It’s always been a dream to play at the next level,” said Burner. “I just thought it [Wesleyan] was the best fit. It’s a ...