Federal Hocking’s Emma Beha (45) looks to pass as Waterford’s Megan Ball defends during a high school basketball game Thursday in Stewart. Waterford won, 55-23. Photo by Jordan Holland.

Senior hits milestone as Waterford tops Lancers

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STEWART, Ohio — Everyone knew Megan Ball needed eight points to get to 1,000 for her career — except Megan Ball. “I had no clue,” said Ball, who finished with 15 points Thursday in Waterford’s 55-23 win versus Federal Hocking. “Coach (Jerry Close) didn’t say a word.” Close did ...

Williamstown’s Trent Lynch applies pressure against Tyler Consolidated’s Luke Daugherty during the Yellowjackets’ 60-53 victory Thursday night versus the visiting Silver Knights. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Williamstown holds off Tyler, 60-53

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WILLIAMSTOWN — Tyler Consolidated’s furious rally fell a little short here Thursday evening as host Williamstown survived the Silver Knights for a 60-53 Little Kanawha Conference West Division victory. The Silver Knights (8-5, 3-4 LKC West), who in the last eight days had played just once ...

No. 6 WVU looks to end two-game skid

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MORGANTOWN — Coming off back-to-back losses to Top 10 ranked Texas Tech (72-71) and Kansas (71-66), No. 6 West Virginia (15-3, 4-2 Big 12) gets a break when unranked Texas comes to the Coliseum for a 2 p.m. tipoff Saturday. Or some would think. One of those who doesn’t believe the Old ...

Fort Frye’s Karlee Ross, right, makes a move with the ball as Caldwell’s Lexie Weisend defends during a high school girls basketball game Thursday in Beverly. Photo by Tom Perry.

Fort Frye takes down Caldwell, 53-31

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BEVERLY — It’s been an impressive two-day run for Fort Frye’s girls basketball team. Fresh off an emotional and draining 38-33 victory over a much taller John Glenn squad, the Cadets were able to come back 24 hours later and hand Caldwell a 53-31 defeat in a Pioneer Valley Conference ...

Big 12 in for a wild ending

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A lot of early-season success has many Big 12 men’s basketball teams sitting in pretty positions as we enter the crunch period before conference tournament time. Every squad in the conference has a winning record. Four teams are ranked in the Associated Press Top 10 (WVU, Kansas, ...

Wirt County’s Janet Frazier humbled by national honor

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ELIZABETH — The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Coaches Association recently bestowed Wirt County veteran head coach Janet Frazier with its national award for the 2016-17 volleyball coach of the year. While the Tigers won the 2017 Class A state title against ...

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Parkersburg South’s Tucker Windland, who is controlling Hurricane’s Wyatt Burch in a match earlier this season, has a No. 2 seed at the OVAC tournament. The 120-pound Windland was the OVAC runner-up at 106 last winter.

OVAC wrestling championships start today

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PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg South wrestling program of head man Shaun Smith, currently ranked 26th nationally by InterMat, will begin its quest for a fifth consecutive Ohio Valley Athletic Conference championship when action gets underway this evening for the three-day event. The ...

Mid-Ohio Valley High School Basketball Stat Leaders

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2017-18 Mid-Ohio Valley Prep Basketball Leaders GIRLS SCORING 23.4 — Lucille Westfall (Roane) 18.5 — Madeline Huffman (Catholic) 18.4 — Bethany Wager (Wtown) 18.0 — Cassie Tallman (Ritchie) 16.8 — Madi Mace (PHS) 16.6 — Devin Hefner (South) 15.0 — Shay-Lee Kirby ...

West Virginia forward Sagaba Konate (50) celebrates a West Virginia run during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday against Kansas in Morgantown.

Shooting woes, turnovers continue to haunt West Virginia

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia’s first two-game losing streak of the season – thanks to a 71-66 defeat at the hands of No. 10 Kansas — left veteran head coach Bob Huggins and his staff scratching their heads. “We were turning the ball over and they were capitalizing hitting threes,” ...

Big Reds triumph over Wyoming East, 69-51

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PARKERSBURG — If a young Class AAA No. 3 PHS girls’ basketball team needed any confirmation they were growing as the season went along, the Big Reds received some positive signs Monday afternoon inside Memorial Fieldhouse. Scott Cozzens’ team outscored Class AA No. 1 Wyoming East 16-1 ...

Tigers take 3rd at MLK Invitational

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MARIETTA — Alicen Teer has swum competitively for over a decade at the Marietta Family YMCA on 7th Street, first as a Marlin and then as an MHS Tiger. The talented Marietta High senior swimmer capped her career at her home pool on a high note in Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. ...

This week in MOV athletics

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In loving memory of sports broadcaster Keith Jackson ... Woah Nelly! A Blasting of Ice and Snow (sorry, I am reading George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice series right now) swept through the Mid-Ohio Valley last weekend and put a freeze on a really good sports weekend. Fortunately, ...

Big Reds’ Fosselman earns National Coach of the Year

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PARKERSURG — National Coach of the Year. That’s the honor veteran Parkersburg High head boys soccer coach Don Fosselman had never won in his 30 years at the Big Reds helm — until now. In fact, West Virginia landed two of the 2016 national high school coach of the year awards, the ...

OVU baseball dinner nears with Al Oliver

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VIENNA — The inaugural Ohio Valley University baseball leadoff dinner, featuring former seven-time Major League Baseball All-Star Al Oliver, is getting closer and Fighting Scot skipper Chad Porter is ready for it. “A lot of programs across the country have started doing this, especially ...

WVU football welcomes 10 newcomers

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MORGANTOWN — The first day of spring drills is still months away, but there have already been significant roster changes as head coach Dana Holgorsen heads into his eighth season at West Virginia University. When classes began on Jan. 9 seven members of the Class of 2018 recruiting class as ...

Williamstown's Cullen Cutright, center, gets called for an offensive foul on Parkersburg Catholic's Ty Sturm (5) during a high school boys basketball game Friday. Photo by Jordan Holland.

Catholic too much for Williamstown in 70-53 win

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WILLIAMSTOWN — Parkersburg Catholic bested Williamstown, 70-53, Friday night and Yellowjackets head coach Scott Sauro thought the reason was pretty clear. “Without simplifying too much, they hit some open shots and we didn’t,” Sauro said. “Both teams were going to get open shots. ...

Williamstown head girls cross country coach Larry Cassady, pictured here with the Class A West Virginia state championship hardware, was recently named the Mountain State’s girls coach of the year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

’Jacket Cassady picks up hardware

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WILLIAMSTOWN — There’s little doubt things are more than going in the right direction when it comes to the cross country programs at Williamstown High School. Yellowjacket head girls coach Larry Cassady, who helped guide WHS to the Class A state championship this past fall, was recently ...

Looking back at football

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Sadly, it appears Mother Nature is going to win out this weekend when it comes to the prep sports scene. As of press time Friday, there were still several events fans can take in throughout today, including a still currently scheduled Class A boys basketball showdown featuring Notre Dame at ...

Parkerburg South’s Brayden Mooney (32) drives with the ball during a high school boys basketball game against Brooke Thursday at Rod Oldham Athletic Center. Photo by Ron Johnston.

South empties bench, routs Brooke High, 79-53

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PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg South High has 16 players on its varsity boys’ basketball roster, and everyone of them saw playing time. Even more impressive, 15 of them scored. The Patriots had little trouble against visiting Brooke High en route to a 79-53 triumph at the Rod Oldham Athletic ...

Parkersburg Catholic’s Aaliyah Brunny takes a shot during the Crusaderettes’ 69-40 victory Thursday night against Ritchie County as Rebel Aleya Stanley defends. Photo by Joe Albright.

PCHS defense helps save team from loss vs. Ritchie

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PARKERSBURG — Unbeaten Parkersburg Catholic got a good scare from visiting Ritchie County for a while in the third quarter Thursday night, But the Crusaderettes, No. 4 in Class A, scored seven of the last nine points in the third, then limited the Rebels to just three free throws in the ...