Wirt County senior Mahala Greenleaf, who has 77 aces this season, prepares to serve the ball during a match earlier this year. The Tigers are attempting to reach the Class A state finals for a third straight year and face off against Tyler Consolidated at 1:30 p.m. today in the state quarterfinals at the Charleston Civic Center. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Old rivals Wirt, Tyler clash today at state

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PARKERSBURG — A decade ago at the West Virginia state volleyball tournament, which gets underway this morning inside the Charleston Civic Center, Tyler Consolidated captured the Class AA title while Wirt County was in the midst of winning its third straight single-A crown en route to a ...

Ritchie advances in state volleyball tourney

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CHARLESTON - Ritchie County High School defeated Williamstown, 3-2, in the opening round of the West Virginia High School Volleyball Tournament at the Charleston Civic Center Colesium. The scores were (Ritchie listed first): 19-25, 25-15, 25-19, 17-25, 15-11. Wirt County in the afternoon ...

Williamstown’s Kayla Bauman, left, tries to tip the ball past the block of Wirt County’s Emma Wyer during Class A regional action last Saturday in Elizabeth. The Yellowjackets of head coach Rachelle Cole square off against Ritchie County at 8:30 a.m. Friday in the state quarterfinals inside the Charleston Civic Center. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Williamstown and Ritchie open state volleyball tournament Friday

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WILLIAMSTOWN — There was a chance Little Kanawha Conference volleyball programs Wirt County, Ritchie County, Williamstown and Tyler Consolidated could meet in the Class A state semifinals on Friday evening inside the Charleston Civic Center. As it turned out, such wasn't the case as ...

St. Marys’ Eric Illar rears for a pass during a high school football game earlier this season against South Harrison.

St. Marys begins quest to repeat

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ST. MARYS — Opportunities to make history don’t present themselves every day in the realm of sports. St. Marys High School’s football team received one of those rare chances last season when it brought home the first gridiron state championship in the 106-year history of the school after ...

PHS, John Marshall set for playoff clash Friday

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PARKERSBURG — First-year Parkersburg High head football coach Mike Byus lost his car keys before he went home after practice Monday night. He scoured the field for two hours, but to no avail until finally finding them locked in his car and was able to have them retrieved. Byus hopes that ...

Williamstown’s Preston Mayer looks for running room during a high school football game against Buffalo earlier this season. Williamstown defeated Buffalo, 41-0.

’Jackets face top-seeded East Hardy Friday

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BAKER — Williamstown isn’t talking about payback, but the Yellowjackets could get some Friday night. No. 16 WHS travels to Baker to take on top-ranked East Hardy (10-0) in the opening round of the Class A football playoffs. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. The Cougars ended the ...

Doddridge not backing down from opponents

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WEST UNION — A two-year playoff drought was enough for the 2017 Doddridge County football team. Having not appeared in the postseason since losing to Buffalo 20-0 in 2014, Bulldog head coach Bobby Burnside’s squad ripped off eight straight wins after a 0-2 start and grabbed the No. 12 ...

MAC leaders Ohio, Toledo meet tonight

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ATHENS, Ohio — If you’re around Athens tonight, it might be worth getting a ticket to the Ohio-Toledo game. There’s a strong possibility it will serve as a preview of the Mid-American Conference championship game, which will be played Saturday, Dec. 2, at Ford Field in Detroit. Ohio ...

Parkersburg Big Reds Zion Atkinson (1), Caden Florence (6) and Nathaniel Steed (85) run onto the field during a high school football game earlier this season against Riverside.

W. Va. prep football squads gear up for Wheeling Island Stadium

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PARKERSBURG — The three football postseason fields for West Virginia's three classifications were set during the playoff meetings Sunday at the West Virginia Secondary Sports Activities Commission's office. Sixteen teams in each division begin the quest for Wheeling Island Stadium either ...

WVU has more close calls vs. ISU

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No one can say it has been boring. For the fifth straight week a Big 12 Conference game for the West Virginia Mountaineers was in doubt in the fourth quarter, with the last four involving one team clinging to leads that were once from 18 to 23 points. This time it was the Mountaineers who ...

Wirt County’s Loden Campbell eyes the ball as she times her jump to deliver a spike during Saturday’s Class A, Region IV tournament in Elizabeth. The Tigers swept Williamstown 25-13, 25-13 and 25-17 as both programs advanced to the state tournament. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Wirt County Tigers take regional crown

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ELIZABETH — Freshman Emma Wyer’s mash on a bad serve-receive set up match point and sophomore Kylie Stephens followed with the final kill of the evening as host Wirt County swept its way to the Class A, Region IV championship by topping Williamstown 25-13, 25-13 and 25-17. Williamstown, ...

MLB not finished just yet

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Now that the Houston Astros have claimed the first World Series title in franchise history, many baseball fans are turning their attention to the offseason and hot stove coverage as rumors begin to flow about big-name free agents and trade talk runs amok. This can be a very hard time for fans ...

Parkersburg High’s Shay-Lee Kirby (9) leaps to attempt to block a ball hit by Hurricane’s Brianna Washburn (1) during a Class AAA, Region IV volleyball semifinal Saturday at PHS Memorial Fieldhouse. The host Big Reds bowed out of tournament play with a 25-21, 27-25, 25-23 setback at the hands of the Redskins. Photo by Steve Hemmelgarn.

PHS, Ripley fall in volleyball regional

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PARKERSBURG — It took Spring Valley just three hours Saturday at PHS Memorial Fieldhouse to down Ripley and then Hurricane to advance to the state volleyball tournament as the Class AAA, Region IV champion. But before the latter happened, Hurricane did in host Parkersburg High in a regional ...

Mountaineers survive second half nail-biter

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MORGANTOWN — Challenge made. And, challenge accepted. Faced with its fourth loss to a Top-15 ranked team this season, West Virginia (6-3, 4-2 Big 12) found just enough offense in the first half and played a whole lot of defense in the second half to pull out a 20-16 victory over No. 15 Iowa ...

Doddridge County’s Carson Montgomery wraps up Parkersburg Catholic’s Nick Stricker, while he runs the football, during the Bulldogs’ 67-6 win over the Crusaders Friday night at PHS Stadium Field. Photo by Joe Albright.

Doddridge runs through PCHS

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PARKERSBURG — Doddridge County wasn’t about to let Parkersburg Catholic put a damper on the team’s playoff momentum during each squad’s final regular season game Friday night at PHS Stadium Field. Lance Binegar’s Crusaders may have held the early advantage, but Bobby Burnside’s ...

Williamstown quarterback Carter Haynes hands the ball off to runningback Evan Amos during Williamstown’s senior night win Friday against Tolsia. Photo courtesy of Neal Smith.

Williamstown claims senior night victory over Tolsia, 42-0

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WILLIAMSTOWN — Williamstown needed a few pieces to fall into place Friday night to make the Class A playoffs, but none of those mattered if the Yellowjackets lost. WHS (5-4) didn’t have any problems getting a win in the regular-season finale, as the Yellowjackets rolled to a 42-0 victory ...

Waterford’s Peyton Stephens (12) carries the ball during a high school football playoff game against Sciotoville East Friday night. Photo by Patti Miller.

Waterford ousted by Sciotoville East

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WATERFORD — Waterford High was plagued by turnovers. The Wildcats bowed out of the Ohio Division VII football playoffs with a 16-8 setback Friday night to the visiting Sciotoville East Tartans. “We’re disappointed,” said second-year WHS varsity coach Eric McCutcheon. “We just had ...

Fort Frye’s Tyler Fisher (7) takes a handoff from quarterback Tate Engle during a high school football playoff game against Northmor Friday in Beverly. Photo by Jordan Holland.

Cadets grind for 6-0 win vs. Northmor

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BEVERLY — The offense made the game-winning play, but the defense won the game Fort Frye. Tate Engle’s 26-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Fisher with seven seconds left lifted the fourth-seeded Cadets (10-1) to a 6-0 victory over fifth-seeded Northmor (8-3) Friday night in Beverly. The ...

Wirt County’s Taylor Anderson spikes the ball over the block of Williamstown’s Skyler Chancellor during Thursday’s Class A sectional final at Parkersburg Catholic. Both the Tigers and Yellowjackets will play this afternoon in Elizabeth with berths to next week’s state volleyball tournament on the line. Photo by Michael Uhl.

Area netters eye state berths today

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PARKERSBURG — Today is what every volleyball team in the Mountain State shoots for — regional Saturday. The Mid-Ohio Valley has a chance to be well represented at next week’s state tournament in Charleston as several teams are hoping to punch their ticket today with a win in the regional ...