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Parkersburg South’s Nick Yoho rumbles for big yardage against Warren last season. The Partiots running back and linebacker along with the rest of the team welcomes Morgantown for the home opener at 7 p.m. Friday at the Erickson All-Sports Facility.

Patriots seeking first win after 0-2 start

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PARKERSBURG — Having an 0-2 record is not a good place to be with a football team like Morgantown coming to town. That’s the scenario facing a struggling Parkersburg South squad which tackles the equally 0-2 Mohigans at 7 p.m. Friday at the Erickson All-Sports Facility. After going 0-2 ...

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Williamstown’s Ty Moore (2), Bradan Mullenix (12), and an unidentified teammate combine to tackle Magnolia quarterback Patrick Mirandy last week during the Yellowjackets’ 45-30 setback against the Blue Eagles.

‘Jackets vs. Tigers could be a high-scoring affair

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MARIETTA — Friday night’s matchup between Marietta and Williamstown at 7 p.m. Friday at Don Drumm Stadium has the potential to be a high-scoring contest. Through two games in 2017, the Yellowjackets (1-1) are averaging 42 points per game while the Tigers (2-0) are scoring 38 points a ...

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Parkersburg South’s Sierra Hays gets a spike past the block of University’s Malia Richardson during a volleyball match Tuesday evening inside the Rod Oldham Athletic Center.

South netters drop two

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PARKERSBURG — University swept a volleyball triangular here Tuesday evening inside the Rod Oldham Athletic Center by handing host Parkersburg South a 25-14 and 25-19 setback and dispatching the Rebels of Ritchie County in straight sets as well — 25-16 and 25-18. In the final showdown of ...

Warren’s Zed Strahler (8) and PHS’ Ian Domenick (5) battle for the ball in a soccer match Tuesday night at Stadium Fiekd that ended in a 1-1 tie.
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PHS, Warren boys’ booters end knotted up

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PARKERSBURG — Host Parkersburg High tallied a goal with 3:02 left in the first half, but Warren knotted the count at 1-1 for a score with just 27.3 seconds remaining in a boys soccer match that ended in a tie Tuesday night at Stadium Field. It was sort of ironic that each team got a goal ...

Position made the Virginia Tech game

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West Virginia and Virginia Tech played one of the best games of the first college football weekend on a national television stage Sunday night, but that was little consolation for Mountaineer fans who endured a tough 31-24 loss. As we mentioned here last week, WVU had won all four of its close ...

West Virginia quarterback Will Grier throws to a receiver in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Virginia Tech in Landover, Md., Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Not Quite Enough

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LANDOVER, MD – Neither coaches or player for either No. 21 Virginia Tech or No. 22 West Virginia would admit, but following the results from Saturday’s opening season slate of contest the two former-Big East rivals were going to be playing for more than just the Black Diamond Trophy when ...

Virginia Tech and West Virginia players join for a moment of prayer following Tech's 34-17 win in an NCAA college football game in Morgantown, W.Va. The celebration was quiet following the end of a 33-year series between the two schools. The teams meet today for the first time since that game at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. AP Photo.

WVU, Tech meet for first time since 2005

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MORGANTOWN — While there are a myriad of items veteran West Virginia University head football coach Dana Holgorsen and his staff will have to review before the No. 22 Mountaineers take the field at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, against No. 21 Virginia Tech. One of them won’t be the ...

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Magnolia’s Hunter Partridge runs by Williamstown defenders’ Skylar Blatt (51) and Bradan Mullenix (12) during the Blue Eagles’ 45-30 road win over the Yellowjackets. Partridge easily was the star of the game after picking up 360 yards on 41 carries and four scores.

STUNG!: Partridge, Magnolia roll Williamstown

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WILLIAMSTOWN — Quarterback Patrick Mirandy put visiting Magnolia ahead for good on a 55-yard quarterback keeper here Friday night in the first quarter, but senior tailback Hunter Partridge stole the show as the Blue Eagles ran through Williamstown en route to a 45-30 triumph. “It felt ...

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Marietta’s Anthony Avendano (5) returns a kick as Warren’s Thomas Miller tries to tackle him during a high school football game Friday at Don Drumm Stadium in Marietta.

Tigers pull away from Warren

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MARIETTA — Marietta High won the Al Miller United Way Bowl going away, 50-16, at Don Drumm Stadium Friday night. But the annual Washington County rivalry football game was actually tough going for the Tigers in the beginning. “We started extremely slow,” said MHS head coach Jason ...

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Parkersburg South’s Nick Yoho wraps up University’s Buddy Leach during the Hawks’ 49-24 win over the Patriots Friday night in Morgantown.

Parkersburg South fails to hold early lead against University

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MORGANTOWN — The University High football team’s offensive attack proved to be too much for the young Parkersburg South team as the Hawks extended its season to 2-0 with a 49-24 victory on Friday at Mylan Pharmaceuticals Stadium. Although the Patriots (0-2) held a 10-7 lead in the first ...

Belpre’s Brandon Simoniette dances between two Trimble defenders during a 7-yard ground gain during the first quarter of the Tomcats’ 44-7 win over the Golden Eagles Friday at Belpre’s Ralph Holder Stadium. Photo by Joe Albright.

Trimble takes down Belpre

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BELPRE — Three first-quarter touchdowns paved the way for Trimble to down host Belpre 44-7 Friday night to drop the Golden Eagles to 0-2 already on the season. It took the now 1-1 Tomcats just 50 seconds to light up the scoreboard. On the second play from scrimmage, Cameron Roback ...

Parkersburg South netters return with experience

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PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg South had a very good year in 2016 regardless of what the final record read at the season’s end. Becky Bennett’s Patriots were bested by Spring Valley in the Class AAA, Region IV semifinal 25-14, 25-14, 25-9 despite their 12-29-1 mark, just two match wins away ...

Ravenswood turnovers prove costly

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RAVENSWOOD — No Jayden Rhodes and seven first-half turnovers proved to a bit of a problem for host Ravenswood as the Red Devils dropped their home opener against visiting Webster County by a 34-7 margin Friday night at rainy Flinn Field. “We told the kids at halftime that we were only down ...

High school football roundup with stats

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St. Marys 39, Wirt County 0 ELIZABETH — Jaiden Smith had a monster game on the ground for the defending Class A champions in a 39-0 road win over Wirt County here Friday night. The senior running back scored four times on runs of 30 or more yards. Smith found the end zone from 38, 52, 75 ...

WVU to be tested by Virginia Tech’s defense

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MORGANTOWN — First-year offensive coordinator Jake Spavital’s resume includes stops in Tulsa (2008), Houston (2009), Oklahoma State (2010), WVU (2011-12), Texas A&M (2013), and California (2016-17) before returning to Morgantown to take over the offensive play calling for veteran head ...

Virginia Tech’s QB no stranger to WVU’s Tony Gibson

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MORGANTOWN — Opening your team’s season against a longtime rival that is being led by a first-year quarterback can be scary for most defensive coordinators. That will not be the case, however, when No. 22 West Virginia’s veteran defensive leader Tony Gibson lines his 3-3-5 prevent unit ...

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Ripley’s Kai Greely-Fay (13) battles Parkersburg’s Ian Domenick (5) and Jonathan Mason (12) for the ball during Thursday’s match at Stadium Field.

PHS boys soccer team doubles up Ripley, 4-2

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PARKERSBURG — Host Parkersburg High tallied two goals in each half while limiting Ripley to just one in each half as the Big Reds posted a 4-2 boys soccer win over the Vikings Thursday evening at Stadium Field. PHS, now 4-1-1 on the season, plays next at home again on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. ...

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Williamstown libero Skylar Watson, bottom, goes for a dig while teammate Tori Tadlock looks on during the Yellowjackets’ three-set sweep of visiting Parkersburg Catholic Thursday night in Williamstown.

Yellowjackets best Catholic in 3 sets

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WILLIAMSTOWN — Things didn’t go as planned for first-year Parkersburg Catholic head volleyball coach Amanda Weatherwax here Thursday night as the visiting Crusaderettes were swept in straight sets by Williamstown — 25-7, 25-10 and 25-14. PCHS had brief leads of 1-0 and 2-1 in the second ...

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Ravenswood’s Maciden Cooper and Williamstown’s Grant Bobbitt battle for the ball during a high school boys soccer match Thursday in Williamstown.

Devils edge out ’Jackets

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WILLIAMSTOWN — Colton Clark was right on target with a couple of first-half direct kicks. The Ravenswood High junior co-captain scored on two freebie boots, each from about 25 yards out, to lead the visiting Red Devils to a 2-1 triumph over Williamstown High in Little Kanawha Conference ...

Week 2 of prep football is here

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PARKERSBURG — Two teams with championship pedigrees meet for a big showdown in Week 2 of local gridiron action. Winners of two of the last three Class A state championships clash at 7 p.m. today. Williamstown, the 2014 title winner, and Magnolia, the 2015 title winner get together on ...