Marietta’s Dominic Vanfossen is brought down by a pair of Morgan defenders during a high school football game Friday night at Don Drumm Stadium. Marietta won, 26-7. Photo by Jordan Holland.

Alkire, Tigers push past Morgan, 26-7

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MARIETTA — Corbin Alkire was pretty impressive in his first varsity start as Marietta High’s quarterback Friday night. The sophomore left-hander threw for 109 yards and ran for 90 more, including two touchdowns, in the Tigers’ 26-7 season opening win over Morgan. “I was pretty pleased ...

Fort Frye’s Brady Schilling pulls down Belpre running back Tojzae Reams after a short gain during a high school football game Friday. Photo by Tom Perry.

Cadets pull away from Belpre, 42-21

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BEVERLY — If anybody is wondering, Fort Frye can still run the football. The Cadets, behind a 15-carry, 173-yard performance by sophomore Tyler Fisher, racked up 378 yards on the ground as Fort Frye cruised in the second half for a 42-21 victory over Belpre Friday night. Fisher also ...

Warren’s Ronnie Hill carried the ball during a high school football game against Athens Friday night in Vincent. Photo by Ron Johnston.

Warren Warriors fall to Athens, 47-7

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VINCENT — Ronnie Hill had a long run to paydirt nullified because of a penalty in the third quarter. But the 6-foot-3, 195-pound Warren High quarterback kept plugging away, and early in the final stanza, he plunged two yards into the end zone but it was not nearly enough as the Warriors ...

Waterford’s Braden Bellville carries the ball during a high school football game against Miller Friday night. Photo by Mike Morrison.

Waterford wins TVC shootout

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WATERFORD — Waterford defeated Miller 35-25 in a TVC Hocking shootout Friday night. Waterford’s Peyten Stephens kicked things off for the Wildcats with a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Braden Bellville added a 39-yard scoring jaunt to make it ...

Friday’s high school football roundup

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Ripley 28, Parkersburg South 12 RIPLEY — Parkersburg South held a 12-7 advantage here Friday night at Memorial Stadium, but it was all Ripley after the break as the Vikings of third-year head coach Eddie Smolder handed the visiting Patriots a 28-12 setback in the season opener for both ...

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Parkersburg South’s Cameron Frame tries to keep pace with University’s Joseph Biafora during Thursday’s soccer match at the Erickson All-Sports Facility. Biafora tied a career high with four goals during the Hawks’ 6-0 triumph.

University blanks Parkersburg South

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PARKERSBURG — Timmy Bailey worked a clean slate and Joseph Biafora tied a career high with four goals here Thursday evening as visiting University blanked Parkersburg South, 6-0, at the Erickson All-Sports Facility. The Hawks of head man Dustin Talton, who improved to 2-0-1 and play at 3 ...

Williamstown beats up Parkersburg Catholic, 11-1

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VIENNA — Five Williamstown goals in the first eight minutes of play propelled the Yellowjackets out to a swift 5-1 lead and the visitors went on to post an 11-1 boys soccer victory over Parkersburg Catholic Thursday evening at Jackson Park. The impressive win, highlighted by a five-goal ...

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Parkersburg High’s Brenton Strange hauls in a touchdown catch over Warren’s Bishop Ford last season.

High school football starts tonight

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PARKERSBURG — High school football begins around the state of West Virginia tonight. In the Mid-Ohio Valley, there are plenty of things to keep an eye on as the season gets underway. The Mike Byus era officially begins at Parkersburg High when St. Albans makes the trip North for a 7:30 ...

It’s gridiron time again

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Despite giving it the old college try last season, becoming the three-time defending grid picks champion didn’t materialize as Marshall graduate Evan Bevins held on for victory in our last slate of college bowl picks. However, myself and everyone else on staff is coming out ready to swing ...

Parkersburg senior Parker Miller fights for control of the ball against Bridgeport’s Tyler Whiteman (5) and Broc Oliverio (16) during Wednesday’s match at Stadium Field. The Big Reds and Indians played to a 2-2 tie. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

PHS, Bridgeport boys tie

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PARKERSBURG — Matt Runyon’s penalty kick in the second minute here Wednesday evening at Stadium Field for host Parkersburg was denied by Bridgeport keeper Parker Sheppard and the Indians tallied a goal with 70 seconds remaining to earn a 2-2 tie versus the Big Reds. Playing its season ...

Marietta High’s Kyleigh Lewis (14) battles Dover’s Raya Harrison for the ball during a high school girls soccer match Tuesday at Jerry Brock Field in Devola. Marietta won, 4-0. Photo by Jordan Holland.

Tigers overcome rain delays, shut out Dover, 4-0

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DEVOLA — Courtney Schuck and Lexie Mullen scored two goals apiece as Marietta High survived weather delays to defeat visiting Dover, 4-0, Tuesday at Jerry Brock Field. Schuck’s goal was the only score of the first half. The second half was delayed by rain, which was apparently the break ...

Holgorsen wants a preseason scrimmage

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MORGANTOWN — Let’s face it, Mountaineer Nation is ready to see some ‘live’ football. And, they aren’t the only ones wanting to see the No. 22 (AP) ranked Mountaineers in action. “So, I really wish this was game week,” seventh-year head coach Dana Holgorsen said on Tuesday. ...

Pigskin Preview is coming

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Every year I have worked on the football tab (three years now), I have learned something new about completing one of our most important sports sections. My first year in charge of filling in the pages taught me photos can be your best friend for blank space. Next season, I learned how ...

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Belpre’s Hannah McDaniel (5) spikes the ball during a high school volleyball match against Fort Frye Monday in Beverly.

Belpre netters fall to Fort Frye

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BEVERLY — The start of the 2017 season could not have gone much better for the Fort Frye volleyball team. The Cadets entertained Belpre Monday evening and came away with a three-set sweep by scores of 25-10, 25-9 and 25-13. “It’s always good to start the season with a win,” said ...

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One of the Tiny Trot races gets underway Sunday at PHS Stadium Field.

Local children show off speed at PHS Stadium Field

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PARKERSBURG — Chase Anderson had to rally to win his race at Stadium Field on Sunday . Early on in the age 10-11 junior boys’ race, the 11-year-old Edison Middle School runner trailed Carter Mclain, but at the finish, he had a kick, surged, and won. Mclain placed third, while Brody ...

JT Kemp amped for senior year

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Less than a week away from the start of the prep gridiron season, Ripley’s JT Kemp is more than a little anxious. The Parkersburg South transfer, who arrived in Jackson County this past December, already has paid dividends for the Vikings. During baseball season, he played first base and ...

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Marietta High’s Lexie Mullen (27) races Warren’s Sommer Saboley for the ball during a high school girls soccer match Saturday at Jerry Brock Field in Devola, Ohio. Marietta won, 2-0.

Marietta girls blank Warren, 2-0, in opener

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VINCENT — Piper Halliday will no doubt always have fond memories of her very first Marietta High varsity soccer match. The freshman midfielder’s second-half goal snapped a scoreless tie and helped the visiting Tigers blank arch-rival Warren High, 2-0, in season-opening girls’ pitch ...

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Julius Kogo breaks the tape during the 31st running of The News and Sentinel Half Marathon Saturday in Parkersburg. Kogo won his seventh race in eight years with a winning time of 1:03.09.

Lucky Number Seven

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PARKERSBURG — Three and a half months ago, Kenyan Julius Kogo was beaten by one second in the Pittsburgh Half Marathon by fellow countryman Cyrus Korir. Going into Saturday’s 31st running of The News and Sentinel Half Marathon, many felt it would be a two-man race. As it turned out, ...