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GIRLS Ritchie County 50, Doddridge County 43 ELLENBORO — Cassie Tallman scored a game-high 25 points and recorded five steals to lead Ritchie County to a 50-43 win over Doddridge County Friday in the semifinals of the Cowan Spangler Memorial Tournament. Abi Haught added nine points ...

PHS's Parker Miller gets some serious defensive pressure from Warren's Seth Dennis, left, and Troy Huck during the Big Reds' 65-59 non-conference victory at Memorial Fieldhouse Thursday night. Miller led all scorers with 25 points. Photo by Tom Perry.

PHS pulls through against scrappy Warren squad, 65-59

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PARKERSBURG — As he chatted with his assistant coaches, Jeff Mennillo relaxed in a chair in the Parkersburg’s coaches office and just exhaled. The veteran coach was relieved the Big Reds found a way to hold on for a 65-59 victory over a scrappy Warren squad Thursday night at Memorial ...

Parkersburg Catholic guard Madeline Huffman (31) drives for a basket while being defensed by St. John Central’s Kaylin Nixon (10) Thursday night. Huffman earned MVP honors as Catholic downed St. John 78-40 to claim the 22nd annual Mary “O” Crusaderette Classic. Photo by Mike Morrison.

PCHS rolls to Mary ‘O’ title

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PARKERSBURG — For the second straight night the Parkersburg Catholic Crusaderettes put on quite an exhibition on both ends of the court. One night after the host team rolled to an 89-25 win over Wirt County in the opener of the 22nd annual Mary “O” Crusaderette Classic, the ...

Waterford's Alli Kern, left, battles Parkersburg's Maddi Leggett, right, for the ball during girls basketball action  Thursday night at the Cooper Annex. Photo by Ron Johnston.

Waterford downs PHS girls, 63-49

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WATERFORD — Megan Ball had a monster game. The 5-foot-11 senior scored a career-high 29 points as Waterford High downed Parkersburg High, 63-49, in non-conference girls basketball action at the Cooper Annex Thursday night. “If it wasn’t for my teammates, basically they’re the reason ...

Williamstown’s Cullen Cutright gets past Wirt County’s Kyler Carper for a dunk during the second period of Wednesday’s WCHS Holiday Tournaemnt in Elizabeth. The Yellowjackets defeated the Tigers, 61-47, and will take on Buffalo in today’s 8 p.m. championship game. The host Tigers will face Wahama in the 6 p.m. consolation tilt. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Cullen Cutright helps Williamstown to finals vs. Buffalo

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ELIZABETH — Williamstown shot the lights out in the first half and Buffalo held on for a one-point victory here Wednesday night in the semifinals of the Wirt County Holiday Tournament. In the late game, the 5-1 Yellowjackets of head coach Scott Sauro shot 72 percent (18 of 25) in the first ...

Parkersburg Catholic’s Madison Ross (22) gets set to pass the basketball while Wirt County’s Emma Wyer (32) looks on Wednesday night. The Crusaderettes downed the Tigers 89-25 to advance to the finals of the Mary “O” Crusaderette Classic at PCHS tonight. Photo by Steve Hemmelgarn.

PCHS girls cruise past Wirt , 89-25

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PARKERSBURG — High-flying Parkersburg Catholic flew right into the finals of its annual Mary “O” Crusaderette Classic girls basketball tournament Wednesday night by an 89-25 margin over Wirt County. The other first-round contest Wednesday saw Bellaire (Ohio) St. John rally back in the ...

High school basketball roundup with stats

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BOYS Parkersburg South 69, Spring Valley 58 HUNTINGTON — Cole Plants’ 24 points and eight rebounds led visiting Parkersburg South to a 69-58 win over Spring Valley Wednesday. Seth Fallon added a 19-point, 10-rebound double-double for the 4-1 Patriots, who made 10 3-pointers. Fallon ...

Utah running back Zack Moss (2) runs the ball against West Virginia during the first half of Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017. (Rose Baca/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Utah cruises to bowl win versus West Virginia

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DALLAS (AP) — Zach Moss took a third-down handoff and quickly burst through the line and into an opening in the middle of the field. Utah was off and running to another bowl victory. Moss ran for 150 yards, including a career-long 58-yard run for a touchdown on the Utes’ opening drive in ...

Top MOV Sports Moments of 2017

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Another high school sports year gone. And for the third year in a row I bring you the top Mid-Ohio Valley Sports Moments of the Year. Let's waste no time and dive right in to another jam-packed prep athletic season. Like the previous years, I chose the top 5 moments (or multiples teams in ...

PC’s Alkire sees things differently

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Parkersburg Catholic student Mikalya Alkire is very smart. Being the recent recipient of a 30 score on her ACT is proof enough of this fact. The Crusaderette basketball player also was quick to deduce why I wished to speak with her when I showed up Tuesday at practice. “It is ...

A look back at Big Reds, South hoops Friday night

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Friday night’s basketball game between rivals Parkersburg and Parkersburg South inside the Rod Oldham Athletic Center was quite the joy to cover. Granted, neither program could throw the ball into the proverbial ocean, but it sure wasn’t for a lack of trying. Especially in the first ...

West Virginia guard Daxter Miles Jr. (4) shoots during the first half against Coppin State in an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday in Morgantown. West Virginia won 77-38.

No. 10 WVU entertains Fordham to close non-conference schedule

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MORGANTOWN — For most coaches a 10-game winning streak just before the Christmas holiday would be a reason for glee. Veteran West Virginia head men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins isn’t one of those coaches, however. “No,” Huggins said when asked about his team’s success. ...

Parkersburg’s Parker Miller drives to the basket while Parkersburg South’s Shane Snider tries to run him down during the Patriots’ 51-46 victory against the Big Reds. (Photo by Joseph Albright)

Parkersburg South holds off rival PHS

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PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg had its chances here Friday night against rival Parkersburg South inside the Rod Oldham Athletic Center, but the host Patriots got a big game from senior Cole Plants and held off the Big Reds, 51-46, in front of an overflow crowd. “What an environment,” said ...

Belpre’s Nate Godfrey (23) guards Federal Hocking’s Collin Jarvis (22) with the ball Friday night in a 56-48 Golden Eagles’ win over the visiting Lancers. Photo by Steve Hemmelgarn.

Belpre defeats Federal, 56-48

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BELPRE — A slow start turned into quite an interesting boys basketball game at Belpre Friday night before the host Golden Eagles posted a 56-48 win over TVC Hocking rival Federal Hocking. The score was only 9-4 in Belpre’s favor after one quarter, but the Golden Eagles outdid the Lancers ...

Frontier’s Brent West (50) goes up for a basket as Shenandoah’s Chase Chicwak (35) defends during a high school basketball game Friday in New Matamoras. Photo by Ron Johnston.

Shenandoah Zeps zap Frontier, 60-27

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NEW MATAMORAS, Ohio — While Frontier High struggled, visiting Shenandoah High steamrolled to a 60-27 triumph in a Pioneer Valley Conference boys’ basketball game Friday night. “We can’t score,” said FHS head coach Roger Kirkpatrick. “Ever since the Caldwell game, and even against ...

Friday’s high school basketball roundup with stats

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BOYS Ravenswood 90, St. Marys 55 RAVENSWOOD — Jayden Rhodes, Isaiah Morgan and Stephen Dawson were a triple threat for Ravenswood in a 90-55 win over St. Marys Friday night at The Pit. Rhodes scored a game-high 23 points and added three assists. Morgan posted 20 points, 14 rebounds, four ...

Parkersburg South’s Brayden Mooney (32) makes a pass during the Patriots’ holiday tournament earlier this week against Capital at the Rod Oldham Athletic Center. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

South, Big Red boys to battle tonight

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PARKERSBURG — An early-season challenge awaits Parkersburg and Parkersburg South at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Rod Oldham Athletic Center. The rivals are set do battle in each team’s final game before Christmas, and both head coaches know it will be a tough test. “The thing with South is ...

Parkersburg South 138-pounder Luke Martin registered a 26-11 technical fall victory against Independence’s Tanner Harris at Thursday’s triangular at the Rod Oldham Athletic Center. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Parkersburg South tops best of Class AA/A competition

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PARKERSBURG — Although it took nearly five hours to complete, wrestling fans definitely got what they paid for here Thursday night inside the Rod Oldham Athletic Center as Class AAA defending state champion Parkersburg South and the top two programs in Class AA/A varsity wrestling squared off ...

Waterford’s Alli Kern, left, steals the ball from Belpre’s Curstin Giffin during a high school girls basketball game Thursday. Belpre’s Kyna Waderker (22) and Waterford’s Megan Ball, right, look on. Photo by Jordan Holland.

Waterford girls roll Belpre, 64-18

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BELPRE — Waterford’s girls basketball team has been the best in Washington County for four years now. Others might say they’ve been the best in the Mid-Ohio Valley, but the Wildcats coach Jerry Close isn’t so sure that’s true this year. “I like the way this team is maturing. We ...