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One wild weekend for Wirt

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Mrs. November was at it again this weekend. Veteran Wirt County volleyball head coach Janet Frazier, who affectionately picked up the aforementioned tag following the Tigers’ 10th net crown in 2015, added another state championship to the school’s trophy case on Saturday. Obviously, the ...

Mountaineers hold on to beat KSU

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Will Grier scrambled to his right and then retreated to his left, time ticking off the clock in the first half and No. 23 West Virginia seemingly content to take a one-point lead over Kansas State into halftime. Then Grier unloaded a pass toward the end ...

Ritchie, Wirt to play for Class A title

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CHARLESTON — Little Kanawha Conference programs Ritchie County and Wirt County will collide at 9:30 a.m. today inside the Charleston Civic Center with the victor earning the Class A state volleyball championship. The Rebels ousted defending state champ East Hardy in the semifinals — 25-22, ...

John Marshall outlasts Parkersburg, 42-35

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PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg High let loose with its passing game in the second half, but could never quite overtake visiting John Marshall in falling 42-35 in a first-round Class AAA football playoff game Friday night at Stadium Field to end its season. The No. 7-ranked Big Reds finished at ...

High school football playoff roundup

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Class AAA Martinsburg 61, Morgantown 0 MARTINSBURG — Dewayne Grantham ran for three touchdowns, Travis Bagent threw three touchdown passes and ran for a fourth as defending Class AAA champion Martinsburg rolled to a 61-0 victory over Morgantown. The Bulldogs posted their fourth playoff ...

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 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 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 ...

’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 ...

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 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 ...

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 ...