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Bridgeport’s Hefner captains all-state AA team

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BRIDGEPORT — At the outset of the 2017 baseball season, Bridgeport was tasked with replacing perhaps the most successful senior class in school history from a year ago if it had realistic aspirations of claiming a fourth consecutive Class AA state championship. Much of that responsibility ...

Ritchie’s Spencer inks with AB

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ELLENBORO — Ritchie County 5-foot-9 guard Shawn Spencer just wanted a chance to play the game he loves at the next level. On Wednesday, the Rebel senior inked his national letter of intent to play basketball for Great Midwest Athletic Conference Division II member Alderson Broaddus ...

PHS’ Alyssa Gates off to Ohio Valley University for softball

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PARKERSBURG — Alyssa Gates was one of eight seniors — and also one of six that started — who were integral parts in the Parkersburg High softball team’s successful season this spring. For her efforts, Gates, mostly a pitcher for the Big Reds, but also an outfielder, second baseman and ...

Thanks to all the athletes

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During my three years of employment in the News and Sentinel sports department I have given a shoutout to parents and defended coaches, however, there is another group responsible for a large portion of our sports coverage every morning throughout the calendar year I never talked about — The ...

Les Matherly’s ace highlights Kids Golf Classic

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PARKERSBURG — An eventful 21st annual Kids Golf Classic Monday at the Parkersburg Country Club was highlighted by a hole-in-one. Les Matherly, a golfer with more than 30 years under his belt, knocked in the first ace of his life on hole No. 2, and he couldn’t have picked a better spot. ...

Six locals voted on to W.Va. Class A Softball first team

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WHEELING — It is no secret that Wheeling Central has one solid Class A pitching tandem. Last season, the duo of Marissa Garlitz and Riley Bennington led the Maroon Knights to a perfect 33-0 record and a state title. Both were first team all-staters. With a bullseye on their back, a tough ...

Swain gets Little Kanawha Conference co-POY

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PARKERSBURG — Champion Braxton County landed both the Little Kanawha Conference’s baseball coach of the year in head man Jacob Wolfe and the co-player of the year in Braden Poling, who shared the top honor with Ravenswood junior Chase Swain. The Eagles won the LKC crown with a 9-5 victory ...

Bumpy opening innings haunt Ravenswood in title game

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CHARLESTON — Ravenswood spotted Charleston Catholic a big lead early, but unlike against Tygarts Valley Thursday in the semifinal couldn’t come back from the deficit in the Class A state championship game Saturday. The third-seeded Irish jumped on top of Red Devil starter Chase Swain for ...

Reams, Moore hurdle to All-Ohio track honors

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COLUMBUS — Travis Moore and Tojzae Reams have been tough to beat in the 300 meter hurdles this year. The two seniors closed out their prep careers in style Saturday, with Belpre’s Reams placing eighth in Division III (40.77) and Marietta’s Moore finishing seventh in Division I ...

WVU routs Terps in 1st NCAA game since 1996

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The No. 2-seed West Virginia University baseball team hit six home runs to open the 2017 NCAA Baseball Tournament with a 9-1 victory over third-seeded Maryland on Friday afternoon in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Making their 12th NCAA Regional appearance in program ...

Small W.Va. BACF team starts practice

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PARKERSBURG — West Virginia started practice Friday for the 2017 BACF Football Classic versus Ohio next Friday, June 9 at Don Drumm Stadium in Marietta. The only catch for Parkersburg South’s Mike Eddy, the W.Va. BACF head coach, was that despite 63.6 percent of his players showing up, ...

Reams, Moore advance at state

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COLUMBUS — Belpre’s Tojzae Reams and Marietta’s Travis Moore keep their All-Ohio hopes alive at Friday’s state track meet at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Reams, a regional runner-up in the 300 hurdles with a time of 40.20, ran the race in 40.26 Friday to place seventh in the ...

Ravenswood heads into state championship final

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CHARLESTON — Nic Taylor's two-out double in the bottom of the eighth inning sent Ciah Kennedy from first base into a headfirst slide safe at home plate and Ravenswood into the state championship game after a 5-4 extra-innings win over Tygarts Valley Thursday at Appalachian Power Park. "I ...

Post 15 opens season Sunday

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PARKERSBURG — With eight returners from last year as well an abundance of 10 pitchers, first-time head coach Mike Goodwin feels well equipped to field an American Legion baseball team this summer for Parkersburg Post 15 that his dad Jim would like and be proud of. Jim Goodwin was the Post 15 ...

Ravenswood baseball thought 2017 could be a special season

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RAVENSWOOD — When Ravenswood baseball takes the field against Tygarts Valley at 4:30 p.m. today at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, the occasion marks just the sixth time a Red Devil team participates in the state tournament. This will be the first time any of the players have played ...

Belpre thinclads Tojzae Reams, Logan Racy bound for state meet

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BELPRE — Belpre’s two state track qualifiers, junior 300-meter hurdler Tojzae Reams and senior discus thrower Logan Racy, are both hoping to wind up their best seasons as state placers this weekend in Columbus. Reams has gone to the state meet at Ohio State University every year in ...

Mike Byus next Parkersburg High football head coach

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PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg High School football program has its next head coach pending Board of Education approval at the June 13 meeting. Michael A. Byus was selected by a committee composed of former PHS athletic director Jim Hamric, former head of the West Virginia Secondary Schools ...

MLB season moving along

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After the completion of the next three games, the Major League Baseball season officially is one-third of the way over. The 2017 year has gone by surprisingly fast so far, and has been a lot less predictable than many preseason publications led fans to believe. World Series favorites in the ...