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Luke Cooper reflects on time at WLU

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PADEN CITY — Former three-sport Paden City High School standout Luke Cooper is full speed ahead when it comes to the next chapter of his life. Going from the proverbial big man on campus as a Wildcat to a baseball player at West Liberty University, Cooper wasn’t able to have the exact ...

Local baseball coaches form Washington County league

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Even though the spring sports high school season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, local prep baseball coaches have come up with a way for their players to get back on the field. Warren coach Ryan Lemley, Marietta coach Josh McKitrick, Waterford coach Doug Huffman and Frontier coach ...

Gage Fiore prepared for next step

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PARKERSBURG — Gage Fiore is ready for whatever it takes to get a shot at playing time in his first season for West Liberty University head football coach Roger Waialae. The first team all-Mountain State Athletic Conference linebacker, who was a three-year two-way starter for Parkersburg Big ...

Roane’s Paul Burdette was ready for BACF game

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PARKERSBURG — Roane County’s Paul Burdette was as anxious as anyone for the 27th annual Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis All-Star Football Classic. After all, the Raider head coach led the Mountain State squad to a 24-7 victory back in 2016, which marked the last triumph for the ...

South grad Allison Currey running into life

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PARKERSBURG — Distance runner Allison Currey was ready for her final spring season of track at Otterbein University. An all-Ohio Athletic Conference honoree as both a student and athlete, the 2016 Parkersburg South graduate was coming off her strongest cross country season to ...

Mike Goodwin set to lead Wood County Legion team

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PARKERSBURG — Will the COVID-19 pandemic rule the summer? Mike Goodwin, who normally at this time is leading Parkersburg Post 15 on the diamond, sure is hoping that’s not the case. Despite being behind the state of Ohio in terms of a start date, it appears baseball is on the way ...

Ripley’s Carter Casto inks with Midway

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RIPLEY — Carter Casto worked tirelessly to get where he is now. The Ripley basketball standout “was pretty bad at basketball coming in to high school,” he said. “I just spent a lot of time in the gym every year and got better.” That’s the kind of player Midway University men’s ...

Working overtime

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Prep coaches in the Mid-Ohio Valley aren’t leading their respective teams for the paycheck. Rather, they often coach for the love of the game, their players and the program. Nowhere was that more evident than with now ex-Parkersburg Catholic head boys basketball coach Rob Strcula. Aside ...

Left Hanging: South softball had good chance to erase 2019 ending

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PARKERSBURG — Perhaps no Class AAA softball group experienced a rougher ending to last season than Parkersburg South. After the Patriots played their best game of the season in the Region IV Section 1 tournament opener against Ripley, the chance to send rival Parkersburg High home for the ...

Rob Strcula steps down at Catholic

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PARKERSBURG — Following a nine-year run at Parkersburg Catholic High School, head boys basketball coach Rob Strcula has stepped down. “It was not an easy decision,” he said. “It was hard, but I’m walking away from the game and walking toward something I’m excited about. I can ...

Mingo Bottom trio: Owners share fond memories of golf course

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ELIZABETH — Golf isn’t so much just a game for the boys these days. Even though it’s estimated nearly a quarter of all golfers are female, the percentage of women golf course owners pales in comparison. Mingo Bottom Golf Club isn’t part of that vast minority thanks to owners Sandy ...

Tyler’s Gage Huffman continues college baseball search

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KIDWELL — Tyler Consolidated’s Gage Huffman has experienced a virtual graduation thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic and now he’s mulling potential college landing spots. After playing football, basketball and baseball for the Silver Knights, Huffman admitted he’s been laser focused since ...

Williamstown’s Dawson Reynolds went out a champion

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WILLIAMSTOWN — Dawson Reynolds remembers vividly the final moments of his high school track career. As a junior for Williamstown, Reynolds was the third leg on the Yellowjackets’ 4x400 relay team which qualified for state. With Ritchie County and Magnolia also in the mix, the race was ...