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MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: WVU creates a spark

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Coming off a dramatic last second win at Texas the previous week, the major concern of WVU fans heading into last Saturday’s game against TCU was perhaps the Mountaineers would come out a bit flat and with a lack of focus. Those concerns appeared to be justified early in the afternoon, as ...

Blue Eagles win state

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CHARLESTON — Freshman Jaci Rohde’s kill on match point here Saturday afternoon sealed Magnolia’s first Class A state volleyball championship as the Blue Eagles swept Tyler Consolidated — 25-23, 25-22 and 25-8. Magnolia, which ended the season at 46-7-1, won its fourth overall state ...

Williamstown too much for Summers

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WILLIAMSTOWN — Visiting No. 11 seed Summers County drove north prepared for a fight in a WVSSAC opening-round playoff game Saturday at Williamstown High School. Chris Vicars’ Bobcats, who qualified for the postseason for the fourth year in a row, went blow for blow with the No. 6 ...

South loses heartbreaker to Hedgesville

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PARKERSBURG—Hedgesville claimed its first week-one playoff victory since 1997 Saturday afternoon at Erickson All-Sports Facility. The Eagles (7-4) surprised spectators in the second half with a late 70-yard kick return for a touchdown from Niyjere Smith to put the final score 35-29 on the ...

Good coaches, bad parents?

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It was almost the perfect Saturday for Magnolia’s Pam Chapman. Earlier last week, I was trying to get in touch with the Blue Eagles’ head volleyball coach to talk about her team and their chances to win a state title in Charleston. Not long after I sent her a text message, she replied ...

Local College Football Roundup

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Marshall 30, Charlotte 13 HUNTINGTON (AP) — Brenden Knox ran for 116 yards and a touchdown and Marshall posted a 30-13 win against Charlotte on Saturday and became bowl eligible. Knox’s 4-yard score with 9:59 left in the third quarter broke a 13-all tie and Marshall (6-3, 4-2 Conference ...

Magnolia, Tyler in Finals

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CHARLESTON — Magnolia and Tyler Consolidated, two schools located less than 10 miles apart, will clash early this afternoon inside the Charleston Civic Center for the Class A state volleyball title. On Friday evening in the semifinals, Tyler Consolidated outlasted Williamstown in five sets ...

PHS wins another classic vs. Park

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WHEELING — Wheeling Park and Parkersburg came down to another nail-biter, but the Patriots were unable to return to the favor and stun the Big Reds. Instead, it was Parkersburg that advanced to the quarterfinals of the W.Va. Class AAA playoffs with a 28-21 victory at Wheeling Island ...

America, Bulldogs thump Webster, in playoff opener

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WEST UNION — Doddridge County head coach Bobby Burnside worried about playoff opponent Webster County’s offense most of the week. The threat of the Highlanders’ big play-makers busting the big one anywhere on the field at any time was a concerning conundrum. Turns out he didn’t need ...

Ripley runs past Greenbrier East in postseason opener

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RIPLEY — The cold, pounding rain that plagued the area Friday cleared out just in time for kickoff in Death Valley and then resumed right after the game concluded. It was fitting, because playing in its first playoff game since 2009, nothing or no one was going to rain on Ripley’s ...

High School Football Playoff Roundup

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A: Sherman 44, Parkersburg Catholic 8 SETH — Sherman High had three players gain over 100 yards rushing as Tommy Harper and J.T. Hensley hit pay dirt twice and Seth Rinchich once as Sherman rolled to a Class A opening round win over Parkersburg Catholic on a Muddy Zontini Field. The ...

ALBRIGHT: PHS girls’ hoops won’t be defined by losses

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Windows of opportunity for success when special teams emerge don’t stay open long in high school sports. If a talented team hopes to make their mark on history, panes of glass must shatter early to signal a group’s matter-of-fact arrival. One of those windows currently stands paneless, ...

All-District Football

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The Waterford Wildcats are hoping to find a way to knock off Lucas, the top-seeded team in Region 27, Friday night in the second round of the high school football playoffs. Luckily for head coach Eric McCutcheon, he’ll have six players on his side named to the 2018 All-Southeast District ...

Glenville State College faces tough task on senior day

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GLENVILLE — Charleston and Glenville State will battle for sole possession of fourth place in the Mountain East Conference come noon Saturday inside Morris Stadium. The Golden Eagles are coming off consecutive tough setbacks to Notre Dame (17-10) and Shepherd (25-20). The G-men of ...

Class A net crown up for grabs

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PARKERSBURG — A week ago Thursday in Elizabeth, the Parkersburg Catholic volleyball team of second-year head coach Amanda Weatherwax made sure there was going to be a new Class A state champion after the Crusaderettes eliminated Wirt County from the postseason. Now, PCHS is one of eight ...

Pioneer men to tip off season Friday

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MARIETTA — Lukas Isaly, a 5-foot-11 freshman, is expected to start when the Marietta College men’s basketball team hosts Bethany College (W.Va.) in a season opener at 7 p.m. Friday at Ban Johnson Arena. The former Hannibal River Pilot three-sport standout was a Division IV All-Ohio hoops ...

PHS’ Wilson rebuilt, ready for basketball

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PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg High guard/forward Bre Wilson’s recollection of the action sequences as she went in for a layup against Parkersburg South four minutes into the third quarter of a Class AAA state tournament semifinal last March is non-existent. Events quickly flew by as the city ...

OVU women’s soccer team takes national stage

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VIENNA — The Ohio Valley University women’s soccer team is going to the NCAA DII Tournament for the second consecutive season. The women’s program was selected in the Midwest Region as the No. 2 seed and will travel to Big Rapids, Mich. to take on No. 7 Ashland University, with kickoff ...

Similar Catholic, Sherman teams to square off

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SETH — For football fans who enjoy a heavy dose of the running game, Friday night at Sherman will be the place to be. Parkersburg Catholic (9-1) visits the Tide (9-1) for a Class A first-round playoff matchup, and both teams have relied mostly on the ground game to get them to this point. ...