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Warren girls taken down by Vinton County

VINCENT — Morgan Bentley had game-highs of 22 points and 13 rebounds and Vinton County forced 10 turnovers in the third quarter against host Warren here Wednesday night as the Vikings left town with a 61-50 victory in what was an early season showdown between 1-0 programs. Alex Frazee, who ...

Connor Baker’s late 3 powers Belpre past Meigs

BELPRE —The Belpre Golden Eagles opened the 2020-21 campaign up with a dramatic win over Meigs, as Connor Baker’s game winning 3-pointer with eight seconds left in regulation gave his team a 62-61 win and Belpre’s first 1-0 start in close to a decade. The Tuesday night thriller in ...

Great season, unfortunate ending for Rebels

ELLENBORO — All things considered, Ritchie County third-year head football coach Rick Haught was more than pleased with his team in 2020. An 8-2 regular season earned the Rebels the No. 7 seed, which led to a 16-7 opening round playoff win versus Wirt County at Chuck Schofield Memorial ...

Glenville State women’s basketball ranked in top 20 of D2SIDA poll

Courtesy Glenville State College GLENVILLE — Fifth-year head coach Kim Stephens’ Glenville State College team earned a top 20 ranking in the D2SIDA preseason media poll released Tuesday afternoon. The Pioneers finished 26-5 last season and captured their fourth consecutive Mountain East ...

PC’s Leslie Huffman leads deep LKC girls basketball Player of the Year field

PARKERSBURG — Williamstown head coach Fred Sauro enters his 36th year of coaching Little Kanawha Conference girls’ basketball in 2021. So, it is safe to say he has seen his fair share of LKC Player of the Year races. But, has he witnessed one comparable to what is coming up this season? ...

Belpre girls drop opener

BELPRE —The 2020-21 girls basketball season is underway, and the Belpre Golden Eagles look to learn as they move along. A 48-21 defeat at the hands of the Meigs Marauders opened the year up on Monday for Belpre, and it was the full-court press that created separation after a low-scoring ...

MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: WVU is clear underdog vs. ISU

Late Wednesday afternoon it was announced that the Saturday game with Oklahoma was postponed due to Covid issues in the Sooner program. It has been rescheduled to December 12th. But Mountaineers fans were not deterred, as they immediately pivoted their focus to watching Bob Huggins and his ...

Warren girls open with a victory, 55-34

VINCENT — The rust was there but so were the results. That might be the best way to describe the Warren Warriors season-opening 55-34 win over Dover Saturday evening at Warren High School. Despite committing 17 turnovers and making just three-of-22 attempts from behind the three-point arc, ...

Darrien Bortley’s run, defense lifts Devils to title

ST. MARYS — With his team leading by seven points, fresh off a goal-line stand, and the offense lining up in the shadow of its own one-yard line late in the third quarter, St. Marys senior running back Darrien Bortey knew it was his time to make something big happen for the Blue Devils. He ...

Greenbrier East’s Chylyn Pate named state player of year

PARKERSBURG — The talent level in Class AAA was anything but lacking. Greenbrier East’s Chylyn Pate, one of six players to earn repeat first team all-state status, was honored as captain by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association. The senior setter had 262 aces with 86 kills, 690 ...

Super Six moves to Charleston for 2020

For the first time since 1993, the West Virginia Super Six Football Championships will not be held in Wheeling. The three state championship football games will be played this year at Charleston’s Laidley Field at University of Charleston Stadium, which hosted the games prior to their move ...

St. Marys just a win away from Charleston

ST. MARYS — The No. 4 St. Marys Blue Devils (11-1) are a win away from a berth in the Class A state championship, so what’s the message head coach Jodi Mote wants to send to his team? Just focus. Mote has been here before, as SMHS has clinched a spot in the Super Six three times under him. ...

Marietta hospitals bar visitors amid COVID outbreak

MARIETTA — Another consequence of rising coronavirus cases in the fall surge have hit the Mid-Ohio Valley. In Marietta, Memorial Health System has announced it is operating under new visitor restrictions and is allowing no visitors at this time, with few exceptions. Total hospitalizations ...

Football series moved to UC

The West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission state football championships, which have been held at Wheeling Island Stadium since 1994, will return to Charleston for 2020 because of COVID-19 coronavirus restrictions. Commission Executive Director Bernie Dolan announced Friday ...

Parkersburg’s Anna Umpleby signs to play volleyball at Alderson Broaddus

PARKERSBURG — Anna Umpleby, Parkersburg High’s senior volleyball masher, announced her decision Wednesday at the YMCA to continue her career as a student-athlete for Alderson Broaddus University. A four-year letterwinner for Big Red boss Erin Thorpe, Umpleby will take her talents to ...

Philip Barbour’s Alyssa Hill named Class AA captain

CLARKSBURG — Shady Spring and Philip Barbour played a five-set thriller for the Class AA volleyball title two weeks ago. That’s a scenario that could play out again next season and possibly for two more seasons, as both teams featured youthful key players this past season. With that in ...

Mike Kellar, Glenville State football team are managing

GLENVILLE — The middle of November was supposed to mark Glenville State College’s last regular season football contest for senior day against West Virginia Wesleyan at Morris Stadium. Of course, the Pioneers of second-year head coach Mike Kellar have been in the same boat as many college ...

ALBRIGHT: Webster County’s Sydney Baird is must-see this season

A young Webster County girl showed a flair for the game of basketball from the time she was four-foot-six and playing with boys in AAU tournaments. During her first few contests, her enjoyment was plain to see. Smiles and a willingness to go up against the boys signaled she was right at home ...

Ravenswood’s Annie Hunt inks with Wheeling

RAVENSWOOD — Annie Hunt owned plenty of worries that her opportunity to play basketball in college might never roll around. Her hopes took a hit when she tore her ACL. Then a second wave of doubt swept in when she missed her entire sophomore season. And still another when COVID-19 invaded ...