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Believe it or not: Starcher, Ripley girls repeat as Class AAA champions

CHARLESTON — The Class AAA defending state track champion Ripley girls of head coach Krystle Cunningham know all about losing a state title by two points. That was the case in 2017 when the Vikings came up just short to Morgantown, 82-80. Going into Saturday’s final event — the 4x400 ...

’Jacket ladies crush rest of the Class A field

CHARLESTON — Ella Hesson took home high-point honors and the Williamstown girls of head man Zach Hall rolled to the Class A girls state championship here Saturday as the Yellowjackets scored 108.5 points to easily outdistance runner-up Ritchie County (52) and third-place Wheeling Central ...

Doddridge boys build on dynasty

CHARLESTON — After three straight years in third place, the Doddridge County boys are back on top. The Bobby Burnside-coached Bulldogs edged runner-up Magnolia, 84.33-82, to win the Class A state track championship Saturday at UC Stadium. Doddridge went on a run of five straight state titles ...

South’s Haden McConnell emerges as city’s only AAA state champion

CHARLESTON —The two biggest schools in Parkersburg were well-represented at the West Virginia Class AAA Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Laidley Field. Athletes from both sides of the river delivered points to their teams, but all eyes were on South’s Haden McConnell during the ...

Roane County’s Jordan Coon finishes as Class AA high-point runner-up

CHARLESTON — Roane County’s Jordan Coon could taste Class AA high-point honors following a third place finish in the 100 at Saturday’s state track meet at UC Stadium. He was sitting at 26 points at that point after winning state titles in the long jump and 300 hurdles. However, Coon ...

’Jacket girls, Rebel boys 4×8 teams win state

CHARLESTON —The big winner on Friday at the West Virginia state track and field championships held inside UC Stadium at Laidley Field turned out to be the weather. Due to multiple delays from Mother Nature, all of today’s scheduled events have been pushed back by one hour. Also, the girls ...

Waterford to face Notre Dame for district title

RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Despite being a young team, Waterford softball belongs right where it is — playing for a district championship. The Wildcats, now 19-5 overall, are scheduled to play the 21-1 Notre Dame Titans at 1 p.m. at the University of Rio Grande Saturday in a Division IV district ...

Class A boys’ state track field wide open

PARKERSBURG — When the state track and field championships finish late Saturday afternoon in Charleston, the Class A boys team race is expected to be a tight one. Defending champ Magnolia, Little Kanawha Conference victor Ritchie County as well Ravenswood and Doddridge County are all firmly ...

Warriors’ Thomas Miller keeps second shot fair in sectional final victory

VINCENT — Thomas Miller’s walkoff home run in the bottom of the seventh gave the Warren Warriors a thrilling 5-4 win over the Marietta Tigers Thursday evening in a Division II sectional championship contest at Warren High School. Marietta rallied from four runs down to tie the game in the ...

Wheeling Central nips Ritchie, 2-1, in regional

ELLENBORO — Anticipating a changeup on the 2-2 count with two outs, no runners on base and a tied game at one-all in the top of the fourth inning, Wheeling Central third baseman Ally Davidson timed her swing and was rewarded with a floater over the left-field fence. That one run was what ...

PHS girls shuttles team unbeaten this season

PARKERSBURG — The state track and field championships are underway on Friday and Saturday, and several teams across the area are gearing up for the challenges they are sure to face. The Parkersburg Big Reds are one of those teams, as the girls’ shuttle hurdles team is bringing an ...

Vikings have high hopes for state track

PARKERSBURG — Plenty of questions will be answered on Friday and Saturday in Charleston at the annual state track and field championships. The Ripley girls of head coach Krystle Cunningham, who are led by Tori Starcher, Allison Fields and Olivia Miller, will attempt to repeat in Class AAA, ...

Hurricane bests PHS in regional

HURRICANE – Hurricane’s three seniors – Caiti Mathes, Taylor McCray and Zoey Dunlap – have played in some big games on their home field. Tuesday night’s game was different, however. Win or lose, Tuesday’s Class AAA, Region IV Championship would be their final game taking the ...

’Jackets oust Catholic, 10-2

WILLIAMSTOWN — Williamstown High had a bitter-sweet fifth inning. After giving up two runs to Parkersburg Catholic in the top half of the frame, the host Yellowjackets answered with five of their own en route to a 10-2 triumph over the Crusaders in Class A sectional baseball action Tuesday ...

Williamstown track ready for states

WILLIAMSTOWN — The journey back to the Class A track and field championships for the Williamstown Yellowjackets started back in March, and now both boys and girls teams are looking to finish strong and end some unfinished business. For coach Zach Hall’s girls, they were runners-up in ...

Miscues hamper Big Reds in regional opener loss

PARKERSBURG — A three-run bomb and 12 strikeouts from Harlie Vannatter set the tone early, as the Hurricane Redskins toppled the Parkersburg Big Reds by a final of 6-2 in Monday night’s game one of the Class AAA Region IV Championship at Worthington Ballfields. The defending AAA champion ...