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ALBRIGHT: Calhoun girls met expectations, now comes the hard part

Imagine you are a member of the Calhoun County girls’ basketball team. Staring you down every campaign is the fact the program has never had a winning season. It is an unblinking and unavoidable mark weighing on your mind year after year. There’s no escaping the weight until it is lifted. ...

W.VA. CLASS A BOYS BASKETBALL ALL-STATE: Not a bad haul, at all

CHARLESTON — First-year Charleston Catholic head coach Hunter Moles was looking forward to the Class A state tournament and hopefully cutting the nets down, but the COVID-19 pandemic changed those plans. The Irish, who were hoping to claim their first state crown since 2012, earned the ...

Doddridge County’s Jonna Ferrell ready to compete

WEST UNION — It’s said change is the only constant in life. Doddridge County senior Jonna Ferrell knows all about that, especially right now with the COVID-19 ongoing pandemic. She goes from the hardwood where she was a first team all-Little Kanawha Conference selection to her second ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Hall of Fame announces Class of 2020

PARKERSBURG — The Mid-Ohio Valley Hall of Fame Class of 2020 is set to be inducted on Saturday, June 13, at the Grande Pointe Conference and Reception Center in Vienna. This year’s inductees include James Abshire, Maggie Drazba, Tyler Engle, Chase Fischer, Dail Harper, Mary A. Lopez, ...

Anna Hayton reflects back on career at UC

PARKERSBURG — Anna Hayton arrived on the University of Charleston’s women’s basketball team fresh off one of the more storied careers for a Parkersburg South center. She and Jill Stephens set themselves apart with their play in the paint as Patriots and each claimed multiple Class AAA ...

Both Brett Rector and Bryan Crislip enjoyed year one

PARKERSBURG — Wood County’s two first-year head boys basketball coaches, Parkersburg South’s Brett Rector and Parkersburg High’s Bryan Crislip, have one season in the books with many more likely to come. Of course, there’s still a slim chance the Patriots could play again as PSHS ...

’Jacket thinclads are still excited

WILLIAMSTOWN — The past couple of weeks have put area student-athletes to the test. The only game they’re playing is the waiting game. The Williamstown girls’ track team is no exception. The ‘Jackets had big expectations, as the defending Class A state champions did not experience ...

Braxton’s Jadyn Stewart named LKC POY

PARKERSBURG — For just the second time in school history, Braxton County landed the Little Kanawha Conference’s Player of the Year. Senior Jadyn Stewart, who repeated on the first team along with William Steele of St. Marys, was honored by league coaches after averaging 21.7 points, 4.3 ...

Not an ideal start for GSC’s Cottrell

GLENVILLE — First-year Glenville State College head wrestling coach Dylan Cottrell is anxious to sign recruits and build his program as the Pioneers are sponsoring the sport for the first time since 1974. However, like everyone else in the country the ex-Roane County Raider and former ...

They say time flies

Just now a little more than a month into his tenure as Glenville State College’s head wrestling coach, former Robert Dutton Award winner Dylan Cottrell of Roane County is trying to make the most of the current situation. Many moons ago I remember getting an assignment to head down to ...

George Washington’s Lacy wins Mary ‘O’

CHARLESTON — George Washington’s Kalissa Lacy revels in the process and finds enjoyment in the effort she puts into improving her game at the gym year-round. Preseason, her name wasn’t necessarily at the top of many player-of-the year lists, but her rapid ascension from a nice shooter ...

PHS’ Emily Allen prepared for every facet of softball

PARKERSBURG — As soon as Parkersburg High School catcher Emily Allen heard W.Va. Governor Jim Justice had suspended the girls’ high school basketball tournament due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she guessed softball would follow shortly after the announcement. “Usually those things build ...

Ritchie County’s Chloe Elliott holding out hope

ELLENBORO — Spring has just started, but Ritchie County junior right-hander Chloe Elliott is trying to stay sharp just in case there’s a softball season. A first team Class A all-state selection as a 10th-grader, Elliott was anxious to get back on the diamond to try and best last year’s ...

Remembering Waterford’s four-year run to state

WATERFORD — When Megan Ball and Walsh University played at Ohio Valley University on January 18, the color green was prevalent in the Snyder Activity Center bleachers. “That’s one of the best feelings,” said Ball, who starred at Waterford High, about a half-hour or so drive from ...

Catholic’s Marie Discini added more weapons for hopeful senior season

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg Catholic’s No. 1 girls tennis player Marie Discini used this past offseason to prepare for what she thought would be her best high school season yet. Shortly after adding a long-awaited No. 1 high school doubles’ state championship to her third straight singles ...

NFL free agency keeping busy even with virus

Free agency in the NFL has been one of the only bright spots in a sports landscape ravaged by COVID-19. The league plans to continue with the draft and everything that surrounds it as planned, so the fact that major moves are happening isn’t necessarily a shock. There are plenty of ...

OHSAA cancels winter sports

COLUMBUS — The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced Thursday that the winter sports tournaments of wrestling, basketball and ice hockey, which were postponed indefinitely on March 12, are now cancelled due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. It is anticipated that schools will ...

Big plans: Ripley star Tori Starcher talks spring season and beyond

RIPLEY — With uncertainty surrounding the spring sports season due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ripley senior track star Tori Starcher may not get a final chapter of her high school career. After spending all offseason recovering from a nagging injury with hopes of helping her Viking ...

All-state Class AA girls hoops announced

FAIRMONT — In a 2019-20 season surrounded by uncertainty and unprecedented circumstances, it was a pair of unstoppable individual stars and two impeccable all-around teams who brought a certain degree of night-to-night assuredness to the Class AA girls’ basketball hoops scene all year long. ...