High School Sports Roundup
Wirt sits 4th in Region IV
MILLWOOD — Wirt County finished day one of the Class AA/A, Region IV wrestling tournament here Friday at the Millwood Armory in fourth place with 71.5 points.
Point Pleasant sits in first place with 120 points followed by Winfield (92.5) and Nitro (71.5). Wahama is fifth with 67.5 and is followed by Ravenswood (64), Chapmanville (57), Man (55) and Williamstown (53).
Wirt County head coach Danny Life’s program had five wrestlers reach the semifinals. At 106, Tiger Phillip Balis will face Ashton Wasmer of Williamstown and at 126 Tiger AJ Garrett squares off versus Ravenswood’s Ethan Tanner.
Kolton Parsons (120), Logan Powell (132) and Colton Whipkey (138) also advanced to the semis.
No other area grapplers will go head-to-head in the semifinals. However, other Little Kanawha Conference grapplers two wins away from a regional title are Calhoun County’s Jett Sampson (113), Williamstown’s Colton Slagle (132) as well as the Ravenswood quartet of Cody Smith (138), Preston Menas (152), Clay Tanner (160) and 182-pounder Chase Hood.
St. Albans 57,
Parkersburg 52 (OT)
ST. ALBANS — Parkersburg took host St. Albans to overtime here Friday, but the Red Dragons escaped with a 57-52 victory.
The 7-12 Big Reds, who play Thursday at Buckhannon-Upshur, were led by Carson Dennis’ 16 points. Sam Potts tallied third, Julian Martin had nine and Bryson Singer eight.
Calhoun 53, Paden City 33
CLARKSBURG — Adam Parsons surpassed 1,000 career points here Friday night at Robert C. Byrd during Calhoun County’s 53-33 WVHIT consolation game victory against Paden City.
Parsons, who finished with 22 points, hit the mark with a jumper in the opening stanza.
The 6-12 Red Devils, who play Tuesday at Webster County, led 15-7 after one and 30-18 at intermission. Parsons, who had a baker’s dozen rebounds, was joined in getting a double-double by teammate Nick Moore. The big man finished with 16 points, 17 rebounds, three steals and a trio of blocked shots.
Joel Moore led all point-producers with a game-high 24 for the 2-18 Wildcats, who also got six caroms from Jason Anderson and six markers by Walter Joy.
Chase Blair tacked on eight points for the Red Devils.
Ritchie 63, Wirt 47
ELIZABETH — Justin Windland tallied a game-high 21 points on senior night here Friday for host Wirt County and the Tigers held a 24-23 haltfime lead against Ritchie County, but the Rebels left town with a 63-47 win
The 10-9 Rebels of head coach Rick Haught, who play at 8 p.m. today against St. Marys in the WVHIT championship game at Robert C. Byrd, used a balanced scoring attack in the victory. Eli Schriver paced the Rebels with 13 points, Ethan Haught had a dozen while Joey James and Graden McKinney added 10 apiece.
Kyler Carper went for nine points, nine rebounds and two blocks for the 7-12 Tigers, who play Tuesday at Tyler Consolidated. Windland also had five rebounds and four assists while teammate Hunter Hickman collected eight points, five dimes and two steals. McKinney also grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds to go along with four assists.
Linsly 51, Magnolia 49
NEW MARTINSVILLE — Free-throwing shooting, or lack thereof, was the difference in Friday’s Ohio Valley Athletic Conference 3A consolation game between Linsly and Magnolia.
The host Blue Eagles finished 4 for 18 at the foul line in the game, including just 1 for 10 in the fourth quarter, en route to a 51-49 loss to the visiting Cadets.
Linsly trailed 39-28 going into the fourth quarter, but outscored Magnolia 23-10 over the final eight minutes to come away with the win.
The Blue Eagles (12-6) got a game-high 29 points from Qwailei Turner. Trevor Williamson tacked on eight for MHS, which visits Hundred on Tuesday.
Both teams dropped heart-breakers in the OVAC semifinals Tuesday — Linsly lost to Fort Frye 45-42 while Magnolia fell to Union Local 47-43 in overtime.
George Washington 63, Ripley 32
CHARLESTON — No. 7 George Washington held Ripley to 36% shooting and the Patriots won their fifth straight game following Friday’s 63-32 triumph.
The Vikings, now 9-9 with a home game Wednesday against Hurricane, was led by Ty Johnson’s 13-point, 10-rebound double-double. He also blocked three shots and had two steals.
GWHS (13-5) used a balanced scoring attack with Ben Nicol going for 14 points, William Gabbert a dozen and Mason Pinkett 11.
Carter Casto chipped in nine points for the Vikings.
Marietta 58, River View 53
WARSAW, Ohio — Marietta High overcame a five-point halftime deficit by outscoring host River View 36-26 in the second half en route to a 58-53 victory Friday night.
Tony Munos led all scorers, netting 15 for the orange and black. Markie Duckworth added 12, while Ryan Mannix also reached double figures with 10. Avendano scored seven while Jackson Graham and Tyler Kytta chipped in six apiece.
Trimble 58, Waterford 51
GLOUSTER, Ohio — Waterford gave host Trimble about all it could handle Friday night, but ultimately fell 58-51.
The Wildcats rallied from a 27-19 halftime deficit to tie the game at 36-all after three quarters. The Tomcats outscored the visitors 22-15 in the final eight minutes to claim victory.
Waterford got a game-high 19 points from Zane Heiss plus 11 from Luke Teters. Holden Dailey chipped in seven points and five rebounds.