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High School Sports Roundup

STATE SWIMMING

MORGANTOWN — Parkersburg senior Grace Cox had the fastest prelim times here Thursday inside the Aquatic Center at Mylan Park in Morgantown during the state swim championships in both the 200 freestyle and the 100 butterfly.

Cox, who is headed to Marshall University, went 57.16 in the 100 fly and touched the wall in 1:57.70 in the 200 free. South’s Hailey Boothe will swim today after finishing 11th in the 200 free prelims.

Big Red Jaden Welsh saw her state record in the 100 breaststroke go by the wayside as Wheeling Park’s Jenna Bopp went 1:05.13 to break Welsh’s 1:05.79 mark she established a year ago. Welsh did have the second quickest prelim time, though, finishing in 1:06.76. Welsh also was fourth in the 200 IM prelims.

Three locals are still alive in the 100 butterfly, led by Big Red Mary Strobl, who had the fourth fastest prelim time. South’s Alia Ott and Big Red Izzy Farinash tied for 10th. Strobl also was fourth during the 100 backstroke prelims.

PHS’ Emma Padden placed seventh in the 100 free prelims.

The Big Reds of head coach Emily Martin also scored the fastest prelim times in the 200 medley relay as well as the 400 freestyle relay. Emily Kammerer, Tori Fluharty, Megan West and Padden also placed fourth in the 200 freestyle relay prelims.

Parkersburg South’s Landon Fowler (8th, 200 IM prelims) had the best effort locally on Thursday for the boys.

Big Red Ian Sasyn was 10th in the 100 breaststroke prelims, which is where teammate Lucian Baumgartner finished in the 500 freestyle.

Also swimming individually for points today will be Parkersburg’s Carty Ramsay (12th in 500 free prelims) and Patriot Nick Murphy (12th in 100 butterfly prelims).

State finals start at 9 a.m. today.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Belpre 44, Green 30

JACKSON, Ohio — The Belpre girls basketball team won its first district tournament game since 1997 Thursday night, defeating Green 44-30 in a Division IV district semifinal at Jackson High School.

The Chris Murray-coached Golden Eagles now will play for the district championship and a Sweet 16 berth at 6:15 p.m. next Thursday against Notre Dame, which defeated Manchester 39-27.

Kyna Waderker led all scorers, finishing with 22 points for Belpre. Halee Williams added 10 and Kaitlen Bush netted seven.

The Bobcats were paced by Kame Sweeney and Kasey Kimbler, who scored seven points apiece.

Belpre jumped out to a 12-6 lead after a quarter and pulled away in the second to take a 28-11 halftime lead.

St. Albans 53, Ripley 33

RIPLEY — Kiersten Eggleton’s 18-point, 10-rebounds double-double propelled St. Albans past Ripley 53-33 Thursday.

Emily Sharp added 11 points and three assists while Emma Parsons chipped in eight points for St. Albans, which trailed 8-5 after a quarter but outscored Ripley 22-11 in the second and 11-3 in the third to take control.

The Vikings got eight points apiece from Katlyn Sarver and Lauren Roush. Taylor Moore added seven points while Mckenna Hall contributed six points, seven rebounds, three steals and two assists.

Elk Valley 61, Wood County Christian 32

SUMMERVILLE — The second half was the difference in Wood County Christian’s 61-32 loss to Elk Valley in the West Virginia Christian Athletic Tournament Thursday.

The Wildcats (13-9) were down just 28-24 at halftime but were outscored 33-8 in the final two periods.

Stella Dunn and Sarah Michael scored nine points apiece for WCCS, which is back in action at noon today. Lacey Dimit and Katie Michael each grabbed seven rebounds while Dunn had five assists.

Gracie Frame scored a game-high 27 points for Elk Valley while Karlee Burdette netted 18.

BOYS BASKETBALL

LKC 5th Place

St. Marys 69, Clay County 63

ST. MARYS — St. Marys canned 11 3-pointers, six coming from Grant Barnhart who scored a game-high 21 points, en route to a 69-63 victory over Clay County in the Little Kanawha Conference fifth place game Thursday.

The Blue Devils (15-5) had three other players score in double figures as well — Peyton Auxier with 16, William Steele with 15 and Richard Dornon with 11. Barnhart grabbed 10 rebounds for a double-double and dished out four assists, as did Steele and Auxier. Steele and Dornon came away with three steals each.

Clay (13-8) was paced by Curtis Litton’s 20 points while Ethan Burkhammer netted 16.

St. Marys will play host to Magnolia Tuesday.

LKC 7th place

Ravenswood 75, Gilmer 59

RAVENSWOOD — Brady Fitzwater’s game-high 22 points weren’t enough for visiting Gilmer County as Ravenswood finished seventh place in the LKC following a 75-59 triumph here Thursday.

The 10-11 Red Devils, who play host Tuesday to rival Ripley, were led by Devin Raines’ 19 points and Jaycob Creel’s 17-point, 11-rebound double-double. Trey Mandrake added 12 points while Matthew Carte and Ashton Miller tallied 10 apiece in the victory.

Gilmer County (12-8) also had double figure scoring efforts from Ean Hamric (12), Zach Nicholas (10) and Josh Lipscomb (10).

Carte finished with five steals while teammate Shawn Banks had four points and five steals.

LKC 9th Place

Ritchie County 53, Roane County 43

ELLENBORO — Ritchie County outlasted Roane County 53-43 for ninth place in the LKC Thursday.

The Rebels (11-10) were led by Graden McKinney’s 14 points, five assists and three steals. Ethan Haught added 10 points and eight rebounds, while Joey James and Adam Davis tacked on eight and seven points, respectively.

Roane got 10 points each from Noah Lance and Issac Ryan.

LKC 11th Place

Calhoun 43, Wirt 35

ELIZABETH — Nick Moore led all scorers with 16 points, Adam Parsons added 15 more and Calhoun County knocked off Wirt County on Thursday to finish 11th place in the LKC.

Gage Bunner chipped in eight points for the Red Devils, who led 20-12 at halftime and 28-19 entering the fourth.

The Tigers, who play Monday at Buffalo, got 10 points from Kyler Carper. Dylan Lowe scored nine and Hunter Hickman eight for the orange and black.

LKC 13th Place

Tyler Consolidated 69, Doddridge 40

KIDWELL — Tyler Consolidated got off to a hot start on senior night Thursday, taking a 23-2 lead after a quarter over Doddridge and going on to win 69-40 in the LKC 13th place game.

Mark Rucker led the Silver Knights (5-16) with a 14-point, 11-rebound double-double. Gavin Morris and Gage Huffman added 13 points apiece. Huffman also had seven assists while Rucker grabbed five steals. Noah Swiger contributed 10 boards.

Holden Hayes led the Bulldogs with 15 points while Noah Bumgardner tallied 10 and Hunter Jenkins netted eight.

Ripley 83, Riverside 53

RIPLEY — Ty Johnson totaled 29 points, 17 rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocks in Ripley’s 83-53 win over Riverside Thursday.

Tobias Scholl had a big game as well for the Vikings, finishing with 23 points and five assists. Isaac Robertson chipped in 12 points and six boards.

Riverside was led by Jeremiah Mason’s 15 points and five steals. Josh Arthur and Jevante Elzy added 11 points apiece while Braydin Ward tacked on six points and six caroms.

WVCAT

Calvary Baptist 75, Wood County Christian 63

SUMMERSVILLE — Trailing 18-16 after a quarter, Calvary Baptist outscored Wood County Christian 59-45 the rest of the way to claim a 75-63 win in a West Virginia Christian Athletic Tournament game Thursday.

Robert Clutter poured in a game-high 32 points for Calvary Baptist (16-9) while Micah Daniels netted 13, Ben Scarbo added 11 and Scottie Richards tallied 10.

The Wildcats (5-22) were paced by Garrett Napier’s 21 points. Michael Cline added 16 points and six steals while Tucker Dougherty finished with nine points. Trey Davis chipped in six points and five assists while Camden Huck grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds.

Wood County Christian plays Cross Lanes at 9 a.m. today. If the Wildcats win, they will play Saturday in the consolation bracket championship. If they lose, their season will be over.

Magnolia 90, Paden City 37

NEW MARTINSVILLE — Magnolia got a game-high 25 points from Qwailei Turner and Trevor Williamson drained six of the Blue Eagles’ 14 made 3s here Thursday during a 90-37 blowout of visiting Paden City.

Williamson finished with 21 points for the 14-6 Blue Eagles, who play host Saturday afternoon to Madonna. Jake Gamble and Levi Cecil tallied 13 points apiece in the triumph.

Paden City, which finished the regular season at 2-20, trailed 44-12 at intermission.

Walker Joy led the ‘Cats with 12 points. Ty Cain finished in double figures with 11 points, but he was credited with a basket when the hosts put one through their own hoop.

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