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Morgantown shuts down Wood Legion

PARKERSBURG — It was an up-and-down weekend of baseball for Wood County Legion. A scheduled twinbill versus Morgantown on Sunday afternoon at Bennett Stump Field inside City Park was changed to a single game due to a heat advisory. Unfortunately for the locals of manager Mike Goodwin, the ...

Wirt volleyball preparing for state title defense

ELIZABETH — Not quite locked in or loaded just yet, the beat is trying to go on for the Wirt County High School volleyball team. The defending Class A state champion Tigers have continued workouts during the three-week summer coaching period for new leader Katie Frazier. “As far as it ...

Callaway Junior Tour nearing finish

PARKERSBURG — Although the prep golf season in West Virginia is currently losing two weeks of previously scheduled matches, the Callaway Junior Tour is nearing completion of its season. Starting at 10 a.m. Monday at Parkersburg Country Club, the top qualifiers in each division will tee it ...

’Jackets, Devils football reach ten games once again

WILLIAMSTOWN — After watching the opening week of the football season taken away by the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission’s decision to push back the beginning of the year to Sept. 4, teams around the Mid-Ohio Valley were sent scrambling to find replacement opponents for ...

Not quite enough: Colin Bryant fans 11, but Wheeling slips past Wood County

ST. MARYS — Dom Gorence’s solo home run to left in the top of the seventh was the difference here Wednesday evening at Dave Wilson Field as visiting Wheeling knocked off Wood County Legion, 2-1. The locals of manager Mike Goodwin were trying to match their season-high four-game winning ...

Golfing for joy

My buddy made a valid point to me while we were attempting to play golf Sunday. He’s like we really should be wearing GoPro cameras. The more I thought about it the more I figured he was right. Then I kept thinking and pondering and now I’m not too sure. I won’t go into full ...

Ritchie vs. Magnolia is new addition to grid slate

PARKERSBURG — Although no one knows what the future holds for prep football, gridiron teams are preparing to play. With Mountain State programs losing their original week one contests, two schools have found some common ground. Head coach Rick Haught’s Rebels of Ritchie County, which were ...

Meaningful victory: Vienna’s Cale Conley wins Lou Blaney Memorial

HARTFORD, Ohio — Professional sprint car driver Cale Conley, a Vienna resident, has won plenty of races before. However, his victory on Saturday night had a little more meaning to it, and not just because he pocketed the $7,500 top prize. Conley won the Lou Blaney Memorial, which was part ...

WVSSAC announces plans for fall sports

PARKERSBURG — There will be high school sports in West Virginia in the fall, but they won’t be during the usual time frames. West Virginia Secondary School Activities Director Bernie Dolan made the announcement during Gov. Jim Justice’s regular COVID-19 press conference Friday inside ...

Warren, Marietta, Waterford to compete for Washington County baseball title

MARIETTA — The Washington County baseball league’s season will wrap up Saturday with a postseason tournament at Don and Sue Schaly Field at Pioneer Park. Warren, Marietta and Waterford will compete in a round-robin tourney with each team playing two games. The team that goes 2-0 will walk ...

Productive Pods: St. Marys football wasn’t bothered by WVSSAC guidelines

ST. MARYS — If all had gone as St. Marys head coach Jodi Mote hoped, his Blue Devils would have been preparing throughout the month of June for the annual July grind of the 7-on-7 period. Those workouts have become invaluable annual tools for many high school football teams across the ...

Football teams adjusting to ‘different’ offseason

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to plenty of change in the sports world, and high school football is no different. Marietta’s Jason Schob and Warren’s Matt Kimes are among thousands of high school football coaches around the country who have had to adjust to new offseason guidelines. Both ...

Year to remember: PHS grad Anthony Bradford flourishing in college

PARKERSBURG — Going with the flow has worked out quite well in more ways than one for University of Charleston runner Anthony Bradford. The former Parkersburg High School standout left the Big Reds last year to compete for the Golden Eagles of head cross country and track coach Nick ...

Leewood Molessa making up for lost time

WILLIAMSTOWN — Leewood Molessa is trying to make up for lost time as he prepares to enter his senior year at Williamstown High School. The first-team Class A all-state offensive lineman didn’t get to play baseball this spring for now retired skipper Terry Smith. However, his passion for ...

Seth Dennis, Brett Gandee lead Warren baseball past Marietta

VINCENT — Seth Dennis pitched four dominant innings, Brett Gandee clubbed a grand slam and Kurt Taylor displayed a gold glove at first base as Warren defeated Marietta in county league action Thursday. Warren took sole possession of first place in the league standings, improving to 4-0 in ...

Kenny Hess claims W.Va. Open championship

PARKERSBURG — Wanting to win and doing it are two different things. No one has to explain that to Parkersburg South graduate Kenny Hess, who finally broke through Thursday afternoon on the Cobb Course at the Resort at Glade Springs by winning the 87th West Virginia Open by a single stroke ...