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South grad Kenny Hess shoots 3-under to take lead at WV Open

PARKERSBURG — Four-time defending West Virginia Open champion David Bradshaw has some work to do if he wants to win the 87th event, which got underway Tuesday on the Cobb Course at the Resort at Glade Springs. As of press time Tuesday evening, the championship had two mid-afternoon 45-plus ...

2020 West Virginia Open: Plethora of area golfers have eye on David Bradshaw

PARKERSBURG — A plethora of area golfers will be out to dethrone defending champ David Bradshaw when the 87th West Virginia Open gets underway this morning at the Resort at Glade Springs. A year ago, Bradshaw rolled to his crown after firing three rounds in the red at Parkersburg Country ...

Weld Games are a success in Marietta

MARIETTA — A quartet of overall champions were crowned following the two-day RX and Scaled Crossfit competition known as the 2020 Weld Games. On Friday night, more than four dozen athletes competed at Marietta College’s Don Drumm Stadium to start everything off. The final events of ...

’Jackets football and Chris Beck get back to work

WILLIAMSTOWN — In the past 20 years the Williamstown football program has done a lot of winning. A streak which dates back to the Yellowjackets’ time in Class AA, first-year grid boss Chris Beck is hoping 21 is indeed a lucky number. Whether or not WHS can reach the postseason again ...

Warren Root ready to make waves at Greenhills

RAVENSWOOD — Passion and vision are a pair of traits Warren Root definitely possesses. The director of golf at Greenhills Country Club since early April, Root was able to hit the ground running with his new job and hasn’t slowed down a bit. “I’m actually in charge of the whole show ...

Jenny Null comes home

PARKERSBURG — The last memory new Parkersburg South athletic director Jenny Null had as a member of the Patriots’ faculty came shortly after she’d boxed up her classroom for the final time following the 2018 school year. Principal Betsy Patterson stopped by and wished Null good luck in ...

Marshall’s Ian Domenick hard at work improving for 2020

PARKERSBURG — Ian Domenick continues to try and do his thing as a runner for Marshall University, but nothing worth having ever comes ea sy. The 2018 Parkersburg High School graduate, who won the 1600 at the Class AAA state track meet as well as earning all-state honors in cross country as ...

Ritchie’s Kent Bee taking his talent to Division I Marshall Univ.

ELLENBORO — A runner all of his life, Ritchie County’s Kent Bee is going to be doing more of the same later this year at Marshall University. The Rebel, who secured the PROMISE Scholarship, is going to run cross country for the Thundering Herd and also compete in track. “They don’t ...

BENNETT: Moving on but never forgotten

Influential people are often remembered for a myriad of reasons. Someone doesn’t have to be a sports figure to be a leader of people. I know when I was younger I had a lot of great teachers who probably never got enough credit for shaping the lives of so many students. On Sunday, I ...

Patriot gridders back at work

PARKERSBURG — After taking the helm of the Parkersburg South football team last year, Nathan Tanner and his staff got to work pretty quickly. Despite dealing with a COVID-19 pandemic, the Patriots are back at it as far as conditioning under the current guidelines. A 9-1 regular season ...

CLASS AAA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: PHS anxious for Phase II

PARKERSBURG — It’s not exactly time just yet for down, set, hut on the turf at Stadium Field. In fact, Big Red head football coach Mike Byus is currently away for a little rest and relaxation on vacation. Even if the fourth-year leader of the red and white were around, footballs still ...

Jillian Middleton continues to prepare for Ashland

MARIETTA — After earning All-Ohio First Team honors last season, Marietta High softball pitcher Jillian Middleton couldn’t have foreseen her chance to repeat the feat taken away so swiftly and suddenly. Her pitching numbers from the 2019 fall league with AAU team Outlaw Parsons pointed ...

CALLAWAY JUNIOR TOUR ROOKIE LEAGUE: Minibel hosted second stop

VIENNA — Mt. Zion’s Jude Walker was the only solo winner during Saturday’s second Callaway Junior Tour Rookie League series stop at Minibel Par 3. Thanks in part to pars on No. 5 and No. 9, Walker finished with a 38 to capture the double-A division title. During the first event at ...

Eventful afternoon: John Ridenour gets an ace at Senior Series

ELIZABETH — The fifth event of the West Virginia Golf Association’s Senior Series had a little bit of everything Thursday at Mingo Bottom Golf Club. John Ridenour had an ace, Morgantown’s Dick Bolen won the Gold Division (age 70+) by shooting an even par 72, Hurricane’s John Duty used ...

Brian Haines taking on new challenge at Appalachian St.

PARKERSBURG — Two decades ago Brian Haines graduated from Williamstown High School and then continued his gridiron career at Marietta College. To say Haines eats, breathes and sleeps football is far from an understatement and now he’s doing it for Appalachian State University as the ...

Wirt County softball forced to ‘kind of’ start over in 2021

ELIZABETH — As Wirt County needed to replace Class A all-state first-team catcher Skylar Bogan, along with six other three- or four-year starters, the odds were stacked against the Tigers headed into the 2019 campaign. In fact, many of their replacements made debuts on the small diamond over ...

Blake McMullen ready for next level

PARKERSBURG — Blake McMullen was eyeing a spot on the Class AAA first team all-state baseball squad this spring. The Parkersburg South shortstop, who is headed to West Virginia Wesleyan, fell victim like everyone else to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following his junior campaign, it was off to ...

Wood County Legion anxious for season

PARKERSBURG — The anticipation of finally playing a baseball game continues to build for Wood County Legion. Unable to manage American Legion Parkersburg Post 15, skipper Mike Goodwin has a 15-member squad he’s trying to get ready for Saturday’s 1 p.m. twinbill at Meigs County. “Well, ...

Ritchie’s Kayla Holbrook ready for challenges at Alderson Broaadus

ELLENBORO — Ritchie County’s Kayla Holbrook didn’t begin her senior year thinking she would be at college before graduating from high school. However, the two-sport athlete who earned six letters as a Rebel in volleyball and softball indeed will get to experience just that. “It’s ...