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Ritchie County’s Krista Davis off to Davis and Elkins

ELLENBORO — Ritchie County’s Krista Davis learned one of the keys to becoming a good golfer at an early age. “I got better the more I practiced,” she said. A member of the Rebels’ Class A state runner-up team this past fall, Davis is set to continue her career as a student-athlete ...

Now’s the time for youth golf

When it comes to the game of golf, everyone has to start somewhere. For area parents who are trying to get their child involved in a lifelong sport, there’s no better time than the present. The West Virginia Golf Association’s Callaway Junior Tour Rookie League kicks off at 2:30 p.m. ...

Luke Cooper reflects on time at WLU

PADEN CITY — Former three-sport Paden City High School standout Luke Cooper is full speed ahead when it comes to the next chapter of his life. Going from the proverbial big man on campus as a Wildcat to a baseball player at West Liberty University, Cooper wasn’t able to have the exact ...

Parkersburg South’s Colin Bryant headed to Wesleyan for baseball

PARKERSBURG — Baseball coaches know the importance of having quality left-handed pitchers on their staff. Veteran West Virginia Wesleyan skipper Randy Tenney got a pretty good one last month when Parkersburg South’s Colin Bryant opted to become a Bobcat. Bryant, who was set to be a ...

Local baseball coaches form Washington County league

Even though the spring sports high school season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, local prep baseball coaches have come up with a way for their players to get back on the field. Warren coach Ryan Lemley, Marietta coach Josh McKitrick, Waterford coach Doug Huffman and Frontier coach ...

Gage Fiore prepared for next step

PARKERSBURG — Gage Fiore is ready for whatever it takes to get a shot at playing time in his first season for West Liberty University head football coach Roger Waialae. The first team all-Mountain State Athletic Conference linebacker, who was a three-year two-way starter for Parkersburg Big ...

Roane’s Paul Burdette was ready for BACF game

PARKERSBURG — Roane County’s Paul Burdette was as anxious as anyone for the 27th annual Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis All-Star Football Classic. After all, the Raider head coach led the Mountain State squad to a 24-7 victory back in 2016, which marked the last triumph for the ...

Frontier’s Russ Morris was looking to have fun with Ohio all-stars

NEW MATAMORAS, Ohio — Russ Morris was all set to coach in the Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis All-Star Football Classic for the second time before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the game’s cancellation. Morris, Frontier’s head football coach, last coached in the BACF game in ...

South grad Allison Currey running into life

PARKERSBURG — Distance runner Allison Currey was ready for her final spring season of track at Otterbein University. An all-Ohio Athletic Conference honoree as both a student and athlete, the 2016 Parkersburg South graduate was coming off her strongest cross country season to ...

Mike Goodwin set to lead Wood County Legion team

PARKERSBURG — Will the COVID-19 pandemic rule the summer? Mike Goodwin, who normally at this time is leading Parkersburg Post 15 on the diamond, sure is hoping that’s not the case. Despite being behind the state of Ohio in terms of a start date, it appears baseball is on the way ...

Ripley’s Carter Casto inks with Midway

RIPLEY — Carter Casto worked tirelessly to get where he is now. The Ripley basketball standout “was pretty bad at basketball coming in to high school,” he said. “I just spent a lot of time in the gym every year and got better.” That’s the kind of player Midway University men’s ...

Working overtime

Prep coaches in the Mid-Ohio Valley aren’t leading their respective teams for the paycheck. Rather, they often coach for the love of the game, their players and the program. Nowhere was that more evident than with now ex-Parkersburg Catholic head boys basketball coach Rob Strcula. Aside ...

Left Hanging: South softball had good chance to erase 2019 ending

PARKERSBURG — Perhaps no Class AAA softball group experienced a rougher ending to last season than Parkersburg South. After the Patriots played their best game of the season in the Region IV Section 1 tournament opener against Ripley, the chance to send rival Parkersburg High home for the ...

Rob Strcula steps down at Catholic

PARKERSBURG — Following a nine-year run at Parkersburg Catholic High School, head boys basketball coach Rob Strcula has stepped down. “It was not an easy decision,” he said. “It was hard, but I’m walking away from the game and walking toward something I’m excited about. I can ...

Big Red Noah Inboden set to wrestle at NCAA Division II Coker

PARKERSBURG — Noah Inboden only spent one year as a Parkersburg Big Red, but he’s more than grateful for the time he had. After qualifying thrice for the Ohio state wrestling tournament as a Nelsonville-York Buckeye, Inboden moved to town and finished as the Class AAA 152-pound state ...

Mingo Bottom trio: Owners share fond memories of golf course

ELIZABETH — Golf isn’t so much just a game for the boys these days. Even though it’s estimated nearly a quarter of all golfers are female, the percentage of women golf course owners pales in comparison. Mingo Bottom Golf Club isn’t part of that vast minority thanks to owners Sandy ...