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Mid-Ohio Valley Prep Basketball Statistical Leaders

Mid-Ohio Valley Basketball Leaders BOYS SCORING AVERAGE 22.0 - Logan Brookover (Frontier) 21.7 - Jadyn Stewart (Braxton) 21.5 - Bede Lori (Caldwell); Rye Gadd (Webster) 21.2 - Brayden Miller (Roane) 20.0 - Grant Barnhart (SM); Patrick Copen (Catholic) 18.8 - Malaki Sylvia ...

History at West Lib

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. —The Mountain East Conference began competition in 2013. In men’s basketball, no MEC team had ever won both the conference regular season championship and the tournament championship. That changed this season when head coach Ben Howlett’s West Liberty Hilltoppers ...

Catholic girls celebrate 26-0 just in case

PARKERSBURG — Will the WVSSAC and the state board of education allow the high school basketball state and regional tournaments to resume or won’t they? This question, as well as others surrounding COVID-19, continues weighing heavily on the minds of many of the still alive coaches around ...

Local basketball teams unsure of the future

PARKERSBURG —The sports world is at a standstill. The spread of COVID-19 is to blame for a myriad of economic and societal issues, and the current postponement of the West Virginia State Basketball Tournaments is no exception. Following suit behind other states and sports organizations, ...

Trinity Bancroft scores 35, Titans top Knights in opener

CHARLESTON — If a young Gilmer County team was nervous playing in its first state tournament game, there were no signs Thursday morning in a 75-63 Class A state quarterfinal win over sixth-seeded Wheeling Central. Even after watching its early 12-6 lead evaporate in a 15-4 second-quarter ...

Madeline Huffman sets assists record in Catholic triumph

CHARLESTON — The Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center rarely cozies up to any team when it comes to hitting baskets during the state tournament. The rims are unforgiving and more than one deserving has been sent home after an off shooting day or night. Yet, Parkersburg Catholic ...

State basketball tournaments postponed due to COVID-19 concerns

By DAVID STATMAN dstatman@journal-news.net CHARLESTON — Just one day after West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission Executive Director Bernie Dolan said that the state basketball tournaments would proceed as planned, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice reversed ...

Historic time in sports

Not sure what the silver lining is just yet with this whole coronavirus COVID-19 ongoing situation, but perhaps at some point there will be one. I sure can’t come up with any off the top of my head though. It’s hard to fathom less than 48 hours ago as I type this I watched Parkersburg ...

PHS advances to semis

CHARLESTON — One down, two to go. PHS moved a step closer to its third straight state title Wednesday night inside the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center. Aleea Crites tallied a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds, along with four assists and three blocks, Maddi Leggett ...

’Jackets rout Van 74-50

WILLIAMSTOWN — The mantra of the 2019-20 Williamstown Yellowjackets is to spread the ball and make opponents defend multiple shooters. They used that method to punch their ticket to Charleston. Xavier Caruthers led the maroon and gold with 17, as Peyton Amrine (16 points) and Eli Inman (13 ...

Catholic plays Tucker County in quarterfinals

PARKERSBURG — Returning to the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center for the third year in a row, No. 2 Parkersburg Catholic will be facing off against a familiar foe in No. 7 Tucker County in the Class A state girls quarterfinal at 1 p.m. today. Coming into the state tournament ...

St. Marys ready for tall task against St. Joe

PARKERSBURG — With one year left in Class A basketball, Huntington St. Joe and head coach Shannon Lewis are looking to go out like they usually do, on top. The defending state champions and top-seeded 22-1 Irish open play at 5:30 p.m. today in Charleston against No. 8 seed St. Marys, which ...

Wheeling Central edges St. Marys for state berth

WHEELING — Championship teams are able to make the plays when the game is on the line. Wheeling Central did just that Wednesday night, displaying unwavering poise in the final minutes to pull out a hard-earned 71-67 win over a quality St. Marys squad on Skip Prosser Court before a large and ...

Magnolia tops Cameron, going to states

NEW MARTINSVILLE — The Magnolia basketball team left its heart on its home court Wednesday night but took the nets with them. After watching a 13-point halftime lead dwindle to a deadlocked dual in the fourth quarter, the Blue Eagles showed the grit of a champion and pulled off a 47-42 ...

Knights take down Big Reds in regional co-final

ONA — Chandler Schmidt, Dominic Schmidt and Palmer Riggio get their fair share of attention for the Cabell Midland High School boys basketball team. Better not go to sleep on 6-foot-4 K.K. Siebert or 6-9 Sean Marcum. They can inflict their fair share of damage on opponents, and they showed ...

PHS opens state tourney play with Spring Mills

PARKERSBURG — Immortality is in sight for the Parkersburg High School girls’ basketball team. Three wins over the next four days awards PHS head coach Scott Cozzens and his Big Reds with a third straight state championship. It is a feat accomplished just one other time in the history of ...

Gilmer to take on tournament-tested Central in 1st round

CHARLESTON — Action from the girls’ state basketball tournaments is almost underway from the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center, and one contest in the Class A side of things pits two teams against each other in a big 3-6 matchup. When No. 3 Gilmer County meets No. 6 Wheeling ...

Plankenhorn to perform at Artsbridge Saturday

PARKERSBURG — Jeff Plankenhorn will perform at the Mid Ohio Valley Americana Music Series’ first show of 2020 at Artsbridge in Parkersburg on Saturday. Plankenhorn is a Texas singer-songwriter-producer-multi-instrumentalist. “Plank,” as he is affectionately called by his musical ...