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Warren runner Pate to attend Ohio Northern University

VINCENT —Warren senior Justin Pate prides himself on his endurance as a distance runner, and now, his endurance helped him commit to run track and cross country at Ohio Northern University. While at ONU, Pate will study engineering. He said the school’s engineering program was the biggest ...

Rebels run by ‘Jackets

ELLENBORO — With leading scorer Rebekah Rupert dealing not only with foul trouble but a stifling defensive effort from Williamstown after the first quarter, Ritchie County needed someone to step up. Minus their most decorated offensive player, the Rebels were looking at yet another potential ...

Wheeling Park returns home with hard-fought win over PHS

PARKERSBURG — Despite the rumors that the Parkersburg High girls were going to be down this year, Wheeling Park head coach Ryan Young still expected a battle from the host Big Reds Saturday afternoon at PHS Memorial Fieldhouse. After his Patriots survived a fourth-quarter rally for a 60-53 ...

Crusaderettes win Mary ‘O’ championship

PARKERSBURG —The silver anniversary of the Mary ‘O’ Crusaderette Classic saw the hosts play up to the gold standard, when it mattered most. A big third quarter helped PCHS pull away from Robert C. Byrd in a 64-38 effort to win the title. Aaliyah Brunny paced the Crusaderettes with a ...

Warren boys best Waverly for district title

ALBANY — Warren turned up the defense in the second half here Saturday night at Alexander High School and the Warriors punched their ticket to the Sweet 16 by taking out Waverly, 70-55, in a Division II district final. Trey Robertson scored 18 of his game-high 25 points in the first half, ...

Fort Frye ends Tuscarawas Valley, wins first district crown since ’06

BEVERLY — Fort Frye was ready for everything Tuscarawas Valley threw its way. The Cadets studied the film, memorized the scouting report and made sure they were as prepared as they possibly could be for Friday’s Division III district final against the Trojans. The result was a 61-41 ...

Parkersburg Catholic cruises in Mary ‘O’ semi

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg Catholic head coach Marty Vierheller knew Magnolia’s height could cause problems for his Crusaderettes. Sure enough, the Blue Eagles’ Mady Winters scored 25 points with 18 rebounds, while teammate Holland Estep added 10 points and seven boards in their opening ...

PHS girls start strong, beat Woodrow

PARKERSBURG — In a battle of ranked Class AAAA teams here Friday night inside Memorial Fieldhouse, host Parkersburg got a career-high 29 points from Brilynn Florence as the No. 7 Big Reds used a strong defensive effort after the break to secure a 68-63 victory versus No. 4 Woodrow ...

Williamstown girls win big over Tyler in season-opener

WILLIAMSTOWN — Williamstown head girls basketball coach Fred Sauro feels his team has plenty of depth heading into the 2021 season and with the Yellowjackets scheduled to play 14 times in the first 24 days you can bet the veteran head coach is going to use it. Friday night in their delayed ...

Mid-Ohio Valley players represent Ohio’s All-Southeast hoops teams

The Waterford girls and Warren boys are the last remaining local prep basketball teams from the Southeast District, and they are both well represented on the 2021 all-district list. The Waterford girls, who play Peebles in a Division IV regional final at 7 p.m. Saturday at Southeastern High ...

Glenville State downs Notre Dame College in MEC quarterfinal

WHEELING — All season long Glenville State’s big three, John Williams, Hegel Augustin and Nick Edwards, have produced for the Pioneers and the results, for the most part, have been very positive. Friday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the Mountain East Conference Tournament at WesBanco ...

High School Basketball Roundup

BOYS Ravenswood 56, Wirt County 27 ELIZABETH — Ravenswood turned a close 13-10 game after a quarter into a 35-14 halftime edge here Friday night en route to posting a 56-27 road win at Wirt County. The Red Devils, who play host Saturday night to rival Ripley, received 14 points from ...

Parkersburg Catholic gears up for Mary ‘O’ Crusaderette Classic

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg Catholic head girls basketball coach Marty Vierheller might only have 11 players this year, but the Crusaderettes are more than ready for the season. PCHS opened play Wednesday evening by registering a 56-29 victory at Ravenswood behind Leslie Huffman’s game-high ...

Waterford punches ticket to regional final

CHILLICOTHE — Seven weeks ago if you’d have told Jerry Close that Waterford would be advancing to the Division IV regional finals, he’d have called you crazy. Fast-forward to Thursday at Southeastern High School, that’s exactly what Close’s Wildcats did, defeating Newark Catholic ...

Warren downs New Lexington in district semifinal

VINCENT — In what was certainly the final game of the season at the “Warrior Coliseum” and almost certainly the final game ever in the historic gymnasium, the Warren Warriors made it a winning one as they downed New Lexington 58-49 Thursday evening in a Division II district semifinal ...

Warren’s Kellar signs to wrestle at Ohio University

VINCENT — Warren High School senior Peyten Kellar is ready to make a run at the Ohio Division II 152-pound state wrestling championship. On Thursday afternoon, Kellar had a signing ceremony at the school as he made it official to continue his career as a student-athlete for the Ohio Bobcats ...

Fort Frye gives an impressive try against top-ranked Hiland

CAMBRIDGE — When the Fort Frye girls basketball team moved up to Division III before the season, the first thing head coach Dan Liedtke thought of was Hiland. Wednesday at Cambridge High School, the two elite girls basketball programs squared off in a regional semifinal contest with the ...

Parkersburg South grapplers open season with a victory

PARKERSBURG — Gavin Quiocho got the season officially underway on a warm Wednesday inside Rod Oldham Athletic Center as host Parkersburg South celebrated senior night with a 64-18 dual meet victory versus rival Parkersburg. Quiocho, who is seeking a fourth consecutive Class AAA title, ...

BENNETT: Sports and Hoops

It’s been a crazy time in the sports department to say the least. The calendar has reached March already, but the Mountain State is just now starting basketball season, and the crazy part is spring sports will be upon us quite soon. Wrestling finally got going, and it was definitely weird ...

Belpre’s Baker to suit up for Muskingum

BELPRE — An accomplished student-athlete all his own, Connor Baker will continue his playing days at Muskingum University. When he isn’t busy as a tight end on the McConagha Stadium gridiron, Baker looks to continue his academic excellence. As a student who is in the top five of his ...