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St. Marys just a win away from Charleston

ST. MARYS — The No. 4 St. Marys Blue Devils (11-1) are a win away from a berth in the Class A state championship, so what’s the message head coach Jodi Mote wants to send to his team? Just focus. Mote has been here before, as SMHS has clinched a spot in the Super Six three times under him. ...

Marietta hospitals bar visitors amid COVID outbreak

MARIETTA — Another consequence of rising coronavirus cases in the fall surge have hit the Mid-Ohio Valley. In Marietta, Memorial Health System has announced it is operating under new visitor restrictions and is allowing no visitors at this time, with few exceptions. Total hospitalizations ...

Football series moved to UC

The West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission state football championships, which have been held at Wheeling Island Stadium since 1994, will return to Charleston for 2020 because of COVID-19 coronavirus restrictions. Commission Executive Director Bernie Dolan announced Friday ...

Parkersburg’s Anna Umpleby signs to play volleyball at Alderson Broaddus

PARKERSBURG — Anna Umpleby, Parkersburg High’s senior volleyball masher, announced her decision Wednesday at the YMCA to continue her career as a student-athlete for Alderson Broaddus University. A four-year letterwinner for Big Red boss Erin Thorpe, Umpleby will take her talents to ...

Philip Barbour’s Alyssa Hill named Class AA captain

CLARKSBURG — Shady Spring and Philip Barbour played a five-set thriller for the Class AA volleyball title two weeks ago. That’s a scenario that could play out again next season and possibly for two more seasons, as both teams featured youthful key players this past season. With that in ...

Mike Kellar, Glenville State football team are managing

GLENVILLE — The middle of November was supposed to mark Glenville State College’s last regular season football contest for senior day against West Virginia Wesleyan at Morris Stadium. Of course, the Pioneers of second-year head coach Mike Kellar have been in the same boat as many college ...

ALBRIGHT: Webster County’s Sydney Baird is must-see this season

A young Webster County girl showed a flair for the game of basketball from the time she was four-foot-six and playing with boys in AAU tournaments. During her first few contests, her enjoyment was plain to see. Smiles and a willingness to go up against the boys signaled she was right at home ...

Ravenswood’s Annie Hunt inks with Wheeling

RAVENSWOOD — Annie Hunt owned plenty of worries that her opportunity to play basketball in college might never roll around. Her hopes took a hit when she tore her ACL. Then a second wave of doubt swept in when she missed her entire sophomore season. And still another when COVID-19 invaded ...

MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: WVU heading in right direction

In the eight years since WVU joined the Big 12, Mountaineer fans have been accustomed to weekly shootouts which became the norm of conference play. During the tenure of Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia won 33 conference games, but only four of those were achieved by scoring less than 28 points. ...

St. Marys survives: Blue Devils outlast Midland Trail, 52-49

ST. MARYS — In a game where St. Marys head coach Jodi Mote didn’t expect a shootout, his Blue Devils edged out Midland Trail in a 52-49 contest which saw plenty of offense generated. The win on Sunday afternoon loomed large, as the No. 4 Blue Devils (10-1) advance to take on Pendelton ...

Rebels headed to Wheeling

CHARMCO — Coming into Saturday’s Class A quarterfinal matchup between Greenbrier West and Ritchie County, the objective was clear - win and move one step closer to reaching the Class A championship. By halftime, the stakes changed - win and you’re in the Class A championship. ...

Resilient Dennis back on court for Warren

VINCENT — Warren High School senior Seth Dennis is just glad to be back on the basketball court. After coming off the bench and lettering as a freshman for Warrior head coach Blane Maddox, Dennis started at point guard as a 10th-grader and was expected to return to that role last year. “I ...

11 Cadets named 1st team all-district

A collection of high-quality players, along with some outstanding coaching, powered the Fort Frye football team to the Division VI state semifinals this season. Eleven of those players were recognized Saturday, earning first team All-East District honors, and head coach Eric Huck was named the ...

2020 Mid-Ohio Valley Football Leaders

2020 MID-OHIO VALLEY FOOTBALL LEADERS SCORING Name, school TD FG 2 1 PTS Gus Morrison, Ritchie 25 0 11 0 172 Garrett Parsons, Wirt 18 0 0 0 108 Brennan Boron, SM 17 0 0 0 102 Tyler Cox, Braxton 15 0 0 0 90 Joey Ramsey, Ripley 15 0 0 0 90 Bryson Singer, PHS 15 0 0 0 90 Tre Moss, SM 14 0 ...

Rebekah Rupert Rules: Rebel named LKC volleyball player of the year

PARKERSBURG — Ritchie County’s Rebekah Rupert was recognized by league volleyball coaches as the Little Kanawha Conference’s Player of the Year. “It’s a great honor, especially in the LKC. It’s so competitive,” said Rebel head coach Matt Carpenter. “She’s only a sophomore. ...

St. Marys wants to seize opportunity

ST. MARYS — Three-time defending Class A state champion Wheeling Central’s elimination from the Class A playoff field, due to the COVID-19 numbers in Ohio County, has created an opportunity for the rest of the classification. Some teams have a chance to claim their first state title, others ...

Ritchie County has tall task in Greenbrier West

ELLENBORO — The No. 7 Ritchie County Rebels are a win away from the Class A state football semifinals, and a road trip to Greenbrier West stands in their way. The Rebels (9-2) took care of business last week with a 16-7 victory against Wirt County in the first round. Unlike most teams in ...

Big Reds’ football season comes to heartbreaking end

PARKERSBURG — Like a lot of leaders in 2020, Parkersburg High School head football coach Mike Byus wonders what could’ve been. The Big Reds were able to finish the regular season with a 6-2 record and earn Byus’ group their fourth straight postseason appearance, which like the end of ...

Yellowjackets’ Chris Beck enjoys solid first year at football helm

WILLIAMSTOWN — Following an influx of positive coronavirus cases in Wood County, the 2020 football season for the Williamstown Yellowjackets is over. The ‘Jackets were slated to host Tolsia in the first round of the Class A playoffs, but now their season ends at 5-2 as the No. 6 seed. Last ...