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Calhoun County’s Josie Montgomery ready to lead

MT. ZION — Calhoun County shooting guard Josie Montgomery helped the Red Devils claim the program’s first back-to-back winning seasons in 2020. She is expected to be an even bigger factor this year as head coach Kevin Boak’s LKC East member eyes more history. With the group from Mt. ...

Blue Devils’ Grant Barnhart will draw attention

ST. MARYS — Basketball is a team game and no one understands that more than St. Marys High School junior standout Grant Barnhart. Although he didn’t start as a freshman, Barnhart was a key player for the Blue Devils off the bench as seniors like Dakota Sampson and Isaak Mooney led the ...

Fairmont’s Gage Michael wins JR House Award

FAIRMONT — This bulletin board of achievement wasn’t one of individual statistical benchmarks, team-based goals, or standards of athletic character. It didn’t even have anything to do with football at all. And yet, Fairmont Senior High’s Gage Michael was determined to earn ...

Warriors bounce back

BEVERLY — Fort Frye is a tough place to play for a lot of opposing players and teams. For Joel Chevalier, it’s like a second home. “I love this gym here,” he said. “I always like the environment they bring in here. It’s always a loud environment.” Even with a smaller crowd ...

HUGHES: Williamstown cross country keeps on growing

WILLIAMSTOWN — What can be said that hasn’t already been said about Williamstown cross country? Years at the top for Larry Cassady’s girls and a breakthrough with a state meet appearance in 2020 for Cliff Taylor’s boys give the ‘Jackets plenty to be excited about in 2021 and ...

Simms gets 200th win, as ‘Cats down Southern, 53-47

WATERFORD — An 11-0 spurt in the third quarter along with a balanced scoring effort led by Luke Teters’ game-high 15 points allowed host Waterford to fend off Southern, 53-47, here Tuesday night inside Harry Cooper Annex and give Wildcat head coach Tom Simms career win 200. Southern led ...

Crusaderettes, Titans: Part III?

PARKERSBURG — For the last two seasons, the Little Kanawha Conference girls’ basketball title game consisted of the same two teams and similar outcomes. LKC West champion Parkersburg Catholic beat East champion Gilmer County. Should COVID-19 not force the cancellation of the upcoming ...

Marietta crushes Cambridge, 65-39

Senior Morgan Altenburger tossed in a game-high 17 points to lead four Marietta scorers in double figures as the Lady Tigers rolled to a 65-39 East Central Ohio League win over the visiting Cambridge Lady Bobcats Monday evening at Sutton Gymnasium. The Tigers pulled out to a 20-point ...

Curstin Giffin leads Golden Eagles past Buckeyes

BELPRE — Potential game-tying field goal attempts in the waning seconds by Nelsonville-York’s Kalina Hernandez and Ashleigh Cantrell didn’t fall here early Saturday afternoon as host Belpre survived the Buckeyes, 46-44, to improve to 2-3. Airah Lavy canned six trifectas for visiting ...

Warrior wrestling places 3rd at Hickory Grove

VINCENT —The 2020 Hickory Grove Market Invitational is in the books, and in a year where this wrestling event saw the number of participants was whittled down by dozens, there were still plenty of local grapplers looking to leave an impact on Saturday. Waterford was among the teams unable ...

Warren gets the better of Marietta in overtime, 56-55

VINCENT — A.J. Graham’s potential game-winning corner 3 as time expired for visiting Marietta went off the iron here Friday night as Warren survived the rival Tigers in overtime, 56-55. Seth Dennis led all scorers with 23 points as head coach Blane Maddox’s squad improved to 3-0 with a ...

Late surge powers Fort past Zeps, 52-44

SARAHSVILLE — Undefeated Fort Frye saved the best for last in Friday night’s showdown between themselves and also unbeaten Shenandoah. The Cadets trailed after three quarters but out-pointed the Zeps 19-9 in the final eight minutes of play en route to a 52-44 win at Shenandoah High ...

Class AAA all-state teams announced

CHARLESTON — Coming into this season, South Charleston and Cabell Midland were considered two of the teams to beat in the Mountain State Athletic Conference. That was borne out again when the final playoff ratings were released in Class AAA, with Midland and SC picking up the top two seeds, ...

Behind team effort Fort Frye wins big on senior night, 70-16

BEVERLY — It’s very rare to celebrate Senior night on just the third home game of the basketball season. Wanting to make sure their exceptional senior class was honored regardless of what may lay ahead in the 2020-2021 basketball season, Fort Frye recognized its three seniors Thursday ...

Trimble outlasts Belpre, 66-50

BELPRE — Emily Young went off for a game-high 27 points, Jayne Six had a strong double-double and point guard Laikyn Imler flirted with a triple-double here Thursday night as Trimble head coach Joe Richards’ squad topped Belpre, 66-50, in an early season Tri-Valley Conference Hocking ...

Ritchie’s Rupert set up well for more sporting success

ELLENBORO — Ritchie County sophomore Rebekah Rupert already has made a name for herself in the W.Va. prep sports scene - just a year-and-a-half into her high school career. She’s been named to one All-Little Kanawha Conference First Team in volleyball and basketball, a Class A All-State ...

2 Raiders named second team all-state

CLARKSBURG — “Whoever across the state that can handle this adversity the best, whoever can stay the course is going to have the best opportunity to make a run in the playoffs.” Fairmont Senior coach Nick Bartic said it before the season, and his Polar Bears lived up to it, winning ...

Warren’s Hickory Grove Invite set for Saturday

VINCENT — Second-year Warren High School head wrestling coach Jeff Parsons is ready to get the season underway. That officially will occur starting at 9 a.m. Saturday when the Warriors welcome a strong field to town for the Hickory Grove Invitational. The Warriors, who were supposed to ...

BENNETT: It’s easy to say no

That’s exactly what the governor of the Mountain State, Jim Justice, did last month when he axed winter sports until at least Jan. 11. Needless to say, basketball coaches and other winter sports leaders were none too happy about his executive order. I talked with veteran Ravenswood head ...