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Terry Smith enjoyed his time at Williamstown

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WILLIAMSTOWN — Terry Smith wanted to go out on his own terms, but the COVID-19 pandemic didn’t allow that to happen. As he entered his 30th campaign this spring on the baseball diamond at Williamstowh High School, Smith was 18 wins away from victory number 500. “I’ll tell you it’s ...

BENNETT: Chatting with Lou Molinaro

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It’s been more than a month since the 24th annual Vienna River Road Race was canceled by a COVID-19 pandemic. Lou Molinaro, who always brings a smile to my face, is trying to keep his spirits as high as possible. Other than the fact he’s a good guy, maybe the reason I like talking with ...

GSC grid boss Mike Kellar continuing to prepare for return

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GLENVILLE — Like football coaches across the country, Glenville State College second-year head man Mike Kellar is playing the waiting game. A year after going 7-4 overall and 6-4 in the Mountain East Conference, the Pioneer boss was anxious to get the season underway. “The NCAA lets us ...

WVU, Marshall announce fall semester plans

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West Virginia University and Marshall University have announced plans to have their students return to campus for the fall semester. “We have every hope and expectation of safely resuming in-person education in Morgantown, Beckley and Keyser for the fall semester,” WVU President Gordon ...

Parkersburg South’s MacGuire McDuff to swim for Gators

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PARKERSBURG — Another of the city’s talented high school swimmers is extending his career to the collegiate level upon graduation. Parkersburg South junior MacGuire McDuff, the state’s top 2021 swimming recruit according to the recruiting website collegeswimming.com, turned a dream ...

PC’s Jalen Brunny to throw ‘anything’ at W.Va. Wesleyan

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PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg Catholic senior Jalen Brunny is nearly ready to begin his next chapter in life. A two-time Class A state qualifier in the discus for the Crusaders, Brunny didn’t get to see his final season of track this spring materialize. However, he will continue throwing ...

Williamstown boys ‘did some special things’ this season

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WILLIAMSTOWN — The Williamstown boys basketball team entered the 2019-20 season with a clear mission — win championships. There were four specific championships the team had in mind. “Our goal was to win four championships — conference, sectional, regional and state,” said ...

PHS track coach has a heavy heart

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PARKERSBURG — Rod O’Donnell has been around and experienced a lot as an athlete and coach. However, the Parkersburg High School boys head man since 2014 is going through the new normal with everyone else of the COVID-19 pandemic. For the first time since he was 12, O’Donnell isn’t ...

Parkersburg Country Club staying busy during pandemic

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VIENNA — Everyone is doing the best they can under the current circumstances with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and that includes Parkersburg Country Club head golf pro Scott Davidson. “We didn’t know what we were getting into three weeks ago with April and May and looking forward to ...

Trying to keep track

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Sports usually brings out passion. That can come from the participants, the coaches or even scribes. Rod O’Donnell, the boys track coach at Parkersburg High, has done his utmost best through the years to keep track and field as relevant as possible. He still pens a monthly column for ...

Life goes on for South grad Shears

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PARKERSBURG — Life continues to move fast for Ohio State University senior golfer Adeena Shears. The Parkersburg South graduate has nearly completed her degree in human development and family sciences with a minor in childhood education. She will pursue her master’s in early childhood ...

Williamstown grad Derek Sparks enjoying South Dakota life

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PARKERSBURG — Throughout high school and even college, 2009 Williamstown graduate Derek Sparks always has enjoyed being part of a team. After collecting eight combined letters in cross county and track for the Yellowjackets, Sparks went on to compete for Davis & Elkins and earned a ...

Burrow similar to other Ohio star

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Everything Joe Burrow, a kid from Southeast Ohio, has been able to accomplish in the past year is nearly beyond belief. By now, most people around the Mid-Ohio Valley, and all over the country for that matter, are familiar with Burrow’s story. As a high school senior, he led the Athens ...

UC’s Dwaine Osborne confident in Riley Heatherington

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PARKERSBURG — In between the in between. Those words could’ve been said about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Instead they came from former Glenville State College and current University of Charleston head men’s basketball coach Dwaine Osborne when he was describing 2017 Little Kanawha ...

Changes on way for WCCS athletics

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WILLIAMSTOWN — Change is happening within Wood County Christian athletics. Along with joining the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission next season, the Wildcats also will have some new coaches at the helm. In basketball, the boys and girls teams both will have new coaches ...

Crusader Pat Copen didn’t get the ending he desired

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PARKERSBURG — Patrick Copen’s swan song for his career at Parkersburg Catholic didn’t end the way he had hoped. Instead of playing baseball this spring for head coach Tom Harvey and moving on to Marshall University to pitch for the Thundering Herd, he’s been sidelined like fellow ...

South AD Roger Thompson refocuses

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Parkersburg South High School currently has some openings. One of those should be filled in the not too distant future — the head boys basketball coach. Brett Rector recently stepped down to take an assistant job for University of Charleston men’s head basketball coach Dwaine Osborne. ...