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Life goes on for Ohio State’s Shears

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 ...

Changes coming for Wood County Christian athletics

WILLIAMSTOWN, W.Va. — 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 ...

Crusader Pat Copen reflects on time at Catholic

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 ...

All-OVAC Honors Announced

Fort Frye’s boys and girls basketball teams both won Ohio Valley Athletic Conference titles, as did the Frontier boys. Those three teams rightfully received plenty of recognition when the All-OVAC basketball teams were released earlier this week. The Fort Frye girls, coached by Dan ...

WVSSAC ends sports seasons

PARKERSBURG — W.Va. Governor Jim Justice announcing a permanent end to in-school learning for students this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic nearly put the death knell in high school sports returning for the 2019-20 school year during an early afternoon press conference on Tuesday. WVSSAC ...

Maggie Drazba set new bar at St. Marys, headed to MOV hall

PARKERSBURG — Two names quickly stand out in any discussion of past greats in the storied history of St. Marys High School’s track and field program. If Steve Taylor set the bar for all St. Marys boys’ cross country and track and field athletes after him, then Maggie Drazba undoubtedly ...

Veteran basketball coach Fred Sauro has seen a lot at Williamstown

WILLIAMSTOWN — Winning isn’t everything in sports, but it sure beats losing. Fred Sauro, the girls basketball coach at Williamstown High School, has had more than his fair share of victories during his career. The chance which got away though was his opportunity to coach the ...

St. Marys skipper Ed Wilson rebuilt and raring to go for baseball

ST. MARYS — Ed Wilson was more than ready to get after it this spring for the prep baseball season. The longtime St. Marys High School skipper noted “I got my hip and knee replaced so I don’t have to use the cane anymore so I’m good to go.” Coach Wilson said they used four flex days ...

Marietta College joining #BeTheLight movement

Marietta College is planning to light up the sky in honor of the area’s high school seniors. The college is joining the #BeTheLight movement, an idea which started at Dumas High School in Texas, and will turn on the lights at Don Drumm Stadium and Marietta Field, on opposite sides of Pike ...

Unselfishness helped Mike Hall flourish at Marietta

MARIETTA — Jon VanderWal knew Mike Hall was a special basketball player all the way back in high school when he played for Blane Maddox’s Warren Warriors. The veteran Marietta College men’s hoops coach recalled going to games at the Warrior Coliseum Hall’s senior year in 2015, ...

Bike group hoping for best in coming campaign

PARKERSBURG — Lloyd Roberts, the chair of Bike and Hike Parkersburg, will be hoping for the best on May 5 when www.GiveLocalMOV.org has its 24-hour online-giving campaign. Planning to one day link up with the Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition, which stretches to Lake Erie and eventually ...

ALBRIGHT: Doddridge County’s Reese Burnside working through troubled times

What is a two-time Class A pole vault state champion and two-time All-American in the junior Olympics to do for practice in these troubled times? Of all the spring sports, Doddridge County’s Reese Burnside joins his track and field brethren in the high jump and long jump as those stuck ...

Maddi Swaney ‘just does it’: MHS grad making her mark on the golf world

STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State head women’s golf coach Greg Robertson has an interesting nickname for his top assistant, Maddi Swaney. “We joke that her nickname is ‘Nike,’ because she just does it,” Robertson laughed. Swaney, a 2005 graduate of Marietta High School, does a ...

Reds’ Legends Camp Director Mike Wagner holding out hope for usual dates

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic has been felt all over the world. That includes the world of sports, as major events and leagues have been canceled deep into the summer, from the youth level all the way up to the pros. One person holding out hope is Mike Wagner, director of the ...

Bill Shedd takes over PHS boys soccer

PARKERSBURG — Don Fosselman left behind a high school soccer empire upon his retirement as the head coach of the Parkersburg High boys soccer program after 35 years last November. As he piloted the team to 400 and then 500 cumulative victories, including six state championships, an immense ...

Luke Jackson didn’t leave his heart in Ravenswood

RAVENSWOOD, W.Va. — Very little about Ravenswood graduate Luke Jackson’s first year of higher education strayed into the realm of normal. The Apprentice School’s curriculum differs from the askings of many universities. While Jackson attends multiple trade classes two days a week, this is ...

Frustration: Warren’s Peyten Kellar was confident going into state

VINCENT — Peyten Kellar didn’t hesitate when asked if he felt good about his chances going into the state wrestling meet last month. “Absolutely,” the Warren junior said. Kellar compiled a perfect 48-0 record on the wrestling mat this season, winning an Ohio Valley Athletic ...

Malone’s Turner Hill ended bittersweet season on a high note

Turner Hill made the absolute most of the final at-bat of his junior baseball season at Malone University. In the team’s final game of a Florida trip on March 9, the Pioneers’ leadoff man stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the ninth, the score tied at 11-all against Assumption ...

Transfer going to work out for Devin Hefner at Marietta College

Devin Hefner’s choice could have backfired on her. Brand new people to meet and brand new territory to tread at Marietta College posed quite the challenge. This transfer marked her decision to move to a new college, after all. Add in the facts MC women’s basketball head coach Kole ...

Belpre’s Eli Fullerton anxious to get back on track

BELPRE — Eli Fullerton was really looking forward to the spring track season. The Belpre High School athlete, who attends Belpre Christian, was coming off quite the cross country season. In 2018, Fullerton joined former Golden Eagle standout Breydon Gates as the only BHS thinclads to earn ...