Local Sports

’Jackets hold on to beat Tolsia, advance to state

FORT GAY, W.Va. — Williamstown head coach Scott Sauro knew Thursday night’s Class A, Region IV co-final at Tolsia wasn’t going to be easy. Thanks to a solid all-around team performance and some clutch foul shooting, the Yellowjackets knocked off the host Rebels from Wayne County, 64-59, ...

Cade Ullman’s 44 leads Catholic to victory

PARKERSBURG — A career-high 44 points from Cade Ullman lifted the Parkersburg Catholic Crusaders to a 59-53 win over the Tug Valley Panthers in Thursday night’s Class A, Region IV co-final. In what was a game of runs, the Crusaders had to rely on their playmakers down the stretch. The ...

St. Marys tops Cameron, clinches state berth

ST. MARYS, W.Va. — The St. Marys Blue Devils denied the Cameron Dragons their first state tournament appearance, making short work by drilling a dozen 3s and shooting 41 percent from deep to finish with an 84-55 Class A, Region I co-final win Thursday and reaching the state tourament for the ...

Morgan girls fall to Wheelersburg on buzzer-beating 3 in regional semifinal

LOGAN — Wheelersburg junior Lani Irwin made just one shot in Wednesday night’s Division III regional semifinal at Logan High School against the Morgan Raiders. That lone make proved to be the game-winner as Irwin banked in a 3-pointer as the final buzzer sounded, giving the Pirates a ...

VanderWal remembers Rock Island well

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — Jon VanderWal remembers his last trip to Rock Island well. The Marietta College head coach traveled with his team to Augustana College for the NCAA Division III Sweet 16 in 2015. The Pioneers defeated St. Olaf to advance to the Elite Eight, the deepest tournament run in ...

Warren’s Peyten Kellar seeks 126-pound state championship

VINCENT — As OHSAA Division II’s top-ranked wrestler in the 126-pound weight class, Warren High sophomore Peyten Kellar is hoping to become the school’s third individual state champion this upcoming weekend in Columbus. All the grappling action is scheduled to start at 2 p.m Thursday at ...

Catholic cruises in first round at state tournament, 70-54

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Parkersburg Catholic knew what to expect at the state tournament after an eye-opening experience in the first half of a Class A opening-round loss to Summers County one year ago inside the Charleston Civic Center. The Crusaderettes’ second consecutive visit to the ...

Single-A state tourney berths at stake for W.Va. boys teams

PARKERSBURG — Before tonight is over, the field for next week’s Class A state basketball tournament in Charleston will be set. Five Little Kanawha Conference programs will do battle starting at 7 p.m. today in co-regional finals with only Tyler Consolidated and Williamstown going on the ...

Cadets edged out by top-seeded Garaway in district semi

CAMBRIDGE — Fort Frye was a handful for top-seeded Sugarcreek Garaway. But the fifth-seeded and upset-minded Cadets came up short, dropping a 55-50 decision to the Pirates Tuesday night in an OHSAA Division III boys’ basketball semifinal at Cambridge High. “It was a really good game, ...

Catholic ready for state rematch

PARKERSBURG — Everything seemed to be going in the right direction for last year’s Parkersburg Catholic Crusaderettes. The undefeated PC team is headed to the first round of the Class A West Virginia State Basketball Tournament to face the Summers County Bobcats. That’s when the 2017-18 ...

‘Doink’ and other things at the BanJo

Marietta College fan Barry Taylor, who was sitting with Cathy Binegar behind press row, yelled out to yours truly during second-half action at Fenton Court Saturday night. He had to holler, because the BanJo was so alive, so noisy. “Do you know what the record is for fouls in a game?” ...

BORICH HONORED

The only senior on Fort Frye’s roster, Morgan Borich played a major role in the Cadets’ run to the district finals this season. Borich, who averaged 13.3 points per game for the Dan Liedtke-coached Cadets, was one of four Fort Frye girls who earned Division IV All-East District honors over ...

How sweet it is for MC

After Marietta College got a double-digit lead on Arcadia University late in the first half, it never dipped below 10 points again. With a Sweet 16 berth on the line, the nationally-ranked Pioneers took care of business, defeating the Knights of Pennsylvania, 88-76, Saturday night in an NCAA ...

Waterford boys advance to the district final, 56-43

ATHENS — Waterford High played with a lot of confidence. Relying on ball movement and capitalizing on turnovers, the third-seeded WHS Wildcats downed the seventh-seeded Whiteoak Wildcats, 56-43, Sunday night in an OHSAA Division IV District semifinal boys’ basketball game at the Ohio ...

Raiders win first district title in program history

BYESVILLE — The Morgan High School girls basketball team took home its first ever district championship Saturday. The Raiders defeated Bellaire 46-44 in a Division IV district final at Meadowbrook to advance to the “Sweet 16.” They’ll play in the regional semifinals Wednesday at ...

Cadets edged in district final by Shadyside, 46-44

CAMBRIDGE — Saturday’s Division IV district final between Fort Frye and Shadyside came down to the wire. With the Tigers holding a 46-44 lead in the final seconds, the Cadets got a shot off at the buzzer but it was off the mark as Shadyside held on to advance to the “Sweet 16.” Fort ...

Cadets complete epic comeback

BEVERLY — It took Fort Frye all of eight minutes to dig themselves a 17-point hole in Friday night’s Division III Sectional final against the visiting Coshocton Redskins. Incredibly, it took the Cadets just over five minutes to erase the deficit and take the lead as they went on to claim ...

Warren boys fall to Jackson in district semifinal, 42-32

ATHENS — Warren High got swatted. The third-seeded Warriors just had too many shots contested and blocked in a 42-32 setback to second-seeded Jackson High Friday night in an OHSAA Divison II district semifinal boys’ basketball game at the Ohio University Convocation Center. “Yes, they ...

Catholic beats ’Jackets for title

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Catholic Crusaders battled through a deliberately slow Williamstown Yellowjacket attack to win 28-27 in the Class A, Region IV, Section I championship game on Friday. The game’s score, which sounds like more of a football score, featured gridiron-style ...