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Fort Frye’s Dan Liedtke a finalist for OVAC Coach of the Year

And then there were five. That is all that remains in the quest to be named the 2020 OVAC Coach of the Year, which will be presented Thursday as part of the virtual OVAC Banquet of Champions. The Coach of the Year Award, which has been given annually since 1969, recognizes the fall and ...

Williamstown’s Dawson Reynolds went out on top

WILLIAMSTOWN — Dawson Reynolds remembers vividly the final moments of his high school track career. As a junior for Williamstown, Reynolds was the third leg on the Yellowjackets’ 4x400 relay team which qualified for state. With Ritchie County and Magnolia also in the mix, the race was ...

OHSAA to expand football playoffs in 2021

COLUMBUS — During its May meeting Wednesday afternoon, the Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors voted unanimously to expand the OHSAA football playoffs from eight schools per region to 12 beginning in the 2021 season. The 9-0 affirmative vote was given to a recommendation ...

Callaway Junior Tour season approaching

PARKERSBURG — When the calendar turns to June in the Mountain State that means it’s time for junior golf. Despite having to deal with continued concerns from the COVID-19 pandemic, things appear to be in good shape for this year’s Callaway Junior Tour. Chris Slack, tournament director ...

Parkersburg Catholic’s Aaliyah Brunny eager to compete again

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg Catholic three-sport standout Aaliyah Brunny is as ready as anyone to get back to normal. However, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic definitely has been a thorn in her side. “We just got told we’ll be finished on the 22nd and we don’t have to take finals so ...

BACF canceled: All-Star football, basketball games lost to COVID-19

PARKERSBURG — The 27th annual Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis All-Star Football Classic and the annual basketball games pitting West Virginia against Ohio have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The boys and girls basketball games were originally scheduled for April 10 and had been ...

Versatility is Key: PC girls can absorb loss of leader Madeline Huffman

PARKERSBURG — Marty Vierheller’s Parkersburg Catholic girls basketball’s well-oiled machine ran through point guard Madeline Huffman the last three seasons. Her leadership not only helped the Crusaderettes to a collective 97-3 record over the 100 games of her high school career, but it ...

Catholic’s Jalen Brunny will throw at W.Va. Wesleyan

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

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 ...

Hitting Pause: Long state tourney wait lengthens for St. Marys girls’ hoops

ST. MARYS — An already long wait now continues for the St. Marys’ girls basketball team. After a four-year absence from the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center for the final games of the season and with mere hours left on the clock until the Blue Devils returned to the Class A state ...

Burrow shares similarities with another Ohio star

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 ...

WHS grad Sparks enjoying South Dakota life

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 ...

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 ...