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Christina Ullman to defend world powerlifting records at national meet

“Next to the platform is Christina Ullman. This is a state, American, and world record attempt.” Those are words Ullman never expected to hear from a powerlifting meet announcer. At age 49, she didn’t really plan to compete in powerlifting. It just sort of happened. “I was doing ...

Fall sports in West Virginia pushed back

PARKERSBURG — There will be high school sports in West Virginia in the fall, but they won’t be during the usual time frames. West Virginia Secondary School Activities Director Bernie Dolan made the announcement during Gov. Jim Justice’s regular COVID-19 press conference Friday inside ...

Different offseason: High school football teams adjusting to new normal

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to plenty of change in the sports world, and high school football is no different. Marietta’s Jason Schob and Warren’s Matt Kimes are among thousands of high school football coaches around the country who have had to adjust to new offseason guidelines. Both ...

Warren baseball takes down Marietta

VINCENT — Seth Dennis pitched four dominant innings, Brett Gandee clubbed a grand slam and Kurt Taylor displayed a gold glove at first base as Warren defeated Marietta in county league action Thursday. Warren took sole possession of first place in the league standings, improving to 4-0 in ...

Williamstown’s Leewood Molessa making up for lost time

WILLIAMSTOWN — Leewood Molessa is trying to make up for lost time as he prepares to enter his senior year at Williamstown High School. The first-team Class A all-state offensive lineman didn’t get to play baseball this spring for now retired skipper Terry Smith. However, his passion for ...

Kory Science to play college football at Alderson Broaddus

For Kory Science, patience is a virtue. The Marietta High grad helped form a potent 1-2 punch at running back, along with Chase Taylor, for the Tiger football team last fall. Science now will take his talents to Alderson Broaddus, where he plans to continue his football career and major in ...

2020 Weld Games are a success in Marietta

MARIETTA — A quartet of overall champions were crowned following the two-day RX and Scaled Crossfit competition known as the 2020 Weld Games. On Friday night, more than four dozen athletes competed at Marietta College’s Don Drumm Stadium to start everything off. The final events of the ...

Chris Beck and the Yellowjackets back to work

WILLIAMSTOWN — In the past 20 years the Williamstown football program has done a lot of winning. A streak which dates back to the Yellowjackets’ time in Class AA, first-year grid boss Chris Beck is hoping 21 is indeed a lucky number. Whether or not WHS can reach the postseason again ...

Warren Root ready to make waves at Greenhills

RAVENSWOOD, W.Va. — Passion and vision are a pair of traits Warren Root definitely possesses. The director of golf at Greenhills Country Club since early April, Root was able to hit the ground running with his new job and hasn’t slowed down a bit. “I’m actually in charge of the ...

Jillian Middleton back on the mound, preparing for Ashland

MARIETTA — After earning All-Ohio First Team honors last season, Marietta High softball pitcher Jillian Middleton couldn’t have foreseen her chance to repeat the feat taken away so swiftly and suddenly. Her pitching numbers from the 2019 fall league with AAU team Outlaw Parsons pointed to ...

CJT Rookie League Makes Second Stop

VIENNA — Mt. Zion’s Jude Walker was the only solo winner during Saturday’s second Callaway Junior Tour Rookie League series stop at Minibel Par 3. Thanks in part to pars on No. 5 and No. 9, Walker finished with a 38 to capture the double-A division title. During the first event at ...

New challenge: MC grad Brian Haines coaching football at Appalachian St.

PARKERSBURG — Two decades ago Brian Haines graduated from Williamstown High School and then continued his gridiron career at Marietta College. To say Haines eats, breathes and sleeps football is far from an understatement and now he’s doing it for Appalachian State University as the ...

Roping and riding: CJ Crim qualifies for national rodeo competition

BEVERLY — While some kids her age will be relaxing for the summer, CJ Crim will be competing in rodeo on the national stage. Crim was first in breakaway roping and third in team roping at regionals, earning her a berth at nationals. Nationals will take place July 17-23 at Lazy E Area in ...

Summer baseball: U-19 Marietta plays home opener today

Fans who have been craving baseball since March will have a chance to watch U-19 Marietta in action at 5:30 p.m. today when the team plays host to New Martinsville. The club is coached by Larry Hiser, the head coach for Marietta Post 64. Because the legion season was officially canceled due ...

Something New: Callaway Junior Tour Rookie League kicks off with 27 golfers

ELIZABETH, W.Va. — The first three divisional winners of the new Callaway Junior Tour Rookie League were crowned early Saturday evening at Mingo Bottom Golf Club. Although mid-afternoon thunder caused a delay of less than an hour, that didn’t stop Beverly’s Khoen Courson (A), ...

Ty Roush eyes repeat at W.Va. Senior Open

VIENNA — Mason’s Ty Roush needed a 4-under par 68 on the final round at Stonewall Resort last year to win the West Virginia Senior Open championship by a single stroke over three-time champ John Ross. Roush, who is set to tee off at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the opening round of the eighth ...

HITTING PAUSE: St. Marys softball must wait for transition to new coach

ST. MARYS — With no seniors and a new head coach, St. Marys’ softball team wanted at least some version of a season in 2020. Though former Blue Devils’ assistant Lacy Mosser Riggs assumed control of the program, her past experiences with the girls didn’t mean everything as the ...