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Local baseball coaches form Washington County Conference

By Jordan Holland Associate Sports Editor Even though the spring sports high school season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, local prep baseball coaches have come up with a way for their players to get back on the field. Warren coach Ryan Lemley, Marietta coach Josh McKitrick, ...

Frontier’s Russ Morris hoped for a ‘fun’ BACF game

NEW MATAMORAS — Russ Morris was all set to coach in the Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis All-Star Football Classic for the second time before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the game’s cancellation. Morris, Frontier’s head football coach, last coached in the BACF game in 1996. “It’s a ...

West Virginia coach was ready for all-star game

PARKERSBURG — Roane County’s Paul Burdette was as anxious as anyone for the 27th annual Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis All-Star Football Classic. After all, the Raider head coach led the Mountain State squad to a 24-7 victory back in 2016, which marked the last triumph for the ...

Wood County Christian anticipated big spring

WILLIAMSTOWN — While Williamstown High School’s athletic programs consistently find themselves in the spotlight for their hard work and success year in and year out, the Yellowjackets aren’t the only focused prep athletes in the small town. Just a four minute drive and a right turn from ...

Former Catholic coach impacted countless youth

Prep coaches in the Mid-Ohio Valley aren’t leading their respective teams for the paycheck. Rather, they often coach for the love of the game, their players and the program. Nowhere was that more evident than with now ex-Parkersburg Catholic head boys basketball coach Rob Strcula. Aside ...

Rob Strcula steps down as PC boys basketball coach

PARKERSBURG — Following a nine-year run at Parkersburg Catholic High School, head boys basketball coach Rob Strcula has stepped down. “It was not an easy decision,” he said. “It was hard, but I’m walking away from the game and walking toward something I’m excited about. I can spend ...

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 ...