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Prep Football: Independence falls in Class AA title game

Wheeling – Independence was a hoping to cap its storybook season with a championship. Unfortunately for the Patriots they ran into a Cinderella that overcame its own adversities. Fairmont Senior became only the second 16 seed in state history to win a Class AA championship (Musselman, 1995), dispatching No. 2...
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Costain Named New OVAC Commissioner

As Doug Costain prepares to officiate this afternoon’s West Virginia Class AAA state championship game, he can’t help but to have some mixed emotions. Costain — a Wheeling resident — will be putting on his white cap for the final time in a 23-year career. But, the 52-year old is more than excited about the new role he’s about to undertake.
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Independence drops Class AA state title game to Fairmont (WITH GALLERY)

WHEELING – Independence coach John H. Lilly felt that the Patriots had answers for Fairmont’s strikes in the Class AA state championship game Friday at Wheeling Island Stadium. Unfortunately for the Patriots, they didn’t have the final one. Germaine Lewis had an answer of his own, scoring on a 38-yard...

16th-seed Fairmont Senior claims W.Va. AA title

WHEELING — Despite their record and playoff seeing, Fairmont Senior proved they are still the team to beat in Class AA as they took down Independence 21-12 Friday night to claim their third state championship. After a 5-4 regular season, Fairmont Senior just made the playoffs as the No. 16...

Super Six a winner for local tourism, eateries

WHEELING, W.Va. — Football fans aren't the only ones happy in the Ohio Valley with the return of the Super Six championship games with thousands on their way into Wheeling. “It's a huge economic impact for this community,” said Frank O’Brien, head of the Wheeling Convention and Visitors Bureau. “A couple million dollars will be spent by these thousands of people."

Patriots have laid groundwork for future success

Wheeling – John H. Lilly looked defeated. The veteran head coach stood alone at the 50-yard line at Wheeling Island Stadium Friday night beside the heap of ice from the gatorade bath Fairmont Senior coach Nick Bartic endured earlier. Minutes removed from one of the most painful experiences of his career, a 21-12 loss in the Class AA championship, he stared off into the distance, reflecting on the evening.

Highlanders ready for wounded Bulldogs

WHEELING — Martinsburg enters Saturday’s Class AAA high school football state championship game without its leading rushers Murphy Clement and Braxton Todd. Does that make the second-seeded Bulldogs (12-1) vulnerable when they take on No. 1 Huntington High (13-0) at noon Saturday at Wheeling Island Stadium? As vulnerable as a wounded pit bull, Highlanders coach Billy Seals said.
Journal & Sunday Journal

State champs again: Martinsburg rolls past Huntington in Class AAA final

WHEELING -- Sully Sullenberger once landed a jet on the Hudson River. Martinsburg landed Hudson Clement on Huntington, leaving the Highlanders sullen on Saturday afternoon. The standout Martinsburg senior scored a record eight touchdowns -- five in the first half -- as the Bulldogs rolled Huntington 62-21 for its fifth Class AAA state championship in six seasons and ninth since 2010 at Wheeling Island Stadium, located in the middle of the Ohio River.
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Clement shines, Martinsburg rolls to 62-21 victory against Huntington

WHEELING, W.Va. — In his last high school football game, Martinsburg senior Hudson Clement rewrote the record books at Wheeling Island Stadium. In turn, the Bulldogs rolled past Huntington for a 62-21 victory, securing their ninth Class AAA championship since 2010. Clement, a senior wideout and defensive back, stole the...

Martinsburg overwhelms Huntington to win Class AAA state championship

WHEELING, W.Va. (WV News) — Usually, a quarterback throwing five touchdown passes is the most notable highlight. Yes, Martinsburg quarterback Ezra Bagent threw for 207 yards and five touchdowns. But Hudson Clement's record-breaking performance on Saturday won't soon be forgotten. Clement scored eight touchdowns — four rushing and four receiving...
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Prep football: Fairmont Senior finishes long road to AA title

WHEELING — After everything Fairmont Senior has been through this season, it didn’t mind wading through a few more bumps in the road, as long as it meant capturing another championship. Germaine Lewis ran for 120 yards and a pair of touchdowns Friday evening and the Polar Bears managed to...