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May 20, 2013
Times Leader
SPORTS?ARE?seemingly the lifeblood for Ohio Valley residents. You’ll be hard pressed to find a lit football stadium on fall Friday and Saturday nights that isn’t jam-packed with fans, eager to cheer on their local high school football team. Those same fans are at it again Saturday, watching or traveling to tailgate at college football games. The Ohio State Buckeyes and West Virginia Mountaineers both have loyal fanbases on both sides of the river. Then come Sunday, the battle between Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers’ fans is well-known far and wide. From youth sports up through the pros, Ohio Valley residents love their sports, both to play and watch.

• Belmont County All Fore Fun: 50570 National Rd. E., St. Clairsville: All Fore Fun boasts a unique miniature golf layout and is dubbed the “most spectacular miniature golf course in the Tri-State Area.” More than just mini golf, All Fore Fun also operates batting cages, an arcade and a snack bar. Phone: (740) 695-6191. Crooked Creek Golf Course: 66320 Belmont-Morristown Rd., Belmont. Crooked Creek has been around since 1995 and features 18 hole of golf on its picturesque course. The facility’s driving range is open daily. Phone: (740) 782-1695. Fairway River Links: Off Ohio 7, Rayland. Fairway River Links golf course in Rayland boats 18 holes of Par 70 golf. The course has changed ownership through the years, formerly known as the Mazeroski Course. It’s battled flooding from the Ohio River yet keeps coming back, strong as ever. The facility boasts an eatery and full-service pro shop. Phone: (740) 859-6510. Website: Ohio Valley Baseball League: Various towns in Ohio/West Virginia: The Ohio Valley Baseball League is an adult wooden bat baseball league that begins play in May and carries on throughout the summer in towns in both Ohio and West Virginia. The 11 teams comprising the OVBL include: Barton, Maynard, Neffs, Shadyside, Warren Township and Lafferty in Ohio and the Wheeling Yankees, Wheeling Cardinals, West Liberty, Weirton and Marshall County in West Virginia. Powerline Park: Exit 213, St. Clairsville. Powerline Park is where off-road enthusiasts go to test their mettle. The roughly 1,000 acres of off-roading excitement is the place to be during Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends as thousands of participants flock to the grounds for off-roading, mud-bogging excitement. Camping is free for those attending. Phone: (800) 847-3287. Website:

• Tyler County Tyler County Speedway: Middlebourne, W.Va. Dirt track racing at its finest, the Tyler County Speedway’s racing lineup begins and April and concludes with the season championship in August. Two races are held following the championship, including the annual Dickson Classic to close out the racing season. Phone: (304) 758-2660. Website:

• Ohio County Edgar Martin Classic: Tournament headquarters, Wheeling, W.Va. Established in 1989, the Edgar Martin Beast of the East Classic is the annual aluminum bat baseball tournament with three age groups pitting some of the best players and teams from the eastern half of the United States against one-another during a four-day stretch in early July. Recently a 12-and-under division was added to the tournament, further adding to the excitement. Wheeling Nailers: Wesbanco Arena, Wheeling, W.Va.: The Wheeling Nailers are the Class AA affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, playing hockey in the ECHL. Phone: (304) 234-4625. Website: Wheeling Area Hockey Association: Like its warmer-weather counterpart, the Wheeling Area Hockey Association (WAHA) is the driving force in youth hockey in the Ohio Valley. Young boys and girls from ages 4 through high school age can complete on teams, both in recreational divisions and on travel teams. Website: Wheeling Area Soccer Association: Wheeling, W.Va. WASA is the main soccer organization in the Ohio Valley, hosting leagues for kids as young as age 4 all the way up through high school age in both the fall and spring. WASA utilizes both recreational leagues and also fields a travel team, the FC Wheeling United. It started in 1980. Website: Rudy Mumley OVAC?All-Star Charity Football Classic: Wheeling, W.Va. It’s the annual David vs. Goliath battle between high school football all-stars from Ohio and West Virginia that is the official kickoff of the high school football season in the Ohio Valley. Wheeling Island Stadium plays host to this football extravaganza that comes complete with the McDonald’s OVAC?All-Star band, Queen of Queens pageant, OVAC?All-Star Cheerleaders and many more features and activities. Website: Super Six Football Championships: Wheeling, W.Va. Since the 1994 season, the Super Six Football Championships, the state title games for Class A, AA and AAA?of West Virginia high school football have been played at Wheeling Island Stadium. While the OVAC?All-Star Game is the official kickoff, the Super Six puts the cap on the high school football season locally by allowing fans to catch state-title games in their own backyard.



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