Sports Columns

Repella making positive impact on hoopsters

STEUBENVILLE -- Liz Repella is a winner. Be it in the game of basketball or the game of life, the 2007 Steubenville High valedictorian is a winner. The former Big Red and WVU basketball great is also big on giving back. She wants to make a difference, impacting positively the lives ...

DeFruscio takes on new challenge in Philadelphia

WHEELING -- Jay DeFruscio is heading home. The former Wheeling Jesuit University head men's basketball coach and athletic director is Philadelphia born and bred. To that end, DeFruscio is returning to his roots for his latest career challenge. The personable twice-minted Hall of Famer has ...

Salt Fork Junior Tournament Winners Announced

The annual Salt Fork Junior Golf Tournament was held last Tuesday at Salt Fork State Park Golf Course, which played at par 71 for the event. Winning the title in the 17-18 year old division was Trey Singleton from Meadowbrook. He fired a 76 and was three shots clear of Jacob Feldner and five ...

Becker: HOF career at WVU could have been much better

WHEELING -- The honors continue to roll in for Eddie Becker. Less than a year after being inducted into the OVAC Hall of Fame, the former Wheeling High basketball star has been selected for induction into the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame. Enshrinement ceremonies will take ...

Doerr, O’Brien claim wins at Oglebay’s Miklas event

The Oglebay Park Golf Club held its annual Miklas Meat Market event on June 4 with a field of 102 golders taking part. Joe Doerr won the medal division scoring with a round of 64, which was a shot better than Paul Kurtz. Mike Wetzel was third with a 68 and Jay Davis was fourth with a 69. ...

Basketball camp paying tribute to Phillipson

STEUBENVILLE — Basketball camps are summertime fixtures. Most are associated with a specific school and used as a program fundraiser. Such is not the case with the inaugural Cynthia Basketball Camp. This one is steeped in love and born out of tragedy. Cynthia Phillipson was a promising ...

Belmont Hills C.C. hosts successful holiday event

The Belmont Hills Country Club held its annual Memorial Day event with a full field of participants. Winning the event was the team that consisted of Zach Azallion, Dick Cope, Jake Olsavsky and Donna Melchiori, firing a round of 63. There was a three-way tie for second at a round of 64. ...

Former Wheeling Park hoop standout helping to change lives

WHEELING — The window for athletic greatness can close very quickly. Being a superstar in the game of life has a much longer shelf-life. Ryan Reinbeau is a 20-year-old West Virginia University medical student. He is also a former Wheeling Park High School basketball star who experienced the ...

OFF THE TEE: Elks Lodge Junior Golf Tournament accepting registrations

One of the area’s longest-running youth golf tournaments is just a few weeks away. Plans for the annual Wheeling Elks Lodge #28 Junior Golf Tournament are well under way, according to long-time co-chairman Bob Joseph. “This is a good event because of the camraderie it creates for the ...

Lewicki takes aim at pro ice career

MOUNDSVILLE -- Her brilliant collegiate career is now on ice. Kristin Lewicki, however, is not ready to hang up her skates. The John Marshall High product scripted an All-American hockey career at Adrian College in Michigan. It ended this past March when she led her Bulldogs to the national ...

OFF THE TEE: Wheeling Park Golf Club holds two more tourneys

The Doris L. Kinney Memorial Golf Scramble was held, using a bestball scramble format. The duo of Art Lightner and Roger Kupfer prevailed with a 62. That was two shots better than Gary Mercer and Chris Bommer. Robbie Evans and Doug Miller were third with a 68. Nick Klamut and Bob McLaughlin ...

OVAC hits paydirt with new ASG choice

MARTINS FERRY -- A wise man once said, "It is not the problem, but rather who is solving it." OVAC Executive Secretary Tom Rataiczak and his football committee were delivered a major problem late last month. The conference braintrust needed to find a new home for Rudy Mumley All-Star ...

OFF THE TEE: St. C. Post 159 baseball scramble winners announced

The St. Clairsville American Legion Post 159 baseball team advanced to its second consecutive state tournament last summer. Mike Muklewicz and his squad begin their season next month, but began the process of working toward the season last weekend when they held their inaugural golf scramble ...

Former Linsly star heading to JCU shrine

CLEVELAND -- A former Linsly School star has received the ultimate athletic honor. Bryan Fialkowski will be enshrined into the John Carroll University Hall of Fame this coming October. The Bridgeport native was a two-time all-OAC honoree while earning All-America accolades as a senior ...

Off the Tee: Kupfer claims Ohio Valley Awards event by four shots

WHEELING PARK GOLF CLUB On April 30, the Ohio Valley Awards event was held. The 18-hole event was captured by Roger Kupfer, who shot a 67. He was four shots clear of both Rich Colley and Jay Davis. Bruce DeCrease and Art Lightner rounded out the top five, signing for a 72. In the handicap ...

WVU experiencing athletic greatness

WHEELING -- It's a great time to be a Mountaineer. That was the recurring theme Monday night as the WVU Coaches Caravan rolled into the River City Restaurant, attracting a crowd of nearly 300 Blue & Gold partisans. Coaching heavyweights Bob Huggins, Dana Holgorsen and Mike Carey ...

Massillon football community honors MF native Vrotsos

MASSILLON — This northeastern Ohio city is often thought of as the mecca of prep football in the Buckeye State. The Massillon Washington High Tigers have won 22 state grid titles and nine mythical national crowns. Massillon boasts the third winningest program in the nation. Such legendary ...

Off The Tee: Belmont Hills Match Play vs. Par winners crowned

The Match Play vs. Par event was held on April 22. There was a tie for first place between the teams of Jack Carpenter and Zach Azallion and Dave Diosi and Rob Anderson at six over par. Third place went to Kevin Abel and Brian Delloma at 2-over par. In the individual scoring, Diosi ...

Murray excited about return to alma mater

WHEELING -- Donnie Murray is coming home. The current Bishop Donahue athletic director and teacher was named as athletic director at Wheeling Central last week. Longtime Maroon Knights' athletic director Mike Young has been elevated to a new post at the school -- director of Alumni ...

Warwood woman poised to tackle Boston Marathon

WHEELING -- Marathons are the ultimate running challenge. They also serve as bucket list items for some. One such person is Karen John. Come Monday, the Warwood resident will have one less entry on her list. John has qualified to run in the Boston Marathon. It is the gold standard of ...