Sports Columns

Holgorsen: Ferns about one month from practicing

Battling back from any injury can be a difficult process. When you have to deal with it on multiple occassions, it becomes even more challenging. St. Clairsville graduate Brendan Ferns is currently in that position. The West Virginia University linebacker has not seen the field yet this ...

Hard work paying off for Indiana’s Dorris

To be quite frank, Austin Dorris was a dominant player during his prep career at Shadyside. It led him to earn a scholarship offer Indiana University, which he eventually accepted and signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his football career with the Hoosiers. However, Dorris ...

Former Park track star enters Slippery Rock Hall of Fame

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — Andi Rose Barrett is one of the premier track & field athletes in Wheeling Park annals. She took it to another level in college, however, enjoying an All-American career at Slippery Rock University. So much so, Barrett was inducted into the Slippery Rock ...

Prep Football season seeing some clarity as second half set to begin

The fastest 10 weeks of the year is half over already. That’s extremely hard to wrap my head around. It seems like Executive Sports Editor Bubba Kapral and I were at Beallsville for the Blue Devils’ media day on Aug. 1. The season — though only half over — is certainly getting to ...

Skip Prosser Classic in jeopardy of folding

WHEELING — Skip Prosser is an iconic figure in basketball coaching circles. So much so, an Ohio Valley tribute was established in his name two years ago, pitting schools he guided to great prominence — Linsly and Wheeling Central. Year three of the Skip Prosser Classic, however, may ...

Wooding making big impact at college level

OBERLIN — Von Wooding has been making an impact on the defensive side of the ball for the Yeoman since he stepped foot on campus in 2016. The former Linsly Cadet had one of his most productive games in his career last Saturday against Wittenberg. Wooding, who plays inside linebacker, ...

Pastilong: Moore great player, but a greater person

MOUNDSVILLE — Harry Moore. He was best known as “Moo.” Moore is an Ohio Valley basketball legend who is unknown to many people today. That is not surprising as he graduated Moundsville High way back in 1948. Moore died this past Tuesday at age 89. His basketball exploits, however, ...

Caldwell product splendid in OAC shootout thriller

To the victor go the spoils. When you win a wild and wacky game like Marietta College did against Capital last Saturday, a lot of spoils come your way. At the center of the victory was a former Ohio Valley Athletic Conference standout. Caldwell High product Tanner Clark, who helped lead ...

WJU gridders ready to take home field

WHEELING — There will be live college football in the city of Wheeling on Saturday afternoon. Wheeling Jesuit University — fresh off a scrimmage at FCS member Cornell — will make its official debut against Hocking College with kickoff slated for 1 p.m. at Bishop Schmitt ...

OV opens its heart for VB stroke victim

LISBON — I have said repeatedly the Ohio Valley is a special place to live for when tragedy strikes the local response is swift and powerful. Tragedy befell an OVAC volleyball team this summer. Lauren Thomas, a junior for Beaver Local, suffered a stroke July 14 while attending a volleyball ...

Buckeyes’ victory has plenty to feel good about

COLUMBUS — First and foremost, let me begin this by saying I realize Saturday’s opponent, Oregon State, is coming off a 1-11 season in 2017. Immediately that tempers some of the excitement surrounding the Buckeyes’ 77-31 victory against the Beavers before 102,169 fans inside of Ohio ...

O’Donnell starts foundation

If you want to get something done, sometimes you may have to simply take a leap of faith. Patrick O’Donnell — a 2010 Shadyside High School graduate — did just that in March when he walked into Chase Bank and started The Cindy O’Donnell Foundation in memory of his mother, who had died ...

Local hoop coaches bid to copy success of grid counterparts

WEIRTON — Coaches are thieves. If they like something another coach is doing they make it their own. The Ohio Valley Football Coaches Association is a viable and united network of grid coaches. It is driven by the likes of Reno Saccoccia, Mike Young, Ty Fleming, Dave Bruney and Andrew ...

OFF THE TEE: Oglebay Park Golf Club crowns tournament winners

The club’s eighth tournament of the season was held last Sunday with 85 players taking part in a tournament that utilized a format of 50 percent handicap, best-ball at Crispin. Winning the title was Jay Davis and Mike Bogers, who posted a 59. Shawn Pennybacker and Bill Piko finished second ...

St. Clairsville shakes off slow start to get past Carrollton

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Brett McLean may have felt like he was experiencing a case of deja vu in the early moments of Friday night’s season opener against Carrollton. Each of the Red Devils’ first two drives, which were impressive marches into Warriors’ territory ended with lost ...

Meyer and Smith lucky they kept jobs

There’s no debating that Urban Meyer is one of the top tier football coaches in the profession. There’s also no debating that Meyer’s core value system — especially that of treating women with respect — now rings hollow. While he didn’t commit a crime toward his wife, Shelley, or ...

Bruins’ field named after Coach Billiard

WELLSBURG — The name Paul “Bud” Billiard is synonymous with Brooke High School football. And rightly so. Billiard guided the Bruins to the grandest of heights during his 23-year tenure (1979-2001) as head coach. The 1959 Wellsburg grad compiled a sparkling 185-79-1 mark. The ...

Matsakis bids to make Defiance a winner

DEFIANCE — He has a football resume second to none when it comes to rebuilding down-trodden football programs. Now Manny Matsakis is poised for his latest gridiron challenge. The Shadyside High product accepted the head football coaching position at Defiance College late last month. The ...

OFF THE TEE: Oglebay Park Golf Club crowns Clark as champion

The Oglebay Park Golf Club hosted the Main Street Bank Club Championship event last weekend. The two-day tournament was split between the Spiedel Golf Course and Crispin course with the former hosting the opening round. Bob Clark had two impressive rounds of golf en route to shooting a ...

Lewicki taking hockey skills to the big time

MOUNDSVILLE — Kristin Lewicki is skating to the Big Apple. The John Marshall High grad and former D-III college player-of-the-year has inked a contract with the Metropolitan Riveters of the National Women’s Hockey League. The Riveters are the reigning NWHL champions and based in Newark, ...