Sports Columns

Sancomb enjoying Cal U. basketball building process

WHEELING - Be it as a player or a coach, he is a proven winner. So while a 2-6 record is not to his liking, Danny Sancomb feels good about his Cal University (Pa.) basketball program. Sancomb is in his initial season with the D-II Vulcans. He spent the past 11 seasons as head coach at ...

Porter named Waynesburg athlete of week

No matter how good or productive you may have been in high school, no matter the level of college sports you compete at, there’s always an adjustment period. Often times, that adjustment, which includes academics and social adjustments along with the atheletic portion, goes a long way in ...

Barnesville’s Stephen honed craft in summer

While most kids spent their summer at a refreshing swimming pool, vacationing with their parents at a sandy beach somewhere or enjoying an amusement park and all its amenities, Reese Stephen was honing his wrestling skills. The seventh-grader at Barnesville Junior High School spent month of ...

Many bowl games feature local names

There are still bowl games with importance that aren’t the College Football Playoff. Many don’t buy that, but ask the people involved their thoughts and see what the response is and really that’s what matters. As for involvement in bowl games, 11 bowl games feature some sort of ...

Meyer leaves lasting legacy

COLUMBUS — It really doesn’t matter which tangible piece of evidence you consider when it comes to measuring the success of Urban Meyer’s coaching career. The results are off the chart. Whether it’s the 2014 national championship, conference titles, utter dominance of Michigan, his ...

Buckeye’s Light on the road back

In less than two years, Travis Light has gone from being partially paralyzed and wearing a halo vest to standing on the podium. The Buckeye Local junior was severely injured while competing in the 2017 Panther Classic at Buckeye Local High school in Connorville on Feb. 4. He was LifeFlighted ...

Was 2018 a good year for WVU football?

WHEELING — Is 8-3 a successful season? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If that adage rings true then WVU football fans are, for the most part, disappointed in the Mountaineers’ recently concluded regular campaign. This was expected to be the dream season for Blue & Gold ...

Skip Prosser honored by Wake Forest

Mark Prosser had been down this road before. But, this time was a lot different. In a good way, too. The Wheeling Central graduate, who is the head men’s basketball coach at Western Carolina University, led his team into a game last Wednesday at Wake Forest University. That’s a place ...

Rick Link Invite opens 2018-19 campaign

Ready, wrestle. Those two words will resonate around the high school wrestling circles this weekend as the 20th annual Rick Link Union Local Invitational kicks things off inside ‘The Hangar’ Saturday morning. The pool-style tournament starts at 9:30. Sixteen teams are entered, including ...

Matsakis still upbeat with Defiance effort

WHEELING - A one-win season may not be a source of hope for most coaches, but Manny Matsakis in not your average football coach. The Shadyside native is the master of the reclamation projects. His maiden voyage directing the Defiance College grid team resulted in a 1-9 campaign this fall. ...

Freshmen Olave, Banks leave mark on ‘The Game’

COLUMBUS — The atmosphere was at an all-time high inside the big Horseshoe Saturday afternoon. You’d expect nothing less on the last Saturday in November when it’s ‘The Game.’ The annual meeting between Ohio State and Michigan has yielded many memorable performances and coming ...

Prep wrestling season inching closer

The 2018-19 wrestling season — both collegiately and scholastically — promises to be an exciting one as a pair of huge post-season tournaments — one on each level — will be staged in the Ohio Valley. On the local level, for the first time in quite a while, Division III high school ...

Bonus points prove decisive in OVAC race

WHEELING - There has been much discussion and some confusion over this season’s OVAC 2A football championship. After Wheeling Central defeated Shadyside in Week 10 the popular notion was that the Maroon Knights clinched the conference crown. However, Central, as fate would have it, stubbed ...

Bellaire native leads N. Alabama to impressive win

FLORENCE, AL. -- Missy Tiber is building something special on the hardwood in the heart of football country. The former Bellaire High hoop standout is in her sixth season as head coach of the University of North Alabama women’s basketball team. Tiber transformed the Lions into a NCAA ...

Madonna grad set to begin first season at B.C.

CHESTNUT HILL - Joanna (Bernabei) McNamee has been successful every step of her basketball career. The Weirton Madonna legend is now ready to embark on her greatest challenge. McNamee is in her first year as head women’s hoop coach at Boston College, taking the post after two ...

Linsly graduate Meredith tabbed WVU Legend

WHEELING - When one thinks of WVU athletics Bob Huggins and basketball or Will Grier and football probably come to the forefront. The Mountaineers’ rifle team, however, owns the bragging rights as the school’s most successful athletic program. The WVU rifle program has been on the mark ...

Local products shining for WLU on baseball field

WEST LIBERTY — Ever since he was hired as the head baseball coach at West Liberty, Eric Burkle has wanted to get area products onto the Hilltoppers’ diamond. He’s succeeding at a high rate this fall. Upwards of half of the 40-man roster that’s played this fall graduated from an ...

Stein building grid powerhouse in Md.

WHEELING - A torn ACL cut short Kurt Stein’s football playing days. The serious knee injury, however, has done nothing to hamper his career on the gridiron. Stein is a 2000 Wheeling Central graduate, coached by the legendary Jim Thomas. Although his senior grid season was truncated due to ...

OFF THE TEE: Shadyside graduate honored in golf industry

When Nick Janovich came out of Ohio State University in 2008 with a degree in turf grass science and political science that the two would work together at some point. The 2004 Shadyside High School graduate has made numerous trips to Washington D.C. to address folks on Capitol Hill about ...

Clegg shines in OSU Scarlet and Gray game

Ohio State baseball began the final portion of its fall season earlier this week with the Scarlet and Gray squads squaring off at Bill Davis Stadium. The “Scarlet and Gray World Series” is a best-of-five that stretches for the next week. A pair of Ohio Valley products took part in ...