Sports Columns

Bellaire’s Dunfee leads Georgia team to repeat state baseball title

BELLAIRE — Mike Dunfee is doubly happy these days. The 1993 Bellaire High grad is head baseball coach at Gordon Lee High School in Chickamauga, Ga. His Trojans recently captured the Class A state championship, capping a brilliant 32-5 campaign. The state title is extra sweet as it marks a ...

Hannahs: ISU got bad break

WHEELING — It was not the outcome he had hoped for; as a result, Mitch Hannahs left Nashville with a sense of disappointment. He felt his team was dealt a bad hand. The Skyvue High athletic legend is the head coach of the Indiana State baseball team. The Sycamores qualified for the NCAA ...

Myers claims Hardman Memorial Tournament at Oglebay Park

The Oglebay Park Golf Club hosted its sixth event of the 2019 season last Sunday when 100 players took part in the Randy Hardman Memorial Tournament, which was sponsored by Miklas Meat Market. Bryan Myers, by virtue of a scorecard playoff, claimed the title of the medal division with a ...

Bledsoe should get OK to play

WHEELING - The NCAA is a much-maligned agency. The college-controlling organization, based in Indianapolis, is anything but athlete-friendly. The NCAA holds student-athletes to much stricter, and often times unfair, standards than it does its coaches. Coaches have unrestricted career ...

Peckinpaugh leaves WJU for his family

WHEELING — He took over a program under some of the toughest circumstances imaginable. To his credit, his team exhibited exceptional progress as the season played out. And now, John Peckinpaugh is on the move again. Peckinpaugh resigned his post as Wheeling Jesuit University men’s ...

OFF THE TEE: Oglebay Park Men’s Golf Club holds Dailer Memorial Tourney

The Oglebay Park Men’s Golf Club teed it up again last week with the Dubie Dailer Memorial Tournament. One hundred players took part in the evne tthat was played in two-man scramble format at Crispin Center Golf Course. Winning in a tiebreaker was the duo of Jim Bittengle and ...

NBA-bound Beilein still remembered by Ohio Valley friends

WHEELING - From a marginal player at Wheeling College to NBA head coach. John Beilein is that man. Beilein didn’t script much of a collegiate playing career with the Cardinals. However, he has authored a brilliant one as a collegiate head coach, including a stint at WVU. So the ...

OFF THE TEE: Barnesville Community Alumni Band scramble winners named

The Barnesville Community Alumni Band Golf Scramble was held on May 11 at Belmont Hills Country Club with a large field of players taking part. The team of Mark Maguire Jr., Mark Maguire Sr., Nick Wolle and Jim Dailer shot a round of 12-under, 60 to win the title. Finishing second ...

PONY World Series in search of area teams to compete

WASHINGTON, Pa. - The Little League World Series is a global happening. It plays out every August in Williamsport, Pa. Another international youth baseball event is staged each summer much closer to the Ohio Valley. The PONY World Series calls Washington, Pa. home, less than a 30-minute drive ...

OFF THE TEE: Oglebay Park GC’s John Tarr III Memorial Event staged

The Oglebay Park Golf Club teed it up once again last Sunday, but the venue shifted to the Cadiz Country Club. The club’s fourth tournament of the season — the John Tarr III Memorial Tournament — attracted 83 players, utilizing a two-man, 50 percent best ball format. The winning duo ...

Shadyside native embarks on new sports endeavor

ROCHESTER, Mich. — After enjoying a successful four-decade career in professional sports, John Ciszewski is primed for a new challenge. The 1973 Shadyside High grad — better know to his friends as “Giz” — has been named associate athletic director for external operations at Oakland ...

OFF THE TEE: Myers captures Oglebay Park GC’s Alpha Speidel event

WHEELING — The Oglebay Park Golf Club held its annual Ye Olde Alpha Speidel event on the Jones Course last Sunday with a field of 96 players. Bryan Myers continued his strong play, firing an impressive round of 71. He was four shots clear of runner-up Mike Wilson, John Monto, Freddie ...

West Liberty mat standout lands post at Mississippi St.

WHEELING — From the Hilltop to the Southeastern Conference. A transition such as that doesn’t come down the pike too often. It is one, however, Isaiah Myers is ecstatic to make. The former Wheeling Park High two-sport standout recently concluded his junior wrestling campaign at West ...

Changes to mat calender cause concern

The Ohio High School Athletic Association made a decision recently that infuriated wrestling coaches. It’s decision to switch the state wrestling tournament from its annual Thursday through Saturday format to Friday through Sunday did not sit well with coaches, especially those involved in ...

OFF THE TEE: Plans under way for annual Niekro Classic at Belmont Hills

Plans for one of the area’s largest and best scrambles are well under way. The 21st annual Niekro Classic will be held on Friday, June 21 at Belmont Hills Country Club. There will once again be an open division and an all-Bridgeport division. The defending champions in the Bridgeport ...

Donahue grad thriving as OVC commissioner

WHEELING - It’s a long journey from Benwood to Nashville via New York. But it is one that Travis Tellitocci has navigated quite successfully. The Bishop Donahue High grad continued his academic career at Marist University. After picking up his college diploma in 2004 from the Poughkeepsie, ...

OFF THE TEE: Barnesville Alumni Band Scramble set for May 11

The Barnesville Community Alumni Band has become a staple within the Western Belmont County community. Comprised of some 50 members, the band has been playing at Shamrock sporting events and other community functions since 2013. The band has also been part of the lineup for the annual Cancer ...

OVAC extends its borders with expansion into Tuscarawas Co.

WHEELING — Is bigger better? That appears the question after the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference has expanded to another new geographic frontier - that being Tuscarawas County. Dover and New Philadelphia are the latest additions to the OVAC after being unanimously approved at ...

Madonna grad changing BC hoop culture

BOSTON - A 14-16 record may appear only mediocre. Such is not the case when you are talking Boston College women’s basketball. Joanna (Bernabie) McNamee’s initial year at the Eagles’ helm was marked by drastic improvement for a program steeped in losing. The Madonna High athletic legend ...

OFF THE TEE: Dowler Scramble set to tee it up on May 20 at BHCC

The annual Thomas R. Dowler Memorial Golf Classic has become a staple of the spring calendar. For the eighth time, the event will be held at Belmont Hills Country Club and is expected to attract a large field of competitors. The event’s proceeds benefit the Thomas R. Dowler Fund at Belmont ...