Sports Columns

WJU football continues its building process

WHEELING — The Wheeling Jesuit University football program continues to crystalize as another integral piece has been added to its foundation. The Cardinals' exhibition schedule has been finalized for their rapidly approaching inaugural grid campaign. It is a collection of jayvee contests ...

OFF THE TEE: Plans under way for 23rd annual BMAC Golf Classic

MOUNDSVILLE — As professional golf’s second major wraps up today at Shinnecock Hills, attention locally turns to a plethora of big events. The 20th annual Niekro Classic is set for Friday at Belmont Hills Country Club, then, in less than a month, another major event event tees off across ...

Mike McLeod: Athletic legend, molder of men

WHEELING - He is considered by many as the best athlete ever produced at Wheeling Park High School. I am of that opinion. He has also served as head baseball coach at his alma mater. But Mike McLeod - above all else - is a man who strives to change lives in a positive fashion. The former ...

Madonna grad poised to tackle latest challenge

CHESTNUT HILL - Joanna Bernabei McNamee continues to ascend the collegiate coaching ladder. McNamee was named head women’s basketball coach at Boston College on April 10. The Beantown appointment comes on the heels of her impressive two-year stint at the University of Albany. “It was a ...

OFF THE TEE: Annual Memorial Tournament is a must-see for golfing fans

DUBLIN -- So, you think you're a pretty good golfer? Obviously, I write that in jest because we all know there are certainly different levels of good. You might be the best golfer in your weekend group or the best golfer on your team or even the best golfer in one of the many area ...

OFF THE TEE: Landtiser, Minor win Belmont Hills event crown

The Belmont Hills Country Club tournament schedule resumed last weekend with the Spring 6-6-6 event, competing with two flights. The duo of Larry Landtiser and Rennie Minor teamed for the victory with a round of 63. They were two shots better than Zach Azallion and J.C. Thrash, who posted a ...

Bellaire’s Dunfee leads Georgia team to state baseball title

BELLAIRE — Baseball has been a major part of Mike Dunfee’s life. After a couple of near misses, the 1993 Bellaire High grad has reached the pinnacle in the diamond sport. Dunfee is head baseball coach at Gordon Lee High School in Chickamauga, Ga. The Trojans last week pocketed the Class A ...

OHSAA membership vote alters transfer rule

COLUMBUS — The Ohio High School Athletic Association’s membership has officially spoken. The transfer bylaw is changing once again. The results of referendum voting, which went on during the first two weeks of this month, were announced Wednesday, and if you’re considering ...

OFF THE TEE: Two-man scramble set for Brooke Hills Park

A relatively new, but popular golf scramble, is back on the calendar and currently accepting players. The second annual Two-Man Scramble to benefit “Dream Big After School Music Program” will be held at Brooke Hills Park. The scramble will be held on Saturday, June 30 at Brooke Hills ...

Circosta earned respect on and off the field

WOODSFIELD -- Working at a job for 50 years is remarkable. Coaching football for that length is really hard to fathom. But coaching football was never a chore for Jay Circosta. Rather, it was a labor of love for the Monroe County legend. Although he has been pondering retirement for ...

WVU athletic director excited about the future

WHEELING — These are good times with West Virginia University athletics. WVU Athletic Director Shane Lyons, however, is not one to stand pat. The affable AD was in Wheeling Monday as part of the university’s well-attended Coaching Caravan at River City. Lyons likes the current state of ...

Davis was ‘friend’ of everyone that he encountered

BARNESVILLE — Darrell Davis wore a lot of hats during his 68 years of life. And it didn’t matter if it was father, grandfather, teacher or coach. Davis was highly successful and revered in all departments. But, in talking to a few people about Davis after he passed away suddenly ...

OHSAA membership voting on revised transfer bylaw

COLUMBUS — It’s May. In the Ohio high sports world, that means tournaments in all four spring sports, leading to what area teams hope is a berth in the OHSAA State Tournament. On the administrative side, however, it also means voting on OHSAA referendums. Many years, the bulk of ...

Balog gains head prep grid position in Pa.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- He was mentored by some of the true legends in the coaching business. Now Ron Balog is poised to take that learning and put it to the test. Balog is a 1987 St. Clairsville High grad. He was coached by two of the OVAC’s most successful coaches -- George Strager and Mike ...

OFF THE TEE: Niekro Classic Golf Scramble turns 20 this June

One of the staples of the Ohio Valley’s summer golf schedule is turning 20. The annual Niekro Classic Golf Scramble, which benefits Bridgeport schools, is slated for Friday, June 22 at Belmont Hills Country Club. A shotgun start is slated for 8:30 a.m. and the cost to enter is $100 per ...

Hannahs attains coaching milestone at Indiana State

Winner, humble, classy and two-time Hall of Famer. Mitch Hannahs is all of the above. The Skyvue High legend has been successful in every athletic endeavor he has ever undertaken. From his prep roots in Monroe County to now coaching Division I baseball, Hannahs epitomizes winning and doing ...

OFF THE TEE: Buckeye Local hosting a scramble to benefit Vinci

One of the most impressive things about the Ohio Valley is how people are willing to help or come to the aid of a fellow man. Buckeye Local has been on the receiving end a handful of times and now the Panthers are doing their part to help one of their own. Athletics Director Sam ...

Area natives reflect on time with Earle Bruce

To say coaches have a huge impact on people’s lives is selling them short. That’s especially true at the major college level where players spend far more time with their coaches than they do with their families. To hear many tell it, Earle Bruce relished and welcomed the role of ...

Seamon battles brutal weather in Beantown

WHEELING — Walter Seamon has authored a memorable resume at the Boston Marathon. The 77-year-old has enjoyed numerous high age-group finishes in the granddaddy of all marathons, including a runnerup trophy in 2009. The Wheeling resident placed fifth last April. So this past Monday, Seamon ...

Wheeling Park Golf Club holds first two events

The Wheeling Park Golf Club resumed its play earlier this month and will continue throughout the summer with a host of events. The Undo’s Bestball Scramble was held on April 15. The duo of Lightner and Kupfer prevailed with a score of 62. They were four shots better than Melnik and ...