Sports Columns

River grad Bell reaches coaching with 500 victories

WHEELING - Forty-eight years is a long time. In prep coaching circles, it is an eternity. But for Bob Bell a near half-century of coaching high school basketball as flown by with no end in sight. The former River High hoop great reached a major milestone recently. Bell collected his 500th ...

Panther Classic has 29-team field despite no teams from W.Va.

Despite not having a school from West Virginia, the Ohio Coatings Panther Classic Wrestling Tournament has a field of 29 teams entered for Saturday’s event at Buckeye Local High School in Connorville. The Mountain State is staging its regional tournaments this weekend for area teams in East ...

Patriots primed to pocket sixth Super Bowl ring

SUPER BOWL Sunday has finally arrived. Unfortunately, we have to wait around till 6:30 for the New England-Los Angeles kickoff. A 4 p.m. start would work much nicer for TV viewers, especially for those in the Eastern time zone. Amazingly this is the ninth Super Bowl for New England ...

Ohio-side OVAC schools faced with a busy weekend

Mother Nature has put a full-nelson on Ohio high school wrestling teams that had a busy schedule already on their plates. With postponement of the sixth annual Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Bill Hinegardner Dual Meet Wrestling Championships from Wednesday night and tonight until Friday, ...

Prep mat squads looking ahead to rest of campaign

With the 66th annual Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Ron Mauck Wrestling Championships in the rear view mirror, teams on both sides of the Ohio River can now fully concentrate on the second half of their respective seasons, which ultimately culiminates with state tournaments. However, before ...

Morgan runs into Ohio Track and CC HOF

BARNESVILLE - She is the unquestioned premier female distance runner in OVAC history. Now Stephanie Morgan is being honored for her staggering prep achievements. The former Barnesville High distance phenom is set to be inducted into the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches ...

Ron Mauck showcase begins this evening

The 66th annual Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Ron Mauck Wrestling Tournament will take over WesBanco Arena tonight for three days of what should be exciting mat action. Team-wise Parkersburg South, which has captured the past five tournaments and eight of nine since joining the conference, ...

Crutchfield builds another hoop power

WHEELING — Anyone who doesn’t think coaching matters never met Jim Crutchfield. The West Liberty University legend is in the midst of building his second basketball juggernaut. Crutchfield molded the Hilltoppers into one of the best Division II hoop programs in the nation. He took ...

Stein earns special award in Maryland

WHEELING - A new year was ushered in Tuesday. Kurt Stein, however, will always have special memories from 2018. The Wheeling Central product guided Oakdale High to a sparkling 13-0 season en route to the Maryland Class 2A state football championship last month. Stein was hired as the ...

Park’s Bell finishes grid season strong

WHEELING — He was the top receiver in the state of West Virginia as a senior, now Elijah Bell sits atop the record book at North Carolina A&T. The former Wheeling Park all-stater landed a TD pass against Alcorn State last Saturday, helping the 10-2 Aggies to a 24-22 Celebration Bowl ...

Kroll recovering from surgery, eyes return

Caitlyn Kroll made a tough decision at the end of last season. The Bridgeport graduate had just helped lead St. Francis to a NEC title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. However, she opted to explore her options and it resulted in a transfer to Ohio University. Kroll is currently sitting ...

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 ...