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Changes on horizon for Ron Mauck OVAC Tournament

The Ohio Valley Athletic Conference will be entering unchartered waters this season when the OVAC Ron Mauck Tournament invades downtown Wheeling’s WesBanco Arena for its annual three-day stay in mid-January. For the first time in the tournament’s 66 years the seeding will done by a ...

Cardinals riding wave of success behind Benner

WHEELING — Winning never gets old, and Christy Benner has done a ton of it in her 18 years as Wheeling University’s head volleyball coach. The current campaign is another Benner-directed success story. Her Cardinals are an impressive 31-3 and still counting. In the process, the Redbirds ...

Ohio State shows resolve after watching Nittany Lions rally back

COLUMBUS — Indianapolis ... beware! Buckeye Nation is on its way. Ohio State took another step toward the College Football Playoff Saturday afternoon when it shook off an ugly third quarter to subdue Penn State, which certainly didn’t fold its tents when it had every chance to after ...

Broken wrist fails to stop West Lib QB Zach Phillips

WEST LIBERTY - Zach Phillips opted to continue his football career at Gannon University after his record-setting career at Wheeling Park. He will always remembered, however, for the grid legacy he left at West Liberty University.\Phillips enjoyed a productive two-year stint as Gannon’s ...

Madonna great begins second year at Boston College women’s helm

CHESTNUT HILL - Joanna (Bernabei) McNamee is a lifelong winner. The Weirton Madonna legend is now in her second year as head women’s hoop coach at Boston College. She inherited a program last winter that was a bottom feeder in the power-packed Atlantic Coast Conference. The Eagles went ...

Thurnes created lasting memories for many people

As we age, we are able to look back on our lives to remember places and people and episodes in our past that had such an influence on what we have been and what we have become. To some, it was the day they got married or when that first child was born. To others, it maybe a special family ...

Madonna great begins second year at Boston College women’s helm

CHESTNUT HILL - Joanna (Bernabei) McNamee is a lifelong winner. The Weirton Madonna legend is now in her second year as head women’s hoop coach at Boston College. She inherited a program last winter that was a bottom feeder in the power-packed Atlantic Coast Conference. The Eagles went ...

Bell adds another special honor to remarkable career

WHEELING - His basketball coaching resume is both lengthy and impressive. Bob Bell enters his 49th year of coaching roundball as assistant girls’ coach at Mentor High. The Cleveland-area school is the latest stop in Bell’s coaching journey stocked with success. The former River ...

Wooding making lots of history at Oberlin

OBERLIN — To say that Von Wooding has had an impressive collegiate career might be selling the former Linsly Cadet a bit short. Wooding, who is a senior for the Yeoman football program, is etching his name into Oberlin history from his linebacker position. During last Saturday’s 38-3 ...

Growing pains not unexpected for Mountaineers

WHEELING - “Tough times don’t last, tough people do.” Be it in life or sports, that is one of my favorite credos. These are definitely tough times for WVU football. The Mountaineers have lost three straight games, the latest coming at Oklahoma where the No. 5-ranked Sooners breezed to ...

WLU quarterback sidelined for year with broken wrist

Zach Phillips was enjoying a most productive season. Actually, the former Wheeling Park quarterback was enjoying a brilliant career at West Liberty since he arrived via the transfer route from Gannon. Unfortunately, Phillips’ season has come to an end. West Liberty formally announced ...

Stobbs race raises $80K for veterans

WHEELING - The Lois Stobbs Memorial Veterans 10K Run/Walk turns a decade old this Nov. 2. During the nine years of the patriotic event, some $80,000 has been raised for the West Virginia Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America. This year, race proceeds will be split between Paralyzed ...

OV products shining on Buckeye diamond

The Ohio State Buckeyes do not officially begin their 2020 baseball season until Valentine’s Day. However, the preparations are well under way for the reigning Big Ten champions with three former Ohio Valley standouts looking to make a contribution. The annual Scarlet and Gray ...

Crutchfield has never forgotten his grooming

MOUNDSVILLE — He is the architect of two basketball powers. He has the highest winning percentage of any college basketball coach who has been in the business for at least 10 years. He is well-grounded and one of the nicest individuals you will ever meet. He is Jim Crutchfield. The ...

UL grad, Kemp, honored by MEC

WEST LIBERTY — Hannah Kemp arrived at West Liberty University after a successful prep running career at Union Local. However, the true freshman entered her initial cross country season with none of what she accomplished in high school in mind. “I had a clean slate,” Kemp said. “I ...

1969 WVU grid squad OV driven

MORGANTOWN - It remains as one of the most impressive seasons in WVU football history. It was 1969 and the Mountaineers rolled to a 10-1 record. The lone blemish was to rival Penn State. The exclamation point on that brilliant campaign was a 14-3 Peach Bowl win over ACC champion South ...

Shadyside 100th season celebration brings back a lot of memories

SHADYSIDE — Friday night was one of those events you wish never had to end. Whether it was the reminiscing, the stories, the memories, the old faces or just the catching up, there was something for everyone, but especially for those who graduated from Shadyside High School. Upwards of ...

Holzopfel succeeding in two sports at WU

WHEELING — Playing one sport at the collegiate level is a challenge. Playing two would seem nearly impossible. So far, it’s worked out quite well for Buckeye Local graduate Emily Holzopfel, who is a member of the golf and women’s basketball teams at Wheeling University. Holzopfel ...

A Rose like none other

BELLAIRE - He was the Green Pied Piper. No one could attract people to St. John Central like Mike Rose. The most successful football coach in school history was a lightning rod for migration to the Fighting Irish Nation. Rose served as St. John Central head football coach for just three ...

Otto earns honor at Mercyhurst U.

MERCYHURST, Pa. — Alyssa Otto finished her brilliant high school career with 145 goals, which ranks fourth all-time in Ohio prep history. The St. Clairsville graduate has picked up right where she left off at the collegiate level. Now a freshman at Mercyhurst University, Otto is ...