Sports Columns

OVAC: 75 years and going strong

WHEELING -- The Ohio Valley Athletic Conference is deeply etched into the fabric of the Ohio Valley. So much so, the nation's largest functional prep conference is celebrating its 75th year of operation. Such longevity in a time of widespread athletic transiency speaks volumes of both the ...

Monseau relishes new WVU position

MORGANTOWN — Dr. A.J. Monseau is passionate about medicine and just as passionate about athletics. It is no wonder the Wheeling Park grad is excited about his new job. Monseau, 37, has been named the new head team physician and medical director for West Virginia University ...

Love, respect spawn Todd Hayes Memorial Pavilion

GLEN DALE -- Todd Hayes was a special baseball player as well as a special individual. Both points were hammered home last Saturday night at an emotional celebration. Hayes was one of the greatest players ever to wear a John Marshall baseball uniform. He was a driving force in the ...

Bruney begins building process at Wheeling Jesuit

WHEELING — Zac Bruney is navigating in uncharted waters. The Martins Ferry native has a football playing and coaching resume as good as any 35-year-old. It doesn’t include, however, a recipe for how to build a grid program from ground zero. Bruney was named Wheeling Jesuit ...

Teamwork yields smooth OVAC game relocation

MARTINS FERRY - The OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star Game has long been associated with Wheeling Island Stadium. Conference officials, however, were forced to move out of their comfort zone with the game's venue this time around. That was a result of a stadium in need of some major repairs, likely ...

Off the Tee: Oglebay Women’s Club makes donation

The Oglebay Women’s Golf Club is doing its part to help the community and more specifically fellow women. The club donated the proceeds from its annual golf tournament to the YWCA Wheeling and the Tri-County Help Center in St. Clairsville. The event was held in June and it raised $1,000 ...

Magistro to yield Westerville post at season’s end

COLUMBUS -- There comes a time in all coach's lives when they take stock of their future. For John Magistro that day of reckoning has arrived. The prep football coaching icon has decided that this coming season will be his final one as head coach of Westerville Central, a program he ...

Off The Tee: Timko and Armann claim Member-Guest at BHCC

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — John Timko and Sam Armann teammed up to claim the championship at the 49th annual Member-Guest Invitational at Belmont Hills Country Club following a playoff. Brian Delloma and Ian McClain were second, while Jamie Simon and Bill Piko were third. Six teams started ...

Lewicki inks pro hockey contract

MOUNDSVILLE — Dreams can come true. Kristin Lewicki is proof positive. Her longtime goal of playing professional hockey has come to fruition. The John Marshall grad has signed a professional contract with the Buffalo Beauts of the National Women’s Hockey League. The pro pact comes on ...

Madonna grad receives D-1 coaching award

WEIRTON -- Joanna Bernabei-McNamee continues to land impressive honors as she ascends the collegiate coaching ladder. The Weirton Madonna product -- now head women's basketball coach at the University at Albany -- has been named as the 2017 Women's Division I Coach of the Year by the ...

Off The Tee: Belmont Hills crowns Mehlman Independence Day winners

The Fourth of July means America’s independence and fireworks. At the Belmont Hills Country Club, it also means the annual Fred and Mary Jo Mehlman Independence Day Tournament. A large field of 13 teams took part in the event, which used a 2 net, best ball of 4 scoring system. The ...

Lewicki in hunt for NCAA Woman of the Year honors

MOUNDSVILLE — It just keeps getting better and better for Kristin Lewicki. The John Marshall High product authored a remarkable four-year hockey career at Adrian College in Michigan, capped by being named national player of the year this past season. Her long list of honors took on even ...

Boroski enjoys chance to ‘come home’

PITTSBURGH — Someone probably should have pinched Stan Boroski this week. Actually, it was a dream script that — outside of winning the World Series — the 1981 Buckeye South graduate couldn’t have written better. Here’s Boroski sitting in the bullpen at PNC Park as bullpen coach ...

Apicella garners South Carolina coaching honors

SHADYSIDE — Baseball has been a big part of Matt Apicella’s life, first as a standout player and now as a standout coach. Apicella was an all-state player for Shadyside High in 1994. His sparkling prep baseball career proved a springboard to a fine diamond career at Muskingum ...

Off The Tee: Oglebay Park Golf Club crowns two-man champions

The Oglebay Park Golf Club held its annual Michelob Ultra Two-Man Best Ball event, which is sponsored by Carenbauer Distributing, last weekend. The duo of Brooke Garrison and Paul Kurtz prevailed with a score of 57. They were a shot better than T.C. Chappelear and Thomas Chappelear. Mike ...

Wheeling Jesuit football primed to tackle challenges

WHEELING -- It was only a few short months ago that rumors ran rampant that Wheeling Jesuit University's athletic department was in dire straits. Talk of coaches' salary slashing and a possible drop to the non-scholarship Division III level was prevalent. Any WJU athletic gloom and doom ...

Repella making positive impact on hoopsters

STEUBENVILLE -- Liz Repella is a winner. Be it in the game of basketball or the game of life, the 2007 Steubenville High valedictorian is a winner. The former Big Red and WVU basketball great is also big on giving back. She wants to make a difference, impacting positively the lives ...

DeFruscio takes on new challenge in Philadelphia

WHEELING -- Jay DeFruscio is heading home. The former Wheeling Jesuit University head men's basketball coach and athletic director is Philadelphia born and bred. To that end, DeFruscio is returning to his roots for his latest career challenge. The personable twice-minted Hall of Famer has ...

Salt Fork Junior Tournament Winners Announced

The annual Salt Fork Junior Golf Tournament was held last Tuesday at Salt Fork State Park Golf Course, which played at par 71 for the event. Winning the title in the 17-18 year old division was Trey Singleton from Meadowbrook. He fired a 76 and was three shots clear of Jacob Feldner and five ...

Becker: HOF career at WVU could have been much better

WHEELING -- The honors continue to roll in for Eddie Becker. Less than a year after being inducted into the OVAC Hall of Fame, the former Wheeling High basketball star has been selected for induction into the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame. Enshrinement ceremonies will take ...