Sports Columns

Matsakis bids to make Defiance a winner

DEFIANCE — He has a football resume second to none when it comes to rebuilding down-trodden football programs. Now Manny Matsakis is poised for his latest gridiron challenge. The Shadyside High product accepted the head football coaching position at Defiance College late last month. The ...

OFF THE TEE: Oglebay Park Golf Club crowns Clark as champion

The Oglebay Park Golf Club hosted the Main Street Bank Club Championship event last weekend. The two-day tournament was split between the Spiedel Golf Course and Crispin course with the former hosting the opening round. Bob Clark had two impressive rounds of golf en route to shooting a ...

Lewicki taking hockey skills to the big time

MOUNDSVILLE — Kristin Lewicki is skating to the Big Apple. The John Marshall High grad and former D-III college player-of-the-year has inked a contract with the Metropolitan Riveters of the National Women’s Hockey League. The Riveters are the reigning NWHL champions and based in Newark, ...

OFF THE TEE: Jefferies claims Tom Carney Best Ball Tournament

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Former Alderson-Broaddus and St. Clairsville High standout Adam Jeffries had a brilliant showing on his home course at Belmont Hills Country Club to win the Tom Carney Best Ball Tournament last weekend. Jeffries was the low gross individual with rounds of 75 and 72, while ...

BL grid coach is very active in his daily life

Roger Herbert believes that a person should do as many things in his/her life as they can. He certainly has and continues to do so. The 39-year-old is entering his second season as head football coach at Buckeye Local. He also works full-time for the City of St. Clairsville. In addition, ...

Peckinpaugh filling big shoes at Whg. Jesuit

WHEELING — He is certainly not taking over a basketball program in the best of situations. Regardless, John Peckinpaugh is still excited about his new job, that being the head men’s basketball coach at Wheeling Jesuit University. The position brings with it pros and cons. The ...

OFF THE TEE: Belmont Hills hosts 50th annual Member- Guest Invite

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Many people believe the highlight of the Belmont Hills Country Club golf calendar is the annual club championship, which is scheduled for next month. If you’re talking to many of the members, they’d beg to differ. The actual highlight of the summer season was staged ...

Woods close, but mistakes cost him again

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) — Some clouds came in and the wind started blowing — if just a bit — as Tiger Woods played the early holes Thursday, making what had been a warm, sunny day seem a little more like a British Open. As if on cue, Woods’ game started looking a little more ...

WJU women’s hoop coach embraces Cardinals’ post

WHEELING — Mike Llanas is feeling like a kid on Christmas morning. The Toledo native is now at the helm of the Wheeling Jesuit University women’s basketball program. He doesn’t try to hide the excitement that comes with his new gig. “I am thrilled for this opportunity. I am well ...

OFF THE TEE: Kalkreuth takes over former Stoney Hollow this weekend

WHEELING — One of the major golf tournaments on the Ohio Valley calendar is set to tee it off this weekend at Oglebay Park for the 46th consecutive year. For the first time, however, Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal is serving as the sponsor of the event, which will be held Saturday and ...

SJC grad wrestles his way to world championships

BELLAIRE — He was a state champion in high school. Now more than a quarter of a century later, Tom Donahue is a national champion. Donahue was a four-sport standout at St. John Central, capped by a gold medal his senior year in the 1991 state track meet. He is now head wrestling coach at ...

OFF THE TEE: Oglebay Park Golf Club event settled by scorecard playoff

The Oglebay Park Golf Club teed it up for another event last weekend. The sixth tournament of the season — the Randy Hardman Memorial Tournament, which is sponsored by Miklas Meat Market — featured a field of 100 players at the Crispin Golf Course, playing with stroke play. Bob Potts ...

Wilkinson primed to launch Rocket career

WHEELING - The Ohio Valley is not known as fertile ground for D-I college recruiters in search of quarterbacks. Cross Wilkinson is an exception. Wheeling Park’s three-time all-stater embarked on his collegiate career at the University of Toledo Saturday. He chose the Rockets over ...

Wheeling Elks Junior Tourney champs crowned

WHEELING — The Wheeling Elks #28 Junior Golf Tournament was held this past week at Oglebay Park. The tournament featured boys and girls players in multiple age groups. The boys’ winners included: In 16-18 year old division: Derrick Harrison (73), Blake Ring-Fish (78) and George ...

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 ...