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OVAC Wrestling Tourney is a true family affair for everyone

The Ohio Valley Athletic Conference has long been the biggest prep sporting conference in the nation. With 45-members strong, the conference has a glowing history of producing fine athletes in a bevy of sports. However, there’s something about those three chilly days in January, ...

Ex-OVAC Champ Braunlich has good reason for missing reunion

The OVAC wrestling tournament means many things to many individuals who have competed on the mats over the past 55 years, but one of those wrestling standouts will not be joining the 25 year past champions and for good reason. Fritz Braunlich, the 1983 OVAC champion at 185-pounds, has been ...

OVAC finals set for 6:30 p.m.

    The finals of the 2008 Ron Mauck OVAC Wrestling Tournament are set and are as follows: 103 -- Dirk Bauer (WP) vs. Kyle Bauer (WC). 112 -- Arizona Miller (BEAV) vs. Taylor Yoder (MF). 119 -- Troy Eckleberry (OG)  vs. Mitch Thompson (BEAV). 125 -- Paul ...

Buckeye standouts saying together

OHIO STATE linebacker James Laurinaitis never met Mark Twain, but they expressed similar thoughts although one was talking about his teammates and the other referred to a comet. When noting he had been partly influenced by other Ohio State juniors returning for their senior year, the popular ...

Gable captures ’07 kennel crown

For the third time in five years, the Gable Kennel has captured the win championship at the Wheeling Island racetrack. The Gable Kennel sprinted to the lead early in the 2007 racing season and never looked back as they notched 555 victories. Charter Kennel captured runnerup honors for the ...

New Ferry gymnasium as nice as advertised

A lot has been written and said about the new school Martins Ferry moved into last week and everything that’s been said and written is well-deserved. The new Martins Ferry High School is the Taj Mahal of area schools and the gymnasium is simply top of the line. The Purple Rider officials ...

Buckeye 8 Tourney could play role in OVAC Seeds

This past weekend wrestlers from the Buckeye 8 Conference gathered in Morristown to tweak their records one last time before heading into this week's Ron Mauck OVAC Wrestling Tournament. Using the eight-team conference dual meet tournament as a spring board into the OVAC tourney isn't the ...

New gym … A long time coming for Martins Ferry

It’s been a long time coming for Martins Ferry High School. After being denied by the voters several times, the new campus-style school buildings opened up Friday for students to resume classes and tonight the athletic department gets into the act. The brand-new high school gymnasium will ...

Year in Review

Mariska, Silver Jones, Gable Pimiento and Makin Bakin. These four greyhounds were just a few of the newsmakers during the 2007 racing season at the Wheeling Island racetrack. Veterans, as well as newcomers, shared the spotlight throughout the year. Two stake races were held in 2007 with ...

Deja Vu all over again for Buckeyes

NEW ORLEANS — Same old, same old. Ohio State’s ‘A’ game lasted all 15 minutes. “You can’t expect to win a big game playing one good quarter of football.” That from Buckeyes’ defensive coordinator Jim Heacock whose top-rated unit absorbed another heavy blow in a BCS title ...

Questions abound for Buckeyes

NEW ORLEANS — To a man, the Buckeyes insist they are focused. You were expecting something less? It was the media’s final opportunity to get up close and personal with players Saturday during 90-minute interview sessions conducted by both schools in the Superdome. OSU quarterback Todd ...

Which ‘D’ will blink first in title game?

NEW ORLEANS — The Buckeyes’ defense has their attention. “They’re not rated No. 1 defensively by accident,” declared LSU quarterback Matt Flynn, one of several Tigers spending major minutes attempting to dissect film prior to Monday night’s BCS showdown. “If they (OSU defense) ...

New coaches should leave their mark soon

A pair of head coaching vacancies with local ties were filled in the past two days. First off, the Wheeling Nailers named 43-year-old Greg Puhalski as their 10th bench boss in team history during a Wednesday afternoon press conference at the team offices in downtown Wheeling. The former ...

Silver Jones wins $50,000 Holiday Sprint Championship

The late Johnny Biehle wasn’t one to boast or tout young greyhounds. After getting the pups track-ready at his Texas farm, Biehle would let the greyhounds do the talking on the racetrack. One exception was Silver Jones. “Johnny didn’t brag much, but the last time I talked to him I ...

Better competition produces better wrestlers

    Anyone competing in any sport wants to be the best they can be, which is to be expected. A clique, when you have a bad kid beating up on another bad kid you think you’re good, can sometimes be used in the Ohio Valley. There’s no mistake when I ...

Holiday Sprint Championship set for tonight

Going out with a bang. A fantastic field of greyhounds will hit the lid tonight in the final of the $50,000 Holiday Sprint Championship at the Wheeling Island racetrack. Qualifying for the final are Braska Cando (Darren Henry Kennel), 40 points; WW’s Green Apple (Wayne Ward Kennel), 28 ...

2007: A year of success and even tragedy

It’s hard to believe that in less than 48 hours, we’ll be celebrating another new year. You might need all of that time to digest what’s ahead. It’s time for 2007 to officially be etched into our memories and time for us to make room for another year of what always starts with great ...

WVU interim head coach got start at Salem College

While everyone has been well-informed of Bill Stewart’s coaching resume, one stop has repeatedly been omitted. The interim West Virginia University head football coach actually had a brief 2-year tour of duty at tiny Salem College back in the late 1970s under Joe Ault to start his ...

Wrestlers: Looking forward to two-pound weight allowance

The holiday season can mean only one thing to wrestlers – weight allowances. Yes, every wrestler can breath a sigh of relief as weight allowances will be in affect in Ohio and West Virginia when they hit the mat next. "They feel that kids are still growing and this two-pound weight ...

Destiny on hold

CINCINNATI -- It was simply too much prosperity for one team to handle. When confronted with a 'win and you're in' scenario, the Browns were visited by the ghost of seasons' past. Sunday's bitter 19-14 loss here may have cost them a playoff berth. For sure, it makes for an unsettling week on ...