Sports Columns

NFHS holds section meeting in Wheeling

WHEELING — Though it might sometimes be tough to tell, education-based athletics are doing quite well in the United States. Participation numbers are up for boys and girls sports across America, according to National Federation of State High School Association (NFHS) Executive Director Bob ...

WVU’s McKivitz earns another accolade

Another week and another accolade for West Virginia redshirt sophomore Colton McKivitz. The Mountaineers’ starting offensive tackle continued to impress during the victory at Kansas last Saturday. West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen announced that the entire offensive line was the ...

Running legend returning to race in Wheeling in November

WHEELING - The Lois Stobbs Memorial Veterans Day 10K Run & Walk is set for Saturday, Nov. 4, boasting a special feature. The eighth annual event is dedicated to honoring local fallen heroes. Money received over and above race expenses is donated to the West Virginia Chapter of Paralyzed ...

Off The Tee: Ohio postseason begins

The quest for the coveted golf state championship in Ohio begins this week. Area teams will take part in the sectional tournaments, beginning Monday. The Division II schools will play at River Greens in West Lafayette that day, while the Division III schools will tee it up at the Cambridge ...

Wheeling Central selects second HOF class of inductees

WHEELING — Halls of Fame are the ultimate reward for greatness. Wheeling Central’s athletic tradition is deeply steeped in success. That was reflected in its inaugural Hall of Fame class enshrined last October. The original class featured coaches Jim Foti, Jim Thomas, Skip Prosser and ...

Sands Electric tourney champions crowned

As it pertains to local golf, the second Sunday in September means only one thing. The annual Sands Electric Company Golf Classic was held for the 33rd consecutive year last Sunday with a field of 24 players taking part in the two-man, best ball scramble. A playoff was needed to determine ...

Grid picture brightening at Beallsville

BEALLSVILLE — Football wins have been a scarce commodity in recent years at Beallsville. The Blue Devils’ grid program was on the verge of extinction two years ago, with no coach, no schedule and only a handful of grid hopefuls. Enter Larry Deem. When no one else had the courage to ...

Changes needed at ‘The Shoe’ as Ohio State humbled by Oklahoma

COLUMBUS – Frustration. Disbelief. To a man, every Ohio State coach and player who entered the interview room following the Buckeyes’ 31-16 loss against Oklahoma on Saturday night admitted things need to change. Exactly what that change involves remains to be seen. One thing’s for ...

Wheeling Jesuit welcomes new athletics director

WHEELING — Rudy Yovich has been on the job for less than a week but feels right at home in The Friendly City. Yovich is the new athletic director at Wheeling Jesuit University. The 53-year-old comes well-groomed for his new challenge, serving most recently in the same capacity at ...

Wheeling Small Fry Wrestling League celebrates 40th birthday

The Wheeling Small Fry Wrestling League turns 40 years old this fall. Rick Welker has been around for nearly all of those. His father, Dr. Bill Welker, founded the organization back in 1977 and his mother, Peggy, even served as the commissioner for about five years. “We’ve probably had ...

OV trio has solid opener for WVU

West Virginia University’s season didn’t begin the way the Mountaineers or their loyal fanbase had envisioned when they fell to Virginia Tech, 31-24. Area Mountaineer fans, however, could probably find a little bit of solace in the fact that three former OVAC standouts — Colton ...

Wojcik returning home to launch AAU program

WHEELING — Basketball has always been a major focus in Dave Wojcik’s life. The Wheeling native is now ready to embark on a new hoop challenge. Wojcik is not coaching collegiately or in the prep ranks for the first time since 1991. He stepped down as head coach at San Jose State in July, ...

Kinnick looking to end playing career in style

Fifth-year seniors — in today’s culture — are often times hard to find. That’s especially true at the Division II level. St. Clairsville graduate Matt Kinnick, however, defies that theory. The former Red Devil, who helped guide his alma mater to the Division IV state championship ...

Bell primed for sophomore season at A&T

WHEELING — Elijah Bell prides himself more on winning than personal numbers. The Wheeling Park grad, however, has produced a lot of both during his still-evolving football career. The 6-1, 221-pound wide receiver helped lead Park to the Class AAA West Virginia state football crown in ...

Dr. Maroon still going strong at 77

PITTSBURGH — Age is only a number. It is what you do with it that counts. Dr. Joseph Maroon is 77 years of age. His lifestyle is one in tune with someone closer to 27. Dr. Maroon is regarded as the leading neurosurgeon in the nation. He is the professor and vice chairman of the ...

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 ...