Sports Columns

Linsly graduate Meredith tabbed WVU Legend

WHEELING - When one thinks of WVU athletics Bob Huggins and basketball or Will Grier and football probably come to the forefront. The Mountaineers’ rifle team, however, owns the bragging rights as the school’s most successful athletic program. The WVU rifle program has been on the mark ...

Local products shining for WLU on baseball field

WEST LIBERTY — Ever since he was hired as the head baseball coach at West Liberty, Eric Burkle has wanted to get area products onto the Hilltoppers’ diamond. He’s succeeding at a high rate this fall. Upwards of half of the 40-man roster that’s played this fall graduated from an ...

Stein building grid powerhouse in Md.

WHEELING - A torn ACL cut short Kurt Stein’s football playing days. The serious knee injury, however, has done nothing to hamper his career on the gridiron. Stein is a 2000 Wheeling Central graduate, coached by the legendary Jim Thomas. Although his senior grid season was truncated due to ...

OFF THE TEE: Shadyside graduate honored in golf industry

When Nick Janovich came out of Ohio State University in 2008 with a degree in turf grass science and political science that the two would work together at some point. The 2004 Shadyside High School graduate has made numerous trips to Washington D.C. to address folks on Capitol Hill about ...

Clegg shines in OSU Scarlet and Gray game

Ohio State baseball began the final portion of its fall season earlier this week with the Scarlet and Gray squads squaring off at Bill Davis Stadium. The “Scarlet and Gray World Series” is a best-of-five that stretches for the next week. A pair of Ohio Valley products took part in ...

Holgorsen: Ferns about one month from practicing

Battling back from any injury can be a difficult process. When you have to deal with it on multiple occassions, it becomes even more challenging. St. Clairsville graduate Brendan Ferns is currently in that position. The West Virginia University linebacker has not seen the field yet this ...

Hard work paying off for Indiana’s Dorris

To be quite frank, Austin Dorris was a dominant player during his prep career at Shadyside. It led him to earn a scholarship offer Indiana University, which he eventually accepted and signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his football career with the Hoosiers. However, Dorris ...

Former Park track star enters Slippery Rock Hall of Fame

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — Andi Rose Barrett is one of the premier track & field athletes in Wheeling Park annals. She took it to another level in college, however, enjoying an All-American career at Slippery Rock University. So much so, Barrett was inducted into the Slippery Rock ...

Prep Football season seeing some clarity as second half set to begin

The fastest 10 weeks of the year is half over already. That’s extremely hard to wrap my head around. It seems like Executive Sports Editor Bubba Kapral and I were at Beallsville for the Blue Devils’ media day on Aug. 1. The season — though only half over — is certainly getting to ...

Skip Prosser Classic in jeopardy of folding

WHEELING — Skip Prosser is an iconic figure in basketball coaching circles. So much so, an Ohio Valley tribute was established in his name two years ago, pitting schools he guided to great prominence — Linsly and Wheeling Central. Year three of the Skip Prosser Classic, however, may ...

Wooding making big impact at college level

OBERLIN — Von Wooding has been making an impact on the defensive side of the ball for the Yeoman since he stepped foot on campus in 2016. The former Linsly Cadet had one of his most productive games in his career last Saturday against Wittenberg. Wooding, who plays inside linebacker, ...

Pastilong: Moore great player, but a greater person

MOUNDSVILLE — Harry Moore. He was best known as “Moo.” Moore is an Ohio Valley basketball legend who is unknown to many people today. That is not surprising as he graduated Moundsville High way back in 1948. Moore died this past Tuesday at age 89. His basketball exploits, however, ...

Caldwell product splendid in OAC shootout thriller

To the victor go the spoils. When you win a wild and wacky game like Marietta College did against Capital last Saturday, a lot of spoils come your way. At the center of the victory was a former Ohio Valley Athletic Conference standout. Caldwell High product Tanner Clark, who helped lead ...

WJU gridders ready to take home field

WHEELING — There will be live college football in the city of Wheeling on Saturday afternoon. Wheeling Jesuit University — fresh off a scrimmage at FCS member Cornell — will make its official debut against Hocking College with kickoff slated for 1 p.m. at Bishop Schmitt ...

OV opens its heart for VB stroke victim

LISBON — I have said repeatedly the Ohio Valley is a special place to live for when tragedy strikes the local response is swift and powerful. Tragedy befell an OVAC volleyball team this summer. Lauren Thomas, a junior for Beaver Local, suffered a stroke July 14 while attending a volleyball ...

Buckeyes’ victory has plenty to feel good about

COLUMBUS — First and foremost, let me begin this by saying I realize Saturday’s opponent, Oregon State, is coming off a 1-11 season in 2017. Immediately that tempers some of the excitement surrounding the Buckeyes’ 77-31 victory against the Beavers before 102,169 fans inside of Ohio ...

O’Donnell starts foundation

If you want to get something done, sometimes you may have to simply take a leap of faith. Patrick O’Donnell — a 2010 Shadyside High School graduate — did just that in March when he walked into Chase Bank and started The Cindy O’Donnell Foundation in memory of his mother, who had died ...

Local hoop coaches bid to copy success of grid counterparts

WEIRTON — Coaches are thieves. If they like something another coach is doing they make it their own. The Ohio Valley Football Coaches Association is a viable and united network of grid coaches. It is driven by the likes of Reno Saccoccia, Mike Young, Ty Fleming, Dave Bruney and Andrew ...

OFF THE TEE: Oglebay Park Golf Club crowns tournament winners

The club’s eighth tournament of the season was held last Sunday with 85 players taking part in a tournament that utilized a format of 50 percent handicap, best-ball at Crispin. Winning the title was Jay Davis and Mike Bogers, who posted a 59. Shawn Pennybacker and Bill Piko finished second ...

St. Clairsville shakes off slow start to get past Carrollton

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Brett McLean may have felt like he was experiencing a case of deja vu in the early moments of Friday night’s season opener against Carrollton. Each of the Red Devils’ first two drives, which were impressive marches into Warriors’ territory ended with lost ...