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Off The Tee: O’Donnell Scramble draws large, impressive field

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Ohio Valley is home to numerous golf scrambles throughout the spring, summer and fall. However, last Saturday’s Cindy O’Donnell Foundation Scramble, which attracted a full field of 36 teams, is quickly climbing the list of premier events. The proceeds of the ...

Havlicek lived his life the right way

BRIDGEPORT — The basketball success of John Havlicek has been well documented. One of the NBA’s Greatest 50, the Boston Celtics all-time leading scorer, owner of six NBA Championship rings, a national champion at Ohio State University and a member of basically every hall of fame ...

Harler, Routt shine in Spain hoop trip

WHEELING — The start of football’s regular season is on our doorstep. The Ohio Valley prep campaign kicks off in less than two weeks. With that said, let’s talk WVU basketball. Mountaineer hoops are always in vogue with Bob Huggins at the helm. It’s safe to say, last winter was not ...

Matsakis is making progress at Defiance

WHEELING - He arrived on the Defiance College campus Aug. 7 of last year. A month later Manny Matsakis was leading the Yellow Jackets’ football team in its first game of the season. Suffice to say, the Shadyside native had to hit the ground running at a school that enjoyed only one winning ...

OFF THE TEE: PGA Junior League program held at Belmont Hills CC

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The PGA is consistently looking for ways to grow the game of golf. One of its newer initiatives has been implemented at Belmont Hills Country Club and met with resounding success. Belmont Hills Club Professional Ron Baker began the PGA Junior League program in 2018 ...

Virtual Reality Racing coming to McMechen

WHEELING - Travis Braden is a rising star in the world of race cars. The Wheeling native is just 25-years-old and is already a two-time ARCA/CRA Super Series champion. Braden is also a major player in a movement that would change the eSports landscape in West Virginia. Possible legislation is ...

Off The Tee: Johnson claims Honeywell Junior Tourney

MOUNDSVILLE — Area junior players got another tuneup for their upcoming seasons last week when Moundsville Country Club hosted its annual Honeywell Junior Golf Tournament. An impressive field of male and female players took part in the event on the par 70 layout. Winning the overall and ...

Connor relishes OVAC experience

WHEELING - Andrew Connor was like a kid in a candy store all of last week. The personable and highly successful Indian Creek head football coach says he has waited 17 years to coach in the OVAC Rudy Mumley Charity Football Classic. Connor got his chance Saturday night at Wheeling Island ...

St. C.’s Bober shines as WR

WHEELING — Craig Bober reported for OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star Game camp with the idea that he’d be playing on the defensive side of the ball. The St. Clairsville graduate was OK with that because the opportunity to play one last prep game before heading off to West Liberty University was ...

Is 8-man football in the offing?

WHEELING - A sign of the times. So it was when Zanesville Bishop Rosecrans announced Monday it was scrapping its football schedule for this coming season. The reason? A lack of players. Only 13 players committed to play this coming fall for the Bishops. Although the school is small in ...

Off The Tee: Jeffries claims junior tourney at BHCC

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The high school golf season is less than a week away in Ohio and area players got another chance to hone their skills this past week. The annual Belmont Hills Country Club Junior Golf Tournament was held at the challening par 72 layout in tough weather conditions, which ...

Wheeling Central lacross standout Karnell honored

WHEELING — A season to remember. It was certainly that for Caleb Karnell. Karnell is a lacrosse player at Wheeling Central...and a very gifted one. He just completed his sophomore campaign, one in which he helped carry the Maroon Knights to the West Virginia Lacrosse Association state ...

Off The Tee: BHCC Member-Guest champions crowned

As it pertains to the Belmont Hills Country Club Member-Guest Tournament, Steve Mercer and Ryan Tomolonis have been on the doorstep of the coveted green jacket many times. Actually, the duo, which has been playing together for 12 years in the event, had claimed its flight championship in ...

Wheeling Central will celebrate its first WVSSAC title

WHEELING - The year was 1979. Jimmy Carter was in the White House. The Pittsburgh Steelers were Super Bowl champions and the Pittsburgh Pirates were World Series kingpins. The price of gasoline was 88 cents a gallon. It also was the year that Wheeling Central won its first WVSSAC state ...

24th annual BMAC Golf Classic is Thursday

MOUNDSVILLE — Golfers from throughout the area will converge on Moundsville Country Club this Thursday for the 24th annual BMAC (Belmont-Mountaineer Athletic Club) Golf Classic. The event, which tees off with a 10 a.m. shotgun start, is one of the largest fundraisers for the ...

MF’s Bob Bruney was a teacher for era of coaches

MARTINS FERRY — Three things come to mind when you think of Bob Bruney: Martins Ferry, football and toughness. You had to be tough to play football for Woody Hayes. The Purple Rider Hall of Famer died this past week at the age of 77. He leaves behind a legacy of success as a player, coach, ...

Another July, another new WJU basketball coach

WHEELING — It is becoming a rite of summer. It being Wheeling Jesuit University hiring a head men’s basketball coach in July. Jesuit named Will Ryan as its new head coach Monday. He is the 10th to serve in that capacity in school history. Ryan replaces John Peckinpaugh who returned back ...

Rataiczak’s impact goes far beyond sports and championships

Tom Rataiczak’s title with the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference was executive secretary and treasurer. To say he did so much more than that wouldn’t be coming anywhere close to doing him justice. During the course of the last 20 years, Rataiczak — through his vision and dedication — ...

Linsly School graduate Blount receives HOF Fellowship in Canton

WHEELING - He is the son of an NFL Hall-of-Famer. Now, Akil Blount has his own piece of the pro football Hall of Fame. The former Linsly School three-sport standout has been chosen as the initial recipient of the James Harris-Doug Williams Fellowship. The fellowship is named after NFL ...

Off the Tee: Wheeling Elks Junior Tourney champs crowned

The annual Wheeling Elks Junior Golf Tournament drew a solid collection of male and female players at the annual event held last Wednesday. Champions were crowned in four boys and girls divisions. Winning the 16-18 year old boys division was Martins Ferry’s Luke Krol, who ...