Sports Columns

Madonna grad receives D-1 coaching award

WEIRTON -- Joanna Bernabei-McNamee continues to land impressive honors as she ascends the collegiate coaching ladder. The Weirton Madonna product -- now head women's basketball coach at the University at Albany -- has been named as the 2017 Women's Division I Coach of the Year by the ...

Off The Tee: Belmont Hills crowns Mehlman Independence Day winners

The Fourth of July means America’s independence and fireworks. At the Belmont Hills Country Club, it also means the annual Fred and Mary Jo Mehlman Independence Day Tournament. A large field of 13 teams took part in the event, which used a 2 net, best ball of 4 scoring system. The ...

Lewicki in hunt for NCAA Woman of the Year honors

MOUNDSVILLE — It just keeps getting better and better for Kristin Lewicki. The John Marshall High product authored a remarkable four-year hockey career at Adrian College in Michigan, capped by being named national player of the year this past season. Her long list of honors took on even ...

Boroski enjoys chance to ‘come home’

PITTSBURGH — Someone probably should have pinched Stan Boroski this week. Actually, it was a dream script that — outside of winning the World Series — the 1981 Buckeye South graduate couldn’t have written better. Here’s Boroski sitting in the bullpen at PNC Park as bullpen coach ...

Apicella garners South Carolina coaching honors

SHADYSIDE — Baseball has been a big part of Matt Apicella’s life, first as a standout player and now as a standout coach. Apicella was an all-state player for Shadyside High in 1994. His sparkling prep baseball career proved a springboard to a fine diamond career at Muskingum ...

Off The Tee: Oglebay Park Golf Club crowns two-man champions

The Oglebay Park Golf Club held its annual Michelob Ultra Two-Man Best Ball event, which is sponsored by Carenbauer Distributing, last weekend. The duo of Brooke Garrison and Paul Kurtz prevailed with a score of 57. They were a shot better than T.C. Chappelear and Thomas Chappelear. Mike ...

Wheeling Jesuit football primed to tackle challenges

WHEELING -- It was only a few short months ago that rumors ran rampant that Wheeling Jesuit University's athletic department was in dire straits. Talk of coaches' salary slashing and a possible drop to the non-scholarship Division III level was prevalent. Any WJU athletic gloom and doom ...

Repella making positive impact on hoopsters

STEUBENVILLE -- Liz Repella is a winner. Be it in the game of basketball or the game of life, the 2007 Steubenville High valedictorian is a winner. The former Big Red and WVU basketball great is also big on giving back. She wants to make a difference, impacting positively the lives ...

DeFruscio takes on new challenge in Philadelphia

WHEELING -- Jay DeFruscio is heading home. The former Wheeling Jesuit University head men's basketball coach and athletic director is Philadelphia born and bred. To that end, DeFruscio is returning to his roots for his latest career challenge. The personable twice-minted Hall of Famer has ...

Salt Fork Junior Tournament Winners Announced

The annual Salt Fork Junior Golf Tournament was held last Tuesday at Salt Fork State Park Golf Course, which played at par 71 for the event. Winning the title in the 17-18 year old division was Trey Singleton from Meadowbrook. He fired a 76 and was three shots clear of Jacob Feldner and five ...

Becker: HOF career at WVU could have been much better

WHEELING -- The honors continue to roll in for Eddie Becker. Less than a year after being inducted into the OVAC Hall of Fame, the former Wheeling High basketball star has been selected for induction into the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame. Enshrinement ceremonies will take ...

Doerr, O’Brien claim wins at Oglebay’s Miklas event

The Oglebay Park Golf Club held its annual Miklas Meat Market event on June 4 with a field of 102 golders taking part. Joe Doerr won the medal division scoring with a round of 64, which was a shot better than Paul Kurtz. Mike Wetzel was third with a 68 and Jay Davis was fourth with a 69. ...

Basketball camp paying tribute to Phillipson

STEUBENVILLE — Basketball camps are summertime fixtures. Most are associated with a specific school and used as a program fundraiser. Such is not the case with the inaugural Cynthia Basketball Camp. This one is steeped in love and born out of tragedy. Cynthia Phillipson was a promising ...

Belmont Hills C.C. hosts successful holiday event

The Belmont Hills Country Club held its annual Memorial Day event with a full field of participants. Winning the event was the team that consisted of Zach Azallion, Dick Cope, Jake Olsavsky and Donna Melchiori, firing a round of 63. There was a three-way tie for second at a round of 64. ...

Former Wheeling Park hoop standout helping to change lives

WHEELING — The window for athletic greatness can close very quickly. Being a superstar in the game of life has a much longer shelf-life. Ryan Reinbeau is a 20-year-old West Virginia University medical student. He is also a former Wheeling Park High School basketball star who experienced the ...

OFF THE TEE: Elks Lodge Junior Golf Tournament accepting registrations

One of the area’s longest-running youth golf tournaments is just a few weeks away. Plans for the annual Wheeling Elks Lodge #28 Junior Golf Tournament are well under way, according to long-time co-chairman Bob Joseph. “This is a good event because of the camraderie it creates for the ...

Lewicki takes aim at pro ice career

MOUNDSVILLE -- Her brilliant collegiate career is now on ice. Kristin Lewicki, however, is not ready to hang up her skates. The John Marshall High product scripted an All-American hockey career at Adrian College in Michigan. It ended this past March when she led her Bulldogs to the national ...

OFF THE TEE: Wheeling Park Golf Club holds two more tourneys

The Doris L. Kinney Memorial Golf Scramble was held, using a bestball scramble format. The duo of Art Lightner and Roger Kupfer prevailed with a 62. That was two shots better than Gary Mercer and Chris Bommer. Robbie Evans and Doug Miller were third with a 68. Nick Klamut and Bob McLaughlin ...

OVAC hits paydirt with new ASG choice

MARTINS FERRY -- A wise man once said, "It is not the problem, but rather who is solving it." OVAC Executive Secretary Tom Rataiczak and his football committee were delivered a major problem late last month. The conference braintrust needed to find a new home for Rudy Mumley All-Star ...

OFF THE TEE: St. C. Post 159 baseball scramble winners announced

The St. Clairsville American Legion Post 159 baseball team advanced to its second consecutive state tournament last summer. Mike Muklewicz and his squad begin their season next month, but began the process of working toward the season last weekend when they held their inaugural golf scramble ...