Sports Columns

Former Linsly star heading to JCU shrine

CLEVELAND -- A former Linsly School star has received the ultimate athletic honor. Bryan Fialkowski will be enshrined into the John Carroll University Hall of Fame this coming October. The Bridgeport native was a two-time all-OAC honoree while earning All-America accolades as a senior ...

Off the Tee: Kupfer claims Ohio Valley Awards event by four shots

WHEELING PARK GOLF CLUB On April 30, the Ohio Valley Awards event was held. The 18-hole event was captured by Roger Kupfer, who shot a 67. He was four shots clear of both Rich Colley and Jay Davis. Bruce DeCrease and Art Lightner rounded out the top five, signing for a 72. In the handicap ...

WVU experiencing athletic greatness

WHEELING -- It's a great time to be a Mountaineer. That was the recurring theme Monday night as the WVU Coaches Caravan rolled into the River City Restaurant, attracting a crowd of nearly 300 Blue & Gold partisans. Coaching heavyweights Bob Huggins, Dana Holgorsen and Mike Carey ...

Massillon football community honors MF native Vrotsos

MASSILLON — This northeastern Ohio city is often thought of as the mecca of prep football in the Buckeye State. The Massillon Washington High Tigers have won 22 state grid titles and nine mythical national crowns. Massillon boasts the third winningest program in the nation. Such legendary ...

Off The Tee: Belmont Hills Match Play vs. Par winners crowned

The Match Play vs. Par event was held on April 22. There was a tie for first place between the teams of Jack Carpenter and Zach Azallion and Dave Diosi and Rob Anderson at six over par. Third place went to Kevin Abel and Brian Delloma at 2-over par. In the individual scoring, Diosi ...

Murray excited about return to alma mater

WHEELING -- Donnie Murray is coming home. The current Bishop Donahue athletic director and teacher was named as athletic director at Wheeling Central last week. Longtime Maroon Knights' athletic director Mike Young has been elevated to a new post at the school -- director of Alumni ...

Warwood woman poised to tackle Boston Marathon

WHEELING -- Marathons are the ultimate running challenge. They also serve as bucket list items for some. One such person is Karen John. Come Monday, the Warwood resident will have one less entry on her list. John has qualified to run in the Boston Marathon. It is the gold standard of ...

Former Linsly swimming star excels as coach

TAMPA -- Linsly School has an OVAC swimming tradition second to none. The Cadets have pocketed more than 70 conference team titles in the pool. Some sixty of those championship banners were courtesy of the Cadet boys' squads. That said, the Wheeling-based school has been graced by ...

Off the Tee: Oglebay Park Golf Club holds first 2017 event

The first Oglebay Park Golf Club tournament of the 2017 season was held last weekend. The Allen Kage Memorial Snowbird attracted a field of 120 players to Oglebay Park’s Crispin Course. Bryan Myers fired a round of 70 to win the medal division by three shots over George Templin. Joe Doerr ...

St. C. cruises past Martins Ferry, 12-2

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — It all starts at the top for the St. Clairsville softball team and that was certainly the case Monday night. The first four batters in the Red Devils lineup combined for 10 runs, eights hits and half-a-dozen runs batted in as they rolled to a 12-2 mercy-rule victory over ...

Reese shines in classroom, swimming pool

INDIANAPOLIS - Samm Reese is an NCAA Division I All-American. Reese is a Purdue Boilermaker with Martins Ferry roots. The talented junior from Granger, Ind., earned All-America honors for the Purdue University women’s swimming & diving team at the NCAA Championships last week. ...

OFF THE TEE: Scramble to benefit Post 159 baseball planned

A new scramble is set for Saturday, May 6 at Belmont Hills Country Club. An event to benefit the St. Clairsville American Legion Post 159 baseball team, which is made up of players from all over Belmont County, will be held with the field capped at 36 teams. The scramble will begin with a ...

Hilltoppers pay tribute to coaching legend Grall

WHEELING — Tom Grall impacted the lives of countless West Liberty student-athletes. That point was hammered home when more than 40 of his former Hilltopper players came back to the Route 88 institution to pay homage in a memorial tribute for the coaching legend Saturday morning. Grall, ...

Lewicki named D-III hockey player of year

ADRIAN, Mich. — A brilliant four-year career ended in heartbreak fashion for Kristin Lewicki. The Moundsville native has skated her way to becoming the face of the Adrian College hockey team. Her final game last weekend, however, delivered a tough pill to swallow. Very tough. Lewicki's ...

Campbell honored as W.Va. Legion Player of the Year

man. The 2016 Wheeling Central graduate recently learned he is the recipient of a special award. Campbell starred in football, basketball and baseball for the Maroon Knights. He also excelled on the diamond in the summer for Wheeling Legion Post 1. His baseball prowess helped Post 1 ...

Ex-Wheeling Park all-stater lights it up for Fairmont St.

FAIRMONT -- Emily Puskarich ended her brilliant collegiate hoop career in grand fashion last weekend. The former Wheeling Park great came up huge for Fairmont State in the Mountain East Conference Tournament in Charleston. Puskarich helped to carry the upstart Falcons to the championship ...

Brilliant High School HOF in the works

BRILLIANT -- High school athletic halls of fame are in vogue. Wheeling Central, for example, launched its shrine this past fall. But it is a little unusual for a high school no longer in existence to undertake such a venture. That is, however, what is going on with the Brilliant High ...

Wheeling Park swimmers grab the gold trophy

WHEELING -- Winning the state team championship in prep sports is the ultimate. That is something never achieved by the Wheeling Park girls' swim team. That is until last Friday. The Patriots, packed with relentless resolve, grabbed the brass ring for the initial time in school annals by ...

Wheeling Park swimmers grab the gold trophy

WHEELING -- Winning the state team championship in prep sports is the ultimate. That is something never achieved by the Wheeling Park girls' swim team. That is until last Friday. The Patriots, packed with relentless resolve, grabbed the brass ring for the initial time in school annals by ...

Barnesville’s Sawvell relishes new role at Wake Forest

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Jay Sawvell is ACC-bound. The 1989 Barnesville High grad has been named defensive coordinator at Wake Forest University, a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. His move comes on the heels of a highly successful six-year stint with Minnesota. Sawvell was the ...