Sports Columns

Softball and Pelegreen simply fit

WHEELING — When she takes a step back and actually thinks about her rise in the softball coaching profession, Sara Pelegreen can hardly believe it herself. To be a NCAA Division II coach at the ripe old age of 25 is fairly hard to fathom. But, such is reality for the Harrison ...

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WEST VIRGINIA basketball player Chase Harler, who is a Wheeling CC grad, poses with Hayden Mueller, who is a sixth grader at St. Michael’s in Wheeling.

Adjustment process going well for Harler

WHEELING — Chase Harler doesn’t shy away from hardwork or a challenge Never has and never will. It’s that mentality that helped land the Wheeling Central graduate a cherished scholarship offer from West Virginia University head coach Bob Huggins in August of 2014. His approach ...

Hoop classic to pay tribute to Prosser

WHEELING — George “Skip” Prosser was a winner. He won at a high rate at every stop in a well-traveled journey. He did so with endless class all along the way. Be it at Linsly Military Institute, Wheeling Central or 15 years as a D-1 collegiate head coach, Prosser’s teams won quite ...

College hoops will have strong local flavor

While we’re still in October and the heart of football season, the thoughts of basketball are starting to creep into our minds. Whether it was West Virginia’s visit to Wheeling on Thursday or if you were a couch potato and watched Big Ten Media Day coverage, basketball season is coming ...

WVU exhibit pays tribute to Negro League Baseball

MORGANTOWN -- Negro League Baseball has a rich tradition. Its proud history was spotlighted recently at two local venues. Baseball historian Phil Dixon spoke at Buckeye Local High School and the Ohio County Public Library on Oct. 22. His local stops were a part of a 108-city tour, ...

Wheeling native helps RockHounds to ‘three-peat’

Major League Baseball is in its stretch run with less than a week until the start of the playoffs. While big-league clubs are jockeying for positioning in pennant races, the Midland RockHounds are basking in the glory of their third consecutive Texas League championship. One of the ...

River and Shadyside in football has been a long time coming

It’s only Tuesday, but the anticipation and excitement are already reaching a high, high level. Both schools have had this date circled for weeks. They’ve even sold t-shirts to commemorate the game. For the first time since 2005, River and Shadyside are meeting on the football ...

Deaton headed to Ohio chapter of national mat HOF

COLUMBUS — A Martins Ferry man who has dedicated a half century to the sport of wrestling is heading to the hall of fame - one more time. Lifelong wrestling advocate Larry Deaton has been chosen for enshrinement into the Ohio Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. The induction ...

St. C. products helping Battlers men’s golf team

The Alderson-Broaddus golf program is still relatively new. However, it’s experienced a lot of success thus far, too. A big reason for that is because of the contribution of two former St. Clairsville Red Devils. Adam Jeffries and Seth Vannoy have been key contributors each of the ...

Bellaire turning the corner

Don’t look now, but the Bellaire Big Reds are on a winning streak. After opening the season by dropping back-to-back games to River and Wheeling Central, Bellaire has rebounded quite well with wins over Harrison Central and John Marshall. The Big Reds basically dominated the ...

Is football in the cards for WJU?

WHEELING -- Football at Wheeling Jesuit University. Is it a possibility? Will it become a reality? If so, how soon? The Cardinals are the only member of the 12-school Mountain East Conference that doesn't have a football program. The NCAA Division II league officially began competition on ...

Former Patriots fueling Gannon’s impressive start

Former Wheeling Park Patriot Zach Phillips hasn’t needed long to prove that he’s plenty worthy of being a starting quarterback at the Division II level. For the second straight week, Phillips put forth a big game in leading his Gannon Knights to a victory. This week, however, others ...

Buckeye 8 games are hard to predict

If you’re able to successfully predict games inside the Buckeye 8 South Division you’re a smarter person than I am. Last weekend gave area football fans a taste of what the remainder of the season in the South Division may feel like when Union Local held on to knock off Martins Ferry, ...

Chavanak takes reins as Monarchs athletic director

GLEN DALE — Casey Storm made a positive impact on the John Marshall athletic landscape during his time as the Monarchs’ athletic director. Storm, however, was recently named assistant principal at John Marshall High School, forcing him to relinquish his A.D. duties he held since May ...

OVAC Golf tees off this week at Oglebay Park

The Ohio Valley Athletic Conference will crown its first champions of the 2016-17 school year this week. The golf championships are slated to unfold Tuesday and Thursday at Oglebay Park. On Tuesday, the 4A schools will play at Spiedel, while the 1A/2A class will compete down the road ...

McKivitz makes strong first impression for Mountaineers

You’d probably be hard pressed to find even the most loyal and knowledgeable West Virginia or Union Local fan who would admit he or she thought Colton McKivitz would end up as the focal point of the Mountaineers’ opening game. After all, McKivitz plays along the offensive line, he was ...

Phillips paces Park collegiate grid delegation

WHEELING — Chris Daugherty has elevated the Wheeling Park football program to a championship level. He is also turning The Park into fertile recruiting ground for college recruiters. No less than 19 Patriots are currently playing at the next level. “I am very proud that our ...

Edge, Doyle selected for national HOF

WHEELING -- Dick Edge and Dr. Dan Doyle have devoted much of their respective lives to the sport of wrestling. Now the two Ohio Valley natives are receiving the ultimate recognition for passionate and dedicated service to the mat sport. They are becoming Hall of Famers. The two will be ...

When is hot too hot for prep football?

BELLAIRE -- Prep football is back. Week 1 saw its share of surprises -- if surprises are possible in the opening weekend -- as well as some stellar performances. The hottest topic of the first weekend of games was just that -- the heat. Another round of mid-90 temps and punishing ...

Union Local makes early statement

While there were a lot of interesting storylines during the course of the opening weekend of high school football, to me the play of the Union Local Jets was amongst the most impressive. Bruce Stiles heaped all sorts of praise on his team during the pre-season and his players backed it up ...