Sports Columns

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 ...

Jesuit baseball team does its part at OV’s Night to Shine event

MOUNDSVILLE — Last Friday night, the Ohio Valley had its ‘Night to Shine.’ And amongst the many volunteers at the annual event, which serves as a prom for people with special needs, were some 30 Wheeling Jesuit University baseball players who took part simply as a way to give ...

Men’s soccer, Olivier good fits at West Liberty

WEST LIBERTY — “If you are not getting better, you are getting worse.” Those words were spoken by West Liberty co-athletic director and highly successful women’s basketball coach Lynn Ullom. It is a statement I am in full agreement with. Ullom’s remark came on the heels of WLU ...

Wrestling philosophy: Ohio vs. Pennsylvania

Ohio and Pennsylvania are viewed by aficionados as two of the best scholastic wrestling states in America. However, Keystone State wrestlers have consistently out-performed Buckeye State grapplers on the mats of the annual NCAA Division 1 Wrestling Championships for years. Both states ...

Friends going to bat for former baseball standout at JM

GLEN DALE — John Marshall boasts one of the OVAC’s most successful baseball programs. Bob Montgomery has guided the Monarchs for nearly half a century, earning legendary status. He has coached countless great players during that time. Todd Hayes was one of his best. Hayes helped lead ...

TL Super Bowl Poll: Expect the Pats to hoist the Lombardi

The numbers are in! If the Ohio Valley knows football like we think it does, you can just focus on the commercials and the half-time show, featuring Lady Gaga because the game is going to go in favor of New England. The annual Times Leader Super Bowl Poll, which was orginally the ...

Honors keep coming for Suzie Dailer

WHEELING — Some two decades after completing her brilliant collegiate career, the accolades continue to roll in for Suzie Dailer. The Wheeling Central athletic legend enjoyed great hoop success at St. Bonaventure. So much so, she was inducted into the university’s hall of fame in 2006, ...

Switzerland of Ohio BOE deserves kudos for eliminating pay to participate fee

WOODSFIELD — Let’s be honest. The Switzlerland of Ohio Local Schools Board of Education has been heavily scrutinized over the years because of some of the decisions it’s made — or tried to make. However, in the effort of being fair, the BOE deserves major kudos at this point. Last ...

Prosser Classic unfolds tonight in East Wheeling

WHEELING — After some unrest at Wheeling Central this past week, a very good thing will unfold tonight at the East Wheeling school. The George Edward “Skip” Prosser Classic will be held at Wheeling Central High, pitting the Maroon Knights against Linsly in boys’ basketball. It will be ...

JM’s Lewicki gains another hockey honor

KRISTIN LEWICKI has skated her way to an outstanding collegiate career. The Adrian College (Mich.) senior is one of the premier Division III hockey players in the nation. The All-American forward added yet another impressive honor recently as she was featured in the Jan. 12 issue of Sports ...

Park’s Wilkinson excels at U.S. Army National Combine

WHEELING — Cross Wilkinson ushered in the new year by taking a four-day junket to Texas. It wasn’t a vacation, but a trip that may yield big dividends for Wheeling Park’s stellar quarterback. Wilkinson was an invited guest to the prestigious U.S. Army All-American High School ...

Much-needed changes headed to OSU offense

OHIO STATE’S performance against Clemson in the college football playoff semifinals was simply shocking. Buckeyes’ boss Urban Meyer is usually the best in the business when given several weeks to prepare his team for a big game. It was obvious early on that Clemson was the better team as ...

Park’s Bell an instant impact at N.C. A&T

ELIJAH BELL authored a tremendous football career at Wheeling Park. The exclamation point being the Patriots’ first-ever gridiron state championship. He didn’t skip a beat upon taking his immense talents to the next level. The athletic wide receiver just completed his freshman season ...

Crutchfield enjoys work environment as much as winning

WHEELING — “This is the only job I ever want.” That was the message delivered by Jim Crutchfield during Tuesday’s Wheeling Rotary Club luncheon at WesBanco Arena. The highly successful West Liberty University head basketball coach was the guest speaker at the well-attended ...

WJU rugby building on success

WHEELING — Tommy Duffy yearned to come home...and that he did. It proved a fruitful decision. The 1985 Wheeling Central graduate walked away from a nice situation at The Citadel to become head rugby coach at Wheeling Jesuit University this fall. It is a move he doesn’t regret. Far ...

Furbee calls match against Snyder a learning experience

KENT — Michael Furbee was an all-Ohioan and OVAC champion during his high school career at St. Clairsville. He’s now the starting 285 pounder for Cleveland State University as a true freshman. He’s endured some growing pains already in the young season, but he received his biggest ...

Wheeling Park QB Wilkinson will play in prestigious U.S. Army Combine

WHEELING — Cross Wilkinson is a hot commodity. The Wheeling Park junior quarterback has already received two Division I scholarship offers. He has drawn major interest from countless others. His gridiron stock continues to rise. The 6-2, 220-pounder, who was named MVP at West ...