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Taylor headed for Virginia Tech HOF

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BLACKBURG, VA. — Ben Taylor has always been a team first guy. Whether it was at Bellaire High School where he helped lead the Big Reds to back-to-back appearances in the Division IV state championship game in 1995 and 1996, at Virginia Tech where he developed into an all-American ...

Bellaire fieldhouse expected to be completed later this week

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BELLAIRE — A project that was first announced in April of 2016 is down to its final few days. Bellaire School officials are expecting to be presented the keys to the health and physical education center at Nelson Field later this week, which is just in time for the start of the football ...

Thunder makes noise on summer diamond

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WHEELING — An Ohio Valley-based 13-and-under baseball team produced a most memorable summer. The Steel Valley Thunder featured players from both sides of the Ohio River, coached by Jerry Miller, David Blomquist, Chris Cook and Brad Kessel. “Our overall record was 55-3 and our tournament ...

Barnesville’s Campbell to run track at Wheeling Jesuit

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BARNESVILLE — Late bloomer would be the best way to describe the track and field career of Barnesville’s Kohl Campbell. Just as the talented Shamrock was hitting his stride and running the best times of his life, the season was winding down. Campbell, however, will get a chance to ...

Football returns with annual OVAC All-Star Game

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MARTINS FERRY — King football makes its triumphant return to the Ohio Valley this evening. Though the regular season is still five weeks away, area gridiron fans get to wet their appetite at Purple Rider Stadium. The 72nd annual OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star Football Game takes center ...

Martins Ferry duo excited to play at home

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BETHANY — Both Jack Davis and Dom Wallace remember it well. It was the night of Oct. 28. The Martins Ferry Purple Riders walked off the field at Purple Rider Stadium for the last time. Adding to their disappointment was watching Bellaire celebrate on the turf with SPARKY after a 20-6 ...

All-Star Game an honor for the officials, too

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MARTINS FERRY — Don’t think the OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star Football Game is an honor just for the players, queens, band members and cheerleaders. A group of seven men will take the field tonight at Purple Rider Stadium with a very important job to do. The officiating crew, which was ...

Harrison’s Ball just taking it all in

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BETHANY — Jesse Ball is unlike most of the members of the Ohio All-Star Team in a couple of ways. First and foremost, the Harrison Central product will be totally wide eyed when he steps off the bus at Purple Rider Stadium Saturday afternoon for the 72nd annual OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star ...

Johnson believes in better late than never for OVAC Game

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BETHANY — Billy Johnson subscribes to the better late than never theory. The Shadyside graduate had a superb senior season as the Tigers’ quarterback, putting up impressive numbers and leading the Tigers to an 8-2 record and yet another trip to the Division VII playoffs. He seemingly ...

Weir’s Spencer looking to put speed on display

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BETHANY — West Virginia head coach John Durdines wants his team to play fast Saturday night in the 72nd annual OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star Football Game. That should be no problem for Weir High’s Donovan Spencer. Everything he does is fast ... especially his running. The Mountain ...

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PICTURED ARE the Ohio linebackers and defensive backs for Saturday’s 72nd annual OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star Football Game. Kneeling, from left, are Cody Saksa (River), Zane Zimish (Steubenville), William Lowe (Cambridge) and Jalen McGhee (Steubenville). Standing, from left, are Danny Zdinak (Toronto), Billy Johnson (Shadyside), Zach Bigelow (St. Clairsville) and Troy Pontius (Buckeye Trail).

OVAC Game is ideal ending to prep sports for St. C.’s Bigelow

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BETHANY — Zach Bigelow has honestly lost track of how many times he’s been to the OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star Football Game. He does remember the 2007 game in particular. Despite being just eight years old, Bigelow recalls sitting in the stands and watching Nick Rocchio hit a streaking ...

Two Ohioans set to suit up for West Virginia

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BETHANY — The Ohio vs. West Virginia rivalry is part of the ultimate intrigue that makes the OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star Game even more special than most other all-star games. A player’s chance to represent not only his school and family, but his entire state against the other state helps ...

St. Clairsville, Wheeling Central players awarded scholarships

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WHEELING — Whether it was in the classroom or on the football field, George Strager touched many lives during his career, which spanned 38 years. Though Strager died in 1990, his memory lived on again Tuesday evening as the festivities surrounding the 72nd annual OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star ...

Casketmakers win OVBL championship

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MAYNARD — History was made Tuesday night at sun-splashed Firemen’s Field when Shadyside captured its first Ohio Valley Baseball League championship since its return to the league several years ago. The top-seeded Casketmakers (20-3) defeated No. 3 Maynard 3-0 in Game 4 of the best-of-5 ...

Donnelly provides guidance for youth

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ELM GROVE — There are numerous sporting camps held throughout the Ohio Valley during the course of the summer month. Few, though, offer the opportunity to hone their craft under the guidance of a professional coach. More than 70 baseball players are receiving that opportunity this week ...

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NEW WHEELING Jesuit University head football coach Zac Bruney is congratulated by WJU President Dr. Debra Townsley.

Bruney relishes Wheeling Jesuit challenge

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WHEELING — The Wheeling Jesuit University football program is less than a month old. It now has a name well-established and well-respected in grid circles to help the Cardinals take flight from infancy. Former Martins Ferry High School and Mount Union star quarterback Zac Bruney was ...

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OVAC RUDY Mumley Game Director Bob Koch (center) is flanked by the two head coaches for Saturday’s annual contest, which will be played at Martins Ferry’s Purple Rider Stadium. Ohio’s head coach is Karl Justus and leading the West Virginia squad is John Durdines (right).

Justus, Durdines both pleased with teams’ progress thus far

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BETHANY — The preparations for the annual OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star Football Game are officially in full swing. The players and coaches have been on campus since Saturday and have five practices under their belt as they continue to work toward Saturday night’s kickoff at 7:15 at Martins ...

St. C. Legion’s three-peat bid denied by Marietta

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CAMBRIDGE — As Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, once said, “It’s a nice day to play two.” Monday was just that. Clear blue skies with a scorching summer sun — baseball weather — at Don Coss Field inside Cambridge City Parks. St. Clairsville Post 159 played a pair of ...