Local Sports

Union Local’s Porter has game for the books

MORRISTOWN — Sailing in from the top of the key. Flying in from the wing. Gliding in through the lane. Haley Porter’s shots came at Martins Ferry in all different directions. And it seemed like they all went in. Porter, Union Local’s senior point guard, was on fire from the start of ...

Bellaire cruises past St.C.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The last time Bellaire took the court for a girls’ basketball game, it was embarrassed at home by Wheeling Central. The Big Reds wanted to show people they weren’t that bad of a team. Monday night Bellaire pressured St. Clairsville into submission in the first quarter ...

Prep Roundup: Holzopfel scores 43 in win

CONNORVILLE — Emily Holzopfel torched the nets for 43 points Monday night to help Buckeye Local throttle East Liverpool, 77-21, in girls’ high school basketball action. Holzopfel registered five 3-pointers on the night for the Panthers, who held the Pooters to seven field goals. Alaire ...

Monteroso is MEC Player of the Week

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. — West Liberty University men’s basketball All-American Dan Monteroso has been honored as the Mountain East Conference Player of the Week. The 6-3 grad student from St. Clairsville posted back-to-back 27-point nights in leading the unbeaten and No. 7-ranked Hilltoppers ...

Bodkin lone local champion

BARNESVILLE — Martins Ferry’s Hunter Bodkin was the lone local champion Saturday night as the 48th annual Barnesville Doan Ford Invitational wrestling tournament wrapped up its two-day stay inside ‘The Greenhouse’ at Barnesville High School. In winning the 285-pound weight class, ...

Ferry defeats Linsly

WHEELING — With inexperienced rosters and a season of unknowns in front of them, both Martins Ferry and Linsly entered Saturday’s game at Stifel Field House looking to get that ever-important first victory. This night it belonged to Martins Ferry. The Purple Riders jumped out to a big ...

Bradshaw powers St. C. to victory

WOODSFIELD — Katie Bradshaw torched the nets for 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds Saturday afternoon as St. Clairsville’s girls’ basketball team moved to 5-0 with a 52-34 victory at Monroe Central. Ari Reager added eight points and Rileigh Simpson seven for the Red Devils. Sydney ...

Ferry girls, St. C. teams win meets

ZANESVILLE — Martins Ferry’s girls’ swimming team captured first place at the Tri-Valley Invitational Saturday at the Muskingum Recreation Center. The Purple Riders piled up 145 points to edge out the hosts by eight markers. Kayla Fogle and Rylee Reis each picked up a pair of ...

Ohio Valley Unsung Heroes: Piatt’s focus is on making youth better

HANNIBAL — Scott Piatt is a doer. Take Friday night, for example. In the span of about six hours, Piatt coached River’s freshman boys’ basketball team against Monroe Central, assisted on the junior varsity and varsity staffs in games vs. the Seminoles, and served as the public address ...

Welker receives national acclaim for wrestling book

WHEELING — Dr. Bill Welker was, and still is, a great ambassador of high school wrestling. He recently retired after a 40-year career as a referee and later as a rules interpreter and clinician for the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission. However, Welker, a former ...

Debuting St. C. rolls past Bellaire by 84-67

BELLAIRE — Debuting St. Clairsville looked in midseason form Friday night as all five starters reached double figures in an 84-67 victory over Bellaire inside the ‘House of Champions’ on Guernsey Street. The visitors broke a 17-all deadlock early in the second quarter with a 9-2 run ...

River rises over Monroe Central

HANNIBAL — The more things change, the more they stay the same. It can be an overly-used saying, but, at least Friday night, it applied to the River High School boys’ basketball team. With seven new players dotting the Pilots’ roster, veteran head coach Mark Romick wondered how his ...

Prep Roundup: Bridgeport picks up first victory

BEALLSVILLE — Macrea Doyle poured in a game-high 21 points Friday night as Bridgeport broke into the victory column with a 73-48 boys’ high school basketball victory against Beallsville. Jeremiah Booker added 14 points for the Bulldogs (1-2), while Trevonn Ray had 13. Bryce Louden paced ...

Mustangs lead at Barnesville

BARNESVILLE — Claymont leads the 28-team Barnesville Doan Ford Invitational wrestling tournament heading into today’s action at Barnesville High School. The Mustangs, with seven semifinalists, lead the field with 84 points. Wheeling Park is second with 68, three ahead of Indian Valley and ...

Red Devils improve to 4-0 with victory

MARTINS FERRY — St. Clairsville remained unbeaten in four tries, but veteran head coach Stacey Agnew knows his team will have to play better than it did Thursday night. The Red Devils, despite shooting 19-for-59 from the floor, posted a 44-30 girls’ basketball decision over ...

Jets soar by Huskies

CADIZ — In besting Ridgewood this past Monday, Union Local led by 17 at halftime, only to see its lead dwindle to four after three quarters before winning by seven. Thursday night inside the John W. Stephenson Center, the Jets led Harrison Central by nine at halftime. This time, though, ...

Panthers roll past Wildcats

RICHMOND — The Buckeye Local girls basketball team found its groove during the second quarter of Thursday’s matchup with Edison and never looked back, continually building a lead en route to a 58-26 victory. “Once we established our pace and our tempo, we pretty much took the game ...

’Rocks roll to first win of season

BARNESVILLE — Annastashia Carpenter poured in a career-high 25 points Thursday night to help Barnesville pick up its first victory of the season, a 69-53 girls’ high school basketball triumph against Barnesville. Sarah Powell added 18 points amd eight steals for the Shamrocks (1-4), ...

Knights stymie Bellaire

BELLAIRE — After dropping a decision to Triple-A Morgantown last Friday, veteran Wheeling Central head coach Penn Kurtz was searching for a pick-me-up for his squad as it headed into ‘The House of Champions’ for a highly-anticipated girls’ high school hoops match-up against ...

Rebounding keys Linsly victory

BELLAIRE — Linsly Head Coach Rebecca Upton admits that there have been a few points of emphasis at Lady Cadet practices recently, including rebounding, ball control and taking advantage of turnovers. Wednesday night, Upton’s squad showed that practice doesn’t always make perfect, but ...