Local Sports

St. Clairsville boys claim championship

HAMMONDSVILLE — The championship portion of track schedule arrived Tuesday evening for 10 schools. Edison played host to the annual Buckeye 8 Track and Field championship meet at Stanton Elementary. And despite conditions more suited for ducks than a track meet, the St. Clairsville ...

Shadyside falls short to Toronto in 2A

ELM GROVE — Toronto’s motto all season has been “finish.” The Red Knights had a pretty good season in 2017, but losses in the OVAC Tom Bechtel Tournament Class 2A championship game to Wheeling Central and a season-ending setback to Strasburg in the Division IV district tournament left ...

State investigates Bethesda Chief

BETHESDA — Suspended Bethesda Police Chief Eric Smith is under investigation by the state and faces felony criminal charges for alleged misuse of the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway. Attorney General Mike DeWine confirmed Tuesday that his office is leading the investigation into complaints ...

Clifford retires as St. Clairsville basketball coach

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Kim Clifford considers himself a lucky man. So lucky, in fact, that he called his life a fairy tale that wouldn’t sell very well if someone decided to author a book about it. Clifford closed a chapter Monday afternoon. The long-time St. Clairsville ...

Bridgeport outlasts Clay-Battelle in 2A semis

ELM GROVE — Bridgeport hadn’t qualified for the OVAC Tom Bechtel Softball Championships in nearly a decade. Monday the Bulldogs decided to make the most of their first appearance since 2010. Kamden Dulesky scored on Angie Sommer’s infield grounder in the bottom of the 11th inning as ...

St. John denied by Frontier in 1A semi

ELM GROVE — Kylie Daugherty smacked a double to left field in the bottom of the seventh Tuesday evening giving Frontier a 3-2 triumph against St. John in the first of two Class 1A semifinals of the Tom Bechtel OVAC Softball Championships at Lisa’s Field. With one out and Isabella Rinard ...

Bellaire unveils its ‘Field of Dreams’

NEFFS — If you build it, they will come. That was indeed the case. Bellaire christened John Blacker Field, nestled along Ohio 149, with a 6-4 high school baseball triumph over visiting Steubenville Catholic on a picturesque Sunday afternoon. The contest was played before a crowd estimated ...

Bellaire seniors savor first win on new field

NEFFS — Home sweet home. Finally! After three-and-a-half years of having numerous home games rained out or re-located due to unplayable field conditions, the seniors on this year’s Bellaire High School baseball team now have a true home field. The Big Reds opened John Blacker Field ...

Barnesville falls in 3A tournament by Fort Frye, 5-1

BARNESVILLE — So much for the third being a charm. It sure wasn’t for Barnesville. Second-seeded Shamrocks (11-2) lost for the third year in a row to Fort Frye in the OVAC Class 3A baseball tournament when they dropped a 5-1 semifinal decision Saturday at sun-splashed, but chilly, ...

Steubenville fights off St. Clairsville in 4A

STEUBENVILLE — The big inning made a big difference in Saturday’s OVAC Class 4A semifinal between St. Clairsville and Steubenville. Big Red, the defending 4A champion and the tournament’s top seed, did all its scoring in the home half of the second then held on for a 6-5 victory over ...

Toronto has no issue with River in Class 2A

TORONTO - Nate Karaffa hurled a gem, and he was backed up by plenty of offense as No. 1 seeded Toronto blanked No. 4 River, 11-0, in five innings in an OVAC Class 2A baseball tournament semifinal Saturday afternoon at the Knight Baseball Complex. “It was a good day,” Toronto (12-1) head ...

St. Clairsville girls win Shadyside Relays title

SHADYSIDE — With Butch Joseph on the mind of so many Saturday, the Shadyside Relays — just as he would have wanted — went off under ideal conditions and boasted impressive times and marks. The 46th annual Shadyside Relays drew an impressive list of teams and they delivered. The St. ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Bellaire sweeps softball DH; River takes doubleheader

ST. JOE — Bellaire’s softball team evened its mark at 7-7 Saturday with a pair of blankings of East Liverpool — 10-0 and 12-0 — at Bellaire Middle School. Natalie Stoner had five RBI and three hits, including a triple, as part of the Big Reds’ 17-hit attack in Game 1. De’Asia ...

McKivitz honored with ‘Iron Mountaineer Award’

MARTINS FERRY — Colton McKivitz is and always will be a team-first guy. But even the most team-centered people have individual goals. The current West Virginia University offensive lineman has accomplished many since arriving in Morgantown. But, the Union Local product admitted that ...

‘Willy’ helping to lead Barnesville softball team

BARNESVILLE — He stands less than six inches tall. But he stands six feet tall in the estimation of the Barnesville softball team. Willy, as he’s called, is more than a mascot. He’s a teammate, travelling companion and good luck charm all rolled into one. Made of green yarn, of ...

Steelers to take on Union Local alumni in hoops

MORRISTOWN — Members of the Pittsburgh Steelers are returning to Union Local High School to aid the Jets Booster Club. ‘The Hangar’ will be the site Saturday night for the 2nd annual basketball battle between members of the defending AFC North champions and former players and members of ...

Bordas & Bordas now sponsoring amateur golf tourney

WHEELING — West Virginia’s oldest amateur golf championship has been held in Wheeling since the 1930s. Thanks to Bordas & Bordas the tournament, which will be held June 9-10 at Oglebay Park’s Crispin Course, has a very bright future. During a press conference held at the course ...

Ferry’s Fogle to run CC at WLU

MARTINS FERRY - Hard work pays dividends. Martins Ferry’s Jamie Fogle is proof positive. The Purple Riders’ three-sport standout enjoyed a stellar prep career in both athletics and academics. Now she is taking her immense talents to the next level, casting her lot with the West Liberty ...

Ferry siblings cast college lots

MARTINS FERRY - Sheila and Jerry Pintarich are happy parents these days. Who can blame them? It’s not everyday a couple can see their two children sign college athletic scholarships on the same day. But so it was last week when Martins Ferry High seniors Gerald and Sierra Pintarich ...

OV gymnastics trio competes at Ohio State meet

BROOKSIDE — Months of hard work led to special honors for a local gymnastics trio. Keira O’Dell, Ava Crum and Leah Butts — all members of Ohio Valley Gymnastics — represented the area quite well at the USA Gymnastics Ohio State Meet. O’Dell and Crum excelled in Level 5, with Butts ...