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Barnesville’s Stephens to run at WJU

BARNESVILLE — Kane Stephens, quite possibly, didn’t get a chance to show just how good he can be in track during his prep career. Stephens, who was the “fastest runner” on the team according to head coach Dylan Rogers, battled leg problems, which took their toll. However, when he ...

OVAC HOF fete set for Saturday

WHEELING — The Ohio Valley Athletic Conference will honor its own once again Saturday when the 14th Annual OVAC Hall of Fame Ceremony takes place with the induction of the Class of 2017. WesBanco Arena in downtown Wheeling is once again the site of this year’s OVAC Hall of Fame Banquet ...

Barnesville’s Bunfill to wrestle at Edinboro

BARNESVILLE — Barnesville High School has a storied wrestling program with the likes of Tim Moxley and the Jefferies clan, just to name a couple. However, the Shamrocks have never had a NCAA Division I wrestler. Caide Bunfill became the first Barnesville graduate to sign a National Letter ...

Ohio Valley Unsung Heroes: Shadyside athletic teams aid village flood cleanup

SHADYSIDE — Shadyside was hit with a double whammy two weeks ago. After a series of severe storms rolled through southeastern Belmont County the week of July 16, a gullywasher that nailed the village during the afternoon of July 23 proved too much. Basements and streets flooded as creeks ...

Area prep golfers set to tee it up for season

MARTINS FERRY — The first high school sport of the 2017-18 school year begins this week around the Buckeye State. Prep golf action heats up as many area players will take part in a pre-season scramble at Belmont Hills Country Club on Monday with official matches slated to begin later in ...

Beallsville to start a cross country team

BEALLSVILLE — Delmas Moore is one happy camper these days. The Beallsville High School Athletics Director simply can’t stop smiling. “There are a lot of good things happening down here right now,” Moore said. “We’re very upbeat.” Just last month, the Switzerland of Ohio ...

St. Clairsville graduate a finalist for NCAA Woman of the Year

Juliana Madzia has made the cut. Madzia, the St. Clairsville High School graduate and former University of Cincinnati cross country and track and field standout, is one of two finalists from the American Athletic Conference for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. ‘‘It is definitely a ...

Ferns, Sills making strong impression at West Virginia

MORGANTOWN – Ask any employer, making a good impression goes a long way in attaining the job of your choice. At West Virginia University’s football camp, that means impressing the coaches. Especially, seventh-year coach Dana Holgorson. “Redshirt freshman linebacker Brendan Ferns has ...

Wheeling Post 1 eliminated, 8-1

ASHEBORO, N.C. — It’s difficult to win baseball games when a team doesn’t score runs and Wheeling Post 1 had a lot of trouble scoring runs at the American Legion Southeast Regional. Post 1 was eliminated from the Southeast Regional Tournament Thursday afternoon as Alabama posted an 8-1 ...

Robinson claims Martins Ferry 5K

MARTINS FERRY — Even though Cedric Robinson didn’t get a good start, it didn’t take the Martins Ferry resident long to get to the front of the pack Wednesday night during the annual Betty Zane Days 5K Run/Walk. And when he did, there was no catching him. The 26-year-old continued to ...

Wheeling drops first regional game, 6-2

ASHEBORO, N.C. — Wheeling Post 1 played nearly errorless ball on its way to winning the West Virginia American Legion state championship last week. The Southeast Regional Tournament, which began Wednesday in Asheboro, N.C., is a different story. Post 1 committed three crucial errors in a ...

Bellaire football facility remains unfinished

BELLAIRE — The football season is officially into its third day, but the Bellaire Big Reds still do not have access to their newly constructed, $2 million health and physical education at Nelson Field. And when they’ll have access remains up in the air. A three-hour meeting, involving ...

Prep soccer to open with much fanfare

For the third consecutive year, the Ohio High School Athletic Association and the Columbus Crew SC are partnering for “Friday Night Futbol.” Both Harrison Central and St. Clairsville will be unveiling their boys’ and girls’ soccer programs on Aug. 18. The Huskies will be kicking off ...

New Ohio coaches thrilled to start practice

MARTINS FERRY — Gary Krol, Roger Herbert and Blake Allen jumped out of bed Monday morning like kids on Christmas. And who could blame them? For high school football coaches — especially those in their first season — the opening day of practice across the Buckeye State leads to such ...

Delbrugge has made Post 1 a contender

WHEELING—Four years ago, manager Mark Delbrugge and a group of young baseball players joined a Wheeling Post 1 team that had not won a state championship since 1988. Now, it has claimed three consecutive state titles and is advancing to its third straight regional tournament. Post 1 went ...

Ohio Valley Unsung Hero: DeSantis feels at home calling balls and strikes

There’s been a lot of talk lately about Major League Baseball umpires and whether their ability to determine balls and strikes should be left to so-called ‘‘robot umpires.’’ It’s a debate that will likely rage on for the foreseeable future. What’s not debatable is the ...

Green 5K expects large and talented field on Saturday

WHEELING — Another crop of elite talent is in line to grace the streets of downtown Wheeling on Saturday evening when the Debbie Green Memorial 5K Run/Walk for Leukemia steps off for the 20th time. Race Director Ron Green said Friday a steady stream of entrants continue to register daily ...

St. Clairsville’s Lewis headed to Muskingum for volleyball

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — As it pertains to Emma Lewis’ college decision, proximity won out. The St. Clairsville High School product recently announced her intentions to continue her academic and volleyball careers at Muskingum University. “Muskingum is close to home and it’s a good ...

St. Clairsville’s Orzolek shines in race in Australia

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — To say Zachary Orzolek and his family didn’t go on any ordinary vacation would be accurate, but it would also be a massive understatement. The St. Clairsville High School junior-to-be recently returned from an eight-day trip to Brisbane, Australia where he competed in ...