Local Sports

Lefty Hall was a lot more than just a coach

BARNESVILLE — Caring, passionate and iconic. Those were three adjectives that have been used over and over again to describe Richard “Lefty” Hall by former players, students and friends in the days since his death on Friday evening at the age of 77. It didn’t matter if it was his ...

Wheeling Park subdues Musselman

WHEELING — The best thing to do after a tough loss in a big game is to get back on the court as quickly as possible. Wheeling Park, which fell to University in Saturday’s OVAC Class 5A championship game waited all of 36 hours or so before it got back to action. The Patriots — ...

Strong OVAC representation in W.Va. state mat tourney

WHEELING — The “Road to Huntington” and the 72nd annual West Virginia State Wrestling Tournament has been paved for 67 individuals from the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference. Action begins at 6 p.m.Thursday from inside Big Sandy Superstore Arena and continues throughout Saturday night’s ...

Ferry’s Dobson a repeat titlist

MORRISTOWN — Beaver Local’s senior class completed a four-peat Saturday inside ‘The Hangar’ at Union Local High School. The Beavers, despite not having several standouts in their lineup, had eight champions and racked up 338.5 points to continue their stranglehold on the Buckeye 8 ...

Grove begins spring training with Dodgers

There’s really never been a time when Michael Grove wasn’t excited to get onto the baseball field. That level of excitement has swelled to the nth degree as he prepares for lies ahead, starting Monday in Glendale, Arizona. For the first time in nearly two full years, Grove — the ...

Barnesville captures first-ever boys OVAC basketball championship

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — History has been made. For the first time in school history, the Barnesville Shamrocks are celebrating an OVAC Championship in boys basketball. Like head coach Matt Johnson expected, it wasn’t easy either. Barnesville watched a 13-point, fourth-quarter lead dwindle ...

Meadowbrook defeats St. Clairsville for 4-peat

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The four-peat is complete. Meadowbrook used its stingy defense and plenty of timely plays from leaders Davis Black and Johnathan McCall in the fourth quarter to hold off third-seeded St. Clairsville to claim the 4A title, 58-48, Saturday afternoon in the Wheeling ...

Huskies claim sectional crown

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A year ago, Harrison Central head coach Bobbie Jo Parkinson sweated out the final results at the Ohio Division II East District boys’ sectional bowling tournament, not knowing if her Huskies would make the district field. There was no drama Saturday inside St. Clair ...

OHIO VALLEY UNSUNG HEROES: Bowling truly a labor of love for Holubeck family

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Looking out at the sea of youngsters competing in last Thursday’s Ohio Division II girls’ sectional bowling tournament at St. Clair Lanes, Rob Holubeck became emotional. He was thinking about his late father, Joe, who he said would’ve been on Cloud 9 would he have ...

River grad Bell reaches coaching with 500 victories

WHEELING - Forty-eight years is a long time. In prep coaching circles, it is an eternity. But for Bob Bell a near half-century of coaching high school basketball as flown by with no end in sight. The former River High hoop great reached a major milestone recently. Bell collected his 500th ...

Huskies’ Clelland will play baseball at OSU

CADIZ — Andrew Clelland was a pretty good baseball player growing up. He was your typical 7-8-9 year old, but with soft hands and very good eye-to-hand coordination. Then it happened. It being a growth spurt. Well, maybe more than just a spurt — maybe a sprout. Whatever it was, Clelland, ...

St. C’s Bober inks at West Liberty

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Ever since he was a young kid, Craig Bober had the dream of playing college football. Bober’s dream was nearly derailed, however, by a pair of serious knee injuries. Repaired, rehabbed and ready, Bober’s dream is about to become a reality. The 6-4 wide ...

DelGuzzo to battle for time on the OL with Hilltoppers

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — There comes a point in seemingly every athlete’s life where he has a defining moment. Whether that’s on or off the field, they usually pay dividends to the athlete as he moves forward. St. Clairsville senior Trey DelGuzzo is no different. His moment came entering ...

Sismondo, Patterson entering OVAC Hall of Fame

WHEELING — The 16th class of the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Hall of Fame continues to crystalize as two more former athletic greats have been selected for induction on Saturday, Aug. 17. The two latest honorees come from the decade of the 1970s and feature Ron Sismondo of Mingo and ...

St. John concludes home slate against neighboring Bellaire

BELLAIRE — It was ushered in by the Harlem Globetrotters way back in the early 1950s. It turned off its lights one final time Friday night fittingly against Guernsey Street-rival Bellaire. The St. John Central High gymnasium will never play host to basketball again as the school will shutter ...

Linsly rallies past Union Local behind strong finish by Petho

WHEELING — Linsly senior Eli Petho came into Friday night’s game against Union Local with exactly zero, 3-point goals this season. It would seem that making your first to cap a game-tying run on senior night would be too good of a story to be true. That actually became a reality ...

Red Riders surge past Ferry, 78-54

WEIRTON — The bench can be just as important as the starting five. Weir High demonstrated that Friday night inside the Carl R. Hammil Field House, defeating Martins Ferry 78-54 in an OVAC consolation match. The Red Riders (14-7) got 39 points from the bench to keep the Purple Riders ...

Lucas hired as Beallsville grid coach

BEALLSVILLE — Everyone has their “dream job,” but not everyone actually get the chance to hold that position. By virtue of Thursday’s 5-0 vote by the Switzerland of Ohio Board of Education, Rusty Lucas can be added to the list of those who have fulfilled that dream. Lucas was ...

Nailers grab important win vs. Brampton

WHEELING — With the regular season quickly winding down every game and every point is of the utmost importance for the Wheeling Nailers. Friday night Coach Mike Bavis’ squad overcame a rough 1:20 of play in the first period to erase a quick two-goal deficit before surviving a late-game ...