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St. C. boys, Creek girls win Buckeye 8 track

BELLAIRE — The calendar flips to May next week, which means the homestretch of the track and field season is quickly approaching. The championship meets got under way Tuesday evening at Nelson Field with the annual Buckeye 8 Championship Meet. For the second straight season and seventh ...

Bellaire outlasts Monroe in 9 to advance in 3A

ELM GROVE — The longer the game went, the stronger Sarah McAninch got. Through three innings of Tuesday night’s Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Class 3A softball semifinal against second-seeded Monroe Central, Bellaire’s senior had thrown 77 pitches and trailed 1-0. However, she settled ...

St. C. falls to Steubenville in Class 4A, 7-5

ELM GROVE — Almost to a fault, coaches are generally tougher on their own children than they are anyone else. Steubenville’s Gus DiMarzio is no different. But the other side of the equation is when that child comes through in the clutch, it makes it all the more rewarding. Again, DeMarzio ...

Trail tops Tyler, 10-0 in 3A semi

ELM GROVE — Outstanding pitching. Steady hitting. Solid defense. Those are three ingredients to becoming a very good softball team. Top-seeded Buckeye Trail (16-4) combined all three Tuesday night in dispatching No. 4 Tyler Consolidated, 10-0, in six innings in an Ohio Valley Athletic ...

John Marshall fends off Bellaire

BELLAIRE — John Marshall entered Tuesday’s high school baseball tilt against Bellaire having allowed its opponents to reach base leading off an inning about 80 percent of the time this season. It happened again vs. the Big Reds. Bellaire reached safely to start an inning — either via ...

Prep Roundup: Barnesville stays hot in baseball, downs Harrison Central

CADIZ — Barnesville scored twice in the eighth inning Tuesday and the Shamrocks continued their winning ways with a 3-1 victory against Harrison Central in high school baseball action at Robert Mazeroski Memorial Field. Jared Kernen doubled and knocked in two runs for Barnesville, which ...

St. John holds off Frontier in Class 1A

ELM GROVE — The first 1A semifinal game of the OVAC softball tournament will be one to remember. St. John secured a 5-0 lead going into the the sixth inning over Frontier. The Cougars, however tallied five runs of their own in the final two innings of regulation to force extras as the score ...

Wheeling Central stymies Shadyside, 3-0

ELM GROVE — Wheeling Central just rises to the occassion when it enters tournament mode. Such was the case Monday afternoon when it began th tournament portion of its schedule in the OVAC Class 2A semifinals against Shadyside. The Maroon Knights manufactured runs and rode strong ...

Toronto outlasts River in 2A softball semifinal

ELM GROVE — En route to earning the top seed in the OVAC Class 2A tournament, Toronto has been red hot and winning in all sorts of ways. Head coach Steve Trifonoff and his Red Knights added another chapter to that narrative Monday night on Ben’s Field at the Chambers I-470 ...

OVAC All-Star Football Game must find new home

WHEELING — OVAC officials will spend the coming weeks huddling to develop a backup plan following Monday’s news that Wheeling Island Stadium won’t be ready to host the annual Rudy Mumley All-Star Football Game this summer. The game, which pits top recent graduates from area high schools ...

Buckeye rallies by Bellaire in baseball

BELLAIRE — It hardly ever fails. Whenever a hitter can’t get a bunt down, you can almost bet on it he gets a hit. That’s exactly what happened on a chill-filled Monday night at Chase Field on 26th Street. However, Owen Long’s hit wasn’t just a hit — it was a three-run homer that ...

Prep Roundup: Monroe girls blank Magnolia

NEW MARTINSVILLE — Monroe Central tuned up for its Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Class 3A softball semifinal today with a 5-0 blanking of homestanding Magnolia Monday night in regular season action. Senior Kayla Logston fanned a career-high 16, walked two and scattered four harmless ...

OVAC Track and Field Leaderboard

Boys 100M Spencer (Weir), 10.77 Waibogha (Morg), 11.05 Shepherd (Tyler), 11.11 Leeper (Camb), 11.14 Robinson (Morg), 11.17 200M Spencer (Weir), 22.19 Waibogha (Morg), 22.61 Collins (PS), 22.68 Shepherd (Tyler), 22.70 Leeper (Camb), 22.86 400M Burkhart (Barnes), ...

Shadyside can’t solve Toronto, 5-0 in OVAC Class 2A semifinals

TORONTO — Danny Zdinak set the tone early Saturday afternoon. The Toronto ace — despite Shadyside head coach B.A. Holloway stressing to his club to be aggressive early in the count — needed just nine pitches to strike out the side in the top of the first inning. Things didn’t get ...

Barnesville rallies past Linsly in OVAC 3A semi

BARNESVILLE — Nothing has come easy for the Barnesville baseball team the last half week. Wednesday, the Shamrocks faced St. Clairsville and rallied to top the Red Devils by two. A night later, Jared Kernen belted a walk-off homer to down state-ranked Toronto. So, when Barnesville entered ...

St. Clairsville falls to Edison in 4A

RICHMOND — The Edison Wildcats plated two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and, sure enough, they were needed as St. Clairsville scored a pair of runs in the top of the seventh, but it wasn’t enough as Edison closed the door for a 5-3 win in the OVAC Class 4A ...

Oglebay Park to host NCAA D-III golf championship

The best men’s golfers that NCAA Division III has to offer are coming to the Ohio Valley. The NCAA announced last week that Oglebay Park’s Spiedel Golf Club will play host to the NCAA Division III national tournament — with Bethany College serving as the host institution — in 2021. ...

Ohio Valley Unsung Hero: Young Schmidli always willing to help

BELLAIRE — Seeing freshmen at a high school sporting event isn’t unusual. But seeing freshmen announcing high school sporting events? That’s not the norm. While most youngsters spend their off time from school away from school, Tanner Schmidli chooses to stay involved with ...

OVAC Hall of Fame Legends named

Four multi-sport athletes and a record-setting boys track and field coach will be feted in the 13th class of Legends of Ohio Valley Athletic Conference schools. Tom Rataiczak, Executive Secretary of the OVAC, announced the five Legends selections will be honored at the 14th annual OVAC Hall ...

Bellaire’s McAninch opts to play softball at Muskingum

BELLAIRE — To hear her tell it, finding a college wasn’t as easy of a process as she would have liked it to have been. However, Sarah McAninch then decided to take a visit to Muskingum University. And quite simply, it clicked for the Bellaire High School senior, who recently ...