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OVAC WRESTLING NOTEBOOK: Marling relishing his final season

WHEELING — After 30 years of officiating high school wrestling, Ray Marling has decided to hang up his whistle and striped shirt. “It’s been 30 good years for me and it’s been 30 fun years for me,” Marling said in between matches at the 64th annual OVAC Ron Mauck Wrestling ...

Isaly lifts River by Red Devils

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — It’s no secret whose hands River head coach Mark Romick wants the ball in down the stretch of games. The veteran Pilot head coach dug deep into his playbook for that approach once again Friday night as his Pilots watched a 12-point third-quarter lead turn into a 31-all ...

UL soars to repeat win at Barnesville

BARNESVILLE — As action started to unfold Friday night between Barnesville and visiting Union Local, the Jets’ engines were sputtering. Normally a hot-shooting club, Union Local found itself struggling to find the bottom of the net. That started to change as the opening quarter wound ...

Martins Ferry cruises

MARTINS FERRY – After surrendering an early first-quarter lead to visiting Indian Creek, the Martins Ferry Purple Riders rode the momentum of a Shane Schuster three-quarter court buzzer beater and staunch defense to take a 59-32 victory on the floor of Tolbert Gymnasium Friday evening. ...

Buckeye Local tops Bridgeport, 72-49

Bolstered by their potent inside-outside offensive attack and a pressure defensive, Buckeye Local moved over the .500 mark with an impressive 72-49 win over the homestanding Bridgeport Bulldogs Friday night. With both teams coming off wins in their latest outings, action started at a quick ...

Jesuit matmen fall short to Mercyhurst

WHEELING — Wheeling Jesuit’s wrestling program is certainly on the rise as evidenced by its performance at the national duals earlier this month and its number eight national ranking. However, Sean Doyle’s team is still trying to get over one big hump ... Mercyhurst. And that’s ...

HOOPS ROUNDUP: Monroe Central stuns Shadyside

WOODSFIELD — Ryan LaFollette poured in 27 points and Trey Duffy had 24 Friday night as Monroe Central surprised Shadyside, 69-62, in boys’ high school basketball action. Robert Bigler added nine points for the Seminoles (4-10). Josh Zandron paced the Tigers (9-5) with 15 points. Kelly ...

Top seeds still alive in chase for OVAC title

WHEELING — Parkersburg South and Steubenville are waging a battle for the overall title as the 64th annual OVAC Ron Mauck Wrestling Tournament heads into the final day of action inside WesBanco Arena. The three-time defending champion Patriots have amassed 165 points in two days, while Big ...

Bellaire forfeits three boys basketball wins

BELLAIRE — The Ohio High School Athletic Association ordered Bellaire High School’s boys basketball team to forfeit three victories after the school discovered it had utilized an ineligible player. Bellaire Athletic Director Molly Feller self-reported the violation of OHSAA Bylaw 4-4-1, ...

Quick pins highlight day one at OVAC Wrestling

WHEELING — The movie Fast and Furious had nothing on the Ron Mauck OVAC Wrestling Tournament Thursday night as the 64th annual event took just 1-hour and 34-minutes to complete 199 first-round matches inside WesBanco Arena. Of those bouts, 124 ended in pins and 45 of those occurred in less ...

Barnesville girls coast past Buckeye Local

CONNORVILLE — It’s getting to the point of the season where basketball coaches hope to see their teams start to hit their stride. If Thursday night at Buckeye Local was any indication, the Barnesville Shamrocks have clearly turned it up a notch. The Shamrocks simply unloaded on the ...

Cadets get tough on ‘D’ against Martins Ferry

MARTINS FERRY — Linsly head coach Rebecca Upton knew her team was going to have to ‘‘grind it out’’ Thursday night when it ventured high atop the Purple City to tangle with Martins Ferry in an OVAC Class 3A battle. And, after 32 minutes, she was pleased with the results. A staunch ...

Porters combine for 11 3s in Union Local’s victory

MORRISTOWN — Haley Porter drained seven 3-pointers Thursday night on her way to a game-high 30 points as Union Local dispatched of Monroe Central, 67-59, in girls’ high school basketball action inside ‘The Hangar.’ Hannah Porter added four more treys en route to 19 points for the ...

Bellaire falls to Buckeye Trail

BELLAIRE — When Bellaire and Buckeye Trail met in Old Washington last month, the Big Reds needed a feverish rally to prevail. The Warriors didn’t succumb this time around. Trail battled back from as many as nine down in the first half and then nearly coughed up a ...

OVAC mat tournament gets under way tonight

WHEELING — Nine defending champions are seeking repeat performances as the 64th annual OVAC Ron Mauck Wrestling Tournament begins its three-day stay inside WesBanco Arena tonight. The Olympic-style opening ceremonies take place at 6, with action on eight mats beginning 30 minutes ...

OVAC swimming championship set

WELLSBURG — Swimmers to your mark! The Ohio Valley Athletic Conference will crown its swim champion Saturday at Brooke High School’s natatorium as the annual OVAC Bill Brubaker Swimming Championship unfolds. The meet is slated to begin at 11:10 a.m. This season marks the first year ...

Pagano rallies ’Dogs to triumph over Irish

BELLAIRE — A pair of the area’s top scorers got together Wednesday night when Bridgeport visited St. John for a midweek boys’ high school basketball tussle inside ‘‘The Greenhouse.’’ Bridgeport’s Guy Pagano and St. John’s Cameron Opic both entered the contest leading their ...

Toronto tops St. John girls

BELLAIRE — In a game filled with plenty of ups and downs Wednesday night, Toronto’s biggest leap turned out being the difference. A 16-2 run that stretched from late in the third quarter to early in the fourth propelled the Red Knights to a 68-60 victory against St. John in girls’ high ...

Wheeling Central completes sweep of Shadyside girls

SHADYSIDE — Wheeling Central completed the girls’ basketball season sweep of Shadyside, 73-60, thanks to a decisive fourth quarter Wednesday night in which it blew open a relatively tight game. The Maroon Knights were paced by talented freshman Kaylee Reinbeau’s 23 points. Junior ...

MARTINS FERRY’S Zac Selby goes up for a shot as Bellaire’s D’eondre Burney defends during Tuesday’s game inside Tolbert Gymnasium. Selby finished with 22 points to help lead the Riders to a 72-54 victory against the Big Reds.

Ferry posts repeat win over Bellaire

MARTINS FERRY — When Bellaire and Martins Ferry met Dec. 23 at the “House of Champions”, the two ancient rivals staged a dandy that came down to the finals seconds. Tuesday’s night’s rematch was decided much earlier. The Purple Riders grabbed control at the outset and methodically ...