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Barton, Marshall Co. going the distance in quarterfinal round

CRESCENT — Mike Muklewicz and Joe Myers went toe-to-toe like a pair of heavyweight boxers Monday night. However, the sport wasn’t boxing, it was the third-and-deciding game of the Ohio Valley Baseball League quarterfinal playoff series between Barton and Marshall County. The pair of ...

Two veteran powerlifters earn recognition

WINTERSVILLE — A pair of veteran powerlifters were recognized recently for their longevity and dedication to the sport. Loretta Scott and Leon Stinson were presented with Lifetime Achievement Awards by Chuck Spencer, owner of the Rocky Road Gym. “This is something I’ve been wanting to ...

Wheeling’s Bledsoe impresses

MOUNDSVILLE — Eric Bledsoe hadn’t fought competitively for nearly one year. He needed to be tested in his first time back inside the ring since July 29 of 2016. The Wheeling fighter found that test Saturday night inside the former W.Va. State Penitentiary and passed with flying colors as ...

Maynard moves on; Barton splits

Maynard advanced to the semifinals of the Ohio Valley Baseball League playoffs Sunday, while Barton and Marshall County split a doubleheader to force a third game tonight in Crescent. Maynard, the No. 3 seed, tallied four runs in the first inning and that was all righthander Greyson ...

Ferry claims third swim invite in a row

MARTINS FERRY —The Martins Ferry Aquatic Club Invitation has been growing, as more and more teams are included each year. However, the Martins Ferry Aquatic Club swim team has also been growing and improving at a steady pace. Martins Ferry collected its third consecutive title in the 7th ...

Ohio Dominican satellite camp coming to Ferry

MARTINS FERRY — Although the prep football season doesn’t kick off in the Ohio Valley for two more months, the Dave Bruney Football Complex will be a beehive of gridiron activity this Friday. The Ohio Dominican University Football’s Ohio Valley Friday Night Lights Camp is set for that ...

Timko defends title; Rehbein top female

BARTON — In any type of race, you only have to lead once — at the end when it counts. Kyle Timko knew he had a target on his back Saturday morning as the defending overall champion of the Barton 5K Run/Walk, but he let Cedric Robinson and Jamie Tarr set the pace for much of the ...

Three NCAA champs to work WJU mat camp

WHEELING — The fourth annual Wheeling Jesuit University wrestling camp will be held Sunday through Thursday inside the Alma Grace McDonough Center. As in the past, the camp has brought in some of the best clinicians from around the country and this year isn’t any different as a pair of NCAA ...

Six more named to MF Athletic HOF

Four athletes from the 1970s-80s window and two highly-successful coaches are the latest additions to the Martins Ferry Athletic Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017. The second of three groups of six announced today include Purple Rider athletes Sam Twardoski (Class of 1970), Mark Hayes (Class ...

Jesuit hires new head mat coach

WHEELING — For just the second time in five years, Wheeling Jesuit University has hired a new head wrestling coach. With the architect of the program — Sean Doyle — taking a position as the WJU Director of Undergraduate Admissions, the Cardinals have hired Indiana native Danny Irwin as ...

Photo Courtesy/JOHN POKAS
PICTURED ARE the area inductees to the Eastern District Track and Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame. The ceremony was held Wednesday evening in Cambridge. From left are Betty Pokas, who accepted for her late huband, Cal, who was inducted as a contributor for his work of covering both track and cross country during his years at The Times Leader; Greta Peterson-Walton and Committee Chairman Dugan Hill.

Eastern District Track HOF inducts first class

CAMBRIDGE -- The Eastern District Track and Cross Country Coaches Association inducted its inaugural Hall of Fame Class Wednesday evening at Mr. Lee’s Banquet Hall. The class included five athletes, three coaches, and two contributors. Charlie Fondale -- the long-time girls' track coach ...

OVAC All-Star grid rosters set

MARTINS FERRY — The venue is set. And now the rosters are set. It’s full steam ahead, at this point, for the 72nd annual OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star Charity Football Classic, which will kick off at 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, July 22 at Martins Ferry’s Dave Bruney Football ...

River Bandits receive “Fields for Kids” stipend

POWHATAN — No matter the level of sports, facilities are a major part of the equation for success. Because of a matching grant from Pirates Charities, the Powhatan River Bandits have the opportunity to enhance their home field, which is located in Powhatan next to the city ...

Keyser, Vincent captain all T-L track team

MARTINS FERRY — The track season is nothing but a memory. But, it’s a very positive memory for many area male thinclads. No fewer than 12 area athletes brought back at least one medal from the OHSAA State Track and Field Championship earlier this month in Columbus. Prior to that, ...

Zambori completes race despite battling leukemia

BARTON — “Tougher Than Leukemia.” That’s the motto 6-year-old Leo Zambori has embraced since he was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia. He is undergoing low-dose chemotherapy treatments, a regimen that will continue at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. People across the ...

Niekro Classic golf event postponed due to weather

BRIDGEPORT — For the first time in 19 years, the annual Niekro Classic golf tournament has been postponed due to inclement weather. The event was scheduled for today at Belmont Hills Country Club. It will now be held in September. “About seven years ago we had a bad rain, but in May ...

Phil Niekro has never forgotten the Ohio Valley

BRIDGEPORT — During his two decades in Major League Baseball, Phil Niekro never forgot his roots. No matter what stadium he was pitching in or for what uniform he was wearing. Thursday night inside The Skyliner, more than 125 individuals — some from near and some from far away — came ...

Ramsay hurls no-hitter as St. C. blanks Cadiz

CADIZ — Mason Ramsay tossed a no-hitter Wednesday night, facing just two batters over the limit, as St. Clairsville routed homestanding Cadiz, 10-0, in American Legion baseball action at Robert Mazeroski Field inside Sally Buffalo Park. The Bellaire senior-to-be struck out five and walked ...

Weirton’s Steave back in the ring Saturday

PITTSBURGH — Undefeated Junior Middleweight Justin “The Hawk” Steave (6-0, 4KO) returns to the ring Saturday at the Rivers Casino. The event, Rivers Rumble VI, is presented by Rivers Casino in association with Made Men Promotions and includes the renowned Casino’s first-ever title ...

Wheeling Jesuit adding football program

WHEELING — There had been rumors for many years circling that Wheeling Jesuit University had been giving serious consideration to adding a football program. The rumors became reality Tuesday afternoon. Wheeling Jesuit President Dr. Debra Townsley made the formal announcement that the ...