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Stewart, Arnold captain all T-L CC team

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The cross country season featured plenty of impressive performances. Many of those were posted by area harriers and those efforts are reflected in the annual all Times Leader Team, which features competitors from The Times Leader’s coverage area. Shadyside’s Chase ...

Bellaire’s Arno to help coach Team Ohio

BELLAIRE — Chris Arno is a teacher and coach by trade. However, as it pertains to cross country, the affable Bellaire High School head coach is an architect. Arno has helped build the Big Reds’ program into one of the Ohio Valley’s most consistent during his 22-year old coaching ...

Buckeye Trail’s Cutlip will run track at Cincy

OLD WASHINGTON — Kylie Cutlip must be a fan of Charles Dickens. Because, as it pertains to her track career, she’s seen the ‘best of times and the worst of times.’ The Buckeye Trail senior has reached the top of the Ohio track and field mountain, but she’s also spent the bulk of ...

Tigers’ Weaver to play softball at West Liberty

SHADYSIDE —Kaitlin Weaver won a state championship in softball during her freshman season at Shadyside. Although the Tigers haven’t made it back to Akron the last two seasons, Weaver has been a standout at the top of Jillian Ongley’s order. The left-handed leadoff hitter had various ...

St. C.’s Blomquist will play baseball at West Liberty

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Player development and capitalizing on potential are key ingredients to college athletic success. West Liberty’s baseball program has been exceptional at that over the years under Eric Burkle. It was that potential and a high ceiling that put St. Clairsville first ...

Park’s Ayers to run at EKU

WHEELING — If you take a ride around Wheeling or any of its suburbs on a given day, there’s probably a good chance you’ve seen Beighley Ayers on the roads pounding mile after mile. After all, she did step up her workload to some 50 miles a week during her peak. That work ethic, ...

Pilots navigate past Sciotoville

ATHENS - Earlier this week, River head coach Mike Flannery described his team as focused, determined and eager to repeat last week’s playoff performance against Harvest Prep. The Pilots wasted little time Friday night at Athens High School in picking up where they left off in their ...

Maroon Knights don’t panic, rally by Dragons

CAMERON — Wheeling Central has had its back to the wall for the bulk of the season. So, when Cameron took a 14-12 lead in the third quarter, the Maroon Knights didn’t push any panic buttons. They simply went to work, and took control. Central, the 10th seed, proceeded to score 20 ...

Hilltoppers erupt for 139 in Howlett’s head coaching debut

WEST LIBERTY — There is life after Jim Crutchfield. A new basketball era dawned on the Hilltop Friday night. For the first time in 14 seasons, Crutchfield was not at the West Liberty Hilltoppers’ helm. The legendary coach took his incredible 359-61 record to Nova Southeastern University ...

River hopes for better fate in Athens than in ’97

HANNIBAL — River’s football fans will certainly know the route to Basil Rutter Field in Athens tonight. However, they may not recognize the place when they get there. It’s been a while since the Pilots have ventured to the recently remodled facility in The Plains. Actually, it’s ...

Wheeling Jesuit matmen pull off upset

WHEELING — The Danny Irwin era at Wheeling Jesuit University couldn’t have gotten off to a better start as his team not only presented their first-year head coach with his initial victory at the Ohio County school, but did it in upset fashion. The No. 23 Cardinals won four of the final ...

Wooding earns conference honor at Oberlin

OBERLIN — When Von Wooding arrived at Oberlin College in the summer of 2016, he admittedly had no idea what he was getting involved with. After only two visits to the campus and knowing the adjustment that lied ahead in terms of football, Wooding — who is a Linsly graduate and Flushing ...

St. Clairsville’s Smith joins sister as a Red Flash

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Amaya Smith couldn’t even venture a guess as what she’d do with her time if she didn’t play softball. Thus it’s only fitting that the St. Clairsville senior continues her career in the sport she loves for at least four more seasons. Smith — the Red Devils ace ...

Steubenville’s Hubbard to join Buckeye wrestling team

STEUBENVILLE — Jashon Hubbard fulfilled a lifetime dream Wednesday morning inside Steubenville High’s Crimson Center when the Big Red senior signed his National Letter-of-Intent to attend Ohio State University on a wrestling scholarship. “It’s pretty exciting,” Hubbard, who will ...

Steubenville’s Taylor to take diamond for Ohio State baseball squad

STEUBENVILLE — Alec Taylor was born to be a baseball player. After all, it was in his genes from the beginning as his father, Jamie, and mother, Kristin (Fairclough) were Ohio Valley diamond sport standouts at Edison South before continuing their collegiate careers at Ohio State University ...

A lot still at stake for OSU

COLUMBUS — The College Football Playoff might be an unreachable goal for the Ohio State football team. But plenty of attainable ones remain for Coach Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes in 2017 and beyond. “It’s a journey that we’re on,” Meyer said Monday, a few days after his squad saw it’s ...

Buckeyes have no time to dwell on Iowa defeat

COLUMBUS — It’s out of the frying pan and into the fire for the Ohio State football team as it returns home to face another tough test Saturday. The Buckeyes, still licking their wounds following a stunning 55-24 drubbing at Iowa, welcome No. 13 Michigan State to Ohio Stadium in what now ...

River, Sciotoville East ready

ATHENS — Togetherness. Trust. Toughness. Those three words are a triumvirate Mike Flannery has great faith in. “Our kids have that,” Flannery said this week as his River High School football team prepared for its regional semifinal test against Sciotoville East. The Pilots and ...

Harler excited for unique season opener

MORGANTOWN — Basketball has always been fun for Chase Harler. And while the sport has yielded plenty of opportunities and memories, what the former Wheeling Central standout is about to experience this week will shoot to basically the top of the list. Harler — a sophomore at West ...

Owens building Paden City mat program from scratch

WHEELING — If it’s playoff-mode for football teams in Ohio and West Virginia, it can only mean high school wrestling season is just around the corner for the bi-state conference. Monday night inside WesBanco Arena, Ohio Valley Athletic Conference officials hosted the annual preseason OVAC ...