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ESPN anchor always excited to be back in the Ohio Valley

WINTERSVILLE — John Buccigross’ path to the Lou Holtz Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame wasn’t like most of the inductees. Buccigross, who graduated from Steubenville Catholic Central in 1984, wasn’t born in the Ohio Valley. He re-located to the area with his family, but you’d never ...

Archer hired as Shadyside volleyball coach

SHADYSIDE — Cindi Archer’s coaching resume isn’t vast. But, her familiariaty with the Shadyside volleyball program — and its players — should certainly help ease the transition for what she calls a “big step.” Archer was hired during a board of education meeting last week as ...

Wheeling Rec. Shootout features impressive field

WHEELING — The official start of basketball season is still some five months away. However, teams are already preparaing for the 2018-19 campaign and that kicks into full swing this weekend when 32 teams converge on Wheeling for the 29th annual Wheeling Recreation Boys Shootout, which ...

Badia named D-III Academic A-A of the year

AUSTIN, Texas — Spencer Badia has never be one to take credit success, his nor his team’s. He always spreads it around to his teammates and coaches, so it was no surprise when he downplayed his latest accolade. The Bellaire native and recent Baldwin Wallace University graduate has been ...

Harrison’s Tonkovich D-II all-state first-team selection

COLUMBUS — Logan Tonkovich definitely turned several heads during the recently completed prep baseball season. The Harrison Central junior put forth a type of campaign that deserves significant recognition. And he received it, too. Tonkovich — the Huskies’ every day second baseman ...

Post 159 rally comes up shy

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Baseball can be a game of inches ... or a few feet. Jefferson-Teramana Post 33 held a precocious 3-2 lead with two out in the bottom of the seventh Wednesday night, but St. Clairsville Post 159 had the bases loaded and Billy Johnson at the plate. The Shadyside graduate ...

Barnesville rallies for first win

BARNESVILLE — Seth Gordon’s grand slam capped a seven-run explosion in the bottom of the sixth inning as Barnesville Post 168 rallied from a 7-1 deficit to defeat Brilliant Post 573 in American Legion baseball action Tuesday night at the Route 800 Field. Gordon, who played at Bethany ...

Ohio too much for W.Va., 8-3, in OVAC All-Star Game

ELM GROVE—In a four year span, coaches have to gameplan to face some very talented athletes on a daily basis. On Monday, Harrison Central baseball coach Mike Valesko had the privilege to pencil in many of his opponents throughout the season into his own lineup. He enjoyed every minute ...

Weaver, Powell earn all-Ohio in softball

COLUMBUS — A pair of local softball players have been rewarded for their seasons with all-Ohio honors. Shadyside’s Kaitlyn Weaver was named to the first team in Division IV, while Barnesville’s Sarah Powell was second team in D-III. Weaver, a four-year starter for head coach Jillian ...

Park grad Grove drafted by Dodgers

WHEELING — Wheeling Park first team all-state pitcher in 2014 and current West Virginia University standout Michael Grove has been drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers. The junior out of West Virginia was taken during the second round, with the 68th pick of the 2018 Major League Baseball ...

St. C hurdler places third in 110M race

COLUMBUS — Christian Oberdick came to the OHSAA State Track and Field Championships as part of a St. Clairsville delegation that included nine total athletes — male and female. When he came to the track Saturday, he was the only member of that group who needed his uniform after the ...

OHIO VALLEY UNSUNG HERO: Jarrett’s stress reliever: announcing

MORRISTOWN — Everyone needs a stress reliever, something to melt away the pressures of the weekly grind. For Dustin Jarrett, he’s found his calling — announcing. Monday through Friday, Jarrett can be found at Olney Friends School, where he’s spent about the past year as director of ...

St. C.’s Storer captains all-T-L baseball squad

MARTINS FERRY — Just like that, it was over. The 2018 high school baseball season came and went with about the speed of a split-finger fastball. Again, Mother Nature released her wrath, unleashing an unusually cold stretch of weather that made games difficult to get in for a long stretch ...

Barton 5K celebrates 25th and final running

BARTON — As Kevin Timko continues preparations for this month’s Barton VFD 5K Classic Run and Walk, he can’t but help get a little nostalgic. It is, after all, the 25th anniversary of the summer road racing staple. That’s caused Timko to sit back and reflect somewhat on what the event ...

UL’s Ray to play baseball at OVU

collegiate level. Where, however, has changed a bit. Originally, Ray had committed to play at Division III Ohio Wesleyan University. But, the opportunity to play at the Division II level eventually won out for the Union Local senior standout. Thus, Ray reneged on his commitment to ...

American Legion baseball ready to take its swings

American Legion baseball makes its return in Eastern Ohio this week as three teams will compete throughout Belmont County. Those three are mainstay St. Clairsville, Brilliant and newcomer Barnesville. Cadiz will not field a team this summer. Former Bridgeport High and Bethany College pitcher ...

Edwards to serve as consultant for Women’s USA Baseball

ELM GROVE — While USA Baseball prepares to reenter the Olympic games in two years in Tokyo after a 12-year hiatus, the sport of women’s baseball continues to grow, as well. The Women’s National Team arm of USA Baseball takes another step toward completing its 2018 roster this week with ...

UL football team gives back to community

FLUSHING — Bernie Thompson was an undersized football player at Union Local High School and Waynesburg College. However, at times athletes aren’t judged by their stature, but by their heart and dedication. In the first few months of being named the head football coach at his high school ...

Bellaire’s LaRoche secures the gold

COLUMBUS — Cole LaRoche talked openly after finishing second in the regional a week ago that the state meet was what counted. The Bellaire junior wasn’t just providing lip service. LaRoche has been competing like a man on a mission on all spring and he completed the task Friday ...

Eight earn all-state track and field accolades

COLUMBUS — The track and field season began in early March with thinclads dreaming of making the trip to Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium for the annual OHSAA State Track and Field Championship. Once that goal is achieved, like it was for 29 area competitors, the ...