Local Sports

River lays claim to 2A crown

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Though it defies the cliche, the fourth time was the charm for River. After coming up empty on its initial three trips to the championship game of the Wheeling Hospital OVAC Girls Basketball Championship, the Pilots broke through Saturday morning. Using a strong foul ...

Wheeling Central tops Bellaire for 3A title

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Championships are, many times, earned down the stretch of games, with little things here or there making a difference. That’s what happened Saturday afternoon inside Ohio University Eastern’s Health and Physical Education Center as Wheeling Central claimed its third ...

Cambridge races past Buckeye Local in 4A

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Coming into Saturday afternoon’s Wheeling Hospital OVAC Class 4A Girls Basketball championship game, Buckeye Local head coach Tom Figurski embraced the underdog role. Cambridge more than demonstrated why it was the top seed and heavy favorite inside Ohio University ...

Ohio Valley Unsung Heroes: Kaniecki always ready to give of himself for youth

WHEELING — In the mid 1970s, Stan Kaniecki left a successful career as a coach and educator at Wheeling Central Catholic High School to become a painter. Yes, after more than a decade of molding young minds both in and out of the classroom, Kaniecki decided to turn something he did to earn ...

Union Local uses defense to top Shadyside

MORRISTOWN — When one aspect of a team’s game isn’t clicking, it must rely on another to carry it forward. Union Local did just that Friday night in moving to 18-2. The Jets uncharacteristically didn’t shoot the ball well (19-51), but they played solid defense in defeating Shadyside, ...

Martins Ferry overcomes adversity and Barnesville

BARNESVILLE — A litmus test for an improving team, or any team for that matter, is how it handles adversity. Martins Ferry certainly faced plenty of that Friday night. After leading by as many as 21 midway through the third quarter, the Purple Riders watched Barnesville claw back to ...

JM spoils Sr. Night for St. Clairsville

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — It was a senior night to forget on John Jenkins Court Friday evening for St. Clairsville. But, on the flip side, it was the start of what Chad Clutter hopes is his John Marshall Monarchs taking the next step in their maturation process. The invading Monarchs seized ...

Weir explodes by Buckeye Local

WEIRTON — Weir High exploded in the fourth quarter Friday night, scoring 35 points to pull away from Buckeye Local and record a 76-45 Senior Night win on the Ron (Fritz) Williams Court inside the Carl R. Hamill Fieldhouse. The 35 points was a season high in any quarter for the Red Riders, ...

Shorthanded Wheeling Park falls to Morgantown

WHEELING — Often times when it goes bad it goes really bad. Wheeling Park entered Friday night’s heavyweight showdown with Morgantown already hamstrung as ace point guard Jack Stakem was sidelined with a severe wrist injury incurred a day earlier in practice. It only took a few minutes ...

Roundup: Ray, Doyle pace Bridgeport victory

WOLFHURST — Trevonn Ray poured in a game-high 21 points Friday night to help Bridgeport complete the pre-OVAC Tournament portion of its boys’ high school basketball schedule with a 73-39 triumph against Beallsville inside the John J. Havlicek Gymnasium. Macrea Doyle added 20 points for ...

Field ready for OVAC boys championships

BELLAIRE — The championship games for the Wheeling Hospital OVAC Girls Basketball Tournament are set for Saturday at Ohio University Eastern. The boys’ teams of the OVAC learned their fates Wednesday morning after the championship basketball committee met at the conference office to ...

Regional wrestling set in W.Va.

The road to the West Virginia state wrestling tournament begins this weekend with regional tournament action and concludes Feb. 22-24 inside Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington. Wrestlers in Class AAA, Region I converge on Brooke High School in Wellsburg on Saturday where action begins ...

Bellaire hikes Trail; advances to 3A finals

ST. JOE — For the first time in the 11 years of the Wheeling Hospital OVAC Girls Basketball Championships, the 10-team field will include Bellaire. After a disappointing home loss to Linsly in last season’s Class 3A semifinals, the top-seeded Big Reds (19-2) atoned for that Tuesday night ...

’Dogs cage Panthers

WOLFHURST -- Bridgeport is closing the regular season on a roll. The Bulldogs built a big first-quarter lead Tuesday night and held off a gallant Buckeye Local rally in posting a 68-61 verdict on Frank Baxter Court. The win was the third straight for Coach Don Cash’s charges. The game ...

UL blows out ’Rocks for ‘Bottle’

BARNESVILLE — Last time Union Local was on the court it claimed the Buckeye 8 Championship. Tuesday evening, the Jets returned to action and added to their collection of awards. By virtue of a 66-36 blowout of rival Barnesville, Union Local (17-2) claimed the annual ‘Milk Bottle’ ...

Maroon Knights cruise past Tigers, 77-58

SHADYSIDE — Wheeling Central struggled with its inside game for the majority of the first half Tuesday night at Shadyside, but with All-West Virginia senior Brent Price on the floor most of the fans probably didn’t even notice. Price scored 15 of his team-high 23 points in the opening ...

Blomquist powers St. C. by SCC

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — It was St. Clairsville’s offense that shot it out of the chute successfully Tuesday night. But it was the Red Devils’ defense that endured for 32 minutes. St. Clairsville held Steubenville Catholic to single-digit points in the first and third quarters and that, along ...

Harrison Central rolls past East Liverpool

EAST LIVERPOOL — Red-hot Harrison Central knocked down 13, 3-point goals and fought off East Liverpool for an 82-70 victory, which clinches the top seed in the OVAC 4A tournament, for the Huskies. Harrison Central found itself leading by just one entering the fourth, but outscored the ...

Shadyside survives at Shenandoah

SARAHSVILLE — Shadyside had become pretty much a constant in the Wheeling Hospital OVAC Class 2A Girls Basketball Championship game. After appearing in five of the first six title games, the Lady Tigers have found themselves at home on championship Saturday each of the last five ...

Beallsville hangs on in 1A

BEALLSVILLE — Beallsville had one big scoring spurt Monday night. For the most part, though, the Blue Devils’ success stemmed from a collection of big plays and clutch shots. None larger were the ones that came off the hands of Ashlie Louden. Louden’s two free throws with 11.4 seconds ...