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PREP ROUNDUP: River solid from line late in victory

HANNIBAL — John Murphy and Michael Johnson went a combined 7 of 8 from the line the stretch during the final moments Friday night helping River rally past Southern 57-51 in an OVAC boys’ consolation contest inside the R.L. Potts Gymnasium. Murphy finished with a team-high 14 points for ...

Barnesville, Shenandoah bidding for 3A title

Barnesville and Shenandoah are neighboring school districts. However, for whatever reason, the schools have not met in boys basketball this season. That will change Saturday morning at Ohio University Eastern in St. Clairsville. And the stakes will be much higher than just bragging ...

St. C., Meadowbrook to meet in 4A final

A definitive contrast in styles is set to unfold Saturday at high noon in the Wheeling Hospital OVAC Class 4A Boys Basketball Championship game. Top-seeded Meadowbrook brings a defensive-minded attitude into the game, while third-seeded St. Clairsville comes in with an offense that averages ...

Park, University set for rubbermatch in 5A final

WHEELING — The monkey has been removed from the back of the Wheeling Park boys’ basketball program. The monkey came in the form of Mohigans. The Patriots snapped a 13-game losing streak to Morgantown High Tuesday night, pocketing a cherished 57-46 win at The Palace On The Hill. More ...

Toronto, Wheeling Central battling for 2A crown

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Wheeling Central is seeking its unprecedented seventh straight Wheeling Hospital Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Boys Basketball championship. It is an astonishing 8-0 overall in the title games, be it in Class 2A or Class 3A. Saturday night the second-ranked Maroon ...

Cameron, Trinity set for 1A title-game rematch

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — It’s been a month and one day since Cameron and Trinity last locked horns on the hardwood. But neither Tom Hart nor John Fowkes — the two head coaches — are using that contest as a barometer for today’s rematch in the Wheeling Hospital OVAC boys 1A championship ...

Area swimmers punch state tickets

COLUMBUS — A record-number of area swimmers earned the right to compete for a state championship next week in Canton by virtue of their performances in the Division II District Swim Championship. Two individuals and a relay team punched automatic tickets to Canton’s Branin Natatorium ...

Four area bowlers roll their way to D-II district

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Four local bowlers are moving on to district competition after navigating the tough currents at their respective Ohio Division II girls’ sectional bowling events Thursday afternoon. Union Local’s Hannah Miller and Harrison Central’s Riley Eberhart advanced in action ...

Barnesville wrestlers do their part to give back

Wrestlers sometimes get a bad rap for being bullies or beasts because of the nature of their sport. That stereotype isn’t fitting at all. Over the past 10 days, the Barnesville and Steubenville high school mat teams have combined to help a Steubenville youth that has been stricken with the ...

Bolon’s 39 sparks No. 2 West Liberty men

INSTITUTE — Dalton Bolon blew past the 1,000-point milestone with career-highs of 39 points and 9 3-pointers Thursday night as No. 2 West Liberty blasted West Virginia State, 131-100, at the Walker Center. Coach Ben Howlett’s Hilltoppers (20-2, 16-1) hit their first six shots from the ...

Ohio State men dealt tough loss to NCAA Tourney hopes

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Illinois is winless on the road no more. Trent Frazier had 15 points and Ayo Dosunmu buried a key 3-pointer with 29 seconds remaining as Illinois held off Ohio State 63-56 Thursday for its fourth win in a row. Dosunmu also scored 15 points and Giorgi Bezhanishvili ...

Wheeling Park cools off Bellaire

BELLAIRE — Wednesday night had all the makings of a very special night. Fresh off its first Ohio Valley Athletic Conference girls’ basketball championship since 2006, Bellaire honored four seniors who helped resurrect the program during their careers during pre-game ceremonies on Senior ...

Ruby shines in goal as Nailers down Royals

WHEELING — As one game after another passed, Jordan Ruby patiently went about the business of preparing for his chance. If Wednesday night is any indication, Ruby intends to take advantage. A veteran of seven teams — in two different leagues — the past four seasons, perhaps Ruby has ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Flannery leads River past Waterford

HANNIBAL — The River High School girls’ basketball team followed up its OVAC 2A championship victory against Shadyside by trouncing state-ranked Waterford 45-29 Wednesday night inside the R.L. Potts Gymnasium. Lauren Flannery torched the nets for a game-high 26 points for the Pilots ...

Second half run sparks Barnesville by Fort Frye

By SETH STASKEY Times Leader Sports Editor BEVERLY — In the long history of Barnesville basketball, an Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Championship has forever eluded the Shamrocks. The closest they came is when Bellaire edged them out in 1990 by just a half a point for the Class AAA ...

St. Clairsville fends off Oak Glen to advance in Class 4A

NEW MANCHESTER — St. Clairsville came out of the locker room blazing and held a 12-point lead when it went back in at halftime. Then, it held off a furious rally by homestanding Oak Glen to win, 79-66, on Tuesday night in an OVAC Class 4A semifinal inside the Oak Glen Fieldhouse. The win ...

Monroe Central comes up short at Shenandoah

SARAHSVILLE — Three years ago, Shenandoah’s boys’ basketball team won just two games. Saturday, it will play for an OVAC championship. Christian Duniver scored 25 points and Nickolai Wickham added 22 Tuesday night as the Zeps pulled away for a 69-53 triumph against Monroe Central in a ...

Shadyside denied at state-ranked Toronto

TORONTO — When Toronto’s Lucas Gulczynski was a freshman, the Red Knights were the top seed in the OVAC Class 2A tournament facing Shadyside, and things did not go according to plan. Now a junior, he made sure things went much different against the Tigers this time around, scoring 14 of ...

Beallsville can’t keep up with Cameron in 1A

CAMERON — Cameron will have another chance to claim its first OVAC title in boys basketball. For the second straight year, the Dragons will play for the 1A OVAC championship after securing a victory over Beallsville, 75-48 Tuesday night at Cameron High School in a 1A semifinal game. ...