Local Sports

Hayes now the Huskies’ head man

CADIZ — Anthony Hayes described the last year-or-so as a “rollercoaster ride.” The soon-to-be 40-year-old was one of the final candidates this time last year for the head football coaching position at Buckeye Local before withdrawing his name. Then, on Feb. 15 of this year, the veteran ...

Ohio nips W.Va. in OVAC softball

WHEELING — Right before it came to bat in the sixth inning, Edison and Ohio assistant coach Spencer Bendle told St. Clairsville’s Amaya Smith and Maddy Vickers they were going to be the first two players to score for their team. Sure enough, that’s exactly what happened. Ohio rallied ...

Tiger Four Man fundraiser set for Saturday

SHADYSIDE — Christened in 2009, the Tiger Four Man began as primarily Shadyside guys gathering to meet and have fun on summer afternoon. But as the event has evolved, so has its purpose. What started as a day of simple fun and games has turned into one of giving. Laughter and ...

Shadyside rolls past Barton in OVBL action

SHADYSIDE — Thursday night’s Ohio Valley Baseball League game between Barton and Shadyside won’t be remembered as a pitcher’s duel as four hurlers issued 14 base-on-balls. However, Nathan Butts settled down after a rocky start and went the distance on the hill as the host Casketmakers ...

Ischy named to Monroe Central head grid post

WOODSFIELD — When Jay Circosta announced his retirement nearly three weeks ago as the face of the Monroe Central football program, he said “it was time.” Josh Ischy believes it’s “time,” too; time for him to carry on the aura Circosta created. Ischy, who spent the last 10 years ...

Krol steps down at Bridgeport

WOLFHURST — Cold reality has set in for Gary Krol. Krol possesses a great offensive football mind. He also needs a full-time job. The former Martins Ferry High quarterback served as Bridgeport’s head grid boss last fall, leading the Bulldogs to a 3-7 record while piling up some prolific ...

LaRoche, Ekey define term ‘friendly rivals’

Shortly after Steubenville’s Zach Ekey won the regional shot put championship last Saturday at Muskingum University, he received a huge, congratulatory hug. It wasn’t from his coach. It wasn’t from a family member. Actually, it was from Bellaire’s Cole LaRoche, who had finished ...

Dennehy named new Nailers coach

WHEELING — Mark Dennehy did all the necessary homework by coming to Wheeling to check out the landscape prior to even being employed. The Wheeling Nailers and Pittsburgh Penguins did plenty of digging around themselves. The result is what both sides said Wednesday during a press conference ...

Area thinclads set to compete in Columbus

The prep track season has reached its pinnacle weekend. The Ohio State Track and Field Championships unfold this weekend at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus. The fewest number of area competitors (29 from Belmont and Jefferson County) — in ...

Annual OVAC Baseball Showcase draws solid turnout

WHEELING — The 10th annual Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Baseball Showcase was held Tuesday at the I-470 Fields at the J.B. Chambers Complex. A large number of players showcased their skills in front of college coaches and a handful of high school coaches in five different areas. OVAC ...

EOBL All-Star Game: North rallies past South

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The hot summer sun was shining brightly on the Memorial Park diamond Monday afternoon, but some two-out lightning in the bottom of the sixth lifted the North to a 5-3 nod over the South in the annual East Ohio Baseball League Kyle Rose All-Star Game. Through five at-bats, ...

Several thinclads headed to Columbus

NEW CONCORD — State bound! Such is the battle cry for several area thinclads following the completion of the Division II Regional Championship Meet, which concluded Saturday afternoon at Muskingum University’s McConagha Stadium. Bellaire, Buckeye Local, Edison, Indian Creek, St. ...

‘Barefoot guy’ raises money for local kids

WHEELING — For Johnny “The Hyperactive Hillbilly” Haught, Saturday morning’s 42nd annual Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic wasn’t about what time he crossed the finish line, it was about giving back. The former professional boxer, kickboxer and cage fighter ran the 13.1-mile ...

Bellaire’s Vavrek claims women’s half marathon race

WHEELING — Aimee Vavrek finished sixth overall in last year’s Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic. All she wanted to do Saturday was improve upon that finish. The Bellaire resident certainly did that as she was the first female to break the tape during the 42nd annual event Saturday ...

Young Madonna runner pockets 5K championship

WHEELING — Youth was served Saturday morning in the 42nd edition of the Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic 5K. Angelo Quattrochi, who just recently completed his sophomore year at Weirton Madonna, turned in an impressive performance in besting a large field to capture the overall ...

Ohio State student wins women’s 5K

WHEELING — Running in front of the home folks. That was the motivation for Molly Brown in the 42nd annual Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic Saturday morning. Brown is a Grove City, Ohio resident. She competed in the Friendly City so she could run in front of her grandparents — Kenny ...

Kondrach, Ritz walk to half marathon titles

WHEELING — Carl Kondrach and Lauren Ritz are both quite familiar with the challenges the roads of Wheeling pose to runners. They’re both equally adept at mastering those challenges. Kondrach, from Barnesville, and Ritz, from The Friendly City, both claimed walking crowns Saturday ...

N.Y. native runs to half marathon title

WHEELING — The 42nd running of the Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic was another successful event as the weather cooperated, the numbers were up and the overall winner will be putting his earnings toward a good cause. Bryan Morseman broke the tape at a time of 1:14.01.5, easily ...

OHIO VALLEY UNSUNG HEROES: Stephens hitting all the right notes for 30 years

CONNORVILLE — For 30 years, Bill Stephens has been hitting all the right notes. As a music educator, he’s pretty much done it all. But as he steps away from his post as Buckeye Local High School band director he does so knowing he gave everything he had. He also does so knowing he has so ...

Buckeye Local’s Langford to run track at Jesuit

CONNORVILLE — Skylar Langford is a testament to hardwork paying off. The Buckeye Local senior has made steady progress throughout her track career for the Panthers. Now, she’ll have the opportunity to compete at the collegiate level. Langford recently announced her intentions to ...