Local Sports

Destifanes’ shot lifts Buckeye in 4A

CONNORVILLE — Two days removed from stunning Steubenville in overtime inside the Crimson Center, the Buckeye Local girls basketball team did it again on its home court to advance to the Class 4A title game of the 11th Annual Wheeling Hospital OVAC Girls Basketball Tournament at Ohio ...

No. 4 River upsets Steubenville CC

STEUBENVILLE — River jumped out to an early lead and held on for a 64-55 victory over Steubenville Catholic Central Monday in the Class 2A semifinals of the 11th annual Wheeling Hospital OVAC Girls Basketball Tournament. With the win, the fourth-seeded Pilots, now 12-7 and winners of six ...

River falls to Hiland in D-IV showdown

HANNIBAL — With programs the quality of Hiland and River meeting on the boys’ basketball hardwood Saturday evening, capitalizing on each possession was no doubt on the minds of both head coaches — the Hawks’ Mark Schlabach and the Pilots’ Mark Romick. As the the showdown between two ...

Weir’s Rea stuns nationally ranked wrestler at Buckeye Local Invite

CONNORVILLE — Caleb Rea had heard the talk all day long inside Buckeye Local High School. Not many high school wrestling gurus thought the Weir senior could beat Jefferson Morgan’s Gavin Teasdale in the 132-pound weight class at the annual Ohio Coatings Panther Classic Invitational. He ...

Union Local rolls by Creek for Buckeye 8 title

EAST LIVERPOOL -- Cal Kildow scored a game-high 21 points as Union Local rolled past Indian Creek, 59-38, for the Buckeye 8 championship Saturday night inside Potter Fueldhouse. The Jets’ junior sharpshooter nailed nailed three of his teams bonus goals. Elijah Baker added 15 markers ...

Times Leader Super Bowl Poll leans heavily toward Patriots

The wait is almost over. The players are ready. The fans are ready. Even the commercials are ready. The NFL season comes to a close tonight with Super Bowl LII taking center stage. Helping to get you ready for what may transpire tonight in Minneapolis between New England and Philadelphia is ...

Super Bowl Special for Glen Dale Couple

GLEN DALE -- Super Bowl 52 will be extra super for a Glen Dale couple. Joe and Trudy Blake are in Minnesota today for the NFL championship game, pitting the Philadelphia Eagles against the New England Patriots. They have a vested interest in the game -- their son, Craig, is the assistant ...

Ohio Valley Unsung Hero: Beltz Part of Parochial League Success

WHEELING — Ed Beltz gets asked all time if he’s still coaching. “And, I look at them and say, ‘I’m still having a good time. As long as (the players) are getting something out of it and I feel like they are getting something out of it.’” For nearly three decades, Beltz has been ...

Dawson, Stephens Added to OVAC Hall

WHEELING - A pair of ultra-successful multi-sport athletes have been tapped for enshrinement. Bellaire High’s Georgia Dawson and Linsly’s Ron Stephens are representing the decade of the 1980s in the Class of 2018 OVAC Hall of Fame induction. The OVAC Hall of Fame, which is sponsored ...

Jefferson Union grad honored by HOF

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — An Ohio Valley native is receiving a very distinguished award for his dedication to the sport of wrestling in Michigan. Todd Hibbs, a 1985 graduate of Jefferson Union High School, has been named as one of the Lifetime Service Award winners by the Michigan Chapter of ...

Barnesville wins Class 3A

MOUNDSVILLE — Barnesville and Bellaire met for the third time this season in a dual wrestling meet Friday night. The Belmont County rivals had split the previous pair of bouts. However, this time the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Bill Hinegardner Duals Class 3A championship was on the ...

South powers way to 5-A title

MOUNDSVILLE — After finishing runnerup in last week’s Brooke Classic, Parkersburg South flexed its muscles Friday night in rolling to the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Bill Hinegardner Class 5A Duals championship. The Wood County Patriots, who finished second to Erie Cathedral Prep in ...

’Dogs defeat ’Rocks

BARNESVILLE — Playing four games in four nights wasn’t so bad for the Bridgeport High boys’ basketball team, especially after the way the final one ended. Freshman Dylan Gregorcic made no doubt the biggest shot of his young prep career Friday night, draining a baseline jumper with 2.4 ...

Martins Ferry stuns Steubenville

MARTINS FERRY - Youth came of age Friday night at Tolbert Gymnasium. Martins Ferry is in the rebuilding mode after a magical 21-win OVAC championship campaign. Derek Edwards, last year’s D-III coach-of-the-year, is sporting a lineup that starts one frosh, two sophs and two juniors, void of ...

Prep Roundup: River moves to 16-0

HANNIBAL — Lukas Isaly poured in a game-high 37 points Friday night to lead state-ranked River to a 75-32 victory against Magnolia in boys’ high school basketball action inside he R. L. Potts Gymnasium. The Pilots, ranked second in the latest Associated Press Division IV state poll, moved ...

Steubenville tops St. Clairsville for 4A OVAC mat title

WELLSBURG — Steubenville isn’t used to losing in anything. Following Wednesday night’s elimination from the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division II Wrestling Dual Team Tournament by nemesis Claymont, top-seeded Big Red took no prisoners in repeating as Ohio Valley Athletic ...

Late pin lifts Shenandoah by Linsly in 1A/2A OVAC Duals

WELLSBURG — Shenandoah had never won an Ohio Valley Athletic Conference wrestling championship. The key word being never. Thursday night inside Brooke High School, the third-seeded Zeps claimed their first title by rallying past top-seeded Linsly, 39-33, in the Bill Hinegardner Class 1A/2A ...

Harrison cruises by Buckeye Local

CADIZ — Harrison Central wants to play fast and Buckeye Local doesn’t. So, when the Huskies were playing at warp speed Thursday evening, it spelled early distaster for the Panthers. Harrison Central — on the strength of a 39-point outburst in the first quarter — was never ...

Bridgport girls race past St. John

WOLFHURST — Senior Night 2018 was one to remember for the Bridgeport High girls’ basketball team. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 14-0 lead on St. John on Thursday night and pounced again early in the second half en route to an easy 60-26 victory on Frank Baxter Court. “It’s always ...

Bridgport boys record sixth win

WOLFHURST — After playing almost even with Frontier for nearly three quarters on Thursday night, Bridgeport finally was able to catch an opening. And when they did, the Bulldogs found the path to their sixth victory of the season. Macrea Doyle scored 21 points and Trevonn Ray added 13 as ...