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Park’s Ayers to run at EKU

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WHEELING — If you take a ride around Wheeling or any of its suburbs on a given day, there’s probably a good chance you’ve seen Beighley Ayers on the roads pounding mile after mile. After all, she did step up her workload to some 50 miles a week during her peak. That work ethic, ...

Pilots navigate past Sciotoville

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ATHENS - Earlier this week, River head coach Mike Flannery described his team as focused, determined and eager to repeat last week’s playoff performance against Harvest Prep. The Pilots wasted little time Friday night at Athens High School in picking up where they left off in their ...

Maroon Knights don’t panic, rally by Dragons

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CAMERON — Wheeling Central has had its back to the wall for the bulk of the season. So, when Cameron took a 14-12 lead in the third quarter, the Maroon Knights didn’t push any panic buttons. They simply went to work, and took control. Central, the 10th seed, proceeded to score 20 ...

Hilltoppers erupt for 139 in Howlett’s head coaching debut

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WEST LIBERTY — There is life after Jim Crutchfield. A new basketball era dawned on the Hilltop Friday night. For the first time in 14 seasons, Crutchfield was not at the West Liberty Hilltoppers’ helm. The legendary coach took his incredible 359-61 record to Nova Southeastern University ...

River hopes for better fate in Athens than in ’97

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HANNIBAL — River’s football fans will certainly know the route to Basil Rutter Field in Athens tonight. However, they may not recognize the place when they get there. It’s been a while since the Pilots have ventured to the recently remodled facility in The Plains. Actually, it’s ...

Wheeling Jesuit matmen pull off upset

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WHEELING — The Danny Irwin era at Wheeling Jesuit University couldn’t have gotten off to a better start as his team not only presented their first-year head coach with his initial victory at the Ohio County school, but did it in upset fashion. The No. 23 Cardinals won four of the final ...

Wooding earns conference honor at Oberlin

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OBERLIN — When Von Wooding arrived at Oberlin College in the summer of 2016, he admittedly had no idea what he was getting involved with. After only two visits to the campus and knowing the adjustment that lied ahead in terms of football, Wooding — who is a Linsly graduate and Flushing ...

St. Clairsville’s Smith joins sister as a Red Flash

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Amaya Smith couldn’t even venture a guess as what she’d do with her time if she didn’t play softball. Thus it’s only fitting that the St. Clairsville senior continues her career in the sport she loves for at least four more seasons. Smith — the Red Devils ace ...

Steubenville’s Hubbard to join Buckeye wrestling team

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STEUBENVILLE — Jashon Hubbard fulfilled a lifetime dream Wednesday morning inside Steubenville High’s Crimson Center when the Big Red senior signed his National Letter-of-Intent to attend Ohio State University on a wrestling scholarship. “It’s pretty exciting,” Hubbard, who will ...

A lot still at stake for OSU

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COLUMBUS — The College Football Playoff might be an unreachable goal for the Ohio State football team. But plenty of attainable ones remain for Coach Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes in 2017 and beyond. “It’s a journey that we’re on,” Meyer said Monday, a few days after his squad saw it’s ...

Buckeyes have no time to dwell on Iowa defeat

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COLUMBUS — It’s out of the frying pan and into the fire for the Ohio State football team as it returns home to face another tough test Saturday. The Buckeyes, still licking their wounds following a stunning 55-24 drubbing at Iowa, welcome No. 13 Michigan State to Ohio Stadium in what now ...

River, Sciotoville East ready

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ATHENS — Togetherness. Trust. Toughness. Those three words are a triumvirate Mike Flannery has great faith in. “Our kids have that,” Flannery said this week as his River High School football team prepared for its regional semifinal test against Sciotoville East. The Pilots and ...

Harler excited for unique season opener

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MORGANTOWN — Basketball has always been fun for Chase Harler. And while the sport has yielded plenty of opportunities and memories, what the former Wheeling Central standout is about to experience this week will shoot to basically the top of the list. Harler — a sophomore at West ...

Owens building Paden City mat program from scratch

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WHEELING — If it’s playoff-mode for football teams in Ohio and West Virginia, it can only mean high school wrestling season is just around the corner for the bi-state conference. Monday night inside WesBanco Arena, Ohio Valley Athletic Conference officials hosted the annual preseason OVAC ...

It’s been a long road back to hoops for Kroll

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LORETTO, Pa. — Sometimes you don’t realize just how much you love something until it’s taken away. That thing for Caitlyn Kroll is the sport of basketball. It’s a cruel lesson she unfortunately had to learn the hard way. The Bridgeport graduate made an impressive return to the ...

Ohio Valley Unsung Hero: Roe has been a staple at Buckeye

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BRILLIANT — Devotion to country. Devotion to community. Devotion to youth. Rodney Roe is a man for all seasons and a man who’s made a deep impression on all those he’s come in contact with. Roe, who recently completed his 42nd, and last, season as a high school football equipment ...

Area trio competes at state CC

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HEBRON — Harrison Central’s Jasmine Arnold turned in the area’s top performance Saturday at the Ohio High School Cross Country Championships at National Trail Raceway. The freshman turned a 19:47.6 clocking, good for 58th place in the Division II event. Chagrin Fall’s Annie Zimmer won ...

Bridgeport’s Dulesky captains T-L volleyball

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MARTINS FERRY — Area volleyball teams put their best foots forward once again this season, with many putting forth memorable campaigns. Monroe Central didn’t make the OVAC Tournament, but the Seminoles made history, reaching the regional tournament for the first time by topping Malvern in ...

River holds off Harvest Prep, 39-34

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CANAL WINCHESTER— River was labeled as underdogs entering Friday’s first round playoff game at Canal Winchester Harvest Prep, but coach Mike Flannery and his squad are at their best with the odds against them. River found the end zone on every possession of the first half, except the ...