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Obecny off to strong start at pro level

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WHEELING — It’s been a whirlwind of a summer for Thadd Obecny II. After graduating from Coastal Carolina in the spring, the Wheeling Park alum wasted no time finding a career — as a professional golfer. Obecny turned pro in June and has been going non-stop as he travels and ...

Prep football practices open around the area

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WHEELING — It’s still more than 50 days until Fall begins, but for prep football programs around the Ohio Valley it started Monday. That’s when teams hit the field for the first time in preparation for the upcoming season. Alarm clocks buzzed a little bit earlier for the first time ...

Minnesota fights off Cleveland

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins lost two more teammates to trades before the game. They finished the night, at least, in a better mood. Mitch Garver drove in the winning run with a one-out double in the ninth inning, capping a 5-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Monday night ...

Pirates get closer Kela from Rangers

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PHOENIX (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired hard-throwing closer Keone Kela from the Texas Rangers for minor league starter Taylor Hearn and a player to be named. The deal was announced late Monday night after the Rangers’ 9-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. “It was a ...

LA-bound LeBron leaves lasting gift, Akron ‘always home’

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AKRON, Ohio (AP) — LeBron James stood on a stage near one of the streets he walked as a troubled kid and looked out at thousands of faces. He felt connected to every one of them. While his 3-year-old daughter, Zhuri, played at his feet, James watched as his mother, Gloria, raised a flag in ...

Ex-Buckeye Conley out two weeks

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NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley is dealing with another training camp injury and is expected to miss at least two weeks because of a hip strain. Conley has not practiced since the first day of training camp last week and only made a brief appearance Monday while ...

‘Completely different’ Zeke preparing

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OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott never has offered much about his state of mind at training camp a year ago when the star running back of the Dallas Cowboys faced the possibility of a suspension over domestic violence allegations. So let his position coach explain the difference now ...

DONALD ROTHENBUHLER

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Donald Duane Rothenbuhler, 67, of Sunfish Creek Road, Beallsville, Ohio passed away Sunday July 29, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. He was born near Cameron, Ohio on April 8, 1951, a son of the late Lloyd and Evelyn Norris Rothenbuhler. Donald owned and operated his own trucking ...

LaFollette was the unquestioned star of stars for Ohio

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WHEELING — During the course of the 2017 high school season there were a handful of quarterbacks who many thought could get the call to serve as the leader of the Ohio squad in the OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star Game. I’d be willing to bet that not too many — outside of Woodsfield anyway ...

Ohio outlasts W.Va. to take bragging rights

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WHEELING — A small-school quarterback showing up in a big-time game. On easily the biggest stage of his career, Monroe Central’s Ryan LaFollette proved beyond a shadow of a doubt he has what it takes. LaFollette collected game Most Valuable Player honors after racking up 255 yards of total ...

Martins Ferry wins OV Swim League crown

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STEUBENVILLE — It has been an impressive summer for the Martins Ferry Aquatic Club. It continued to show its dominance in the pool as Martins Ferry claimed the top spot at the inaugural Ohio Valley Swim League Championships at the Steubenville High School Natatorium on Saturday. Ferry swam ...

Fresh off OVAC Game, Thompson set for doubles at UL

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WHEELING — The last four or so months have been an absolute whirlwhind for Bernie Thompson. And there’s no slowing down anywhere in the near future. But, that’s quite OK for the Union Local Jets’ head football coach. “When I first got the job, everyone told me how fast ...

Hudson recalls OVAC, Bellaire grid memories

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WHEELING — Football can evoke memories. Even a half-century later. Dave Hudson can remember his gridiron playing days just like they were yesterday. Those playing days for the former Bellaire High star, however, ended nearly 50 years ago. Hudson was one of the guests when the OVAC invited ...

Bridgeport announces home grid venues

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BRIDGEPORT — When Bridgeport Exempted Village School District officials found out in early May that the 100-year-old home grandstands at Bill Jobko Stadium would have to be torn down, it left them in a quandry and without a stadium for the upcoming season. However, as is the case in the Ohio ...

Shadyside junior shining in 3D archery competitions

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SHADYSIDE — For a lot of high school juniors, summer means a time to sleep in, relax, watch hours of Netflix and hang out with friends. Mattie Reiman is no different in that regard. With the start of the new school year less than a month away, she’s found plenty of time for those ...

BHCC Junior Tournament champions crowned

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High school golf season is just a little more than a week away. Area players continued to fine tune their games and got a look at a course they’ll see several times throughout the campaign at Belmont Hills Country Club at its annual junior tournament, which was held on July ...

OVAC All Stars set to shine

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WHEELING — King football is back! The Ohio Valley’s love affair with the gridiron resumes tonight and unofficially kicks off the 2018 season when Ohio and West Virginia clash for the 73rd time in the annual OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star Football Game. Kickoff is slated for 7:15 and the game ...

Team captains set to lead squads in OVAC Game

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WHEELING — No matter the game or team, being chosen as a captain is a definite honor. When that distinction comes because your team voted for you, it carries even more weight. Each team voted during their camps at Bethany College to determine who would represent it at midfield for the ...

Linsly duo puts Ohio roots aside for OVAC Game

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BETHANY — Nick Falbo and Dawson Mellinger will fulfill a dream tonight when they suit up to play in the OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star Football Game at Wheeling Island Stadium. It just so happens, though, neither’s dream turned out just how it was originally portrayed. Both have attended ...