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Sports Columns

Football is back, that’s where total normalcy stops

It has officially arrived! The day so many across the Ohio Valley and state of Ohio have been waiting for. After many months of speculation, questions, debate and even a high level of doubts, football season 2020 is about to kick off. The season officially begins, locally, with ...

Pandemic idles Donnelly after 52 years of baseball

STEUBENVILLE - Rich Donnelly has seen about all there is to see in his 73 years on this earth. The baseball lifer has traveled coast-to-coast via his many diamond playing and coaching assignments. But the Steubenville Catholic product has never witnessed a past four months that the nation has ...

The season sports stood silent after 52 years of reporting

Fifty-two years, that’s a long time ago. The year 1969 was a long time ago. Think about... Richard Nixon was inaugurated as out 37th president. Neil Armstrong was the first to step on the moon. The $500, $1000, $5,000 ad $10,000 dollar bills were officially removed from circulation. Ok, ...

Salem College lost ‘Cradle of Coaches’ member in Young

It’s a well-known fact that Miami University of Ohio, located in Oxford, is called the “Cradle of Coaches,” and deservedly so. The Mid-American Conference school just north of Cincinnati near the Indiana border has produced more than a handful of future NCAA Division I and NFL head ...

Deaton was a lot more than a volleyball guru

WHEELING - He built a prep volleyball powerhouse at Wheeling Central before doing the same at Xavier University. Floyd Deaton, however, was more than a volleyball guru. He was a former standout athlete, an energizing motivator and cherished friend. Deaton died unexpectedly last Sunday in ...

Steubenville CC grad doesn’t need stats to enjoy success in sports

When Mark Rest graduated from Steubenville Catholic Central in 2016, he was not unlike any future college athlete. Rest envisioned himself going to Muskingum University and making an impact for the baseball program for four years, helping the Muskies to achieve as much collective success as ...

Bellaire’s Tiber enjoying D-I coaching success

FLORENCE, AL. — The University of North Alabama has transitioned quite nicely into the world of Division I women’s basketball. The Lions recently completed their second season at the NCAA’s highest level, posting a sparkling 21-9 record. It also marked the first time in school history ...

Crutchfield felt good about his tourney chances

FORT LAUDERDALE - Nova Southeastern advanced all the way to the NCAA D-II Elite Eight in Evansville, Ind., last March in Jim Crutchfield’s second year with the program. The Sharks had similar intentions this season until halted by the coronavirus. Crutchfield’s amazing renovation project ...

‘Clash of Champions’ celebrates Silver Anniversary Tuesday at Brooke

The Silver Anniversary of the “Clash of Champions” will take place Tuesday night at Brooke High School in Wellsburg. The all-star match pits wrestlers from the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference against the best from the Midwest Athletic Conference in western Pennsylvania. Action starts at ...

Gordon joins Pitt strength staff

WHEELING - DeVaughn Gordon is coming home, almost. The former Wheeling Central grid standout is a rising star in the world of strength and conditioning on the collegiate level. His most recent ascent in the profession has brought him much closer to his roots. Gordon became a member of ...

Prep quarterback sacks cancer, eyes D-I career

BETHEL PARK - Profiles in courage. Anthony Chiccitt is that and so much more. Chiccitt is a senior at Bethel Park High in suburban Pittsburgh. He is also a three-sports star who attracted heavy attention from college football recruiters before serious adversity entered his world. A year ...

Steubenville CC grad Mannie ends 45-year football coaching career

STEUBENVILLE — He lived a Spartan lifestyle for a quarter of a century, and loved every minute of it. Ken Mannie was Michigan State’s head strength and conditioning coach for the past 25 years. The 1970 Steubenville Catholic Central grad announced his retirement earlier this month, ...

Spring in air as D-I baseball teams hit the diamonds

Spring was definitely in the air last weekend as Division I baseball teams began their seasons. Several former Ohio Valley Athletic Conference players enjoyed strong openings to their respective seasons. A pair of ex-Toronto Red Knights were in the starting lineup for all three games ...

Three OVAC ‘matwomen’ to compete in OHSWCA state championships

While most Ohio high school wrestlers are prepping for their respective sectional tournaments, three Ohio Valley Athletic Conference matwomen are entered in this weekend’s inaugural Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Association girls state tournament. The event will be held at Hilliard ...

Snively, Circosta are enshrined into OVFCA hall

STEUBENVILLE — Jay Circosta and Terry Snively are no strangers to halls of fame. The two football coaching icons added yet another shrine to their impressive resumes last Sunday. The Ohio Valley Football Coaches Association held its 41st Annual All-Conference Awards Dinner at Steubenville ...

Cards’ Ritz turns heads with rebounding mark

WHEELING — Sometimes you hear a stat from a sporting event that makes you shake your head. Sometimes one can make you say, ‘wow’ and other times they’re so impressive you question who may have been keeping the stats. All of the above applied to Wheeling University’s Lilly Ritz’s ...

Douglas lauded for dedicated service to wrestling; Pecora now stands alone

A pair of wrestling icons with Ohio Valley ties were in the limelight last week. Bridgeport’s Bobby Douglas never attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, nor did he ever wrestle for the Badgers. However, when Wisconsin hosted Penn State Friday in Big Ten action, Douglas was honored ...

MEC tourney may never leave Wheeling

WHEELING - It was a slam dunk no-brainer. Mountain East Conference Commissioner Reid Amos announced Tuesday that the conference basketball tournament will remain in Wheeling in 2021, exercising its third-year option. It was not a tough decision. The Friendly City knocked it out of the ...

Ferry, St. Clairsville will both grapple ways to Columbus

The Road to Columbus and the 8th annual Ohio State Wrestling Dual Meet Championships begins this weekend with regional competition for 13 Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Eastern District schools, with seven of those being located in Division III. The remaining half-a-dozen are in Division ...

New Wheeling U. A.D. living the dream

WHEELING - Garett Sherman was named Wheeling University’s new athletic director last week. With that appointment, the Cumberland, Md., native realizes a dream. Sherman comes to the Friendly City after most recently serving as athletic director at West Virginia University Potomac State ...