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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 ...

UL graduate Kemp cited by USTFCCA, sets WLU mile mark

WEST LIBERTY — Whether it’s on the cross country course, indoor track or classroom, Union Local grad Hannah Kemp has simply gotten it done since she arrived on the Hilltopper campus in August. Kemp was bestowed another academic honor Thursday when she was honored by the United States ...

Jenkins left indelible legacy in St. C. sports

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Gentleman, successful, passionate and dedicated. Those were just some of the adjectives that were used to describe John Jenkins. Let me just confirm that all were 100 percent accurate. Jenkins — the long-time St. Clairsville businessman, Red Devil athletic ...

Area teams hitting the road for state dual regionals

Assignments for the 8th annual Ohio Dual Team Regional Tournaments, set for Saturday, Feb. 8, were released last week, and for the local schools competing, they had better gas up the buses. St. Clairsville is the lone Division II entrant from the local area. The Red Devils, who were runnersup ...

McKivitz prepping for Senior Bowl

Colton McKivitz realized shortly after the West Virginia University season ended with a win at TCU in November that his football life was going to be quite different. He’s getting a full glimpse of that right now. McKivitz — the Union Local product — has spent most of the week in ...

Seeding committee knocks it out of the park in first attempt

To say the OVAC Ron Mauck wrestling tournament’s seed committee hit a home run in its first at-bat wouldn’t be doing the seven members their do justice. They smacked a grand slam well out of WesBanco Arena. Prior to the 67th annual event that was staged for three days last week inside the ...