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Madonna great begins second year at Boston College women’s helm

CHESTNUT HILL - Joanna (Bernabei) McNamee is a lifelong winner. The Weirton Madonna legend is now in her second year as head women’s hoop coach at Boston College. She inherited a program last winter that was a bottom feeder in the power-packed Atlantic Coast Conference. The Eagles went ...

Bell adds another special honor to remarkable career

WHEELING - His basketball coaching resume is both lengthy and impressive. Bob Bell enters his 49th year of coaching roundball as assistant girls’ coach at Mentor High. The Cleveland-area school is the latest stop in Bell’s coaching journey stocked with success. The former River ...

Wooding making lots of history at Oberlin

OBERLIN — To say that Von Wooding has had an impressive collegiate career might be selling the former Linsly Cadet a bit short. Wooding, who is a senior for the Yeoman football program, is etching his name into Oberlin history from his linebacker position. During last Saturday’s 38-3 ...

Growing pains not unexpected for Mountaineers

WHEELING - “Tough times don’t last, tough people do.” Be it in life or sports, that is one of my favorite credos. These are definitely tough times for WVU football. The Mountaineers have lost three straight games, the latest coming at Oklahoma where the No. 5-ranked Sooners breezed to ...

WLU quarterback sidelined for year with broken wrist

Zach Phillips was enjoying a most productive season. Actually, the former Wheeling Park quarterback was enjoying a brilliant career at West Liberty since he arrived via the transfer route from Gannon. Unfortunately, Phillips’ season has come to an end. West Liberty formally announced ...

Stobbs race raises $80K for veterans

WHEELING - The Lois Stobbs Memorial Veterans 10K Run/Walk turns a decade old this Nov. 2. During the nine years of the patriotic event, some $80,000 has been raised for the West Virginia Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America. This year, race proceeds will be split between Paralyzed ...

OV products shining on Buckeye diamond

The Ohio State Buckeyes do not officially begin their 2020 baseball season until Valentine’s Day. However, the preparations are well under way for the reigning Big Ten champions with three former Ohio Valley standouts looking to make a contribution. The annual Scarlet and Gray ...

Crutchfield has never forgotten his grooming

MOUNDSVILLE — He is the architect of two basketball powers. He has the highest winning percentage of any college basketball coach who has been in the business for at least 10 years. He is well-grounded and one of the nicest individuals you will ever meet. He is Jim Crutchfield. The ...

UL grad, Kemp, honored by MEC

WEST LIBERTY — Hannah Kemp arrived at West Liberty University after a successful prep running career at Union Local. However, the true freshman entered her initial cross country season with none of what she accomplished in high school in mind. “I had a clean slate,” Kemp said. “I ...

1969 WVU grid squad OV driven

MORGANTOWN - It remains as one of the most impressive seasons in WVU football history. It was 1969 and the Mountaineers rolled to a 10-1 record. The lone blemish was to rival Penn State. The exclamation point on that brilliant campaign was a 14-3 Peach Bowl win over ACC champion South ...

Shadyside 100th season celebration brings back a lot of memories

SHADYSIDE — Friday night was one of those events you wish never had to end. Whether it was the reminiscing, the stories, the memories, the old faces or just the catching up, there was something for everyone, but especially for those who graduated from Shadyside High School. Upwards of ...

Holzopfel succeeding in two sports at WU

WHEELING — Playing one sport at the collegiate level is a challenge. Playing two would seem nearly impossible. So far, it’s worked out quite well for Buckeye Local graduate Emily Holzopfel, who is a member of the golf and women’s basketball teams at Wheeling University. Holzopfel ...

A Rose like none other

BELLAIRE - He was the Green Pied Piper. No one could attract people to St. John Central like Mike Rose. The most successful football coach in school history was a lightning rod for migration to the Fighting Irish Nation. Rose served as St. John Central head football coach for just three ...

Otto earns honor at Mercyhurst U.

MERCYHURST, Pa. — Alyssa Otto finished her brilliant high school career with 145 goals, which ranks fourth all-time in Ohio prep history. The St. Clairsville graduate has picked up right where she left off at the collegiate level. Now a freshman at Mercyhurst University, Otto is ...

Lewicki is skating into new territory as PWHPA member

MOUNDSVILLE — Kristin Lewicki is skating into a new challenge. The John Marshall High grad is now a member of the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA). Lewicki, after a spectacular career at Adrian College in Michigan, played the last two seasons in the National ...

Mason, Baugh claim Sands Electric tourney title

A couple of weeks ago, I declared that Off the Tee was finished for the season. Well, officially it was, but a lot of recent golf tournaments came across my desk, so here we are. One of the longest running area tournaments was held earlier this month at Belmont Hills Country Club. The 34th ...

COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: Wooding, Bell making climb up leaderboards

While many area players are making an impact at the collegiate level across a myriad of sports, two are continuing to climb up their programs’ respective all-time leaderboards. Linsly graduate Von Wooding and Wheeling Park product Elijah Bell have been making their presences felt at ...

Downing left an imprint on Bridgeport in a short time

Ted Downing came to Bridgeport as an outsider. He wasn’t an Ohio Valley product, but he was a people person. Downing was hired in April of 2009 as superintendent of the Bridgeport Exempted Village School District. He served in that capacity, as well as a few others, for six years. He came ...

Coaching turnover occurring at a rapid pace in the OV

During the spring of 2018, the immediate area saw coaching icons Dave Bruney (Martins Ferry football), Jay Circosta (Monroe Central football) and Kim Clifford (St. Clairsville boys basketball) retire after careers of upwards of 40 years. While those were tough to swallow simply because of ...

Ryan primed to take Cardinal hoop reins

WHEELING - It wasn’t too long ago that the common perception had Wheeling Jesuit University (now Wheeling University) dead and buried. It appeared its financial and academic woes may deal the school a fatal blow. But the Cardinals appear to be taking flight. Wheeling University’s ...