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Sports Columns

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 ...

Marietta features strong OV flavor

MARIETTA — The Ohio Valley to Marietta talent pipeline is flowing quite well. The Pioneers opened their football season with a 41-0 victory at Hiram and did so with a roster that features no fewer than nine former OVAC players on the squad. Taking that a step farther, four were in the ...

Beallsville pays tribute to Caldwell

BEALLSVILLE — It has always been my belief that there are two ways to truly honor special individuals. One is Hall of Fame induction. The second is naming something after that worthy person. Dave Caldwell entered the OVAC Hall of Fame in 2017. It was a well-deserved honor. This past ...

Day won’t soon forget his official debut at Ohio State

COLUMBUS — Ryan Day’s official debut as Ohio State Buckeyes head coach will be one he never forgets. But, it also probably won’t be his most memorable game, either. At least he certainly hopes not. And that has nothing to do with the end result because the Buckeyes achieved the ...

Myers hits his way into Charleston HOF

WHEELING — John Marshall is one of the blue blood baseball programs in the OVAC. Bob Montgomery guided a Monarch powerhouse for 42 years amassing 869 career wins, including the 1985 state championship to go with seven OVAC crowns. He was inducted into the OVAC Hall of Fame in ...

Huggins praises Merrick, current WVU hoop team

WHEELING — Bob Huggins can be a volcano on the coaching sidelines. The WVU hoop mentor, however, can be soft-spoken and praise worthy when the occasion arises. The latter was the case Wednesday afternoon when Huggins was the featured speaker at the annual Light of the Valley luncheon at ...

WCC grad Stein seeks to defend Maryland state title

WHEELING — After winning a state football championship, what do you do for an encore? That is the question at hand for Kurt Stein. The Wheeling Central product guided Oakdale High to the Maryland Class AA state title last fall. Maryland has four grid classifications. The state ...

Off The Tee: O’Donnell Scramble draws large, impressive field

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Ohio Valley is home to numerous golf scrambles throughout the spring, summer and fall. However, last Saturday’s Cindy O’Donnell Foundation Scramble, which attracted a full field of 36 teams, is quickly climbing the list of premier events. The proceeds of the ...

Havlicek lived his life the right way

BRIDGEPORT — The basketball success of John Havlicek has been well documented. One of the NBA’s Greatest 50, the Boston Celtics all-time leading scorer, owner of six NBA Championship rings, a national champion at Ohio State University and a member of basically every hall of fame ...

Harler, Routt shine in Spain hoop trip

WHEELING — The start of football’s regular season is on our doorstep. The Ohio Valley prep campaign kicks off in less than two weeks. With that said, let’s talk WVU basketball. Mountaineer hoops are always in vogue with Bob Huggins at the helm. It’s safe to say, last winter was not ...

Matsakis is making progress at Defiance

WHEELING - He arrived on the Defiance College campus Aug. 7 of last year. A month later Manny Matsakis was leading the Yellow Jackets’ football team in its first game of the season. Suffice to say, the Shadyside native had to hit the ground running at a school that enjoyed only one winning ...

OFF THE TEE: PGA Junior League program held at Belmont Hills CC

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The PGA is consistently looking for ways to grow the game of golf. One of its newer initiatives has been implemented at Belmont Hills Country Club and met with resounding success. Belmont Hills Club Professional Ron Baker began the PGA Junior League program in 2018 ...

Virtual Reality Racing coming to McMechen

WHEELING - Travis Braden is a rising star in the world of race cars. The Wheeling native is just 25-years-old and is already a two-time ARCA/CRA Super Series champion. Braden is also a major player in a movement that would change the eSports landscape in West Virginia. Possible legislation is ...

Off The Tee: Johnson claims Honeywell Junior Tourney

MOUNDSVILLE — Area junior players got another tuneup for their upcoming seasons last week when Moundsville Country Club hosted its annual Honeywell Junior Golf Tournament. An impressive field of male and female players took part in the event on the par 70 layout. Winning the overall and ...