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Sports Columns

Wheeling native Harris writing a new chapter in Florida

WHEELING — It was time for a new challenge. D.P. Harris authored a hall of fame coaching career at St. Vincent College. The Wheeling Park grad served as head men’s hoop coach for the Latrobe, Pa.,-based school for the past 16 years with impressive results. He directed St. Vincent to a ...

Local MEC athletes shining in academics

The term student-athlete certainly resonates at both Wheeling University and West Liberty University. The two schools have long shined in athletics and their athletes also get it done in the classroom. That was proven again this week when the Mountain East Conference announced its Academic ...

Defending champs to spoil LSU’s dream season

WHEELING — The Tigers will lay claim to college football’s national championship Monday night in New Orleans. That is a no-brainer. The $64,000 question, however, is what breed of Tiger - be it LSU or Clemson. LSU gained the No. 1 seed in the playoffs, proceeding to demolish Oklahoma in ...

Is wrestling returning to Wheeling University?

What is going on with the wrestling program at Wheeling University? In late January, 2019 it was announced that several Cardinal athletic programs were being restored, with the mat sport being one of those listed. However, as of today I haven’t heard one word about the program, which was ...

Last Man Standing wrestling tournament in Shadyside Saturday

The annual Last Man Standing Tournament at Shadyside High School is scheduled for all day Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. The pool-style tournament will be held in the Tigers Den. In addition to the host Tigers, 14 other schools will be competing. They include Barnesville, Caldwell, ...

WVU, Ohio St. should become annual event

CLEVELAND - It’s not your run-of-the mill out-of-conference game for the West Virginia University men’s basketball team today. The Mountaineers face Ohio State at noon at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland. The two nationally-ranked teams don’t meet very often, although being ...

Burrow made impact against Steubenville at Harding Stadium

WHEELING - Joe Burrow is the toast of college football. The LSU quarterback has authored a season of epic proportions. His individual stats are off the charts amazing, but in the process, he’s also led the Tigers to a 13-0 record and the No. 1 seed in this year’s college football ...

Holzopfel settling in at Wheeling U.

WHEELING — Emily Holzopfel is one of the most decorated scorers in area girls basketball history. She scored more than 2,000 career points during her brilliant career at Buckeye Local. Now, she appears to be settling in quite well at her new home, too. Holzopfel has worked her way into ...

St. Clairsville going to Powerade; still will be hosting own tourney

There are times when an opportunity comes around that you just can’t pass up. No matter how hard of a decision it requires. That’s the dilemma — albeit a good one — that St. Clairsville head wrestling coach Joel Sansone found himself in last spring. He knew for a couple of years that ...

Lewton Award highlighting sportsmanship

WHEELING - Sportsmanship. It is a quality that is all too often lacking these days in athletics. Fred “Fritz” Lewton is stepping up in the most generous of fashions to bring sportsmanship to the forefront for OVAC basketball teams. Lewton, who resides near Dallas Pike, is the father of ...

Weir High graduate excited to experience Army-Navy grid game

Tyler Komorowski has experienced it before. Last year, actually. But, the Weir High graduate will get a completely different look at the 117th Army-Navy game Saturday at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field. Komorowski — a true freshman — will be in uniform for the Army Cadets ...

Barnesville Doan Ford Invitational draws impressive list of teams

The Barnesville Doan Ford Invitational wrestling tournament is celebrating a milestone this weekend. The only “true” bracket tournament during the regular season, the event has been around now for 50 years. Twenty-one teams from three different states will make the trip to western Belmont ...

Tiber finds sweet home in Alabama

FLORENCE, ALA. - Missy Tiber is in her seventh year at the helm of the University of North Alabama women’s basketball team. And if early returns are any indication, the campaign will be another rousing success for the Bellaire native and her Lions. The former Big Reds hoop standout led ...

Lake Erie women win tournament crown in Alaska

If the Lake Erie women’s basketball team decided to stay in Alaska, it would be easy to understand why. The Storm spent Thanksgiving weekend in the nation’s 49th state, taking part in the North Star Invitational. Departing Ohio, Lake Erie, which features River grad Lauren Flannery, ...

Changes on horizon for Ron Mauck OVAC Tournament

The Ohio Valley Athletic Conference will be entering unchartered waters this season when the OVAC Ron Mauck Tournament invades downtown Wheeling’s WesBanco Arena for its annual three-day stay in mid-January. For the first time in the tournament’s 66 years the seeding will done by a ...

Cardinals riding wave of success behind Benner

WHEELING — Winning never gets old, and Christy Benner has done a ton of it in her 18 years as Wheeling University’s head volleyball coach. The current campaign is another Benner-directed success story. Her Cardinals are an impressive 31-3 and still counting. In the process, the Redbirds ...

Ohio State shows resolve after watching Nittany Lions rally back

COLUMBUS — Indianapolis ... beware! Buckeye Nation is on its way. Ohio State took another step toward the College Football Playoff Saturday afternoon when it shook off an ugly third quarter to subdue Penn State, which certainly didn’t fold its tents when it had every chance to after ...

Broken wrist fails to stop West Lib QB Zach Phillips

WEST LIBERTY - Zach Phillips opted to continue his football career at Gannon University after his record-setting career at Wheeling Park. He will always remembered, however, for the grid legacy he left at West Liberty University.\Phillips enjoyed a productive two-year stint as Gannon’s ...

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 ...

Thurnes created lasting memories for many people

As we age, we are able to look back on our lives to remember places and people and episodes in our past that had such an influence on what we have been and what we have become. To some, it was the day they got married or when that first child was born. To others, it maybe a special family ...