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Sports Columns

Connor relishes OVAC experience

WHEELING - Andrew Connor was like a kid in a candy store all of last week. The personable and highly successful Indian Creek head football coach says he has waited 17 years to coach in the OVAC Rudy Mumley Charity Football Classic. Connor got his chance Saturday night at Wheeling Island ...

St. C.’s Bober shines as WR

WHEELING — Craig Bober reported for OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star Game camp with the idea that he’d be playing on the defensive side of the ball. The St. Clairsville graduate was OK with that because the opportunity to play one last prep game before heading off to West Liberty University was ...

Is 8-man football in the offing?

WHEELING - A sign of the times. So it was when Zanesville Bishop Rosecrans announced Monday it was scrapping its football schedule for this coming season. The reason? A lack of players. Only 13 players committed to play this coming fall for the Bishops. Although the school is small in ...

Off The Tee: Jeffries claims junior tourney at BHCC

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The high school golf season is less than a week away in Ohio and area players got another chance to hone their skills this past week. The annual Belmont Hills Country Club Junior Golf Tournament was held at the challening par 72 layout in tough weather conditions, which ...

Wheeling Central lacross standout Karnell honored

WHEELING — A season to remember. It was certainly that for Caleb Karnell. Karnell is a lacrosse player at Wheeling Central...and a very gifted one. He just completed his sophomore campaign, one in which he helped carry the Maroon Knights to the West Virginia Lacrosse Association state ...

Off The Tee: BHCC Member-Guest champions crowned

As it pertains to the Belmont Hills Country Club Member-Guest Tournament, Steve Mercer and Ryan Tomolonis have been on the doorstep of the coveted green jacket many times. Actually, the duo, which has been playing together for 12 years in the event, had claimed its flight championship in ...

Wheeling Central will celebrate its first WVSSAC title

WHEELING - The year was 1979. Jimmy Carter was in the White House. The Pittsburgh Steelers were Super Bowl champions and the Pittsburgh Pirates were World Series kingpins. The price of gasoline was 88 cents a gallon. It also was the year that Wheeling Central won its first WVSSAC state ...

24th annual BMAC Golf Classic is Thursday

MOUNDSVILLE — Golfers from throughout the area will converge on Moundsville Country Club this Thursday for the 24th annual BMAC (Belmont-Mountaineer Athletic Club) Golf Classic. The event, which tees off with a 10 a.m. shotgun start, is one of the largest fundraisers for the ...

MF’s Bob Bruney was a teacher for era of coaches

MARTINS FERRY — Three things come to mind when you think of Bob Bruney: Martins Ferry, football and toughness. You had to be tough to play football for Woody Hayes. The Purple Rider Hall of Famer died this past week at the age of 77. He leaves behind a legacy of success as a player, coach, ...

Another July, another new WJU basketball coach

WHEELING — It is becoming a rite of summer. It being Wheeling Jesuit University hiring a head men’s basketball coach in July. Jesuit named Will Ryan as its new head coach Monday. He is the 10th to serve in that capacity in school history. Ryan replaces John Peckinpaugh who returned back ...

Rataiczak’s impact goes far beyond sports and championships

Tom Rataiczak’s title with the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference was executive secretary and treasurer. To say he did so much more than that wouldn’t be coming anywhere close to doing him justice. During the course of the last 20 years, Rataiczak — through his vision and dedication — ...

Linsly School graduate Blount receives HOF Fellowship in Canton

WHEELING - He is the son of an NFL Hall-of-Famer. Now, Akil Blount has his own piece of the pro football Hall of Fame. The former Linsly School three-sport standout has been chosen as the initial recipient of the James Harris-Doug Williams Fellowship. The fellowship is named after NFL ...

Off the Tee: Wheeling Elks Junior Tourney champs crowned

The annual Wheeling Elks Junior Golf Tournament drew a solid collection of male and female players at the annual event held last Wednesday. Champions were crowned in four boys and girls divisions. Winning the 16-18 year old boys division was Martins Ferry’s Luke Krol, who ...

Off The Tee: Scramble slated to honor Ducker and benefit cancer research

On Friday, more than 160 golfers arrived at Belmont Hills Country Club to support Bridgeport Local Schools with the annual Niekro Scramble. On Saturday, Oct. 12, area golfers have the chance to pay homage to a Bridgeport High graduate, Ron Ducker, who passed away in December of 2017 ...

Bellaire’s Dunfee leads Georgia team to repeat state baseball title

BELLAIRE — Mike Dunfee is doubly happy these days. The 1993 Bellaire High grad is head baseball coach at Gordon Lee High School in Chickamauga, Ga. His Trojans recently captured the Class A state championship, capping a brilliant 32-5 campaign. The state title is extra sweet as it marks a ...

Hannahs: ISU got bad break

WHEELING — It was not the outcome he had hoped for; as a result, Mitch Hannahs left Nashville with a sense of disappointment. He felt his team was dealt a bad hand. The Skyvue High athletic legend is the head coach of the Indiana State baseball team. The Sycamores qualified for the NCAA ...

Myers claims Hardman Memorial Tournament at Oglebay Park

The Oglebay Park Golf Club hosted its sixth event of the 2019 season last Sunday when 100 players took part in the Randy Hardman Memorial Tournament, which was sponsored by Miklas Meat Market. Bryan Myers, by virtue of a scorecard playoff, claimed the title of the medal division with a ...

Bledsoe should get OK to play

WHEELING - The NCAA is a much-maligned agency. The college-controlling organization, based in Indianapolis, is anything but athlete-friendly. The NCAA holds student-athletes to much stricter, and often times unfair, standards than it does its coaches. Coaches have unrestricted career ...

Peckinpaugh leaves WJU for his family

WHEELING — He took over a program under some of the toughest circumstances imaginable. To his credit, his team exhibited exceptional progress as the season played out. And now, John Peckinpaugh is on the move again. Peckinpaugh resigned his post as Wheeling Jesuit University men’s ...

OFF THE TEE: Oglebay Park Men’s Golf Club holds Dailer Memorial Tourney

The Oglebay Park Men’s Golf Club teed it up again last week with the Dubie Dailer Memorial Tournament. One hundred players took part in the evne tthat was played in two-man scramble format at Crispin Center Golf Course. Winning in a tiebreaker was the duo of Jim Bittengle and ...