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Snively, Circosta are enshrined into OVFCA hall

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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 ...

Abuls, McLane to be inducted in August

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WHEELING - Two prep basketball greats are the latest additions to the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020. Pete Abuls of Cambridge and Don McLane of Steubenville Catholic Central have now had their names called to the shrine, and will represent the decade of the ...

Martins Ferry’s Hores to play football at Wheeling

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MARTINS FERRY — The Martins Ferry football program has long been known for its running game. But, when Purple Riders head coach Chas Yoder took a look at his 2019 roster, he realized he had a veteran quarterback and a game-breaking wide receiver. Both delivered in a big way, ...

Linsly duo to continue grid careers at Marietta

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WHEELING — The Marietta football program has had success recruiting Linsly School players in the past. The Pioneers are hoping that trend continues since they recently added another pair of Cadets to their roster. During a ceremony at the school last week, wide receiver Trevin Tush and ...

River navigate past host Buckeye Local, 54-46

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CONNORVILLE — River entered Friday night’s Wheeling Hospital OVAC Boys’ Basketball consolation bracket contest with Buckeye Local facing a decided height disadvantage. As is the case many times in athletics, you can’t judge a team by its size. Instead, the heart and determination it ...

OVAC Boys Basketball: Union Local, Fort Frye to play for 3A crown

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Union Local-Fort Frye II. For the second time in two weeks, the top-seeded Jets and No. 3 Cadets will play for the Wheeling Hospital OVAC Class 3A Basketball Championship. This time, however, it will be for the boys title. Union Local (15-5) and Fort Frye (16-3) will tip ...

Harrison holds on vs. Ferry

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MARTINS FERRY — Friday night’s Wheeling Hospital OVAC Class 4A boys’ championship consolation tilt between Buckeye 8 rivals Harrison Central and Martins Ferry mirrored a heavyweight bout. The Huskies landed a huge haymaker to start the contest inside Tolbert Gymnasium, but the Purple ...

Bellaire wins 3rd straight

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BELLAIRE — Bellaire’s basketball team is starting to find its way. As the Big Reds dropped the curtain on the regular season, Friday night, they found themselves on the winning side for the third straight outing. While J.R. Battista is certainly pleased with his team’s 63-57 ...

Oak Glen rallies past St. Clairsville

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NEW MANCHESTER — The Oak Glen Fieldhouse is becoming known as the house of thrills. The Golden Bear basketball team rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit to beat St. Clairsville 78-73 Friday night in a Wheeling Hospital OVAC Tournament consolation game. It was a tale of two halves. St. ...

OVAC Boys Basketball: Frontier, Madonna feel prepared for 1A clash

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — In many ways, Frontier and Madonna are mirror images of each other. The Cougars and Blue Dons, who meet this afternoon at 2 for the 1A crown at the Wheeling Hospital OVAC Boys Basketball Championships, have endured many ups and downs to reach this pinnacle. But while the ...

Harrison Central girls earn district bowling bid

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Bobbie Parkinson wasn’t feeling extremely confident after the trio of regular games at Thursday’s Ohio Division II girls’ sectional bowling tournament at St. Clair Lanes. Her Harrison Central squad had just turned in a 703 in Game 3 and entered the six Baker games ...

Cards’ Ritz turns heads with rebounding mark

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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 ...

Steubenville solid at line in edging Harrison Central

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STEUBENVILLE — Steubenville’s girls shot 15 free throws during the fourth quarter of Thursday’s game with Harrison Central. They drained just enough (seven) to squeeze out a 43-40 senior night triumph inside the Crimson Center. “We’ve been on a little bit of a slide the last couple ...

Five area swimmers headed to state meet

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COLUMBUS — St. Clairsville and Martins Ferry extended their swimming seasons to the final weekend Wednesday evening. Both schools qualified at least one competitor to next Thursday’s OHSAA State Swimming Championship in Canton by virtue of a top-two finish at the combined East, ...

Top-seeded UL fends off Magnolia in OT

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MORRISTOWN — Magnolia and Union Local went head-to-head Tuesday night like a pair of heavyweight boxers. Thirty-two minutes of action wasn’t enough for the two Wheeling Hospital OVAC Boys Class 3A Tournament semifinalists. However, after watching the Blue Eagles send the game into the ...

Shadyside holds off Southern Local to reach 2A title game

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SHADYSIDE - There was good cause for a double celebration in Tiger Town Tuesday night. First, and foremost, Shadyside punched its ticket into Saturday’s Wheeling Hospital’s OVAC 2A championship game at Ohio University Eastern via a hard-earned 65-63 win over Southern Local. The ...

Linsly comes up short to Fort Frye in 3A

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WHEELING — Momentum in basketball games — actually in all sports — can be a funny thing, especially when the teams are relatively even. The momentum in Tuesday night’s OVAC Class 3A semifinal between third-seeded Fort Frye and second-seeded Linsly inside the Stifel Fieldhouse went ...