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Wheeling takes down Jefferson Co.

ELM GROVE — Making progress. That’s one of the things that Wheeling Stogies manager Jon-Michael Brunner wants to see out of his squad this summer. Wednesday night on Capt. David VanCamp Memorial Ballfield, the Stogies (5-2) took another step in the right direction with a convincing, ...

Snodgrass’ passion for prep sports will be missed at OHSAA

COLUMBUS -- Jerry Snodgrass loves the state of Ohio, high school sports and above all he’s extremely passionate about kids. When you throw in the facts that he saw prep sports from basically every angle possible -- player, coach, athletic administrator -- during his career, it became ...

Weirton storms past Moundsville

GLEN DALE — Trailing host Moundsville 9-0 after three innings, Weirton never gave up. The end result, a stunning 13-10 victory in Ohio Valley Baseball League action on the toasty John Marshall High School diamond. The Bobcats and Expos both end the regular season with 9-9 marks and tied ...

Snodgrass out as OHSAA Executive Director

COLUMBUS – Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors President Dan Leffingwell, who is the superintendent at Shenandoah, announced Monday that Bob Goldring has been named interim executive director, effective immediately. Goldring has served as the OHSAA senior director of ...

Blackburn slated for induction into B-W Hall of Fame

BEREA — Mike Blackburn will officially become a Yellow Jacket for Life when he joins nine other former Baldwin Wallace standouts for induction into the Athletics Hall of Fame as members of the Class of 2020. Out of the 10 honorees, Blackburn, a 1999 graduate, is the only one being ...

Final three selections announced for Ferry HOF

Two talented athletes who wrapped up their high school careers as the new century began and a highly-successful coach who headed up one sport and was a vital member of the staff for another complete the nine-member Class of 2020 to be inducted into the Martins Ferry Athletic Hall of ...

Jason Merryman new A.D. at Buckeye Local

CONNORVILLE — As it pertains to prep sports, Jason Merryman has definitely been around. From his pee wee wrestling days in Shadyside through 27 years of coaching that includes at least one season in every sport except volleyball and swimming, Merryman’s sports roots are firmly ...

Barton routs Maynard, 15-0

MAYNARD — Lacing up the cleats for a fourth straight day, Barton showed no signs of fatigue Friday night in a 15-0 pounding of Maynard (5-11) in Ohio Valley Baseball League action on the sun-splashed Community Park diamond. The Braves (11-5) collected 16 base hits and broke open a 2-0 ...

Weir High’s Spencer wins W.Va. Gatorade track honor

WEIRTON — Sebastian Spencer didn’t expect to receive any accolades for the track and field season. After all, there wasn’t a season because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which led to the cancellation of spring sports across the nation. As it turns out, however, the recent Weir ...

Brooke boys hoop coach dies

WELLSBURG — Whether it was as a basketball coach or player, Mel Coleman made an impact It’s an impact that will be felt for years to come, too. Coleman, 77, died Wednesday afternoon from complications of a heart attack he suffered earlier in the week. The 1961 Wheeling Central graduate, ...

Weirton tightens up OVBL race

MINGO JUNCTION — All of a sudden the competitiveness of the four-team Ohio Valley Baseball League is starting to show through. Weirton didn’t play a perfect game Wednesday night, but it was a nice bounce-back from a disheartening loss 24 hours earlier. Combining solid pitching, timely ...

Grove earns invitation to Dodger camp

WHEELING — For obvious reasons, Michael Grove had been following the baseball negotiations of the last several weeks quite closely. The Wheeling Park and West Virginia University product, actually, predicted on June 18 that a deal — one way or another — would get done in five days. It ...

Shadyside athlete tests positive for coronavirus

SHADYSIDE — Shadyside Athletics Director John Triveri confirmed Wednesday afternoon that a student-athlete at the school has tested positive for the coronavirus. “We just confirmed (the positive) (Wednesday) morning,” Triveri said. Shadyside just resumed workouts in all sports on ...

Crestview opting to leave OVAC

COLUMBIANA — And then there were 49. The Ohio Valley Athletic Conference membership — effective today — has been reduced to 49 schools as Columbiana Crestview has withdrawn. The Rebels, who joined the OVAC in Nov. of 2016, are focusing on a newly formed two divisional conference in the ...

Three more national stat titles for West Liberty men

WEST LIBERTY — The sound of power tools echoed down the nearly-deserted hall outside the office of West Liberty University’s men’s basketball coach Ben Howlett earlier this week. It’s that time of year. In what has become a summer ritual for the three-time defending Mountain East ...

Patriots win home debut

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Tuesday night’s baseball game between Wheeling and St. Clairsville was a total reversal of last Thursday’s 10-2 win by the Stogies. St. Clairsville (1-1) played errorless defense, received another solid effort on the mound and scored early in posting a 7-2 decision ...

Park athlete tests positive for COVID-19

WHEELING — Ohio County Schools Assistant Superintendent Rick Jones formally announced that a Wheeling Park High School student-athlete has tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday afternoon via the school’s social media. Ohio County Schools was made aware of the possible case late last ...

Belmont Co. Health Department offers sports guidance

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — All Belmont County schools have received guidance from the county health department with recommendations to avoid having to shut down prep sports workouts and conditioning programs. “Nothing we’ve told the schools is a requirement, but just a recommendation,” Belmont ...

A long-overdue ‘Tip of the Cap’ to baseball’s Black pioneers

Barack Obama tipped his cap. So did three other former U.S. presidents and a host of prominent civil rights leaders, entertainers and sports greats in a virtual salute to the 100-year anniversary of the founding of baseball’s Negro Leagues. The campaign launched Monday with photos and ...

Jefferson County Elite 19A finish second at Chillicothe Tournament

CHILLICOTHE — Jefferson County Elite 19A advanced to the championship game of the Jim Jadwin Memorial Tournament Sunday afternoon before falling to Ashland, 12-9, at VA Memorial Stadium. The Steubenville-based squad trailed 12-6 entering the top of the sixth before scoring three times to ...