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Experience good, but Bolinger not resting on laurels

MARTINS FERRY — As it pertains to the OHSAA State Swimming and Diving Championship, Martins Ferry senior Jarrett Bolinger has been there and done that. However, while the experience is a plus, it’s never an accomplishment to take for granted. “When I first started swimming in ...

St. Clairsville’s ‘Fab Five’ ready to make some waves

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The St. Clairsville girls swimming team enters this weekend’s annual OHSAA State Swimming and Diving Championship with all attributes needed for success. The Red Devils’ version of ‘The Fab Five’ boasts experience and talent. Both will be on display, ...

Union Local gets defensive vs. River

HANNIBAL — To go far in the postseason, Zach Delman knows his team’s defense needs to be purring like a finely-tuned engine. Tuesday night inside the R.L. Potts Gymnasium, Delman, Union Local’s head coach, was pleased with what he saw from his team in that regard. The Jets held the ...

Smith propels Ferry by Toronto

MARTINS FERRY - Momentum is an important thing in sports, but even moreso at this time of the year on the hardwood. The Martins Ferry Purple Riders allowed 18 first-quarter points, then only allowed that same amount over the remainder of the game, riding a huge 31 point-13 rebound night by ...

Linsly avenges loss to Grand River Academy

WHEELING — Rarely does a team lose a game by 40-plus points and turn around two months later and avenge that defeat. Don’t tell that theory to the Linsly Cadets because they’ll prove it wrong. And they did Tuesday evening inside the Stifel Fieldhouse. Thanks to a superb defensive ...

East Liverpool rolls by Harrison

EAST LIVERPOOL — Coming off a loss to Meadowbrook in Saturday’s OVAC 4A final, the East Liverpool boys basketball team regrouped and put together a strong senior night performance Tuesday at Potter Fieldhouse. Behind a balanced scoring effort, the Potters had more than enough to pull ...

Mitchell explosive as Harrison Central crushes Creek

WINTERSVILLE — A fast start led to a good night offensively for Harrison Central. Junior standout Kobe Mitchell collected 22 of his game-high 32 points in the first half, leading the Harrison Central boys basketball team past Indian Creek, 71-44, Monday night. The Huskies scored at least ...

Union Local denied OVAC 3A title by Fort Frye

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — It was a week later and a different gender, but the approach and opponent were the same. For the second straight Saturday, Fort Frye used an impressive defensive performance, showcased a disciplined offense and captured an OVAC Class 3A championship. Eerily similar to ...

Second quarter proves costly for Shadyside in OVAC 2A final

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The streak continues. Wheeling Central pocketed its eighth consecutive Wheeling Hospital OVAC basketball championship Saturday afternoon at Ohio University Eastern, holding off fast-closing Shadyside, 72-67, in the Class 2A finale. Overall, it is the Maroon Knights’ ...

Bunch’s decision lifts West Liberty wrestling to win

WEST LIBERTY — Darius Bunch couldn’t have scripted a better way to end his senior season at home. The West Liberty standout posted a major decision Sunday afternoon that lifted the No. 16 Hilltoppers (9-8) to an exciting, 22-18, decision over visiting Seton Hill (8-5) inside the ASRC in ...

Meadowbrook captures fifth consecutive Class 4A title

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Meadowbrook’s history in the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference has been vast. The Colts added another chapter — their last — in boys basketball Saturday morning at the Health and Physical Education Center at Ohio University Eastern. Headed to another conference, ...

Snively, Circosta are enshrined into OVFCA hall

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

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

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

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 ...

OVAC Boys Basketball: Shadyside, Wheeling Central to clash for the third time

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Neither Shadyside’s Ed Andes nor Wheeling Central’s Mel Stephens had to spend a lot of time this week seeking information on the other’s team. To say that Shadyside and Wheeling Central know each other quite well might still be selling them short. After all, the ...

River navigate past host Buckeye Local, 54-46

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 ...

Harrison, UL boys roll to D-II district

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — It was a drama-filled afternoon at St. Clair Lanes on Saturday afternoon as three more teams and another trio of individuals advanced in the quest to reach the pinnacle of state bowling. Carrollton, Harrison Central and Union Local finished 1-2-3 in the team standings at ...

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

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

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 ...