Holzopfel succeeding in two sports at WU

WHEELING — Playing one sport at the collegiate level is a challenge. Playing two would seem nearly impossible.

So far, it’s worked out quite well for Buckeye Local graduate Emily Holzopfel, who is a member of the golf and women’s basketball teams at Wheeling University.

Holzopfel — one of the most highly decorated athletes to come from Buckeye Local, claimed her first award — after several in high school — at the collegiate level when she was named the Wheeling University Female Athlete of the Week.

Holzopfel earned that distinction after her strong showing at the Ohio Shriner’s Hospital Shootout. She fired rounds of 85 and 78 to lead the Cardinals. She finished ninth overall in the event, which featured upwards of 50 competitors.

The Cardinals return to the course Monday and Tuesday in the Mountain East Conference Fall Championship Glade Spring Resort in Daniels, West Virginia.

Here’s a look at other Ohio Valley products:



COLTON MCKIVITZ, West Virginia — Red-shirt senior spent the weekend in the Ohio Vally. Mountaineers return to action Saturday afternoon, hosting Texas.

AUSTIN DORRIS, Bowling Green — The Shadyside grad and the Falcons had the week off before they trek to Notre Dame this Saturday.

CHUCKWUDI CHUCKWU, Ohio — Linsly school product had the weekend off. The Bobcats begin Mid-American Conference play Saturday againt Buffalo.

MANDELLA LAWRENCE-BURKE, Kent State — Steubenville grad and his Flashes teammates had the weekend off. They’ll head to Camp Randall Stadium to take on Wisconsin this weekend.


ELIJAH BELL, North Carolina A&T — Wheeling Park grad continued to assault the record book at A&T. The true senior moved into a tie for the school’s all-time leader in career catches thanks to hauling in 9 balls for 101 yards. He currently has 172 receptions in his illustrious career.

MAALIK RICHMOND, Youngstown State — Steubenville graduate posted three tackles, including a 10-yard sack in last week’s Penguins win over Robert Morris.


COLE SKAGGS, West Virginia Wesleyan — St. Clairsville grad was in on one tackle for Weselyan in its win over Wheeling.

GEREMY PAIGE, California, Pa. — Senior from Wheeling Park posted one tackle in the Vulcans’ victory against Edinboro.

ZACH PHILLIPS, West Liberty — Senior quarterback from Wheeling Park was impressive in the Hilltoppers win over Glenville. He completed 21-of-33 passes for 285 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for 14 yards and a touchdown.

SAVION JOHNSON, West Liberty — Senior from Wheeling Park rushed four times for 15 yards in last week’s win.

NATE PHILLIPS, West Liberty — Sophomore from Wheeling Park caught 2 passes for 14 yards.

JACK DAVIS, West Liberty — Red-shirt sophomore from Martins Ferry had two tackles and a tackle for loss. He also forced a fumble, which a Hilltopper scooped up and returned for a touchdown. He also returned a punt for 5 yards.

CODY ENRIETTI, West Liberty — Weir High graduate recorded 4 tackles, including 1.5 for loss.

CLAY MCDONALD, West Liberty — Wheeling Park graduate tallied seven tackles and posted two sacks in the win last week.

KOTY HUDSON, West Liberty — Senior from Brooke started at free safety once again.

KYLE RITZ, West Liberty — Magnolia product posted two tackles in the Hilltoppers victory last week.

THOMAS COLE, West Liberty — Brooke grad caught 3 passes for 23 yards and a touchdown in last week’s win.

ZACH HAUGHT, West Liberty — Magnolia graduate recorded two solo tackles in last week’s win.

REED REITTER, West Liberty — Freshman specialist from Weir punted five times for a 32.4 yard average and dropped one inside the 20.

CHANCE RUCKER, West Liberty — Caldwell product made yet another start along the offensive line for the Hilltoppers.

TYLER ELY, West Liberty — Steubenville graduate started once up in the trenches for the Hilltoppers.

RYAN LAFOLLETTE, Wheeling — Monroe Central grad caught 9 passes for 75 yards and a touchdown in last week’s loss to West Virginia Wesleyan.

JAKE KEENAN, Wheeling — Toronto product caught 6 balls for a team-best 111 yards and a touchdown last week.

MATT GREENWOOD, Wheeling — Sophomore from St. Clairsville punted five times for a 34-yard average and dropped one inside the 20. He also had a 7-yard rush.

ZACH EKEY, Wheeling — Steubenville grad started along the offensive line for the Cardinals.

BRADY KOLB, Wheeling — St. Clairsville grad hauled in his first reception and took it 23 yards for a touchdown.

KEONTE HOLMES, Wheeling — Freshman from Steubenville appeared in last week’s game at Wesleyan.

JOHNNY AGRESTA, Walsh — Steubenville graduate played in last week’s loss to Hillsdale.

ALIJAH DEMITRAS, Walsh — Steubenville product started once again along the offensive line.


CHRISTIAN WITCHEY, St. Vincent’s — St. Clairsville graduate punted four times for a 39.8 yard average with a long of 43 yards and one inside the 20.

VON WOODING, Oberlin — Linsly graduate and his teammates had the weekend off. They return to action Saturday against Kenyon.

JERMAIN SNODGRASS, Bethany — True freshman from Wheeling Park was second on the Bison with 7 tackles. He had one stop for loss.

DE’VAUGHN MCWHORTER, Bethany — Freshman from Wheeling park caught a pass for 9 yards in a loss to Westminster. He also returned four punts for 63 yards with a long of 21 yards.

DREW LOWERY, Muskingum — Toronto product was in on seven tackles, which led the Muskies in their win over Wilmington. He also had a sack.

KIRKLAND DAVIS, Muskingum — Buckeye Trail graduate appeared in last week’s win.

LUKE MENGES, Waynesburg — Union Local graduate racked up 8 tackles in a loss to Geneva last week.

LUCAS DONLEY, Waynesburg — Union Local alumnus had three tackles and forced a fumble in last week’s loss.

BEN HOWELL, Waynesburg — Union Local grad had a tackle in the loss to Geneva.

JUSTIN LOUGHRIE, Geneva — Former Brooke standout had a huge game against Waynesburg. He rushed 18 times for 122 yards and a touchdown.


JACOB BISHOP, Alabama-Huntsville — Martins Ferry graduate finished sixth overall and fourth on his team in 25:55.93 at the UAH Charger Open.

SHAYE BECKETT, California, Pa. — Bellaire product was the fifth Vulcan runner to cross the line in the Chatham Eden Hall Invitational. She placed 11th overall in a time of 27:17 for 8K.

MEGAN BATEMAN, California, Pa. — Union Local grad crossed the lined 15th overall in 27:39 at the Chatham Eden Hall Invitational.


HOWIE PETERSON, West Liberty — Former Madonna Blue Don shots rounds of 79 and 76 to finish third on the Hilltoppers in the Snowshoe Invitational played at the Raven Golf Club and hosted by Davis & Elkins.

KAILEE PETTIT, West Liberty — John Marshall grad, who transferred from Wheeling, shot 77 and 79 in the Shriner’s Hospital Shootout. She was a stroke off the medalist honor.

CLARISSA EDGAR, West Liberty — John Marshall product was the fifth score for the Hilltoppers in the Shriner’s Hospital Shootiut.


ALYSSA OTTO, Mercyhurst — St. Clairsville graduate continued her early season success with the Lakers. She scored the team’s lone goal in a shutout victory against Seton Hill last weekend.


ADRIAN SMITH, University of Akron — The senior from St. Clairsville isn’t playing for the Zips this fall as she continues to recover from an injury.

Staskey can be reached via email at sstaskey@timesleaderonline.com or at twitter.com/TLSportsSeth


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