McKivitz prepping for Senior Bowl

Colton McKivitz realized shortly after the West Virginia University season ended with a win at TCU in November that his football life was going to be quite different.

He’s getting a full glimpse of that right now. McKivitz — the Union Local product — has spent most of the week in Mobile, Alabama preparing for Saturday’s Reeses Senior Bowl, which will be aired live on the NFL Network at 2:30 p.m.

McKivitz is playing on the South squad and is one of six tackles listed. He’s been working at both left and right tackle.

McKivitz was named Second Team All-American by Walter Camp and was Third-Team by the Associated Press. Along with those, he was named First-Team All-Big 12 and the conference’s Offensive Lineman of the Year.

Here is a listing of how area products in their sports:


CROSS WILKINSON, Toledo — The Wheeling Park graduate entered his name into the transfer portal. He was a red-shirt freshman this past season, meaning should he enroll at another FBS school, he’d have to sit a season and play three. Should he opt to go FCS or smaller, he would be eligible to play immediately.


CAITLYN KROLL, Ohio — Bridgeport graduate logged 15 minutes off the bench and collected three rebounds in a win over Ball State. She started in the win over Northern Illinois and scored five points in 27 minutes of action. She also had four rebounds and four steals.

ANGELA STAFFILENO, Duquesne — Brooke graduate played just two minutes in a win over St. Joseph’s last Saturday. She played 17 minutes and had three rebounds in a win over George Mason.

LILLY RITZ, Wheeling — Cambridge product continued to make a case for MEC Player of the Year last Saturday against Fairmont. She had 35 points and 17 rebounds. In a loss at Notre Dame, she tallied 17 points and 18 rebounds.

MORGAN BRUNNER, West Liberty — Linsly graduate scored 14 points and had four rebounds in a win over Frostburg State. In the loss to Urbana, she scored 20 points and pulled down five rebounds.

EMILY HOLZOPFEL, Wheeling — The Buckeye Local product started against Fairmont State and scored six points to go along with three rebounds and three assists. In a loss at Notre Dame, she finished with two points and three rebounds.

MONICA BRAGG, West Liberty — Madonna graduate logged three points in a win over Frostburg. She scored two points in just nine minutes of action in a loss to Urbana.

KELSI CHAPMAN, Wheeling — Magnolia alumnus scored two points in the loss at Fairmont and didn’t enter the game at Notre Dame.

VIVIAN ALLISON, Mercyhurst — Linsly product played nine minutes and didn’t score against Ganon. She scored four points in just six minutes of action against Slippery Rock.

TAYLOR DUPLAGA, Fairmont State — Wheeling Central graduate played 12 minutes, but didn’t score against Wheeling last Saturday. She had 26 minutes of action and seven points in a loss to Davis & Elkins.

LAUREN FLANNERY, Lake Erie — River grad scored 11 points and had five rebounds in a loss to Ohio Dominican last week. She followed that up with seven points and four rebounds in a win over Tiffin.

ANNA DEFILIPPO, Cedarville — Senior from St. Clairsville played in wins over Tiffin and Ohio Dominican last week.

ALLI DELANEY, Waynesburg — Union Local grad had one of her biggest games since arriving at Waynesburg. She scored 20 points and had eight rebounds in a win over Thiel. At Bethany, on Wednesday, she scored eight points in the win.

KALLEE DOWLER, Westminster (Mo) — Barnesville grad scored 10 points and had four assists in a win last Saturday. She lit it up for 25 points in a loss last Wednesday.

RILEIGH SIMPSON, Muskingum — St. Clairsville grad didn’t appear in the Muskies’ last two games.


CHASE HARLER, West Virginia — Wheeling Central grad scored 11 points in a loss at TCU and came back with a bucket in a win over Texas.

LOGAN ROUTT, West Virginia — Cameron product played against TCU and scored nine points

PRESTON BOSWELL, West Liberty — Magnolia grad continued his impressive season for the Hilltoppers, scoring 13 points, grabbing three rebounds and handing out six assists in a win over Frostburg. He then had 12 points, four rebounds and four assists against Urbana.

PHIL BLEDSOE, Glenville — Wheeling Park alumnus had 23 poins and 12 rebounds in a win over West Virginia State on Wednesday. He scored 11 points and yanked down seven rebounds last weekend against Wesleyan.

LUKAS ISALY, Marietta — River grad returned to action after missing last weekend’s game. He scored four points as the Pioneers were blown out by Mount Union.

TRENTON TIPTON, Wooster — Union Local alumnus scored 15 points and had five rebounds in a win over Wittenberg. In a loss to Denison, he scored four points and had six rebounds.

LUKE McDONOUGH, LaRoche — Bellaire grad scored five points each in a victories over Pitt Bradford and Penn State Altoona. He also averaged 5.5 rebounds in those games.

TREY SINGLETON, Muskingum — Meadowbrook product averaged 10 points in a pair of losses over the last week.


TARIQ WILSON, N.C. State — Steubenville product didn’t wreslte in the Wolfpack victory at Hofstra.

CALEB REA, West Virginia — Weir High graduate pinned the number-four-ranked wrestler, Dom Demas of Oklahoma, during a dual-meet last weekend. Rea lost a match to Oklahoma State by decision.


MCKAYLA KINEMOND, Wheeling — Shadyside grad ran in the 800 meter run at a meet at Youngstown State last weekend. She ran a 2:48.60.

FAITH HOOBLER, Mt. Union — Edison graduate competed in the shot put at the YSU meet last weekend.

CHASE STEWART, Youngstown State — Shadyside grad made his collegiate debut, competing as an unattached runner because he’s red shirting for the Penguins after battling back from an injury that cost him his cross country season. He ran in the mile run and turned in a 4:33.66.

KOHL CAMPBELL, Wheeling — Barnesville grad ran a leg on the Cardinals’ 4×4 team that turned in a 3:25.98 to finish sixth at YSU.

COLE LAROCHE, Ashland — Bellaire grad competed unattached in the shot put and put forth a mark of 48-9 in the YSU meet.

ZACH EKEY, Wheeling — Steubenville product competed in the shot put and posted a distance of 46-4 3/4 for the Cardinals.

ALISON LOASE, Marietta — Freshman from Union Local finished third at a meet on her own campus with a vault of 10-2.

BRADY BROWNING, W.Va. Wesleyan — Wheeling Park grad clared 8-2 1/2 to finish ninth at a meet in Marietta last weekend.

MAGGIE KOVALCIK, W.Va. Wesleyan — Oak Glen graduate finished second in the long jump with a mark of 16-10 3/4 during a meet at Marietta.

BRITTANY FALCONE, West Liberty — Bellaire grad competed in the shot put and weight throw during the Marietta Open last week.

HANNAH KEMP, West Liberty —

CHRISTIAN OBERDICK, West Liberty — St. Clairsville graduate competed in the 200 meters at Marietta and ran a 24.03. He also placed fifth overall in the 55M hurdles.

BRAEDYN MIHALIC, Marietta — St. Clairsville product ran the 200 in 24.08 during the Marietta Open last weekend.

KALEB MCDIFFITT, Waynesburg — Union Local product finished tied for eighth in the high jump at Marietta.

LUKE WATT, Marietta — Freshman fro, St. Clairsville finished fifth in the pole vault at the Marietta Open with a jump of 10-6.

KELLEN TROPEC, Charleston — Oak Glen product placed fifth in the shot put with a mark of 45-11 3/4. He was second in the weight throw with a mark of 51-9.

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


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