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OHIO VALLEY UNSUNG HEROES: McMahon voice of Nelson Field

BELLAIRE — When Scot McMahon was eyeing a formula on how to announce Bellaire High football games he need look no further than his own mom. “I always try to tell people, I try to make it so that my mother could understand what’s going on,” he explained. “Before I watched games from ...

River View blanks St. Clairsville Girls

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – River View’s Emmie Brenly successfully converted a penalty kick with 32 seconds left in regulation as the visiting Golden Bears (6-2) handed St. Clairsville its first loss of the season. The meeting pitted the No. 2 (River View) and No. 5 (St. C.) teams in Ohio’s ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Defibaugh, Park girls win crowns

BYESVILLE — Bellaire’s Jacob Defibaugh won his second cross country event in four days Saturday, claiming the Meadowbrook Invitational at Meadowbrook High School. Defibaugh, who won his first Belmont Country crown Wednesday, won the crown with a time of 16:36.4 as cooler conditions ...

Buckeye Local grad Laase lands new manger gig in Valley Baseball League

The clock is ticking on George Laase’s time in the Valley Baseball League. Next summer will be his 13th season in the VBL, which is located in the picturesque Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, as a player, assistant coach and manager. However, it will be his first as manager of the Strasburg ...

Martins Ferry explodes against UL for first win

MORRISTOWN — Martins Ferry hasn’t lost three consecutive games to start a season since 2005. It still hasn’t. Senior quarterback Jacob Probst equaled a career-high with four touchdown passes — all to classmate Dasyn Hores in the first half — and the Purple Riders held Union Local to ...

Bellaire fights off Harrison Central

CADIZ — A trio of clutch defensive plays coupled with a dominant performance by Cole Porter all added up to a prolific second half for Bellaire on Friday night and a 27-19 victory against Harrison Central in the Buckeye 8 grid opener for both squads at muggy Wagner Field. The Huskies were ...

St. Clairsville cruises by Meadowbrook

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – The first few series of Friday’s meeting between visiting Meadowbrook and the host St. Clairsville Red Devils turned out to be microcosm of the game,and the two teams’ respective seasons thus far. Save for a first-quarter fumble on a prime scoring chance, the Red Devils ...

Barnesville earns key win at Buckeye Trail

OLD WASHINGTON — The Barnesville Shamrocks have several set-up men that they utilize during the course of the game. But, when they need a first down or key yardage late in the game, head coach Blake Allen brings in his “closer” by the name of Caden Lake. Lake delivered the knock-out ...

Shadyside bounces back impressively

NEW MARTINSVILLE - After surrendering a 14-point lead in a loss to Ohio-power Mogadore six days earlier, Shadyside showed its power on both sides of the football Friday night against Magnolia, leaving no doubt to the outcome. Sophomore quarterback Rhys Francis threw for a career-high 261 ...

River rolls past Monroe for first victory, 48-27

HANNIBAL - Three River ball carriers rushed for over 100 yards and combined for six touchdowns, all in the first half, as the Pilots routed Monroe Central, 48-27, Friday inside a jam-packed Martin Flannery Field. After a Carter Dennis interception early in the first quarter, he shortly ...

Beallsville gets first win; Buckeye falls at Oak Glen

BEALLSVILLE — Dakota Phillips threw for 150 yards and two scores and also ran for two TDs and Beallsville exploded for 28 first-quarter points Friday night in blanking Hundred, 40-0, at Dave Caldwell Field. Wyatt Brown and James Schnegg each added a TD run for Beallsville, which won for the ...

Barnesville wins Class 3A crown

WHEELING — As any veteran coach would do, Jerry Robinson did his best this week to shield his Barnesville golf team from any pressure that came along with the quest to repeat as OVAC Class 3A champions. The plan worked to a tee. The Shamrocks posted an impressive 301 at Oglebay ...

Red Devils whitewash Huskies

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Despite a change of head coaches prior to the season, St. Clairsville has only stumbled once thus far in boys’ high school soccer action. Thursday night wasn’t the night. Cade Wolfe netted a natural hat trick and Nate Thornberg added a pair of goals and two assists ...

NDC runs past homestanding West Liberty

WEST LIBERTY — After a thrilling victory in its opener, West Liberty had no time to rest as reigning Mountain East Conference Champion and No. 4 ranked Notre Dame College paid a visit to West Family Stadium. The Hilltoppers were holding their own against their nationally-ranked foe, but ...

Wheeling falls at Fairmont

FAIRMONT — Wheeling University was blasted in its first varsity road game, falling to Fairmont State, 53-10, at at Duval-Rosier Field. Sophomore quarterback Tucker Strachan finished the game 14 of 31 for 118 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions for the Cardinals (0-2, 0-2 ...

Dover captures first conference title in Class 5A

WHEELING — Any time Brooke’s Ryan Bilby and Wheeling Park’s Noah Seivertson step on the course together, its guaranteed to be must-see golf. The two may have delivered the most exciting showing on Thursday at the Jones Course of Oglebay in the OVAC Class 5A Golf Tournament. Heading ...

St. C. sweeps by Martins Ferry

MARTINS FERRY — St. Clairsville went on the road and downed rival Martins Ferry, 25-13, 25-22 and 25-18. Red Devils standout Paige Sefsick led the way with 16 kills. Kenzie Schoolcraft had four aces and 11 digs, Chloe Biancarelli added 18 assists, while Shae Brookover added 14. Ava Doyle ...

Ferry sweeps Belmont Co. CC titles

MORRISTOWN — A pair of runners made things look extraordinarily easy under the glare of a scorching late-afternoon sun Wednesday as one of the area’s signature events wound its way through the campus of Union Local High School. Bellaire’s Jacob Defibaugh and River’s Livi Beard raced ...