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Special teams emerge as force

COLUMBUS — Urban Meyer said it best in his weekly news conference. Meyer, during his gabfest inside “The Woody,” detailed, by the numbers, the effectiveness of Ohio State’s defense and special teams in its 26-6 victory against Michigan State last week in East Lansing. “In the ...

Steelers move on without Bell in mix

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers spent the better part of 10 months waiting on Le’Veon Bell to show up for work. They said all the right things, stressed they understood the star running back was making a business decision by opting to stay home in hopes of protecting himself ahead ...

Williams will be included in Browns head coach search

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — As John Dorsey prepares to make a critical decision he knows may shape Cleveland’s football fortunes, the Browns general manager spends a moment every day giving himself a pep talk. And a stern warning. “Just make sure you don’t mess it up, that’s what I tell ...

Leggett takes over as Whg. Park head wrestling coach

WHEELING — Stability is the backbone of any sports program. Despite changing head coaches for the third time in the last five seasons, newly-named Wheeling Park head coach Brian Leggett knows that stability is there for the Patriots in the upcoming 2018-19 campaign. The 2012 West Liberty ...

Jesuit matmen fall to Pitt-Johnstown

WHEELING — Dual meet wrestling — high school or college — is a chess match more or less between the two opposing coaches. However, there is one thing that the coaches can’t plan on ... bonus points. A pair of nationally ranked NCAA Division II wrestling powerhouses — No. 5 Wheeling ...

West Virginia girls blank Ohio in OVAC All-Star Game

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — For the last time in their prep soccer career, 34 senior girls suited up to represent their high school in the OVAC All-Star game Sunday afternoon at Red Devils Stadium. While it was a special day for all athletes, it was an extra special one for Wheeling Central’s ...

Ohio, W.Va. boys battle to a 1-all tie in OVAC ASG

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — While all-star games are all in good fun, the ending to the boys OVAC All-Star Soccer game almost was a Hollywood script. With the score tied at 1-1 and less than 10 seconds to go, West Virginia had Ohio on the brink. Moving the ball downfield, Wheeling Park’s ...

St. Clairsville subdues Bloom-Carroll to reach regional title game

ZANESVILLE -- They've gone from sweet to elite. They being the St. Clairsville Red Devils. Utilizing a punishing running game and an impressive defesive performance, the Red Devils smothered Bloom-Carroll, 41-14, Saturday night in a Division IV, Region 15 semifinal game at Sulsberger ...

Bellaire falls to Johnstown-Monroe, 35-7

ZANESVILLE — Bellaire head coach Mark Spigarelli knew full well what Johnstown-Monroe was capable of entering their Ohio Division V, Region 19 semifinal Saturday night. But as well as ‘Spig’ could forewarn his team of what to expect, actually getting a grip on it was something ...

Shadyside’s Stewart earns all-Ohio in CC

HEBRON — Chase Stewart is a motivated runner. Whether it was a summer run through Shadyside, a speed workout, a league meet or Saturday’s OHSAA State Cross Country Championship, the Tigers’ senior standout continually reverted back to the number ‘84.’ It was that number, his ...

Several area gridders honored

COLUMBUS — Football players from throughout the immediate area have begun to reap the rewards of fine seasons. The all Eastern District Football Team, which is chosen by sports writers from throughout the district, features numerous area players on the top two teams and the honorable mention ...

All-Eastern District Football List

2018 Eastern District Football Division II First Team Offense Quarterbacks: Alec Sayre, Dover, 6-0, 195, sr.; Luke Fargus, Dresden Tri-Valley, 6-1, 208, sr. Running Back: Kyler Folkert, Dover, 6-0, 180, sr. Ends: Ethan Snyder, Dover, 6-1, 185, sr.; Jules Freeman, Dover, ...

OHIO VALLEY UNSUNG HERO: Riley has been instrumental in growth of youth hockey

BRIDGEPORT — Dick Riley is a person who stays involved. At 83-years-young, Riley remains part of the lifeblood of the Wheeling Amateur Hockey Association. He’s touched the lives of generations of hockey players for the last 50 years or so, and still does today with players whose parents ...

Stewart, Arnold captain all T-L CC team

MARTINS FERRY — Though it was stretched out a week longer than it was scheduled, the prep cross country season came to a close Saturday when the OHSAA held its annual State Cross Country Championship. Five area athletes took part in the festivities at Hebron’s National Trail Raceway and ...

OVAC adds bowling as part of 2019-2020 season

BELLAIRE — The sport of high school bowling in the Ohio Valley has received another boost. Starting with the 2019-2020 season, bowling will be part of the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference. “I’m kind of excited about it,” OVAC Executive Secretary Tom Rataiczak said. “To me, this is ...

OSU defense, special teams power victory

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Drue Chrisman kept Michigan State pinned back with a sensational second half of punting, and eighth-ranked Ohio State eventually pulled away for a 26-6 victory over the 24th-ranked Spartans on Saturday. In a tight defensive struggle, the Buckeyes (9-1, 6-1 Big ...

One step closer

ZANESVILLE — Shadyside’s second trip to the Ohio High School Athletic Association regional finals in the last four seasons was nearly a repeat performance of 2014. Friday night at rainy and cold Sulsberger Memorial Stadium, the fourth-seeded Tigers put together a dominating all-around ...

Parkersburg ousts Wheeling Park

WHEELING — Wheeling Park and Parkersburg came down to another nail-biter, but the Patriots were unable to return to the favor and stun the Big Reds. Instead, it was Parkersburg that advances to the quarterfinals of the W.Va. Class AAA playoffs with a 28-21 victory at Wheeling Island ...

McGhee’s return sparks Maroon Knight rout

WELLSBURG — The key, Mike Young said, was that Wheeling Central walked off the turf at Paul ‘Bud’ Billiard Field inside Brooke Memorial Stadium healthy. That was about the only thing the Maroon Knights (10-1) had to worry about Friday night. Curtis McGhee III returned from missing three ...

Magnolia tops Pendleton County despite poor conditions

FRANKLIN — Every play is magnified in a game where there is less than ideal field conditions. That was certainly the case on Friday night on an extremely muddy field at Pendleton County but Magnolia made no excuses. Instead, the Blue Eagles made several game-changing plays and walked away ...