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Grove earns invitation to Dodger camp

WHEELING — For obvious reasons, Michael Grove had been following the baseball negotiations of the last several weeks quite closely. The Wheeling Park and West Virginia University product, actually, predicted on June 18 that a deal — one way or another — would get done in five days. It ...

Shadyside athlete tests positive for coronavirus

SHADYSIDE — Shadyside Athletics Director John Triveri confirmed Wednesday afternoon that a student-athlete at the school has tested positive for the coronavirus. “We just confirmed (the positive) (Wednesday) morning,” Triveri said. Shadyside just resumed workouts in all sports on ...

Crestview opting to leave OVAC

COLUMBIANA — And then there were 49. The Ohio Valley Athletic Conference membership — effective today — has been reduced to 49 schools as Columbiana Crestview has withdrawn. The Rebels, who joined the OVAC in Nov. of 2016, are focusing on a newly formed two divisional conference in the ...

Three more national stat titles for West Liberty men

WEST LIBERTY — The sound of power tools echoed down the nearly-deserted hall outside the office of West Liberty University’s men’s basketball coach Ben Howlett earlier this week. It’s that time of year. In what has become a summer ritual for the three-time defending Mountain East ...

Patriots win home debut

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Tuesday night’s baseball game between Wheeling and St. Clairsville was a total reversal of last Thursday’s 10-2 win by the Stogies. St. Clairsville (1-1) played errorless defense, received another solid effort on the mound and scored early in posting a 7-2 decision ...

Park athlete tests positive for COVID-19

WHEELING — Ohio County Schools Assistant Superintendent Rick Jones formally announced that a Wheeling Park High School student-athlete has tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday afternoon via the school’s social media. Ohio County Schools was made aware of the possible case late last ...

Belmont Co. Health Department offers sports guidance

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — All Belmont County schools have received guidance from the county health department with recommendations to avoid having to shut down prep sports workouts and conditioning programs. “Nothing we’ve told the schools is a requirement, but just a recommendation,” Belmont ...

A long-overdue ‘Tip of the Cap’ to baseball’s Black pioneers

Barack Obama tipped his cap. So did three other former U.S. presidents and a host of prominent civil rights leaders, entertainers and sports greats in a virtual salute to the 100-year anniversary of the founding of baseball’s Negro Leagues. The campaign launched Monday with photos and ...

Jefferson County Elite 19A finish second at Chillicothe Tournament

CHILLICOTHE — Jefferson County Elite 19A advanced to the championship game of the Jim Jadwin Memorial Tournament Sunday afternoon before falling to Ashland, 12-9, at VA Memorial Stadium. The Steubenville-based squad trailed 12-6 entering the top of the sixth before scoring three times to ...

Hines named new hoops coach at Barnesville

BARNESVILLE — The Barnesville High School administration didn’t have to look far to fill its boys basketball coaching vacancy. During last week’s board of education meeting, Johnny Hines, who had served as the chief assistant under Matt Johnson, was formally approved as the new head ...

Former Big Red football star Washington praised

STEUBENVILLE - When it comes to prep football in the Ohio Valley, Steubenville Big Red is the flagship program. Reno Saccoccia has guided the Big Red to four state championships, dating back to 1984. His teams have won nearly 400 games. The program has produced many a great player, ...

Brooke sets athletic plan to deal with COVID-19

WELLSBURG — Paying close attention to what has been transpiring with area schools shutting down their athletic conditioning and workouts this week, Brooke County Schools announced its formal plan should one of its athletes test positive. The school district released the “Brooke County ...

Three more inductees announced for MF Athletic HOF

It’s time to unveil three more members of the Class of 2020 for the Martins Ferry Athletic Hall of Fame. This trio all wore the Purple and White at the same time - one who could get off the ground, one who could run like the wind and one who could hit like a ton of bricks. Joining the Class ...

Moundsville finally solves Barton in OVBL showdown

GLEN DALE — After four straight losses to Barton in the Ohio Valley Baseball League, Moundsville finally broke through Friday night. And in a big way. With Matt Brooks firing a two-hitter, Matt Carnahan blasting a pair of home runs and Jake Stoner coming up clutch for the third time in a ...

Buckeye’s Pielech to run at Wheeling U.

CONNORVILLE — Like all other spring sport athletes, Buckeye Local senior Jacob Pielech saw his prep sports career come to an end quite prematurely. The Panthers track and field standout, though, was one of the fortunate ones to have been able to make a big enough mark in just three seasons ...

Shadyside set to return to sports on Monday

SHADYSIDE — A little less than a week after it issued a shutdown of sports conditioning and workouts, Shadyside has announced its return to action plan. Tiger athletes will resume workouts on Monday after the administration has deemed it safe because not one current Shadyside High School ...

Buckeye Local shuts down sports drills

CONNORVILLE — Buckeye Local became the latest area school to cease its sports conditioning and open gyms due the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Superintendent Kim Leonard announced the decision late Wednesday evening, but quickly pointed out that no Buckeye Local student has tested positive ...

GM Berry, Browns begin racial justice initiative

CLEVELAND (AP) — Andrew Berry was moved emotionally, and eventually into action. Dismayed by George Floyd’s tragic death in Minneapolis, yet strengthened by the nationwide wave of protests that followed, Berry, Browns vice president of football operations and one of only two Black general ...

Stogies roll past St. C. Patriots

ELM GROVE — Two of the Ohio Valley’s premier summer baseball teams met on the Patterson Field diamond Thursday night. One looked like it was in midseason form, while the other looked a little rusty. Ryan Hummell pitched six innings and the Wheeling Stogies (2-0) broke open a close game ...