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Monroe Central falls in a shootout

WOODSFIELD — Friday evening’s game between Caldwell and Monroe Central featured a little bit of everything; onside kicks (only one kick was not a squib, pooch, or onside attempt), a pick-six, clutch passes, and power running. The only thing missing was a punt, as neither the Redskins nor ...

Barnesville tops Shenandoah

BARNESVILLE -- Barnesville had come out on the short end three years in a row against Shenandoah, but the Shamrocks weren’t going to let it happen again. Sparked by a stellar defensive effort that forced four turnovers by the Zeps, the ‘Rocks improved to 3-1 with a 22-8 victory at ...

River subdues Magnolia for third victory

HANNIBAL - For one quarter Friday night momentum meant everything to Magnolia, which outscored cross-river rival River 14-13 in the second chapter and trailed just 20-14 at halftime. But momentum can be a fickle thing and as quickly as Coach Dave “Doc” Chapman’s Blue Eagles gained it ...

Former players, yours truly recall memories of Coach Joe Ault

The year was 1977 and I was a senior at Troy High School in southwestern Ohio. Rumor had it one day that a college football coach was coming to the school on a recruiting mission. That was nothing really new because we had a really good football tradition, with quite a few players going on to ...

Linsly rolls to OVAC 3A golf crown

WHEELING - All OVAC championships are cherished at the Linsly School. The golf crown the Cadets captured Thursday afternoon under ideal conditions at Oglebay Park’s Crispin Course will always rank extremely high on the list of the 18 the school now owns. And that’s for a myriad of ...

St. Clairsville blanks Harrison Central in boys soccer by 6-0

CADIZ -- St. Clairsville remained unbeaten in boys’ high school soccer action Thursday night. And did so impressively. Nate Thornburg found the net twice and assisted on a third goal as the Red Devils (5-0-2) blanked homestanding Harrison Central 6-0 on the artificial surface at Wagner ...

Ferry boys, Barnesville girls win Belmont County CC titles

MORRISTOWN — Martins Ferry and Barnesville boast two of the more storied cross country programs in Belmont County. The two added another chapter to their success stories Wednesday afternoon at Union Local High School. The Purple Rider boys continued their pack running en route to ...

Union Local sweeps River; Barnesville topples Bellaire

HANNIBAL — Union Local wasted little time in taking care of homestanding River Wednesday evening in three games by scores of 25-9, 25-9 and 25-7. Sophomore Torre Kildow had 10 kills and four digs. Casey Kildow added seven kills and four digs. Reagan Vinskovich had six kills and two ...

Bellaire bids for 4-0 at Toronto

As the second half of Ohio’s abbreviated 6-week high school football season kicks off tonight, there is only one team -- Bellaire -- that is looking to go 4-0. There are just three squads -- Barnesville, Monroe Central and Shenandoah -- that are seeking 3-1 starts. There are eight games on ...

Harrison, UL bid to bounce back

MORRISTOWN - There will be a lot riding on Friday night’s clash between Harrison Central and Union Local at Jets Stadium, even with both teams coming off tough losses last week. Coach Bernie Thompson’s 1-2 record Union Local squad played a solid second half at Martins Ferry last week ...

Shadyside, WCC set for pivotal matchup Friday

SHADYSIDE — Every year when Wheeling Central and Shadyside take the field against each other, it’s almost guaranteed to be a battle. This year looks be no different. After starting the season 0-2, the Tigers captured their first win of the year after dismantling Magnolia 50-20, which also ...

Ferry set to visit St. Clairsville

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A lot of things have changed in sports — and the world — during the last several months because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thankfully, one thing that hasn’t been affected is the spirited rivalry between St. Clairsville and Martins Ferry. The two long-time foes will ...

Steubenville CC claims 1A/2A OVAC golf title

WHEELING — Wheeling Central’s Justin Doerr, only a sophomore, did not shy away from the moment on Tuesday afternoon at Oglebay’s Crispin Golf Course. In a playoff hole for the 1A/2A OVAC title and going head-to-head with senior and last year’s defending champion Cole Tegano of ...

Shadyside completes season sweep of MC

SHADYSIDE — Many times in athletics it’s not how you start, but how you finish. Such was the case Tuesday night inside the Tigers’ Den as Shadyside (9-0) overcame an 8-2 deficit in the first set to sweep visiting Monroe Central by scores of 25-20, 25-19 and 25-18. It was the second ...

Martins Ferry completes sweep of Bridgeport in prep volleyball

BRIDGEPORT -- The invading Purple Riders completed the season volleyball sweep of the Bulldogs Tuesday evening by scores of 25-16, 20-25, 25-13 and 25-15. Bridgeport was led by sophomore Emmi Felton’s nine kills, three assists and two digs. Kaylee Bain added six points, three kills, four ...

Beaver wins first OVAC golf title

WHEELING — Consistency is the name of the game for any golfer. It’s especially true when golf becomes a team sport. Beaver Local has demonstrated time and time again, so far this season, that it has mastered that trait. And it was on full display again Tuesday at the ...

Union Local stays perfect; St. C. wins

CADIZ — Union Local remained perfect with a four-set victory at Harrison Central, 25-17, 25-14, 15-25, 25-11 Sophomore Torre Kildow had 23 kills for the Jets to go along with four aces, 15 assists and 10 digs. Casey Kildow added 14 kills, 23 assists and 14 digs. Reagan Vinskovich added ...

St. Clairsville ranked No. 1 in first D-IV poll

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Most coaches would love for their teams to simply fly under the radar for as long as possible. St. Clairsville football coach Brett McLean is among those with that thought process. Any chance of that happening for the remainder of the 2020 season probably went right out ...

Frontier steamrolls Bridgeport, 50-6

MARTINS FERRY — Bridgeport made its Belmont County debut Saturday night, but it wasn’t one the Bulldogs will want to remember. The Bulldogs (1-2) found themselves on the short end of a 16-0 count before they even lined up in their offensive formation. It didn’t get any better from ...