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St. Clairsville halts losing streak

BELLAIRE — On a two-game losing streak, St. Clairsville showed up at Nelson Field Saturday with hopes of a fast start. Instead, the Red Devils turned the ball over on literally their first two offensive snaps of the game, including an 81-yard pick six by Bellaire senior A.J. McCarthy, and ...

Kildow’s faith and love of baseball outweigh lymphoma diagnosis

Ty Kildow spent the last few months of his freshman year at Waynesburg with cold-like symptoms that he simply couldn’t shake. Like most young adults, Kildow really didn’t think much of it because, otherwise, he felt completely “fine and normal.” It wasn’t until he had returned ...

Ferry sweeps OVCCL

CONNORVILLE — The 38th running of the annual Ohio Valley Cross Country League Championship was held under ideal conditions — for the competitors — Saturday on the campus of Buckeye Local High School. And while the same familiar faces were the first runners to cross the finish line after ...

OHIO VALLEY UNSUNG HEROES: Ogilbee is a very busy person

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Wayne Ogilbee is truly a man for all seasons. He wouldn’t have it any other way. Like many prep sports officials, Ogilbee has decided to branch out into multiple sports. After working for years solely in basketball, Ogilbee, for the last 12 years, has added ...

Crutchfield has never forgotten his grooming

MOUNDSVILLE — He is the architect of two basketball powers. He has the highest winning percentage of any college basketball coach who has been in the business for at least 10 years. He is well-grounded and one of the nicest individuals you will ever meet. He is Jim Crutchfield. The ...

Johnson, Krol captain all-TL golf team

Prep golf season was a highly entertaining and competitive one in the Ohio Valley. While nary a player from The Times Leader’s coverage area advanced to the Ohio State Tournament, several put themselves right on the doorstep. With the help of area golf coaches, The Times Leader sports ...

Strong second half lifts Indian Creek by Martins Ferry

WINTERSVILLE — Often times the outcome of a football game — or any sporting event for that matter — boils down to which team makes the most of its opportunities. Indian Creek capitalized on two turnovers and turned red zone trips into points. Martins Ferry, meanwhile, left several ...

Fort Frye routs short-handed Barnesville

BARNESVILLE - These are tough times in Pumpkinville. What started as a 3-0 season with visions of a possible state playoff berth have morphed into a four-game losing streak, the most recent setback coming Friday night at the hands of powerful Fort Frye by a 55-7 count. If taking on the ...

Beaver Local rallies to deny Buckeye Local

YORKVILLE — When a football team has only won once in the last five seasons, with most of its losses coming by wide margins, it isn’t used to being in a position to come out on top. That’s where Buckeye Local found itself Friday night. The Panthers hung tough with visiting Beaver Local, ...

River falls short to River View

HANNIBAL — Coming into Friday night’s game, River View quarterback Gannon Unger boasted a rushing average of a shade under 53 yards per game. He surpassed that on his 13th carry — a 47-yard TD run in the third quarter — and, at the same time, threw a dagger into River’s hopes for a ...

Union Local can’t keep up with Cambridge

MORRISTOWN - The Union Local Jets and Cambridge Bobcats played a tight first quarter that saw the visitors hold a 7-0 lead, however the visitors put 23 points on the board in the second quarter and never looked back en route to a 44-13 victory in a penalty-marred game that saw the teams flagged ...

Shenandoah fends off Monroe Central

WOODSFIELD - Wins in Woodsfield have been hard to come by for Shenandoah over the years, so even though it wasn’t a work of art, the Zeps will gladly take Friday night’s 20-6 victory over the Seminoles. Shenandoah managed to overcome three turnovers and 124 yards in penalties thanks to a ...

Shadyside keeps rolling; Bridgeport gets first win

McARTHUR — Wyatt Reiman rushed for 172 yards and two touchdowns Friday night as Shadyside blanked Vinton County, 21-0, in high school football action. Reiman recorded TD runs of 3 and 63 yards as the Tigers (5-2) won their third straight and moved up to second in the Ohio Division VII, ...

Beallsville sweeps Barnesville

BARNESVILLE - Ashlie Louden had 15 kills and five aces as Beallsville defeated Barnesville 25-23, 25-14, 27-25. Ashley Howell and Makenna Phillips both added nine kills for the Blue Devils. Rylee Stephens had 12 kills for the Shamrocks, while Morgan Winters had 11 ...

Welker to be inducted into wrestling hall

WHEELING — Rick Welker was a wrestler. He has been an official. He has been a journalist and broadcaster. He has been, and still is, a coach. He’s done it all for more than four decades. For his dedication to the sport he so dearly loves, Welker will be enshrined into the West Virginia ...

Bellaire, St. Clairsville to meet Saturday in pivotal showdown

The mental aspect of sports can be just as important as the physical side. Both St. Clairsville head coach Brett McLean and Bellaire head coach Mark Spigarelli are spending some time on the mental aspect as they prepare for Saturday’s matchup at Nelson Field. However, the rationales ...

Ferry looks to continue to surge at Indian Creek

Both Andrew Connor and Chas Yoder are quite pleased with the consistency with which their respective teams are playing. So, what’s going to give on Friday night when Indian Creek hosts Martins Ferry at newly turfed Kettlewell Memorial Stadium in Wintersville? “We’ve continued to ...

Barnesville faces stiff test from Fort Frye; Shadyside set for long trip

The seventh week of the prep football season has arrived with several area teams still in the thick of the playoff chase. A strong card of games are on tap for Friday and Saturday around the area. Here’s a capsule look at the games: Friday Fort Frye (6-0) at Barnesville ...

Buckeye Trail, Linsly win to reach 3A final

MORRISTOWN — Seeds are simply a number. And in the case of the OVAC Class 3A volleyball tournament, which unfolded Tuesday evening at Union Local High School, they didn’t mean much. Both of the lower seeds — fourth-seeded Buckeye Trail and third-seeded Linsly — earned a return trip ...