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Union Local instituting a guideline for athletic return

MORRISTOWN — Aware of what was transpiring at other school districts in Belmont County involving the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Union Local Superintendent Ben Porter decided to be proactive. While all Jets sports are still permitted to condition, train and stage open gyms as they had ...

Martins Ferry suspending athletic workouts until July 9

MARTINS FERRY -- For the fourth time in five days, an area school has announced it's suspending its summer sports workouts and conditioning programs due to COVID-19. Martins Ferry became the latest Wednesday afternoon when the school district released its plan to shut down all ...

High schools push ahead for fall football amid pandemic

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — High schools across the country are trying to figure out how and when students might return to classrooms this fall. Many are also making sure their star quarterbacks and other athletes will be in shape when they do. While states have been easing the economic and social ...

Tomlin: Steelers will support players if they opt to kneel

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin wants his players to feel comfortable speaking out about social justice in any way they see fit, provided it’s done “thoughtfully and with class.” Kneeling included. Tomlin said Tuesday the club has engaged in “intimate ...

MLB plans 60-game slate, shortest since 1878, as union balks

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball plans to unilaterally issue a 60-game schedule for its shortest season since 1878 after the players’ association rejected a negotiated deal of the same length, putting the sport on track for a combative return to the field amid the coronavirus ...

McKivitz inks rookie contract

Colton McKivitz is officially a San Francisco 49er. The Union Local and West Virginia University product signed his rookie contract late last week after getting clearance to fly to the Bay Area to undergo a physical and finalize the terms of his four-year contract. “It was a pretty cool ...

St. Clairsville suspending athletic workouts and conditioning until July 8

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Trying its best to get out ahead of possible COVID-19 issues in the peak of the vacation season, St. Clairsville Richland City Schools is suspending athletic conditioning and workouts for the next two weeks. Superintendent Dr. Walt Skaggs announced the decision Tuesday ...

Shadyside, Bellaire put youth sports on hold for precaution

As a fallout from both Bellaire and Shadyside High Schools announcing suspension of their athletic teams’ workouts for an undisclosed period of time, youth sports in the two communities are following suit. Both the Bellaire Junior Sports and Shadyside Youth Baseball and Softball ...

Moundsville enjoys return home in OVBL action

GLEN DALE — Home sweet home! After struggling through an extended road trip to start the regular season because of restrictions in Marshall County due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Moundsville once again stepped onto the spacious John Marshall High School diamond Monday night. The ...

Shadyside, Bellaire shut down conditioning training

SHADYSIDE — Strictly for precautionary reasons, Shadyside and Bellaire are suspending all athletic conditioning and skills training due to coronavirus concerns. Shadyside Director of Athletics John Triveri confirmed late Saturday that the decision was taking effect immediately. ...

Barton edges Moundsville 3-2

CRESCENT — Matt Fouty was having the kind of day at the plate Sunday that hitters want to forget soon about. After laying down a sacrifice bunt in his first at-bat, he had struck out looking in his next two plate appearances. However, all of that was forgotten when he lined a 1-1 pitch ...

Grove staying ready and waiting

WHEELING — Michael Grove feels good physically and he’s ready mentally. But, similar to all professional baseball players, the only game the Wheeling Park and West Virginia product continues to play is the waiting game. Along with the waiting game also comes a state of limbo, which ...

Post 159 to play as St. Clairsville Patriots

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — It’s not quite the way Mike Muklewicz envisioned the summer of 2020. The Bridgeport High and Bethany College alum is entering his fifth season as manager of the St. Clairsville Post 159 baseball team, and his eighth overall. However, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic ...

Darryl Crews: A coach for all seasons

WHEELING - A man for all seasons. Darryl Crews certainly fills the bill. He has been a Linsly School coaching dynamo for two-plus decades. Crews recently announced his retirement from coaching and teaching at the Leatherwood-based campus. He has coached the Cadets for 21 years. Amazingly, ...

St. C.’s Sorge to cheer at Ohio State

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Rachel Sorge really hadn’t given much thought to the idea of extending her cheering career beyond high school. Then, however, she simply decided that she would like to at least see how she stacked up, so she attended a college cheer combine. It turned out that the ...

First three selections named for Ferry Athletic HOF

Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor coronavirus stays the Martins Ferry Athletic Hall of Fame Committee from completing its appointed task. OK, we apologize to the United States Postal Service for that one, but it’s true that “the show must go on” at least when it comes to selecting ...

Steelers’ Heyward: team will be united if it opts to protest

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Cam Heyward is well-versed in the sometimes messy optics associated with taking a stand against social injustice. The Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end and his teammates met it head on in 2017, when a miscommunication with left tackle and Army veteran Alejandro Villanueva ...

Probe: Kobe Bryant pilot may have become disoriented in fog

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The pilot of the helicopter that crashed in thick fog, killing Kobe Bryant and seven other passengers, reported the aircraft was ascending when it actually was heading for the ground, federal investigators said in documents released Wednesday. Ara Zobayan radioed to air ...

Poulter sets pace and Spieth turns it around at Hilton Head

Ian Poulter and Mark Hubbard set the pace for good scoring through a brief spell of rain at Hilton Head. Jordan Spieth was pleasantly surprised to join the chase Thursday in the RBC Heritage. Poulter holed a 30-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole and finished with a 5-iron to 4 feet for ...