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Hines named new hoops coach at Barnesville

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 ...

Myers hurls Moundsville by Weirton, 8-0, in OVBL

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GLEN DALE — Joe Myers hadn’t started a game on the mound since last season. He had, however, been bugging Matt Carnahan for a chance. Wish granted. Myers pitched seven strong innings as Moundsville (5-7) won for the second straight time in an 8-0 blanking of visiting Weirton Wednesday ...

Union Local instituting a guideline for athletic return

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 ...

Shadyside, Bellaire put youth sports on hold for precaution

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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

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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 ...