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Matsakis is making progress at Defiance

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WHEELING - He arrived on the Defiance College campus Aug. 7 of last year. A month later Manny Matsakis was leading the Yellow Jackets’ football team in its first game of the season. Suffice to say, the Shadyside native had to hit the ground running at a school that enjoyed only one winning ...

OFF THE TEE: PGA Junior League program held at Belmont Hills CC

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The PGA is consistently looking for ways to grow the game of golf. One of its newer initiatives has been implemented at Belmont Hills Country Club and met with resounding success. Belmont Hills Club Professional Ron Baker began the PGA Junior League program in 2018 ...

OVAC Hall of Fame induction is Saturday

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WHEELING — The Ohio Valley Athletic Conference will honor its own once again Saturday when the 16th annual OVAC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony takes place with the induction of the Class of 2019. WesBanco Arena in downtown Wheeling is once again the site of this year’s event — which is ...

Williams takes over Bridgeport softball program

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BRIDGEPORT — It was no secret that Donnie Cash was stepping down as softball coach at Bridgeport following last season, so Athletic Director Greg Harkness kept track of who might be available to take over the Bulldogs diamond program. The same night that Cash’s resignation was approved ...

Shadyside volleyball coach Archer, staff resign

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SHADYSIDE — With a little more than a week until its first match of the season, Shadyside High School is breaking in a new volleyball coaching staff. Cindy Archer, who guided the Tigers to a 23-3 record, a regular season OVAC crown, the school’s first sectional championship and district ...

Nailers make a trade with Greenville

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WHEELING — The Wheeling Nailers have traded forward Cedric Lacroix’s rights to the Greenville Swamp Rabbits in exchange for future considerations. Lacroix, 24, played his first season of professional hockey with the Nailers in 2018-19, leading the club with 22 goals, while finishing in a ...

Prep Golf: Barnesville finishes second at Waterford Invite

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WATERFORD — Barnesville finished second in the annual event held at Lakeside Golf Course with a strong round of 328. The Shamrocks trailed only Marietta, which finished with a 321. Barnesville was led by Payne Johnson and Jim Byler. Both shot a round of 78. Carter Wells finished with an ...

Fields ready to face the hype

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Justin Fields knows all about heat. He grew up in Georgia. But the pressure cooker in which the celebrated prep quarterback now finds himself is about to get turned up. The pressure is always crushing on anyone who starts at quarterback for Ohio State. But Fields, ...

Leffingwell elected OHSAA Board President

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SARAHSVILLE — Dan Leffingwell is certainly no stranger to prep sports. Whether it was as a coach or school administrator, Leffingwell has basically seen it all. The current Noble Local Superintendent is now, however, about to into a new position. Leffingwell was recently voted as ...

McConnaughy steps down as Central skipper

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WHEELING — After three seasons in the dugout, Wheeling Central baseball coach Bo McConnaughy has resigned from his position. After talking with the school, both came to the conclusion that it was time for a change. “I felt it was just time to go and it was a mutual agreement between ...

Three runners go sub 14 in Debbie Green

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WHEELING — Earlier this week, Ron Green stated that this year’s field in the 22nd annual Debbie Green 5K Run/Walk for Leukemia could be the best Wheeling has seen. And it sure was a race for the history books. In the end, three runners broke the 14-minute barrier while nine of which ran ...

Beallsville football field gets new bleachers, press box

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BEALLSVILLE — Beallsville’s football field currently looks more like a construction zone than a red zone. Workers are scattered all over the complex. From end zone to end zone, men with dried up cement on their clothes from head to toe toiling diligently on a plethora of projects that ...

Virtual Reality Racing coming to McMechen

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WHEELING - Travis Braden is a rising star in the world of race cars. The Wheeling native is just 25-years-old and is already a two-time ARCA/CRA Super Series champion. Braden is also a major player in a movement that would change the eSports landscape in West Virginia. Possible legislation is ...

Foundations Baseball will begin soon

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ELM GROVE — Area youth baseball players will have another chance to hone their skills. The second annual ‘Foundations Baseball’ will begin later this month and run for four consecutive weeks at the Chambers I-470 Complex. The camp, which will begin on Thursday, Aug. 29, is open to ...

‘Tragedy to Triumph’ golf scramble planned

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A Wheeling family is trying to make the most of a devastating situation. Jerry and Catherine Jacovetty lost their youngest son, Tyler, way too early when he passed away on April 19 from some type of cerebral event. He was just 26. “This was a guy who played in 2011 OVAC Rudy Mumley ...

Area prep golfers set to begin seasons this week

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Tee it high and watch it fly. Such is the case for area prep golfers, who will begin their seasons this week at courses around the Ohio Valley. While matches officially get under way soon, it’s at the end of the season and the stretch run when golfers want to be playing their best. ...

Off The Tee: Johnson claims Honeywell Junior Tourney

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MOUNDSVILLE — Area junior players got another tuneup for their upcoming seasons last week when Moundsville Country Club hosted its annual Honeywell Junior Golf Tournament. An impressive field of male and female players took part in the event on the par 70 layout. Winning the overall and ...

Eager Buckeyes open camp

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Sporting several weeks of beard growth, Ryan Day looked calm for a new guy leading a storied college football program where the unrelenting pressure helped push his legendary predecessor into early retirement. The 40-year-old Day opened his first training camp as Ohio ...