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Hetzel third at World Duathlon Championships

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Kristen Hetzel is on top of the world. Well, two steps back, actually. The Wheeling Central and Wheeling Jesuit graduate reached the podium at the recent ITU Duathlon World Championships in Pontevedra, Spain. Hetzel finished third in her age division, her best finish since starting a ...

John Marshall rallies past St. Clairsville

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — With sectional play set to begin Tuesday, John Marshall head coach Mark Cisar was looking for a little moxie from his club Friday as it clashed with Buckeye 8 champ St. Clairsville. He got it. The Monarchs erupted for four runs in the sixth inning and rallied past the ...

Wojcik returns to prep coaching ranks at Linsly

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WHEELING — Dave Wojcik last coached a high school basketball game 16 years ago when he was guiding Wheeling Central to a repeat Class A state championship. That will change this winter. Linsly Headmaster Justin Zimmerman officially announced Wojcik’s hiring as new head boys basketball ...

Miracle League scores big with coaches, athletes

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ELM GROVE — It wasn’t your ordinary football camp. Anything but. Rather, it was a Miracle in the works. For the past three Saturdays, three highly regarded and successful OVAC prep head football coaches — ably assisted by some of their players — staged a football camp for special ...

Wallace steps down at Linsly

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WHEELING — James Wallace loves coaching basketball. He simply loves helping Linsly grow and prosper as an institution of learning even more. That passion outweighed basketball and led to him tendering his resignation as the Cadets’ boys basketball coach after nine seasons at the ...

Prep Roundup: Ruble shines as Bridgeport tops Bellaire, 3-0

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WOLFHURST — Brooklynn Ruble shined in the circle and at the plate Thursday as Bridgeport blanked Bellaire 3-0 in prep softball action at Irene Ehni Memorial Field. Ruble scattered three singles, striking out seven and walking two. She also doubled, singled and knocked in three runs. The ...

Park advances to AAA softball sectional final

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WHEELING — Over the years rivals Wheeling Park and John Marshall have been involved in some wild softball games. You can add Thursday afternoon’s West Virginia Class AAA Region One, Section One contest to that list. The Patriots scored the only three runs they needed in a crazy bottom of ...

St. C. wins Buckeye 8 baseball title

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Peyton Drake’s RBI single with two down in the fifth inning Wednesday lifted St. Clairsville to a 2-1 victory against Edison and the Red Devils’ fourth consecutive Buckeye 8 championship — all against the Wildcats. “We’re pretty proud of that,” an elated St. ...

Prep Roundup: St. Clairsville claims Buckeye 8 softball title

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Jenna Jaskowiak had great outings in the circle and at the plate Wednesday as St. Clairsville claimed the Buckeye 8 softball championship with a 9-5 victory against Indian Creek at the Market Street fields. Two days after picking up the win in the OVAC 4A title game, ...

John Marshall rallies by Brooke in WV softball

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WHEELING — Things were looking bleak for John Marshall late Wednesday afternoon. The Monarchs found themselves trailing Brooke by a 3-0 count entering the home half of the sixth inning. Meanwhile, Bruins ace hurler Rachel Kazmirski was in control, yielding two hits to that point. The game ...

St. Clairsville shines in OVAC qualifying

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Not even a brief weather delay could slow down the 4A and 5A schools Tuesday. The meet’s field events were hampered by a passing thunderstorm, but the running events went off on time at Red Devil Stadium and the bigger schools joined the smaller ones in Saturday’s OVAC ...

Hendershot, Shadyside defeat Beallsville, 16-6

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SHADYSIDE — Tory Hendershot belted a home run, single and four RBI as Shadyside defeated Beallsville 16-6 in prep softball action Tuesday evening. Syd Destifanes was also solid for the Tigers as she compiled three singles and one RBI while Madison Davis and Holly Butler both had a single ...

St. Clairsville claims 4A crown

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WHEELING — St. Clairsville sophomore pitcher Jenna Jaskowiak was lights out in the circle and a pair of seniors had her back at the plate. Three-year letterwinner Taylor Gallentine tripled to lead off the sixth and classmate Bree Bennington bunted her home for the go-ahead run and St. ...

Linsly claims OVAC 3A baseball title

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WHEELING — It will be a performance Eli Petho won’t soon forget — if ever. Linsly’s pit-bull of a pitcher has been unblemished on the hill all season. His latest mound masterpiece took on added significance Monday night. The talented senior righthander scattered six hits while ...

Qualifying begins in OVAC track and field

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Half the field is set. The first steps toward an OVAC track and field championship were taken Monday evening at Red Devil Stadium by the schools competing in the 1A/2A and 3A classes. Qualifying — being contested in one day for the first time since the current ...

Toronto bests Steubenville Catholic for 2A championship

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STEUBENVILLE — Nate Karaffa’s senior season has been tough to say the least. Bouncing back from a partially torn hamstring, the Ohio State commit missed most of the football season but came back in time to become a Division IV co-player of the year in the Eastern District in ...

Steubenville edges Brooke for 5A plaudits

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WHEELING — One big play can change the momentum of the game in the blink of an eye. Hence was the case during the OVAC Class 5A championship game between Brooke and Steubenville Monday. With the base loaded and no outs in a one run game, Lakyn Blackburn caught a soft line drive and threw the ...

Crestview earns first first title; tops Magnolia

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WHEELING — It didn’t take long for the Crestview softball program to add an OVAC championship plaque to its trophy case. In its second year in the conference, the Rebels locked up the OVAC 3A crown by virtue of a 1-0 win over Magnolia on Lisa’s Field at the I-470 Complex on ...

ROUNDUP: Meadowbrook captures 4A baseball crown

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CADIZ — Brady Blatner supplied a walkoff single in the eighth inning as Meadowbrook defeated Edison, 3-2 to claim the OVAC Class 4A championship Tuesday at Robert Mazeroski Memorial Field inside Sally Buffalo Park. Peyton Neff led the way for the Colts (15-4) with four singles while Logan ...