WHEELING -Mark Winters has been having an outstanding senior seniors for Magnolia's boys basketball team.
Last week, the Blue Eagles standout averaged nearly 34 points in all three games.
Now, Winters has decided to take his talents to the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University.
Mike Winters has been a force for Magnolia.
File Photo by Rick Thorp
''I just feel like it's the best fit for me,'' the 6-foot-6 Winters said. ''The play style they have really fits me. I think I can be pretty successful there.''
Said Dave Tallman, Winters' coach at Magnolia: ''Mark has a great work ethic. He's a good rebounder, good scorer inside. He gets to the foul line a lot. He can even knock down the 3 when the situation calls for it.
''He's our go to guy. We want the ball in his hands.''
Winters has been a four-year starter for Tallman's squad that has made the state tournament three years in a row. He was named team captain in his final year.
''He has great leadership qualities,'' Tallman said. ''He is surrounded by a great cast and they're friends on and off the court.''
Winters says that he is always working on his technique, but the biggest change this season has been a boost in confidence.
''I'll do whatever it takes to win,'' he said. ''I'm usually the one on the court that gets everyone motivated, keep everyone up beat in practice. I give it 110 percent every day.''
Winters' talents do not end on the basketball court, as he currently carries a 3.5 GPA in the classroom.
The well rounded student athlete knows, however, that just because he has made it on a college roster doesn't mean he can lift his foot off the gas.
''The way I look at it is, it's a new beginning,'' he said. ''I'll have to work twice as hard to get a starting job on the team. But hard work pays off. Hopefully it will again.''
The 25-Point Club
Mark Winters, Magnolia: Winters finished with a game-high 31 points in a loss to River, then the next night led Magnolia to a victory with a 33-point outing. He finished the week with a game-high 37 points in a loss to Linsly.
Katie Kinney, Beallsville: Kinney finished her night with 32 points in a victory against St. John.
Rachel Irvin, Steubenville Catholic: Irvin scored 25 points during an overtime loss to Weir. The Crusader scored the last two points in regulation to force the extra period.
Jabri Blount, Linsly: Blount scored 25 points in a victory against Trinity.
Dan Monteroso, St. Clairsville: Monteroso shot the lights out as he finished with 40 points in a victory against Indian Creek.
Teryn Jarrett, Beallsville: Jarrett scored 26 points during a loss to Newcomerstown that propelled the senior into the Blue Devil's 1,000-point club. He finished the week with a 27-point outing in a victory against St. John.
Cody Schau, Martins Ferry: Schau fired in 27 points as Ferry blew past Edison.
Monica Bragg, Madonna: Bragg led the Blue Dons with 25 points in a loss to Weir.
Chelsea Roberts, Monroe Central: Roberts put up 25 points as the Seminoles blasted Beallsville.
Jordan Jefferson, Frontier: Jefferson scored 30 points in a victory against Bishop Donahue.
Myah Charkawi, Paden City: Charkawi finished with 27 points in a win against Harman.
Brett Price, River: Price scored 25 points in a victory against Buckeye Trail.
Lani Moro, Jefferson County Christian: Moro led her team with 25 points in a victory against East Richland Christian.
The Downtown Ace
Myah Charkawi, Paden City: Charkawi drained five 3-pointers in a loss to Tyler Consolidated.
Emily Puskarich, Haley Robb, Wheeling Park: The Patriots duo was at it again as Puskarich led Park with five 3s on her way to 19 points, while Robb chipped in 14 points behind four treys. Robb also hit five 3s and a game-high 32 points, while Puskarich was right behind her with 29 points in a victory against John Marshall.
Mary Davis, East Liverpool: This Potter hit four 3s in a triumph against Oak Glen.
Tyler Hayes, Valley: Hayes fired in five treys in a victory against Hundred.
Russell Schwertfeger, Brooke: The Bruin drained four 3-pointers in a victory against Wheeling Park.
Kirk Shriver, Hundred: This Hornet put up four treys in a loss to Valley.
Evan Magers, John Marshall: The Monarch hit four 3s in a loss to Wheeling Central.
Kyle Michalo, Buckeye Local: This Warrior sank four 3-pointers in a victory against Union Local.
Bryce Jones, Bishop Donahue: Jones fired in four 3-pointers in a loss to Frontier, then ended the week with a 30-point outing in a victory against Wirt County.
Damon Matheny, Frontier: Matheny drained five 3-pointers in a victory against Bishop Donahue.
Fletcher Watt, Harrison Central: Watt hit four 3s in a victory against Union Local.
Tyler Staff, Buckeye Local: The Warrior sank four 3s in a loss to River.
Cody Caldwell, River: The Pilot fired in four 3-pointers in a victory against Buckeye Trail.
Jared Yates, Bishop Donahue: The Bishop hit four 3s in a victory against Wirt County.
Karli Bonar, Shadyside: The Tiger drained four 3s in a victory against Ferry.
Madison Stephen, Beallsville: The Blue Devil landed four 3s in a loss to Magnolia.
The Offensive Explosion
Kylie Howard, John Marshall: Howard drained four 3s on her way to a game-high 27 points in a loss to Morgantown.
Morgan Brunner, Linsly: Brunner fired in four 3-pointers and finished with 27 points in a victory against Steubenville.
Mallory Chapman, Magnolia: Chapman shot her way into the record book as the Blue Eagle put up 43 points behind four 3s in a victory against Paden City.
Russell Schwertfeger, Brooke: The Bruin fired in eight 3s on his way to 28 points in a loss to Parkersburg South.
Anthony Wallace, Linsly: The Cadet exploded for a game-high 43 points behind five 3-pointers in a victory against Magnolia.
Zach Heasley, Paden City: The Wildcat went off for 28 points fueled by six treys in a victory against Harman.
Drew Schneider, Frontier: Schneider led the Cougars with 25 points behind four 3s in a loss to St. Marys.
Twice As Nice
Jordan Harlan, Dante Rosso, Brooke: These two Bruins combined for four individual victories as Harlan won both the 100 and 50 Freestyles, while Rosso was victorious in the 100 Butterfly and the 200 Freestyle in a tri meet with Edison and Weir.
Kylie Smith, Edison: The senior pulled out victories in the 100 breaststroke and the 200 IM during a tri meet with Brooke and Weir.
Sara Riggs, Brooke: The Bruin finished her night with triumphs in both the 100 Butterfly and the 100 Backstroke during a tri meet with Weir and Edison.
Cameron Thompson, Drew Bastian, Zach Hamm, Linsly: Thompson (200, 100 freestyle), Bastian (200 IM, 50 breaststroke), Hamm (100 butterfly, 100 backstroke) all won two individual competitions in a dual meet with Martins Ferry.
Zoe Scarpone, Linsly: This Cadet managed two win both her individual races as Scarpone was victorious in the 200 IM and 100 butterfly on Thursday.
Katie Albert, East Richland Christian: Albert led ERC with victories in the 200 and 50 freestyle on Thursday.
Laura Keenan, Beaver Local: Keenan picked up victories in the 200 IM and the 100 Breaststroke during a tri-meet with Martins Ferry and Edison.
Shelby Poludniak, Martins Ferry: The Purple Rider won both the 200 and 500 Freestyle in a tri-meet with Beaver Local and Edison.
Jonathan Strawn, Martins Ferry: Strawn ended the night with two wins in the 200 Freestyle and the 100 Backstroke during a tri-meet with Edison and Beaver Local.
Bringing Home the
Tariq Wilson, Anthony Craig, Charlie Keenan, Greg Moray, Steubenville: All four Big Red wrestlers returned with OVAC titles as Wilson (106), Craig (126), Keenan (195), Moray (220) each were a crucial part of Steubenville's overall victory.
Cody Amos, Dylan Taylor, Wheeling Park: Amos in addition to winning the 182 class, also received the David Bierkorette and the Hercules awards for his efforts. Taylor picked up his win in the 138 class.
Ian Baker, Alex Quinn, Chase Kinemond, Shadyside: This Trio of Tigers were all victorious as Baker (145), Quinn (152), and Kinemond (160) each won an OVAC title.
Corey Ernest, St. Clairsville: The Red Devil picked up his title in the 285 class.
Daniel Lattaznio, Beaver Local: Lattaznio won the 170 class to earn his title.