Basketball Preview 2017

Nothing Has Changed for Jets Girls’ Program

By RICK THORP MORRISTOWN — The more things change, the more they stay the same. It’s a sometimes overly used phrase. But it works well when describing the Union Local girls’ basketball program. Since Kelley Hanlon took over the reins five years ago, the Jets have taken off ...

Johnson, Rocks Are Adjusting

By SETH STASKEY BARNESVILLE — For Matt Johnson, the return to basketball coaching has been like riding a bicycle. While the new Barnesville boys’ basketball coach kind of picks up where he left off after spending two seasons as the head coach at Bridgeport in the late 90s, there’s ...

Barnesville Focusing On Effort, Work During ’17

By SETH STASKEY BARNESVILLE — Last season, the Barnesville Shamrocks utilized the mantra, ‘why not us?’ Since it worked fairly well, veteran coach Jamie Carpenter has decided to use it again as the 2017-18 season is set to kick into full swing. The Shamrocks are coming off an ...

Dons Will Be Young

By RALPH COX WEIRTON — The coaching challenge facing youthful third-year Madonna boys coach Chris Blair will be a lot different than the past two seasons as he prepares an inexperienced group for the rigors of this season. All the players that saw significant playing time for Madonna’s ...

SCC Has Experience

STEUBENVILLE — Steubenville Catholic Central’s girls’ basketball team had a banner season a year ago. The Crusaders went 15-9, their first winning season since 2008. They advanced to the OVAC Class 2A title contest and also won a postseason tournament game for the first time since ...

River Has Kids Who Know How To Win

By SETH STASKEY HANNIBAL — Some things are worth waiting for. River basketball coach Mark Romick certainly subscribes to that theory. You see, the start of the Pilots season was delayed because of the football team’s run to the third week of the postseason. Though it may take the ...

Isaly Not Sure of Direction of Pilots Girls

By KIM NORTH HANNIBAL — Rick Isaly was quick and to the point when asked how his River girls’ basketball team was going to be this season. “I really don’t know. I had the worst summer that I’ve had since I’ve been here,” he said. “We didn’t do very well but I couldn’t ...

Boniti Takes Over With Madonna Girls’ Program

By RALPH COX WEIRTON — Last season was tumultuous to say the least for the Madonna girls’ team. The Blue Dons struggled through 22 games winning only four, and veteran coach Don Ogden resigned prior to the end of the season. Corey Wingett replaced Ogden as the interim head coach to ...

Hohn Is In Charge At Paden City

By CODY TOMER PADEN CITY—For the first time in 16 years, there will be a new face at the end of the Paden City bench. Long-time head coach Fred King retired after a very memorable and respected career but his replacement has plenty of experience, as well. Jeffrey Hohn coached for eight ...

Loy Will Be Cats’ Leader

By CODY TOMER PADEN CITY — Coach Alan Miller and his Paden City Wildcats will be looking to rebound from a six-win season a year ago. They will have to do so without three-year starters Chelsea Baker and Madalyn Cox, who are both gone to graduation. With just one senior on the current ...