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Patriots, Red Devils Sweep Swimming Championships

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WELLSBURG — Right when the first horned sounded, it was clear the Wheeling Park and St. Clairsville swimming teams were on a mission. The Patriots and Red Devils accomplished that mission in dominating fashion as both the Wheeling Park boys’ and girls’ teams claimed the 5A title, while ...

JM’s Carman Claims OVAC Title

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WHEELING — To earn the coveted Bierkortte Award, symbolic of the Most Outstanding Wrestler during the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Ron Mauck Wrestling Championships, an individual must have just that — an outstanding tournament. Steubenville’s Peyton Blasko did that over the last ...

West Virginia Knocks Off No. 7 Kansas, 65-64

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MORGANTOWN — Kansas coach Bill Self left his postgame news conference, saw West Virginia’s Bob Huggins down a hallway and stopped for a handshake. “Go win the rest of them,” Self said. Wishful thinking, perhaps. But Huggins will gladly take this one over his friend in what has ...

WLU Men Edge Concord In Double OT

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WEST LIBERTY — For roughly 35 minutes of Saturday’s Mountain East Conference showdown with Concord at the ASRC, No. 9 West Liberty’s defense held scoring sensation Tommy Bolte relatively at bay. Bolte scored 29 of his game-high 41 from that point, but the Hilltoppers (13-2 overall, 9-1 ...

Toppers Fall Despite Brown’s Big Game

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WEST LIBERTY — The West Liberty women played a deep and talented Concord team to a draw through one quarter Saturday at the ASRC. From there, it was an uphill climb. Madison May poured in 29 points including a 17 of 21 showing at the foul line to lead four double-digit scorers, as the ...

Morgan To Be Inducted Into Hall of Fame

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BARNESVILLE — She is the unquestioned premier female distance runner in OVAC history. Now Stephanie Morgan is being honored for her staggering prep achievements. The former Barnesville High School distance phenom is set to be inducted into the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country ...

Adams, Coyne Named to OVAC Hall

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BELLAIRE — The 16th class of Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Hall of Fame continues to take shape as two more honorees are set for induction on Saturday, Aug. 17. A multi-sport standout who was especially product in basketball and football as well as one of the valley’s most decorated ...

Grinch Is Selected As 2019 Mr. Mat

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SHADYSIDE — John Grinch is a 1970 graduate from Dubois High School in Dubois, Pennsylvania. After high school, he attended Clarion University and graduated with a degree in education. He began his teaching and coaching career at Wintersville High School. He coached both football and ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Bellaire Girls Edge River

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BELLAIRE — A battle between state-ranked teams and OVAC division leaders lived up the hype, with Bellaire pulling out a narrow 58-52 victory against River on Saturday. Michaela Flaherty led a balanced Big Reds attack with 16 points. Natalie Stoner drained five 3-pointers on her way to 15 ...

Much-Needed Win for Mountaineers

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MORGANTOWN — If ever a team was in need of some luck, it was West Virginia — in an unusual place in the cellar of the Big 12 — as it played host to perennial Big 12 champion Kansas on Saturday afternoon at the Coliseum. Five losses, the most recent a 30-point embarrassment at TCU, to ...

Majority of Fans Want Chiefs To End Patriots’ Dominance

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It seems football fans everywhere are suddenly on the Kansas City Chiefs’ bandwagon, enthralled by their record-setting young quarterback and exciting playmakers and hopeful their amiable old coach can finally win the big one. Then again, maybe they’re just fans ...

Like-Minded Coaches in NFC Title Tilt

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — One way or another, the NFC Championship between the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints will be won by a coach named Sean — with an Irish surname — who designs and calls plays for one of the most innovative and productive offenses in the NFL. The ties between the ...

Barrett Leads No. 1 Duke to ‘W’

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — RJ Barrett scored 30 points, Zion Williamson had 27 and No. 1 Duke beat No. 4 Virginia 72-70 on Saturday night to give the Cavaliers their first loss of the season. The Blue Devils (15-2, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) bounced back from an overtime loss to Syracuse that ...

Kvitova Ends Anisimova’s Run

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — It took two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova being on top of her game to bring a very abrupt ending to 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova run of upsets at the Australian Open. The 28-year-old Kvitova wanted no part of another loss to Anisimova, who beat her last ...

Law of Land: Adapt or Die

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Life in the natural world can be harsh, especially when environmental conditions change. Species that specialize in certain foods or habitats or require particularly large expanses of land become rare or even die out. Passenger pigeons, Kirkland’s warblers, grizzly bears, and hellbenders ...

Beaver Local Sits At Top After Day 2

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WHEELING — Beaver Local gave itself some breathing room during two sessions of the 66th annual Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Wrestling Championships inside WesBanco Arena. After nearly six hours of competition Friday, the Beavers lead five-time defending champion Parkersburg South, ...

Crosier Named Official of Year

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WHEELING — Rick Crosier was named the 2019 “Larry Deaton OVAC Official of the Year” prior to the start of Friday night’s action at the 66th annual Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Ron Mauck Wrestling Championships. The award is presented by the OVAC Wrestling Coaches Association. It ...

Today’s Schedule Adjusted Due To Impending Weather

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WHEELING — In an unprecedented move, officials with the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference, the OVAC Ron Mauck Wrestling Championships Committee and WesBanco Arena unanimously agreed to adjust Saturday’s schedule for the 66th annual event due to impending bad weather. Session IV will now ...