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Wheeling Central’s Giorgio Alexander prepares to return a shot during a match against Linsly earlier in the season.

Wheeling Central Tennis Standout Giorgio Alexander Having Impressive Season

WHEELING — It is going to be a busy week for Wheeling Central senior tennis standout Giorgio Alexander. Today, Alexander will be signing his letter of intent to play collegiate tennis at Franciscan University before leading the Maroon Knights into the 2017 OVAC Tournament on Wednesday and ...

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Wheeling Park’s Maezi Mosby has high expectations in the long jump in his senior season.

Maezi Mosby a True Leader for Wheeling Park Track Team

WHEELING — Going into the 2017 track season, the Wheeling Park boys’ track team was going to experience some growing pains. However, there was one senior that was going to be heavily leaned on to lead and take command for the Patriots. Maezi Mosby has been doing just that. One of five ...

OVAC Softball Tournament Pairings Are Released

WHEELING — If the OVAC Tom Bechtel Softball Championships are anything like the baseball tournament, local fans are in for a treat. The girls get their turn on the diamond spotlight, beginning tonight at the J.B. Chambers I-470 Complex. All semifinals and the championship games will be held ...

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Wheeling Central’s Austin Crebs delivers to the plate during Saturday’s OVAC Class 2A semifinal game against River. The Maroon Knights won, 5-0.

Crebs, Wheeling Central Blank River in 2A OVAC Semifinal Matchup

WHEELING — Wheeling Central brought its ‘A’ game Saturday against River in an Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Class 2A semifinal. Unfortunately for River, the error-prone Pilots didn’t. Austin Crebs struck out a career-high 13 batters, walked a pair and scattered three harmless ...

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Bishop Donahue’s Doug Clark rounds third base after hitting a two-run home run in the fourth inning of Saturday’s OVAC Class 1A semifinal victory against Frontier.

Bishop Donahue To Defend 1A OVAC Title

MOUNDSVILLE — After struggling out of the gate, Bishop Donahue has caught fire at the right time. The Bishops began defense of their OVAC Class 1A title with a solid all-around performance Saturday in a 6-1 victory against Frontier at Valley Fork in a semifinal matchup. Bishop Donahue ...

Wheeling Park’s 
Jarrett 
Delbrugge fields a grounder during an OVAC 
semifinal game against 
Morgantown Saturday. 
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Kyle Lutz

Morgantown Throttles Wheeling Park in 5A Semifinal

WHEELING — Mike McLeod couldn’t have asked for a better start to Saturday’s OVAC 5A semifinal against Morgantown. The Wheeling Park athletic legend saw his second-seeded Patriots take a 3-0 lead after one inning at cold and windy Patriot Field. Unfortunately for the hosts, the balance of ...

Toronto Tames Shadyside in 2A Semifinal Game

TORONTO — Danny Zdinak set the tone early Saturday afternoon. The Toronto ace — despite Shadyside coach B.A. Holloway stressing to his club to be aggressive early in the count — needed just nine pitches to strike out the side in the top of the first inning. Things didn’t get any ...

Linsly’s Gage Giovengo dives back to first base ahead of the tag by 
Barnesville’s Aaron Marovich during the first inning 


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Barnesville Downs Linsly In 3A Semifinal Matchup

BARNESVILLE — Nothing has come easy for the Barnesville baseball team the last half week. Wednesday, the Shamrocks faced St. Clairsville and rallied to top the Red Devils by two. A night later, Jared Kernen belted a walk-off homer to down state-ranked Toronto. So, when Barnesville entered ...

Murray Excited About Return to Wheeling Central

WHEELING — Donnie Murray is coming home. The current Bishop Donahue athletics director and teacher was named as athletics director at Wheeling Central last week. Longtime Maroon Knights athletics director Mike Young has been elevated to a new post at the school — director of Alumni ...

Five Selected as Part of OVAC Legends Class

Four multi-sport athletes and a record-setting boys track and field coach will be feted in the 13th class of Legends of Ohio Valley Athletic Conference schools. Tom Rataiczak, Executive Secretary of the OVAC, announced the five Legends selections will be honored at the 14th annual OVAC Hall ...

Victory Awards Dinner Slated for May 21

WHEELING — Seventeen Ohio Valley high school athletes and three state championship coaches will be among honorees at the 71st annual Victory Awards Dinner set for Sunday, May 21 at the Village Square Conference Center in Clarksburg. Advance tickets through May 12 for the public event are ...

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Tyler Consolidated’s Kyle Mason snags a pop-up during an OVAC contest with Fort Frye.

Fort Frye No-Hits Tyler Consolidated in 3A OVAC Semifinal Game

SISTERSVILLE — Tyler Consolidated secured the No. 2 seed and a semifinal home game in the OVAC Class 3A Tournament, but that didn’t matter to third-seeded Fort Frye. The Cadets (15-4) came out swinging early and often and junior pitcher Tyler Bradford fired a no-hitter as Fort Frye ...

Edison Holds Off St. Clairsville in OVAC Class 4A Semifinal Game

RICHMOND — The Edison Wildcats plated two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and, sure enough, they were needed as St. Clairsville scored a pair of runs in the top of the seventh, but it wasn’t enough as Edison closed the door for a 5-3 win in the OVAC Class 4A semifinal. The ...

Steubenville Cruises to Win Over Harrison Central in 4A

STEUBENVILLE — Heading into Saturday’s OVAC Class 4A semifinal with Steubenville, Harrison Central coach Mike Valesko had a fairly simple plan — keep the game low scoring. Unfortunately for Valesko and his fourth-seeded Huskies, things just didn’t go as planned. Nicky Zorne had ...

Grizzlies Beat Spurs in OT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Marc Gasol hit a 12-foot floater with 0.7 seconds left in overtime, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the San Antonio Spurs 110-108 Saturday night to even up their first-round series at 2-2. The Grizzlies won despite blowing a 10-point lead with 7:38 left in regulation ...

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Linsly’s Warren Saunders takes a swing at a pitch during Friday’s game against Harrison Central at Sally Buffalo Park.

Harrison Central Edges Linsly, 2-1

CADIZ — Fundamentals get lost all too often in the game of baseball but Harrison Central displayed them on Friday en route to a narrow 2-1 victory over Linsly at Sally Buffalo Park. Logan Starr pounded the strike zone all day, Andrew Clelland clubbed a sac-fly to tie the game and Logan ...

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Magnolia’s Ashley Tharp swings at a pitch during Friday’s game against Bishop Donahue.

Magnolia Holds Off Bishop Donahue

ELM GROVE — Bishop Donahue and Magnolia are two softball teams striving hard to gain spots in next week’s OVAC Softball Championships. The Bishops and Blue Eagles squared off Friday on Ben’s Field at the J.B. Chambers 1-470 Complex, waging a spirited battle with Magnolia holding on for ...

Monarchs Sweep Potters in Softball

GLEN DALE — Lauren Garcia and Carli Lightner were lights out in leading John Marshall to a twinbill sweep of visiting East Liverpool. Garcia struck out 12 and allowed no walks in a game one win and Lightner whiffed 13 and walked two in a game two victory. Lightner turned in two doubles ...

Whether on the track or the baseball diamond, Weir High’s Donavan Spencer is a force to be reckoned with. Most of his days consists of school, then heading to practice of both spring sports.

Weir High’s Spencer Has Little Free Time on Hands

WEIRTON — Playing a sport and going to school can be time consuming for a student-athlete. Weir’s Donavan Spencer has that times two. The multiple-sport standout plays baseball and runs track during the spring season. “I would like to thank my baseball coach, Coach (Jason) Angle for ...

Baseball Pairings Released For OVAC

WHEELING — Saturday begins championship week in the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference as champions will be determined in baseball, softball and tennis. The baseball pairings were released late Wednesday and were finalized early Thursday. All semifinal games will be held Saturday. All five ...