High School Sports

Attempt to Oust Young Makes No Sense

WHEELING — It’s safe to say the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston has had better weeks. Turmoil quickly surfaced Thursday when Diocesan officials announced the closing of Bishop Donahue High School at the end of the academic year. The news blindsided the Donahue Nation. The move was ...

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Wheeling Park’s Sarah Heilman competes in the OVAC 100 butterfly as she set a new school record for the event.

Record-Setting Day For Wheeling Park, Linsly, Martins Ferry

WELLSBURG — Records are meant to be broken, but who knew so many could be broken in one day? Nine records were set Saturday at the OVAC Swimming Championship at Brooke High School, including three meet records and one pool record. Linsly’s Kevin Pietz broke two meet records, ...

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Oak Glen’s Peyton Hall, top, grapples with Shadyside’s Greg Quinn during their championship match at 120.

Parkersburg South Claims Wrestling Title

WHEELING — Parkersburg South continued its stranglehold on the OVAC Ron Mauck Wrestling Tournament by piling up 298 points Saturday as the 64th annual event wrapped up its three-day stand inside WesBanco Arena. The Patriots, who placed 13 of 14 individuals, captured their seventh ...

Patriots Get Back in The ‘W’ Column

WHEELING — Playing its fourth game in five days, the Wheeling Park boys basketball team put a cherry on top to finish out the busy week. The Patriots had four players score in double figures and held a double-digit lead for the whole second half as it defeated rival John Marshall, 60-46, on ...

John Marshall’s Kristin Lewicki Gains Another Hockey Honor

Kristin Lewicki has skated her way to an outstanding collegiate career. The Adrian College (Mich.) senior is one of the premier Division III hockey players in the nation. The All-American forward added yet another impressive honor recently as she was featured in the Jan. 12 issue of ...

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John Marshall Girls Hang On to Beat St. Clairsville

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Since losing Grace Frohnapfel to a knee injury, John Marshall girls’ basketball coach Brock Melko will take victories any way he can get them. Such was the case Saturday afternoon on John Jenkins Court at St. Clairsville. The Monarchs appeared to be on their way ...

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Chick LaMotte, left, was named the 41st Mr. Mat during the annual OVAC Wrestling Tournament. Presenting him the award is Steve Kish.

LaMotte Named Mr. Mat

WHEELING — A 1965 graduate of Bridgeport High School, Chick LaMotte was a two-time OVAC and Eastern District Champion.  In fact, his senior year as captain of the “Bulldogs,” he reached the Ohio State Wrestling Tournament semi-finals during a time when there were no divisions.  Today, ...

Wheeling Park’s Kaleb Simpkins, top, gets Buckeye Local’s Jason Binkiewicz in a difficult position during their match Friday at WesBanco Arena in the 64th Ron Mauck OVAC Wrestling Championship.

South, Steubenville In Battle for OVAC Crown

WHEELING — Parkersburg South and Steubenville are waging a battle for the overall title as the 64th annual OVAC Ron Mauck Wrestling Tournament heads into the final day of action inside WesBanco Arena. The three-time defending champion Patriots have amassed 165 points in two days, while Big ...

Magnolia’s Leo Herrick (23) knocks the ball away from Paden City’s Seth Bohrer during their game Friday in New Martinsville.

Eagles Edge By Wildcats

NEW MARTINSVILLE — Magnolia coach Dave Tallman can’t figure it out. Sure he has a young team that is going to go through some growing pains, but slow starts have been a bugaboo all season long. That trend continued Friday against Paden City as the Blue Eagles fell behind 12-2 to begin ...

Patriots Rally for Victory Against Park Girls

PARKERSBURG — Devin Hefner exploded for 27 points, including 17 in the second half, and Parkersburg South (13-4) completed a second-half comeback to win 62-56 against Wheeling Park on Friday night inside the Rod Oldham Athletic Center. Freshman Makenna Winans sparked the comeback with three ...

Lewis County Escapes ‘Palace’

WHEELING — The Palace on the Hill is home to growing pains this winter. Youthful Wheeling Park fell victim to a veteran Lewis County squad, 62-54, on Friday night. The underclassmen-laden Patriots are 3-8. Lewis County started fast and closed with authority in making the two-hour trip ...

Wheeling Park’s 
Maison Richardson, top, grapples with Buckeye Local’s Travis Light during their 
120-pound match at the Ron Mauck OVAC Wrestling Tournament.

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Scott McCloskey

South Leads After Day 1

WHEELING — The movie “Fast and Furious” had nothing on the Ron Mauck OVAC Wrestling Tournament on Thursday night as the 64th annual event took just one hour and 34 minutes to complete 199 first-round matches inside WesBanco Arena. Of those bouts, 124 ended in pins and 45 of those ...

Magnolia Cruises To Victory

CAMERON — Magnolia girls’ basketball coach Tom Tisher said after Thursday night’s victory against Cameron that his team played its best half of basketball all season in the first half. Cameron coach Roger Cain said his Dragons played their worst half of the campaign during that same ...

Linsly’s Malachi Onwuka drives in for a layup as Cameron’s Robert Milliken (32) and Hunter Aston (10) chase him down.

Cadets Defeat Dragons

WHEELING — More often than not, the team that is able to respond to the halftime adjustments is the team that walks away with the win. In this case, it was Linsly who adjusted and responded in a big way to run away with a convincing 54-32 victory on Wednesday over the visiting Cameron ...

Big Red Rolls By Monarchs

WHEELING — For the first three minutes of Wednesday night’s game at the John Marshall Fieldhouse, Steubenville coach Mike Haney wasn’t thrilled with his team’s defensive effort. The Monarchs (4-7) gained a 9-7 lead on a Tanner McLaughlin 3-pointer, but the tide was about to change — ...

Bishop Donahue Coaches Speak on ‘Family’

McMECHEN — With Thursday’s announcement from The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston that Bishop Donahue will merge into Wheeling Central next school year, a lot of mixed emotions were to be expected. So much so that two of Bishop Donahue’s coaches had a hard time putting into words what ...

OVAC Wrestling Starts Tonight

WHEELING — Nine defending champions are seeking repeat performances as the 64th annual OVAC Ron Mauck Wrestling Tournament begins its three-day stay inside WesBanco Arena tonight. The Olympic-style opening ceremonies take place at 6, with action on eight mats beginning 30 minutes ...

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Bishop Donahue’s Taylor Straughn (12) drives to the bucket while Valley’s Peyton Bassett (21) goes in for a block during Tuesday night’s game. The Bishops prevailed 49-48.

Bishop Donahue Edges Valley, 49-48

McMECHEN — It definitely wasn’t the way Bishop Donahue boys’ basketball coach Tom Wise drew it up. But as he said postgame, you don’t get style points and certainly not at this time of the season. Senior Taylor Straughn poured in a game-high 29 points including a pair of free ...

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Wheeling Park’s Donovan Goddard (22) drives past University’s Austin Forbes (30) during their game Tuesday.

Hawks Take Down Park

WHEELING — University brought its unbeaten record to Wheeling Park’s ‘‘Palace’’ on Tuesday night and wasted little time showing why they’re the No. 2-ranked team in West Virginia’s big school class. The Hawks raced to a 13-4 lead after one quarter and cruised to a ...

Scarnecchia Gets 1,000th Point as St. C. Wins

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Basketball games are 32 minutes long, but it was a five-minute stretch to open the second half that decided Tuesday’s game on John Jenkins Court at St. Clairsville High School. After falling behind by one to open the third quarter, the Red Devils caught fire from ...