High School Sports

Wheeling Central’s Chris Furka (14) slides into first base as Tyler Consolidated’s Dylan Roberts takes the throw in Tuesday’s Game 1 of the West Virginia Class A Region One Final.

Wheeling Central Back on the Verge

WHEELING — All season long, Wheeling Central coach Bo McConnaughy has been wanting first baseman Zach McAbee to hit more line drives and less fly balls. However, on Tuesday the skipper needed his clean-up hitter to club a few sacrifice flies and he delivered. McAbee drove in three of the ...

Wheeling Park’s Jub Delbrugge works to the plate during Tuesday’s West Virginia Class A Region One Final opener in Morgantown,

Morgantown Edges By Wheeling Park, 5-4

MORGANTOWN — After giving up three runs in the first inning, Wheeling Park gave its all to pull a comeback victory against Morgantown during the first game of the West Virginia Class AAA Region One Final. The Patriots even took the lead in the fourth inning after Jarrett Delbrugge hit a ...

Weir Now In Need Of 1 More

WEIRTON —The Weir baseball team took a huge step toward its goal of playing for the West Virginia state Class AA championship Tuesday when it set the tone early and pummeled four Berkeley Springs pitchers in a 13-0, mercy-rule win at Ed Bowman Field. The two teams are scheduled to play ...

Wheeling Central looks to defend it W.Va. Class A state title as it travels to Vienna on Wednesday for the first day of the state tournament.

Wheeling Central Looks to Defend Title

WHEELING — History has a tendency of repeating itself for the Wheeling Central softball program and the Maroon Knights are looking to add to that history. The Maroon Knights are the defending West Virginia Class A state champions and are in perfect position to make a run at back-to-back ...

John Marshall’s Lydia Knutsen fields a grounder during the regional finals against Morgantown.

John Marshall is Looking For More

GLEN DALE — A season ago, John Marshall fell short of a state tournament appearance by one game. This time around, ninth-year coach Ed West and his squad got over that hump by sweeping Morgantown in the regional finals by scores of 8-0 and 13-4. It is John Marshall’s first trip to the ...

Oak Glen’s Hanna Patterson in a game earlier this season. The Golden Bears will make a trip back to Vienna after making the state tournament last year.

Oak Glen Hopes to Make Best of Second Chance

NEW CUMBERLAND — This time last year, the Oak Glen softball team was in the same position it is now, prepping for the state tournament. However, this time the Golden Bears are hoping for a better outcome. Oak Glen coach Morgan Bricker and her squad came close to accomplishing the ultimate ...

The Wheeling Central girls’ track team, led by Coach Eric Belancic, top left, poses with its hardware after winning the West Virginia Class A state championship Saturday in Charleston.

Wheeling Central Girls are State Champs

CHARLESTON — Going into the final race of the day, the Wheeling Central girls’ track team was down eight points to Doddridge County. The last event of the state track meet was the 1,600 relay and the Maroon Knights were the top projected time. In the end, all the chips fell in their ...

St. Clairsville Boys Claim D-II District Title

BYESVILLE — Numerous Ohio Division II track and field athletes from the immediate area have passed the first test. For those who qualified, the next step in the journey toward the OHSAA’s State Track and Field Championship is a regional date, beginning next Thursday and finishing ...

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John Marshall Grad Lewicki Aiming at Pro Career

MOUNDSVILLE — Her brilliant collegiate career is now on ice. Kristin Lewicki, however, is not ready to hang up her skates. The John Marshall product scripted an All-American hockey career at Adrian College in Michigan. It ended in March when she led her Bulldogs to the national ...

Madonna’s Lea Colantonio and Union’s Collena Burdock congratulate each other after the 100-meter final during the state meet. Colantonio won the event.

Sportmanship on Full Display at Track Finale

CHARLESTON — When it comes to sports, there is always that respect factor. After games, teams will line up and shake hands. Or an opponent will help an athlete on the opposing team up if he or she is on the ground after a play in football or during a dead ball like in basketball. Respect ...

Photo by Kyle Lutz / Magnolia’s Bailey Estep leaps into the air during the long jump portion of the W.Va. State Track Meet. She won the event.

Magnolia’s Estep Takes 2 Golds on State Track’s First Day in Charleston

CHARLESTON — The Magnolia girls’ track team has certainly proved it is coming back for more. After the first day of the West Virginia state track meet, the defending state champion Blue Eagles lead the Class A field with 32 points. The meet will continue today with field events starting ...

D-III Regional Will Be Loaded With Locals

NEWCOMERSTOWN, Ohio — Barnesville, Bellaire and Steubenville Catholic flexed their muscles early and often en route to waging what amounted to a 17-event triangular during the Ohio Division III Eastern District Championship meet Friday. In the end, it was the Crusaders who stood above all ...

Strasburg Too Much For Toronto

MINERVA — Not even a howling wind blowing in from center field that kicked up the infield sod all game long and played havoc with fly balls and popups could keep the the state-ranked Strasburg softball team from winning a district championship. Junior left fielder Emily Rieger and senior ...

Wheeling Central’s Caleb Custer, bottom, slides in safely to second as Bishop 
Donahue’s Nate Rush goes up to make a catch during Wednesday’s Class A, Region One, Section One Final.


Photo by 
Cody Tomer

Wheeling Central Earns Class A Sectional Crown

WHEELING — Baseball can be filled with glorious and unforgettable moments but it can also provide heartbreak. On Wednesday at the J.B. Chambers Complex at the I-470 Fields, both sides of America’s pastime were felt as Wheeling Central reigned as defending sectional champions and Bishop ...

Magnolia’s Bailey Estep will look to win a state title in the high jump this 
weekend in Charleston.


Photo by 
Kyle Lutz

Local Athletes Prepare for State Track Meet

CHARLESTON — As the spring season starts to wind down, the top track and field athletes have one more chance to reach their goal and get on the podium starting Friday. The West Virginia State Track Meet will start Friday and the Ohio Valley has a great supporting cast going down to the state ...

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Martins Ferry catcher Connor Pollock makes a catch in foul territory against Edison.

Martins Ferry Claims First District Title Since ’76

MINGO JUNCTION — Martins Ferry has a storied athletic tradition in a lot of sports. Baseball, however, is one where the Purple Riders haven’t experienced the same amount of success as it pertains to the tournament trail. The 2017 Riders are adding a chapter and writing a different ...

Steubenville Wins District No. 24

CADIZ — Top-seeded Steubenville brought its hitting shoes to Robert Mazeroski Memorial Field inside Sally Buffalo Park on Wednesday. Big Red pounded out 13 hits and cruised to a 12-2, five-inning victory over Cambridge in the Division II District championship game. With the victory, Fred ...

Toronto Edges Strasburg, 3-2

MINERVA — The Toronto Red Knights found room on the bus Wednesday night for a second straight Division IV Eastern District championship baseball trophy. They took possession of it with a thrilling 3-2 win over Strasburg at Minerva Junior High. The Red Knights, who beat Strasburg 1-0 a year ...

Wheeling’s Central Julie Padden finishes a bunt attempt during a victory against Magnolia that won the W.Va. Class A Region One title.

Wheeling Central Earns Right To Defend Its Title

NEW MARTINSVILLE — It has been quite the week for Wheeling Central coach Rick Magruder. On Monday, he was honored as OVAC Coach of the Year. Then on Tuesday, his Maroon Knights squad secured a trip back to the West Virginia state softball tournament to have a chance to defend its title as it ...

Photo by Cody Tomer.
John Marshall’s Katie Whorton scoops up a ball in left field during Tuesday’s Class AAA, Region One contest in Morgantown.

John Marshall Completes Sweep of Morgantown

MORGANTOWN — Pitching made all of the difference in Tuesday’s West Virginia Class AAA, Region One softball final at Mylan Park. John Marshall starter Carli Lightner struck out 10, walked two and gave up four runs — three earned — in five innings before Lauren Garcia slammed the door ...