High School Sports

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Linsly’s Clare Miller and Charleston Catholic’s Mills Mullen attack a lose ball during the season opener at Holloway Field on Friday night.

Charleston Catholic Defeats Linsly Girls

WHEELING — The Charleston Catholic girls’ soccer team has been a perennial power for the past couple years. The Irish won the state championship in 2014 and 2015 and were the runners-up in 2016. With just one senior on the field, they looked in prime form in the first game of the season in ...

Red Devils Tie Skins In Opener

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — While Wes Stoner and Joe Lewis certainly would’ve liked to have seen their teams win their prep girls’ soccer season opener Friday night, both coaches still came away encouraged. St. Clairsville and Indian Creek crafted numerous scoring opportunities, but neither team ...

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Meeting to select the top 50 players of the last 50 years are, from left, former The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register sports editors Don Clegg and 
Doug Huff, Times Leader sports editor Seth Staskey, current The Intelligencer sports editor Josh Strope and Ogden Newspapers Executive Sports Editor Bubba Kapral.

Taking a Trip Down Memory Lane

WHEELING — I’ve been a part of a lot of cool moments in my 12 years working for The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register. Quite possibly my favorite was a little more than a month ago. With our annual football tab marking its 50th year, the decision was made to honor the best players ...

JM Golf Making Strides

MOUNDSVILLE — For seventh-year John Marshall coach Dave Gaudino, he seen his program come to fruition. From having one player seven years ago to being able to sport four teams including the first all-girls varsity golf team in West Virginia, co-ed varsity and two junior varsity teams this ...

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Wheeling Park cross country will be holding a one-day alumni race Oct. 14.

Park XC Announces Alumni Race

WHEELING — Former Wheeling Park High School cross country runners are being called back to the trail for a special one-day race on Saturday, Oct. 14. At 10 a.m. that day, runners and walkers will don their spikes and tackle Park’s rigorous trail in an effort to raise funds for the team. ...

The Diamond Chix 16U softball team won the 124-team All Sanctioned World Series in Columbus. The team in comprised of John Marshall’s Lauren Garcia, Maddy Mayle, Lydia Knutsen, Mack Hall and Abby and Anna Blake, as well as Steubenville’s Kameron DiMarzio and Jaliyah Hubbard, Linsly’s Maddie Menendez, Bridgeport’s Brooklyn Ruble and Magnolia’s Ashley Tharp. Not pictured is River’s Livi Rose.

Diamond Chix 16U Softball Claims World Series Crown

MOUNDSVILLE — Winning championships is not something that is unfamiliar to the Diamond Chix travel softball organization. Always in the running for hardware wherever they play, the 16U Chix took their game to the next level July 14-16. Playing in the prestigious All Sanctioned World Series ...

Wheeling Park’s Jacob Nickell Finishes Second in Parkersburg

VIENNA — Wheeling Park’s Jacob Nickell is playing confident golf the last few tournaments. He followed up two sub-70 performances with an impressive effort Monday at the Callaway Junior Tour’s Parkersburg Country Club Invitational. The Patriots senior finished in a three-way tie for ...

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Brooke’s Nick Cruny (31) controls the ball, while teammate Konner Govey (7) looks on during the Soccer-Rama at Brooke on Saturday.

Soccer-Rama Is A Success for Brooke

WELLSBURG— “If you build it, they will come,” Brooke soccer coach Joe Pepe said of the Soccer-Rama event held at Brooke High School. Pepe, along with plenty of help, began Soccer-Rama four years ago and the event has grown every year. On Sunday, 26 teams participated in scrimmage ...

14th OVAC Hall Of Fame Banquet Is Set

WHEELING — The Ohio Valley Athletic Conference will honor its own again Saturday when the 14th Annual OVAC Hall of Fame Ceremony takes place with the induction of the Class of 2017. WesBanco Arena in downtown Wheeling is again the site of this year’s OVAC Hall of Fame Banquet — which is ...

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Wheeling Park’s Jacob Nickell swings for the green on the first hole at the Jones Course at Oglebay on Thursday.

Nickell Claims Medalist Honors at Park Invite

WHEELING—Wheeling Park’s Jacob Nickell spent his summer competing against some of the most talented amateur golfers in the state of West Virginia and even won the Kalkreuth Tournament at Crispin. That competition and preparation in the offseason paid off on Thursday as the Patriots’ ...

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Umpires receive awards at the 1954 FEAF Baseball Officials Clinic. From left to right: Bob Rine, Major John Hoppin, Gene Bothell, John Scially, George Barr and Colonel Walter G. W. Clatanoff.

Rine Makes Lifetime of Memories Behind the Plate

WHEELING—Throughout his 52-year umpiring career, Wheeling’s Bob Rine was close but never reached the major leagues. However, he is a professional in every sense of the word. Rine has umpired games in Hawaii, Florida and Three Rivers Stadium and got to witness the talent of St. Louis ...

Stephens Golf Scramble Set for Aug. 19

WHEELING — The Randy Stephens Jr. Memorial Golf Scramble is starting to become a household name in the Ohio Valley. The annual event is in its third year and looking to build off the success of the past two. “The first year was an awesome year and really thought we couldn’t top it,” ...

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Wheeling Park cheerleaders take a break during practice to take a picture on the new gym floor at Wheeling Park High School.

Wheeling Park Updates Its Palace

WHEELING — “The Palace on the Hill” just got a little more luxurious. Wheeling Park High School recently updated its gym floor, a project that took a little less than two months to complete during the summer and is ready for the upcoming fall volleyball season and winter basketball ...

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Pictured is the Todd Hayes Memorial Pavilion at the John Marshall High School baseball field in Glen Dale.

Love, Respect Spawned Todd Hayes Memorial Pavilion at JM

GLEN DALE — Todd Hayes was a special baseball player as well as a special individual. Both points were hammered home last Saturday night at an emotional celebration. Hayes was one of the greatest players ever to wear a John Marshall baseball uniform. He was a driving force in the ...

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Brooke Soccer-Rama Offers Early Look at Your Team

WELLSBURG — Joe Pepe has been coaching soccer for decades. He has seen it all and there isn’t much that surprises him. Four years ago when he was the boys’ coach at Weir, he invited six teams for an all-day scrimmage. The following year, he took over as boys’ coach at Brooke and took ...

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Wheeling’s Gage Giovengo takes a swing at a pitch during the Southeast Regional Tournament in Ashboro, N.C. Post 1 ended its season in an 8-1 loss to Alabama Thursday.

Wheeling Bows Out Of Southeast Regional

ASHEBORO, N.C. — It’s difficult to win baseball games when a team doesn’t score runs and Wheeling Post 1 had a lot of trouble scoring runs at the American Legion Southeast Regional. Post 1 was eliminated from the Southeast Regional Tournament Thursday afternoon as Alabama posted an 8-1 ...

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Wheeling Post 1's Isaac Rine slides safely into third against Covington Post 32.

Wheeling Post 1 Falls In Regional Opener, 6-2

ASHEBORO, N.C. — Wheeling Post 1 played nearly errorless ball on its way to winning the West Virginia American Legion state championship last week. The Southeast Regional Tournament, which began Wednesday in Asheboro, N.C., is a different story. Post 1 committed three crucial errors in a ...

Steubenville's Alec Taylor made a verbal commitment that he will play baseball at Ohio State.

Big Red’s Taylor Says He Will Play At OSU

STEUBENVILLE — Ohio State has dipped its toe into the area’s talent-rich baseball pool once again. Earlier this week, Alec Taylor, a senior-to-be at Steubenville High School, gave a verbal commitment to further his baseball and academic careers at OSU. The speedy outfielder becomes the ...

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Wheeling pitcher Brian Shaw delivers a pick off attempt to first base during the West Virginia Legion Baseball Tournament.

Post 1 Gearing Up For Regional Tournament

WHEELING—Four years ago, manager Mark Delbrugge and a group of young baseball players joined a Wheeling Post 1 team that had not won a state championship since 1988. Now, it has claimed three consecutive state titles and is advancing to its third straight regional tournament. Post 1 went 4-1 ...

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Wheeling’s Butter Murray concentrates on a ground ball to third.

It’s All About Family For Wheeling Post 1

WHEELING—A team can be loaded with talent in any sport but unless it plays together as a unit, the ultimate goal will never be reached. That is what makes the run that Wheeling Post 1 is currently on so special. A group of ballplayers and coaches that all bring something different to the ...