High School Sports

Big Reds’ Yoho Goes Off for 40

BELLAIRE — Chase Yoho’s splendid career at Bellaire High continues to reach new heights. The brilliant senior guard poured in a season-high 40 points in carrying the Big Reds to an impressive 78-66 triumph over Shadyside, avenging an earlier lopsided loss. Yoho, whose career best is 51, ...

Matchups for OVAC Girls’ Tourney Announced

BELLAIRE — The path to an Ohio Valley Athletic Conference girls’ basketball championship has been revealed. The pairings for the 11th annual Wheeling Hospital OVAC Girls’ Basketball Championship, which opens Monday at the higher seeds’ gymnasiums, were officially set Tuesday morning ...

Patriots Turn Up Heat In Third, Top Bruins

WELLSBURG — After a slow first half of basketball, Wheeling Park, the 10th-ranked boys’ basketball team in West Virginia, got its offense going and cruised to a 56-36 win over Brooke on Tuesday night inside the Brooke Wellness Center. The Bruins (5-9), who have lost four of their last ...

Magnolia Defense Stifles Paden City in Girls Basketball

PADEN CITY — When one team doesn’t have the highest scoring offense, it mostly will rely on its defense to rack up victories. For coach Meredith Pilant and the Magnolia girls’ basketball team, that has been the case this year. Monday against Paden City was no exception as the Blue ...

Bellaire Earns Season Sweep Of Shadyside

BELLAIRE — John Farrier wasn’t worried one bit about how his Bellaire team would play Monday night against Ohio 7 rival Shadyside after winning the Buckeye 8 championship Saturday night. “I told the girls after we won the Buckeye 8 championship that was great, but Monday’s the Belmont ...

Strong Second Half Propels Bridgeport to Win

BRIDGEPORT — It was a tale of two halves Monday evening inside the John J. Havlicek Gymnasium. Invading Barnesville carried a 10-point lead into the half and had just held Bridgeport to three points in the second quarter. To hear Bulldogs coach Greg Harkness tell it, there wasn’t any ...

Indian Creek Leads Wire-to-Wire to Beat Weir

WINTERSVILLE — Defense has been the calling card of the Indian Creek girls’ basketball team all season. The Redskins again got it done on the defensive end Monday night as Indian Creek wire to wire against Weir en route to a 51-35 victory on Senior Night. “I thought we played really ...

Patriots Knock Off Blue Devils

WHEELING —Zanesville is one of the better programs in Ohio. It boasts a 6-foot-7 Division I commit in the middle. It wasn’t a game on paper that Wheeling Park was supposed to win. Good thing they don’t play games on paper. Keondre King had the hot hand, draining six 3-pointers — ...

Holt, Stiles Set To Coach OVAC Game

BETHANY — Bruce Stiles and Scott Holt are certainly no strangers to the Rudy Mumley OVAC All-Star Football Game. Both have been involved in a bevy of ways in the annual summer classic, which will celebrate its 73rd birthday when it returns to Wheeling Island Stadium on Saturday, July ...

Bailey, Michael Selected for W.Va. Hall of Fame

WHEELING — Two of the most successful Mountain State college and high school coaches will be inducted into the West Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. The honorees are retired West Virginia State baseball coach Cal Bailey and former North Marion and Mannington High School football and wrestling ...

Wheeling Central Keeps Rolling

NEW MARTINSVILLE — Magnolia coach Dave Tallman didn’t hesitate to say what he thought about Wheeling Central — that it is the best boys’ basketball team in the state. The Maroon Knights got back to business Saturday night in the Rotary Challenge as they scored 24 points in the first ...

Fast Start Propels Central Past Linsly

WHEELING — It didn’t take a whole lot of motivation to get Wheeling Central fired up for the Skip Prosser Classic against Linsly. In front of a packed house, the Maroon Knights scored 17 of the first 18 points over a course of three minutes en route to a 82-55 victory over the Cadets at the ...

Park Gets By Fairmont

WHEELING — Normally, if you can rebound the basketball and not turn it over, good things are going to happen for your team. In a battle of West Virginia-ranked squads Friday night, Fairmont Senior managed to grab a big early rebounding advantage against Wheeling Park. However, it was the ...

Pilots Earn 13th Straight Win

SHADYSIDE — As it has basically every game this season, River brought its lunch pail and hard hat to Shadyside. That’s the recipe for success for a team that head coach Mark Romick refers to as “blue collar.” That mentality — along with another impressive performance by senior ...

Indian Creek Rallies Past Shorthanded Weir

WINTERSVILLE — The Indian Creek boys’ basketball trailed Weir entering the fourth quarter, but the Redskins turned in a big fourth quarter en route to a 60-43 victory over the Red Riders Friday night at home to sweep the season series. Weir led by as many as six points in the third ...

Bruins Sweep Monarchs in Girls Basketball

WELLSBURG — Brooke coach Ryan Scherich didn’t sweat too much going into the fourth quarter with his team down by eight to John Marshall. In fact, he had faith in a simple math solution for his team: a point a minute. It was all the motivation the Bruins needed as they scored 10 of the ...

Goodrich Steps Down From JM

GLEN DALE — His work is done. After leading three different high school football programs to the state playoffs, Rick Goodrich has opted for retirement. The Bridgeport High athletic legend is coming off a superb season at John Marshall, leading the Monarchs to eight wins and a playoff nod ...

Vargo Scores 32 As Wheeling Park Rolls St.Clairsville

By SETH STASKEY For The Intelligencer ST. CLAIRSVILLE — When you hear a basketball coach talk about size and length being a factor, it’s not a cliche. Those are key ingredients for a basketball team. Case in point was Thursday night on John Jenkins Court at St. Clairsville High ...

Day Games Could Help Grow Hoops

BEALLSVILLE — Last week two of the smaller schools in the OVAC — Beallsville and Morgantown Trinity — staged a girls’ basketball game during school hours. I was very fortunate to officiate this game and I came away very impressed with how well the event went off. The atmosphere was ...

White, Maroon Knights Take Down Shadyside

WHEELING — Penn Kurtz realizes that for his team to accomplish the goals it laid out for itself, it’s going to start on the defensive end of the floor. If Wednesday night’s game on Coach Skip Prosser Court was any indication, his veteran and talented group of players have realized it, ...