High School Sports

Injuries Taking Toll at OVACs

WHEELING — Injuries are a part of sports. They always have been and always will be. The 65th annual Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Ron Mauck Wrestling Tournament is no exception as four highly regarded grapplers were relegated to the role of spectators when the event kicked off its ...

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Wheeling Park’s Laurel Robb, right, races the ball up the court, while Bellaire’s Maci Crozier gives chase Wednesday night.

Wheeling Park Girls Rout Bellaire at Palace on Hill

WHEELING—Wheeling Park coach Ryan Young takes a lot of pride in his team’s ability to press the opposition. As good as Park’s defense was Wednesday, its offensive performance might have been even more impressive. Four Patriots reached double figures as they handed Bellaire its second ...

Big Red Boys Rally Past St.C.

STEUBENVILLE — Steubenville used a strong second half to earn an exciting 73-69 victory over St. Clairsville on Wednesday night inside the Crimson Center. Mike Haney’s club, now 6-4, was down five (30-25) at the break and trailed by eight in the third quarter before turning up the ...

Canary, Smith Claim McCoy Award Honors

CLARKSBURG — With South Harrison and Bridgeport High Schools located in the same county, it’s common to see the Hawks and Indians competing in the same track and field meet. For the past couple of seasons at the end of those meets it was also common to see two athletes in particular — ...

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Linsly’s Molly Heron pushes the ball up the floor against Steubenville Central during Monday night’s game at Stifel Fieldhouse in Wheeling.

Cadets Just Too Strong

WHEELING — Grit, timely buckets and crucial rebounds were three areas that catapulted Linsly to a 39-32 upset win over visiting Steubenville Central on Monday night. The Crusaders came into the contest carrying an impressive 11-1 record, while the Cadets came in with a 4-8 mark. But the ...

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St. Clairsville’s Maggie Marody competes during action Monday at Wheeling Jesuit University.

St.C. Boys, Girls Sweep Two Meets

WHEELING — Evidently to honor its head coach, Ernie Banks, St. Clairsville’s swim teams subscribed to the theory, let’s win two Monday. Despite the annual St. Clairsville Invitational, which also serves as the Buckeye 8 Championship, being pushed back a couple of days because of ...

South Has Five Top OVAC Seeds

WHEELING — If it’s snowing in the Ohio Valley in the third week of January, it means the OVAC Ron Mauck Wrestling Tournament is upon us. The 65th annual event, featuring 41 teams, will take over WesBanco Arena on Thursday through Saturday. Olympic-style opening ceremonies get things ...

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Hoop Shoot Winners

Eighteen girls and boys were recently awarded trophies in the Elks Hoop Shoot Contest sponsored by Wheeling Elks Lodge No. 28. The contest was held Jan. 13 at Wheeling Jesuit University. The contest included participants from public and private schools in both Marshall County and Ohio County. ...

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Two Park Gridders End Careers in All-Star Fashion

TAMPA — The Blue-Grey All-American Bowl is a showcase of the nation’s best senior prep football players. The Ohio Valley, specifically Wheeling Park, was represented quite well in the January 6 grid extravaganza. Patriots’ quarterback Cross Wilkinson and wide receiver Nate Phillips were ...

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Linsly’s Josie Purpura (15) moves the ball up the court as Fort Frye freshman Lexi Huck defends during Thursday night’s girls’ basketball game at Stifel Field House in Wheeling.

Fort Frye Girls Use 19-4 Run In 3rd to Take Down Linsly

WHEELING — Whether it be boys’ basketball or girls, Fort Frye coach Dan Liedtke has always prided himself on having patient teams that can handle the basketball. Thursday night his latest edition of the Lady Cadets proved they may be young with three freshmen in the starting lineup, but ...

Buckeye Local’s Alaire Destifanes goes to the basket against Beaver Local during their game Thursday.

Defense Powers Buckeye Local Panthers Past Beaver Local

CONNORVILLE — Defense has been a focal point since the preseason for the Buckeye Local Panthers. Since switching to a 2-1-2 zone, Coach Tom Figurski has liked what he’s seen. That includes Thursday night’s performance against Beaver Local in which Buckeye held the Beavers to a ...

Bowman’s Big Night Lifts Brooke Bruins Against Oak Glen

By ANDREW GRIMM For The Intelligencer NEW MANCHESTER — The Brooke girls’ basketball team had what Coach Ryan Scherich thought was a sloppy game Thursday at Oak Glen and needed someone to step up. That someone, as it usually is for the Bruins (9-2), was Hope Bowman, who dominated with ...

Bellaire Finds Way Past Porter, Union Local

MORRISTOWN — Good teams are always looking for that next big challenge. Bellaire’s girls’ basketball team is no different. And Thursday night, the Big Reds faced one in Union Local senior Haley Porter. The Jets senior point guard entered the Buckeye 8 contest averaging nearly 23 ...

Creek Rolls Past Big Red

WINTERSVILLE — Kylie Kiger and Haylie Scott combined for 27 points Thursday as Indian Creek, the OVAC Class 5A leader, rolled to a 41-29 victory over Steubenville. Kiger, a smooth shooting freshman, paced the Redskins (10-1) with a game-high 15 points. Scott, a junior, knocked down a career ...

John Marshall’s Shay Straughn, right, lifts up a shot as Wheeling Park’s Brionna Gray (3) defends during the first quarter Wednesday in Moundsville.

Wheeling Park Rocks Rival John Marshall

MOUNDSVILLE — Wednesday night against John Marshall, Wheeling Park’s pressure defense was working and the shots were falling on the offensive side. And even when they weren’t, it seemed like there was always someone in a blue jersey to grab the rebound for second and third ...

Steubenville’s Michael Gray, left wrestles Wheeling Park’s Daniel Skelton during Wednesday’s dual match.

Big Red Scores A Pin of Patriots

WHEELING — With two of the premier powers in the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference, the Wheeling Park and Steubenville teams lived up to the hype during a dual match at The Palace on the Hill on Wednesday night. With the score tied 33-33, it came down to the final match of the night as ...

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Cameron’s Travis Mickey, right, brings the ball up the court against the defense of Linsly’s Jimmy Zecca during their game Tuesday in Wheeling.

Cameron ‘D’ Stifles Linsly

WHEELING — Cameron held a 35-32 halftime lead over homestanding Linsly on Tuesday night. Dragons coach Tom Hart wasn’t satisfied, however. Hart stressed during his intermission talk to his well-drilled charges to lock down on the Cadets defensively in the second half. The Dragons listened ...

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John Marshall’s Devin Norris drives the baseline during Tuesday’s victory against Barnesville.

JM Leads From Start to Finish

BARNESVILLE — John Marshall didn’t waste any time taking it right to Barnesville on Tuesday night. Behind the 1-2 punch of Gunner Thompson and Bryce Yoho, the Monarchs led wire-to-wire in posting a convincing 79-62 triumph on the Shamrocks’ home boards. “We just improved inside ...

Jets Rally To Win

MORRISTOWN — Harrison Central came out scorching Tuesday evening inside the ‘The Hangar.’ The Huskies knocked down eight of their first 10 shots from the floor and held a 25-16 lead at the first stoppage. There was absolutely not one ounce of panic from Union Local. After all, the ...

Bowman Sparks No. 7 Brooke Past University

WELLSBURG — Struggling to get the ball inside to 6-foot-3 junior Hope Bowman for much of the first half, West Virginia-ranked Brooke found itself in an 11-point second-quarter hole against upset-minded University. But things all changed for the better with one off-balanced, banked-in ...