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River’s Lukas Isaly (5) runs the ball against Magnolia on 
Thursday night.

Wagnild, River Run Over Magnolia, 35-21

NEW MARTINSVILLE — When you think of River, you think of “The Lukas Isaly Show.” Thursday night against Magnolia, the Pilots senior had another spectacular performance, but it was much more than him. Drew Wagnild rushed for 224 yards and two touchdowns, freshman Michael Johnston had two ...

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Park’s Wilkinson Invited to Play In Blue-Grey Bowl

WHEELING — Cross Wilkinson thought he had the tough decisions out of the way when he committed to the University of Toledo this summer. As it turns out, he and his family have another tough call coming when the calendar flips to 2018. The Wheeling Park quarterback has been selected to play ...

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Wheeling Park will play at Wheeling Island Stadium for first time this season when it welcomes the undefeated University Hawks.

Wheeling Park Patriots, University Hawks to Invade Wheeling Island

WHEELING — After months of renovation, Wheeling Island Stadium opens back up for football Friday. And what a dandy for its first game. Wheeling Park and University are two of the top teams in West Virginia and this week’s game will go a long way in determining the pecking order in the ...

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Football Picture Is Brightening At Beallsville

BEALLSVILLE — Football wins have been a scarce commodity in recent years at Beallsville. The Blue Devils’ grid program was on the verge of extinction two years ago, with no coach, no schedule and only a handful of grid hopefuls. Enter Larry Deem. When no one else had the courage to lead ...

Bellaire Girls, Ferry Boys Secure Titles

MORRISTOWN — One week ago, the Martins Ferry boys and Bellaire girls were celebrating their respective Buckeye 8 championship. The same teams can now claim the distinction of county champions, too. The Purple Riders and Big Reds fought off stiff challenges to win the Belmont County Cross ...

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Dawson Wear (21) and the Wheeling Central Maroon Knights look to snap their two-game losing skid when they welcome rival Williamstown to Bishop Schmitt Field.

Wheeling Central Still Seeking Victory No. 1

WHEELING — In becoming two of West Virginia’s perennial Class A football powers through the years, both Williamstown and Wheeling Central have prided themselves on playing good fundamental football with few mistakes. However, early in the 2017 campaign, both the Yellowjackets and Maroon ...

Paden City Wildcats Welcome Bridgeport Bulldogs

PADEN CITY—Someone is going to walk out of Berger Field on Friday night with their first win of the season as Paden City welcomes Bridgeport. The Wildcats (0-2) have suffered losses to Symmes Valley and Tygarts Valley early in the campaign and have also been hit by the injury bug, but head ...

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Bellaire’s Thor Duffy has been tough to bring down all season

John Marshall Looks to Rebound, Halt Bellaire’s Momentum

MOUNDSVILLE — Friday night’s battle between Bellaire and John Marshall at Monarch Field will pit one team trying to continue to gain momentum going forward in the season and the other trying to grab it and turn things around. Coach Mark Spigarelli’s Big Reds (2-1) have won two games in a ...

Martins Ferry, St. C. Headed in Different Directions

MARTINS FERRY — Two teams headed in different directions will collide Friday night in Buckeye 8 action at the Dave Bruney Football Complex when Martins Ferry plays host to rival St. Clairsville in a 7 p.m. kickoff. Martins Ferry opened the season with a 47-0 victory over Buckeye Local, but ...

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River will look to try to contain Magnolia’s Brooks Parsons tonight.

River, Magnolia Meet in Thursday Clash

NEW MARTINSVILLE — Every year when they play each other, both Magnolia and River mark this game on their calendars. The Blue Eagles and Pilots open up Week 4 in the Ohio Valley as the cross-river rivals meet at Bill Stewart Memorial stadium tonight with a kickoff time of 7 p.m. In arguably ...

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Madonna’s Howie Peterson putts on the 17th green of Tuesday’s 1A-2A OVAC golf championship.

Madonna Wins Ninth Straight OVAC Title

WHEELING—The Madonna golf team is on a run for the ages. The Blue Dons captured their ninth consecutive OVAC championship on Tuesday at Crispin Golf Course, led by senior Howie Peterson, who collected his third OVAC individual title in a row. Madonna scored 315 points to pick up the ...

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Cambridge’s Ian Smith hits a tee shot during the 4A OVAC Championship.

Cambridge Is 4A Champions

WHEELING — Guernsey County made its presence felt Tuesday at the OVAC Class 4A Golf Championship. Cambridge took home the team crown, while Meadowbrook’s Trey Singleton repeated as medalist under mostly overcast skies at Oglebay Park’s challenging Robert Trent Jones layout. The ...

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Wheeling Park’s Morgan Glass (11) gets behind the defense of John Marshall’s Sammi Richmond (17) during Tuesday’s game at Wheeling Island Stadium.

Wheeling Park Girls Score Early, Often in Win

WHEELING — When you are a team that has state title aspirations like the Wheeling Park girls’ soccer team does, having quality depth can go a long way. Tuesday at Wheeling Island Stadium, the Patriots got a long look at what their reserves — and their future — can do when given the ...

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Harrison Central’s Shelbie Mitchell bumps the ball as Steubenville’s Taylor Williams looks on.

Huskies Take Down Big Red

STEUBENVILLE — Harrison Central was not happy with its performance Monday night at St. Clairsville, a loss in four sets to the Red Devils. The Huskies erased the disappointment of that by coming into Steubenville on Tuesday and sweeping Big Red in impressive fashion. “We played (Monday) ...

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Wheeling Park’s Donnie Evans runs the ball against Brooke earlier this season. Evans had a standout game against Taylor Allderdice with three total touchdowns to help the Patriots improve to 2-1.

Weekend Wrap: Taking Stock After Week 3 in OVAC Football

WHEELING — It’s been said more than once that prep football season around the Ohio Valley is the fastest 10 weeks of the year. Well here we are already, getting set for Week four of the 2017 season. Late Wheeling Park coach Mark Nardone always believed that you judge teams in increments ...

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Angelo Gentile (12) slides as he makes a shot attempt on goal as Union Local goalkeeper Justin Fuhr defends. 
Gentile went on to score in the Maroon Knights 

Wheeling Central Boys Soccer Defeats Union Local, 4-0

WHEELING — Having played four games in six days Wheeling Central’s boys’ soccer team was looking to take command early Monday against Union Local, dictate the tempo and get as many minutes from as many kids as possible. And while things don’t always work as planned, coach Brian ...

Weir Girls Shut Out Steubenville Catholic Central

WEIRTON — The Weir girls soccer team was in control from start to finish Monday night at Jimmy Carey Stadium, using a dominant six-goal first half to pull away and cruise to a 9-0 victory over Steubenville Catholic Central. Julia Gianni led the way for the Red Riders with two goals and three ...

Photo by Cody Tomer / Wheeling Central’s Addyson Thomas delivers a pass during Saturday’s Bishop’s Cup.

Knights Just Short in Cup Final Action

WHEELING—The Bishop’s Cup Soccer Tournament did not result in a championship victory for Wheeling Central on Saturday but the Maroon Knights left Bishop Schmitt Field with a sense of accomplishment. Central (4-3-1) gave Charleston Catholic all it could handle by grabbing the lead early ...

Wheeling Central Falls in Cup Final

WHEELING—A season ago, Charleston Catholic was dethroned as the Bishop’s Cup champions as it fell to Huntington St. Joes. The Irish had won eight consecutive titles before that loss but they hoisted the trophy once again on Saturday, as they overpowered Wheeling Central 8-0 at Bishop ...

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Magnolia’’s Brooks Parsons makes a tackle on Shadyside’s Austin Price Friday night. The Tigers defeated the Blue Eagles 14-13 in double overtime to keep an undefeated record. Magnolia falls to 2-1.

Shadyside Edges Magnolia in 2OT

NEW MARTINSVILLE — In the build-up to Friday night’s Shadyside-Magnolia game the clash was often referred to a small-school showdown. What fans ultimately witnessed at Alumni Field inside Bill Stewart Memorial Stadium was big-boy, old-school football. Pads were cracking violently from the ...