High School Sports

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Oak Glen’s Maggie Kovalcik (5) was named First Team all-state by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.

OG’s Kovalcik, Weir’s Gianni Are 1st Team All-State

Oak Glen junior Maggie Kovalcik put together another successful season in a Golden Bears uniform. Being able to find the back of the net with ease, she finished her third varsity season scoring 34 goals and dishing out 15 assists. Kovalcik also led her team to a 4A OVAC championship with a ...

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Robert Morris Gets Gasvoda

Madonna’s Katie Gasvoda signs her National Letter of Intent to continue her academic and softball careers at Robert Morris University. Gasvoda is flanked by her father, Joe and mother Kristie. Back row is Madonna Principal Jamie Lesho; the Rev. Dennis Shuelkens Jr.; Coach Chris Conti; ...

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Clegg Signs With Ohio State

Toronto standout Nolan Clegg signs his National Letter of Intent to continue his academic and baseball careers at Ohio State University. Clegg is flanked by his brother AJ Clegg, father Aaron Clegg and mother Korey Clegg. Back row is Coach Brian Perkins and athletics director Chelsey Perkins.

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Wheeling Park's Lauren Schultz corals the ball during Sunday's OVAC All Star Game at St. Clairsville, while Monroe Central's Jacquelyn Hayes defends.

Wheeling Park’s Schultz Nets Hat Trick in OVAC All-Star Game Victory

ST. CLAIRSVILLE—Both teams left it all on the field in the final high school soccer match of their careers in the OVAC All-Star Game on Sunday. Wheeling Park senior Lauren Schultz made it a night to remember as she collected a hat trick in the first 14 minutes of the contest and earned the ...

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Linsly's Manuel Suita pushes the ball down the sideline with St. Clairsville's Kyle Hendershot defending during the OVAC All-Star Game on Sunday at St. Clairsville.

W.Va. Squad Drubs Ohio Team in OVAC All-Star Game

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Four years ago, Joe Pepe took over the boys’ soccer coaching job at Brooke. In his first day on the job, he was joined by freshmen Konner Govey and Gage Barnhart. The trio went on to have a remarkable four years with the program and it concluded with a perfect ending ...

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Wheeling Park senior Beighley Ayers signed her National Letter of Intent to continue her track and cross country careers at Division I Eastern Kentucky University. Pictured, from left, are stepmother Carolyn Ayers, father Kevin Ayers, Beighley Ayers, mother Mindy Martin and step father Scott Martin. Standing, from left, are brother Keegan Ayers, Wheeling Park cross country coach Jacob Galik and Athletics Director Dwaine Rodgers.

Park’s Ayers to Run at Eastern Kentucky

WHEELING — If you take a ride around Wheeling or any of its suburbs on a given day, there’s probably a good chance you’ve seen Beighley Ayers on the roads pounding mile after mile. After all, she did step up her workload to some 50 miles a week during her peak. That work ethic, ...

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Weir’s Sebastian Spencer runs the ball during the Red Riders' West Virginia Class AA playoff game.

Red Riders’ Season Comes to an End

BRIDGEPORT — Weir put up a good fight early, but by the fourth quarter Bridgeport were just too much for Tony Filberto’s club to hang with and it fell in the Class AA playoff opener, 35-12. “The score was absolutely not indicative of how this game was played,” Filberto said. “Our ...

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Former Linsly Football Star Now Hall of Famer

CLEVELAND — Being an offensive lineman is a thankless task. Often times the only notoriety coming their way is being targeted for a penalty. O-lineman toil in anonymity. Bryan Fialkowski was an offensive lineman. He plied his trade extremely well, be it at Linsly School or John Carroll ...

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Wheeling Central’s Curtis McGhee III (11) is grabbed by the facemask by Cameron’s Matthew Ritchea (44) during Friday’s playoff game in Cameron.

Wheeling Central Moves On in Playoffs With Victory Against Cameron

CAMERON — Wheeling Central has had its back to the wall for the bulk of the season. So, when Cameron took a 14-12 lead in the third quarter, the Maroon Knights didn’t push any panic buttons. They simply went to work, and took control. Central, the 10th seed, proceeded to score 20 ...

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John Marshall's Nick Coulter (15) carries the ball as Parkersburg's Zion Atkinson (1) tries to bring him down during Friday's Class AAA playoff football game at Stadium Field in Parkersburg.

John Marshall Shows Its Muscle, Overpowers Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — John Marshall coach Rick Goodrich is fond of the saying ‘the most physical team will win. His Monarchs left no doubt Friday night at Stadium Field in a West Virginia Class AAA first-round playoff game. No. 10 John Marshall (8-3) ran for 467 yards and six touchdowns on 85 ...

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Wheeling Park's Jack Stakem is brought down by Capital's Quisean Gray.

Wheeling Park Is No Match For Capital

CHARLESTON — Wheeling Park coach Chris Daugherty knew that in order for his team to advance past Capital, it would need to limit dual threat quarterback Kerry Martin. The task was easier said than done as the talented junior signal caller rushed for 170 yards and a pair of scores, while ...

Steubenville Big Red Edges Mooney

SALEM — Steubenville will play for a fifth consecutive regional championship thanks a second quarter point explosion and a huge final period defensive spot. Steubenville (12-0), the No. 1 seed in Division IV, Region 13, spotted Youngstown Cardinal Mooney a 7-0 lead Friday, then reeled off ...

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River quarterback Lukas Isaly looks to throw during Friday's playoff victory.

River Pilots Cruise To Final

ATHENS — Earlier this week, River coach Mike Flannery described his team as focused, determined and eager to repeat last week’s playoff performance against Harvest Prep. The Pilots wasted little time Friday night in picking up where they left off in their postseason opener, unleashing a ...

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Tyler Consolidated's Peyton Kocher dives for a ball during the state tournament in Charleston on Friday.

Tyler Falls at State Volleyball Tourney

CHARLESTON — Volleyball is a game of emotion, especially in the state tournament. Tyler Consolidated was charged up emotionally to start its Class A state quarterfinal match with Wirt County on Friday. The Silver Knights never trailed in the opening stanza but after winning the first set, ...

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John Marshall senior Kori Blake prepares to defend a serve against Hurricane in the state tournament in Charleston, while teammate Lydia Knutsen (2) looks on.

Season Ends for JM Volleyball Team

CHARLESTON — A dream season came to an end for the John Marshall volleyball team Friday morning. The Monarchs started off slow and were unable to recover as they fell in straight sets to Hurricane, 25-16, 25-16 and 25-23 at the Charleston Civic Center. It is the second year in a row the ...

Madonna Ousted By Sherman, 37-14

WEIRTON — The Tide rolled Friday night inside Jimmy Carey Stadium as No. 9 seed Sherman downed No. 8 Madonna 37-14 to move on in the Class A playoffs in West Virginia. After capturing a 10-8 halftime lead, Sherman coach Michael Showalter decided at the intermission to junk his option ...

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Steubenville senior Jashon Hubbard signed a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday morning inside the Crimson Center to attend Ohio State University on a wrestling scholarship. Pictured, sitting from left, are Jaliyah Hubbard (sister), Jesse Hubbard (father), Jashon, Martina Mayo (mother) and Jasmine (sister). Back row, are Steubenville coach Mike Blackburn, Steubenville athletics director Lynn Meyer and Steubenville principal Ted Gorman.

Steubenville’s Hubbard Signs With Ohio State

STEUBENVILLE — Jashon Hubbard fulfilled a lifetime dream Wednesday morning inside Steubenville High’s Crimson Center when the Big Red senior signed his National Letter of Intent to attend Ohio State University on a wrestling scholarship. “It’s pretty exciting,” Hubbard, who will ...


Big Red Standout Taylor Will Play for Buckeyes

STEUBENVILLE — Alec Taylor was born to be a baseball player. After all, it was in his genes from the beginning as his father, Jamie, and mother, Kristin (Fairclough) were Ohio Valley diamond sport standouts at Edison South before continuing their collegiate careers at Ohio State University ...


Blomquist Headed to West Liberty

St. Clairsville senior Kaden Blomquist signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his academic and baseball careers at West Liberty University. Blomquist is flanked by his parents, David Blomquist and Karin Janiszewski. In back, from left, are Athletic Director Kelly Rine, head baseball ...

Consolidated’s Alexa Johnson delivers a kill during the regional title home game last weekend against Ritchie County.

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Tyler Consolidated Back at States

SISTERSVILLE — At some point or another, every school must face a rebuilding year. Following five straight trips to the state tournament, it looked as if this could be the rebuilding season for the Tyler Consolidated volleyball program after a trio of all-state members from last year’s ...