High School Sports

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Colby Brown and Cameron look to avenge last season’s first-round playoff loss.

Cameron To Welcome Wheeling Central

CAMERON — Scott Holt knows the tradition of Wheeling Central’s football team. After all, the Cameron coach not only graduated and played football there, he has also been on the coaching staff. That kind of tradition is exactly what Holt and his staff are trying to bring to the Dragons’ ...

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Capital Is No Stranger to Park

CHARLESTON — As much as Wheeling Park and Capital have met in the playoffs in recent years, you can almost call it an annual event. For the third time in the past four seasons, the Cougars and the Patriots will face off in the West Virginia Class AAA playoffs Friday night. Kickoff is ...

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Nick Coulter and the John Marshall Monarchs head to Parkersburg on Friday for the school’s first playoff game in 10 years.

John Marshall Makes Return to the Playoffs

PARKERSBURG — John Marshall’s last trip to the West Virginia Class AAA playoffs in 2007 resulted in an early first-round exit, thanks to a 35-0 setback to eventual state champion Parkersburg. Friday night Coach Rick Goodrich’s current group of Monarchs (7-3) will try to avoid a similar ...

Big Red Set To Battle Mooney

SALEM — For Steubenville to reach a fifth consecutive regional championship game, it must first deal with playoff nemesis Youngstown Cardinal Mooney. The tradition-rich programs will square off in the Division IV, Region 13 semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Friday inside Reilly Stadium. Big Red ...

River Set for Another Test in Sciotoville East

ATHENS — Togetherness. Trust. Toughness. Those three words are a triumvirate Mike Flannery has great faith in. “Our kids have that,” Flannery said this week as his River High School football team prepared for its regional semifinal test against Sciotoville East. The Pilots and ...

Blue Dons Draw Sherman in First Round

WEIRTON — The last time the Madonna football team had a winning record and made the playoffs was in 2013 when it finished unbeaten and won its second state championship. Now, the Blue Dons (8-2) have fashioned an unexpected complete turnaround, and the Madonna community is excited. With a ...

Weir Back As The Underdog

WEIRTON — Finishing the high school football regular season in the bottom half of the top 16 automatically makes a team the underdog. Going on the road to play at a team that is 9-1 with its lone loss by four points makes it not only an underdog role for Weir this week, but also a hefty ...

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John Marshall’s Maddy Mayle was named the OVAC Class 5A and TRAC Player of the Year.

John Marshall Confident For Tourney

MOUNDSVILLE—Confidence at John Marshall is at an all-time high for its volleyball team. The Monarchs are preparing for back-to-back trips to the state tournament in Charleston with hopes of bringing home its first state championship in school history. Last year was an early exit in the ...

Williams To Lead Monarchs

MOUNDSVILLE—The state-bound Monarchs have turned the John Marshall volleyball program into a family during the last two seasons. They have even added to that family in the last two weeks as head coach Chelsea Eikleberry welcomed a baby girl into the world. The Monarchs have had a ...

Shawn Rine 
Staff Writer

Predicting the W.Va. Football Playoffs

WHEELING — The goal back in August was to finish the season in Wheeling. But the reality is, the dream of reaching the Super Six state football championships only remains alive for 48 prep-football playing schools in West Virginia. It’s been a long road, one that will only get tougher ...

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John Marshall coach Rick Goodrich has led the Monarchs back to the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

Plenty of Candidates For Coach of the Year

The playoffs are already a week old in Ohio and are just about to begin in West Virginia. Before you know it, the season will be over. Then it will be time for reflection. Who is all-state? Who is All-Valley? Who will be our Sophomore of the Year? Probably the most talked about award we give ...

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The Ohio Valley Athletic Conference wrestling community welcomed seven new coaches during a press conference Monday night inside WesBanco Arena. They are, from left, Jimmy Malone (Southern Local), Michael Owens (Paden City), Scott Hiemstra (East Liverpool) and Jimmy Benson (Edison). Not pictured are Jamie Lesho (Madonna), Derrick Hesson (Caldwell) and Vic Nery (Crestview).

Michael Owens Building Paden City Wrestling Program From Scratch

WHEELING — If it’s playoff-mode for football teams in Ohio and West Virginia, it can only mean high school wrestling season is just around the corner for the bi-state conference. Monday night inside WesBanco Arena, Ohio Valley Athletic Conference officials hosted the annual preseason OVAC ...

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Goalie Zach Calvert is one of the many bright spots returning to the Wheeling Park soccer team next season.

Future Is Bright For Park Soccer

BECKLEY — I am not used to seeing Wheeling Park soccer play the underdog role. During my previous stint as a sports reporter, the Wheeling Park boys’ soccer team was the gold standard among OVAC teams and one of the top two or three teams in West Virginia each season. The Patriots had ...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 file photo, Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta throws during the first inning of Game 4 of baseball's National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Chicago. Jake Arrieta and Wade Davis were among nine free agents who have received $17.4 million qualifying offers from their teams, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017.  (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Hosmer, Cain, Arrieta Among Nine With $17.4M Offers

NEW YORK — Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, third baseman Mike Moustakas and outfielder Lorenzo Cain were among nine free agents who received $17.4 million qualifying offers from their teams Monday. Chicago Cubs pitchers Jake Arrieta and Wade Davis also received the offers, as ...

As Sponsorship Dollars Dwindle, NASCAR’s Stars Fade

By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Matt Kenseth, a future Hall of Famer, likely has two races left in his life as a famous NASCAR driver. The final seat in the carousel of job options will be filled Wednesday when Stewart-Haas Racing is expected to announce Aric ...

In this Oct. 3, 2017, photo, second-graders learn to ride bikes on the school yard from physical education teacher Terrance Chavis at Seaton Elementary School in Washington. At a time when elementary and high schools are all about getting students ready for college or jobs, physical education teachers are being urged to look beyond graduation, too, to make lifelong movers out of even the least competitive kids. (AP Photo/Maria Danilova)

Move over, dodgeball: Schools pump up phys ed with choices

By CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press You won't find gym class on the schedule in upstate New York's Victor school district. What you will see: kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking, dance, self-defense, archery and in-line skating — all under the heading of physical education. The ...

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The Monarchs’ Grace Frohnapfel avoids defenders for a nice gain against the Dragons.

Fighting for Something Bigger

MOUNDSVILLE — Fans packed the bleachers of Monarch Stadium one final time Sunday for a good cause. The Marshall County Flag Football Association played host to the inaugural Powder Puff Flag Football game between Cameron and John Marshall, along with the varsity and jayvee Marshall County ...

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Wyatt Wingrove and Cameron will welcome Wheeling Central at 7:30 on Friday night.

Six Qualify for W.Va. Postseason

PARKERSBURG — For fans of high school football in the Ohio Valley the season extends one week longer as six West Virginia squads earned berths into the SSAC’s postseason. In Class AAA, No. 11 Wheeling Park (6-4) will be making a school-record seventh straight appearance in the postseason ...

Photo by Josh Strope Wheeling Park’s Chris Romanek, left, moves with the ball as Hurricane’s Reece Moss closes in during the West Virginia Class AAA boys’ soccer championship game Saturday in Beckley.

Wheeling Boys Come Up Just Short in AAA Championship

BECKLEY — For most of the regular season, Wheeling Park’s record sat at .500 or under. A young team was slowly coming along against one of the toughest schedules in the state. Then came a remarkable run through the playoffs that culminated in a berth in Saturday’s West Virginia Class ...

Monarchs Win Regional Title in Wellsburg

WELLSBURG — Although the John Marshall volleyball team went to the state tournament last year, it will have a bigger smile on its face when it returns to Charleston this time around. The Monarchs, coming off a Class AAA Region One, Section One championship Tuesday, will be adding another ...