High School Sports

Wheeling Park’s Sarah Heilman takes part in the 100 backstroke during 
Tuesday’s swim meet at Wheeling Park.




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Cody Tomer

B Teams Come Up Big for Wheeling Park

WHEELING—Every team has its standout athletes but what makes a team successful is the supporting cast. Wheeling Park has proven all season that its relay A teams are among the best in the state, but on Tuesday, it was the B teams that stepped up and lifted the Patriots to victory. The ...

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Meek Retires at Toronto

TORONTO — Toronto football coach Erik Meek was unanimously voted by the school board Dec. 14 to continue being the Red Knights’ man in charge. Everybody Meek is closest to anticipated him returning to the gridiron this year, but he needed more time to contemplate his future. He took a ...

Wheeling Central’s Owen Gainer (12) splits a pair of Mars defenders during their game Saturday at Wheeling Jesuit University.

Central Gives Mars All It Can Handle

WHEELING — When taking on Mars and Notre Dame-bound Robby Carmody, Wheeling Central knew it would take an out-of-this-world performance. And for 31-plus minutes, the Knights delivered it, too. However, a couple of late empty trips and a few costly turnovers proved to be the eventual ...

CRC Has Meaning For Official Giffin

WHEELING — During the course of his 33 years as a basketball official, Donnie Giffin has seen and worked his fair share of big games. Many of them, however, run together when you consider the sheer volume of how many that encompasses. One game that Giffin will certainly never forget ...

John Marshall’s Chas McCool controls the 182-pound championship over Alec Burgess of Petersburg.

Monarchs, Bears Solid at Cameron

CAMERON—Bracketology started early in the Cameron gymnasium Saturday. One-hundred and sixty-nine wrestlers packed into the gym for the Cameron Tournament and three local grapplers made it through their weight bracket to be crowned champions. John Marshall’s Chas McCool (182) and Anthony ...

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Collaros, Hoppel Make Grade for OVAC HOF

BELLAIRE — A pair of former Cincinnati Bearcats football players headline the first group of inductees to the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference’s Hall of Fame Class of 2018. Steubenville graduate Zach Collaros and Beaver Local alumnus Adam Hoppel will formally join the OVAC Hall of Fame, ...

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La Lumiere junior guard Paxson Wojcik looks to make a pass during Friday night’s CRC victory against Imhotep at Wheeling Jesuit University.

Wojcik’s Making A Name at La Lumiere

WHEELING — Paxson Wojcik knew exactly what he was getting into when he made a decision to enroll at La Lumiere. If Wojcik was going to reach the highest level of basketball he could, making a sacrifice to leave his family, friends and home in South Carolina to attend a boarding school was ...

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River’s Lukas Isaly (4) looks to drive around Bridgeport defender Jeremiah Booker during their game Friday night at R.L. Potts Gymnasium.

River Starts Quickly, Gets Best of Bridgeport, 76-49

HANNIBAL — Bridgeport didn’t know what hit it. After dropping in the first bucket of its boys’ high school basketball encounter against River, the Bulldogs watched the Pilots exploded for 14 unanswered points, part of a 20-4 opening salvo that culminated with the home team posting a ...

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Wheeling Central’s Brent Price (3) drives through the middle of a Madonna defense that includes Giovanni Lenhart (1) and Chayce Lemley (2) during their game Thursday night in Wheeling.

Wheeling Central Boys Blast Madonna

WHEELING — Coach Mel Stephens’ West Virginia Class A No. 1-ranked Wheeling Central basketball team has made a living off scoring spurts early in the 2017-18 season. It was more of the same Thursday night as the powerful Maroon Knights used runs of 15-0, 13-0, 8-0 and 9-0 to help overpower ...

Josh Strope

Thinking Spring: Baseball Umps Being Sought

MORRISTOWN — Are you ready for Spring yet? The cold weather has gripped the Ohio Valley and has many already thinking of warm weather and no snow. Sounds like the perfect time to learn about baseball. Veteran baseball official Mike Stephens will be holding a training class for anyone ...

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Wheeling Central Graduate Brings Team To the Cancer Research Classic

WHEELING — Not many of the teams that converge on Wheeling for the annual Cancer Research Classic have their own tour guide during their time in the Ohio Valley. Since it touched down at Pittsburgh International on Thursday, Orlando Christian hasn’t had any need for a GPS. Assistant ...

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Union Local’s Casey Kildow (2) is double-teamed by Harrison Central defenders Aex Wiley and Lexee McAfee on Thursday night.

Haley Porter’s 41 Earns Union Local a Victory Over Harrison Central

MORRISTOWN — Haley Porter is known for her 3-point shooting ability. But, there’s so much more to the Union Local senior’s game. Harrison Central coach Nick Yourkovich can attest because they got an up-close-and-personal look at it Thursday night inside ‘The Hangar’. Despite ...

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Wheeling Park’s Asia Roby races down the court on Wednesday as she looks for an open passing lane in a game against Brooke at The Palace.

Park’s Defense Swarms Brooke

WHEELING—Wheeling Park girls’ coach Ryan Young was a little concerned coming into Wednesday’s game with whether or not his defense would be able to press without two key defenders on the floor. Thirty turnovers later, the Patriots proved they could handle the task with a 61-43 victory ...

Cameron’s Jessop Broughton passes the ball to a teammate while Valley’s Tyler Kocher defends.

Cameron Squashes Valley

CAMERON — Late in the fourth quarter, Cameron’s Dillon Meintel took a pass right outside the 3-point arc and what he saw was every player’s dream: an open lane to the basket. Without hesitation he made a nice juke move, drove past his defender and as his feet left the ground, in one full ...

Union Local’s Elijah Baker, left, tries to get around the defense of Steubenville Catholic’s A.J. Connor on Wednesday.

Jets Get Past Gritty Crusaders

MORRISTOWN — Union Local coach Zach Delman admitted Wednesday that he’s not the best coach in the world when it comes to making substitutions. When he found out that senior Cody Ray and his 15 points per game wouldn’t be available for against Steubenville Central because of a tender ...

Ferry Opens Dual Season With Two Wins

MARTINS FERRY — Debuting Martins Ferry treated the home fans to a pair of dual-meet victories Wednesday night inside Tolbert Gymnasium. The Purple Riders (2-0) rallied to slip past Harrison Central, 33-30, before overcoming Indian Creek, 40-28. Six Purple Riders collected a pair of wins, ...

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Paden City’s Hannah Loy attempts to drive past a Ritchie County defender during Tuesday’s game.

Ritchie County Runs Past Paden City, 61-36

PADEN CITY — After being outscored 23-7 in the second quarter, Paden City saw itself in an 18-point hole going into the locker room at halftime against Ritchie County. The Rebels ended the second quarter on an 8-2 run to take a 34-16 lead at intermission. The Wildcats, however came out in the ...

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Barnesville’s Tate Dowler dribbles up court, while Bridgeport’s Trevonn Ray defends during Tuesday’s contest at Bridgeport High School. Barnesville emerged victorious by a final score of 67-50.

Bulldogs Top Shamrocks

BRIDGEPORT — The third quarter was certainly a point of contention for both Donnie Cash and Matt Johnson. For completely different reasons, however. Bridgeport watched Barnesville take a 26-23 lead into halftime of Tuesday’s game, but Cash wasn’t upset. He simply encouraged his team ...

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Brooke’s Garrett Pauls looks to avoid a Ripley defender during Tuesday’s game.

Brooke Crushes Ripley

WELLSBURG — One of the things Brooke boys basketball coach Cam Koehler has been working with his Bruins to overcome are slow starts. Mission accomplished, at least for one night. The Bruins held visiting Ripley to one point in the first quarter and only eight at halftime, while scoring ...

Cancer Research Classic Tips Off on Friday

WHEELING — The 11th annual Cancer Research Classic is upon us. Almost, anyway. The event tips off Friday afternoon at Wheeling Jesuit University’s McDonough Center with a slate of 10 games in two days. “We believe this is the best lineup we’ve had in the history of the event,” ...