High School Sports

Tom Rataiczak Yields OVAC Executive Director Duties

There’s a cliche in life that says, ‘leave it better than you found it.’ As it pertains to Tom Rataiczak’s 20-year tenure as the Executive Director and Treasurer of the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference, there’s no argument that he accomplished that. Now, however, it’s time to hand ...

DeCoy To Take Over OVAC’s Reigns on Monday

BELLAIRE — There is a changing of the guard. As of Monday, Dirk DeCoy is the new leader of the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference. He succeeds Tom Rataiczak who scripted a successful two-decade run as the OVAC’s executive secretary. Rataiczak will remain as the conference’s ...

Wheeling Post 1 Celebrates Alumni Day

Wheeling celebrated its annual Alumni Day Saturday afternoon at the I-470 Fields. A total of 22 former Post 1 players were honored before Wheeling’s game against Funkstown. With the score tied at 4-4, the game was called in the top of the fourth because of lightning.

Wheeling Post 1 Falls In Slugfest to Circleville

WHEELING — Jarrod Jones supplied a home run, double, single and four RBI, but Wheeling fell to Circleville in a slugfest early Saturday, 15-13. Post 1 supplied 16 hits, but were in an early hole as Circleville scored 10 runs in the first two innings. James Salvatori (one double, two ...

Let’s Not Make This All About Private Schools

WHEELING — Within the next few weeks, members of the West Virginia Board of Education will make a ruling on whether to pass a trial run of four classes for basketball in the state. The measure has been out for public comment — it must remain that way for at least 30 days — before a ...

St. Clairsville Secures Victory Over Marietta in Legion Play

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Since returning from a trip to Myrtle Beach, Post 159 manager Mike Muklewicz has found his American Legion baseball club improving in almost every facet. The upward trend continued Friday evening as St. Clairsville scored in every inning in crafting a 13-3, five-inning ...

Wheeling Central’s Friendly City Shootout Tips Off Today

The third annual Friendly City Shootout will take place this weekend at Wheeling Jesuit University. The Wheeling Central boys’ basketball team will play host to nine high school teams from West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The action starts at noon today with games running most of the ...

Weirton Post 28 Gets First Win of Season in Victory Over Toronto

WEIRTON — Despite a delay of roughly an hour and an elevated pitch count, Justin Pennybacker did not want to leave the mound. His coach granted his request to stay in the game, and the right-hander put away Weirton Post 10’s first win of the season, 8-5 in come-from-behind fashion over ...

Kicking It With The Junior Patriots

WHEELING — It’s true when they say that sports can bring people together and create a stronger bond. This week was no exception as the Junior Patriots Soccer Camp, which had an estimated 80 campers, wrapped up its third day Wednesday at the Wheeling Park soccer fields. Today will be the ...

St. Clairsville’s Watt Resigns as Boys’ Soccer Coach

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — There comes a time when a coach has to make a tough decision that has absolutely nothing to do with the sport they love. Gary Watt recently came to that point in his career. After 11 seasons of coaching the St. Clairsville boys’ soccer program, Watt has decided to hang ...

Track and CC Coaches Hall of Fame

Shown is the Eastern District Track and CC Coaches Association Hall of Fame Class of 2019. The class includes Tim McCrate, Barnesville; Elizabeth Sommer, accepting for her father, Walter Ashbaugh; Bubba Kapral, St. John Central; Sammy Fausto; Tina Stokes, accepting for her cousin, Vicki ...

News-Register’s 52nd Annual All-Valley Baseball Team

The Captains Eli Petho, Linsly Senior, Pitcher When the spotlight and the pressure was on this year, Linsly coach Jay Cartwright called one name — Eli Petho. Not only did he take the mound in the biggest games for the Cadets but he performed at the highest level. Petho struck out seven to ...

Martins Ferry Aquatic Club Sinks Competition at Own Invitational

MARTINS FERRY — Jarrett Bolinger, Kayla Fogle and Sarah Heilman have been the backbone for coach Nicholas Levi’s squad for some time now. On Saturday, the trio combined to go 15-0 in individual events at the William Grammer Pool as they paced the Martins Ferry Aquatic Club in winning its ...

Wheeling Central Honors Joe Betchel, Jack and Katie Fahey

WHEELING — This year’s Wheeling Central Catholic High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame Brunch will include something new and some very special awards to honor lifelong members of the Maroon Knights’ family. The initial recipients of the Maroon Knights’ Distinguished Service Awards, ...

OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star Football Game Rosters Announced

By SETH STASKEY For the News-Register Andrew Connor and Mike Eddy are at the point now in their preparations for next month’s OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star Football Game that they just simply wait. The respective Ohio and West Virginia head coaches have their staffs in place and their ...

Wheeling Post 1 Takes Two From Mt. Airy

MOUNT AIRY, Md. — Wheeling secured two victories (9-7, 6-3) over Mount Airy in a doubleheader Saturday. Four Post 1 players supplied a multiple-hit game in the opener. Jarrod Jones was solid as he belted two singles, one double and brought home two runs while Trevor Thomas tallied three ...