High School Sports

St. C., SCC And Magnolia Claim Championships

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The dust has finally settled. After three rigorous days of competition, the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference crowned its boys’ champions Saturday afternoon. The Cal Giffin OVAC Track and Field Championships wrapped up its week-long stay at St. Clairsville’s Red Devil ...

Magnolia Girls Shocks Class AA/A Tennis Field

WHEELING — Magnolia coach Jesse Robinson was in tears. Her tennis team celebrated with a big group hug on the same tennis court where not many people were giving it a chance. A tennis team that was dormant four years ago was revived and the Blue Eagles pulled off the stunner of the weekend, ...

Balog Takes Over Football State Champs

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — He was mentored by some of the true legends in the coaching business. Now Ron Balog is poised to take that learning and put it to the test. Balog is a 1987 St. Clairsville graduate. He was coached by two of the OVAC’s most successful coaches in George Strager and Mike ...

Bridgeport Season Ends

BRIDGEPORT — What a difference seven days makes. This time last week Bridgeport was celebrating its first Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Tom Bechtel Class 2A softball championship since 1991. Today, the injury-plagued Bulldogs are packing their bags until next season following a 9-1 loss ...

Handful of Locals Punch State Ticket to State Tennis Tournament

WEST LIBERTY — Another long day of tennis has come to an end. On the second day of the Class AA/A regionals, 13.5 hours, was not enough to finish the tournament, but a handful of local athletes have punched their ticket to Charleston while the Magnolia girls’ sits on top of the team ...

Weir’s Rea Inks With Minnesota

WEIRTON — In the world of wrestling, one match can change the course of a career. That is the case for Weir’s Caleb Rea, who saw his stock and the number of Division I college programs interested rise after he shocked the valley — but not necessarily his coaches — by defeating ...

Wheeling Central’s Stahanczyk to Golf at WJU

Wheeling Central golf standout Chase Stahanczyk recently signed his letter of intent to continue his academic and athletic careers at Wheeling Jesuit. Stahanczyk will major in biology with an emphasis on pre-dental Studies. He is a member of The Callaway Junior Tour, a previous member of the ...

Wheeling Central’s Denard to Join Cardinals

Wheeling Central baseball standout Paul Denard recently signed his letter of intent to continue his academic and athletic careers at Wheeling Jesuit. The senior catcher for the Maroon Knights pans to major in nursing. Denard is flanked by his mother, Paula, and sister, Nena. Back row, from ...

Cooper Hits for Cycle in Creek Win

TORONTO — Indian Creek leadoff hitter Rachel Cooper did more than just set the table for the Redskins as the senior had a day she will never forget. Cooper was a perfect 5-for-5 — including hitting for the cycle — and she produced five RBI, scored four runs and stole a base to lead ...

Eagles Take Down Cats

NEW MARTINSVILLE — After a disappointing start to the postseason Tuesday, Magnolia had its back against the wall. With elimination on the line, the Blue Eagles were promised another day as they tallied 10 hits in a 9-1 victory over Paden City in a West Virginia Class A Region One, Section Two ...

Private Schools are Again Under the Microscope

WHEELING —In what seems like a yearly debate, the private schools in West Virginia are again under fire as athletic representatives from around the state are trying to find a way to make the playing field a little more level. The argument is as old as time when it comes to high school ...

Bennington, Central Bombard Blue Dons

WHEELING — There was a noticeable look of focus in the eye of Wheeling Central ace Riley Bennington as she stepped into the circle before Thursday’s West Virginia Class A Region One Section One game at Ben’s Field. Twenty strikeouts later, the right-hander celebrated with her teammates ...

Let The Title Run Begin

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The field is set. After four rigorous days of qualifying, the 16 competitors in each of the 18 boy’s and girls’ events now know what stands between them and an OVAC championship. The final spots were awarded Thursday as Classes 1A/2A and 4A dodged a few raindrops ...

Monarchs Rally To Claim Sectional Title

GLEN DALE —John Marshall has had Wheeling Park’s number for most of the past two years, including going 3-0 this season. Wednesday’s W.Va. Class AAA Region One, Section One championship had a different feel as Wheeling Park looked ready to snap that losing skid and spoil the ...

Central Shuts Out Valley

WHEELING — Coming off a frustrating loss in the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Class AAA championship game a night earlier, Wheeling Central’s two-time West Virginia Class A state championship softball team turned its sights toward the sectional tournament Wednesday and defense of its ...

Class 3A, 5A Wrap Up Qualifying Rounds

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — When you add up big meet, solid competition and warm weather — as it pertains to track and field — the sum is impressive marks. Such was the case Wednesday afternoon as Class 3A and 5A put the finishing touches on their qualifying rounds at sun-drenched Red Devil ...

Wheeling Park Knocks Off Steubenville, 7-5

WHEELING — Baltimore Orioles legend Earl Weaver once said that the key to winning baseball games is pitching, fundamentals and three-run homers. Wheeling Park provided all three on Tuesday as it rallied for a 7-5 victory over Steubenville at Patriot Field. Big Red held a 3-0 advantage in ...

Weir Advances To Sectional Title Game

WEIRTON — It couldn’t get any closer as two evenly matched softball teams battled it out Wednesday evening on the Weir softball field with the host Red Riders taking a 5-4 walk-off win over East Fairmont in the first game and coming from four runs down in the second for a 6-4 win. The ...

OWGA Holds Spring Banquet

The Oglebay Women’s Golf Association recently held its spring banquet at the Wheeling Park Stone Room. Danny Ackerman, the general manager for Oglebay Golf Resort and Zach May, assistant general manager for Crispin Golf Course were in attendance. Ackerman briefed the 54 ladies on the changes ...

Monarchs Run Win Streak to 21 in a Row

GLEN DALE — John Marshall softball coach Ed West wanted his team to send a message in its West Virginia Class AAA Region One Section One tournament game Tuesday. The Monarchs delivered it loud and clear as the first five hitters of the game all scored en route to an 8-0, mercy-rule victory ...