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Eight local players represent the first The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register All-Valley Golf Team. Shown, front row, from left, is Wheeling Central’s J.C. Maxwell, Magnolia’s Trey Blain, Brooke’s Ryan Bilby and Barnesville’s Davey Wells. Back row is Madonna’s Howie Peterson, Wheeling Park’s Jacob Nickell, St. Clairsville’s Brendan Vucelich and Harrison Central’s Clint Heavilin.

Peterson, Nickell Headline First All-Valley Golf Team

This season featured some of the best young golfers to come around in the Ohio Valley in a long time. Thanks to the beautiful golf courses in the area, more and more young players are honing their craft at a young age and setting the stage for future generations. For the first time, The ...

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Wheeling Park’s Louis Aulick (right) chases down the ball during the regional match at Brooke. Aulick and the Patriots will play  in the state tournament this Friday in Beckley.

Strong Slate Benefits Wheeling Park Boys

WHEELING—In order to take on a daunting schedule, a team must be equipped with a strong mindset and willing to learn from its mistakes. Wheeling Park coach Mario Julian believed that his team possessed those qualities at the beginning of the season and he was right. The Patriots faced ...

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Clay (3), Trip (15) and Cole (9) Meredith pose for a picture before a game earlier this season.

Meredith Family Has A History With Soccer

WHEELING — It was in 1977 when Donnie and Rick Meredith’s grandfather heard Joe Paterno make the statement “that most of his skilled position players had soccer backgrounds,” which led Paterno to say, “that his sons had played soccer until the ninth grade and then could make the ...

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Union Local’s Ben Howell, front, blocks for teammate Bradan Lucas during Friday’s game with Barnesville.

Jets Ground Game Takes Flight

MORRISTOWN — Bradan Lucas and Ben Howell have co-piloted the Jets to one of the most prominent seasons that Union Local has ever seen. Jets’ coach Bruce Stiles’ squad brought the program its first OVAC (3A) title and will host just its second home playoff game in school history. The ...

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Wheeling Central’s Logan Wells runs the ball while Madonna’s Chayce Lemley goes for a tackle during Saturday night’s game.

Central Clinches Playoff Spot

WEIRTON — For the second week in a row, the Madonna football team struggled on both sides of the ball, fell behind early and couldn’t get much going as Wheeling Central came to rainy Jimmy Carey Stadium and left with a 50-0 victory on Saturday. The 14th-ranked Maroon Knights had their ...

Knights Dominate Up Front

WEIRTON—Madonna running back Donavan Kirby has built quite a reputation this season but the Wheeling Central defense was locked in and kept his explosiveness in check on a rainy Saturday night at Jimmy Carey Stadium. Kirby led the Valley in rushing yards with 2,049 entering Saturday’s ...

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Wheeling Park’s Beighley Ayers runs to a ninth place finish at the West Virginia state cross country meet.

Park’s Ayers Places Ninth at State Meet

ONA — Beighley Ayers has had a storybook career when it comes to running cross country at Wheeling Park. The senior wrote the final chapter as she finished her final race as a Patriot in impressive fashion. Ayers crossed the finish line in ninth place and led the Wheeling Park girls to a ...

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Madonna Grad Primed for Division I Coaching Encore

ALBANY — Joanna Bernabei-McNamee and success are synonymous. Be it as a player or coach, the Weirton Madonna product is a proven winner. Bernabei-McNamee has quickly and impressively climbed the basketball coaching ladder to the Division I level. She took over the reins at the University ...

Ferry Wins Game No. 700, Secures Victory Vs. Bellaire

BELLAIRE — Martins Ferry and Bellaire had played 110 times prior to Saturday’s clash at Nelson Field. Although there have been some really good games in Ohio’s seventh oldest rivalry, veteran Purple Rider coach Dave Bruney said the 111th edition was an instant classic. With rain coming ...

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Linsly’s Joe Zaccirey (33) breaks into the open field as he is pursued by Shadyside’s Connor Banco during their game Friday night at Fleming Field.

Linsly Edges Shadyside to Claim OVAC Crown

SHADYSIDE — It came to no one’s surprise that Friday night’s OVAC Class 2A showdown between Linsly and Shadyside came down to the final play. The Cadets and Tigers staged another classic battle at Fleming Field. And, when the dusted settled or, in this case, when the pigskin hit the turf ...

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Bridgeport quarterback Tino Kusic (10) is brought down by Cameron defender Travis Mickey in Brookside.

Cameron Defeats Bridgeport

BROOKSIDE — Bridgeport wasted no time in going directly down the field and scoring Friday night. It was evidently the wake-up call that Cameron needed. The Dragons proceeded to score the remainder of the game’s points en route to a 52-6 victory, spoiling the Bulldogs’ Senior Night at ...

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Union Local’s Cal Kildow breaks away for yardage Friday night against Barnesville.

Union Local Gets the Milk Bucket, Defeats Barnesville

MORRISTOWN — There’s a lot of celebrating going on in this western Belmont Community. Union Local scored at will in the first half Friday night in claiming rights to the Milk Bucket with a 49-20 pasting of visiting Barnesville (3-7) before a huge crowd on Senior Night at Jets ...

Wheeling Park Holds Off Parkersburg South to Clinch AAA Berth

WHEELING — It wasn’t pretty but when you are fighting just to sneak into the playoffs, you will take a victory any way you can get it. That’s what Wheeling Park coach Chris Daugherty was thinking following Friday night’s 35-28 victory against Parkersburg South at Wheeling Island ...

Tyler Consolidated Throttles Valley

PINE GROVE — Every year, a handful of up and coming underclassmen have a breakthrough season that may be a sign they will be a force to reckon with for the next couple of years. Fortunately for Tyler Consolidated, it has one in Mark Rucker. Rucker, who has already been catching eyes this ...

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Steubenville’s Jacob Bernard (25) looks for a blocker as he takes off during Friday night’s 30-0 victory against University School.

Big Red Rolls To Another 10-0 Mark

STEUBENVILLE — Prior to the 2017 season, Steubenville coach Reno Saccoccia challenged his team to add to the tradition of Big Red football. Mission accomplished. Big Red dominated play on both sides of the ball Friday and blanked University School, 30-0, on Senior Night inside Harding ...

Fort Frye Stymies Steubenville Central

BEVERLY — Steubenville Catholic Central made a long trip south to face Fort Frye on Friday night in a matchup of the forth- and fifth-ranked teams in Ohio Division VI, Region 23 with playoff-like hype coming in. It was all Fort Frye, though, as it rolled to a 49-13 victory in what was the ...

Weir Secures 4th Playoff Spot in Row

WEIRTON — Weir scored on its first possession and then put 17 more points on the board in the second quarter as it rolled to a convincing 40-7 victory against Brooke on Friday night at Jimmy Carey Stadium. It is the 14th Red Riders victory in the series that dates back to 1969 and its first ...

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Quintin Thomas, front, will represent Wheeling Central as he runs in the West Virginia state cross country meet in Ona on Saturday.

Wheeling Central’s Thomas On Fast Track to Ona

WHEELING—Two years ago Wheeling Central’s Quintin Thomas made a decision that has benefited him greatly. The junior speedster walked away from football to focus his skills on cross country and track. The change has paid off tremendously as he is on his way to his second consecutive West ...

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Wheeling Park’s Isabella DiSaia, left, and Beighley Ayers are both projected in the top 10 of the state cross country meet on Saturday at Cabell Midland.

State XC Meet Slated for Saturday

ONA —The long journey of the cross country season has led us to this point. The West Virginia state cross country meet is upon us and champions will be crowned Saturday at Cabell Midland in Ona. The Wheeling Park girls team is heading to the final meet for the second year in a row, while ...

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Weir’s Evan Gilbert controls the ball during Thursday’s game against East Fairmont.

Weir Punches Ticket to Beckley

WEIRTON — The Weir boys’ soccer team is Beckley bound as the Red Riders won the West Viginia Class AA/A Region 1 Final in memorable fashion. After 100 minutes of scoreless soccer, Weir and East Fairmont headed to a shootout to determine the regional champion. The Bees led 2-1 after two ...