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Dylan Wood and the Wheeling Park defense will need to play disciplined Friday against the run-heavy attack of Bridgeport.

Wheeling Park Set for Heavyweight Clash

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. — As usual, Wheeling Park’s game at Bridgeport on Friday night will feature a pair of heavyweights with plenty of firepower, a lot of early playoff positioning and what promises to be a hard-fought, close contest. In the previous nine meetings the two schools have each ...

Cameron Opens The Season Vs. Hundred

CAMERON — After rolling through a 10-0 regular season a year ago, Coach Scott Holt and his Cameron football team look to pick up right where they left off with visiting Hundred coming to town for the Dragons’ season-opener Friday night. While Holt’s squad was on a bye last week, Coach ...

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Steubenville’s Caleb Mitchell (22) rumbles down field behind  blocks from Caleb Brown (75) and Alijah Demitras (56).

Steubenville Hits Road to Face Morgantown

STEUBENVILLE — Steubenville’s mission for Week 2 is pretty simple: “play 48 minutes of solid football.” Fresh off a 37-7 victory of Upper St. Clair, Steubenville will travel to Morgantown on Friday for its fourth meeting with the Mohigans. The kick is set for 7 p.m. at Pony Lewis ...

Magnolia, Williamstown Turning Into Major Rivalry

WILLIAMSTOWN—Magnolia and Williamstown is becoming one of the premier rivalries in West Virginia high school football. Dating back to 2009, the series is split with each team securing four wins, including last year’s 34-12 victory by Williamstown. However, the Blue Eagles’ 2-8 squad ...

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Dereck Hess cuts through a hole in the University High defense during their game in Morgantown.

JM Looks to Rebound in Maryland

GLEN DALE — Ultimately the scoreboard tells the final version of the story. But often it doesn’t explain each chapter. John Marshall football coach Rick Goodrich believes that to be true of his team’s 34-8, season-opening loss last week at University. The stats say the Monarchs (0-1) ...

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Wheeling Park’s Phil White (14) goes high for a header above teammates Coleman Meredith (9) and Vincent Bauer on Tuesday against Parkersburg South.

Wheeling Park Boys Shut Out Parkersburg South, 4-0 in Soccer

WHEELING — After a slow start, the Wheeling Park boys’ soccer team was able to take control of the first half as it scored four goals against Parkersburg South and did not allow a shot on goal. The first 40 minutes were enough and the Patriots came away with their first victory of the ...

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Bell Primed for Sophomore Season at A&T

WHEELING — Elijah Bell prides himself more on winning than personal numbers. The Wheeling Park grad, however, has produced a lot of both during his still-evolving football career. The 6-foot-1, 221-pound wide receiver helped lead Park to the Class AAA West Virginia state football crown in ...

Barnesville Sweeps Bellaire in Volleyball

BELLAIRE — As Nikki McEndree watched her team’s Game 3 lead dwindle Tuesday evening, she called timeout to try and stem the tide. The Barnesville head coach’s words were heeded, as the Shamrocks scored five straight points. ‘‘That’s better!’’ McEndree bellowed to her team as ...

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Steubenville Catholic Central linebacker Levi Thompson tackles Wheeling Central’s Bray Price on Friday. The Crusaders defeated the Maroon Knights 35-14.

Steubenville Catholic Central’s Levi Thompson Opening Eyes

WHEELING — At first glance, Steubenville Catholic Central’s 6-4 record last season wasn’t much to write home about. But just by digging a little deeper fans would unveil that the Crusaders won four of their final five last season to enter 2017 with momentum. Still, not many believed ... ...

Wheeling Park Girls Take Down Brooke in Soccer

WELLSBURG — The young Brooke girls’ soccer team faced a stiff test against a veteran squad in Wheeling Park on Monday. The Bruins scored their first goal of the season in the game, but it was not nearly enough as the rival Patriots came away with a 9-1 victory. “We knew it was going ...

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Wheeling Park High School cross country runners, from left, sophomore Isabella DaSaia, senior Allison Holmstrand and Junior Brady Browning, fight for position during the start of the Knight Night Relays at Preston High School late Saturday. The evening event showcased four-person teams from each school running 1.5 miles each on Preston’s course.

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Wheeling Park High School senior Beighley Ayres takes the baton for the anchor leg during the Knight Night Relays held late Saturday at Preston High School. The evening event showcased four-person teams from each school running 1.5 miles each on Preston’s course.

Wheeling Park Cross Country Aims for West Virginia State Meet

WHEELING — In his six years of coaching, Wheeling Park coach Jacob Galik has accomplished something for the Patriots that had not been done since 1998. Last year, Galik took both Wheeling Park boys’ and girls’ cross country teams to the West Virginia Class AAA state meet. In the final ...

Photo by Josh Strope / Wheeling Central’s Kenadee Wayt (4) tries to get around the defense of John Marshall’s Damara Ferguson during prep soccer action Saturday in Glen Dale. The Maroon Knights won, 3-2.

Wheeling Central Hangs on to Beat JM Girls in Glen Dale

GLEN DALE — While a 3-0 lead looks nice to the eyes, sometimes that is the worst lead to have in soccer. Saturday afternoon behind John Marshall High School, Wheeling Central scored the first three goals and appeared on its way to an easy victory. Instead, a game John Marshall squad ...

Beaver Local Girls Travel to Wellsburg, Beat Brooke

WELLSBURG — The Brooke girls’ soccer time had a difficult time containing Beaver Local’s relentless offensive attack Saturday. The Beavers scored a few minutes into the game to put the Bruins back on their heels, and they collected five more goals the rest of the way en route to a 6-0 ...

Photo by Joe Albright / Magnolia’s Hunter Patridge runs past the outstretched arms of a Parkersburg Catholic defender Saturday night.

Magnolia Pounds Parkersburg Catholic

PARKERSBURG — Not only did Magnolia have the perfect start to its game, it had the perfect start to the season. Offensive lineman Jakob Barrows returned the opening kickoff 53 yards for a touchdown and the Blue Eagles scored four touchdowns the first four times they touched the ball in a 48-0 ...

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Wheeling Central’s Curtis McGhee is sandwiched by Steubenville Catholic defenders Dom Argentine (54), Jacob Stoll (77) and Anthony Fallon.

Steubenville Catholic Crusaders Dominate Wheeling Central

WHEELING — Steubenville Catholic Central ran off Bishop Schmitt Field into a throng of supporters and continued sprinting into the visiting locker room. There the Crusaders let out a number of roars, boarded the bus roughly eight minutes later and headed back to Jefferson County. The ...

Marshall’s Nick Coulter and Chas McCool work to stop University’s Clay Bailey on Friday night.

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University Clobbers John Marshall

MORGANTOWN — University opened up the 2017 season in unique fashion on its first possession against John Marshall. On hat looked like it was going to be a three-and-out, quarterback and punter Clay Bailey went with a punt option and saw a wide-open Buddy Leach for a 26-yard gain. That set ...

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Steubenville’s Gino Pierro nearly hauls in a pass against Upper St. Clair on Friday.

Davis, Steubenville Big Red Blast Upper St. Clair Panthers

STEUBENVILLE — Prior to Friday’s season opener with Upper St. Clair, Reno Saccoccia stressed to his Steubenville team that it need to “represent our school with physical play.” Mission accomplished. Senior quarterback Javon Davis passed for three touchdowns and the defense was ...

Indian Creek Opens Strong in Victory Against Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE — Coming into the 2017 football season, it was unclear who was going to emerge as the starting running back for coach Andrew Connor’s Indian Creek Redskins. That question was answered Friday night as sophomore Trevor Fante broke loose for 148 yards and three touchdowns on 30 ...

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River’s Carter Dennis (3) tries to get away from Bellaire’s Quentin Baker and another Big Reds defender during Friday’s game in Hannibal.

River Rallies Past Bellaire

HANNIBAL — The season is new. The playing surface is new. And actually, many of the faces were new. But, in the end, Friday night it was a River veteran that proved to be the difference. Senior quarterback Lukas Isaly and his talented supporting cast found a way and in the end that was ...

Symmes Valley Is Too Much for Paden City

By TRACY WATSON For The Intelligencer PADEN CITY — After covering more than 130 miles on a three-hour trip from Willow Wood, Ohio, Symmes Valley hit the ground running Friday night, and quickly took control against homestanding Paden City. Senior Derik Brace rolled up 70 of his team’s ...