High School Sports

Kaitlyn Ferns looks for 
someone to pass to along the baseline as River’s Carson Renolds defends Saturday in Wheeling.

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Josh Strope

Duplaga, Wheeling Central Too Much for River

WHEELING — The Wheeling Central girls’ basketball juggernaut rolled over another quality opponent Saturday afternoon on Skip Prosser Court, and did so with one of its key cogs in street clothes. The Maroon Knights didn’t skip a beat with Eden Gainer sidelined due to a shoulder injury. ...

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Mookie Collier (3) of Bluefield was named the winner of the Kennedy Award, given to the state’s top high school football player.

Bluefield’s Collier Wins Kennedy Award

BLUEFIELD — Before the 2017 high school football season kicked off, Bluefield Beavers coach Fred Simon sat down with his star running back, Latrell “Mookie” Collier, and the two had what Collier described as a heart-to-heart conversation. The conversation was prompted after the Beavers ...

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Toronto’s Trillion West, right, tries to get around the defense of Union Local’s Cody Ray (44) during Saturday’s game at OUE.

Ray, Kildow Lead Union Local Past Toronto

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — It was “The Cody Ray-Ty Kildow Show” on Saturday afternoon at OUE. Ray scored a game-high 20 points and Kildow dropped in 16 as Union Local raced past Toronto, 60-48, in the second game of the Buckeye 8 Challenge inside the college’s Physical Education and Recreation ...

Marshall’s Justin Frohnapfel (31) looks for 
someone to pass to as Brooke’s Michael Spitak defends during Friday’s game in Moundsville.

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Cody Tomer

Brooke Scores Final 11 Points to Stun JM

MOUNDSVILLE — Brooke coach Cameron Koehler received an early Christmas present Friday night. The second-year Bruins basketball boss saw his improving charges run off the game’s final 11 points to escape the Moundsville Fieldhouse with a 38-33 win over John Marshall. Brooke is 3-3 on the ...

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Cameron’s Aidan Lucey (12) dribbles up court Friday night as Bridgeport’s C.J. Justice defends during their game on Frank Baxter Court. The Dragons moved to 5-1 with a 77-56 victory.

Dragons Move to 5-1

WOLFHURST — Cameron overcame a sluggish first quarter and the loss of one of its top scorers Friday night and thumped Bridgeport, 77-56, in a boys’ high school tussle inside the John J. Havlicek Gymnasium. The mood was festive for the home folks in the early going surrounding Frank Baxter ...

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Wheeling Park’s Jack Stakem eyes the basket as Steubenville’s Dajuan Jones defends Friday at the Crimson Center in Steubenville.

Patriots Hammer Big Red

STEUBENVILLE—Wheeling Park’s band of young guns were just too much for Steubenville to handle Friday inside the Crimson Center. Three underclassmen reached double figures as the Patriots, who didn’t have a senior in uniform, rolled to a 72-50 victory. Alex Vargo, Park’s talented ...

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Weir’s Thomas Buffington (50) looks to go up strong as Steubenville Catholic’s Geno DiBiase defends Friday in Weirton.

Steub. Catholic Rallies to Stun Weir, 58-56

WEIRTON — The Steubenville Catholic Crusaders trailed from the start and didn’t get a lead until there was 7.5 seconds left, but Coach Chris Tarquinio’s club found a way to earn a comeback 58-56 victory over the Weir Red Riders Friday night on the road. “CCHS stands for courage, ...

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Wheeling Central’s Adam Murray (6) became the first sophomore to be named the winner of the Huff Award, given to the state’s top defensive player.

Central’s Murray Wins Huff Award

WHEELING — Mike Young remembers it like it was yesterday. It happened during Wheeling Central’s football heyday, when state championship trophies were piling up faster than used athletic tape. If you look at the old photos after the Maroon Knights captured either the 2010 or 2011 title ...

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St. Clairsville’s Katie Bradshaw (23) drives against Harrison Central’s Abby Dowdle (15) during Thursday night’s Buckeye 8 contest in Cadiz.

Huskies Rally Past Red Devils

CADIZ — Nick Yourkovich was looking for a team effort from his squad Thursday night. He got it, especially down the stretch. Harrison Central scored 10 of the final 11 points to rally past St. Clairsville, 39-35, and snap a five-game skid. “We needed this one,” Yourkovich smiled ...

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Union Local’s Sutherland Butler looks to get around the defense of Buckeye Local’s Carrie Dill.

Big Second Half Lifts Panthers

MORRISTOWN—Historically, Buckeye Local never plays well at Union Local. On the flip side, the Jets are usually tough to beat on their home hardwood. However, both trends changed Thursday night inside ‘The Hangar’ as the visiting Panthers (5-2) overcame a sluggish first half to rally ...

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Steubenville’s Makayla Crownover is being defended by Oak Glen’s Liz Orenzuk during Thursday’s game at Oak Glen.

Fields Goes for 25 and 13 in Big Red Victory

NEW MANCHESTER — Steubenville senior Madison Fields admits she is not off to the best start this season after an impressive freshman campaign. During the past week or two, the forward that she and head coach Jeff Lombardo expected is making her return, and it all starts at practice where ...

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Wheeling Park quarterback Cross Wilkinson signed his letter of intent to continue his academic and athletic careers at the University of Toledo. Wilkinson is flanked by his mother, Debbie, and father, Jeff. Back row, from left, is brother, Cole; Wheeling Park football coach Chris Daugherty and athletics director Dwaine Rodgers.

Wheeling Park’s Cross Wilkinson Lifts Off to Toledo

WHEELING — Several years of hard work and two of full-on recruitment came to an end Wednesday at Wheeling Park High School’s Performing Arts Center. That’s where Patriots quarterback Cross Wilkinson signed on the dotted line to lift off and continue his academic and athletic careers at ...

Marshall’s Anna Blake (20) drives to the basket as Weir’s Taylor Webster defends Wednesday in Moundsville.

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Josh Strope

John Marshall Halts Losing Skid

MOUNDSVILLE — Looking for its first win of the season, Coach Brock Melko’s John Marshall girls’ basketball team turned up the defense and kept its composure during a couple of Weir runs Wednesday night. In the end that was exactly what it took to snap a five-game season opening losing ...

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John Marshall’s Justin Frohnapfel (31) is guarded by Steubenville’s James Roundtree (15) and Kevin Bishop during Tuesday’s game in Moundsville. Big Red won, 68-49.

Steubenville Big Red’s Pressure Leads to Victory Against John Marshall

MOUNDSVILLE — There is no secret when it comes to Steubenville Big Red basketball. Coach Mike Haney’s charges will bring relentless defensive pressure and loads of athleticism. It is a formula that has proven quite successful over Haney’s 10 years at the Steubenville helm. A solid ...

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Wheeling Park’s Alex Dunlevy, right, looks for someone to pass to against the defense of University’s Ethan Ridgeway.

University Rallies Past Wheeling Park, 63-52

WHEELING — Finally surging into the lead at 52-50 early in the fourth quarter, No. 2-ranked University brought the ball out and appeared to be comfortable dribbling out the remainder of the clock. In reality, the Hawks were trying to take Wheeling Park’s legs. Sophomore Kaden Metheny ...

Central’s Brent Price goes up for a dunk in a win over Shadyside on Tuesday night.

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Cody Tomer

Wheeling Central Maroon Knights Rout Shadyside Tigers

WHEELING—Playing aggressive basketball just comes naturally for the Wheeling Central boys’ basketball team. That gift made things much easier for head coach Mel Stephens when a large portion of his squad was late starting the season after a state championship run in football. The ...

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St. Clairsville’s Jayden Starks goes in for a layup during Tuesday’s game against Union Local. The Jets won, 61-56.

Jets Rally to Beat Devils

MORRISTOWN — There’s a cliche that says, ‘it’s not how you start, but how you finish that matters.’ If Union Local coach Zach Delman didn’t believe in it before Tuesday’s game against rival St. Clairsville, he definitely does now. After he watched his Jets come out in the ...

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Magnolia’s Logan Riggs (21) attempts to drive past Monroe Central defender Sydney Yoho during Monday’s game at Magnolia.

Magnolia Gets Past Monroe

NEW MARTINSVILLE—Great rebounding has been a constant this year for the Magnolia girls’ basketball team. The only thing missing in the young season has been the offensive production. The Blue Eagles found that production Monday night as they soared to a 53-39 victory over Monroe ...