High School Sports

Nowakowski Surpasses 1,000 Points in Dogs’ Win

WOLFHURST — Since his arrival at Bridgeport, Guy Pagano has been a model of consistency. Friday night was no exception. After being recognized at midcourt with Dylan Nowakowski on ‘Senior Night,’ the 5-foot-8 point guard poured in a game-high 25 points — surpassing the 1,000-point ...

Koehler: A Legend Retiring

WHEELING — Many say that basketball is just a game, but for Wheeling Park scorekeeper and longtime Wheeling Legion manager Chuck Koehler and his family, basketball and baseball are life. Sports have been a family, a bond and a journey for Koehler, whose grandson is the head coach for the ...

Linsly Girls Fly Past Madonna

WHEELING — With injured senior standout Jazzy Orth watching from the bench, Linsly asserted its will on youthful Madonna early in Thursday night’s contest before getting everyone plenty of playing time and cruising to victory. Senior Vivian Allison flirted with a triple-double while ...

Steubenville’s Reeves Signs With Pittsburgh

STEUBENVILLE — Charles Reeves made it official Wednesday with a signature. The Steubenville Big Red senior inked his name as a University of Pittsburgh football recruit and will begin his journey for head coach Pat Narduzzi. “This is a really important day for myself and my ...

JM Clobbers Big Red, 79-57

MOUNDSVILLE — The keys to John Marshall’s success is no secret. The Monarchs are going to go as far as Avery Derrow and Shay Straughn will take them. When they are on, they are a pain to stop and John Marshall is going to be a tough out. Just ask Steubenville. The duo combined for ...

Gainer’s 28 Paces Wheeling Central Girls Over Magnolia

NEW MARTINSVILLE — Wheeling Central’s Eden Gainer may be a freshmen, but you would never know it just by watching her play. Gainer played one of her most complete games of the season Wednesday, scoring a career-high 28 points and playing shutdown defense on Magnolia standout Kelsi ...

Shadyside Wrestling Claims Region 21 Trophy

SHADYSIDE — Champions are born ready to perform. One year after claiming the school’s second Division III Team Dual Regional wrestling championship, Shadyside made it back-to-back titles Wednesday night, and did so in business-like fashion. The Tigers eliminated Crestview 47-36 in the ...

Wheeling Central Wins Key Bout Vs. Bishop Donahue

WHEELING — In what may have been the final meeting between two passionate rivals, Wheeling Central and Bishop Donahue didn’t disappoint Tuesday night. The Maroon Knights and Bishops battled at a fevered pitch before a packed house at Wheeling Jesuit University with Central emerging ...

Ferry Squeaks Past Linsly

WHEELING — With two of the top teams in OVAC Class 3A battling it out, it certainly felt like a championship game. Martins Ferry and Linsly were playing in a game of runs where it came down to the wire. The Purple Riders tied the game with 31 seconds to go on a pair of Darius Ray free ...

Patriots Run Away From Bruins

WHEELING — A crucial third quarter was the deciding factor Tuesday evening as Wheeling Park coach Michael Jebbia made some key halftime adjustments and the Patriots controlled the second half en route to a commanding 68-44 victory over the visiting Brooke Bruins. Wheeling Park (5-9) held ...

Pairings Announced for OVAC Tournament

BELLAIRE — The path to a conference championship is set. The OVAC Basketball Championship Committee met Tuesday morning at the OVAC office to finalize the pairings for next week’s Wheeling Hospital OVAC Girls Basketball Championship. The championship semifinals will be staged ...

John Marshall Earns Much-Needed Win

BARNESVILLE — A slight tweak to the offense was all it took for John Marshall to get back into the win column. The result? A 78-59 Monarchs domination of Barnesville on Tuesday night in boys’ basketball action inside “The Green House” in western Belmont County. John Marshall ...

Bedway, Allison Pace Linsly’s Romp

MCMECHEN — Every player on the Linsly roster scored Monday as it thumped host Bishop Donahue, 69-42, on Tommy “Dino” Smith Memorial Court. Linsly (13-5) was again playing without standout Jazzie Orth, who has been out with an injury, but did not miss a beat due to superb performances ...

Big Reds Sweep Tigers

SHADYSIDE — Teams that go up against Bellaire and its stifling man-to-man pressure must feel like it utilizes seven or eight players at one time, rather than the alotted five. Shadyside got a full dose of that Monday night inside a crowded Tiger Den. The Big Reds got the game to their ...

Magnolia’s Riley Nice Reflects On 100th Career Victory

NEW MARTINSVILLE — Reaching the century mark in the win category is an outstanding accomplishment no matter the sport, but for Magnolia’s Riley Nice, it means much more as a wrestler. Nice, a senior grappler for Eric McKeever’s Blue Eagles reached the amazing milestone at last ...

Skip Prosser Classic a Great Addition to The Valley

WHEELING — There are a lot of great tournaments and events held throughout the sports seasons and it is safe to say we can add the Skip Prosser Classic to that list. There have been a lot of memorable games between Linsly and Wheeling Central and last Thursday’s tilt at the East ...

OHSAA Institutes Pitch Count For Baseball Season

Practices don’t begin for Ohio high school baseball teams for another three weeks, but area coaches are already preparing for how to adapt to new pitching rules. The Ohio High School Athletic Association recently adopted pitch-count standards that will limit hurlers to a maximum of 125 ...

Brooke’s Edgell Dominant Again

WELLSBURG — The Frank Ferguson Brooke Classic could possibly be the fastest growing wrestling tournament in the Ohio Valley. The tournament flourished in the 70s and 80s but took a brief hiatus for a number of years after that and was just recently started back up and re-named after the ...

Maroon Knights Keep On Rolling

NEW MARTINSVILLE — Wheeling Central coach Mel Stephens has been worried about his team’s ability to let off the gas when it gets a big lead. Case in point: Thursday in the Skip Prosser Classic, the Maroon Knights let a 20-point lead slip away before surviving to win in ...

Magnolia Downs Bishop

NEW MARTINSVILLE — Magnolia girls’ basketball coach Tom Tisher knew early on this season that to be successful his team was going to need to learn as a team and come together quickly. After losing their first three games, the Blue Eagles have done just that, rolling off 11 wins in ...