High School Sports

LaMotte Named Mr. Mat

WHEELING — A 1965 graduate of Bridgeport High School, Chick LaMotte was a two-time OVAC and Eastern District Champion.  In fact, his senior year as captain of the “Bulldogs,” he reached the Ohio State Wrestling Tournament semi-finals during a time when there were no divisions.  Today, ...

South, Steubenville In Battle for OVAC Crown

WHEELING — Parkersburg South and Steubenville are waging a battle for the overall title as the 64th annual OVAC Ron Mauck Wrestling Tournament heads into the final day of action inside WesBanco Arena. The three-time defending champion Patriots have amassed 165 points in two days, while Big ...

Eagles Edge By Wildcats

NEW MARTINSVILLE — Magnolia coach Dave Tallman can’t figure it out. Sure he has a young team that is going to go through some growing pains, but slow starts have been a bugaboo all season long. That trend continued Friday against Paden City as the Blue Eagles fell behind 12-2 to begin ...

Patriots Rally for Victory Against Park Girls

PARKERSBURG — Devin Hefner exploded for 27 points, including 17 in the second half, and Parkersburg South (13-4) completed a second-half comeback to win 62-56 against Wheeling Park on Friday night inside the Rod Oldham Athletic Center. Freshman Makenna Winans sparked the comeback with three ...

Lewis County Escapes ‘Palace’

WHEELING — The Palace on the Hill is home to growing pains this winter. Youthful Wheeling Park fell victim to a veteran Lewis County squad, 62-54, on Friday night. The underclassmen-laden Patriots are 3-8. Lewis County started fast and closed with authority in making the two-hour trip ...

South Leads After Day 1

WHEELING — The movie “Fast and Furious” had nothing on the Ron Mauck OVAC Wrestling Tournament on Thursday night as the 64th annual event took just one hour and 34 minutes to complete 199 first-round matches inside WesBanco Arena. Of those bouts, 124 ended in pins and 45 of those ...

Magnolia Cruises To Victory

CAMERON — Magnolia girls’ basketball coach Tom Tisher said after Thursday night’s victory against Cameron that his team played its best half of basketball all season in the first half. Cameron coach Roger Cain said his Dragons played their worst half of the campaign during that same ...

Cadets Defeat Dragons

WHEELING — More often than not, the team that is able to respond to the halftime adjustments is the team that walks away with the win. In this case, it was Linsly who adjusted and responded in a big way to run away with a convincing 54-32 victory on Wednesday over the visiting Cameron ...

Big Red Rolls By Monarchs

WHEELING — For the first three minutes of Wednesday night’s game at the John Marshall Fieldhouse, Steubenville coach Mike Haney wasn’t thrilled with his team’s defensive effort. The Monarchs (4-7) gained a 9-7 lead on a Tanner McLaughlin 3-pointer, but the tide was about to change — ...

Bishop Donahue Coaches Speak on ‘Family’

McMECHEN — With Thursday’s announcement from The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston that Bishop Donahue will merge into Wheeling Central next school year, a lot of mixed emotions were to be expected. So much so that two of Bishop Donahue’s coaches had a hard time putting into words what ...

OVAC Wrestling Starts Tonight

WHEELING — Nine defending champions are seeking repeat performances as the 64th annual OVAC Ron Mauck Wrestling Tournament begins its three-day stay inside WesBanco Arena tonight. The Olympic-style opening ceremonies take place at 6, with action on eight mats beginning 30 minutes ...

Bishop Donahue Edges Valley, 49-48

McMECHEN — It definitely wasn’t the way Bishop Donahue boys’ basketball coach Tom Wise drew it up. But as he said postgame, you don’t get style points and certainly not at this time of the season. Senior Taylor Straughn poured in a game-high 29 points including a pair of free ...

Hawks Take Down Park

WHEELING — University brought its unbeaten record to Wheeling Park’s ‘‘Palace’’ on Tuesday night and wasted little time showing why they’re the No. 2-ranked team in West Virginia’s big school class. The Hawks raced to a 13-4 lead after one quarter and cruised to a ...

Scarnecchia Gets 1,000th Point as St. C. Wins

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Basketball games are 32 minutes long, but it was a five-minute stretch to open the second half that decided Tuesday’s game on John Jenkins Court at St. Clairsville High School. After falling behind by one to open the third quarter, the Red Devils caught fire from ...

Linsly Girls Hold Off Crusaders

WHEELING — The Linsly girls’ basketball team could not have started a game any better. As Steubenville Catholic had trouble shooting, the Cadets raced out to a 15-0 lead. The Crusaders, however, did not give in. Being down by as many as 19 points, they brought the game within six. The ...

Koehler, Bruins Win First

NEW MANCHESTER — The Brooke boys’ basketball team won its first game in 11 starts by a 61-49 score against homestanding Oak Glen on Monday night. Getting the monkey of his back felt pretty good to Bruins first-year coach Cam Koehler. “It feels really good,” he ...

Changes Come for Ron Mauck Wrestling Event

By KIM NORTH For The Intelligencer WHEELING — For the first time in the 64 years of the OVAC Ron Mauck Wrestling Tournament, a significant change will take place as fans scan through their respective brackets. Instead of seeding eight individuals in each of the 14 weight ...

Three OVAC Grid Aides Inducted into OVFCA Hall

STEUBENVILLE — Be it at any level, football coaching can be a grind. For grid assistants it also can be a nomadic and an under-the-radar profession. But any head coach worth his weight will tell you they are only as good as their staff. The Ohio Valley Football Coaches Association is ...

Park Girls Capture Penguin Invitational; Boys Finish in Second

PARKERSBURG — A week after coming up two points short of defeating Parkersburg High School during the Patriot Invitational, the Wheeling Park girls swim team flip-turned its way to a top finish Saturday, outpointing Parkersburg by nine to capture the 11-team Penguin ...

Park’s Wilkinson Excels at U.S. Army Combine

WHEELING — Cross Wilkinson ushered in the new year by taking a four-day junket to Texas. It wasn’t a vacation, but a trip that may yield big dividends for Wheeling Park’s stellar quarterback. Wilkinson was an invited guest to the prestigious U.S. Army All-American High School ...