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Mountaineers Welcome 18 New Recruits to Team

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia football coach Dana Holgorsen took time away from preparing the Camping World Bowl to announce the Mountaineers’ newest crop of recruits Wednesday at the Puskar Center. “I heard something about (Wednesday) being Signing Day,” Holgorsen said with a laugh. ...

Ferry Holds Off Linsly, 66-59

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WHEELING — Martins Ferry used nice offensive balance to turn back a spirited effort from Linsly on Wednesday night, escaping with a hard-earned 66-59 triumph. The Purple Riders placed four players in double digits while another added nine points in improving to 4-1. Ferry returns to action ...

Patriots Get Rare Hockey Win Against Central

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WHEELING—Wheeling Park hockey coach Grant VanLaar crossed a significant accomplishment off of his coaching checklist on Wednesday night. For the first time in his three years at the helm of Park, his squad finally skated to victory over rival Wheeling Central by a 5-3 count at WesBanco ...

Pilant, Winters Dominate Inside to Lead Magnolia

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NEW MARTINSVILLE — Magnolia girls’ basketball coach Meredith Pilant has been wondering when her two standout inside players — junior Kyndra Pilant and sophomore Mady Winters — were going to put solid games together at the time. Tuesday night she got her answer, and it could not have ...

Knights Tame Tigers, 74-61

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SHADYSIDE — Shadyside’s Ed Andes has coached against Wheeling Central enough times that he knows in order to keep the Maroon Knights in check, it’s imperative to make the most of every possession — on both ends. The Tigers did that for 16 minutes of their boys’ high school ...

Rebounds Key to Steubenville Win Vs. JM

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STEUBENVILLE — Winning the battle for boards makes a big difference, and Tuesday night the Steubenville boys basketball team won it in a big way. Big Red finished with a wide advantage off the glass and used it to stay perfect on the season at 5-0 with a 72-44 win inside the Crimson Center ...

Cardinals Earn First Victory

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WHEELING — Christmas came a week early for John Peckinpaugh. The first-year Wheeling Jesuit University head men’s basketball coach pocketed his initial win at the Cardinals helm, a convincing 90-56 decision over Penn State Shenango at the McDonough Center Tuesday night. “I wish we ...

SV’s Nester Earns Stydahar Award

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HUNTINGTON — Spring Valley offensive lineman Doug Nester is not a guy who is big on words. However, Nester’s actions in 2018 were every bit as big as his 6-foot-7, 315-pound frame. On both sides of the football, Nester was the sizable force in the trenches that helped propel the ...

Mitchell Goes for 43 As Harrison Bests UL

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MORRISTOWN — Justin Clifford has never been the type of basketball coach who’s hesitant to raise his voice if the situation warrants. Just before his Harrison Central Huskies tipped off against homestanding Union Local on Tuesday, Clifford had one of those situations as he observed his ...

Shawn Rine’s NFL Picks for Week 16

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WHEELING — Nobody should be surprised by the result of last Sunday’s New England-Pittsburgh game. Sure, the Patriots have had the Steelers’ number and for that reason alone maybe the outcome raised a few eyebrows. However, anyone who has followed the Steelers recently knows this act all ...

Most Recruits Choosing to Sign Early

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College football fans used to treat the first Wednesday of February like a virtual national holiday. Now that recruiting ritual and all the madness surrounding it has shifted to December. Most schools are signing nearly all their incoming recruits the week before Christmas. The arrival of ...

Chargers Lead With Seven Pro Bowlers

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NEW YORK (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers placed seven players in the Pro Bowl, including safety Derwin James, one of six rookies across the league to make the game. James, a first-round draft choice, will be joined on the AFC squad by veteran quarterback Philip Rivers, wide receiver Keenan ...

JM’s Harr Heading to Wesleyan

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John Marshall High School senior Emily Harr recently signed her letter of intent to attend West Virginia Wesleyan to become a member of the Bobcats volleyball team. During her senior year at JM, Harr racked up 363 kills, 365 digs, 168 service points and 29 aces. She earned a spot on the OVAC ...

Cavaliers Edge Pacers

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Larry Nance Jr.’s buzzer-beating tip-in for Cleveland snapped Indiana’s seven-game winning streak, 92-91. Nance finished with 15 points and a career-high 16 rebounds in the Cavaliers’ third road win of the season. Rodney Hood scored 17 to lead Cleveland ...

St. C. Girls Hold Off Hard-Charging Jets

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Finding a way to win close games is a good sign of athletic maturation. In the early portion of the season, thus far, St. Clairsville coach Stacey Agnew has seen his team find a way to win a couple of nip-and-tuck games already. The Red Devils added another to the list ...

Flannery Drops 30 In River Win

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MARTINS FERRY — Lauren Flannery poured in 30 points and Riley Lollathin came up big in the fourth quarter Monday night and River pulled away for a 57-47 girls’ high school basketball triumph against Martins Ferry inside the Tolbert Gymnasium. The Pilots (5-2) seemed to be in control after ...

Crusaders Cruise by Weir

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STEUBENVILLE — Steubenville Catholic Central kicked off a busy week by earning a 63-49 girls basketball victory over Weir on Monday inside the Mickey Barber Gymnasium, Seniors Julia Zatta and Christine Dombrowski, along with junior Bella Oliver, accounted for 56 points. Zatta paced the ...