Steelers Are Returning to Wheeling Park High School

WHEELING — In what has become a yearly celebration, the Pittsburgh Steelers Basketballers are set to make another trip to the immediate area. The Steelers are scheduled to be at Wheeling Park High School on Friday, May 18.

The event is a major fundraiser for the Ohio County Relay for Life, which raises money for Cancer Research.

There will be several raffles and plenty of goodies available that night, in addition to several basketball games that will culminate with the Steelers taking on a group of local dignitaries. More often that not — and incredibly so — the local team has had more than its fair share of success in the contest. Among the current and former Steelers who have played at the Wheeling Park stop are Antonio Brown, Charlie Batch and Louis Lipps.

Attendance hasn’t been what officials would like. I can personally attest to it being a family oriented, fun evening. If you’re looking for something to do, please join us at The Palace on the Hill.

It’s the OVAC’s Week

This is one of the biggest weeks of the year for the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference as championships continue to be handed out for the 2017-18 school calendar.

Trophies are being handed out this week in boys’ and girls’ tennis, softball and baseball. In other words, get to a court or field of your choosing and enjoy the best of what the OVAC has to offer.

We may not have athletes that get the type of notoriety that some of the other bigger states do, but that doesn’t mean ours put forth any less effort. Plus, the job that these sites do in putting on first-class events is impressive.

Caps-Pens Again

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: the Washington Capitals have visions of winning the franchise’s first Stanley Cup. To get there, they have to go through the Pittsburgh Penguins.

One of the best, but also one-sided rivalries in the NHL, will be renewed tonight in D.C. when the Penguins and Capitals open their Best-of-7 Eastern Conference semifinal series. Pittsburgh has won all but one playoff series between the two franchises, but it won’t be easy.

Making matters worse, is Penguins coach Mike Sullivan has already ruled out Evgeni Malkin and Carl Hagelin for Game 1.

It’s particularly concerning with Malkin, who will sit for the second straight game with what is being termed a lower-body injury. Anyone that saw it happen, however, knows it’s a knee issue.

Nailers News

Just kidding. There is no news to report.

There still hasn’t been a peep from the organization’s brass in terms of why Jeff Christian did not have his contract renewed following a second consecutive season of missing the playoffs. What we do know, is that serious allegations were brought forth concerning Christian’s behavior off the ice.

Since ownership isn’t talking and Christian has blocked my phone number, I guess we’ll have to wait to get answers until the new coach is introduced. That will make for some awkward questioning, but it seems as though that’s the way it’s going to have to be.

Shawn Rine can be reached via email at: srine@theintelligencer.net

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