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River Graduate Reaches Coaching Milestone

WHEELING — Forty-eight years is a long time. In prep coaching circles, it is an eternity. But for Bob Bell a near half-century of coaching high school basketball as flown by with no end in sight. The former River High hoops great reached a major milestone recently. Bell collected his ...

Fresh Faces, New Sponsors Give Daytona 500 Throwback Feel

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Among those trying to win the Daytona 500 this year are a Florida watermelon farmer, a short-track champion from New England, a television analyst and a 22-year-old whose career nearly was derailed by a brain tumor. The front row is the youngest in Daytona 500 history ...

Flames Defeat Penguins, 5-4

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A big second period ended up being just enough for the Calgary Flames. Michael Frolik had the first of four second-period goals for Calgary, and the Flames held on to snap a season-long four-game skid with a 5-4 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. Frolik, ...

Nailers Shut Out by Beast

WHEELING — After scoring nine combined goals one night earlier, the Wheeling Nailers and Brampton Beast turned to defense and goaltending on Saturday night. David Vallorani snapped a scoreless draw with a power-play goal in the second period, then Nathan Todd added a late empty netter, as ...

Beavers Build On Buckeye 8 Legacy

MORRISTOWN — Beaver Local’s senior class completed a four-peat Saturday inside ‘The Hangar’ at Union Local High School. The Beavers, despite not having several standouts in their lineup, had eight champions and racked up 338.5 points to continue their stranglehold on the Buckeye 8 ...

Cameron Halted by Trinity

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Trinity Christian captured its second straight OVAC Class 1A title and third in four years with a 59-42 victory against Cameron on Saturday at Ohio University Eastern. If you just looked at the box score, you would think Cameron was no match for the Warriors, ranked No. 7 ...

Meadowbrook Secures 4-Peat

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The four-peat is complete. Meadowbrook used its stingy defense and plenty of timely plays from leaders Davis Black and Johnathan McCall in the fourth quarter to hold off third-seeded St. Clairsville to claim the 4A title, 58-48, Saturday afternoon in the Wheeling Hospital ...

Northbound Juncos?

Every year as the sun rises earlier and sets later, I get antsy. I’m ready for winter to end and spring to begin. So I keep my eyes on the juncos at the feeders. They arrive each fall in late October or early November and stay the winter. Their return north in April is a sure sign that ...

Tatum, Harris, Diallo Win Titles At All-Star Saturday

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Boston’s Jayson Tatum got his gamewinner from midcourt. Oklahoma City’s Hamidou Diallo went over Shaquille O’Neal to help win his trophy. And Brooklyn’s Joe Harris made all the shots at all the right times to deny Golden State’s Stephen Curry a storybook ...

Park Girls, Boys Finish 3rd at State Swim Meet

MORGANTOWN — After winning her first individual state championship Friday in the 50-yard freestyle by .13 seconds, Wheeling Park sophomore swimmer Abby Turner set out to make sure there was no doubt she is West Virginia’s top sprinter. Two events later, in the 100 free, Turner turned on ...

Bellaire Repels Passionate St. John’s Effort

BELLAIRE — It was ushered in by the Harlem Globetrotters way back in the early 1950s. It turned off its lights one final time Friday night fittingly against Guernsey Street-rival Bellaire. The St. John Central High School gymnasium will never play host to basketball again as the school will ...

Linsly Defeats Union Local

WHEELING — Linsly senior Eli Petho came into Friday night’s game against Union Local with zero, 3-point goals this season. It would seem that making your first to cap a game-tying run on senior night would be too good of a story to be true. That actually became a reality inside the ...

Nailers Tame Beast in OT, 5-4

WHEELING — With the regular season quickly winding down every game and every point is of the utmost importance for the Wheeling Nailers. Friday night Coach Mike Bavis’ squad overcame a rough 1:20 of play in the first period to erase a quick two-goal deficit before surviving a late-game ...

Liriano Hopeful for a Turnaround

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Francisco Liriano had a handful of offers during free agency that were basically the same. Teams wanted him to come to spring training on a minor league contract. Realizing he was not getting a major league deal, he returned to the team where he had his best run ...

West Liberty’s Bolon Makes Top 50 List for Francis Award

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. — West Liberty University sophomore guard Dalton Bolon has advanced to the Top 50 Watch List for the Bevo Francis Award, which will be presented at the end of the season to the most outstanding small-college basketball player in America by the Small College Basketball ...

Halak Helps Bruins Blank Ducks, 3-0

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Jaroslav Halak made 30 saves in his fourth shutout of the season, and the Boston Bruins beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-0 on Friday night for their fourth consecutive victory. Noel Acciari and Jake DeBrusk scored for the Bruins, who have earned at least a point in nine ...

PREP ROUNDUP: John Marshall Downs Edison

MOUNDSVILLE — Four John Marshall players scored in double figures as it defeated Edison, 68-61 in an OVAC consolation game Friday night. Mickey Reilly led the way for the Monarch with 21 points while Bryce Yoho was solid with 16. Tyler Sadoski and Adam Miller netted 12 and 10 points, ...

Park Poised For Strong Finish at State

MORGANTOWN — For Wheeling Park High School’s state swimmers, the opening day of the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission High School Swim Championships turned out to be one for the record books. Park’s girls and boys swimmers broke nine school records Thursday during ...

Bob Otten Tourney Expanding in 15th Season

WHEELING — The Bob Otten Tournament is expanding in its 15th year. For the first time in its history, the tournament will include all high school teams in West Virginia. Morgantown and Martinsburg have been added to the list of teams who will be participating this weekend at WesBanco ...

Bolon Nets 1,000 Points

INSTITUTE — Dalton Bolon blew past the 1,000-point milestone with career-highs of 39 points and 9 3-pointers Thursday night as No. 2 West Liberty blasted West Virginia State, 131-100, at the Walker Center. Coach Ben Howlett’s Hilltoppers (20-2, 16-1) hit their first six shots from the ...