Top Sports

Park’s Stakem to Catch Passes at UC

Wheeling Park prolific wide receiver Jack Stakem recently signed his letter of intent to continue his academic and athletic careers at the University of Charleston. Stakem was a three-year starter and letterwinner for the Patriots. For his career, he had 104 catches for 1,496 yards and 18 ...

Central’s Mills Chooses West Liberty

Wheeling Central standout lineman Dom Mills recently signed his letter of intent to continue his academic and athletic careers at West Liberty University. Mills played a big part this season in helping pave the way for a dominant rushing attack as the Maroon Knights captured the Class A state ...

Defense Keys Beallsville To OVAC 1A Title

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The old saying is “defense wins championships.” That was true for Beallsville during Saturday’s Wheeling Hospital OVAC Girls Basketball Championships at Ohio University-Eastern. Beallsville held Madonna to one of its lowest outputs of the season, defeating the Blue ...

JM No Match For University

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — When John Marshall and University last met, the Hawks dominated the entire game on their way to a 32-point victory. After the first quarter of Saturday’s OVAC Class 5A championship at Ohio University-Eastern, it looked like this one was going to be much tighter. Then the ...

River Claims 2A Championship

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — River is not short on confidence. When a roster is loaded with seniors and experience, there’s no need to hit any type of panic buttons at any point. And that includes when the Pilots were down 11 early in the fourth quarter to top-seeded Shadyside on Saturday evening ...

Texas Takes Down WVU, 75-53

MORGANTOWN — Texas proved Saturday night that they may be heating up at the right time. Courtney Ramey tied a career-high with 19 points as the Longhorns beat West Virginia 75-53. Texas (14-10, 6-5 Big 12) dominated just about every facet of the game to pick up its third win in the last ...

St. John’s Scripted Rich Athletic Tradition

BELLAIRE — Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 may not mean much to many people, but it will be a date not soon forgotten by thousands in the Fighting Irish Nation. That is the day when the Diocese of Steubenville announced its intentions to pull the plug on St. John Central. The high school, established ...

Bellaire Holds Off Fort Frye

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — After two years of knocking on the door to an OVAC championship, Bellaire finally broke it down Saturday morning. The Big Reds — semifinalists two years ago and finalists last season — held off a furious fourth-quarter rally by Fort Frye in claiming a 36-34 victory in ...

Red Devils Edged By Beavers

By SETH STASKEY For the News-Register ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Beaver Local went into the locker room staring up at a 11-point deficit during the Class 4A Wheeling Hospital OVAC Girls Basketball Championship Game. There were absolutely no panic buttons hit. “We were a bit nervous,” Beaver ...

Ripley Rallies Past Park, 48-43

WHEELING — Wheeling Park coach Michael Jebbia and his Patriots were left in disbelief following Saturday’s game at the Palace on the Hill. Park saw a 16-0 lead go-by-the-wayside as Ripley roared back to steal a 48-43 upset win over the Patriots. “To jump out 16-0 and then allow them ...

Nailers Defeat Railers, 5-1

WORCESTER, Ma. — The Wheeling Nailers had a dominant third period to put an end to their seven-game winless streak, as they scored four unanswered goals to knock off the Worcester Railers, 5-1, at DCU Center. Michael Phillips led the way with two goals and an assist, while Jordan Ruby stood ...

PREP AND COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Maroon Knights Make Statement

CLARKSBURG — A 25-8 third quarter was the difference on Saturday as Wheeling Central raced by Notre Dame, 74-55. J.C. Maxwell paved the way for the Maroon Knights (14-4) with 21 points. Clayton Abate and Ryan Reasbeck each tallied 14 and Anthony Robbins cashed in with 12 points. Gabe Zummo ...

Penguins Fall to Lightning

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tyler Johnson had a key goal and a tussle with Sidney Crosby, too. Johnson and J.T. Miller scored third-period goals as the Tampa Bay Lightning stopped a rare two-game skid with a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night. After Johnson got his first ...

OKC Rallies to Beat Houston

HOUSTON (AP) — Paul George scored 45 points, Russell Westbrook matched the NBA record with his ninth straight triple-double and the Oklahoma City Thunder overcame a 26-point deficit to beat the Houston Rockets 117-112 on Saturday night. Westbrook had 21 points, 11 assists and 12 rebounds to ...

Babiczuk’s Career-High Keys John Marshall Past St. Clairsville

MOUNDSVILLE — With big men Bryce Yoho and Mickey Reilly sitting beside him in foul trouble for large chunks of the game, John Marshall boys’ basketball coach Chad Clutter needed someone to eat up minutes Friday night. Enter Izac Babiczuk. A junior who generally sees most of his time on ...

Raiders Girls Earn a 3-Peat

WHEELING — The future of Wheeling Park girls’ basketball is in good hands. Soon-to-be Patriots clashed on the court in Thursday’s eighth grade PAC-8 Championship as Triadelphia walked away with its third straight title, a 44-25 victory over Wheeling at Warwood Middle School. “This ...

Martins Ferry Cruises Over Barnesville

MARTINS FERRY — Derek Edwards liked what he saw Friday night. And why not? Martins Ferry’s third-year coach watched his Purple Riders perform nearly flawless on Senior Night in pocketing a methodical, 59-42 win over Barnesville before a nice-sized crowd at Tolbert Gymnasium. The ...

Braden Ready For Second Full ARCA Racing Series Season

WHEELING — When asked what he learned during his first full season on the ARCA Racing Series, Wheeling native Travis Braden didn’t know where to start. “A lot. The cars. The tracks. Knowing how to make my image more visible ... everything,” he said Friday afternoon via telephone. ...