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Pairings Set for OVAC Boys’ Basketball Tourney

BELLAIRE — The brackets are officially set. After one of the most competitive and interesting pre-OVAC portions in the history of the tournament, the dust settled Tuesday evening. The OVAC Basketball Championship committee met Wednesday morning at the OVAC office to finalize the ...

Change Would Benefit Nailers

WHEELING — Time is running out on the Wheeling Nailers. They’re four points out of the fourth and final Central Division playoff spot with 26 games — less than all their counterparts — remaining in the regular season. A combination of injuries and callups have taken a toll as they do ...

Wheeling Jesuit Hires Lewicki as Its Next Baseball Coach

WHEELING — Moundsville native Ryan Lewicki has been tabbed as head coach for the Wheeling Jesuit University baseball team, Athletics Director Rudy Yovich announced Thursday. Lewicki spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach at NCAA Division II Ohio Valley in Vienna. The Fighting ...

WVU Rounds Out Class

MORGANTOWN — Mission complete. Well, almost complete. That was the word as first-year West Virginia University football coach Neal Brown met with reporters Wednesday for National Letter of Intent Signing Day. “Exciting day,” Brown said. “Not your normal signing day like in the past. ...

3-Batter Minimum, Universal DH Among Proposed Changes

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball and its players are discussing bold changes to spark the sport that include a three-batter minimum before a pitching change except at the start of an inning, a single trade deadline set before the All-Star break and expanded rosters. The union renewed its ...

Burkland, Ricci, Mallett to WPHS Hall

WHEELING — Wheeling Park High School will be inducting three new members into the athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday evening. The 2019 Class includes Joey Burkland (soccer, basketball), Mike Ricci (golf) and Distinguished Patriot Honoree John Mallett (basketball). Joey Burkland, a 2003 ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Woodrow Wilson Ends Park’s Winning Streak

INSTITUTE—Wheeling Park saw its seven-game winning streak come to an end on Wednesday with a 51-45 setback to Woodrow Wilson at West Virginia State University. Park (11-3) was led by Alex Vargo’s 19 points while Keondre’ King turned in 13. Cameron 79 Magnolia 47 CAMERON—Dillon ...

Maroon Knights Rally, Quiet Tigers

WHEELING — Wheeling Central trailed Shadyside 13-0 to start Tuesday’s game before Coach Mel Stephens elected to use a timeout. Coming out of the pause in the action, the Maroon Knights finished the first quarter on a 14-2 run and eventually rolled to a 72-53 victory on their home ...

McWhorter Leads Patriots Past Monarchs

WHEELING — During Wheeling Park and John Marshall’s first matchup of the season, the Monarchs were in control for the first three quarters. Although the Patriots secured a win, it took a valiant comeback effort. This time around, Wheeling Park coach Michael Jebbia made a few adjustments ...

Big Effort, Tough Loss for Nailers

WHEELING — Mike Bavis liked just about everything he saw Tuesday night. His Wheeling Nailers played toe-to-toe against what statistically speaking is the best team in the ECHL’s Western Conference, the Cincinnati Cyclones. Down to five defensemen for the final two periods after Aaron ...

Cameron Earns Overtime Road Victory at Madonna

WEIRTON — The Madonna boys’ basketball team has struggled to get into the win column this year, but Tuesday night it was ahead of Cameron for all but about two minutes of regulation play. Then, the Dragons won the battle going down the stretch, sent the game into overtime and walked out ...

Hurricanes Blank Penguins

PITTSBURGH — Curtis McElhinney’s been doing this a long time. More than a decade into his well-traveled NHL career, the Carolina Hurricanes goaltender understands how things tighten up after the All-Star break. His team scrambling for a spot in the postseason for the first time in nearly ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Barnesville Wins First Milk Jug, Seals OVAC Berth

MORRISTOWN—The Milk Jug is heading to Barnesville for the first time in school history following its victory over Union Local. The Shamrocks also clinched a spot in the OVAC Class 3A Tournament next week with a win. Luke Powell paced the Shamrocks with 34 points. Cal Kildow turned in 17 ...

Bengals Introduce Taylor

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals liked Zac Taylor the first time they talked to him, but there was one overriding concern when they discussed offering him their head coaching job. He’s 35 with only a few games as a coordinator on his NFL resume. Would it be too much, too soon, to ...

A Familiar Feeling: Boston Fetes Champion Patriots

BOSTON (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of jubilant fans jammed downtown Boston on Tuesday for a parade celebrating the New England Patriots’ sixth Super Bowl title, clamoring for more with cheers of “We want seven!” and “Next year, right here!” A party atmosphere enveloped the city ...

AAF Kicks Off Without Kickoffs

SAN DIEGO (AP) — When the fledgling Alliance of American Football held four exhibition games recently in San Antonio, something was missing. Kickoffs. “We were all looking around saying, ‘Does anyone miss kickoffs?’ The answer was, no, we did not miss them,” said Mike Pereira, the ...

WLU Wrestler Kemp Ranked No. 6

FAYETTE, Iowa — West Liberty University junior standout Logan Kemp is No. 6 nationally in his weight class and the WLU wrestling team just missed cracking the Top 25 when the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) released its latest set of national rankings. Kemp, a junior ...