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High School Sports

YMCA, Highlands Sports Complex Halt Activities

WHEELING — When West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced Monday that high school winter sports competitions can begin March 3 and practices can begin Feb. 14, those who oversee youth sports programs didn’t know those guidelines would end up affecting them. They found out the next day, ...

River Quiets Barnesville

BARNESVILLE — Suffice to say, River was well aware of the shooting exploits that Barnesville demonstrated during its Wednesday evening victory against Steubenville Catholic. Just 48 hours removed from a game when they knocked down 16, 3-pointers and scored 84 points, the Shamrocks found the ...

Buckeye Local Hires Hoover as New Football Coach

CONNORVILLE — Jim Hoover spent the 2020 football season working as the defensive coordinator for Buckeye Local. He saw, first hand, the progress that the Panthers made when they won three of their final four games. When the head coaching job came open in December after Roger Herbert ...

Union Local Cruises by St. Clairsville

MORRISTOWN — With an undersized St. Clairsville squad coming to town Thursday night, Union Local coach Rob Barr was hoping for his talented inside players to show some physicality and dominate while getting ready for a big matchup with Waynedale on Saturday morning. Unfortunately for ...

Winter and Spring Sports Calendars Updated

WHEELING — The West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission (WVSSAC) announced the starting dates for high school and middle school winter and spring sports on Wednesday. The list is as follows: ∫ Feb. 15: Winter sports practices begin for high school and middle school. ∫ ...

Shadyside Routs Ferry

MARTINS FERRY — The outcome was decided quickly inside the Tolbert Gymnasium at Martins Ferry High School Wednesday evening. Shadyside scored seven points before Martins Ferry got the ball across halfcourt and truly never looked back en route to a convincing 56-23 rout of the Riders. “I ...

Bellaire Edges Harrison Central

BELLAIRE — All wins are big. But, some simply seem bigger than others. For Bellaire, Tuesday night’s 55-53 victory against invading Harrison Central falls into the bigger win category. Seemingly everything that J.R. Battista has talked about at some point this season all came together. ...

Former Harrison Central Coach Justin Kropka Named John Marshall Football Coach

MOUNDSVILLE — Longtime Harrison Central football coach Justin Kropka needed time to refresh and rejuvenate following his 13 seasons at the helm of Harrison Central. Now, after three seasons as an assistant coach at Wheeling University, Kropka is re-energized and ready to take the sidelines ...

W.Va. Winter Sports Practices To Start Feb. 14

By CODY TOMER Sports Writer WHEELING — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced on Monday that high school winter sports (basketball, wrestling and swimming) may return to practice on Feb. 14 and games can begin as soon as March 3. Teams must get 14 practices in before participating in ...

Hornyak’s 86-Point Game Lives On

Editor’s Note: Because of how well received the first 10 installments of the Ohio Valley’s Top 10 games of the last 50 years was received, we’ve decided to give you one more. Though it was played more than 50 years ago, Sunday is the 52nd anniversary of Allan Hornyak’s 86-point ...

Ferry Rides By Bellaire

BELLAIRE — Martins Ferry and Bellaire went toe-to-toe for a quarter-and-a-half Friday night in boys’ high school basketball action, but the visiting Purple Riders closed the first half on a 7-3 run and then outpointed the hosts 17-8 in the third panel for a 74-63 victory inside the ‘House ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Malin, St. Clairsville Take Down Ault, Bellaire, 53-34

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The homesteading St. Clairsville girls basketball team avenged an earlier loss by virtue of a strong four-quarter performance against Bellaire en route to a 53-34 win. The Red Devils were led by Megan Malin’s 23 points. Alexis Thoburn and Shae Brookover went for 12 ...

Ritz, Woods Spark Cardinals

WHEELING — “If (Shanley Woods) drove through Wheeling she would never get a stop light,” Wheeling University women’s coach Mike Llanas said of his freshman guard. “It’s the same thing here in the Bird Cage.” Despite going 0-for-5 from beyond the 3-point line in the first half, ...

St. C. Stays Perfect

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — When the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference announced the cancellation of its Bill Hinegardner Dual Meet Championships due to the global COVID pandemic, it put more emphasis on dual meets themselves as they will determine the three division champions. Wednesday night on John ...

Hall of Fame Brooke High Football Coach ‘Bud’ Billiard dies at 79

For Paul “Bud” Billiard, it didn’t matter. Whether it involved his family, teaching, coaching or even his service to Brooke County, Billiard was always all about the kids. And that dedication to the youth of Brooke County is how he is being remembered by many who knew him well after his ...

Union Local Blasts Huskies

CADIZ — Union Local has shown time and time again this season that offense is a strength. Monday night against Harrison Central, the Jets showed they can play some defense, too. That was proven by the fact that Union Local forced more turnovers (30) than it allowed points in the 73-22 ...

OVAC Ron Mauck Championships Canceled

WHEELING — Due to the recent announcement by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice that delayed the start of the high school winter sports season in the state until March 1, the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference has been forced to cancel one of its ‘jewel’ events. “With this start date for our ...

Indian Creek’s Corey Cottis to Play Baseball at WLU

Indian Creek baseball standout Corey Cottis has signed his letter of intent to continue his academic and athletic carers at West Liberty University. “Corey has come a long way as a player and is very deserving of this opportunity. We were expecting big things from him last season, but with ...

JM’s Zervos Wins W.Va. High School Heisman

MOUNDSVILLE — The West Virginia High School Heisman Award seemed to be made for John Marshall senior Zara Zervos. The honor is awarded yearly to one male and female in each state who demonstrates a solid balance of performance in the classroom, leadership in the community and teamwork in ...

Wheeling Park Defeats Woodrow Wilson For 1995 State Championship

The 1995 West Virginia Class AAA state championship game between Wheeling Park and Woodrow Wilson is still considered one of the best high school basketball games in West Virginia history. And if one wasn’t even at the game, quick research on the game would indicate that it certainly was. ...