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High School Sports

Bolinger to Swim at Wheeling U.

MARTINS FERRY — To say Jarrett Bolinger put forth one of the most decorated swimming careers in Ohio Valley history might still be selling him short. The Martins Ferry senior has a resume that includes three state meet appearances, eight individual OVAC titles, five sectional crowns and ...

Finalists Set for OVAC Coach of the Year

And then there were five. That is all that remains in the quest to be named the 2020 OVAC Coach of the Year, which will be presented Thursday as part of the virtual OVAC Banquet of Champions. The Coach of the Year Award, which has been given annually since 1969, recognizes the fall and ...

Ohio Co. Schools Considering Path Back to Sports

WHEELING — Ohio County Schools took the first step toward the resumption of athletics during Monday's board of education meeting, but many more decisions will need to be made before the Patriot teams begin their three-week, coaching period on July 6. Assistant Superintendent Rick Jones ...

Doug Huff: A National Prep Sports Pioneer

WHEELING — Doug Huff is firmly affixed on the Mount Rushmore of Ohio Valley sports-writing scribes, taking his rightful place alongside Cal Pokas, Bill Van Horne and Nick Bedway. The OVAC and National High School Sports Hall of Famer came to the The Wheeling Intelligencer in 1967 and became ...

Linsly’s Behm to Swim at Allegheny

WHEELING —Alex Behm enjoyed stellar swimming and academic careers at Linsly School. She now hopes to do the same at Allegheny College. Behm was a four-year OVAC qualifier for Hall of Fame Coach Bill Brubaker. This year in the OVAC meet, she placed sixth in the 200 I.M., eighth in the 500 ...

Many Local Hockey Players Named All-State

WHEELING — The West Virginia Hockey League has announced the 2020 all-state team after another memorable season. After earning state runner-up, Linsly was represented by five players. Those Cadets include Niko Ylikitti, Matthew Maroney, Ryan Dembiczak, Zac Taylor and Owen ...

Wheeling Central’s Hannah White Signs With Cleveland State

WHEELING — Four years at Wheeling Central have flown by for senior guard Hannah White, but she has cherished every victory and heartbreaking defeat, while overcoming insurmountable obstacles along the way. Each of those moments helped pave the way as White signed to continue her academic ...

OVAC Postpones Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Another summer sporting staple has fallen victim to COVID-19. The Ohio Valley Athletic Conference recently opted to postpone the induction of its 17th Hall of Fame class one year because of the issues and unknowns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. OVAC Treasurer and Hall of Fame ...

Wheeling Native Stevens Wins Morehouse Award

CHARLESTON — Rich Stevens has been selected the winner of the 2020 Morehouse Award by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association. The award is given for contributions to journalism and named for the late Marshall University sports information director and broadcaster Gene Morehouse, who ...

Bishop Donahue’s Magical Season Recalled 35 Years Later

McMECHEN — The year was 1985. Ronald Reagan was sworn in as president. Villanova shocked Georgetown in the NCAA basketball championship game and the Kansas City Royals defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. It was also the year Bishop Donahue captured the West Virginia ...

Beast of the East Canceled Due to COVID-19

WHEELING — A day after the cancellation of the Ohio Valley’s biggest football event of the summer (Rudy Mumley OVAC All-Star Game), baseball followed suit on Friday as organizers of the Beast of the East Tournament canceled the four-day tournament that was slated to run July 2-5 due to the ...

Rudy Mumley OVAC All-Star Game Canceled

Because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, another staple of the Ohio Valley has summer has been canceled. During Wednesday’s OVAC Executive Board Meeting, which was held via Zoom, the conference formally called off the Rudy Mumley OVAC All-Star Football Game, which was slated for July 25 ...

Schlegel Named Central Girls’ Soccer Coach

WHEELING — The Wheeling Central girls’ soccer team has a new head coach with a resume well-stocked in coaching experience. Charlie Schlegel has been tapped to guide the Maroon Knights’ lady booters, replacing Julie Barack. Schlegel is a Connecticut native but quite familiar with the ...

Bellaire’s Davis Signs To Play at Bluefield

BELLAIRE — When exploring her college options, Katrina Davis wanted to go somewhere that was far enough away from home that she could make some new friends. Well, after much thought, the Bellaire senior found that destination nearly five hours southeast of the All-American Village in ...

Sisinni Officially Named New Weir Football Coach

WEIRTON — Frank Sisinni always wanted to be a high school head football coach ever since his father coached him in Pee Wee football. And, Sisinni could not have asked for a better situation at a better time in a better place. He was officially hired as the new Weir High football coach with ...

Ohio County Schools Wins Denny Magruder Distinguished Service Award

Due to a willingness to serve the youth of the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference in many aspects by providing both facilities and personnel over the years, the Ohio County Schools have been selected as the 2020 recipient of the Denny Magruder Distinguished Service Award by the OVAC Hall of Fame ...

OVAC Hall of Fame Adds Five Legends

Five highly honored prep athletes who competed at the major college level will be honored in the 16th class of Legends of Ohio Valley Athletic Conference schools. The five Legends selections will be feted at the 17th annual OVAC Hall of Fame banquet in Saturday, August 15 at WesBanco Arena in ...

Bruney Not Allowing Pandemic to Slow WU Program Building

WHEELING — The Wheeling University football team went through growing pains last fall. Not surprising for a program in its first year of real competition. Zac Bruney’s Cardinals played an eight-game exhibition card in their initial season of existence (2018). Wheeling faced a complete ...

T.J. Miller Tabbed as New Weir Baseball Coach

WEIRTON — One of the main reasons T.J. Miller resigned as Oak Glen’s baseball coach after last season was for his family. Leaving his alma mater and joining Weir as an assistant coach for football and baseball helped him recover some lost time and get his personal life back on ...

Brooke Soccer Standout Josh Ferguson will be a Hilltopper

Brooke soccer standout Josh Ferguson will continue his academic and athletic careers at West Liberty University. During his four year career as a Bruin, Ferguson had 67 goals, 32 assists along with 223 steals and takeaways. He was always involved in community service projects. One of his ...