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High School Sports

Huff, Howley Winner Murray Eyes Next Level

WHEELING — Adam Murray authored a prep football career second to none. Wheeling Central has had countless stellar players in its tradition-rich gridiron history. Murray will always be remembered as one of the Maroon Knights’ finest. He scripted a grid resume that will unlikely ever be ...

The Doyles: A Family Dedicated to O.V. Wrestling

WHEELING — When wrestling enthusiasts talk about the mat sport at Wheeling Central, the first names that come to mind are the Doyle brothers: Pat, Mike, Matt, and Danny. In fact, they and family members have been involved in wrestling from the 1960s until this very day – in one capacity ...

Merryman Becomes Buckeye Local A.D.

By SETH STASKEY For the News-Register CONNORVILLE — As it pertains to prep sports, Jason Merryman has definitely been around. From his pee wee wrestling days in Shadyside through 27 years of coaching that includes at least one season in every sport except volleyball and swimming, ...

Weir’s Spencer Tabbed W.V. Gatorade Track Athlete of Year

WEIRTON — Sebastian Spencer didn’t expect to receive any more high school accolades. After all, his final track and field season, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, was canceled. As it turns out, however, the recent Weir High graduate put together a career body of work and junior season ...

Longtime Basketball Coach Mel Coleman Dies

WELLSBURG — Whether it was as a basketball coach or player, Mel Coleman made an impact It’s an impact that will be felt for years to come, too. Coleman died Wednesday afternoon from complications of a heart attack he suffered earlier in the week. The 1961 Wheeling Central graduate, ...

Shadyside Student-Athlete Tests Positive for Coronavirus

SHADYSIDE — Shadyside Athletics Director John Triveri confirmed Wednesday afternoon that a student-athlete at the school has tested positive for the coronavirus. “We just confirmed it (Wednesday),” Triveri said. Shadyside just resumed workouts in all sports on Monday after shutting ...

Crestview Exits The OVAC

COLUMBIANA — And then there were 49. The Ohio Valley Athletic Conference membership — effective today — has been reduced to 49 schools as Columbiana Crestview has withdrawn. The Rebels, who joined the OVAC in November 2016, are focusing on a newly formed two divisional conference in ...

Weir High bowling squad to compete for a national title

WEIRTON — In its inaugural season, the Weir High School bowling team was looking to make a statement. With a trip to Dayton next month, the Red Riders hope to cap off an undefeated year by bringing home a national championship. After delays in youth and high school athletics as a result of ...

Bellaire’s Stolz, Miller Retiring After Long Run

BELLAIRE — Bruce Stolz and Ed Miller are synonymous with Bellaire High School athletics. As well they should. Stolz and Miller have combined to coach more than 90 years with the Big Reds. The veteran tandem has been a longtime and valuable fixture with the Bellaire football and track ...

Wheeling Central Hall of Fame Class Finalized

By BUBBA KAPRAL Executive Sports Editor WHEELING — This year’s Wheeling Central Catholic High School Athletic Hall of Fame class has now been finalized with the addition of six more former Maroon Knight luminaries. Rounding out the impressive collection of honorees are Heather ...

Buckeye Local Latest To Cease Practicing

CONNORVILLE — Buckeye Local became the latest area school to cease its sports conditioning and open gyms due the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Superintendent Kim Leonard announced the decision late Wednesday evening, but quickly pointed out that no Buckeye Local student has tested postive or ...

Martins Ferry Athlete Tests Positive for COVID-19

MARTINS FERRY — For the fourth time in five days, an area school has announced it’s suspending its summer sports workouts and conditoning programs due to COVID-19. Martins Ferry became the latest Wednesday afternoon when the school district released its plan to shut down all ...

Union Local Recommends Athletes That Travel to Quarantine

MORRISTOWN — Aware of what was transpiring at other school districts in Belmont County involving the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Union Local Superintendent Ben Porter decided to be proactive. While all Jets sports are still permitted to condition, train and stage open gyms as they had been, ...

Bellaire, Shadyside Shut Down Youth Sports

BELLAIRE — As a fallout from both Bellaire and Shadyside High Schools announcing suspension of their athletic teams’ workouts for an undisclosed period of time, youth sports in the two communities are following suit. Both the Bellaire Junior Sports and Shadyside Youth Baseball and ...

Wheeling Central Hall of Fame Adds Five

WHEELING — Four special athletes and a coach who was involved in winning 12 West Virginia Class A girls’ softball championships will be among the inductees this fall into the Wheeling Central Catholic High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Included on this list are Edward Cihy (coach), ...

Cambridge To Join Buckeye 8

CAMBRIDGE — For the second time since its founding in 2005, the Buckeye 8 Athletic League is taking on new membership. By virtue of a 9-0 league vote earlier this month and Tuesday evenining’s approval by its board of education, Cambridge will become the 10th member of the Buckeye 8 and ...

Steubenville’s Bodnar to Wrestle at N.D. College

STEUBENVILLE — Keith Bodnar had an outstanding wrestling career at Steubenville Big Red. He hopes to do the same at the next level. Bodnar, a four-year regular on the mat for head coach Mike Blackburn, recently announced his intentions on attending NCAA Division II powerhouse Notre Dame ...

Shadyside Turf Project Begins

SHADYSIDE — A dream and vision took another major step toward becoming a reality Monday morning. Shortly after Shadyside was forced to play a 2018 home playoff game at St. Clairsville’s Red Devil Stadium due to poor field conditions at Fleming Field, the wheels were put in motion on a ...

Martins Ferry’s McFarland to Wrestle at WLU

MARTINS FERRY — The nationally ranked recruiting class for the 2020-21 West Liberty University wrestling team has added another gem to its collection. Martins Ferry’s Richard McFarland has indicated he will continue both his academic and mat careers on the Route 88 hilltop.. McFarland ...