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High School Sports

Plan for Ohio Contact Sports Coming Tuesday

COLUMBUS — There seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel for fall ‘contact’ sports of football and soccer in Ohio. And it’s not that of an oncoming train. During his Thursday afternoon media briefing, Gov. Mike DeWine announced that he and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted would announce ...

WP Golf Tryouts

The Wheeling Park high school golf tryouts will be held on Monday, Aug. 17 at 11 a.m. at the Wheeling Park Golf Course. All students must have a physical form completed after June 1, 2020. Any questions or conflicts please contact Coach Don Headley at 740-310-7289.

St. John Central Academy Approved by OVAC

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Ohio Valley Athletic Conference has approved a new member. St. John Central Academy, a second-year school in Bellaire, was approved by a unanimous, 47-0, vote during the OVAC’s athletic directors meeting held inside Dowler Hall at Belmont College. “Athletics in the ...

Red Devils Secure Win

CLAIR-MAR — St. Clairsville won a six-team golf match Wednesday evening in Powhatan. The Red Devils finished with a 161, which was 24 shots better than Union Local. Rounding out the field was Shadyside (205), Toronto (211), Bridgeport (217) and River (226). St. Clairsville junior Saul Crist ...

Bilby Shines At Wheeling Country Club Junior Invite

WHEELING — Defending West Virginia state high school champion Ryan Bilby of Brooke prepared for his upcoming senior golf season in a way that not many other local golfers have — by finishing 11th at Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina. He played the No. 6, 8 and 9 courses at Pinehurst with ...

Harrison Tops Buckeye Local

CADIZ — The host Huskies defeated Buckeye Local by 25 shots on their home course of Cadiz Country Club Monday afternoon. Senior Sam Santille continued his strong early season with an even-par round of 36. Trevor Thompson as the runner-up medalist with a round of 43. Monroe Central sweeps ...

Mauck, Hinegardner Earn OVAC Awards

WHEELING — Bill Hinegardner and Ron Mauck are synonymous with the word wrestling in the Ohio Valley. It was no surprise that the dynamic duo were honored for their work over the years. For the first time in approximately 35 years, the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Wrestling Coaches ...

OHSAA Adjusts Season if Football Is Approved by Governor

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Following a recommendation this week from the Governor’s Office to shorten the season due to concerns that COVID-19 may spike in early winter, the Ohio High School Athletic Association announced Friday that if high school football games are approved by the Governor, all ...

Harrison Central’s Sam Santille Wins TCC Invite

Harrison Central senior Sam Santille got his season started impressively with a win in the TCC Invite. Santille shot a round of 74 to win the medalist honor. He was one shot ahead of Sandy Valley’s Connor Ritter. As a team, the Huskies finished with a 405. New Philadelphia won the team ...

Wheeling CC To Host Junior Invite

WHEELING — Tee it up, it’s time to golf. The first Wheeling Country Club Junior Invitational is slated for Tuesday, Aug. 11, where young golfers will get the opportunity to showcase their skills on the beautiful 6,044 yard, 18-hole course at the Wheeling Country Club. There will be four ...

Saccoccia, Big Red Playing Waiting Game

STEUBENVILLE -- Football is a way of life in the Ohio Valley. It's held in an even higher regard in Steubenville. Tradition-laden Steubeville High School, which owns four state championships, five runner-ups and 18 regional championships since 1984, has prepared all summer for what it ...

OVAC Football All-Stars Reflect on Lost Game

WHEELING -- As it pertains to individual accolades an Ohio Valley prep football player can attain, there's one goal that's seemingly on everyone's list. Being selected to represent either Ohio or West Virginia in the annual OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star Football Game is worth its weight in gold. ...

Weir’s Granato Retires After 21 Successful Years

WEIRTON — Sometimes, you just know when the time is right. Mike Granato knew it was time. After 21 successful years as Weir boys’ basketball coach and 38 years of coaching all told, Granato came to the realization that it was time to step away from the coaching realm. ...

Fall Sports in Ohio Likely at Hands of Local Schools

COLUMBUS — Superintendents across Ohio are facing many important decisions in the coming weeks pertaining to how, if and when they’ll open their school buildings next month. They’ll now be tasked with yet another. Interim OHSAA Executive Director Bob Goldring announced during a ...

Prep Sports Continue to Feel Effects of Coronavirus

WHEELING - The coronavirus pandemic continues to alter the Ohio Valley prep sports landscape. Three Northern Panhandle schools have issued new edicts in dealing with the virus. Brooke, Wheeling Park and Weir all have delivered updated policies. Brooke has suspended all extracurricular ...

Goldring Named OHSAA Interim Executive Director

COLUMBUS – Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors President Dan Leffingwell, who is the superintendent at Shenandoah, announced Monday that Bob Goldring has been named interim executive director, effective immediately. Goldring has served as the OHSAA senior director of ...

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 ...