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High School Sports

Holzopfel, Destifanes Look to Put Panthers Over the Hump

By RICK DeLUCA CONNORVILLE — Tom Figurski’s time with the Buckeye Local girls’ basketball helm has seen a steady improvement. Of course, with his two aces back for a fourth year, there is no reason that Panthers basketball can’t continue to improve and continue reaching for the ...

New Clifford on Bench for Red Devils

By SETH STASKEY ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Ryan Clifford knows exactly what it takes to build, maintain and run a highly successful basketball program. After all, he grew up — literally as a man and figuratively as a coach — under Kim Clifford, who retired in April after 27 seasons and 371 ...

St. C. Girls Can Shoot, Lack Size

By KIM NORTH ST. CLAIRSVILLE — As Stacey Agnew enters his fourth season as head coach of the St. Clairsville girls’ basketball team, he came up with a unique way in describing last season. “We’re like a donut. We have four or five good perimeter shooters, but right now we have a ...

Four Starters Return For Stead, Weir Girls

By RALPH COX WEIRTON — When fourth-year Weir girls basketball coach Rick Stead opened practice, he was greeted with some good news and some bad news. The good news is that four of last year’s starters returned along with the sixth girl and several other letterwinners. The bad news is ...

Making Foul Shots Could Be Key for Red Riders

By RALPH COX WEIRTON — The Weir boys basketball team can be good if certain things work out for veteran coach Mike Granato, who is entering his 20th season as the head man of the program. The Red Riders finished 10-14 last year, but Granato’s analysis of the scoring found that if his ...

It’s Next Man Up For Knights

WHEELING — Wheeling Central coach Mike Young always has an ace in the hole — a backup plan ready at a moment’s notice. He has needed those fallback strategies all season long in order to reach the Class A state championship. Whether it was his starting quarterback going down for three ...

St. C. Blasts Barnesville

BARNESVILLE—St. Clairsville busted out of the gates on a 26-0 run and never looked back in taking down host Barnesville 64-28. Mary Malin paced the offensive attack with three 3-pointers, finishing with 18 points. Teammate Maria Vincenzo added 11 points in the victory. Annie Carpenter ...

It’s About Sacrifice for Wheeling Central

WHEELING — Wheeling Central do-it-all athlete Bray Price walked into the coach’s room the week of a rivalry game against Linsly and offered to take less touches in order to get another teammate more involved in the game plan. The result? A breakthrough game for wide receiver Anthony ...

St. Clairsville Girls Shut Down Barnesville

BARNESVILLE — Defense is the key to opportunity, St. Clairsville girls’ basketball coach Stacey Agnew believes. Tuesday night, his Red Devils used that key to unlock the door to victory in a big way against Barnesville. St. Clairsville sprinted to a 26-0 lead against the Shamrocks ...

Shadyside Girls Use Zone to Down Union Local

SHADYSIDE — A basketball game might be 32 minutes long, but it was a four-minute stretch in the second quarter that proved to be the difference in a mutual season opener between Shadyside and Union Local. With the Jets holding a two-point lead in the early stages of that quarter, ...

Weir’s Season Comes to an End

FAIRMONT — Weir’s quest for it’s first state championship in 13 years came to an abrupt end Saturday when undefeated Fairmont Senior scored early and often in a 59-0 state Class AA semifinal inside Fairmont’s East-West Stadium. The win puts Fairmont Senior into a rematch of the 2017 ...

Matsakis Remains Steadfast at Defiance

WHEELING — A one-win season may not be a source of hope for most coaches, but Manny Matsakis in not your average football coach. The Shadyside native is the master of the reclamation projects. His maiden voyage directing the Defiance College football team resulted in a 1-9 campaign this ...

Maroon Knights Advance To State Championship

By CODY TOMER Staff Writer WHEELING—There was plenty of talk about the dominating running game of Doddridge County heading into Friday’s West Virginia Class A Semifinal against Wheeling Central. Following the game, that focus shifted to a shutdown performance by the Maroon Knights’ ...

Barnesville Defeats Bridgeport

WOLFHURST — Barnesville flipped the script on Bridgeport during the closing moments of Friday night’s mutual girls’ basketball season opener. Utilizing a successful mix of shooting, defense and makes from the free-throw line, the Shamrocks held the Bulldogs to one point during the final ...

Everything In Place for Cancer Research Classic

WHEELING—Prep basketball season is officially right around the corner. One of the highlights of the area season is the annual Cancer Research Classic, which will celebrate its 12th birthday in 2019. While the nation’s premier boys basketball teams won’t converge on downtown Wheeling’s ...

State Title Spot on the Line for Central, Doddridge

WHEELING—Since the 2000 high school football season Wheeling Central has captured a whopping nine West Virginia Class A state championships. Meanwhile, Coach Bobby Burnside and his Doddridge County team has never been to the winner’s circle, in fact the Bulldogs had never even advanced to ...

Weir Must Go Through Fairmont Senior, Again

WEIRTON—Last year the road to the Class AA state football championship went through Fairmont Senior and it is the same this year for Weir. And like a year ago, the Polar Bears are dominant. The two teams clash for the second time this year on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in Fairmont for the right ...

Pilant Captains Class A First Team

PARKERSBURG—Magnolia won its first Class A state volleyball championship and finished with a 46-7-1 record for head coach Pam Chapman. One of the key cogs during the Blue Eagles’ title run was junior Kyndra Pilant, who was honored as captain of the all-state first team by the West ...

Welker To Have OVAC Award in His Honor

WHEELING—The Ohio Valley Athletic Conference has done a tremendous job of naming some of its championship tournaments after individuals who have served that sport in some capacity for many, many years. Although it may not fit into that specific category, the OVAC Executive Board informed ...

Wheeling Park Donates to ALS Cause

The Wheeling Park High School football program has contributed to an ALS-related cause for the second consecutive year in honor of former Patriot head coach and assistant athletic director Mark Nardone who died Dec. 25, 2016, of the disease. Nardone’s widow and Ohio County Schools teacher ...