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High School Sports

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. ...

’04 State Semifinal a Heartbreaker for Bellaire

It was right there for taking. On several occasions, actually. Unfortunately, on Thursday, March 25 of 2004, it just wasn’t meant to be for the Bellaire Big Reds boys basketball team. Whether it was a little bit better execution here or a made three throw there, the Big Reds simply ...

Start of W.Va. Winter Sports Moved to March 1

WHEELING — West Virginia governor Jim Justice announced on Wednesday that the beginning of West Virginia high school sports will once again be pushed back to March 1. The start date for winter practices involving basketball, swimming and wrestling had already been postponed until Jan. ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Creek’s Jones Scores 1,000th Career Point

WINTERSVILLE — Taylor Jones scored 25 points and joined the 1,000-point club as Indian Creek defeated Minerva, 63-49 on Wednesday. Steubenville 54, Beaver Local 33 STEUBENVILLE — Makayla Abram had 15 points and 12 rebounds as Steubenville defeated Beaver Local. BOYS Buckeye Local ...

Skyvue’s Loss in Championship Still A Tough Pill To Swallow

The year was 1985. Coming off its first appearance in the Ohio Class A state tournament Skyvue High School returned a nucleus of players — led by Mitch Hannahs — that ended the previous season knowing that they fully belonged in the conversation among the best teams in the state. But, ...

Smith’s FTs Lift Donahue to ’81 State Title

The West Virginia High School Boys Basketball Tournament has had some memorable championship endings in its 100-plus years of existence. Included is the 1981 Class A finals at the Charleston Civic Center when Bishop Donahue, in only its fourth year as a member of the Secondary School ...

Tigers Defeat Seminoles

SHADYSIDE — Basketball can be a simple game to figure out if you look inside of the stats. Tuesday night turnovers and rebounding made all the difference in a hard-fought battle between home-standing Shadyside and Monroe Central. And in the end it was the Tigers who erased an early 10-point ...

Brooke Captures Title For The Ages

Brooke High School was a part of Ohio Valley sports history in 1987 when the Bruins, along with Wheeling Central and Paden City completed the “Northern Panhandle Sweep” in boys basketball action inside the Charleston Civic Center. Coached by Dave Reitter, Brooke defeated Charleston High, ...

River Hangs On For 9OT Victory

The longest boys’ basketball tournament game in Ohio High School Athletic Association history was played between River and Morgan in 1974. Brian Ensinger only had 10 points in the elongated contest, but it was his final two that propelled the Pilots to a gut-check, 74-72, victory in a Class ...

Monroe Central Returns to Floor in Winning Fashion

CONNORVILLE — Monroe Central returned to action for the first time in upwards of 10 days and Troy Baker wasn’t really concerned with how his team played, per se. The veteran Seminoles girls basketball coach was just happy to see his team back on the floor. The 56-29 victory against ...

MLB, Ohio Valley Legend Phil Niekro Dies at 81

By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer ATLANTA — Phil Niekro threw a pitch that baffled hitters and catchers. Heck, he didn’t even know where it was going most of the time. But the knuckleball carried Niekro to more than 300 wins, earned him a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame and gave ...

Park Nearly Had Upset of a Lifetime

WHEELING — Wheeling Park basketball coach Michael Jebbia still remembers opening up the USA Today on Tuesday, Feb. 13 of 1996 and seeing Zanesville (18-0) ranked third in the country in the national high school basketball rankings. He also remembers thinking how great it would feel to be on ...

Ferry Edged By Wheelersburg In 1982 Regional

“We didn’t lose…the clock just stopped and we ran out of time.” Those were the words of Martins Ferry boys’ basketball coach Larry Duck following a heart-breaking 71-69 loss to Wheelersburg in the OHSAA Class AA Regional Championship on March 20, 1982. Ferry entered the game with ...

Steubenville Catholic Downs Indian Creek

WINTERSVILLE — Charles Miller used a 12-point first half and a 21-point performance to help lift Steubenville Catholic over Indian Creek 50-36 on Saturday. In the defeat, Hunter Rothacker paced the Redskins with 11 points. Indian Creek cut the score to 25-19 at halftime but the Crusaders ...