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High School Sports

Jeff Roberts Named St. C. Soccer Coach

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — One of the premier boys’ soccer programs in eastern Ohio finally has a head coach. Jeff Roberts, who was an assistant last fall, was named to that position recently at St. Clairsville High School. He served as the interim head coach for two games, which just happened to ...

Penn Kurtz Step Down as Wheeling Central Girls’ Basketball Coach

WHEELING — He won at an extremely high level for an extremely long time. He also did it with endless class every step of the way. Now after 28 successful seasons as Wheeling Central’s head girls’ basketball coach, Penn Kurtz has decided to retire after an amazing tenure at the East ...

Nick Bedway, James Altmeyer Earn Special Wheeling Central Awards

WHEELING - This year’s Wheeling Central Catholic High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame Brunch will again present very special awards to honor lifelong members of the Maroon Knight family. The initial recipients of the Maroon Knights’ Distinguished Service Awards, selected by the Hall of ...

Mr. and Ms. Monarch

Izac Babiczuk and Anna Blake have earned the title of Mr. and Ms. Monarch at John Marshall High School for the 2019-2020academic year. While at JM, Babiczuk lettered two years in football, three times in basketball, three years in baseball and one season in wrestling. He was a Kolivoda ...

Wheeling Park Returns to Workouts

WHEELING — High school athletes at Wheeling Park began to ease their way back into shape and form Wednesday morning at Wheeling Island Stadium. Athletes from basically every Patriots program took part in the non-sport specific workout, which was conducted by Patriots strength and ...

Step aside, boys: Steubenville High School to add girls’ wrestling team

STEUBENVILLE — The fastest-growing sport in the nation has reached the Ohio Valley. It was recently announced that Steubenville High School will field a girls’ wrestling team for the 2020-21 school year. The team will be led by Big Red boys’ coach Mike Blackburn and Tommie Goff, an Akron ...

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 ...