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High School Sports

Former Harrison Central Coach Justin Kropka Named John Marshall Football Coach

MOUNDSVILLE — Longtime Harrison Central football coach Justin Kropka needed time to refresh and rejuvenate following his 13 seasons at the helm of Harrison Central. Now, after three seasons as an assistant coach at Wheeling University, Kropka is re-energized and ready to take the sidelines ...

W.Va. Winter Sports Practices To Start Feb. 14

By CODY TOMER Sports Writer WHEELING — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced on Monday that high school winter sports (basketball, wrestling and swimming) may return to practice on Feb. 14 and games can begin as soon as March 3. Teams must get 14 practices in before participating in ...

Hornyak’s 86-Point Game Lives On

Editor’s Note: Because of how well received the first 10 installments of the Ohio Valley’s Top 10 games of the last 50 years was received, we’ve decided to give you one more. Though it was played more than 50 years ago, Sunday is the 52nd anniversary of Allan Hornyak’s 86-point ...

Ferry Rides By Bellaire

BELLAIRE — Martins Ferry and Bellaire went toe-to-toe for a quarter-and-a-half Friday night in boys’ high school basketball action, but the visiting Purple Riders closed the first half on a 7-3 run and then outpointed the hosts 17-8 in the third panel for a 74-63 victory inside the ‘House ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Malin, St. Clairsville Take Down Ault, Bellaire, 53-34

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The homesteading St. Clairsville girls basketball team avenged an earlier loss by virtue of a strong four-quarter performance against Bellaire en route to a 53-34 win. The Red Devils were led by Megan Malin’s 23 points. Alexis Thoburn and Shae Brookover went for 12 ...

Ritz, Woods Spark Cardinals

WHEELING — “If (Shanley Woods) drove through Wheeling she would never get a stop light,” Wheeling University women’s coach Mike Llanas said of his freshman guard. “It’s the same thing here in the Bird Cage.” Despite going 0-for-5 from beyond the 3-point line in the first half, ...

St. C. Stays Perfect

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — When the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference announced the cancellation of its Bill Hinegardner Dual Meet Championships due to the global COVID pandemic, it put more emphasis on dual meets themselves as they will determine the three division champions. Wednesday night on John ...

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, ...