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High School Sports

Jerry Narcisi, Scott Nolte, Rich Wilinski Selected For OVAC HOF

This list of honorees in the Class of 2020 for the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Hall of Fame continues to grow with the addition of three more deserving individuals. Selected in the OVAC “Family” category is Jerry Narcisi of Shadyside; named as an OVAC “Contributor” is ...

Oak Glen’s Peyton Hall Captains All-Valley Wrestling Squad

WHEELING — Peyton Hall had a remarkable wrestling career at Oak Glen. The West Virginia University recruit became the first Golden Bear to win four West Virginia state championships in the school’s storied mat history. For his accomplishments, which are many, he’s been named captain of ...

Woods Earns First Team All-State

BECKLEY — The Wheeling Park girls’ basketball team held the top spot in the state AP poll for the majority of the season. The Patriots outstanding regular season was sparked by senior sharp-shooter Shanley Woods. After knocking down 82 3-pointers and shooting 90 percent from the ...

Ohio Prep Winter Sports Are Canceled

BYESVILLE — Meadowbrook head basketball coach Lou “Scooter” Tolzda felt his team was playing as well as anyone two weeks ago when it was preparing for the Division II regional tournament. And who could argue? The Colts were riding a 15-game winning streak and had won 22 of their ...

Dolan Harbors Hopes for Sports Resumption

WHEELING — While Ohio closed the book on its 2019-20 winter sports season Thursday morning, West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission Executive Director Bernie Dolan is still holding out hope to complete the girls and boys state basketball tournaments as well as play an ...

Park’s Vargo Verbally Commits to YSU

WHEELING — When it comes to hard work, Wheeling Park’s Alex Vargo personifies it. When he’s not practicing during a scheduled team practice or playing a game, he in the gym continuing trying to improve his skills. And his play has shown brilliantly during his tenure as a Patriot. So ...

Nitro’s Goins Named All-State Captain

FAIRMONT — In a 2019-20 season surrounded by uncertainty and unprecedented circumstances, it was a pair of unstoppable individual stars and two impeccable all-around teams who brought a certain degree of night-to-night assuredness to the Class AA girls’ basketball hoops scene all year long. ...

Matmen Honored

WHEELING — Rick Welker chairs the committee of five Ohio Valley wrestling dignitaries that select the honorees. The West Virginia representatives are Dr. Dan Doyle and Ron Mauck. The Ohio representatives are Kim North and Sean Smith. Today, the committee has the extreme pleasure of ...

Central’s Reinbeau Named First Team All-State

PARKERSBURG — Wheeling Central’s Kaylee Reinbeau finished her high school career with another memorable season. But it wasn’t without a little adversity. Despite a hamstring injury forcing her to miss four games, Reinbeau (19.5 ppg, 12.7 rpg) powered a Knights’ team dealing with many ...

2015 Blue Eagles Had Run for the Ages

NEW MARTINSVILLE — Five years ago, the Magnolia boys’ basketball team turned in a three-day state tournament span that the Blue Eagle faithful will remember the rest of their lives. It was a trip down memory lane for Coach Dave Tallman as he reflected back on his Blue Eagles squad making an ...

Weiskircher Inducted Into Third HOF

MARTINS FERRY — Rich Weiskircher has been retired from coaching for several years. The honors, however, continue to roll in for the former Martins Ferry High School grid star. Weiskircher enjoyed a successful two-decade run as head grid coach at Marysville High, located just outside of ...

Ballplayers Speak Out on Baseball Hiatus

WHEELING — These are interesting times in the world of sports. Prep and collegiate sports are each left with plenty of questions in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. For one, seniors at the high school level who have not yet signed to play college baseball, softball or track but ...

South’s Amos Captures Dutton Award

PARKERSBURG — Braxton Amos built an expectant reputation on the wrestling mat thanks to his many early successes. Notoriety he’s repeatedly lived up to while attending Parkersburg South. During his sophomore season as a Patriot, he swept through the Mountain State on the way to state ...

Madonna Graduate Elevates BC Basketball Program

CHESTNUT HILL — Joanna (Bernabei) McNamee has authored a sparkling resume of coaching success. The 2019-2020 season, however, may have been her best yet. The Weirton Madonna athletic legend recently completed her second year as head women’s hoop coach at Boston College. She inherited a ...

Wilson’s Mat Season Halted By COVID-19

STEUBENVILLE — Tariq Wilson had March 21, 2020 circled on his calendar since September. He fully intended to be in Minneapolis wrestling for at least an All-American status — if not a NCAA championship — this weekend. Unfortunately, the current N.C. State junior and Steubenville ...

Ohio’s Sports Status Remain Unchanged

COLUMBUS — The status of Ohio’s remaining winter and upcoming spring sports remains unchanged at the moment. The Ohio High School Athletic Association held a media conference Thursday afternoon to provide updates on the basketball and wrestling tournaments, which were brought to a halt ...

Barnesville’s Powell Named First Team All-Ohio

COLUMBUS — Three area basketball players are calling themselves All-Ohioans once again today. The Ohio Prep Sports Writers Association announced their annual teams for Divisions III and IV Monday afternoon. Barnesville senior Luke Powell and Harrison Central junior Kobe Mitchell were ...

Two Local Hoopsters Added To District 12 Hall of Fame

Four more talented performers who rank among their school’s best have been added to the District 12 Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Tabbed as the Class of 2020 in District 12 as athletes are Stacey Pfeifer of Bishop Rosecrans High School (Class of 1983) and Kacie Vavrek of ...

Tracks Closed To The Public

MARTINS FERRY — When the Ohio High School Athletic Association issued its edict last week about sports and practices being shutdown throughout the Buckeye State during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic it included all athletic facilities. That didn’t just apply to prep ...

State Tournament Berths Yield Frustration, Hope

WHEELING — “All dressed up and no place to go.” That was the theme that shrouded the United States Olympic Team in 1980. It come to fruition when then-President Jimmy Carter ordered a boycott of the Moscow Games to protest the late 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. In total, 65 ...