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West Lib Volleyball Lands All-State Recruit

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WEST LIBERTY — Michigan all-stater Katelynn Fritz is the latest high school standout to sign on with West Liberty University’s rising women’s volleyball program. A highly productive 5-foot-9 outside hitter and defensive specialist from Conklin, Mich., Fritz made it official earlier this ...

MLBers Keep Service Time In Agreement

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NEW YORK — Players agreed to a deal with Major League Baseball that would preserve service time in the event this season is canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, but left open details of what a configured schedule would look like. As part of the agreement approved by the union ...

Woods Earns First Team All-State

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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

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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

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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

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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 ...

Opening Day Is Gone, But Baseball Lives On

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By CODY TOMER Sports Writer WHEELING — Today was scheduled to be Opening Day of the 2020 Major League Baseball season. The Pirates were slated to visit Tampa Bay, the Indians were set to host Detroit and baseball enthusiasts were eagerly awaiting another thrilling summer of magical ...

Another All-American Honor for Bolon

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ALBANY, N.Y. — Another day brings yet another postseason honor to West Liberty University’s Dalton Bolon, who was one of 15 players named to the 2020 Division II Conference Commissioners’ Association (D2CCA) Men’s Basketball All-America Team on Wednesday afternoon. The D2CCA ...

Nitro’s Goins Named All-State Captain

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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

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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 ...

Wheeling’s Ritz Receives All-American Accolades

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WHEELING — Lilly Ritz honestly didn’t know what to expect in her return to the basketball court this winter. After all, the Wheeling University sophomore didn’t play during the 2018-19 season after transferring from California, Pa. and she played minimal minutes as a true freshman at ...

Central’s Reinbeau Named First Team All-State

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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 ...

West Liberty’s Bolon Achieves Rare Postseason Honors Double

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — West Liberty University men’s basketball standout Dalton Bolon achieved a rare postseason honors “double” on Tuesday when he was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division II All-America Team. Selected and voted on by NCAA Division II ...

A Virus Rages, A Flame Goes Out: Tokyo Games Reset for 2021

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Not even the Summer Olympics could withstand the force of the coronavirus. After weeks of hedging, the IOC took the unprecedented step of postponing the world’s biggest sporting event, a global extravaganza that’s been cemented into the calendar for more than a century. The Tokyo Games, ...

2015 Blue Eagles Had Run for the Ages

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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

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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 ...

Tokyo Olympics Likely to be Postponed

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IOC members, national Olympic committees and athletes were all racing toward the same conclusion Monday: The Tokyo Olympics are not going to take place this summer. Craig Reedie, a longtime member of the International Olympic Committee, told The Associated Press that everyone can see where ...

Dayton’s Toppin Named All-American

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The college basketball season came to an emphatic, dramatic end with the cancellation of the NCAA Tournament. The dream of playing under the bright lights of March Madness, of possibly hoisting a national championship trophy, wiped out by the coronavirus. For a handful of players, earning a ...

Brady to Tampa is Tip of NFL Changing Landscape

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By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer Upheaval is everywhere in the NFL. It won’t likely end soon. A free agency frenzy that has seen steady player movement — yes, players beyond Tom Brady have changed addresses — has been the focal point. With little to nothing else going on in ...

Ballplayers Speak Out on Baseball Hiatus

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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 ...