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Umpires Missing Out On 2020 Season

WHEELING — Umpires don’t get the limelight. They are at the field everyday, despite blazing hot temperatures or early season snowfalls, for the same reason as the players — they love the game. During the current coronavirus pandemic that has caused the postponement of prep baseball ...

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 ...

Crutchfield Felt Good About Tourney Chances

FORT LAUDERDALE — Nova Southeastern advanced all the way to the NCAA D-II Elite Eight in Evansville, Ind., last March in Jim Crutchfield’s second year with the program. The Sharks had similar intentions this season until halted by the coronavirus. Crutchfield’s amazing renovation ...

Junior College All-American Signs With West Lib

WEST LIBERTY — West Liberty University volleyball coach Kayla Mull announced that she has completed her 2020 recruiting class with the addition of junior college All-American Jenna Caskey from Jamestown (N.Y.) Community College. The athletic 6-foot-0 outside hitter from Sinclairville, N.Y. ...

Ravens Lose Defensive Tackle Brockers

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens won’t have Michael Brockers on their retooled defensive line after all. Baltimore reached agreement on a three-year contract with the Los Angeles Rams free agent last week. But the deal was never sealed in part because Brockers could not take a ...

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 ...

Wisniewski Thrilled To Join Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH — Six months ago, Stefen Wisniewski’s Sundays consisted of spending the afternoon watching the NFL on TV wondering if his phone was ever going to ring. The veteran offensive lineman tried not to fixate on the circumstances that led to him sitting on the couch. “You try not to ...

Harrison Central Graduate Cody Gamble Getting Time in Octagon

SCIO — College isn’t for everybody. Cody Gamble can attest to that. A two-sport standout in football and wrestling at Harrison Central, the 2019 graduate had no desire to continue his academic career following high school. “I didn’t have a major lined up and I really didn’t want ...

West Lib Volleyball Lands All-State Recruit

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

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

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 ...

Opening Day Is Gone, But Baseball Lives On

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

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

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 ...

Wheeling’s Ritz Receives All-American Accolades

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

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 ...