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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 ...

Baseball Talent Sparkled On Prep Diamonds

WHEELING — A week ago we showcased many of the best prep baseball teams in the Ohio Valley. Now the spotlight shines on the premier diamond players as submitted by our readers. Just as with the teams, unfortunately some prep standouts may fall through the cracks while others have been ...

WOTC/Johnson Scholarships Are Awarded

The Wheeling Oglebay Tennis Club, in conjunction with the family of the late Patricia Wilhelm Johnston, has selected the recipients of the 2020 WOTC/Patricia Wilhelm Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually to a young man and woman who currently participate on their ...

Former Jazz Coach Sloan Dies

Jerry Sloan walked up the steps to the stage at the Basketball Hall of Fame to give his enshrinement speech in 2009, almost as if he were dreading what the next few minutes would bring. He never wanted the spotlight. “This is pretty tough for me,” Sloan said that night. Talking about ...

Questions Remain For College Football

COLUMBUS — During much of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, questions have far outnumbered the answers. That’s especially true as it pertains to the upcoming college football season. Ohio State Director of Athletics Gene Smith has basically heard them all multiple times, but he simply ...

Busch, Elliott Incident Could Spark New NASCAR Rivalry

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Busch is NASCAR’s reigning Cup champion and the resident villain of the series. Chase Elliott has been voted most popular driver the last two years and is quickly building a loyal and rabid fan base. Their on-track tussle at Darlington Raceway this week very ...

Boxing Set for June Return in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Add boxing to the list of sports on the comeback trail. Promoter Bob Arum said Thursday he plans to stage a card of five fights on June 9 at the MGM Grand, the first of a series of fights over the next two months at the Las Vegas hotel. A second fight card will be held two ...

More Ohio Prep Sports Being Ushered Back

COLUMBUS — High school sports are back. Well, sort of! But, not entirely. A major hurdle, however, was cleared toward their full return Thursday afternoon when, during the governor’s daily press briefing, Lt. Gov. John Hustead announced that “skills training for contact sports can ...

West Liberty Tennis Team Garners Honors

TEMPE, Ariz. - Coach Heather Gallagher’s West Liberty University women’s tennis team received a pair of prestigious honors on Tuesday when the Intercollegiate Tennis Association released its annual postseason awards. Senior standout Carleyah Mclean won the ITA’s Arthur Ashe Leadership ...

Kalkreuth Golf Event Canceled

WHEELING - The decision to cancel the 2020 Kalkreuth Amateur Golf Championship was a difficult one, but it was made with the health and safety of the participants and community in mind. The tournament has been held every summer since 2007 in the Ohio Valley, drawing nearly 300 participants ...

OSU’s Smith Not Yet Comfortable with Impending Season

COLUMBUS — Gene Smith isn’t ready to say he’s 100 percent comfortable yet that there will be a full, 12-game college football regular season. The Ohio State University Director of Athletics is much closer to that mark, however, than he was just a few months ago when the ongoing ...

NFL Studying Helmet Face Guard That Works Like Surgical Mask

ATLANTA (AP) — With an eye toward getting back on the field during a pandemic, the NFL is working on a helmet face guard that might provide the same sort of protection as a surgical mask. Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay, who heads up the league’s competition committee, said the issue ...

NCAA Weighs Moratorium Amid Push to Offer Fall Sports

(AP) — The NCAA Division I Council debated Wednesday whether to let a moratorium on voluntary workouts on campus expire at the end of the month as a growing number of college leaders express confidence that fall sports will be played in some form. NCAA spokeswoman Michelle Hosick said the ...

WLU, WU Athletes Tabbed MEC Award Finalists

BRIDGEPORT — The Mountain East Conference (MEC) has announced the finalists for the league’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards, including those at Wheeling University and West Liberty University. Recent graduates Haley Kramer (Norwalk, Ohio/Monroeville) and Andres Da Silva (Caracas, ...

Kevin Harvick Looks to Sweep NASCAR’s Return at Darlington

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — The win by Kevin Harvick in NASCAR’s return to racing over the weekend was a bit predictable considering the enormous task teams are facing in a flurry of rescheduled events. The initial rollout of four Cup Series races over 11 days requires a grueling effort by ...

Power Five Spend Big on Lobbying Congress

(AP) — The Power Five conferences spent $350,000 on lobbying in the first three months of 2020, more than they had previously spent in any full year, as part of a coordinated effort to influence Congress on legislation affecting the ability of college athletes to earn endorsement money. The ...

Belmont Set for June 20 Without Fans, Leads Off Triple Crown

(AP) — Horse racing’s Triple Crown will look different this year from start to finish. The Belmont Stakes will be run before the Kentucky Derby and Preakness for the first time and take place at a shorter distance. It will lead off the Triple Crown on June 20 in New York with no fans in ...

NFL Teams Can Reopen Training Facilities with Government OK

(AP) — A limited number of NFL teams are reopening their training facilities Tuesday, while many are prohibited by government restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic. Commissioner Roger Goodell gave the 32 clubs the go-ahead for limited reopenings as long as state and local ...

Florida Standout Signs with Hilltoppers

West Liberty University head softball coach Herb Minch continues to cast a wide net in his recruiting efforts, as evidenced by his latest addition to the defending Mountain East Conference champions’ arsenal. Bree Hockett, an All-Conference standout from Palm Beach Central High School in ...