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Patriots Down Purple Riders

WHEELING — It wasn’t perfection, but it was close. Wheeling Park clicked on all cylinders Friday night in running past Martins Ferry, 62-27, before a nice-sized crowd at Tolbert Gymnasium. Coach Michael Jebbia’s well-drilled charges dominated in all phases while displaying large doses ...

Amos Has Mind-Boggling Resume

WHEELING — Braxton Amos is a beast on the wrestling mat. Off the mat, not so much. When asked what makes him so dominant on the mat, he is quick — like most of his matches — and to the point with his reply. “I like to work hard and I love wrestling. If you like working hard and you ...

Morgantown Crushes John Marshall

MOUNDSVILLE — Coming off a huge revenge victory over arch-rival, and West Virginia Class AAA No. 1 University High, on Wednesday, Morgantown showed that its momentum had not worn out Friday night when it hit the road once again to take on John Marshall. The Mohigans drained seven ...

Crosby Scores in OT as Pens Beat Red Wings

DETROIT (AP) — Sidney Crosby scored a power-play goal 1:33 into overtime to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 Friday night. It was Crosby’s third goal in three games since returning from a 28-game absence because of a core muscle injury. Bryan Rust also scored ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Garrett Scott’s Layup Wins it for Cameron, 53-52

CAMERON — Garrett Scott’s layup with 3.5 seconds left gave Cameron a 53-52 victory over Tygarts Valley Friday night during prep boys’ basketball action. Scott finished the game with a double-double as he poured in 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Dragons (6-6). Jessop ...

Wings Defeat Nailers, 5-4

KALAMAZOO — The Wheeling Nailers were attempting to have a game of comebacks on Friday night, as they battled the Kalamazoo Wings at Wings Event Center. Wheeling erased three separate deficits, but were unable to overcome two Kalamazoo goals which were sandwiched around the second ...

Usual Suspects Leading at OVACs

WHEELING — The usual suspects are atop the leaderboard after the opening night of the 67th annual OVAC Ron Mauck wrestling tournament inside WesBanco Arena. Multiple-time champion Parkersburg South leads the pack with 50 points after winning 13 of 14 matches. Defending overall and Class 4A ...

Cochran Defying All Odds

WHEELING — Carl Cochran is defying all the odds. Or is he? The John Marshall flyweight was seriously injured in a late April mountain bike accident, a wreck that nearly took the youngster’s life way too soon. However, believing in something the sport has taught him, the 113-pounder ...

Park, St. C. Hoping to Continue OVAC Success

WHEELING — Plenty of new faces will have the opportunity to leave their mark in Saturday’s OVAC Bill Brubaker Swimming Championships. After Wheeling Park captured four straight OVAC 5A girls titles and back-to-back boys crowns, it will be tested by OVAC newcomers Dover and New ...

Park Girls Hold Off Morgantown

WHEELING — Wheeling Park is nearing the end of a long stretch — five games in eight days. And after tasting defeat Monday for the first time this season, the Patriots have bounced back nicely. A 17-0 run to close out the first quarter proved to be just the cushion Wheeling Park needed in ...

Bruins Bring Down Pens, 4-1

BOSTON — Patrice Bergeron scored his 20th goal, Karson Kuhlman and David Pastrnak both had two assists, and the Bruins topped the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on Thursday night. Sean Kuraly and Par Lindholm also scored for the Bruins and Brad Marchand added an empty-net goal in the final ...

Shell Gets Call to the Hall

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Donnie Shell knows what a Hall of Famer looks like. It helps when you spend your career calling them teammates, as the hard-hitting safety did during 14 seasons dealing out punishment in the Pittsburgh Steelers secondary. So Shell never panicked as the years passed and ...

Mets’ Beltran Out Amid Sign-Stealing Scandal

NEW YORK (AP) — Carlos Beltran, called out on a curveball again. So for the second time since they last threw a pitch, the New York Mets are in the market for a new manager. Sign of the times. Beltran’s 2 1/2-month tenure as Mets manager ended Thursday before he spent a single game ...

WLU Men Capture Huge MEC Win

WEST LIBERTY — Before every game, West Liberty coach Ben Howlett stresses how important each one is to his young Hilltoppers squad. Wednesday night was another test for his team as rival Fairmont State paid a visit to the ASRC. West Liberty passed with flying colors. The Hilltoppers won ...

Fairmont State Falcons Down West Liberty Hilltoppers Women

WEST LIBERTY — It was a rough night shooting during the first three quarters for the West Liberty women’s basketball team. The Hilltoppers went 11 of 47 from the field as Fairmont State was able to grab a significant lead. Although West Liberty shot 64.7 percent (11-for-17) in the fourth ...

Wheeling Central Girls Hold Off Linsly

WHEELING — Coaches preach that “turnovers will kill you.” Wheeling Central used its pressure defense early and often Wednesday night on Coach Skip Prosser Court, forcing 15 Linsly turnovers in the first half — four less than the Cadets had points. Wheeling Central led 31-19 at the ...

Shadyside Tigers Outlast Magnolia Blue Eagles

SHADYSIDE — Like so many teams, Shadyside wants to play up tempo and get as many shots and possessions as it can during the course of a game. Magnolia, meanwhile, is the complete opposite. In the end Wednesday evening, Shadyside proved it can dance to more than one tune as it fought off ...

OVAC Mat Tourney Starts Tonight

WHEELING — They say change is for the better. As far as the OVAC Ron Mauck wrestling tournament is concerned, we’ll just have to wait and see come Saturday. The annual three-day event begins tonight inside WesBanco Arena with wrestlers being seeded by a 7-person committee for the first time ...

Union Local Girls Down St. C., Improve to 16-0

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — All Stacey Agnew could do was grin and bear it. The veteran St. Clairsville girls’ basketball coach knew what his team was up against when unbeaten Union Local came walking onto John Jenkins Court, winners of their first 15 games, including a 19-point victory against his ...