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West Liberty Women’s Soccer Reloads With Strong Class

WEST LIBERTY - Despite the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 guidelines, West Liberty University women’s soccer coach Barry Christmas has been quite a busy man over the past few weeks. In addition to making considerable progress toward restocking his Lady Hilltopper roster with a number ...

Budget Crunch Could Impact College Travel

When college sports teams finally return to play, they might not be traveling quite as far as they did for road games before the pandemic. The cancellation of the NCAA Tournament has produced a budget crunch that leaves colleges everywhere looking for cost-saving measures. One simple step is ...

TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR CCHS BOOSTERS RAFFLE

The 36th annual CCHS Boosters Annual Reverse Raffle Drawing will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. with the proceeds going to the Wheeling Central Athletic Department. Committee members and Boosters will be conducting the drawing. Pictured are committee members, front row, from left, head football coach ...

Bruisers Youth Wrestling Club to Have Girls Squad

BENWOOD — What is the fastest growing sport across the nation? If you answered girls wrestling, you’re exactly right. According to statistics, there are more than 20,000 girls involved in high school wrestling. There are 23 states that have sanctioned state championships. Ohio and West ...

Daunting Slate Ahead For Linsly

WHEELING — Linsly has always seemed to play one of the most challenging football schedules in the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference. The reasons for that are plentiful, but at, or at least near, the top of that listing is the fact that head coach B.J. Depew wants his players to have as many ...

Celebrating the Real MVPs on Mother’s Day

WHEELING — Mothers and sports go hand-in-hand. Whether they are coaching, driving their children to practice or racking up the miles to support their kids for road games, mothers in sports are the unsung heroes. Wendy McKivitz knows the life all too well. The mother of Union Local and ...

Doug Huff: A National Prep Sports Pioneer

WHEELING — Doug Huff is firmly affixed on the Mount Rushmore of Ohio Valley sports-writing scribes, taking his rightful place alongside Cal Pokas, Bill Van Horne and Nick Bedway. The OVAC and National High School Sports Hall of Famer came to the The Wheeling Intelligencer in 1967 and became ...

Linsly’s Behm to Swim at Allegheny

WHEELING —Alex Behm enjoyed stellar swimming and academic careers at Linsly School. She now hopes to do the same at Allegheny College. Behm was a four-year OVAC qualifier for Hall of Fame Coach Bill Brubaker. This year in the OVAC meet, she placed sixth in the 200 I.M., eighth in the 500 ...

From Flamethrower to Hero

WHEELING — Just two years ago, Mallory Chapman was firing heaters past opposing hitters on the softball field at Wheeling University. Now, she has traded in her softball glove and helmet for hospital gloves and a mask as she’s working as a respiratory therapist at Wheeling Hospital, ...

Niekro Classic Golf Tournament Slated for June 26 is Canceled

BRIDGEPORT — The summer of 2020 in the Ohio Valley, and the nation for the most part, is quickly becoming the summer that wasn’t. Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, many athletic and community events have been either postponed or canceled. You can add the Niekro Classic golf tournament ...

WLU Softball Signs Speedy CF

WEST LIBERTY — West Liberty head softball coach Herb Minch has announced the signing of Avery Becker, a fleet-footed centerfielder from Wooster (Ohio) High School. Becker signed her NCAA Division II letter-of-intent late last month during a ceremony organized by her high school. “We were ...

Bucs Pay Tribute to Teachers

The Pittsburgh Pirates, Pirates Charities, Chevron and The Grable Foundation Recognize “All Star” Teachers in Virtual Celebrations. In conjunction with Teacher Appreciation Week, the Pittsburgh Pirates, Pirates Charities, Chevron and The Grable Foundation are teaming up this week with the ...

Cavs Reopen Practice Facilities

CLEVELAND (AP) — Even if the NBA doesn’t resume this season, and at this point no one knows for sure, the Cleveland Cavaliers believe it’s time to start getting ready for the next one. “Any minute that we can get working with each other is beneficial to us,” Cavs coach J.B. ...

Steelers to Host Ravens On Thanksgiving Night

The traditional Monday night doubleheader on opening weekend will have Pittsburgh at the New York Giants, which has a rookie head coach in Joe Judge, and Tennessee at Denver. Thanksgiving games will have Houston at Detroit, Washington at Dallas, then one of the league’s fiercest rivalries ...

NCAA Calls Kansas’ Self Inflicted Violations ‘Egregious’

LAWRENCE, Kan. — The NCAA struck back at the University of Kansas and its men’s basketball program Thursday, calling five Level I violations that are alleged to have occurred “egregious” and arguing that they undermine and threaten” college athletics. In the latest in a series of ...

Harbaugh Proposes Rule Change

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is pushing for a change that would allow football players to enter the NFL draft after one year in college. “My first proposal is that we put this decision to ‘go or stay’ in the hands of the individual and his family, not in the form of ...

Golf Match Will Help Virus Relief

HOBE SOUND, Fla. (AP) — The next match involving Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson involves a $10 million donation for COVID-19 relief efforts, along with plenty of bragging rights in a star-powered foursome May 24 at Medalist Golf Club. Turner Sports announced more details Thursday for “The ...

WVU’s Caleb Rea Finalist For Individual Upset of Year

Exciting finishes in big matches has been a trademark of Caleb Rea’s. He accomplished a couple of those electric moments during his high school career and is continuing to do at the collegiate level. The latest came earlier this season — his second while wearing the Blue and Gold of West ...

West Liberty Men Sign Chicago-Area Standout

WEST LIBERTY — The rich keep getting richer as head coach Ben Howlett and his nationally-ranked men’s basketball program have rounded out their recruiting class with a multi-talented swing man from the Chicago suburbs. Elijah Watson, a 6-foot-7 sky-walker from Thornton Fractional South ...

Ohio Legion Season Now Canceled

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — It’s strike three for the Ohio American Legion baseball season for the summer of 2020. One month ago, the American Legion Baseball canceled eight regional tournaments across the nation and ensuing World Series set for Shelby, N.C. However, each state was in charge of how ...