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Basketball Preview 2016

Brooke Girls Will Be Young

By MIKE MATHISON WELLSBURG — The Brooke girls’ basketball team has 18 in uniform with 16 underclassmen. Seniors Madison Reynolds and Gabby Velegol will lead the way for head coach Ryan Scherich. Juniors Marissa Elliott, Grace Dodson, Aleigha Edgar and Kylie Byers will also ...

Young Monarchs Ready To Prove Themselves

By KYLE LUTZ MOUNDSVILLE — Coach Brock Melko and the John Marshall girls’ team had a successful 2015-16 season. The Monarchs went 17-7 and were one game away from heading to the state tournament. They fell to Parkersburg South in the regional final. “I thought we had a pretty ...

Linsly Is Senior-Laden

By JOSH STROPE WHEELING — Six returning senior letterwinners, Linsly coach James Wallace is looking forward to what lies ahead for his team. Starters Greysen Archbold and Jacob Murray are the returning starters, while Dylan Harrison and Malachi Onwuka started half the year en route ...

Optimism Surrounds Hundred

By BUBBA KAPRAL HUNDRED — Year 2 looks much more promising for Hundred High girls’ coach Steve Dakan than his maiden voyage. Dakan’s Hornets won just two games last winter. He is optimistic about the new season despite losing a quartet of starters to graduation — Josie ...

Baker Must Replace 50 Percent of the Scoring

By RICK THORP WOODSFIELD — Find your role and fill it to the best of your ability. That’s the challenge Troy Baker has offered to members of his Monroe Central girls’ basketball team as they embark on the 2016-17 campaign, which begins tonight at home vs. county rival ...

New Era Begins as Perkins Takes Over Seminoles

By RICK THORP WOODSFIELD — A new era has been ushered in at Monroe Central. Jon Perkins, a former junior high and jayvee coach in the district, is the new head boys’ basketball coach, replacing ‘‘Scooter’’ Tolzda, who left for Meadowbrook in the offseason. And, yes, ...

Hornets Hit Hard By Graduation

By BUBBA KAPRAL HUNDRED — Graduation took a heavy toll on the Hundred Hornets. Coach Virgil Wilkins lost a boat-load of talent. Gone are six players from last year’s six-win team, including several key pieces. Picking up their diplomas last spring were Greg Jones, Joseph ...

Lumberjacks Look to Reload

By BUBBA KAPRAL PINE GROVE — Valley enjoyed a successful 2015-16 season, gaining a berth in the OVAC Class A Tournament. Despite the loss of three primetime players, the Lumberjacks are looking for another winning campaign this winter. Valley lost a dynamic and prolific backcourt ...

Valley Hopes to Get Back to OVAC Tourney

By BUBBA KAPRAL PINE GROVE — The Valley Lumberjills are poised for a successful season. The Pine Grove-based team qualified for the OVAC Class A Tournament last winter, dropping a tough 62-59 road semifinal verdict to eventual champion St. John Central. The Lumberjills return many ...

3 Starters Back For the Bishops

By TRACY WATSON McMECHEN — Entering his third season on the bench with Bishop Donahue, Coach Shawn Martin was expecting to have all five of his starters back for the 2016-17 season. That isn’t going to happen with one player transferring and another opting to play a different ...

JM Boys Looking to Take Next Step

By KYLE LUTZ MOUNDSVILLE — Since around the middle of the season last year, it was becoming pretty clear that the John Marshall boys’ team was getting to where they wanted to be. With a young team on the court, the Monarchs started to play up to their potential. With three returning ...

Straughn to Lead Donahue

By TRACY WATSON McMECHEN — There is plenty to be excited about for long-time coach Tom Wise and his Bishop Donahue boys’ basketball team. The Bishops are coming off a 9-11 season but return four starters and will have a deep bench. Included in that mix will be one of the hidden ...

Injuries May Hurt Edison

By MIKE MATHISON RICHMOND — The Edison girls’ team returns five letterwinners with all having started multiple games last season. But the Wildcats, according to second-year head coach Ryan Powell, “have suffered multiple injuries this preseason causing our numbers to be low and ...

Agnew Excited About Possibilities

By KIM NORTH ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Stacey Agnew’s return to the bench last year was a trying experience as head coach of the St. Clairsville girls’ program. “It was kind of helter-skelter. It seemed as though anything that could go wrong did, especially injury-wise,” he said of ...

Five Seniors To Pace Wildcats

By MIKE MATHISON RICHMOND — The Edison boys’ basketball team will be led by its five seniors. “These five seniors have experience and our success will be determined by their leadership ability,” coach Nate Moses said. They are Bryce Piatt, Dom Rogers, Zac Kramarich, ...

Clifford Begins 26th Season at St.C.

By SETH STASKEY ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Kim Clifford can hardly believe it himself sometimes. He is embarking on his 41st season as a basketball coach — 32nd as a head man and 26th with St. Clairsville. Clifford’s passion for the game and working with kids hasn’t waivered. ...

Redskins Hire Rossi To Lead Girls’ Team

By MIKE MATHISON WINTERSVILLE — It’s all new for the Indian Creek girls’ basketball team and new head coach Jackie Rossi. “We have a kit if quick players, we need to utilize that strength. How we’re going to utilize that strength — we’re not really sure yet. “We ...

Identity Remains The Same at Indian Creek

By MIKE MATHISON WINTERSVILLE — You know what you’re getting when you step on the basketball court against the Indian Creek boys and longtime coach Joe Dunlevy. This year will be no different. The only difference will be the faces playing tight man defense and taking ...

Hodgkiss in Charge at Toronto

By MIKE MATHISON TORONTO — First-year girls’ basketball coach Rusty Hodgkiss has 20 out for his Toronto Red Knights program. “We’re trying to create some excitement around the basketball program here, and we have a great group to do that with,” he said. “The kids have ...

Leary to Lead Oak Glen Girls

By MIKE MATHISON NEW MANCHESTER – The Oak Glen girls’ basketball team returns five seniors, but also has a new head coach. Veteran John Leary takes over for Ryan Wells, who is now an assistant with the boys team. The Golden Bears finished 12-11 a year ago after losing to ...

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