×

Fall Sports Preview

Olivia Walton — Martins Ferry

Martins Ferry’s Olivia Walton defines the word motivation. Her junior campaign in 2017 was definitely one to remember as she received multiple awards including All-OVAC, All-OVCCL and All-District. “She had a great season. She made it to the regional meet as an individual qualifier and ...

Quintin Thomas, Wheeling Park

Ever since he burst on the scene as a sophomore, Quintin Thomas has basically become a household name during the cross country and track season. Although he only started running his sophomore year, his times make one think otherwise. Thomas, though will compete this year at Wheeling Park ...

Zac Orzolek, St. Clairsville

St. Clairsville’s Zac Orzolek has had a busy fall for the past few seasons. On top of playing soccer for the Red Devils, he always is a member of the cross country team. Orzolek qualified to the regional meet after placing 23rd at districts where he ran a time of 17:48.3. “Last year ...

Katie James, Shadyside

While Shadyside’s Katie James may not be a vocal athlete, she certainly lets her results do the talking. After an impressive sophomore season with the Tigers, James is ready to get back to the OHSAA state meet. “She’s very quiet as a person. She’s a soft-spoken kid and pretty much ...

Dorothy Romanek — Wheeling Park

Four-time all-state golfer Jacob Nickell left his mark on the Wheeling Park program but the Patriots will need to find someone to step up in the 2018 season to help fill the void. Senior Dorothy Romanek could be that person to grab the reigns. Romanek won two tournaments this summer, tallying ...

Payne Johnson, Barnesville

The Barnesville golf team had a season to remember. Shamrock coach Jerry Robinson’s squad turned in a remarkable 30-0 record in the Ohio Valley Golf League, winning the league title and capturing OVAC runner-up honors. Senior Davey Wells was the leader of the team as he went on to earn ...

Derrick Harrison, Wheeling Central

Wheeling Central has collected three consecutive OVAC titles and Derrick Harrison has been a vital part of that success. In fact, he won the individual OVAC 3A championship last year and is back as a senior to defend his title. “He made a good impact on the team last year for us,” ...

Sierra Knowlton, River

As the River’s girls golf team continues to grow, so does the talents of senior Sierra Knowlton. Knowlton is a three-year district qualifier and is looking to make it four but it won’t be easy as the competition is getting stronger and stronger every year. “Sierra is a three-year ...

Maggie Kovalcik — Oak Glen

The goals and the accolades piled up last year for Oak Glen’s Maggie Kovalcik and she returns as a senior to pick up where she left off. Kovalcik finished with 35 goals and 15 assists to earn first team all-state and all-valley honors. She also led the Golden Bears to an OVAC Championship ...

Alyssa Otto, St. Clairsville

Alyssa Otto was a nightmare for opposing teams last year as a junior. She helped lead the Red Devils to the OVAC title game and aided in a run to the district semifinals. Otto accumulated an eye-popping 62 goals for St. Clairsville, while handing out 14 assists, as well. Her 62 goals ...

Chris Romanek, Wheeling Park

Coming off of a state championship appearance a season ago, Wheeling Park is hoping to finish the job this year. If the Patriots are going to accomplish that goal, they will look towards midfielder Chris Romanek to lead the way. Romanek earned spots on the first team all-state, All-OVAC and ...

Tom Beigel, Steubenville Catholic

Winning has become a tradition for coach Steve Kopcha and Steubenville Catholic. The Crusaders have reeled off three consecutive OVAC Championships and seven out of the last eight. The defending champions will look to add another trophy to the case this year behind the leg of the talented ...

Josey Jones — Tyler Consolidated

Tyler Consolidated’s Josey Jones has been around volleyball her entire life. Not only that, but she has been around Silver Knight volleyball her entire life. “We’ve had a Jones on the team off and on for quite a few years. She’s no stranger to Knights Volleyball. She hears it from ...

Emily Harr, John Marshall

John Marshall volleyball has been at an all-time high the last two seasons, making back-to-back trips to the state tournament. In 2017, John Marshall collected its first OVAC title since 1988 and senior Emily Harr was a key part of the rise of the program, picking up valuable experience that ...

Lauren Flannery, River

In athletic circles, Lauren Flanney is best known for her basketball prowess. That makes sense as the 5-foot-6 point guard dynamo earned a slew of awards this past winter, capped by being named all-Ohio. Flannery, however, is also one of the OVAC’s premier volleyball performers. She was a ...

Mya McEndree, Barnesville

Barnesville’s Mya McEndree had a historical junior campaign. So historical, that her name has been imprinted in the Ohio High School Athletic Association record books. McEndree accumulated a 100 percent serve percentage on 341 of 341 attempts. Along with that, she served up plenty of ...