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Spring Sports Preview

Expectations Don’t Change at Wheeling Park

By JOSH STROPE WHEELING — After three straight appearances in the state baseball tournament, Wheeling Park knows it will be the hunted. And that is a role Coach Mike McLeod relishes. The Patriots won’t be as senior-laden as in years past, but the goal is still the same — Appalachian ...

Track Teams at Park Are Young

By KYLE LUTZ WHEELING — For both the Wheeling Park boys’ and girls’ track teams, there are going to be plenty of new faces and the amount of upperclassmen is limited on each side. The boys graduated seven of the nine state qualifiers from last year’s squad including Richard ...

Durkin Hopes to Add Title

By JOSH STROPE WHEELING — Pat Durkin is still basking in the excitement of capturing Wheeling Park’s first swimming title. He’d like to add another new trophy to the case. Entering his third season as the softball coach, Durkin has taken the Patriots to the state tournament every ...

Park to Rely on Jones, Jorden

By JOSH STROPE WHEELING — Both Wheeling Park boys’ tennis coach Tim Ickes and girls’ coach Stephanie Sada said their rosters are wide open as the regular season approaches. But they both are pretty confident on their top spots. Jared Jorden is the only returning player on the ...

McConnaughy Takes Over at Central

By KYLE LUTZ WHEELING — New Wheeling Central baseball coach Bo McConnaughy knows a thing or two about the sport. He was at the helm for 30 years at West Liberty, posting 580 wins including six conference championships. He takes over at Wheeling Central a year after the Maroon Knights had a ...

Maroon Knights Softball Hungry for More

By KYLE LUTZ WHEELING — If one could describe the Wheeling Central softball team’s 2016 campaign in one word, it should be pretty easy come up with it. Perfect. The Maroon Knights have their rings and are ready to get back on the diamond. Wheeling Central secured a 33-0 season and a Class ...