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Spring Sports Preview

Can Oak Glen Finish the Job?

By CODY TOMER Staff Writer NEW MANCHESTER — The 2016 season for Oak Glen softball was one to remember. The Golden Bears (14-14) were regional champions and made it to the state tournament, falling just short of a state title. However, the senior class of six talented athletes had a ...

Bishops Eyeing OVAC Title, Return to State

By CODY TOMER MCMECHEN — Bishop Donahue’s baseball program has achieved many great feats in recent years. The Bishops are just two years removed from a trip to the state tournament, where they fell in the semifinals and they have won OVAC titles in five of the last six seasons. Last ...

BD’s Mele Feels He Has the Right Mix

By CODY TOMER Staff Writer MCMECHEN — A year removed from tough sectional losses to Wheeling Central and Madonna, Bishop Donahue ninth-year coach Curt Mele believes he has the right players to make a run for a state title. “Our goal is to compete and play for a state championship and win ...

Tyler Softball Looking for More

By CODY TOMER Staff Writer SISTERSVILLE — The Tyler Consolidated softball team is gearing up for what could be a stellar season. The Silver Knights claimed the sectional title a season ago and fell in the regionals, but they did not lose any seniors to graduation and bring back five ...

Silver Knights Putting Last Season Behind Them

By CODY TOMER Staff Writer SISTERSVILLE — The great thing about spring is that every team gets a fresh start and the way last season ended is history. A fresh start is important for the Tyler Consolidated baseball team and fifth-year coach Robby Jones as the Silver Knights dropped a ...

Ujcich, Brooke Looking to Younger Players to Fill Holes

By TRACY WATSON WELLSBURG — Coming off a 17-11 campaign, Brooke baseball coach Ron Ujcich has some holes to fill, but some nice young players to fill them with. Graduated from a Bruins team that was ousted by Wheeling Park in the sectional are four-year starter Chad Harper, a catcher and ...

Lamantia Continues to Build Bruins Softball Team

By TRACY WATSON WELLSBURG — In her third-year at the helm, Brooke softball Coach Tricia Hays Lamantia continues to build the Bruins program. Brooke is coming off an 11-17 campaign, in a tough region that includes rival state powers Wheeling Park and John Marshall, with seven returning ...

Newcomers Look to Restock Cupboard for Track Squads

By TRACY WATSON WELLSBURG — There is good news and bad news for Coach Paul Julio’s Brooke High boys’ and girls’ track teams. The bad news is that the Bruins graduated a ton of seniors last year, wiping out a lot of three and four-year athletes had had lent experience to younger ...

Beall, Cerullo Seeing Improvement From Tennis Teams

By TRACY WATSON WELLSBURG — Brooke tennis coach Emily Beall returns for her 12th season with the Bruins, her fifth with the girls after coaching the boys for seven campaigns, and is excited about her team, even after losing her top three players. Gone from last year’s squad after ...

Dons Look to Three-Peat

By KYLE LUTZ WEIRTON — When facing the Madonna softball team last year, a team knew that it was going to have to play its ‘A’ game. A senior-laden group compiled a 17-7 record in 2016 and also secured a second consecutive 1A OVAC championship. Even though seven players are gone from ...

Charleston or Bust for Weir

By JOSH STROPE WEIRTON — Graduation parties are being moved and summer plans are being put on hold. For the Weir baseball team, it’s Charleston or bust. With 10 seniors returning from last season’s Regional runner-up, the Red Riders have only one goal in mind: the state ...

Riders Hoping to Turn Corner

By JOSH STROPE WEIRTON — Last season was about learning how to practice, how to compete and how to approach the game. This year, Weir softball coach Frank Sisinni is hoping his Red Riders are ready to turn the corner. The Red Riders will be young — eight of their 12 players are ...

Croasmun Begins 29th Year at PC

By BUBBA KAPRAL PADEN CITY — Brent Croasmun and Paden City baseball are synonymous. Croasmun begins his 29th year as the Wildcats’ head baseball coach. He has compiled 354 wins during his tenure. If things go as expected, that victory total could climb markedly this spring. Croasmun ...

Wildcats Are On the Upswing

By BUBBA KAPRAL PADEN CITY — Optimism abounds with the Paden City this spring. The Wildcats were a young an inexperienced squad in 2016, winning just nine of 26 starts. However, second-year coach Chris Neff welcomes back a well-seasoned bunch, needing to replace just one player, albeit a ...

Madonna Will Have Arms

By KYLE LUTZ MADONNA — When you have a young team, the way to look at it is to get the younger players the experience to rebuild for the future. The Madonna baseball team was going through that last year as Tim Provenzano’s squad sported no seniors and six freshmen started. The kids ...

Osbon Takes Over at Oak Glen

By CODY TOMER Staff Writer NEW CUMBERLAND — The Oak Glen baseball team lost eight seniors to graduation a year ago, but first-year head coach T.J. Osbon has seven seniors and a group of young athletes on this year’s roster that he believes can step up and deliver a successful season on ...

Valley Taking to the Road

By BUBBA KAPRAL PINE GROVE — The Valley Lumberjacks will be road warriors during the early portion of their baseball schedule. Coach Jeremy Bucher’s charges will play their first nine games on the road. Valley will not welcome an opponent to Pine Grove until April 3 when Paden City ...

Lumberjills Looking For Improvement

By BUBBA KAPRAL PINE GROVE — The Valley Lumberjills are striving for continued improvement this spring. Coach Gary Partridge’s inexperienced club won just two games last spring. Those two wins came on the heels of back-to-back winless campaigns. With a 16-player roster to work with, ...