Boosters to meet, banquet set

STEUBENVILLE — The Big Red Boosters Club will meet at 6 p.m. today at the fieldhouse.

The fall sports banquet (soccer, volleyball and golf) will be held Nov. 14, with the football banquet set for at a later date. Sponsorships are $10 each and are available at the school web site, entrance gates at football games or at the booster meetings. The names of sponsors will be in the programs of both banquets.

Madonna basketball event set

WEIRTON — West Liberty University President Stephen Greiner will serve as the keynote speaker for this year’s Weirton Madonna basketball event, to be held 6 p.m. Friday, at the St. Joseph the Worker School Dubie Dome.

During Madonna’s 2016-2017 season, the boys team won the Undo’s Tournament, the city championship and the OVAC regional, with an appearance in the OVAC sectional. They continued with play in the West Virginia state tournament, defeating 23-0 Fayetteville before falling to Ravenswood in the semifinals.

Chris Blair will again be at the helm, and will introduce the team and his staff.

A native of Weirton, Greiner began his duties as West Liberty’s 36th president on Jan. 1, 2016. This is his 43rd year in education, and 16th serving as a college president.

He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Kentucky, a master’s in public service at Western Kentucky University and a doctorate at Virginia Tech.

He is a member of the Wheeling Rotary Club, and serves on the Regional Development Board and the Wheeling Chamber of Commerce Board.

Mets introduce Mickey Callaway

NEW YORK — Once the New York Mets talked to Mickey Callaway, there was no need for a second round of interviews.

They had found their man.

Callaway was introduced Monday as the 21st manager in franchise history. General manager Sandy Alderson said he started with a list of more than 35 names for the job, but the process accelerated once he spent some time with Callaway.

“It was important for us to have someone, in our minds, who was personally excellent,” Alderson said. “We had planned on having a second round of interviews but ended our first round and decided there was only one man for the job. So rather than going to a second round we spent the rest of our time convincing Mickey to come to New York.”

The 42-year-old Callaway spent the last five seasons as the pitching coach for the Cleveland Indians. He agreed to a three-year deal with New York on Sunday that includes an option for a fourth season.

“I’m so excited to get to know the players,” Callaway said. “Care more about the players than anyone ever has before. We’re going to know that they’re human beings and individuals. This is going to be a group that feels that every day we come to the clubhouse. That’s going to be our main concern. To show them that we know this game is difficult and we care about you as a player, a human being and about your personal life.”