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Ogden steps down at MHS

WEIRTON — After seven years as the Madonna girls basketball coach, Don Ogden has stepped away from the program. After the Blue Dons’ first state championship tournament appearance in 15 years last season, the team has a record of 4-14 thus far in the 2016-17 campaign. Madonna is coming ...

Ohio St. gets past Rutgers

COLUMBUS — With the score tied against Rutgers with just over a minute to go on Wednesday night, Ohio State’s Kam Williams grabbed a pass from Jae’Sean Tate in front of his team’s bench and knocked down a 3-pointer, sprawling to the floor from the force of the effort. Williams’ shot ...

WVU beats OU on the road

NORMAN, Okla. — James Bolden knows his opportunities to play for West Virginia often are limited, so he has to maximize the minutes he receives. His ability to do so helped the 13th-ranked Mountaineers immensely on Wednesday night. The freshman guard scored a career-high 17 points in 10 ...

West Liberty adding men’s soccer for the 2018 season

WEST LIBERTY — After West Liberty University introduced women’s soccer five years ago, it was just a matter of time before a men’s team was added. That time is now. West Liberty President Stephen Greiner, along with co-athletics directors Lynn Ullom and Roger Waialae, announced ...

Mike Mathison
MAKING A MOVE — Edison senior Michael Speedy dribbles to the basket against the defensive effort of Weir’s Nick Krutilla during the first quarter of Tuesday’s game, won by the Wildcats, 76-58.

Fast start leads ’Cats over Weir

RICHMOND — Edison turned up the heat, and Weir did not handle it well at the start. The Edison boys’ basketball team jumped out to a big lead early on against Weir, and the Wildcats did not look back en route to a 76-58 victory Tuesday night at home to sweep the season series. “The ...

McKenzie ready to get going

CALCUTTA — Mike McKenzie had the coaching itch and, once everybody was on board, he scratched and will be back on the sidelines Friday nights in the fall. He will be named the head football coach at Beaver Local High School at the next board of education meeting. “There were a lot of ...

Mike Mathison
GOING BASELINE — Indian Creek senior Gren Wade drives to the basket during the third quarter of Tuesday’s home game with Martins Ferry. The Purple Riders won, 40-37.

Late rally pushes Ferry past Creek

WINTERSVILLE — In a game of scoring runs, Martins Ferry had the one that counted the most. The once-beaten Purple Riders collected the final eight points Tuesday and escaped with a 40-37 victory over a determined Indian Creek squad. Creek took a 37-32 lead midway through the fourth ...

Seth Staskey
TO THE HOLE — Toronto’s Nate Karaffa drives to the basket between Bellaire defenders Chase Yoho (4) and Tyson Camsky during Tuesday’s game. The Big Reds won 69-56.

Bellaire defeats Toronto

BELLAIRE — It’s been a roller coaster ride as the Bellaire boys’ basketball team has battled through a myriad of issues that have led to a lot of head scratching by head coach J.R. Battista. Bellaire experienced one of its highest points of the season Tuesday evening. The Big Reds ...

Blue Dons down Valley

PINE GROVE — The Madonna boys basketball team nipped host Valley, 63-62, Tuesday. The win gives the Blue Dons the No. 2 slot in the OVAC Class A standings and they will host rival Bishop Donahue in next week’s semifinals. The winner will play the Trinity Christian at Wellsville ...

OVAC dual meet wrestling championships begin today

Four Ohio Valley Athletic Conference titles will be determined this week as the Bill Hindgardner Wrestling Dual Meet Championships take place today and Thursday. Weigh-ins begin at 5 p.m., with wrestling slated an hour later at both sites. Today at the Moundsville Junior High Field House, ...