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Oak Glen as good as gold

NEW MANCHESTER — Late in the fourth quarter during Saturday’s Class AA postseason contest, Oak Glen coaches, players and fans first heard that Hancock County turned gold on the West Virginia COVID map. A loud ovation soon followed. Another huge celebration occurred moments after that ...

Doege throws 2 TDs, West Virginia runs over TCU 24-6

MORGANTOWN (AP) — Jarrett Doege threw two touchdown passes and ran for one score, Leddie Brown surpassed 100 rushing yards for the fifth time this season and West Virginia beat TCU 24-6 on Saturday. The Mountaineers (5-3, 4-3 Big 12) used a balanced offensive attack to beat TCU (3-4, 3-4) ...

Madonna’s season ends at Greenbrier West

CHARMCO — Madonna ended its season with a 58-0 defeat to Greenbrier West during Saturday’s Class A playoff contest. The Blue Dons, who are the 15th seed, drop the curtain at 7-3. The Cavaliers were off and running early when Cole McClurg ran for a 42-yard score just 38 seconds into the ...

W.Va. winter sports frozen

As it pertains to high school sports in West Virginia, the coronavirus now is making its presence felt for a fourth consecutive season. Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday afternoon that winter sports (boys and girls basketball, wrestling, swimming and bowling) cannot begin and/or resume ...

Oak Glen, Weir fall in volleyball tourney

CHARLESTON — Philip Barbour was a thorn in Weir High’s and Oak Glen’s sides during the Class AA state volleyball tournament on Friday. First, the No. 2 seed Colt swept the seventh-seeded Red Riders, 25-8, 25-14, 25-10, in the opening round. “They were nervous, and we didn’t get to ...

Brooke’s Bilby chooses Marshall

FOLLANSBEE — Brooke senior Ryan Bilby has reached the pinnacle of high school golf, winning two West Virgina state championships and three OVAC titles. Now, it’s time for him to move on to the next level and set his sights on new challenges and future goals. On Friday, Bilby officially ...

Harrison Central’s Kobe Mitchell officially signs with Akron Zips

CADIZ — The long and tedious recruiting trail has reached its final destination for Harrison Central senior Kobe Mitchell. The Huskies’ multi-sport standout formally signed his name to his National Letter of Intent to join the Akron Zips basketball program. “It was quite the ...

Five local W.Va. soccer players make second-team all-state

Numerous local West Virginia boys and girls soccer players made the WVHSSCA All-State soccer list. Beginning in Class AA/A, Weir High had senior defender Brendon Carpenter make the second team and freshman midfielder Antonio Pittman as an honorable mention. Oak Glen senior goalkeeper Jacob ...

Toronto 7th graders win BMC championship

The Toronto 7th grade volleyball team recently celebrated its BMC championship. Members of the team are, from left, coach Amy Barcus, LeighAnne Anderson, Anna Wright, J.J. Rebich, Grace Rex, Caylea Jones, Makayla Walter, Chloe Fisher and coach Samantha Fornsaglio.

Nothing to lose, everything to gain

WEIRTON — No matter what happens on Saturday, Madonna already knows 2020 is a successful season, and nothing can take that away from them. The Blue Dons are 7-2 and currently are riding a six-game winning streak. They are the 15th-seeded team in the Class A playoffs and travel to No. 2 seed ...

Abreu wins AL MVP award, Ramirez 2nd

NEW YORK — Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman easily won the NL MVP award Thursday, topping off a trying year that saw him become so ill with COVID-19 he prayed “please don’t take me.” Chicago White Sox slugger Jose Abreu earned the AL MVP, a reward for powering his team ...

Casey rides the buzz of Masters history to 65 and an early lead

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Already seven months behind schedule because of the pandemic, the most unusual Masters was 30 minutes old Thursday when the silence was interrupted by a rumble down by Amen Corner. No roars this week. Just thunder. And then a weather delay of nearly three hours. All that, ...

Oak Glen firmly believes it’s their year to win it all

NEW MANCHESTER — Head coach Ted Arneault preached to his Oak Glen squad following Tuesday’s practice about being safe and not risk ending the season because of COVID-19. That is true for any of the 48 West Virginia teams in the playoffs, but it speaks volumes for a team like the Golden ...

Indians’ Bieber, Reds’ Bauer win Cy Young Awards

Cleveland Indians ace Shane Bieber was the unanimous winner of the AL Cy Young Award on Wednesday night, and Trevor Bauer became the first player to take home the NL honor for the Cincinnati Reds. Using a versatile repertoire that includes a looping curveball and a wipeout slider, Bieber went ...

Undefeated Steelers trying to get a grip on their ‘virtual’ reality

PITTSBURGH — The vibe is the same. The jokes. The freewheeling banter. In that way, the daily meetings for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offensive line haven’t changed a bit even with the group being forced to get together over Zoom instead of in the same room, a move necessitated by the ...

Oak Glen volleyball team heads to Charleston, hoping history repeats itself

NEW MANCHESTER — After Oak Glen seemingly cruised to a state volleyball championship a season ago, head coach Morgan Poling wanted the new group coming in this year to toughen up and face more adversity. For starters, the second-year coach beefed up the schedule. The Golden Bears felt early ...

Underdog Red Riders volleyball team look to prove they belong in state tourney

WEIRTON — Fran Capaldi began her first year as Weir High’s varsity volleyball coach just about a week before the season began. Her three main goals were to finish with a winning record and reach the OVAC tournament, win the city championship and advance to the regional tournament. The Red ...

Big Ben, 3 Steelers teammates on COVID list

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers’ pursuit of a perfect season has a new opponent in COVID-19. A day after NFL’s last unbeaten team placed tight end Vance McDonald on the COVID-19 list following a positive test, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and three other teammates — inside ...

Day wants Ohio State’s young defensive backs to be ready

COLUMBUS — Ryan Day didn’t say Ohio State’s defensive backfield needs to improve or lacks depth, but when a coach says young players at that position need to prepared to play it might be an indicator things could be better. During his weekly Zoom conference call on Tuesday, when Day ...