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Viola: WVU Defense Developing Physical, Mental Toughness

October 3, 2013 MORGANTOWN — Keith Patterson said it was the best part of the game for him. To take it one step further, it might have been the best part of the season for the West Virginia defense thus far. more »»

Rine's Week 4 NFL Picks

October 2, 2013 Thursday Cleveland 21, Buffalo 10 At first you had to question this game having a time slot unto itself. OK, you still do. more »»

Specialists Get it Done for West Virginia

September 29, 2013 MORGANTOWN — Special teams may not be the most popular unit on the field, but it’s the one that made the biggest difference in West Virginia’s 30-21 upset victory against No. 11 Oklahoma State. more »»

Viola: Holgorsen Says WVU Needs To Be Better Prepared

September 26, 2013 MORGANTOWN — After being shut out for the first time since 2001, Dana Holgorsen knew people would want to start pointing fingers. more »»

Viola: Mountaineers Players Have Studied Maryland Series

September 19, 2013 MORGANTOWN —When you first see Shaq Rowell, you might not expect the 6-foot-4, 300-pound defensive lineman to be a history buff. Truth is, the redshirt senior knows his stuff. more »»

Can Madonna’s Comis Win Kennedy in Class A?

September 12, 2013 WHEELING — Jeff Swisher, a two-way standout at Sistersville is the last man to know how it feels. The season was 1986, or nearly 30 years ag. more »»

Rine's Week 1 NFL Picks

September 4, 2013 Thursday’s Game Denver 24, Baltimore 21 Oh, the horror. The NFL season begins with two of the quarterbacks most despised in my house, Joe Flacco and Peyton Manning. more »»

It's That Time of Year Again ...

August 28, 2013 WHEELING — The buzz this time of year is always palpable, perhaps in part because it signals a new beginning. To a person, it has a different meaning. Maybe it’s a new school year. more »»

Rine: Stewart Making Dad Proud

July 29, 2013 WHEELING — Blaine Stewart’s ankle, which he injured early in the fourth quarter during the 68th annual Rudy Mumley OVAC All-Star Football Charity Classic at Wheeling Island Stadium, was visibly sore... more »»

Rine: Football Season? Yes, Please

July 23, 2013 WHEELING — Loyal followers of this space know well that it’s money time in these eyes. more »»

Rine: Fortune, Fame Don’t Make Role Models

July 10, 2013 WHEELING — Pro Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley famously once said that neither he nor any other athlete gets paid to be a role model. more »»

Rine: OV Legend ‘Hoot’ Gibson Called Up

July 4, 2013 WHEELING — Oh, the sights the eyes of Richard ‘Hoot’ Gibson must have seen. Far more than any other Ohio Valley journalist I can think of, past or present. more »»

Realignment Announced By OHSAA

June 14, 2013 WHEELING — When the Ohio High School Athletic Association announced that it would be adding a seventh class for football next fall it was widely assumed there would be a great deal of moving and... more »»

Touvell, Friends Give Back With Free Hoops Camp

June 12, 2013 WHEELING — Whoever coined the phrase ‘the best things in life don’t come free’ obviously never met Joe Touvell. You see, Touvell is a realist. more »»

Another Preps Year Just About Wrapped Up

June 5, 2013 WHEELING — As another school year and prep season winds down, perhaps it’s time to think how lucky we have it in the Ohio Valle. more »»

Gee Is the Epitome Of What Is Wrong

May 31, 2013 Ohio State’s Gordon Gee is Exhibit A for why university presidents can’t be trusted to run college sports. Consider his career arc. A dozen years ago, Gee was being hailed as a reformer. more »»

Park, Central Have Title Dreams

May 22, 2013 WHEELING — As yet another school year winds down, so too does the prep season. Just two more sports will crown state champions on the West Virginia side of the river. more »»

Huggins Looking for Someone to Step up in 2013-14

May 12, 2013 When Bob Huggins thinks back to his club’s first season in the Big 12, he’s able to identify everything that went wrong. more »»

Ticket Exchange a Great Idea for Wheeling Nailers

May 5, 2013 WHEELING — Taking a page out of the book of the parent Pittsburgh Penguins, the Wheeling Nailers are starting a “Ticket Exchange Program” during the 2013-14 season. more »»

McDermott Sisters Find Success

April 27, 2013 WHEELING — Greg McDermott is a proud papa these days. McDermott spent most of Wednesday inside the Wheeling Park Tennis Bubble watching his daughter, Jackie, play for the OVAC No. 1 Singles crown. more »»

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