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RINE: Loss of Olexia Leaves Hole at Ohio Valley Dapper Dan

September 23, 2012
By SHAWN RINE - Sports Editor ( , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING - It's been a tough go lately for the Upper Ohio Valley Dapper Dan Club, and because of that the organization's future appears to be up in the air. After longtime Weir booster leader, Dapper Dan and OVAC Hall of Fame board member Bob Roswell passed away, things became a lot bleaker for the club.

Now, the Dapper Dan is mourning again after the loss earlier this week of Dan Olexia following a battle of more than a year with cancer. The last banquet - No. 44 - was held in 2011.

Roswell and Olexia were more than key cogs. They handled not only the event program, but took care of the awards. There's an awful lot of work to go around and not many to tackle it.

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Olexia served as president of the Dapper Dan longer than any other person - 19 years overall during three stints, including every year since 1998. He was a 30-year Dapper Dan board member and the club honored him with the first Spirit and Leadership Award in 2002 and the Robert McKelvey Award, named after the organization's founder and first president, in 2003.

Olexia was a graduates of Mingo High School where he played football, as well as West Liberty State College. He worked 29 years at Weirton Steel before retiring and was employed recently by the W.Va. Lottery Commission.

We here at The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register send our heartfelt condolences to Dan's family - wife, Cheryl, daughter Kelli, and sons Chris and Ryan.

Let There Be No Doubt

If there's anyone out there that still doesn't believe that St. Clairsville is the best football team in the Ohio Valley, please speak now or forever hold your peace. After consecutive road victories against previously unbeaten teams Indian Creek and Harrison Central by a combined 90-12 score, there shouldn't be any doubt.

Coach Brett McLean's team can beat you in so many ways. Heck, nobody even talks about Jaylon Brown and he's probably the heart and soul of the Red Devils. And don't overlook QB Matt Kinnick, who is likely the areas most accurate passer.

But as explosive as the Red Devils are offensively, they've been just as dangerous defensively.

Nailers Commercial

The Wheeling Nailers will hold an audition for a commercial 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at Beyond Marketing at 1618 Jacob Street in Wheeling. They are looking for several youth to appear in promotional television commercials.

Beyond Marketing is the production and advertising agency in charge. They will be making the final decisions on which children will be used in the commercials. Some of those auditioned may not be called to be in a commercial. Children should be between the ages of 9 and 12.

If you are interested in having your child audition, show up between 4-5 p.m.. For more information call Beyond Marketing at (304) 232-4544.

Shawn Rine can be reached via e-mail at

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