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Several Blue Devils, Seminoles, Pilots Named to OVAC All-Conference Academic
Written by Staff   
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 4:35 PM

Announced on Aug. 7 was the 2013-14 OVAC All-Conference Academic Team. All schools in the OVAC were asked to submit the names of any student/athlete who fit the following criteria: be in grades 9-12, earn a 3.8 gpa or higher on a 4.0 scale, participate in at least one varsity sport.

The certificates for each student-athlete were to be presented to the athletic directors of each school at the mandatory OVAC meeting on Wed., Aug. 13.

The program is sponsored by Ohio University Eastern. Honored students who choose to attend OUE receive a scholarship that pays half of their tuition. The scholarship is renewable for their sophomore year as long as grades are maintained.

Following are members of the 2013-14 OVAC All-Conference Academic Team from the three Monroe County high schools:

RHS Gym Floor Suffers Severe Water Damage, Will Be Closed During Volleyball Season
Written by Darin Brown, General Manager   
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 4:11 PM

The newly re-finished gymnasium floor at River High School (featured on the front page of last week’s Beacon) will soon be gone. After more than 1/3 of the floor was damaged by water, the decision was made during a special session Switzerland of Ohio Local School District [SOLSD] Board of Education meeting on Fri., Aug. 8 to demolish the floor and install a new one.

When this reporter viewed the floor on July 30, RHS athletic director Mark Romick pointed out warping on the floor that had been caused by water damage. Romick said the water had flowed into the equipment room adjacent to the gym during and after the powerful storm that hit Hannibal on July 27. District officials said the water entered when a roof drain failed. They were unsure whether the drain had clogged due to the heavy rain or if it was faulty in some way.

After the damage was reported, the district contacted The Ohio Floor Company of Holmesville, OH (the company who had just refinished the floor and installed floors at all the district’s new buildings) to access the damage and what would have to be done. After the contractor examined the floor, it was determined that it could not be salvaged.

In a letter sent to the SOLSD Board of Education on Aug. 4, The Ohio Floor Company Sales Manager Todd Starrett wrote, “We found that the maple flooring contains anywhere from 10 to 36% moisture. The normal maple flooring moisture should be 7 to 8%. We recommend to replace the entire maple gym floor because the water damage is over 30% of the entire area and getting bigger each and every day.” Starrett also noted in his letter that the flooring and sub system were “out dated” with replacement parts no longer being manufactured. 

River High School Gym Floor Gets Upgraded
Written by Staff   
Wednesday, August 06, 2014 4:02 PM

The River High School gymnasium floor was past due to be sanded and refinished when the project was finally undertaken this July. At that time, several donors decided they would upgrade the appearance of the floor as well. Thanks to donations from River’s 200 Club, the boys and girls basketball teams, the junior high basketball teams, volleyball teams, and wrestling squads, River High School’s gym floor is now a showcase for the school. The centerpiece is a newly painted 20 foot pilot wheel at center court. Other additions include a painted red border (recalling how the gym floor was painted decades ago), and stained pilot wheel logos. “This gym is now one of the best in the valley. We have a great atmosphere here,” said RHS Athletic Director Mark Romick. Romick praised those who donated funds for the extra painting and staining which came at a total cost of $7,800. While he didn’t want to forget all the others who donated, Romick said of the 200 Club, “The revival of the 200 Club at River has enabled us to do a lot of things that needed done.” Now River High School has a gym floor that matches the rest of its shiny, newly renovated school building.

OVAC Youth Football Clinic Set
Written by Submitted   
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 7:55 AM

To kickoff the beginning of the 2014-15 ‘SUBWAY Sports Clinic Series’ the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference will be hosting its ninth annual free youth football clinic in conjunction with the ‘Rudy Mumley OVAC All-Star Charity Football Classic presented by Huntington Bank & WTOV9.’ The clinic will take place the day of the game on Sunday, July 27, at the Wheeling Island Stadium.

Registration will take place at the Stadium from noon to 12:45 p.m. The clinic will last from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. and will be directed by OVAC football coaches, including members of Coach Chris Daugherty’s Wheeling Park High School football staff. Additionally, Bethany College Football staff will assist with the clinic. The instructors will teach the basic fundamentals of football with a focus on building self-esteem. 

River High School Cheerleaders Hosted Annual Cheer Clinic
Written by Staff   
Thursday, July 10, 2014 8:15 AM

The River High School Cheerleaders hosted their annual cheer clinic June 23-27. A total of 60 children participated including ages from preschool to seventh grade. Activities included cheers, chants, tumbling, dances, crafts, and even a ride on Kris’ Kaboose barrel train. Their last day of camp included a final performance with awards. RHS cheer advisors are Heidi Pfalzgraf and Jacque Brown. Cheerleaders are Amanda Bennet, Tiffany Brown, Chelsea Pandzik, Zoey Miller, Maria Morrow, Alyson Johnson, Lilli Liskanich, Karigan Pfalzgraf, Meghan Sullivan and Teri Thomas. The cheerleaders appreciate the support of everyone who participated. Pictured above are all clinic participants.