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Midnight strikes on Weir High

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SHORT GAP — The Weir High baseball team’s impressive postseason run came to an end Friday afternoon, falling 11-1 to Frankfort in five innings in the Class AA Region 1 finale. Frankfort’s Zack Whitacre yielded just three hits on the mound and was backed by great defense, and the ...

Big Red eliminated

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ATHENS — One big inning was enough to get Steubenville to the Region 7 final, but another big inning was not enough for Big Red Friday evening at Trautwein Field inside Bob Wren Stadium. Circleville jumped out to a six-run lead, regained composure after Steubenville got within two with a ...

HC coach resigns after 13 seasons

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CADIZ — Justin Kropka called proposing to his wife, Trina, the easiest decision he ever made. He’s now officially made the toughest decision of his life, too. Kropka — after 13 seasons at the helm — resigned as head football coach at Harrison Central. He submitted his letter to ...

Steelers prepare for life without Shazier

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PITTSBURGH — Ryan Shazier is neither gone nor forgotten. The Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker remains a fixture at the team’s facility as he continues his recovery from spinal surgery last December that left his football future uncertain at best. While there is a sense of loss, there is no ...

Big Red one victory away from return to state tournament

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ATHENS — When one has been around the baseball diamond as much as Steubenville veteran coach Fred Heatherington, there are certain things that one learns. One of those things is that when it gets to be this deep in the tournament, nothing comes easily. It definitely was not easy for his ...

Toronto’s season ends to Whiteoak

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LANCASTER — Trusting the process seems to be working just fine for the Whiteoak Wildcats, as a three-run rally in the top of the sixth, followed by stifling defense in the final two innings, led them to the Elite Eight for the first time in program history. The Wildcats defeated the Toronto ...

LeBron, Cavs facing win-or-else Game 6

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CLEVELAND — Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue was answering a question about Boston’s defense on LeBron James during a teleconference when he tripped the security system at his home. A piercing alarm sounded. “Uh-oh,” Lue said Thursday as he punched in a code to silence the screaming ...

Wheeling Central captures third straight softball title

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VIENNA — The three-peat is complete for the Wheeling Central Maroon Knights. Less than 24 hours after Wheeling Central survived an extra inning first-round matchup against Moorefield, the Maroon Knights left little doubt about this one. Riley Bennington picked up where she left off, ...

Suarez’s grand slam leads Reds over slumping Pirates

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CINCINNATI (AP) — Eugenio Suarez wanted to hit one deep enough to get the runner in from third base. He got all of a hanging slider — and four runs with one swing. Suarez hit a grand slam off Ivan Nova, who dropped his sixth straight start against Cincinnati, and Jesse Winker added a solo ...

Cinderella story continues

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SHORT GAP — Weir High’s Tyler Komorowski delivered a big hit in the top half of the first inning, then fired a complete-game five-hitter on the bump as the Red Riders defeated Frankfort, 4-2, on Wednesday in the first game of a best-of-three series in the Class AA Region I final. “He ...

Cooper slides to Franciscan University of Steubenville

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Indian Creek’s Rachel Cooper, front, center, signed her letter of intent Wednesday to continue her academic and softball careers at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Cooper will major in accounting and minor in finance. Joining her were, from left, front, Assistant Athletic Director ...

Cuervo makes his way to Capital University

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Catholic Central’s Kevin Cuervo, front, center, signed his letter of intent Wednesday to continue his academic and football careers at Capital University in Columbus. Cuervo will major in physical therapy. Joining him were his mother, Sherry Cuervo, and his father William Cuervo. In the back ...

Harrison’s triple in 12th sends Pirates over Reds

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CINCINNATI (AP) — Josh Harrison tripled in the go-ahead run in the 12th inning — his fourth hit of the game — and the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied after wasting a late lead for a 5-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night. The Pirates blew a three-run lead in the eighth ...

Cavaliers on brink of elimination

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BOSTON — Rookie Jayson Tatum scored 24 points and Al Horford had 15 points and 12 rebounds to help the Boston Celtics beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-83 on Wednesday night and take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals. The Celtics remained perfect in Boston this ...

It’s Ovechkin, Fleury in showdown for Cup

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin is thrilled, though hardly satisfied. The Washington Capitals star is headed to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in his 13-year career, eager to put more distance between the Eastern Conference champions and a lingering perception of Ovechkin and the ...

While Bell stays home, rookie Samuels looks to impress

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PITTSBURGH — Jaylen Samuels smiled at the question. It’s not the first time he’s been asked where exactly he fits on the football field. The answer during Samuels’ time at North Carolina State depended on when you asked him. Tight end? Fullback? Tailback? Wide receiver? Safety? At ...

Browns set for HBO series

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BEREA (AP) — Mostly unwatchable for several seasons, the Cleveland Browns could become a summer TV sensation. HBO’s banking on it. “It’s an underdog story,” said network executive Peter Nelson. “And people love rooting for underdogs.” Despite the Browns’ 0-16 record last ...

Plutko, Miller pitch Indians past Cubs

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CHICAGO (AP) — Adam Plutko carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning and Andrew Miller provided stellar relief work, helping the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago Cubs 1-0 on Wednesday night. Plutko (2-0) struck out four and walked four in his second major league start. The right-hander ...

Gennett’s slam helps Harvey gets 1st Reds win, 7-2 over Bucs

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CINCINNATI (AP) — So far, Matt Harvey is making good on his second chance. The former Mets ace allowed only one run over six innings for his first win with the Cincinnati Reds, and Scooter Gennett hit his fifth grand slam in the last two seasons on Tuesday night for a 7-2 victory over the ...