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CLOSE PLAY — John Marshall’s Lauren Garcia slides safely into second base as Oak Glen’s Taylor McKay awaits the throw during Tuesday’s contest, won by the Monarchs. (Josh Strope)

JM blanks Oak Glen

GLEN DALE — It is nine games into the season, but the John Marshall softball team looks to be in midseason form. That is bad news for everyone else. Lauren Garcia struck out six on one hit and went 3-for-3 with five RBIs as John Marshall needed three innings to defeat Oak Glen, 10-0, ...

Bears net a sweep over Madonna

CHESTER — The Oak Glen boys (6-1) and girls (7-0) tennis teams swept Weirton Madonna Monday at Mountaineer. Katie Szymanski topped Kristen Van Camp and Molly Swartzmiller beat Emily Flowers by 8-1 scores, while Brooke Provenzano defeated Kelsi Crawford, 8-0. Ally Brothers won by ...

Howlett chosen to lead the Hilltoppers after Crutchfield

WEST LIBERTY — When Jim Crutchfield resigned last week, it sent the West Liberty men’s basketball team into a tailspin. Despite not knowing what his own future would be, Ben Howlett dove right into the storm like he always does. The fact Howlett was more worried about the program than any ...

Big Red hammers Potters

STEUBENVILLE — Big Red traveled the early and often route in Tuesday’s 15-0 victory over East Liverpool at Vaccaro Field. Fred Heatherington’s club plated three runs in the first, five in the second and five more in the third to pocket the home opener victory and improve to 2-1. The ...

Longtime Akron coach Dambrot heading to Duquesne

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Keith Dambrot spent more than a decade turning Akron into one of the most consistent winners in the Mid-American Conference. Now he faces an even greater challenge: Making Duquesne relevant in the Atlantic 10. The Dukes hired Dambrot on Tuesday to replace Jim Ferry and ...

Oak Glen senior pitcher Hannah Clunk (Mike Mathison photo)

Bears down Riders

WEIRTON — Rivalry games are big games, and in big games it always helps to have an ace in the circle. Oak Glen senior standout Hannah Clunk is such a pitcher. Clunk struck out eight and gave up only one run as the Oak Glen softball team defeated Hancock County and sectional rival Weir, ...

Jimmy Joe Savage
SPRING BASEBALL — Edison shortstop Joey Nave waits to receive a throw as East Liverpool’s Austin Bombich slides into second base during Monday’s game. The Wildcats defeated the Potters, 15-0, in five innings as Tristan Haught tossed a no-hitter.

3 teams earn baseball, softball sweeps

EAST LIVERPOOL — Tristan Haught threw a no-hitter and ripped a pair of doubles to drive in four runs as the Edison baseball team cruised past host East Liverpool, 15-0, Monday, in five innings. The Wildcats scored five runs in each of the first two innings. Dom Rogers also collected four ...

NASCAR off to fast start, but ratings still sink

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Bad news first: The overnight television ratings for NASCAR’s race in California were down. The ratings were down for Phoenix, Las Vegas and Atlanta, too. Basically, nothing NASCAR does can stop this slide, it seems. So what’s the good news? Well, NASCAR really ...

Calhoun now at Youngstown St.

FAIRMONT — Fairmont State head men’s basketball coach Jerrod Calhoun has stepped down to accept the same position at Youngstown State University, a NCAA Division I program that competes in the Horizon League. “We are extremely happy for Jerrod and his family and wish them the best of ...

Spurs dismantle ailing Cavaliers

SAN ANTONIO — Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points and the San Antonio Spurs dismantled the ailing Cleveland Cavaliers 103-74 on Monday night in a showdown that turned into a major letdown for the defending NBA champions. LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol added 14 points apiece for the Spurs, who ...