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REBOUNDING — Steubenville Catholic Central’s Isabella Oliver pulls down a rebound while Indian Creek’s Kylie Kiger on Thursday. Also shown are Central’s Tia Taglione (14) and Christina Dambrowski (13) as well as Creek’s Tera Parrish. (Photo by Joe Catullo)

No. 5 Catholic Central drains Indian Creek

WINTERSVILLE — No. 5 Steubenville Catholic Central pitched a first quarter shutout on its way to a 49-34 victory over Indian Creek in Thursday’s showdown between OVAC girls basketball leaders. Fueled by six Julia Zatta points, the now 12-2 Crusaders raced out to a 12-0 lead after the ...

Madonna boys never gave up

WEIRTON — Down by 14 points with five minutes left in Thursday’s game, the Madonna boys basketball team cut the lead to six at the three-minute mark. Like one would expect a state-ranked team to do, No. 7 Morgantown Trinity closed out the game with a run of their own to go home with an ...

SHINING STARR — Harrison Central’s Sydney Starr shoots past Steubenville’s Sarah Brown (12) and Seana Ragusa on Thursday. (Photo by Andrew Grimm)

Harrison rocked Steubenville every minute throughout

CADIZ — Thursday night inside a loud, crowded John W. Stephenson Center, the Harrison Central girls basketball team put together what was perhaps its best performance of the season, shutting down Steubenville with a big first half en route to a 46-25 win. “That first half of basketball ...

Park closes its doors on Brooke

WHEELING — Wheeling Park coach Michael Jebbia has had his fair share of games against rival Brooke. He knew going into Thursday’s matchup that Brooke has improved greatly over the past year, and it showed. The Patriots had to dig out of a hole after the Bruins scored the first nine ...

Oak Glen girls amp up on defense, defeat East Liverpool 54-48

EAST LIVERPOOL — A defensive minded Oak Glen girls basketball team took it to East Liverpool in a second half surge to victory. The Golden Bears came away with a 54-48 win on Thursday night at Potter Fieldhouse. “Second half we amped up the defense,” Oak Glen coach John Leary said. ...

Buckeye girls flex muscles

CONNORVILLE — Buckeye Local has made a commitment to the defensive end of the floor this season. It was on full display again Thursday evening. The Panthers limited invading Bridgeport to just nine field goals and found enough offense to pull out a 45-33 victory to enhance their ...

BRIEFS

Big Red Boosters meeting Monday STEUBENVILLE — The Big Red Boosters Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the fieldhouse. Head football coach Reno Saccoccia will be in attendance to discuss next season’s football schedule. All are welcome and memberships are available. Big Red to receive ...

TOUGH LUCK — Steubenville’s James Roundtree attempts a tough shot past St. Clairsville’s Craig Bober (2) on Wednesday. (Photo by Joe Catullo)

Big Red unleashes the Red Devil inside

STEUBENVILLE — Big Red used a strong second half to earn an exciting 73-69 victory over St. Clairsville Wednesday inside the Crimson Center. Mike Haney’s club, now 6-4, was down five (30-25) at the break and trailed by eight in the third quarter before turning up the defensive pressure ...

FLYING HIGH — Harrison Central’s Caden Arbaugh goes for a layup past Bellaire’s Mason Ramsay on Wednesday. (Photo by Andrew Grimm)

Harrison Central controls Bellaire

CADIZ — Trailing by five points at halftime, the Harrison Central boys basketball team got a quick pep talk at the break from coach Justin Clifford and responded with a big second half to defeat Bellaire for a second time this season, 86-70, Wednesday night inside the John. W. Stephenson ...

Steelers now looking for a new offensive coordinator

PITTSBURGH — Todd Haley spent six seasons helping turn the Pittsburgh Steelers offense into one of the most successful in the NFL. All the yards and all the touchdowns weren’t enough, however, for the fiery offensive coordinator to keep his job. The Steelers chose not to renew Haley’s ...

Cole excited to join Astros pitching staff

HOUSTON (AP) — Gerrit Cole is joining a rotation filled with aces. “I was just tremendously excited,” Cole said Wednesday, four days after the Houston Astros acquired him from the Pittsburgh Pirates. “I was out with some friends having a good time for my wife’s birthday weekend. So, ...

BRIEFS

Big Red to receive trophy Tuesday STEUBENVILLE — The Steubenville football team will be presented with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy prior to Tuesday’s boys basketball game against John Marshall. The presentation is a part of the 13th-annual MaxPreps Tour of Champions. ...

Ducks score 4 in second and hold off Pens

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Though the Anaheim Ducks found themselves trailing at the end of the first period despite controlling play, head coach Randy Carlyle had a simple message: Stick with it. The Ducks did that and erupted in the second period to start a critical five-game homestand off with an ...

Ohio State’s Holtmann makes Big Ten history

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Chris Holtmann figured an off-night from Keita Bates-Diop was inevitable. So, too, is the Ohio State coach’s first Big Ten loss. But it did not coincide with his star player’s first subpar performance in weeks. Holtmann became the first coach in 95 years to win ...

LAYING IT IN — Toronto’s Nate Karaffa shoots around United’s Dakota Hill (23), Parker Hydrick (4) and Landon Baker (25) on Tuesday. -- Patti Schaeffer

Toronto keeps showcasing strong EOAC campaign by defeating United

HANOVERTON — The Toronto boys basketball team’s stay in the Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference will wind up being very brief, but the Red Knights are determined to leave their mark while they are in. In the biggest conference game of the season to date, Toronto set the tone with its ...

STAYING WARM — Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley coaches against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo)

Tomlin not ready to endorse Haley’s return next season

PITTSBURGH — Todd Haley’s contract as the offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers is up. And coach Mike Tomlin doesn’t sound as if he’s in a rush to decide whether Haley will be back next season. Tomlin sidestepped several attempts to endorse Haley’s return on Tuesday as ...

Browns interview McAdoo for OC job

CLEVELAND — Bounced from New York, Ben McAdoo might get a new opportunity with the Browns. McAdoo, who was fired as Giants coach in December after going 2-10 and benching star quarterback Eli Manning, interviewed Tuesday to be the offensive coordinator for Cleveland coach Hue Jackson. The ...

McCutchen eager for challenge of a tough right field with Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Andrew McCutchen figures San Francisco’s AT&T Park outfield is so big, playing right field will make him feel like a center fielder all over again. Running catches, ricochets off the wall, tricky bounces and all. And if he can save his legs a little bit from the ...

LAYUP — Weir High’s Julia Gianni attempts a layup in front of Harrison Central’s Sydney Starr during Monday’s game at the John W. Stephenson Center in Cadiz. (Photo by Andrew Grimm)

Weir put the pressure on Huskies

CADIZ — The Weir girls basketball team overcame a bit of a slow start and put pressure on Harrison Central to create turnovers and pull away to reward the fans who braved the snowy elements to make the trip to the John W. Stephenson Center on Monday night with a 57-48 victory. “The girls ...

DEFENDING — Steubenville Catholic Central’s Tia Taglione and Christine Dombrowski (13) defend Linsly’s Mia Cascio during Monday’s game at Linsly. (Photo by Cody Tomer)

Linsly upsets CCHS girls

WHEELING — Grit, timely buckets and crucial rebounds were three areas that catapulted Linsly to a 39-32 upset win over visiting Steubenville Central on Monday. The Crusaders came into the contest carrying an impressive 11-1 record, while the Cadets came in with a 4-8 mark but they did not ...