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Weir girls battle hard, fall to No. 2 Fairmont Senior

WEIRTON — Coming off two straight games of scoring 90 points or better, playing a game on back-to-back days and the thoughts of a 49-point win over Weir High in January, were at least three of the reasons the Fairmont Senior girls came out flat Thursday night at Weir High’s Carl Hamill ...

Central girls win city championship

STEUBENVILLE — As Jeff Lombardo correctly noted, Thursday’s match between his Big Red girls basketball team and Catholic Central had everything you could ask for in a rivalry game. There were several lead changes, a couple of critical scoring runs, numerous big shots and hard, determined ...

Indian Creek girls fend off Brooke

WELLSBURG — The game came down to a wild fourth quarter. Trailing by two points with less than two minutes to play, the Indian Creek girls basketball team fought back and scored the final 11 points against Brooke en route to a much-needed 57-48 victory Thursday night inside the Brooke ...

Harrison Central’s Eberhart advances from bowling sectionals

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Four local bowlers are moving on to district competition after navigating the tough currents at their respective Ohio Division II girls’ sectional bowling events Thursday afternoon. Union Local’s Hannah Miller and Harrison Central’s Riley Eberhart advanced in action ...

Illinois tops Ohio State, 63-56, for first true road win of the season

COLUMBUS (AP) — Illinois is winless on the road no more. Trent Frazier had 15 points and Ayo Dosunmu buried a key 3-pointer with 29 seconds remaining as Illinois held off Ohio State 63-56 Thursday for its fourth win in a row. Dosunmu also scored 15 points and Giorgi Bezhanishvili added 13 ...

Briefs

Big Red boosters to meet STEUBENVILLE — The Big Red Boosters Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the Harding Stadium Fieldhouse. Coach Reno Saccoccia will address the upcoming football schedule. All are welcome. Memberships will be available. Ohio State upsets No. 23 Rutgers PISCATAWAY, ...

Oak Glen boys await seeding, girls moving on without Kovalcik

NEW MANCHESTER — As sectional tournament time looms, both the Oak Glen boys and girls are in a bit of a down mode, but the coaches of both teams feel they won’t have any trouble getting their respective charges ready to play. The Golden Bear boys were the two seed in the OVAC playoffs but ...

Toronto ends regular season victorious

TORONTO — Although the OHSAA girls basketball tournament is already set, any win Toronto can grab before it begins its run next Thursday will help. With one more opportunity to do so, the Red Knights accomplished their small goal and defeated Southern Local, 40-33, in a makeup game on ...

Steubenville ends home slate with victory over Barnesville

STEUBENVILLE — In its final home dual of the season, the Steubenville wrestling team welcomed Barnesville to the Crimson Center on Wednesday and turned away the Shamrocks, 37-27. A rematch of the 182-pound OVAC semifinal highlighted the dual as Big Red’s David Tuttle faced off against ...

Madonna girls earn top seed in Class A

WEIRTON — Madonna’s state-ranked girls squad earned the top seed for the Region I, Section 1 basketball tournament, which begins Saturday. Coach Rodney Boniti’s squad, currently 16-5, is ranked fourth in this week’s West Virginia AP Class A poll. The Dons finished second in last ...

Big Red holds baseball camp

Steubenville Big Red recently held its annual baseball camp, which was conducted two days a week during the past six weeks. Those attending participated in a variety of hitting drills and were instructed by current Big Red players. Fred Heatherington, Big Red’s veteran coach, said he and his ...

Crosby, Penguins trip up Oilers, 3-1

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The NHL’s most electric playmaker swooping in on him and his team’s one-goal lead very much in doubt, Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray did something that’s kind of tough when Edmonton’s Connor McDavid has the puck dangling on his stick and the game in the ...

Nets outlast Cavs in OT

CLEVELAND (AP) — DeMarre Carroll saved the day for the Brooklyn Nets, and D’Angelo Russell took advantage of the extra opportunity. Russell scored 14 of his 36 points in the third overtime after Carroll’s desperation 3-pointer in the second OT tied the game, and the Nets outlasted the ...

Briefs

Pirates optimistic in spring training BRADENTON, Fla. — Optimism always runs high on the first day of spring training, even for the Pittsburgh Pirates. “This club has a feel that we can be a postseason team, that we can be a team that can advance deep in the postseason,” general ...

St. Clairsville rides hot start to beat Oak Glen in 4A clash

NEW MANCHESTER — St. Clairsville came out of the locker room blazing and held a 12-point lead when it went back into it at halftime. Then, it held off a furious rally by home-standing Oak Glen to win, 79-66, Tuesday night in the OVAC Class 4A semifinal inside the Oak Glen Fieldhouse. The ...

Gulczynski’s double-double puts Toronto in Class 2A title contest

TORONTO — When Toronto’s Lucas Gulczynski was a freshman, the Red Knights were the top seed in the OVAC Class 2A tournament facing Shadyside, and things did not go according to plan. Now a junior, he made sure things went much different against the Tigers this time around, scoring 14 of ...

Big Red falls hard in Class 5A semifinal

MORGANTOWN — Kaden Metheny has a confession — he’s a bit of a pickpocket. The junior guard doesn’t pursue cash, phones or wallets. He’d rather take basketballs. Tuesday night, he recorded 12 steals as University downed visiting Steubenville, 110-66. As a team, the Hawks tallied ...

Brooke boys end winless season, defeat Bellaire

BELLAIRE — The Brooke boys basketball team collected its first win of the season Tuesday night, 64-54, over Bellaire in OVAC consolation action. Alex Lilly led the Bruins with 23 points, while Aleksy Rasz scored 13 points and Logan Williams 11 points to also reach double figures. Brooke ...

Edison unable to finish the job against Buckeye Trail

RICHMOND — The story remained the same for the Edison boys’ basketball team. Edison led early in the second quarter, but the middle of the game belonged to Buckeye Trail, as it took a double-digit advantage. The Wildcats scratched and clawed their way back into the game, but the clock ran ...

Brown asks Steelers for trade

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers still haven’t decided whether there’s a path for wayward wide receiver Antonio Brown to return in 2019. Not that it matters to Brown. He’s already made up his mind. A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press the ...