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TOPS IN REGION — The Toronto Red Knights are heading back to Columbus for the Ohio Division IV state baseball tournament following an 11-1 victory over Waterford Friday in Lancaster. - Rick Thorp

Next stop, Columbus

LANCASTER — Next stop, Columbus! After a 19-year hiatus, the Toronto Red Knights are heading back to the Ohio Division IV state baseball tournament thanks to an 11-1, 5-inning thrashing of Waterford on Friday afternoon in front of a packed house at Beavers Field in Lancaster. “It’s ...

Pens ride maturity, resilience back to Stanley Cup Finals

PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Chris Kunitz stood shoulder to shoulder at center ice as midnight approached, crowd on its feet, Prince of Wales Trophy in hand. Another shot at the Stanley Cup in the offing. On the surface, it could have been a scene ripped from 2008 when the ...

No surprise: It’s Cavaliers-Warriors in NBA Finals

Here they go again. For the third straight year, it’s Cleveland and Golden State in the NBA Finals. The 2016 champions versus the 2015 champions . The first “threematch” — rematch of a rematch — in league history. It’s the matchup most expected, the matchup most predicted, and ...

All eyes on Fernando Alonso in a wide-open Indy 500 field

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — One of IndyCar’s all-time greats will lead the field to green at the Indianapolis 500. All eyes, though, will be one row behind Scott Dixon as Fernando Alonso makes his debut in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Alonso has never raced on an oval before, never ...

Briefs

Post 573-557 tryouts set BRILLIANT — Tryouts for the Wintersville-Brilliant Posts 573-557 American Legion baseball team will be held at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Buckeye Local High School baseball field. For information, call Bill Grubb at (740) 424-6801 or Mark Rest at (740) 381-6367. Big ...

Toronto’s Zach Gulczynski, left, is congratulated by teammate Nick Chetock after he scored the first run of the day Thursday in the Red Knights’ 2-1 victory against Danville in an Ohio Division IV regional baseball semifinal at Beavers Field in Lancaster. Toronto battles Waterford today for a berth in next week’s state tournament. — Rick Thorp

Toronto moves to regional final today

LANCASTER — As Toronto prepared to take the field for the top of the fifth inning Thursday in its Ohio Division IV regional semifinal against Danville, veteran Red Knights skipper Brian Perkins perked up the atmosphere in his dugout by reminding his club to relax and have fun. Something ...

Area athletes progress at track regionals

ATHENS — State bound. That was the battle cry for a handful of area athletes after Thursday’s opening day of the Division II track and field regional meet at The Plains in Athens. One individual and two area relay teams punched their ticket to the Division II State Track and Field ...

Division III continues with finals today

MASSILLON — Nary an area competitor has punched a ticket to the Division III State Track and Field Championship ... yet. Several put themselves on the brink of a trip to Columbus during qualifying rounds of the regional at Jackson High School Wednesday evening. Action resumes here today ...

Oak Glen’s softball run comes to end

VIENNA – Veteran head coach Morgan Bricker got the start she had hoped for when her Golden Bears opened the W.Va. State High School softball tournament with a 3-2 win over Wyoming East in Wednesday’s opening round game. However, the rest of the tournament went downhill for Oak Glen as the ...

Briefs

Post 573-557 tryouts set BRILLIANT — Tryouts for the Wintersville-Brilliant Posts 573-557 American Legion baseball team will be held at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Buckeye Local High School baseball field. For information, call Bill Grubb at (740) 424-6801 or Mark Rest at (740) 381-6367. Big Red ...