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Paul Pyle softball

STEUBENVILLE – The Paul Pyle Adult Co-Ed Softball League is holding an informational meeting at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Belleview Clubhouse.

The entry fee for the league is $180 and the season will start at the end of April.

For information, call Jason Jenkins at (740) 317-1975 or Bill Ellis Jr. at (740) 317-1975.

Madonna tennis sweeps

WEIRTON – The Weirton Madonna boys and girls tennis teams earned wins on Thursday.

The Madonna girls tennis team topped Weir High, 4-3. Ali Welch recorded the first win for Madonna with an 8-4 victory over Claudia Diaz. Barbara Suliminova of the Red Riders answered with an 8-0 win over Christina Conforti.

Elizabeth Conforti of the Blue Dons beat Bailee Tusack, 8-1, and Madonna’s Morgan Duerr topped Aubrey Anderson, 8-1.

The Weir doubles team of Diaz and Suliminova earned an 8-4 win, while Mikayala Zias and Morgan Cassels, also of Weir, won 8-6.

Eva Bowser and Annie Frankovitch had an 8-2 doubles win for the Blue Dons.

On the boys’ side, the Blue Dons won, 7-0. Matt Conforti opened with an 8-0 win over Stephen White. Thomas Gianni beat Brendon Wade, 8-3, and Dom Clements topped Jordan Barney 8-1. Alan Alimario closed the singles play with an 8-0 win over Hayden Vida.

Conforti and Gianni earned an 8-2 doubles win, while Clements and Alimario prevailed, 8-0. Ryan Watts and Cole Roberts also earned a doubles win with an 8-1 score.

Oak Glen girls beat Park

WHEELING – The Oak Glen girls tennis team earned a 4-3 win over Wheeling Park on Thursday.

Madison Juszczak and Katie Szymanski each earned singles wins for the Golden Bears. Juszczak prevailed over McKenzie Rodgers, 8-5, while Szymanski topped Juliana Pond, 8-2.

The doubles team of Szymanski and Madison Hill beat Pond and Marianna Kibak, 9-7.

Golden Bears softball wins

NEW MANCHESTER – The Oak Glen softball team beat Bishop Donahue 10-0 in three innings Thursday.

Freshman Hannah Clunk twirled a one-hitter and earned the win for Oak Glen with four strike outs and no walks.

The Lady Bears tallied seven hits.

FUS softball falls on road

ALTOONA, Pa. – A snowstorm the day before turned into a perfect storm for Franciscan softball as a last-minute schedule forced the Barons to face the top team in their conference with just 10 players. The limited roster led to a pair of losses, 26-4 and 17-0 to Penn State-Altoona.

“We knew going in that this was going to be a tough game,” head coach Jen Parker said. “The odds definitely were not in our favor and we did not start out the first game well.”

The first inning of game one was the low point of the day as the Lady Lions brought in 18 runs putting the game well out of hand with four innings left to play.

Leading FUS in both games was senior Mallori Linscomb who has two hits, one run, and one RBI in the first game and then went two-for-two from the plate in the second game.

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Creek boosters to hold event

WINTERSVILLE?- The Indian Creek Athletic Boosters will host a Night at the Races Saturday at St. Florian Hall.

The doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with the poker tournament at 6 p.m. and races at 7 p.m.

The $10 admission includes food and drink.

The cost is $60 for the tournament admission with a $50 buy-in or add-on.

FUS women’s LAX loses

BEREA, Ohio – The Franciscan University of Steubenville women’s lacrosse team dropped a 20-4 decision at Baldwin Wallace University on Wednesday.

“We played Baldwin Wallace last year and we have been watching them this year,” head coach Maura Conant said. “They have improved by leaps and bounds. I knew it was going to be tough and that we would want to use this as a learning opportunity but I would have liked it to be a bit better.”

Tracy McClelland scored a goal for FUS to tie the score at 1 and then the hosts scored the next 14 goals for a 15-1 lead at the half.

Lauren Noce scored twice and Magdalena Munoz once for the Barons (1-6) in the second half. Goalie Savannah Ruhe had 20 saves.

FUS meets Capital University at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Bethany College.

Barons men’s LAX loses

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio – The Franciscan University of Steubenville men’s lacrosse team lost 24-3 at John Carroll University Wednesday.

Luke Gilman had two of the three Barons’ goals.

“This is a very well coached team and well-disciplined team,” head coach Pete Rosaschi said. “Our guys did a great job against them today. I think we need to get more disciplined, and watch our penalties. It’s just learning the basic knowledge of a game, and being on the field is the best way to learn.”

The Barons take on Capital University at 3 p.m. Saturday at Bethany College.

SUA seeking umpires

STEUBENVILLE – The Steubenville Umpires Association is looking for new officials for the upcoming summer season.

Due to the increase in business, the SUA is seeking men and women who may be interested in officiating baseball and softball from late April through mid-July. The association will accept individuals 15 years of age or older.

For information about becoming a member of the association, call the umpire hot line at (740) 264-2178.

The Steubenville Umpires Association has served area baseball and softball programs for more than 70 years.

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Brooke to hold boys soccer meeting

WELLSBURG – A meeting will be held for any male player interested in playing on the Brooke boys soccer team in the fall. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in room 520 at the high school.

A parent or guardian must accompany each player to the meeting. Physical and insurance forms will be handed out at the meeting. For information, or if unable to attend, contact head coach Joe Pepe at (304) 479-8283.

FUS men’s lacrosse loses

LATROBE, Pa. – The Franciscan University of Steubenville men’s lacrosse team dropped a 14-2 decision at St. Vincent’s College on Tuesday. The hosts scored six goals in a row after the Barons tied it at 1-1 on a score by Paul Modzelewski.

“It wasn’t a bad defensive game, but we had nothing on offense,” FUS head coach Pete Rosaschi said. “I thought they played together as a unit and we didn’t give many open looks. St. Vincent had some great shot opportunities and we had too many turnovers.

“We have to be patient with our clears and our offense. Defensively we need to come together as a unit. Today we’re giving them too many opportunities and we need to cut down on that.”

Freshman Jonah Soucy finished with 14 saves.

“Jonah had a really great game,” Rosaschi said. “His save percentage really tells you something because they had some quality looks.”

William Erksine had the second goal for the Barons, who visit Wilmington College at 1 p.m. Saturday.

SUA seeking umpires

STEUBENVILLE – The Steubenville Umpires Association is looking for new officials for the upcoming summer season.

Due to the increase in business, the SUA is seeking men and women who may be interested in officiating baseball and softball from late April through mid-July. The association will accept individuals 15 years of age or older.

For information about becoming a member of the association, call the umpire hot line at (740) 264-2178.

The Steubenville Umpires Association has served area baseball and softball programs for more than 70 years.

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FUS women’s lacrosse loses

LATROBE, Pa. – The Franciscan University of Steubenville women’s lacrosse team dropped a 12-9 decision to Lourdes College Sunday at St. Vincent College.

Lourdes scored 18 seconds into the game and two more in the next five minutes for a 3-0 lead.

“That’s never how you want to start a game. That just right away puts you into a defeatist mentality,” FUS head coach Maura Conant said. “Whenever someone scores right off the draw like that, you have to be able to rebound from that quickly and we were just sloppy.”

Lourdes had an 8-3 lead at halftime.

Sophomore attack Tracy McClelland finished with three goals for the Barons. Junior midfielder Jess Bestgen and sophomore attack Cara Egan each finished with two goals. Freshman goalkeeper Savannah Ruhe totaled 15 saves.

FUS takes on Mount Union at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Bethany College.

Nogay wins No. 24

LEESBURG, Fla. – Weirton Madonna graduate Eddie Nogay collected his 24th career pitching victory in Game 1 and No. 25 Washington & Jefferson rallied with three runs in the seventh inning of Game 2 to sweep a doubleheader at Pat Thomas Stadium from St. Norbert Sunday in the first two of eight games the Presidents will play in Florida during spring break.

The Presidents (5-2) captured game one by a 12-4 margin and then edged the Green Nights 5-4 in the second contest,

Nogay improved to 2-0 and 24-1 overall after limiting SNC to one earned run (four overall) on six hits in five innings. He struck out seven and walked three.

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Central to hold meet the team

STEUBENVILLE – The Steubenville Catholic Central Athletic Boosters Club will host a meet the team at 4 p.m. Sunday in the high school gym. All are welcome to attend.

Oak Glen to hold meet the team

NEW MANCHESTER – Oak Glen High School will host a meet the team at 7 p.m. Monday in the high school gym. All are welcome to attend.

Lady Barons grab softball win

CLAIRMONT, Fla. – The Franciscan University of Steubenville softball team won its first game since April 30, 2011, when Rosemary Cassidy scored on a wild pitch for a 4-3 win over Anna Maria College Thursday. The Lady Barons then dropped a 21-0 count to Stevenson University.

“It was a long time coming so it was great to finally get one,” second year head coach Jen Parker said. “They had their heads in that game and played really smart. They were just really together.”

Pitcher Ashley Ruttencutter reached first and was doubled home by Kim Muscat. Katrina Fabian followed with an inside-the-park home run and it was 3-3.

Cassidy reached first, moved to second on a single by Elizabeth Knab and stole third.

Ruttencutter finished with three strikeouts and six walks.

“She did amazing. I thought about taking her out in the fifth inner just to get her some rest and she told me she wanted to stay in,” Parker said about her pitcher who only started pitching two weeks before the beginning of the season.

FUS plays Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Lancaster Bible College today.

FUS women’s lacrosse loses

WESTERVILLE, Ohio – The Franciscan University of Steubenville women’s lacrosse team lost, 20-2, at Otterbein University Thursday.

“I think the second half was better,” FUS head coach Maura Conant said.

Jessica Bestgen and Tracy McClelland scored for the Barons, who visit Wilmington College at 4 p.m. today.

FUS men’s tennis loses

CLERMONT, Fla. – The Franciscan University of Steubenville men’s tennis team lost 9-0 to Palm Beach Atlantic on Thursday.

“It was a good match, especially playing a Division II school,” head coach Jeremy Ellis said. “We knew it would be tough going in but it was a good match all around. Our number one singles and doubles played very tough especially at this level.

The Barons visit Penn State-Altoona at 3:30 p.m. on March 21.

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SUA seeking umpires

STEUBENVILLE – The Steubenville Umpires Association is looking for new officials for the upcoming summer season.

Due to the increase in business, the SUA is seeking men and women who may be interested in officiating baseball and softball from late April through mid-July. The association will accept individuals 15 years of age or older.

For information about becoming a member of the association, call the umpire hot line at (740) 264-2178.

The Steubenville Umpires Association has served area baseball and softball programs for more than 70 years.

Sportsman club to hold bow shoot

COLLIERS – The Colliers Sportsman Club on Putney Ridge Road will hold a bow shoot Sunday.

The shoot will start at 8 a.m. with the last shooter at 4 p.m. The cost is $10.

Food will be available.

Big Red boosters to meet

STEUBENVILLE – The Big Red Booster Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the high school conference room. All are welcome. Memberships are available.

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FUS men’s lacrosse loses

WASHINGTON, Pa. – The Franciscan University of Steubenville men’s lacrosse team dropped a 19-4 decision at Washington & Jefferson Tuesday.

“We started off well and were nice and settled,” FUS head coach Pete Rosaschi said. “Then the wheels came off in the second half and we got undisciplined on the offensive end. Our offense didn’t give our defense a break and they got pummeled.

“We have to play a very disciplined game of lacrosse. That is our brand to be successful and we lost our discipline. We kept urging them to settle down and just play their game and we played loose in the fourth quarter and when we do that we play well.”

Barons freshman midfielder Paul Modzelewski had two goals.

Sophomore attack and faceoff man William Erskine and sophomore attack Ryan Zbikowski had the other two goals for Barons.

“I’m proud of our guys how they kept pushing and did not quit,” Rosaschi said commenting on their back half of play. “Coach (Jonathan) Hoover and I are very proud of how these guys fought through the entire game, even when the outcome was decided way before the end of the game.”

The Barons take on Alma College at Bethany College at 5 p.m. Friday.

FUS softball loses two

CLERMONT, Fla. – The Franciscan University of Steubenville softball team dropped a doubleheader Tuesday to Monmouth College (10-1) and St. Paul University of Northwestern (25-9.)

Lady Barons pitcher Ashley Ruttencutter struck out two and allowed four runs in five innings. FUS junior first baseman Michele Volk scored the only run of the game with a home run in the fifth inning.

“We had higher expectations for this game than the way we performed,” head coach Jen Parker said. “It was a tough game for us all the way around. We weren’t making the kind of plays we needed to make to hold them off.”

In Game 2, junior second baseman Katrina Fabian and freshman catcher Kim Muscat both scored two runs, and senior Rosemary Cassidy also contributed a run. Junior Mallori Linscomb collected an RBI.

“It’s starting to come together,” Parker said. “I was proud of their performances this afternoon. It’s easy to get disenchanted in softball when you come off a hard loss your first game and then come into your second game and struggle, but they worked hard and it showed with their runs.”

“We have two girls pitching (Ruttencutter, an Indian Creek graduate and Weirton Madonna graduate Serra Alongi) who have never pitched before.” Parker said. “I can’t say anything negative about them. With only two, we’re limited so they have to work very hard. They’re working their butts off.”

FUS is back in action Thursday, taking on Anna Maria at 9 a.m. and Stevenson at 11 a.m.

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Crusaders to hold fundraiser

STEUBENVILLE – The second-annual Night at the Races, sponsored by the Catholic Central Alumni Association, will be held March 15 at the high school cafeteria. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the first race at 7:30 p.m.

It is to benefit Crusaders athletics.

The evening will include horse-racing, table-style games, 50/50 drawing, drawings will be held for prizes, a progressive drawing, food and beverages and a disc jockey. Cost of horse is $25.

For information, contact the school office at (740) 264-4484.

Edison to host steak fry

EAST SPRINGFIELD – The annual steak fry and auction sponsored by the Edison Athletic Boosters will be held March 15 at the Countryside Inn. Dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., accompanied by a silent auction. Live auction items will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the high school or at the door that evening.

For information, contact JoAnn Stagani at (740) 765-4313, ext. 101, or Cheryl Woodward at Stanton Elementary at (740) 282-5501.

Big Red boosters to meet

STEUBENVILLE – The Steubenville Big Red Boosters Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the high school conference room. The public is invited.

Softball sign ups

FOLLANSBEE – The Follansbee Girls Fastpitch Softball League will hold registration from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Garibaldi Club, 670 Main St.

Price is $55 for the first child ($80 no fundraiser), $40 for the second child ($45 no fundraiser) and $35 for the third child ($40 no fundraiser.)

There are three age divisions – 7-10, 11-13 and 14-18. Age must be as of Jan. 1, 2014. First-year participants should bring their birth certificate to the registration.

There is a $10 late fee to all registrants after Sunday.

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South tops Brooke in tourney

PARKERSBURG – The Brooke boys basketball team had its season ended by Parkersburg South on Wednesday. South won, 72-56, in a Class AAA sectional game.

Brooke finishes the season with an 11-12 record.

Thomas Cole led the Bruins with 16 points, while Anthony Barnhart added 15. Russell Schwertfeger chipped in with 10 and Drew Laughrie scored nine.

Brooke was whistled for 26 fouls and Parkersburg South shot 23 of 40 from the free throw line. Conversely, the Patriots committed just 13 fouls and Brooke shot 3 of 11 from the foul line.

Parkersburg South 72, Brooke 56

Brooke 6 15 20 15 56

South 15 20 21 16 72

Brooke (11-12): DeStefano 1 0-0 2, Laughrie 4 0-0 9, Cole 8 0-0 16, Green 1 0-2 2, Dameron 1 0-0 2, Schwertfeger 3 2-6 10, Sole 0 0-2 0, Barnahrt 6 1-1 15. TOTALS: 24 3-11 56. 3-pointers: Laughrie, Schwertfeger 2, Barnhart 2.

South: Dobson 6 2-4 19, Gilkeson 1 3-4 5, Monroe 1 4-10 6, Chichester 0 2-4 2, Kerr 2 5-6 11, Lawrentz 4 5-6 15, Rippeto 2 0-2 6, Berry 1 2-4 4, Boggs 2 0-0 4. TOTALS: 19 23-40 72. 3-pointers: Dobson 5, Kerr 2, Lawrence 2, Rippeto 2.

Softball sign ups

FOLLANSBEE – The Follansbee Girls Fastpitch Softball League will hold registration from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Garibaldi Club, 670 Main St.

Price is $55 for the first child ($80 no fundraiser), $40 for the second child ($45 no fundraiser) and $35 for the third child ($40 no fundraiser.)

There are three age divisions – 7-10, 11-13 and 14-18. Age must be as of Jan. 1, 2014. First-year participants should bring their birth certificate to the registration.

There is a $10 late fee to all registrants after Sunday.

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Big Red selling tickets

STEUBENVILLE?- Tickets for Steubenville Big Red’s boys basketball district final game at 7 p.m. Thursday against Dover at Ohio University-Eastern will be on sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily through Thursday at the high school ticket office.

Tickets are $5 presale and $7 at the door.

Knights to host hoops

TORONTO – Toronto High School is going to operate a Monday night boys basketball league during June and July. Teams will be guaranteed two games each night. For information, contact Red Knights boys coach John Leary by e-mail at clemente212@comcast.net or by calling or texting (304) 914-1551.

Emery is a national qualifier

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – West Liberty’s Mike Emery was regional runner-up at 165 pounds and two other Hilltopper wrestlers came up just short of joining him at this month’s NCAA Division II Nationals Sunday afternoon as the Super Region One Championships concluded its two-day run at the Pitt-Johnstown Sports Center.

Emery, a junior from Indian Creek High School, pulled off one of the tournament’s biggest surprises as the No. 6 seed battled all the way to the 165-pound championship match before dropping a hard-fought 7-3 decision to top-seeded Eric Burgey of Notre Dame of Ohio. Burgey came into the tournament ranked No. 3 nationally at 165.

The top three regional placers in each of the 10 weight classes advance to the 2014 NCAA Division II National Championships, which will be held March 14-15 in Cleveland.

Two other members of coach Brian Davis’s Hilltopper squad notched fourth-place finishes on Sunday to come away one win shy of a national qualifying berth.

Eric Antesberger, a junior 174-pounder from North Pole, Alaska, lost to Notre Dame’s Joey Davis – the nation’s No. 1-ranked 174-pounder – in the championship semifinals. The No. 4-seeded Antesberger bounced back with a 12-7 win against Pitt-Johnstown’s Nikos Garofola in the consolation semis but couldn’t get past Mercyhurst’s August Mizia of Mercyhurst in the third-place match.

A similar fate befell WLU’s Aaron Silverio, a sophomore 285-pounder from Shadyside. Entering the regional as the No. 7 seed, Silverio upset No. 2 seed Matt Pringle of American International on Saturday to earn a spot in the championship semifinals. Silverio carried No. 3 seed Andy Welton of Mercyhurst to overtime in their semifinal match only to lose a 2-1 decision in the first tie-breaker.