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Oak Glen’s season ends; Weir to face North Marion on Friday

RACHEL — It would have been fair to worry that, as North Marion circled the bases inning after inning in the first game of its sectional semifinal doubleheader against Oak Glen, it just might tire itself out for Game 2. To the chagrin of their visiting opponents, though, the Huskies only ...

Wheeling Park eliminates Brooke from tourney

GLEN DALE — Wheeling Park earned the right to face John Marshall by beating Brooke 1-0 in an elimination game Wednesday afternoon. Maddie Osborne went the distance for the Patriots, earning a shutout victory. Wheeling Park scored its lone run in the third as Kins singled home Kesley ...

Best friends Jones, Lawrence teaming up at Youngstown State University

STEUBENVILLE — DaJuan Jones and Marlon Lawrence have been playing football together for a long time. If all goes according to plan, the two standouts on Big Red’s 2017 Division IV championship squad will have four more years of being teammates. During a ceremony inside the Crimson Center ...

Wildcats capture Buckeye 8 title over Red Devils

RICHMOND — The Edison softball team has had a memorable week. For the second time in less than a week, Edison won a championship, while St. Clairsville lost out on another. The Wildcats fell behind early, rallied to take a four-run lead then held on to defeat the Red Devils, 5-4, to win ...

Edison boys fall to St. C

RICHMOND — St. Clairsville captured its third consecutive Buckeye 8 championship Wednesday with a 5-2 victory over Edison at the Jefferson State Lake Park diamond. Dustin Carrothers battled his way through seven innings to earn the win for the Red Devils, who now stand at 12-6 on the ...

Wheeling Park erases deficit to down Big Red

WHEELING — Baltimore Orioles legend Earl Weaver once said that the key to winning baseball games is pitching, fundamentals and three-run homers. Wheeling Park provided all three on Wednesday as it rallied for a 7-5 victory over Steubenville at Patriot Field. Big Red held a 3-0 advantage ...

Madonna kicks off postseason strong

ELM GROVE — When the Madonna softball team has been able to get on the field this season, it has been successful. Now that the weather is starting to cooperate with the Blue Dons, they are rolling just in time for the sectional tournament. Coach Chris Conti’s club opened the tournament in ...

Oak Glen advances in dramatic fashion

NEW MANCHESTER — Oak Glen came from behind in the bottom of the seventh with Amber Moore getting a walk-off single up the middle to score Eileen Flowers with the winning run in a decisive 7-6 victory over Fairmont Senior on Tuesday. The win was the second in a best-of-three play-in series ...

Weir High ends recent struggles, disposes Indian Creek

MINGO JUNCTION — One day after allowing 20 runs to Brooke, the Weir baseball team turned it around on Tuesday and received a good outing from its starting pitcher en route to a 20-5 victory over Indian Creek in five innings at John Muth Field. The game was quite a turnaround for Weir as the ...

Big Red cools down as weather heats up

STEUBENVILLE — When opportunity knocks, it’s always wise to open the door. St. Clairsville did exactly that in Tuesday’s 15-1 five-inning dismantling of Steubenville at Vaccaro Field. The Red Devils, who dropped a tough 6-5 verdict to Big Red in the OVAC Class 4A semifinals on April ...

Big Red’s Kelley, others qualify in OVAC tourney

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Half of the field for Cal Giffin OVAC Track and Field Championship Meet has officially received its invitation for a return trip on Saturday. The 1A/2A and 4A schools began their qualifying under splendid weather conditions at sun-splashed Red Devil Stadium Tuesday ...

Brooke falls in sectional action to Wheeling Park

GLEN DALE — Wheeling Park pulled out a narrow, hard-fought victory over Brooke in the first game on Tuesday at Monarch Field. Park was again haunted by free passes as the Bruins plated a pair of runs in the first, both reached on errors. Kieran Johnson and Mahayla McCroskey each accounted ...

Buckeye drains River

CONNORVILLE — Tori Luyster belted a walk-off two-run double with the bags juiced and no one out in the bottom of the seventh inning Tuesday afternoon, lifting Buckeye Local to 7-6 victory against River under crystal-clear skies at the Panthers’ softball complex. Luyster’s blast capped a ...

Ovechkin’s late goal lifts Caps

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom have spent their entire careers chasing the Pittsburgh Penguins and shouldering their own franchise’s onerous history of playoff failures. One brilliant end-to-end rush gave the two Washington Capitals teammates and their resilient ...

Cavs steal Game 1 from Raptors in OT

TORONTO (AP) — This time, LeBron James didn’t have to do it all by himself. James had 26 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds for his 21st career playoff triple-double, J.R. Smith scored 20 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Toronto Raptors 113-112 in overtime on Tuesday night to ...

Brooke scores 20, out-slugs Weir High in crazy contest

WEIRTON — What is now known as Ed Bowman Field in the heart of downtown Weirton is a ballpark that is at least 90 years old and has been the site of many more than 1,000 baseball games. Chances are there was never one quite like the struggle between visiting Brooke and Weir High Monday ...

Bear necessities

NEW MANCHESTER — The number of hits is not as important as timely hits. The Oak Glen softball team found this out in its WVSSAC sectional doubleheader with Fairmont Senior on Monday. The Golden Bears racked up at least 15 hits in both games, but scored 10 fewer in the second as the Polar ...

Crusaders walk-off in rare home contest

STEUBENVILLE — Catholic Central’s Josh Costello was the star of Monday’s game, just the second home contest for CCHS this season. Costello collected three hits and an RBI at the plate, and he pitched seven strong innings on the mound as he picked up the win thanks to an unearned run ...

Weir’s Spencer sets OVAC Class 5A record

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The quest for an Ohio Valley Athletic Conference track and field championship began under ideal conditions Monday afternoon at sun-drenched Red Devil Stadium. Qualifying rounds for Classes 3A and 5A were staged with the top four finishers in each event earning a return ...

Edison grabs top seed in Buckeye 8 game with win over Indian Creek

MINGO JUNCTION — Edison’s baseball team rode strong pitching, timely hitting and solid defense to an OVAC Class 4A title on Saturday. The Wildcats used that same formula Monday to earn a spot in Wednesday’s Buckeye 8 championship game. Anthony Sinicropi gave coach Mike Collopy six ...