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Early Bird Invitational makes triumphant return to Harding Stadium

STEUBENVILLE – The last two springs, the track and field complex at Harding Stadium sat idle without hosting its signature event — the Early Bird Invitational. Last season, of course, every track facility stayed empty due to restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic wiping out the ...

Cameron spoils Madonna’s senior night, 53-45

WEIRTON — Spring sports have started in Ohio, as the temperature outside has begun to heat up. Meanwhile in West Virginia, things have started to heat up inside on the hardwood, as basketball season approaches crunch time. The Madonna boys basketball team led by three in the fourth quarter, ...

Red Riders fall on the road

BLACKSVILLE — The Weir High boys basketball team fell to Clay-Battelle, 50-40, on Saturday. Anthony Cross paced the Red Riders (4-6) with 18 points, while Tyler Kelly scored 14. Clay-Battelle's Gavin Moore netted a game-high 24 points. Weir High tentatively hosts Wheeling Park on ...

Big Red softball sweeps Ferry in opener

MARTINS FERRY — The Steubenville softball team opened the season with a doubleheader sweep over Martins Ferry on Saturday. In the first game, Big outlasted the Purple Riders, 7-5, in 12 innings, then won 11-7 in the second. Lakyn Blackburn picked up both victories on the mound. She ...

Madonna pulls off major upset, takes back city championship

WEIRTON — The Cory Wingett era for the Madonna girls basketball team began on March 4 with an ugly 30-point defeat to Weir High on its home court. It was a tough pill for the Blue Dons to swallow, but Wingett is a very positive person. Even after that contest, he knew that was not the type ...

Buckeyes’ Liddell speaks out about abuse

COLUMBUS — Ohio State star E.J. Liddell says he’ll continue speaking out against social-media users who direct racist, abusive and threatening messages at him and other athletes. Liddell was rattled by a social-media rant directed at him after the Buckeyes were upset by Oral Roberts in ...