Briefs

CCHS hosting reverse drawing

STEUBENVILLE — Catholic Central’s Winter Fest: Reverse Drawing and Beer/Wine Tasting will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Steubenville Country Club.

All individuals who kept their tickets from the basketball reverse drawing are entered and are welcomed to join the event at no additional charge. Others must purchase new tickets set at $30 per person.

To purchase tickets, contact Carol Scurti at (740) 264-5538 or anyone involved with the CCHS Boosters. All proceeds benefit CCHS winter athletics.

Basketball tryouts upcoming

FAIRMONT — The West Virginia Reign Elite travel basketball club tryouts for boys in grades 4-8 will be held on Feb. 17, with times and location to be announced at a later date.

For information, contact coach Ronnie Nuzum by text at (304) 657-0954 or coachnewz32@aol.com.

Follansbee holding tryouts

FOLLANSBEE — Follansbee 10U Lightning will hold tryouts for the upcoming season from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 2 at St. Anthony’s gym.

For information, contact Gary McKinney at (304) 374-3450 or Randy Gasaway at (304) 374-7710.

AAU girls tournament dates set

SISSONVILLE — The West Virginia AAU Girls Basketball Association has announced dates for the state tournament in April at Sissonville High School.

For grades 3, 5, 7 and 9, the tournament will be held from April 5-7. For grades 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10, it will run from April 26-28.

For information, visit wvaaubw.com or contact Clarence Woody at (304) 421-6318.

No. 2 Duke shuts down Pitt

PITTSBURGH — Zion Williamson hit his first 10 shots on his way to 25 points, fellow freshman RJ Barrett scored 26 and No. 2 Duke had little trouble with Pittsburgh in a 79-64 victory on Tuesday night.

Williamson finished 11 of 13 from the floor to go with seven rebounds and seven assists for the Blue Devils (16-2, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who kept the Panthers (12-7, 2-4) in check even without injured freshman guard Tre Jones. Duke held Pitt to 41 percent shooting, outrebounded the Panthers 39-34 and wasn’t in any real danger after a surge midway through the first half.

Trey McGowens led Pitt with 14 points, Jared Wilson-Frame and Terrell Brown added 12 each but the Panthers simply couldn’t match Duke’s size or firepower.

Pitt head coach Jeff Capel expected it to feel “weird” while facing Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Capel spent seven years as Krzyzewski’s top assistant before leaving to join the Panthers last spring, developing a reputation as one of the top recruiters in the country.

Capel hopes to one day bring in the kind of talent to Pitt that now regularly flocks to the Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils. He might, but not quite yet. The talent gulf between the two programs came into vivid detail once the early adrenaline — fueled in part by a sold-out crowd at raucous Petersen Events Center that included rap superstar Jay-Z — wore off and the Williamson went to work.

The Panthers actually led 16-15 early but Duke responded with a 12-0 run that showcased Williamson’s remarkable gifts. He hit a lay-up in traffic, drilled a 3-pointer and tipped in a Barrett miss to put the Blue Devils firmly in control and put the rest any concern about an emotional letdown following a taut victory over the Cavaliers.

Rivera first unanimous HOF pick

NEW YORK — This honor was saved for the one and only Mariano Rivera.

Not Babe Ruth. Not Hank Aaron. Not Cy Young. Not until “The Sandman” could everyone agree.

Rivera became baseball’s first unanimous Hall of Fame selection, elected Tuesday along with Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina and the late Roy Halladay. Rivera received all 425 votes in balloting announced by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Ken Griffey Jr. held the mark for top percentage at 99.32 when he was on 437 of 440 ballots two years ago.

“Beyond my imagination,” Rivera said.

The quartet will be enshrined in Cooperstown along with Today’s Game Era Committee selections Harold Baines and Lee Smith on July 21.

Rivera is baseball’s career saves leader with 652. With a steady demeanor and a fearsome cut fastball, he won five World Series over 19 seasons with the New York Yankees. He was always at his best in October, getting 42 saves with a 0.70 ERA over 16 postseasons, including 11 saves in the World Series.

Halladay, an ace with the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies, got 85.4 percent and will be the first posthumous inductee since Deacon White in 2013 and Ron Santo in 2012. Halladay died in November 2017 at 40 years old when an airplane he was flying crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida.

From staff and wire reports

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