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Buzzer-beating heartbreaker

WELLSBURG — Madonna girls basketball coach Rodney Boniti called Friday’s Region 1, Section 1 championship a heavyweight battle. His No. 1 seed Blue Dons had the defending Class A state champions on the ropes, but the No. 2 seed Maroon Knights landed the final blow. With the game tied ...

Cook brothers, Bears’ Hall advance to finals today

HUNTINGTON — A pair of Ohio Valley Class A-AA matmen will look to defend their state titles tonight when the 72nd-annual West Virginia state wrestling wraps up its three-day stay inside Big Sandy Superstore Arena. Oak Glen’s Peyton Hall and Madonna’s Alec Cook each won a pair of matches ...

Big Red gets taste of upcoming tourney, falls hard to New Philadelphia, 71-53

STEUBENVILLE — One bad stretch doomed Big Red. The New Philadelphia boys basketball team ripped off a big run in the third quarter and did not look back, en route to a 71-53 victory against Steubenville Friday night inside the Crimson Center. The score was tied at 37 in the third when New ...

Toronto boys set school record, defeat Southern

TORONTO — The Toronto boys basketball team won its 20th game with a 61-51 victory over Southern Local on Friday. The 20 wins set an all-time school record previously held by the 1992 squad. Friday also marked the Red Knights’ 25th-consecutive win in the Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference ...

Frazier excited about opportunity to play regularly

BRADENTON, Fla. — Adam Frazier is getting to be a regular starter this year as the Pittsburgh Pirates’ second baseman. Frazier spent the first three seasons of his career as a utility player, making 95 starts at second, 61 in left, 20 in right, five in center, three at third base and one ...

Robert Kraft accused of soliciting prostitute

JUPITER, Fla. — Robert Kraft, the billionaire owner of the New England Patriots, faces charges of soliciting a prostitute after he was twice videotaped in a sex act at a shopping-center massage parlor in Florida, police said Friday. The 77-year-old Kraft denied any wrongdoing. The charge ...

Oak Glen, Weir High, Madonna have winners as A/AA begins

HUNTINGTON — Oak Glen’s Peyton Hall (138 pounds) took the first step towards his third West Virginia state wrestling championship Thursday night inside Big Sandy Superstore Arena as the 72nd- annual event wrapped up the first night of action. Hall, a junior who has committed to West ...

Big second half lifts Oak Glen

NEW MANCHESTER — After a slow first half, Oak Glen turned up the defense, shot lights out and raced away with a 71-57 win over John Marshall Thursday night inside the Oak Glen Fieldhouse. It was the regular season finale for both teams. Both teams played mostly zone defense in the first ...

Catholic Central moves on

STEUBENVILLE — Tournament basketball is all about surviving and advancing. Catholic Central did exactly that Thursday in its Eastern District Division IV opener. Three players reached double figures as the sixth-seeded Crusaders held off Caldwell, the 12th seed, 47-33 inside the Mickey ...

Toronto girls win in OT to open sectionals

STRASBURG — The Toronto girls basketball team began its tournament run with a win in dramatic fashion. The No. 11 seed Red Knights defeated No. 10 seed Strasburg 60-59 in double overtime to advance in the Division IV, East District sectional bracket. Toronto advances to face No. 2 seed ...

Brooke’s Camilletti wins in Class AAA on opening day

HUNTINGTON — Nineteen Class AAA Ohio Valley wrestlers advanced after the first night of the 72nd-annual West Virginia State tournament Thursday inside Big Sandy Super Store Arena. Wheeling Park had 11 of 13 individuals prevail while John Marshall saw seven of 10 come out on top. Brooke ...

Panthers ready to pounce as the tournament starts

CONNORVILLE — The postseason has started, but the Buckeye Local basketball teams are waiting for their chance to play. The Buckeye Local girls will play at 2 p.m. Saturday at Union Local in an Ohio Division III Eastern District Sectional game. The Panthers (10-12) are the No. 10 seed in the ...

Huskies use extra time to prep for tournament runs

CADIZ — Time off can be a good thing for a team, but too much time off can be bad. The Harrison Central boys and girls basketball teams hope the extra time between the regular season and the postseason will be good for them. On the girl’s side, Harrison Central is scheduled to open up ...

Sharks pummel Penguins, 4-0

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Evander Kane couldn’t help himself. Skating near the Pittsburgh Penguins bench late in the third period Thursday, the San Jose Sharks forward took a peek at Pittsburgh’s whiteboard, which may — or may not — have written down the time it planned on pulling goaltender ...

John Marshall girls hold off Brooke in Class AAA semifinal

MOUNDSVILLE — Some wins can be quite painful. None more than John Marshall’s hard-fought, 46-41, Class AAA Region 1, Section 1 triumph over scrappy Brooke Wednesday night at the Moundsville Field House. While the win propels the Monarchs into Friday’s sectional championship tilt ...

Madonna boys fall at home to one of the best in Class A

WEIRTON — Madonna hung with Clarksburg Notre Dame, the No. 2 team in West Virginia Class A basketball, through the first half but only scored 13 second-half points, as the Irish’s size and quickness dominated in a 71-41 victory Wednesday night inside the Dube Dome. The game wrapped up the ...

Big Red girls advance to Saturday

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Through the first 21 games of the season, Jeff Lombardo hadn’t seen his Steubenville girls basketball team play a complete 32 minutes. Big Red (13-9) picked a great time to put together an all-around game, as the 10th seeds knocked off No. 7 St. Clairsville, 44-30, ...

Philo eliminates Indian Creek again in sectional action, 51-47

By JOE CATULLO Sports editor WINTERSVILLE — After falling to Philo in the Division II sectional final almost to the day a season ago, the Indian Creek girls basketball team felt confident and ready to get its revenge on Wednesday. However, missed free throws and layups, combined with ...

Edison’s season ends in Bellaire

BELLAIRE — To say that the Bellaire Lady Reds’ playoff victory Tuesday evening was dominant may actually be somewhat understated. Bellaire cruised to a 26-point lead after the first quarter and never looked back, en route to an 80-24 victory over Edison, setting up a Saturday matchup ...

Steelers not tagging Bell

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Le’Veon Bell is free to go. Antonio Brown, maybe not so much. The Pittsburgh Steelers have no plans to place a transition tag on Bell, allowing the star running back to reach the open market when free agency begins next month. And while the team will explore moving ...