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Weir gets back to winning

STEUBENVILLE — Weir High has been in a funk the past few days following a seven-game winning streak. It fell in the OVAC Class 4A championship to St. Clairsville on Saturday, then it was no-hit by Oak Glen on Monday. The Red Riders needed to find their groove again, and they did just that ...

Wheeling Park stifles Brooke, 10-0

WHEELING — Fresh off of Saturday’s OVAC big school championship, coach Steve Myers’ Wheeling Park baseball team returned to action Tuesday, once again playing good fundamental baseball and doing the little things needed to continue the Patriots on what is quickly becoming a special ...

St. C shuts down Creek for Buckeye 8 title

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — These are good times for St. Clairsville baseball. Three days removed from adding another OVAC championship, the Red Devils tacked on the Buckeye 8 crown, disposing of Indian Creek, 2-0, Tuesday afternoon at Memorial Park. It marks St. C.’s fifth straight Buckeye 8 ...

Jones drives down low to Keiser University

Indian Creek senior Taylor Jones signed her letter of intent Tuesday to continue her academic and basketball careers at Keiser University. Jones is a 1,000-point scorer and helped lead the Redskins to their first regional tournament appearance this past season. With her are, front, from left, ...

Red Knights advance to Division IV East sectional finals

BELLAIRE — The Toronto softball team advanced to the Division IV East sectional finals following a 6-2 victory over Shadyside on Tuesday. Riley Kinsey went the distance to collect the victory. She allowed two runs on four hits and struck out one. Second baseman Bri Burrus made 10 defensive ...

Stokes’ 1st career hits help Pirates solve Reds

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Troy Stokes Jr. drove in runs with each of his first two major league hits, JT Brubaker pitched six strong innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates finally beat the Cincinnati Reds, 7-2 on Tuesday night. Two days after making his debut, Stokes hit an RBI single in the fourth ...

Every Red Rider contributes in 8-4 victory

WEIRTON — The Weir High softball team continues to get the job done. Weir came into its game against Linsly scoring 55 runs in its last three games, and the Red Riders recorded eight more against the Cadets Monday, en route to an 8-4 victory. Weir scored three runs in the bottom of the ...

Misch, Bruins shut down Patriots

WHEELING — During Monday’s softball game against Wheeling Park, Brooke had a handful of opportunities in the early going to plate some runs. However, after the Bruins couldn’t sport one after three straight innings of stranding a runner on third, they finally broke through. Alexa ...

Edison rocks Barnesville, 10-0

RICHMOND — Edison sophomore Katie Fluharty has been on a roll the past couple of weeks in the circle for her softball team. During Monday’s Division III East sectional semifinal against 15th-seeded Barnesville, it was more of the same. Fluharty tossed a two-hit shutout, while striking out ...

Self-inflicted wounds hurt Big Red in shutout

STEUBENVILLE — One bad defensive inning and a couple of missed opportunities played critical roles in Steubenville’s 7-0 loss to Dover Monday at Vaccaro Field. The visitors, now 16-4, loaded the bases against Big Red starter Andrew Gresko in the second with one out. The senior lefty ...

Creek girls eliminated in sectionals

DUNCAN FALLS — The 11th-seeded Indian Creek softball squad concluded its season with a 4-1 defeat to eighth-seeded Philo during a Division II East 1 sectional semifinal on Monday. Carley Jo Penner went the distance but took the loss. She allowed three earned runs on six hits, two walks and ...

Big Red, Creek to meet a 3rd time this season in sectional tourney

Area baseball teams on the Ohio side of the river found out who they will face and when they will play to open their tournament runs on Sunday.  Four local teams will open the dance at home, while three teams do not have to go very far to see a familiar opponent.  In the Division II, East 1 ...

Blue Dons win a thriller, claim OVAC three-peat

TORONTO — Madonna baseball coach Jeff Baire said games like Saturday's OVAC title thriller are why he wanted to coach again. It is easy to see why. His Blue Dons, who came into the OVAC tournament as the No. 3 seed, entered the seventh inning down a run, rallied to tie the game, then ...

Miscues hurt Red Riders in OVAC final loss to St. Clairsville

ELM GROVE — It's the little things that win championships. St. Clairsville did those Saturday in claiming its 12th Ohio Valley Athletic Conference baseball title, and the first since going back-to-back in 2015-16. The No. 2 seed Red Devils (14-6) executed bunts in several key situations to ...

Weir High bats stay on fire during Saturday sweep

STEUBENVILLE — The Weir softball team applied pressure to Steubenville all seven innings. Weir had at least one base runner in all seven innings, and the Red Riders made the most of their opportunities en route to a 7-3 victory to spoil Big Red's senior day in their first game of the day ...

Thompson pitches, hits Big Red to City Championship

STEUBENVILLE — J.T. Thompson did the job on the mound and at the plate on a chilly Saturday afternoon as Steubenville blanked Catholic Central 10-0 to claim the 2021 city baseball championship. The junior righty allowed just three hits (singles by Alex Solema, Andrew Dorsey and Brayden ...

CCHS girls win title, boys finish runner-up at OVAC finals

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The final Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Championships of the school year were presented Saturday afternoon. The OVAC Cal Giffin Track and Field Championship concluded its week at chilly Red Devil Stadium with several familiar faces rising to the top of the girls team ...

Brooke hangs on, fends off Toronto

WELLSBURG — For the second time in as many games, the Brooke softball team earned a narrow win over Toronto on its home diamond, this time hanging on for a 6-5 win. Saturday's game, originally scheduled to be played in Toronto but moved to Brooke due to field conditions, was each team's ...

Shadyside shuts down Red Knights in OVAC Class 2A championship

TORONTO — Shadyside junior pitcher Mason VanNest wanted the baseball. His head coach, Shawn Selmon, obliged. VanNest did the rest. Riding the right arm of VanNest and impressive defense, Shadyside captured its third OVAC baseball championship in school history by handing Toronto a ...

Nemeth’s blasts lead Huskies past Big Red

STEUBENVILLE — Treston Nemeth sent his sixth and seventh home runs of the season over the Vacarro Field fence to lead Harrison Central to a 7-2 victory over Steubenville Friday night. Big Red took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning with a two-run triple from J.T. Thompson, ...