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Harrison Central falls to Bellaire for second time

BELLAIRE — When Lexee McAfee drained a 3-pointer from the left wing to pull Harrison Central to within six points of Bellaire with 5:21 remaining in the second quarter Monday night, Huskies head coach Nick Yourkovich called a quick timeout. Unfortunately for Yourkovich and his squad, the ...

Kitchens promises fun and victories

CLEVELAND (AP) — Freddie Kitchens briefly left football. Football never left him. Shortly after he stopped playing quarterback at Alabama, where he started for three seasons, Kitchens spent his weekends washing FedEx trucks to supplement his income as a car salesman. When those Saturday ...

Pitt rolls past Florida State

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jeff Capel noticed the fearlessness in Trey McGowens, Xavier Johnson and Au’Diese Toney right away. The way they played, it was almost impossible to miss. Capel leaned on that inherent daring when he made his recruiting pitch to them last spring just days after taking ...

CCHS’s Stoll suiting up one more time

STEUBENVILLE — Jake Stoll, a standout lineman for Catholic Central, has earned one more blocking assignment. Stoll, a four-year letter winner for the Crusaders, has been selected to play in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl on Jan. 29 inside AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys. ...

COLUMN: First half of hoops season has been exciting

With the high school basketball seasons reaching the midway point (or close to it), so much has happened. Fourth-quarter comebacks, losing big leads, intense crowd reactions. Yes, it’s been pretty fun so far. With tournament time looming, let’s take a look at what the first half of ...

Nailers win second-straight over Indy, tie in standings

WHEELING — Disappointed by a loss to Utah to begin a three-game weekend, the Wheeling Nailers bounced back in a big way by sweeping a pair from the Indy Fuel. Zac Lynch buried his 11th goal of the season at 1:02 of overtime as the Nailers (19-16-2 — 40) opened the second half of their ...

Seeds set for 66th OVAC wrestling tournament

WHEELING — It is officially Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Wrestling Week as seeds for the 66th edition of the OVAC Ron Mauck Tournament were released Sunday night during a press conference inside Generations Restaurant. As has been pretty much the case since it joined the bi-state league, ...

Brady, Patriots roll past Rivers, Chargers, 41-28

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady recognizes that there are some who believe the Patriots are nearing the end of their run of unprecedented playoff success. New England took its first step toward possibly silencing those voices for a little longer. Sony Michel ran for 129 yards and had ...

Saints march back, ground the reigning champions

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When the New Orleans Saints finally found their rhythm, they marched one step closer to the Super Bowl. Using a dominant ball-control offense and a few gambles that paid off, the Saints got two touchdown passes from Drew Brees and two interceptions from Marcus Lattimore ...

Cavaliers stun Lakers 101-95 to end 12-game losing streak

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wins have been hard to come by for the Cleveland Cavaliers this season, so coach Larry Drew has been focused on the incremental signs of progress. Against the Los Angeles Lakers, Drew saw those little things help put the Cavaliers into the right side of the win ...

Abram’s big fourth quarter lifts Big Red

STEUBENVILLE — Due to early foul trouble on Saturday, Steubenville sophomore Makayla Abram mainly sat during the first three quarters against Buckeye Local. With junior Madison Fields notching a double-double and Big Red putting an emphasis on defense, it overcame senior Emily Holzopfel and ...

Donnelly is back in baseball

STEUBENVILLE — A call from the New York Mets interrupted Rich Donnelly’s Thursday afternoon racquetball game. An hour or so later, his plans to take the summer off were turned upside down. Donnelly, a professional baseball veteran with more than 50 years of coaching experience, has been ...

Big Red wrestlers place second in Burgetstown

BURGETTSTOWN — The Steubenville wrestling team competed in the Burgettstown Invitational on Saturday and saw four of its wrestlers win championships. As a team, Big Red just missed out on the top spot, scoring 178 points to team champion Pottsville’s 190. Wrestling their way to the top of ...

Wilson’s return to Ohio had a tough ending

COLUMBUS — It’s not the way Tariq Wilson had it scripted out. The Steubenville High School graduate and N.C. State 133-pound redshirt sophomore was returning to his home state for the first time since he stunned the nation in finishing third at the 2018 NCAA Division I National Tournament ...

Local swimmers compete in Red Devil/Buckeye 8 meet

WHEELING — It was a red-letter day for the Red Devils on Saturday at the Red Devil Invitational. Buoyed by a record-setting performance by freshman Casadie DiBetta, St. Clairsville’s boys and girls swept the event inside Wheeling Jesuit University’s McDonough Center, which doubled as ...

Iowa hands No. 16 Ohio State 3rd-straight loss

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa and Ohio State are trending in completely different directions. That’s great news for the Hawkeyes — and terrible news for the suddenly scuffling Buckeyes. Luka Garza scored 16 points, Tyler Cook had 15 points with eight rebounds and Iowa rolled past No. 16 ...

Likekele leads Oklahoma State over WVU, 85-77

MORGANTOWN (AP) — With an upcoming home stretch, it looks like Oklahoma State is getting hot at the right time. Isaac Likekele had some fun, scoring a career-high 23 points with nine rebounds to lead the Cowboys to its first true road win, beating West Virginia 85-77 on Saturday. “I was ...

Funderburk leads No. 15 NC State past Pitt

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — No. 15 North Carolina State lost both a starting big man and its point guard. Good thing for the Wolfpack that their depth is the envy of most teams. DJ Funderburk scored 12 of his career-high 18 points in the second half, and N.C. State beat Pittsburgh 86-80 on ...

BRIEFS

Brooke boys stopped by Nitro NITRO — The Brooke boys basketball team fell, 105-54, on the road at Nitro on Saturday. The Bruins were led by 17 points from Logan Williams. Brooke also got eight points each from Aleksey Razz and Jimmy Willis. The Bruins host Oak Glen on Tuesday. Nitro ...

East Liverpool fends off Catholic Central

EAST LIVERPOOL — It was far from a spotless performance, but the East Liverpool boys basketball team had enough firepower to outgun a physical, scrappy Steubenville Catholic Central squad 61-48 Friday at Potter Fieldhouse. “We started out pretty slow, we know we can still get better,” ...