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Franciscan men pull an upset of AMCC leading La Roche

STEUBENVILLE — The Franciscan University of Steubenville men’s basketball team upset La Roche University, the No. 1 team in the AMCC, 72-71 on Wednesday night inside the Finnegan Fieldhouse. The Barons (5-7, 4-4 AMCC) trailed by nine points, 43-34, at halftime, but out-scored La Roche ...

Red Rider bowlers win a pair of matches

WEIRTON — The Weir High bowling team picked up a couple of victories this week, Monday over Barnesville and Tuesday over Beaver Local. On Monday, the Red Riders topped the Shamrocks 2,380 pins to 2,014 pins. Wayne Zapotoczyn Jr. led the way with a score of 249, while Thomas Babinchak ...

Former Steeler Donnie Shell among those headed to the hall of fame

(AP) - Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue has made the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his fifth attempt. Tagliabue and former New York Giants general manager George Young made it as contributors. Ex-Dallas Cowboys safety Cliff Harris and former Cleveland receiver Mac Speedie completed the ...

Strong defensive effort lifts Weir High over Edison

RICHMOND — Veteran Weir High boys basketball head coach Mike Granato knows his team has to focus on defense if it is going to have success. It did on Tuesday night, using strong defense and a couple of key scoring runs to pull away from Edison for a 56-40 road victory. “I was real happy ...

Oak Glen holds off Brooke, 60-57

WELLSBURG — The Oak Glen and Brooke boys basketball teams had good looks throughout Tuesday night that did not drop, and both teams were snakebitten in the waning seconds of the game. Trailing by three points, Brooke had one last look at the basket, but Nick Brown’s potential game-tying ...

Red Knights get revenge, defeat Crusaders in OT

TORONTO — Shane Keenan missed 5 of his first 7 free throws in Tuesday’s rematch with Catholic Central. When the game was on the line, however, the sophomore delivered. Keenan went 5 for 6 from the stripe in overtime, and senior A.J. Clegg knocked down a couple of key jumpers, as Toronto ...

Big Red boys bested by New Philadelphia

NEW PHILADELPHIA — The Steubenville boys basketball team was defeated by New Philadelphia, 76-51, on Tuesday. Chase Zimmerman led Big Red (7-5) with 14 points. Zion Sawyer had nine points, while Calvin Bickerstaff added eight. Steubenville hosts St. Clairsville on Tuesday. New ...

Potters’ bench sparks team over Buckeye Local

EAST LIVERPOOL — About two weeks ago, East Liverpool senior Nick Woodyard stepped forward and told coach Nate Conley he needed to step up and do more. “I always talk to him about making an impact when he comes off the bench. We needed him to be more aggressive,” Conley said. The ...

Mitchell’s 35-point performance not enough for Harrison Central

CADIZ — After dropping three straight, St. Clairsville head coach Ryan Clifford admitted a trip to Harrison Central and a showdown against the Huskies and talented Kobe Mitchell wasn’t exactly the best place to look to get healthy. But the Red Devils overcame a sluggish start, and a ...

BRIEFS

Boosters accepting nominations STEUBENVILLE — The Big Red Boosters Club will be accepting nominations for officers election at the next regular meeting on Monday. The election will take place the first regular meeting after that. WV AAU sets tournament dates CHARLESTON — The WV AAU ...

Weir High’s Mikula nets 1,000th point in win

WEIRTON — Stuck one point shy of a milestone for a couple of minutes, Sophia Mikula sent the Weir High crowd into a frenzy every time she touched ball early in the second quarter of Monday’s game. Three times the crowd was ready to erupt, just to sit back down after Mikula’s layup ...

Indian Creek prevails in battle of unbeatens with Park, 67-57

WINTERSVILLE — Two unbeaten OVAC Class 5A powers put on a whale of a show Monday inside Indian Creek’s packed gymnasium. When the final curtain fell, Creek’s perfect record remained intact thanks to a thrilling 67-57 victory over Wheeling Park, West Virginia’s top-ranked Class AAA ...

Fourth-quarter rally lifts Bears over Red Knights again, 61-55

TORONTO — Coaches claim basketball is a game of runs, and Monday night’s matchup between the Oak Glen and Toronto girls basketball teams certainly proved that point. The Red Knights staged a rally to take the lead early in the fourth quarter, but the Golden Bears recorded a rally of their ...

Huskies bowl to Buckeye 8 titles

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Winning never gets old for Harrison Central bowling coach Bobbie Parkinson. For her, she cherishes each time the Huskies bring home another title, which has become commonplace for her program the last few seasons. Harrison Central added a pair of trophies to the new ...

Platt’s 15 points not enough for Brooke

WHEELING — The Brooke girls basketball team fell to Linsly, 54-40, on Monday. Madison Platt led the Bruins with 15 points. Ava Bolen tallied 11 points and nine rebounds. Haylee Orban added six points. Brooke travels to Weir High on Thursday. Linsly 54, Brooke 40 Brooke 5-13-12-10 — ...

Burrow, LSU cap magical season, beat Clemson

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — From small-town Ohio kid to Louisiana Legend, Joe Burrow capped his record-breaking, Heisman-winning season by bringing a national championship to LSU. Burrow threw five touchdown passes, ran for another score and finished off one of the most accomplished seasons in ...

BRIEFS

Boosters accepting nominations STEUBENVILLE — The Big Red Boosters Club will be accepting nominations for officers election at the next regular meeting on Monday. The election will take place the first regular meeting after that. Weir bowlers best Bridgeport WEIRTON — The Weir High ...

Blueger scores in 8th round of SO, Pens beat Coyotes

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The last time Teddy Blueger took part in a shootout was last season in the American Hockey League. His debut in an NHL tiebreaker was a smashing success. Blueger flipped the puck under the crossbar in the eighth round of the shootout to give the Pittsburgh Penguins ...

Red Rider bowlers place at state tournament

From left, Weir High’s Elizabeth Doerr, Jillian Perito, Thomas Babinchak and Wayne Zapotoczny Jr. display their awards after the West Virginia High School Bowling Championships on Sunday at Emerson Lanes in Parkersburg. Doerr and Perito won the girls doubles title, while Babinchak and ...

Miami fends off Pitt rally, 66-58

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Hurricanes squandered a lead of 16-0, so they built an even bigger one — and nearly blew that. Kameron McGusty scored 19 points and freshman Harlond Beverly came to the rescue off the bench as Miami withstood a late rally by streaky Pittsburgh and won ...