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Buckeye girls handed heartbreaking defeat

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WOLFHURST — It was cold and wet outside Bridgeport High School on Thursday night. But inside, it was “Sommertime.” Angela Sommer, the Bulldogs’ senior point guard, dropped in a layup with 3.8 seconds left and lifted the hosts to a 56-54 come-from-behind triumph against reeling Buckeye ...

Academic All-Ohioans

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Four senior members of Big Red’s football team recently were named to the Academic All-Ohio team by the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association. Teams around Ohio submitted the unweighted grade-point averages of their top letterwinners to be considered for the academic honors. ...

OVAC swimmers ready for Saturday’s meet

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WELLSBURG — When it comes to swimming invitationals, the OVAC Bill Brubaker Swimming Championship always provides prep swim fans with exciting races. That will certainly be the case again when the swimmers get in the pool Saturday morning at Brooke High School as meet director Bill Brubaker ...

BRIEFS

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Saccoccia will discuss schedule STEUBENVILLE — The Big Red Boosters Club will meet on at 6 p.m. Monday at the Harding Stadium Field House. Coach Reno Saccoccia will be in attendance to talk about and take questions about next season’s football schedule. All are welcome. ...

Madonna fends off Oak Glen’s best effort

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NEW MANCHESTER — The Madonna girls basketball team, ranked No. 7 in Class A, was given a big test by young, feisty Oak Glen Wednesday night. In the second half, though, the Blue Dons’ size advantage was too much, and coach Rodney Boniti’s group improved to 10-2 with a 43-33 victory. ...

Indian Creek avoids upset to Brooke

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WELLSBURG — It was a tale of two halves for the Indian Creek and Brooke boys basketball teams on Wednesday. The Bruins built a double-digit advantage at halftime, but the Redskins recorded a big second half, en route to rallying for a 58-46 victory inside the Brooke Wellness Center. The ...

Catholic Central girls get back on track

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TORONTO — Catholic Central grabbed a big lead early and cruised to a 58-28 girls basketball victory over Toronto Wednesday inside the George J. Kunzler Memorial Gymnasium. The Crusaders (10-5) fell behind 3-0 thanks to a Riley Kinsey connection from behind the arc, but then caught fire and ...

Buckeye Local girls fall to Martins Ferry

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CONNORVILLE — Martins Ferry is well aware that the OVAC Tournament cut-off date is less than two weeks away. But, head coach Paul Matuska simply wants his Purple Riders to focus on their own business because doing anything else wouldn’t be beneficial. That approach worked to a tee ...

Blass will retire after this season

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Steve Blass’ 60th season with the Pittsburgh Pirates will be his last in the broadcast booth. The former pitcher announced Tuesday that 2019 will be his 34th and final year as a color analyst. He will step away as the longest-tenured broadcaster in team history. Blass ...

Steelers still waiting to hear from Brown

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers aren’t ruling out the possible return of wayward wide receiver Antonio Brown. Time, however, appears to be running out. Steelers president Art Rooney II said Wednesday the team still hasn’t heard from Brown since he left Heinz Field following ...

Kitchens hanging on to play-calling duties

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Freddie Kitchens ran some Wishbone formation, pulled off a few trick plays and had wide receiver Jarvis Landry throw passes. Cleveland’s offense was unpredictable, imaginative and wide-open under Kitchens last season. It will be again. Kitchens said Monday he will ...

Weir High completes another comeback, sweep of Edison

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RICHMOND — Overcoming deficits and playing in close games has become normal for the Weir High boys basketball team. It did both successfully on Tuesday night, defeating Edison, 62-56, in a hard-fought, comeback road win to get its ninth victory in its last 10 outings. “We have played ...

Oak Glen pulls away from Brooke, 71-56

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WELLSBURG — The Oak Glen boys basketball team is at its best when it plays team basketball. The Golden Bears did that most of night, but a lull in the second quarter enabled Brooke to battle its way back into the game. The Golden Bears regrouped at halftime and pulled away for a 71-56 ...

Conotton Valley slows Madonna down during its 60-47 victory

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WEIRTON — Conotton Valley went into the Dube Dome Tuesday night with a 1-9 record but played like the record ought to be reversed, as the Rockets capitalized on Madonna’s shooting troubles for a 60-47 win. The Blue Dons struggled all night putting the ball in the hoop. “We’ve had a ...

Toronto increases EOAC lead, beats East Palestine

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TORONTO — Another quick start produced another big victory Tuesday night for Toronto, Ohio’s fourth-ranked Division IV basketball squad. The unselfish Red Knights put together a couple of first half scoring runs, forced 12 early turnovers and never trailed in thumping East Palestine, ...

Harrison Central falls short to St. Clairsville

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Big games, big atmospheres and when their teams need them most is when seniors usually step up. That was true of Tuesday evening’s Clifford Bowl Part Two on John Jenkins Court. St. Clairsville’s Matt Busby, Craig Bober and Justin Heatherington were the key senior cogs ...

Big Red, Indian Creek victorious on the road

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GLEN DALE — James Roundtree delivered 19 points in leading the Steubenville boys basketball team to a 65-52 victory over John Marshall on Tuesday. Jorian Jones finished with 11 points for Big Red, while Josh Zimmerman contributed 10. Steubenville visits Martins Ferry on ...

Weir High races past Oak Glen

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WEIRTON — The resurgent Weir High girls basketball team put a complete game together for the first time this year and rolled to a 71-42 victory over Oak Glen on Monday inside the Carl R. Hamill Fieldhouse. The Red Riders dominated in all phases of the game. They shot the basketball well, ...

Brooke girls fall to Park

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WHEELING — Brooke knew what it was getting into Monday night when the Bruins traveled up on the hilltop to take on West Virginia Class AAA No. 3 Wheeling Park in a girls basketball contest. But, there was very little coach Ryan Scherich’s squad could do about it, as the Patriots turned up ...

Indian Creek runs record to 14-0 after defeating Panthers

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CONNORVILLE — The first few minutes of the fourth quarter Monday night epitomized Indian Creek’s performance against Buckeye Local. The Redskins, ranked fifth in Ohio Division II, dominated, turning four turnovers into buckets — three off offensive boards. The resulting 10-point run ...