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Shadyside rallies past Barton

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SHADYSIDE — The Barton-Shadyside Ohio Valley Baseball League game Wednesday night turned into a numbers game as the teams not only battled each other, but Mother Nature, as well for 2-hours and 20 minutes. When the final out was recorded, the homestanding Casketmakers (2-1) had rallied from ...

Area thinclads reach finals

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MASSILLON — Nary an area competitor has punched a ticket to the Division III State Track and Field Championship ... yet. Several put themselves on the brink of a trip to Columbus during qualifying rounds of the regional at Jackson High School Wednesday evening. Action resumes here ...

Martins Ferry preps for tough regional test

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MARTINS FERRY — Thursday’s game at Minerva’s Carl Michael Field will be like any other road trip for the Martins Ferry baseball team. The team will take batting practice before boarding the bus and then go play a game. Sounds pretty simple, right? Though the approach will be the same, ...

OVAC Track and Field Leaders

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Girls 100M Kelley (Steub), 12.48 Bridges-Butler (Morg), 12.49 Colantonio (Mad), 12.61 K. Wayt (WCC), 12.67 Stevens (Brk), 12.87 200M Kelley (Steub), 25.79 Bridges-Butler (Morg), 25.81 K. Wayt (WC), 26.03 Smith (IC), 26.34 Baire (StC), 26.45 400M Dombrowski (Morg), ...

Maynard falls to Wheeling in OVBL action

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MAYNARD — When you’re hot, you’re hot. When you’re not, you’re not. Nothing seems to be going right for Maynard in the early stages of the 2017 Ohio Valley Baseball League. A perennial league favorite, the Reds dropped to 1-4 following Monday night’s 7-1 defeat at the hands of the ...

St. C. boys claim district

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BYESVILLE — Numerous Division II track and field athletes from the immediate area have passed the first test. For those who qualified, the next step in the journey toward the OHSAA’s State Track and Field Championship is a regional date, beginning Thursday and finishing on Saturday at ...

OHIO VALLEY UNSUNG HERO: For Howards, pool is home away from home

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MARTINS FERRY — When Martins Ferry High School hosted its ‘‘Grand March’’ last Saturday, feting the school’s prom couples, Jim and Bobbi Howard felt they had to be there. ‘‘We’d never done that before,’’ Jim Howard said. No, the couple didn’t have any children in the ...

Ferry’s McLeod to play softball at Northwestern of Ohio

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MARTINS FERRY — Mercedez McLeod has proven throughout her softball career that she can definitely hit a softball. Actually, she can hit a softball really far, too. Her ability to hit for power, which was evidenced by her 26 career home run, made her an attractive prospect to many ...

UL’s Bateman to run at California in Pennsylvania

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MORRISTOWN — When it came time to make a college decision, Union Local’s Megan Bateman appreciated the closeness of California, Pa. And she meant that in every regard, too. Whether it was the proximity of the campus to the Ohio Valley, the campus layout or just how close the members ...

Area D-III thinclads punch tickets to regional meet

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NEWCOMERSTOWN — Barnesville, Bellaire and Steubenville Central flexed their muscles early and often en route to waging basically a 17-event triangular during the Division III Eastern District Championship meet Friday evening. In the end, it was the Crusaders who stood above all the rest. ...

Johnson hired as Barnesville hoop coach

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BARNESVILLE — Matt Johnson has coached a lot of different sports over the course of his 24 years in education. Despite stints as a football, baseball and softball coach, his passion always remained with basketball. After gaining the approval of the Barnesville Board of Education ...

St. C.’s Ryan set for district tennis tourney

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ATHENS — A year older and a year wiser, Brendan Ryan is returning to Ohio University on Saturday for his second consecutive appearance in the Ohio Division II East/Southeast District Tennis Tournament. After falling short of his goal of reaching state last spring, the St. Clairsville High ...

Barton nips Maynard in OVBL action

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MAYNARD — Barton and Maynard renewed the oldest rivalry in the Ohio Valley Baseball League Thursday night in a pitcher’s duel supreme. When the dust had settled, the visiting Braves debuted with an impressive 2-1 victory over the struggling Reds (1-3) on Firemen’s Field inside the ...

Area athletes qualify for D-II regional track

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BYESVILLE -- The race to Columbus in Division II got under way Thursday afternoon at Meadowbrook High School. Along with the individual quest to reach the OHSAA's State Track and Field Championship, which is slated for June 2 and 3 at Ohio State University, St. Clairsville officially ...

Riders on the storm

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MINGO JUNCTION — Martins Ferry has a storied athletic tradition. Baseball, however, is one sport where the Purple Riders haven’t experienced the same amount of success, as it pertains to the tournament trail, as some of the others. The 2017 Riders are adding a chapter and writing a ...

Clark to fight Olympic Gold medalist in Paris

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WHEELING — Travis “The Terror” Clark is set to embark upon the trip of a lifetime when he departs for Paris, France, on May 30. However, Clark isn’t going on a sight-seeing adventure to the Eiffel Tower or The Lourve Art Museum. This journey is strictly business. “The Terror” ...

Toronto ousts St. John in Division IV softball

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CONNORVILLE — Clutch hitting is one of the keys to any softball game. The team that gets them usually wins while the team that doesn’t, well, doesn’t. Such was the case in the Division IV district semifinal tournament contest Tuesday at sun-baked Buckeye Local High ...

Several thinclads advance in Division III track district

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NEWCOMERSTOWN — The quest for Columbus is officially under way in track and field. Several area competitors have already passed the first test and are headed for the Division III regional at Perry High School in Massillon after opening round action inside Lee Stadium at Newcomerstown High ...

Bassa brilliant again in Ferry’s D-III district win

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CADIZ — It’s gotten to the point where Martins Ferry head coach Anthony Reasbeck feels pretty good when he hands the ball to junior Austin Bassa. While his talented righty has been at the top of his game, the Riders’ offense still has to find a way to push across a few runs. When the ...

Hiland cruises past River in D-III district tournament

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NEW CONCORD — It didn’t take Hiland long Monday to show why it’s the defending state champs. The Hawks, the reigning Ohio Division III titlists, exploded for seven runs before nary an out was recorded in the first inning, en route to a 12-2, five-inning triumph against River in an East ...