PREP ROUNDUP: SJC boys win first; Area swimmers in Canton

BELLAIRE – Freshman Guy Pagano scored 22 points and Lance Williams added 11 as St. John topped Jefferson County Christian, 57-48, in prep high school boys’ basketball Saturday afternoon.

Jonathan Bossell had 11 steals for the Irish to go along with eight points and seven boards.

Ohio River Classic

Federal Hocking 51, River 33

MARIETTA – Ivan Santiago scored 14 points and Delbert Crum added 11 as Federal Hocking used a strong second half to pull away from River at Marietta College.

Federal Hocking (3-3) outscored the Pilots 31-16 in the second half.

Parker Caretti and Jarrett Armann each paced the Pilots (1-5) with nine points.


Representatives of both St. Clairsville and Martins Ferry made the trip to Branin Natatorium at Canton McKinley High School to take part in the Canton Invite, which brought more than 60 schools and 600 swimmers to Stark County.

To compete in the meet, a swimmer had to have made a qualifying mark earlier in the season.

St. Clairsville’s Michael Eaton advanced to the finals in both the 100 freestyle and the 100 breaststroke.

He was actually the top qualifier by more than two seconds in the breaststroke after posting a 59.17.

However, he and his mother Melanie, who is also his head coach, elected not to swim in the finals. Eaton took part in a national meet in Greensboro, N.C. last weekend.

“Michael was pleased with his swims in the morning under the circumstances, so he was happy with the much-needed rest. He performed very well, especially after returning from one of the biggest meets of his life,”?Melanie Eaton said via text message.

Also taking part for the Red Devils were Carly Falcone, D.J. Beck, Quentin Clark, Dylan Krone, Delainey Banks, Hanna Vera and Alaina Fasola.

Martins Ferry was led by frosh phenom Alyssa Kalinski, who took part in the 200 and 500 freestyles. She swam 2:06.57 and 5:38.44, respectively.

Also taking part for the Purple Riders were Brandon Bliss, Tara Fogle, Shelby Poludniak, Abby Ecker and Megan Ritts.