Local Sports

Area swimmers take aim at state berths

The road to the Ohio State Swimming and Diving Championship can be long and grueling. With only two divisions, getting to Canton can be extremely challenging. However, a large contingent of area swimmers — representing Barnesville, Martins Ferry and St. Clairsville — has given itself ...

Basketball Roundup: Martins Ferry cruises past JM; UL, Harrison win

MARTINS FERRY — Deondre Pugh poured in 24 points to lead Martins Ferry over John Marshall, 65-49. Dasyn Hores and Darian Ray each generated 14 points for the Riders. Bryce Yoho accumulated 12 points and Derrick Derrow added 10 for the Monarchs. Union Local 68, Weir 59 MORRISTOWN — ...

Devils hand Redskins fifth straight setback

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Sometimes it’s good to have a short memory. The St. Clairsville girls basketball team showed it has one Monday evening on Senior Night on John Jenkins Court Just a little more than 48 hours removed from dropping a gut-wrenching, 52-51, decision to Beaver Local in ...

Maroon Knights lance Blue Devils

WHEELING — While Beallsville’s girls’ basketball team was playing at Wheeling Central on Monday night, the Blue Devils’ minds may have still been on last Saturday’s Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Class A championship victory at Ohio University Eastern. And with that being the ...

St. C. boys and girls swimmers finish second in sectional

STEUBENVILLE — St. Clairsville finished second in the both the boys and girls team standings at the Division I/II Eastern District sectional swim meet held at Steubenville High School Saturday. The Red Devils will take a strong and impressive delegation to Ohio State University’s McCorkle ...

Barnesville wins Panther Classic title

CONNORVILLE — While Barnesville had some goals dashed over the last couple of weeks, the Shamrocks rallied around those setbacks to capture the Ohio Coatings Panther Classic Saturday night inside Buckeye Local High School. With four runnersup and a third-place finisher, head coach Jayson ...

Ohio State hangs on for third straight win

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Ohio State’s Andre Wesson kept fighting through the muck Sunday. When he finally got free in the final minute, he stole a win. Wesson forced a game-changing turnover in the final minute and then slipped behind one defender and got to the basket for a ...

Martins Ferry bests Barnesville, 59-42

MARTINS FERRY - Derek Edwards liked what he saw Friday night. And why not? Martins Ferry’s third-year coach watched his Purple Riders perform nearly flawless on Senior Night in pocketing a methodical 59-42 win over Barnesville before a nice-sized crowd at Tolbert Gymnasium. The Purple ...

River repeats in Class 2A by knocking off Shadyside

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- River's not short on confidence. When a roster is loaded with seniors and experience, there's no need to hit any type of panic buttons at any point. And that includes when the Pilots were down 11 early in the fourth quarter to top-seeded Shadyside Saturday evening in ...

Bellaire breaks through in OVAC final

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — After two years of knocking on the door to an OVAC championship, Bellaire finally broke it down Saturday morning. The Big Reds — semifinalists two years ago and finalists last season — held off a furious fourth-quarter rally by Fort Frye in claiming a 36-34 victory in ...

Beaver Local pulls out 4A title against St. C.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Beaver Local went into the locker room staring up at a 11-point deficit during the Class 4A Wheeling Hospital OVAC Girls Basketball Championship Game. There were absolutely no panic buttons hit. “We were a bit nervous,” Beaver Local head coach Stephanie Coie ...

Beallsville staves off Madonna to claim 1A OVAC title

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- The old saying is âdefense wins championships. That was true for Beallsville during Saturday's Wheeling Hospital OVAC Girls Basketball Championships at Ohio University-Eastern. Beallsville held Madonna to one of its lowest outputs of the season, defeating the Blue Dons, ...

OHIO VALLEY UNSUNG HERO: Levi remains face in local hoops officiating circles

MARTINS FERRY — Growing up, Roger Levi enjoyed basketball. So, when he was a student at Ohio University in Athens, he registered for an elective course on officiating. “It was actually a five-week course in football and a five-week course in basketball,” Levi remembered. “I got ...

Shadyside’s Banco headed to Wheeling Jesuit University

SHADYSIDE — After spending the last four years being a thorn in the side of offensive coordinators in Eastern Ohio, Connor Banco is ready to do the same in the Mountain East Conference. Banco, the Shadyside High School special mention all-Ohioan a season ago, was part of a major haul of ...

St. Clairsville’s Kolb signs on with Wheeling Jesuit University

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Brady Kolb went into the college selection process with an open mind. The St. Clairsville senior wanted to find place where he found the greatest level of comfort. He didn’t have to look too far or too long to find it. Actually, it took just a visit to Wheeling Jesuit ...

Monarchs race past Red Devils

MOUNDSVILLE — With big men Bryce Yoho and Mickey Reilly sitting beside him in foul trouble for large chunks of the game, John Marshall boys’ basketball coach Chad Clutter needed someone to eat up minutes Friday night. Enter Izac Babiczuk. A junior who generally sees most of his time on ...

Mitchell goes for 30 as HC tops Creek

WINTERSVILLE — When a team has a player like Harrison Central’s Kobe Mitchell, it can be hard for any opponent to stop him, or even slow him down. Indian Creek found that out first-hand Friday night, as the Huskies’ sophomore shook off a slow start and early defensive pressure to score ...