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Meyer leaves lasting legacy

COLUMBUS — It really doesn’t matter which tangible piece of evidence you consider when it comes to measuring the success of Urban Meyer’s coaching career. The results are off the chart. Whether it’s the 2014 national championship, conference titles, utter dominance of Michigan, his ...

Shadyside earns statement win

SHADYSIDE — Serge Gentile is a realist as it pertains to the basketball season and knows one game out of 22 won’t define a season, regardless of the outcome. But, at the same time, the Shadyside head coach realizes some wins seem to carry more weight than others in terms of who they ...

St. Clairsville tops triangular

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Debuting St. Clairsville won both ends of a triangular high school wrestling match with Bridgeport and Cambridge Wednesday night on John Jenkins Court inside St. Clairsville High School. The Red Devils rolled to victories over the Bulldogs, 55-23, and the Bobcats, ...

A new ‘Day’ dawns for OSU football

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — When Urban Meyer started thinking about retiring, he realized he already had the ideal successor right there in the building in quarterbacks coach Ryan Day. So Ohio State bumped up Day’s salary to $1 million per year after last season and promoted him to offensive ...

Irish fall in hardwood return

BELLAIRE — Boys’ basketball is back at St. John Central. The Fighting Irish hoops program was put in dry dock last year due to a lack of numbers. St. John’s launched its comeback campaign Tuesday night, but it was Beallsville doing the celebrating as the Blue Devils rolled to an ...

Shadyside blows by Bridgeport

SHADYSIDE — Getting your basketball legs after an extended football season can be a challenging thing for players. It was a challenge that Shadyside wasn’t quite ready for during its season opener last Friday against Shenandoah as it scored just 32 points. Actually, that was just part of ...

Pilots pull away from ‘Rocks

HANNIBAL — Following a first half that featured eight ties and 11 lead changes, homestanding River amped up the defensive pressure full tilt in the second half to pull away from Barnesville in boys’ high school basketball action inside R.L. Potts Gymnasium. The Pilots, who trailed 27-24 ...

Strong start helps propel Union Local past Bellaire

BELLAIRE — Even though his team won its opener by 36 last Friday night, Union Local head coach Zach Delman wasn’t exactly pleased with his squad’s start against Steubenville Catholic. He saw improvement Tuesday night — in a big way — as the Jets opened the Buckeye 8 portion of their ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Jones’ double-double powers ’Noles to win

WOODSFIELD — Zac Jones scored 24 points and grabbed 16 rebounds Tuesday night as Monroe Central moved to 2-0 on the young boys’ basketball season with a 62-39 triumph against river rival Magnolia in its home opener. Luke Burkhart added 18 points for the Seminoles, behind five 3-pointers, ...

Meyer to step down as OSU head coach

COLUMBUS — Urban Meyer is officially retiring from coaching today. A news conference was called for Tuesday morning in Columbus where Meyer announced his retirement, which will take effect Jan. 2 following the Buckeyes’ appearance in the Rose Bowl. Along with the announcement from OSU ...

Buckeye grad Battilochi to work with USA women’s wrestling in China

WHEELING — A Buckeye Local graduate will be embarking on the trip of a lifetime Thursday and it’s all because of her love for wrestling. Jess Battilochi, a 2009 graduate, is an assistant athletic trainer at Wheeling Jesuit University. She was selected to work with Team USA women’s ...

Bellaire races past Martins Ferry, 69-37

MARTINS FERRY — Even when good basketball teams have an off night shooting, other areas of their game have to step up. That was the case Monday night when a pair of undefeated Buckeye 8 girls’ squads faced off inside Tolbert Gymnasium high atop the Purple City. Despite converting on just ...

Holzopfel sparks Buckeye past Steubenville

CONNORVILLE —When the game is on the line, special players seem to shine the brightest. Monday night at Buckeye Local High School, that proved to be the case as senior standout Emily Holzopfel took command of the floor in the fourth quarter to lead the Panthers to a 53-45 win over ...

Shadyside, UL girls cruise to wins

WOODSFIELD — Sophomore Baylee Wach scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds as Shadyside took to the road and posted a 58-35 girls’ high school basketball decision over homestanding Monroe Central Monday night. Classmate Tory Hendershot added 11 points for the Lady Tigers who led 9-7 ...

Holt steps down as Cameron grid coach

CAMERON — Being a coach can take up a lot of time away from your family. Because of that, Scott Holt felt it was time to go in a different direction. Despite football being part of his life since he was in second grade, now is the time to step away. Monday, Holt turned in his letter of ...

Ten OVAC wrestlers win at UL

MORRISTOWN — Ten Ohio Valley Athletic Conference wrestlers reached the top step of the podium as the 20th annual Union Local Rick Link Invitational kicked off the high school season wrestling season Saturday night inside ‘The Hangar.’ Three different schools — Bridgeport, Indian Creek ...

OSU headed to Pasadena

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Ohio State’s consolation prize for missing out on the College Football Playoff is a classic matchup in the Granddaddy of Them All. The Big Ten champion Buckeyes (12-1) will face Pac-12 champ Washington (10-3) in the 105th edition of the Rose Bowl game. For the ...

Buckeyes repeat as B1G champs

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Dwayne Haskins and Urban Meyer reveled in the victory celebration Saturday night. Shortly after Haskins made his case to win the Heisman Trophy by throwing five more touchdown passes, the Buckeyes defense fended off a second half charge from No. 21 Northwestern and Meyer ...

Area swimmers shine at Dover Invitational

DOVER — St. Clairsville’s Casadie DiBetta and Maggie Marody both won two individual events while Martins Ferry’s Jarrett Bolinger did the same at the Dover Invitational. DiBetta won the 100 breaststroke (1:07.57) in record fashion while also securing gold in the 200 IM (2:18.21). ...

No. 7 ranked Jesuit turns back West Liberty in dual

WHEELING — After suffering a pair of close dual-meet setbacks to NCAA Division II nationally ranked opponents, Wheeling Jesuit didn’t waste any time Sunday in making a statement against Ohio County rival West Liberty. The homestanding Cardinals won the first three matches to take an 15-0 ...