Local Sports

Buckeye Trail takes boys’ track title

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — One step closer. That’s how the area track and field delegation is looking at things this morning after Friday’s Division III Eastern District Championship meet concluded at Red Devil Stadium. The name of the game this week was to finish in the top four and earn a ...

Local girls punch regional tickets

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Onward to Stark County! That’s the battle cry for several area individuals this morning after their performances during the Division III Eastern District Championship meet, which was held this week at Red Devil Stadium. Representatives from seven area schools ...

Maynard claims OVBL opener

MAYNARD — Good pitching will beat good hitting a good majority of the time. Friday night was one of those occasions as the Ohio Valley Baseball League began play. Justin Retzer, a recent graduate of West Liberty University, retired the first 13 batters he faced in pitching Maynard to a 3-0 ...

St. C. grad Smith helps to guide St. Francis to NCAA softball tourney

ADRIAN SMITH went to St. Francis University after a brilliant prep career, which included her final two seasons at St. Clairsville High School. The right-handed power pitcher, however, realized quickly there was a big difference between high school and Division I college softball. She ...

St. C girls fall short

CAMBRIDGE — St. Clairsville outhit River View 7-3 Thursday night in the Eastern District Division II softball tournament championship game, but the Red Devils couldn’t come up with the timely hit when they needed it. The Black Bears did once and that was enough. Claire Warschauer belted a ...

Bellaire’s run ends in D-III district final

MORRISTOWN — Meadowbrook head softball coach Bridget George is of the belief that if you put the ball in play good things will happen. That feeling, again, proved true Thursday afternoon. The Colts collected five of their seven hits in the fifth inning, one that produced four runs. The ...

Area athletes qualify for regional track meet in Division II

BYESVILLE — Several area Division II athletes find themselves on the doorstep of the Ohio State Track and Field Championship. District tournament action opened at Meadowbrook High School with sights set on the regional meet, which will be held May 24 and 26 at Muskingum University in New ...

Big Red slips by Huskies

CAMBRIDGE — Mason Rubish pitched Steubenville out of trouble Tuesday night in relief. Twenty-four hours later, the lanky senior hurled a complete game to lead Big Red to its 25th district championship and another berth in the regionals. Top-seeded Steubenville (17-6) parlayed a walk, ...

Bellaire duo leads BW to Division III tourney

BEREA, Oh. — As Baldwin Wallace University prepares for its second NCAA Division III baseball tournament appearance in four seasons, so does a pair of former Bellaire High school standouts. Spencer Badia and Nick Patrone were classmates for the Big Reds and all-state performers on the ...

Harrison Central comes up big in blanking St. Clairsville

MINGO — In the early going of their Ohio Division II East 2 district baseball semifinal Tuesday, St. Clairsville and Harrison Central did their best to harness the all-important momentum. Both teams got runners on, but couldn’t cash in. The Huskies finally hit the jackpot in the fourth, ...

St. Clairsville ousts Dover

CADIZ — Ron Hummel has said all season that if his team hits the ball, it can play with anyone. Second-seeded St. Clairsville pounded out 11 hits and scored double-digit runs in eliminating No. 13 Dover, 10-6, Tuesday night in a Division II Eastern District Tournament semifinal at the ...

Bellaire stuns Sandy Valley

CAMBRIDGE — For only the fourth time in school history, Bellaire has advanced to the Division III Eastern 1 district softball tournament championship game. The Big Reds did so by stunning top-seeded Sandy Valley, 9-6, Tuesday night on the City Park diamond. The victory propels the No. 8 ...

District track action begins

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The quest for the Ohio State Track and Field Championship Meet began for Division III thinclads Tuesday evening. The opening round of the Division III Eastern District Championship was held — for the most part — under ideal conditions at Red Devil Stadium at St. ...

Clifford takes boys’ hoops reins at St. C.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Ryan Clifford definitely considers himself one of the lucky ones. He realizes that not everyone is blessed enough to get an opportunity to have their dream job. After this morning’s St. Clairsville Board of Education meeting, Clifford officially will trade his first ...

Sherwood named new AD at Bellaire

BELLAIRE — Mike Sherwood is a legendary figure in Bellaire High athletic circles. Now the former Big Reds’ football and basketball star and successful coach is returning to head up the athletic department after being named the school’s athletic director at Tuesday’s Bellaire Board of ...

Edison blanks Barnesville

CONNORVILLE — Tommi McConnell and Hannah Christoff proved a deadly combination for the Edison Wildcats Tuesday afternoon. McConnell tossed a sharp two-hitter while Christoff went 4-for-4, including two home runs, as the Wildcats eliminated Barnesville, 9-0, in a Division III District ...

Steubenville’s Saccoccia voted OVAC Coach of Year

WHEELING - He is the Godfather of Ohio Valley football. Reno Saccoccia is also the latest recipient of the OVAC/Bill Van Horne Coach of the Year Award. The venerable grid guru was bestowed that prestigious honor at Monday night's OVAC Banquet of Champions at WesBanco Arena. It ...

OVAC Track and Field Leaderboard

Boys 100M Spencer (Weir), 11.02 Price (WCC), 11.17 Robinson (Morg), 11.17 Wright (Wells), 11.24 Menges (UL), 11.29 200M Spencer (Weir), 22.05 Secrist (Brk), 22.17 Robinson (Morg), 22.62 Collins (PS), 22.69 Price (WCC), 22.84 400M Yost (Warren), 50.42 Brown (Riv), ...

Bruney left mark on players, coaches

MARTINS FERRY — I am a Dave Bruney fan. In this business of sports writing you get to know a countless number of coaches, some closer than others. Bruney began his head coaching career at Bridgeport High in 1978, the same year I began writing sports. After a 9-1 season with the Bulldogs, ...

Union Local boys, Barnesville girls take home titles at Shamrock Relays

BARNESVILLE — Union Local’s girls and Barnesville’s boys were the big winners Saturday as the area track and field regular season wrapped up with the 25th annual WesBanco Barnesville Shamrock Relays at Barnesville High School. The Jets captured seven events in collecting 128 points, ...