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Bellaire and Martins Ferry set to meet for the 111th time Saturday

BELLAIRE — Ohio’s seventh longest high school football rivalry continues Saturday afternoon when Martins Ferry and Bellaire meet for the 111th time on the natural grass surface at Nelson Field. The Big Reds hold a slim 53-50-7 edge in the series, which began in 1907, including a 20-7 nod ...

V.A.L.E.S. and pride on the line when Harrison visits Buckeye Local

YORKVILLE — Neither Harrison Central nor Buckeye Local are heading to the playoffs. But, don’t think that means the two rivals have nothing to play for this week when they clash at World War II Memorial Stadium. For the seventh straight season, the cherished V.A.L.E.S. Trophy will ...

HC girls end year with loss

NEW PHILADELPHIA — The Harrison Central girls soccer team struggled to get anything going offensively in Wednesday’s Division III, Region 11 East semifinal match with No. 5 seed Hiland and saw the most successful season in the program’s short five-year history come to an end with a 3-0 ...

Big Games

COLUMBUS — Big games. Ohio State has been in a lot of them since Urban Meyer’s arrival. And another one will unfold Saturday afternoon when Penn State invades Ohio Stadium (3:30 p.m./FOX). Like last season, the game will go along way in determining who wins the Big Ten’s East ...

Seminole win

STEUBENVILLE — As members of the Monroe Central volleyball team exited their locker room Wednesday night, they had Kool and the Gang’s ‘Celebration’ blaring for all to hear. And, oh, what celebrating Seminole Nation is doing today after Monroe Central secured its first Ohio ...

Shadyside falls to Fort Frye in D-IV district

NEW CONCORD — Don Chamberlain would rather look to the positive. And who can blame him? The Shadyside volleyball coach watched his team’s season come to an end in four games at the hands of Fort Frye inside John Glenn High School by scores of 27-25, 20-25, 25-13 and 25-15 Monday ...

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE’S Emily Vera (6) and Macy Malin (27) converge on John Glenn’s Ashley Townsend (16) during action from Monday night’s Division II East District 2 sectional tournament semifinal on Wagner Field in Cadiz. The Lil Muskies won 3-1.

St. Clairsville girls ousted in district

CADIZ — The last, and only, time St. Clairsville advanced to the girls’ district soccer tournament finals was in 2009. The Red Devils knocked off highly regarded John Glenn in doing so. That wasn’t the case on a rainy Monday night at Wagner Field as John Glenn (13-4-1) rallied from a ...

Area harriers qualify for regional meet

CAMBRIDGE — The second season of cross country got under way for area harriers Saturday. The quest for the OHSAA State Cross Country Championship began around the Buckeye State with district competition taking center stage. The Eastern District held its meet under ideal conditions at ...

River rallies to keep playoff hopes alive

HANNIBAL — With its playoff lives hanging by a very thin thread, River stormed back from a 21-0 first-half deficit Saturday afternoon to knock off state-ranked Lucas, 30-27, on Senior Day at Martin Flannery Field. Despite all the points, the final outcome came down to a fourth-down stop by ...

Ohio Valley Unsung Hero: Hissom giving back through officiating, other avenues

BARNESVILLE — Upon graduating from Barnesville High School in 1995, Matt Hissom received a check. It was a pay it forward, if you will. Inside a card, was an allowance for $35 made out, not to him, but to the Ohio High School Athletic Association to be used for enrollment in a basketball ...

Eaton preparing for final season at OSU

COLUMBUS — Quite simply, Michael Eaton and swimming have become synonmous. That happens when you participate in a sport for basically your entire life. Actually, Eaton first jumped in the water to take his first swimming lesson at the J.B. Chambers YMCA in Elm Grove at 4 years ...

WLU Hall to induct seven on Saturday

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. — The 37th annual induction ceremony for the West Liberty University Athletic Hall of Fame will be held on Saturday, Oct. 28 at the university’s Academic, Sports and Recreation Complex. This year’s class features Bill Beattie (baseball), Jeff Carroll (wrestling), ...

Seminoles advance

URICHSVILLE — McKinzey Dierkes scored 17 points Saturday to help lead Monroe Central to a sweep of Steubenville Catholic in an Ohio Division IV volleyball district semifinal match inside Claymont High School. Sydney Yoho added 10 points and 10 digs as the Seminoles (16-7), who will face ...

A fall break to remember for Tipton

WOOSTER — To say Trenton Tipton didn’t have the normal fall break from his classes at the College of Wooster wouldn’t be doing it justice. Actually, the Union Local graduate had a whirlwind week as he and his Fighting Scot basketball teammates continued preparations for the upcoming ...

Cuffaro humbled by honor

WHEELING — Pete Cuffaro was in the prime of his life at 24 years of age. The Wheeling resident had recently graduated from West Virginia University and seemed to have a promising life ahead of him. However, on June 25, 1983, his life changed forever. While at a private party, at which he ...

Donohew still giving back

WARWOOD — Bill Donohew started wrestling as a junior at Charleston’s Stonewall Jackson High School in 1966. Fifty-one years later, he is still involved in the sport that he loves. Due to his long-time dedication to the sport, Donohew will receive the “Lifetime Service to Wrestling” ...

Union Local inches closer to postseason by beating Bellaire

MORRISTOWN — If you were at Jets Stadium Friday evening and didn’t recognize the pre-game warmup that Union Local went through, don’t feel bad. It was an entirely new routine. Head coach Bruce Stiles decided to shake things up a bit after watching his team drop two straight after a 6-0 ...

Martins Ferry wins fifth straight by throttling Beaver Local, 41-0

CALCUTTA — Beaver Local and Martins Ferry both came into to Friday night’s contest looking to make a statement as the playoff hunt heats up, but Martins Ferry made its case with a 41-0 win over the Beavers. Both teams entered the game in ninth place in their respective regions. Martins ...

St. Clairsville sees winning streak snapped, 46-28

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Brett McLean just wasn’t blowing smoke when describing South Range’s offensive weapons this week. St. Clairsville’s head coach gave glowing reviews of the Raiders’ terrific trio of Aniello Buzzacco, Peyton Remish and Mathias Combs. And all three came as advertised ...

Shadyside picks up big win over Bulldogs

SHADYSIDE — Scoring on all nine of its first-half possessions, state-ranked Shadyside steamrolled to a 61-24 triumph over Bridgeport Friday night before a sparse crowd at Fleming Field. The Tigers (7-2) did their part to set up next week’s showdown with Linsly, also in Tiger Town. The 7-1 ...