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Bellaire native Vavrek runs well in first Boston Marathon

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Patriot’s Day 2019, in Boston, will be one that Bellaire native Aimee Vavrek doesn’t soon forget. Vavrek accomplished a life-long goal Monday morning when she took part in the 123rd running of the Boston Marathon. “It probably took until about the sixth mile for it to really hit me ...

Bridgeport will play home grid games in Ferry

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BRIDGEPORT — It’s been nearly two years since the 100-year-old home bleachers at Bill Jobko Stadium in Brookside were declared unsafe after an inspection by M&G Architects on Wheeling. Bridgeport High School was forced to play its 2018 ‘home’ games at the Dave Bruney Football ...

Hannahs, Detling power ’Rocks’ victory

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BARNESVILLE — Erin Hannahs and Madison Detling both homered Saturday afternoon helping power Barnesville to a 19-3 prep softball victory against East Liverpool at Memorial Park. It was the second victory of the season for the Shamrocks (10-11) against the Potters, as they blanked thme 25-0 ...

OFF THE TEE: Barnesville Alumni Band Scramble set for May 11

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The Barnesville Community Alumni Band has become a staple within the Western Belmont County community. Comprised of some 50 members, the band has been playing at Shamrock sporting events and other community functions since 2013. The band has also been part of the lineup for the annual Cancer ...

Strong first propels Bucs past Giants

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jordan Lyles cruised through six innings before taking a line drive off his pitching hand, Starling Marte and Erik Gonz’lez were also pulled following a collision in the field, and the short-handed Pittsburgh Pirates beat the San Francisco Giants 4-1 Friday night. Lyles ...

Plenty of players poised to breakout in Big Ten

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A look at football players in the Big Ten this spring who are poised to have standout seasons this fall: EAST DIVISION INDIANA WRs Nick Westbrook and Donovan Hale, seniors. Westbrook, who missed 2017 with an ACL tear, showed glimpses of his pre-injury talent last season but not the ...

Quarterback a position open for many teams in the Big Ten

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The week started with nine of the 14 Big Ten teams coming out of spring practices planning to continue quarterback auditions in August. The number was down to seven by Friday. First-year coach Ryan Day of defending conference champion Ohio State insisted after the Buckeyes’ spring game last ...

Union Local grad not sure how he’ll handle excitement

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COLUMBUS — As Columbus awaits its second-round opponent in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Mike Todd is wondering how he’ll handle the excitement at Nationwide Arena when the team takes the ice for Game 3 of the series. Whenever that is. “Next round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs” is ...

Bridgeport edges Barnesville, 5-4

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WOLFHURST — Jessa Stockwell raced home from second with two out the sixth inning Thursday afternoon and Bridgeport rallied for a 5-4 prep softball victory against Barnesville in what was a key OVAC tussle for both squads at Irene Ehni Memorial Field. The Bulldogs (7-5) strengthened their ...

St. Clairsville comes up short at Wheeling Park, 8-2

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WHEELING — Some two-out lightning was all Wheeling Park needed to keep its slim Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Tom Bechtel Class 5A softball playoff hopes alive. Deadlocked in a scoreless battle with visiting St. Clairsville, the Patriots, who had squandered scoring chances in the first ...

Martins Ferry swept by Linsly in a DH

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WHEELING — Going into Thursday’s doubleheader against Martins Ferry, the Linsly softball team was in prime position. The Cadets stood atop of the OVAC 3A standings and were well on their way to a semifinal appearance. The Cadets, though, solidified its position as the top team as they ...

OVAC Baseball semifinal schedule set

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WHEELING — Let the games begin. The 2019 OVAC Baseball Tournament gets underway this weekend and there are some dandies on tap, including a battle of defending champion Cadets. Class 3A No. 3 Fort Frye at No. 2 Linsly Saturday, 1 p.m. Last year’s 2A champion, Linsly, has moved up ...

Baldwin to transfer from OSU

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Matthew Baldwin, the Ohio State quarterback who was expected to back up the highly touted Justin Fields this fall, said he intends to transfer. The redshirt freshman released a statement on Twitter on Thursday saying he feels it would be better for him to move on after ...

Prep Roundup: Barnesville now 13-0 in baseball; HC softball wins

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BROOKSIDE — Alex Meade drove in three runs Thursday and Barnesville scored all of its runs in the final three innings in blanking Bridgeport 7-0 in prep baseball action at the Niekro Diamond to improve to 13-0. Ayden Hannahs and Cade Hannahs both doubled, singled and drove in a run for the ...

Barnesville wins 12th straight

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NEFFS — Barnesville erupted for 17 unanswered runs Wednesday and the Shamrocks locked up the top seed in the OVAC class 3A baseball tournament with an 18-6 victory against Bellaire at John Blacker Field. The Big Reds grabbed a 6-1 lead thanks to a five-run third inning, but Barnesville ...

Wheeling Central rallies twice to upend Harrison

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WHEELING — With the bases loaded and no one out in the bottom of the eighth inning of a 4-4 deadlock Wednesday afternoon it became “Knight Time” for Wheeling Central’s softball team. Peyton Knight that is. Knight’s line drive to left field was misplayed into a game-winning base hit ...

Prep Roundup: Ruble strikes out 17 in a no hitter against Buckeye

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CONNORVILLE — Brooklynn Ruble fired a no-hitter Wednesday as Bridgeport blanked homestanding Buckeye Local, 2-0, in softball action. The right-hander struck out 17, walked one and hit one. Bri Conaway smacked three singles and drove in a run for the Bulldogs (7-5). Angie Sommer singled in ...

St. Clairsville picks up key OVAC 4A win over Buckeye

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — St. Clairsville exploded for five runs in the sixth inning Tuesday afternoon and pulled away from Buckeye Local 8-3 in a pivotal OVAC Class 4A prep baseball clash at Memorial Park. With the scored knotted at 3-3, the Red Devils (8-5) sent 10 batters to the plate in their ...

Ferry’s OVAC hopes dealt damaging blow by SCC, 11-0

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MARTINS FERRY — The first game on Martins Ferry’s refurbished baseball field high atop the Purple City will not be one to remember, except if you’re a Steubenville Catholic fan. Matt Bell limited the Purple Riders (6-5) to three harmless singles and struck out eight over six innings as ...

St. Clairsville falls to John Marshall in softball, 7-3

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — John Marshall has won the last seven Ohio Valley Athletic Conference big-school championships. If the Monarchs are going to make it eight — or even have a chance to extend their streak — their playoffs actually started Tuesday afternoon. In the standings released ...