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Bellaire stuns Sandy Valley

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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, ...

OVAC COY finalists named

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WHEELING — The number of impressive coaching jobs put forth during the course of the school year in the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference is far greater than the number of spots on the OVAC Coach of the Year finalist listing. Considering the spring of 2017 and fall and winter of the current ...

OHIO VALLEY UNSUNG HEROES: Byhanna a key member at I-470 Complex

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WHEELING — Jeb Byhanna’s generosity knows no bounds — on the field or off. Tom “Bear” Bechtel, head of the Wheeling Recreation Department and point man for all doings at the ever-expanding J.B. Chambers Youth Sports Complex in Elm Grove, said Byhanna is, in many ways, the glue that ...

Bruney retires from Martins Ferry football post after 39 years

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MARTINS FERRY — Dave Bruney consistently said it would be time to retire when being the first to arrive and last to leave the fieldhouse at Purple Rider Stadium became a chore. That time arrived Thursday evening, officially. Bruney — after 39 years as head football coach at his alma ...

Circosta calls it quits after 50 seasons of coaching

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WOODSFIELD — The late Times Leader sports editor Cal Pokas once told Jay Circosta that he’d know when “it’s time” to step away from the game of football. That time is now. Circosta, who amassed 336 victories guiding Woodsfield and the consolidated Monroe Central high schools to a ...

St. Clairsville survives against Steubenville in D-II softball

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Tournament time is all about surviving and advancing on. St. Clairsville did just that Thursday night in a tension-packed Division II sectional softball co-final against visiting Steubenville. The second-seeded Red Devils (19-3) and No. 9 Big Red (11-10) went toe-to-toe ...

Shadyside can’t solve TCC in D-IV

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SHADYSIDE — Capitalizing on scoring opportunities is the most necessary ingredient for success in tournament softball. Shadyside gave itself several opportunities Thursday afternoon in the Division IV Eastern District sectional co-final at Mead Township Park. The Tigers, however, were ...

Toronto unloads on Monroe

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TORONTO — Toronto sophomore softball standout Jamie Anderson continues to get the job done in the circle and at the plate for the Red Knights. Anderson struck out 10 batters and limited No. 7 seed Monroe Central to just one hit inside the circle, and she doubled and belted a three-run home ...

Stunner in St. Joe

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ST. JOE — Bellaire assistant softball coach CJ Garloch kiddingly said she had chest pains after Wednesday’s Division III sectional tournament game. However, there was no kidding about the fact she had just watched the Big Reds stun visiting Union Local, 5-4, with a rally for the ages on ...

Shamrocks blank Purple Riders, 8-0

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BARNESVILLE — Through four-and-a-half innings of Wednesday’s Ohio Division III sectional softball final, Martins Ferry and Barnesville were locked in a scoreless tussle at Memorial Park that had all the earmarks of a late-inning thriller. Then, in the bottom of the fifth — boom — ...

Huskies hurl no-hitter, but errors hurt in loss

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BYESVILLE — Harrison Central’s Joclyn Peshek and Cassie Kuhn tossed a combined no-hitter against Meadowbrook on Wednesday in an Ohio Division III sectional softball final, but three walks and four errors helped the Colts to a 4-3 victory. The Huskies (7-15) jumped out to a 3-2 lead after ...

OHSAA membership voting on revised transfer bylaw

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COLUMBUS — It’s May. In the Ohio high sports world, that means tournaments in all four spring sports, leading to what area teams hope is a berth in the OHSAA State Tournament. On the administrative side, however, it also means voting on OHSAA referendums. Many years, the bulk of ...