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St. Clairsville boys clobber Warriors

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — St. Clairsville needed just 40 minutes Friday night to make a winner of Mehdi Ayari in his Red Devils coaching debut. The 31-year-old Tunisia native was all smiles as he watched his boys’ soccer squad explode for six first-half goals en route to blanking Carrollton, ...

Harrison Central boys blank Edison in opener

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CADIZ — Junior Brady Positano recorded a hat trick and an assist and sophomore Mack Marshall stopped three shots as Harrison Central debuted with a 7-0 whitewashing of visiting Edison on Friday night in boys’ high school soccer at muggy Wagner Field. When asked what impressed him most, his ...

PREP VOLLEYBALL PREVIEW: Area spikers ready to serve up success

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MARTINS FERRY — The high school volleyball season begins today across the area and all squads hope to serve up a competitive campaign. Harrison Central and Union Local get the season under way this afternoon with a match in Cadiz — the first inside the new Harrison Hills school. The ...

Union Local downgrades soccer to ‘club’ status

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MORRISTOWN — After fielding a soccer program for the past four years, officials in the Union Local School District announced late Thursday afternoon that the program would be downgraded. During an athletic board meeting, it was unanimously voted on that the program, which was co-ed but ...

Memorial service planned Friday for Havlicek

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BRIDGEPORT — On April 25th of this year the Ohio Valley lost one of its icons when John Havlicek died at the age of 79. Friday evening at Bridgeport High School, the Ohio Valley will have the ability to formally pay its respects. A memorial service — expected to last upwards of an ...

Pittsburgh outlasts L.A in slugfest

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Josh Bell homered and had three RBIs to help the Pittsburgh Pirates rally for a 10-7 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night. Jose Osuna drove in two runs, and Bryan Reynolds added a solo homer for the Pirates, who have won consecutive games for the first ...

Steelers return to practice in somber mood

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LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — Gray, rainy skies and a subdued, sparse fan turnout made for a fitting setting Tuesday as the Pittsburgh Steelers returned to practice for the first time since the sudden death of wide receivers coach Darryl Drake. Drake, a longtime NFL and college assistant, was found ...

Devers belts 6 hits as BoSox edge Tribe

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Jackie Bradley Jr. homered with one out in the 10th inning as the Boston Red Sox edged the Cleveland Indians 7-6 on Tuesday night after blowing a late lead and potential win for ace Chris Sale. Rafael Devers became the first player in major league history with six hits and ...

Venus crafts upset in Cinci; Serena out

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MASON, Ohio (AP) — Going small paid off big for Venus Williams. Tuesday didn’t go as well for sister Serena. On a day when back problems forced the younger Williams to withdraw before her second-round match, Venus Williams reached the third round of the Western & Southern Open with ...

Gauff, 15, earns U.S. Open wild card entry

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By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer Coco Gauff will get a chance to try for an encore: The 15-year-old from Florida received a wild-card entry Tuesday for the U.S. Open’s main draw. It will be Gauff’s second Grand Slam tournament. She made a magical run to the fourth round at ...

Nebraska, Michigan seek breakthroughs in Big 10 race

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The power structure in the Big Ten could be in for a shakeup. Jim Harbaugh enters his fifth year at Michigan overdue for a breakthrough, and two-time defending conference champion Ohio State is transitioning from Urban Meyer to Ryan Day and replacing a first-round NFL draft pick at ...

Harrison Central unveils new digs for athletic teams

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CADIZ — Justin Clifford hardly ever wears a suit when he coaches the Harrison Central High School boys’ basketball team. But as he stood on the hardwood Saturday, the veteran hoops boss looked more like a model for a men’s catalog than a man charting Xs and Os. “They made me wear ...

The Experience Church donates cleats to Bridgeport High

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BRIDGEPORT — While the last couple of seasons haven’t been the best for the Bridgeport football team, the Bulldogs recently received a gift that will help them put a good foot forward towards restoring the roar. Robert Valentin, student pastor at The Experience Church in Lansing, ...

OVAC All-Academic Team Announced

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NOTE: All OVAC member schools were asked to submit the names of any student/athletes who fit the following criteria: *Be in grades 9-12 *Earned a 3.8 or higher on a 4.0 scale for the 2018-2019 school year *Participated in at least one varsity sport. They did not have to letter, but ...

Matsakis is making progress at Defiance

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WHEELING - He arrived on the Defiance College campus Aug. 7 of last year. A month later Manny Matsakis was leading the Yellow Jackets’ football team in its first game of the season. Suffice to say, the Shadyside native had to hit the ground running at a school that enjoyed only one winning ...

OFF THE TEE: PGA Junior League program held at Belmont Hills CC

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The PGA is consistently looking for ways to grow the game of golf. One of its newer initiatives has been implemented at Belmont Hills Country Club and met with resounding success. Belmont Hills Club Professional Ron Baker began the PGA Junior League program in 2018 ...

OVAC Hall of Fame induction is Saturday

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WHEELING — The Ohio Valley Athletic Conference will honor its own once again Saturday when the 16th annual OVAC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony takes place with the induction of the Class of 2019. WesBanco Arena in downtown Wheeling is once again the site of this year’s event — which is ...

Williams takes over Bridgeport softball program

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BRIDGEPORT — It was no secret that Donnie Cash was stepping down as softball coach at Bridgeport following last season, so Athletic Director Greg Harkness kept track of who might be available to take over the Bulldogs diamond program. The same night that Cash’s resignation was approved ...