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2020-21 Basketball Preview

Hines takes over the reins of the Barnesville boys

BARNESVILLE -- Changes abound in the Barnesville boys basketball program this season as two new eras are set to unfold. The first is Johnny Hines has taken the reins as the Shamrocks head coach, replacing Matt Johnson, who stepped down following last season. Hines is no stranger to ...

Barnesville girls looking to rely on speed, size

BARNESVILLE - The Barnesville Lady Shamrocks enter the 2020-21 season coming off of a year that saw the Green-and-Red finish 10-13 before bowing out to Cambridge in the postseason, however overall one positive for the overachieving ‘Rocks was that they were within a few points of flipping ...

Terry Jarrett returns to take over Beallsville boys

BEALLSVILLE - In a tight-knit community, like Beallsville, often the athletic programs are more like a family than just a team. The family theme takes an even larger step this season as Terry Jarrett takes over the reins of the Blue Devils boys team from his brother Rick, who retired from ...

Numbers, expectations high for Beallsville girls

BEALLSVILLE - While Beallsville may be a small school, having big talent on the hardwood is something that coach Tori Lang is very familiar with. The former Blue Devils standout saw her team find great success last season, even as they dealt with small numbers. The Lady Devils finished their ...

Bellaire boys bid for bounce back season

BELLAIRE — When you’re attempting to rebuild a program, any type of progress is a good thing. As the 2019-20 season moved along, Bellaire saw progress as J.R. Battista began his second stint as the Big Reds head coach. The progress, however, isn’t totally defined in the 6-17 record they ...

Bellaire girls seeking to continue success

BELLAIRE — There are a lot of unknowns for John Farrier as he enters his sixth season as head coach of the Bellaire girls basketball program. However, he is excited about what he doesn’t know. During his tenure, the Big Reds have been one of the finer girls hoop programs in the Ohio ...

Buckeye Local boys looking to get over the hump

CONNORVILLE -- Graduation may have taken five players from the Panther roster, but head coach Chris Heaton still remembers what last season could have been with just a few more points. Heaton returns to the top spot at Buckeye Local with a memory of six games that escaped the Panthers ...

Bridgeport boys looking to ‘change the culture’

BRIDGEPORT — After struggling through a 2-20 campaign last winter, veteran head coach Donnie Cash is excited about the 2020-21 season. “I’m excited for the season to start (if we do start on time,” Cash said. “The coaching staff has really been challenging the players and the ...

Bridgeport girls are working a two-year plan

BRIDGEPORT — The calendar year 2020 has become the year of the unexpected. The same can be said about the Bridgeport girls 2020-21 basketball season. Head coach Greg Harkness knew he was losing leading scorer Jaren Tucker to graduation, along with role players Kayleigh Roberts, Jessa ...

Harrison boys feel good about upcoming season

CADIZ — It’s quite a luxury when a team goes into basically every game it plays knowing it has the best player on the court. Such is the case for Harrison Central’s boys basketball team, which will feature University of Akron signee Kobe Mitchell in the backcourt. Don’t think for a ...

Harrison girls primed for bounce-back season

CADIZ - The Lady Huskies of Harrison Central endured a rough season last winter. Don’t look for a repeat this time around. Nick Yourkovich enters his 12th season at the Harrison Central helm. During that time, he has built a successful and consistent program. Last winter (2-21) was ...

Martins Ferry boys boast length, athleticism

MARTINS FERRY — When Derek Edwards looks back on the 2019-20 season, he finds a lot to be happy about. Unfortunately, he also found a lot of areas in which his Purple Riders need to improve, too. As he prepares for year number five at his alma mater, Edwards believes there are pieces in ...

Martins Ferry girls must replace key pieces

MARTINS FERRY -- When Dave Reasbeck returned to the bench as the head girls basketball coach at Martins Ferry, he didn’t mince words. He spoke openly that the pressure was on his team to “win something.” Obviously, the Riders delivered. They claimed the OVAC Class 4A title and advanced ...

Monroe boys seeking continued improvement

WOODSFIELD — Coming off a 14-9 season in which four starters and a player who missed nearly all of last season return, Monroe Central head coach Jon Perkins is looking to improve upon that record. What has Perkins smiling even more is that all five have earned all-District 12 first- and ...

Monroe Central girls return seven letter winners

WOODSFIELD — Expectations are high this season for the Monroe Central girls basketball team. And for good reason. After winning the Division III sectional championship and reaching the Eastern District title game last winter before bowing to Fort Frye, the Seminoles return seven ...

River boys still young, but boast experience

HANNIBAL — Anytime a team starts multiple freshmen and a few other underclassmen, a head coach can almost always expect some growing pains. Mark Romick — the long-time River basketball coach — is no different. He and his coaching staff went with the youth movement in 2019-20 and it led ...

River girls short on numbers, but boast talent

HANNIBAL - Youth is definitely being served with the River girls' hoop program this winter. Veteran coach Rick Isaly has just one senior and one junior on his roster. That Pilot inexperience is compounded by a lack of numbers as just nine players are at his disposal. Isaly, who has enjoyed ...

Shadyside boys look to continue winning ways

SHADYSIDE - Ed Andes begins his 24th year at the Shadyside hoop helm fresh off another successful campaign. The former Tiger hoop great guided his alma mater to a sparkling 18-7 mark last winter. Along the way, Shadyside finished as OVAC Class 2A runnerup to Wheeling Central while advancing ...

Shadyside girls hope to ‘bring the juice’ each game

SHADYSIDE — Thanks to an extended volleyball tournament run and an unfortunate bout with COVID-19 issues, the Shadyside girls basketball team had a delayed start to its season. Now with a couple of games and only a few more practices under their belt, the Lady Tigers are settling in for ...

St. C. girls boast youthful core

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The 2020-21 season has started like any other for St. Clairsville girls basketball head coach Stacey Agnew ... plagued by injury. In his sixth season as the Red Devils court boss, Agnew lost his only returning senior in Macy Malin for the season long before it ever began. ...