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Bridgeport outlasts Barnesville in 5

BRIDGEPORT — While every victory is cherished, some just seem to carry more weight than others. Such was the case for the Bridgeport volleyball team Monday evening. The Lady Bulldogs endured a tough 2018 season, but with a veteran cast returning, second-year head coach Kristin Mazgaj ...

St. C. girls cruise to second win

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Thirteen goals, five assists, zero goals allowed and a spotless 2-0 record. That the line of statistics that St. Clairsville has produced through the first 180 minutes of soccer this season. If there was any question as to if coach Wes Stoner’s club could find a way to ...

Shadyside unloads on Bellaire in 3

SHADYSIDE — When you don’t trail until the third set of your volleyball match, it’s a pretty good night. That was the case for Shadyside on Monday, as the Lady Tigers jumped out early on Bellaire and raced to a convincing straight-set victory inside a steamy Tiger Den. The 25-8, 25-9, ...

Shadyside volleyball job to be posted

SHADYSIDE — Eric Mercer remains the Shadyside High School interim head volleyball coach — for now. By a unanimous 5-0 vote, the Shadyside Local School District Board of Education decided at Monday evening’s regular meeting to keep the interim tag on Mercer and said it will put the head ...

Fields wins job as OSU starting QB

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State coach Ryan Day on Monday made official what most people figured was a foregone conclusion: Georgia transfer Justin Fields will be the starting quarterback when the No. 5 Buckeyes open the season Aug. 31 against Florida Atlantic. Day had lured the talented ...

Bleier’s return to Vietnam is featured in doc

Rocky Bleier thought he made peace with what happened in a rice paddy in Vietnam on Aug. 20, 1969. What the former Pittsburgh Steelers running back didn’t have though was closure until a trip back there last year. Bleier’s visit to Vietnam — the first time he had been back since being ...

Dobbins eager to rebound

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Despite running for 1,053 yards and 10 touchdowns, J.K. Dobbins says last season was a frustrating personal failure. “I didn’t make defenses fear me as I should,” the Ohio State tailback said while vowing to bounce back in 2019. After he set a freshman school ...

Prep CC: Area harriers set to begin 2019 seasons

The courses are mowed and lined. Cross country is ready to begin. Area harriers have been logging plenty of miles during the summer heat and will now get to test their training as meets begin. The early meets are just a tuneup, however. The season really begins in October when a ...

Havlicek lived his life the right way

BRIDGEPORT — The basketball success of John Havlicek has been well documented. One of the NBA’s Greatest 50, the Boston Celtics all-time leading scorer, owner of six NBA Championship rings, a national champion at Ohio State University and a member of basically every hall of fame ...

Harler, Routt shine in Spain hoop trip

WHEELING — The start of football’s regular season is on our doorstep. The Ohio Valley prep campaign kicks off in less than two weeks. With that said, let’s talk WVU basketball. Mountaineer hoops are always in vogue with Bob Huggins at the helm. It’s safe to say, last winter was not ...

Union Local sweeps Harrison Central; spoils new gymnasium’s debut

CADIZ — Kaye Sechrest loved the start of Saturday’s high school volleyball opener pitting her Union Local squad against homestanding Harrison Central. The conclusion? Not so much. Don’t misunderstand the third-year Jets head coach, though. She was very pleased with her unit’s ...

OHIO VALLEY UNSUNG HEROES: Marinacci loves what he does at fieldhouse

BELLAIRE — “Bee Bee” Marinacci is an early riser. Always has been. This time of year, that penchant for “getting up with the chickens” serves him well. It’s high school football season, and it’s a safe bet Marinacci can be found at one of his favorite haunts — the Bellaire ...

Prep soccer season under way for local teams

The 2019 high school soccer season is under way as four area teams took to the pitch during the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s annual “Friday Night Futbol.” This season will see a new head coach directing the St. Clairsville boys program, while another program dropped to ...

St. Clairsville boys clobber Warriors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...