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Hilltoppers fall to Lakers in regional

By KYLE LUTZ For The Times Leader INDIANA, Pa. — It was a battle between two opposite styles of play. West Liberty, which leads the nation in points per game, faced off against Mercyhurst, which ranks second in scoring defense. The Lakers, proved that defense does win championships as ...

Weather has hampered Martins Ferry diamond work

MARTINS FERRY — Mother Nature has thrown Martins Ferry’s baseball and softball teams a curveball. While the facility that houses both diamond sports teams was undergoing a total facelift, the almighty ruler of the weather deposited a heavy amount of rain high atop the Purple City, thus ...

West Liberty set to play for regional title tonight

INDIANA, Pa. — When March rolls around, great teams will find a way to win. And for the West Liberty men’s basketball team, the term ‘survive and advance’ is one way to describe its journey so far. During the Atlantic Regional Tournament, the Hilltoppers had to rally in the second ...

Clouse, Palmer Jr., Kuneff captain all T-L mat team

MARTINS FERRY — The baker’s dozen. Thirteen individuals who capped outstanding seasons by qualifying for the Ohio state tournament have been named to the all-Times Leader team. Six schools are represented on the star-studded unit, with Martins Ferry and St. Clairsville leading the way ...

Alexander nets second state title

WHEELING — Coaching state championship teams is often, at most, a once-in-a lifetime opportunity. No so for Nathan Alexander. The Martins Ferry High grad recently pocketed his second state title ring as coach of the Osceola High boys’ basketball team. The Kowboys defeated Wellington ...

OHIO VALLEY UNSUNG HEROES: Trabert just one of many dedicated umpires

WHEELING — Spring officially begins this week, and with it come the hopes and dreams of baseball players everywhere. Diamonds across the valley will begin to be filled with the cracks of the bats and the sounds of boys and girls eager to get that big hit or make that big catch. The ...

Athletes from ’40s, ’50s to be inducted into OVAC HoF

WHEELING — Three honored multi-sport prep athletes who excelled beyond high school will be inducted at the 16th annual Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Hall of Fame banquet on Saturday, August 17 at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling. Honorees from the 1950’s Decade are George Deiderich of Toronto ...

Madonna’s Alec Cook, Steubenville’s Rice top OVAC wrestlers

WHEELING — A pair of wrestlers who had outstanding careers on the mat have been honored. Dr. Bill Welker chairs a committee of five Ohio Valley wrestling dignitaries that select the honorees. The West Virginia representatives are Dr. Dan Doyle and Ron Mauck. The Ohio representatives are ...

Singing students’ praises in St. C: Championships celebrated

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Members of the St. C Singers Show Choir visited last week’s St. Clairsville-Richland City Board of Education meeting. And they brought some hardware with them. Plenty of it. The 13 trophies — some as tall as 5 feet — were placed in and around the board members, who ...

Shadyside’s tournament run won’t soon be forgotten

COLUMBUS — If someone had told Shadyside’s girls basketball team that it would win 24 games, a district and regional championship and play on the biggest stage in Ohio at the Schottenstein Center, it’s a safe bet that any of the 12 players and two coaches would have signed up for that in ...

Wheeling Central bounced by Crusaders

CHARLESTON — Any coach will tell you, when you get to Charleston for the state tournament, seeds are just numbers. Every team that makes it to this point is a good team. Parkersburg Catholic is doing its best to prove that notion. Despite being seeded No. 6, the Crusaders opened the ...

MEC champs oust West Liberty women in D2

GLENVILLE, W.Va. — A stellar season for the West Liberty University women’s basketball team came to a disappointing end here Friday night as the Black and Gold fell to No. 18-ranked Glenville State, 116-92, in an NCAA Division II Atlantic Region quarterfinal at the Waco Center. The ...

Izzo wins 600th as Spartans pull away from Buckeyes

CHICAGO (AP) — No. 6 Michigan State has its sights set on a sixth Big Ten Tournament championship and a deep NCAA run. The Spartans are off to a good start. Cassius Winston scored 18 points, Foster Loyer provided a lift off the bench with a career-high 14 points, and Michigan State gave ...

Shadyside’s mission continues

SHADYSIDE — It seems that each season — good or bad — has a defining moment. For the Shadyside Lady Tigers it took until their regular-season finale on Feb. 9 when they coughed up an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter of the OVAC Class 2A title game to rival River. With nearly two ...

Destifanes: The engine that makes Shadyside go

SHADYSIDE — The size of someone’s heart, determination and resolve has never been measured on any roster. If it was, Syd Destifanes would be near the top of every listing. The Shadyside senior brings those qualities and so much more to the Lady Tigers basketball team, which will play ...

Hendershot, Wach’s on-court chemistry began in third grade

SHADYSIDE — Regardless of the sport, team chemistry is of the utmost importance. Shadyside’s dynamic sophomore duo of Tory Hendershot and Baylee Wach have actually had a lot of practice at perfecting their on-court chemistry. The pair, which came into high school as two more of the ...

Osman trying to equal her sister in state title rings

SHADYSIDE — Haleigh Osman remembers where she was on June 6, 2015. She was in the stands at Firestone Stadium in Akron watching her sister, Mackenzie, help hoist the Division IV softball state championship trophy after Shadyside’s thrilling 1-0, eight-inning triumph against Triad. From ...

Central rolls into state semifinals

By JOSH STROPE For The Times Leader CHARLESTON – Williamstown coach Scott Sauro felt his best chance to beat Wheeling Central was with a deliberate offense. And for the first few minutes, it worked well. But it is hard to keep a talented offense like No. 2 Wheeling Central off the ...

Steubenville bows out in D-II regional

ATHENS — Steubenville’s group of nine seniors gave Big Red fans a memorable ride for four years. That ride came to an end Wednesday evening inside Ohio University’s Convocation Center, as a slow start cost Big Red, ending its season with a 69-43 loss to Sheridan in the Division II, ...