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Monroe makes it 3-0 with a win over rival River

HANNIBAL — After matching each other bucket for bucket for most of the first three quarters Friday night, county rivals River and Monroe Central become locked in a defensive tussle in the fourth. There, the Seminoles took advantage of every possession, every loose ball, every rebound, ...

Martins Ferry fends off Union Local by 10

MARTINS FERRY — Derek Edwards was not a happy camper Tuesday night. He left Tolbert Gymnasium in a much better frame of mind Friday night. Three days after his Purple Riders dropped a lopsided verdict to St. Clairsville, Edwards’ charges bounced back to pocket a hard-earned 57-47 win over ...

Mitchell fuels Harrison past Bellaire

BELLAIRE — It had been nine days since Harrison Central had played a boys’ basketball game. The long layoff didn’t affect the Huskies one bit. Kobe Mitchell had a quiet 30 points while Sam Santilli (17) and Alexis Flor (10) combined for 27 as the visitors spoiled Bellaire’s home ...

Buckeye rallies past Edison for 2-0 start

CONNORVILLE — It’s always nice for a team to have an early lead, but more important to have a lead when the final horn sounds. Buckeye Local coach Chris Heaton has proof of the accuracy of that statement. Only two games into the new season, the Panthers have found themselves trailing ...

Prep Roundup: Beallsville upends Bridgeport

BEALLSVILLE — Dakota Phillips scored 21 points and Adam Baker had 18 as Beallsville evened its record at 1-1 with a 70-58 victory against Bridgeport on boys’ basketball action Friday night. The Blue Devils led by five at halftime, but stretched their lead to 16 — 55-39 — after three ...

St. C. girls storm past Harrison

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Stacey Agnew doesn’t like sitting around. What the St. Clairsville girls’ basketball coach does like is watching his team play defense. After a week off, the Red Devils improved to 2-0 with a defensive-minded, 54-31, triumph over visiting Harrison Central in Buckeye ...

Martins Ferry rolls to win at Bellaire

BELLAIRE — Martins Ferry didn’t waste any time Thursday night in showing Bellaire that its time as top dog in Buckeye 8 girls’ hoops might be in jeopardy. The Purple Riders belted the Big Reds with a bevy of haymakers early, jumping out to a double-digit lead after one quarter, ...

Vinskovich paces Union Local win

MORRISTOWN — Reagan Vinskovich scored 23 points and Hannah Merritt had 17 as Union Local remained unbeaten on the young girls’ basketball seasn with an 81-40 victory against River on Thursday night inside “The Hangar.” Casey Kildow added 15 points for the Jets, while Torre Kildow had ...

McKivitz relishes Big 12 accolades

MORGANTOWN — Colton McKivitz had just wrapped up dinner with his parents — Matt and Wendy — Wednesday afternoon and was ready to get on the road back to Morgantown when he took a quick glance at his Twitter account. The former Union Local High School standout and now former Mountaineer ...

Changes on horizon for Ron Mauck OVAC Tournament

The Ohio Valley Athletic Conference will be entering unchartered waters this season when the OVAC Ron Mauck Tournament invades downtown Wheeling’s WesBanco Arena for its annual three-day stay in mid-January. For the first time in the tournament’s 66 years the seeding will done by a ...

Morgantown too much for Shadyside

SHADYSIDE — Serge Gentile knew exactly what he was signing his team up for when Shadyside agreed to play Morgantown. Playing a West Virginia Class AAA opponent, which a perennial power in the state as well as in OVAC Class 5A, is a tall task. Such was the case Wednesday evening when the ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Harrison Central bowlers sweep

WOODSFIELD — Trevor Thompson rolled a 266 game, part of a 491 series that helped propel Harrison Central’s boys to a 2,260-1,955 victory against Monroe Central in prep bowling action Wednesday at the Russell Bowling Center. Hunter Stark added a 384 series for the unbeaten Huskies. Brock ...

Strong third lifts St. Clairsville by Martins Ferry

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — St. Clairsville has been known for its outside shooting over the years. Entering the second half Tuesday night against Buckeye 8 rival Martins Ferry, the Red Devils hadn’t made a single three-point goal despite holding a 24-19 advantage. That all changed in the second ...

Hendershot scores 1,000th point in Shadyside’s victory

SHADYSIDE - It was opening night for the Shadyside boys’ basketball team Tuesday. It also proved to be a very special night for Tigers’ all-stater Kelly Hendershot. The talented 6-2 senior tossed in a game-high 22 points to lead the Tigers to a lopsided 78-50 win over Steubenville ...