Local Sports

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 ...

Devers belts 6 hits as BoSox edge Tribe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

OHIO VALLEY UNSUNG HEROES: Beckett’s friends giving back to their mentor

SHADYSIDE — Gene Beckett was a man who inspired others to give back. A trio of those who knew him are doing just that. Kurt Glasser, Bruce Eberle and Jared Trifonoff are the contacts for the inaugural Gene Beckett Memorial event. The cornhole tournament is set for Saturday, Aug. 24 at ...

Matsakis is making progress at Defiance

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

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

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

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 ...

Shadyside volleyball coach Archer, staff resign

SHADYSIDE — With a little more than a week until its first match of the season, Shadyside High School is breaking in a new volleyball coaching staff. Cindy Archer, who guided the Tigers to a 23-3 record, a regular season OVAC crown, the school’s first sectional championship and district ...

Nailers make a trade with Greenville

WHEELING — The Wheeling Nailers have traded forward Cedric Lacroix’s rights to the Greenville Swamp Rabbits in exchange for future considerations. Lacroix, 24, played his first season of professional hockey with the Nailers in 2018-19, leading the club with 22 goals, while finishing in a ...

Prep Golf: Barnesville finishes second at Waterford Invite

WATERFORD — Barnesville finished second in the annual event held at Lakeside Golf Course with a strong round of 328. The Shamrocks trailed only Marietta, which finished with a 321. Barnesville was led by Payne Johnson and Jim Byler. Both shot a round of 78. Carter Wells finished with an ...