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St. C. girls set for first regional

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- Unchartered waters. That’s what St. Clairsville will be entering when it hosts Dover tonight in a Division II, Region VII girls soccer tournament semifinal. No Red Devils soccer team -- male of female -- has ever reached this level of competition. The match is set for 7 ...

OVAC Wrestling format changed announced

WHEELING -- The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot of things locally, regionally, nationally and across the world. The 68th annual Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Ron Mauck Wrestling Championships is the latest to fall victim to the virus. For the first time in quite some time, the ...

St. Clairsville scores 42 unanswered to overtake Meadowbrook

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- A little momentum, a few adjustments and, probably most importantly, an entire team’s worth of belief went a long way Saturday night. St. Clairsville needed all three and some additional factors including a gadget play and a couple of key takeaways, to pull off a ...

Fort Frye blanks Barnesville in D-VI regional semi

BEVERLY — Barnesville was its own worst enemy Saturday night in a Division VI, Region 23 semifinal against Fort Frye. The Shamrocks continually shot themselves in the foot when they seemed to be moving the football. The end result: a 34-0 blanking at the hands of top-seeded Fort Frye. ...

Shadyside storms back to win D-IV district volleyball title

SHADYSIDE -- Shadyside volleyball coach Eric Mercer always preaches to his team about having a short memory. The Tigers displayed that short memory on Saturday afternoon and in turn made memories they will never forget. After dropping the first two sets of the Division IV East District Final ...

Nowak saves day for St. Clairsville in D-II district final

NEW CONCORD — Jaeda Nowak has made a lot of big saves in her four years as the goalkeeper of the St. Clairsville girls soccer team. However, none have been any bigger than the last one she made Saturday. When the senior smothered Shi Williamson’s shot in the fifth — and final — ...

Union Local falls to Tusky Valley in D-III district championship

ZOAR — Union Local made a living most of the volleyball season by simply overpowering opponents with its hitting. Whether it was sophomore Torre Kildow, senior Casey Kildow or sophomore Reagan Vinskovich, the Jets brought the thunder when they hit. They brought it again on Saturday, but ...

Shadyside leaves no doubt as it rolls by rival River, 42-9

HANNIBAL — There would be no comeback this time. After watching River stage a dramatic rally that fell two points shy in their first meeting four weeks ago, Shadyside was not about to let that happen again Friday night. The No. 7 seeded Tigers dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides ...

SPARKY is a Rider again as Martins Ferry routs Bellaire

MARTINS FERRY -- There have been plenty of classic matchups over the course of the now 115 meetings between Martins Ferry and Bellaire. Friday night’s season finale, however, will not fall into that category. The Purple Riders scored three first-quarter touchdowns and never looked back en ...

Harrison topples Buckeye Local to retain V.A.L.E.S.

By ANDREW GRIMM For The Times Leader CADIZ – With the big numbers Kobe Mitchell puts up offensively, it would be easy for one to forget the senior standout is a star on the defensive side of the ball, too. It was a defensive play by the Akron basketball recruit that shifted the course ...

Ferry’s Weir has added motivation for every game

MARTINS FERRY — Every player who takes the field tonight in the annual Martins Ferry and Bellaire game wants to win in the worst way. For Purple Rider senior Jack Weir it’s taking on an even greater importance. And honestly, It has nothing to do with Bellaire or even the coveted SPARKY ...

St. Clairsville, Meadowbrook set for meetin’ of unbeatens in Division IV

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The St. Clairsville Red Devils have made enough extended runs in the football postseason to realize that with each passing game the challenge gets a little tougher. Brett McLean didn’t need to look long at the Meadowbrook statistics to realize his team is going to have ...

Barnesville prepares for stern test from Fort Frye

BEVERLY - For anyone that may not have noticed there is something special going on in Washington County, Ohio when it comes to high school football and Fort Frye High School. In his fifth year at the helm, Head Coach Eric Huck has helped turn the Cadets’ program into one of the finest the ...

Ohio State knows it will need to click on all cylinders at Penn St.

COLUMBUS — If games were played on paper, Ohio State appears to be a clear-cut favorite to go into State College Saturday night and pull out another victory against Penn State. Considering there will be no fans to produce the annual ‘white out,’ the Nittany Lions are coming off an ...

St. C. boys fall in D-II district tourney, 1-0

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Soccer, like most sports, can be a game of inches at times. Such was the case for St. Clairsville Wednesday. The second-seeded Red Devils saw their season come to a bitter end with a 1-0 loss to visiting West Holmes in a Division II Eastern District boys soccer tournament ...

The rematch in Hannibal: Shadyside looking for season sweep of Pilots

SHADYSIDE — In athletics sometimes it’s not how you start but how you finish. That’s a trend that Shadyside is hoping continues Friday night when it heads south to Hannibal for a rematch with rival River. The Tigers (5-3) started the season with back-to-back losses to Division V rivals ...

The rematch in Hannibal: River hoping to snap losing skid to Tigers

HANNIBAL — River is hoping that the old saying ‘Home Sweet Home’ comes true again Friday night. For the sixth straight week, the Pilots (6-2) will remain at the friendly confines of Martin Flannery Field. The third seeds host Ohio 7 rival Shadyside (5-3) in an Ohio Division VII, Region ...

SPARKY on the line when Ferry, Bellaire meet

MARTINS FERRY - Having met 114 times through the 2019 high school football season, there were no guarantees that Bellaire and Martins Ferry was going to be able to make it 115 with everything that has been going on with the current campaign and pandemic. However, after the Big Reds (5-3) were ...

Union Local sweeps FF in D-III district

MORRISTOWN — Momentum plays a key role in all of sports, but it seems to be especially powerful in volleyball. Once Union Local seized the momentum Wednesday evening, the Jets didn’t let go. Finding itself down 20-14 in the first set, Union Local reeled off 11 of the set’s next 13 to ...

Shadyside back in D-IV district final

SHADYSIDE - After capturing the first two games of Wednesday night’s Division IV, Eastern District volleyball match with visiting Strasburg, Shadyside watched the visiting Tigers make a run through the third game and midway through the fourth. However, Coach Eric Mercer’s crew were going ...