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Kropka hired as football coach at John Marshall

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MOUNDSVILLE -- Longtime Harrison Central football coach Justin Kropka needed time to refresh and rejuvenate following his 13 seasons at the helm of Harrison Central. Now, after three seasons as an assistant coach at Wheeling University, Kropka is re-energized and ready to take the sidelines ...

St. Clairsville falls to Steubenville

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — There are times in athletics when two teams play their tails off, only for one of them to come up a little short on the final scoreboard. That was the case Tuesday night. Steubenville, which trailed by 10 points early in the third quarter, took its first lead of the night, ...

River rolls by Frontier

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BEAVERTON -- Invading River surged to a 20-point lead at halftime and never looked back en route to a 65-31 victory at Frontier. The Pilots were led by Connor Hunter’s 14. Freshman Kabel Isaly added 13 and sophomore Ty Long chipped in with nine.

Harrison girls win Buckeye 8 bowling

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Harrison Central’s girls and East Liverpool’s boys left St. Clair Lanes Monday afternoon as kingpins of the Buckeye 8 for the sport of bowling. The Huskies rallied from 48 pins down in the final ‘Baker Game’ to defeat the Potters for their second consecutive league ...

Harrison edges Ferry; UL rolls

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MARTINS FERRY — Harrison Central picked up its seventh win in 11 outings Monday, fending off Martins Ferry, 38-35, inside the Tolbert Gymnasium. The Huskies were led by McKayla Dunkle, who had 15 points. Britton Positano added 10. The Purple Riders (5-6), meanwhile, were led by Eve ...

River halts losing streak; Ferry swimmers shine

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HANNIBAL - River put the brakes on a brief two-game losing skid by knocking off Barnesville, 55-45, Saturday night in the R.L. Potts Gymnasium at River. The Pilots received 18 points from sophomore Ty Long. Freshman Kabel Isaly and River Thompson each had 10, while Brody Lollathin added ...

Martins Ferry earns mat sweep to conclude strange week

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MORRISTOWN — What a crazy week it was for the Martins Ferry wrestling team. The Purple Riders were part of the Division III Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Association State Dual Championships when the week began as the No. 4 seed in the Heath District. On Wednesday, they let an early ...

Shadyside fends off Buckeye Local, 71-61

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SHADYSIDE - It was a bittersweet weekend for the Shadyside Tigers. Coach Ed Andes' charges suffered a tough one-point overtime loss to homestanding Monroe Central Friday night. Things got much better for the Orange 24 hours later as the Tigers topped a fine Buckeye Local squad, 71-61, in ...

Strong second half sparks Union Local girls past Shadyside

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SHADYSIDE — Union Local head coach Rob Barr insisted after Saturday’s 68-51 victory at Shadyside that he did not get a technical foul to serve as a motivator for his team. Whether that’s truly the case or not, may never be known. What is known, though, is the Jets took control that ...

Miles’ 30 lifts Martins Ferry past Bellaire

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BELLAIRE — Martins Ferry and Bellaire went toe-to-toe for a quarter-and-a-half Friday night in boys’ high school basketball action, but the visiting Purple Riders closed the first half on a 7-3 run and then outpointed the hosts 17-8 in the third panel for a 74-63 victory inside the ‘House ...

Bridgeport takes down River

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By BUBBA KAPRAL For The Times Leader WOLFHURST - Bridgeport is a much-improved basketball team this winter. That improvement was on full display Friday night at John J. Havlicek Gymnasium. The Bulldogs came off a halftime deadlock with River to turn in a superb second half performance in ...

New Philadelphia too much for St. C.

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — New Philadelphia dictated tempo, played impressive defense and ran its offense to a tee. Add all of that up and the result is a night that St. Clairsville and head coach Ryan Clifford won’t want to remember anytime soon. The Quakers, who were visiting St. Clairsville ...

Monroe tops Shadyside in OT

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WOODSFIELD -- Monroe Central avenged a loss from earlier this season when the Seminoles handed Shadyside a 74-71 setback in overtime Friday. The game was back-and-forth throughout. Shadyside led by one at half and after three , but the Seminoles tied the game at 66 after four. It was ...

Roundup: St. C. tops Bellaire; Harrison girls win

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- The homesteading Red Devils avenged an earlier loss by virtue of a strong four-quarter performance against Bellaire en route to a 53-34 win. The Red Devils were led by Megan Malin’s 23 points. Alexis Thoburn and Shae Brookover went for 12 and 11 points, ...

West Liberty men cruise in opener

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. - The No. 8-ranked West Liberty University men’s basketball team picked up right where it had left off almost a year ago Thursday night, racing away to a 98-77 victory against Notre Dame (Ohio) in a mutual season opener at the ASRC. Coach Ben Howlett’s Hilltoppers ...

Steubenville fends off Harrison

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STEUBENVILLE - Steubenville head coach Mike Haney and his staff challenged their players to step up defensively Thursday night. It had to with Kobe Mitchell and Harrison Central’s powerhouse offense coming to town. On-ball pressure and forcing tough shots, along with attacking more on ...

Strong first quarter sparks Shadyside past Monroe

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SHADYSIDE - There is normally a point in a basketball game that any coach can point to and know that was the defining moment in what turned out to be a win or a loss. Thursday night, both Shadyside Head Coach Serge Gentile and Monroe Central boss Troy Baker had little trouble understanding ...