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Bellaire fends off River for 28-14 victory

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BELLAIRE — Head coach Mark Spigarelli expected his relatively young Bellaire squad to have to learn on the fly somewhat. Those nerves showed early Saturday afternoon in the Big Reds season opener against River when the Big Reds’ initial play from scrimmage saw the snap get fired over the ...

Thrilling finish sparks Monroe Central past Union Local

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MORRISTOWN -- Despite having to wait an extra day for football due to lightning, fans who gathered in Morristown on Saturday evening were treated to a great show that saved the fireworks for last. After Union Local overcame a 20-6 deficit late in the third to take the lead with 4:18 left in ...

Bridgeport wins opener, 15-6

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STEWART — It took Bridgeport all of one week to equal its 2019 win total. The Bulldogs made the more than two-hour road trip to Athens County to take on Federal Hocking and overcame a 1-hour, 45-minute weather delay. In the end, however, it all proved to be worth it for the Bulldogs who ...

Martins Ferry holds off Shadyside, 22-16

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MARTINS FERRY — The 2020 high school football season was already been filled with adversity and unknowns due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Martins Ferry had to endure a couple more over the weekend. The Purple Riders, who had rolled with all of the every-changing situations it was ...

Conotton Valley blanks homestanding Beallsville, 41-0

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BEALLSVILLE - Heading into Friday night Conotton Valley was riding a seven-game season-opening losing streak, so not even a lightning delay and tornado warning was going to spoil the moment for Ohio Hall-of-Fame Coach Don Hertler and his fired-up Rockets. Conotton Valley rolled up 179 ...

Area CC runners ready to go for 2020 season

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It took much longer than what most area cross country runners and coaches would have liked. But, the fact that prep cross country will go on -- looking a little bit different than what most are accustomed to -- is exciting nonetheless. The sport -- after several adjustments and debate about ...

PGA Junior Tour another huge success at BHCC

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- Ron Baker, Butch Brunner and the Belmont Hills Country Club golf staff want to expand the game of golf. And they’ve found that there’s no better way of attempting to do that than going after youngsters and introducing the game to them as early as possible. For the ...

Barnesville blanks Buckeye

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YORKVILLE — It didn’t matter if it was a 70-minute weather delay or the Buckeye Local Panthers, the Barnesville Shamrocks took on both impressively Thursday night. Behind a brilliant passing game, impressive special teams and a stifling defensive performance that yielded 22 net yards, ...

Union Local sweeps Bellaire; Barnesville golfers win quad

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AT BELLAIRE, Union Local swept the Big Reds by scores of 25-14, 25-14 and 25-2. The Big Reds were led by Jayden Lowe’s three kills and eight digs. Allie Ault added four kills and Gianna Schmidt had two aces. River falls to Frontier AT BEAVERTON, River dropped three sets to Frontier by ...

St. C. takes down Ferry in volleyball

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MARTINS FERRY — When it came to Thursday’s volleyball match between St. Clairsville and Martins Ferry, there was a common theme in each set. The Red Devils would start off with a comfortable lead only to see Martins Ferry continuously chip away at it. However, in the end of each set, St. ...

W.Va. Roughriders franchise up for sale

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WHEELING — One of the most successful indoor football franchises is on the market. According to owner Gregg Fornario, the West Virginia Roughriders are up for sale. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean the franchise won’t be back in the Friendly City next season. “As an owner ...

Barnesville spikers sweep Buckeye Local

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CONNORVILLE — Barnesville volleyball coach Kimberly Jarrett always speaks to her team about controlling the match. The Shamrocks seemed to do that pretty well on Wednesday night as they swept host Buckeye Local 25-19, 25-18 and 25-14. Barnesville led the entire match, aside from a 2-0 ...

UL volleyball 2-0

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MORRISTOWN — Union Local ran its volleyball record to 2-0 with a sweep of visiting River Wednesday night inside ‘The Hangar.’ The Jets prevailed by scores of 25-8, 25-4 and 25-4. Sophomore Torre Kildow led the way with 14 kills, seven aces, six assists and four digs. Senior Casey ...

Bellaire’s Defibaugh, St. C.’s Evonek run to OVCCL titles

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CONNORVILLE — When Bellaire’s Jacob Defibaugh received All-Ohio honors a season ago, there was no doubt there was going to be eyes on him coming into his senior campaign. However, the Big Reds standout is used to it and wasted little time to get things going. Defibaugh, who placed ...

St. Clairsville girls rout East Liverpool

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EAST LIVERPOOL -- Six different players scored goals as St. Clairsville (2-0) coasted past East Liverpool, 6-1, in girls’ high school soccer action Tuesday night. Emily Thompson, Mikayla Hendershot, Ariel Ott, Gianna Nardo, Alyssa Bodkin and Zoe Russell all found the net. Hendershot added ...

Ferry lays out ticket plan for 2020 football season

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MARTINS FERRY -- In most normal years, a season opener at Martins Ferry’s Dave Bruney Football Complex, pitting the Purple Riders against Shadyside would be one of the bigger crowds of the season. The two meet Friday night as prep football returns, but that’s the only normal part of ...

Union Local earns sweep of Harrison

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MORRISTOWN — Kaye Sechrest calls herself lucky. The Union Local head volleyball coach truly believes that. “These girls work hard and they are athletic. I’m just lucky,” Sechrest allowed after watching her Jets debut with a hard-earned 25-16, 25-13, 29-27 victory over visiting ...

Shadyside spikers sweep Bellaire

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AT BELLAIRE, Shadyside opened the season with a sweep of Bellaire by scores of 25-10, 25-20 and 25-8. The Tigers were led by sophomore Gentry Brown, who had nine kills, four aces and 10 digs. Senior Baylee Wach added five kills, three assists and two blocks, while Kylie Jo Baker added four ...

T-L Pigskin Preview to publish on Tuesday

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King Football is back! Arriving at this weekend’s season openers in Ohio wasn’t as easy or as conventional as most seasons. After much uncertainty amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, prep football received clearance from Gov. Mike DeWine last week that it can proceed with its ...

Area volleyball teams excited to begin seasons

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Though many changes are in store as schools and teams deal with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, volleyball season ramps up this week as all area teams prepare to begin their seasons. Some teams got their campaigns going as early as last Friday when the OHSAA formally allowed volleyball to ...