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Spring Sports Preview 2021

Barnesville baseball set to make up for lost time

By SETH STASKEY Times Leader Sports Editor BARNESVILLE -- All teams were disappointed with how the 2020 season ended. But, that’s especially true at Barnesville where the Shamrocks were set to trot out a senior-laden squad. Unfortunately, head coach D.J. Butler, who is entering his ...

Hanlon set for her debut with ’Rocks softball

By KIM NORTH Times Leader Sports Writer BARNESVILLE — Kelley Hanlon was to begin her Barnesville softball coaching career last year, but COVID-19 caused the season to be canceled. The Shamrocks also lost half-a-dozen seniors for various reasons, leaving them with just three returning ...

Barnesville track teams lack varsity experience

By SETH STASKEY Times Leader Sports Editor BARNESVILLE -- It’s a similar story everywhere. Both Mark Brown and Dylan Rogers like the make up of their girls and boys track teams. But, both also realize that basically half of their rosters have never taken part in a varsity ...

Beallsville softball has 11 players

By KIM NORTH Times Leader Sports Writer BEALLSVILLE — Rhea Pittman has 11 players out for softball at Beallsville. Seven of those are returning letterwinners from the 2019 season. Nearly half of the roster is seniors as five return for another campaign. “I’m very optimistic about ...

Beallsville track seeks improvement

By SETH STASKEY Times Leader Sports Editor BEALLSVILLE — Tori Lang won’t dwell on the missed season. It’s in the past and can’t be changed. That’s similar to how she wants her athletes focusing on their seasons. “Our goal is to be better than we were yesterday,” ...

Bellaire baseball experiencing a youth movement

By TRACY WATSON For The Times Leader BELLAIRE – Josh Kernik’s first year as Bellaire’s baseball coach never materialized last season, so while it is officially the beginning of his on-field tenure at the school, he, and most of his 2021 Big Reds’ players will be looking to grow ...

Menendez set to begin tenure as Bellaire softball coach

By KIM NORTH Times Leader Sports Writer BELLAIRE — David Menendez inherits a Bellaire softball team that is in the rebuilding process. The Big Reds lost eight seniors, but return a pair of starters from two years ago after last season was wiped out due to COVID-19. Back for another ...

Bellaire track ready for season

By SETH STASKEY Times Leader Sports Editor BELLAIRE — Like all track teams, the Bellaire Big Reds are excited to be back on the oval this spring. As Shawn Valloric prepares his boys and girls teams for the 14th consecutive spring, the veteran head coach likes the make up of his ...

Newhart now guiding the Bridgeport track teams

By SETH STASKEY Times Leader Sports Editor BRIDGEPORT — The Bridgeport track and field program has had a changing of the guard. Robert Newhart has taken over the reins of the program and hopes to get the squad headed in the right direction. “The team is excited to be ...

Smith now leading Bridgeport softball

By KIM NORTH Times Leader Sports Writer BRIDGEPORT — Timmy Smith has been a baseball guy is entire life. He’s about to be a softball guy. The Bridgeport High graduate takes over for Paige Williams as the Bulldogs third head coach in four seasons. Williams, who had a 10-year run at ...

Bridgeport baseball returns three starters from ’19

By TRACY WATSON For The Times Leader BRIDGEPORT – In his third year at the Bulldogs’ helm, Bridgeport Coach Zach Winland welcomes back just three starters from his 2019 baseball team but does have a group of 11 seniors and juniors on a roster that had six players pick up diplomas last ...

Patrick takes over Buckeye Local baseball reins

By TRACY WATSON For The TImes Leader CONNORVILLE – As with a lot of teams coming off a lost season due to the pandemic, Buckeye Local’s 2021 baseball team will be an inexperienced group, with only three kids having any previous varsity playing team, with a first-year Head Coach in ...

Buckeye Local softball lacks experienced players

By KIM NORTH Times Leader Sports Writer CONNORVILLE — There’s good news and bad news for the 2021 Buckeye Local softball program. On the bright side, the Panthers have 24 girls out for the sport this spring. However, only four of them have earned varsity letters in their ...

Buckeye Local track rebuilding

By SETH STASKEY Times Leader Sports Editor CONNORVILLE — The effects of COVID-19 are being felt everywhere. They’re clearly evident inside the Buckeye Local track program. Thankfully no one is sick and the team is moving forward. However, the virus has affected the ...

Harrison softball excited

By KIM NORTH Times Leader Sports Writer CADIZ — Harrison Central welcomes back six letterwinners from the 2020 season, with all of them being veteran performers. Seniors Danyel Beadling (OF), Lexi Ferguson (INF) and Britton Positano (OF) are all 3-year vets, while juniors Abbi Jozwiak ...

HC baseball has potential

By SETH STASKEY Times Leader Sports Editor CADIZ -- Scoring runs shouldn’t be a problem for Harrison Central this spring. Head coach Mike Valesko, who is entering his seventh season, believes -- like most skippers -- the season’s ultimate success will boil down to pitching. ...

Harrison track has solid pieces

By SETH STASKEY Times Leader Sports Editor CADIZ -- Finally! After watching it sit empty last season, because of the COVID-19 pandemic that led to the cancellation of spring sports in Ohio, the newly constructed track at Harrison Central was unused. That will change very soon ...

Pitching a strength for Martins Ferry baseball

By SETH STASKEY Times Leader Sports Editor MARTINS FERRY -- Anthony Reasbeck finds himself in the same boat as many baseball coaches this spring. The veteran Purple Rider skipper looks at his roster and likes his club. But, because it’s been basically two years since they’ve ...

Magistro takes over Ferry softball

By KIM NORTH Times Leader Sports Writer MARTINS FERRY — After a very lengthy and successful career as head softball coach at St. John Central, Jerry Magistro was poised to take over the reins at Martins Ferry last spring. However, COVID-19 wiped out the entire campaign. While Magistro is ...

Distance leads MF track

By SETH STASKEY Times Leader Sports Editor MARTINS FERRY -- As it pertains to the Martins Ferry track team, the longer the race the better. When Greg Steele looks at his Purple Rider boys and girls track teams this spring, distance contingent is a strength for both squads. ...