South Range senior quarterback Aniello Buzzacco shares a moment with head coach Dan Yeagley after the Raiders’ Division V state semifinal loss to Pemberville Eastwood on Friday night. (Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer)

Black Friday

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STRONGSVILLE — A ride that nobody wanted to see end finally came to a close for the South Range football team Friday. Using an old-school running game and a stifling defense, top-ranked Pemberville Eastwood stopped the second-ranked Raiders’ magical season one step short of the state ...

South Range seniors are a special group

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¯ The South Range Raiders bid goodbye to a special group of seniors, which includes the vast majority of their offensive production. The group went 22-3 over the last two seasons. Head coach Dan Yeagley said the class was defined by its competitiveness and passion. “The seniors brought ...

Steubenville in third straight final

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AKRON— Steubenville drove past the Pro Football Hall of Fame Friday on its way to InfoCision Stadium. Next Saturday, Big Red will stop at the Hall, hit the turf at Tom Benson Stadium and compete for the Ohio Division IV championship. Big Red, thanks to a huge second half comeback, is in ...


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2017 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES At Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium Canton Thursday, Nov. 30 Div. II: No. 5 Akron Hoban (13-1) vs. No. 2 Cincinnati Winton Woods (13-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 Div. VII: No. 5 Cuyahoga Heights (12-1) vs. Minster (10-4), 10 a.m. Div. V: No. 3 ...

South Range girls win opener

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HOWLAND — South Range’s girls basketball team opened the season with a 44-32 victory over Madison on Friday afternoon at Howland High School. Maddie Durkin had 14 points to lead the Raiders. Izzy Lamparty added 12 points. The game was played early in the day because of South Range’s ...


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Mt. Union hosts Case Reserve ALLIANCE — Second-ranked Mount Union will host 16th-ranked Case Western Reserve in an NCAA second-round playoff game at noon today. The matchup of two 11-0 squads features a pair of high-scoring offenses — the Purple Raiders average 53.5 poitns and 588 total ...

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George Barclay "Win" Mercer is buried on his family's plot in Spring Grove Cemetery in East Liverpool. The grave marker does appear to be inaccurate however. His date of death is established as Jan. 12, 1903. This current marker, which may have been a replacement of the original marker, incorrectly lists the date of death as Feb. 12, 1903. Although it is not confirmed through birth records, most biographical information lists Win's birthday as June 20, 1874. The marker here reads April 20.

Suicide letters, note confound researcher

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The three letters and one note found in deceased East Liverpool major league baseball player Win Mercer’s San Francisco hotel room on the morning of Jan. 13, 1903 are a source of bewilderment for Society of American Baseball Research member Jimmy Keenan. The Glen Rock, Pennsylvania resident ...

Final resting places

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At least nine major league baseball players (including Win Mercer) have their final resting places in Columbiana County according to Curt Welch (1862-1896) — The East Liverpool native was said to be the finest centerfielder of the 19th century. His career spanned ...

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Author uncovers county baseball tragedy

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George Barclay “Win” Mercer seemingly had everything to live for on the day of Jan. 12, 1903. The 28-year-old veteran of seven National League and two American League campaigns was a part of a barnstorming tour featuring a strong pool of baseball talent from across the country including ...

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Raiders thankful to be practicing

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GREENFORD—When many Americans think of Thanksgiving, they associate the holiday with food, family and, of course, football. This morning, the South Range football team will participate in the Thanksgiving gridiron tradition when they take the field for their final practice in preparation ...