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Crestview sisters Rebekah (left) and Rachel Klem will compete in the Division II state swimming meet in Canton this afternoon. (Submitted photo)

Making a splash at state

CANTON — At the end of each school day, instead of heading for home like many other students, local swimmers Rebekah and Rachel Klem from Crestview and Jamyson Robb from West Branch make a nearly hour-long trek to Canton McKinley High School to train and compete with the Bulldogs’ swim ...

Lisbon’s Izzy Perez goes up for a shot between Lowellville's Marah Bellis (left) and Madison Kelly during Wednesday’s game. (Morning Journal/Chris Rambo)

Blue Devils play their hearts out

LISBON — The Lisbon girls basketball team took the court for Wednesday’s Division IV sectional opener against Lowellville with more on their minds than simply advancing to the next stage of the bracket. Lisbon coach Jamie Entrikin was coaching with a heavy heart after attending funeral ...

Beavers leave mark at home

CALCUTTA—Beaver Local senior Kierra Taylor played her final game on the Beavers’ floor on Wednesday night and left with a 50-45 win over Steubenville in a Division II sectional opener. “It means a lot,” Taylor said. “I take a lot of pride in Beaver Local so I hope we can go far and ...

Southern edges Leetonia at end

LEETONIA — Anna Sevek put in a basket with 8.8 seconds left as Southern Local beat Leetonia 34-32 on Wednesday in a Division IV sectional opener. The Indians had a 32-28 lead late until baskets by Leetonia’s Sydney Mesmer and Anna Buffone tied it up with 25 seconds left. Sevek paced ...

Monarchs cage Bears

MOUNDSVILLE — John Marshall honored its seniors before Wednesday’s game against Oak Glen. And like he has done time and time again at the John Marshall Field House, Gunner Thompson gave the home crowd something to remember him by. Thompson scored a season-high 31 points — 20 in the ...

Russian rivals battle for gold

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — A true figure skating rivalry requires surpassing skills, intriguing back stories, and significant rewards on the line. Throw in a friendship, and Russians Evgenia Medvedeva and Alina Zagitova hit all the marks — just as they do on the ice. The teenagers stood 1-2 ...

New Cavs make home debuts

CLEVELAND — Larry Nance Jr. has run into an unexpected snag since joining the Cavaliers. “Trying to convince my mom that I’m not living at home,” he said, smiling. “We’re out looking for rental properties and stuff like that and she’s like, ‘Oh, our basement is pretty nice.’ ...

Salem’s Chase Aukerman pulls down a rebound away from South Range’s Brennan Toy on Tuesday.

South Range has good feeling about Salem

SALEM — The South Range boys basketball team goal for Tuesday’s regular-season finale against Salem was to make the Quakers home floor home for the rest of the season. “Our goal was to make Salem’s floor our home floor for the rest of the way,” South Range coach John Cullen said. ...

West Branch’s Brandon Zuchowski shoots between Columbiana defenders Erik Hopfenziz (left) and Nate Whitehead on Tuesday.

Branch breaks Clippers

From Staff Reports COLUMBIANA — Seven West Branch players combined for 16 three-pointers as the Warriors beat Columbiana, 82-51, Tuesday. Michael Boosz had three three-pointers in the first quarter as the Warriors build an early 24-9 lead. T.J. DeShields led the way with 20 points and ...

Dogs show bite

LORDSTOWN — East Palestine let everyone into the act in a 78-47 win over Lordstown on Tuesday. Dominic Posey scored 19 points, Braden Kemp 16, Nate Beatty 12, Clayton Murray 10, Andrew Cunningham eight and Joe Monteleone seven to lead the way. The Bulldogs finish the regular season with a ...