SPORTS BRIEFING

EOAC golf tournament

SALEM – The second Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference golf tournament will be held today at Salem Hills Golf & Country Club.

Teams from Columbiana, East Palestine, Leetonia, Lisbon, Southern Local, United, Wellsville and Toronto will tee off beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the 18-hole tournament.

Columbiana is the defending EOAC champoin and has won four straight league titles.

Salem tickets on sale

SALEM — Tickets for Friday’s Carrollton at Salem football game are on sale in the Salem High School athletic department, Quaker Village and Kendricks Corner.

Presale tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for students. Salem senior citizens that have a resident’s pass may purchase a ticket for $1 in the athletic department before the game.

All tickets at the gate will be $7 for students and adults and $1 for Salem senior citizens.

RubberDucks down 2-0

AKRON (AP) — Jon Harris allowed just five hits over 6 1/3 innings, leading the New Hampshire Fisher Cats over the Akron RubberDucks in a 6-1 win before 4,790 at Canal Park on Wednesday night.

The Fisher Cats hold a 2-0 lead the Eastern League Championship Series.

Harris (13-5) allowed one run while striking out seven to get the win.

Trailing 1-0, the Fisher Cats took the lead for good with three runs in the third inning. Jon Berti drove in two runs and Cavan Biggio drove in one en route to the two-run lead.

The Fisher Cats later added a run in the sixth and two in the eighth.

The next three games will be held in New Hampshire, if necessary, beginning Friday night.

Salem tops Minerva

SALEM — The Salem boys golf team notched its third win of the season by downing Minerva, 197-201, Wednesday.

Leaders for the Quakers were Dylan Ulrich with a 47, Logan Zimmerman 48, Lane Rhodes 48 and Kaleb Day 54. For the Lions, Charlie Bolanz had a 44, Mike Hanley 49, Lucas Kimble 52 and Andrew Gillis 56.

Salem improves to 3-7 overall and 2-6 in EBC play, while Minerva drops to 0-11 and 0-11.

Salem will host Marlington today.

NBC to televise women’s match

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — NBC Sports will televise the final round of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur from the home course of the Masters.

The club announced the creation of the women’s event earlier this year. The first two rounds will be held at Champions Retreat Golf Club on April 3-4, and the 72 players will get a practice round at Augusta National on April 5 ahead of the final round on April 6.

It will be the first time for women to compete at Augusta National.

Chilton scores for Mount Union

ALLIANCE — Freshman Katelin Chilton scored her first collegiate goal on Wednesday night in leading the Mount Union women’s soccer team past Penn State-Behrend, 2-0, at Mount Union Stadium.

Chilton, a Salem High School graduate, found the back of the net in the 85th minute off a ball that was unable to be cleared by the Lion defense.

She has played in all four matches this season.

Junior starter Lauren Beech, a United High School graduate, led the Purple Raiders with three shots.

A pair of Crestview High School graduate, freshmen Kassity Miller and Jillian Beard, also have seen action for Mount Union.

Mount Union (2-2) will host Hiram at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Invitation to Potter fans

EAST LIVERPOOL –Washington Post writer, and author, Wil Haygood has recently penned “Tigerland,” a book which details the athletic successes of the Columbus East High School Tigers during the late 1960s.

On Jan. 6, 1967, the highly-vaunted Columbus East Tigers basketball team journeyed to East Liverpool to tangle with the Potters at Memorial Auditorium. Columbus East, featuring sophomores, and later NBA players, Ed Ratliff and Alonzo “Nick” Connor, defeated the Potters 63-37. The high-flying Tigers won state basketball titles in 1968 and 1969. Ratliff also played first base and pitched for the Columbus East baseball team that edged the Potters in the 1969 state finals 2-1.

Haygood is having a book signing at 3 p.m. Sept. 23 at Bexley High School near Columbus. There is no charge to attend, but a ticket is required. Tickets are available at the Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame, 120 E. Fifth St. in East Liverpool. For those interested in attending the signing, free transportation is being provided by a local benefactor. To reserve a spot, call the Holtz Hall of Fame at (330) 386-5443.

Self-defense class set

LEETONIA — The Leetonia Sportsman Club will be holding a women’s self-defense class at 2 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $25. For more information or to register call Rich at (330) 427-6431.

Youth sports in Calcutta

CALCUTTA — The Calcutta YMCA will be offering several youth sports programs this fall, open to both Y members and non-members. Kinderhoops is open for kids ages 4 and 5, basketball is open for ages 6-12 and volleyball is open for ages 8-13.

Registration is open until Sunday. Cost for registration is $30 with a family membership, $40 with a youth membership or $60 for non-members. Call (330) 385-6400 or (330) 385-0663 for more information.

Stewart, Storm surge to title

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Breanna Stewart led the Seattle Storm to their WNBA title Wednesday night, scoring 30 points in a 98-82 victory over the Washington Mystics in Game 3 of the best-of-five series.

Stewart was the league MVP and was selected the Finals MVP after averaging 25.6 points in the three games. She scored 17 points in the first half as the Storm raced to a 47-30 lead.

Natasha Howard added career-high 29 points and 14 rebounds for the Storm and first-year coach Dan Hughes. Sue Bird, also a member of a Seattle’s championship teams in 2004 and 2010, had 10 points and 10 assists.

Elena Delle Donne scored 23 points for the Mystics. Kristi Toliver had 20 points.

Pirates slow Cardinals

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jameson Taillon won his fourth straight start, Jacob Stallings drove in three runs and the Pittsburgh Pirates slowed the Cardinals with a 4-3 victory Wednesday that stopped the Cardinals’ three-game winning streak.

St. Louis entered 34-18 under new manager Mike Shildt and with the most wins in the NL after the All-Star break. The Cardinals’ lead for the second NL wild card was cut to two games over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Taillon (13-9) allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings, leaving with a 4-1 lead after the first two Pirates reached in the eighth. Taillon has given up 19 runs over 71 innings in his last 11 starts.

5 1/2-hour delay for Mets

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets and Miami Marlins have bumped their doubleheader back a day after the opener of Wednesday’s scheduled twinbill was delayed by rain for 5 hours, 35 minutes.

The teams will play just one game Wednesday night, and then a single-admission doubleheader Thursday starting at 3:10 p.m. They were supposed to play two games Wednesday to make up Monday’s rainout, but the weather was once again uncooperative.

Showers fell throughout the day at Citi Field, and it was still misting when Zack Wheeler finally threw the first pitch at 9:45 p.m. The Mets were leading 13-0 through seven innings.