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Miller answers call for Crestview

COLUMBIANA — Crestview girls soccer coach Barry Kimpel didn’t have the luxury of depth to spell his starters as time ticked deep into the first overtime of Monday’s Div. III district semifinal with Ursuline. The Irish substituted freely throughout the match, but the Rebel coach had just ...

Range, Branch in poll

COLUMBUS — South Range and West Branch, both coming off big wins to highlight 10-0 seasons, have high rankings in the final Associated Press 2021 Ohio high school football poll. South Range, a 34-0 winner over previously-unbeaten Hubbard on Friday, remained second in Division V, trailing ...

FOOTBALL POLL

COLUMBUS — How a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates Ohio high school football teams in the final 2021 weekly Associated Press poll, by OHSAA divisions with won-lost record and total points (first-place votes in parentheses): DIVISION I 1. Medina (13) 10-0 164 2. ...

Beaver Local bows out to top seed

CADIZ — St. Clairsville has had some pretty good girls’ soccer teams in program history, including a Division II regional semifinalist last fall. However, none accomplished what the 2021 squad has. With their 3-1 victory over Beaver Local in a Div. II district semifinal match on the ...

Range drains Lakers

GREENFORD — If it doesn’t work, keep trying, eventually the fluorescent soccer ball will find its way into the back of the net for a score. South Range took no exception to that rule Monday evening, applying pressure on the Pymatuning Valley defense throughout the first half, and posting ...

Baker may sit against Steelers

BEREA — Baker Mayfield isn’t healthy enough to practice, and he may not be much closer to playing either. The Browns’ quarterback sat out Monday’s workout because of a troubling shoulder injury and there are early signs pointing to Mayfield missing this week’s home game against the ...

SPORTS BRIEFING

Beavers at Collinwood CLEVELAND — Beaver Local’s Division IV state playoff football game against Cleveland Glenville will be played at the Collinwood Athletic Complex. Glenville’s field does not have lights so the game was moved a couple of miles away. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. ...

Seven area teams prep for playoffs

Seven area football teams are heading to the state playoffs with five of them hosting first-round contests. Salem, United, Southern Local, West Branch and South Range will host games, while Beaver Local and Crestview will be on the road. Division IV, Region 13 includes top-seeded West ...

OHIO HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PAIRINGS

COLUMBUS – The Ohio High School Athletic Association has released the pairings for the first round of the football playoffs, with 448 schools qualifying for the 50th annual postseason tournament. Divisions I, II, III and IV play on Friday nights, while Divisions V, VI and VII play on Saturday ...

Unbeaten West Branch survives scare at Salem

SALEM — For West Branch, No. 50 never looked so good. Warrior junior quarterback Dru DeShields scored on a two-point conversion run in overtime to lift the Warriors to a 43-42 overtime win over arch-rival Salem before a rocking standing-room only crowd at Sebo Stadium Saturday night in ...