SPORTS BRIEFING

Hart enters Minerva HOF

MINERVA — Former boys basketball coach Rich Hart is amont the five new members of the Minerva High School Athletic Hall of Fame who will be inducted at 6 p.m. Oct. 5 at the high school auditeria.

Hart spent 14 seasons as head coach at Minerva with a record of 184-118. He was named the 1994 Division II Ohio Coach of the Year after leading Minerva to a 20-0 season.

Then he went to Salem and went 96-96 in eight seasons as head coach, including Division II district final appearances in 2013 and 2017.

The other inductees include Madelyn Fischer (athlete, Class of 2014), Eli Maurer (athlete, 2012), Taylor Maurer (athlete, 2011) and Brett Yeagley (athlete/coach, 1999).

Tickets can be purchased at Minerva High School beginning Sept. 16 or can be reserved by calling (330) 868-6705. Tickets are $25, which includes dinner. Deadline for reservations is Sept. 27.

Bash before football game

BELOIT — All West Branch students and families are invited to attend the Back to School Bash from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday before the first home football game against Struthers.

The Back to School Bash will feature an evening of events for the whole family. Students can play carnival games and take part in a tug of war, sumo wrestling, dunk tank, cornhole, pedal tractor pulls and more.

There will be activities provided by the Damascus Elementary PIE and the Knox Elementary PTO, as well as community groups such as Knox Ruritans. West Branch High School athletic teams and clubs will supervise events along with students from the University of Mount Union.

West Branch spirit gear will also be available for purchase. Superintendent Tim Saxton will be cooking hot dogs and bottled water will be provided while supplies last.

Barnes beat Nicklaus

VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — Brian Barnes, the charismatic English golfer who beat Jack Nicklaus twice in one day in Ryder Cup singles matches, has died after a short illness. He was 74.

The European Tour said Barnes, who had cancer, died on Monday with family members by his side.

A nine-time winner on the European Tour, Barnes was most famous for his two victories over Nicklaus at Laurel Valley, Pennsylvania, in 1975.

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