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SPORTS BRIEFING

Coaches vs. Cancer game

HANOVERTON — United’s second Coaches vs. Cancer boys basketball game will be held Feb. 5 against Heartland Christian.

All proceeds will go to the Columbiana County Health Department Cancer Detention Clinic.

To help raise money, the school will be selling T-shirts, a gift basket raffle the day of the game and a 50/50 drawing.

If you would like to donate, contact coach Chris Kadvan at chris.kadvan@united.k12.oh.us.

Warriors at Top Gun

ALLIANCE — West Branch and Minerva’s wrestling teams will take part in the Alliance Top Gun Tournament on Friday and Saturday at Harry Fails Gymnasium.

Sophomore Alex Courtney (106), junior Tyler Hicks (113), sophomore Steven Marra (170), junior Kenny Marra (195) and senior Jacob Hurst (285) are expected to be key contributors for West Branch.

Minerva returns junior Jarrett Burress (285) who was second at last year’s meet. Senior Luke Chaddock (132), Ethan Mueller (138), junior Jacob Norris (120) and Logan Williams (220) should be competitive for the Lions at Top Gun.

Salem wrestlers win two

The Salem wrestling team deeated Jefferson Area, 57-3, and Hubbard, 59-15, Wednesday.

In the first match against Jefferson Area won all but one match with four coming by pins from Jacob Frost, Lane Lafleme, Logan Stecker and John Kidd.

In the secon match against Hubbard, sophomore Dylan Newhouse won by pin along with freshmen Donnie Oesch, Brandon Vanhorn and John Kidd.

The Quakers are 7-3 overall and 4-1 in the Eastern Ohio Wrestling League.

Salem will travel to United on Wednesday.

Boys basketball starts earlier

COLUMBUS — The high school boys basketball season will start two days earlier the next two seasons.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors approved he date changes Thursday.

In 2020-21, the season will begin on Wednesday, Nov. 25, instead of Friday, Nov. 27. In 2021-22, the season will begin on Wednesday, Nov. 24, instead of Friday, Nov. 26.

The changes move the start of the season to the day before Thanksgiving instead of the day after Thanksgiving. There are no changes to the start of practice.

Rawlings is OHSAA’s pick

COLUMBUS – The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) and the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association (OHSBCA) announced a three-year partnership extension with Rawlings to continue serving as the official basketball of both associations through the 2023 season.

The Rawlings basketball will remain the exclusive basketball used in all OHSAA tournament contests, while the coaches association strongly recommends it to be used during the regular season, as well.

Rawlings has been the official tournament basketball of the OHSAA since 1999.

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