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SPORTS BRIEFING

Miller sparks Malone

HILLSDALE, Michigan – Junior Justin Miller was one of four Malone University players to score in double figures as the fourth-seeded Pioneers upset top-seeded Hillsdale, 74-64, in a Great Midwest Athletic Conference semifinal Friday night.

Miller, who was an All-Ohioan at Wellsville High School, was 4-of-5 from the field, including 2-of-2 from three-point range, for 12 points with five rebounds, three assists and one steal in 29 minutes off the bench.

Malone has won nine straight games and 14 of their last 15. The Pioneers will face sixth-seeded Cedarville in the G-MAC championship game at 4 p.m. today

Toothman on district team

East Liverpool junior Devin Toothman and Minerva senior Noah Sallade were named to the Division I-II first team on the District V Basketball Coaches Association All-Star boys team.

Second-team honors went to East Liverpool junior Cole Dailey, Beaver Local junior Skylar Pappas and Minerva junior Brayden Costea.

Receiving honorable mention are East Liverpool junior Zavea Green, Beaver Local junior Ethan Agnew and Minerva senior Owen Swogger.

Players of the year are Steubenville senior Zion Sawyer in Division I-II; Harrison Central senior Kobe Mitchell in Division III; and Berlin Hiland senior Will Schlabach in Division IV.

Coaches of the year are Steubenville’s Donnie Hill in Division I-II; Tuscarawas Valley’s Terry Sites in Division III; and Malvern’s Denny Tucci and Berlin Hiland’s Mark Schlabach in Division IV.

Potters’ Reed on 2nd team

East Liverpool senior Mikayla Reed claimed Division I-II second-team honors on the District V Basketball Coaches Association All-Star girls team.

For Minerva, senior Coletta Miller is on the first team and junior Jenna Cassidy the second team. Receiving honorable mention are East Liverpool senior Victoria Flores, Beaver Local sophomore Jordan Palmer and Minerva senior Ella Kendrick.

Players of the year are Indian Creek senior Taylor Jones in Division I-II; Berlin Hiland senior Zoe Miller in Division III; and Tuscarawas Central Catholic senior Sophia Knight in Division IV.

Coaches of the year are Indian Creek’s Steve Eft in Division I-II; Berlin Hiland’s Dave Schlabach in Division III; and Malvern’s Jason Powers and Tuscarawas Central Catholic’s Greg Triplett in Division IV.

Laurel races past Perry

BARBERTON — Seventh-ranked Shaker Heights Laurel ran away from 12th-ranked Perry, 54-31, in a Division II regional final Friday at Barberton High School.

Laurel (21-4) will play fourth-ranked McArthur Vinton County (25-1) in a state semifinal at 2 p.m. Friday at University of Dayton Arena.

Perry — which won the district title with a buzzer-beating three-pointer to beat Salem — reached the regional final for the first time and finished with a 22-5 record.

PAC adjusts ball schedule

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. — The Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) is adjusting its Spring 2021 football schedule after Thiel College and Case Western Reserve University indicated they will not be playing.

Eight schools are committed to competing during the abbreviated spring campaign.

The North Division will now be made up of Carnegie Mellon, Geneva College, Grove City College and Westminster College.

Bethany College, Saint Vincent College, Washington & Jefferson College and Waynesburg University will make up the South Division.

Crossover games will be held Friday, March 19, but they will not be counted in the divisional standings. All eight teams will have two home games and two road games scheduled prior to the Friday, April 23, North-South crossover games.

Spectator policies will be determined, although schools will not be permitting spectators from visiting teams.

Pirates’ deal with PNC

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates and PNC Bank announced a 10-year extension for the ballpark naming rights.

The original 20-year naming rights agreement was set to expire prior to the season. Financial terms were not released.

“Simply put, the Pittsburgh Pirates are our hometown baseball team, and as Pittsburgh’s hometown bank, we believe the opportunity to renew our agreement makes a great deal of sense,” said Lou Cestello, head of regional marks and regional president for PNC in Pittsburgh.

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