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SPORTS BRIEFING

Nice day for two aces

CALCUTTA — A pair of aces were recorded at Turkana Golf Course on March 11.

John Stepien of East Liverpool aced No. 17 with a 7-iron. Tom Stepien was the witness.

Dave Morgan of East Liverpool aced No. 6 with a gap wedge. Witness was Frank Desarro.

Now starring at Mt. Union

ALLIANCE — Former West Branch High School standouts Grace Heath and Maddie Pidgeon are the top two hitters for the University of Mount Union softball team.

Heath, a sophomore center fielder, leads the Purple Raiders in batting average (.464), on-base percentage (.516), hits (13) and runs (12) and is second in slugging percentage (.679).

Pidgeon, a senior second baseman, is first on the team in slugging percentage (.846), home runs (3) and RBIs (11) and is second in batting average (.462), hits (12) and runs (10).

Mount Union is 7-1 overall and 4-0 in the Ohio Athletic Conference. The Purple Raiders will host Heidelberg on Saturday afternoon.

Minerva hosts Malone games

CANTON – Minerva High School’s Carl Michael Field will host the Malone University baseball team’s first two home series this season.

Malone will host Trevecca Nazarene University (Tenn.) on March 19 and 21 and Hillsdale College (Mich.) on March 26 and 28.

This weekend’s game include doubleheaders at 1 p.m. Friday and Noon Sunday at the field located behind Minerva Middle School.

There is limited bleacher seating available, but to help ensure social distancing it is recommended that fans bring their own chairs.

Rasile playing for West Liberty

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va — The West Liberty University men’s basketball team will host Hillsdale (Mich.) at 7 p.m. today in the NCAA Division II Tournament’s Atlantic Regional final.

Third-seeded West Liberty leads the nation in scoring (103.2 points per game), while top-seeded Hillsdale is sixth in scoring defense (62.4).

West Liberty improved to 17-4 with by beating beat Malone 94-89 on Saturday and Charleston (W.Va.) 82-63 on Sunday.

Former McDonald High School All-Ohioan Zach Rasile is a freshman on West Liberty’s team. Rasile collected 10 points, three rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes off the bench over the weekend.

Indiana covers Miller’s $10.3 million buyout

BLOOMINGTON, Indiana (AP) — Archie Miller’s $10.3 million buyout was one of college basketball’s priciest. Indiana athletic director Scott Dolson decided keeping Miller would prove even more costly.

Dolson fired Miller on Monday, armed with enough cash from private donations to cover the buyout and ready to answer a fan base angered by four straight mediocre seasons.

“It’s a results-oriented business and I didn’t feel like we had made enough progress,” Dolson said on a late afternoon Zoom call. “I thought we needed a new voice and a new direction.”

Miller, a former Blackhawk (Pa.) High School standout, was 67-58 in four seasons with the Hoosiers.

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