Valley to host scholastic tournament

COLUMBIANA — The Valley Golf Club Annual High School Scholastic Tournament will be held on July 27. Shotgun start is at 8 a.m. Entry fee is $20 for the 18-hole event. There will be three divisions (boys 9th and 10th grade, boys 11th and 12th grade, girls 9th through 12th grade). Call Valley to register at (330) 482-9464. Deadline to enter is July 25.

Golf tournament will benefit Clippers

COLUMBIANA — The Columbiana Clipper Art Rohrer Memorial Boys Golf Team Scramble will be held on Aug. 7 at Valley. Cost is $30 per person or $120 per team for the nine-hole scramble event. Tee times are from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Greens fees, two carts per team and a picnic dinner are included.

All proceeds go to Clipper boys golf team. Call (330) 482-9464 to enter.

Ball State is preseason favorite

DETROIT (AP) — Ball State is the preseason favorite to win the Mid-American Conference football title.

The Cardinals were picked to defend their championship as the West Division winner in a MAC media poll released Tuesday.

Kent State was selected as the favorite to claim the East Division title.

Ball State returns 10 starters on both sides of the ball from a team that won its last seven games during the pandemic-shortened season. The Cardinals closed the year with a 34-13 win over No. 19 San Jose State in the Arizona Bowl and finished ranked No. 23 in The Associated Press college football poll.

Toledo finished second in voting among West Division teams and to win the conference championship. Kent State, Western Michigan, Buffalo and Miami (Ohio) also received votes as preseason favorites to win the MAC title on Dec. 4 in Detroit.

“The MAC is a highly competitive conference, and it’s going to take every member of our program performing at an elite level for us to achieve our goal of making it back to Ford Field in December,” Ball State coach Mike Neu said.

Diamondbacks finish sweep of Pirates

PHOENIX (AP) — Pavin Smith and Daulton Varsho have hit back to back in the lineup for a few seasons while coming up through Arizona’s system. But they had never hit consecutive home runs — until Wednesday.

And they picked a good time to do it: in the seventh inning of a tied game. Smith hit his ninth of the season and Varsho followed with his second, and the Diamondbacks held on for their fourth straight victory, 6-4 over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

“It finally happened,” Smith said. “We’ve been doing this for three, four years and always talked about it.”


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