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SPORTS BRIEFING

Wilson at Ohio Amateur

WARREN — Former Columbiana High School state champion Jared Wilson opened the 115th Ohio Amateur Championship at Avalon Golf & Country Club on Tuesday.

Wilson shot a 2-over-par 74 and is tied for 36th in the 144-golfer field.

Eastern Michigan’s Max Watson, an Ashland High School graduate, took he lead with a 4-under 68 on the 7,206-yard Avalon Lakes course.

Tied with 69s are Cade Breitenstine, a teammate of Wilson’s at Kent State University, along with Ohio State’s Chandler Jackson and Rutgers’ Luke Wells.

The second round will be held today. Wilson is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m.

Art Rohrer scramble slated

COLUMBIANA — The Art Rohrer Memorial Golf Scramble will be held Saturday, Aug. 7, at Valley Golf Club.

It is a four-person, nine-hole scramble with team times from 1 to 3:#0 p.m.

Cost is $30 per person or $120 per team, which includes green fees, two carts per team, picnic dinner and prizes. To enter or for more information, call Valley at (330) 482-9464.

All proceeds will benefit the Columbiana High School boys golf team.

Ficco gets state award

COLUMBUS – West Branch girls soccer coach Cheryl Ficco and Poland football coach Tom Pavlansky, formerly at Lakeview, are among the recipients of the Ohio Hgh School Athletic Association Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Award.

The coaches associations select one of their own for the award, which reflect the values of sportsmanship, ethics and integrity through their professional responsibilities and are role models for student-athletes and others.

YSU ninth in preseason poll

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State was picked to finish ninth out of 11 teams in the Missouri Valley Football Conference preseason poll Tuesday.

The Penguins are coming off a 1-6 season, which was played in the spring of 2021 instead of the fall of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Youngstown State senior linebacker Grant Dixon was named a preseason first-team All-MVFC selection.

Dixon, who transferred to YSU in the spring from Marist, made an immediate impact. He led the Penguins with 55 total tackles, including 40 solos.

Also for YSU, offensive tackle Dan Becker, tailback Jaleel McLaughlin and safety Zaire Jones were named preseason second-team, while defensive end James Jackson and all-purpose standout Christian Turner were named to the honorable mention squad.

The Penguins’ season kickoff of on Sept. 2 when they host Incarnate Word at Stambaugh Stadium.

Team Points

1. South Dakota St. (24) 454

2. North Dakota St. (18) 435

3. North Dakota 357

4. Southern Illinois 345

5. Northern Iowa (1) 311

6. Missouri St. 256

7. Illinois St. 196

8. South Dakota 163

9. Youngstown St. 126

10. Indiana St. 112

11. Western Illinois 83

Ledecky finally wins gold

TOKYO (AP) — Finally, a gold medal in Tokyo for Katie Ledecky.

The American star bounced back from the worst finish of her brilliant Olympic career to take the first-ever gold medal in the women’s 1,500-meter freestyle Wednesday.

It wasn’t quite the breeze that everyone expected in the metric mile. Ledecky built a big lead right from the start, then worked hard to hold off American teammate Erica Sullivan’s blazing finish.

But it was Ledecky touching first in 15 minutes, 37.39 seconds. Sullivan claimed the silver (15:41.41), while the bronze went to Germany’s Sarah Kohler (15:42.91).

It was quite a morning at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre for Ledecky, who seemed a bit overcome by the ups and downs she experienced in a little over an hour.

In her first final of the day, Ledecky was blown away by her Australian rival, Ariarne Titmus, who made it 2-for-2 over the American with a victory in the 200 free.

Ledecky didn’t even win a medal — the first time that’s ever happened to her in an Olympic race. She was far behind all the way, never getting any higher than her fifth-place finish.

Salem junior high volleyball

SALEM — Salem junior High volleyball tryouts will be held from 9-11 a.m. on Aug. 2-3 at Salem High School.

For more information, call the Salem athletic department at (330) 332-8911.

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