Eastern Buckeye Conference showdown

ALLIANCE — Some of the top Division II teams in Ohio will be competing at the Eastern Buckeye Conference Cross Country Championships at Marlington High School on Saturday.

The Minerva girls have won the last three years, while the Marlington boys are the defending league champs.

The featured race will be the high school girls at 9:30 a.m. with third-ranked Salem and eighth-ranked Minerva battling for the team title.

The high school boys race will follow at 10:15 a.m. and included top-ranked Marlington, one of the top teams in the state in any division.

The middle school girls race will be at 11 a.m. and the middle school boys race at 11:30 a.m. No spectators will be allowed on the infield area or by the finish line.

Area golfers in PAC championship

VIENNA — Former area standouts Hayley Phillips and Taylor Bycroft earned top-15 finishes at the Presidents’ Athletic Conference women’s fall golf championship that wrapped up Thursday.

Thiel College junior Hayley Phillips, a Beaver Local graduate, finished 12th and Geneva College freshman Taylor Bycroft, an East Palestine graduate, tied for 15th during the two-day competition at Avalon at Squaw Creek.

Phillips shot a 95 on Wednesday and an 89 on Thursday for a two-day total of 184, while Bycroft had rounds of 100 and 91 for a 191. Westminster junior Erika Hoover was the medalist (81-78–159).

The final 18 holes will be played in April with the combined 54-hole totals determining the PAC team champion.

Comets can be seen at Mount Union

ALLIANCE — Capital University comes into Saturday’s football game at Mount Union with a new nickname.

The Capital Board of Trustees made the change to Comets on Sept. 30, after retiring their previous nickname, the Crusaders, more than a year earlier.

The school said the university nickname and mascot should be a unifying symbol and that the former nickname was challenged by students for its connection to the historic Crusades. The school said the symbolism of the Comet logo represents many of the values and distinctions of the college.

Capital is 1-4 overall, while fourth-ranked Mount Union is 5-0. Mount Union has won 34 straight against Capital.

The Purple Raiders have the top-ranked defense in NCAA Division III, allowing just 5.6 points per game.

Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Mount Union Stadium.


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