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SPORTS BRIEFING

Leetonia gets extra day

WELLSVILLE — Leetonia’s football team is getting some extra time to prepare for Wellsville.

The Bears and Tigers were originally scheduled to meet on Friday but the game has been moved to 7 p.m. Saturday at Nicholson Stadium to allow for more Leetonia players to emerge from quarantine.

COVID issues prevented Leetonia (1-4) from playing Columbiana last Friday.

Wellsville (3-4) is coming off a Saturday game with Valley Christian. The Tigers are 18th in Div. VII, Region 25 and will likely have a clear understanding of its playoff chances by game time on Saturday as most of the other teams in the running for the final playoff spots play on Friday.

Salem-Branch volleyball at Mentor

BELOIT — The West Branch athletic department appealed to the Ohio High School Athletic Association to hold tonight’s Div. II sectional final volleyball match with Salem at West Branch. That appeal was denied and the two teams will play at 7:30 p.m. at Mentor Lake Catholic as originally planned.

District cross country at Canton

CANTON — Nine Columbiana County schools will be running in the district cross country meet at Canton GlenOak High School on Saturday.

Salem and West Branch will compete in Division II with Columbiana, Crestview, East Palestine, Heartland Christian, Leetonia, Lisbon, Sebring, South Range, Southern Local, United and Western Reserve in Division III.

Saturday’s schedule is Division III girls at 9:30 a.m., Division III boys at 10:15 p.m., Division II girls at 11:30 a.m., Division II boys at 12:15 p.m., Division I girls at 1:30 p.m. and Division I boys at 2:15 p.m.

Advancing to the Boardman regional will be the top four teams and top 16 individuals in Division III girls, top five teams and top 20 individuals in Division III boys, top six team and top 24 individuals in Division II boys and top seven teams and top 28 individuals in Division II girls.

Tickets are only available online and cost $8 presale or $10 the day of the race.

District cross country at Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE — East Liverpool, Beaver Local and Minerva will be among the teams competing in the district cross country meet at Cambridge High School on Saturday.

The Division II girls race will start at 11 a.m. and the Division II boys at noon.

The top six boys teams and top 24 individuals and top eight girls teams and 32 individuals advance to the Pickerington North High School regional on Oct. 30.

A first for Mount Union football

ALLIANCE — The University of Mount Union football team held Capital without a first down in last Saturday’s 63-0 win at Mount Union Stadium.

It was the first time a Purple Raider team held an opponent without a first down and first time it has happened in NCAA Division III since 1985, when Case Western Reserve did not get a first down in a game against Wooster.

Meanwhile, Mount Union’s offense piled up 35 first downs and 660 total yards against Capital.

The Purple Raiders will play at Heidelberg at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

West Virginia’s Hall nationally ranked

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Oak Glen High School graduate and West Virginia University sophomore wrestler Peyton Hall is ranked in the preseason top 20 in three publications.

At 165 pounds, Hall grabbed his highest ranking at No. 14 from FloWrestling and No. 16 in InterMat and WIN Magazine.

Hall registered a 16-6 record on his way to qualifying for the NCAA Championships as a freshman. Hall earned a spot on the NWCA Scholar All-American Team in addition to being named to the Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team.

Junior high volleyball

EASTERN BUCKEYE CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS

at Alliance Middle School

7th Grade: Canton South beat West Branch, 25-15, 25-14 Wednesday. West Branch, Cailyn Fritz 7 points, 3 aces, 3 kills, Audrey Ring 3 kills.

8th Grade: West Branch won 25-16, 25-14. West Branch, Calee Ruthrauff 9 points, 2 aces, 3 assists, Arya Patel 7 points, 5 aces, Maura Tomko 5 points, 2 aces, Allie Kanagy 5 points, 1 ace, 5 assists, Kendyll Kaley 4 kills, Sara Schmidt 4 kills.

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