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Western Reserve evens score with McDonald

MINERAL RIDGE — McDonald (22-3) and Western Reserve (22-3) met Saturday in the battle of Blue Devils, round three, in the Division IV district title game at Mineral Ridge High School. It’s difficult to beat an opponent three times in one year, and that was the task at hand for McDonald. A ...

Southeast emerges from Struthers

STRUTHERS — The third-seeded Ravenna Southeast girls basketball team used a late surge to claim the Struthers Division III district title with a 63-55 victory over fifth-seeded Liberty Saturday at Struthers Fieldhouse. The Pirates (22-3) advance to take on Elyria Catholic in a Div. III ...

Roach, Riccardo top district

From Staff Reports COLUMBUS — East Liverpool senior Gabe Roach and Beaver Local junior Jenna Riccardo, a pair of 1,000-point scorers, headline the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association All-East District high school basketball teams. Both earned first-team honors in Division II. Roach has ...

Randy had a dandy ride

BELOIT — West Branch boys basketball coach Randy Montgomery had a team meeting Friday afternoon. He told them he is retiring from coaching — six days after they celebrated his 600th career victory. “I wanted to tell them first,” Mongtomery said. “You build relationships with kids ...

Sebring finishes off Lisbon in overtime

SEBRING — Sebring was the fourth seed and Lisbon the fifth seed and they played like two evenly-matched boys basketball teams when they collided in a barnburner before a packed house in a Division II sectional championship game Friday night. In fact, the two teams were so evenly matched, ...

Raiders beat Clippers and continue crusade

GREENFORD—In the moments following Friday’s 52-32 sectional final victory over Columbiana, the minds of the South Range boys basketball team inevitably began to turn to the next obstacle ahead. “We get another shot at same team (Canton Central Catholic) that’s beaten us the last two ...

SPORTS BRIEFING

Lisbon youth ball signups LISBON — The Lisbon Baseball-Softball Association will be holding signups for youth recreational baseball and softball from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the newly remodeled meeting room at Dickey Baseball/Softball Complex. For more information call David Tolson at ...

Minerva girls place eighth

From Staff Reports COLUMBUS — The Minerva girls bowling team advanced to the state championship round for the third time in the last four years Friday. The Lions placed eighth in the Division II state tournament at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl. Minerva was ninth after the three ...

Todd looks to leave his mark

EAST LIVERPOOL—When East Liverpool senior Billy Todd took up bowling roughly a decade ago, he couldn’t envision the role the sport would go on to play in his life. “I think I was seven or eight when I first started,” Todd said. “My parents encouraged my brother and I to join a youth ...

MLS keeps growing

By ANNE M. PETERSON AP Sports Writer Major League Soccer embarks this weekend on its 24th season with, appropriately enough, 24 teams. FC Cincinnati joins the league this season, with Nashville and Miami teed up to start next year and Austin coming aboard in 2021. MLS has added 11 teams ...