Basketball Preview 2017

Little Experience For Everly, Bears

By ANDREW GRIMM NEW MANCHESTER — Oak Glen boys’ basketball coach Jerry Everly is hoping that with just three returning players, the new faces on his club can carry over success from jayvee and freshman levels to the Golden Bears’ varsity program and help build off of an 11-12 record a ...

Beallsville Ready to Start Competing

By RICK THORP BEALLSVILLE — With mostly freshmen on his roster last season, Beallsville coach Rick Jarrett knew there’d be a steep learning curve. The Blue Devils struggled to a 6-16 record but, along the journey, paved the way for what Jarrett believes is a very promising ...

Bridgeport Hopes to Build Off Late-Season Surge

By KIM NORTH BRIDGEPORT — With all but one starter returning from last year’s team that finished on an 8-3 run, big things are expected out of the Bridgeport girls this season. The Bulldogs started 3-9 last year in their first season under coach Greg Harkness, who is looking forward to ...

Cash Wants Dogs to Keep Improving

By KIM NORTH BRIDGEPORT — The transition period continues for the Bridgeport boys’ basketball team under the watch of veteran coach Donnie Cash. The Bulldogs have won only seven games since losing a huge graduation class in 2015-16. “We want to be better today than we were yesterday. ...

Jarrett Thinking Breakout Year

By RICK THORP BEALLSVILLE — After a few seasons of growing pains, Tori Jarrett believes this could be a breakout season for the Beallsville’s girls’ basketball team. From three victories when she joined the program as an assistant, to seven and 13 victories, respectively, during her ...

Cameron Returns Seven Letterwinners

By KYLE LUTZ CAMERON — At the beginning of the 2016-17 season, the Cameron boys’ basketball team had to go through some small adjustments. With a brand new coaching staff including Coach Tom Hart at the helm for his first year, the Dragons went out and put together a solid 14-10 record. ...

Dragons Want to Take Next Step: Charleston

By KYLE LUTZ CAMERON — Although the Cameron girls’ basketball team fell one game short of its goal from the start of the season, there are a few silver linings that can be drawn. The goal is to make it to Charleston. The Dragons fell to Ritchie County, 47-42, in a regional final game. ...

Stone Moves Up to Big Chair

By AARON PETCHAL RICHMOND — Jeff Stone gets his chance to sit in the big chair. After spending the last five seasons as an assistant coach for the Edison girls’ team, Stone is in his first season as head coach of the Wildcats. Stone replaces Ryan Powell, who spent two seasons as head ...

Creek’s Rossi: Get Better Every Day

By ANDREW GRIMM WINTERSVILLE — With a year under her belt at the helm of the Redskins and seven returning letterman, Indian Creek girls coach Jackie Rossi is hoping to see improvement from her squad after a nine-win season in her first campaign leading the team a year ago. “I would say ...

Skins’ Dunlevy Likes Multi-Sport Athletes

By ANDREW GRIMM WINTERSVILLE — Those familiar with Indian Creek Redskins sports will recognize quite a few of the names on Coach Joe Dunlevy’s roster, and he would not have it any other way. Of the core group of nine players Dunlevy expects to be key contributors to his squad, four of ...

Big Challenge for Riders

By BUBBA KAPRAL MARTINS FERRY — Derek Edwards will never forget his inaugural season as a head basketball coach. Nor should he. Edwards stepped into his dream job last winter, that being head coach at his alma mater Martins Ferry. The former all-Ohio point guard enjoyed a season few ...

Matsuka Takes Over for Coyne at Martins Ferry

By BUBBA KAPRAL MARTINS FERRY — A new, but familiar face will be guiding Martins Ferry this winter. Paul Matuska replaces Lindsay Coyne at the Purple Riders’ helm. The former St. John Central all-state gridder has served as Coyne’s assistant the past four seasons while also being an ...

Offense Taking Bigger Role for Clifford, Huskies

By SETH STASKEY CADIZ — Since Justin Clifford took over the Harrison Central basketball program, defense has been the trademark of the Huskies. While that’s still going to be an area where the Huskies place a lot of emphasis, the offensive end of the floor — as the new season is set ...

Harrison Central Appears Primed for Success

By BUBBA KAPRAL CADIZ — Most times when you lose seven seniors to graduation, a rebuilding scenario will follow. Not so for Harrison Central this winter. Nick Yourkovich, settling in for his ninth season at the Huskies’ helm, is chomping at the bit for the start of the 2017-18 season. ...

Red Knights are Looking to Take Next Step Forward

By AARON PETCHAL TORONTO — The Toronto girls’ basketball team took a big step forward last season, and the Red Knights are looking to take another step forward this season in Rusty Hodgkiss’ second season as head coach. Last season, the Red Knights ended the season with a record of ...

Toronto Returns Almost Everyone Off 20-5 Team

By AARON PETCHAL TORONTO — The Toronto boys’ basketball team is looking to continue its success from last season. Last year, the Red Knights had a record of 20-5 in Sean Tucker’s first season at the helm, and Toronto advanced to the Ohio Division IV Eastern District Semifinals before ...

Andes Says It’s Hard To Tell What He Has

By SETH STASKEY SHADYSIDE — During the course of his 20 years as the Shadyside basketball coach, Ed Andes has usually had a pretty good handle on his team during the month of November. As he prepares to tip off his 21st season at his alma mater, Andes still find himself in a ...

Gentile, Shadyside Return Veteran Cast

By SETH STASKEY SHADYSIDE — Serge Gentile called his first season at the helm of the Shadyside girls’ basketball team a “roller coaster ride.” The Tigers certainly had their fair share of ups and downs during the course of a season in which they finished with an 11-12 ...

Crusaders Boys All In

By ED LOOMAN STEUBENVILLE — Steubenville Catholic Central’s boys basketball team is in an “all for one and one for all” mode as it prepares for the season. “We have 15 guys all working as one this year and that’s just a huge step forward,” Chris Tarquinio, who is entering his ...

Promise Aplenty for Delman, Union Local

By KIM NORTH MORRISTOWN — Zach Delman liked what he saw at the tail end of his first season as head coach at Union Local last winter. With four starters back, Delman’s second season at his alma mater holds a lot of promise. “I thought we ended on a great note. Obviously, it was a ...