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West Liberty’s Dan Monteroso goes in for a layup during Saturday’s game against Fairmont State. The Hilltoppers defeated the Falcons, 106-100, to remain undefeated.

Hilltoppers Take Down Rival Falcons

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WEST LIBERTY — West Liberty men’s basketball coach Ben Howlett had seen this act many times before. Jason Jolly makes one from behind the arc and suddenly he couldn’t miss. It happened again Saturday night at the ASRC as Jolly canned 3-pointers on five consecutive trips to cut what was ...

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West Liberty’s McKenna Shives drives to the basket during Saturday’s game against Fairmont State.

WLU Women Hold Off Fairmont

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WEST LIBERTY — Just a few days ago the West Liberty women surrendered a large second-half lead in a loss at Shepherd. With Fairmont threatening to do the same thing Saturday at the ASRC, the Hilltoppers refused to fold. McKenna Shives scored 27 points to surpass 1,000 for her career and ...

West Virginia's Chase Harler, right, hugs Daxter Miles Jr. after West Virginia defeated Pittsburgh 69-60 in an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

WVU Defeats Pittsburgh

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PITTSBURGH — Facing on the hardwood for the first time since the 2012 campaign, No. 18 West Virginia (9-1) went to the Peterson Event Center on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh and came away with a 69-60 victory. The Mountaineers received a game-high 19 points from senior Jevon ...

Pair of Patriots, Monarchs Earn All-State Honors

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To say the least, Wheeling Park’s Cross Wilkinson had one stellar prep career. The senior signal caller for the Patriots put up eye-popping numbers yet again as he helped Wheeling Park clinch another playoff berth before falling to Capital in the opening round. Wilkinson threw for 2,406 yards ...

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Martins Ferry’s Logan Powell (1) takes the ball up the floor as Linsly’s Jon Milton (10) defends during Saturday’s game in Wheeling.

Martins Ferry Beats Linsly to Earn First Victory

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WHEELING — With inexperienced rosters and a season of unknowns in front of them, both Martins Ferry and Linsly entered Saturday’s game at Stifel Field House looking to get that ever-important first victory. This night it belonged to Martins Ferry. The Purple Riders jumped out to a big ...

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Wheeling Jesuit’s Brent Pegram takes the ball up court during Saturday’s game.

Wheeling Jesuit Men Beat Shepherd

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WHEELING — It’s not how you start but rather how you finish. That sports axiom is one Danny Sancomb can appreciate today. The fiery Wheeling Jesuit men’s hoop coach saw his charges struggle for most of Saturday afternoon’s Mountain East Conference game with Shepherd. But most is not ...

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Wheeling Park’s Austin Loew grabs hold of Madonna’s Donavan Kirby at the Barnesville Doan Ford Invitational.

Wheeling Park Places Second at Doan Ford Invite

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BARNESVILLE — For only the second time on the mats this season, Wheeling Park coach Clay Tucker was pleased with his squad’s second-place finish at the 48th annual Barnesville Doan Ford Invitational wrestling tournament Saturday night. The Patriots, with three individual champions, scored ...

Wheeling Jesuit Women Continue to Improve

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WHEELING — Things are starting to look up for the Wheeling Jesuit University women’s basketball team. The Cardinals, coming off a Mountain East Conference tournament title and a regional berth a year ago, got out of the gates rather slowly this season, losing five of their first six ...

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John Marshall’s Anthony Carmen controls the 160-pound match with East Fairmont’s Dylan Kincell on Saturday at the John Marshall Fieldhouse.

JM Places Third at Own Invite

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MOUNDSVILLE—There is nothing like being thrown into the heat of competition. Normally, the Monarchs’ wrestling team will have its first match of the season a week before the John Marshall Invitational to get some work in. However, with the football team making a deep playoff run, plans ...

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, winner of the Heisman Trophy, kisses the trophy Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Mayfield Wins Heisman

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NEW YORK (AP) — Baker Mayfield took a unique road to the Heisman Trophy, a long and winding climb from walk-on to one of the most accomplished players to ever play college football. The brash, flag-planting Oklahoma quarterback became the sixth Sooner to the win Heisman on Saturday night in ...

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Committed Players Keep Saccoccia Motivated

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STEUBENVILLE — When you think prep football in the Ohio Valley, Steubenville Big Red immediately pops into your mind. When you think Steubenville Big Red football, you immediately think of Reno Saccoccia. Big Red football and their ageless taskmaster are still basking in the glory of another ...

Pittsburgh Penguins' Phil Kessel (81) battles Toronto Maple Leafs' Roman Polak (46) for the puck in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Maple Leafs Bury Pens

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — A strong start helped the Toronto Maple Leafs knock off the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions. Tyler Bozak scored two goals, and the Maple Leafs scored three times in the first period in a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night. “Whenever you ...

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Looks Like a Snowy Winter

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A snowy owl is a charismatic bird. Most people have heard of it, and only dream of seeing one. Virtually all birders, however, want to add it to their life list. Perhaps it’s because they so infrequently push south into the lower 48 states from their natural habitat in the arctic tundra. ...

Cavaliers Top 76ers, 105-98

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CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James had his 58th career triple-double and the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 105-98 on Saturday night. James had 30 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists to help the Cavaliers bounce back from a loss in Indiana on ...

Nailers Defeat Walleye, 4-2

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TOLEDO — The Wheeling Nailers arrived in a familiar galaxy on Saturday, as they visited the Toledo Walleye for Star Wars Night at Huntington Center. Jarrett Burton had the force with him, as he scored twice for the Nailers, who also got markers from Troy Josephs and Hunter Fejes in a 4-2 road ...

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Cameron’s Travis Mickey goes up for a shot while Tyler Consolidated’s Mark Rucker defends during Friday night’s game at Cameron High School. Looking on is referee Mike Coyne.

Tyler Consolidated Boys Improve To 2-0, Beats Cameron

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CAMERON — Fresh off a victory against Valley, Tyler Consolidated had another challenge in front of it Friday night. At Cameron, the Silver Knights overcame a cold-shooting first quarter before getting into rhythm in the second. Overcoming an early second-half deficit, the Silver Knights ...

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Bellaire’s Mason Ramsay, left, dribbles the ball as St. Clairsville’s Matt Busby guards during Friday’s game on Guernsey Street.

St. Clairsville Boys Earn Win in Opener

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BELLAIRE — Debuting St. Clairsville looked in midseason form Friday night as all five starters reached double figures in an 84-67 victory over Bellaire inside the ‘House of Champions’ on Guernsey Street. The visitors broke a 17-17 deadlock early in the second quarter with a 9-2 run that ...

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Oak Glen’s Brittney 
Giorgini (1) tries to get around the defense of Toronto’s 
Bianca 
McDonald 
during Friday’s game in New Manchester.

Red Knights Tame Golden Bears in Girls Basketball

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NEW MANCHESTER — As has been the case more times than not in coach Rusty Hodgkiss’ second season at the helm of the Toronto girls’ basketball team, the Red Knights got off to a slow start Friday night at Oak Glen. They overcame it, however, as they got going in the second quarter and ...

West Virginia coach Bob Huggins questions a referee during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Virginia, Tuesday Dec. 5, 2017, in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson)

West Virginia Renews Rivalry With Pitt Tonight

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MORGANTOWN — No player for No. 18 West Virginia (8-1) or unranked Pitt (5-4) were on their college campuses the last time the two teams met in what is known as the “Backyard Brawl.” But, it won’t take any of them very long to learn about it when the universities, which are separated ...

Nailers Record 50 Shots, But Indy Wins on Late Goal

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Wheeling Nailers dominated Friday night’s game against the Indy Fuel, but the opposing goaltender’s sparkling performance resulted in an unfavorable decision. Matt Tomkins made 48 saves for the Fuel, and Michael Neal snapped a 2-2 tie with 3:04 remaining in the third ...