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Red Riders Cruise Past The Dots

POCA — Tabbed as one of the favorites in Class AA before the season started, veteran Weir coach Tony Filberto has been waiting for his team to live up to its potential all season. Saturday in the playoff opener, the No.12 seed Red Riders finally connected all the dots, dominating No. 5 ...

WLU Earns First Victory

WEST LIBERTY—Coming off of its first home opening loss since 2003, West Liberty men’s basketball coach Ben Howlett was looking for his team to intensify the press defense. The Hilltoppers obliged with a 94-80 victory over West Chester in the annual MEC/PSAC Challenge at the ASRC on ...

Grier Leads WVU Past TCU, 47-10

MORGANTOWN — Once No. 7 West Virginia’s offense found a rhythm, it imposed its will on TCU. West Virginia scored three touchdowns in a 3:25 span late in the second quarter to break open a tie game and propel it to a 47-10 victory over the Horned Frogs on Saturday. Will Grier had ...

Shadyside’s Stewart Finishes in 7th Place

HEBRON — Chase Stewart is a motivated runner. Whether it was a summer run through Shadyside, a speed workout, a league meet or Saturday’s OHSAA State Cross Country Championship, the Tigers’ senior standout continually reverted back to the number ‘84.’ It was that number, his place ...

Swamp Rabbits Down Nailers in Overtime, 3-2

WHEELING — Almost to a man the Wheeling Nailers felt as though they probably deserved a better result Saturday night at WesBanco Arena. Austen Brassard made certain they didn’t get what they were searching for. Brassard was the beneficiary of some miscommunication on the part of the ...

Bellaire Grad Pockets Prized Victory

FLORENCE, Ala. — Missy Tiber is building something special on the hardwood in the heart of football country. The former Bellaire High School basketball standout is in her sixth season as head coach of the University of North Alabama women’s basketball team. Tiber transformed the Lions ...

Bellaire No Match for the Johnnies

ZANESVILLE — Bellaire coach Mark Spigarelli knew full well what Johnstown-Monroe was capable of entering their Ohio Division V, Region 19 semifinal Saturday night. But as well as ‘Spig’ could forewarn his team of what to expect, actually getting a grip on it was something else. The ...

Steubenville Ousted by Hubbard

BOARDMAN — Ohio will have a new Division IV football champion thanks to a stellar effort by Hubbard on Saturday night inside Spartan Stadium. The third-seeded Eagles reeled off 20 unanswered points and rolled to a 34-16 victory over No. 2 Steubenville in a Region 13 semifinal. ...

Wesco Finds the End Zone

MORGANTOWN — To say it’s been a long wait for redshirt senior Trevon Wesco would be putting it mildly. But then again, patience is a virtue — and a necessity when you play the tight end position at No. 9 West Virginia. That patience finally paid off Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium ...

Harvick Looks to Silence Critics

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The mood in the desert is tense headed into the final elimination race before NASCAR’s championship, a title Kevin Harvick is determined to win. The 2014 champion is on a mission to lead his Stewart-Haas Racing team into the title race, prove they honestly are the ...

Buckeyes Defeat Spartans

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Drue Chrisman kept Michigan State pinned back with a sensational second half of punting, and eighth-ranked Ohio State eventually pulled away for a 26-6 victory over the 24th-ranked Spartans on Saturday. In a tight defensive struggle, the Buckeyes (9-1, 6-1 Big ...

Notre Dame Routs Florida State

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Brandon Wimbush threw three-first half touchdown passes, Dexter Williams ran for a career-high 202 yards and Notre Dame routed Florida State, 42-13. With the temperature at 27 degrees — the third-coldest game at Notre Dame Stadium since the 1980 season — the ...

Penguins Blank Coyotes

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist, Casey DeSmith stopped 39 shots and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-0 on Saturday night to snap a five-game losing streak. The losing streak was Pittsburgh’s longest since it lost five in a row from Dec. 11-19, ...

Butler Traded To Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (AP) —Jimmy Butler has his wish: He’s out of Minnesota. And just like that, Philadelphia has a new Big Three — one that could make serious noise in the Eastern Conference. Butler is being traded to the 76ers in a package that will send Dario Saric and Robert Covington to ...

St. Clairsville Is In Final Eight

ZANESVILLE — From sweet to elite. Such is the case for the St. Clairsville Red Devils. Utilizing a punishing running game and an impressive defensive performance, the Red Devils smothered Bloom-Carroll, 41-14, on Saturday night in an Ohio Division IV, Region 15 semifinal game at ...

Jesuit Claims MEC Title; To Host Atlantic Regional

WHEELING — The No. 13 Wheeling Jesuit University volleyball team secured its sixth straight Mountain East Conference Tournament championship with a convincing 3-0 (25-12, 25-17, 25-14) win over Charleston on Saturday evening inside the McDonough Center. The Cardinals (34-3) earn the ...

Hilltoppers Even Record

CALIFORNIA, Pa. — Junior guard Taylor Johnson poured in a career-high 33 points and the West Liberty University women’s basketball team pulled away to an 86-74 victory against Mercyhurst (Pa.) Sunday in the MEC/PSAC Conference Challenge hosted by California (Pa.) University. It was a ...

Return of McGhee Sparks Central

WELLSBURG — The key, Mike Young said, was that Wheeling Central walked off the turf at Paul ‘Bud’ Billiard Field inside Brooke Memorial Stadium healthy. That was about the only thing the Maroon Knights (10-1) had to worry about Friday night. Curtis McGhee III returned from missing three ...

Park’s Season Comes to End

WHEELING — Wheeling Park and Parkersburg came down to another nail-biter, but the Patriots were unable to return the favor and stun the Big Reds. Instead, it was Parkersburg that advances to the quarterfinals of the W.Va. Class AAA playoffs with a 28-21 victory at Wheeling Island ...

Magnolia Beats Pendleton Co.

FRANKLIN — Every play is magnified in a game where there is less than ideal field conditions. That was certainly the case Friday night on a muddy field at Pendleton County but Magnolia made no excuses. Instead, the Blue Eagles made several game-changing plays and walked away with a 28-6 ...