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High School Sports

River Hangs On For 9OT Victory

The longest boys’ basketball tournament game in Ohio High School Athletic Association history was played between River and Morgan in 1974. Brian Ensinger only had 10 points in the elongated contest, but it was his final two that propelled the Pilots to a gut-check, 74-72, victory in a Class ...

Monroe Central Returns to Floor in Winning Fashion

CONNORVILLE — Monroe Central returned to action for the first time in upwards of 10 days and Troy Baker wasn’t really concerned with how his team played, per se. The veteran Seminoles girls basketball coach was just happy to see his team back on the floor. The 56-29 victory against ...

MLB, Ohio Valley Legend Phil Niekro Dies at 81

By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer ATLANTA — Phil Niekro threw a pitch that baffled hitters and catchers. Heck, he didn’t even know where it was going most of the time. But the knuckleball carried Niekro to more than 300 wins, earned him a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame and gave ...

Park Nearly Had Upset of a Lifetime

WHEELING — Wheeling Park basketball coach Michael Jebbia still remembers opening up the USA Today on Tuesday, Feb. 13 of 1996 and seeing Zanesville (18-0) ranked third in the country in the national high school basketball rankings. He also remembers thinking how great it would feel to be on ...

Ferry Edged By Wheelersburg In 1982 Regional

“We didn’t lose…the clock just stopped and we ran out of time.” Those were the words of Martins Ferry boys’ basketball coach Larry Duck following a heart-breaking 71-69 loss to Wheelersburg in the OHSAA Class AA Regional Championship on March 20, 1982. Ferry entered the game with ...

Steubenville Catholic Downs Indian Creek

WINTERSVILLE — Charles Miller used a 12-point first half and a 21-point performance to help lift Steubenville Catholic over Indian Creek 50-36 on Saturday. In the defeat, Hunter Rothacker paced the Redskins with 11 points. Indian Creek cut the score to 25-19 at halftime but the Crusaders ...

Buckeye’s Hoover Named Sophomore of the Year

RAYLAND — It’s been a year of adjusting for Buckeye Local sophomore running back Trey Hoover. Not only has he had to deal with all of the social distancig changes and guidelines brought on by COVID but he also was learning to adapt to a new school and a new position. He made all of ...

Central Pulled Off 2002 OT Shocker

A cold, February afternoon inside the Wheeling Central Gymnasium yielded, quite possibly, one of the greatest senior night games in area basketball history. The date was Feb. 22, 2002. Wheeling Central — one of the premier teams in the state of West Virginia that season — was playing ...

Tigers Claimed Classic in 1977

BELLAIRE — If you like high-scoring prep basketball games then the Bellaire High gymnasium was the place to be on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 1977. The homestanding Big Reds, led by senior standout Kevin Roseberry, hosted rival Shadyside that night. The Tigers featured all-Ohioan Ed Andes. A packed ...

Baylor Heading to the Hilltoppers

Wheeling Central’s Jairika Baylor recently signed her letter of intent to continue her academic and athletic careers for West Liberty University. Baylor turned in a .455 batting average, 29 runs scored, five doubles, three triples, and 17 RBI from her leadoff position as a sophomore. She also ...

Gerney Signs with W.Va. State

Wheeling Central’s Abigail Gerney has signed her letter of intent to continue her academic and athletic careers for West Virginia State University in Institute, WV. She is a four-year member and letter winner of the Maroon Knights girls’ soccer program. She was named the team captain as a ...

St.C.’s McLean Is Coach of the Year

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Just a few months ago, it was unknown that a high school football season was going to take place. With the proper precautions and protocols taken, Ohio was able to have a full season, with some minor changes. With a six-game regular season, the playoffs would then begin. It, ...

UL Hoop Teams Give Back to Fans

MORRISTOWN — One of the chief beliefs of the Christmas season is that it’s better to give than to receive. The Union Local boys and girls basketball team didn’t wait until Friday to hand out their gifts to their droves of loyal fans, many of whom aren’t able to attend the games this ...

Musselman’s Hartman Wins Kennedy Award

By Rick Kozlowski The Journal BUNKER HILL — The best way to define Blake Hartman is by a career, not a single season. Yet, an accumulation of single seasons have brought forth an amazing career for the Musselman senior running back. Indeed, discussion of Blake Hartman covers four ...

Steubenville Fends Off St. Clairsville, 72-65

STEUBENVILLE — After leading by a dozen points at halftime, Mike Haney’s group had to work hard late in Wednesday’s game to head into the holiday break with a win. Visiting St. Clairsville cut the deficit to five numerous times in the fourth quarter and down to four in the final minute, ...

Shamrocks Crush Panthers

CONNORVILLE — The object of basketball is put the ball through the basket. Neither Barnesville nor Buckeye Local did that with any regularity Wednesday night, but the Shamrocks tickled the twine enough. Despite connecting on just 16 of 62 shots from the field, Barnesville (4-5) rolled past ...

South Charleston’s Zeiqui Lawton Wins Huff Award

When your program ends the season as the state’s Class AAA champion, you’re unlikely to harbor many regrets, but there is just this one for South Charleston coach Donnie Mays — he didn’t get to see Zeiqui Lawton carry the ball. Lawton, a senior defensive end, capped a remarkable ...

Spring Valley’s Milum is Stydahar Award Winner

SPRING VALLEY — When one thinks of Spring Valley’s football program, the first thing that comes to mind is the offensive line. The Timberwolves have sent several players to major Division I college football in the last decade behind Brad Dingess and offensive line coach Brent ...

Purple Riders Down Tigers

MARTINS FERRY — Martins Ferry coach Derek Edwards received an early Christmas present Tuesday night — a pleasing performance from his Purple Riders. Ferry, making just its third start in this COVID-shrouded campaign, notched its initial victory, posting a 66-58 win against Shadyside at ...