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Birds of a Feather

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On a cold March afternoon in 1983, I sat in a blind on the banks of the Platte River near Kearney, Nebraska and watched seemingly endless lines of sandhill cranes, Canada geese, snow geese, and many species of ducks descend into the shallows to roost for the night. The parade continued well ...

Irish Knock Off Top-Ranked Knights

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WHEELING — Like any good coach, Charleston Catholic’s Hunter Moles already has his team looking toward the next game — Thursday against Scott. But even he had to admit, this one was a little bit sweeter. In a battle of Top 5-ranked squads, No. 5 Charleston Catholic shot nearly 60 percent ...

Red Riders Claim City Title

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WEIRTON — Weir and Madonna battled on even terms throughout Friday night’s city championship game before a packed house inside the Carl Hamill Fieldhouse, with the Red Riders making two key plays in the final two minutes of the game that gave them a thrilling 42-40 win and their second ...

Dragons Cruise By Bulldogs

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BRIDGEPORT — Cameron returned to the win column Friday evening, dispatching of homestanding Bridgeport by a 67-45 count on Frank Baxter Court inside the John J. Havlicek Gymnasium. The Dragons pulled back above the .500 mark, upping their record to 5-4, with all four losses coming against ...

Bucs’ Bell Gets Raise to $4.8 Million

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PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell’s breakout season earned him a hefty pay bump going into 2020. Bell will make $4.8 million this season after agreeing to a deal ahead of Friday’s arbitration deadline. The 27-year-old hit .277 with 37 home runs and 116 RBIs while ...

Point Spreads Seem A Bit High in Divisional Round

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The best of college football will be on display Saturday night in Baltimore. Say what? Well, if you believe the Heisman Trophy represents the top player in the college game, then consider that five of the winners will be there when the Titans visit the Ravens. It’s entirely possible that ...

Pens Claim Overtime Win

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DENVER (AP) — Jared McCann scored at 3:19 of overtime and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 on Friday night for their fourth straight road win. Evgeni Malkin and Bryan Rust each had a goal and an assist for Pittsburgh, which recovered from blowing a late lead to pick ...

Wheeling Falls To Reading, 5-2

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READING, Pa. — The Wheeling Nailers fell behind the Reading Royals early on Friday night, and were almost able to make a comeback. Despite a power play goal by Graham Knott and a shorthanded strike by Alec Butcher, Reading’s three-goal start was enough to produce a victory, as the home ...

Martins Ferry Takes Down Harrison Central

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MARTINS FERRY — Defense wins games. That’s a well-known fact. It ignited Martins Ferry’s offense Friday night. With the defense forcing turnovers at an alarming rate early inside Tolbert Gymnasium, the Purple Riders jumped out to a 19-5 lead after one quarter and were never challenged in ...

Wheeling Nailers Goalie Emil Larmi Reflects On Dream NHL Trip

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WHEELING — Like all players in the ECHL, Nailers goalie Emil Larmi has a dream to be an everyday player in the NHL. He got a taste of that dream last weekend as he got a surprise call-up to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Saturday’s game in Montreal — after former Nailer Casey DeSmith ...

Wheeling Nailers Forward Cam Brown Humbled By All-Star Nod

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WHEELING — Cam Brown has become a fan favorite in Wheeling. Now, he’s becoming a household name throughout the ECHL. For the first time in Brown’s professional hockey career, the 26-year old forward out of Natick, Mass., was named a Western Conference All-Star for the 2020 Warrior/ECHL ...

Linsly Gets Past River

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WHEELING — Defense was the name of the game Thursday night as Linsly and visiting River both did decent jobs of limiting their opponents from scoring while forcing turnovers. When all was said and done the Cadets and Pilots combined for 19 total field goals and 29 turnovers in a game that ...

Steubenville Big Red Nips John Marshall in OT

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STEUBENVILLE — The Steubenville girls’ basketball team trailed John Marshall by 10 points on two occasions in the third quarter before shots started falling, leading to a big turnaround. After trailing by 10, Big Red outscored the Monarchs by 15 points the rest of the way en route to a ...

Parkersburg Catholic Too Much for Wheeling Central

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PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg Catholic coach Marty Vierheller took little comfort in knowing Wheeling Central was down one of its best players in Liberty commit and Class A all-stater Eden Gainer. The Crusaderettes’ head man still needed to prepare his team for a Maroon Knights group ...

Union Local Remains Perfect, Crushes Martins Ferry

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MARTINS FERRY — Thursday night’s Buckeye 8 battle between Union Local and homestanding Martins Ferry was over early. The Jets scored 23 of the game’s first 25 points and were never challenged en route to posting a convincing — and somewhat surprising — 83-32 victory inside the ...

John Marshall Uses Height To Its Advantage

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MOUNDSVILLE — John Marshall might not be the tallest team in the Ohio Valley, but against a young Brooke squad, the Monarchs used their height advantage to its favor Wednesday at the John Marshall Field House. The Monarchs outrebounded the Bruins, 25-6, in the first half, helping break open ...

Cadets Upend Shamrocks

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BARNESVILLE — Linsly came out on fire Wednesday night against Barnesville. It finished white hot. The Cadets used an early 13-0 run and a 19-5 spurt late as bookends in a 77-54 triumph against the Shamrocks in a highly anticipated OVAC Class 3A boys’ basketball clash inside a jam-packed ...

Blue Dons Ground Rockets

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WEIRTON — The Madonna girls’ basketball team got off to a slow start, but made a first-quarter run to take the lead and never looked back in a 52-43 win over Conotton Valley on Wednesday night inside the Bill Barrett Gymnasium. In winning its seventh game in eight starts, Rodney ...