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Salem’s Echo Mayer-Kutz (21) drives to the basket in between United’s Loren Swords (2) and Courtney Cooper (40) on Saturday.

Quakers push way into district round

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SALEM — The young but extremely talented Salem High School girls’ basketball team, the No. 2 seed in the Struthers Division III sectional-district tournament, opened tourney play with an impressive 60-34 win over United in a sectional title game Saturday in Cabas Gymnasium. “We’re ...

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Warriors get to work at sectionals

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BELOIT—West Branch had two individual champions during the Div. II wrestling sectional on Saturday. The top four wrestlers in each weight class advanced to the Div. II Alliance districts on Friday and Saturday. The individual champions included Christian Wayt (113-pound) and Dylan Miller ...

Columbiana marches past short-handed Rams

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COLUMBIANA — After a 12-day layoff that was anything but normal, the Columbiana girls basketball team was glad to be back on the floor for a convincing 66-12 victory over Mineral Ridge in Saturday’s Division III sectional final. One day after Columbiana closed the regular season on Feb. ...

Close call for Range

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GREENFORD — It’s common for basketball coaches to say at this time of year “just win and move on.” That is exactly what the top-seeded South Range Raiders did on Saturday with a hard-fought 48-44 win over the Canton Central Catholic Crusaders in a Div. III sectional final. With the ...

Minerva bowler headed to state tournament

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NEW PHILADELPHIA — Minerva senior Katlyn Smalley rolled the high game with a 255 on her way to a Division II district title at Wabash Lanes on Saturday. Smalley was the lone local individual to advance to the state bowling tournamnent. She won the district title with a 641 series ...

Perez’s 23 guides Lisbon into district semifinals

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MCDONALD—Izzy Perez put up 23 points and helped the seventh-seeded Lisbon girls basketball team upset the second-seeded McDonald 49-44 in Saturday’s sectional final. Lisbon trailed McDonald 11-5 at the end of the first quarter and 16-13 at the half. In the second half Lisbon outscored ...

Robb swims to a top three finish, Klem takes seventh

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CANTON — West Branch sophomore Jamyson Robb saved her best for last. Shaving more than one second off her preliminary time, Robb captured third place in the girls Div. II 100-yard breaststroke on Friday at the state swimming finals at Branin Natatorium. Robb finished in 1:03.83. Sophomore ...

Quakers close regular season on a high note

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SALEM—It was a senior night so nice for Salem’s Mitch Davidson as he put up a career high 41 points leading the Quakers to a 83-69 win on Friday night the regular season finale for both teams. “It’s nice to have somebody on your team that you know can drop in 30 or 40 points a ...

DeShields stands on top

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BELOIT — It was a night of mixed emotions for the West Branch boys’ basketball team in its Northeastern Buckeye Conference finale against Louisville in the West Branch Fieldhouse Friday night. On a big, positive note, West Branch senior T.J. DeShields became the school’s all-time leading ...

Leetonia can’t keep pace with Wellsville

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WELLSVILLE—The Wellsville boys basketball team closed the regular season on a high note with a 76-47 victory over Leetonia Friday. The Tigers finish the regular season at 15-7 overall and 9-5 in the Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference. Garrett Scott led the Tigers with 19 points and six ...

West Branch's Carly Scarpitti goes for a layup as Southeast's Brittany Bolevich defends during Thursday's sectional final.

Top-ranked Warriors off and running

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BELOIT — The No. 1-ranked West Branch girls basketball team spent the week trying to get better and coach Walt DeShields was pleased with the defensive efforts the Warriors put to Ravenna Southeast during Thursday’s sectional final. The Warriors held the Pirates to single-digit scoring ...

West Branch’s Jamyson Robb competes in the preliminaries of the 100 Breaststroke at the State Swimming Tournament Thursday at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton.

Robb, Rebekah Klem race into the finals

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CANTON — West Branch sophomore Jamyson Robb and Crestview senior Rebekah Klem are taking things one step at a time. After reaching the consolation finals last year, the two area swimmers both will be racing for Division II state championships today. Both advanced to the championship ...

All of the sacrifice pays off for swimming trio

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CANTON — At the end of each school day, instead of heading for home like many other students, local swimmers Rebekah and Rachel Klem from Crestview and Jamyson Robb from West Branch make a nearly hour-long trek to Canton McKinley High School to train and compete with the Bulldogs’ swim ...

All of the sacrifice pays off for swimming trio

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CANTON — At the end of each school day, instead of heading for home like many other students, local swimmers Rebekah and Rachel Klem from Crestview and Jamyson Robb from West Branch make a nearly hour-long trek to Canton McKinley High School to train and compete with the Bulldogs’ swim ...

Bears ousted in opener

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LEETONIA — Anna Sevek put in a basket with 8.8 seconds left as Southern Local beat Leetonia 34-32 on Wednesday in a Div. IV sectional opener. The Indians had a 32-28 lead late until baskets by Leetonia’s Sydney Mesmer and Anna Buffone tied it up with 25 seconds left. Sevek paced the ...

Salem’s Zach Bezon tries to pass around South Range’s Brady White (33) and Brennan Toy (4) during Tuesday’s game at Salem

Raiders feel right at home in Salem

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SALEM — The South Range boys basketball team goal for Tuesday’s regular-season finale against Salem was to make the Quakers home floor home for the rest of the season. “Our goal was to make Salem’s floor our home floor for the rest of the way,” South Range coach John Cullen said. ...

Warriors use hot shooting to bury Columbiana

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COLUMBIANA — Seven West Branch players combined for 16 three-pointers as the Warriors beat Columbiana, 82-51, Tuesday. Michael Boosz had three three-pointers in the first quarter as the Warriors build an early 24-9 lead. T.J. DeShields led the way with 20 points and 10 rebounds, followed ...

Raiders finish 12th in final poll

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COLUMBUS — The South Range boys basketball team is backing it up. The Raiders posted their second straight 21-1 regular season in claiming a 12th-place Division III state ranking in the final Associated Press high school boys basketball poll released Tuesday. The Raiders — a 63-56 ...

A family waits at a taxi stop in the town of Sabuk, Jeongseon county, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Why not a Winter Games in our region?

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JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — A coal mine stands on the mountain exactly as it was the day it was abandoned, now a rusting relic of blue-collar glory lost to a globalized world. It towers over this Korean coal community that is much like its American counterparts: poor, aging, hollowing out ...

Austin Dillon crosses the finish lane to win the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

The No. 3 rides again at Daytona

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The No. 3 is No. 1 again at Daytona, on a day, in a race and at a place forever linked with the great Dale Earnhardt. Austin Dillon won the Daytona 500 on Sunday night driving the iconic No. 3 Chevrolet that Earnhardt piloted for most of his career. Earnhardt was ...