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Kennedy Catholic players, from left, Marcin Wiszomirsky, Drew Magestro, Mohamed Konate, Clay O'Dell and Alex Hartwig celebrate after defeating Girard College in the 2017 PIAA, class 1A boys' basketball state championship game at the Giant Center, Thursday, March 23, 2017, in Hershey, Pa. (Mark Pynes/PennLive.com via AP)

Kennedy Catholic tops Girard for PIAA 1A boys title

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HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — While the PIAA may have adjusted a few things and added several classifications to its basketball championships, that didn’t stop an experienced Kennedy Catholic squad from authoring a repeat. Flashing all sorts of balance and popping four players into double figures, ...

BOYS STATE SEMIFINALS

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DIV. II Akron SVSM 62, Trotwood Madison 60 COLUMBUS (AP) — Jayvon Graves scored the last of his 22 points on a baseline drive at the buzzer to give Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary a 62-60 win over Trotwood-Madison in a boys Division II semifinal Thursday. St. Vincent-St. Mary (24-5), last ...

Cribbs proved to be one of the greats

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CLEVELAND (AP) — There will be no more returns for Josh Cribbs. The former Browns Pro Bowl return specialist and wide receiver officially announced his retirement Wednesday from the NFL, ending a storybook career he began as an undrafted free agent quarterback out of Kent State. Cribbs ...

Ritters, Ford were among ITCL’s best

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COLUMBUS — Four of the top players in the Inter-Tri County League Red Division headline the Associated Press Division III All-Ohio boys basketball team released Tuesday night. Springfield senior Jake Ford, the area’s leading scorer, was named to the All-Ohio third team. South Range ...

Perry takes third at Regional

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Abby Perry represented Salem Elks No. 305 and the State of Ohio in the Regional Hoop Shoot contest this past weekend in Angola, Indiana. Abby placed third in the 12 and 13-year-old girls bracket. Pictured are (from left) Ohio State Hoop Shoot Chair Dennis Sabo, Abby Perry, Northeast Ohio ...

United Local hosts Power Puff volleyball

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United Local High School students will compete in a Power Puff volleyball competition between the grades at 6 p.m. Thursday in the high school gym. Admission is $2 at the door. Getting ready for the event are (from left) Gary Eichler, Zach Maley, Gary Eichler, Zack Himes, Colton Bowen, Joey ...

ALL-OHIO BOYS BASKETBALL

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AP 2017 Boys Division II All-Ohio basketball team COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The 2016-17 Associated Press Division II All-Ohio boys basketball team, based on the recommendations of a media panel (with school, height, class and scoring average): DIVISION II First Team Taevion Kinsey, ...

Sweeney, Hilles honored

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COLUMBUS — Wellsville senior Justin Miller is drawing a lot of attention on and off the basketball court. Miller, the Tigers’ leading scorer the past three seasons, was named to the Associated Press Division IV All-Ohio boys basketball team released Monday night. He was named to the ...

Sweeney picks Geneva College

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Lisbon senior Colin Sweeney will continue his academic and football careers at Geneva College. Sweeney plans to major in business administration. Seated (from left) are brother Aaron Sweeney, father Dale Sweeney, Colin Sweeney, mother Chris Sweeney; (back) Lisbon High School principal Keith ...

Liberati heads to BW

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Lisbon High School senior Jake Liberati will continue his academic and football careers at Baldwin Wallace University. Liberati plans to major in history. Seated are (from left) mother Tena Liberati, sister Maddie Liberati, Jake Liberati, brother Josh Liberati, father Lou Liberati; (back) ...

State champs celebrated

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Lisbon’s Cooper Mollenkopf (left) and Sierra Cottrill (right) were both awarded 2016 Professional Karate Commission state championships at the group’s banquet on Saturday. Cooper was a state champion in self defense, while Sierra was state champion in sparring and kata. Pictured with the ...

Div. IV All-Ohio Boys Basketball

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COLUMBUS (AP) — The 2016-17 Associated Press Division IV All-Ohio boys basketball team, based on the recommendations of a media panel (with school, height, class and scoring average: DIVISION IV First Team: Matt Bailey, Grove City Christian, 5-foot-10, senior, 18.7 points per game; Aaron ...

Dillinger named champ

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Jordan Dillinger, son of Richard and Michelle Dillinger of Salem, was awarded the Professional Karate Commission Ohio State 7 and 8-year-old intermediate self defense championship on Saturday. He is pictured with his instructor Dave Buker of American Karate Studios in Boardman. (Submitted Photo)

Constructing for the near future at Beaver Local

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The Beaver Local baseball and softball teams’ new homes are nearly ready. Work is continuing on the fields as the teams approach their home openers set for 5 p.m. on March 27 against Indian Creek. The new fields are located on the Beaver Local schools campus. More volunteer work on the ...

GIRLS STATE FINALS

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Div. II Alter 58, Hathaway Brown 41 COLUMBUS (AP) — The senior class of Kettering Archbishop Alter had the perfect ending. Seniors Libby Bazelak and Braxtin Miller combined for 44 points as the Knights won their third straight girls Division II title with a 58-41 win Saturday against ...

Miller out in Crestview

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COLUMBIANA—After eight seasons at the helm of the Crestview boys basketball team, coach Herman Miller was informed by the school on Monday that he will not be returning for next season. This season saw the conclusion of Miller’s two-year contract. The Rebels finished this season 3-20 ...

GIRLS STATE BASKETBALL SEMIFINALS

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Div. III Versailles 58, Winchester Eastern 34 COLUMBUS (AP) — Danielle Winner and Camille Watren had 14 points each to lead Versailles to a 58-34 win over Winchester Eastern in a girls Division III semifinal on Friday. The Tigers play Gates Mills Gilmour Academy for a chance at their ...

FILE - In this Saturday, March 4, 2017, file photo, UCLA guard Lonzo Ball dunks during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Washington State in Los Angeles. The UCLA freshman point guard has been one of college basketball's best players and could be the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. He's kept up his high-level of play over the past month as his father, LaVar, has become more vocal in the media.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Golden Flashes don’t want Ball to bounce UCLA’s way

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball dribbled around the court Thursday at Golden 1 Center in preparation for his team’s opening game of the NCAA Tournament. With nearly every shot he took, fans yelled out: “You’re better than Steph!” This has become Ball’s ...

Jeff Felger (left), coach Ron Jackson, Cierra Coontz and Drew Smith prepare for the 89th annual Cleveland Area Golden Gloves Qualifying Tournament later this month at St. Peter Chanel High School in Bedford. Action starts Friday, March 31 and continues on Saturday, April 1 and Friday, April 7. (Submitted Photo)

Five boxers strive for greatness

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SALEM — They come from different walks of life and have different reasons for getting into the sport, but five area boxers are all eager for the chance to show their skills when they compete at the 89th annual Cleveland Area Golden Gloves Qualifying Tournament later this month. The Salem ...

Bell is Ohio Ms. Basketball

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COLUMBUS (AP) — As much as Canton McKinley’s outstanding sophomore guard Kierstan Bell credits her teammates for her success, there are times when they rely on her to do something special. Such was the case March 2 when Bell, still feeling the effects of strep throat, scored the ...