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Salem upsets Bulldogs

CORTLAND—The Salem girls basketball team kept its late-season momentum going with a 55-50 win over sixth-seeded Lakeview in a Division II sectional opener Saturday. The eighth-seeded Quakers improve to 12-11 overall and will travel to second-seeded Howland at 7 p.m. Thursday. Howland is ...

State appears likely for Robb, Klem and Stackpole

CLEVELAND — It appears as if several area swimmers will be making a splash at the Div. II state swimming meet. West Branch freshman Jamyson Robb, Crestview freshman Jordan Stackpole and Crestview junior Rebekah Klem are all in position to grab one of 16 at-large bids in various events after ...

Minerva girls roll into districts

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — East Liverpool senior Megan Danver tied for first to highlight area bowlers on Saturday at the Div. II sectional at St. Clair Lanes. Danver had a 580 series (161-218-201) and tied with St. Clairsville junior Annelise Dumas and St. Clairsville senior Katie Patrizi for the ...

Salem’s Mitch Davidson looks to shoot as Minerva’s Adam Gross (22) and Jack Hanley (24) defend on Friday at Salem High School. (Photo by Gary Leininger)

Lions roar past Quakers in NBC finale

SALEM — As good of a scorer as Minerva guard Connor Wright is, he’s perhaps more deadly when his playmaking creates open looks for teammates. Wright frequently collapsed the Salem defense with his penetration and dished to an array of perimeter shooters as the Lions made nine ...

West Branch’s Brenna Rito (3) picks up a loose ball and drives downcourt around Lakeside’s MaKenna Condon (12) on Saturday at West Branch High School.

Warriors, Quakers fast out of the gates

BELOIT — As a top seed, it can be easy to get distracted during the early stages of the postseason and start gazing down the road at potential future opponents. The West Branch girls basketball team made sure, however, that it’s focus was in the right place for Saturday’s Division II ...

Leetonia’s Zach Pugh (55) passes the ball around Columbiana’s Hunter Zentner (20). (Salem News/Patti Schaeffer)

Clippers clamp down on Leetonia for 9th win

LEETONIA — A strong first half propeled Columbiana to a 56-48 win over Leetonia on Friday. Burdette Baker had 18 points and five rebounds for the winners, while Jared Wilson had 13 points. Columbiana (9-13) was up 28-20 at the half. The two teams played even the rest of the way. Hunter ...

Raiders wrap up Red title

NEW MIDDLETOWN — South Range put the finishing touches on the final Inter-Tri County League Red Division title with a 48-44 win over rival Springfield on Friday night. South Range, ranked seventh in the latest Div. III state poll, moved to 21-0 and 8-0 in the league. Springfield falls to ...

Warriors begin tournament play today

The Northeastern Buckeye Confernce champion West Branch girls basketball team ended the regular season with a 20-2 overall record and 13-1 conference record. The team begins tournament play at 1 p.m. today against Ashtabula Lakeside at West Branch High School. Team members include (kneeling ...

Penguins dealt setback against Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets provided a sellout crowd at Nationwide Arena with a captivating look at what the first round of the playoffs might look like. The high-energy Friday night game between the Metropolitan Division rivals had tight checking, big ...

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McDonough set for season

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Michael McDonough, a 2016 Crestview High School graduate, will suit up for the first time as an Ohio State baseball player today as the Buckeyes take on Kansas State at noon at Osceola County Stadium. McDonough, a left-handed pitcher, holds the career Rebel record for ...

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Beavers gear up for district tournament today

Sixteen members of the Beaver Local swimming team qualified for the district swim meet tomorrow at Ohio State. Pictured are (from left) Courtney Blair (girls 200 medley relay), Sammi Voorhees (girls 200 medley relay, 200 freestyle relay, 400 freestyle relay), Laurel Meredith (girls 200 medley ...

New Beaver in charge of football team

CALCUTTA — Either playing or coaching football since he was in fifth grade, Mike McKenzie finally took some time off last year. After attending numerous sports events with his family during his break from coaching, he wanted to return to the sidelines. Finding a school to satisfy his needs ...

Salem’s Elly Exline drives past Lisbon’s Mackenzie Mason while Ellie Davidson (12) watches on Wednesday. (Salem News/Chris Rambo)

Quakers take full advantage

SALEM — The Salem girls basketball team is playing like it doesn’t want its season to end any time soon. Behind a feisty defense and a balanced scoring effort, the Quakers closed out the regular season with one of their most impressive games, defeating Lisbon 56-39 on senior night ...

Rebels get back to .500

COLUMBIANA — On the strength of eight three-pointers, Crestview defeated Western Reserve 57-39 Wednesday. Crestview improves to 11-11 this season. Western Reserve falls to 13-9. Emily Ferris led the Rebels with 20 points, seven steals and four assists. Alexis Gates had 15 points. Tanner ...

Warriors pin Quakers 39-20

BELOIT — The West Branch wrestling team wrapped up Northeastern Buckeye Conference play with a 39-20 win over Salem on Wednesday. Recording pins were West Branch’s Christian Wayt (106 pounds), Thomas Caserta (132) and Dylan Miller (145) and Salem’s Adam Magnuson (138) and Dylan ...

Crestview hosts East Liverpool, South Range

Crestview’s Gabe Cusick wrestles with East Liverpool’s Justin Sarge in a 145-pound match on Wednesday. Cusick pinned Sarge in 0:21. (Salem News/Patti Schaeffer)

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GIRLS BASKETBALL ITCL 7th Grade Tournament McDonald vs. Columbiana McDonald won 25-19 Tuesday. McDonald, Wolford 10 points, Gabreleik 5; Columbiana, Long 8, Zentner 4. BOYS BASKETBALL ITCL 8th Grade Tournament Wellsville at Southern Southern won 46-29 Wednesday. Southern: Sam ...

Salem’s Jon Gerace soars past Crestview’s Peyton Wolfe on Tuesday in Salem. (Salem News/Gary Leininger)

Salem feasts on Crestview

SALEM—The Salem boys basketball team didn’t exactly set the world on fire with its shooting in the first half against Crestview, but it didn’t need to. The Quakers defensive pressure created more than enough opportunities for them to build a comfortable halftime lead and cruise past the ...

Clippers finish third in state media poll

COLUMBIANA — It has been a season to remember for the Columbiana girls basketball team. The Clippers have their first unbeaten regular season, a fourth straight Inter-Tri County League title and now are ranked in the final state poll for the first time. Columbiana (22-0) is ranked third ...

Western Reserve rules battle of Blue Devils

LISBON — Western Reserve used a 13-6 fourth-quarter run to beat Lisbon, 59-54, in a battle of Blue Devils Tuesday. Western Reserve improves to 16-4, while Lisbon moves to 13-7. The matchup of two of the top seeds in the Struthers Division IV sectional-district tournament was close ...