Local Sports

Heartland thwarted by Southern

SALINEVILLE—Southern polished off Heartland Chrisitian by a 70-10 score in girls basketball action Monday. Six different players scored in the first quarter for the Indians (6-15) as they raced out to an 18-0 lead that grew to 40-1 at halftime. Anna Sevek keyed the Indians defense with ...

West Branch, Columbiana get top seeds

AUSTINTOWN — State-ranked West Branch and Howland go the top two seeds for the Austintown Fitch Division II sectional-district girls basketball tournament. West Branch (18-2 and ranked eighth) was seeded first and Howland (15-4 and ranked 13th) second at Sunday’s draw. West Branch has ...

AROUND THE HORN

Shivers sets Notre Dame record NOTRE DAME, Ind. — University of Notre Dame senior Anthony Shivers broke his own school record in the men’s weight throw at the Meyo Invitational on Friday. Shivers, who was a two-time state discus champion at Salem High School, finished sixth with a ...

Pezzano shatters scoring record

LISBON — Ever since the Beaver Local girls basketball team fell to Lisbon in double-overtime a month ago, the Beavers have been hungry to get another chance at the 15th-ranked Blue Devils. “The girls were very motivated tonight, they felt like we got robbed in the first game,” Beaver ...

West Branch wins another NBC title

ALLIANCE — The West Branch girls clinched their third Northeastern Buckeye Conference title in five years with a dominating 76-11 win over Alliance on Saturday afternoon. West Branch — ranked eighth in the Division II state poll — has won 16 straight games to improve to 18-2 overall and ...

Three Warriors, one Rebel place first at tournament

AUSTINTOWN — Beaver Local finished tied for fourth while West Branch placed three winners in the Eastern Ohio Wrestling League Championships on Saturday at Austintown Fitch High School. The Beavers finished with 134 points along with Girard. Canfield won the competion with 211 ...

Quakers carve up Branch

SALEM — Despite Salem and West Branch not being among the Northeastern Buckeye Conference leaders, Friday’s game between the two rivals featured all the intensity of a first-place battle. After watching an 11-point lead slip away, the Quakers surged ahead with a furious run midway through ...

United’s Clark reigns as top scorer

HANOVERTON — United senior Jake Clark wasn’t going to stop once he became the Golden Eagles’ all-time leading scorer. Clark scored a career-high 36 points on a record-setting night as United raced past East Palestine, 91-62, Friday night. He scored 25 points in the first half, ...

Leetonia scratched by Tigers

LEETONIA — After last season ended for the Wellsville boys basketball team, it knew this season would be one to remember despite having a target on its back. Favorites to win the Inter-Tri County League White Division from the start, the Tigers clinched at least a share of the title by ...

Range rips Rebels

COLUMBIANA — State-ranked South Range scored 46 points in the first half and rolled over Crestview, 79-40, Friday. South Range, ranked 13th in the Division III state poll, improves to 17-0 overall and 6-0 in the Inter-Tri County League Red Division. Dan Ritter led the Raiders with 21 ...

Janofa heads to Rio Grande

Salem senior Clara Janofa recently announced that she will be attending NCAA Div. II University of Rio Grande to continue her softball and academic careers. Seated with Clara are her father Dave Janofa and mother Kelly Janofa. Standings are (from right) Bob Druschel (summer travel coach), Salem ...

Salem team rallies around one of its own

Salem’s 7th grade basketball boys basketball team donned pink T-shirts during its season finale home game to show support for a teammate. The shirts read “Supporting One of Our Own — Jette Beck” in reference to the sister of teammate Darius Beck. Jette had recently underdone cancer ...

Blackjack: Clippers remain undefeated

COLUMBIANA — When the Columbiana girls basketball team embarked on this season, its goal was to take home a league title. In the process of chasing that goal, the Clippers didn’t think they’d also be on the verge of a perfect regular season. They moved one step closer with a 48-27 ...

Lisbon captures fifth ITCL White victory over Southern Local

SALINEVILLE — Lisbon’s girls basketball team overcame a sluggish start to post a 60-33 win over Southern Local on Thursday in an Inter-Tri County League White Division encounter. Karlee Pezzano had 17 points and seven steals to lead the Devils (15-3, 5-3) who were tied with the Indians ...

JUNIOR HIGH

BOYS BASKETBALL Minerva at Salem 8th Grade: Minerva won 27-23 on Wednesday. Salem: Hunter Griffith 9, Kevin Stiff 7. Next: Salem vs. West Branch, 11:15 a.m. on Saturday at Marlington TOURNAMENT PAIRINGS NBC 7th Grade Boys Tournament at Carrollton Saturday, Feb. 4 Marlington ...

Cheresne breaks game scoring mark

SALEM — Salem senior Chloe Cheresne etched her name in the Quaker record books with a school record 38 points as Salem downed Alliance 86-18 on Wednesday at Cabas Gymnasium. Cheresne’s 38 topped the previous record of 37 set by Deb Janofa in 1983. Cheresne also had 10 rebounds, ...

Bezeredi chooses Findlay

Salem senior defensive back Cooper Bezeredi signs a letter of intent Wednesday to continue his academic and football careers at the University of Findlay. Bezeredi was one of 39 players signed by Findlay, an NCAA Division II program in northwest Ohio. The Oilers are joining the Great Midwest ...

Crestview’s Murphy hopes to soar with Falcons

COLUMBIANA — Early on in his football career, Crestview senior defensive end Jordan Murphy was convinced he had what it took to play college football at a high level. “It’s always been a goal of mine,” Murphy said. “A lot of people have always told me that I would never do it, ...

Crestview wrestlers fall at state duals

SHADYSIDE — Crestview’s run in the Div. III state team wrestling tournament came to an end with a 47-36 loss to Shadyside in the regional semifinals on Wednesday at Shadyside High School. The hosts went on to win the state tournament berth with a 56-15 over Barnesville. The Rebels ...

Sebring survives Crestview scare

COLUMBIANA — Sebring held Crestview to 25 points in the second half as the Trojans rallied for a 59-54 overtime victory Tuesday. The Trojans improve to 9-8, while the Rebels move to 1-15. Robbie Rouse led Sebring with a game-high 24 points. Jason Dickson followed with 15 ...