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‘Meet the Bears’

WASHINGTONVILLE — Leetonia’s ‘Meet the Bears’ event will be held starting at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Washingtonville VFW Post. Fall sports teams, band and cheerleaders will be introduced. Student and family passes will be on sale.

Quakers crack Eagles

HANOVERTON — Salem’s girls tennis team bested United 4-1 on Monday.

United hosts Mooney today.

FIRST SINGLES: Elena Economous def. Morgan Hovorka 6-4, 6-3

SECOND SINGLES: Emma Griffith def. Emily McKarns 7-6 (7-3), 6-3

THIRD SINGLES: Blake Oller def. Hannah Baker 6-4, 2-6, 6-1

FIRST DOUBLES: Lauren Hippley-Olivia Hippley (U) def. Emily Whitman-Emily Holt 6-2, 6-1.

SECOND DOUBLES: Laney Lankford-Makayla Clifton def. Riley Daniel-Erica Gudat 6-3, 6-3

Markgraf hired as GM

Former defender Kate Markgraf has been named general manager of the U.S. women’s national team, U.S. Soccer announced Monday.

Markgraf will oversee the search for a new coach to replace Jill Ellis, who is leaving the team in October. Ellis is stepping away from the job after leading the United States to back-to-back Women’s World Cup titles.

The federation also announced that the general manager for the men’s national team, Earnie Stewart, has been promoted to the new position of sporting director, overseeing U.S. Soccer’s Sports Performance Department.

Markgraf appeared in 201 games during a playing career that spanned 12 years. She was a starter on the 1999 team that won the World Cup at the Rose Bowl, and also was part of the 2003 and 2007 World Cup teams. She played on three Olympic teams.

Markgraf, 42, played club soccer for the Boston Breakers of the WUSA and the Chicago Red Stars of the WPS. Following her retirement, she pursued a pair of master’s degrees and worked as a broadcaster, most recently for ESPN.

“I’m honored to come back to an organization and program that I love, one which helped mold me as a player and person, and to contribute to its continued growth,” she said in a statement. “To reach the top of the world is difficult enough, but to stay there takes a tremendous amount of hard work by players, coaches, staff and administrators, and I’m looking forward to collaborating with those inside and outside of U.S. Soccer to make that happen.”

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