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County Classic on March 15

LISBON –The 35th annual Columbiana County Classic is being moved up to its earliest date ever to avoid a conflict with spring sports.

The all-star basketball games, which feature 20 of the top senior girls and 20 of the top senior boys in the county, will be held Sunday, March 15, at Lisbon High School.

The girls game will start at 3 p.m., followed by the boys game. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Lions shine at girls wrestling

HILLIARD — Minerva freshman wrestler Alaina Jackson is starting her career at the top.

Jackson pinned all three of her opponents to capture the 235-pound title in the inaugural Ohio girls state wrestling tournament sponsored by the Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Association on Saturday and Sunday at Hilliard Davidson High School.

Jackson, the top seed, pinned Lakewood’s Shayliah Hooper in 55 seconds and Hubbard’s Jewels Little in 25 seconds, before pinning Cleveland Central Catholic’s Madeleine Wadesisi in 2:21 in the state final.

Also placing for Minerva were junior Michaela Jackson, fifth at 121 pounds, and sophomore Kya McClish, fifth at 150 pounds.

Michaela Jackson, the third seed, pinned Lutheran West’s Nevaeh Yarber in 0:35 and decisioned Madison’s Lexi Zehe, 6-5. She lost her next two matches to eventual runner-up Kendra Hiett of Lakota West to pin in 4:56 and Liberty Center’s Kalen Rauch picked up a 6-4 sudden victory.

Michaela Jackson finished with a pin over Zehe in 2:19 in the 121-pound fifth-place match.

McClish, the fifth seed, won by a 14-4 major decision over Miami East’s Alivia Wade, then was pined by Ridgedale’s Nya Miller in 1:37, pinned AIken’s Bre’Asia Bradley in 1:26 and was pinned by Lutheran West’s Alayna Lopez in 3:55.

McClish pinned Olentangy Orange’s AIda Walters in 1:18 in the 150-pound fifth-place match.

Reed proves it to himself

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Patrick Reed was more concerned about how to save par than how to answer his critics. He was consumed with navigating around the trees from 152 yards away with a gap wedge more than any chatter about his character.

Reed only plays for himself. And when it feels as though the world is against him, he plays his best.

A week that began with Brooks Koepka saying he thought Reed cheated when he was penalized for swiping away sand in the Bahamas ended with Reed delivering clutch moments down the stretch Sunday to win the

Mexico Championship..

Two shots behind with four holes to play, Reed ran off three straight birdies to overtake a faltering Bryson DeChambeau, closing with a 4-under 67 for his second World Golf Championships title. As for the outside noise?

“I’m used to it,” Reed said. “Honestly, it’s one of those things that at the end of the day, all I can control is me and what I do on and off the golf course. And if I feel like I’m improving each day on and off the golf course and setting a good example for the next generation coming up … then that’s all I can do, and I feel like I’ve been doing a good job of that.”

Youngstown State falls

YOUNGSTOWN (AP) — Dantez Walton had 20 points as Northern Kentucky held off a late Youngstown State rally to post a 61-59 win on Saturday.

Jalen Tate had 18 points for Northern Kentucky (21-8, 13-4 Horizon League), which earned its fourth straight road victory. Tyler Sharpe added 12 points. Trevon Faulkner had eight rebounds.

Youngstown State scored a season-low 20 points in the first half.

Donel Cathcart III had 14 points and six rebounds for the Penguins (16-13, 9-7). Naz Bohannon added 13 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Garrett Covington had eight rebounds.

Mount Union’s best record

COLUMBUS – The ninth-ranked Mount Union men’s basketball team finished off the best regular season in school history with an 82-67 Ohio Athletic Conference victory at Capital Saturday at the Capital Center.

The Purple Raiders finish the regular season at 22-3 overall and 17-1 in the OAC, along with 14-straight victories.

Mount Union got 24 points from D’Vontay Friga and 20 from Nathan Bower-Malone. Former McDonald standout Braedon Poole had 12 points and 12 rebounds and John Carroll added 11 points.

Mount Union enters next week’s OAC Tournament as the top seed and will host eighth-seeded Otterbein at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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