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YSU season coming up

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown State University football team has its spring schedule set. The Missouri Valley Football Conference announced in August the fall 2020 season was moving to the spring of 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Penguins will host four Saturday games all ...

Branch ruins Salem comeback

BELOIT — Salem’s boys’ basketball team impressively eclipsed a seven-point deficit with 1:09 left in regulation to force overtime, but West Branch answered by outscoring the rival Quakers 10-2 in the extra session to post a 53-45 win over Salem in the West Branch Fieldhouse Tuesday ...

Lisbon welcomes East Palestine back to the court

LISBON — The Lisbon Blue Devils entered their game with East Palestine having a distinct edge. The Devils, having already played eight games compared to the Bulldogs who were playing their first contest, used that advantage to throttle the Bulldogs 66-26. “The best thing about it is that ...

Ohio Girl’s High School Basketball Poll

The Top Ten teams in the Associated Press Ohio high school basketball polls of the 2020-2021 season with first-place votes in parentheses and won-loss record, total points and position last week at right: DIVISION I 1, Newark (12) 10-0 179 2, Cin. Mt. Notre Dame (6) 12-0 171 3, ...

PREP BASKETBALL

Southern Local 61, Columbiana 39 COLUMBIANA — Southern Local kept its stare of the Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference lead with a 61-39 win over Columbiana on Tuesday. Southern is 7-0 and 5-0 in the league. The Indians are at Buckeye Trail on Saturday. Columbiana is 1-7, 0-3 EOAC. For ...

Crestview grad to lead Boardman

BOARDMAN — Boardman is turning to a 2002 Crestview High School graduate to revive its football program. In a special Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, board members unanimously approved the hiring of Seth Antram as the new head football coach of the Boardman Spartans. Boardman ...

Super Tide rolls Bucks

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — DeVonta Smith was uncoverable, Najee Harris unstoppable and Mac Jones impeccable. With a performance that was both surgical and explosive, No. 1 Alabama won the College Football Playoff national championship game 52-24 against No. 3 Ohio State on Monday night. The ...

McCullough secures 1,000th point in loss to Heartland

COLUMBIANA — For all basketball players, 1,000 career points is a huge individual accomplishment. On Monday at Heartland Christian, Lisbon senior guard Ryan McCullough hit that milestone in the first quarter after needing seven points coming into the contest. However, the Lions played spoiler ...

Bulldogs get back to work

SALINEVILLE — East Palestine was a little late to the party, but the Bulldog girls got off to a good start in their first game of the season on Monday. Joclyn Fristik scored 26 points as the Bulldogs romped over Southern 59-36. East Palestine had its season delayed due to COVID-19 ...

Browns are no couch potatoes

CLEVELAND (AP) — Nervously sitting in front of a TV while secluded in his basement at home, coach Kevin Stefanski watched his Browns’ shocking playoff win — the team’s first in 26 years — like one of the team’s many long-suffering, faithful fans. From the sideline to the ...

Browns silence streak in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH — So much for the weight of history. Or practicing. Or having your head coach on the sideline. Or an emotional leader on the field. The Cleveland Browns overcame all of it. The burden of carrying the mantle of a franchise that’s long been a punchline. A schedule ravaged by a ...

Ohio State stands in way of Saban’s sixth title

MIAMI — Trying to figure out which of Nick Saban’s Alabama teams is best is akin to picking Michelangelo’s greatest work of art or Ernest Hemingway’s best novel. They are all excellent in their own way. The first to win a national championship came in 2009 and is still the only ...

No. 1 Alabama (12-0) vs. No. 3 Ohio State (7-0)

No. 1 Alabama (12-0) vs. No. 3 Ohio State (7-0) 8 p.m. Today, (ESPN) at Miami Gardens, Florida Line: Alabama by 8 1/2. Series record: Alabama 3-1. ——— WHAT’S AT STAKE? The Crimson Tide will play for their sixth national championship under coach Nick Saban, 13th overall in ...

Hart, Murray get titles for Quakers

NORTH JACKSON—South Range wrestling won the 2021 Jackson-Milton Leonard Truck and Trailers Invitational on Saturday. This is the third straight title for the Raiders at the tournament. Salem finished fourth with 133 points, Crestview finished fifth with 119 points and United finished ...

West Branch grounds Aviators

BELOIT — The West Branch girls basketball team defeated Alliance for the second time this season, this time winning 62-29 on Saturday to improve to 10-3 overall on the season and 5-2 in the Eastern Buckeye Conference. West Branch has outscored Alliance 117-51 in two games this season. ...

Heartland Christian downs Columbiana

COLUMBIANA — The Heartland Christian boys basketball team defeated Columbiana 56-40 on Saturday. Heartland used a 21-point fourth quarter to pull away with this one. For Heartland, Joey Donofrio finished with 19 points and Steven Baker added 13 for the Lions. For Columbiana, Nick Million ...

South Range wins close one

Boys basketball South Range 50, Hubbard 44 GREENFORD- The South Range boys basketball team survived a close one at home against Hubbard on Saturday. South Range held Hubbard to just 17 points in the second half to pull out the win. For South Range, Dylan Turvey recorded a game-high 15 ...

Devils thwart Eagles

HANOVERTON—It went down to the final minute, but the Lisbon boys basketball team kept its league record flawless as they defeated United 52-46 on Friday. This put the Blue Devils at 3-0 in the Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference and 6-1 overall. The Eagles (3-5) held the Blue Devils to their ...

Salem strikes again

CANTON — Salem kept its Eastern Buckeye Conference mark clean with a 56-46 win over Canton South on Friday night. Brock Young and Drew Weir each scored in every quarter to lead the Quakers with 17 points apiece. Hunter Griffith and Cade Rohm each had eight points. The Quakers improve to ...

United keeps winning streak alive

SALINEVILLE — The United girls basketball team picked up its seventh straight win by knocking off Southern, 51-23, Thursday. The Eagles move to 8-4 overall and are leading the Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference with a 4-1 mark. They will play at Columbiana next Thursday to try to avenge their ...