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Wright would jump at chance at repeat

WELLSVILLE — The Wellsville boys track team had several workouts on the new all-weather track at Nicholson Stadium before Gov. Mike DeWine closed the schools in mid-March. “We practiced for a couple of weeks,” Wellsville track coach Randy Thrasher said. “They loved it.” It wasn’t ...

Spencer runs toward North Carolina

WEIRTON, W.Va. — Those who followed Sebastian Spencer with a close eye throughout his high school career at Weir High are left to wonder what could have been. Spencer was entering his senior season as a seven-time West Virginia state track champion (three individuals and four relays), while ...

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Hicks heads to Mount Union LEETONIA — Leetonia senior Connor Hicks signed a letter of intent Wednesday to continue his academic and football careers at NCAA Division III power Mount Union in Alliance. Hicks was a Division VII first-team All-Ohioan and the Morning Journal’s ...

Quakers want to play some more

While last week’s announcement that spring sports were officially canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic was widely expected, the news was still a gut punch to area baseball teams. “I was incredibly disappointed,” Columbiana baseball coach Ryan Wolf said. “I had a feeling it was ...

Sports prepare you for life

I want to thank Don Groubert, an OHSAA track official, for his inspiring words (in the April 24 edition) to the seniors and other classes who lost out on their spring sports this year. His words plus the letter from his high school track coach from 42 years ago was so inspirational and ...

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Three divisions? NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is exploring various options that could allow the season to start if the medical situation allows, including a plan in which the 30 teams could be split into three regional divisions. Among the formats is one is which teams could be ...

Coaches work to give players a chance

It was a hard pill to swallow for area softball teams. “We had hope when the governor said things would be closed through the end of April and the Ohio High School Athletic Association came out with a revised schedule,” South Range coach Jeff DeRose said. “Weighing on the side of being ...

County increases turkey harvest

COLUMBUS — The first week of wild turkey hunting in Ohio ended with 7,873 birds checked through Sunday. Hunters harvested 8,908 wild turkeys during the same time frame in 2019. The top 10 counties for wild turkey harvest during the first week of the 2020 hunting season include: Belmont ...

Top jockey looks forward to racing again

EAST LIVERPOOL — Jockey Deshawn Parker is used to going at a fast pace. He’s been racing horses since he was 16 but now the East Liverpool resident is stuck waiting for his next mount due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Parker’s last race came on March 20 at Sam Houston Race Park in Texas. ...

2020 NFL DRAFT PICKS

2020 NFL Team-by-Team Draft April 23-25 Arizona 1 (8) Isaiah Simmons, lb, Clemson. 3 (72) Josh Jones, ot, Houston. 4 (114) Leki Fotu, dt, Utah. 4 (131) Rashard Lawrence, dt, LSU. 6 (202) Evan Weaver, lb, California. 7 (222) Eno Benjamin, rb, Arizona State. Atlanta 1 (16) ...

Hardly any changes

COLUMBUS — There were no changes in divisional placements for area boys and girls soccer teams after the Ohio High School Athletic Association released competitive balance adjusted divisions for the fall 2020 season on Friday. In volleyball, only Columbiana dropped from Div. III to Div. ...

Girl who struck out Ruth, Gehrig played here

EAST LIVERPOOL — Sometimes history intersects in strange ways. On Jan. 24, 1958, The House of David faced off against the Harlem Globetrotters in an exhibition basketball game at Memorial gymnasium in East Liverpool. Essentially two of the same thing, but in different times and from ...

West Branch heads to Div. IV in football

Southern Local and West Branch both fell a division in football after the Ohio High School Athletic Association announced division alignments for the 2020 season on Friday. Southern, who made the playoffs in Div. VI the last two seasons, is now in Div. VII for the first time. West Branch ...

Ohio courses see about the same golfers from Pa.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf ordered his state’s golf courses closed on March 19 as part of an order shuttering all non-life sustaining businesses. In Ohio it hasn’t been that way during the COVID-19 pandemic as golf courses have been allowed to operate as long as proper social distancing ...

Seniors: It’s all about how you are going to respond

A letter to area track and field athletes, coaches and officials from local track official Don Groubert. Groubert is the track and cross country meet director/manager at Columbiana’s Ward Athletic Complex and coordinator of officials at Youngstown State University’s WATTS indoor track ...

Krulik has one more year to prove himself

CALCUTTA — Beaver Local junior wrestler Logan Krulik might be the best Beaver Local grappler never to set foot on a mat at the state wrestling tournament. And that’s holding his future plans hostage at the moment. As a sophomore Krulik qualified for the state tournament with a 41-9 ...

Huff waits for green flag after championship season

EAST PALESTINE — Brandon Huff had a big weekend planned. The defending Coyote Racing Truck Series champion was looking forward to opening the 2020 season at Midvale Speedway near New Philadelphia on Saturday night. Now the racing season is on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic and ...

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Betting big on the draft ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — For those who haven’t mastered the odds of Belarussian soccer or Russian table tennis, this week’s NFL draft gives U.S. gamblers their first opportunity in weeks to bet on an event about which they actually know something. With major ...

Beavers follow in Carl Hoppel’s footsteps

CALCUTTA —As the years have gone by, the tradition-rich Beaver Local wrestling program has become accustomed to chasing excellence. The benchmark for those high standards was set by Carl Hoppel. “Mr. Hoppel set the standard for our program and we have been chasing that standard for 60 ...

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Ohio shifts focus to fall sports COLUMBUS — The Ohio High School Athletic Association’s mandatory no-contact period for all interscholastic sports remains in effect until at least May 3, which could be extended. Coaches and school administrators are encouraged to have non-mandatory ...