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Local products guide Westminster

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NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. — Four former local standouts saw action for the Westminster mens basketball team this season. Junior guard Dan Ritter, a 2017, South Range graduate, enjoyed a fine season for the Titans, averaging 11 points and 4.1 rebounds per game while shooting 41 percent from ...

Ohio girls basketball leaves Columbus for Dayton

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COLUMBUS — Coach Walt DeShields has guided the West Branch girls basketball team to the state semifinals twice in the last five years. He doesn’t mind that the OHSAA announced Tuesday the girls basketball state tournament is heading to the University of Dayton Arena the next three ...

Sports gives us many lessons

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A letter from Dirk DeCoy, the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference executive director, to all OVAC student-athletes and families: I want to offer words of encouragement that might help you bring closure to this unfathomable and unfair end to our high school athletic season. We have all suffered a ...

MAC cuts tourneys

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The Mid-American Conference is eliminating postseason tournaments in eight sports, including baseball and softball, and men’s and women’s basketball are among nine sports that will have postseasons scaled back. The MAC’s announced the cost-cutting move Tuesday in response to the ...

National convention halted for collectors

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Baseball card collectors are having to do their trading from home. The 41st annual National Sports Collectors Convention (NSCC), scheduled to start Wednesday at the Atlantic City Convention Center, has been postponed until December due to health and safety concerns associated with the ...

Fowler’s star shines bright

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The only thing that has been able to slow down professional quad racer Walker Fowler in six years has been the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2011 Columbiana High School graduate recently won the first three races of the Grand National Cross Country Racing ATV slate as he began his hunt for his ...

Gehring’s arm rated among state’s best

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CANFIELD — Early every evening, the reality of this year’s baseball-less spring hits home for South Range junior pitcher Jake Gehring. “Me and my two brothers all play and my parents go to all the games,” Gehring said. “Every night, my mom checks the calendar and sees another game ...

Salem cheerleaders get a leg up with online tryouts

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SALEM — Salem cheerleading coach Jordyn Burke wasn’t about to wait around in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic to form her team for the 2020-21 school year, so she took the tumble in April to put together a plan for a virtual tryout. Since most classroom activity is now conducted via ...

6 Feet From Me Virtual 5K has 185 finishers

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YOUNGSTOWN — There were 185 people who completed the Youngstown Marathon Foundation’s “6 Feet From Me Virtual 5K” that wrapped up Friday. All of the donations went to Gleaners Food Bank, a nonprofit orgainzation that serves over 4,000 families per month. Here are the top 10 ...

Everyone loses with no sports

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LISBON — With local ballfields completely deserted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, action has also ground to a halt at businesses that depend on athletic events being played. Hall’s of Fame Trophies and Apparel in Lisbon would normally be in one of its busier times of the year with high ...

Quakers have to wait for next year for county run

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This is the day Columbiana County athletes and track fans look forward to every year, except this year. The 117th annual Columbiana County Track and Field Meet — scheduled for this afternoon at East Palestine’s Reid Stadium — was canceled when Gov. Mike DeWine closed all Ohio schools ...

From one state champ to another

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After winning two state track titles last June, Wellsville’s Justin Wright got a special delivery in the mail. It was from former Columbiana High School state champion Jim Ward, who saw Wright break his 56-year-old 200-dash record at the Columbiana County Track and Field Meet last ...

Columbiana County Meet back in East Palestine for 2021

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East Palestine and Salem have hosted the Columbiana County Track and Field Meet every year except one since 1932. The 117th annual meet was scheduled for today at East Palestine’s Reid Stadium, but was canceled due to coronavirus. The oldest continuous county meet in Ohio will start over at ...

Meals’ big league story started on Salem’s fields

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This is the second in a two-part series with major league umpire Jerry Meals of Salem. SALEM — Jerry Meals’ path to being a major league umpire began on the youth baseball fields of Salem. After graduating from Salem High School in 1979, the lifelong baseball fan was looking for a way to ...

AROUND THE HORN

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Peterson goes to W&J SEBRING — Sebring senior quarterback Zane Peterson will continue his academic and football careers at Washington & Jefferson College, an NCAA Division III program in Washington, Pa. OVAC HOF postponed WHEELING, W.Va. — The Ohio Valley Athletic Conference ...

Meals is at home in Salem, not at home plate like usual

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This is the first in a two-part series with major league umpire Jerry Meals of Salem. SALEM — Salem resident Jerry Meals has seen a lot in his three decades as a Major League Baseball umpire, but he has never experienced anything quite like the past month. “It’s a very weird feeling ...

From EOAC champs to Ohio State Buckeyes

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TORONTO — Nolan Clegg and Nate Karaffa, two starting outfielders for the Ohio State University baseball team, remember like it was yesterday when the coronavirus pandemic hit the sports world. The Buckeyes, fresh off a split against North Florida from March 10-11 in Jacksonville, Fla., were ...

Akron event delayed

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AKRON — The world’s best 50-and-over golfers will have an extra month to get ready for the 2020 Bridgestone Senior Players Championship. Firestone Country Club will host the PGA Tour Champions major for the week Aug. 10-16, not July 6-12 as previously scheduled, due to the coronavirus ...

AROUND THE HORN

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Busy month for NASCAR CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR plans to restart its engines with a flurry of races at two historic tracks. NASCAR said Thursday it is set to return May 17 with an elite Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina, the first of seven events in an 11-day ...

State meet to Obetz

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COLUMBUS — Runners will be taking a different route to the state cross country meet this fall. The Ohio High School Athletic Association is moving the state meet to Fortress Obetz, a 50-acre multi-purpose sports complex with a 6,500-seat grandstand located in Obetz on the southeast side of ...