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Warriors crush Girard

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GIRARD — West Branch used three pitchers to combine for a five-inning no-hitter in a 22-0 win over Girard on Saturday. David Cunningham, Carter Holdonak and Dru DeShields all combined with catcher Tanner Egli for the no-hitter. Nick Wilson had three hits and three RBIs for the winners. ...

Warriors, Rebels show speed

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LEAVITSBURG — West Branch’s girls had a good start to the track and field spring season with a team win on Saturday at the Joe Lane Invite at LaBrae High School. The Warriors’ Sophia Gregory captured the 400-meter dash in 1:01.2. Anna Lippiatt won the 200 in 27.33, while the Warriors ...

Spring dawns for area schools

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SALEM — High school spring sports’ long pause is finally over. The first spring contests in 21 months were held on Friday as the prep tennis season commenced. Baseball, softball and track will get started today. The United boys tennis team began its season with a 5-0 win over Salem at ...

NORTHEAST 8 BASKETBALL ALL-STARS

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Boys Player of the year: Trey Metzka (Struthers) First team: Douglas Foster (Niles), Brendon Kilpatrick (Lakeview), Andrew Centofanti (Poland), Robert Ray (Jefferson), Brandon Washington (Struthers), Aidan Slocum (Struthers). Second team: Ryan Carnahan (Lakeview), Ross Dedo (Poland), ...

AROUND THE HORN

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Youngstown State game postponed YOUNGSTOWN— The North Dakota at Youngstown State football game scheduled for Saturday has been postponed due to a positive COVID-19 test in the North Dakota program. The game has been rescheduled for April 17 at Stambaugh Stadium. Both teams will play ...

Minor leagues rise from ashes

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Matt Seelinger sat in the visitor’s bullpen at Surprise Stadium, waiting for his turn to pitch. The San Francisco Giants right-hander had never played above Class A. Now, in a Cactus League exhibition against the Texas Rangers, he was in line to toe a major league mound for the first ...

AROUND THE HORN

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West Liberty sees season come to a close EVANSVILLE, Ind. — No. 18 West Liberty University (W.Va.) had its season come to an end as No. 4 Northwest Missouri State rolled to a 98-77 win in an NCAA Division II men’s basketball semifinal Wednesday at the Ford Center. The Hilltoppers ...

County resident jockey praised by peers

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ARCADIA, Calif. — East Liverpool-based jockey DeShawn Parker has done a lot for his sport during his multi-decade career and recently his peers honored him with one of the most prestigious awards a jockey can recieve. On March 18, Parker was told he was the winner of the 2021 George Woolf ...

AROUND THE HORN

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NHL makes draft lottery changes NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL is instituting changes to the draft lottery that make it more difficult for the last-place team to drop out of the top three in the selection order. Beginning with the 2021 draft, only the first two picks will be subject to the ...

Ohio St. reflects on loss

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COLUMBUS — This one is going to sting for a while. The disappointment from second-seeded Ohio State’s shocking first-round NCAA Tournament loss to No. 15 Oral Roberts promises to linger in Columbus as the Buckeyes reflect on a pandemic-disrupted season and start looking ...

Pitt forward Justin Champagnie to test NBA waters

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pitt sophomore forward Justin Champagnie is going to test the NBA waters. Head coach Jeff Capel made the announcement on Tuesday. Champagnie was one of the bright spots for the Panthers (10-12), earning All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team honors after averaging ...

EOAC WRESTLING ALL-STARS

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Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference Wrestling All-Stars First Team Payne Brereton—United Dallas McCracken—United Christian McCon—United Mason Simms—Wellsville Jake McNemar—Wellsville Cade Weekley—Wellsville Eddie Buskirk—East Palestine Zac Hostetler—East ...

YSU wins first for Phillips

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YOUNGSTOWN — The first win has been a long time coming for new head football coach Doug Phillips and the Youngstown State Penguins. The Penguins rushed for 303 yards for their first win of the season, 28-10, over South Dakota at Stambaugh Stadium on Saturday. “I’m just happy for the ...

Once a Bobcat, always a Bobcat

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INDIANAPOLIS — Ohio coach Jeff Boals played on the 1993-94 Bobcats team that won the Mid-American Conference championship and made it to the NCAA Tournament. He has a group chat with those teammates, who left many, many messages after his 13th-seeded team knocked off Virginia 62-58 in the ...

Eagles dunk another

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INDIANAPOLIS — Dunk City, say hello to Max Abmas and soaring Oral Roberts. The fraternity of No. 15 seeds to reach the second week of the NCAA Tournament has its second member. “It’s really just mind blowing,” forward Kevin Obanor said. “We’re grateful. Just happy that we got ...

Nun-and-done: Loyola stuns top-seed Illinois

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INDIANAPOLIS — If the pregame prayer sounded more like a scouting report, it was. And if Sister Jean didn’t have any plans for next weekend, well, she does now. Loyola Chicago carried out its 101-year-old superfan’s plans to a T on Sunday, moving to the Sweet 16 with a 71-58 win over ...

Blaney the latest winner this season

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HAMPTON, Ga. — Ryan Blaney became the sixth driver to win in six races to start NASCAR’s Cup season, surging to the front with nine laps to go after Kyle Larson’s dominant performance at Atlanta Motor Speedway fell apart on a fading set of tires Sunday. Larson easily won the first two ...

Jones off to Masters

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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — When Matt Jones won his first PGA Tour title seven years ago, he needed a 45-foot birdie putt just to get into a playoff and then a 40-yard chip-in to take the victory. This win was far less dramatic, yet just as meaningful. It got him back to the ...

AROUND THE HORN

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Akron St. V-M wins ninth title DAYTON — Ohio State recruit Malaki Branham scored 37 points as top-ranked Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary rallied past Columbus St. Francis DeSales, 72-50, in the Division II state championship game at University of Dayton Arena on Sunday. It was a record ninth ...

Rebels hit the gas pedal

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COLUMBIANA — The last time Crestview seniors Ethan Powell and Brandon Yanssens competed in a track meet they stood on top of the podium at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. “A day doesn’t go by that I don’t think about that meet,” Crestview boys coach Greg Woolman said. It was June 1, ...