WHEELING - The Brooke girls soccer team raised its record to 8-3-1 with a 4-2 victory over host Linsly on Wednesday.
"When you go into a game and score a couple of goals early, that confidence builds and develops into positive things and makes the game a lot easier," said Bruins head coach Lee Weppler. "Tonight was a big win for us.
"We played one of the top teams in the OVAC and we played well.
"The girls are feeling good about themselves right now going into the tournament."
Michaela Hinerman netted a pair and Jessie Wayne and Leila Hannoui each added one for the Bruins, who came into the week ranked No. 21 in the state, No. 9 in Class AAA and No. 5 in the OVAC Cup standings.
Hannoui and Cheyenne Hudson delivered assists and keeper Payge Farmer had one saves.
Maleha Kureishy and Leah Memmo scored for the Cadets. Kureishy assisted the second goal. Allison Vivian had 12 saves.
"I can't say enough about the girls," said Weppler. "They are all playing really hard."
Brooke is off until next week's OVAC Cup Tournament. The cutoff date is today.
Chambers wins again
WELLSBURG?- Oak Glen senior cross country runner Kelsey Chambers won the Bryan Fritz Memorial Invitational at Brooke High School Wednesday.
She toured the 5K track in 22:27.27. Teammate Felicity Nolder took fourth in 23:40.17 as Oak Glen finished second in the team race, behind Morgantown.
Casey Baird was 18th, Kimberly Smith 21st and Alyson Snow 31st for the Bears.
Addison Winland paced the Redskins with her eighth-place finish in 24:12,03.
Weir was paced by Ella Jennings' finish at No. 36 in (27:34.29).
Brooke's Hayleigh finished 53rd in 29:49.82.
Locals had five in the top 12 in the boys race in Indian?Creek's Allen Keister (4th, 19:13.61 and Tyler Gaydosh (9th, 19:25.14,
Oak Glen's Cody Tropeck led the Bears (9th, 19:38.19). Brock Smith took 10th (19:41.58) and Tanner Gorby 12th (19:48.29).
Brooke's Antonio Pizzuti finished 11th (19:42.15).
Tyler Virtue led Weir as he took 46th in 22:07.20.
Huskies win tri-match
CADIZ - Conotton Valley's Trey Yosick was the medalist with a 41, but the Harrison Central golf team shot 173 to beat the Rockets (183) and Oak Glen (229) Wednesday at the Cadiz Country Club.
Austin Kowalski and Jarett Edwards each shot 42 for the Huskies. Bryce Walrath carded a 43 and Ian Saho and Hunter Sloan each shot 46.
For Conotton Valley, Brandon Busby shot 44, Wyatt Fluharty 45 and Hunter Fluharty 53.
Haley Spurlock's 50 paced the Golden Bears. Trey Reese shot 56, Jayson Chappell 60 and Mike Watkins 63.
Panthers nip Riders
WEIRTON - Buckeye Local's Brennan Czuchran and Weir High's Austin Paul-Orecchio were co-medalists with 46s Wednesday at Williams Country Club as the Panthers defeated the Red Riders, 211-214.
For the Panthers, Eric Williams shot 47, Dan Duill 56 and Josh Faldowski and Austin Antill each had a 62.
For Weir, Tyler Warrick shot 47, Eric Winwood 60 and Joe Patterson 61.
Madonna takes tri-match
STEUBENVILLE - Brooke's Logan Lojszczyk and Madonna's Nick Mazur shared medalist honors as both shot 38 Wednesday at Steubenville Country Club. Lojszczyk eagled the par 4 ninth hole to finish his round.
Madonna shot 158 to beat the Bruins (169) and Steubenville Big Red (205).
For the Blue Dons, Alex Colantonio shot 39, Michael Rogers 40 and Matthew Lyons 41.
For Brooke, Mike Petrosky shot 42, Trey Gilham 44 and Noah Teaff 45.
Kasey Peterson shot 43 to lead Big Red. Isaiah Lee-Granatir shot 53, Jonah Moro 54 and Josh Gault 55.
Crusaders down Weir
WEIRTON - The Steubenville Catholic Central volleyball team raised its record to 7-3 with a 25-14, 25-10, 25-16 victory over Weir High Wednesday in the Carl Hamill Fieldhouse.
The Crusaders will play in the East Ohio Invitational Saturday at Buckeye Trail High School.
Monica Rigaud led the way with a strong performance of 14 kills, nine blocks and seven points. Madeline Gulan delivered 10 kills, nine points and two blocks.
Logan Colabella had three kills, four assists and five digs; Megan Lloyd 12 points, four kills and 20 assists; Taylor Bednar five kills; Monica Fischer 16 points and six kills; Robyn Runkel 13 points, three kills and 24 assists; and Kamy Belardine 17 points, five assists and 17 digs.
For the Red Riders, Michayla Dobosz had 17 digs, seven kills and five points; Morgan Goff 42 digs; and Selena Wolverton 21 digs, five points and three aces.
Kim Persina totaled seven points and seven blocks; Ontasia Petteway six points and 21 digs; Elizabeth Kush nine points, three kills and three blocks; Samantha McCartney five points, 66 sets and three blocks; and Samantha Tate two digs.
Huskies sweep Knights
TORONTO - The Harrison Central volleyball team won its first match of the season 25-18, 25-19, 25-19 over host Toronto on Wednesday.
"It was a disappointing showing for us tonight," said Toronto coach Chelsey Fletcher. "I'm never disappointed in them; but I am disappointed for them. They did not play their volleyball. For the first time this season we let fear dictate our game. We will regroup mentally and return Monday at home against Bishop Donahue."
Chelsea Anderson had eight points; Amber Fuller 19 points and nine assists; Katie Spadafora four points, seven kills and four blocks; Mykia West two kills; Emily Anderson three points and five digs; Josey Jones 10 points, four kills, three digs and two blocks; and Miranda Robinson five points, two kills, three digs and three assists.
Wildcats win in five
ST. CLAIRSVILLE - The Edison volleyball team rallied from two games down to stun homestanding St. Clairsville in five Wednesday evening by scores of 26-28, 15-25, 29-27, 25-22 and 15-9.
The Lady Wildcats were paced Caddady Jarvis' 15 kills, nine blocks and three points. Katelyn Pollock added 13 points, six kills, five blocks and five digs and Caitlin Brehnstul 27 assists, five points, and two aces. Maddie Williamson posted eight points, three kills and four digs. Alexis Gill came through with four points, five kills and seven blocks.
Kalee Neal had nine digs and seven points, Kim Wilson one ace, Sarah Ross seven points and Kayleigh Westbrook two digs.
The Red Devils were led by Rebekah Sadlowski's 17 points. Brigee Mick donated 12 kills and 18 digs. Gabbie Espen had 41 assists, while Summer Gallentine added 12 digs. Megan Teater added 10 points. Alexis St. Clair added 18 kills and six points.
Madonna tops WCCHS
WEIRTON - Rachel Grubbs scored an unassisted goal in the 79th minute as the Madonna girls soccer team earned a 3-2 victory over Wheeling Central Wednesday at the J.C. Williams Complex.
The Blue Dons had a 2-0 lead on goals from Grubbs in the 15th minute from Gabrielle Kotten and in the 63rd minute from Alayna Macaluso via Grubbs.
But, the visitors scored twice in 10 minutes to tie it up. Both goals were by Ashton Cross (65th minute, 75th), the first off a Bailey Clark assist.
"Rachel Grubbs took the ball with less than one minute, beat three defenders and then beat the goalkeeper to the left side of the goal to grab the victory," said Blue Dons coach Bob Kolanko. "We lost on Monday to Edison Local by giving up two goals in the final seven minutes and I was afraid that history was going to repeat itself. But the girls dug deep and came up with the game-winning goal in the final minutes.
"Rachel did what Rachel does best. She took control and took on three defenders to earn the goal. She is a strong player, but an unselfish one. This time she was determined to win it. You could see the determination on her face when she got control of the ball and headed for the goal. They finished with heart.
"It was good to see that finally come out of them."
Madonna had 13 shots on goal while Wheeling Central finished with nine. Tessis Tokash finished with seven saves for the Blue Dons and Regan Blaha had 10 stops for Wheeling Central.
Madonna (8-4) plays at Beaver Local at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Crusaders blank Potters
STEUBENVILLE ?- The Catholic Central girls soccer team defeated East Liverpool Wednesday on Senior Night.
Maria Boston scored her first goal of the season (injury) off a Micca Mirabella pass. Mirabella collected the second assist when her throw in found Ana McNamara and she found the net.
Moriah Vosteen had two saves.
Eight seniors were honored at halftime.
Chelsea Possage had 20 saves.
Central (4-4-2) visits St. Clairsville for a 1 p.m. contest Saturday.
New course for
STEUBENVILLE - The sixth-annual Kelly Roggensack Memorial Races at the Franciscan University of Steubenville will be held Oct. 5 with a new start, finish and course. The new start and finish will be in the Assissi Heights area of the campus, which will give participants access to indoor restrooms and easier registration. The race will also feature a revised, all-roads course through the campus.
The races will begin with the 1K kids fun run at 8 a.m. followed by the 3K walk and the 5K run at 8:30 a.m. The medal ceremony will take place around 9:30.
Cost is $15 if registered by Saturday and $20 after that date. Family registration is $10 per runner and is free after the first four runners. Registration forms are available online or in the athletic department offices in Finnegan Fieldhouse.
All proceeds benefit FUS men's and women's cross country teams. For information, contact the FUS Athletic Department at (740) 283-6313 or visit www.franciscanathletics.com/roggensackraces.
FUS volleyball loses
MUSKINGUM - The Franciscan University of Steubenville volleyball team dropped a 25-17, 25-16, 25-16 decision at Muskingum University on Wednesday.
FUS hosts a three-game homestand beginning Friday with Washington and Jefferson.