Big Red selling tickets
STEUBENVILLE?- Tickets for Steubenville Big Red's boys basketball district final game at 7 p.m. Thursday against Dover at Ohio University-Eastern will be on sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily through Thursday at the high school ticket office.
Tickets are $5 presale and $7 at the door.
Knights to host hoops
TORONTO - Toronto High School is going to operate a Monday night boys basketball league during June and July. Teams will be guaranteed two games each night. For information, contact Red Knights boys coach John Leary by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling or texting (304) 914-1551.
Emery is a national qualifier
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - West Liberty's Mike Emery was regional runner-up at 165 pounds and two other Hilltopper wrestlers came up just short of joining him at this month's NCAA Division II Nationals Sunday afternoon as the Super Region One Championships concluded its two-day run at the Pitt-Johnstown Sports Center.
Emery, a junior from Indian Creek High School, pulled off one of the tournament's biggest surprises as the No. 6 seed battled all the way to the 165-pound championship match before dropping a hard-fought 7-3 decision to top-seeded Eric Burgey of Notre Dame of Ohio. Burgey came into the tournament ranked No. 3 nationally at 165.
The top three regional placers in each of the 10 weight classes advance to the 2014 NCAA Division II National Championships, which will be held March 14-15 in Cleveland.
Two other members of coach Brian Davis's Hilltopper squad notched fourth-place finishes on Sunday to come away one win shy of a national qualifying berth.
Eric Antesberger, a junior 174-pounder from North Pole, Alaska, lost to Notre Dame's Joey Davis - the nation's No. 1-ranked 174-pounder - in the championship semifinals. The No. 4-seeded Antesberger bounced back with a 12-7 win against Pitt-Johnstown's Nikos Garofola in the consolation semis but couldn't get past Mercyhurst's August Mizia of Mercyhurst in the third-place match.
A similar fate befell WLU's Aaron Silverio, a sophomore 285-pounder from Shadyside. Entering the regional as the No. 7 seed, Silverio upset No. 2 seed Matt Pringle of American International on Saturday to earn a spot in the championship semifinals. Silverio carried No. 3 seed Andy Welton of Mercyhurst to overtime in their semifinal match only to lose a 2-1 decision in the first tie-breaker.