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Indian Creek avoids upset to Brooke

WELLSBURG — It was a tale of two halves for the Indian Creek and Brooke boys basketball teams on Wednesday. The Bruins built a double-digit advantage at halftime, but the Redskins recorded a big second half, en route to rallying for a 58-46 victory inside the Brooke Wellness Center. The ...

Catholic Central girls get back on track

TORONTO — Catholic Central grabbed a big lead early and cruised to a 58-28 girls basketball victory over Toronto Wednesday inside the George J. Kunzler Memorial Gymnasium. The Crusaders (10-5) fell behind 3-0 thanks to a Riley Kinsey connection from behind the arc, but then caught fire and ...

Madonna fends off Oak Glen’s best effort

NEW MANCHESTER — The Madonna girls basketball team, ranked No. 7 in Class A, was given a big test by young, feisty Oak Glen Wednesday night. In the second half, though, the Blue Dons’ size advantage was too much, and coach Rodney Boniti’s group improved to 10-2 with a 43-33 victory. ...

Buckeye Local girls fall to Martins Ferry

CONNORVILLE — Martins Ferry is well aware that the OVAC Tournament cut-off date is less than two weeks away. But, head coach Paul Matuska simply wants his Purple Riders to focus on their own business because doing anything else wouldn’t be beneficial. That approach worked to a tee ...

Blass will retire after this season

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Steve Blass’ 60th season with the Pittsburgh Pirates will be his last in the broadcast booth. The former pitcher announced Tuesday that 2019 will be his 34th and final year as a color analyst. He will step away as the longest-tenured broadcaster in team history. Blass ...

Steelers still waiting to hear from Brown

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers aren’t ruling out the possible return of wayward wide receiver Antonio Brown. Time, however, appears to be running out. Steelers president Art Rooney II said Wednesday the team still hasn’t heard from Brown since he left Heinz Field following ...

Kitchens hanging on to play-calling duties

CLEVELAND (AP) — Freddie Kitchens ran some Wishbone formation, pulled off a few trick plays and had wide receiver Jarvis Landry throw passes. Cleveland’s offense was unpredictable, imaginative and wide-open under Kitchens last season. It will be again. Kitchens said Monday he will ...

Weir High completes another comeback, sweep of Edison

RICHMOND — Overcoming deficits and playing in close games has become normal for the Weir High boys basketball team. It did both successfully on Tuesday night, defeating Edison, 62-56, in a hard-fought, comeback road win to get its ninth victory in its last 10 outings. “We have played ...

Toronto increases EOAC lead, beats East Palestine

TORONTO — Another quick start produced another big victory Tuesday night for Toronto, Ohio’s fourth-ranked Division IV basketball squad. The unselfish Red Knights put together a couple of first half scoring runs, forced 12 early turnovers and never trailed in thumping East Palestine, ...

Oak Glen pulls away from Brooke, 71-56

WELLSBURG — The Oak Glen boys basketball team is at its best when it plays team basketball. The Golden Bears did that most of night, but a lull in the second quarter enabled Brooke to battle its way back into the game. The Golden Bears regrouped at halftime and pulled away for a 71-56 ...