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Chiefs to hold sign-ups

STEUBENVILLE – Indian Creek Chiefs cheering will hold registration for ages 7-12 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and from noon to 3 p.m. April 7 in front of Hibbett Sports. The cost is $30. Each person is to bring a copy their birth certificate.

For information, contact Suzanne Allen at (740) 632-2114.

Big Red boosters to hold meeting

STEUBENVILLE – The Big Red Boosters Club will meet on Monday at the high school conference following the end of the Big Red-John Marshall baseball game. All are welcome. Memberships are available.

Hunt to speak at FUS

STEUBENVILLE – Lamar Hunt Jr., NFL team owner and son of American sports pioneer Lamar Hunt, will speak at Franciscan University of Steubenville at 2 p.m. Thursday in the International Room of the J.C. Williams Center to give his personal testimony and speak about his conversion to Catholicism.

Hunt Jr. is part of the family of ownership of the Kansas City Chiefs, and of the MLS franchises FC Dallas and The Columbus Crew, as well a minority share of the Chicago Bulls.

His speech, “My Father, My Life. Making Peace”, covers his conversion 20 years ago and how God’s healing helped him work through problems within his family as well as other issues.

Hunt Jr.’s father, Lamar Hunt, was one of the most influential investors in American professional athletics, starting with his founding of the American Football League and the Kansas City Chiefs in 1959. Hunt Sr. was a critical part of the merger between the AFL and the NFL and coined the phrase “Super Bowl” in 1966.

Youth football to hold sign-ups

WEIRTON – The Weirton Steelers will hold sign-ups from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 13, 14, 20 and 21 at the Millsop Community Center. The cost is $65 for one child, $125 for two children in the same family and $200 with three or more children.

For information, contact Heidi Brown at (304) 670-4986 or send an e-mail to weirtonsteelers2013@yahoo.com.

Tigers to hold sign-ups

STEUBENVILLES – The Steubenville Tigers will hold football sign-ups for players ages 6-13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday 6 at the Martin Luther King Recreation Center and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 13 at the Greater Zion Temple Church.

For information, contact Melvin Creech at (740) 792-0360 or at melvincreeh@yahoo.com.

Church softball needs teams

STEUBENVILLE – The Tri-County Church Softball League is in need of teams and is looking for new participants.

For information, contact Mark Reiner at (740) 282-2059 or Orion Bengier at (740) 461-9011. Please call after 5 p.m.

Deadline to register is April 14.

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Brooke softball falls to Patriots

WELLSBURG – The Brooke softball team lost 12-1 to visiting Wheeling Park Thursday.

Bruins’ pitchers Kristen Reardon and Kaylee Kuchinski pitched solidly, combining for 5 strikeouts and one walk, but were hurt by 12 errors by the Brooke defense.

Taylor Simala had a pair of singles for Brooke (0-1).

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WHEELING PARK: Kerrington (WP, 3K, 1BB), Greer (6th, 2K, 1BB) and A. Sidon. A. Sidon HR, 2-1B; Slater 2-1B; Kerrington 2-1B; Tucker 2B; Albers 2B.

BROOKE (0-1): K. Reardon (LP, 4K, 0BB), Kuchinski (5th, 1K, 1BB) and Geary and Preston (7): Simala 2-1B; Cline 1B; Schambaugh 1B.

Linsly slips past Oak Glen

WHEELING – The Oak Glen baseball team fell 4-3 to Linsly Thursday, The Golden Bears were considered the home team despite the game being played at Linsly.

Tyler Steed and Bub Haddox combined to strike out 12 Cadets while walking five in the loss. Five errors in the field hurt the Golden Bears who outhit Linsly 8-3 in the contest.

Haddox had a home run and a single with Steed adding a single and an RBI.

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LINSLY: Seymour (WP,10K, 3BB), Coss (6th, 1K, 2BB) and Ellis. Felts 1B; Goodnight 2B; Ellis HR.

OAK GLEN (0-2): Steed (LP, 5K, 2BB), Haddox (5th, 7K, 3BB) and Smith. Steed 1B, RBI; Haddox HR, 1B, RBI; Smith 1B; Wright 1B; McLaughlin 1B; Bailey 2-1B, Shuman RBI.

Blue Eagles top Bruins

WELLSBURG – The Brooke baseball team lost 17-4 to visiting Magnolia Thursday.

Heath Hildreth had a single, double, and an RBI for the Bruins (0-2) while Alec Buchmelter added a single and two RBI and Russell Schwertgefer had a pair of singles.

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MAGNOLIA: Recker (WP, 12K, 1BB), Hannah (6th, 4K, 0BB) and Cain. Walton 2-1B, 2-2B; Sapp 2-1B, 3-run HR; Elliott 1B, 2B; Wilhoit 1B, 3RBI.

BROOKE (0-2): Lombardi (LP, 2K, 4BB), Johnson (2nd, 3K, 2BB), Molnar (5th, 2K, 2BB) Schwertfeger (7th, 1K, 0BB) and Hardesty, Harper (5). Schwertfeger 2-1B; Schambauch 2-1B; Hildreth 1B, 2B, RBI; Buchmelter 1B, 2RBI.

Softball meeting upcoming

STEUBENVILLE – The first meeting for the Paul Pyle Steubenville Co-ed Adult Softball League will be at 4 p.m. April 7 at the Belleview Clubhouse.

The entry fee is $180. For information, call Jason Jenkins at (740) 317-1975 or Bill Ellis Jr. at (740) 424-6722.

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Smyth earns honor

PRINCETON, W.Va. – After highlighting the West Liberty University baseball team’s weekend sweep of Pitt-Johnstown with a complete-game shutout, Mark Smyth has been honored as the West Virginia Conference Pitcher of the Week.

The 6-foot-2 freshman from Edison High School was in complete command Saturday afternoon as he blanked the Mountain Cats, 1-0, in the first game of a WVIAC doubleheader.

Coach Eric Burkle’s Hilltoppers (11-7, 9-0) posted a 4-3 win in the second game of the twinbill and rallied for a 7-6 victory in Sunday’s 9-inning game to pad their WVIAC Northern Division lead.

Smyth scattered three harmless singles and never allowed a UPJ runner past first base in a dominant performance. The rookie hurler had three strikeouts without a walk and was charted with 10 ground ball outs and eight fly ball outs in the fast-paced game.

Dons to hold fundraiser

WEIRTON – A Weirton Madonna Baseball Day will be held at PNC Park when the Pittsburgh Pirates take on the Cincinnati Reds for a 1:35 p.m. game on April 14.

Outfield reserved seats can be purchased for $22 and $5 of each ticket will benefit the Blue Dons baseball program. Deadline to order the tickets is April 4.

It is also Raise the Jolly Roger Flag Day and kids can run the bases following the game.

For information, contact coach T.J. Brancazio at (304) 670-5476.

Bucs to hold free workout

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Pirates’ final workout will be held from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at PNC Park and it is open to the public, free of charge.

Fans can enter the ballpark through the Legacy Square Gates (located in left field off General Robinson Street) beginning at 12:30 p.m. Sections 1 to 138 will be accessible for fans to view the home team’s batting practice and fielding drills. The Pirates’ concession partner Aramark will open the Federal Street Grill concession area (located behind section 115) for the event.

Parking around the ballpark will be free of charge by Alco in Lot Four (located along Mazeroski Way) and Lot Six (located along General Robinson Street, directly across from PNC Park).

The Pirates open the season Monday at 1:35 p.m. against the visiting Chicago Cubs.

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FUS tennis wins

WHEELING – The Franciscan University of Steubenville men’s tennis team earned a 9-0 sweep over Mount Aloysius College Sunday.

“Games like these force us to be mentally tough the entire game,” head coach Jeremy Ellis said. “It can be easy to get distracted and think about other things, but we pushed hard and grabbed the victory.”

FUS displayed what Ellis said could potentially one of the strongest doubles teams the program has ever seen. Sophomore John Shultis and Freshman David Freytaq blanked their opponent twice winning 8-0 both times.

“They could be the best team our program has ever had,” Ellis said. “It is all about clicking and they move so well together and they are only going to get better.”

The Barons visit Bethany at 1 p.m. on April 4.

Men’s lacrosse loses

STEUBENVILLE – The Franciscan University of Steubenville men’s lacrosse team dropped a 20-3 decision to visiting Hilbert College Sunday.

“We moved some personnel around, and the guys kind of settled down,” head coach Pete Rosaschi said about the improvements and changes that were made in the second half.

Daniel Fay, Sebastin Olsen and Sean Wayne scored for the Barons.

After a weekend of games against two experienced lacrosse programs, Medaille and Hilbert, the Barons have certainly gained valuable experience. The team also grew closer together after Saturday a special ceremony that took place in between the two games.

The jersey ceremony, a tradition started by the Sports Leader program, saw the fathers of each team member express to their sons how proud they were of them and presented them with their jersey.

“The guys saw their dads and each other in a vulnerable light,” Rosaschi said. “It was a great team building exercise, and we were able to come together.”

The Barons will host Mount Union at 4 p.m. on April 3.

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Ham shoot scheduled today

BLOOMINGDALE – The Jefferson County Sportsmen’s Club will host its annual Easter Shoot at 11 a.m. today. Events will include trap shoots and luck shoots. The public is invited.

Football moms to meet

STEUBENVILLE – The Big Red Football Mothers will meet at 6 p.m. today in the Harding Middle School cafeteria. Future freshman, sophomore, junior and senior football parents and cheerleader parents are invited to attend.

Officers for the 2013 season will be elected. Also on the agenda will be concession stand for track meets. Football mom’s and dad’s work to provide food, drinks and equipment needed for the teams. Please plan to attend.

Tigers to hold sign-ups

STEUBENVILLE?- The Steubenville Tigers will hold football sign-ups for players ages 6-13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 6 at the Martin Luther King Recreation Center and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 13 at the Greater Zion Temple Church.

For information, contact Melvin Creech at (740) 792-0360 or at melvincreeh@yahoo.com.

PAC to meet

STEUBENVILLE – The Polish Athletic Club will meet at 8 p.m. Thursday in the clubhouse. Changes to the constitution may be submitted at the meeting and must be submitted before the meerting.

The PAC Easter egg hunt will be at 11 .m. Saturday in the clubhouse.

FUS softball drops two

STEUBENVILLE – The Franciscan University of Steubenville’s softball team dropped a doubleheader to visiting St. Vincent College Saturday, 7-3 and 8-4.

“I am happy with the way they played. I think they played like a team,” head coach Jen Parker said. “They are getting better at communicating with each other and knowing where the plays need to be made.”

Freshman Molly Clarahan had a two-RBI single in the fourth in the first game.

Freshman Hayley Wesselman had a two-RBI single in the third in the second contest.

The Barons visit Penn State-Beaver for a doubleheader today at 1 p.m.

Lacrosse defeated at home

STEUBENVILLE – The Franciscan University of Steubenville women’s lacrosse team lost at home to Medaille College Saturday, 21-2.

“I’m very pleased with the intensity,” FUS head coach Maura Conant said. “Everyone played 100% the whole time.”

Magdalena Munoz and Lauren Noce scored for the Barons.

The Lady Barons visit St. Vincent College at 4 p.m. Monday.

Men’s lacrosse loses

STEUBENVILLE – The Franciscan University of Steubenville men’s lacrosse team lost at home to Medaille College Saturday, 25-1.

“It’s a learning process,” Head Coach Pete Rosaschi said. “We just could not put it all together today.”

Freshman Sebastian Olsen scored the Barons’ lone goal.

After allowing five unanswered points in the first quarter, freshman middie Sebastin Olsen scored Franciscan’s only point. The Barons went down 18-1 at halftime but were able to tighten up their defense in the second half, only allowing seven goals.

FUS hosts Hilbert College at 3 p.m. today.

Villa Angela-St. Joseph beats Leipsic

COLUMBUS – Duane Gibson Jr. led five Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph scorers in double figures with 22 points as the Vikings pulled away in the second half for an 87-63 victory against Leipsic in the Division IV final of the boys’ state tournament at Ohio State’s Value City Arena.

VA-SJ won its fifth title Saturday, the first since a stretch of four titles in five years ended in1995.

Leipsic (25-5), who last appeared in the tournament in 1925, trailed 44-39 five minutes into the third quarter before Villa Angela-St. Joseph went on a 26-11 run to lead 70-50 with six minutes left in the game.

Brian Parker and Demonte Flannigan had 15 points, Simon Texidor 11 and Carlton Bragg 10 for VASJ.

Ottawa-Glandorf defeats Versailles

COLUMBUS – T.J. Metzger tied the all-divisions record for three pointers in a championship game with nine and equaled the Division III scoring record with 36 points to lead Ottawa-Glandorf to a 67-46 victory against Versailles at the boys’ state tournament at Ohio State Value City Arena on Saturday.

The Associated Press Division III first team All-Ohio selection was 11 for 17 from the floor, including 9 for 14 on three pointers, to tie the mark for treys set by Lima Senior’s Demond Lyles in 1992.

Metzger went to the bench with 2:06 to play, having equaled the 36 points by J.T. Hoyng of Sparta Highland in 1998 as the Titans (26-3) won their first title since 2008 and third overall.

Kyle Ahrens had 12 points for Versailles (23-6).

Watterson knocks off Akron SVSM

COLUMBUS – Cody Calhoun and Matt Hughes each had 14 points as Columbus Bishop Watterson defeated Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 55-52 in the Division II final of the boys’ state tournament at Ohio State’s Value City Arena on Saturday.

Calhoun made two free throws in the final 40 seconds to put the Eagles up 54-52 and Tommy Geraghty added a foul shot with 11.7 seconds to play.

St. Vincent-St. Mary (20-10) went for the tie with four seconds left. But Fransohn Bickley missed a three-pointer. Teammate Nick Wells got the rebound, but Andy Grieser grabbed the ball as he tried to set up another try from beyond the arc. Watterson (28-1) won the title in its first trip to the tournament.

Jalen Hudson had 17 points for SVSM.

Mentor stops Toledo Rogers, 76-67

COLUMBUS – Caleb Potter had 24 points and Mentor used a dominating third quarter to defeat Toledo Rogers 76-67 in the Division I final of the boys state tournament at Ohio State’s Value City Arena on Saturday.

Each team was seeking a first title. Rogers (21-8) was runner-up in 2011, while Mentor played in its first championship game. Mentor beat undefeated Columbus Northland in the semifinals on Friday.

Mentor (25-5) trailed 37-34 at halftime but used a 16-0 run to outscore the Ram 29-9 in the third quarter to take a 63-46 lead.

Rogers got to within eight with 42 seconds left.

Jeff Foreman had 19 points and Connor Krizancic added 16 for Mentor.

Rogers’ Devonte Pratt scored 21 of his 23 points in the first half.

Crutchfield wins award

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – West Liberty University head basketball coach Jim Crutchfield was named Atlantic District Coach of the Year for the third consecutive season and Hilltopper senior Alex Falk earned first-team honors on Friday when the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced its 2012-13 All-District Teams.

The Hilltoppers capped their run to an unprecedented third consecutive Atlantic Region championship earlier this week with an 86-63 rout of No. 10-ranked Indiana (Pa.) in the regional title tilt. In his ninth season at the West Liberty helm, the five-time WVIAC Coach of the Year has the highest career winning percentage of any NCAA men’s coach (240-44,.845).

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Oak Glen falls to Linsly

WHEELING – The Oak Glen baseball team lost 5-3 at Linsly Friday.

Bub Haddox, Trey Smith, Tyler Steed, and Drew Bailey each had a single for the Golden Bears. Smith drove in one run while Kyle Woodruff pushed in two when he reached on an error.

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OAK GLEN: Haddox (5K, 5BB), Steed (LP, 4th, 4K, 3BB) and Smith. Haddox 1B; Smith 1B, RBI; Steed 1B; D. Bailey 1B; Woodruff 2RBI.

LINSLY: Felts (8K, 3BB), Goodnight (WP, 5th, 5K, 1BB) and Curtain, Lee (6). Seymour 1B, 2RBI; Felts 1B; Lee 1B, RBI; Winters 1B, RBI; Murray 2B; Ashbrooke RBI.

Football moms to meet

STEUBENVILLE – The Big Red Football Mothers will meet at 6 p.m. Sunday in the Harding Middle School cafeteria. Future freshman, sophomore, junior and senior football parents and cheerleader parents are invited to attend.

Officers for the 2013 season will be elected. Also on the agenda will be concession stand for track meets. Football mom’s and dad’s work to provide food, drinks and equipment needed for the teams. Please plan to attend.

Nogay wins again

AUBURNDALE, Fla. – Weirton Madonna graduate Eddie Nogay tossed a three-hit shutout as the 25th-ranked Washington and Jefferson baseball team swept a doubleheader from Gallaudet (Md.) on Friday at Lake Myrtle Park, 1-0 and 7-0.

Nogay struck out eight and did not walk a batter during eight innings of work as the Presidents needed an extra frame to down Gallaudet during the opener. He retired the final 10 hitters he faced and did not issue a walk. The shutout was the second this season for Nogay and fourth of his career, tying him with Mike Trumpower (2007) for second all-time at W&J.

Nogay and Game 2 winner Brian O’Neill also pitched when W&J blanked Bethany twice to open the season in Washington on March 9. Only Sam Mann has thrown three shutouts during the same season in Presidents’ history (2005).

Nogay is 3-0 with a 0.86 ERA in 21 innings. He has fanned 15, walked one and allowed two earned runs. Batters are averaging .133 against him.

Johnson selected for game

CANTON – Edison High School graduate Cory Johnson has been selected to play in the Ohio vs. Michigan Senior Bowl April 20 at Fawcett Stadium. Johnson was selected as the long snapper. He played the last three seasons at Bowling Green University.

“As we approach our fourth year with the Senior Bowl, I am amazed by the talent and awareness our event has generated in just its short history,” said Todd Oliver, President of GameDay Management.

Ohio schools to vote on new OHSAA proposal

COLUMBUS – The sanctioning body for prep sports in Ohio is proposing a new way to classify schools.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association’s proposal would count students on a team’s roster who are from outside that school’s district in football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball and softball. If adopted by a vote of the schools, the new rules would take effect in the 2015-16 school year.

A petition asking for separate state tournaments for public and non-public schools in the state has been withdrawn, with backers of that now behind the new OHSAA proposal.

For years, public schools have complained that parochial and non-private schools have an advantage in Ohio because they can draw athletes from a much larger area. The new criterion would address that.

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WBA to hold fundraiser

WINTERSVILLE – The Wintersville Baseball Association will hold its annual Pancake Breakfast with the Easter Bunny Fundraiser at Zalenski’s from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

The cost is $7 a plate. Monica Lynne Photography will be there to take photos with the Easter Bunny and baseball players will serve and clear the tables.

Youth football to hold sign-ups

WEIRTON – The Weirton Steelers will hold sign-ups from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 13, 14, 20 and 21 at the Millsop Community Center. The cost is $65 for one child, $125 for two children in the same family and $200 with three or more children.

For information, contact Heidi Brown at (304) 670-4986 or send an e-mail to weirtonsteelers2013@yahoo.com.

Wildcats to hold dinner

RICHMOND – The Edison High School football team will sponsor a spaghetti dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the high school cafeteria. Participants can eat in or carry out.

Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children. All proceeds will benefit the pay-to-participate program for the football team.

Big Red boosters to meet

STEUBENVILLE – The Big Red Boosters Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the high school conference room. Memberships are available.

Church softball needs teams

STEUBENVILLE – The Tri-County Church Softball League is in need of teams and is looking for new participants.

For information, contact Mark Reiner at (740) 282-2059 or Orion Bengier at (740) 461-9011. Please call after 5 p.m.

Deadline to register reams is April 14.

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Men’s lacrosse loses

STEUBENVILLE – The Franciscan University of Steubenville men’s lacrosse team dropped a 26-6 decision to visiting LaRoche College on Saturday.

“We had a rash of injuries and a number of guys missing,” head coach Pete Rosaschi said. “We only had 14 guys eligible to play in the second half.

The Barons host Medaille College at 3 p.m. Saturday.

FUS softball drops 2

CLERMONT, Fla. – The Franciscan University of Steubenville softball team dropped a 4-3 decision to St. Lawrence on Friday.

The Barons were down 3-1 in the seventh inning when sophomore Katrina Fabian knocked in a pair of runs to tie the game. The Saints scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh.

The Barons then lost, 7-4, to Thomas College.

FUS was down 2-1, but a fifth-inning error and a walk cost FUS five runs. The Lady Barons retaliated in the sixth inning by adding three runs but they could not close out the comeback against the Terriers.

FUS hosts Chatham University on Wednesday.

Big Red boosters to meet

STEUBENVILLE – The Big Red Boosters Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the high school conference room. Memberships are available.

Church softball needs teams

STEUBENVILLE – The Tri-County Church Softball League is in need of teams and is looking for new participants.

For more information contact Mark Reiner at (740) 282-2059 or Orion Bengier at (740) 461-9011. Please call after 5 p.m.

Deadline to register reams is April 14.

Martinsburg beats Woodrow Wilson

CHARLESTON – Donte’ Grantham had 20 points and 17 rebounds, and Martinsburg nearly squandered a 17-point lead and held on to beat Woodrow Wilson 57-52 for the Class AAA championship Saturday night.

Top-seeded Martinsburg (26-2) adds to titles it won in 2009 and 1994.

Second-seeded Woodrow Wilson (23-5) was trying for its 17th state championship and first since 2008.

Martinsburg never trailed. Woodrow Wilson trimmed the big deficit to two points with under 2 minutes remaining but couldn’t take the lead.

Bluefield wins Class AA title

CHARLESTON – Anthony Eades scored 27 points and Bluefield beat Fairmont Senior 63-43 in the Class AA championship game on Saturday.

Top-seeded Bluefield made up for the disappointment of losing to Tug Valley in last year’s championship game.

Bluefield (25-3) went ahead to stay midway through the first quarter and used a 17-7 run, including nine points by Eades, to finish the first half and lead 36-23 at halftime.

Tug Valley claims 2nd straight title

CHARLESTON – Aaron Muncy scored 21 points to lead Tug Valley to a 58-41 win over Charleston Catholic in the Class A championship game Saturday.

Austin Brewer added 15 points and Mikey Newsome scored 10 for top-seeded Tug Valley.

It was certain one of the teams would win a second consecutive state crown. Tug Valley took the Class AA title last year before dropping down to Class A. Charleston Catholic won in Class A a year ago.

Hathaway Brown wins 5th straight

COLUMBUS – Second-team Associated Press All-Ohioan Nia Marshall scored 17 points and added 18 rebounds to lead Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown to a 56-44 victory over Millersburg West Holmes in the Division II final on Saturday, giving the Blazers a record fifth consecutive state title.

The Blazers (23-6) broke a deadlock with Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame and South Euclid Regina, which had each won four in a row.

Fairmont ends Twinsburg’s title run

COLUMBUS – Makayla Waterman scored 24 points and hit a late clinching free throw and Kathryn Westbeld added 13 points and 12 rebounds to lead Kettering Fairmont to a 52-48 victory over two-time defending big-school champion Twinsburg on Saturday night, ending the Tigers’ 42-game winning streak.

The victory allowed the Firebirds (27-1) to atone for a 57-41 loss to Twinsburg in last year’s Division I state final.

The title was the Firebirds’ first after coming up short in four trips to the state’s final four.

Associated Press Ms. Basketball Ashley Morrissette had 27 points, including 15 of her team’s 17 in the fourth quarter, for Twinsburg (29-1), which lost to an Ohio school for the first time in 73 games.

Bensman’s lead Anna past Africentric

COLUMBUS – Cayla Bensman had 21 points, Natalie Billing 17 and Erica Huber 15 as Anna defeated Columbus Africentric 67-49 on Saturday to win its second girls Division III championship in three years.

It was sweet revenge for Anna (26-4) against Africentric, which last year won its third title in six years with a 70-66 overtime win to snap the Rockets’ 50-game winning streak.

Rose leads Fort Loramie to state title

COLUMBUS – Second-team Associated Press All-Ohioan Darian Rose scored 19 points and seemed to be in the middle of every big play down the stretch, leading For Loramie past Berlin Hiland 57-42 in the Division IV final on Saturday night for its first state championship.

Rose, a junior, hit all eight of her free throws and also had five rebounds and five assists as the Redskins (27-3) finally finished on top in their seventh trip to the state tournament.

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WBA to hold fundraiser

WINTERSVILLE – The Wintersville Baseball Association will hold its annual Pancake Breakfast with the Easter Bunny Fundraiser at Zalenski’s from 8 a.m. to noon on March 23.

The cost is $7 a plate. Monica Lynne Photography will be there to take photos with the Easter Bunny and baseball players will serve and clear the tables.

FUS lacrosse team blanked

LYNCHBURG, Va. – After recording the first win in program history, the Franciscan University of Steubenville men’s lacrosse team lost 16-0 at Randolph College Thursday.

“We have to give credit to the fact that they are a skilled team and did a great job,” head coach Pete Rosaschi said. “They were no joke.”

Rosaschi talked about his team’s biggest on field accomplishment, their resilience.

“Every week I talk to my guys about a different virtue,” Rosaschi said. “This week was about resilience. We want to be strong no matter what happens. The score does not show how hard we played.”

FUS hosts LaRoche College at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Softball team drops two

CLERMONT, Fla. – The FUS softball team dropped a doubleheader Thursday, 12-1 to Cornell College and 21-3 to Monmouth College.

“We know what to do to get better, and at this point it is all mental,” FUS head coach Jen Parker said. “Everyone is still trying to get in sync. They have the skills and ability.”

The Barons take on St. Lawrence at 1 p.m. and Thomas (Maine) at 3 p.m. today.

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Central soccer to hold meeting

STEUBENVILLE – The Steubenville Catholic Central girls soccer program will hold an informational meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday at the high school cafeteria for all players who may be eligible to play soccer in the fall.

It is also open to parents.

For information, contact Dave LaRue at davidlarue14@gmail.com

Empire Pony seeking players

EMPIRE – Interested 13-14 year-olds who are interested in playing in the Empire Poly League are to contact Mort Piatt at (740) 317-0899.

Tri-State Softball sets registration

WINTERSVILLE – Registration for the Tri-State Girls Softball League will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and March 15 and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and March 16 at the Wintersville Elementary School cafeteria.

The cost is $50 for the first child and $45 for the second child.

All new players are asked to bring their birth certificate.

The league will include play in three divisions: Ages 5-7, ages 8-12 and ages 13-18.

For information, contact Dave Webb at (740) 264-5659 or Kurt Virtue at (740) 317-5659.

Local soccer referees sought

STEUBENVILLE – The Mahoning Valley Soccer Officials Association will host certification clinics for those interested in being licensed youth soccer referees.

A clinic for new referees will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Saturday. The cost is $100.

A re-certification clinic for existing Grade 8 or 9 referees will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on March 23. The cost is $50.

Both clinics will be held at Eastern Gateway Community College, Room 2500, and require the completion of an online training portion prior to attending the clinic. Details can be found at www.ohnrefs.org.

Successful completion of the clinic and online training will earn applicants a 2013 United States Soccer Federation Grade 8 license, making them eligible to officiate recreational and travel soccer games, including those for the Jefferson Kiwanis Youth Soccer Club, at a rate of $10-$40 per game.

For registration details, visit www.ohnrefs.org or call the JKYSC referee coordinator at (740) 424-6010.

Steak Fry to be held

EAST SPRINGFIELD – The Edison Athletic Boosters will sponsor their Annual Steak Fry and Auction on Saturday at the Countryside. Dinner is served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The silent auction will take place throughout the evening and live auction will begin at 7:30 p.m.

For tickets or to make an auction item donation, contact JoAnn Stagani at (740) 765-4313 ext 101 or Cheryl Woodward at (740) 282-2578.

Seacats to hold event

STRATTON – The Stratton Seacats swim team will hold its annual Swim-a-Thon Mini Relay for Life from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 10 at the Stratton Indoor Pool.

The Seacats are challenging all local teams and the public to come and participate to recognize the sport of swimming, bring awareness for the cause and raise money. All proceeds from this event will benefit the American Cancer Society.

For information, contact Jennifer Sperry at (740) 317-9837 or visit Stratton Seacats Swim Team on Facebook.

Big Red boosters to meet

STEUBENVILLE – The Big Red Boosters Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the high school conference room. Memberships are available.

Barons lose lacrosse home opener

STEUBENVILLE – The Franciscan University of Steubenville men’s lacrosse program dropped a home opener, 16-10, Saturday to Wilmington College.

The men started off strong with a three-goal streak in the first five minutes of the game and a 5-4 lead by the end of the first quarter. Their lead increased 6-4 two minutes into the second quarter, but then Wilmington went on a run, tying it up and eventually going into the half ahead of the Barons 8-6.

“They were a very evenly matched team,” head coach Pete Rosaschi said about Wilmington, who is also a first-year program, adding that he was pleased to see his team improve from their last game. “We looked much better and played really well. We just have to work on some fundamentals.”

The Barons were led by midfielder Sebastian Olsen who had a team-high four goals, midfielder Sean Wayne and his two goals and 11 ground balls, Ryan Zibkowski and his two goals and goalie Evan Malchano’s 12 saves.

“The skills and the teamwork will come with time,” Rosaschi said. “They never quit, and they have a lot of heart, which is the most important thing.”

The Barons host Thiel College at 1 p.m. Saturday.