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Big Red Boosters

STEUBENVILLE – The Big Red Booster Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the high school conference room.

All are welcome. Memberships available.

Big fall semester in classroom for West Liberty student-athletes

WEST LIBERTY – West Liberty University director of athletics Jim Watson is celebrating another strong performance by Hilltopper student-athletes during the fall semester of the 2013-14 academic year.

More than 300 student-athletes from West Liberty’s 16 intercollegiate sports combined for a 2.97 GPA during the fall, the best showing yet for the department as a whole.

“We have been flirting with that 3.0 mark for the department overall for the last few years and this is as close as we’ve come,” Watson said. “It’s a tribute to the dedication of our student-athletes and the commitment of our coaches to identify and recruit quality student-athletes and support their academic accomplishments at the university.

Hilltopper mens basketball standout C.J. Hester was an NCAA Division II Academic All-American as a sophomore while WLU senior volleyball standout Rachel Zeigler collected her second consecutive NCAA Division II Academic All-District Award in November.

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Jr. Crusaders win twice

BOWERSTON – The Junior Crusaders seventh- and eighth-grade boys basketball teams swept host Conotton Valley Monday.

Dominic Argentine scored 17 and Paul Carapellotti six in the 49-23 win by the seventh grade.

Nate Novack had six for Conotton Valley.

A.J. Connor and Austin Long had seven points each as the eighth-grade won 38-18. Will Cardner had 10 for Conotton Valley.

PAC to hold meeting

STEUBENVILLE?- The Polish Athletic Club will hold its meeting at 8 p.m. today. The children’s Christmas Party will be held Saturday. Doors open at 11 a.m. Santa arrives at 1 p.m.

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Swiger to play in showcase

RAYLAND – Buckeye Local’s Lauren Swiger will compete in the Queen of Diamonds Showcase North at Kent State University on Jan. 4-5.

Now in its 19th season, the QDSN is part of the Queen of Diamond’s Showcase events which are the largest fastpitch softball showcases of their kind in the U.S.

Swiger is a shortstop and plays travel ball for the Road Runners under coach Ron Hummel. She also attended the QDSS at Winthrop University in September.

Umps to hold classes

STEUBENVILLE – The Steubenville Umpires Association will conduct a baseball and softball umpires training class beginning in January.

Successful completion of the class will prepare students to take the baseball and softball umpires tests administered by the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

Passing those tests will make individuals licensed officials in Ohio, which will allow them to officiate high school baseball and softball games.

For information, call Mike Mavromatis at (740) 264-5258 or Steve Seminara at (740) 264-3349.

FUS men victorious

STEUBENVILLE – The Franciscan University of Steubenville men’s basketball team beat visiting D’Youville College, 80-77, Sunday in Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference action.

Freshman Garrison Holmes gave the Barons a 78-77 lead after a free throw with a minute remaining on the clock. The Spartans had one last shot with five seconds left, but FUS center Joe Rine blocked the shot to secure the win. Daniel Kleinschnitz netted the last two points from the line.

“The biggest play was Joe’s block,” head coach John Lamana said. “The fact of the matter was that we had to get a defensive stop to put us over the top and we did so by having a huge play by Joe.

“It was just gigantic.”

Timmy Schenk led the win with 21 points. Holmes added 19, Kleinschnitz 10 and six steals and Rine 13 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks.

“I am just really proud of our players,” Lamana said. “They really showed great resiliency and just they didn’t have any quit in them. They could have really easily after we let D’Youville back into the game and off of yesterday’s emotional loss, it could have gone either way. I am very proud of how hard they continue to compete.”

The Barons visit Muskingum on Jan. 2.

Lady Barons drop close one

STEUBENVILLE – The Franciscan University of Steubenville women’s basketball team dropped a 59-55 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference contest to visiting D’Youville College on Sunday.

“I’m very proud of each and every one of those girls, they battled those whole 40 minutes,” head coach Suzy Delaney said. “It’s a tough loss, but we talked to the girls about learning from the experience each time we take the floor and using those experiences to get better as a team and as an individual.”

The Lady Barons played most of the game with five players after freshman guard Lauren Shaffer went down with an injury in the first half.

FUS held a 37-27 lead at the break. Captain Lacey Huck led the offensive charge with 17 points and 17 rebounds.

The Barons host Geneva College at 3 p.m. Dec. 31.

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Clunk to play in showcase

NEW MANCHESTER – Oak Glen’s Hannah Clunk will compete in the Queen of Diamonds Showcase North at Kent State University on Jan. 4-5.

Now in its 19th season, the QDSN is part of the Queen of Diamond’s Showcase events which are the largest fastpitch softball showcases of their kind in the U.S.

Clunk is a pitcher and plays travel ball for the Pittsburgh Spirit 14U Gold team.

Eroshevich to play in showcase

RICHMOND – Lucia Eroshevich, a homeschooled student, will compete in the Queen of Diamonds Showcase North at Kent State University on Jan. 4-5.

Now in its 19th season, the QDSN is part of the Queen of Diamond’s Showcase events which are the largest fastpitch softball showcases of their kind in the U.S.

She is a pitcher and outfielder and plays travel ball for the Muskie Chix 16U team.

Tatgenhorst to play in showcase

BYESVILLE – Meadowbrook’s Abby Tatgenhorst will compete in the Queen of Diamonds Showcase North at Kent State University on Jan. 4-5.

Now in its 19th season, the QDSN is part of the Queen of Diamond’s Showcase events which are the largest fastpitch softball showcases of their kind in the U.S.

She is a catcher and has been playing travel softball with the Road Runner organization for five years.

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Crusaders top Irish

BELLAIRE – The Steubenville Catholic Central girls basketball team earned a road win, 42-37, Wednesday at St. John Central.

Senior Micca Mirabella led the cause with 13 points. Lauren Hunt added nine and Renee Dziewatkoski eight. The Crusaders are now 2-3.

Marissa Rose had a game-high 23 for the Irish.

The Crusaders visit Oak Glen on Monday.

Catholic Central 42, St. John Central 37

Catholic Central 18 6 10 8 – 42

St. John Central 5 15 8 9 – 37

CATHOLIC CENTRAL (2-3): M. Mirabella 5 3-8 13, Hunt 4 1-2 9, Dziewatkoski 4 0-2 8, Parkinson 2 2-6 6, McComb 2 0-0 4, Torrance 1 0-2 2, Virtue 0 0-2 0. TOTALS: 18 6-22 42.

ST. JOHN CENTRAL: Rose 10 1-6 23, Froehlich 2 1-2 5, Lowe 0 3-4 3, LeMasters 1 4-6 6, Porter 0 0-0 0, Olsen 0 0-0 0, Bayer 0 0-0 0, Santiinoceto 0 0-0 0, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Russell 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 11 9-18 37. 3-pointers: Rose 2.

Bruins fall to Potters

EAST LIVERPOOL – The Brooke girls basketball team lost another tough one, this a 59-57 decision at East Liverpool on Wednesday.

Angela Staffileno led all scorers with 32 points. Michaela Hinerman added 12 and Lauren Altobell nine.

Brooke, which was outscored 44-36 in the second half, visits Weir tonight.

East Liverpool 59, Brooke 57

Brooke 9 12 19 17 – 57

East Liverpool 11 4 20 24 – 59

BROOKE (0-2): Altobell 4 0-0 9, Hinerman 4 4-4 12, D’Ulisse 2 0-0 4, Staffileno 9 12-19 32, Farmer 0 0-0 0, Velegol 0 0-0 0, Wensyl 0 0-0 0, Sherman 0 0-0 0, Preston 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 19 16-23 57. 3-pointers: Staffileno 2, Altobell.

EAST LIVERPOOL: Edgell 10 6-6 31, C. Davis 2 0-0 4, Cowart 4 0-0 8, Possage 4 0-0 10, Holmes 3 0-0 6, Baker 0 0-3 0. TOTALS: 24 6-9 59. 3-pointers: Edgell 3, Possage 2.

Toronto edges Cadets

TORONTO – The Toronto wrestling team edged Linsly, 45-36, on Wednesday.

The Red Knights won eight of the 10 wrestled weight classes, earning falls in all of them.

Toronto 45, Linsly 39

106: Harris (T) won Forfeit; 113: Curtin (L) dec. Anderson 4-3; 120: Starkey (T) pin Mosman; 126: Mitchell (T) pin Satterwhite; 132: Savage (T) pin Nanners; 138: King (T) pin Schwartz; 145: Brown (L) pin Gray; 152: Ross (T) pin Govengo; 160: Tice (T) pin Nanners; 170: Lowery (T) pin Govengo; 182: Von Wooding (L) pin Alvis; 195: McClure (L) won forfeit; 220: Cartwright (L) won forfeit; 285: Oparanozie (L) won forfeit

Wildcats win tri-match

RICHMOND – The Edison wrestling team swept visiting Bellaire (70-9) and St. Clairsville (45-27) Wednesday as the season opened.

The Wildcats won three of the five wrestled events and the other eight by forfeit against the Big Reds. Will Scholl (138) and Nick Fisher (145) won by fall and Blaine Cline by major decision.

Edison won four via forfeit against the Red Devils. The on-mat winners were Josh Kleiner (106), Robert Daley (126), Lane Weaver (132) and Fisher.

Edison 70, Bellaire 9

106: Josh Kleiner (E) forfeit; 113: Mason Waggoner (E) forfeit; 120: Mark Johns (E) forfeit; 126: Robert Daley (E) forfeit; 132: Lane Weaver (E) forfeit; 138: Will Scholl (E) pins Nate Wilhelm :50; 145: Nick Fisher (E) pins Nathan Piper :55; 152: Dustin Dayton (E) forfeit; 160: Austin McConville (B) dec. Laine Cade 10-7; 170: Myliek Green (B) pins Hunter Huggins 1:00; 182: Mitchell Wells (E) forfeit; 195: Blaine Cline (E) maj. dec. James Dunfee 14-3; 220: Jevin Leggett (E) forfeit; 285: Logan Noviski (E) forfeit

Edison 45, St. Clairsville 27

106: Josh Kleiner (E) pin Jamey Creer 1:09; 113: Mason Waggoner (E) forfeit; 120: Alex Timko (S) dec. Mark Johns 8-5; 126: Robert Daley (E) maj. dec. Dante Vicenzo 18-6; 132: Lane Weaver (E) pin Jon Bartolo 1:01; 138: Shamus Thompson (S) pin Will Scholl 4:21; 145: Nick Fisher (E) tech fall Colton Stevens; 152: Logan DeLong (S) dec. Dustin Dayton (E) 9-2; 160: Cole Skaggs (S) pin Laine Cade :38; 170: Matt Carnes (S) pins Hunter Huggins 1:50; 182: Mitchell Wells (E) forfeit; 195: Blaine Cline (E) forfeit; 220: Michael Furbee (S) dec. Jevin Leggett 5-1; 285: Logan Noviski (E) forfeit

FUS men and women lose

STUEBENVILLE – The Franciscan University of Steubenville men’s and women’s basketball teams lost to visiting Pitt-Greensburg on Wednesday.

The men lost 82-74 and the women 70-57.

“We’re a completely new group of guys,” FUS men’s head coach John Lamanna said. “That’s why there’s going to be those times when we’re not connected and there will be those times where we are connected. We need to stay patient and see that there’s positive growth.”

Women’s freshman point guard Rara Gomez was coming off of an injury and playing for the first time this season. Gomez contributed 13 points while fellow freshman guard Illiana Gonzales scored 19.

“I’m proud of how the girls battled and played hard, especially in the second half,” FUS women’s head coach Suzy Delaney said.

The Barons host Hilbert College at 2 p.m. (men) and 4 p.m. (women) on Dec. 14.

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Redskins roll past Minerva

WINTERSVILLE – Kiarra Kamarec scored 20 points and Bre Berryman added 16 points as the Indian Creek girls basketball team improved to 2-1 on the year with a 58-38 win over visiting Minerva on Tuesday.

Brooke Mains drained the Redskins’ lone 3-pointer and finished with 14 points.

Indian Creek 58, Minerva 38

Minerva 9 6 9 14 38

Creek 14 10 20 14 58

Minerva: Jones 2 0-0 4, Suedschlaw 1 0-0 2, Preston 4 2-2 12, Chaddork 2 1-2 5, Hayram 4 0-0 10, Gassman 1 2-2 5. TOTALS: 14 5-8 38. 3-pointers: Preston 2 , Hayram 2, Gassman.

Creek (2-1): Berryman 6 4-5 16, Callahan 1 0-0 2, Davis 1 2-2 4, Kamarec 10 0-0 20, Mains 6 1-2 14, Shimko 1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 25 7-9 58. 3-pointers: Mains.

Huskies fall by 3 points

CADIZ – Despite a hot-shooting night by Austin Kowalski, the Harrison Central boys basketball team was defeated by Beaver Local, 63-60, on Tuesday.

Kowalski hit three 3-pointers and finished with 17 points to lead the Huskies (1-1). Dustin Reddish added 13 points, while Cody Evans chipped in with nine.

Jared Lighter scored 23 points for the Beavers (2-1).

Beaver Local 63, Harrison Central 60

BL 16 13 14 20 63

Harrison 17 14 20 9 60

Beaver Local (2-1): Chase Hillard 4 2-3 14, Jared Lighter 8 7-13 23, Hayden Grafton 2 0-0 5, Chandler Cornell 5 1-2 11, Josh Underwood 4 3-5 11. TOTALS: 23 13-24 63. 3-pointers: Hillard 3, Grafton.

Harrison (1-1): Caleb Mitchell 2 0-0 4, Austin Kowalski 7 0-0 17, Brandon Mitchell 0 0-1 0, Dustin Reddish 4 5-6 13, Cody Evans 3 0-0 9, Corey Yoho 1 1-2 4, Nate Olmstead 2 0-0 4, David Miser 4 1-2 10. TOTALS: 23 7-11 60. 3-pointers: Kowalski 3, Miser.

Wheeling Park upends Brooke girls

WELLSBURG – Chloe Robb and Danielle Kutrovac each scored in double figures to lead Wheeling Park past Brooke, 63-59, on Tuesday. Robb led with 14 points and Kutrovac added 10.

For Brooke (0-1), Angela Staffillino led all scorers with 27 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Michaela Hinerman added 18 points in the losing effort.

Wheeling Park 63, Brooke 59

Brooke 8 13 17 21 59

Park 6 15 13 29 63

Brooke (0-1): Farmer 1 2-2 4, Altobel 2 0-0 4, Hinnerman 3 9-14 18, Preston 1 0-2 2, D’Ulisse 2 0-0 4, Staffileno 11 3-3 27. TOTALS: 15 14-21 63. 3-pointers: Hinnerman, Staffileno 2.

Park (1-0): Robb 1 11-14 14, Carrington 1 0-0 2, Kutrovac 4 0-0 10, O’Neil 0 4-4 4, Johnson 3 2-2 8, Johnson 6 5-7 19, Bumgarner 2 1-1 6. TOTALS: 17 29-25 63. 3-pointers: Bumgarner, Johnson 2, Kuperovac 2, Robb.

Golden Bears Meet the Team

NEW?MANCHESTER?- Oak Glen will host the Winter Sports Meet the Bears night at 7 p.m. Thursday in the high school field house.

All high school and middle school winter sports teams will be introduced. Come and meet the players and coaches for the high school boys and girls basketball, wrestling and cheering teams and band and the middle school boys and girls basketball, wrestling and cheering teams. Admission is free.

Edison’s Morrison inducted in HOF

TORONTO – Matt Morrison, the current principal at Edison High School and the former baseball coach at Toronto, became a hall of famer Tuesday.

Morrison was honored prior to the Toronto-Edison boys basketball game inside the new Red Knight gymnasium.

Brad Barclay, president of the Eastern District coaches association, and Brian Perkins, the Eastern District senior representative on the state board and the current Red Knight coach, presented Morrison as the newest member of the Eastern District Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Morrison became Toronto’s head coach in 1994 and ran the Red Knight program for 11 years. During that time, he established a consistent winning program. His teams were known for being fundamentally sound, disciplined and for thriving on competition.

His career record at Toronto was 222-80. His teams won 10 straight sectional titles, four district championships, a regional crown and a Division IV state championship in 1998.

Morrison-coached Red Knight clubs were crowned Ohio poll champions in 1999, 2000 and 2002. He also guided Toronto to three OVAC championships.

Morrison was named Eastern District and state coach of the year in 1999. He also coached in the Mizuno All-Ohio All-State game that same year.

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Umps to hold classes

STEUBENVILLE – The Steubenville Umpires Association will conduct a baseball and softball umpires training class beginning in January.

Successful completion of the class will prepare students to take the baseball and softball umpires tests administered by the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

Passing those tests will make individuals licensed officials in Ohio, which will allow them to officiate high school baseball and softball games.

For information, call Mike Mavromatis at (740) 264-5258 or Steve Seminara at (740) 264-3349.

Big Red boosters to meet

STEUBENVILLE – The Steubenville Big Red Boosters Club will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Harding Stadium Fieldhouse. Tickets for Sunday’s football banquet may be purchased.