Big Red to receive trophy Tuesday

STEUBENVILLE — The Steubenville football team will be presented with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy prior to Tuesday’s boys basketball game against John Marshall.

The presentation is a part of the 13th-annual MaxPreps Tour of Champions. Big Red finished No. 183 in the final rankings and is one of 50 schools being honored on this season’s tour.

The MaxPreps Tour of Champions presented by the Army National Guard recognizes the top high school football teams in the country. The tour was inaugurated in 2005 and honored 10 premier football programs.

Umpires association sets classes

STEUBENVILLE — The Steubenville Umpires Association will offer training for new umpires beginning Feb. 4.

The class will qualify students to officiate baseball or softball games in Ohio and West Virginia for the upcoming high school season, as well as summer and fall youth recreation leagues. The training includes the opportunity to test for state licenses.

Instruction will be by a state-certified umpire instructor with 30 years of experience. Umpiring offers good part-time career income. The minimum age is 16. Those who are interested can text or e-mail Joe Banovsky at (740) 381-9721 or

For online information, go to, click on the menu and select “Officiating,” then select “Become an official.”

Brady hurts hand

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Patriots say quarterback Tom Brady did not attend a scheduled AFC championship news conference Wednesday because he was meeting with the team medical staff for a right hand injury.

According to New England’s first injury report of the week, Brady was a limited participant in the practice held earlier in the day.

It was the Patriots’ first practice in preparation for Sunday’s conference title game against Jacksonville. Defensive lineman Alan Branch and running backs Mike Gillislee and Rex Burkhead also were limited by knee injuries.

Brady appeared on the Patriots’ weekly injury report several times during the latter half of the regular season with both an Achilles tendon and left shoulder injury.

The 40-year-old has never missed a playoff start during his 18-year career.

From staff and wire reports