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Madonna coach Conti reaches the 300-win plateau

ELM GROVE — The Madonna softball team was on a mission right from the start Monday evening when it resumed its Class A Region 1, Section 1 matchup with Valley at the I-470 complex. That mission was to get veteran coach Chris Conti his 300th win, and the girls accomplished it in grand ...

Red Riders walk home with sectional win over Oak Glen

NEW CUMBERLAND — Trailing by six early on in the Class AA Region 1, Section 1 opener on Monday, head coach Jason Angle preached to his Weir High baseball team about patience. The Red Riders delivered, drawing 10 free passes and making the most of their five base hits in their 9-8 ...

Brooke steals, hangs on to win Class AAA sectional opener

WELLSBURG — The Brooke baseball team took advantage of several John Marshall miscues and got some timely hits to score an 11-7 win in the opening game of the Class AAA Region 1, Section 1 tournament Monday evening on the Brooke diamond. The Bruins (12-10) held a 9-0 lead going into the ...

Weir High sweeps No. 1 North Marion for sectional crown

RACHEL — Same place. Same team. Same playoff round. For a second-straight season, North Marion (16-8) advanced to the sectional final round of the postseason before falling at home to Weir (18-6), which out-pitched the Huskies in a 3-2 win in Game 1 of Monday’s doubleheader before ...

Blue Dons continue winning ways, defeat Cameron

WHEELING — Once a team gets a taste for winning, the hunger for it grows even larger. Following Madonna’s OVAC 1A title victory just over a week ago, it continued its surge with an 11-7 triumph over Cameron on Monday in the West Virginia Class A Region 1, Section 1 tournament at the I-470 ...

Martins Ferry defends home field against Big Red

MARTINS FERRY — Coaches always want their teams to be peaking at tournament time. Paige Williams is no different. Martins Ferry took advantage of three base-on-balls, a trio of wild pitches, two passed balls and a hit batter in scoring four times in the bottom of the fourth inning en route ...

New champion coming as Capitals eliminate Penguins in overtime

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A cathartic celebration 20 years in the making began with a poke of Evgeny Kuznetsov’s stick. It built as the puck that Kuznetsov tapped away from Sidney Crosby made its way to Washington Capitals teammate Alexander Ovechkin. It neared its crescendo as Ovechkin flipped ...

Catholic Central grad making a name for himself at Miami

OXFORD — Prior to the start of his sophomore year at Miami University of Ohio, Harold Rogers, a 2015 graduate of Steubenville Catholic Central High School, decided he really needed to get involved with something. For Rogers, a philosophy major who is on the dean’s list at Miami, that ...

Penguins swimming in unfamiliar territory

PITTSBURGH — The Washington Capitals don’t need a history lesson. Neither do the Winnipeg Jets for that matter. The Capitals are well aware of their penchant for letting opportunity after opportunity slip away, frequently at the hands of Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins. And ...

Pirates pummel Brewers

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers bring out the best in Chad Kuhl. Kuhl and Richard Rodriguez combined on a two-hitter, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Brewers 9-0 on Sunday. Kuhl is 3-0 with a 1.91 ERA in six starts against the Brewers, and the Pirates are unbeaten in those ...